Friday, November 30, 2018

Senator Young Secures Funding for Veterans' Peer Support Programs in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties

OLEAN – Every day, an average of 22 U.S. military veterans take their own lives. For many, this tragic outcome results from personal battles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or a traumatic brain injury (TBI). To help protect veterans who sacrifice so much to defend us and our country, Senator Catharine Young (R, C, I – 57th District) has secured a $135,000 grant in the state budget to create a Cattaraugus County branch of the PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer-to-Peer Veterans Support Program. 
Senator Young also secured $185,000 to continue the program in Chautauqua County, where the program has successfully helped veterans since 2015.
The Dwyer Program, as it is commonly known, has been highly successful in bringing veterans together in a secure, anonymous setting in order to help one another cope with PTSD and TBIs. Currently, the Dwyer Program is helping veterans in 16 New York counties. In 2015, Senator Young secured funding to bring the program to Chautauqua County.
The program is open to all veterans, regardless of branch of service, deployment record or official medical designation as suffering from PTSD.
The program is operated with six goals in mind:

·        Pursuing outreach and education;
·        Providing peer-to-peer support;
·        Building resiliency among veterans;
·        Encouraging a connection between veterans, their families, friends, and the community;
·        Providing access to suicide prevention/intervention initiatives; and
·        Fostering an atmosphere of hope.

“When veterans return from combat, they often face challenges as they reintegrate into civilian life,” Senator Young said. “Families and friends of returning soldiers, and soldiers who have been home for decades, sometimes find it difficult to understand the demons haunting their loved ones. Personal dialogue with those who have experienced the same struggles has been shown as a highly-effective tool to help those suffering from PTSD and other stress disorders find relief.”
Steve McCord, director of the Cattaraugus County Veterans’ Services Agency, said the Dwyer Program will be a welcome addition to the services available to county veterans. He also thanked Senator Young for her ongoing support of veterans.
“Anytime we can bring in a new program to help veterans, especially those struggling with PTSD, it’s a great thing,” he said. “We support this program and we’re extremely excited about bringing it to Cattaraugus County.”
According to the Dwyer Program website, since the program began five years ago, not one struggling veteran who has participated has taken their own life.
“The Dwyer Program provides a unique veteran-to-veteran approach that connects servicemen and women with those who can relate, so that all involved can draw on their personal experience to cope with PTSD, with the ultimate goal of saving lives. The program is named in memory of PFC Joseph Dwyer, a war hero who, despite the support from a loving family, passed away in 2008 from complications with PTSD following his return from service in Iraq,” Senator Young said.
Cindy Reidy coordinates the Dwyer Program for the Chautauqua County Veterans’ Services Agency. She said an average of 60 veterans participate in the Chautauqua County program each month, and new veterans join the program weekly.

“Veterans have their own language, that’s for sure,” she said. “Our job is to give them the space where they can feel safe, make a connection with other veterans and start talking to one another.”

She said one veteran who just joined the program had not left his house in nine years other than for doctor’s appointments. His wife encouraged him to attend a Dwyer Program meeting.

“Now he comes to all our events,” Ms. Reidy said. “He said, ‘I have brothers now.’”

First established in Suffolk County as part of the 2012-2013 State Budget, the Dwyer Program has already been used successfully to assist veterans in Chautauqua, Broome, Erie, Niagara, Jefferson, Monroe, Nassau, Onondaga, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Dutchess, Suffolk and Westchester counties.

Cattaraugus veterans interested in taking part in the program can contact Cattaraugus County Veterans’ Service Agency at: or at 716-701-3296.

In Chautauqua County, veterans can call Ms. Reidy at 716-661-8447 at her office or via cell phone at 716-661-8447 for more information. You can also visit the program’s website at: or its Facebook page at:

Obituary: Ernest "Ernie" Morales, 85, Wellsville/Belmont

WELLSVILLE/BELMONT - Ernest “Ernie” Morales, age 85, of 237 O'Connor Street passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on August 1, 1933 in New York City to the late Raymond and Carmen Ortiz Morales.
Ernie was a former long time resident of Willets Avenue in Belmont who had worked for PWI. Ernie will be remembered as a quiet kind hearted soul who always dressed nice and enjoyed music.
Ernie had a brother, Henry and two sisters, Carmen and Estella. He is survived by his many friends and caregivers including Darlene Mason.
Friends are invited to call on Monday, December 3, 2018, from 12 noon until 2 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. His funeral service will be held at the conclusion of the calling hours at 2 p.m. in the funeral home followed by burial in Forest Hills Cemetery. Memorials in Ernie's name may be made to the Amity Rescue Squad. To leave online condolences please visit

Allegany County Jail inmate count - November 2018

Allegany County Probation Department Monthly Report - November 2018

Allegany County Public Defender Monthly Report - November 2018

Appointments made to Allegany County Fire Advisory Board

Allegany County 911 Center Monthly Report - November 2018

Allegany County Sheriff Monthly Report - November 2018

Allegany County District Attorney Report - November 2018

Allegany County to consider new Public Works Superintendent

The Allegany County Public Works Department will soon be under new leadership. The Department is asking the Public Works Committee and the Board of legislators to consider the appointment of Justin D. Henry of Almond as the new Superintendent, effective January 5th. Current Superintendent Guy James is set to retire January 4th. The annual salary for the position is $86,000. The Committee will review the request when it meets December 5th.

Drug Arrest for Steuben County Man With 19 Bags of Heroin

LIMA: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of an Atlanta, NY man on drug related charges following a traffic stop. On November 26 Deputy Connor Sanford was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit, when he stopped a vehicle on Rochester Street in the Village of Lima for a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law.
The operator of the vehicle was identified as 63-year-old Steven E. Snyder. During the course of the Deputy Sheriff’s roadside investigation, he found that Snyder was allegedly in possession of nineteen bags of heroin, as well as ten hypodermic needles.
Snyder was arrested and charged by the Deputy Sheriff for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree and Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument.
Snyder was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention.
Snyder was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Livonia Justice Margaret Graf-Linsner. The Judge remanded Snyder to the custody of the Sheriff on $750 cash bail or $1,500 bond.
Deputy Matthew Thomas, also of the STOP DWI Unit, assisted on scene.

Obituary: Bernice J. Marsden, 94, Scio

SCIO - Bernice J. Marsden, 94, passed away on Monday (Nov. 26, 2018) at Highland Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Wellsville.
Mrs. Marsden was born in Arcade on Nov. 23, 1924 to Floyd and Leta (Gusteval) Dietz. On Aug. 23, 1947 she married her lifetime love, Herbert G. Marsden, who preceded her in death on May 26, 2002. Bernice spent her live as a homemaker, meeting the needs of her family. She also sold real estate at the United Farm Agency in Belfast on the side.
Bernice is survived by her two sons, George H. (Dianne) Marsden of Scio and Randall J. (Mary Lou) Marsden of Wichita Falls, Tex.; two brothers, Alan Dietz of Orchard Park and Russell Dietz of West Seneca; two sisters-in-law, Virginia Mahon of High Point, N.C. and Sarah Marsden of Alden; five grandchildren, Cynthia (Chris) Norman and Jason (fiancé Susan Hill) Marsden, both of Wellsville, Jeanette (Donald) Foster of Wichita Falls, Tex., Robert (Christina) Marsden of Scio and Benjamin (Theresa) Grover of Dalton, Ga.; 14 great grandchildren; 10 great great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death in 1949 by an infant daughter Cindy Lou Marsden.
As the wife of a retired Air Force veteran, Bernice’s early marriage involved many new and interesting adventures. It was during those years, she developed her strong sense of family. As a homemaker, she loved the celebrations of birthdays and Christmas. This blended well with her love of cooking and her talent as a seamstress. Her family was always the focus of her life and to nurture and strengthen those bonds at these special occasions brought her great contentment. It hardly needs to be mentioned her heartfelt joy of being a proud grandma. In her later married years, she and Herby would winter in Dade City, Fla. where they developed many new friends.
Bernice was a very kind and considerate woman to everyone she met. Whether it was a customer she met through a real estate sale or a neighbor, she always made them feel important. When it came to hospitality there was the family expression, “Anytime silverware was dropped she would announce company was coming.” Bernice developed a lifelong love for horses and country music.
Visitation will be held on Saturday from noon – 2 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home, 3256 Riverside Drive in Wellsville. The funeral service will be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home immediately following the visitation with Rev. Steve Barrett of the Lancaster Community Baptist Church in Lancaster officiating. Burial will follow in Fairlawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Bernice’s name may be made to Scio Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 231, Scio, NY 14880.

Report Highlights Need for Action to Rescue PA Fire, Emergency Services, Causer Says

HARRISBURG – With fire and ambulance services continuing to struggle locally and across the Commonwealth, a 39-member commission that included lawmakers and representatives of statewide fire and EMS organizations released a detailed report and recommendations for action at the Capitol this week, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint).
The commission, established under Senate Resolution 6 of 2017, was formed to follow up and expand upon prior recommendations to address the growing challenges facing first responders and the communities that rely upon them.
“Volunteerism continues to decline; access to affordable training is limited, especially in rural areas; and the cost of delivering emergency services far exceeds the local support or insurance reimbursements provided,” Causer said. “We all assume help will be available when we call 9-1-1, but it won’t be if we don’t do something to address these challenges.”
The General Assembly took two major steps forward in the effort to boost financial support for EMS agencies earlier this year. In June, lawmakers implemented Causer’s proposal to increase Medicaid reimbursements for Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support services as part of the 2018-19 state budget. The increased reimbursements take effect Jan. 1. In October, they passed a new law to require both private insurers and Medicaid to reimburse for treatment provided regardless of whether transport takes place.
“With the passage of these new laws and this week’s release of additional recommendations, I am hopeful we can keep the momentum going in the new session and take the steps necessary to ensure our fire and ambulance services can continue to serve our communities,” Causer said.
The report includes 92 concepts incorporated into 27 recommendations to address challenges in the fire and EMS communities, with most of them focused on staffing, funding and training needs.
For example, the first recommendation to “expand, modernize and incentivize recruitment and retention efforts” includes nearly two dozen concepts for consideration. Some would require legislative action, such as expanding volunteer tax credits or offering a college loan forgiveness program, while others could be addressed by the fire and EMS community with assistance from the state, such as development of a statewide recruiting tool, educating local officials about fire and EMS needs, and development of recruitment and retention plans.
The report aims to address training access by recommending the inclusion of public safety programs as a trade/career preparatory program at career and technical education centers across the state and restore funding for public safety training courses at community colleges. Other recommendations include funding basic fire and EMS training at the Commonwealth level and offering incentives to employers to permit trainees to attend fire and EMS training.
Legislation to address recommendations in the report is expected to be introduced in the upcoming 2019-20 Legislative Session.

Wellsville: Hope Center Lists Initial Hours and New Facebook Page

The Hope Center, a new outreach ministry of Allegany County churches, has established its initial opening hours for December in Wellsville and developed a new Facebook page for updates on its activities.
The facility, located at 4104 Bolivar Road (State Route 417) - Suite 5, across the drive from the McDonald's drive-through, will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturdays, along with other times by appointment.  Seminars and workshops will be held at designated times.
The ministry also has created a new Facebook page at for updates.  Information on the Hope Center previously had been listed under its sponsor, Mission Genesee Valley, Journey to Transformation Facebook page.  The change was made due to the significant number of activities to be developed at the Hope Center site in coming weeks and months, organizers report.
During initial startup, the Hope Center will serve as a drop-in center with free coffee and other beverages and refreshments, an information and referral center where individuals can be connected with community services they may not be aware of, a drop-off point for a Christian lending library to be opened as soon as appropriate shelving is donated or purchased, along with a free books giveaway ministry, and an education center for churches and the public with ongoing seminars on significant issues facing individuals, families, and the community and county.  The education offerings are expected to start primarily in mid-January.
During startup, the Hope Center will evaluate future opening hours and those for its education events to best serve the public.  Hope Center-based assistance services are free.
Church-associated volunteers and children and adults wishing to participate in a new reading tutoring ministry also will be able to find out more about these opportunities during the openings or by contacting or (484) 435-0503.  Individual assessments for reading assistance will be by appointment only.
     Due to Facebook filtering the information it distributes to subscribers, the Hope Center suggests joining its direct mail list for updates by e-mailing with the word "Subscribe" in the subject line and one's name, organization or community of residence, and Transformation Initiative or the Hope Center in the email to receive either or both of the direct mailings.
Mission Genesee Valley is a coalition of churches, other Christian organizations and individuals seeking community transformation and revival in the greater Allegany County area.  It hosts several prayer gatherings during the month, along with other activities.  Further information is at

Wyoming County Sheriff's Blotter

Nov. 22: Deputy NOWAK responded to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo to take of custody of Amanda SPENCER, 26 of Holland, who had a warrant of arrest for violation of probation out of Wyoming County Probation Department. Deputy NOWAK arrived on location and gained custody of SPENCER from ECMC hospital police. Deputy NOWAK transported SPENCER to Eagle Town Court for arraignment due to Arcade Town Judge not being available. SPENCER was arraigned in front of Judge George. SPENCER was released on her own recognizance pending further action by the court.

Nov. 23: Deputy NOWAK and Deputy SAMPSON responded to the area of 2250 Route 246 in the Town of Perry for a two vehicle accident with injury. 71-year-0old Tedor ZEBRYK of Perry was traveling north bound on State Route 246 when he attempted a left turn into his driveway off of Route 246 in the Town of Perry. ZEBRYK stated that he did not see the vehicle traveling south bound on State Route 246 and the vehicles collided. The second vehicle was approximately 20 feet off the west shoulder of State Route 246. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Joseph REBISZ JR. REBISZ  and complained of neck pain and was transported by Perry Ambulance to Wyoming County Community Hospital.  ZEBRYK was issued a ticket for failure to yield the right of way.

Nov. 24: Bernard CLATEAUX, 39 of Bliss was arrested following a traffic stop on State Route 78 in Java. CLATEAUX was stopped for traffic infractions. CLATEAUX allegedly failed field sobriety tests. CLATEAUX was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content Above 0.08%, Failure to Use Turn Signal, Inadequate Plate Lamp, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. CLATEAUX was released to a sober third party. He is to appear in the Town of Java Court on 12/05/2018.

Nov. 24: Daniel G. Streeter, 65 of Perry, was issued traffic citations following a property damage accident on Silver Lake Road in the Town of Perry.  Streeter was operating his vehicle southbound on Silver Lake Road when he failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway, drove off the roadway and into a field.  Streeter’s vehicle ran over a roadway marker sign post, and it then became stuck in the field. Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident and found nobody around the vehicle.  The vehicle was towed from the scene by Ott’s Collision. On November 26, 2018 Streeter presented at the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office at which time he was issued traffic tickets for Speed Not Reasonable and Prudent, Moved from Lane Unsafely, and Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident.  Streeter was scheduled to answer the charges in the Town of Perry Court on December 12, 2018.

Potter County District Court Reports

District Magistrate Kari A. McCleaft:
-Sweden Township police arrested 80-year-old Johnny P. Amato of Roulette. He was charged with felony prohibited possession of a firearm. He appeared in court at 3 p.m. Thursday for arraigned and was remanded to Potter County Jail. Bail was set at $10,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 12th at 2:30 p.m.
- Sweden Township police arrested Agnes Mary McGlinchey, 51, of Coudersport. She was charged with felony prohibited possession of a firearm. Arraigned in court at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, she was committed to Potter County jail. Bail was set at $25,000. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for December 12th at 2 p.m.
- Sweden Township police filed a criminal complaint against 26-year-old Zackary D. Snyder of Roulette. The complaint charges him with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and theft from a motor vehicle. The alleged crimes occurred September 15th.
District Magistrate Dominic Kalacinski:
- Galeton police filed a criminal complaint with the court charging 31-year-old Joseph M. Cumby of Roulette with theft by deception and bad checks. The alleged crimes occurred March 16th.

Rochester woman charged with Manslaughter in deadly Greenwood incident - Corrected/Updated

Felony criminal charges have now been filed against a Rochester woman following a deadly incident in Greenwood last year. 58-year-old Nancy Alvarez was charged by state police this week with manslaughter, 1st degree reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Alvarez was detained for court action.


The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation from the Bath barracks announce the arrest of a Rochester woman stemming from a year-long death investigation in the Town of Greenwood.  Nancy Alvarez, age 59, of East Main Street in Rochester, New York, was arrested on 11/28/18 pursuant to a Superior Court Warrant issued through the Steuben County Court.  Alvarez was indicted by a Grand Jury on one count each of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (a class “B” felony), Manslaughter 2nd Degree (a class “C” felony), and Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree (a class “D” felony).
    On August 21st, 2017, Troopers responded to a home in the Town of Greenwood regarding the reported death of a 48-year-old male.  The investigation at the scene indicated the possibility of a drug overdose, and items were forwarded to the New York State Police Crime Lab for testing.  An autopsy was completed by the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office, which included a chemical analysis of the victim’s blood.  The results from the NYSP Crime Lab determined that fentanyl was present in the items that were tested, and fentanyl was discovered in the victim’s blood through the chemical analysis.
    Investigators were able to identify Nancy Alvarez as the supplier of the victim’s narcotics.  Investigators allege that, shortly before his death, the victim met Nancy Alvarez at her residence in the City of Rochester where she sold him the narcotics that directly caused his death.
    Alvarez was located in the City of Rochester and arrested by the Troop E Violent Felony Warrant Squad.  She was transported to the SP Bath barracks where she was processed and remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail, pending her appearance in Steuben County Court. 

Hornell: St. James Hospital Cuts Ribbon on New Medical Office Building

St. James Hospital celebrated the opening of its new medical office building Thursday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour with community members, St. James providers and employees, UR Medicine leadership and elected officials, including New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.
Located at 7309 Seneca Road North, in the former Wegmans plaza, the facility will officially open Dec. 10.
“Our St. James Board of Directors is thankful for the dedicated work of so many partners that has brought us to this day of celebrating new facilities to support existing and new medical services for our community.” said Susan Gray, PhD, St. James Board Chair.
Under the leadership of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York State has provided St. James $62.8 million in funding for the hospital and medical office building projects, as well as a new electronic health record system.
“This transformative hospital and medical office building project is expanding access to health care services and improving patient care for residents,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “New York is investing in St. James Hospital and other facilities in the region to help strengthen healthcare in the Southern Tier, ensuring high-quality care and emergency services. The opening of the new medical office building, and later the new hospital, will provide good paying job opportunities for residents and continue to spur economic growth in the area.”
“It has been an outstanding team effort that has finally brought us here to celebrate the new St. James Hospital Medical Office Building, and I was grateful to help support it every step of the way,” said New York State Senator Tom O'Mara. “This new facility will provide critical, high quality, modern health care services for the residents of Hornell and surrounding communities. It's an exciting and long-awaited day for our entire region.”
The 50,000 square feet of the medical office building will house a variety of outpatient services to improve access, convenience, and quality of care. Services include:
  • UR Medicine Primary Care
  • UR Medicine Urgent Care
  • Specialty Outpatient Clinics
    • Ear, Nose and Throat
    • Gastroenterology
    • General Surgery
    • Heart & Vascular
    • Medical Oncology
    • Neurology
    • Neurosurgery
    • Orthopaedics
  • Blood draw
  • Physical Therapy
  • X-ray
Oak Orchard Health, a UR Medicine collaborative partner, also will be housed in the medical office building. Oak Orchard is a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides primary care, pediatrics and dental services.
“The completion of this project marks the first step toward consolidating health care services in Hornell, beginning a new chapter for St. James on our brand new campus,” said hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Bryan O’Donovan. Construction of a new St. James Hospital has begun adjacent to the medical office building site and will be completed in early 2020.
St. James became an affiliate of the University of Rochester Medical Center in March 2018. The partnership has brought new health care services to Hornell and the Southern Tier, includ­ing primary care, gastroenterology, imaging and otolaryngology, helping to increase access to care for patients. St. James collaborates closely with UR Medicine affiliates Noyes Memorial in Dansville and Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, sharing clinical and operational resources and allowing each hospital to be stronger as part of a larger health care system.
“The goal of UR Medicine is to provide high-quality health care close to home, and we greatly appreciate the support of Governor Cuomo and other State leaders who help to make that possible,” said UR Medicine CEO Mark B. Taubman, M.D. “Families in the Hornell area can get most of their basic medical services in the new medical office building, or at St. James Hospital. When they need highly specialized care, Strong Memorial Hospital offers some of the most advanced services available anywhere so that patients don’t have to travel out of Upstate New York.”

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Two new pediatricians begin practice in Wellsville

Obituary: Ronald M. "Ronnie" Cloak, 53, formerly of Coudersport, Ulysses

Ronald M. “Ronnie” Cloak, 53, formerly of Coudersport, Ulysses, and Penndel, died Tuesday, November 27, 2018 in Bradford Manor, Bradford, PA.  Born December 15, 1964, in Philadelphia, he was the son of Russell E. and Catherine O’Driscoll Cloak.  Surviving are:  six siblings, Michael Cloak of NC, Mary Ferry of FL, Colleen Cloak of Coudersport, Karen LaFlamme of FL, Diane O’Brien of Berks, and Timothy Cloak of Swoyersville;  and many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents;  and a brother, Richard Cloak.  Services will be private.  Memorials may be made to Potter County Special Olympics, P.O. Box 255, Coudersport, PA 16915.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed.

Obituary: Donald M. Baldwin, 71, Hinsdale

Donald M. Baldwin Loving Husband, Father, and Grandfather
Donald M. Baldwin, 71, of 506 Rte 446, Hinsdale, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at home. Born May 10, 1947, in Cuba, he was a son of Archie and Ethel Walters Baldwin.  On November 18, 1988 he married the former Jennifer Near who survives.
Don worked for Buffalo Crushed Stone for 50 years retiring in 2016. 
He collected hats, loved his cat Charlene, and tractors.  He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.  He will be remembered for always liking to joke around and just being happy all the time.
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer of Hinsdale; his children, Tina (Samuel) Baldwin Lockwood of Cuba, Lynn Baldwin Hoopes of Friendship, William (Rachel) Baldwin of Cuba, Douglas Baldwin of Morristown, TN, Daniel Baldwin of Cuba and Erin Baldwin of Morristown, TN; 10 Grandchildren-Tiffany, Samantha, Brittany, Joshua, Jessica, Michael, Cole, Katlyn, Shelby, and Sabrina; 7 Great Grandchildren; Several Nieces and Nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a brother John Baldwin and two sisters Marjorie and Shirley Baldwin. Family services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation or to the American Diabetes Foundation.  Arrangements are under direction of the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., Cuba.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at

PA: Genesee Township proposes Recreation Board

Press Release: Dec 10 CPR/AED/Basic First Aid Training

December 2018 CPR/AED/First Aid Training Announcement:
Join Ardent Solutions for the next CPR/AED/First Aid Training scheduled for Monday, December 10, 2018; 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in Wellsville, NY. 
Many of the people who are at high risk for heart attack or stroke don't even know it. In response to this public health crisis, Ardent Solutions is offering CPR/AED/First Aid classes through the American Health and Safety Institute Training Center.  Each person will earn a two-year certification for completing the three-hour training course.  The cost is just $15.00 per person and seating is limited.  Scholarships are available based on financial need.  Please note these are community-based trainings but if your organization is in need, a special class can be arranged at a corporate rate.
To learn more or to register, please visit us on the web at or call Patty Amidon with Ardent Solutions at 585-593-5223, ext. 1010.  This program is funded in part by the Allegany County United Way.

Allegany County Ways & Means Committee minutes - Nov. 26, 2018


November 26, 2018

Committee Members Present: P. Stockin, D. Fanton, P. Curran, D. Decker, S. Havey, D. Healy, J. Hopkins, D. Root, C. Crandall

Others Present: L. Ballengee, G. Barnes, T. Boyde, J. Budinger, W. Dibble, J. DiPasquale, K. Dirlam, K. Francisco, K. Graves, L. Gridley, B. Harris, J. Henry, K. Hooker, G. James, C. Kelly, C. Knapp, J. Ricci, B. Riehle, T. Ross, T. Shaw, M. Washer

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by Ways & Means Committee Chairman Philip Stockin.

Approval of Minutes

The November 13, 2018, Ways & Means Committee minutes were approved on a motion made by Legislator Fanton, seconded by Legislator Curran, and carried.
Approval of Audit

Committee members reviewed the November 26, 2018, audit of claims in the amount of $4,692,390 (including prepaid bills). A motion was made by Legislator Healy, seconded by Legislator Decker, and carried to forward the audit to the full Board for approval of payment.
Temporary Easement

County Attorney Carissa Knapp requested permission to grant a temporary easement for a County owned property in the Town of Wellsville. Ms. Knapp stated there is a culvert that needs to be taken care of, and the Wellsville Department of Public Works has indicated they will address it for us. Ms. Knapp noted that the easement will run from November 15, 2018, through May 15, 2019. This request was approved on a motion made by Legislator Fanton, seconded by Legislator Havey, and carried.


Human Services Committee

Request to Fill Physician Assistant Position

Public Health Director Lori Ballengee requested permission to fill one full-time Physician Assistant (Section IV Salary Plan). This position is imperative for the continued operation of the Title 10 Family Planning Program. The Physician Assistant will perform physical examinations as well as diagnose and treat various medical conditions. This position generates revenue for the County through the billing of Medicaid, Medicare, private pay, and third party insurances in the Family Planning Clinic and through providing physicals. The annual salary of this position is estimated between $85,000 and $89,000 with benefits estimated between $40,349 and $42,248. This position will function under the supervision of the Health Department Medical Director, and is funded 100 percent with State funds. The filling of this position is contingent on the adoption of the resolution to create the position that is being considered at the November 26 Board meeting.

Attorney/Client Session

A motion was made by Legislator Fanton, seconded by Legislator Hopkins, and carried to enter into attorney/client session at 1:06 p.m. Immediately following discussion at 1:25 p.m., a motion was made by Legislator Root, seconded by Legislator Fanton, and carried to end the attorney/client session and return to the regular meeting.

Approval to Fill Physician Assistant Position

A motion was made by Legislator Hopkins, seconded by Legislator Root, and carried to fill one full-time Physician Assistant (Section IV Salary Plan) position. Notify Human Resources

Public Works Committee

Request to Fill Heavy Equipment Mechanic Position

Public Works Deputy Superintendent II Justin Henry is requesting to fill one full-time Heavy Equipment Mechanic (AFSCME, Grade 14). This position is responsible for the maintenance and repair of equipment used in the operation of the County Transfer Station System in a number of locations. Work is performed on variety of electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical components. The annual salary of this position is $36,378.13 with benefits estimated at $17,268.70. This position is funded 100 percent with County dollars. The filling of this position is contingent on the adoption of the resolution to create the position that is being considered at the November 26 Board meeting. Legislator Decker asked if there was a position being abolished along with the creation of this new position. Mr. Henry stated, yes, they are abolishing the Senior Heavy Equipment Mechanic position. This request was approved on a motion made by Legislator Fanton, seconded by Legislator Healy, and carried. Notify Human Resources

Good of the Order

Majority Leader Dwight "Mike" Healy announced a caucus in Room 220 at 1:30 p.m.


There being no further business to come before the Committee, the meeting was adjourned at 1:27 p.m. following a motion by Legislator Fanton, seconded by Legislator Decker, and carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Meghan Washer, Confidential Secretary to Clerk of the Board

Allegany County Board of Legislators

Allegany County Planning & Development Committee minutes - Nov. 19, 2018


November 19, 2018

Members Present: D. Root, G. Barnes, J. Burdick, P. Curran, W. Dibble, D. Healy, J. Hopkins, J. Ricci, C. Crandall

Others Present: L. Ballengee, T. Boyde, C. Clark, D. Decker, K. Dirlam, D. Fanton, K. Graves, G. Hanchett, B. Harris, S. Havey, C. Jones, C. Knapp, R. Lynch, A. McKay, J. DiPasquale, B. Riehle, T. Ross, T. Shaw, P. Stockin, M. Washer

Media Present: C. Potter – Wellsville Daily Reporter, C. Dutton – Cuba Patriot

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m. by Planning & Economic Development Committee Chair Debra Root.

Approval of Minutes
A motion was made by Legislator Barnes, seconded by Legislator Dibble, and carried to approve the Planning & Economic Development Committee minutes for October 17, 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.
Crossroads Development Project
Dr. Clark stated he met again with the developers, and they continue to be excited about the project. Dr. Clark indicated he has not heard back yet on the consolidated fund application in the amount of $2 million, and they are currently waiting on approval from the Department of Environmental Conservation to remove tanks from the site. Legislator Barnes asked if the new goal is for Spring construction. Dr. Clark stated, yes, if they start in the Spring it will be open Fall 2020. Legislator Healy asked if there is any site work that can be done in the winter months. Dr. Clark stated they are going to do as much as they can as weather permits.
Waterline Project
Dr. Clark stated at the last town meeting, concern was brought forward regarding chlorination staying in the line and the possibility of it degrading along the 5-mile extension. Due to this, the engineers are adding another chlorinate intermediary system which will increase the chlorine in the system and not allow for degrading. Dr. Clark stated that unfortunately this addition will put bidding the project on hold for a couple of weeks, and they are now looking to go out to bid the first or second week in December. Legislator Dibble asked for a rough estimate on cost. Dr. Clark stated the system will cost approximately $70,000, adding that it’s cheaper to add it up front versus waiting and adding it later.
Dr. Clark indicated that shares are now available through the ANGEL Fund, and by the end of the year they should have enough funds to cover three counties.
Alle-Catt Windfarm
Dr. Clark stated the Alle-Catt Windfarm project is progressing and they anticipate a 2020 start date. Legislator Barnes stated there will be a visual disruption as these turbines will reach 600 feet in the air.

Downtown Revitalization Initiative
Dr. Clark stated that the Village of Alfred will have a community meeting on Tuesday, November 27, to discuss the $2.5 million they received from the Smart Growth Community Fund.
Site Selectors
Dr. Clark stated that Site Selectors have laid out a good plan for our next steps and are prioritizing their first targets, adding that call centers and packaging are the top companies we need to attract. They stressed that the County needs to establish a comeback to Allegany County campaign which is currently being done through the County Marketing Committee. Legislator Healy asked if they have looked at the additional 80 acres the County owns at the "S Curve." Dr. Clark stated they have looked at it and it is big enough to attract someone; however, they need to work with utilities to ensure there is enough electric power.
Young Professionals Group
Dr. Clark stated the next event being hosted by the Young Professionals Group will be held Saturday, December 8, at the Wellsville Brewery from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Planning Director Kier Dirlam attended the meeting and submitted his monthly report to the committee for review.
Planning Board Meeting
Mr. Dirlam stated the Planning Board meeting has been re-scheduled for Wednesday, November 28.
Historic Kingston Hotel
Mr. Dirlam stated that the historic Kingston Hotel in Canaseraga had a west wall failure that impacted the County street and main road, and residents are working very hard to bring their community back together and are looking into the possibility of a downtown revitalization initiative.
Tourism Website
Mr. Dirlam stated that the transfer of the Tourism website is 80 percent complete and coming along nicely. The project should be complete by the end of the year.
Small Business Spotlights
Mr. Dirlam referenced the recent article worked on by Assistant Director Angela McKay that highlights the Bicycle Man located in Alfred, NY. Mr. Dirlam stated that they will be working towards doing more of these small business spotlights throughout the County, adding that they are always continuing their efforts to have an impact on the County’s small businesses, and the recent hiring of Ms. McKay will allow them to continue these efforts. Committee Chair Root stated these articles on our small businesses are a great idea, and asked if they are available on the website. Mr. Dirlam stated not at the moment, but they will make sure the articles are available on the website in the future.

Allegany County Equestrian Trail System
Committee Chair Root asked Mr. Dirlam to highlight the recent meeting he attended regarding the expansion and improvement of the County’s equestrian trail system. Mr. Dirlam stated there is a group of individuals who are interested in expanding the offerings of our equestrian trials as there currently is a limited trail system. Mr. Dirlam noted that it is in the beginning stages of discussion, and their first goal is to improve the functioning of our current trails. Legislator Dibble stated he has attended these meetings for several years, adding they are a well-organized group that he has a lot of respect for.
Invest Buffalo Niagara
Committee Chair Root asked how many requests we typically get from Invest Buffalo Niagara. Mr. Dirlam stated on average they receive a couple a week asking if the County has any buildings that match certain specifications they need. If we have something that meets their needs, they put it together and send the information back.
Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Contract
Mr. Dirlam requested a resolution approving the contract between Allegany County and the Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce to provide tourism promotional services in the amount of $80,000. This contract will commence January 1, 2019, and expire on December 31, 2019. Mr. Dirlam briefly went over minor changes to the contract noting that beginning in 2019, the County will pay the Chamber of Commerce directly instead of paying directly to Ms. Hanchett. Legislator Harris stated in the past there were disbursements made in addition to the $80,000 and asked if that will no longer happen. Mr. Dirlam stated, yes, those disbursements will continue to happen, and they will be considered additional expenses per the contract. Legislator Hopkins asked if those expenses come from the County’s I Love NY matching funds, and Mr. Dirlam stated, yes. County Treasurer Terri Ross indicated that some additional expenses are paid from the I Love NY matching funds and some expenses are paid from discretionary funds. Legislator Graves asked if the County Attorney has reviewed and signed off on the contract, and Attorney Knapp stated, yes. This request was approved on a motion made by Legislator Healy, seconded by Legislator Curran, and carried. Prepare Resolution

Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gretchen Hanchett attended the meeting and submitted her monthly report to the committee for review.
Turnpike Road
Ms. Hanchett stated that they have added Turnpike Road to their historic brochure as a site, and the location has also been added to the map.
New York’s Travel Expert
Ms. Hanchett stated that Josiah Brown will be at the Crossroads on Wednesday, December 12, at 12:00 p.m. to present on his observations and analysis from his destination visits.
Three Chamber Christmas Event
Ms. Hanchett stated the Three Chamber Christmas Event will be held on Tuesday, December 4, at Off Duty in Belmont, NY, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Monthly Report
Legislator Hopkins asked for an update on the tourism packages, nothing that they continue to see the same thing month after month with no update. Ms. Hanchett stated at this time there is no update as they have had their hands full with the website transfer and training programs; however, they will be developing them through the winter months. Legislator Hopkins suggested Ms. Hanchett indicate that on the report or remove it altogether.
Employment and Training Director Reita Sobeck-Lynch attended the meeting and submitted her monthly report to the committee for review.
Unemployment Rate
Ms. Lynch distributed an unemployment rate fact sheet for New York State noting they continue to work with the Department of Labor Regional Economist to come up with a way to find out how many people enter employment in a month.
Ms. Lynch stated that her office received an award for the second time for the work they do with our veterans. Committee Chair Root congratulated Ms. Lynch and her staff and thanked them for their hard work.
There being no further business to come before the committee, the meeting was adjourned at 2:53 p.m. following a motion by Legislator Healy, seconded by Legislator Dibble, and carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Meghan Washer, Confidential Secretary to Clerk of the Board

Allegany County Board of Legislators

Wellsville man arrested for DWI in Scio

On November 27, Amity-based state police arrested Devan R. Wilson, 27, of Wellsville for Driving While Intoxicated and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.
During an investigation of a vehicle off the road on Wolf Springs Road in the town of Scio, Troopers allegedly observed that Wilson was exhibiting obvious signs of intoxication. Troopers said he failed standardized field sobriety tests at the scene. He was arrested and transported to SP Amity, where a chemical breath test revealed him to have a 0.15% BAC. During the arrest, Wilson was also found to be in possession of a small quantity of marijuana. Wilson was released with appearance tickets for Scio Town Court, where he is due to return in December.

Cattaraugus County: Underage Drinking Enforcement Detail results in 100% compliance

On November 28, 2018, the New York State Police in Cattaraugus County and the New York State Liquor Authority conducted an underage enforcement detail at 9 establishments that resulted in 100% compliance.   
The following establishments were checked and found to be in compliance:

Clark's Market and Deli
4929 US-219
Great Valley, NY 14741

Red Apple Ellicottville
1 E. Washington Street
Ellicottville, NY 14731

Elicottville Brewing Company
28 Monroe Street,
Ellicottville, NY 14731

64 Washington Street,
Ellicottville, NY 14731

105 Rock City Street
Little Valley, NY 14755

Corner Stone
213 Main Street,
Little Valley , NY 14755

The Bear Brick
100 Main Street,
Little Valley, NY 14755

12223 Olean Road,
Yorkshire, NY 14173

7 N. Main Street,
Delevan, NY 14042

Holiday Auction to Beautify Main Street Wellsville

WELLSVILLE, NY - The Wellsville Development Corporation (WDC) is holding their Annual Holiday Auction Wednesday, December 5, 2018 (6-9pm) at the Wellsville Country Club. The auction is open to the public with all proceeds going to support WDC beautification activities; Main Street Christmas decorations, flowers, benches, light pole banners, etc.
At the event, there will be live auction items, silent auction items, surprise gift certificates, and more! This year the WDC has some incredible items for everyone in the family such as wine, scarves, purses, gadgets, jewelry, candles, sporting event tickets, artwork, etc.
Tickets are $12 each and include appetizers and an auction paddle. Tickets are currently available at First Citizens Community Bank and Trend Addictions (both on Main Street, Wellsville) or online at
Donations for auction items are still being accepted. If you would like to donate, please contact the WDC via email at
The Wellsville Development Corporation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community-based corporation that focuses on revitalization, economic development and beautification planning projects. For more information, please visit

Ornaments now available for the JMH Auxiliary Tree of Angels

WELLSVILLE, NY (November 29, 2018) – The holidays always bring to mind family and friends, especially those who are no longer here to enjoy the season with us. The Jones Memorial Hospital (JMH) Auxiliary has a wonderful way to remember these dear ones and help the Hospital at the same time.
The Auxiliary’s Tree of Angels offers an opportunity to buy an angel ornament to hang on the Auxiliary’s tree, located in the blood drawing waiting area in the main hallway. Each ornament will be inscribed with the name of the person being honored or remembered. The cost is $5 each and they are available in the Hospital Gift Shop.
“People can buy the ornaments in memory of someone or in their honor,” said Kathryn Gilbert, the Tree of Angels coordinator. “The ornaments will hang on the tree until the first week in January, at which time they will be available to be picked up at the gift shop.”
For more information, stop by the JMH Gift Shop or ask a member of the JMH Auxiliary.

Wellsville VFW supports Salvation Army with donation

The Salvation Army will get a boost this afternoon thanks to the members of the VFW post in Wellsville. During an event at 1:30 p.m., Post Chaplain Don Black and others will present a $500 check to the Salvation Army. During its monthly meeting, members voted to make the donation with funds coming from the organizations Bell Jar account. "The Salvation Army efforts during the holiday time are impressive and help local families tremendously so that's why we are donating that amount to them," Black said. The VFW post also hopes it can attract some new members. Black said "we are also hoping to catch the interest of younger combat veterans and increase our numbers. The reality is most of the guy's that sit around our table each month are in their late 60's to 70's with me being the youngest of the three "younger" officers at 33. We are also losing Korea Era and Vietnam Era vets at an alarming rate. We need new members to grow and continue to serve veterans on every level."

Wellsville: Partial collapse takes a toll on Main Street building

Engineers today are expected to evaluate the 23 North building (former Burrous building) after the structure experience another partial collapse earlier this week. Contractors working inside the three story building heard the noise and quickly evacuated the building. No injuries were reported. The building is owned by Syracuse-based Two Plus Four and Alfred Housing Committee. During an interview Wednesday, village Code Enforcement Officer Jo Fenske said that the building is currently considered an "unsafe structure." Fenske said she expected engineers to be on site today to evaluate the situation. The portion of the building that failed was scheduled to be torn down. Fenske said "it's been a rough season on the building."
She added that age and the elements have taken a toll, noting "it's a concern." Alfred Housing Executive Director Allison Green said despite this weeks setback, the overall project plan "is moving along well."
The North Main Street building has been dogged with issues and public commentary. However, an aggressive plan and millions in state and federal funding have given new purpose to the Main Street fixture. The future calls for apartments to be constructed on the second and third floors. The village has committed to moving its offices to the first floor. The town has not yet decided if it will relocate its government offices.

Reed’s Problem Solvers Caucus Break the Gridlock, Implement House Rule Reform

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Tom Reed announced Democrat members of the Problem Solvers Caucus struck a deal with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rules Committee Ranking Member Jim McGovern to change the House rules, break the gridlock in Washington and make it easier for bipartisan bills to pass.
“These rule changes represent a hopeful and substantial breakthrough to empower the people we represent, enable rank-and-file Members to truly govern and make it easier for bipartisan bills to pass.” Republican co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus Tom Reed said. “We look forward to continuing to work across the aisle to find common ground in order to get things done for the American people.”
“Finally we’re getting some constructive bipartisan changes to make this place work. I am proud of our efforts for more transparency and accountability,” Rep. Fred Upton said. “After all, this is the People’s House.”
The commonsense rule reforms will help deliver real results for the American people on their most important priorities which have been bottled up in Congress for too long.
Rules and Reforms Agreement
1.      Every Member Gets a Voice: Adopt a rule creating a “Consensus Calendar.” Once a bill reaches 290 co-sponsors, a 25 legislative day clock will begin.  If the primary committee of jurisdiction does not report the bill by the end of the 25 legislative days, the legislation will be placed on the new “Consensus Calendar” where it will remain until the bill is considered.  For every in-session week, after February 28th of the First Session and before September 30th of the Second Session, majority leadership will be required to bring at least one bill on the “Consensus Calendar” to the Floor. 
2.      Bipartisan Amendments: Create a Rules Committee Protocol that specifically adds a preference to amendments that comply with the rules, and have at least twenty Members of each party cosponsoring the amendment.
3.      Modernize the Discharge Petition: Allow discharge petitions to be considered under a 3-day notice process similar to privileged resolutions in order to facilitate their use and effectiveness, while still requiring 218 signatures. The current process only allows perfected petitions on certain Mondays and only if the House is in session on those days.
4.      Increase Committee Transparency: Require three business days’ notice for committee markups, but preserve the entire “good cause” exception. 
5.      Reform the Motion to Vacate the Chair:  Adopt a rule stating that a resolution causing a vacancy in the Office of the Speaker will be privileged if offered by the direction of a major party caucus or conference.
6.      Legislative Committee Party Ratios: Commit to a more fair party ratio for committees. Since ratios change throughout the year due to resignations, special elections etc., ratios have never been and should not be set through the standing rules of the House. We are also aware of the Minority’s need to negotiate for seats they need and how setting ratios in the standing rules could inadvertently restrict their needs. However, we agree that to the extent possible party ratios on legislative committees (including Intelligence and Joint and Select Committees, but excluding Rules and Ethics) should reflect the party ratio of the entire House.
7.      A More Inclusive Amendment Process:  Commit to a more fair and inclusive legislative process where more ideas and amendments are debated, and there is less of a reliance on closed rules.
8.      Preserve “Majority Markups”: Ensure that a majority of the Members of a committee can request and schedule a markup of the committee they serve on. 

Community Action Angels Asking for Donors

The Community Action Angels are seeking donors to sponsor wish lists for children under twelve whose families are in need of assistance this Christmas. The program provides toys and gifts to children ages birth-12, and $40 gift cards to children 13 to 18 years. 
The program will collect all donated gifts by December 14, 2018, with monetary donations being accepted until December 21, 2018.  If you would like be an “Angel” this year by sponsoring a wish list, or by donating new unwrapped toys or gifts cards, or sending a monetary donation, please contact Belinda at (585) 268-7605 extension 1340.  Donations may also be dropped off at the ACCESS Center, 84 Schuyler Street, Belmont, NY. 
The Community Action Angels program offers assistance to Allegany County families in need where they may not qualify for assistance programs or where no programs exist. Generous support and wonderful volunteers made it possible for the Community Action Angels to provide gifts to 235 children in 2017.