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ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the appointment of Anthony M. Rudy, A.A.E. as Director of Operations at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM). 

Rudy comes to ELM after serving for 16 years as the Assistant Airport Manager and Airport Security Coordinator at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. With over 24 years of aviation operations experience, Rudy has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Management/Flight Operations from Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire. He was appointed effective November 7, 2016 at an annual salary of $67,500.

Rudy’s appointment follows the recent selection of Kim William (Bill) Hopper, A.A.E. as Director of Aviation. 

Big Flats - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today awarded $40 million to Elmira Corning Regional Airport to activate the airport's $58 million transformation. The new airport is a welcoming front door to the Southern Tier with expanded capacity for passenger growth, an improved passenger experience, and enhanced security. The main pillars of the design include increasing the airport's passenger space by 25 percent including a new interior courtyard, adding two new jet bridges to handle larger aircraft coming to the airport, an additional baggage claim belt, 300 new parking spaces, a new 3,000 square foot bar and restaurant in the terminal's passenger waiting area, and state-of-the-art passenger amenities.

“From the Regional Economic Development Councils to the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, we are leveraging the Southern Tier's assets to generate growth from the ground up, and by overhauling the Elmira Corning Regional Airport, we are building on our progress," Governor Cuomo said. "This funding will help increase passenger capacity, enhance security and transform this aging airport into a world-class aviation gateway. Through this competition, we are placing the Southern Tier on the cutting edge of transportation infrastructure, and continuing to attract private investment, generate jobs and create economic opportunity for generations to come."

Big Flats- As approved by the Chemung County Legislature, beginning September 7, 2016 various parking rates at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) will see an increase.  The daily maximum rates will increase $1.00 per day in the Economy Lot and $2.00 per day for Short and Long Term. This is the first increase in parking rate since August, 2011.

BIG FLATS – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today that Ann Crook will be leaving as Director of Aviation of the Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) effective May 3rd to take the position of Manager of the Martha’s Vineyard Airport (MVY).

Ms. Crook has been at ELM since June of 2007, overseeing all staff, airport improvements, facilities, maintenance work, and services provided at the County facility.

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 2015 Airport Award for Training Excellence.  This is the second consecutive year the airport has been recognized by the American Association of Airport Executives.  Of the thousands of airports in the United States only 97 were awarded this year.

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

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Elmira –   The Chemung County Department of Social Services offices, including Reception, will be closed on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 1:00PM.  Clients will be able to deliver paperwork through the department mailbox which is located on the right hand side of the sidewalk outside the entrance to the building.

Elmira - In observance of World AIDS Day on Thursday, December 1st, the Chemung County AIDS Task Force has scheduled a Candle Light Vigil beginning at 5:30 pm at Wisner Park in downtown Elmira. 

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

Elmira — Beginning Friday, November 25th, C TRAN will increase bus service for extended holiday hours at the Arnot Mall. On both Fridays and Saturdays, the last bus on C TRAN’s Route #9 Mall Express will depart the Mall at 10:30pm.  Sunday’s last departure is at 6:30 pm on November 27th and December 4th.

With the extended Arnot Mall hours from December 9th to December 23rd, C TRAN’s Route #9 will depart the Arnot Mall 30 minutes after Mall closing. However, on December 24th and December 31st, the last bus will depart at 6:30 pm. C TRAN buses will not run on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Day.

Elmira - During Elmira’s holiday parade on Friday, November 25th, C TRAN buses will have access to drop off and pick up at the Chemung County Transportation Center. Some buses may have to vary routes due to street closings, so passengers are asked to be patient as buses may be running late.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today that Moody’s Investor Services has assigned an A1 rating to Chemung County thereby maintaining the A1 rating on the county’s outstanding General Obligation Limited tax debt.  Moody’s identified Chemung County’s ”adequate financial reserves, moderately sized tax base, and manageable debt burden” as reasons for the A1 rating.

Elmira – The Chemung County Board of Elections (BOE) is seeking the owner of a car key which was found at a polling site following the November 8, 2016 General Election.  A Ford car key, with CVS and Walgreens cards attached, was found at the Sullivanville Methodist Church, 69 Old Sullivanville Road in Horseheads.  The key was taken to the Board of Elections office.

Attempts to locate the owner have been unsuccessful. If you are missing a key please contact the BOE at 607-737-5475 or come to the Board of Elections office at 378 South Main Street in Elmira.

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.

This Thanksgiving weekend, millions will hit the roads eager to spend time with family and friends. It’s one of the busiest travel times of the year, and unfortunately more people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes.  During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2014 (6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, to 5:59 a.m. on Monday, December 1), 341 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in traffic crashes across the nation. In a combined effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on November 23rd and will end on November 27th. 

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the appointment of Anthony M. Rudy, A.A.E. as Director of Operations at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM). 

Rudy comes to ELM after serving for 16 years as the Assistant Airport Manager and Airport Security Coordinator at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. With over 24 years of aviation operations experience, Rudy has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Management/Flight Operations from Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire. He was appointed effective November 7, 2016 at an annual salary of $67,500.

Rudy’s appointment follows the recent selection of Kim William (Bill) Hopper, A.A.E. as Director of Aviation. 

Big Flats – The Chemung County Youth Bureau has received a Genesee Valley Recreation and Park Society (GVRPS) Special Event Award for their 2015 inaugural Skate with Santa event.  The award will be presented at the GVRPS Annual Conference on November 18, 2016 which will be held in Rochester, NY.

On November 27, 2015, the Chemung County Youth Bureau partnered with First Arena to develop the FREE family-friendly Skate with Santa event, which occurred immediately after Community Bank’s Elmira Downtown Holiday Parade.  In further collaboration, the three agencies coordinated their media efforts with Elmira Downtown Development’s Tree Lighting Ceremony to present a cohesive holiday experience for the residents of Downtown Elmira and surrounding counties.  Skate with Santa was a tremendously successful event drawing in hundreds of families to the First Arena.  Participants were provided the use of skates, hot chocolate, pictures with Santa, and a holiday activity bag that included an Elmira Jackals hockey ticket, all free of charge.  Overall, the event provided a wonderful enchantment to the existing Downtown Elmira Parade tradition that would not have been possible without the collaboration of all four organizations.

Elmira- It’s almost that time of year again! What better way to kick off the Holiday season in Elmira than with the annual Downtown Window Decorating Contest, “Home for the Holidays” Tree Lighting Celebration, Annual Downtown Elmira Holiday Parade, Free Skating at First Arena and Breakfast with Santa. 

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli unveiled his proposed 2017 Budget today which will hold the line on the County property tax rate for the twelfth straight year.

Santulli’s 2017 Budget proposal recommends a General Fund Tax Levy of $29,146,582 is an increase of .5% over the 2016 tax levy of $29,012,588.  Further, this budget proposal recommends total net appropriations of $188,866,724 for the fiscal year that commences on January 1, 2017.  This represents an increase of $7,903,368 from the $180,963,356 approved by the Legislature for the current fiscal year.  The Budget is now subject to review and approval by the County Legislature.


We want to know your stories!

Are you a smoker who is thinking of quitting? Or are you a former smoker who successfully quit?

If so, we want to hear from you.

The Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition is participating in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. We’d like to feature past and present “quitters” on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Elmira - The Chemung County Veterans Council  and the City of Elmira will hold the annual Veterans Day Memorial Service at Wisner Park at 11 a.m. Friday, November 11, 2016.  A memorial service will also be held at noon at the Woodlawn National Cemetery.

Anyone who served in the U.S. military is encouraged to attend and wear clothing or decorations that identifies his or her military service.

Elmira- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County (CCE) recently held its annual Friends of Extension Recognition Dinner and Annual Meeting at the Holiday Inn Elmira – Riverview. 

Several community members received awards for their support of CCE program areas as well as for the entire organization.  Donna Draxler, Chair of the Chemung County Legislature, accepted the Patricia Cusick Friend of Extension Award.  Named for a former lifetime supporter, this is the top award CCE presents for outstanding support over a number of years.  Other award winners for programmatic support included:  Melinda Howard (Friend of 4-H), Chemung County Youth Advocacy Program (Friend of Nutrition and Local Foods), Michael Bowles (Friend of Natural Resources), Jody Buckley/Buckley’s Automotive (Friend of Chemung Volunteer Action Corps), Mark Watts (Friend of Agriculture), Peg Weidemann (Friend of Horticulture), and Tammy Haskell/WENY-TV (Spirit of Extension).

You’d like to quit tobacco, you intend to quit, but, well, you just need to pick a day.

How about Thursday November 17, 2016?

That’s the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. You can join millions of Americans and start living tobacco free.

Elmira- There are more than 415,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 108,000 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.

Big Flats - The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces they will completing a drainage project at the intersection of CR64 and Harris Hill Rd, which requires the road be closed beginning Monday, November 7, 2016 for three days.  An offsite detour will be provided. 

The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces the following paving projects:

CR17- Maple Street in the Town of Big Flats will be milled and resurfaced from Bridge Street (I-86 Exit 49) easterly to the Sperr Park trail head parking, approximately ¾ mile with work being completed on Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4 (milling) and Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11 (paving).

CR31 - Mt. Zoar Road in Elmira/Southport will be milled and resurfaced from Arcadia Rd to South Hoffman Street, approximately ½ mile with work being completed on Monday, November 7 (milling) and Tuesday, November 8 (paving).

Southport- At a press conference held today, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Mark Cicora, Office of Fire and Emergency Management Director, joined by local fire department members, unveiled the recently completed Public Safety Radio Communication System.  The $8.4M project was completed over a period of four years and will greatly enhance notification and emergency communications for all fire personnel throughout the County.

ELMIRA- On Tuesday, October 25th, 2016, a 35 year old, Elmira resident, Sequena Jones was arrested by the Elmira Police Department on an active Arrest Warrant issued out of Elmira City Court for Welfare Fraud 4th Degree, Grand Larceny 4th Degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st Degree. 

An investigation was conducted by the Department of Social Services Special Investigation Unit and the Elmira Police Dept. The investigation found that Sequena Jones did file fraudulent paperwork with the Department of Social Services and received $2,460.00 in Public Assistance Benefits she was not eligible to receive. 

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. Residents are asked to be mindful of potentially hazardous road conditions when the forecast calls for winter weather.

“Operating a vehicle is a complex task requiring the driver’s complete attention. Snow and ice conditions create additional layers of difficulty,” said Avery. “Winter weather provides changing and often unexpected, random, or challenging conditions for drivers.”

ELMIRA – With the heavy rain we have received in the past few days and the prediction of rain through Saturday, the Chemung County Office of Fire and Emergency Management is asking residents to clear storm drains near their homes. Urban flooding can occur 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.

ELMIRA – Nearly half a million children living in the United States have elevated blood lead levels that may cause significant damage to their health, estimates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They can develop behavior and learning problems (such as hyperactivity), slowed growth, hearing problems, and aggressive patterns of behaviors.  Stopping a child's exposure to lead from paint, house dust, or any other source is the best way to prevent the harmful effects of lead. 

Lead is a highly toxic metal that, at one time, was an ingredient in many household products, including lead-based paints manufactured before 1978. The primary source of lead exposure among U.S. children is the lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust and soil found in and around old, deteriorating buildings.

ELMIRA-- Cornell Cooperative Extension Chemung County (CCE-Chemung) has announced a meeting for those interested in volunteering to assist with an upcoming solar energy adoption and educational campaign taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 19 in Chemung County.

The meeting will be held in the Chemung County Human Resource Center (425 Pennsylvania Ave, Elmira, NY 14904) Room 110 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and is both free to attend and open to the public, however, registration is encouraged by calling (607) 734-4453.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Health Department has been awarded a Performance Incentive Initiative Award of $32,000 from the New York State Health Department for their outstanding success of its Environmental Health Services and Public Health Clinic in meeting performance measures for the 2015-2016 period. 

Chemung County was one of only two counties in all of New York State to receive the highest possible score of 100 based upon the following criteria:

Town of Elmira- The Chemung County Department of Public Works will be closing a portion of CR61 - Hillcrest Road to replace a box culvert.  The work will take place in the 100 block of Hillcrest. The work will begin October 13 and is expected to last approximately four weeks.

An offsite detour map is attached.

Elmira - The City of Elmira will be extending the closing of North Hoffman Street for an additional week due to complications in the work. Scheduled reopening is now Monday, October 17, 2016.

Detour will remain in place: West Hill Road to West Hill A to Vanderhoff Road to North Hoffman.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Elmira— Capabilities today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "Inclusion Works."

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care is available to assist Medicare beneficiaries in understanding and comparing the 2017 Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Private Health Plans.

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

Elmira – Chemung County has been notified that their application to establish a land bank has been approved by the New York State Empire Development Corporation.  The land bank will serve as an important tool in transforming Elmira’s downtown and surrounding neighborhoods by converting vacant properties into uses that support community revitalization and foster economic growth.

Elmira- The Southern Tier Cancer Services Program will be partnering with Arnot Health to offer FREE mammograms, breast exams, pap tests, and colorectal cancer screenings in the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

“The key to early detection and successful treatment is screening”, said Denise Argetsinger of the Cancer Services Program.  Cancers that are found early have a 90% treatable and beatable rate.  The cancer services program offers free mammograms to women 40 - 64 who are uninsured as well as to women who have high deductibles.  Uninsured women under the age of 40 who find an abnormality in their breast should also call us.  They also offer pap tests and colorectal screenings to the uninsured and those with high deductibles which is a financial barrier to getting screened.
The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into several vehicle break-ins that have occurred throughout Chemung County and most recently in the Town of Southport and Webbs Mills area; specifically the areas between the Pine City Volunteer Fire Department and the Webbs Mills Volunteer Fire Department as well as the Sagetown Road area.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind everybody to please be vigilant in keeping all vehicles locked, the windows up, as well as sunroofs closed and secured. Also remember not to leave any valuable items in your vehicles. It is also important to remember to keep garages, sheds and other outbuildings secured at all times, as well as doors and windows in your home.


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– Each year in New York, nearly 15,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and about 2,700 women die from the disease. These women are our wives, mothers, sisters, and friends.

The mission of the Cancer Services Program (CSP) of The Southern Tier is to ensure that all age-appropriate women, despite insurance status, have access to breast cancer screening. Uninsured women who are 40 years of age and older may be able to get breast cancer screening through the Cancer Services Program of The Southern Tier.

Elmira - October 14, 2016 is the last day to register to vote in person for the November 8th Presidential Election.  Voter Registration drives will be held at the Chemung County Board of Elections office located at 378 S. Main Street in Elmira.  Dates and times of such registration days are as follows:

• Wednesday, October 5th from 8:30 AM until 8:00 PM

• Saturday, October 15th from 12:00 PM until 9:00 PM

The Board of Elections will also be opened additional hours to allow voters to obtain an absentee ballot for the November 8th Election. 

Elmira - The City of Elmira Department of Public Works will be closing North Hoffman Street,  Monday, October 3, 2016 at  6:00 AM until October 10, 2016 due to a culvert replacement.

Detour will be West Hill Road to West Hill A to Vanderhoff Road to North Hoffman.

Big Flats- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care presented the Chemung County Age-Friendly awards yesterday to 12 area businesses and organizations at their Annual Public Hearing and Falls Prevention Awareness Event which was held at the Big Flats Community Center.

Age-Friendly Chemung County is a coalition-backed initiative that promotes healthy and active living for people of all ages. The program aims to identify and recognize businesses and organizations that provide easy-to-navigate, respectful and effective services to people of all ages in our community.

Big Flats - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today awarded $40 million to Elmira Corning Regional Airport to activate the airport's $58 million transformation. The new airport is a welcoming front door to the Southern Tier with expanded capacity for passenger growth, an improved passenger experience, and enhanced security. The main pillars of the design include increasing the airport's passenger space by 25 percent including a new interior courtyard, adding two new jet bridges to handle larger aircraft coming to the airport, an additional baggage claim belt, 300 new parking spaces, a new 3,000 square foot bar and restaurant in the terminal's passenger waiting area, and state-of-the-art passenger amenities.

“From the Regional Economic Development Councils to the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, we are leveraging the Southern Tier's assets to generate growth from the ground up, and by overhauling the Elmira Corning Regional Airport, we are building on our progress," Governor Cuomo said. "This funding will help increase passenger capacity, enhance security and transform this aging airport into a world-class aviation gateway. Through this competition, we are placing the Southern Tier on the cutting edge of transportation infrastructure, and continuing to attract private investment, generate jobs and create economic opportunity for generations to come."

Elmira - Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County (CCE) and the Chemung County Poverty Reduction Coalition are pleased to announce that Dr. Martin Burt, founder and head of Fundación Paraguaya, will be visiting Elmira in anticipation of a project in the City next summer.  Fundación Paraguaya is a non-governmental organization specializing in worldwide innovations to eliminate poverty.  

Dr. Burt will give a free 30-minute presentation on his work in developing and utilizing the “Poverty Stoplight” program in 25 countries on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM in the auditorium of the Human Resource Center (425 Pennsylvania Ave, Elmira, NY).   

Big Flats- The Chemung County Public Works Department announced today that a portion of CR #57, also known as Hickory Grove Road, in the Town of Big Flats, will be reduced to one lane on Friday, September 23, 2016 to replace sanitary service.  The road will be reduced to one lane between SR 14 and Gardner Road.

The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces the schedule for remaining paving work on County roads this fall.  It should be noted the listed schedule is subject to weather delays and equipment issues.

As always, please drive carefully through work zones, and allow extra time to reach your destination.

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

The 2016 Car-Free Challenge, a regional effort to promote driving less and replacing trips in a car with carpooling, public transit, biking or walking, will run for two weeks, from September 22 to October 5. Anyone who lives or works in the counties can participate and be eligible to win prizes when they register and log their entries on the Car-Free Challenge website. In Chemung and Steuben Counties, daily prizes are $20 gift cards from local restaurants and businesses. Send in your blog for three out of fourteen days and qualify for a chance to win the grand prize—a Fit Bit Activity Tracker in Chemung County and a 26" Roadmaster Granite Peak Bike in Steuben County.  In Chemung County, the event will kick-off at the September 22nd Wisner Market with free Car-Free Challenge backpacks for the first thirty people to visit the 511NY Southern Tier Rideshare table. The Car-Free Challenge is fun, free and easy to join!

Elmira- September 18 through September 24, 2016, the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office,along with other Sheriff’s Offices throughout New York State will be celebrating Sheriffs Week. Sheriffs Week is designed to be a local event; whereupon, county residents can learn about their Sheriff’s Office and what they can offer the community on a daily basis.

The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office will be celebrating New York State Sheriffs Week by hosting a display at the Arnot Mall.  Sheriff’s personnel will be on-site beginning Monday, September 19th through Saturday, September 24th.  It should also be noted that on Saturday, September 24th the Sheriff’s Office will provide Child ID cards through the Operation Safe Child Program from 1:00 pm through 5:00 pm.

THIRD STREET FINAL PAVING

The City of Elmira will be performing final road paving on Wednesday, September 21 from 6:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Paving will be on Third Street from College Avenue to Hoffman Street.

Hoffman Street, Euclid Avenue, Grove Street and Davis Streets will remain open.

MT. ZOAR FINAL PAVING

On Thursday September 22, from 6:00 AM until 6:00 PM the City of Elmira will be performing final road paving on Mt. Zoar Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to  South Walnut Street.

South Main Street will remain open.

Elmira- Chemung County Emergency Management is asking all residents and people who work in Chemung County to download their free mobile app. This app will alert the public during an emergency such a flood, storm or hazardous materials release, and will supply the most current emergency information during such an event. The app also features preparedness information, and has useful links such as traffic and weather information, a “Where Am I” map link, and the “I’m OK” link that allows the user to create distribution groups that can quickly receive a text message during an emergency, letting the recipient know the sender is OK.

 

Elmira – Former Chemung County Legislator and Chairman of the I-86 Coalition, Ted Bennett will be attending the New York State Association of Counties 2016 Fall Seminar.  Ted will occupy a booth providing information and support promoting the upgrading of NY RT 17 to the Interstate 86 designation to officials from throughout the State.  The Seminar is being held in Niagara Falls, September 19-21, 2016.

Elmira- The Twin Tiers Breastfeeding Network, a local breastfeeding advocacy group, will be placing a life-sized cardboard cutout of a woman breastfeeding her baby in various public places throughout the county to promote breastfeeding.  The cutout will be displayed at various sites throughout the county such as government buildings, public libraries, doctor’s offices, and at local events.  The cutout reads, "Promoting breastfeeding ANYTIME ANYPLACE", along with the Twin Tiers Breastfeeding Network (TTBN) logo.

Elmira- Chemung County has once again been designated by the National Weather Service (NWS) as a StormReady community. StormReady is a nationwide community preparedness program that started in 1999 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Chemung County has always taken a pro-active approach to hazardous weather operations, however, this designation lets residents, business owners and visitors know that we are committed to safety and preparedness.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed the week of September 22-28, 2016 “Falls Prevention Awareness Week” in Chemung County and joins the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Falls Free® Initiative in raising awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. 

Elmira- Chemung County Age-Friendly Designation Awards will be presented to twelve businesses and organizations at the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care’s Annual Public Hearing and Falls Prevention Awareness Event on Wednesday, September 21, at the Big Flats Community Center.  This free event also includes presentations and demonstrations of health-promoting and life-saving strategies to help prevent falls, and a lunch provided by the Chemung County Department of Aging’s Eat Well Live Well Program.  To register, please contact 607-737-5520 by Wednesday, September 14th, 2016.

Big Flats – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded the Wings of Eagle Discovery Center (WEDC) $1,249,678 to help inspire the next generation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies and careers as the agency progresses on its Journey to Mars.

The award will be used to create a Martian Base exhibit, associated NASA STEM curriculum, and an educator professional development pilot program linking the WEDC to local underserved classrooms through novel and existing NASA-STEM Mars-themed curriculum.  The target population is K-12 students from the Elmira City School District (ECSD) their teachers, families as well as the general public.

ELMIRA – September is recognized as National Preparedness Month and Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, along with the Office of Fire and Emergency Management, and the County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Committee want to remind residents that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.

Throughout the month, the County will offer residents tools to prepare themselves, family, friends, and their community for emergencies and disasters through Facebook and Twitter and their mobile application CHEMUNG CO. NY EMERGENCY ALERT/PREPARE.

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 where enforcement was finalized:

-Quality Beverage, 1137 Maple Avenue, Elmira – 8/8/16 - $350 Fine

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 24 counties across Upstate New York have been designated as a natural disaster area by the federal government as a result of this summer's drought. These designations mean that farmers in those areas may be eligible for assistance, including emergency loans, from the United State Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency. Additionally, State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball, state lawmakers and other farm leaders will be conducting on-site assessments of farms affected by the drought, while the state works closely with Cornell University expert hydrologists and climate professors to help understand and study the outlook for recovery.

The Tri-County First Responder Honor Park Committee is pleased to announce that Michael S. Smith of Southport, NY has been named the 2016 Tri-County First Responder of the Year.

Smith was the Director of the Chemung County Office of Fire and Emergency Management from 1991 through 2014. He is still active as Assistant Chief of the Southport Volunteer Fire Department after more than 45 years service.

Elmira- Chemung County joins counties and states across the nation in recognizing the week September 5th through 11th, 2016  as National Suicide Prevention Week.  This time is used to promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention, how you can help others, and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm. 
The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announce that they will begin taking the County Fairgrounds Boat/Vehicle Storage applications on Wednesday, September 7th. 

Chemung and Steuben Counties are excited to announce that The Arc of Chemung, the Arc of Steuben, and Elcor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center have partnered with 511NY Southern Tier Rideshare to assist with their employee’s commuting needs by adding Employee Rideshare Portals.   Each employer has created customized web sites that link employees with the New York State Department of Transportation’s 511NY statewide Rideshare system and carpool matching database.

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 12th through Thursday, September 22nd, 2016.

Last year, over 38,000 people were killed on our nation’s roads; an additional 4.4 million people were seriously injured.  The National Safety Council (NSC) indicated 2015 “likely was the deadliest driving year since 2008."  While vehicle miles traveled, or VMT, rose in 2015 at a clip of 3.5%, the National Traffic Safety Administration reports the fatality rate outpaced the VMT increase to the tune of 4.4% in one year.  "These numbers are serving notice: Americans take their safety on the roadways for granted," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, NSC president and CEO.  "Driving a car is one of the riskiest activities any of us undertake in spite of decades of vehicle design improvements and traffic safety advancements.

BIG FLATS – The Chemung County Building and Grounds Department announced that the pool is closed for the season. 

The waterfront at Park Station will remain open daily from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., through Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016. 

Elmira- August is National Immunization Awareness Month which is focused on increasing awareness about immunizations that are recommended for an individual’s entire lifespan. The Chemung County Health Department is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month and would like parents to be aware of the vaccines preteens and teens need to stay healthy and protected against serious diseases.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the retirement of Robert E. Page, Chemung County Health Center Director, who will be retiring as Nursing Facility Administrator effective December 30, 2016 after 33 years with the County.  He will remain the Public Health Director on a part-time basis through 2017. With the upcoming retirement, Santulli has appointed Michael C. Youmans as Nursing Facility Administrator for the Chemung County Nursing Facility effective August 29, 2016. 

Chemung- The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fire at 1171 Hoffman Hollow Road in the Town of Chemung. At approximately 10:45 p.m. on August 8th the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office was called to assist with a structure fire at the above location, which was an abandoned house. The Chemung, Baldwin, and Wellsburg Fire Departments were on the scene and the house was fully engulfed upon the deputies arrival. The house was destroyed by the fire despite efforts of the fire departments on scene.

BIG FLATS – The Chemung County Building and Grounds Department announced that the closing date (August 14, 2016) for the pool at Harris Hill will be extended until August 21, 2016.  The pool will close for the season on August 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. 

The waterfront at Park Station will remain open daily from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., through Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016. 

Erin – Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces they will be accepting applications for non-ambulatory hunters to bow hunt at Park Station.  The program allows for up to 4 archery hunters with a physical disability who are unable to move about without the use of a mechanized aid to hunt for deer with a bow or crossbow at Park Station during the final two weeks of archery season (Saturday, November 5 through Friday, November 18, 2016).  Park Station will be closed to the general public during this two week archery season.

ELMIRA – The ProAct Prescription Discount Card Program is designed to provide individuals with little or no prescription coverage access to affordable medications.  Since Chemung County implemented the discount card back in November of 2009, residents have collectively filled more than 35,010 prescriptions and saved more than $1.3 million. 

Erison Rodriguez, Sales and Marketing Director for the Pro-Act Prescription Drug Discount Card Program, recently attended a meeting of the Chemung County Legislature’s Budget Committee and updated legislators on the program’s features.

ELMIRA – Chemung County, Arnot Health, and the City of Elmira joined the Twin Tiers Breastfeeding Network at a press conference today to celebrate “World Breastfeeding Week” and to present the 2016 Annual Breastfeeding Friendly Place Awards.  The community event took place at the Wisner Park Market.  Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Elmira Mayor Daniel Mandell issued proclamations designating the week of August 1-7 as World Breastfeeding Week in Chemung County and the City of Elmira.

The theme for 2016 World Breastfeeding Week is “Breastfeeding: A Key to Sustainable Development” recognizing how breastfeeding is a key element in getting us to think about how to value our wellbeing from the start of life, how to respect each other and care for the world we share.

Big Flats- As approved by the Chemung County Legislature, beginning September 7, 2016 various parking rates at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) will see an increase.  The daily maximum rates will increase $1.00 per day in the Economy Lot and $2.00 per day for Short and Long Term. This is the first increase in parking rate since August, 2011.

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has released the draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for public review and comment. The full press release for the draft STIP, covering federal fiscal years 2017 through 2020, can be viewed here.

Horseheads- The Chemung County Agricultural Society (also known as the Chemung County Fair Board) in partnership with the Chemung County Agriculture Promotion Committee and the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting to officially open the 174th Chemung County Fair on Tuesday, August 2nd at 4 PM. The ribbon cutting will be between the 4-H Building and the Chemung County Agricultural Museum.

Elmira - The Twin Tiers Breastfeeding Network is pleased to announce it has received a $300 grant award from the New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition (NYSBC).  The grant award was received to help promote World Breastfeeding Week (August 1 -7) and ongoing efforts to increase breastfeeding rates.  The mission of the NYSBC is to improve the health of New Yorkers by working collaboratively to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding as the norm in New York State.  This ties in nicely with the local efforts of the Twin Tiers Breastfeeding Network’s mission of working to improve the rates of initiation and duration of breastfeeding among women in the Twin Tiers through support, education and referrals.
Town of Elmira- The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that Bothar Construction, LLC of Binghamton, New York, will begin work Thursday, July 21, 2016, on state Route 352 in the town of Elmira, Chemung County.

The project will consist of adjusting drainage structures, pavement milling and resurfacing, and sidewalk ramp improvements. While this work is taking place, traffic will be reduced to one lane.            

Big Flats - The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces the replacement of a drainage culvert on CR #57, Hickory Grove Road, in the Town of Big Flats.  Hickory Grove Road will be closed to through traffic from Sing Sing Road and Colonial Drive between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM tomorrow, Wednesday June 13, 2016.  A marked detour is provided over Sing Sing Road, Chambers Road, and Colonial Drive.  Motorists are asked to reduced speed and take extra care when travelling near construction sites or traveling detours.

Hickory Grove Road shall be closed between the intersections of Stillwater and Twin Oaks Drives and Anncox Lane and Burkeshire Drive.

Elmira- County officials and the Directors of Fire and Emergency Management in Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties are strongly urging residents to use extreme caution when having any open burning or using permitted sparklers and novelty items.

"Our region is seeing moderate drought conditions with some areas experiencing only 30% of average annual rainfall for the year. Considering that there is no significant rain forecasted in the near future, this dry weather pattern makes any open burning more hazardous,” said Mark Cicora, Chemung County Emergency Management Director.  “While we understand that residents, campers, and vacationers like to enjoy a campfire, we ask that you always follow the laws and take extra precautions to ensure a fire does not get out of control,” added Cicora.

Horseheads- The 174th Annual Chemung County Fair is scheduled to run from Tuesday, August 2nd through Sunday, August 7th. Individuals wishing to enter items to be exhibited must submit their completed paperwork by 6 pm Sunday, July 10th.

Directions on what can be entered and how to enter can be found in the Exhibitors Guide, which is available at the Fair Office located on the Chemung County Fairgrounds in Horseheads. It will be open July 9th and 10th from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM to accept entries.

THE NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS TO PROVIDE FOR COMMENT ON THE PROPOSED NEW YORK STATE PLAN FOR THE 2016 – 2017 HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (HEAP)

In accordance with the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981, as amended, the State of New York invites comments on the proposed New York State Plan for the 2014 – 2015 Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).

Elmira - Age-Friendly Chemung County, a coalition-backed initiative that promotes healthy and active living for people of all ages, is currently accepting applications for its Age-Friendly Business and Organization Designation Program.

The program aims to identify and recognize businesses and organizations that provide easy-to-navigate, respectful and effective services to people of all ages. Businesses and organizations must meet certain criteria to receive designation. Only businesses located or providing services in Chemung County are eligible to apply.

During the application process, businesses and organizations self-identify their age-friendly characteristics. Applicants then receive an on-site review from representatives of the Age-Friendly Chemung County Coalition.

Chemung County- The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces a schedule acceleration in some oil and stone projects across the County.  Work will begin Tuesday, July 5 on the roads shown below and continue through July 13, weather permitting. 

Elmira - The Chemung County Health Department is in the process of updating their Community Health Assessment (CHA) in order to address the health priorities of our community.  The last time the Health Department did an assessment was in 2013.  The highest scoring issues at that time were tobacco use and obesity.  The Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP) is the strategic process used to identify the serious health issues in the County. 
Elmira- The Chemung County Department of Social Services has been made aware of a fraudulent phone scam whereby at least one County resident received several unsolicited phone calls stating that their Medicaid needed to be recertified. They were then asked for personal information including their social security number and address.  The individual was also told they could be arrested if they didn’t recertify with them over the phone.  This is a scam and you should hang up immediately.

Residents are reminded to never give personal information over the phone especially if it is from an unsolicited caller.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and County Fire and Emergency Management Director Mark Cicora wish to remind the public to please use extreme caution while using fireworks or tending to an open fire especially in this unusually hot, dry weather.

“Independence Day celebrates the birth of our nation and fireworks are a part of our traditional festivities,” said Santulli “While we encourage our residents to observe the holiday with friends and family members at backyard barbecues and parties, we also ask that you be safe, follow the law, and take the proper precautions.  Leave the fireworks displays to the professionals and be mindful when using sparklers or other permitted novelty items.”

Elmira - The Twin Tiers Breastfeeding Network (TTBN) is accepting nominations for the 11th annual Breastfeeding Friendly Awards.  These awards recognize businesses, individuals, and organizations for their valuable support of breastfeeding mothers.  Eligible nominees should provide support and make it easy for women to breastfeed.  This might include supporting moms who are returning to work and making it easy for them to continue nursing their infants by maintaining policies that accommodate breastfeeding moms, offering flexible schedules and providing private spaces for feeding and pumping milk.  Nominees will be honored during World Breastfeeding Week (August 1 -7, 2016) at a ceremony in Wisner Park.

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 July 1st and will end on July 5th. The Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. This year the 4th of July falls on a Monday so we expect heavy traveling to begin on Thursday June 30th and festivities to begin on Friday, July 1st and run through Tuesday July 5th.

Elmira- Chemung County residents looking to improve their health and perhaps drop a few pounds turned to a program that demonstrated what most of us already know about getting healthy, but have a hard time admitting: if we eat well and move more, good things will happen.
Van Etten- The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that work will begin Monday, June 27, 2016, on state Route 224 in the town of Van Etten, Chemung County.  The contract completion date is October 1, 2016.

 he project will consist of replacing the existing structures with a new precast box structure.  While this work is taking place, all traffic will be detoured using state Route 34, Main St. (CR 62), Wyncoop Creek Rd. (CR 3), Decker Rd. (CR 24), and state Route 223. The duration of the detour is expected to last approximately two months.

ELMIRA-
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) coupons will be distributed in Chemung County beginning Thursday, June 23.  The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides eligible seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for fruits, vegetables and fresh-cut herbs at approved New York State Farmers Market vendors.  Individuals who meet these requirements are eligible to get Senior Farmers Market Coupons:

   • New York Resident
   • 60 years of age or older
AND
   • Your monthly income is at or below:
       o $1,832/month for a one-person household
       o $2,470/month for a two-person household
       o $3,108/month for a three-person household,
OR
       o you currently receive or are eligible to receive SSI, public assistance, or
          Section 8 housing subsidy

There have been several changes in the program this year. The changes will be beneficial to both the seniors and the farmers.
BIG FLATS - The Town of Big Flats’ Department of Public Works is pleased to announce its 2016 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, PAVE NY, and Marchiselli Program), the federal government (Federal Highway Administration), and the Town budget.
Veteran- The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that work will begin Monday, June 20, 2016, on state Route 14 in the town of Veteran, Chemung County. The duration of the contract is expected to last approximately four months, with a completion date of November 1, 2016.
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 2016 will begin the week of June 20, 2016, and continue as applicable, in regard to seasonal needs.  Under a Shared Services Agreement, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will spray to control weeds and unwanted vegetation around guide rail as needed.  Vegetation control helps to ensure safety of the highway system by keeping sight lines open for drivers.  In addition to roadside mowing, the use of herbicides has long been a part of the overall vegetation management program.

Elmira  - “One Person, One Action, One Nation – United Against Elder Abuse”.  The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care joins communities around the globe in recognizing today, June 15, 2016, as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Throughout the world, abuse and neglect of older persons is largely under-recognized or treated as an unspoken problem.   Many of our elderly neighbors endure suffering every day.  They are the victims of financial exploitation, neglect, and physical or emotional abuse. 

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Aids Task Force is encouraging all County residents to get tested for HIV on June 27th - National HIV Testing Day.  HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS.  We want to encourage at-risk individuals to take advantage of FREE confidential, or anonymous HIV counseling and testing at the Chemung County Health Department from 9 am to 3 pm. at their offices at 103 Washington St. in Elmira, Monday, June 27th. Test results are available in only 10 minutes. No appointment is necessary and walk-ins are welcome.  The Ivy Clinic will also be accepting walk-ins on this day from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

Chemung County - The Chemung County Department of Public Works is pleased to announce its 2016 work program. This year’s program makes use of County forces, contracted labor, and shared services, having a total value of approximately $5,500,000.

Work includes bridge and culvert replacements and rehabilitations, drainage projects, general maintenance, oil and stone projects, paving projects, and full depth reclamation projects. Funding comes from a variety of sources, including New York State (Consolidated Highway Improvement Program, PAVE NY, and Marchiselli Program), the federal government (Federal Highway Administration), and Chemung County. PAVE NY Funds have been allocated, but we have not received confirmation of reimbursement procedures. This could create a delay in some projects.

The Chemung County Department of Youth Bureau & Recreational Services announces that the Summer Cohesion Program still has openings at the following sites for children ages 4-12.

Broadway Elementary
Fassett Elementary
Hendy Ave. Elementary
Parley Coburn Elementary

Big Flats - The Harris Hill Pool is scheduled to open on Saturday, June 18th. 

Hours are weather permitting:
     • Mon-Fri. 12 PM -7 PM
     • Sat. & Sun.   11 AM -7 PM

Pool Fees:
                                              
County               Non-County
Up to age 2                              FREE                      FREE
2-6 years old                           $2.00                     $2.50
7 – Adult                                 $3.00                     $3.50
Senior Citizens                         $2.00                     $2.50
Individual Season Pass             $40.00                   $55.00
Family Season Pass                  $80.00                   $95.00
  (2 adults, 4 children)

Erin- The Waterfront at Park Station is scheduled to open on Saturday, June 18th.  The Waterfront will be open on a daily basis from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. through Labor Day, weather permitting.

ELMIRA- Medicare beneficiaries are receiving a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) if they may be eligible for help with their out-of-pocket medical and drug expenses. The Chemung County Department of Aging encourages beneficiaries who receive these letters to take action to learn more about the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) and Extra Help.

The letters are sent annually to people with Medicare with limited incomes who could be eligible for—but are not enrolled in—an MSP, which helps with Medicare out-of-pocket costs, or Extra Help, which helps with the costs of prescription drugs.

Elmira -The City of Elmira Department of Public Works’ mission is to provide and maintain a safe and effective highway system for the traveling public.  To this end, we ask that residents do not place, blow, or otherwise move material into or on a City street.  Keeping City streets clean is a priority for the DPW, but not one that comes without expense and time.  Each street sweeper you see on the road costs nearly $250,000 to purchase, and has a short life compared to haul trucks.  Excess wear and tear on the street sweepers occurs when the equipment must pick up more material than the design allows.  Further, materials left in the curb line may build up, reduce the effectiveness of conveyance and drainage facilities, plug storm lines or drywells, and cause localized flooding.   Out of necessity, City of Elmira ordinance prohibits the placing or sweeping of cinders, sand, grass, and other debris into any drainage structure or curb line. 

Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben Counties, New York ¨C 90% of smokers start before the age of 18, and in NYS 22,500 youth become new daily smokers each year. Studies show that tobacco product marketing at the point-of-sale (POS) provides cues to smoking, influences smoking initiation, and stimulates purchasing among smokers trying to quit (1,2,3). Youth who visit convenience stores more than twice a week are 64% more likely to begin smoking within the next twelve months than their peers who visit convenience stores less than once per week(4). Youth are about twice as likely to remember tobacco marketing as adults, and there is about one licensed tobacco retailer for every 194 children in NYS (5).These statistics show the heavy impact on youth that is placed by the tobacco industry. Big tobacco companies know that youth are vital to the continuation of their business so they practice tactics that target them.

ELMIRA – Youth in this region have seen enough tobacco marketing, according to Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition, and it’s time to protect them and put an end to youth smoking and other tobacco use. To safeguard children from the billions of dollars of vivid tobacco marketing in places where they can see it, the #SeenEnoughTobacco campaign launches regionally and statewide on World No Tobacco Day, May 31.

Elmira- With local fire departments carrying out two river rescues in the past three weeks Chemung County officials would like to take this opportunity to remind residents that swimming in the Chemung River is strongly discouraged and to use caution when canoeing, kayaking, and boating on the river. “The Chemung River can be a spectacular venue for recreation but 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 - Chemung County Executive Thomas 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 27th and will end on May 31st. Memorial Day week is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. Memorial Day weekend is the traditional beginning of summer. 

RICHMOND, VA – May 19, 2016 – As the Altria Group shareholders made their way to the company’s annual meeting on Thursday, approximately 40 youth advocates from Reality Check New York were at the Marshall Street entrance of the Richmond Convention Center, welcoming them in a very special way – dressed in skull caps and skeleton costumes.

No, it was not an early Halloween celebration. It was a demonstration designed to tell Altria and Phillip Morris USA (PMUSA) that they’ve seen enough tobacco marketing and they want the company to do something about it. Throughout the demonstration, members of the group roamed the streets near the Convention Center, trying to educate the crowd of the harmful effects of tobacco and tobacco marketing.

Elmira- The Chemung County Veterans Council and the City of Elmira announce the schedule for the 2016 Elmira Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Service at Woodlawn National Cemetery.

     The parade assembly area will be Park Place from the corner of Washington Ave. to Clinton Ave., and Clinton Ave. from Park Place to College Ave. for Fire Departments. The Elmira Police Dept. will enforce a parking ban on Park Place and Clinton Ave. in the assembly areas beginning at midnight May 29th. Violators will be towed.

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 Clerk Katie Hughes announces that County deed and land records are now available on line.  The records, previously only available in person or by mail, can now be accessed remotely through landex.com.  Individuals can either sign up to use the remote services as a customer, see the website at www.landex.com/remote/, or one time users can simply use the web store search, at www.landex.com/webstore/.

"We are excited about this partnership with Landex and the benefit it offers our citizens," said Hughes. "These are important records that should be readily accessible for both property owners and the business community."

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Legislature Chair Donna Draxler today issued a proclamation declaring the month of May, Mayday for Mandate Relief in Chemung County.  “Mayday” is an international call for help, and this year’s Mayday for Mandate Relief campaign calls on the State to provide much-needed help to counties through mandate relief measures.  

Santulli and Draxler want to keep the pressure on the Legislature until the end of the session.  Santulli stated, “The Mayday events held across the State have been very successful in raising awareness among taxpayers of the need for mandate relief.  We need to keep the pressure on our lawmakers until reform is actually realized.”

Elmira – Andrew P. Avery, PE, Chemung County Commissioner of Public Works, was recently installed as the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) Board Director from New York State. Avery was selected by the New York State County Highway Superintendents Association (NYSCHSA) on behalf of the 57 NYS County Highway Superintendents and Commissioners.  The installation took place at the NACE 2016 Annual Meeting/Management & Technical Conference which was held April 24-28 in Tacoma, Washington. 

The Chemung County Youth Bureau is presently accepting applications for Recreation Leader positions for the 2016 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 Chemung County. The program operates for six weeks during the summer from noon to 5:00 pm. Recreation Leaders must be at least 18 years old by July 1st for the SPOT – Summer Program.  Candidates must demonstrate experience in working with teens. Strong consideration will be given to those volunteering and working with youth in our community.

Horseheads – The 2016 Chemung County Senior Games begin Wednesday, May 11th with a 70+ Softball Tournament.  Seven teams are competing, including teams from Binghamton, Owego and Cortland.  The tournament begins at 9:30 a.m. 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.

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 27th in order to participate.  Those interested must complete a registration form.  Sign-ups will be held at the Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department, 217 Madison Avenue, Elmira, on the following days:

Thursday, June 16th     2:00pm – 6:00pm
Friday, June 17th          2:00pm – 6:00pm

There is limited space for swim lessons therefore registration is required.  Payment is expected when you register. 

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Health Department today issued a warning to area residents that serious illness could result from physical contact with wildlife, including orphaned baby animals.

Peter Buzzetti of the Chemung County Health Department’s Environmental Health Services said, “Every Spring, baby animals including skunks, woodchucks, and raccoons need to be euthanized so that they can be tested for rabies because untrained and/or unlicensed people handled them. Raccoons have the highest rate of rabies in New York State and can transmit the disease to humans.  Even though most people have the best of intentions in trying to assist, it usually ends up being a death sentence for the handled animal.”

Elmira- May is National Foster Care Month, a time to call attention to the needs of the nearly 400,000 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. This year, the theme for National Foster Care Month is "Honoring, Uniting and Celebrating Families" and focuses on family reunification.   For many, the goal is to exit foster care and reunite with their families. Reunification is both the most common goal for children in foster care, as well as, the most common outcome. To the children, youth, families, caregivers, and professionals, celebrating means taking action. In Chemung County we have approximately 90 children living in foster care. 

Big Flats- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care honored area seniors today with Senior Citizen of the Year Awards and the presentation of Age-Friendly Business & Organization awards at a celebration held at the Big Flats Community Center. Chemung County Executive Thomas J. Santulli and other local dignitaries read proclamations designating May as "Older Americans Month in Chemung County". 

Ten Senior Citizen of the Year nominees were recognized for ongoing devotion of time and talent to make a great impact on others, without pay or compensation.  Two Senior Citizens of the Year Awards were presented to Carol Lincoln and Dr. Mike Wald.

 Elmira- In our area we have many great historical sites, parks, and playgrounds that we can enjoy. Next Friday it is our turn to give back. Each year, volunteers from across New York State participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events the first weekend in May.

Locally, we are celebrating by removing tobacco litter and other waste while also enjoying a local tobacco-free park. Local organizations and programs such as Reality Check, the Chemung County Health Department, Step It Up, and others are partnering in a park clean up to show their appreciation for the beautiful outdoor areas we get to enjoy. The event will be Friday, May 6 from 3:30-4:30pm at Eldridge Park in Elmira.

Administration’s (DEA) Nationwide prescription Drug “Take Back” Initiative on
Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event was successful in assisting residents in properly discarding their expired medications.

A total of 1847 lbs. of expired medication was collected.

Veteran - The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces the replacement of drainage culverts crossing CR #15, E. Sullivanville Road, in the Town of Veteran.  Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin Monday, May 2, and continue through mid-June.  As a result of the construction, E. Sullivanville Road  will be closed between the intersections of Mallory Hill  Road and Brickhouse Road for the first two weeks of May. Vehicles should follow the marked detour which directs travel over Mallory Hill and Brickhouse Roads.

Elmira- A graduation was held on April 22, 2016 for the 2016 Basic Training and Peace Officer Academy, which was sponsored by the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office. The graduation was held at the Hazlett Building, located at 203 Lake St. in the City of Elmira. This year’s class included five officers from Chemung County.

The graduates successfully completed a 4-week program which was comprised of several topics, to include Ethics in Law Enforcement, Legal Issues, Security and Supervision (search and seizure), Sexual Harassment, and Manipulation by Inmates.

The graduates from the 2016 Basic Training and Peace Officer Academy are as follows: Andrew Hodge, Brianna Hodge, Danielle McKain, Joseph Spencer and Andrew Zobel, all of the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office.

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 24th-30th 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. Each day of the week, the National Weather Service will be issuing Public Information Statements on their websites and through posts on social media. 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.

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 33rd Annual Awards Reception which was held today at the Big Flats Community Center. 

Elmira- The Eleventh Annual Walk a Mile in My Shoes suicide prevention walk and fundraiser will take place this year on Saturday, May 7th 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. Raffle tickets will be for sale featuring over 30 prizes from local businesses.

Elmira - The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department is now accepting applications for Lifeguard positions at Harris Hill and Park Station.  Lifeguards must be at least 16 years of age by June 18, must have current working papers and be certified as a lifeguard or willing to become certified.

Employment applications are available at www.chemungcounty.com or click here for an application.

Erin- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that Park Station’s Control Booth will open weekends only starting Saturday, May 7th (including Monday, May 30th). The Control Booth will be open from
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care announce registration deadline for the 26th Annual Chemung County Senior Games has been extended in order to accommodate all who wish to compete. Limited openings are available for the Golf Tournament held May 18th at Soaring Eagles Golf Course.  Register today to reserve your spot!

The Games are opened to anyone age 50 and over, and a variety of events are scheduled, including track and field,  a 3K race, cycling, golf and miniature golf, bocce, bowling, archery, softball and pickle ball. 

Big Flats - Thirty employees from DePuy Synthes cleaned the roadsides as part of the Chemung County Adopt A Highway Program on Saturday, April 16th.  They collected 30 bags of debris and litter that had accumulated over the winter. The group cleaned along Sing Sing Road, a first impression area for people who fly into our region. 

Local youth are celebrating Earth Day this year by participating in community cigarette butt pickups in local parks and neighborhoods. The pickups are being organized by Reality Check, New York State's youth led movement aimed at exposing the deceptive marketing practices of the tobacco industry. The Reality Check youth members planned the events, and are encouraging community members and other youth groups to attend.

Elmira - On Friday, April 15th, 2016 ,  a 26 year old, Elmira resident, Delisa Lain was arrested on an active Elmira City Court warrant for Welfare Fraud 3rd Degree, Grand Larceny 3rd Degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st Degree. 
 
An investigation was conducted by the Department of Social Services, Special Investigation Unit and the Elmira Police Department. The investigation found that Delisa Lain did file fraudulent paperwork with the Department of Social Services and received $15,731.00 in Public Assistance Benefits she was not entitled to receive.

Elmira—Starting Monday, April 18th, C TRAN will be traveling three times daily to the Tioga County Health and Human Services Building located at 1062 State Route 38, Owego, NY.  The HHS complex houses a public health clinic, WorkforceNY offices, Access VR, Mental Hygiene, Department of Social Services, and Veterans Affairs.  The additional service will also make the Tioga Opportunities office accessible to bus riders. C TRAN will evaluate the ridership in the fall to see if it warrants seeking additional funding to make the changes permanent.   Riders should be on alert that the timed stops on the route will change.  For example, the first trip from Elmira to Owego will start at 6:35am from the Elmira Transit Center. 

Elmira—At a press conference held at The Arc of Chemung today, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and C TRAN General Manager Karen McKinley announced that C TRAN has taken delivery of three new ARBOC Spirit of Mobility buses that will be put into service this month.  The ARBOC Spirit of Mobility is a low floor bus with a kneeling feature and an accessible ramp. Like all of C TRAN’s fleet, the buses provide excellent accessibility for people with disabilities. C TRAN expects to use the new buses on both fixed route and for Access Chemung, a grant-funded Dial A Ride program.

Chemung County - Now in its 11th Year, Agricultural Literacy Week has helped to bring agriculturally themed books and resources into thousands of classrooms and libraries throughout New York State.  Organized locally in Chemung County by Cornell Cooperative Extension, the 2016 Agricultural Literacy week was held the week of March 14-18, 2016. This year 17 schools throughout Chemung County participated in the annual event. Each school received several copies of this year’s book by generous donations from Chemung County Farm Bureau, Chemung County Soil & Water Conservation, Chemung County DHIA grant Funding, CCE Chemung, NYS Ag in the Classroom and some very generous individuals and families. With the help of 39 CCE volunteers, staff, and Farm Bureau board members, Ag Literacy week was brought into 78 classrooms (both public and private schools).

Elmira – Chemung County Clerk Katie Hughes and the County License Bureau is partnering with New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD) and the New York State Association of Counties to urge Chemung County residents to learn more about organ, eye, and tissue donation during Donate Life Month and the importance of enrolling in the New York State Donate Life Registry as a way to document themselves as designated donors.

During the entire month of April, the Chemung County License Bureau will be filled with promotional items that urge New Yorkers to make a difference and give the gift of life by registering as donors.  Enrolling in the Donate Life Registry is a way to ensure that an individual’s wishes about donation will be known at the time of their death.

BIG FLATS – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today that Ann Crook will be leaving as Director of Aviation of the Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) effective May 3rd to take the position of Manager of the Martha’s Vineyard Airport (MVY).

Ms. Crook has been at ELM since June of 2007, overseeing all staff, airport improvements, facilities, maintenance work, and services provided at the County facility.

Elmira— Chemung County and First Transit are pleased to announce Karen McKinley as the new General Manager of C TRAN. McKinley is a veteran First Group employee with over ten years of experience with First Transit and six years with First Student. She has recently returned to New York from Maryland where she was the General Manager at Charles County VanGo.  While at Charles County VanGo, she increased efficiency and reliability of the system, bringing the system a significant increase in ridership in the first year of her tenure. McKinley enjoys integrating community development and social awareness by sponsoring events like “Bring a Can” day and “Leave Your Vehicle at Home” to encourage commuters to utilize public transportation. 

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. Every child deserves a healthy, nurturing childhood and the opportunity to grow to become a caring, productive adult. Unfortunately, the toxic stress of child abuse and neglect can damage a developing child’s brain in ways that create poor outcomes that last a lifetime.  Abuse harms more than just an individual child’s chances for success—it harms a community’s economic prosperity and quality of life.
Elmira- The Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health had declared a rabies alert for Chemung County several years ago due to the presence of the disease rabies in terrestrial animals.  The Chemung County Health Department is now required by new changes to the law to notify the public of this “rabies alert”.

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

Elmira - The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that camping reservations for Park Station will begin Friday, April 1st from 7:00am – 3:30pm (closed between 12-12:30).  Reservations will be taken by TELEPHONE ONLY (607)-737-2843, on April 1st and April 4th with a limit of 2 reservations per person on these days, after which walk-ins are welcome at the Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Office located at 217 Madison Avenue, Elmira, NY 14901.

Please note the Campground will be closed from April 1, 2016, through May 20, 2016, to upgrade the electrical system at the Park Station Campground.
Catlin - The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces the replacement of two large drainage culverts crossing CR #35, Chambers Road, in the Town of Catlin.  Depending on weather and materials availability, construction is tentatively scheduled to begin Monday, March 28, and continue through the third week of May.

Elmira - The Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition (STTAC) youth program, Reality Check, and the Elmira Jackals partnered for this year’s Kick Butts Day celebration. Kick Butts Day is a national holiday focused on activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco.

“There is strong, consistent evidence that advertising and promotion influence the factors that lead directly to tobacco use by adolescents, including the initiation of cigarette smoking as well as its continuation” according to the Surgeon General’s report on Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults. Tobacco companies bombard retailers with tobacco marketing materials and promotions. Those stores are frequented by youth, and can heavily and prominently display tobacco products near cash registers and candy where youth will see them.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care announce applications for the 26th Annual Chemung County Senior Games are now available. Senior Games is an annual sporting, fitness, and fun event held every May.

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.  

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 13-19, 2016 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. 

The National Weather Service in Binghamton will feature information about a flood topic each day during awareness week. Click here to learn more and for information on National Flood Awareness Week.

Elmira — The Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council (ECTC), the local transportation planning organization, has created and posted on its website elmirampo.org a new Chemung County Transportation Guide. The Guide shows useful information for Chemung County including the major roads\streets, CTRAN bus routes, many points of interest locations, transportation contact information, and walking and biking trails\routes. 

The Guide’s website version is designed so that it can be updated on the site as some of the items change. Copies of the Guide are available free of charge at the ECTC offices and Chamber of Commerce offices at 400 East Church Street, and at the Transportation Center (bus station) on Church Street.

Comments or questions regarding the Guide can be submitted to ectc@stny.rr.com or by calling 737-5510. 

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 15th through May 15th but are also strongly urging residents to refrain from any open burning at this time.

"The risk of brush fires is most prevalent at this time of year due to the lack of green vegetation, abundance of available fuels such as dry grass and leaves, warmer temperatures, and wind,” said Cicora.  “This winter produced very little snow or rain and winds are predicted to increase over the next few days making the risk that much higher.  A carelessly discarded cigarette or small fire can quickly escalate in these conditions,” added Cicora.

Elmira - C TRAN, along with four other organizations, received a Mini Grant from the Rural Health Network of South Central New York.  The Mini Grants will assist organizations to expand transportation services or assist individuals in need of transportation. 

C TRAN received the Mini Grant award to pilot an additional stop on the existing Elmira to Owego route.  C TRAN anticipates that the service travelling three times daily to the Tioga County Health and Human Services Building located at 1062 State Route 38, Owego NY will begin in April 2016 and continue through December 2016.  The complex houses a public health clinic, WorkforceNY offices, Access VR, Mental Hygiene, Department of Social Services, and Veterans Affairs.  The additional service will also make the Tioga Opportunities office accessible to bus riders. C TRAN will evaluate the ridership in the fall to see if it warrants seeking additional funding to make the changes permanent.  For more information about the service, contact Chemung County Mobility Manager Amanda Boyer at (607) 378-1004.

Elmira — The Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council (ECTC), the local transportation planning organization, is planning to unveil the results of a study recommending a bicycle-friendly route at its meeting on March 10th, at 2:00 PM in the County’s Hazlett Building on Lake Street. The recommended route from the Arnot Mall to Downtown Elmira would be designed to allow the average bicycle rider to ride from the retail area in the north to the Downtown retail area, or the reverse. 

ELMIRA – The Southern Tier Cancer Service Program is urging everyone to join area health officials and “Go Blue” in support of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month on Friday, March 4th, National Dress in Blue Day.  Wear something blue to bring attention to this preventable cancer and spread the word about lifesaving screening. 

Colorectal cancer — cancer that begins in the colon or rectum — is one of the most common cancers among New Yorkers.  It is estimated that one in 20 people will develop colorectal cancer during their lifetime.  “Each year in New York State, more than 10,000 people develop cancer of the colon and rectum, and nearly 3,500 New Yorkers die from this disease,” says Denise Artgetsinger, Southern Tier Cancer Services Program.

Elmira - Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in Chemung County and Denise Argetsinger of Southern Tier Cancer Services Program Chemung County is urging everyone to talk to their doctor about screening and testing options for colorectal cancer (also called colon cancer). With recommended screening, the number of people who die from colorectal cancer could be reduced by at least 60%.

Corning, NY – According to the Surgeon General’s newest report, ending exposure to on-screen smoking from PG-13 movies would avert a million future tobacco deaths among America’s children.1    Tobacco imagery in youth-rated movies is a cause of youth smoking.2   In 2014, PG-13 movies delivered more than 50 percent of all tobacco impressions in the movies.  Reality check is calling on Hollywood to change its rating system to automatically rate movies with smoking “R”.

Reality Check of Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties joined youth around the world to create awareness about the way Hollywood movies encourage youth to use tobacco during International Week of Action (February 21-27), which coincides with the week leading up to the 88th Academy Awards. On Tuesday, February 23 Reality Check hosted a free showing of the smoke-free film Jurassic World at the Corning Palace Theatre. Youth organizations from across the 3 counties were invited, including a local Girls Scout troop and Glove House. A local news outlet, WETM, covered the event with a live remote during which Reality Check youth were interviewed. Attendees were asked to sign petitions of support for Smoke Free Movies and participate in the “#RateItR” social media selfie campaign. Youth were also provided with free concessions and prizes for attending.

The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting six (6) separate Boater Safety classes this spring. Each class will be limited to fifty (50) attendees. The youngest a person can attend a class is ten (10) years of age by the date the class is given.

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 2015 Airport Award for Training Excellence.  This is the second consecutive year the airport has been recognized by the American Association of Airport Executives.  Of the thousands of airports in the United States only 97 were awarded this year.

Chemung County- The Chemung County Office of Fire and Emergency Management has issued a travel advisory for the Towns of Chemung and Ashland until 5 pm today.  Periods of ice and freezing rain are causing hazardous driving conditions.  No unnecessary travel is advised.

 Chemung County - County Executive Tom Santulli and the Office of Fire and Emergency Management have issued a county-wide travel advisory for all secondary roads until 7 pm tonight.  Due to freezing rain and icy road conditions no unnecessary travel within the County on secondary roads is recommended until 7 pm tonight.

This is a travel advisory not a state of emergency.

Albany County – Chemung County Legislative Chairwoman Donna Draxler last week presided over the passage of a series of 31 resolutions at the 2016 Legislative Conference of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), which represents all of the state’s 62 counties, including New York City with its five boroughs. 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

County Executive

Elmira - In observance of World AIDS Day on Thursday, December 1st, the Chemung County AIDS Task Force has scheduled a Candle Light Vigil beginning at 5:30 pm at Wisner Park in downtown Elmira. 

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

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.

This Thanksgiving weekend, millions will hit the roads eager to spend time with family and friends. It’s one of the busiest travel times of the year, and unfortunately more people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes.  During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2014 (6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, to 5:59 a.m. on Monday, December 1), 341 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in traffic crashes across the nation. In a combined effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on November 23rd and will end on November 27th. 

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today that Moody’s Investor Services has assigned an A1 rating to Chemung County thereby maintaining the A1 rating on the county’s outstanding General Obligation Limited tax debt.  Moody’s identified Chemung County’s ”adequate financial reserves, moderately sized tax base, and manageable debt burden” as reasons for the A1 rating.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the appointment of Anthony M. Rudy, A.A.E. as Director of Operations at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM). 

Rudy comes to ELM after serving for 16 years as the Assistant Airport Manager and Airport Security Coordinator at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. With over 24 years of aviation operations experience, Rudy has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Management/Flight Operations from Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire. He was appointed effective November 7, 2016 at an annual salary of $67,500.

Rudy’s appointment follows the recent selection of Kim William (Bill) Hopper, A.A.E. as Director of Aviation. 

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli unveiled his proposed 2017 Budget today which will hold the line on the County property tax rate for the twelfth straight year.

Santulli’s 2017 Budget proposal recommends a General Fund Tax Levy of $29,146,582 is an increase of .5% over the 2016 tax levy of $29,012,588.  Further, this budget proposal recommends total net appropriations of $188,866,724 for the fiscal year that commences on January 1, 2017.  This represents an increase of $7,903,368 from the $180,963,356 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 415,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 108,000 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.

Southport- At a press conference held today, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Mark Cicora, Office of Fire and Emergency Management Director, joined by local fire department members, unveiled the recently completed Public Safety Radio Communication System.  The $8.4M project was completed over a period of four years and will greatly enhance notification and emergency communications for all fire personnel throughout the County.

Elmira— Capabilities today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "Inclusion Works."

Elmira – Chemung County has been notified that their application to establish a land bank has been approved by the New York State Empire Development Corporation.  The land bank will serve as an important tool in transforming Elmira’s downtown and surrounding neighborhoods by converting vacant properties into uses that support community revitalization and foster economic growth.

Big Flats - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today awarded $40 million to Elmira Corning Regional Airport to activate the airport's $58 million transformation. The new airport is a welcoming front door to the Southern Tier with expanded capacity for passenger growth, an improved passenger experience, and enhanced security. The main pillars of the design include increasing the airport's passenger space by 25 percent including a new interior courtyard, adding two new jet bridges to handle larger aircraft coming to the airport, an additional baggage claim belt, 300 new parking spaces, a new 3,000 square foot bar and restaurant in the terminal's passenger waiting area, and state-of-the-art passenger amenities.

“From the Regional Economic Development Councils to the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, we are leveraging the Southern Tier's assets to generate growth from the ground up, and by overhauling the Elmira Corning Regional Airport, we are building on our progress," Governor Cuomo said. "This funding will help increase passenger capacity, enhance security and transform this aging airport into a world-class aviation gateway. Through this competition, we are placing the Southern Tier on the cutting edge of transportation infrastructure, and continuing to attract private investment, generate jobs and create economic opportunity for generations to come."

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed the week of September 22-28, 2016 “Falls Prevention Awareness Week” in Chemung County and joins the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Falls Free® Initiative in raising awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. 

Big Flats – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded the Wings of Eagle Discovery Center (WEDC) $1,249,678 to help inspire the next generation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies and careers as the agency progresses on its Journey to Mars.

The award will be used to create a Martian Base exhibit, associated NASA STEM curriculum, and an educator professional development pilot program linking the WEDC to local underserved classrooms through novel and existing NASA-STEM Mars-themed curriculum.  The target population is K-12 students from the Elmira City School District (ECSD) their teachers, families as well as the general public.

ELMIRA – September is recognized as National Preparedness Month and Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, along with the Office of Fire and Emergency Management, and the County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Committee want to remind residents that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.

Throughout the month, the County will offer residents tools to prepare themselves, family, friends, and their community for emergencies and disasters through Facebook and Twitter and their mobile application CHEMUNG CO. NY EMERGENCY ALERT/PREPARE.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the retirement of Robert E. Page, Chemung County Health Center Director, who will be retiring as Nursing Facility Administrator effective December 30, 2016 after 33 years with the County.  He will remain the Public Health Director on a part-time basis through 2017. With the upcoming retirement, Santulli has appointed Michael C. Youmans as Nursing Facility Administrator for the Chemung County Nursing Facility effective August 29, 2016. 

ELMIRA – Chemung County, Arnot Health, and the City of Elmira joined the Twin Tiers Breastfeeding Network at a press conference today to celebrate “World Breastfeeding Week” and to present the 2016 Annual Breastfeeding Friendly Place Awards.  The community event took place at the Wisner Park Market.  Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Elmira Mayor Daniel Mandell issued proclamations designating the week of August 1-7 as World Breastfeeding Week in Chemung County and the City of Elmira.

The theme for 2016 World Breastfeeding Week is “Breastfeeding: A Key to Sustainable Development” recognizing how breastfeeding is a key element in getting us to think about how to value our wellbeing from the start of life, how to respect each other and care for the world we share.

ELMIRA – The ProAct Prescription Discount Card Program is designed to provide individuals with little or no prescription coverage access to affordable medications.  Since Chemung County implemented the discount card back in November of 2009, residents have collectively filled more than 35,010 prescriptions and saved more than $1.3 million. 

Erison Rodriguez, Sales and Marketing Director for the Pro-Act Prescription Drug Discount Card Program, recently attended a meeting of the Chemung County Legislature’s Budget Committee and updated legislators on the program’s features.

Elmira- County officials and the Directors of Fire and Emergency Management in Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties are strongly urging residents to use extreme caution when having any open burning or using permitted sparklers and novelty items.

"Our region is seeing moderate drought conditions with some areas experiencing only 30% of average annual rainfall for the year. Considering that there is no significant rain forecasted in the near future, this dry weather pattern makes any open burning more hazardous,” said Mark Cicora, Chemung County Emergency Management Director.  “While we understand that residents, campers, and vacationers like to enjoy a campfire, we ask that you always follow the laws and take extra precautions to ensure a fire does not get out of control,” added Cicora.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and County Fire and Emergency Management Director Mark Cicora wish to remind the public to please use extreme caution while using fireworks or tending to an open fire especially in this unusually hot, dry weather.

“Independence Day celebrates the birth of our nation and fireworks are a part of our traditional festivities,” said Santulli “While we encourage our residents to observe the holiday with friends and family members at backyard barbecues and parties, we also ask that you be safe, follow the law, and take the proper precautions.  Leave the fireworks displays to the professionals and be mindful when using sparklers or other permitted novelty items.”

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 July 1st and will end on July 5th. The Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. This year the 4th of July falls on a Monday so we expect heavy traveling to begin on Thursday June 30th and festivities to begin on Friday, July 1st and run through Tuesday July 5th.

Chemung County - The Chemung County Department of Public Works is pleased to announce its 2016 work program. This year’s program makes use of County forces, contracted labor, and shared services, having a total value of approximately $5,500,000.

Work includes bridge and culvert replacements and rehabilitations, drainage projects, general maintenance, oil and stone projects, paving projects, and full depth reclamation projects. Funding comes from a variety of sources, including New York State (Consolidated Highway Improvement Program, PAVE NY, and Marchiselli Program), the federal government (Federal Highway Administration), and Chemung County. PAVE NY Funds have been allocated, but we have not received confirmation of reimbursement procedures. This could create a delay in some projects.
Elmira- With local fire departments carrying out two river rescues in the past three weeks Chemung County officials would like to take this opportunity to remind residents that swimming in the Chemung River is strongly discouraged and to use caution when canoeing, kayaking, and boating on the river. “The Chemung River can be a spectacular venue for recreation but 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 - Chemung County Executive Thomas 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 27th and will end on May 31st. Memorial Day week is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. Memorial Day weekend is the traditional beginning of summer. 

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Legislature Chair Donna Draxler today issued a proclamation declaring the month of May, Mayday for Mandate Relief in Chemung County.  “Mayday” is an international call for help, and this year’s Mayday for Mandate Relief campaign calls on the State to provide much-needed help to counties through mandate relief measures.  

Santulli and Draxler want to keep the pressure on the Legislature until the end of the session.  Santulli stated, “The Mayday events held across the State have been very successful in raising awareness among taxpayers of the need for mandate relief.  We need to keep the pressure on our lawmakers until reform is actually realized.”

Elmira- May is National Foster Care Month, a time to call attention to the needs of the nearly 400,000 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. This year, the theme for National Foster Care Month is "Honoring, Uniting and Celebrating Families" and focuses on family reunification.   For many, the goal is to exit foster care and reunite with their families. Reunification is both the most common goal for children in foster care, as well as, the most common outcome. To the children, youth, families, caregivers, and professionals, celebrating means taking action. In Chemung County we have approximately 90 children living in foster care. 

Big Flats- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care honored area seniors today with Senior Citizen of the Year Awards and the presentation of Age-Friendly Business & Organization awards at a celebration held at the Big Flats Community Center. Chemung County Executive Thomas J. Santulli and other local dignitaries read proclamations designating May as "Older Americans Month in Chemung County". 

Ten Senior Citizen of the Year nominees were recognized for ongoing devotion of time and talent to make a great impact on others, without pay or compensation.  Two Senior Citizens of the Year Awards were presented to Carol Lincoln and Dr. Mike Wald.

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 24th-30th 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. Each day of the week, the National Weather Service will be issuing Public Information Statements on their websites and through posts on social media. 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.

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 33rd Annual Awards Reception which was held today at the Big Flats Community Center. 

Elmira—At a press conference held at The Arc of Chemung today, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and C TRAN General Manager Karen McKinley announced that C TRAN has taken delivery of three new ARBOC Spirit of Mobility buses that will be put into service this month.  The ARBOC Spirit of Mobility is a low floor bus with a kneeling feature and an accessible ramp. Like all of C TRAN’s fleet, the buses provide excellent accessibility for people with disabilities. C TRAN expects to use the new buses on both fixed route and for Access Chemung, a grant-funded Dial A Ride program.

BIG FLATS – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today that Ann Crook will be leaving as Director of Aviation of the Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) effective May 3rd to take the position of Manager of the Martha’s Vineyard Airport (MVY).

Ms. Crook has been at ELM since June of 2007, overseeing all staff, airport improvements, facilities, maintenance work, and services provided at the County facility.

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. Every child deserves a healthy, nurturing childhood and the opportunity to grow to become a caring, productive adult. Unfortunately, the toxic stress of child abuse and neglect can damage a developing child’s brain in ways that create poor outcomes that last a lifetime.  Abuse harms more than just an individual child’s chances for success—it harms a community’s economic prosperity and quality of life.

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 13-19, 2016 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. 

The National Weather Service in Binghamton will feature information about a flood topic each day during awareness week. Click here to learn more and for information on National Flood Awareness Week.

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 15th through May 15th but are also strongly urging residents to refrain from any open burning at this time.

"The risk of brush fires is most prevalent at this time of year due to the lack of green vegetation, abundance of available fuels such as dry grass and leaves, warmer temperatures, and wind,” said Cicora.  “This winter produced very little snow or rain and winds are predicted to increase over the next few days making the risk that much higher.  A carelessly discarded cigarette or small fire can quickly escalate in these conditions,” added Cicora.

Elmira - Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in Chemung County and Denise Argetsinger of Southern Tier Cancer Services Program Chemung County is urging everyone to talk to their doctor about screening and testing options for colorectal cancer (also called colon cancer). With recommended screening, the number of people who die from colorectal cancer could be reduced by at least 60%.

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 2015 Airport Award for Training Excellence.  This is the second consecutive year the airport has been recognized by the American Association of Airport Executives.  Of the thousands of airports in the United States only 97 were awarded this year.

 Chemung County - County Executive Tom Santulli and the Office of Fire and Emergency Management have issued a county-wide travel advisory for all secondary roads until 7 pm tonight.  Due to freezing rain and icy road conditions no unnecessary travel within the County on secondary roads is recommended until 7 pm tonight.

This is a travel advisory not a state of emergency.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Aging and Long Term Care

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care is available to assist Medicare beneficiaries in understanding and comparing the 2017 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. 

Big Flats- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care presented the Chemung County Age-Friendly awards yesterday to 12 area businesses and organizations at their Annual Public Hearing and Falls Prevention Awareness Event which was held at the Big Flats Community Center.

Age-Friendly Chemung County is a coalition-backed initiative that promotes healthy and active living for people of all ages. The program aims to identify and recognize businesses and organizations that provide easy-to-navigate, respectful and effective services to people of all ages in our community.

Elmira- Chemung County Age-Friendly Designation Awards will be presented to twelve businesses and organizations at the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care’s Annual Public Hearing and Falls Prevention Awareness Event on Wednesday, September 21, at the Big Flats Community Center.  This free event also includes presentations and demonstrations of health-promoting and life-saving strategies to help prevent falls, and a lunch provided by the Chemung County Department of Aging’s Eat Well Live Well Program.  To register, please contact 607-737-5520 by Wednesday, September 14th, 2016.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed the week of September 22-28, 2016 “Falls Prevention Awareness Week” in Chemung County and joins the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Falls Free® Initiative in raising awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. 
Elmira - Age-Friendly Chemung County, a coalition-backed initiative that promotes healthy and active living for people of all ages, is currently accepting applications for its Age-Friendly Business and Organization Designation Program.

The program aims to identify and recognize businesses and organizations that provide easy-to-navigate, respectful and effective services to people of all ages. Businesses and organizations must meet certain criteria to receive designation. Only businesses located or providing services in Chemung County are eligible to apply.

During the application process, businesses and organizations self-identify their age-friendly characteristics. Applicants then receive an on-site review from representatives of the Age-Friendly Chemung County Coalition.

ELMIRA-
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) coupons will be distributed in Chemung County beginning Thursday, June 23.  The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides eligible seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for fruits, vegetables and fresh-cut herbs at approved New York State Farmers Market vendors.  Individuals who meet these requirements are eligible to get Senior Farmers Market Coupons:

   • New York Resident
   • 60 years of age or older
AND
   • Your monthly income is at or below:
       o $1,832/month for a one-person household
       o $2,470/month for a two-person household
       o $3,108/month for a three-person household,
OR
       o you currently receive or are eligible to receive SSI, public assistance, or
          Section 8 housing subsidy

There have been several changes in the program this year. The changes will be beneficial to both the seniors and the farmers.

Elmira  - “One Person, One Action, One Nation – United Against Elder Abuse”.  The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care joins communities around the globe in recognizing today, June 15, 2016, as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Throughout the world, abuse and neglect of older persons is largely under-recognized or treated as an unspoken problem.   Many of our elderly neighbors endure suffering every day.  They are the victims of financial exploitation, neglect, and physical or emotional abuse. 

ELMIRA- Medicare beneficiaries are receiving a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) if they may be eligible for help with their out-of-pocket medical and drug expenses. The Chemung County Department of Aging encourages beneficiaries who receive these letters to take action to learn more about the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) and Extra Help.

The letters are sent annually to people with Medicare with limited incomes who could be eligible for—but are not enrolled in—an MSP, which helps with Medicare out-of-pocket costs, or Extra Help, which helps with the costs of prescription drugs.

Horseheads – The 2016 Chemung County Senior Games begin Wednesday, May 11th with a 70+ Softball Tournament.  Seven teams are competing, including teams from Binghamton, Owego and Cortland.  The tournament begins at 9:30 a.m. 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 Senior Citizen of the Year Awards and the presentation of Age-Friendly Business & Organization awards at a celebration held at the Big Flats Community Center. Chemung County Executive Thomas J. Santulli and other local dignitaries read proclamations designating May as "Older Americans Month in Chemung County". 

Ten Senior Citizen of the Year nominees were recognized for ongoing devotion of time and talent to make a great impact on others, without pay or compensation.  Two Senior Citizens of the Year Awards were presented to Carol Lincoln and Dr. Mike Wald.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care announce registration deadline for the 26th Annual Chemung County Senior Games has been extended in order to accommodate all who wish to compete. Limited openings are available for the Golf Tournament held May 18th at Soaring Eagles Golf Course.  Register today to reserve your spot!

The Games are opened to anyone age 50 and over, and a variety of events are scheduled, including track and field,  a 3K race, cycling, golf and miniature golf, bocce, bowling, archery, softball and pickle ball. 

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care announce applications for the 26th Annual Chemung County Senior Games are now available. Senior Games is an annual sporting, fitness, and fun event held every May.

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.  

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

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

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

The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces the following paving projects:

CR17- Maple Street in the Town of Big Flats will be milled and resurfaced from Bridge Street (I-86 Exit 49) easterly to the Sperr Park trail head parking, approximately ¾ mile with work being completed on Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4 (milling) and Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11 (paving).

CR31 - Mt. Zoar Road in Elmira/Southport will be milled and resurfaced from Arcadia Rd to South Hoffman Street, approximately ½ mile with work being completed on Monday, November 7 (milling) and Tuesday, November 8 (paving).

Big Flats - The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces they will completing a drainage project at the intersection of CR64 and Harris Hill Rd, which requires the road be closed beginning Monday, November 7, 2016 for three days.  An offsite detour will be provided. 

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. Residents are asked to be mindful of potentially hazardous road conditions when the forecast calls for winter weather.

“Operating a vehicle is a complex task requiring the driver’s complete attention. Snow and ice conditions create additional layers of difficulty,” said Avery. “Winter weather provides changing and often unexpected, random, or challenging conditions for drivers.”

Town of Elmira- The Chemung County Department of Public Works will be closing a portion of CR61 - Hillcrest Road to replace a box culvert.  The work will take place in the 100 block of Hillcrest. The work will begin October 13 and is expected to last approximately four weeks.

An offsite detour map is attached.

Elmira - The City of Elmira will be extending the closing of North Hoffman Street for an additional week due to complications in the work. Scheduled reopening is now Monday, October 17, 2016.

Detour will remain in place: West Hill Road to West Hill A to Vanderhoff Road to North Hoffman.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Elmira - The City of Elmira Department of Public Works will be closing North Hoffman Street,  Monday, October 3, 2016 at  6:00 AM until October 10, 2016 due to a culvert replacement.

Detour will be West Hill Road to West Hill A to Vanderhoff Road to North Hoffman.

The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces the schedule for remaining paving work on County roads this fall.  It should be noted the listed schedule is subject to weather delays and equipment issues.

As always, please drive carefully through work zones, and allow extra time to reach your destination.

Big Flats- The Chemung County Public Works Department announced today that a portion of CR #57, also known as Hickory Grove Road, in the Town of Big Flats, will be reduced to one lane on Friday, September 23, 2016 to replace sanitary service.  The road will be reduced to one lane between SR 14 and Gardner Road.

THIRD STREET FINAL PAVING

The City of Elmira will be performing final road paving on Wednesday, September 21 from 6:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Paving will be on Third Street from College Avenue to Hoffman Street.

Hoffman Street, Euclid Avenue, Grove Street and Davis Streets will remain open.

MT. ZOAR FINAL PAVING

On Thursday September 22, from 6:00 AM until 6:00 PM the City of Elmira will be performing final road paving on Mt. Zoar Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to  South Walnut Street.

South Main Street will remain open.

Last year, over 38,000 people were killed on our nation’s roads; an additional 4.4 million people were seriously injured.  The National Safety Council (NSC) indicated 2015 “likely was the deadliest driving year since 2008."  While vehicle miles traveled, or VMT, rose in 2015 at a clip of 3.5%, the National Traffic Safety Administration reports the fatality rate outpaced the VMT increase to the tune of 4.4% in one year.  "These numbers are serving notice: Americans take their safety on the roadways for granted," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, NSC president and CEO.  "Driving a car is one of the riskiest activities any of us undertake in spite of decades of vehicle design improvements and traffic safety advancements.

Town of Elmira- The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that Bothar Construction, LLC of Binghamton, New York, will begin work Thursday, July 21, 2016, on state Route 352 in the town of Elmira, Chemung County.

The project will consist of adjusting drainage structures, pavement milling and resurfacing, and sidewalk ramp improvements. While this work is taking place, traffic will be reduced to one lane.            

Big Flats - The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces the replacement of a drainage culvert on CR #57, Hickory Grove Road, in the Town of Big Flats.  Hickory Grove Road will be closed to through traffic from Sing Sing Road and Colonial Drive between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM tomorrow, Wednesday June 13, 2016.  A marked detour is provided over Sing Sing Road, Chambers Road, and Colonial Drive.  Motorists are asked to reduced speed and take extra care when travelling near construction sites or traveling detours.

Hickory Grove Road shall be closed between the intersections of Stillwater and Twin Oaks Drives and Anncox Lane and Burkeshire Drive.

Chemung County- The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces a schedule acceleration in some oil and stone projects across the County.  Work will begin Tuesday, July 5 on the roads shown below and continue through July 13, weather permitting. 

Van Etten- The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that work will begin Monday, June 27, 2016, on state Route 224 in the town of Van Etten, Chemung County.  The contract completion date is October 1, 2016.

 he project will consist of replacing the existing structures with a new precast box structure.  While this work is taking place, all traffic will be detoured using state Route 34, Main St. (CR 62), Wyncoop Creek Rd. (CR 3), Decker Rd. (CR 24), and state Route 223. The duration of the detour is expected to last approximately two months.
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 2016 will begin the week of June 20, 2016, and continue as applicable, in regard to seasonal needs.  Under a Shared Services Agreement, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will spray to control weeds and unwanted vegetation around guide rail as needed.  Vegetation control helps to ensure safety of the highway system by keeping sight lines open for drivers.  In addition to roadside mowing, the use of herbicides has long been a part of the overall vegetation management program.
BIG FLATS - The Town of Big Flats’ Department of Public Works is pleased to announce its 2016 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, PAVE NY, and Marchiselli Program), the federal government (Federal Highway Administration), and the Town budget.
Veteran- The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that work will begin Monday, June 20, 2016, on state Route 14 in the town of Veteran, Chemung County. The duration of the contract is expected to last approximately four months, with a completion date of November 1, 2016.
Chemung County - The Chemung County Department of Public Works is pleased to announce its 2016 work program. This year’s program makes use of County forces, contracted labor, and shared services, having a total value of approximately $5,500,000.

Work includes bridge and culvert replacements and rehabilitations, drainage projects, general maintenance, oil and stone projects, paving projects, and full depth reclamation projects. Funding comes from a variety of sources, including New York State (Consolidated Highway Improvement Program, PAVE NY, and Marchiselli Program), the federal government (Federal Highway Administration), and Chemung County. PAVE NY Funds have been allocated, but we have not received confirmation of reimbursement procedures. This could create a delay in some projects.
Elmira -The City of Elmira Department of Public Works’ mission is to provide and maintain a safe and effective highway system for the traveling public.  To this end, we ask that residents do not place, blow, or otherwise move material into or on a City street.  Keeping City streets clean is a priority for the DPW, but not one that comes without expense and time.  Each street sweeper you see on the road costs nearly $250,000 to purchase, and has a short life compared to haul trucks.  Excess wear and tear on the street sweepers occurs when the equipment must pick up more material than the design allows.  Further, materials left in the curb line may build up, reduce the effectiveness of conveyance and drainage facilities, plug storm lines or drywells, and cause localized flooding.   Out of necessity, City of Elmira ordinance prohibits the placing or sweeping of cinders, sand, grass, and other debris into any drainage structure or curb line. 

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 – Andrew P. Avery, PE, Chemung County Commissioner of Public Works, was recently installed as the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) Board Director from New York State. Avery was selected by the New York State County Highway Superintendents Association (NYSCHSA) on behalf of the 57 NYS County Highway Superintendents and Commissioners.  The installation took place at the NACE 2016 Annual Meeting/Management & Technical Conference which was held April 24-28 in Tacoma, Washington. 

Veteran - The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces the replacement of drainage culverts crossing CR #15, E. Sullivanville Road, in the Town of Veteran.  Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin Monday, May 2, and continue through mid-June.  As a result of the construction, E. Sullivanville Road  will be closed between the intersections of Mallory Hill  Road and Brickhouse Road for the first two weeks of May. Vehicles should follow the marked detour which directs travel over Mallory Hill and Brickhouse Roads.

Catlin - The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces the replacement of two large drainage culverts crossing CR #35, Chambers Road, in the Town of Catlin.  Depending on weather and materials availability, construction is tentatively scheduled to begin Monday, March 28, and continue through the third week of May.
DSS
Elmira –   The Chemung County Department of Social Services offices, including Reception, will be closed on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 1:00PM.  Clients will be able to deliver paperwork through the department mailbox which is located on the right hand side of the sidewalk outside the entrance to the building.

Elmira- There are more than 415,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 108,000 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- On Tuesday, October 25th, 2016, a 35 year old, Elmira resident, Sequena Jones was arrested by the Elmira Police Department on an active Arrest Warrant issued out of Elmira City Court for Welfare Fraud 4th Degree, Grand Larceny 4th Degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st Degree. 

An investigation was conducted by the Department of Social Services Special Investigation Unit and the Elmira Police Dept. The investigation found that Sequena Jones did file fraudulent paperwork with the Department of Social Services and received $2,460.00 in Public Assistance Benefits she was not eligible to receive. 

Elmira - Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County (CCE) and the Chemung County Poverty Reduction Coalition are pleased to announce that Dr. Martin Burt, founder and head of Fundación Paraguaya, will be visiting Elmira in anticipation of a project in the City next summer.  Fundación Paraguaya is a non-governmental organization specializing in worldwide innovations to eliminate poverty.  

Dr. Burt will give a free 30-minute presentation on his work in developing and utilizing the “Poverty Stoplight” program in 25 countries on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM in the auditorium of the Human Resource Center (425 Pennsylvania Ave, Elmira, NY).   

THE NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS TO PROVIDE FOR COMMENT ON THE PROPOSED NEW YORK STATE PLAN FOR THE 2016 – 2017 HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (HEAP)

In accordance with the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981, as amended, the State of New York invites comments on the proposed New York State Plan for the 2014 – 2015 Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).

Elmira- The Chemung County Department of Social Services has been made aware of a fraudulent phone scam whereby at least one County resident received several unsolicited phone calls stating that their Medicaid needed to be recertified. They were then asked for personal information including their social security number and address.  The individual was also told they could be arrested if they didn’t recertify with them over the phone.  This is a scam and you should hang up immediately.

Residents are reminded to never give personal information over the phone especially if it is from an unsolicited caller.

Elmira- May is National Foster Care Month, a time to call attention to the needs of the nearly 400,000 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. This year, the theme for National Foster Care Month is "Honoring, Uniting and Celebrating Families" and focuses on family reunification.   For many, the goal is to exit foster care and reunite with their families. Reunification is both the most common goal for children in foster care, as well as, the most common outcome. To the children, youth, families, caregivers, and professionals, celebrating means taking action. In Chemung County we have approximately 90 children living in foster care. 

Elmira- The Eleventh Annual Walk a Mile in My Shoes suicide prevention walk and fundraiser will take place this year on Saturday, May 7th 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. Raffle tickets will be for sale featuring over 30 prizes from local businesses.

Elmira - On Friday, April 15th, 2016 ,  a 26 year old, Elmira resident, Delisa Lain was arrested on an active Elmira City Court warrant for Welfare Fraud 3rd Degree, Grand Larceny 3rd Degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st Degree. 
 
An investigation was conducted by the Department of Social Services, Special Investigation Unit and the Elmira Police Department. The investigation found that Delisa Lain did file fraudulent paperwork with the Department of Social Services and received $15,731.00 in Public Assistance Benefits she was not entitled to receive.

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. Every child deserves a healthy, nurturing childhood and the opportunity to grow to become a caring, productive adult. Unfortunately, the toxic stress of child abuse and neglect can damage a developing child’s brain in ways that create poor outcomes that last a lifetime.  Abuse harms more than just an individual child’s chances for success—it harms a community’s economic prosperity and quality of life.

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

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

Fire and Emergency Management

Southport- At a press conference held today, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Mark Cicora, Office of Fire and Emergency Management Director, joined by local fire department members, unveiled the recently completed Public Safety Radio Communication System.  The $8.4M project was completed over a period of four years and will greatly enhance notification and emergency communications for all fire personnel throughout the County.

ELMIRA – With the heavy rain we have received in the past few days and the prediction of rain through Saturday, the Chemung County Office of Fire and Emergency Management is asking residents to clear storm drains near their homes. Urban flooding can occur 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.

Elmira- Chemung County Emergency Management is asking all residents and people who work in Chemung County to download their free mobile app. This app will alert the public during an emergency such a flood, storm or hazardous materials release, and will supply the most current emergency information during such an event. The app also features preparedness information, and has useful links such as traffic and weather information, a “Where Am I” map link, and the “I’m OK” link that allows the user to create distribution groups that can quickly receive a text message during an emergency, letting the recipient know the sender is OK.

 

Elmira- Chemung County has once again been designated by the National Weather Service (NWS) as a StormReady community. StormReady is a nationwide community preparedness program that started in 1999 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Chemung County has always taken a pro-active approach to hazardous weather operations, however, this designation lets residents, business owners and visitors know that we are committed to safety and preparedness.

ELMIRA – September is recognized as National Preparedness Month and Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, along with the Office of Fire and Emergency Management, and the County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Committee want to remind residents that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.

Throughout the month, the County will offer residents tools to prepare themselves, family, friends, and their community for emergencies and disasters through Facebook and Twitter and their mobile application CHEMUNG CO. NY EMERGENCY ALERT/PREPARE.

The Tri-County First Responder Honor Park Committee is pleased to announce that Michael S. Smith of Southport, NY has been named the 2016 Tri-County First Responder of the Year.

Smith was the Director of the Chemung County Office of Fire and Emergency Management from 1991 through 2014. He is still active as Assistant Chief of the Southport Volunteer Fire Department after more than 45 years service.

Elmira- County officials and the Directors of Fire and Emergency Management in Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties are strongly urging residents to use extreme caution when having any open burning or using permitted sparklers and novelty items.

"Our region is seeing moderate drought conditions with some areas experiencing only 30% of average annual rainfall for the year. Considering that there is no significant rain forecasted in the near future, this dry weather pattern makes any open burning more hazardous,” said Mark Cicora, Chemung County Emergency Management Director.  “While we understand that residents, campers, and vacationers like to enjoy a campfire, we ask that you always follow the laws and take extra precautions to ensure a fire does not get out of control,” added Cicora.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and County Fire and Emergency Management Director Mark Cicora wish to remind the public to please use extreme caution while using fireworks or tending to an open fire especially in this unusually hot, dry weather.

“Independence Day celebrates the birth of our nation and fireworks are a part of our traditional festivities,” said Santulli “While we encourage our residents to observe the holiday with friends and family members at backyard barbecues and parties, we also ask that you be safe, follow the law, and take the proper precautions.  Leave the fireworks displays to the professionals and be mindful when using sparklers or other permitted novelty items.”

Elmira- With local fire departments carrying out two river rescues in the past three weeks Chemung County officials would like to take this opportunity to remind residents that swimming in the Chemung River is strongly discouraged and to use caution when canoeing, kayaking, and boating on the river. “The Chemung River can be a spectacular venue for recreation but 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 – 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 24th-30th 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. Each day of the week, the National Weather Service will be issuing Public Information Statements on their websites and through posts on social media. 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.

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 13-19, 2016 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. 

The National Weather Service in Binghamton will feature information about a flood topic each day during awareness week. Click here to learn more and for information on National Flood Awareness Week.

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 15th through May 15th but are also strongly urging residents to refrain from any open burning at this time.

"The risk of brush fires is most prevalent at this time of year due to the lack of green vegetation, abundance of available fuels such as dry grass and leaves, warmer temperatures, and wind,” said Cicora.  “This winter produced very little snow or rain and winds are predicted to increase over the next few days making the risk that much higher.  A carelessly discarded cigarette or small fire can quickly escalate in these conditions,” added Cicora.

Chemung County- The Chemung County Office of Fire and Emergency Management has issued a travel advisory for the Towns of Chemung and Ashland until 5 pm today.  Periods of ice and freezing rain are causing hazardous driving conditions.  No unnecessary travel is advised.

 Chemung County - County Executive Tom Santulli and the Office of Fire and Emergency Management have issued a county-wide travel advisory for all secondary roads until 7 pm tonight.  Due to freezing rain and icy road conditions no unnecessary travel within the County on secondary roads is recommended until 7 pm tonight.

This is a travel advisory not a state of emergency.


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

Elmira - In observance of World AIDS Day on Thursday, December 1st, the Chemung County AIDS Task Force has scheduled a Candle Light Vigil beginning at 5:30 pm at Wisner Park in downtown Elmira. 

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


We want to know your stories!

Are you a smoker who is thinking of quitting? Or are you a former smoker who successfully quit?

If so, we want to hear from you.

The Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition is participating in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. We’d like to feature past and present “quitters” on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
You’d like to quit tobacco, you intend to quit, but, well, you just need to pick a day.

How about Thursday November 17, 2016?

That’s the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. You can join millions of Americans and start living tobacco free.

ELMIRA – Nearly half a million children living in the United States have elevated blood lead levels that may cause significant damage to their health, estimates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They can develop behavior and learning problems (such as hyperactivity), slowed growth, hearing problems, and aggressive patterns of behaviors.  Stopping a child's exposure to lead from paint, house dust, or any other source is the best way to prevent the harmful effects of lead. 

Lead is a highly toxic metal that, at one time, was an ingredient in many household products, including lead-based paints manufactured before 1978. The primary source of lead exposure among U.S. children is the lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust and soil found in and around old, deteriorating buildings.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Health Department has been awarded a Performance Incentive Initiative Award of $32,000 from the New York State Health Department for their outstanding success of its Environmental Health Services and Public Health Clinic in meeting performance measures for the 2015-2016 period. 

Chemung County was one of only two counties in all of New York State to receive the highest possible score of 100 based upon the following criteria:

Elmira- The Southern Tier Cancer Services Program will be partnering with Arnot Health to offer FREE mammograms, breast exams, pap tests, and colorectal cancer screenings in the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

“The key to early detection and successful treatment is screening”, said Denise Argetsinger of the Cancer Services Program.  Cancers that are found early have a 90% treatable and beatable rate.  The cancer services program offers free mammograms to women 40 - 64 who are uninsured as well as to women who have high deductibles.  Uninsured women under the age of 40 who find an abnormality in their breast should also call us.  They also offer pap tests and colorectal screenings to the uninsured and those with high deductibles which is a financial barrier to getting screened.


Elmira
– Each year in New York, nearly 15,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and about 2,700 women die from the disease. These women are our wives, mothers, sisters, and friends.

The mission of the Cancer Services Program (CSP) of The Southern Tier is to ensure that all age-appropriate women, despite insurance status, have access to breast cancer screening. Uninsured women who are 40 years of age and older may be able to get breast cancer screening through the Cancer Services Program of The Southern Tier.

Elmira- The Twin Tiers Breastfeeding Network, a local breastfeeding advocacy group, will be placing a life-sized cardboard cutout of a woman breastfeeding her baby in various public places throughout the county to promote breastfeeding.  The cutout will be displayed at various sites throughout the county such as government buildings, public libraries, doctor’s offices, and at local events.  The cutout reads, "Promoting breastfeeding ANYTIME ANYPLACE", along with the Twin Tiers Breastfeeding Network (TTBN) logo.

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 where enforcement was finalized:

-Quality Beverage, 1137 Maple Avenue, Elmira – 8/8/16 - $350 Fine

Elmira- Chemung County joins counties and states across the nation in recognizing the week September 5th through 11th, 2016  as National Suicide Prevention Week.  This time is used to promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention, how you can help others, and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm. 

Elmira- August is National Immunization Awareness Month which is focused on increasing awareness about immunizations that are recommended for an individual’s entire lifespan. The Chemung County Health Department is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month and would like parents to be aware of the vaccines preteens and teens need to stay healthy and protected against serious diseases.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the retirement of Robert E. Page, Chemung County Health Center Director, who will be retiring as Nursing Facility Administrator effective December 30, 2016 after 33 years with the County.  He will remain the Public Health Director on a part-time basis through 2017. With the upcoming retirement, Santulli has appointed Michael C. Youmans as Nursing Facility Administrator for the Chemung County Nursing Facility effective August 29, 2016. 

ELMIRA – Chemung County, Arnot Health, and the City of Elmira joined the Twin Tiers Breastfeeding Network at a press conference today to celebrate “World Breastfeeding Week” and to present the 2016 Annual Breastfeeding Friendly Place Awards.  The community event took place at the Wisner Park Market.  Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Elmira Mayor Daniel Mandell issued proclamations designating the week of August 1-7 as World Breastfeeding Week in Chemung County and the City of Elmira.

The theme for 2016 World Breastfeeding Week is “Breastfeeding: A Key to Sustainable Development” recognizing how breastfeeding is a key element in getting us to think about how to value our wellbeing from the start of life, how to respect each other and care for the world we share.

Elmira - The Twin Tiers Breastfeeding Network is pleased to announce it has received a $300 grant award from the New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition (NYSBC).  The grant award was received to help promote World Breastfeeding Week (August 1 -7) and ongoing efforts to increase breastfeeding rates.  The mission of the NYSBC is to improve the health of New Yorkers by working collaboratively to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding as the norm in New York State.  This ties in nicely with the local efforts of the Twin Tiers Breastfeeding Network’s mission of working to improve the rates of initiation and duration of breastfeeding among women in the Twin Tiers through support, education and referrals.
Elmira - The Chemung County Health Department is in the process of updating their Community Health Assessment (CHA) in order to address the health priorities of our community.  The last time the Health Department did an assessment was in 2013.  The highest scoring issues at that time were tobacco use and obesity.  The Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP) is the strategic process used to identify the serious health issues in the County. 
Elmira - The Twin Tiers Breastfeeding Network (TTBN) is accepting nominations for the 11th annual Breastfeeding Friendly Awards.  These awards recognize businesses, individuals, and organizations for their valuable support of breastfeeding mothers.  Eligible nominees should provide support and make it easy for women to breastfeed.  This might include supporting moms who are returning to work and making it easy for them to continue nursing their infants by maintaining policies that accommodate breastfeeding moms, offering flexible schedules and providing private spaces for feeding and pumping milk.  Nominees will be honored during World Breastfeeding Week (August 1 -7, 2016) at a ceremony in Wisner Park.
Elmira- Chemung County residents looking to improve their health and perhaps drop a few pounds turned to a program that demonstrated what most of us already know about getting healthy, but have a hard time admitting: if we eat well and move more, good things will happen.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Aids Task Force is encouraging all County residents to get tested for HIV on June 27th - National HIV Testing Day.  HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS.  We want to encourage at-risk individuals to take advantage of FREE confidential, or anonymous HIV counseling and testing at the Chemung County Health Department from 9 am to 3 pm. at their offices at 103 Washington St. in Elmira, Monday, June 27th. Test results are available in only 10 minutes. No appointment is necessary and walk-ins are welcome.  The Ivy Clinic will also be accepting walk-ins on this day from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben Counties, New York ¨C 90% of smokers start before the age of 18, and in NYS 22,500 youth become new daily smokers each year. Studies show that tobacco product marketing at the point-of-sale (POS) provides cues to smoking, influences smoking initiation, and stimulates purchasing among smokers trying to quit (1,2,3). Youth who visit convenience stores more than twice a week are 64% more likely to begin smoking within the next twelve months than their peers who visit convenience stores less than once per week(4). Youth are about twice as likely to remember tobacco marketing as adults, and there is about one licensed tobacco retailer for every 194 children in NYS (5).These statistics show the heavy impact on youth that is placed by the tobacco industry. Big tobacco companies know that youth are vital to the continuation of their business so they practice tactics that target them.

ELMIRA – Youth in this region have seen enough tobacco marketing, according to Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition, and it’s time to protect them and put an end to youth smoking and other tobacco use. To safeguard children from the billions of dollars of vivid tobacco marketing in places where they can see it, the #SeenEnoughTobacco campaign launches regionally and statewide on World No Tobacco Day, May 31.

RICHMOND, VA – May 19, 2016 – As the Altria Group shareholders made their way to the company’s annual meeting on Thursday, approximately 40 youth advocates from Reality Check New York were at the Marshall Street entrance of the Richmond Convention Center, welcoming them in a very special way – dressed in skull caps and skeleton costumes.

No, it was not an early Halloween celebration. It was a demonstration designed to tell Altria and Phillip Morris USA (PMUSA) that they’ve seen enough tobacco marketing and they want the company to do something about it. Throughout the demonstration, members of the group roamed the streets near the Convention Center, trying to educate the crowd of the harmful effects of tobacco and tobacco marketing.

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Health Department today issued a warning to area residents that serious illness could result from physical contact with wildlife, including orphaned baby animals.

Peter Buzzetti of the Chemung County Health Department’s Environmental Health Services said, “Every Spring, baby animals including skunks, woodchucks, and raccoons need to be euthanized so that they can be tested for rabies because untrained and/or unlicensed people handled them. Raccoons have the highest rate of rabies in New York State and can transmit the disease to humans.  Even though most people have the best of intentions in trying to assist, it usually ends up being a death sentence for the handled animal.”

 Elmira- In our area we have many great historical sites, parks, and playgrounds that we can enjoy. Next Friday it is our turn to give back. Each year, volunteers from across New York State participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events the first weekend in May.

Locally, we are celebrating by removing tobacco litter and other waste while also enjoying a local tobacco-free park. Local organizations and programs such as Reality Check, the Chemung County Health Department, Step It Up, and others are partnering in a park clean up to show their appreciation for the beautiful outdoor areas we get to enjoy. The event will be Friday, May 6 from 3:30-4:30pm at Eldridge Park in Elmira.

Local youth are celebrating Earth Day this year by participating in community cigarette butt pickups in local parks and neighborhoods. The pickups are being organized by Reality Check, New York State's youth led movement aimed at exposing the deceptive marketing practices of the tobacco industry. The Reality Check youth members planned the events, and are encouraging community members and other youth groups to attend.
Elmira- The Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health had declared a rabies alert for Chemung County several years ago due to the presence of the disease rabies in terrestrial animals.  The Chemung County Health Department is now required by new changes to the law to notify the public of this “rabies alert”.

Elmira - The Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition (STTAC) youth program, Reality Check, and the Elmira Jackals partnered for this year’s Kick Butts Day celebration. Kick Butts Day is a national holiday focused on activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco.

“There is strong, consistent evidence that advertising and promotion influence the factors that lead directly to tobacco use by adolescents, including the initiation of cigarette smoking as well as its continuation” according to the Surgeon General’s report on Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults. Tobacco companies bombard retailers with tobacco marketing materials and promotions. Those stores are frequented by youth, and can heavily and prominently display tobacco products near cash registers and candy where youth will see them.

ELMIRA – The Southern Tier Cancer Service Program is urging everyone to join area health officials and “Go Blue” in support of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month on Friday, March 4th, National Dress in Blue Day.  Wear something blue to bring attention to this preventable cancer and spread the word about lifesaving screening. 

Colorectal cancer — cancer that begins in the colon or rectum — is one of the most common cancers among New Yorkers.  It is estimated that one in 20 people will develop colorectal cancer during their lifetime.  “Each year in New York State, more than 10,000 people develop cancer of the colon and rectum, and nearly 3,500 New Yorkers die from this disease,” says Denise Artgetsinger, Southern Tier Cancer Services Program.

Elmira - Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in Chemung County and Denise Argetsinger of Southern Tier Cancer Services Program Chemung County is urging everyone to talk to their doctor about screening and testing options for colorectal cancer (also called colon cancer). With recommended screening, the number of people who die from colorectal cancer could be reduced by at least 60%.

Corning, NY – According to the Surgeon General’s newest report, ending exposure to on-screen smoking from PG-13 movies would avert a million future tobacco deaths among America’s children.1    Tobacco imagery in youth-rated movies is a cause of youth smoking.2   In 2014, PG-13 movies delivered more than 50 percent of all tobacco impressions in the movies.  Reality check is calling on Hollywood to change its rating system to automatically rate movies with smoking “R”.

Reality Check of Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties joined youth around the world to create awareness about the way Hollywood movies encourage youth to use tobacco during International Week of Action (February 21-27), which coincides with the week leading up to the 88th Academy Awards. On Tuesday, February 23 Reality Check hosted a free showing of the smoke-free film Jurassic World at the Corning Palace Theatre. Youth organizations from across the 3 counties were invited, including a local Girls Scout troop and Glove House. A local news outlet, WETM, covered the event with a live remote during which Reality Check youth were interviewed. Attendees were asked to sign petitions of support for Smoke Free Movies and participate in the “#RateItR” social media selfie campaign. Youth were also provided with free concessions and prizes for attending.

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

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

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

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

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today that Moody’s Investor Services has assigned an A1 rating to Chemung County thereby maintaining the A1 rating on the county’s outstanding General Obligation Limited tax debt.  Moody’s identified Chemung County’s ”adequate financial reserves, moderately sized tax base, and manageable debt burden” as reasons for the A1 rating.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli unveiled his proposed 2017 Budget today which will hold the line on the County property tax rate for the twelfth straight year.

Santulli’s 2017 Budget proposal recommends a General Fund Tax Levy of $29,146,582 is an increase of .5% over the 2016 tax levy of $29,012,588.  Further, this budget proposal recommends total net appropriations of $188,866,724 for the fiscal year that commences on January 1, 2017.  This represents an increase of $7,903,368 from the $180,963,356 approved by the Legislature for the current fiscal year.  The Budget is now subject to review and approval by the County Legislature.

Elmira- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County (CCE) recently held its annual Friends of Extension Recognition Dinner and Annual Meeting at the Holiday Inn Elmira – Riverview. 

Several community members received awards for their support of CCE program areas as well as for the entire organization.  Donna Draxler, Chair of the Chemung County Legislature, accepted the Patricia Cusick Friend of Extension Award.  Named for a former lifetime supporter, this is the top award CCE presents for outstanding support over a number of years.  Other award winners for programmatic support included:  Melinda Howard (Friend of 4-H), Chemung County Youth Advocacy Program (Friend of Nutrition and Local Foods), Michael Bowles (Friend of Natural Resources), Jody Buckley/Buckley’s Automotive (Friend of Chemung Volunteer Action Corps), Mark Watts (Friend of Agriculture), Peg Weidemann (Friend of Horticulture), and Tammy Haskell/WENY-TV (Spirit of Extension).

Elmira – Former Chemung County Legislator and Chairman of the I-86 Coalition, Ted Bennett will be attending the New York State Association of Counties 2016 Fall Seminar.  Ted will occupy a booth providing information and support promoting the upgrading of NY RT 17 to the Interstate 86 designation to officials from throughout the State.  The Seminar is being held in Niagara Falls, September 19-21, 2016.

ELMIRA – The ProAct Prescription Discount Card Program is designed to provide individuals with little or no prescription coverage access to affordable medications.  Since Chemung County implemented the discount card back in November of 2009, residents have collectively filled more than 35,010 prescriptions and saved more than $1.3 million. 

Erison Rodriguez, Sales and Marketing Director for the Pro-Act Prescription Drug Discount Card Program, recently attended a meeting of the Chemung County Legislature’s Budget Committee and updated legislators on the program’s features.

Chemung County - The Chemung County Department of Public Works is pleased to announce its 2016 work program. This year’s program makes use of County forces, contracted labor, and shared services, having a total value of approximately $5,500,000.

Work includes bridge and culvert replacements and rehabilitations, drainage projects, general maintenance, oil and stone projects, paving projects, and full depth reclamation projects. Funding comes from a variety of sources, including New York State (Consolidated Highway Improvement Program, PAVE NY, and Marchiselli Program), the federal government (Federal Highway Administration), and Chemung County. PAVE NY Funds have been allocated, but we have not received confirmation of reimbursement procedures. This could create a delay in some projects.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Legislature Chair Donna Draxler today issued a proclamation declaring the month of May, Mayday for Mandate Relief in Chemung County.  “Mayday” is an international call for help, and this year’s Mayday for Mandate Relief campaign calls on the State to provide much-needed help to counties through mandate relief measures.  

Santulli and Draxler want to keep the pressure on the Legislature until the end of the session.  Santulli stated, “The Mayday events held across the State have been very successful in raising awareness among taxpayers of the need for mandate relief.  We need to keep the pressure on our lawmakers until reform is actually realized.”

Albany County – Chemung County Legislative Chairwoman Donna Draxler last week presided over the passage of a series of 31 resolutions at the 2016 Legislative Conference of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), which represents all of the state’s 62 counties, including New York City with its five boroughs. 

Parks and Recreation
The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announce that they will begin taking the County Fairgrounds Boat/Vehicle Storage applications on Wednesday, September 7th. 

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 12th through Thursday, September 22nd, 2016.

BIG FLATS – The Chemung County Building and Grounds Department announced that the pool is closed for the season. 

The waterfront at Park Station will remain open daily from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., through Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016. 

BIG FLATS – The Chemung County Building and Grounds Department announced that the closing date (August 14, 2016) for the pool at Harris Hill will be extended until August 21, 2016.  The pool will close for the season on August 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. 

The waterfront at Park Station will remain open daily from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., through Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016. 

Erin – Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces they will be accepting applications for non-ambulatory hunters to bow hunt at Park Station.  The program allows for up to 4 archery hunters with a physical disability who are unable to move about without the use of a mechanized aid to hunt for deer with a bow or crossbow at Park Station during the final two weeks of archery season (Saturday, November 5 through Friday, November 18, 2016).  Park Station will be closed to the general public during this two week archery season.

Big Flats - The Harris Hill Pool is scheduled to open on Saturday, June 18th. 

Hours are weather permitting:
     • Mon-Fri. 12 PM -7 PM
     • Sat. & Sun.   11 AM -7 PM

Pool Fees:
                                              
County               Non-County
Up to age 2                              FREE                      FREE
2-6 years old                           $2.00                     $2.50
7 – Adult                                 $3.00                     $3.50
Senior Citizens                         $2.00                     $2.50
Individual Season Pass             $40.00                   $55.00
Family Season Pass                  $80.00                   $95.00
  (2 adults, 4 children)

Erin- The Waterfront at Park Station is scheduled to open on Saturday, June 18th.  The Waterfront will be open on a daily basis from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. through Labor Day, weather permitting.

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 27th in order to participate.  Those interested must complete a registration form.  Sign-ups will be held at the Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department, 217 Madison Avenue, Elmira, on the following days:

Thursday, June 16th     2:00pm – 6:00pm
Friday, June 17th          2:00pm – 6:00pm

There is limited space for swim lessons therefore registration is required.  Payment is expected when you register. 

Elmira - The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department is now accepting applications for Lifeguard positions at Harris Hill and Park Station.  Lifeguards must be at least 16 years of age by June 18, must have current working papers and be certified as a lifeguard or willing to become certified.

Employment applications are available at www.chemungcounty.com or click here for an application.

Erin- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that Park Station’s Control Booth will open weekends only starting Saturday, May 7th (including Monday, May 30th). The Control Booth will be open from
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Elmira - The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that camping reservations for Park Station will begin Friday, April 1st from 7:00am – 3:30pm (closed between 12-12:30).  Reservations will be taken by TELEPHONE ONLY (607)-737-2843, on April 1st and April 4th with a limit of 2 reservations per person on these days, after which walk-ins are welcome at the Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Office located at 217 Madison Avenue, Elmira, NY 14901.

Please note the Campground will be closed from April 1, 2016, through May 20, 2016, to upgrade the electrical system at the Park Station Campground.

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

Sheriff's Office
The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into several vehicle break-ins that have occurred throughout Chemung County and most recently in the Town of Southport and Webbs Mills area; specifically the areas between the Pine City Volunteer Fire Department and the Webbs Mills Volunteer Fire Department as well as the Sagetown Road area.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind everybody to please be vigilant in keeping all vehicles locked, the windows up, as well as sunroofs closed and secured. Also remember not to leave any valuable items in your vehicles. It is also important to remember to keep garages, sheds and other outbuildings secured at all times, as well as doors and windows in your home.

Elmira- September 18 through September 24, 2016, the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office,along with other Sheriff’s Offices throughout New York State will be celebrating Sheriffs Week. Sheriffs Week is designed to be a local event; whereupon, county residents can learn about their Sheriff’s Office and what they can offer the community on a daily basis.

The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office will be celebrating New York State Sheriffs Week by hosting a display at the Arnot Mall.  Sheriff’s personnel will be on-site beginning Monday, September 19th through Saturday, September 24th.  It should also be noted that on Saturday, September 24th the Sheriff’s Office will provide Child ID cards through the Operation Safe Child Program from 1:00 pm through 5:00 pm.

Chemung- The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fire at 1171 Hoffman Hollow Road in the Town of Chemung. At approximately 10:45 p.m. on August 8th the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office was called to assist with a structure fire at the above location, which was an abandoned house. The Chemung, Baldwin, and Wellsburg Fire Departments were on the scene and the house was fully engulfed upon the deputies arrival. The house was destroyed by the fire despite efforts of the fire departments on scene.

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 July 1st and will end on July 5th. The Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. This year the 4th of July falls on a Monday so we expect heavy traveling to begin on Thursday June 30th and festivities to begin on Friday, July 1st and run through Tuesday July 5th.

Elmira - Chemung County Executive Thomas 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 27th and will end on May 31st. Memorial Day week is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. Memorial Day weekend is the traditional beginning of summer. 

Administration’s (DEA) Nationwide prescription Drug “Take Back” Initiative on
Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event was successful in assisting residents in properly discarding their expired medications.

A total of 1847 lbs. of expired medication was collected.

Elmira- A graduation was held on April 22, 2016 for the 2016 Basic Training and Peace Officer Academy, which was sponsored by the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office. The graduation was held at the Hazlett Building, located at 203 Lake St. in the City of Elmira. This year’s class included five officers from Chemung County.

The graduates successfully completed a 4-week program which was comprised of several topics, to include Ethics in Law Enforcement, Legal Issues, Security and Supervision (search and seizure), Sexual Harassment, and Manipulation by Inmates.

The graduates from the 2016 Basic Training and Peace Officer Academy are as follows: Andrew Hodge, Brianna Hodge, Danielle McKain, Joseph Spencer and Andrew Zobel, all of the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office.
Transportation Council
Elmira - During Elmira’s holiday parade on Friday, November 25th, C TRAN buses will have access to drop off and pick up at the Chemung County Transportation Center. Some buses may have to vary routes due to street closings, so passengers are asked to be patient as buses may be running late.
Elmira — Beginning Friday, November 25th, C TRAN will increase bus service for extended holiday hours at the Arnot Mall. On both Fridays and Saturdays, the last bus on C TRAN’s Route #9 Mall Express will depart the Mall at 10:30pm.  Sunday’s last departure is at 6:30 pm on November 27th and December 4th.

With the extended Arnot Mall hours from December 9th to December 23rd, C TRAN’s Route #9 will depart the Arnot Mall 30 minutes after Mall closing. However, on December 24th and December 31st, the last bus will depart at 6:30 pm. C TRAN buses will not run on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Day.

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

The 2016 Car-Free Challenge, a regional effort to promote driving less and replacing trips in a car with carpooling, public transit, biking or walking, will run for two weeks, from September 22 to October 5. Anyone who lives or works in the counties can participate and be eligible to win prizes when they register and log their entries on the Car-Free Challenge website. In Chemung and Steuben Counties, daily prizes are $20 gift cards from local restaurants and businesses. Send in your blog for three out of fourteen days and qualify for a chance to win the grand prize—a Fit Bit Activity Tracker in Chemung County and a 26" Roadmaster Granite Peak Bike in Steuben County.  In Chemung County, the event will kick-off at the September 22nd Wisner Market with free Car-Free Challenge backpacks for the first thirty people to visit the 511NY Southern Tier Rideshare table. The Car-Free Challenge is fun, free and easy to join!

Chemung and Steuben Counties are excited to announce that The Arc of Chemung, the Arc of Steuben, and Elcor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center have partnered with 511NY Southern Tier Rideshare to assist with their employee’s commuting needs by adding Employee Rideshare Portals.   Each employer has created customized web sites that link employees with the New York State Department of Transportation’s 511NY statewide Rideshare system and carpool matching database.

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has released the draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for public review and comment. The full press release for the draft STIP, covering federal fiscal years 2017 through 2020, can be viewed here.

Elmira—Starting Monday, April 18th, C TRAN will be traveling three times daily to the Tioga County Health and Human Services Building located at 1062 State Route 38, Owego, NY.  The HHS complex houses a public health clinic, WorkforceNY offices, Access VR, Mental Hygiene, Department of Social Services, and Veterans Affairs.  The additional service will also make the Tioga Opportunities office accessible to bus riders. C TRAN will evaluate the ridership in the fall to see if it warrants seeking additional funding to make the changes permanent.   Riders should be on alert that the timed stops on the route will change.  For example, the first trip from Elmira to Owego will start at 6:35am from the Elmira Transit Center. 

Elmira—At a press conference held at The Arc of Chemung today, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and C TRAN General Manager Karen McKinley announced that C TRAN has taken delivery of three new ARBOC Spirit of Mobility buses that will be put into service this month.  The ARBOC Spirit of Mobility is a low floor bus with a kneeling feature and an accessible ramp. Like all of C TRAN’s fleet, the buses provide excellent accessibility for people with disabilities. C TRAN expects to use the new buses on both fixed route and for Access Chemung, a grant-funded Dial A Ride program.

Elmira— Chemung County and First Transit are pleased to announce Karen McKinley as the new General Manager of C TRAN. McKinley is a veteran First Group employee with over ten years of experience with First Transit and six years with First Student. She has recently returned to New York from Maryland where she was the General Manager at Charles County VanGo.  While at Charles County VanGo, she increased efficiency and reliability of the system, bringing the system a significant increase in ridership in the first year of her tenure. McKinley enjoys integrating community development and social awareness by sponsoring events like “Bring a Can” day and “Leave Your Vehicle at Home” to encourage commuters to utilize public transportation. 

Elmira — The Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council (ECTC), the local transportation planning organization, has created and posted on its website elmirampo.org a new Chemung County Transportation Guide. The Guide shows useful information for Chemung County including the major roads\streets, CTRAN bus routes, many points of interest locations, transportation contact information, and walking and biking trails\routes. 

The Guide’s website version is designed so that it can be updated on the site as some of the items change. Copies of the Guide are available free of charge at the ECTC offices and Chamber of Commerce offices at 400 East Church Street, and at the Transportation Center (bus station) on Church Street.

Comments or questions regarding the Guide can be submitted to ectc@stny.rr.com or by calling 737-5510. 

Elmira - C TRAN, along with four other organizations, received a Mini Grant from the Rural Health Network of South Central New York.  The Mini Grants will assist organizations to expand transportation services or assist individuals in need of transportation. 

C TRAN received the Mini Grant award to pilot an additional stop on the existing Elmira to Owego route.  C TRAN anticipates that the service travelling three times daily to the Tioga County Health and Human Services Building located at 1062 State Route 38, Owego NY will begin in April 2016 and continue through December 2016.  The complex houses a public health clinic, WorkforceNY offices, Access VR, Mental Hygiene, Department of Social Services, and Veterans Affairs.  The additional service will also make the Tioga Opportunities office accessible to bus riders. C TRAN will evaluate the ridership in the fall to see if it warrants seeking additional funding to make the changes permanent.  For more information about the service, contact Chemung County Mobility Manager Amanda Boyer at (607) 378-1004.

Elmira — The Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council (ECTC), the local transportation planning organization, is planning to unveil the results of a study recommending a bicycle-friendly route at its meeting on March 10th, at 2:00 PM in the County’s Hazlett Building on Lake Street. The recommended route from the Arnot Mall to Downtown Elmira would be designed to allow the average bicycle rider to ride from the retail area in the north to the Downtown retail area, or the reverse. 

Youth Bureau

Big Flats – The Chemung County Youth Bureau has received a Genesee Valley Recreation and Park Society (GVRPS) Special Event Award for their 2015 inaugural Skate with Santa event.  The award will be presented at the GVRPS Annual Conference on November 18, 2016 which will be held in Rochester, NY.

On November 27, 2015, the Chemung County Youth Bureau partnered with First Arena to develop the FREE family-friendly Skate with Santa event, which occurred immediately after Community Bank’s Elmira Downtown Holiday Parade.  In further collaboration, the three agencies coordinated their media efforts with Elmira Downtown Development’s Tree Lighting Ceremony to present a cohesive holiday experience for the residents of Downtown Elmira and surrounding counties.  Skate with Santa was a tremendously successful event drawing in hundreds of families to the First Arena.  Participants were provided the use of skates, hot chocolate, pictures with Santa, and a holiday activity bag that included an Elmira Jackals hockey ticket, all free of charge.  Overall, the event provided a wonderful enchantment to the existing Downtown Elmira Parade tradition that would not have been possible without the collaboration of all four organizations.

Elmira- It’s almost that time of year again! What better way to kick off the Holiday season in Elmira than with the annual Downtown Window Decorating Contest, “Home for the Holidays” Tree Lighting Celebration, Annual Downtown Elmira Holiday Parade, Free Skating at First Arena and Breakfast with Santa. 

The Chemung County Department of Youth Bureau & Recreational Services announces that the Summer Cohesion Program still has openings at the following sites for children ages 4-12.

Broadway Elementary
Fassett Elementary
Hendy Ave. Elementary
Parley Coburn Elementary

The Chemung County Youth Bureau is presently accepting applications for Recreation Leader positions for the 2016 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 Chemung County. The program operates for six weeks during the summer from noon to 5:00 pm. Recreation Leaders must be at least 18 years old by July 1st for the SPOT – Summer Program.  Candidates must demonstrate experience in working with teens. Strong consideration will be given to those volunteering and working with youth in our community.

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 33rd Annual Awards Reception which was held today at the Big Flats Community Center. 

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

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.

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

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

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