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Big Flats- The Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) will be hosting an exhibit on Elmira native and Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis during the month of February, Black History Month. The exhibit is possible due to the hard work of Elmira High School senior Owen Mason who arranged for the loan of the exhibit items; including pictures, a framed jersey, books, and information about Davis' amazing character; from Syracuse University – Carrier Dome and the Chemung Valley Historical Society.   Also on display will be the replica Heisman Trophy.

Big Flats- The Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) will be honoring local World War II and Korean War veterans by hosting an Honor Flight Festivities evening, Saturday, November 14th from 7pm to 9pm.  Twin Tiers Honor Flight will be flying 55 veterans and their companions, departing the airport at 7:30am on an American Airlines charter flight, to Washington, D.C. for the day.

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed November 14th, "Twin Tiers Honor Flight Day" in Chemung County and is scheduled to present the proclamation to the veterans prior to their departure on Saturday morning.

Elmira Corning Regional Airport has determined an overall goal of 6.2% of DBE participation for USDOT-assisted projects is appropriate for the market area. Information on the goal and how it was established is available for inspection at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport office of the Airport Manager, (607) 739-5621 until 30 days from publication date, during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Comments will be accepted through 45 days from publication date.

The new security system at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport is featured in the July/August issue of Airport Improvement magazine.

Click here for the online version.

Click here for the digital version.

Big Flats - The Elmira Corning Regional Airport will once again be providing entertainment for arriving and departing passengers as well as the public by hosting another "Spring Festivities" this Saturday, April 11th, at the airport from 9am to 2pm.  The Festivities will include:

·         Tim Cleary as Magicman – Master Magician & Balloon Artist Extraordinaire

·         GST BOCES Cosmetology Program – Nail Painting/Hair Braiding

·         Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network – sign up to become an organ donor

·         Girl Scout Troop 3048 – Selling Girl Scout Cookies

·         Atlantic Aviation - Popcorn!

Director of Aviation Ann Crook invites the entire community to come to the airport and join in the activities and welcome Spring!

Big Flats - The Elmira Corning Regional Airport will once again be providing entertainment for arriving and departing passengers as well as the public by hosting "Spring Festivities" this Friday, March 27, at the airport from 9am to 1pm.  The Festivities will include:

·         Tim Cleary as Magicman – Master Magician & Balloon Artist Extraordinaire

·         GST BOCES Cosmetology Program – Nail Painting/Hair Braiding

·         Atlantic Aviation - Popcorn!

·         Girl Scout Troop 40348 – Crafts/Bake Goods

Director of Aviation Ann Crook invites the entire community to come to the airport and join in the activities and welcome Spring!

Big Flats- The Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) will be hosting a National Youth Art Month Artist’s Reception on Saturday, March 21st from 1pm to 2pm.  The community is welcome and encouraged to come and see these amazing works from our local youth and meet some of the artists. The exhibit showcases artwork done by Chemung Valley Montessori School students.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli reported today both airline passenger enplanement numbers and airport revenue totals for 2014 are up over last year’s figures. The number of passengers flying out of the Elmira Corning Regional Airport in 2014 was 22% higher than the number in 2013. In 2014, 156,871 passengers flew out of the airport compared to 128,941 in 2013.  This is the highest number of enplanements in airport history, exceeding the previous record set in 2012.  Airport revenues totaled $3,585,239 in 2014, representing a 5.7% increase from the 2013 total.

Big Flats- The Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) will once again be hosting an exhibit of artwork done by Chemung Valley Montessori School students as part of National Youth Art Month (NYAM).  Held annually throughout the month of March, the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes organizes the event and provides artwork from students from Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties to businesses, libraries, and cultural institutions throughout the three counties.

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ELMIRA- The Chemung County Office of Fire and Emergency has created the CHEMUNG CO. NY EMERGENCY ALERT/PREPARE mobile application to help citizens be better prepared, and to have all the information they need during an emergency or disaster.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care is seeking nominations for two Senior Citizen of the Year Awards to be awarded at our Older Americans Month Celebration on Monday, May 2nd. All qualified nominees will be recognized.  This year’s Older Americans Month theme is “Blaze a Trail”.  Please help us to identify and recognize volunteers who through their perennial contributions make a difference by serving our community!

BIG FLATS- Each year, the Chemung County Youth Bureau, its Board and the community recognize the good works of individuals, agencies, schools, and faith based organizations in delivering quality youth services in Chemung County.  The Youth Bureau is currently accepting nominations for the Daniel J. Donahoe Award and the Program Excellence Award.

Big Flats- The Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) will be hosting an exhibit on Elmira native and Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis during the month of February, Black History Month. The exhibit is possible due to the hard work of Elmira High School senior Owen Mason who arranged for the loan of the exhibit items; including pictures, a framed jersey, books, and information about Davis' amazing character; from Syracuse University – Carrier Dome and the Chemung Valley Historical Society.   Also on display will be the replica Heisman Trophy.

The Chemung County Youth Bureau is presently accepting applications for Recreation Leader positions for the 2016 Summer Cohesion Program, which provides recreational, educational, and cultural enrichment programming for youth ages 4-12 in Chemung County during the summer months.

Elmira - In close to seven years, Chemung County residents have collectively saved more than $1.3 million while using the ProAct Prescription Discount Card Program. The discount card program was exclusively endorsed by Chemung County in November of 2009. Since the program was implemented, residents have filled more than 33,500 prescriptions saving an average of 56%, or $38.67 on each prescription they fill.

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Health Department, in conjunction with the SPCA, will be offering the following free rabies vaccination clinic to New York State residents:

Chemung County Health Department
 John Gridley Building
103 Washington St., Elmira, NY 14901
Saturday, January 23, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

While a forecast of snow does not seem to be an issue for the clinic, there is the threat of very cold temperatures this weekend.  As a reminder, the Chemung County Health Department is closed to the public on weekends.  Therefore, the doors to the Health Department will not open until the 11:00 a.m. start of the clinic.  The public is advised not to arrive at the clinic until the 11:00 a.m. start time.  However, if you anticipate arriving early, you and your pets will be waiting outside the building in very cold temperatures.  There are ample supplies of rabies vaccine and no one arriving between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. will be turned away.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the appointment of two new department heads.  J. Michael Mucci was named as the Director of Personnel and Labor Relations effective November 23, 2015 and Michael J. Murphy was appointed director of the Chemung County Veterans’ Affairs following the retirement of Mark Klinger.

Elmira - The Institute for Human Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of 2-1-1 Teen HELPLINE, a free, safe, and confidential source of support and information for youth, parents, and professionals. On Thursday, January 14th, an event sponsored by the Chemung County Youth Bureau & hosted by the YWCA of Elmira & the Twin Tiers was held and featured the official unveiling of the new resource.

The problems of today’s youth are vast and complicated. From their inner selves to family and outside influences, young people face more challenges than ever before – but 2-1-1 Teen HELPLINE is here to help!

Towanda, PA - This morning Bradford County (PA) Sheriff C.J. Walters and Chemung County (NY) Sheriff Christopher Moss announced a cooperate initiative to assist residents of their respective counties to apply for non-resident pistol permits. As of this date, Bradford County residents who either own land in Chemung County, work in Chemung County, frequently conduct business in Chemung County or are current or retired law enforcement will be eligible to apply for a New York State non-resident pistol permit at the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office. Chemung County residents who meet the requirements set for by the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office will also be able to apply for non-resident Pennsylvania permits at the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to this date, neither Sheriff’s Office has been accepting applications for non-resident pistol permits.
Elmira Heights- The Chemung County Fire Advisory Board will hold a graduation ceremony for 31 graduates of the Spring and Fall 2015 Classes of the Firefighter 1 training program tomorrow, Thursday, January 7, 2016 at the Thomas Edison High School auditorium beginning at 7:00 pm. The training program was offered by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services through the Office of Fire Prevention and Control. The graduates of this program represent ten local volunteer fire companies from Chemung County and the West Danby Fire Department from Tompkins County.  They will now become probationary firefighters in those departments.
Elmira - During January, Cervical Health Awareness Month, the Southern Tier Cancer Services Program wants to spread the word that cervical cancer is preventable and highly treatable if found early. Getting screened for cervical cancer with a Pap test is the key to prevention and survival. Screening is available to both insured and uninsured women.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Chemung County Department of Social Services Draft Biennial Employment Plan has been filed on December 18, 2015 with the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance for employment activities for all TANF, Safety Net and SNAP applicants and recipients.

The Employment Plan is available for review for thirty (30) days.

ELMIRA- Age-Friendly Chemung County, a coalition-backed initiative that promotes active and healthy living, has launched a website and a Facebook page where county residents can find resources to help them live and age well.

Website resources are organized according to the eight domains identified by the World Health Organization as being important to an Age-Friendly Community: Outdoor Spaces and Buildings, Transportation, Housing, Social Participation, Respect and Social Inclusion, Civic Participation and Employment, Communication and Information, and Community and Health Services. The website can be found at https://agefriendlychemungcounty.wordpress.com/

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that pavilion reservations for the 2016 Summer Season at Harris Hill and Park Station will be taken starting Monday, January 4th from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (closed 12-12:30).  Reservations will be taken by TELEPHONE ONLY on January 4th and January 5th, after which walk-ins are welcomed.  The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department is open Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (closed 12-12:30 p.m.).

Elmira – The Chemung County Office of the Treasurer has once again been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2014.

ELMIRA - In observance of World AIDS Day on Tuesday, December 1st, the Chemung County AIDS Taskforce has scheduled a Candle Light Vigil beginning at 5:00 pm at Wisner Park in downtown Elmira. 

This year's events include a proclamation from Mayor Sue Skidmore, and County Executive, Tom Santulli, a reading by local teens of the names of local HIV-positive individuals who have died, a candlelight vigil, and march from the park to the Steele Memorial Library of the Chemung County Library District. 

ELMIRA - Beginning Friday, November 27th, C TRAN will increase bus service for extended holiday hours at the Arnot Mall.

• Thurs, Nov 26 (Thanksgiving Day), No Service
• Fri & Sat, Nov 27 & 28, 10:30  pm
• Fri & Sat, Dec 4 & 5, 10:30  pm
• Sun, Dec 6, 7:30 pm
• Fri & Sat, Dec 11 & 12, 10:30  pm
• Sun, Dec 13, 8:30 pm
• Fri & Sat, Dec 18 and 19, 10:30 pm
• Sun, Dec 20, 9:30 pm
• Mon-Wed, Dec 21, 22 and 23, 10:30  pm
• Thurs Dec 24, (Christmas Eve) last trip from Mall is 6:30pm
• Friday, Dec 25 (Christmas Day), No Service
• Thurs, Dec 31 (New Years Eve), Last trip from Mall is 6:30pm
• Friday, Jan 1 (New Years Day), No Service

Elmira — During Elmira’s holiday parade on Friday, November 27th, C TRAN buses will have access to drop off and pick up at the Chemung County Transportation Center. However, some buses may have to vary routes due to street closings, so passengers are asked to be patient as buses may be running late.

Big Flats –The Chemung County Department of Public Works will be completing drainage work at the intersection of CR74, Colonial Drive and CR57, Hickory Grove Road in the Town of Big Flats which will result in the closing of the intersection.  Construction is scheduled for Monday, November 23, 2015 and will be completed in one day, weather permitting.

As a result of the construction, traffic will be detoured onto Arnot Road and Chambers Road.

Elmira- Have you heard of the Great American Smoke Out (GASO)?  Tomorrow, November 19, 2015, people around the nation will be throwing down their cigarettes to begin a new healthy lifestyle without cigarettes. Trinity of Chemung County is inviting residents to go “cold turkey” to kick off this event.

Trinity is sponsoring a mini health fair and distributing free turkeys to the first 100 people who donate their cigarettes/tobacco products for the cause. Residents who are interested in quitting must donate at least a half a pack of cigarettes or tobacco product and visit four other vendors at the fair to get a free turkey.

The event will be held at the South Side Community Center on 215 Partridge

ELMIRA - The Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition (STTAC) and the Elmira Jackals recently partnered in celebration of the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout (GASO).  Across New York and the nation today, the Great American Smokeout is being used to support people who want to quit, discourage youth from starting, and educate communities about the value of tobacco-free environments where people live, work, and play.

During the Elmira Jackals game on Saturday, November 14th, local Reality Check and SADD youth collected hundreds of signatures of support for tobacco-free initiatives and educated on how we can improve the health of our communities by making tobacco-free goals. Because cigarette smoking and tobacco use are acquired behaviors − activities that people choose to do – smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the state, claiming between 26,000 and 28,200 lives annually.1 

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Health Department joins the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in recognizing the week of “November 16-22, 2015 as “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week” in Chemung County to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use across all health care settings.  Antibiotic resistance, which occurs when bacteria change in a way that reduces the effectiveness of antibiotics, is among the most pressing public health threats.

The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor which contributes to antibiotic resistance, and up to one-third to one-half of antibiotic use in humans is either unnecessary or inappropriate. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed creates additional health risks by increasing the chances a patient will experience a bad drug reaction, and also leads to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria which affects everyone in the community.

Big Flats- The Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) will be honoring local World War II and Korean War veterans by hosting an Honor Flight Festivities evening, Saturday, November 14th from 7pm to 9pm.  Twin Tiers Honor Flight will be flying 55 veterans and their companions, departing the airport at 7:30am on an American Airlines charter flight, to Washington, D.C. for the day.

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed November 14th, "Twin Tiers Honor Flight Day" in Chemung County and is scheduled to present the proclamation to the veterans prior to their departure on Saturday morning.

ELMIRA- The Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition (STTAC) and the Elmira Jackals are partnering for the 40th annual Great American Smokeout (GASO), a holiday created by the American Cancer Society in which smokers across the nation quit tobacco. Because cigarette smoking and tobacco use are acquired behaviors − activities that people choose to do – smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the state, claiming between 26,000 and 28,200 lives annually.  During the game on Saturday, November 14th at 7:05 PM, local youth will be collecting support for tobacco-free initiatives and educating on how we can help our community become healthier by making tobacco-free goals. Currently, 90 percent of smokers begin by the age of 18, so local tobacco-free efforts will have a major impact on the health of residents in Chemung, Steuben and Schuyler counties now and in the future.

The Chemung County Department of Aging will celebrate Honor Our Veterans Day  on Monday, November 9th.  We will celebrate and honor all military personnel, both retired and active.  The program will be held at the following Chemung County Eat Well Live Well sites:

Villa Serene – Meals will be served at 11:00 a.m. 
     399 E. 14th St., Elmira Heights, NY 14903

Big Flats Community Center – Meals will be served at 11:30 a.m.
     476 Maple St., Big Flats, NY 14814

Ed Flannery Apartments - Meals will be served at 11:30 a.m.
    
300 S. Main St., Elmira, NY 14904

George Bragg Apartments - Meals will be served at 11:30 a.m.
    
115 Dewitt Ave., Elmira, NY 14901

Park Terrace Apartments - Meals will be served at 11:30 a.m.
    
1283 Pennsylvania Ave., Pine City, NY 14871

The menu is Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Carrot Coins, Marinated Tomato Salad, Wheat Bread, Brownies, Milk and assorted beverages.

Reservations must be made no later than Friday, November 6th.  Please call 607 737 5520. If we are not open to receive your reservation, please call back or leave the following on our voice mail: your name and that you will be attending the veterans luncheon, your telephone number, and which site you will be attending.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli unveiled his proposed 2016 Budget today which will hold the line on the County property tax rate for the tenth straight year.

Santulli’s 2016 Budget proposal recommends a General Fund Tax Levy of $29,012,588, an increase of .4% over the 2015 tax levy of $28,892,515.  Further, this budget proposal recommends total net appropriations of $180,963,356 for the fiscal year that commences on January 1, 2016.  This represents an increase of $2,037,974 from the $178,925,382 approved by the Legislature for the current fiscal year.  The Budget is now subject to review and approval by the County Legislature.

Elmira- There are more than 402,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 102,000 of them are waiting to be adopted.  Many of these children have been waiting years for a loving, caring, permanent family.  Every child deserves a forever family. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Chemung County Division of Children and Family Services join thousands of individuals, government agencies and child advocacy organizations across the nation in recognizing November as Adoption Awareness Month in Chemung County.

Elmira – Data from New York State’s 2014 youth and adult tobacco surveys (Tobacco Related Data) show that 10.5 percent of high school students and 12.7 percent of young adults ages 18-24 use electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes)—almost double the 5.7 percent rate of e-cigarette use among adults 25 years and older, Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition (STTAC) announced today. The data from the state’s first report on e-cigarette use also show that more high school students now use e-cigarettes than smoke cigarettes.

“These new data are alarming because we know that e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems can establish, maintain and strengthen nicotine addiction,” said Stacy Hills, STTAC Director. “At a time when cigarette smoking rates among New York youth, young adults and adults are at all-time lows, we certainly don’t want to see an increase in other forms of nicotine use.”

ELMIRA –--Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Fire and Emergency Management Director Mark Cicora join the National Weather Service in urging residents to begin preparing for the upcoming winter season.

New York State will be officially recognizing the week of November 1st through 7th, 2015 as Winter Weather Awareness Week, a time to educate the public about the hazards that winter storms can pose and what residents, businesses, and the community can do now to be prepared.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Human Resources Center parking lot, located at 425 Pennsylvania Avenue in Elmira, will be undergoing a paving project on Thursday, October 29th and Friday, October 30th.  The parking lot will remain open during this time but with limited access.

The paving will be completed weather permitting. The County appreciates the public and staff patience and cooperation during the project.

ELMIRA - The low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will begin on November 16, 2015.  HEAP is a federally funded energy program that assists eligible households in meeting their heat-related energy costs.  HEAP issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost and also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat related energy emergency.  The maximum regular benefit an eligible household can receive is $625 for homes that heat with oil, kerosene or propane and $425 for all others.  A family of four can have a household income of up to $51,792 annually and still qualify for a HEAP benefit. 

Elmira— As the second step of fare increases that were approved in October of 2014, regular monthly bus passes will increase from the current rate of $55 to $60 starting with November passes.

All other pass rates and fares will remain the same.

Riders seeking more information about the proposed changes should visit ridectran.com or call the C TRAN customer information line at 734-5211. 

HORSEHEADS – As the winter season approaches, Curt Rhodes, President of the Chemung County Town Highway Superintendents’ Association, and Andy Avery, Commissioner of Public Works for Chemung County, have issued a winter driving advisory for all Chemung County residents. When the forecast calls for winter weather, they ask residents to be mindful of potentially hazardous road conditions. 

“Driving a vehicle is a complex task requiring your complete attention.  Snow and ice conditions add another layer of difficulty,” said Avery. “Winter weather provides changing and often unexpected and challenging conditions for drivers.” 

ELMIRA – Marlene Denicola has been recognized as Chemung County Health Department’s representative on New York State’s ‘2015 Public Health Works! Honor Roll’.  Ms. Denacola, a Public Health Nurse in the Health Department, was selected as the County representative by Robert Page, Public Health Director.

Southport - Contractor - Cold Spring Construction Company will be diverting NYS Route 328 traffic, at the Pine City intersection, onto CR 69 for one day in order to place the top course of pavement on the new roundabout. This will happen between the dates of October 22nd and October 27th depending on the weather.  The overall project is expected to be completed by November 20, 2015.

ELMIRA– In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has once again proclaimed October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Chemung County. Along with Denise Argetsinger from the Southern Tier Cancer Services Program (CSP), Santulli is urging all women to talk to their health care providers about breast cancer screening and their personal risk for the disease.

It is estimated that one in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in New York State. Each year in New York, nearly 15,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and about 2,700 women die from the disease. These women are our wives, mothers, sisters, and friends.

VAN ETTEN- The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces the start of work on CR62, Front Street, in the Village of Van Etten.

Work will begin Wednesday, October 7, 2015 and continue until complete 3-4 weeks later.  The work will consist of new curbs and walks from New York State Route 34 (SR34) to Alderman Lane, construction of a new cul-de-sac on Front Street north of the intersection with SR34, and new pavement from the Front Street cul-de-sac north to the intersection with New York State Route 224.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Board of Elections announces the last day to register to vote for the November 3rd General Election is October 9, 2015. 

Residents may register in any one of the following manners:

·   In person at the Board of Elections office at 378 S. Main Street, Elmira
·   In person at most County Agencies 
·   Pick up a form at any Town and Village Clerks offices, Banks, Post Offices 
·   Download a form at www.chemungcounty.com. Go to Departments> Board of 
       Elections> How to Register

If mailing a registration form it must be post marked by October 9, 2015 and received by the Board of Elections no later than October 14th. 

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care is available to assist Medicare beneficiaries in understanding and comparing the 2016 Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Private Health Plans.

Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15 – December 7.  This is the time of year when all people with Medicare can make changes to their coverage.  Health needs and plans can change from year to year. 

Elmira – The weather could not have been more ideal for the first half of the two week 2015 Car-Free Challenge that launched last Tuesday and runs until Monday, October 5th.  There have been more than 400 daily efforts logged to-date on the Car-Free Challenge website at www.carfreechallenge.wordpress.com. Over 100 participants in Chemung, Cortland, Herkimer, Oneida, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tompkins Counties have collectively reduced almost 5,000 vehicle miles traveled – the rough distance it would take to drive from the Finger Lakes Region to Panama!

ELMIRA - Following a week long investigation, the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division has made two arrests in the felony vandalism incident at St. Peter & Paul Cemetery that occurred on September 20, 2015. Arrested yesterday were Cristofer J. Wright-Keyser, age 20, DOB of 7/16/95 and Anthony B. Clark, age 22, DOB of 11/19/92 last known address of 413 W. Third St., Elmira, NY.
ELMIRA- The Chemung County Board of Elections will extend office hours for registered voters wishing to obtain an absentee ballot for the November 3rd, 2015 General Election.  Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM. 

Elmira - The City of Elmira DPW announces that Water Street will be closed between Clemens Center and Main Street beginning September 28, 2015 until further notice due to building demolition.

Detours will be in place.

Please drive carefully and allow extra time to reach your destination.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Elmira– Seven counties in Central New York, including Chemung, Cortland, Herkimer, Oneida, Schuyler, Steuben and Tompkins, are working together to launch a Car-Free Challenge on Car Free Day – an international event that encourages drivers to leave their cars at home for a day on Tuesday, September 22. Observed in over 2,000 cities in 44 countries, Car Free Day is celebrated in different ways, but with the common goal of taking cars off the road to reduce traffic, improve the environment and conserve energy.

ELMIRA- The City of Elmira will be performing final paving on Monday, September 21, 2015 weather permitting, from 6:00 AM until completed. As a result, Walnut Street will be closed from Washington to Clinton, between Church and Water and S. Walnut between Hudson and Franklin. St.

Detours will be in place.

Please drive carefully, and allow extra time to reach your designation.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Elmira – Chemung County officials received a report from a citizen that someone claiming to be a county employee approached them at their home.

The County is reminding residents to ask for identification from County employees who come to their homes to provide services or individuals asking for information on behalf of the County.  All County employees carry photo identification which should be displayed before entering a residence. 

Elmira- The Chemung County Dental Clinic closed temporarily on August 28, 2015 and is not expected to re-open until the summer of 2016. 

The County is working with Regional Primary Care Network, a federally qualified health center, to take over operation of the Dental Clinic located at 103 Washington Street in Elmira.  Unfortunately, the transition to a new dental services provider will take up to a year due to state licensure approval and renovations needed in the clinic layout. 

Chemung County Youth Bureau is currently accepting applications for Program Assistant and Adult Mentors for the Spot weekend program.

SPOT is a free, drop-in, recreational program for middle school students that reside in the Elmira City School District. This program typically operates during the school calendar year, either Friday or Saturday evenings from 7:00pm-9:00pm at various locations in Elmira. Candidates must demonstrate experience working with youth and teens, with consideration given to those volunteering in our community.

Elmira- The Chemung County Health Department will be hosting an emergency preparedness drill simulating the mass distribution of emergency medications this Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Horseheads Intermediate School, 950 Sing Sing Road, Horseheads, NY. 

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Child Advocacy Center (CAC), along with its partner agencies within the county including Family Services of Chemung County, Inc., the Chemung County Department of Social Services, Chemung County Health Department, Chemung County District Attorney’s Office and all local law enforcement agencies today reminded area residents that September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month in New York State and across the nation.

As of today’s date the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office Road Patrol Division will be utilizing body cameras. The cameras (prima facie body cameras) were purchased from Linstar at a cost of approximately $550 per camera. The Sheriff’s Office purchased 16 cameras as well as additional software and hardware for an additional $8,500 for a total of $17,500.

Erin – Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces they are still accepting applications for non-ambulatory hunters to bow hunt at Park Station.  The program allows for up to 4 archery hunters with a physical disability who are unable to move about without the use of a mechanized aid to hunt for deer with a bow or crossbow at Park Station during the final two weeks of archery season (Saturday, November 7- Friday, November 20, 2015).  Park Station will be closed to the general public during this two week archery season.

Elmira - The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that there will be a bow hunting permit lottery for Harris Hill Park.

Names, addresses, and phone numbers will be taken Monday, September 14th through Thursday, September 24th, 2015. Please submit the above information either by email to: lsprague1@co.chemung.ny.us, by phone or in person to:

  Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department
  217 Madison Avenue
  Elmira, New York 14901
  607-737-2843
  7:00am – 3:30pm. (Closed 12:00-12:30)

The drawing of 10 names will be held on Friday, September 25th, 2015.

ELMIRA - As of October 2, 2015, the Chemung County Jail will be changing visitation hours. The new hours will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30 am to 1:30 pm. Each inmate is entitled to (2) one hour visits per week.

A valid photo ID is required for admittance into the facility.

HORSEHEADS –The Chemung County Department of Public Works will be replacing a culvert at the intersection of CR51, Lattabrook Road and Sickles Road in the Town of Horseheads which will result in the closing of the road. Construction is scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 8th, and last approximately six weeks. 

As a result of the construction, northbound Lattabrook Road traffic will be detoured over Moss Hill Road to Ormiston Road to Breesport.  Southbound Lattabrook Road traffic will be detoured over Watercure Road to Elmira.

Horseheads - The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announce that they will begin taking the County Fairgrounds Boat/Vehicle Storage applications on Wednesday, September 9th. 

Full payment and proof of insurance for the storage period must accompany the application.  Space is limited therefore turning in the application and payment does not secure a storage space.  Once payment is received and space is confirmed a permit will be sent to finalize the storage process.

Elmira - The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care will hold its Annual Public Hearing on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 from 6:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at Elmira-Riverview Holiday Inn. The topic of this year’s public hearing is “Paying for Long Term Care Getting Your Affairs in Order”.

Elmira - A graduation was held on August 25, 2015 for the 2015 Basic Training and Peace Officer Academy, which was sponsored by the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office. The graduation was held at the Hazlett Building, located at 203 Lake St. in the City of Elmira. This year’s class included officers from Schuyler and Chemung Counties.

The City of Elmira will be performing road milling on Monday, August 24, 2015 from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. As a result, the bridge will be closed from Water St. to Maple Avenue. A portion of Sly St. between Maple Avenue and the south side of the bridge will also be closed during the designated time period. 

A signed detour will be provided.  Please drive carefully, and allow extra time to reach your designation.

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Elmira – The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces they will be continuing the painting project of the Hazlett Building which will require the closing of a portion of E. Market Street to traffic. East Market Street from Lake Street to Baldwin Street in Elmira will be closed to traffic beginning at 6am on Tuesday, August 18, 2015.  The road is expected to remain closed for three weeks.

The sidewalk on the south side of the street will be open for pedestrian traffic.  The Treasurer’s Office will remain open with entrance through their main door on E. Market.  The County employee entrance will also be closed.  All employees and visitors to the Hazlett Building will enter using the front entrance on Lake Street during the painting project period.

ELMIRA – Chemung County, Arnot Health, and the City of Elmira joined the Twin Tiers Breastfeeding Network at a press conference today to celebrate “World Breastfeeding Week” and to present the 2015 Annual Breastfeeding Friendly Place Awards.  The community event took place at the Wisner Park Market.  Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Elmira Mayor Susan Skidmore issued proclamations designating the week of August 1-7 as World Breastfeeding Week in Chemung County and the City of Elmira.

The theme for 2015 World Breastfeeding Week is “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work!”  The Twin Tiers Breastfeeding Network recognized 32 workplaces, public places, and members within the community that make an extra effort to accommodate the needs of breastfeeding mothers by offering a positive attitude and supportive environment.

Elmira – For the seventh year in a row, Elmira youth ages 12-15 completed a clean-up project at a local Elmira park as part of a Community Service Project on Monday, August 3rd. The youth are enrolled in the Chemung County Youth Bureau’s summer parks program, known as ‘The Spot’. “The Community Service Project is a key component to “The Spot” program,” said Kevin Adams, Youth Program Coordinator for the Chemung County Youth Bureau.  “It is important for today’s youth to be involved in their community; to be a productive member of their community.  It is our hope they will realize the personal satisfaction which volunteering can bring and, will in turn, become adults that also give back to their community.”

Elmira- The Chemung County Health Department has announced they will be hosting an emergency preparedness drill simulating the mass distribution of emergency medications.  The exercise will take place on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Horseheads Intermediate School, 950 Sing Sing Road, Horseheads, NY.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Youth Bureau announces that the SPOT program held at Chapel Park and Pulaski Park in Elmira has been cancelled for today, Tuesday, July 21, 2015 due to the weather.

The new security system at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport is featured in the July/August issue of Airport Improvement magazine.

Click here for the online version.

Click here for the digital version.

Chemung County – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces its intent to begin its annual Herbicide Program.   Per New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) requirements, notices will be delivered to property owners who have structures on property within 150-feet of the spray areas.

Weather permitting, the annual herbicide program for 2015 will begin the week of July 20, 2015, and continue as applicable, in regard to seasonal needs.

ELMIRA - On Tuesday, July 7, 2015, Amanda J Lederman and Donna L Lederman were arrested on active Elmira City Court warrants for Welfare Fraud 3rd Degree, Grand Larceny 3rd and Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st Degree.

From September 2012 through February 2013, Amanda J Lederman and Donna L Lederman submitted false documents to the Chemung County Department of Social Services.  These documents were submitted for the purpose of establishing and maintaining her eligibility for public assistance.  These benefits included daycare assistance.

 

 

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care will be distributing NYS Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Coupons to eligible seniors at the Wisner Park Market tomorrow, July 9th from 9am to 11:30 am. The booklet contains $20 in coupons.

Booklets will be available at the Eastside Farmers Market on Fridays, July 10th and July 17th from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. Seniors needing special assistance can park in the Holiday Inn parking lot as close as possible to the distribution table and representatives will do their best to assist them.

In addition, coupons will be distributed on Tuesday, July 14, at the Van Etten Community Center from 10am to 11am.

Seniors may also pick up coupons at the Department of Aging and Long Term Care, 425 Pennsylvania Avenue in Elmira, between 9am and 3pm, Monday through Friday.

ELMIRA - Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today that Chemung County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on July 3rd and will end on July 6th. Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. This year the 4th of July falls on a Saturday so we expect heavy traveling to begin on Thursday July 2nd and festivities to begin on Friday July 3rd and run through Monday July 6th.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care has been notified by the New York State Office for Aging of a new robocall scam that attempts to lure older New Yorkers into providing their personal information over the phone. The voice on the robocall identifies itself as the New York State Office for the Aging and asks the individual answering the phone to  press a button if someone in the home is over 65 and would be interested in receiving a free Medic Alert pin and $3000 in coupons for food or other items. 

This is a SCAM. The New York State Office for the Aging does not give away items, money or coupons and will NEVER solicit personal information over the phone.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Board of Elections is seeking individuals who would like to train as election inspectors for the upcoming elections.  Election inspectors welcome voters on Election Day as they enter their polling site and assist voters with every facet of voting.  Inspectors are also responsible for conducting precinct operations in accordance with election law.

ELMIRA – At a press conference today at the Wisner Park Market, the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care announced they will once again be participating in the NYS Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.  Eligible seniors will receive a $20 coupon booklet. The coupons can only be used at approved Farmers’ Market Vendors in New York State. They may not be used in grocery stores, road side stands or small markets. Vendors must have a blue SFMNP poster being displayed.   Booklets are limited to one per household, one per season. 
ELMIRA - The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office reminds residents in the Town of Horseheads, Town of Elmira and Town of Big Flats that local law enforcement agencies are investigating numerous vehicle break-ins over the past several weeks. A variety of items have been stolen from vehicles including cash, jewelry and firearms. The majority of break-ins have occurred after mid-night, in most cases. Residents are asked to keep their vehicles locked and if they see any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods to contact the authorities.

Anyone with information on the vehicle break-ins is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 737-2929.

Elmira – The Southern Tier Bicycle League, in conjunction with the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office, the Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council, Creating Healthy Places, and the Chemung County Traffic Safety Board, will be giving away bicycle helmets this Friday, June 26, 2015 at the Eastside Farmer’s Market from 2:30pm to 4:30pm or as long as supplies last.  Eastside Market is located next to the Holiday Inn on Water Street in Elmira.

Chemung, Schuyler, & Steuben, NY – For many kids, Father’s Day means taking dad out to breakfast, giving him a gift or just saying thanks. But hundreds of thousands of kids throughout the United States have fathers who smoke, and smoking still is America’s number one preventable cause of death. On this special day for dads, one great way to celebrate could be to pledge to give dads who currently smoke the kind of loving support and encouragement that will help them make this the year that they become tobacco-free. Tobacco use is still the number one cause of preventable death and disease. One in five men currently smoke, more than 278,000 men die every year from smoking, and 216,000 kids have already lost their dad to smoking. Also, two out of every five children ages 3 to 11 are exposed to secondhand smoke in the United States.  Fathers who protect their kids from secondhand smoke reduce the risk of smoke-caused health problems for their children.

ELMIRA -   Chemung County T-Mobile Wireless customers can now send a short message service (SMS) text message to 911 for emergency help when unable to make a 911 voice call. This service is now available for all major cell phone providers including AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile customers within range of a Chemung County cell tower. If the tower is located outside the land boundary of Chemung County, the receiving tower will not know how to route the message. 

BIG FLATS- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces the sessions for swim lessons at Harris Hill Pool for Beginners Level 1 and 2 are now full.  A limited number of spaces for swim lessons for Levels 3 through 6 are still available.

One must be at least 4 years of age by June 29th in order to participate.  Those interested can sign up at the Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department, 217 Madison Avenue, Elmira.  For more information or to register by phone call 607-737-2843.  The office is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 3:30pm, Closed from 12-12:30.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Dental Clinic will close for renovations on August 28th, 2015 in preparation for a transfer of ownership to Regional Primary Care Network, Inc. (RPCN). The Clinic is housed in the Chemung County Health Center located at 103 Washington Street in Elmira.  Dr. Ted Lax will be retiring on this date after serving over 16 years as the clinic’s dentist.

Elmira- Summer is only a few days away and Chemung County officials would like to take this opportunity to remind residents to use caution when canoeing, kayaking, and boating on the river. “The Chemung River can be a spectacular venue for recreation but as we have seen this past weekend, it can also be dangerous,” said Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli.  “It is important that we have respect for the elements and enter the water with a safety-conscious mind.”

The Chemung County Youth Bureau will be offering the Summer Cohesion Program this summer beginning July 6th and ending August 13th.

Remaining program openings are available on a first come/first serve basis. Registration can be completed online or in person, Monday - Friday, from 9:00am -4:00pm at the Chemung County Youth Bureau located at 599 Harris Hill Rd.

Click here to register online. 

Van Etten - The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has announced that starting on Monday, June 15, 2015, work will begin to repair the bridge carrying State Route 223 over Cayuta Creek in the town of Van Etten.  The bridge is located roughly a half mile east of Swartwood Road.  The bridge will be closed for approximately two weeks during this operation.

Traffic will be detoured onto County Route 24 (Decker Road) and County Route 3 while the bridge is closed for repairs. The length of the detour is roughly 4 miles. It is imperative that motorists remember to drive carefully through the many highway and bridge construction zones they will encounter this season.

Elmira- The Chemung County Health Department is seeking your assistance in locating a dog that was involved in a biting incident that occurred in the City of Elmira.

The incident occurred on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at approximately 6:00 PM on Juanita Street, near South Main Street in the City of Elmira.  The dog is described as a full grown, female, German Shepherd, all black, with a pink collar and a pink leash.  The dog had slipped out of its leash and was running free from the direction of Pennsylvania Ave.  The person walking the dog is described as a female, Caucasian, short, slim, and approximately 30 years old.  The dog and dog owner were last seen heading towards South Avenue.

BIG FLATS- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces the schedule for swim lessons sign-ups at Harris Hill Pool.  One must be at least 4 years of age by June 29th in order to participate.  Those interested can sign up at the Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department, 217 Madison Avenue, Elmira on the following days:

Wednesday, June 3rd    2:00pm – 6:00pm
Thursday, June 4th   2:00pm – 6:00pm

Elmira- The 2015 Senior Games wrapped up last night with the closing banquet held at Appleridge Senior Living.  484 athletes competed this year. Results of the games can be found on the County website under the Department of Aging page.  Click here to view the results.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Veterans Council and the City of Elmira announce the schedule for the 2015 Elmira Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Service at Woodlawn National Cemetery.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Clerk Katie Hughes is reminding residents that they can play an active part in keeping their hard earned dollars working in our community by renewing local.

Many people do not realize that every time the State mails you that little pink envelope to renew your vehicle registration, they offer you only three options. Each of the State-provided options sends your money off to Albany and then you have to wait and wait to get back your registration sticker and card. When you use any of the options the State offers, Chemung County doesn’t receive a single dollar, not one dollar, all of your money goes directly to the State.

ELMIRA  -Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today that Chemung County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on May 22nd and will end on May 26th. Memorial Day week is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. Memorial Day weekend is the traditional beginning of summer.  In addition there will be thousands of parties and barbeques to celebrate graduations, proms, communions, confirmations and the fact that the better weather has arrived.  This combination of factors equates to more people on the road in general and more people specifically driving impaired. The New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths during this period.

BIG FLATS - The Town of Big Flats’ Department of Public Works is pleased to announce its 2015 work program. This year’s program makes use of Town forces, contracted labor, and shared services.

Planned work includes a culvert replacement, drainage and general maintenance projects, oil and stone projects, overlay and mill & fill projects, and full depth reclamation projects. Funding comes from a variety of sources, including New York State (Consolidated Highway Improvement Program and Marchiselli Program), the federal government (Federal Highway Administration), and the Town budget.

Due to dry conditions throughout the State, Governor Cuomo has declared a High Fire Danger Burn Ban and is extending the brush burning ban until May 21st.  Open burning of debris is the largest single cause of spring wildfires in the state. In addition, the high fire danger burn ban prohibits outdoor fires, such as campfires and recreational fires, and open fires used for cooking.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed the week of May 17-23, 2015 as National Emergency Medical Services Week in Chemung County.

“Chemung County’s emergency medical professionals are available around the clock to respond to any crisis and provide lifesaving care under what are often stressful and urgent circumstances,” Santulli said. “EMS personnel perform a difficult but vital public service and their efforts can often mean the difference between life and death.  On behalf of all Chemung County residents we celebrate the men and women of our emergency medical services and thank them for their hard work, dedication, sacrifice, and commitment to our community.”

Elmira – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces the immediate closure of Jenkins Road Bridge over Goldsmith Creek in the Town of Elmira.  (This is the northernmost of the two bridges on Jenkins Road.)  The bridge was constructed using a timber deck over steel girders in 1955, a practice no longer utilized by most public works agencies due to leakage through the deck onto exposed steel beams.  Travel over the bridge currently averages 52 vehicles per day.

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Health Department is curious about what you know about the County’s Public Health Department services.  Do they just give out shots? Do they investigate rabies? Do they help address obesity?  Will they protect me if a communicable disease of epidemic proportion strikes my community?

To better understand what people in the community know about their public health department, the County Public Health Departments in the S2AY Rural Health Network region are conducting a survey to see what you know about the role of public health.  The survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete. Click here to view the survey.

 

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Health Department, in conjunction with the SPCA, will be offering the following free rabies vaccination clinics to New York State residents:

                   Chapel Park
               83 Personius Road
              Pine City, NY 14871
          Saturday, May 30, 2015
               11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

   Wings of Eagles Discovery Center
            339 Daniel Zenker Dr.
           Horseheads, NY 14845
         Thursday, June 25, 2015
          6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The Chemung County Youth Bureau is presently accepting applications for Recreation Leader positions for the 2015 SPOT - Summer Program and the 2015 Summer Cohesion Program.

The Chemung County Youth Bureau has released the 2015 Summer Cohesion brochure which will be available in area schools and agencies beginning the week of May 11th.  Summer Cohesion is a six-week drop-in, educational, recreational, and cultural enrichment program which provides safe, supervised, fun-filled summer days for children ages 4 -12 in Chemung County.

Click here for a copy of the brochure.

Registration begins June 1st.

Click here for more information.

ERIN- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that Park Station’s Snack Bar and Control Booth will be officially open weekends only starting Saturday, May 23rd (including Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th). The Control Booth will be open from 10:00am – 5:00pm. The Snack Bar will be open from 12:00pm. – 6:00pm.  Please note, the waterfront will not be open.

Starting Saturday, June 20th the Waterfront opens.  The Waterfront will be open daily from 12:00pm-6:00pm.  Also starting June 20th, Control Booth will be open on a daily 12:00pm – 5:00pm  The Snack Bar will be open Wednesdays – Sundays ONLY 12:00pm. – 6:00pm.

Horseheads – The 2015 Chemung County Senior Games begin Wednesday, May 6th  with a 70+ Softball Tournament.  Eight teams are competing, including teams from Albany, Binghamton and Cortland.  The tournament begins at 9:30am at the Town of Horseheads Sports Complex off Wygant Road.  The 55+ Softball Tournaments will be held Thursday of this week with six teams competing from Elmira, Binghamton, Ithaca, and the Cortland areas.

Big Flats- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care honored area seniors today with the Senior Citizen of the Year Award and the presentation of the inaugural Age- Friendly Community Award at a celebration held at the Big Flats Community Center. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli read a proclamation designating May as "Older Americans Month in Chemung County". 
Chemung County has scheduled a public information meeting regarding the completed Draft Local Solid Waste Management Plan (LSWMP) for Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at 203 Lake Street, Elmira, NY 14901. 
 
The purpose of the LSWMP is to identify the path to pursue for managing solid waste generated in the County during a 10-year planning period.  The LSWMP provides policy and program direction to reduce waste generation, increase recovery and decrease disposal in an economically and environmentally-sound manner that is consistent with New York State’s solid waste management policy.  

Elmira- May is National Foster Care Month, a time to call attention to the needs of the 397,000 American children and youth in foster care and the foster parents, volunteers, mentors, child welfare professionals, and policymakers who play a vital role in keeping foster care temporary. Both the Adoptive Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 and the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 emphasized the need for child welfare agencies and courts to work together to use foster care as a short term service in achieving the desired outcomes of child safety, permanency, and well-being and of family preservation.

BIG FLATS- Each year the Chemung County Youth Bureau and Board recognize the good work of individuals and agencies in delivering quality youth services in Chemung County.

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Youth Bureau Director Bob Harris presented the awards at the 32nd Annual Awards Reception which was held today at the Big Flats Community Center. 

The Donahoe Award is given annually to an adult to recognize and honor outstanding contributions made to the youth and families of this community.  The award was established in 1984 and is named in honor of its first recipient, the Honorable Judge Daniel J. Donahoe. The 2015 Donahoe Award was presented to Ruth Harvey.

Horseheads – The Department of Public Works is pleased to announce that its “MS4 Stormwater Annual Report” is available for public viewing and comment on the County DPW webpage. Click here.
 
The County DPW participates in the County-wide MS4 Stormwater Coalition.  MS4 indicates an urban area with a “municipal separate storm sewer system”.  MS4 status is assigned by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), and administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC.)

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and County Fire and Emergency Management Director Mark Cicora join the National Weather Service and the NYS Division of Homeland Security in recognizing the week of April 26 to May 2, 2015 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in New York. The goal is to raise awareness of the hazards severe weather poses to the public and provide safety information in an effort to keep you and your family safe. It is imperative that our citizens be prepared for hazardous weather, whether it be a thunderstorm with frequent lightning to a flash flood, high winds, or even a tornado.

Chemung County - The Chemung County Department of Public Works is pleased to announce its 2015 work program.  This year’s program makes use of County forces, contracted labor, and shared services. 

Work includes bridge and culvert replacements and rehabilitations, drainage projects, general maintenance, oil and stone projects, and full depth reclamation projects.  Funding comes from a variety of sources, including New York State (Consolidated Highway Improvement Program and Marchiselli Program), the federal government (Federal Highway Administration), and Chemung County.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care has extended the deadline for applications for the 2015 Senior Games. Senior Games is an annual sporting, fitness, and fun event held every May, and 2015 marks its 25th year!

The Games are opened to anyone age 50 and over, and a variety of events are scheduled, including track and field, cycling, golf and miniature golf, bocce, bowling, archery, softball and pickle ball.   New this year is a 5K run which will be held on Saturday May 9th.

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Health Department is seeking your assistance in locating a dog that was involved in a biting incident that occurred in the City of Elmira.

The incident occurred on Friday, April 17, 2015, at approximately 8:30 to 9:00 PM near the E-Z Budget Insurance Company at the corner of Bloomer Avenue and College Avenue in the city of Elmira.  The dog is described as a medium sized pit-bull or boxer, muscular build, with a white face and body, a brown patch around the ears, eyes, and nose, and a brown or black patch on the back.  The dog was running free without a collar.

CHEMUNG COUNTY- The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that work will begin April 27, 2015, on I-86 in the Towns of Horseheads, Elmira and Chemung, Chemung County.

Elmira - The City of Elmira will be completing ongoing bridge maintenance this construction season. For a period of time beginning around April 20th for 1-2 days, the Washington Ave. Bridge will be closed to accomplish some minor deck repairs. Also, beginning during the same time period the N. Industrial Blvd. Bridge will be closed for a period of approximately 4-6 weeks to undergo rehabilitation work. Access to Industrial Blvd. will still be permitted using the Southernmost Bridge as an access point.

Detours will be in place for the duration of both closures.

The Chemung County Youth Bureau is presently accepting applications for Recreation Leader positions for the 2015 Spot - Summer Program. Spot - Summer is a 'drop-in' program, free of charge to any adolescent twelve to fifteen years of age who resides in the Elmira City School District. The program operates for six weeks during the summer from noon to 5:00 pm. There are three park sites this year, Chapel Park, Pulaski Park and Town of Elmira-Town Hall. 

The Chemung County Youth Bureau is presently accepting applications for Recreation Leader positions for the 2015 Summer Cohesion Program, which provides recreational, educational, and cultural enrichment programming for youth ages 4-12 in Chemung County during the summer months.

ELMIRA – With the National Weather Service in Binghamton predicting a chance of heavy rain this evening through Friday, the Chemung County Office of Fire and Emergency Management is urging residents to clear storm sewers near their homes to prevent urban flooding. Urban flooding occurs when areas of poor drainage receive excessive rainfall, or when storm sewers are clogged with debris preventing rain water to properly drain from streets and yards.

Big Flats - The Elmira Corning Regional Airport will once again be providing entertainment for arriving and departing passengers as well as the public by hosting another "Spring Festivities" this Saturday, April 11th, at the airport from 9am to 2pm.  The Festivities will include:

·         Tim Cleary as Magicman – Master Magician & Balloon Artist Extraordinaire

·         GST BOCES Cosmetology Program – Nail Painting/Hair Braiding

·         Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network – sign up to become an organ donor

·         Girl Scout Troop 3048 – Selling Girl Scout Cookies

·         Atlantic Aviation - Popcorn!

Director of Aviation Ann Crook invites the entire community to come to the airport and join in the activities and welcome Spring!

Chemung County –The Chemung County Department of Public Works will be replacing a large culvert crossing CR51, Lattabrook Road in the Town of Horseheads, 150 feet west of the intersection of Kiser Road. Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, April 6, and continue through the first week of May.  As a result of the construction, Lattabrook Road will be closed west of the intersection with Kiser Road throughout the duration of the project. Motorists should follow the marked detour which directs travel over South Main Street, East Franklin Street and Moss Hill Road.

Elmira – In response to Governor Cuomo's announcement today of the passage of the 2015-16 NYS Budget which includes $1.5 Billion in funding for the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli released the following statement:

“The Governor’s launch of the $1.5 Billion Upstate Revitalization Initiative is exactly what is needed to jumpstart the Upstate economy.  Our County is already collaborating with municipalities throughout our region to develop a comprehensive economic plan that will be transformational for the Southern Tier.”

Elmira– Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Chemung County.  This is a time to come together to celebrate community efforts to ensure all children have great childhoods. When children have safe, stable, nurturing relationships with their parents and other adults in their community it builds healthy brain architecture, forming a sturdy foundation for future success.

ERIN- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that the Park Station Boat Launch and fishing will be closed until further notice.  Due to the cold temperatures the lake is still frozen.

For updates on the lake condition call 607-739-9164.

ELMIRA - The Tenth Annual Walk a Mile in My Shoes suicide prevention walk and fundraiser will take place this year on Saturday, May 2nd at Eldridge Park beginning at 11:00 AM. On-the spot registration opens at 9 am and returning this year featured performance by the Ithaca-based youth music group “Vitamin L” at 10:15 am. Special Guest this year is Retired Sergeant Kevin Briggs from the California Highway Patrol, a world renowned speaker on the topic of suicide prevention.

Big Flats - The Elmira Corning Regional Airport will once again be providing entertainment for arriving and departing passengers as well as the public by hosting "Spring Festivities" this Friday, March 27, at the airport from 9am to 1pm.  The Festivities will include:

·         Tim Cleary as Magicman – Master Magician & Balloon Artist Extraordinaire

·         GST BOCES Cosmetology Program – Nail Painting/Hair Braiding

·         Atlantic Aviation - Popcorn!

·         Girl Scout Troop 40348 – Crafts/Bake Goods

Director of Aviation Ann Crook invites the entire community to come to the airport and join in the activities and welcome Spring!

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care announce applications for the 2015 Senior Games are now available. Senior Games is an annual sporting, fitness, and fun event held every May, and 2015 marks its 25th year!

The Games are opened to anyone age 50 and over, and a variety of events are scheduled, including track and field, cycling, golf and miniature golf, bocce, bowling, archery, softball and pickle ball.   And new for 2015:  the 3000m run!

Elmira- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Office of Fire and Emergency Management Director Mark Cicora would like to remind county residents of the annual statewide ban on all open burning which is in effect in New York during the high fire-risk period of March 16th through May 14th.

Big Flats- The Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) will be hosting a National Youth Art Month Artist’s Reception on Saturday, March 21st from 1pm to 2pm.  The community is welcome and encouraged to come and see these amazing works from our local youth and meet some of the artists. The exhibit showcases artwork done by Chemung Valley Montessori School students.

The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office will host six separate boater safety classes this spring. Participants have to be at least 10 years old when they take the course.

Each class will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays at the following locations:

ERIN- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that camping reservations for Park Station will be taken starting Wednesday, April 1st from 7:00am – 3:30pm (closed between 12-12:30).  Reservations will be taken by TELEPHONE ONLY on April 1st and April 2nd with a limit of 2 reservations per person on these days, after which walk-ins are welcomed. 

ELMIRA - The Chemung County STOP-DWI Program and the Elmira Jackals have teamed up to promote: "Have A Plan". Walk, Ride, Carpool.  Call a cab. Don’t Drink and Drive!

“Have A Plan” is available as a free download for smart phones to help find safe rides home no matter where you may be celebrating. Go to www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp or visit your app store.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Fire and Emergency Management Director Mark Cicora join communities across the country in recognizing the week of March 15-21, 2015 as National Flood Safety Awareness Week and encourage all to know your risk and to take precautions to protect themselves, their homes, and their communities before, during, and after a flooding event.

ERIN- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announced today that Ice Skating at Park Station is closed for the season. 

Horseheads – Village of Horseheads Manager Walter Herbst and Mayor Don Ziegler announced today the Village is in talks with Chemung County to enter into a shared service intermunicipal agreement whereby the County Sheriff’s Office will provide administrative oversight to the Village Police Department.  The proposal was presented to the Village Board of Trustees at its March 12th meeting and will require final approval by the County Legislature.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Youth Bureau announces that the Super Saturday Program scheduled for Saturday, March 14th will also be cancelled due to the temporary closing of the Elmira YWCA.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli reported today both airline passenger enplanement numbers and airport revenue totals for 2014 are up over last year’s figures. The number of passengers flying out of the Elmira Corning Regional Airport in 2014 was 22% higher than the number in 2013. In 2014, 156,871 passengers flew out of the airport compared to 128,941 in 2013.  This is the highest number of enplanements in airport history, exceeding the previous record set in 2012.  Airport revenues totaled $3,585,239 in 2014, representing a 5.7% increase from the 2013 total.

ELMIRA - Chemung County Executive Thomas J. Santulli announced today that Chemung County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on March 13th and will end on March 18th. St. Patrick’s Day Weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force in this across the board effort to reduce the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths.

Elmira —The Chemung County Transportation Center will exhibit a display of framed images depicting a selection of works from the collection of the Arnot Art Museum. The exhibition will continue the effort of C TRAN to utilize the public space to highlight the achievements of local artists and museums.

Horseheads - The Chemung County Department of Public Works advises the public that road salt continues to be in short supply across the region. 

In the event of a prolonged snow and ice event, the County will make changes to its snow and ice control program.  While plowing will still occur, salt/sand mixes will be reserved for hills and intersections.  Straight sand will be used on other roadways to provide increased traction.

Big Flats- The Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) will once again be hosting an exhibit of artwork done by Chemung Valley Montessori School students as part of National Youth Art Month (NYAM).  Held annually throughout the month of March, the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes organizes the event and provides artwork from students from Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties to businesses, libraries, and cultural institutions throughout the three counties.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli proclaimed March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in Chemung County and urges everyone to join area health officials and “Go Blue” in support. Friday, March 6th is National Dress in Blue Day in honor of colorectal cancer awareness month.  Wear something blue to bring attention to this preventable cancer and spread the word about lifesaving screening. 

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care is seeking nominations for two Senior Citizen of the Year Awards, as well as the inaugural Chemung County Age-Friendly Community Award, to be awarded at our Older Americans Month Celebration on Monday, May 4th. All qualified nominees will be recognized.  This year’s Older Americans Month theme is “Get into the Act”.  Please help us to identify and recognize volunteers and organizations who are “Getting into the Act” by serving our community!

HORSEHEADS – As the winter season continues, Curt Rhodes, President of the Chemung County Town Highway Superintendents’ Association, and Andy Avery, Commissioner of Public Works for Chemung County, have issued a winter driving advisory for all Chemung County residents. When the forecast calls for winter weather, they ask residents to be mindful of potentially hazardous road conditions. 

Highway agencies across the state and region have been advised by regional salt suppliers that salt supplies are being rationed; delivery times will likely be delayed, and delivered amounts will certainly be reduced. 

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the appointment of Mark Cicora to head the Office of Fire and Emergency Management. Cicora will be taking over for Michael Smith who retired from the position in December, 2014 after serving 23 years in the position.

ERIN- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announced today that Ice Skating at Park Station is temporarily closed due to poor ice conditions. 

Ice Fishing on the lake is still open. The hours of operation are 7:30am – Sunset. 

No motorized vehicles including but not limited to ATV’s or snowmobiles are allowed on the lake.

Elmira Heights- The Chemung County Fire Advisory Board will hold a graduation ceremony for 32 graduates of the Spring and Fall 2014 Classes of the Firefighter 1 training program tomorrow, Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the Dr. Nathan Cohen Middle School auditorium beginning at 7:00 pm. The training program was offered by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services through the Office of Fire Prevention and Control. The graduates of this program represent fifteen local volunteer fire companies from Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, and Tioga counties.  They will now become probationary firefighters in those departments.

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Mark Cicora, Chemung County Deputy Fire Coordinator will join the department’s Fire Chiefs in conferring the diplomas to the graduates.

ELMIRA - As part of a pilot program to decrease the need for medications to deal with life stressors, Chemung County Department of Mental Hygiene will be sponsoring the third annual Breathe and Heal….With the Power of Breath. This day and a half training at the Holiday Inn Express in Horseheads on April 17th and 18th will support attendees in the acquisition of a model approach to treatment as a medication alternatives will be a tremendous asset as a treatment modality for working with individuals suffering from PTSD, various mood disorders, ADHD and life stressors in general. Emotion dysregulation, attention disorders, and behavioral problems have a negative impact on academic and social development. Teachers and healthcare providers need new tools to help students overcome the effects of stress, overstimulation, and trauma.
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Big Flats- The Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) will be hosting an exhibit on Elmira native and Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis during the month of February, Black History Month. The exhibit is possible due to the hard work of Elmira High School senior Owen Mason who arranged for the loan of the exhibit items; including pictures, a framed jersey, books, and information about Davis' amazing character; from Syracuse University – Carrier Dome and the Chemung Valley Historical Society.   Also on display will be the replica Heisman Trophy.

Elmira - In close to seven years, Chemung County residents have collectively saved more than $1.3 million while using the ProAct Prescription Discount Card Program. The discount card program was exclusively endorsed by Chemung County in November of 2009. Since the program was implemented, residents have filled more than 33,500 prescriptions saving an average of 56%, or $38.67 on each prescription they fill.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the appointment of two new department heads.  J. Michael Mucci was named as the Director of Personnel and Labor Relations effective November 23, 2015 and Michael J. Murphy was appointed director of the Chemung County Veterans’ Affairs following the retirement of Mark Klinger.

Elmira Heights- The Chemung County Fire Advisory Board will hold a graduation ceremony for 31 graduates of the Spring and Fall 2015 Classes of the Firefighter 1 training program tomorrow, Thursday, January 7, 2016 at the Thomas Edison High School auditorium beginning at 7:00 pm. The training program was offered by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services through the Office of Fire Prevention and Control. The graduates of this program represent ten local volunteer fire companies from Chemung County and the West Danby Fire Department from Tompkins County.  They will now become probationary firefighters in those departments.

ELMIRA- Age-Friendly Chemung County, a coalition-backed initiative that promotes active and healthy living, has launched a website and a Facebook page where county residents can find resources to help them live and age well.

Website resources are organized according to the eight domains identified by the World Health Organization as being important to an Age-Friendly Community: Outdoor Spaces and Buildings, Transportation, Housing, Social Participation, Respect and Social Inclusion, Civic Participation and Employment, Communication and Information, and Community and Health Services. The website can be found at https://agefriendlychemungcounty.wordpress.com/

ELMIRA - In observance of World AIDS Day on Tuesday, December 1st, the Chemung County AIDS Taskforce has scheduled a Candle Light Vigil beginning at 5:00 pm at Wisner Park in downtown Elmira. 

This year's events include a proclamation from Mayor Sue Skidmore, and County Executive, Tom Santulli, a reading by local teens of the names of local HIV-positive individuals who have died, a candlelight vigil, and march from the park to the Steele Memorial Library of the Chemung County Library District. 

Big Flats- The Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) will be honoring local World War II and Korean War veterans by hosting an Honor Flight Festivities evening, Saturday, November 14th from 7pm to 9pm.  Twin Tiers Honor Flight will be flying 55 veterans and their companions, departing the airport at 7:30am on an American Airlines charter flight, to Washington, D.C. for the day.

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed November 14th, "Twin Tiers Honor Flight Day" in Chemung County and is scheduled to present the proclamation to the veterans prior to their departure on Saturday morning.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli unveiled his proposed 2016 Budget today which will hold the line on the County property tax rate for the tenth straight year.

Santulli’s 2016 Budget proposal recommends a General Fund Tax Levy of $29,012,588, an increase of .4% over the 2015 tax levy of $28,892,515.  Further, this budget proposal recommends total net appropriations of $180,963,356 for the fiscal year that commences on January 1, 2016.  This represents an increase of $2,037,974 from the $178,925,382 approved by the Legislature for the current fiscal year.  The Budget is now subject to review and approval by the County Legislature.

Elmira- There are more than 402,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 102,000 of them are waiting to be adopted.  Many of these children have been waiting years for a loving, caring, permanent family.  Every child deserves a forever family. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Chemung County Division of Children and Family Services join thousands of individuals, government agencies and child advocacy organizations across the nation in recognizing November as Adoption Awareness Month in Chemung County.

ELMIRA –--Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Fire and Emergency Management Director Mark Cicora join the National Weather Service in urging residents to begin preparing for the upcoming winter season.

New York State will be officially recognizing the week of November 1st through 7th, 2015 as Winter Weather Awareness Week, a time to educate the public about the hazards that winter storms can pose and what residents, businesses, and the community can do now to be prepared.

ELMIRA– In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has once again proclaimed October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Chemung County. Along with Denise Argetsinger from the Southern Tier Cancer Services Program (CSP), Santulli is urging all women to talk to their health care providers about breast cancer screening and their personal risk for the disease.

It is estimated that one in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in New York State. Each year in New York, nearly 15,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and about 2,700 women die from the disease. These women are our wives, mothers, sisters, and friends.

Elmira – The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces they will be continuing the painting project of the Hazlett Building which will require the closing of a portion of E. Market Street to traffic. East Market Street from Lake Street to Baldwin Street in Elmira will be closed to traffic beginning at 6am on Tuesday, August 18, 2015.  The road is expected to remain closed for three weeks.

The sidewalk on the south side of the street will be open for pedestrian traffic.  The Treasurer’s Office will remain open with entrance through their main door on E. Market.  The County employee entrance will also be closed.  All employees and visitors to the Hazlett Building will enter using the front entrance on Lake Street during the painting project period.

ELMIRA – Chemung County, Arnot Health, and the City of Elmira joined the Twin Tiers Breastfeeding Network at a press conference today to celebrate “World Breastfeeding Week” and to present the 2015 Annual Breastfeeding Friendly Place Awards.  The community event took place at the Wisner Park Market.  Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Elmira Mayor Susan Skidmore issued proclamations designating the week of August 1-7 as World Breastfeeding Week in Chemung County and the City of Elmira.

The theme for 2015 World Breastfeeding Week is “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work!”  The Twin Tiers Breastfeeding Network recognized 32 workplaces, public places, and members within the community that make an extra effort to accommodate the needs of breastfeeding mothers by offering a positive attitude and supportive environment.

ELMIRA - Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today that Chemung County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on July 3rd and will end on July 6th. Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. This year the 4th of July falls on a Saturday so we expect heavy traveling to begin on Thursday July 2nd and festivities to begin on Friday July 3rd and run through Monday July 6th.

ELMIRA -   Chemung County T-Mobile Wireless customers can now send a short message service (SMS) text message to 911 for emergency help when unable to make a 911 voice call. This service is now available for all major cell phone providers including AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile customers within range of a Chemung County cell tower. If the tower is located outside the land boundary of Chemung County, the receiving tower will not know how to route the message. 

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Dental Clinic will close for renovations on August 28th, 2015 in preparation for a transfer of ownership to Regional Primary Care Network, Inc. (RPCN). The Clinic is housed in the Chemung County Health Center located at 103 Washington Street in Elmira.  Dr. Ted Lax will be retiring on this date after serving over 16 years as the clinic’s dentist.

Elmira- Summer is only a few days away and Chemung County officials would like to take this opportunity to remind residents to use caution when canoeing, kayaking, and boating on the river. “The Chemung River can be a spectacular venue for recreation but as we have seen this past weekend, it can also be dangerous,” said Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli.  “It is important that we have respect for the elements and enter the water with a safety-conscious mind.”

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Veterans Council and the City of Elmira announce the schedule for the 2015 Elmira Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Service at Woodlawn National Cemetery.

ELMIRA  -Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today that Chemung County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on May 22nd and will end on May 26th. Memorial Day week is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. Memorial Day weekend is the traditional beginning of summer.  In addition there will be thousands of parties and barbeques to celebrate graduations, proms, communions, confirmations and the fact that the better weather has arrived.  This combination of factors equates to more people on the road in general and more people specifically driving impaired. The New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths during this period.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed the week of May 17-23, 2015 as National Emergency Medical Services Week in Chemung County.

“Chemung County’s emergency medical professionals are available around the clock to respond to any crisis and provide lifesaving care under what are often stressful and urgent circumstances,” Santulli said. “EMS personnel perform a difficult but vital public service and their efforts can often mean the difference between life and death.  On behalf of all Chemung County residents we celebrate the men and women of our emergency medical services and thank them for their hard work, dedication, sacrifice, and commitment to our community.”

Chemung County has scheduled a public information meeting regarding the completed Draft Local Solid Waste Management Plan (LSWMP) for Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at 203 Lake Street, Elmira, NY 14901. 
 
The purpose of the LSWMP is to identify the path to pursue for managing solid waste generated in the County during a 10-year planning period.  The LSWMP provides policy and program direction to reduce waste generation, increase recovery and decrease disposal in an economically and environmentally-sound manner that is consistent with New York State’s solid waste management policy.  

Big Flats- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care honored area seniors today with the Senior Citizen of the Year Award and the presentation of the inaugural Age- Friendly Community Award at a celebration held at the Big Flats Community Center. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli read a proclamation designating May as "Older Americans Month in Chemung County". 
Elmira- May is National Foster Care Month, a time to call attention to the needs of the 397,000 American children and youth in foster care and the foster parents, volunteers, mentors, child welfare professionals, and policymakers who play a vital role in keeping foster care temporary. Both the Adoptive Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 and the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 emphasized the need for child welfare agencies and courts to work together to use foster care as a short term service in achieving the desired outcomes of child safety, permanency, and well-being and of family preservation.

BIG FLATS- Each year the Chemung County Youth Bureau and Board recognize the good work of individuals and agencies in delivering quality youth services in Chemung County.

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Youth Bureau Director Bob Harris presented the awards at the 32nd Annual Awards Reception which was held today at the Big Flats Community Center. 

The Donahoe Award is given annually to an adult to recognize and honor outstanding contributions made to the youth and families of this community.  The award was established in 1984 and is named in honor of its first recipient, the Honorable Judge Daniel J. Donahoe. The 2015 Donahoe Award was presented to Ruth Harvey.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and County Fire and Emergency Management Director Mark Cicora join the National Weather Service and the NYS Division of Homeland Security in recognizing the week of April 26 to May 2, 2015 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in New York. The goal is to raise awareness of the hazards severe weather poses to the public and provide safety information in an effort to keep you and your family safe. It is imperative that our citizens be prepared for hazardous weather, whether it be a thunderstorm with frequent lightning to a flash flood, high winds, or even a tornado.

Chemung County - The Chemung County Department of Public Works is pleased to announce its 2015 work program.  This year’s program makes use of County forces, contracted labor, and shared services. 

Work includes bridge and culvert replacements and rehabilitations, drainage projects, general maintenance, oil and stone projects, and full depth reclamation projects.  Funding comes from a variety of sources, including New York State (Consolidated Highway Improvement Program and Marchiselli Program), the federal government (Federal Highway Administration), and Chemung County.

Elmira – In response to Governor Cuomo's announcement today of the passage of the 2015-16 NYS Budget which includes $1.5 Billion in funding for the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli released the following statement:

“The Governor’s launch of the $1.5 Billion Upstate Revitalization Initiative is exactly what is needed to jumpstart the Upstate economy.  Our County is already collaborating with municipalities throughout our region to develop a comprehensive economic plan that will be transformational for the Southern Tier.”

Elmira– Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Chemung County.  This is a time to come together to celebrate community efforts to ensure all children have great childhoods. When children have safe, stable, nurturing relationships with their parents and other adults in their community it builds healthy brain architecture, forming a sturdy foundation for future success.

Elmira- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Office of Fire and Emergency Management Director Mark Cicora would like to remind county residents of the annual statewide ban on all open burning which is in effect in New York during the high fire-risk period of March 16th through May 14th.

Horseheads – Village of Horseheads Manager Walter Herbst and Mayor Don Ziegler announced today the Village is in talks with Chemung County to enter into a shared service intermunicipal agreement whereby the County Sheriff’s Office will provide administrative oversight to the Village Police Department.  The proposal was presented to the Village Board of Trustees at its March 12th meeting and will require final approval by the County Legislature.

ELMIRA - The Chemung County STOP-DWI Program and the Elmira Jackals have teamed up to promote: "Have A Plan". Walk, Ride, Carpool.  Call a cab. Don’t Drink and Drive!

“Have A Plan” is available as a free download for smart phones to help find safe rides home no matter where you may be celebrating. Go to www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp or visit your app store.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Fire and Emergency Management Director Mark Cicora join communities across the country in recognizing the week of March 15-21, 2015 as National Flood Safety Awareness Week and encourage all to know your risk and to take precautions to protect themselves, their homes, and their communities before, during, and after a flooding event.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli reported today both airline passenger enplanement numbers and airport revenue totals for 2014 are up over last year’s figures. The number of passengers flying out of the Elmira Corning Regional Airport in 2014 was 22% higher than the number in 2013. In 2014, 156,871 passengers flew out of the airport compared to 128,941 in 2013.  This is the highest number of enplanements in airport history, exceeding the previous record set in 2012.  Airport revenues totaled $3,585,239 in 2014, representing a 5.7% increase from the 2013 total.

ELMIRA - Chemung County Executive Thomas J. Santulli announced today that Chemung County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on March 13th and will end on March 18th. St. Patrick’s Day Weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force in this across the board effort to reduce the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli proclaimed March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in Chemung County and urges everyone to join area health officials and “Go Blue” in support. Friday, March 6th is National Dress in Blue Day in honor of colorectal cancer awareness month.  Wear something blue to bring attention to this preventable cancer and spread the word about lifesaving screening. 

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the appointment of Mark Cicora to head the Office of Fire and Emergency Management. Cicora will be taking over for Michael Smith who retired from the position in December, 2014 after serving 23 years in the position.

Elmira Heights- The Chemung County Fire Advisory Board will hold a graduation ceremony for 32 graduates of the Spring and Fall 2014 Classes of the Firefighter 1 training program tomorrow, Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the Dr. Nathan Cohen Middle School auditorium beginning at 7:00 pm. The training program was offered by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services through the Office of Fire Prevention and Control. The graduates of this program represent fifteen local volunteer fire companies from Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, and Tioga counties.  They will now become probationary firefighters in those departments.

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Mark Cicora, Chemung County Deputy Fire Coordinator will join the department’s Fire Chiefs in conferring the diplomas to the graduates.

Department of Aging and Long Term Care

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care is seeking nominations for two Senior Citizen of the Year Awards to be awarded at our Older Americans Month Celebration on Monday, May 2nd. All qualified nominees will be recognized.  This year’s Older Americans Month theme is “Blaze a Trail”.  Please help us to identify and recognize volunteers who through their perennial contributions make a difference by serving our community!

ELMIRA- Age-Friendly Chemung County, a coalition-backed initiative that promotes active and healthy living, has launched a website and a Facebook page where county residents can find resources to help them live and age well.

Website resources are organized according to the eight domains identified by the World Health Organization as being important to an Age-Friendly Community: Outdoor Spaces and Buildings, Transportation, Housing, Social Participation, Respect and Social Inclusion, Civic Participation and Employment, Communication and Information, and Community and Health Services. The website can be found at https://agefriendlychemungcounty.wordpress.com/

The Chemung County Department of Aging will celebrate Honor Our Veterans Day  on Monday, November 9th.  We will celebrate and honor all military personnel, both retired and active.  The program will be held at the following Chemung County Eat Well Live Well sites:

Villa Serene – Meals will be served at 11:00 a.m. 
     399 E. 14th St., Elmira Heights, NY 14903

Big Flats Community Center – Meals will be served at 11:30 a.m.
     476 Maple St., Big Flats, NY 14814

Ed Flannery Apartments - Meals will be served at 11:30 a.m.
    
300 S. Main St., Elmira, NY 14904

George Bragg Apartments - Meals will be served at 11:30 a.m.
    
115 Dewitt Ave., Elmira, NY 14901

Park Terrace Apartments - Meals will be served at 11:30 a.m.
    
1283 Pennsylvania Ave., Pine City, NY 14871

The menu is Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Carrot Coins, Marinated Tomato Salad, Wheat Bread, Brownies, Milk and assorted beverages.

Reservations must be made no later than Friday, November 6th.  Please call 607 737 5520. If we are not open to receive your reservation, please call back or leave the following on our voice mail: your name and that you will be attending the veterans luncheon, your telephone number, and which site you will be attending.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Human Resources Center parking lot, located at 425 Pennsylvania Avenue in Elmira, will be undergoing a paving project on Thursday, October 29th and Friday, October 30th.  The parking lot will remain open during this time but with limited access.

The paving will be completed weather permitting. The County appreciates the public and staff patience and cooperation during the project.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care is available to assist Medicare beneficiaries in understanding and comparing the 2016 Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Private Health Plans.

Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15 – December 7.  This is the time of year when all people with Medicare can make changes to their coverage.  Health needs and plans can change from year to year. 

Elmira – Chemung County officials received a report from a citizen that someone claiming to be a county employee approached them at their home.

The County is reminding residents to ask for identification from County employees who come to their homes to provide services or individuals asking for information on behalf of the County.  All County employees carry photo identification which should be displayed before entering a residence. 

Elmira - The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care will hold its Annual Public Hearing on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 from 6:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at Elmira-Riverview Holiday Inn. The topic of this year’s public hearing is “Paying for Long Term Care Getting Your Affairs in Order”.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care will be distributing NYS Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Coupons to eligible seniors at the Wisner Park Market tomorrow, July 9th from 9am to 11:30 am. The booklet contains $20 in coupons.

Booklets will be available at the Eastside Farmers Market on Fridays, July 10th and July 17th from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. Seniors needing special assistance can park in the Holiday Inn parking lot as close as possible to the distribution table and representatives will do their best to assist them.

In addition, coupons will be distributed on Tuesday, July 14, at the Van Etten Community Center from 10am to 11am.

Seniors may also pick up coupons at the Department of Aging and Long Term Care, 425 Pennsylvania Avenue in Elmira, between 9am and 3pm, Monday through Friday.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care has been notified by the New York State Office for Aging of a new robocall scam that attempts to lure older New Yorkers into providing their personal information over the phone. The voice on the robocall identifies itself as the New York State Office for the Aging and asks the individual answering the phone to  press a button if someone in the home is over 65 and would be interested in receiving a free Medic Alert pin and $3000 in coupons for food or other items. 

This is a SCAM. The New York State Office for the Aging does not give away items, money or coupons and will NEVER solicit personal information over the phone.

ELMIRA – At a press conference today at the Wisner Park Market, the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care announced they will once again be participating in the NYS Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.  Eligible seniors will receive a $20 coupon booklet. The coupons can only be used at approved Farmers’ Market Vendors in New York State. They may not be used in grocery stores, road side stands or small markets. Vendors must have a blue SFMNP poster being displayed.   Booklets are limited to one per household, one per season. 
Elmira- The 2015 Senior Games wrapped up last night with the closing banquet held at Appleridge Senior Living.  484 athletes competed this year. Results of the games can be found on the County website under the Department of Aging page.  Click here to view the results.

Horseheads – The 2015 Chemung County Senior Games begin Wednesday, May 6th  with a 70+ Softball Tournament.  Eight teams are competing, including teams from Albany, Binghamton and Cortland.  The tournament begins at 9:30am at the Town of Horseheads Sports Complex off Wygant Road.  The 55+ Softball Tournaments will be held Thursday of this week with six teams competing from Elmira, Binghamton, Ithaca, and the Cortland areas.

Big Flats- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care honored area seniors today with the Senior Citizen of the Year Award and the presentation of the inaugural Age- Friendly Community Award at a celebration held at the Big Flats Community Center. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli read a proclamation designating May as "Older Americans Month in Chemung County". 

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care has extended the deadline for applications for the 2015 Senior Games. Senior Games is an annual sporting, fitness, and fun event held every May, and 2015 marks its 25th year!

The Games are opened to anyone age 50 and over, and a variety of events are scheduled, including track and field, cycling, golf and miniature golf, bocce, bowling, archery, softball and pickle ball.   New this year is a 5K run which will be held on Saturday May 9th.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care announce applications for the 2015 Senior Games are now available. Senior Games is an annual sporting, fitness, and fun event held every May, and 2015 marks its 25th year!

The Games are opened to anyone age 50 and over, and a variety of events are scheduled, including track and field, cycling, golf and miniature golf, bocce, bowling, archery, softball and pickle ball.   And new for 2015:  the 3000m run!

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care is seeking nominations for two Senior Citizen of the Year Awards, as well as the inaugural Chemung County Age-Friendly Community Award, to be awarded at our Older Americans Month Celebration on Monday, May 4th. All qualified nominees will be recognized.  This year’s Older Americans Month theme is “Get into the Act”.  Please help us to identify and recognize volunteers and organizations who are “Getting into the Act” by serving our community!

Big Flats –The Chemung County Department of Public Works will be completing drainage work at the intersection of CR74, Colonial Drive and CR57, Hickory Grove Road in the Town of Big Flats which will result in the closing of the intersection.  Construction is scheduled for Monday, November 23, 2015 and will be completed in one day, weather permitting.

As a result of the construction, traffic will be detoured onto Arnot Road and Chambers Road.

Elmira- There are more than 402,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 102,000 of them are waiting to be adopted.  Many of these children have been waiting years for a loving, caring, permanent family.  Every child deserves a forever family. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Chemung County Division of Children and Family Services join thousands of individuals, government agencies and child advocacy organizations across the nation in recognizing November as Adoption Awareness Month in Chemung County.

HORSEHEADS – As the winter season approaches, Curt Rhodes, President of the Chemung County Town Highway Superintendents’ Association, and Andy Avery, Commissioner of Public Works for Chemung County, have issued a winter driving advisory for all Chemung County residents. When the forecast calls for winter weather, they ask residents to be mindful of potentially hazardous road conditions. 

“Driving a vehicle is a complex task requiring your complete attention.  Snow and ice conditions add another layer of difficulty,” said Avery. “Winter weather provides changing and often unexpected and challenging conditions for drivers.” 

Southport - Contractor - Cold Spring Construction Company will be diverting NYS Route 328 traffic, at the Pine City intersection, onto CR 69 for one day in order to place the top course of pavement on the new roundabout. This will happen between the dates of October 22nd and October 27th depending on the weather.  The overall project is expected to be completed by November 20, 2015.

VAN ETTEN- The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces the start of work on CR62, Front Street, in the Village of Van Etten.

Work will begin Wednesday, October 7, 2015 and continue until complete 3-4 weeks later.  The work will consist of new curbs and walks from New York State Route 34 (SR34) to Alderman Lane, construction of a new cul-de-sac on Front Street north of the intersection with SR34, and new pavement from the Front Street cul-de-sac north to the intersection with New York State Route 224.

Elmira - The City of Elmira DPW announces that Water Street will be closed between Clemens Center and Main Street beginning September 28, 2015 until further notice due to building demolition.

Detours will be in place.

Please drive carefully and allow extra time to reach your destination.

Thank you for your cooperation.

ELMIRA- The City of Elmira will be performing final paving on Monday, September 21, 2015 weather permitting, from 6:00 AM until completed. As a result, Walnut Street will be closed from Washington to Clinton, between Church and Water and S. Walnut between Hudson and Franklin. St.

Detours will be in place.

Please drive carefully, and allow extra time to reach your designation.

Thank you for your cooperation.

HORSEHEADS –The Chemung County Department of Public Works will be replacing a culvert at the intersection of CR51, Lattabrook Road and Sickles Road in the Town of Horseheads which will result in the closing of the road. Construction is scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 8th, and last approximately six weeks. 

As a result of the construction, northbound Lattabrook Road traffic will be detoured over Moss Hill Road to Ormiston Road to Breesport.  Southbound Lattabrook Road traffic will be detoured over Watercure Road to Elmira.

The City of Elmira will be performing road milling on Monday, August 24, 2015 from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. As a result, the bridge will be closed from Water St. to Maple Avenue. A portion of Sly St. between Maple Avenue and the south side of the bridge will also be closed during the designated time period. 

A signed detour will be provided.  Please drive carefully, and allow extra time to reach your designation.

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Chemung County – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces its intent to begin its annual Herbicide Program.   Per New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) requirements, notices will be delivered to property owners who have structures on property within 150-feet of the spray areas.

Weather permitting, the annual herbicide program for 2015 will begin the week of July 20, 2015, and continue as applicable, in regard to seasonal needs.

Van Etten - The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has announced that starting on Monday, June 15, 2015, work will begin to repair the bridge carrying State Route 223 over Cayuta Creek in the town of Van Etten.  The bridge is located roughly a half mile east of Swartwood Road.  The bridge will be closed for approximately two weeks during this operation.

Traffic will be detoured onto County Route 24 (Decker Road) and County Route 3 while the bridge is closed for repairs. The length of the detour is roughly 4 miles. It is imperative that motorists remember to drive carefully through the many highway and bridge construction zones they will encounter this season.

BIG FLATS - The Town of Big Flats’ Department of Public Works is pleased to announce its 2015 work program. This year’s program makes use of Town forces, contracted labor, and shared services.

Planned work includes a culvert replacement, drainage and general maintenance projects, oil and stone projects, overlay and mill & fill projects, and full depth reclamation projects. Funding comes from a variety of sources, including New York State (Consolidated Highway Improvement Program and Marchiselli Program), the federal government (Federal Highway Administration), and the Town budget.

Elmira – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces the immediate closure of Jenkins Road Bridge over Goldsmith Creek in the Town of Elmira.  (This is the northernmost of the two bridges on Jenkins Road.)  The bridge was constructed using a timber deck over steel girders in 1955, a practice no longer utilized by most public works agencies due to leakage through the deck onto exposed steel beams.  Travel over the bridge currently averages 52 vehicles per day.

Horseheads – The Department of Public Works is pleased to announce that its “MS4 Stormwater Annual Report” is available for public viewing and comment on the County DPW webpage. Click here.
 
The County DPW participates in the County-wide MS4 Stormwater Coalition.  MS4 indicates an urban area with a “municipal separate storm sewer system”.  MS4 status is assigned by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), and administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC.)

Chemung County - The Chemung County Department of Public Works is pleased to announce its 2015 work program.  This year’s program makes use of County forces, contracted labor, and shared services. 

Work includes bridge and culvert replacements and rehabilitations, drainage projects, general maintenance, oil and stone projects, and full depth reclamation projects.  Funding comes from a variety of sources, including New York State (Consolidated Highway Improvement Program and Marchiselli Program), the federal government (Federal Highway Administration), and Chemung County.

CHEMUNG COUNTY- The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that work will begin April 27, 2015, on I-86 in the Towns of Horseheads, Elmira and Chemung, Chemung County.

Elmira - The City of Elmira will be completing ongoing bridge maintenance this construction season. For a period of time beginning around April 20th for 1-2 days, the Washington Ave. Bridge will be closed to accomplish some minor deck repairs. Also, beginning during the same time period the N. Industrial Blvd. Bridge will be closed for a period of approximately 4-6 weeks to undergo rehabilitation work. Access to Industrial Blvd. will still be permitted using the Southernmost Bridge as an access point.

Detours will be in place for the duration of both closures.

Chemung County –The Chemung County Department of Public Works will be replacing a large culvert crossing CR51, Lattabrook Road in the Town of Horseheads, 150 feet west of the intersection of Kiser Road. Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, April 6, and continue through the first week of May.  As a result of the construction, Lattabrook Road will be closed west of the intersection with Kiser Road throughout the duration of the project. Motorists should follow the marked detour which directs travel over South Main Street, East Franklin Street and Moss Hill Road.

Horseheads - The Chemung County Department of Public Works advises the public that road salt continues to be in short supply across the region. 

In the event of a prolonged snow and ice event, the County will make changes to its snow and ice control program.  While plowing will still occur, salt/sand mixes will be reserved for hills and intersections.  Straight sand will be used on other roadways to provide increased traction.

HORSEHEADS – As the winter season continues, Curt Rhodes, President of the Chemung County Town Highway Superintendents’ Association, and Andy Avery, Commissioner of Public Works for Chemung County, have issued a winter driving advisory for all Chemung County residents. When the forecast calls for winter weather, they ask residents to be mindful of potentially hazardous road conditions. 

Highway agencies across the state and region have been advised by regional salt suppliers that salt supplies are being rationed; delivery times will likely be delayed, and delivered amounts will certainly be reduced. 

DSS

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Chemung County Department of Social Services Draft Biennial Employment Plan has been filed on December 18, 2015 with the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance for employment activities for all TANF, Safety Net and SNAP applicants and recipients.

The Employment Plan is available for review for thirty (30) days.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Human Resources Center parking lot, located at 425 Pennsylvania Avenue in Elmira, will be undergoing a paving project on Thursday, October 29th and Friday, October 30th.  The parking lot will remain open during this time but with limited access.

The paving will be completed weather permitting. The County appreciates the public and staff patience and cooperation during the project.

ELMIRA - The low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will begin on November 16, 2015.  HEAP is a federally funded energy program that assists eligible households in meeting their heat-related energy costs.  HEAP issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost and also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat related energy emergency.  The maximum regular benefit an eligible household can receive is $625 for homes that heat with oil, kerosene or propane and $425 for all others.  A family of four can have a household income of up to $51,792 annually and still qualify for a HEAP benefit. 

Elmira – Chemung County officials received a report from a citizen that someone claiming to be a county employee approached them at their home.

The County is reminding residents to ask for identification from County employees who come to their homes to provide services or individuals asking for information on behalf of the County.  All County employees carry photo identification which should be displayed before entering a residence. 

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Child Advocacy Center (CAC), along with its partner agencies within the county including Family Services of Chemung County, Inc., the Chemung County Department of Social Services, Chemung County Health Department, Chemung County District Attorney’s Office and all local law enforcement agencies today reminded area residents that September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month in New York State and across the nation.

ELMIRA - On Tuesday, July 7, 2015, Amanda J Lederman and Donna L Lederman were arrested on active Elmira City Court warrants for Welfare Fraud 3rd Degree, Grand Larceny 3rd and Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st Degree.

From September 2012 through February 2013, Amanda J Lederman and Donna L Lederman submitted false documents to the Chemung County Department of Social Services.  These documents were submitted for the purpose of establishing and maintaining her eligibility for public assistance.  These benefits included daycare assistance.

 

 

Elmira- May is National Foster Care Month, a time to call attention to the needs of the 397,000 American children and youth in foster care and the foster parents, volunteers, mentors, child welfare professionals, and policymakers who play a vital role in keeping foster care temporary. Both the Adoptive Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 and the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 emphasized the need for child welfare agencies and courts to work together to use foster care as a short term service in achieving the desired outcomes of child safety, permanency, and well-being and of family preservation.

Elmira– Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Chemung County.  This is a time to come together to celebrate community efforts to ensure all children have great childhoods. When children have safe, stable, nurturing relationships with their parents and other adults in their community it builds healthy brain architecture, forming a sturdy foundation for future success.

ELMIRA - The Tenth Annual Walk a Mile in My Shoes suicide prevention walk and fundraiser will take place this year on Saturday, May 2nd at Eldridge Park beginning at 11:00 AM. On-the spot registration opens at 9 am and returning this year featured performance by the Ithaca-based youth music group “Vitamin L” at 10:15 am. Special Guest this year is Retired Sergeant Kevin Briggs from the California Highway Patrol, a world renowned speaker on the topic of suicide prevention.

ELMIRA - As part of a pilot program to decrease the need for medications to deal with life stressors, Chemung County Department of Mental Hygiene will be sponsoring the third annual Breathe and Heal….With the Power of Breath. This day and a half training at the Holiday Inn Express in Horseheads on April 17th and 18th will support attendees in the acquisition of a model approach to treatment as a medication alternatives will be a tremendous asset as a treatment modality for working with individuals suffering from PTSD, various mood disorders, ADHD and life stressors in general. Emotion dysregulation, attention disorders, and behavioral problems have a negative impact on academic and social development. Teachers and healthcare providers need new tools to help students overcome the effects of stress, overstimulation, and trauma.
Fire and Emergency Management

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Office of Fire and Emergency has created the CHEMUNG CO. NY EMERGENCY ALERT/PREPARE mobile application to help citizens be better prepared, and to have all the information they need during an emergency or disaster.
Elmira Heights- The Chemung County Fire Advisory Board will hold a graduation ceremony for 31 graduates of the Spring and Fall 2015 Classes of the Firefighter 1 training program tomorrow, Thursday, January 7, 2016 at the Thomas Edison High School auditorium beginning at 7:00 pm. The training program was offered by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services through the Office of Fire Prevention and Control. The graduates of this program represent ten local volunteer fire companies from Chemung County and the West Danby Fire Department from Tompkins County.  They will now become probationary firefighters in those departments.

ELMIRA –--Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Fire and Emergency Management Director Mark Cicora join the National Weather Service in urging residents to begin preparing for the upcoming winter season.

New York State will be officially recognizing the week of November 1st through 7th, 2015 as Winter Weather Awareness Week, a time to educate the public about the hazards that winter storms can pose and what residents, businesses, and the community can do now to be prepared.

Elmira- The Chemung County Health Department will be hosting an emergency preparedness drill simulating the mass distribution of emergency medications this Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Horseheads Intermediate School, 950 Sing Sing Road, Horseheads, NY. 

Health Department

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Health Department, in conjunction with the SPCA, will be offering the following free rabies vaccination clinic to New York State residents:

Chemung County Health Department
 John Gridley Building
103 Washington St., Elmira, NY 14901
Saturday, January 23, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

While a forecast of snow does not seem to be an issue for the clinic, there is the threat of very cold temperatures this weekend.  As a reminder, the Chemung County Health Department is closed to the public on weekends.  Therefore, the doors to the Health Department will not open until the 11:00 a.m. start of the clinic.  The public is advised not to arrive at the clinic until the 11:00 a.m. start time.  However, if you anticipate arriving early, you and your pets will be waiting outside the building in very cold temperatures.  There are ample supplies of rabies vaccine and no one arriving between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. will be turned away.

Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition January Newsletter is now available.

Click here.

Elmira - During January, Cervical Health Awareness Month, the Southern Tier Cancer Services Program wants to spread the word that cervical cancer is preventable and highly treatable if found early. Getting screened for cervical cancer with a Pap test is the key to prevention and survival. Screening is available to both insured and uninsured women.

ELMIRA - In observance of World AIDS Day on Tuesday, December 1st, the Chemung County AIDS Taskforce has scheduled a Candle Light Vigil beginning at 5:00 pm at Wisner Park in downtown Elmira. 

This year's events include a proclamation from Mayor Sue Skidmore, and County Executive, Tom Santulli, a reading by local teens of the names of local HIV-positive individuals who have died, a candlelight vigil, and march from the park to the Steele Memorial Library of the Chemung County Library District. 

Elmira- Have you heard of the Great American Smoke Out (GASO)?  Tomorrow, November 19, 2015, people around the nation will be throwing down their cigarettes to begin a new healthy lifestyle without cigarettes. Trinity of Chemung County is inviting residents to go “cold turkey” to kick off this event.

Trinity is sponsoring a mini health fair and distributing free turkeys to the first 100 people who donate their cigarettes/tobacco products for the cause. Residents who are interested in quitting must donate at least a half a pack of cigarettes or tobacco product and visit four other vendors at the fair to get a free turkey.

The event will be held at the South Side Community Center on 215 Partridge

ELMIRA - The Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition (STTAC) and the Elmira Jackals recently partnered in celebration of the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout (GASO).  Across New York and the nation today, the Great American Smokeout is being used to support people who want to quit, discourage youth from starting, and educate communities about the value of tobacco-free environments where people live, work, and play.

During the Elmira Jackals game on Saturday, November 14th, local Reality Check and SADD youth collected hundreds of signatures of support for tobacco-free initiatives and educated on how we can improve the health of our communities by making tobacco-free goals. Because cigarette smoking and tobacco use are acquired behaviors − activities that people choose to do – smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the state, claiming between 26,000 and 28,200 lives annually.1 

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Health Department joins the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in recognizing the week of “November 16-22, 2015 as “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week” in Chemung County to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use across all health care settings.  Antibiotic resistance, which occurs when bacteria change in a way that reduces the effectiveness of antibiotics, is among the most pressing public health threats.

The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor which contributes to antibiotic resistance, and up to one-third to one-half of antibiotic use in humans is either unnecessary or inappropriate. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed creates additional health risks by increasing the chances a patient will experience a bad drug reaction, and also leads to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria which affects everyone in the community.

ELMIRA- The Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition (STTAC) and the Elmira Jackals are partnering for the 40th annual Great American Smokeout (GASO), a holiday created by the American Cancer Society in which smokers across the nation quit tobacco. Because cigarette smoking and tobacco use are acquired behaviors − activities that people choose to do – smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the state, claiming between 26,000 and 28,200 lives annually.  During the game on Saturday, November 14th at 7:05 PM, local youth will be collecting support for tobacco-free initiatives and educating on how we can help our community become healthier by making tobacco-free goals. Currently, 90 percent of smokers begin by the age of 18, so local tobacco-free efforts will have a major impact on the health of residents in Chemung, Steuben and Schuyler counties now and in the future.

Elmira – Data from New York State’s 2014 youth and adult tobacco surveys (Tobacco Related Data) show that 10.5 percent of high school students and 12.7 percent of young adults ages 18-24 use electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes)—almost double the 5.7 percent rate of e-cigarette use among adults 25 years and older, Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition (STTAC) announced today. The data from the state’s first report on e-cigarette use also show that more high school students now use e-cigarettes than smoke cigarettes.

“These new data are alarming because we know that e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems can establish, maintain and strengthen nicotine addiction,” said Stacy Hills, STTAC Director. “At a time when cigarette smoking rates among New York youth, young adults and adults are at all-time lows, we certainly don’t want to see an increase in other forms of nicotine use.”

ELMIRA – Marlene Denicola has been recognized as Chemung County Health Department’s representative on New York State’s ‘2015 Public Health Works! Honor Roll’.  Ms. Denacola, a Public Health Nurse in the Health Department, was selected as the County representative by Robert Page, Public Health Director.

ELMIRA– In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has once again proclaimed October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Chemung County. Along with Denise Argetsinger from the Southern Tier Cancer Services Program (CSP), Santulli is urging all women to talk to their health care providers about breast cancer screening and their personal risk for the disease.

It is estimated that one in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in New York State. Each year in New York, nearly 15,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and about 2,700 women die from the disease. These women are our wives, mothers, sisters, and friends.

Elmira – Chemung County officials received a report from a citizen that someone claiming to be a county employee approached them at their home.

The County is reminding residents to ask for identification from County employees who come to their homes to provide services or individuals asking for information on behalf of the County.  All County employees carry photo identification which should be displayed before entering a residence. 

Elmira- The Chemung County Dental Clinic closed temporarily on August 28, 2015 and is not expected to re-open until the summer of 2016. 

The County is working with Regional Primary Care Network, a federally qualified health center, to take over operation of the Dental Clinic located at 103 Washington Street in Elmira.  Unfortunately, the transition to a new dental services provider will take up to a year due to state licensure approval and renovations needed in the clinic layout. 

Elmira- The Chemung County Health Department will be hosting an emergency preparedness drill simulating the mass distribution of emergency medications this Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Horseheads Intermediate School, 950 Sing Sing Road, Horseheads, NY. 

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Child Advocacy Center (CAC), along with its partner agencies within the county including Family Services of Chemung County, Inc., the Chemung County Department of Social Services, Chemung County Health Department, Chemung County District Attorney’s Office and all local law enforcement agencies today reminded area residents that September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month in New York State and across the nation.

ELMIRA – Chemung County, Arnot Health, and the City of Elmira joined the Twin Tiers Breastfeeding Network at a press conference today to celebrate “World Breastfeeding Week” and to present the 2015 Annual Breastfeeding Friendly Place Awards.  The community event took place at the Wisner Park Market.  Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Elmira Mayor Susan Skidmore issued proclamations designating the week of August 1-7 as World Breastfeeding Week in Chemung County and the City of Elmira.

The theme for 2015 World Breastfeeding Week is “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work!”  The Twin Tiers Breastfeeding Network recognized 32 workplaces, public places, and members within the community that make an extra effort to accommodate the needs of breastfeeding mothers by offering a positive attitude and supportive environment.

Elmira- The Chemung County Health Department has announced they will be hosting an emergency preparedness drill simulating the mass distribution of emergency medications.  The exercise will take place on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Horseheads Intermediate School, 950 Sing Sing Road, Horseheads, NY.

Chemung, Schuyler, & Steuben, NY – For many kids, Father’s Day means taking dad out to breakfast, giving him a gift or just saying thanks. But hundreds of thousands of kids throughout the United States have fathers who smoke, and smoking still is America’s number one preventable cause of death. On this special day for dads, one great way to celebrate could be to pledge to give dads who currently smoke the kind of loving support and encouragement that will help them make this the year that they become tobacco-free. Tobacco use is still the number one cause of preventable death and disease. One in five men currently smoke, more than 278,000 men die every year from smoking, and 216,000 kids have already lost their dad to smoking. Also, two out of every five children ages 3 to 11 are exposed to secondhand smoke in the United States.  Fathers who protect their kids from secondhand smoke reduce the risk of smoke-caused health problems for their children.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Dental Clinic will close for renovations on August 28th, 2015 in preparation for a transfer of ownership to Regional Primary Care Network, Inc. (RPCN). The Clinic is housed in the Chemung County Health Center located at 103 Washington Street in Elmira.  Dr. Ted Lax will be retiring on this date after serving over 16 years as the clinic’s dentist.

Elmira- The Chemung County Health Department is seeking your assistance in locating a dog that was involved in a biting incident that occurred in the City of Elmira.

The incident occurred on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at approximately 6:00 PM on Juanita Street, near South Main Street in the City of Elmira.  The dog is described as a full grown, female, German Shepherd, all black, with a pink collar and a pink leash.  The dog had slipped out of its leash and was running free from the direction of Pennsylvania Ave.  The person walking the dog is described as a female, Caucasian, short, slim, and approximately 30 years old.  The dog and dog owner were last seen heading towards South Avenue.

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Health Department is curious about what you know about the County’s Public Health Department services.  Do they just give out shots? Do they investigate rabies? Do they help address obesity?  Will they protect me if a communicable disease of epidemic proportion strikes my community?

To better understand what people in the community know about their public health department, the County Public Health Departments in the S2AY Rural Health Network region are conducting a survey to see what you know about the role of public health.  The survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete. Click here to view the survey.

 

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Health Department, in conjunction with the SPCA, will be offering the following free rabies vaccination clinics to New York State residents:

                   Chapel Park
               83 Personius Road
              Pine City, NY 14871
          Saturday, May 30, 2015
               11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

   Wings of Eagles Discovery Center
            339 Daniel Zenker Dr.
           Horseheads, NY 14845
         Thursday, June 25, 2015
          6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Health Department is seeking your assistance in locating a dog that was involved in a biting incident that occurred in the City of Elmira.

The incident occurred on Friday, April 17, 2015, at approximately 8:30 to 9:00 PM near the E-Z Budget Insurance Company at the corner of Bloomer Avenue and College Avenue in the city of Elmira.  The dog is described as a medium sized pit-bull or boxer, muscular build, with a white face and body, a brown patch around the ears, eyes, and nose, and a brown or black patch on the back.  The dog was running free without a collar.

ELMIRA - The Tenth Annual Walk a Mile in My Shoes suicide prevention walk and fundraiser will take place this year on Saturday, May 2nd at Eldridge Park beginning at 11:00 AM. On-the spot registration opens at 9 am and returning this year featured performance by the Ithaca-based youth music group “Vitamin L” at 10:15 am. Special Guest this year is Retired Sergeant Kevin Briggs from the California Highway Patrol, a world renowned speaker on the topic of suicide prevention.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli proclaimed March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in Chemung County and urges everyone to join area health officials and “Go Blue” in support. Friday, March 6th is National Dress in Blue Day in honor of colorectal cancer awareness month.  Wear something blue to bring attention to this preventable cancer and spread the word about lifesaving screening. 

ELMIRA - As part of a pilot program to decrease the need for medications to deal with life stressors, Chemung County Department of Mental Hygiene will be sponsoring the third annual Breathe and Heal….With the Power of Breath. This day and a half training at the Holiday Inn Express in Horseheads on April 17th and 18th will support attendees in the acquisition of a model approach to treatment as a medication alternatives will be a tremendous asset as a treatment modality for working with individuals suffering from PTSD, various mood disorders, ADHD and life stressors in general. Emotion dysregulation, attention disorders, and behavioral problems have a negative impact on academic and social development. Teachers and healthcare providers need new tools to help students overcome the effects of stress, overstimulation, and trauma.
Legislative News
Chemung County has scheduled a public information meeting regarding the completed Draft Local Solid Waste Management Plan (LSWMP) for Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at 203 Lake Street, Elmira, NY 14901. 
 
The purpose of the LSWMP is to identify the path to pursue for managing solid waste generated in the County during a 10-year planning period.  The LSWMP provides policy and program direction to reduce waste generation, increase recovery and decrease disposal in an economically and environmentally-sound manner that is consistent with New York State’s solid waste management policy.  

Chemung County - The Chemung County Department of Public Works is pleased to announce its 2015 work program.  This year’s program makes use of County forces, contracted labor, and shared services. 

Work includes bridge and culvert replacements and rehabilitations, drainage projects, general maintenance, oil and stone projects, and full depth reclamation projects.  Funding comes from a variety of sources, including New York State (Consolidated Highway Improvement Program and Marchiselli Program), the federal government (Federal Highway Administration), and Chemung County.

Parks and Recreation

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that pavilion reservations for the 2016 Summer Season at Harris Hill and Park Station will be taken starting Monday, January 4th from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (closed 12-12:30).  Reservations will be taken by TELEPHONE ONLY on January 4th and January 5th, after which walk-ins are welcomed.  The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department is open Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (closed 12-12:30 p.m.).

Elmira - The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that there will be a bow hunting permit lottery for Harris Hill Park.

Names, addresses, and phone numbers will be taken Monday, September 14th through Thursday, September 24th, 2015. Please submit the above information either by email to: lsprague1@co.chemung.ny.us, by phone or in person to:

  Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department
  217 Madison Avenue
  Elmira, New York 14901
  607-737-2843
  7:00am – 3:30pm. (Closed 12:00-12:30)

The drawing of 10 names will be held on Friday, September 25th, 2015.

Erin – Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces they are still accepting applications for non-ambulatory hunters to bow hunt at Park Station.  The program allows for up to 4 archery hunters with a physical disability who are unable to move about without the use of a mechanized aid to hunt for deer with a bow or crossbow at Park Station during the final two weeks of archery season (Saturday, November 7- Friday, November 20, 2015).  Park Station will be closed to the general public during this two week archery season.

Horseheads - The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announce that they will begin taking the County Fairgrounds Boat/Vehicle Storage applications on Wednesday, September 9th. 

Full payment and proof of insurance for the storage period must accompany the application.  Space is limited therefore turning in the application and payment does not secure a storage space.  Once payment is received and space is confirmed a permit will be sent to finalize the storage process.

BIG FLATS- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces the sessions for swim lessons at Harris Hill Pool for Beginners Level 1 and 2 are now full.  A limited number of spaces for swim lessons for Levels 3 through 6 are still available.

One must be at least 4 years of age by June 29th in order to participate.  Those interested can sign up at the Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department, 217 Madison Avenue, Elmira.  For more information or to register by phone call 607-737-2843.  The office is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 3:30pm, Closed from 12-12:30.

BIG FLATS- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces the schedule for swim lessons sign-ups at Harris Hill Pool.  One must be at least 4 years of age by June 29th in order to participate.  Those interested can sign up at the Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department, 217 Madison Avenue, Elmira on the following days:

Wednesday, June 3rd    2:00pm – 6:00pm
Thursday, June 4th   2:00pm – 6:00pm

ERIN- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that Park Station’s Snack Bar and Control Booth will be officially open weekends only starting Saturday, May 23rd (including Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th). The Control Booth will be open from 10:00am – 5:00pm. The Snack Bar will be open from 12:00pm. – 6:00pm.  Please note, the waterfront will not be open.

Starting Saturday, June 20th the Waterfront opens.  The Waterfront will be open daily from 12:00pm-6:00pm.  Also starting June 20th, Control Booth will be open on a daily 12:00pm – 5:00pm  The Snack Bar will be open Wednesdays – Sundays ONLY 12:00pm. – 6:00pm.

ERIN- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that the Park Station Boat Launch and fishing will be closed until further notice.  Due to the cold temperatures the lake is still frozen.

For updates on the lake condition call 607-739-9164.

ERIN- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that camping reservations for Park Station will be taken starting Wednesday, April 1st from 7:00am – 3:30pm (closed between 12-12:30).  Reservations will be taken by TELEPHONE ONLY on April 1st and April 2nd with a limit of 2 reservations per person on these days, after which walk-ins are welcomed. 

ERIN- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announced today that Ice Skating at Park Station is closed for the season. 

ERIN- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announced today that Ice Skating at Park Station is temporarily closed due to poor ice conditions. 

Ice Fishing on the lake is still open. The hours of operation are 7:30am – Sunset. 

No motorized vehicles including but not limited to ATV’s or snowmobiles are allowed on the lake.

Transportation Council

ELMIRA - Beginning Friday, November 27th, C TRAN will increase bus service for extended holiday hours at the Arnot Mall.

• Thurs, Nov 26 (Thanksgiving Day), No Service
• Fri & Sat, Nov 27 & 28, 10:30  pm
• Fri & Sat, Dec 4 & 5, 10:30  pm
• Sun, Dec 6, 7:30 pm
• Fri & Sat, Dec 11 & 12, 10:30  pm
• Sun, Dec 13, 8:30 pm
• Fri & Sat, Dec 18 and 19, 10:30 pm
• Sun, Dec 20, 9:30 pm
• Mon-Wed, Dec 21, 22 and 23, 10:30  pm
• Thurs Dec 24, (Christmas Eve) last trip from Mall is 6:30pm
• Friday, Dec 25 (Christmas Day), No Service
• Thurs, Dec 31 (New Years Eve), Last trip from Mall is 6:30pm
• Friday, Jan 1 (New Years Day), No Service

Elmira — During Elmira’s holiday parade on Friday, November 27th, C TRAN buses will have access to drop off and pick up at the Chemung County Transportation Center. However, some buses may have to vary routes due to street closings, so passengers are asked to be patient as buses may be running late.

Elmira— As the second step of fare increases that were approved in October of 2014, regular monthly bus passes will increase from the current rate of $55 to $60 starting with November passes.

All other pass rates and fares will remain the same.

Riders seeking more information about the proposed changes should visit ridectran.com or call the C TRAN customer information line at 734-5211. 

Elmira – The weather could not have been more ideal for the first half of the two week 2015 Car-Free Challenge that launched last Tuesday and runs until Monday, October 5th.  There have been more than 400 daily efforts logged to-date on the Car-Free Challenge website at www.carfreechallenge.wordpress.com. Over 100 participants in Chemung, Cortland, Herkimer, Oneida, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tompkins Counties have collectively reduced almost 5,000 vehicle miles traveled – the rough distance it would take to drive from the Finger Lakes Region to Panama!

Elmira– Seven counties in Central New York, including Chemung, Cortland, Herkimer, Oneida, Schuyler, Steuben and Tompkins, are working together to launch a Car-Free Challenge on Car Free Day – an international event that encourages drivers to leave their cars at home for a day on Tuesday, September 22. Observed in over 2,000 cities in 44 countries, Car Free Day is celebrated in different ways, but with the common goal of taking cars off the road to reduce traffic, improve the environment and conserve energy.

Elmira – The Southern Tier Bicycle League, in conjunction with the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office, the Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council, Creating Healthy Places, and the Chemung County Traffic Safety Board, will be giving away bicycle helmets this Friday, June 26, 2015 at the Eastside Farmer’s Market from 2:30pm to 4:30pm or as long as supplies last.  Eastside Market is located next to the Holiday Inn on Water Street in Elmira.

CHEMUNG COUNTY- The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that work will begin April 27, 2015, on I-86 in the Towns of Horseheads, Elmira and Chemung, Chemung County.

Elmira —The Chemung County Transportation Center will exhibit a display of framed images depicting a selection of works from the collection of the Arnot Art Museum. The exhibition will continue the effort of C TRAN to utilize the public space to highlight the achievements of local artists and museums.

HORSEHEADS – As the winter season continues, Curt Rhodes, President of the Chemung County Town Highway Superintendents’ Association, and Andy Avery, Commissioner of Public Works for Chemung County, have issued a winter driving advisory for all Chemung County residents. When the forecast calls for winter weather, they ask residents to be mindful of potentially hazardous road conditions. 

Highway agencies across the state and region have been advised by regional salt suppliers that salt supplies are being rationed; delivery times will likely be delayed, and delivered amounts will certainly be reduced. 

Youth Bureau

BIG FLATS- Each year, the Chemung County Youth Bureau, its Board and the community recognize the good works of individuals, agencies, schools, and faith based organizations in delivering quality youth services in Chemung County.  The Youth Bureau is currently accepting nominations for the Daniel J. Donahoe Award and the Program Excellence Award.

The Chemung County Youth Bureau is presently accepting applications for Recreation Leader positions for the 2016 Summer Cohesion Program, which provides recreational, educational, and cultural enrichment programming for youth ages 4-12 in Chemung County during the summer months.

Elmira - The Institute for Human Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of 2-1-1 Teen HELPLINE, a free, safe, and confidential source of support and information for youth, parents, and professionals. On Thursday, January 14th, an event sponsored by the Chemung County Youth Bureau & hosted by the YWCA of Elmira & the Twin Tiers was held and featured the official unveiling of the new resource.

The problems of today’s youth are vast and complicated. From their inner selves to family and outside influences, young people face more challenges than ever before – but 2-1-1 Teen HELPLINE is here to help!

Chemung County Youth Bureau is currently accepting applications for Program Assistant and Adult Mentors for the Spot weekend program.

SPOT is a free, drop-in, recreational program for middle school students that reside in the Elmira City School District. This program typically operates during the school calendar year, either Friday or Saturday evenings from 7:00pm-9:00pm at various locations in Elmira. Candidates must demonstrate experience working with youth and teens, with consideration given to those volunteering in our community.

Elmira – For the seventh year in a row, Elmira youth ages 12-15 completed a clean-up project at a local Elmira park as part of a Community Service Project on Monday, August 3rd. The youth are enrolled in the Chemung County Youth Bureau’s summer parks program, known as ‘The Spot’. “The Community Service Project is a key component to “The Spot” program,” said Kevin Adams, Youth Program Coordinator for the Chemung County Youth Bureau.  “It is important for today’s youth to be involved in their community; to be a productive member of their community.  It is our hope they will realize the personal satisfaction which volunteering can bring and, will in turn, become adults that also give back to their community.”
ELMIRA- The Chemung County Youth Bureau announces that the SPOT program held at Chapel Park and Pulaski Park in Elmira has been cancelled for today, Tuesday, July 21, 2015 due to the weather.

The Chemung County Youth Bureau will be offering the Summer Cohesion Program this summer beginning July 6th and ending August 13th.

Remaining program openings are available on a first come/first serve basis. Registration can be completed online or in person, Monday - Friday, from 9:00am -4:00pm at the Chemung County Youth Bureau located at 599 Harris Hill Rd.

Click here to register online. 

The Chemung County Youth Bureau is presently accepting applications for Recreation Leader positions for the 2015 SPOT - Summer Program and the 2015 Summer Cohesion Program.

The Chemung County Youth Bureau has released the 2015 Summer Cohesion brochure which will be available in area schools and agencies beginning the week of May 11th.  Summer Cohesion is a six-week drop-in, educational, recreational, and cultural enrichment program which provides safe, supervised, fun-filled summer days for children ages 4 -12 in Chemung County.

Click here for a copy of the brochure.

Registration begins June 1st.

Click here for more information.

BIG FLATS- Each year the Chemung County Youth Bureau and Board recognize the good work of individuals and agencies in delivering quality youth services in Chemung County.

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Youth Bureau Director Bob Harris presented the awards at the 32nd Annual Awards Reception which was held today at the Big Flats Community Center. 

The Donahoe Award is given annually to an adult to recognize and honor outstanding contributions made to the youth and families of this community.  The award was established in 1984 and is named in honor of its first recipient, the Honorable Judge Daniel J. Donahoe. The 2015 Donahoe Award was presented to Ruth Harvey.

The Chemung County Youth Bureau is presently accepting applications for Recreation Leader positions for the 2015 Summer Cohesion Program, which provides recreational, educational, and cultural enrichment programming for youth ages 4-12 in Chemung County during the summer months.

The Chemung County Youth Bureau is presently accepting applications for Recreation Leader positions for the 2015 Spot - Summer Program. Spot - Summer is a 'drop-in' program, free of charge to any adolescent twelve to fifteen years of age who resides in the Elmira City School District. The program operates for six weeks during the summer from noon to 5:00 pm. There are three park sites this year, Chapel Park, Pulaski Park and Town of Elmira-Town Hall. 
ELMIRA- The Chemung County Youth Bureau announces that the Super Saturday Program scheduled for Saturday, March 14th will also be cancelled due to the temporary closing of the Elmira YWCA.
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