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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.

Big Flats- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Ann Crook, Elmira Corning Regional Airport’s Director of Aviation announced today the Elmira Corning Regional Airport has won a 2014 Airport Award for Training Excellence.

Big Flats - The Elmira Corning Regional Airport will be celebrating the holidays by hosting some Winter Festivities tomorrow, December 23, 2014, 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

·         Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network – Organ Donor Registry

·         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 holiday activities.




 

 

Big Flats – Ann B. Crook, A.A.E., Director of Aviation at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport, recently received the Silk Scarf Award from the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). Crook was presented the award at the New York Aviation Management Association's 2014 Fall Conference, which was held in Syracuse, NY last week.

Elmira Corning Regional Airport will be hosting a public meeting to review development alternatives considered in the airport’s Master Plan Update.  The meeting will be Monday, September 15 at 7:00 pm at the Big Flats Community Center.  

For more information call Ann Crook, Director of Aviation at (607) 739-5621.

Big Flats – Ann B. Crook, A.A.E., Director of Aviation at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport, was recently installed as the President of the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). Crook was selected by her peers at the 56th Northeast Chapter Annual Conference, which was held this week in Buffalo, NY.

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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.

Erin – Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces they will be accepting applications for non-ambulatory hunters to bow hunt at Park Station beginning August 3, 2015.  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.

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.

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.

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 – 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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- 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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. 

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.

Big Flats- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Ann Crook, Elmira Corning Regional Airport’s Director of Aviation announced today the Elmira Corning Regional Airport has won a 2014 Airport Award for Training Excellence.

Big Flats – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Big Flats Town Supervisor Ed Fairbrother announced today they will extend the Public Works shared services agreement following a year-long evaluation period.  The agreement was signed in February of 2014.

Under the agreement, the County provides administrative and personnel supervision to the Town's Public Works Department with the County's Commissioner, Andy Avery, acting as the Big Flats Commissioner of Public Works at no cost to the Town.

ELMIRA- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli joins the Institute for Human Services, Inc. and their partner agencies in recognizing February 11, 2015 as National 2-1-1 HELPLINE Day.

2-1-1 is the simple, easy-to-remember telephone number to call for information about community services, programs and volunteer opportunities. 2-1-1 HELPLINE also schedules appointments for the region’s free tax preparation program, as well as meetings with local health insurance navigators. 

Big Flats – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announced today that the work originally scheduled to begin this week on the CR10 Bridge over the Chemung River (S. Corning Road) by Time Warner has been postponed due to the severe weather.  The work has been rescheduled to begin next Monday, February 9, 2015. The work will be tentatively completed Friday, February 13th, but may extend into the following week depending on weather. Time Warner has advised that there will be intermittent lane closures from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm during the course of this work.

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.

CHEMUNG COUNTY -  Members of the Chemung County Legislature will meet with hundreds of county colleagues from across the state in Albany this week as part of the New York State Association of Counties' (NYSAC) Legislative Conference and 90th Anniversary Celebration.

Chemung County – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announced today that its winter tree trimming and removal program has begun.  Work in Van Etten and Veteran is slated to run through mid-March of 2015, weather depending, and will include trees on the following County Routes:

1.     CR13 (Langford Creek Road) from the County line
          to Briggs Hill Road in the Town of Van Etten 
2.     CR48 (McDuffy Hollow Road) from CR13
          (Langford Creek Road) to New York 
          State Route 224  in the Town of Van Etten   
3.     CR06 (Middle Road) from CR-59 (Smith Road) to
          Roemmelt Road in the Town of Veteran

Big Flats – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announced today that in preparation for the County’s spring and summer 2015 rehabilitation of the CR10 Bridge over the Chemung River (S. Corning Road), Time Warner will start their work to remove and relocate conduit and cable on the CR10 bridge on Monday, February 2, 2015. The work will be tentatively completed Friday, February 6th, but may extend into the following week depending on weather. Time Warner has advised that there will be intermittent lane closures from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm during the course of this work.

ELMIRA- The Elmira Chemung Transportation Council is seeking comment from residents and business owners in Chemung County on its draft plans dealing with bicycle\pedestrian\trail  needs and projects and a freight study as parts of its Long Range Plan, “Elmira Chemung Transportation Plan 2035: Challenges and Opportunities”. ECTC is responsible for investing federal funds in the region’s transportation system, including roads and bridges, C TRAN service, and sidewalks and trails.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, City of Elmira Mayor Susan Skidmore and City Manager Kimberlee Middaugh held a joint press conference today to announce an Intermunicipal Consolidation Agreement which will transfer the City’s Department of Public Works personnel into the County’s Department of Public Works.  The agreement, which was drafted with the cooperation of the CSEA union, will be forwarded to Elmira City Council and the Chemung County Legislature for final approval.

BIG FLATS - 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.

ERIN- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that Ice Fishing and Ice Skating at Park Station will be open beginning Thursday, January 15th.  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.

Lead Agency: Chemung County Legislature
Address: 203 Lake Street, 5th Floor, Elmira, New York
Date:  January 12, 2015

This notice is issued pursuant to Part 617 of the implementing regulations pertaining to Article 8 (State Environmental Quality Review Act) of the Environmental Conservation Law.

ELMIRA - Chemung County joins municipalities across the country in recognizing January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. Unlike many other cancers, cervical cancer is preventable. Take some time this January to observe Cervical Health Awareness Month and learn what you can do to detect and prevent cervical cancer. “It’s important for women to know their risk for cervical cancer and talk with their health care provider about how often to be screened for cervical cancer,” said Peg Johnson, Case Manager for the Southern Tier Cancer Services Program here in Chemung County.

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that pavilion reservations for the 2015 Summer Season at Harris Hill and Park Station will be taken starting Friday, January 2nd from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (closed 12-12:30).  Reservations will be taken by TELEPHONE ONLY on January 2nd 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.).

For specific information regarding pavilion rentals feel free to visit our website at ChemungCounty.com.  We are listed under recreation and attractions.

All persons wanting to make reservations need to call the CHEMUNG COUNTY BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS DEPARTMENT at 607-737-2843.

Big Flats - The Elmira Corning Regional Airport will be celebrating the holidays by hosting some Winter Festivities tomorrow, December 23, 2014, 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

·         Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network – Organ Donor Registry

·         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 holiday activities.




 

 

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.

Big Flats – The Chemung County Youth Bureau has received a Genesee Valley Recreation and Park Society (GVRPS) Publication Award for their Zombie Dance Party Flyer and Poster.  The award was announced at the GVRPS Annual Conference on November 21, 2014 which was held in Penfield, NY.

The flyer and poster was designed to attract middle and high school students to an event co-sponsored by the Youth Bureau and the First Arena in Elmira.  The Youth Bureau and First Arena have built a strong partnership and have co-hosted numerous events for the youth within the County.

Waverly— The Tioga Rides system was discontinued after November 30th; however, the neighboring county of Chemung has partnered with Tioga County and New York State Department of Transportation to preserve some east west connections for riders. Starting December 1st, Chemung County’s C TRAN system will pilot four bus runs departing from Elmira and serving both counties on weekdays.

 

Update: 1:45pm

The management of Villa Serene along with local and state fire officials announce that residents living in the north end of the building with apartments which end in the numbers 8 through 15 on all floors may return to their apartments after 3pm this afternoon.

Residents living in the south end with apartment numbers that end in 1 through 7 may return to their apartments after 3pm today to retrieve needed items.   Residents will not be able to move back to these apartments this evening and officials suggest getting items needed for the next two to three days.

Management is using all resources available to return residents to their apartments as soon as possible.  Anyone displaced from the fire needing shelter this evening may go to the Red Cross shelter located in the North Presbyterian Church on College Avenue.

Residents or family members with questions may contact Villa Serene Management at 607-734-0584.

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.

While we spend Thanksgiving with friends and family giving praise and thanks for our good fortune and blessings, law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on November 26th and will end on November 30th.  New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Proposed Chemung County Landfill Expansion is now available online for review.  The County and its site operator, Casella, propose to increase the approved design capacity at the landfill site and expand the liner system of the current Municipal Solid Waste landfill to the south and east of the current landfill while remaining within the footprint of the property owned by the County in 2005. Waste disposal is planned only with the boundaries of the County landfill property prior to the purchase of the Former Nelsen Property, in accordance with the Operations Management Lease (OML) Agreement.

Elmira C TRAN staff and Chemung Volunteer Action Corps travel training volunteers will staff a table at the Chemung County Transportation Center to assist riders in answering questions about the service and fare changes set to begin on Monday, November 17th. The staff and volunteers will be at the Transportation Center at the following times:

Fri., Nov. 14th 10 am – 2 pm
Mon., Nov. 17th 10 am – 2 pm
Tues., Nov. 18th 10 am – 2 pm

Elmira – The Chemung County Office of the Treasurer has 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, 2013.

Chemung County’s CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of disclosure” to clearly communicate the county’s financial story and motivate potential users to read the CAFR, according to a GFOA press release.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli unveiled his proposed 2015 Budget today which will hold the line on the County property tax rate for the tenth straight year.

Santulli’s 2015 Budget proposal recommends a General Fund Tax Levy of $28,892,515, an increase of 1.2% over the 2014 tax levy of $28,540,320.  Further, this budget proposal recommends total net appropriations of $178,925,382 for the fiscal year that commences on January 1, 2015.  This represents an increase of $5,840,942 or 3.4% from the $173,084,440 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 397,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 101,000 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. 

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli joins the National Weather Service is urging residents to begin preparing for the upcoming winter season.

New York State will be officially recognizing the week of November 2nd through 8th, 2014 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 low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will begin on November 17, 2014.  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 $400 for all others.  A family of four can have a household income of up to $50,628 annually and still qualify for a HEAP benefit. 

Veteran –The Chemung County Department of Public Works and the Town of Veteran Highway Department announce that Vargo Road was reopened to traffic this morning.  A portion of the road was closed last Wednesday due to a structural deficiency in the bridge over the Newtown Creek.

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.

While we spend Halloween trick or treating and hosting parties with our loved ones, law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on October 31st and will end on November 2nd.  New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Board of Elections would like voters who vote at the Booth School polling site to know, the entrance to the site has changed.  Voters will now enter the school from W. Third Street as opposed to the main door of the school which is located on Davis Street.

Parking will be available on W. Third Street and voters should enter the building from the door with the ramp.  "Vote Here Signs" will be posted to assist in entering the building.

General Election Date:  November 4, 2014  from 6:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Please call the Board of Elections at 737-5475 if you have any questions.

Veteran –The Chemung County Department of Public Works and the Town of Veteran Highway Department announce that a portion of Vargo Road has been closed due to a structural deficiency in the bridge over the Newtown Creek.  The deficiency was discovered yesterday and County crews will be evaluating the extent of the problem and will remediate if practical.  If the repairs go as anticipated the bridge will reopen next week.

Vargo Road is closed from the bridge, north to Old Sullivanville Road.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and County Probation Director Stephanie Fiorini unveiled a new sign today on the Justice Building in conjunction with the Department’s 100 year anniversary.  Also in attendance were former directors, John Sutton, Sandy Mentuck, and Tom Bruner.

Over the past 100 years the Probation Department has helped thousands of juveniles and adults become productive members of society, while promoting public safety and victim restoration.  A 100 Anniversary Celebration was held in September bringing back former officers and community members whose lives have been touched by the Department.  At that time a plaque was placed in the lobby of the Department recognizing Ed Pariso, a former director who served from September 1966 to April of 1994. 

ELMIRA – The Chemung County/City of Elmira Regional Civil Service Commission announces they are accepting applications for the upcoming Correction Officer examination. The last filing date for the exam is November 21, 2014 with the examination date being January 10, 2015.

Please note the earlier examination date. The examination has typically been held in the Spring of each year.

ELMIRA- In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Robert Page, Chemung County Public Health Director, is encouraging all women to talk to their health care providers about breast cancer screening and their personal risk for the disease.

"Great advances have been made in early detection and treatment of breast cancer, and many women diagnosed with the disease are living long, healthy lives," Page said. "During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we urge women between 50 and 74 years of age and at average risk for breast cancer to receive a mammogram annually for breast cancer screening.  Women younger than age 50 or at increased risk for breast cancer should talk with their doctor about when and how often they should be screened."

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Elmira-Corning Transportation Council (ECTC) join the New York Partnership for Teen Driving Safety (NYPTDS) in urging parents and guardians of young drivers to engage in an ongoing discussion with their teens about safe driving during National Teen Driver Safety Week – October 19-25, 2014. 

National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) was established by Congress in 2007 to focus attention on the number one killer of teens – car crashes. Held annually the third week of October, NTDSW raises national awareness of teen driver safety issues and seeks solutions to unnecessary teen deaths on the road.  The national theme for 2014 is “5 to Drive – Keep Your Teen Drivers Alive”.  

ELMIRA- The Elmira Chemung Transportation Council is seeking comment from residents and business owners in Chemung County on its Draft Long Range Plan, “Elmira Chemung Transportation Plan 2035: Challenges and Opportunities”. ECTC is responsible for investing federal funds in the region’s transportation system, including roads and bridges, C TRAN service, and sidewalks and trails. The plan explains the investment priorities.

ERIN- The Chemung County Building and Grounds Department would like to remind residents that Park Station will be closed to the general public from October 31, 2014 to November 14, 2014. 

Park Station will be open for only pre-selected non-ambulatory hunters to bow hunt during this period.  Santulli recommended the program to the Chemung County Legislature in April of this year.  The program allows for up to eight non-ambulatory hunters to hunt during this period. 

Elmira C TRAN’s resolution on the proposed service changes and fare increase was passed by the Chemung County Legislature at its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 14th. Prior to the vote, C TRAN amended the proposed service changes to potentially lessen their impact on riders.  These positive changes were a result of new potential funding sources that have been identified to partially replace some of the significant loss in Medicaid funding since October 2013. In designing the amendments, C TRAN staff also took into account public comments that were shared at three public information sessions and two public hearings that were held in August and September.

Chemung – The Chemung County Soil and Water Conservation District and the County Department of Public Works announces that a portion of CR23, Dry Brook Road between Clark and West Hill Road, in the Town of Chemung will be reduced to one lane beginning Tuesday, October 14, 2014.  The purpose is to repair the road bank which is eroding into the stream. 

 

It is anticipated the repairs will take approximately 4 weeks depending on the weather.

Erin – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces that CR37, Fairview Road, will be closed in the Town of Erin beginning Monday, October 6, 2014.  The purpose of this closure is to replace an existing culvert in deteriorating condition with a new, wider culvert that will improve traffic flow and stream hydraulics. 

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 the Southern Tier Cancer Services Program (CSP), Santulli is encouraging all women to talk to their health care providers about breast cancer screening and their personal risk for the disease.

"Great advances have been made in early detection and treatment of breast cancer, and many women diagnosed with the disease are living long, healthy lives, "said Peg Johnson, Southern Tier Cancer Services Program.  "During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we urge women between 50 and 74 years of age and at average risk for breast cancer to receive a mammogram every two years for breast cancer screening.  Women younger than age 50 or at increased risk for breast cancer should talk with their doctor about when and how often they should be screened."

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care is available to assist Medicare beneficiaries in understanding and comparing the 2015 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 Heights –The Chemung County Department of Public Works has issued a temporary road closure permit for CAF-USA and Wenzel Construction on CR58, Upper Oakwood Avenue.
 
CAF-USA has retained Wenzel Construction, a local firm, to replace the aging railroad crossing on CR58.  This work is slated to run from September 29 through October 3, 2014.
 
Please note that a posted detour will not be established.  Variable Message Signs will notify the public of the closure; we ask that you find alternate travel routes during this period.

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Child Fatality Review Team (CFRT) is responsible for examining the fatality of any child less than 18 years old who is the subject of a report to the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment; who has an open child protective, foster care, or preventive services case with the Department of Social Services; or whose death is unexpected or unexplained.
  
The goal of the CFRT is to prevent the unnecessary deaths of children by investigation of causative, contributing, and associative factors and to make appropriate recommendations on an individual, community, and/or systemic level to effect change to prevent similar fatalities in the future.

Big Flats – Ann B. Crook, A.A.E., Director of Aviation at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport, recently received the Silk Scarf Award from the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). Crook was presented the award at the New York Aviation Management Association's 2014 Fall Conference, which was held in Syracuse, NY last week.

ELMIRA HEIGHTS - Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli along with Superintendents from Chemung County Schools have joined a nationwide effort to celebrate Attendance Awareness Month in September and have pledged to raise awareness about the value of regular school attendance and focus on reducing chronic absenteeism in the new school year. At a press conference Santulli was joined by area superintendents; Hillary Austin of Elmira City Schools , Mary Beth Fiore of the Elmira Heights School District, Ralph Marino from the Horseheads Central School District and Joe Morgan from Spencer-Van Etten, and community leaders to address the problem of chronic absenteeism in our schools and launch the School Matters! Chemung campaign in our local districts.

Elmira Corning Regional Airport will be hosting a public meeting to review development alternatives considered in the airport’s Master Plan Update.  The meeting will be Monday, September 15 at 7:00 pm at the Big Flats Community Center.  

For more information call Ann Crook, Director of Aviation at (607) 739-5621.

Big Flats –The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces that final roadway repairs will be made on the southbound lanes of Chambers Road (CR35) near the Arnot Mall Entrance.  Work will begin Tuesday, September 16, and continue 2-3 days depending on weather.  This work is necessary to repair the damage caused by a water main break several weeks ago. The work will be completed by a local contractor on behalf of the Town of Big Flats and the Chemung County Department of Public Works.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Health Department reports that two local tobacco vendors sold tobacco to a minor during routine compliance checks.  New York State law prohibits the sale of tobacco to anyone less than 18 years old.  It further requires tobacco vendors to require photographic proof of age for any individual attempting to purchase tobacco that appears to be less than 25 years old.  Listed below is a summary of the most recent violations where enforcement was finalized:

-Hess Mart #32463, 2457 Corning Road, Horseheads – 8/8/14 - $550 Fine

-Express Mart #337, 300 Maple Avenue, Elmira – 8/15/14 - $550 Fine

Elmira – Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition (STTAC) has been awarded a five-year grant at annual funding of $ 325,000 to engage community stakeholders and youth to change policies and norms about tobacco and tobacco use. This grant builds on previous grant-funded tobacco control work by our organization, to better support Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben County tobacco control efforts and provide more comprehensive programming across the state. As part of this grant, all counties of New York State will have access to the resources of a community engagement program and the youth action efforts known as Reality Check.  The grant was awarded by the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Tobacco Control.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli joins counties and states across the nation recognizing September 8th-14th 2014 as National Suicide Prevention Week.  This year’s theme is “Suicide Prevention: One World Connected”.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in this country, with a life lost every 13 minutes. It is the second leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds. Suicide touches everyone, but there is help and hope when individuals, communities and professionals join forces to prevent suicide. An estimated 4.8 million Americans are survivors of suicide of a friend, family member or loved one.

Elmira—The Chemung County Legislature voted at their August 25, 2014 meeting to hold a second public hearing on proposed service changes and fare increases for the C TRAN system.  The public hearing is set for 1:00 pm on Thursday, September 18th in the 5th Floor Legislative Chambers of the Hazlett Building, 203 Lake Street in Elmira. This second, daytime hearing, was scheduled in response to a request from Transit system riders.  The first public hearing is scheduled for 6:45 pm on Tuesday, September 2nd also in the 5th Floor Legislative Chambers of the Hazlett Building.

C TRAN has completed two public information sessions and will have a booth at Wisner Market, this Thursday, August 28th where they will have information available and will accept written public comments.

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 8th through Thursday, September 18th, 2014. Please submit the above information either 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 19th, 2014.

HORSEHEADS- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announce that they will begin taking the County Fairgrounds Boat/Vehicle Storage applications on Wednesday, September 3rd. 

ELMIRA -   Chemung County Sprint 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, and Sprint 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.  The County launched the service with Verizon Wireless in August of 2013 and added AT&T in July of this year.

Chemung County - The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces the following paving jobs to be completed by their contractor, Dalrymple Gravel & Contracting:

1.     August 22 and August 25-26, 2014:  CR01, Breesport North Chemung Road, will be paved from Lattabrook Road to Jim Burlew Road.  Traffic will be limited to one direction at a time, and will be flagger controlled.

2.     August 27, 2014:  CR74, Colonial Drive, will be closed for repaving in the vicinity of Exit 51A of I-86 in Horseheads.  The Exit 51B ramp will also be closed for paving.  The roadway will be reopened as soon as conditions permit.  I-86 traffic wishing to reach Colonial Drive should use Exit 51A.

3.     August 28-29, 2014:  CR05, Ridge Road, will be paved from Acker Road north to the County Line.  Traffic will be limited to one direction at a time, and will be flagger controlled.

BIG FLATS- The Chemung County Building and Grounds Department has announced that the pool at Harris Hill Park is now closed for the season.  The lakefront at Park Station will remain open through Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014.

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.

While we spend the Labor Day holiday and the end of summer celebrating with our loved ones, law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on August 15th and will end on September 1st.  New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

Big Flats – Ann B. Crook, A.A.E., Director of Aviation at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport, was recently installed as the President of the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). Crook was selected by her peers at the 56th Northeast Chapter Annual Conference, which was held this week in Buffalo, NY.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Health Department reports that a local tobacco vendor sold tobacco to a minor during a routine compliance check.  New York State law prohibits the sale of tobacco to anyone less than 18 years old.  It further requires tobacco vendors to require photographic proof of age for any individual attempting to purchase tobacco that appears to be less than 25 years old.  Listed below is a summary of the most recent violation:

-On The Way, 102 S. Main Street, Elmira – 4/15/14 - $650 Fine

ELMIRA-  The Chemung County Legislature voted at their August 11, 2014 meeting to hold a public hearing on proposed service changes and fare increases for the C TRAN system.  The public hearing is set for 6:45 pm on Tuesday, September 2nd in the 5th Floor Legislative Chambers of the Hazlett Building. Following the hearing, the proposed changes will come before the Legislature on October 14, 2014.  If approved, the changes are proposed to begin on Monday, November 17, 2014. 

Erin – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the County is now accepting applications for non-ambulatory hunters to bow hunt at Park Station.  Santulli recommended the program to the Chemung County Legislature in April of this year.  The program allows for up to eight 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 (October 31- November 14, 2014).  Park Station will be closed to the general public during this two week archery season.

Chemung – The Chemung County Soil and Water Conservation District and the County Department of Public Works announces that a portion of CR56, River Road, in the Town of Chemung will be closing for repairs beginning Wednesday, August 13.  River Road will be closed from Dry Brook Road to Route 220. The purpose of this closure is to repair a slope failure. 

ElmiraAt the August 4th Multi-Services Committee meeting of the Chemung County Legislature, Transit Specialist Tina Hager outlined a proposal of service changes and a fare increase for the C TRAN system.  Due to a significant loss of Medicaid funding from the State Department of Health since October 2013, operator First Transit submitted the proposal to the County in order to maintain the highest level of transit service that is feasible.  Following approval by the Chemung County Legislature to hold a public hearing on the proposed changes, public information sessions and the public hearing will be held. After the hearing, if the changes are approved by the Legislature, the public will be notified. The changes are proposed to begin October 14, 2014.

HORSEHEADS-    First Responders in Chemung County, including the Hazardous Materials Response Team, part of the responsibilities within the City of Elmira Fire Department, will be put to the test on Tuesday, August 5, at 10:00am at the Eaton Corporation, Westinghouse Road in Horseheads. Eaton will be hosting a Hazardous Materials release training exercise that will involve the Horseheads Volunteer Fire Department, Chemung County Hazardous Materials Response Team (Elmira Fire), the Chemung County Office of Fire and Emergency Management, the 911 Communications Center, the Chemung County Decontamination Team, and the Chemical Hazard Information Team (CHIT), a group of local professionals who have expertise in chemical interactions and help to advise first responders during an emergency. Jesse Marano, Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) Manager, Eaton Corporation, said, “Eaton is proud to collaborate with the Chemung County Emergency Management Office and the many first responders that keep our community safe.  The safety and welfare of our employees is Eaton’s top priority, so an opportunity to improve our internal response procedures and build relationships with our local emergency responders, is one that we’re happy to be a part of.”
County Executive

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.”

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.

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– 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 – 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 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.

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 - 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.

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 – 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.

Big Flats- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Ann Crook, Elmira Corning Regional Airport’s Director of Aviation announced today the Elmira Corning Regional Airport has won a 2014 Airport Award for Training Excellence.

ELMIRA- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli joins the Institute for Human Services, Inc. and their partner agencies in recognizing February 11, 2015 as National 2-1-1 HELPLINE Day.

2-1-1 is the simple, easy-to-remember telephone number to call for information about community services, programs and volunteer opportunities. 2-1-1 HELPLINE also schedules appointments for the region’s free tax preparation program, as well as meetings with local health insurance navigators. 

Big Flats – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Big Flats Town Supervisor Ed Fairbrother announced today they will extend the Public Works shared services agreement following a year-long evaluation period.  The agreement was signed in February of 2014.

Under the agreement, the County provides administrative and personnel supervision to the Town's Public Works Department with the County's Commissioner, Andy Avery, acting as the Big Flats Commissioner of Public Works at no cost to the Town.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, City of Elmira Mayor Susan Skidmore and City Manager Kimberlee Middaugh held a joint press conference today to announce an Intermunicipal Consolidation Agreement which will transfer the City’s Department of Public Works personnel into the County’s Department of Public Works.  The agreement, which was drafted with the cooperation of the CSEA union, will be forwarded to Elmira City Council and the Chemung County Legislature for final approval.

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.

Waverly— The Tioga Rides system was discontinued after November 30th; however, the neighboring county of Chemung has partnered with Tioga County and New York State Department of Transportation to preserve some east west connections for riders. Starting December 1st, Chemung County’s C TRAN system will pilot four bus runs departing from Elmira and serving both counties on weekdays.

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.

While we spend Thanksgiving with friends and family giving praise and thanks for our good fortune and blessings, law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on November 26th and will end on November 30th.  New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Proposed Chemung County Landfill Expansion is now available online for review.  The County and its site operator, Casella, propose to increase the approved design capacity at the landfill site and expand the liner system of the current Municipal Solid Waste landfill to the south and east of the current landfill while remaining within the footprint of the property owned by the County in 2005. Waste disposal is planned only with the boundaries of the County landfill property prior to the purchase of the Former Nelsen Property, in accordance with the Operations Management Lease (OML) Agreement.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli unveiled his proposed 2015 Budget today which will hold the line on the County property tax rate for the tenth straight year.

Santulli’s 2015 Budget proposal recommends a General Fund Tax Levy of $28,892,515, an increase of 1.2% over the 2014 tax levy of $28,540,320.  Further, this budget proposal recommends total net appropriations of $178,925,382 for the fiscal year that commences on January 1, 2015.  This represents an increase of $5,840,942 or 3.4% from the $173,084,440 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 397,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 101,000 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 joins the National Weather Service is urging residents to begin preparing for the upcoming winter season.

New York State will be officially recognizing the week of November 2nd through 8th, 2014 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 - 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.

While we spend Halloween trick or treating and hosting parties with our loved ones, law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on October 31st and will end on November 2nd.  New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and County Probation Director Stephanie Fiorini unveiled a new sign today on the Justice Building in conjunction with the Department’s 100 year anniversary.  Also in attendance were former directors, John Sutton, Sandy Mentuck, and Tom Bruner.

Over the past 100 years the Probation Department has helped thousands of juveniles and adults become productive members of society, while promoting public safety and victim restoration.  A 100 Anniversary Celebration was held in September bringing back former officers and community members whose lives have been touched by the Department.  At that time a plaque was placed in the lobby of the Department recognizing Ed Pariso, a former director who served from September 1966 to April of 1994. 

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Elmira-Corning Transportation Council (ECTC) join the New York Partnership for Teen Driving Safety (NYPTDS) in urging parents and guardians of young drivers to engage in an ongoing discussion with their teens about safe driving during National Teen Driver Safety Week – October 19-25, 2014. 

National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) was established by Congress in 2007 to focus attention on the number one killer of teens – car crashes. Held annually the third week of October, NTDSW raises national awareness of teen driver safety issues and seeks solutions to unnecessary teen deaths on the road.  The national theme for 2014 is “5 to Drive – Keep Your Teen Drivers Alive”.  

ERIN- The Chemung County Building and Grounds Department would like to remind residents that Park Station will be closed to the general public from October 31, 2014 to November 14, 2014. 

Park Station will be open for only pre-selected non-ambulatory hunters to bow hunt during this period.  Santulli recommended the program to the Chemung County Legislature in April of this year.  The program allows for up to eight non-ambulatory hunters to hunt during this period. 

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 the Southern Tier Cancer Services Program (CSP), Santulli is encouraging all women to talk to their health care providers about breast cancer screening and their personal risk for the disease.

"Great advances have been made in early detection and treatment of breast cancer, and many women diagnosed with the disease are living long, healthy lives, "said Peg Johnson, Southern Tier Cancer Services Program.  "During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we urge women between 50 and 74 years of age and at average risk for breast cancer to receive a mammogram every two years for breast cancer screening.  Women younger than age 50 or at increased risk for breast cancer should talk with their doctor about when and how often they should be screened."

ELMIRA HEIGHTS - Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli along with Superintendents from Chemung County Schools have joined a nationwide effort to celebrate Attendance Awareness Month in September and have pledged to raise awareness about the value of regular school attendance and focus on reducing chronic absenteeism in the new school year. At a press conference Santulli was joined by area superintendents; Hillary Austin of Elmira City Schools , Mary Beth Fiore of the Elmira Heights School District, Ralph Marino from the Horseheads Central School District and Joe Morgan from Spencer-Van Etten, and community leaders to address the problem of chronic absenteeism in our schools and launch the School Matters! Chemung campaign in our local districts.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli joins counties and states across the nation recognizing September 8th-14th 2014 as National Suicide Prevention Week.  This year’s theme is “Suicide Prevention: One World Connected”.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in this country, with a life lost every 13 minutes. It is the second leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds. Suicide touches everyone, but there is help and hope when individuals, communities and professionals join forces to prevent suicide. An estimated 4.8 million Americans are survivors of suicide of a friend, family member or loved one.

Elmira—The Chemung County Legislature voted at their August 25, 2014 meeting to hold a second public hearing on proposed service changes and fare increases for the C TRAN system.  The public hearing is set for 1:00 pm on Thursday, September 18th in the 5th Floor Legislative Chambers of the Hazlett Building, 203 Lake Street in Elmira. This second, daytime hearing, was scheduled in response to a request from Transit system riders.  The first public hearing is scheduled for 6:45 pm on Tuesday, September 2nd also in the 5th Floor Legislative Chambers of the Hazlett Building.

C TRAN has completed two public information sessions and will have a booth at Wisner Market, this Thursday, August 28th where they will have information available and will accept written public comments.

ELMIRA -   Chemung County Sprint 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, and Sprint 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.  The County launched the service with Verizon Wireless in August of 2013 and added AT&T in July of this year.

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.

While we spend the Labor Day holiday and the end of summer celebrating with our loved ones, law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on August 15th and will end on September 1st.  New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

ELMIRA-  The Chemung County Legislature voted at their August 11, 2014 meeting to hold a public hearing on proposed service changes and fare increases for the C TRAN system.  The public hearing is set for 6:45 pm on Tuesday, September 2nd in the 5th Floor Legislative Chambers of the Hazlett Building. Following the hearing, the proposed changes will come before the Legislature on October 14, 2014.  If approved, the changes are proposed to begin on Monday, November 17, 2014. 

Erin – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the County is now accepting applications for non-ambulatory hunters to bow hunt at Park Station.  Santulli recommended the program to the Chemung County Legislature in April of this year.  The program allows for up to eight 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 (October 31- November 14, 2014).  Park Station will be closed to the general public during this two week archery season.

HORSEHEADS-    First Responders in Chemung County, including the Hazardous Materials Response Team, part of the responsibilities within the City of Elmira Fire Department, will be put to the test on Tuesday, August 5, at 10:00am at the Eaton Corporation, Westinghouse Road in Horseheads. Eaton will be hosting a Hazardous Materials release training exercise that will involve the Horseheads Volunteer Fire Department, Chemung County Hazardous Materials Response Team (Elmira Fire), the Chemung County Office of Fire and Emergency Management, the 911 Communications Center, the Chemung County Decontamination Team, and the Chemical Hazard Information Team (CHIT), a group of local professionals who have expertise in chemical interactions and help to advise first responders during an emergency. Jesse Marano, Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) Manager, Eaton Corporation, said, “Eaton is proud to collaborate with the Chemung County Emergency Management Office and the many first responders that keep our community safe.  The safety and welfare of our employees is Eaton’s top priority, so an opportunity to improve our internal response procedures and build relationships with our local emergency responders, is one that we’re happy to be a part of.”
Department of Aging and Long Term Care

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!

 

Update: 1:45pm

The management of Villa Serene along with local and state fire officials announce that residents living in the north end of the building with apartments which end in the numbers 8 through 15 on all floors may return to their apartments after 3pm this afternoon.

Residents living in the south end with apartment numbers that end in 1 through 7 may return to their apartments after 3pm today to retrieve needed items.   Residents will not be able to move back to these apartments this evening and officials suggest getting items needed for the next two to three days.

Management is using all resources available to return residents to their apartments as soon as possible.  Anyone displaced from the fire needing shelter this evening may go to the Red Cross shelter located in the North Presbyterian Church on College Avenue.

Residents or family members with questions may contact Villa Serene Management at 607-734-0584.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care is available to assist Medicare beneficiaries in understanding and comparing the 2015 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. 

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. 

Big Flats – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Big Flats Town Supervisor Ed Fairbrother announced today they will extend the Public Works shared services agreement following a year-long evaluation period.  The agreement was signed in February of 2014.

Under the agreement, the County provides administrative and personnel supervision to the Town's Public Works Department with the County's Commissioner, Andy Avery, acting as the Big Flats Commissioner of Public Works at no cost to the Town.

Big Flats – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announced today that the work originally scheduled to begin this week on the CR10 Bridge over the Chemung River (S. Corning Road) by Time Warner has been postponed due to the severe weather.  The work has been rescheduled to begin next Monday, February 9, 2015. The work will be tentatively completed Friday, February 13th, but may extend into the following week depending on weather. Time Warner has advised that there will be intermittent lane closures from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm during the course of this work.

Chemung County – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announced today that its winter tree trimming and removal program has begun.  Work in Van Etten and Veteran is slated to run through mid-March of 2015, weather depending, and will include trees on the following County Routes:

1.     CR13 (Langford Creek Road) from the County line
          to Briggs Hill Road in the Town of Van Etten 
2.     CR48 (McDuffy Hollow Road) from CR13
          (Langford Creek Road) to New York 
          State Route 224  in the Town of Van Etten   
3.     CR06 (Middle Road) from CR-59 (Smith Road) to
          Roemmelt Road in the Town of Veteran

Big Flats – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announced today that in preparation for the County’s spring and summer 2015 rehabilitation of the CR10 Bridge over the Chemung River (S. Corning Road), Time Warner will start their work to remove and relocate conduit and cable on the CR10 bridge on Monday, February 2, 2015. The work will be tentatively completed Friday, February 6th, but may extend into the following week depending on weather. Time Warner has advised that there will be intermittent lane closures from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm during the course of this work.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, City of Elmira Mayor Susan Skidmore and City Manager Kimberlee Middaugh held a joint press conference today to announce an Intermunicipal Consolidation Agreement which will transfer the City’s Department of Public Works personnel into the County’s Department of Public Works.  The agreement, which was drafted with the cooperation of the CSEA union, will be forwarded to Elmira City Council and the Chemung County Legislature for final approval.

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. 

Veteran –The Chemung County Department of Public Works and the Town of Veteran Highway Department announce that Vargo Road was reopened to traffic this morning.  A portion of the road was closed last Wednesday due to a structural deficiency in the bridge over the Newtown Creek.

Veteran –The Chemung County Department of Public Works and the Town of Veteran Highway Department announce that a portion of Vargo Road has been closed due to a structural deficiency in the bridge over the Newtown Creek.  The deficiency was discovered yesterday and County crews will be evaluating the extent of the problem and will remediate if practical.  If the repairs go as anticipated the bridge will reopen next week.

Vargo Road is closed from the bridge, north to Old Sullivanville Road.

Chemung – The Chemung County Soil and Water Conservation District and the County Department of Public Works announces that a portion of CR23, Dry Brook Road between Clark and West Hill Road, in the Town of Chemung will be reduced to one lane beginning Tuesday, October 14, 2014.  The purpose is to repair the road bank which is eroding into the stream. 

 

It is anticipated the repairs will take approximately 4 weeks depending on the weather.

Erin – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces that CR37, Fairview Road, will be closed in the Town of Erin beginning Monday, October 6, 2014.  The purpose of this closure is to replace an existing culvert in deteriorating condition with a new, wider culvert that will improve traffic flow and stream hydraulics. 

Elmira Heights –The Chemung County Department of Public Works has issued a temporary road closure permit for CAF-USA and Wenzel Construction on CR58, Upper Oakwood Avenue.
 
CAF-USA has retained Wenzel Construction, a local firm, to replace the aging railroad crossing on CR58.  This work is slated to run from September 29 through October 3, 2014.
 
Please note that a posted detour will not be established.  Variable Message Signs will notify the public of the closure; we ask that you find alternate travel routes during this period.

Big Flats –The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces that final roadway repairs will be made on the southbound lanes of Chambers Road (CR35) near the Arnot Mall Entrance.  Work will begin Tuesday, September 16, and continue 2-3 days depending on weather.  This work is necessary to repair the damage caused by a water main break several weeks ago. The work will be completed by a local contractor on behalf of the Town of Big Flats and the Chemung County Department of Public Works.

Chemung County - The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces the following paving jobs to be completed by their contractor, Dalrymple Gravel & Contracting:

1.     August 22 and August 25-26, 2014:  CR01, Breesport North Chemung Road, will be paved from Lattabrook Road to Jim Burlew Road.  Traffic will be limited to one direction at a time, and will be flagger controlled.

2.     August 27, 2014:  CR74, Colonial Drive, will be closed for repaving in the vicinity of Exit 51A of I-86 in Horseheads.  The Exit 51B ramp will also be closed for paving.  The roadway will be reopened as soon as conditions permit.  I-86 traffic wishing to reach Colonial Drive should use Exit 51A.

3.     August 28-29, 2014:  CR05, Ridge Road, will be paved from Acker Road north to the County Line.  Traffic will be limited to one direction at a time, and will be flagger controlled.

Chemung – The Chemung County Soil and Water Conservation District and the County Department of Public Works announces that a portion of CR56, River Road, in the Town of Chemung will be closing for repairs beginning Wednesday, August 13.  River Road will be closed from Dry Brook Road to Route 220. The purpose of this closure is to repair a slope failure. 

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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.

ELMIRA- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli joins the Institute for Human Services, Inc. and their partner agencies in recognizing February 11, 2015 as National 2-1-1 HELPLINE Day.

2-1-1 is the simple, easy-to-remember telephone number to call for information about community services, programs and volunteer opportunities. 2-1-1 HELPLINE also schedules appointments for the region’s free tax preparation program, as well as meetings with local health insurance navigators. 

Elmira- There are more than 397,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 101,000 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- The low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will begin on November 17, 2014.  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 $400 for all others.  A family of four can have a household income of up to $50,628 annually and still qualify for a HEAP benefit. 

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Child Fatality Review Team (CFRT) is responsible for examining the fatality of any child less than 18 years old who is the subject of a report to the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment; who has an open child protective, foster care, or preventive services case with the Department of Social Services; or whose death is unexpected or unexplained.
  
The goal of the CFRT is to prevent the unnecessary deaths of children by investigation of causative, contributing, and associative factors and to make appropriate recommendations on an individual, community, and/or systemic level to effect change to prevent similar fatalities in the future.

ELMIRA HEIGHTS - Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli along with Superintendents from Chemung County Schools have joined a nationwide effort to celebrate Attendance Awareness Month in September and have pledged to raise awareness about the value of regular school attendance and focus on reducing chronic absenteeism in the new school year. At a press conference Santulli was joined by area superintendents; Hillary Austin of Elmira City Schools , Mary Beth Fiore of the Elmira Heights School District, Ralph Marino from the Horseheads Central School District and Joe Morgan from Spencer-Van Etten, and community leaders to address the problem of chronic absenteeism in our schools and launch the School Matters! Chemung campaign in our local districts.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli joins counties and states across the nation recognizing September 8th-14th 2014 as National Suicide Prevention Week.  This year’s theme is “Suicide Prevention: One World Connected”.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in this country, with a life lost every 13 minutes. It is the second leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds. Suicide touches everyone, but there is help and hope when individuals, communities and professionals join forces to prevent suicide. An estimated 4.8 million Americans are survivors of suicide of a friend, family member or loved one.
Health Department
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.
ELMIRA - Chemung County joins municipalities across the country in recognizing January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. Unlike many other cancers, cervical cancer is preventable. Take some time this January to observe Cervical Health Awareness Month and learn what you can do to detect and prevent cervical cancer. “It’s important for women to know their risk for cervical cancer and talk with their health care provider about how often to be screened for cervical cancer,” said Peg Johnson, Case Manager for the Southern Tier Cancer Services Program here in Chemung County.
ELMIRA- In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Robert Page, Chemung County Public Health Director, is encouraging all women to talk to their health care providers about breast cancer screening and their personal risk for the disease.

"Great advances have been made in early detection and treatment of breast cancer, and many women diagnosed with the disease are living long, healthy lives," Page said. "During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we urge women between 50 and 74 years of age and at average risk for breast cancer to receive a mammogram annually for breast cancer screening.  Women younger than age 50 or at increased risk for breast cancer should talk with their doctor about when and how often they should be screened."

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 the Southern Tier Cancer Services Program (CSP), Santulli is encouraging all women to talk to their health care providers about breast cancer screening and their personal risk for the disease.

"Great advances have been made in early detection and treatment of breast cancer, and many women diagnosed with the disease are living long, healthy lives, "said Peg Johnson, Southern Tier Cancer Services Program.  "During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we urge women between 50 and 74 years of age and at average risk for breast cancer to receive a mammogram every two years for breast cancer screening.  Women younger than age 50 or at increased risk for breast cancer should talk with their doctor about when and how often they should be screened."

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Health Department reports that two local tobacco vendors sold tobacco to a minor during routine compliance checks.  New York State law prohibits the sale of tobacco to anyone less than 18 years old.  It further requires tobacco vendors to require photographic proof of age for any individual attempting to purchase tobacco that appears to be less than 25 years old.  Listed below is a summary of the most recent violations where enforcement was finalized:

-Hess Mart #32463, 2457 Corning Road, Horseheads – 8/8/14 - $550 Fine

-Express Mart #337, 300 Maple Avenue, Elmira – 8/15/14 - $550 Fine

Elmira – Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition (STTAC) has been awarded a five-year grant at annual funding of $ 325,000 to engage community stakeholders and youth to change policies and norms about tobacco and tobacco use. This grant builds on previous grant-funded tobacco control work by our organization, to better support Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben County tobacco control efforts and provide more comprehensive programming across the state. As part of this grant, all counties of New York State will have access to the resources of a community engagement program and the youth action efforts known as Reality Check.  The grant was awarded by the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Tobacco Control.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Health Department reports that a local tobacco vendor sold tobacco to a minor during a routine compliance check.  New York State law prohibits the sale of tobacco to anyone less than 18 years old.  It further requires tobacco vendors to require photographic proof of age for any individual attempting to purchase tobacco that appears to be less than 25 years old.  Listed below is a summary of the most recent violation:

-On The Way, 102 S. Main Street, Elmira – 4/15/14 - $650 Fine

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.

CHEMUNG COUNTY -  Members of the Chemung County Legislature will meet with hundreds of county colleagues from across the state in Albany this week as part of the New York State Association of Counties' (NYSAC) Legislative Conference and 90th Anniversary Celebration.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, City of Elmira Mayor Susan Skidmore and City Manager Kimberlee Middaugh held a joint press conference today to announce an Intermunicipal Consolidation Agreement which will transfer the City’s Department of Public Works personnel into the County’s Department of Public Works.  The agreement, which was drafted with the cooperation of the CSEA union, will be forwarded to Elmira City Council and the Chemung County Legislature for final approval.

Lead Agency: Chemung County Legislature
Address: 203 Lake Street, 5th Floor, Elmira, New York
Date:  January 12, 2015

This notice is issued pursuant to Part 617 of the implementing regulations pertaining to Article 8 (State Environmental Quality Review Act) of the Environmental Conservation Law.

Waverly— The Tioga Rides system was discontinued after November 30th; however, the neighboring county of Chemung has partnered with Tioga County and New York State Department of Transportation to preserve some east west connections for riders. Starting December 1st, Chemung County’s C TRAN system will pilot four bus runs departing from Elmira and serving both counties on weekdays.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Proposed Chemung County Landfill Expansion is now available online for review.  The County and its site operator, Casella, propose to increase the approved design capacity at the landfill site and expand the liner system of the current Municipal Solid Waste landfill to the south and east of the current landfill while remaining within the footprint of the property owned by the County in 2005. Waste disposal is planned only with the boundaries of the County landfill property prior to the purchase of the Former Nelsen Property, in accordance with the Operations Management Lease (OML) Agreement.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli unveiled his proposed 2015 Budget today which will hold the line on the County property tax rate for the tenth straight year.

Santulli’s 2015 Budget proposal recommends a General Fund Tax Levy of $28,892,515, an increase of 1.2% over the 2014 tax levy of $28,540,320.  Further, this budget proposal recommends total net appropriations of $178,925,382 for the fiscal year that commences on January 1, 2015.  This represents an increase of $5,840,942 or 3.4% from the $173,084,440 approved by the Legislature for the current fiscal year.  The Budget is now subject to review and approval by the County Legislature.

Elmira C TRAN’s resolution on the proposed service changes and fare increase was passed by the Chemung County Legislature at its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 14th. Prior to the vote, C TRAN amended the proposed service changes to potentially lessen their impact on riders.  These positive changes were a result of new potential funding sources that have been identified to partially replace some of the significant loss in Medicaid funding since October 2013. In designing the amendments, C TRAN staff also took into account public comments that were shared at three public information sessions and two public hearings that were held in August and September.

ERIN- The Chemung County Building and Grounds Department would like to remind residents that Park Station will be closed to the general public from October 31, 2014 to November 14, 2014. 

Park Station will be open for only pre-selected non-ambulatory hunters to bow hunt during this period.  Santulli recommended the program to the Chemung County Legislature in April of this year.  The program allows for up to eight non-ambulatory hunters to hunt during this period. 

Elmira—The Chemung County Legislature voted at their August 25, 2014 meeting to hold a second public hearing on proposed service changes and fare increases for the C TRAN system.  The public hearing is set for 1:00 pm on Thursday, September 18th in the 5th Floor Legislative Chambers of the Hazlett Building, 203 Lake Street in Elmira. This second, daytime hearing, was scheduled in response to a request from Transit system riders.  The first public hearing is scheduled for 6:45 pm on Tuesday, September 2nd also in the 5th Floor Legislative Chambers of the Hazlett Building.

C TRAN has completed two public information sessions and will have a booth at Wisner Market, this Thursday, August 28th where they will have information available and will accept written public comments.

ELMIRA-  The Chemung County Legislature voted at their August 11, 2014 meeting to hold a public hearing on proposed service changes and fare increases for the C TRAN system.  The public hearing is set for 6:45 pm on Tuesday, September 2nd in the 5th Floor Legislative Chambers of the Hazlett Building. Following the hearing, the proposed changes will come before the Legislature on October 14, 2014.  If approved, the changes are proposed to begin on Monday, November 17, 2014. 

Erin – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the County is now accepting applications for non-ambulatory hunters to bow hunt at Park Station.  Santulli recommended the program to the Chemung County Legislature in April of this year.  The program allows for up to eight 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 (October 31- November 14, 2014).  Park Station will be closed to the general public during this two week archery season.

ElmiraAt the August 4th Multi-Services Committee meeting of the Chemung County Legislature, Transit Specialist Tina Hager outlined a proposal of service changes and a fare increase for the C TRAN system.  Due to a significant loss of Medicaid funding from the State Department of Health since October 2013, operator First Transit submitted the proposal to the County in order to maintain the highest level of transit service that is feasible.  Following approval by the Chemung County Legislature to hold a public hearing on the proposed changes, public information sessions and the public hearing will be held. After the hearing, if the changes are approved by the Legislature, the public will be notified. The changes are proposed to begin October 14, 2014.

Parks and Recreation

Erin – Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces they will be accepting applications for non-ambulatory hunters to bow hunt at Park Station beginning August 3, 2015.  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.

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.

ERIN- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that Ice Fishing and Ice Skating at Park Station will be open beginning Thursday, January 15th.  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 - The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that pavilion reservations for the 2015 Summer Season at Harris Hill and Park Station will be taken starting Friday, January 2nd from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (closed 12-12:30).  Reservations will be taken by TELEPHONE ONLY on January 2nd 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.).

For specific information regarding pavilion rentals feel free to visit our website at ChemungCounty.com.  We are listed under recreation and attractions.

All persons wanting to make reservations need to call the CHEMUNG COUNTY BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS DEPARTMENT at 607-737-2843.

ERIN- The Chemung County Building and Grounds Department would like to remind residents that Park Station will be closed to the general public from October 31, 2014 to November 14, 2014. 

Park Station will be open for only pre-selected non-ambulatory hunters to bow hunt during this period.  Santulli recommended the program to the Chemung County Legislature in April of this year.  The program allows for up to eight non-ambulatory hunters to hunt during this period. 

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 8th through Thursday, September 18th, 2014. Please submit the above information either 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 19th, 2014.

HORSEHEADS- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announce that they will begin taking the County Fairgrounds Boat/Vehicle Storage applications on Wednesday, September 3rd. 

BIG FLATS- The Chemung County Building and Grounds Department has announced that the pool at Harris Hill Park is now closed for the season.  The lakefront at Park Station will remain open through Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014.

Erin – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the County is now accepting applications for non-ambulatory hunters to bow hunt at Park Station.  Santulli recommended the program to the Chemung County Legislature in April of this year.  The program allows for up to eight 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 (October 31- November 14, 2014).  Park Station will be closed to the general public during this two week archery season.

Transportation Council

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. 

ELMIRA- The Elmira Chemung Transportation Council is seeking comment from residents and business owners in Chemung County on its draft plans dealing with bicycle\pedestrian\trail  needs and projects and a freight study as parts of its Long Range Plan, “Elmira Chemung Transportation Plan 2035: Challenges and Opportunities”. ECTC is responsible for investing federal funds in the region’s transportation system, including roads and bridges, C TRAN service, and sidewalks and trails.

Waverly— The Tioga Rides system was discontinued after November 30th; however, the neighboring county of Chemung has partnered with Tioga County and New York State Department of Transportation to preserve some east west connections for riders. Starting December 1st, Chemung County’s C TRAN system will pilot four bus runs departing from Elmira and serving both counties on weekdays.

Elmira C TRAN staff and Chemung Volunteer Action Corps travel training volunteers will staff a table at the Chemung County Transportation Center to assist riders in answering questions about the service and fare changes set to begin on Monday, November 17th. The staff and volunteers will be at the Transportation Center at the following times:

Fri., Nov. 14th 10 am – 2 pm
Mon., Nov. 17th 10 am – 2 pm
Tues., Nov. 18th 10 am – 2 pm

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Elmira-Corning Transportation Council (ECTC) join the New York Partnership for Teen Driving Safety (NYPTDS) in urging parents and guardians of young drivers to engage in an ongoing discussion with their teens about safe driving during National Teen Driver Safety Week – October 19-25, 2014. 

National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) was established by Congress in 2007 to focus attention on the number one killer of teens – car crashes. Held annually the third week of October, NTDSW raises national awareness of teen driver safety issues and seeks solutions to unnecessary teen deaths on the road.  The national theme for 2014 is “5 to Drive – Keep Your Teen Drivers Alive”.  

Elmira C TRAN’s resolution on the proposed service changes and fare increase was passed by the Chemung County Legislature at its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 14th. Prior to the vote, C TRAN amended the proposed service changes to potentially lessen their impact on riders.  These positive changes were a result of new potential funding sources that have been identified to partially replace some of the significant loss in Medicaid funding since October 2013. In designing the amendments, C TRAN staff also took into account public comments that were shared at three public information sessions and two public hearings that were held in August and September.

ELMIRA- The Elmira Chemung Transportation Council is seeking comment from residents and business owners in Chemung County on its Draft Long Range Plan, “Elmira Chemung Transportation Plan 2035: Challenges and Opportunities”. ECTC is responsible for investing federal funds in the region’s transportation system, including roads and bridges, C TRAN service, and sidewalks and trails. The plan explains the investment priorities.

ElmiraAt the August 4th Multi-Services Committee meeting of the Chemung County Legislature, Transit Specialist Tina Hager outlined a proposal of service changes and a fare increase for the C TRAN system.  Due to a significant loss of Medicaid funding from the State Department of Health since October 2013, operator First Transit submitted the proposal to the County in order to maintain the highest level of transit service that is feasible.  Following approval by the Chemung County Legislature to hold a public hearing on the proposed changes, public information sessions and the public hearing will be held. After the hearing, if the changes are approved by the Legislature, the public will be notified. The changes are proposed to begin October 14, 2014.

Youth Bureau
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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Big Flats – The Chemung County Youth Bureau has received a Genesee Valley Recreation and Park Society (GVRPS) Publication Award for their Zombie Dance Party Flyer and Poster.  The award was announced at the GVRPS Annual Conference on November 21, 2014 which was held in Penfield, NY.

The flyer and poster was designed to attract middle and high school students to an event co-sponsored by the Youth Bureau and the First Arena in Elmira.  The Youth Bureau and First Arena have built a strong partnership and have co-hosted numerous events for the youth within the County.

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