Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Woman donates back to Wellsville Firemen's Aux.

The Wellsville Firemen's Auxiliary would like to thank the community for their support in our recent 50/50 Raffle Ticket Fundraiser which was held on Balloon Rally Saturday. The winning ticket belonged to Renee Jackson of Wellsville who was very kind with her winnings and donated them back to the Auxiliary. We are very grateful and thankful for her generosity. 

Allegany County 2017 homicide investigation continues- drone and grid search reported in Ward

Time has passed, but criminal investigators with the Amity-based State Police haven’t given up on the July 1, 2017 murder of Raymond Cornelius. The 82-year-old man was found dead by family members inside his home on Wadsworth Hill Road in the Town of Ward. Members of the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation said this afternoon that the hunt isn’t going to go away. That was evident recently when a renewed police presence was visible at and near the crime scene. One investigator noted that a drone was deployed to surveille the area. In addition, a team of investigators scoured the area by conducting another grid search looking for evidence and clues. As one family member said “somebody out there knows something.” Earlier this month, one investigator said they were working on some “fairly new leads.” If you have any information about this homicide, please call New York State Police Amity Barracks at 585-268-7085.

Alfred Police say it you possess marijuana, they will still 'arrest' you

Possessing marijuana in New York remains unlawful. What has changed in recent days, under new legislation, is the outcome. The change deals with how much you can possess before it becomes a 'crime.' Lawmakers in Albany still have work to do.
First, let's understand terminology. Unlawful possession of marijuana is a violation offense-it is not a crime. Alfred Police Chief Paul Griffith says "a lot of people think if you are arrested, you are arraigned and put in jail." In fact, he says, "when we charge someone with unlawful possession of marijuana, UPM, it is a violation offense. You are still arrested...when we write a ticket (for UPM), you're not free to leave. It's not a crime - those are misdemeanor and felony offenses." The chief points out that violation offenses are not 'record-bearing' offenses, meaning they will not appear in a criminal history search." He said you are not fingerprinted or photographed, yet, you are still placed under arrest. You will be ordered to appear in court. He admits that a speeding ticket is actually far worse than a UPM arrest - yet, it is still an arrest. Griffith said today that "it is still illegal to have (marijuana), and we write a lot of violations - so now you can have more (marijuana) and it's still a violation arrest." The police chief, whose district includes both Alfred State College and Alfred University, said his officers will continue to make marijuana arrests. Griffith says "it is a big deal for college students because it is considered a drug offense (by colleges and university's) and can affect financial aid." Griffith said "the biggest change I saw (in the new law) was the amount...that used to be a misdemeanor (crime) is now a violation."

Woman escaped serious injury in Alfred crash-vehicle tumbles down 30 foot embankment

A woman driving to work at Alfred State College escaped serious injury Wednesday morning when her vehicle crashed over a guide rail and overturned several times down a thirty foot or so embankment on State Route 244 in Alfred. Police said an animal entering the roadway prompted defensive action by the motorist. The unnamed driver, who was wearing a seatbelt, was helped to safety and then transported to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville for evaluation. Police said it took quite some time to haul the vehicle up to the road and over the guide rail. Alfred Police, State Police, Alfred Station Fire and Alfred Ambulance assisted at the scene of the incident which occurred shortly after 8 a.m.

Wellsville Police Blotter

·        Spencer S. Carl, age 19 from Wellsville was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the third degree (unclassified misdemeanor) following a traffic stop on East State St.  Carl was issued a traffic ticket to appear in Village Court on August 27th.

·        Cheryl L. Barnes, age 54 from Almond was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Content Over .08% following a traffic stop on W. Dyke St.  Barnes was issued traffic tickets to appear in Village Court on August 27 and released to a third party.

Cuba Police blotter

On July 28th, 2019, at approximately 4:27p.m., Cuba Police arrested Cory A. Pearse, 31, of Cuba. Pearse was charged with Harassment 2nd (Violation) and Aggravated Harassment 2nd (Misdemeanor). Pearse was processed and released to appear at a later date. Pearse is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Shinglehouse to Coudersport to McKean County: Drug bust and high speed chase

Fake $100 bill passed in Genesee, PA


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.5054/A.7053) authorizing firefighters and other emergency medical responders to remove animals in unattended motor vehicles under conditions that endanger their health or well-being. This legislation will help reduce wait times when calls are made to 911 that a pet is in danger, especially in areas and at times when law enforcement or animal control availability is limited. The bill goes into effect immediately.
"Leaving a pet in a stifling hot or freezing cold car is inhumane and potentially dangerous, and emergency responders should have the ability to remove them if necessary," Governor Cuomo said. "As a dog owner myself, I am proud to sign this measure into law to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of animals."
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said, "By authorizing emergency medical service personnel and firefighters to remove animals from cars in extreme heat or cold situations, we reduce wait times saving critical minutes and the lives of innocent animals. In areas with limited police resources, this new law becomes even more important as it expands the number of emergency personnel who can respond to a desperate situation where a helpless animal is in imminent danger and the owner cannot be located.  Too often we hear stories about an animal who has died due to the reckless behavior of its owner.  This measure will offer greater protections to our precious pets and penalize those who put them in harms way."
Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele said, "In the summer months, we are reminded of the danger that the confinement of pets in motor vehicles can pose when temperatures inside vehicles can soar to life-threatening extremes within minutes. This important measure will result in the saving of beloved pets' lives in these dangerous situations by substantially expanding who can respond to a pet in distress. Firefighters and EMS personnel are equipped and trained to act in these situations. This will allow our firefighters to put that training to good use when a pet is threatened by extreme temperatures in a motor vehicle."

Travel Advisory – Paving Scheduled on State Route 961F, Village of Arkport, Steuben County

State Route 961F
Village of Arkport, Steuben County
The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that, weather permitting, on Monday August 5th through Wednesday August 7th 2019, a combination of state forces and railroad personnel will be paving around a railroad crossing on State Route 961F (West Ave) in the Village of Arkport. The project will be taking place at the railroad crossing near the intersection of County Route 67. Traffic will be detoured along Route State Route 36.  


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation limiting an educational institution's ability to authorize any person who is not primarily employed as a school resource officer, law enforcement officer or security guard to carry a firearm on school grounds (S.101/A.1715), and directing State Police to establish statewide regulations aimed at strengthening existing gun buyback programs and create new programs for the safe removal of illegal, unsecured, abandoned or unwanted firearms (S.2449/A.2685). This legislation builds on New York's strongest in the nation gun laws, including the Red Flag Bill signed in February that prevents individuals who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing a firearm, legislation Governor Cuomo signed July 29 extending the background check waiting period and banning bump stocks and legislation signed yesterday banning undetectable guns and expanding firearm safe storage laws to protection children.
"The answer to the gun violence epidemic plaguing this country has never been and never will be more guns, and today we're expanding New York's nation-leading gun safety laws to further protect our children," Governor Cuomo said. "These measures will help slow the proliferation of guns by keeping unneeded firearms out of school zones and helping to ensure unwanted or illegal guns don't fall into dangerous hands."
"Senseless and horrific gun violence continues to impact children and families across the nation," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "In New York, we're proud to lead the nation with common sense gun safety measures to protect New Yorkers. This legislation will prevent teachers from being armed and establishes gun buyback programs to keep firearms off school grounds and ensure the protection of young people. While the federal government turns its back on gun violence and prevention, we're committed to preventing tragedies and saving lives."
Preventing School Districts from Arming Teachers
In the wake of a rising number of deadly school shootings occurring across our nation, many have suggested that teachers and other school employees should be trained and armed to help deter and prevent future school shootings, even though educators nationwide have disapproved of the idea of carrying guns. Additionally, introducing guns into schools could create the potential for accidental shootings or other acts of violence. This legislation stipulates that educational institutions can't issue written authorization to carry a gun to any teacher, professor, administrator or other person who is not primarily employed as a school resource officer, law enforcement officer or security guard. The bill takes effect immediately.
Statewide Regulations for Gun Buyback Programs
There are many different gun buyback programs across the state that allow individuals to dispose of illegal, unsecured, abandoned or unwanted firearms. While these programs are increasing in popularity, they currently lack a consistent set of standards and do not occur everywhere in the state. This legislation directs the State Police to work with the Department of State to establish regulations for gun buyback programs so that all buyback programs across the state are operated consistently with uniform best practices, and that these programs take place in every county in the state. These standards will help ensure that gun buyback programs accomplish their stated goals of reducing the proliferation of guns in our neighborhood and that the programs are easily accessible to the public. The bill will take effect 180 days after becoming law.

Memorial Service: Hattie M. Roskey, 88, Bolivar

Hattie M. Roskey, 88, of Bolivar, NY, died Monday, June 3, 2019.  A memorial gathering will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 3, 2019 in the Bolivar Fire Hall, Bolivar, NY.  Memorials may be made to the Bolivar Volunteer Fire Department Building Fund or Jones Memorial Hospital.  Arrangements are entrusted to Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Obituary: John M. Johnson Sr., 60, Wellsville

WELLSVILLE - John M. Johnson Sr., 60, of North Broad Street, passed away on Monday, July 29,2019, at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He was born on December 9, 1958, in Dansville, to George “Hum” and the late Joyce (Mastin) Johnson. 
John was a 1978 graduate of Scio Central High School, and later from Alfred State Vocational School for Building Trades. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville, an avid fisherman, hunter, and camper, and musician. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially at cookouts. John will be remembered as a local musician who played in many of his family's country and classic rock bands.
 John is survived by: his father, George “Hum” Johnson of Wellsville; a son, John Johnson II of Wellsville; two daughters, Amelia (Jason) Workman and Crystal Johnson, both of Andover; 9 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Jeffery Johnson and Jason [Lisa] Johnson both of Wellsville; a sister, Jean [Scott] Hamar of Oceanside, CA.; several nieces, nephews and cousins;
John was predeceased by his mother Joyce, his first wife Dawn and a sister Julie.
Friends are invited to call on Friday, August 2, 2019, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Prayer service will be held on Saturday in the Funeral Home at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery and memorials in John's name may be given to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit

DOD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.
Both soldiers died July 29, 2019, in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained in a combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.
The deceased are:
Pfc. Brandon Jay Kreischer, 20, of Stryker, Ohio.
Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance, 24, of Chicago, Illinois.

Both soldiers were assigned to 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

On the look out---Wellsville Police

4:22 p.m. - Wellsville police are on the lookout for a black GMC or Chevy pickup with two males and one female. They may have just been involved in a burglary on South Brooklyn Avenue in Wellsville. Police have issued an area-wide "BOLO" (be on the look out). Could have a Hornell connection.

"As You Like It" comes to Wellsville

Barry Dunne, president of the Wellsville Rotary Club present's the Rotary Club's contribution to help bring Shake on the Lake's production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" to Wellsville to organizer Kathryn Ross. PHOTO PROVIDED
WELLSVILLE - Shakespeare's musical comedy "As You Like It" will be performed by Shake on the Lake theatrical group at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 5 on the lawn of the David A. Howe Library.
 This is a free performance which has been made possible through generous contributions from the Allegany Area Foundation, the Wellsville Lions Club, Allegany Arts Association, Wellsville Rotary Club, the David A. Howe Library, Albert and Margaret Kerton and David and Jane Pinney.
 "I just want to thank all the groups and individuals who helped to make this free event happen this year. Hopefully it will take place next year as well and will be the start of a new tradition and another reason for people to come to downtown Wellsville," said Kathryn Ross the organizer of the event.
 Ross is the founder of the Music on the Lawn summer concert series and ran it successfully for 17 years before retiring from it.
 "As You Like It" is a musical comedy about a young woman banished from the royal court and her adventures in finding love in the real world.
 "SOTL's productions are witty and fun. They involve the audience and use modern music and speech to relate Shakespeare's words with what is happening in today's society. It is fun and entertaining, a little bawdy and exciting with a price that fits everyone's pocket. It is free," she said.
 "As You Like It" will be held on the front lawn of the library. The audience is advised to bring lawn chairs or blankets to watch the 90-minute play which will be taking place at ground level and not on a stage. In the case of rain, the event will take place in the Nancy Howe Auditorium.
 Wellsville Lion Club President Don McCutcheon giving a check for $500 to Katherine Ross to help sponsor William Shakespeare's  "As you like It" at the David Howe Library on August 5th at 6:30 pm. This is from our Lions Club Civic Improvement committee. 

Canaseraga TV Collection

This Saturday, August 3rd,  Allegany County will be holding a television collection event at the Canaseraga Transfer Station, 89 Main Street, Canaseraga, NY, from 8:00a.m. to 3:30p.m. This event is open to ALL Allegany County Residents and will provide for the recycling of up to two televisions per residential unit. For more information on recycling and solid waste in Allegany County, please visit us at:, or call Tim Palmiter at 585-268-7282.

I-390 Stop Leads to Felony Charge

INTERSTATE 390: Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Nunda, NY resident on felony charges after a traffic stop.
On July 29, 2019 Deputy Shawn Whitford was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Operation Safe Interstate initiative when he stopped a vehicle on Interstate 390 for a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law.
The operator of the vehicle was identified as 32-year-old Danae R. Gomez. A records check revealed that Gomez’s driving privileges had been suspended or revoked a total of seven (7) times. Gomez was taken into custody for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 2nd Degree.
The Deputy Sheriff further suspected that Gomez was involved in drug activity and conducted a roadside drug investigation. It is alleged that during the roadside investigation, Gomez ingested a quantity of fentanyl in an attempt to prevent the Sheriff’s Deputy from discovering that she was in possession of it.
Gomez was then arrested and additionally charged with the felony of Tampering with Physical Evidence.
Gomez was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. Gomez was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Caledonia Justice Mark Riggi. The Judge remanded Gomez to the custody of the Sheriff on bail of $3,000 cash or $6,000 bond.
The Child Abuse Hotline (CPS referral) was contacted/made by the Sheriff’s Office due to Gomez being pregnant. Unfortunately, due to the child not being born, the state agency was unable to accept the referral at this time. Sheriff’s Deputies did transport Gomez to the hospital for medical treatment.
Assisting with the traffic stop was Deputy Connor Sanford, Deputy Morganne Harrington, and Deputy Caleb Cutting with his narcotics certified K-9 partner Kai.

Rep. Reed congratulates Schmitz on VFW national commander election

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Tom Reed congratulated William “Doc” Schmitz, of Corning, N.Y., on his election to be the new leader of the 1.2 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, a congressionally-chartered veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from all five branches of the armed forces.
“Doc has been an instrumental part of my staff in Congress from day one,” Tom said. “Doc cares about the needs of veterans, wants to ensure they are treated fairly and knows the issues surrounding the veteran community like no other. I am proud to have him on my staff, and I know he will lead the VFW to even greater heights.”
During his tenure as national commander, Schmitz will log thousands of miles across the U.S. and abroad to promote the many objectives of the VFW.
His charge to members and supporters of the $102 million nonprofit organization over the next year is to “Dare to Care.” This initiative is calling on individuals to help confront the challenges that hinder America’s service members and families from living their best lives.
Schmitz takes office during a time of great momentum for the organization which recently announced its first increase in membership in 27 years, reached a milestone achievement of more than $8.3 billion in benefits and compensation collected from the VA on behalf of veterans, and fought for the successful passage of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019. Through donations and corporate partnerships, the VFW has also surpassed $11 million in financial grants and $6.5 million in scholarships awarded to veterans. The VFW is celebrating 100 years of its National Veterans Service and National Legislative Service programs which advocate for the best possible quality of life solutions and benefits on behalf of America’s veterans, service members and military families.
Aiding the organization’s corporate relationships is its VFW Foundation, an IRS 501(c)(3) charity which maintains a coveted four-star rating by Charity Navigator, setting the VFW Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrating to the public its trustworthiness.
VFW membership eligibility requires honorable service in a war or expedition on foreign soil or in hostile waters. Schmitz served in the United States Navy from 1966 to 1970, with deployment to Vietnam as a corpsman attached to United States Marine Corps infantry and artillery. He then joined the VFW in 1971 at Post 524 in Corning, N.Y., where he has served the VFW in many vital leadership positions at the local, state and national levels.

Obituary: Jerome H. Larson, 64, Wellsville

WELLSVILLE - Jerome H. Larson, 64, of Pleasant Street, passed away on July 23, 2019 in Buffalo General Hospital. He was born in Milwaukee, WI, on March 14, 1955, to the late Laverne and Ethel (Stamm) Larson. He is survived by: two daughters, seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and many friends.  Arrangements are under the care of J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, and there will be no services. To leave online condolences please visit

Steuben County man pleads guilty to possessing child porn

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Christopher Kelly, 56, of Painted Post, NY, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A.Wolford. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that in April 2018, an undercover FBI Special Agent determined that a computer at the defendant’s address in Painted Post was sharing child pornography. A federal search warrant was executed in November 2018 during which investigators seized several of Kelly’s digital devices. A forensic analysis revealed that the devices contained approximately 251 images and five videos containing child pornography, some of which involved prepubescent minors, as well as children being subjected to violence.  The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Corning Office, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert.  Sentencing is scheduled for October 30, 2019, before Judge Wolford.

Hydrant flushing planned for village of Andover

The Village of Andover DPW will be flushing fire hydrants starting July 31 and continuing until August 7.  Expect some discoloration in the water when you first turn it on and a reduction in water pressure while the hydrants are being flushed.

NY State Police Blotter

State police arrested 33-year-old Larry Haxton of Wellsville. He was charged with making a false written statement and falsely reporting an incident. The charges stem from an incident July 14th in the town of Wellsville.

Troopers arrested 35-year-old Nickalus Carbone of Nunda. He was charged with felony driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop in the village of Canaseraga.

During a traffic stop on State Route 243 in Rushford last night, state police arrested 53-year-old Adrienne Young of Fillmore. She was charged with DWI and speeding.

After investigating a domestic dispute in the town of Genesee, troopers arrested 43-year-old Jack Doxey of Genesee. He was charged with 3rd degree menacing and 2nd degree menacing with a weapon. He was held for court action.

Memorial Service: Joanne Daily Horton, 82, Wellsville

WELLSVILLE - The friends of Joanne Horton are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Wellsville United Methodist Church, 79 Madison Street, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at the Stannards Cemetery at 2 p.m. To see the full obituary or to leave online condolences please visit

Original obituary:

Wellsville, NY - Joanne Daily Horton returned to Our Heavenly Father on June 1, 2019.  Joanne was born to Seward and Gertrude Daily of Genesee, Pennsylvania on May 26, 1937 as the second oldest of four children.  Her parents have preceded her in death.  Joanne was the loving wife of Roger Baker Horton and the beloved mother of Matthew, Mark, and Mitchell.  Mark preceded his mother in death.  She is survived by Roger, who continues to reside at their longtime home in Stannards, New York.   Matthew resides in Round Rock, Texas, and Mitchell resides in Brunswick, Ohio.  She is also survived by her brothers: Russell Daily of Bush, LA; Donald Daily of Alexandria, VA; and Alan Daily of Darlington, PA.
Joanne enjoyed travel and the company of good friends.  She and her family traveled extensively while her children were young, towing a camper about the country every summer.  Over time, her family became widely dispersed about the country, and she enjoyed nothing more than having family visit at holidays other occasions. 
She was fond of meeting with friends on a regular basis to play bridge throughout her adult life.  In more recent years, Joanne was active with the Monday Morning Club while supporting activities and projects for the Wellsville Library.  She also found fellowship with the Red Hat Society, enjoying the organization's lively atmosphere, and she was also a member of the Wellsville United Methodist Church.
She picked up sewing at an early age and turned it into a long-term commercial hobby, making clothes and alterations for her satisfied customers for many years.  Always eager to learn new things, she expanded her enterprise to custom embroidery after tackling the intricacies of the complex machines and the skills required to operate them.  In that portion of her business, she supported many local civic organizations and sports teams, relishing the special challenges.
Those special challenges of the sewing and embroidery business were the inspiration that yielded a friend, Darlene Smith, whom she considered a daughter.  Joanne and Darlene shared countless hours bonding while sharing their know-how and passion for the craft.
In a more traditional employment role, Joanne worked for twenty years in the admissions office for Alfred University where she worked as a secretary preparing application packages and managing the office.

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Extending the Background Check Waiting Period and Banning Bump Stocks

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Monday signed legislation to establish an up to 30-day waiting period for individuals who are not immediately approved to purchase a firearm through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (S.2374/A.2690) and to close existing statutory loopholes to prohibit ownership or sale of a bump stock (S.2448/A.2684). This legislation builds on New York's strongest in the nation gun laws, including the Red Flag Bill signed in February that prevents individuals who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing a firearm.
"For too long gun violence has plagued communities across our nation and while the federal government turns a blind eye, New York continues leading the way forward to protect our families and our children," Governor Cuomo said. "By signing these measures into law we are strengthening our nation-leading gun laws - banning devices whose sole purpose is to create the most bloodshed in the shortest timeframe and providing law enforcement the tools they need to stop firearms from falling into dangerous hands."
"As gun violence continues to affect communities across the state and the nation, we are advancing our efforts to strengthen our laws and protect New Yorkers," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "This legislation extending the background check waiting period and banning bump stocks will help to ensure that firearms do not get into the wrong hands and bans the use of devices that have been used to wreak havoc. We are committed to building on our nation-leading policies to stop senseless gun violence and save lives."
Extending the Background Check Waiting Period
Current federal law requires gun dealers to conduct a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) background check on a potential purchaser prior to selling a firearm, which immediately provides the dealer with one of three possible notifications. These notifications include "proceed," "denied," or "delayed." In the case of a "delayed" response, the dealer must wait three days before completing the sale. The FBI may continue to investigate the individual past the three-day timeframe but oftentimes by the time law enforcement has determined that the potential purchaser is ineligible, the sale has already been completed. By extending the waiting period up to 30 days, law enforcement is provided with sufficient time to complete a background check and help ensure that only those eligible to purchase and own a firearm are able to do so.
Banning Bump Stocks
In 2017, bump stocks and other devices that accelerate the rate of fire of firearms came to national attention after a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada that killed 58 people. These devices are attached to semi-automatic weapons and allow shooters to fire ammunition faster than any human could. Machine guns, and firearms that simulate machine guns, are already illegal under New York law, because of the immense public safety risks these weapons pose. Bump stocks and similar devices pose a similar threat to public safety, and this legislation will prohibit the possession, manufacture, transportation, shipment and sale of any items that accelerate the firing rate of firearms, rifles or shotguns.

Corning Reports Strong Second-Quarter Results with Year-Over-Year Growth Across All Businesses

Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced results for its second-quarter 2019 ended June 30, 2019.
News Summary:
  • Strong second-quarter 2019 performance driven by year-over-year growth in every business segment
    • GAAP sales of $2.9 billion and core sales of $3.0 billion increased 7% and 8%, respectively, on a year-over-year basis
    • GAAP EPS of $0.09 declined from $0.78 in the second quarter of 2018 driven primarily by non-cash, mark-to-market losses associated with the company’s currency-hedging contract
    • Core EPS grew by 18% to $0.45, reflecting year-over-year sales and earnings growth across all businesses
    • Display Technologies, Environmental Technologies, and Life Sciences posted double-digit net income growth
  • All business segments on track for sales growth for full-year 2019
    • Environmental Technologies second-quarter sales growth of 15% year over year significantly exceeded expectations; results position business segment to surpass previous full-year growth expectations
    • Display Technologies second-quarter sales grew 9% year over year; glass pricing environment better than expected with full-year 2019 price declines now expected to further improve to a low- to mid-single digit percentage
    • Optical Communications met second-quarter expectations; continues to grow approximately twice as fast as the passive optical market despite lowered full-year 2019 growth expectations
    • Specialty Materials sales grew 8% year over year; Life Sciences sales increased 6% year over year; both business segments remain on track to meet full-year growth expectations
    • 2020-2023 Strategy & Growth Framework commenced following company’s successful achievement of 2016-2019 Strategy and Capital Allocation Framework
      • Returned $306 million to shareholders in second-quarter 2019, for a total of $12.6 billion under the 2016-2019 Framework
      • Announced a new $5 billion share repurchase authorization to support new Strategy & Growth Framework
“Our second-quarter performance reflects our strong execution against our now-completed Strategy and Capital Allocation Framework, which guided Corning during the 2016-2019 period,” said Wendell P. Weeks, chairman, chief executive officer, and president. “We’re outpacing the markets we serve, which demonstrates the resilience of our portfolio in the face of macro-economic headwinds. We look forward to extending our strong performance under our new 2020-2023 Strategy & Growth Framework.”

Allegany County fatal-new details emerge

State Police say inexperience is the likely primary cause of a vehicle crash Saturday morning that killed four teenagers and injured a fifth in Allegany County. Four of the occupants were Dansville High School students. State Trooper Mark O’Donnell is the Troop E Public Information Officer. He told WHEC-TV that investigators have determined the vehicle was traveling at about 50 or 60 mph when it slammed into a tree. He said the brakes were never applied. O’Donnell added that distraction, speed and not being familiar with the area were contributing factors. Troopers said there was no evidence of alcohol or drug use. The crash happened at 4:30 in the morning.

Medic 100 expands service

From Andover Ambulance -
On Monday, Andover Volunteer Ambulance Corps along with Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corp. and Amity Rescue Squad Inc.officially placed Medic 100 in service to cover the territories of all 3 agencies. This cooperative agreement between the agencies allows sharing of finite resources to ensure our patients get the highest level of care possible. The unit is currently staffed by a Paramedic or Critical Care Technician Monday-Friday 4 a.m.- 4 p.m. and other hours as available. This will be a great resource to our community and organization. 

Monday, July 29, 2019

Allegany County Foundation Grant Supports Alfred Farmers Market

Earlier this summer, the Allegany County Area Foundation (ACAF) awarded the Alfred Farmers Market a grant of $500 to support the Market’s Family Activities Tent. This award came out of ACAF’s Allegany Fund, through which the Foundation assists non-profit organizations all around the county.
Founded in 2010 and open Sundays from 11a.m.-3p.m., the Farmer’s Market has quickly become a popular Alfred tradition. The Foundation grant allowed AFM board member/tent coordinator Allecia Brutsman to purchase new materials and supplies.
The Family Tent program features a variety of hands on, educational and nature-related activities. While kid-centered, the tent has proven to be of interest to adults and really serves entire families. Ten to fifteen visitors stop in on a typical Sunday – with many more on AFM festival days. 
Ms. Brutsman reports that the expanded curriculum has been well received. “People look forward to it’, she notes, “it’s been good for the community.” Her engaging programming has also caught the attention of nearby communities - which have contacted her, expressing interest in creating a similar space for their events.
With assets of $9.5M, ACAF manages over fifty scholarship and grant funds. If you would like to donate to one of these funds, or establish a fund to support students or your community contact the foundation’s executive director, Bruce Campbell at 585-296-5616 or Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible.

Allegany County Sheriff's Blotter

Allegany County Sheriff Rick Whitney reports that on July 25, 2019, Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office arrested Casandra C. Winans, age 32 of Bolivar, charging her with Petit Larceny and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree. Winans was processed and transported to the village of Bolivar Court where she was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.



Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation further decriminalizing marijuana use in New York State. New York's existing marijuana laws disproportionately affect African American and Latino communities, and this legislation will address those racial and ethnic disparities by reducing the penalty for unlawful possession of marijuana to a violation punishable by a fine, and by creating a process for individuals who have been convicted for possessing small amounts of marijuana to have their records expunged. The Governor first proposed the further decriminalization of marijuana in 2013, and again in the FY 2020 Budget. The bill will take effect 30 days after becoming law. "Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by laws governing marijuana for far too long, and today we are ending this injustice once and for all," Governor Cuomo said. "By providing individuals who have suffered the consequences of an unfair marijuana conviction with a path to have their records expunged and by reducing draconian penalties, we are taking a critical step forward in addressing a broken and discriminatory criminal justice process."

Wellsville Police Blotter

Friday July 26, 2019
Wellsville Police arrested Katharine S. Jackson, age 33 of Wellsville, charging her with Making a Terroristic Threat (Class D Felony).  The charge stems from an incident that took place on July 22nd.  Jackson was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Justice O’Connor.  Jackson was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $20,000.00 cash bail or $40,000.00 property bond.  Jackson is due back in Wellsville Village Court on August 20th at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville Police arrested Michelle K. Fauth, age 41 of Wellsville, charging her with a Violation of Probation.  Fauth was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Justice O’Connor.  Fauth was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $5,000.00 cash bail.  Fauth is due back in Wellsville Village Court on August 20th at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville Police arrested Dennis M. Truax, age 54 of Andover, charging him with DWI and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd (unclassified misdemeanor) for driving with a suspended driver’s license, following a traffic stop on the Lagoon Road in Wellsville. Truax was processed and arraigned before Associate Wellsville Village Justice Walsh. Truax was released to a third party and is due back in Wellsville Village Court on August 20th at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday July 27, 2019
Wellsville Police arrested Jacob R. Allen, age 26 of Wellsville, charging him with Assault 3rd, Criminal Mischief 4th, Strangulation 2nd (Class D Felony) and Unlawful Imprisonment 2nd. The charges stem from an incident that took place on Madison Street in the Village of Wellsville. Allen was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Justice O’Connor. Allen was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $10,000.00 cash bail or $20,000.00 property bond. Allen is due back in Wellsville Village Court on August 20th at 4:30 p.m.

Monday July 29, 2019
Wellsville Police arrested William J. Middaugh, age 31 of Friendship, charging him with DWI, DWI w/BAC of .08% or more, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd and Driver’s view obstructed.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on East State Street in the Village of Wellsville.  Middaugh was processed, issued and appearance ticket and released to a third party.  Middaugh is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on August 13th at 4:30 p.m.

Livingston County Sheriff's weekly blotter


Sara R. Cotto, 32, Rochester, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and nontransparent side windows on July 20, and was released on an appearance ticket to answer charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Alexis Mercedes, 32, Rochester, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree on July 21, and was issued an appearance ticket to address charges in Avon Town Court on a later date. 

Denzell S. Fairley, 26, Rochester, NY, was charged July 15, with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Operating a Motor Vehicle without an Inspection Certificate, a Window Tint Violation, Speeding and Following Too Close.  Fairly will reply to charges in Groveland Town Court on a later date. 

Russell H. Maurer, 63, Livonia, NY, was arrested July 15, charged with four counts of Criminal Contempt 1st Degree.  Following LC-CAP arraignment, Maurer was ordered held in the Livingston County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.  Maurer will answer charges in Geneseo Village Court on a later date. 

Jud E. Clark, 27, Olean, NY, was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree on July 18.  Following LC-CAP arraignment, Clark was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $500 cash bail. Clark will address charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Kristofer D. Sosa, Olean, NY, was arrested and charged with felony Driving While Ability Impaired by Dugs, felony Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Alcohol Combined, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, No\/Inadequate Headlights and No/Inadequate Plate Lamp.  Following LC-CAP arraignment, Sosa was ordered held in the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $3,000 cash bail.  Sosa will respond to charges in Avon Town Court on a later date. 

Canin J. Hill, 26, Mt. Morris, NY, was arrested July 18, charged with Robbery 3rd Degree, Petit Larceny and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  Following LC-CAP arraignment, Hill was ordered held in the Livingston County Jail on $10,000 cash bail/$20,000 property bond.  Hill will reply to charges in Geneseo Town Court on a later date.

Nicholas A. Daugustino, 41, Greece, NY, was arrested and charged with Grand Larceny 4th Degree and two counts of Petit Larceny on July 18, and following LC-CAP arraignment was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $5,000cash bail/$10.000 property bond. Daugustino will address charges in Geneseo and Avon Town Courts on later dates.

Roger J. Yencer, 43, Mt. Morris, NY, was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree and No/Inadequate Headlights on July 21.  Following LC-CAP arraignment, Yencer was remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $350 cash bail/$700 property bond.  Yencer will answer charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Nicholas E. Oneil, 33, Wayland, NY, was arrested July 20, charged with felony Driving While Intoxicated, Blood Alcohol Content .08% or Greater, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree and Failure to Keep Right.  Following LC-CAP arraignment, Oneil was ordered held in the Livingston County Jail on no bail.  Oneil will reply to charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date. 

Ovian J. Rivera, 18, Rochester, NY, was cited July 18, for Unlawful Possession of Alcohol by a Person Under 21 Years of Age and was released on an appearance ticket to answer charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date. 

Donald R. Laclair, 39, Mt. Morris, NY, was arrested and charged with Harassment 2nd Degree on July 19, and following LC-CAP arraignment was ordered held in the Livingston County Jail on $100 cash bail/$200 property bond. Laclair will address charges in Geneseo Village Court on a later date.

David W. Dale, 33, Springwater, NY, was arrested July 22, charged with Aggravated Harassment 2nd Degree.  Following LC-CAP arraignment, Dale was remanded to the Livingston County Jail on $1,500 cash bail/$3,000 property bond.  Dale will reply to charges in Springwater Town Court on a later date. 

Baldemar Maldonado, 42, Conesus, NY, was arrested and charged with two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and one count of Harassment 2nd Degree.  Following LC-CAP arraignment, Maldonado was ordered held in the Livingston County Jail on $250 cash bail/$500 property bond.  Maldonado will reply to charges in Groveland Town Court on a later date.

State Police: Vehicle in Allegany County crash that killed four teens-used without owner's knowledge

Law enforcement, families and communities continue to try and make sense of a crash Saturday morning that left four Dansville teenagers dead. The crash happened at 4:30 a.m. at the intersection of County Roads 13 and 13C in the Allegany County town of Burns.
Front seat passenger, Kelsi A. Bird, 16 of Dansville, NY was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital for multiple non-life-threatening injuries and was the only person wearing a seat belt during the collision. Police said she suffered a broken leg and rib. The operator of the SUV, Rebecca L. Earner, 16 of Dansville, NY and the other three occupants, Ambra E. Eddleton, 16, Justin D. Carpenter, 14 and Kyrstin L. Wolfanger, 14 all of Dansville, NY, were pronounced dead at the scene.

James O'Callaghan is the Public Information Officer for the New York State Police in Batavia. He told WHEC-TV
"The registered owner of the vehicle had no knowledge these kids had taken the vehicle." He added "one of the occupants took the vehicle without that person's knowledge, picked up a couple of their friends and that's why this collision took place at 4:30 in the morning." There was a large turnout Sunday at Babcock Park in Dansville for an impromptu memorial service.

Senator O'Mara's weekly column: “Good for big city politics, not for family farms”

By Senator Tom O'Mara
Earlier this year, it became clear that Governor Andrew Cuomo and a state Legislature under one-party Democrat control were preparing to enact far-reaching legislation that will affect New York farming for generations.

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and I immediately called for a comprehensive series of statewide public hearings. In a letter to the governor and legislative leaders we wrote, “The misguided and misrepresented Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act poses an extreme action at a time of already severe economic struggle for New York State farmers. Worse, the Act’s consequences would produce a nightmare of a ripple effect across local communities in every region of this state.”

Unfortunately, comprehensive public hearings never happened. The legislation was sponsored by two Democrat state legislators from Queens, New York City -- a stronghold of the Democratic Socialists of America (the largest socialist organization in the United States), the same base that socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hails from. The Democrat-controlled Legislature approved the legislation over strong Republican opposition. Recently, Governor Cuomo held a bill-signing ceremony in a New York City newsroom, with not one farmer present, to officially enact a new law with potentially devastating consequences for family farms and rural economies.

For many observers, it is further proof that the new “Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act” is largely motivated by extreme liberal, far-left politics. Governor Cuomo stood behind a podium in the newsroom of the New York Daily News in Manhattan, a paper whose pages have long stood for far-left causes like this one, to polish his own “progressive” far-left credentials.  

Opponents, including the New York Farm Bureau and Unshackle Upstate, have warned that it will have profound repercussions throughout local farm economies.

The president of the New York State Vegetable Growers Association said, “It is upsetting that state lawmakers have placed rural New York at a serious disadvantage in our ability to compete in the market place and provide economic opportunities for our employees. This new law failed to take common sense into account.”

New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher, a dairy farmer, added, “New York's farmers have been at the table from the beginning asking for a workable solution. Common ground should have considered what farms can afford and the opportunities our employees will lose as a result of this law.”

I debated and voted against the measure on the floor of the Senate on June 19, a debate available on YouTube at

My main point was this: It is another extreme move by a radically progressive state government, under one-party control, that will cost jobs, devastate hard-working farm families, and further weaken the foundations of local upstate economies.

Mandatory overtime pay and other actions called for under the new law, including the creation of a three-member Farm Wage Board granted the authority to unilaterally change the law’s provisions (similar to the wage board that unilaterally increased the minimum wage for fast food workers to $15-per-hour a few years ago), will increase farm labor costs. Estimates are that the state’s already exorbitant farm labor costs will increase by nearly $300 million or close to 20%, resulting in an across-the-board drop in net farm income of 23% and driving farmers out of business. Over the past five years, in fact, New York State has lost 20 percent of our dairy farms.

Nevertheless, Governor Cuomo went to a big city newsroom, not an upstate farm, to enact the law. That speaks volumes about the true motivation behind this extreme liberal, far-left action, and its consequences.  

Good for big city, liberal socialist politics. Bad for upstate New York’s family farms.

Graveside Service: Loretta M. Koubek, 86, formerly of Friendship

Family and Friends are invited to attend Graveside Services honoring the life of Loretta M. Koubek, who passed away February 4, 2019, which be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019 in Maple Grove Cemetery, Friendship, New York at 11:00 a.m.  Deacon Frank Pasquale will officiate.  Her original obituary is HERE. Arrangements are under direction of the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., Cuba.

Celebration of Life: Paul L. Woodard, 74, Shinglehouse

Paul L. Woodard “Celebration of life slated for Saturday, August 3, 2019”
SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.---Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life for Paul L. Woodard, 74, of Shinglehouse, from 1p.m. to 5p.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at 1996 Route 44, Shinglehouse (Nicole Matthews’ home). 
Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors at 2p.m.
Please bring a lawn chair, a memorable photo, and a story to share.
Paul’s favorite foods will be served.
Paul’s family entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
For further information, please visit

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Wellsville: Emerald Hook and Ladder joins the effort to assist Lawrenceville, PA fire department after blaze wrecks station, equipment

Lawrenceville Fire Department photo
From Tioga County, Pennsylvania…fire ripped through the Lawrenceville fire station late Saturday. Two ambulances and a patrol truck were saved, but a primary engine was damaged. The building was also heavily damaged. There were no serious injuries. The Department says it has replacement trucks and gear on loan from other agencies. Officials were also very clear…they have NOT authorized ANY GoFundMe accounts. In Wellsville...the Emerald Hook and Ladder is gathering old surplus gear and equipment to help.
(L-R): Emerald Hook & Ladder Captains Michael Walsh and
Garrett Gardner are gathering surplus equipment to send
to the Lawrenceville Station ravaged by fire.

Ulysses MOTL: Weather changes venue

Music on the Lawn at Ulysses Library featuring Freddy and the Jets
will be at the Tri-Town Fire Hall in Ulysses tonight.  Ice Cream Social by Firemen's Auxiliary at 5:00 p.m.

NY: DiNapoli Finds Schools Falling Short on Emergency Planning

Schools are not doing enough to prepare for emergency situations like shootings, according to an audit of safety planning at 19 schools recently released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Auditors found none of the schools met the minimum planning or training requirements of the State Education Department (SED), which oversees safety planning for schools. Alarmingly, two schools did not have district-wide safety plans even though plans were mandated nearly 20 years ago.
“New York’s schools must be better prepared for emergencies and violent incidents. My auditors looked at a sample of big and small schools in urban, suburban and rural settings. We found too many schools had gaps in their safety plans that could leave them unprepared if a shooting or life-threatening incident occurred,” DiNapoli said. “Helping our schools get strong safety plans in place will require more guidance and more resources from state policymakers. I urge the State Education Department to re-engage the NYS Safe Schools Task Force to make sure our children and school personnel are safe. Emergency planning must be a priority for all New York schools.”
This audit is part of DiNapoli’s initiative focused on educational issues. His auditors have completed three audits that examined safety planning at more than 40 school districts. The audits have found significant problems at schools, including no safety plans, plans filled with errors and plans not being shared with local law enforcement.
In New York, the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) Act, enacted in 2000, mandates training and instruction for preventing and responding to incidents of school violence and establishes a statewide uniform system for reporting violent incidents.
The SAVE Act also requires public school districts, charter schools and BOCES programs to develop comprehensive safety plans and building-level emergency response plans. SED regulations were developed to provide additional guidance and details on school safety planning requirements. The requirements outlined in the law and regulations do not apply to private schools.
For the audit just released, DiNapoli’s auditors looked at safety planning efforts at 16 school districts and two charter schools from 2017 to 2018, and 2019 for one school district. These entities include: Argyle Central School District, Candor Central School District, Commack Union Free School District, East Meadow Union Free School District, Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District, Genesee Community Charter School, Green Tech High Charter School, Haverstraw-Stony Point Central School District, Hendrick Hudson Central School District, Indian River Central School District, Lancaster Central School District, Levittown Union Free School District, Longwood Central School District, Naples Central School District, Niagara Falls City School District, Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District, Schenectady City School District, Syracuse City School District, and Wappingers Central School District.
Auditors found:
  • Two schools did not have safety plans and 17 others had incomplete safety plans. None of the schools met all 19 minimum safety plan requirements. Overall, half the safety plan requirements were met, but seven schools did not meet a majority of the requirements. For instance, most schools did not designate a chief emergency officer in their safety plans or identify duties for this critical position. They also did not include specifics on how they would collaborate with state and local law enforcement officials.
  • Sixteen school boards did not adopt a safety plan within the time requirements, properly submit it to SED or give the public the opportunity for input. Thirteen schools did not hold a public hearing on the safety plan or offer a public comment period.
  • Eighteen schools either did not have a safety team or did not have all the required members.
  • No schools met all of the annual safety training requirements, yet they certified to SED that they trained staff.
Because of the sensitive nature of the findings, the Comptroller’s office will not publicly release school-specific details. However, it has released two confidential audits to each school district and SED: one on examining district-wide safety plans and one on building-level emergency response plans. Auditors made a series of general recommendations as part of the audit and specific recommendations in the confidential reports given to each school district.
School boards are required to seek public input on their safety plans, including holding a 30-day comment period and adopting safety plans by Sept. 1. The Comptroller encourages school boards to publicly discuss how they are addressing the audit findings as they prepare for the upcoming school year. By law, building-level emergency response plans are deemed confidential and details cannot be shared.
Although nine schools did not respond to the public audit, two schools suggested the formation of a communication platform to foster school safety communication and collaboration. See the audit for more commentary.
Read the audit, or go to:
DiNapoli’s office has also probed the reporting of bullying, discrimination, harassment and violence at schools, which are often the underlying causes that can lead to major incidents if not addressed.

Meet Austin Morgan, Candidate for NY Senate, in Angelica, NY on Aug. 4th


Austin Morgan, candidate for Cathy Young’s 57th Senate District seat, will visit Angelica on Sunday, August 4th between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to meet with voters and future constituents. The 57th District includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and a portion of Livingston Counties.

"I’m so grateful to the Angelica Sweet Shop for this opportunity to share our campaign with the people, and make our case that Austin Morgan for State Senate is the best way to carry on Cathy Young’s legacy in Albany," Morgan said. The candidate and his staff will set up a large, white tent in front of the Angelica Sweet Shop at 44 West Main St. Donations made to his campaign will be rewarded with an ice cream treat, courtesy of the Sweet Shop.

A circle of comfortable chairs will create a casual environment to meet Austin and share your concerns and hopes for the future of the 57th Senate District. When elected, Austin will become a Democratic Majority caucus member and a powerful voice for this region. In Albany, his immediate strength in the decision-making process will have significant economic benefits for our rural towns and villages.

This meet and greet visit coincides with Angelica’s 50th annual Heritage Days event, so plan to take part in the community-wide festivities and make a day of it while you’re in town. See the schedule of events at

To learn more about the Ice Cream Social, or Austin’s campaign in general, please visit or follow Austin Morgan for State Senate 2019 on Facebook.

Austin Morgan is a son of Freedom, NY, rooted in the proud working-class tradition of our region. As a first-generation graduate of Cornell University, an educator, a former business manager, and a former State Senate employee, Austin has the experience and vision necessary to lead the 57th district.

At a time when we are grappling with population and opportunity loss, Austin believes that a fresh perspective and new energy are key to restoring the promise of our communities. "Albany has forgotten Freedom for decades, along with too many of the towns and villages we call home. I am running to change that," Austin said. "It's time to rip out the pages of the political playbook that say to wait in linewe cannot wait any longer. We need a State Senator with a vested interest in our futuresomeone with the plans and power to create positive growth, not someone who will sit on the sidelines and tow the party line. It’s time to put people over politics and help our counties."