Sunday, May 31, 2020

State Police: "We respect your right to peacefully protest"

This message was sent today to employee's of the New York State Police by Superintendent Keith M. Corlett.

To the public: We respect your right to peacefully protest.
We understand you are hurting. We understand you are angry. We are too.
The majority of law enforcement are people who want to make a difference and care for those in the community we serve. That was not displayed by a select few last week.

However, it is our job to uphold the law.
Violence will not be tolerated. If violence is shown toward law enforcement, members of the public or in destruction of property, arrests will be made.

Allegany County COVID-19 Update

Press Release
May 31, 2020
COVID-19 Statistic Update
In the United States, the COVID-19 virus has infected approximately 1.81 million people, and there have been 105,792 deaths. In New York State, there have been 370,770 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and there have been 22,391 deaths statewide with 56 deaths in the last 24 hours. As of 11:45 a.m. on May 31, Allegany County’s statistics are as follows:
Confirmed Cases: 48
Recovered Cases: 44
COVID-19 Related Deaths: 1
Total Quarantined/Isolated to Date: 664
Released from Quarantine/Isolation: 651
Currently Quarantined/Isolated: 13

Dentist offices in NYS can reopen Monday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York dentists can reopen statewide tomorrow. Dentists' offices will be subject to state guidance on best practices for safety and social distancing.

Pennsylvania State Police investigate homicide in Tioga County

ICYMI: County Road 20 in Friendship to temporarily close

From the Allegany County Department of Public Works:
Please be advised that starting at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020, County Route 20 (Gibson Road) will be closed at the railroad crossing approximately 1.25 miles west of the State Route 19 intersection. This closure is for Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad (WNYPR) repair of the railroad crossing at this location. The road will remain closed until WNYPR has completed their repairs, which is estimated to be done by Thursday, June 4, 2020. There will not be an on-site detour to accommodate traffic and motorists are urged to seek alternate routes. Thank you for your cooperation.

NY State Police Blotter

5/30/20 1pm- State Police arrested a 13-year-old name-protected boy from Almond. He was charged with felony burglary and criminal mischief. The incident was reported at 1:06 a.m. Saturday in the Village of Almond.

5/31/20 12:29am- During a traffic stop on State Route 19A in Fillmore, State Police arrested Joshua R. Schroeder, 21, of Cuba. He was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Cuba Police Chief on Minneapolis crisis: "we have a fundamental duty"

Note: Wellsville Regional News has reached out to the chiefs of the Alfred, Andover, Cuba and Wellsville police departments as well as Allegany County Sheriff Rick Whitney. We have asked for comment on this national story that has sparked protests across the county. As those comments are received...they will be posted.
The death of George Floyd, an African-American man, occurred in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, when Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, knelt on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds; 2 minutes and 53 seconds of which occurred after Floyd became unresponsive, according to the criminal complaint filed against Chauvin.
Statement from Cuba Police Chief Dustin Burch:
I’m aware of and following the recent events in Minneapolis. I was shocked by the behavior of the Minneapolis police officers that led to the untimely death of George Floyd. The actions seen in the video do not align with the training or values of the Cuba Police Department, nor with those of the policing profession as a whole, and I consider those actions egregious and inexcusable. I also understand that while this tragedy occurred hundreds of miles away, it still affects us all in a variety of ways.

As police officers, we have a fundamental duty to care for and safeguard everyone and anyone in our custody. That did not occur with this particular incident. A man was deprived of his life, a family was deprived of their loved one, a community was deprived of their faith in the people (law enforcement) who are entrusted to keep them safe and our great profession was deprived of its legitimacy by the incomprehensible and senseless actions of a few. There was no consideration for the value of human life and that is inexcusable. These officers don’t represent the majority of us in law enforcement and must face the consequences for their actions! We are better than this. We must continue to do what's right.

The members of the Cuba Police Department want to assure the citizens of our jurisdiction and the country that we stand with them and we respect their right to voice their concerns, peacefully. We are committed to continuing to partner with all members of our community to ensure that our Town remains a place we can all be proud of.  

NY State Police Blotter

5/29/20 2:15pm- State Police arrested Derek W. Tyler-Lockwood, 30, of Cuba. He was charged with felony criminal mischief, felony criminal possession of stolen property and auto stripping.
5/29/20 6:31- After an investigation was launched in the Town of Scio May 29th, State Police arrested Jacob M. Nelson, 22, of Whitesville. He was charged with assault:impaired-drug/substance. He was initially detained.
This entry was dated 10/21/19, BUT just released today -  State Police arrested Raymond H. Washburn, 65, of Hinsdale. He was charged with felony rape, felony possession of a sexual performance by a child, felony criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.
5/29/20 9:38pm- After investigating an incident in Corning, State Police arrested Riley P. Halbert, 20, of Canaseraga. He was charged with felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance-a narcotic drug with intent to sell. He was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon. He was detained on cash bail.

Phase 2 possible next week for Allegany County, Western New York

Keep your fingers crossed. If all holds together, Allegany County and the Western New York region could enter Phase 2 reopening by Tuesday. In a Tweet Friday by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, she said "#WNY: Nothing has changed. As long as necessary metrics are sustained, Western New York would be eligible for Phase Two reopening as soon as Tuesday."    
Gov. Cuomo gets the final vote. And fingers crossed that it is not as chaotic as Friday. Several regions, including Steuben County, were set to enter Phase 2 Friday, only to learn at 7:30 p.m. Thursday that the pause button was hit again...only to be undone...hours later. 
Every elected official, business leader, blah, blah supports the reopening. WHAT WE ALL SUPPORT IS THE REOPENING OF BARBER SHOPS AND HAIR SALONS!   
However, according to The Buffalo News... Hair salons and barber shops will not be permitted to offer services other than hair-cutting and coloring.

Friday, May 29, 2020

COVID-19 claims life of Jasper man

BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of an individual who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 42.  The individual was an 83-year-old male from the Town of Jasper who died while hospitalized outside the county.
“It has been two weeks since we last reported a COVID-19 related death,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith.  “Although we are moving further into reopening, let us not forget that many are still impacted by this terrible disease, and there are still those who are at risk for illness or death.  Efforts to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 are still imperative.”        

Obituary: Olga Maria Rende Iantorno, Bolivar

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Olga Maria Rende Iantorno, predeceased by her parents Luigi and Concetta Rende, her sister Luisa Giraldi and her loving husband of 50 years Rubens Iantorno on October 28, 2003. Cherished mother of Robert (Sharon) Iantorno, Tina (Richard) Joyce, Linda Iantorno (Tom Ciocca), Richard (Mary) Iantorno, and Randy (Heather) Iantorno. Loving Nana to Miranda (Ned) Gould, Danielle (John) Palmer, Miria Iantorno (Chad Millward), Cory Joyce, Nikolas & Jeremy Miska, Sam, Ian & Adam Iantorno, and Tea', Chiara & Ryder Iantorno. Great Grandma to Tatum, Jessen, Katelynn Giles, Connor and Liam Palmer. Great - Great Grandma to Sherlock Tascone. Survived by her brother Simone (Vittoria) Rende and many nieces, nephews, cousins and all her friends that called her Nana. Olga attended school in Nogiano & Rende, Italy. At the age of 18 she immigrated to the United States and finished her schooling at Bolivar Central in 1949. She married Rubens Iantorno on July 25, 1953 at St. Mary's of the Angels Church in Toronto, Canada. Rubens and Olga owned and operated the Chef Grill in Bolivar, NY from 1977 to 2005 - famous for the Olga Burger. Olga was Nana and Mom to many and became a legend in Bolivar for her Italian cookies and food. She was a devout Catholic and was a member of St Mary's Parish and the Alter and Rosary Society in Bolivar, NY. She often made cookies, pasta, and meatballs for many of the parish events. An article was written about her in the Cuba Patriot about her famous Italian cookies. Olga was known for her kindness and generosity and will be deeply missed by her family and friends. A private Christian burial is scheduled on Monday, June 1, 2020. Because of these times, a Celebration of Life will be scheduled when permitted.
Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bolivar, New York.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 43 Maple Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895 or to the Hart Comfort House, 141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895
Arrangements are under direction if the Schaffner Funeral Home, Inc., Bolivar.

Press release: NYSUT issues endorsements in state, federal races

ALBANY, N.Y. May 29, 2020 — New York State United Teachers today issued another round of endorsements in more than 20 races for state legislative offices and recommended more than a dozen congressional candidates for endorsements by the union’s national affiliates, the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association.
“Now more than ever, it’s clear that public schools are cornerstones of our communities, and we need representatives across New York who recognize that and will fight for public education in the halls of power,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “We are confident that the dozens of candidates we’ve endorsed already this election cycle are the types of leaders who can deliver for New Yorkers. Especially amid this global pandemic, support for policies and funding that will move public education forward is critical as our educators work doubly hard to provide educational services and other essential resources for students and families.”
The full slate of the latest endorsements and recommendations is below.
NYSUT previously issued endorsements and endorsement recommendations for nearly 30 candidates for state and federal offices. Those endorsements can be found here.
NYSUT is scheduled to hold its biennial endorsement conference for federal and state offices this summer.
NYSUT-endorsed candidates receive grassroots support from NYSUT members, including phone banking, door knocking and literature distribution. The union also makes financial contributions from voluntary donations through the union’s VOTE-COPE non-partisan political action committee.
Congressional Endorsement Recommendations
Congressional District 3
Tom Suozzi
Congressional District 5
Gregory Meeks
Congressional District 6
Grace Meng
Congressional District 7
Nydia Velázquez
Congressional District 8
Hakeem Jeffries
Congressional District 9
Yvette Clarke
Congressional District 10
Jerrold Nadler
Congressional District 11
Max Rose
Congressional District 12
Carolyn Maloney
Congressional District 13
Adriano Espaillat
Congressional District 14
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Congressional District 22
Anthony Brindisi
Congressional District 25
Joseph Morelle
State Senate endorsements
Senate District 12
Michael Gianaris
Senate District 13
Jessica Ramos
Senate District 18
Julia Salazar
Senate District 19
Roxanne Persaud
Senate District 23
Diane Savino
Senate District 25
Tremaine Wright
Senate District 27
Brad Hoylman
Senate District 31
Robert Jackson
Senate District 34
Alessandra Biaggi
Senate District 38
Elijah Reichlin-Melnick
Assembly endorsements
Assembly District 24
David Weprin
Assembly District 33
Clyde Vanel
Assembly District 39
Catalina Cruz
Assembly District 40
Ronald Kim
Assembly District 64
Brandon Patterson
Assembly District 73
Dan Quart
Assembly District 74
Harvey Epstein
Assembly District 78
Jose Rivera
Assembly District 82
Michael Benedetto
Assembly District 87
Karines Reyes
Assembly District 92
Thomas Abinanti
New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.

NY State Police Blotter

5/28/20 11pm- During a traffic stop on South Street in Friendship, State Police arrested Andrew C. Schappacher, 37, of Friendship. He was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated. He was issued an appearance ticket for court and released.

Friendship: Free Food Distribution

A DRIVE-THROUGH grocery distribution including dairy, produce and other perishables will be offered at the Friendship Central School at 46 West Main Street, Friendship, NY, on Monday, June 1, from 3:30 pm- 5:00 pm, or until food is gone.  Each family will get three boxes of prepacked groceries, with the same items and the same amount.
All guests must practice social distancing for everyone’s health and safety by remaining in their vehicles.  Staff will register guests and load food in cars on site. 
  • No early arrivals, please.
  • Please follow signs and/or staff directions as you pull into the parking lot.
  • Guests must write their zip code and ages of all household members on a piece of paper to be displayed in the window. Please keep windows rolled up.
  • Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  We cannot guarantee enough food for all attending.
  • Must be 18 or older to accept food; No one over 18 will be turned away, as long as there is food to be given.
  • No geographic or income limits.