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

ELM will be hosting a NYAM community reception on Saturday, March 15th from 2pm to 4pm.  The public is welcome and encouraged to come and see these amazing works from our local youth. 

Big Flats- At a press conference and ribbon cutting today Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Ann Crook, Elmira Corning Regional Airport’s Director of Aviation, welcomed United Airlines inaugural flight in from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

Big Flats- At a press conference held today Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Ann Crook, Elmira Corning Regional Airport’s Director of Aviation, announced United Airlines will begin twice-daily United Express service to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) beginning in February of 2014.

ELMIRA— Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Elmira Corning Regional Airport Director of Aviation Ann Crook along with Allegiant Air announced today new, nonstop jet service between Elmira and Tampa Bay via St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, beginning Nov. 1, 2013.  To celebrate, the company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will introduce the new service with roundtrip fares as low as $99*.

ELMIRA – Chemung County recently hosted the Inter-County Association of Western New York at a meeting held at the Chemung Valley History Museum.  Legislators and county representatives from twelve of the nineteen member counties were in attendance.  Donna Draxler, Chemung County Legislature Chair, provided the group with a history of Chemung County which included a bus tour of historic sites guided by Mark Delgrosso.

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli briefed the group on the impacts of Medicaid on County budgets and the newly formed Medicaid Task Force of the New York 23rd Congressional District established by Congressman Tom Reed which Santulli chairs.  In addition, Chemung County Director of Aviation Ann Crook gave a presentation on the economic benefits of the Elmira Corning Regional Airport on our community.

HORSEHEADS - Now in the 18th year the annual motorcycle ride and rally and regional fireworks display has evolved into a weekend event for the first time in its history.

The event benefits three community organizations. In Chemung County, The Children’s Miracle Network, The Salvation Army and in Northern Pennsylvania, The American Red Cross.

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

-Kwik Fill A0026, 1997 Lake Street, Elmira – 2/21/14 - $350 Fine

-Gerow’s Dairy 2, 252 Oakwood Ave, Elmira Heights – 3/21/14 - $350 Fine

ERIN- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that the Park Station Boat Launch is now open.  The hours are from 10 a.m. until Sunset daily.  All boaters must adhere to the New York State Department of Conservation rules and regulations.

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

Horseheads – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces that CR51, Lattabrook Road, will be closed at Burns Road in the Town of Horseheads beginning Tuesday, 4/15.  The purpose of this closure is to replace an existing culvert in deteriorating condition with a new, wider culvert that will improve traffic flow and stream hydraulics. 

It is anticipated that CR51 will be closed for 4 weeks, and will open on or about May 13, depending on weather and equipment availability.  This work, originally planned for 2013, was deferred to accommodate last year’s NYSDOT bridge rehabilitation project.

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Department of Aging is offering a caregiver discussion for family and friends who provide care and support to their spouse, parents, adult children, neighbors and friends. The program will be held on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014, 2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Elmira, NY.

The meeting will be facilitated by staff from the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care and a family caregiver. Attorney John Maloney  will also present valuable information for caregivers on the importance of advance directives. Please call the Department of Aging at 737-5520 by April 14th to register.

 

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

The Chemung County Youth Bureau is presently accepting applications for Recreation Leader positions for the 2014 SPOT - Summer Program and the 2014 Summer Cohesion Program.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Chemung County.  This is a time to recognize that each child has the right to be raised in a healthy, nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect.  As a community we must work to ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to grow and develop.  On a daily basis, people work in the courts, social services, schools, and other places to make a difference for each child they interact with. 

ELMIRA - The Ninth Annual Walk a Mile in My Shoes suicide prevention walk and fundraiser will take place this year on Saturday, May 3rd at Eldridge Park beginning at 11:00 AM. On-the spot registration opens at 9 am and returning this year the Walk will feature a performance by the Ithaca-based youth music group “Vitamin L” at 10:15 am.

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

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

ELMIRA - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced support from more than 260 local elected officials for his plan to cut property taxes. The Governor’s proposal to cut property taxes and encourage local governments to reduce costs was detailed by Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy during an event earlier today at the Chemung County Executive Office in Elmira.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli was presented with a Historic Elmira 2014 Annual Preservation Project Award for the preservation of the historic buildings of the Chemung County Government Campus on Lake Street in Elmira.  The award was presented at the 6th Annual Preservation Award Ceremony held in Hamilton Hall at Elmira College on March 19, 2014.

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

Elmira Heights- The Chemung County Fire Advisory Board will hold a graduation ceremony for 31 graduates of the Spring and Fall 2013 Classes of the Firefighter 1 training program tomorrow, Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the 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 eleven local volunteer fire companies and will now become probationary firefighters in those departments.

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

ELMIRA – Twin Tiers residents looking to improve their health and perhaps drop a few pounds are turning to a program that’s proving 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.

“Step It Up” is a walking program developed in partnership by the Chemung County Health Department, Arnot Health, other community partners. Participants register at the beginning of a six-week program, logging their blood pressure, blood glucose, weight, BMI, body fat and details of their current eating habits. They are mailed weekly nutritional newsletters and check in during the six-week period. Most of the work is self motivated with guidance from program advisors.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the County Office of Fire and Emergency Management join the National Weather Service (NWS) in recognizing the week of March 16-22, 2014 as National Flood Safety Awareness Week.  The purpose of Flood Safety Awareness week is to promote an educational campaign on flood safety awareness.

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

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on March 15th and will end on March 18th. St. Patrick’s Day week is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. This year St. Patrick’s Day is on a Monday and that will extend the weekend until Tuesday for many people.  The New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths during this period.

Elmira- Find the Olympic Spirit in your own backyard at the 24th Annual Chemung County Senior Games this Spring!

The events begin May 7th with the 70+ Softball tournaments and conclude on May 22nd, with a banquet for the athletes.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Legislator David L. Manchester was honored recently by county colleagues from across the state and the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) for graduating from the Dennis A. Pelletier County Government Institute. The ceremony was held at the 2014 NYSAC Legislative Conference in Albany in February. 

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Department of Public Works would like to advise drivers that River Road from Dry Brook Road to the County border in the Town of Chemung is closed and South Corning Road near the Black Gold facility in the Town of Big Flats is reduced to one lane due to water over the roadways.

The Chemung County Office of Fire and Emergency Management encourages those driving to use caution, reduce speed, and increase your following distance. Do not drive through running or standing water as your car could be swept off the road, and you don’t know what is happening under the water.

Chemung –The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces that due to the forecast for inclement weather this week the project scheduled for River Road (CR56) in the Town of Chemung has been postponed and will be rescheduled to next week.  More information will follow when scheduled.
 
Please contact the Chemung County Department of Public Works at (607) 739-3896 with any questions.

Chemung –The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces that, weather permitting, a portion of River Road (CR56) in the Town of Chemung will be closed Wednesday, March 12, and part of Thursday, March 13.  The DPW’s contractor is completing soil borings for a slide stabilization project on the bank between the Chemung River and River Road.
ELMIRA – The Chemung County Health Department reports that two local tobacco vendors sold tobacco to a minor during routine compliance checks.  New York State law prohibits the sale of tobacco to anyone less than 18 years old.  It further requires tobacco vendors to require photographic proof of age for any individual attempting to purchase tobacco that appears to be less than 25 years old. 

ELMIRA- First Transit will celebrate Passenger Appreciation Night at First Arena in Elmira on Wednesday, March 12th by offering riders free tickets to the Jackals game.

Riders from C TRAN, CEATS (Corning Erwin Area Transit System), and Steuben County Transit System may obtain ticket vouchers from bus operators.

The vouchers are good for tickets to the game against Reading that begins at 7:05 pm. For more information, call 734-5211.

ELMIRA- Friday, March 7th is National Dress in Blue Day in honor of colorectal cancer awareness month.  Wear something blue to bring attention to this preventable cancer and spread the word about lifesaving screening. 

ELMIRA- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has declared March 3-9, 2014 as MS Awareness Week in Chemung County. Multiple Sclerosis, a neurological disease of the central nervous system, affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide and over 34,000 individuals in New York State alone.
Big Flats – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announced today the CR10 (South Corning Road) bridge project has been rescheduled for next year.  Following the Public Meeting of February 4, 2014, Chemung County was able to obtain $218,000 additional construction funding for the rehabilitation of this important CR10 river crossing bridge.  As a result, we will now be able to extend the life of the bridge by an additional 15 -20 years.

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

ELM will be hosting a NYAM community reception on Saturday, March 15th from 2pm to 4pm.  The public is welcome and encouraged to come and see these amazing works from our local youth. 

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Industrial Development Agency approved two land sale transactions at its February 25, 2014 Board of Directors meeting that promise to have a positive economic impact on Chemung County and the region.

ELMIRA – Joyce Hyatt, Ph.D., RN has been recognized as Chemung County Health Department’s representative on New York State’s "2013 Public Health Works! Honor Roll".  Ms. Hyatt, a registered nurse and Public Health Network Coordinator for the Chemung Valley Rural Health Network (CVRHN) as well as the Coordinator for the County's Medical Reserve Corps, was selected as the County representative by Robert Page, Public Health Director.

Chemung County - The Chemung County Department of Public Works has issued a Special Hauling Permit to Transport Logistics for the movement of two (2) over-sized vehicles on CR03 – Wyncoop Creek Road.
ELMIRA- 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 Peg Johnson, Southern Tier Cancer Services Program. 

Big Flats- At a press conference and ribbon cutting today Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Ann Crook, Elmira Corning Regional Airport’s Director of Aviation, welcomed United Airlines inaugural flight in from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Chemung County Legislature have joined the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) and counties across the state in urging Chemung County residents to join the NYS Donor Registry.  The Legislature unanimously passed the resolution at their February 10th meeting. The County and NYSAC hope to raise awareness and increase organ donor registration rates in Chemung County and across the State.

ELMIRA - At a press conference today, CTRAN General Manager Michael Steele and Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced C TRAN has taken delivery of seven new 29’ Gillig clean diesel buses that will be put into service this month.  Made in Hayward, California, the stylish Gillig low floor buses provide clean diesel technology and like all of C TRAN’s fleet, are accessible for people with disabilities.

Big Flats – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Big Flats Town Supervisor Ed Fairbrother held a joint press conference today to announce and sign a shared services agreement that will restructure the towns Public Works Department.  The agreement was approved by the Chemung County Legislature at last night's meeting and by the Big Flats Town Board at their January 22nd meeting.

ELMIRA –Chemung County has joined counties statewide in implementing the use of the electronic bar-coded RP-5217 Real Property Transfer Report form. An original RP-5217 form must accompany all deeds and correction deeds upon filing with the County Clerk's office.  The form and instructions can be accessed from the County website, chemungcounty.com off the County Clerk and Real Property Tax Office homepages or directly at:  http://www.tax.ny.gov/forms/orpts/sales.htm

Elmira- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care is once again expanding their Eat Well Live Well Meal Program to include dining at the EOP Bistro. The Bistro, located at 650 Baldwin Street in Elmira, will serve Eat Well Live Well meals on Wednesdays, their Senior Day, from 10am to 5pm beginning January 29th. Similar to the congregate meal program, which provides nutrition sites throughout the county for individuals 60 years of age and older, the Eat Well Live Well Restaurant Program promotes better health through improved nutrition and socialization. 

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care is seeking nominations for its “Senior Citizen of the Year Award” and the “Mildred Parfitt Award.”

ERIN- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that Ice Fishing and Ice Skating at Park Station will be open beginning Thursday, January 9th.  The hours of operation are Sunday – Saturday, 7:30am – Sunset.  No motorized vehicles including but not limited to ATV’s or snowmobiles are allowed on the lake.

HORSEHEADS – The Chemung County Fire and Emergency Management Office, in cooperation with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Binghamton, NY and the Chemung County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (CCARES), is once again sponsoring a Winter SKYWARN Spotter Training Class. 

The training will be held on January 15th between 6 and 8 PM.  The class will be held at Horseheads Volunteer Fire located on 134 North Main Street in Horseheads, NY.  This class is for beginners or anybody that has a general interest in weather.   This class trains volunteers how to accurately measure and report snowfall totals to the National Weather Service.  The class is free and open to everyone; no age requirements, previous training, or equipment is required.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the appointment of two new department heads for the new year.  Jennifer Stimson has been selected as the new Commissioner of Human Services following the retirement of Deretha Watterson. Watterson retired on December 31, 2013 after thirty-one years of service in the Department of Social Services. John Brennan will be appointed as the new Public Advocate succeeding Richard Rich who was sworn in as County Court Judge on January 1st.

ELMIRA- Due to extreme cold temperatures, the EOP CFJP Bistro is offering soup, sandwiches, coffee, cocoa, and tea served at the Ernie Davis Community Center gym, 350 E. Fifth Street in Elmira.

Food will be available starting at 10:30am today, January 7, 2014.  If there are others in need, please offer a warm place inside and a hot meal.

ELMIRA – In response to Governor Cuomo's announcement today to provide $2 Billion in tax relief to New York's families and businesses, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli released the following statement:

"New York State’s real property and corporate taxes are among the highest in the nation.  Governor Cuomo’s $2 Billion Tax Relief Plan will provide meaningful tax relief to homeowners and businesses," said Santulli.  "Most importantly, his proposed plan will provide the incentives that are needed to attract new businesses to upstate New York.  I applaud the Governor’s continued efforts to improve our State’s economy and reduce the excessive cost of government."

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today that Chemung County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving. “The holidays are a time of celebration and we want to enjoy ourselves with family and friends but a DWI arrest, or worse, an accident can ruin your holiday season. The STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign serves to remind everyone not to get behind the wheel of a car if they've been drinking and that law enforcement will find and arrest those that don't heed this warning," said Santulli.

Elmira- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care, in partnership with the Department of Social Services, is pleased to announce that the NY Connects and Adult Services unit recently received Certificates of Recognition for Excellence in Providing Adult Services from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. 
The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that pavilion reservations for the 2014 Summer Season at Harris Hill and Park Station will be taken starting Thursday, January 2nd from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (closed 12-12:30).

Chemung County – Chemung County Legislators representing constituents who reside in the Corning School District announced today their opposition to the proposed funding plan for the Corning Library District and how it will impact Chemung County residents.  Legislature Chairman Donna L. Draxler, and Legislators John C. Pastrick and David L. Manchester, who represent voters in the Towns of Southport, Catlin, and Big Flats who reside in the Corning School District, oppose the plan to add a new tax to Chemung County tax bills.

 

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and County Treasurer Joe Sartori held a joint press conference today to announce the forming of a Municipal Financial Services Division within the offices of the County Treasurer and Budget and Research.  The purpose of the office will be to provide accounting, budgetary, general bookkeeping, payroll processing and reporting services to local municipalities within the County.

Elmira- The Chemung County Youth Bureau and the First Arena are partnering to provide the youth attending the Super Saturday Program with a fun filled morning.  This Saturday, program participants will receive a guided tour of the First Arena by the Jackals mascot Blade and will also meet the Jackals team.  This is the first activity of the newly formed partnership the County Youth Bureau has with the First Arena.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Chemung County Department of Social Services Draft Biennial Employment Plan has been filed on November 18, 2013 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.

To review the Employment Plan please contact:

Rita Gilbert

Secretary to Commissioner of Human Services and Director of Community Services
Chemung County Department of Social Services
425-447 Pennsylvania Ave.
Elmira, New York 14904

(607)737-5309

 

Chemung County - The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces that temporary lane closures will occur on Tuesday, 11/19/2013 on CR64 from exit 52a of I-86 in Horseheads to CR35 (Chambers Road) in the Town of Big Flats  These closures will be performed by Chemung Contracting to protect their employees while removing silt fence from the CR64 project corridor.  It is expected that the closures will be of short duration.  As this is a 4-lane roadway, traffic will remain free-flowing; any delays should be minimal.

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. 

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli unveiled his proposed 2014 Budget today which will hold the line on the County property tax rate for the ninth straight year.

Elmira- There are more than 408,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 107,000 of them are waiting to be adopted.  Many of these children have been waiting years for a loving, caring, permanent family.  Every child deserves a forever family. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Chemung County Division of Children and Family Services join thousands of individuals, government agencies and child advocacy organizations across the nation in recognizing November as Adoption Awareness Month in Chemung County.

Elmira- The low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will begin on November 18, 2013.  HEAP is a federally funded energy program that assists eligible households in meeting their heat-related energy costs.  HEAP issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost and also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat related energy emergency.  The maximum regular benefit an eligible household can receive is $650 for homes that heat with oil, kerosene or propane and $450 for all others.  A family of four can have a household income of up to $41,182 annually and still qualify for a HEAP benefit. 

BIG FLATS – Following a six month widening project, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today, CR 64 is expected to be fully open to the driving public on Friday, October 25th at 3:30pm.

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. 

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

ELMIRA – 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 26,000 prescriptions and saved more than $1 million. 

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

New York State will be officially recognizing the week of October 20 through October 26, 2013 as Winter Weather Awareness Week, a time to educate the public about the hazards that winter storms can pose and what residents, businesses, and the community can do now to be prepared.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Board of Elections will extend office hours for registered voters wishing to obtain an absentee ballot for the November 5th General Election.  Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM.  The extended hours are listed below:
  
               Monday, October 21st until 7:00 pm

               Wednesday, October 23rd until 7:00 pm

               Saturday, October 26th from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon
 
               Monday, October 28th until 7:00 pm

               Wednesday, October 30th until 7:00 pm

               Saturday, November 2nd from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon

The Chemung County Board of Elections is located at 378 South Main Street in Elmira.

ELMIRA –Chemung County Real Property Tax Services is offering resident's assistance in completing the required Basic STAR exemption registration. New legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. This is part of a new initiative to protect New Yorkers against inappropriate or fraudulent STAR exemptions.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Elmira-Corning Transportation Council (ECTC) join the New York Partnership for Teen Driving Safety (NYPTDS) in educating teens and parents on the importance of buckling up, both front seats and back seats, during National Teen Driver Safety Week – October 20-26, 2013. 

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has formally recommended to the County Legislature not to sell the Chemung County Nursing Facility (CCNF). The recommendation comes after a nearly year-long comprehensive review of all of the available options for the future of the facility.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Legislature voted unanimously September 23, 2013 to adopt a local law to allow for the redrawing of legislative district boundaries.  The Legislature is required by law following the census every ten years, to examine the population in each district and redraw boundaries to make up for population shifts.  The County Charter requires that each of the 15 legislative districts within the County represent the same number of constituents within five percent of the median population.

Southport – The Chemung County Department of Public Works has scheduled an overlay of asphalt pavement on CR26 (Christian Hollow Road) for tomorrow, Wednesday, October 9, 2013.  The work is planned to take 3 days.  Recent rainfall events may push the start date until Thursday, October 10, 2013. The schedule is dependent on weather and equipment availability. 
CATLIN- The Chemung County Department of Public Works (DPW) announced today, following the August New York State inspection and subsequent narrowing of the Pine Valley Road bridge in Catlin, DPW undertook a thorough engineering analysis of the condition of the structure.  As result of the analysis, the DPW will be posting the bridge for 12 tons.  This weight restriction will still allow school buses and most emergency vehicles to use the 1-lane bridge.

ELMIRA- The EOP Head Start Program announced today that they will continue to operate during the federal government shutdown.  The program runs 8:00am-1:30pm Monday-Friday from September-June at 8 different sites around Chemung County.

For more information contact Cindy Morse at EOP at 734-6208 ext. 276.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Health Department announced today that although the federal government shutdown affects the federal nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children, called WIC, the program will continue as usual with funding provided by the NYS Department of Health.

 

A memo sent out by the New York State Department of Health advised WIC offices to “continue operations as usual” while they worked to get more answers.  This is subject to change, dependent on how long the federal shutdown continues.

ELMIRA – In response to the New York State Division of Budget's announcement today of the estimated fiscal impact of the Upstate New York Gaming and Economic Development Act, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli encourages voters to support the referendum to amend the New York State Constitution to permit gaming resorts which will be on the November 5, 2013 ballot.

ELMIRA – At a press conference today Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, and representatives of the newly formed Chemung County Bullying Prevention Task Force, joined communities across the nation in recognizing October as National Anti-Bullying Month.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care is available to assist Medicare beneficiaries in understanding and comparing the 2014 Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Private Health Plans.

October 15 through December 7 is the Open Enrollment period for changing Medicare health or prescription plans for next year. 

ELMIRA- The YWCA Elmira & the Twin Tiers invites the community to nominate a person, business or organization who has worked toward the elimination of racism, for the 2013 YWCA Racial Justice Award

YWCA Racial Justice Award recipient (s) will be honored at the 31th Annual Chemung County Human Relations Commission Breakfast which will be held October 22nd, 2013, at the Holiday Inn Riverview from 7:30 – 9:30AM.  

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

Big Flats – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announced today the CR 10 (South Corning Road) bridge over the Chemung River in the Town of Big Flats will be reduced to one lane from September 23 through September 25.  The bridge will be undergoing a bridge inspection during this time period.

Big Flats- At a press conference held today Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Ann Crook, Elmira Corning Regional Airport’s Director of Aviation, announced United Airlines will begin twice-daily United Express service to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) beginning in February of 2014.

VETERAN- The Chemung County Soil and Water Conservation District County  and the County Department of Public Works announced they will be temporarily closing the Clair Street Bridge in the Town of Veteran on Friday, September 13, 2013 from 9am to 2:30pm to remove gravel and debris in and around the bridge.
ELMIRA – The Chemung County/City of Elmira Regional Civil Service Commission announces they are accepting applications for the upcoming Deputy Sheriff/Police Officer examination. The last filing date for the exam is September 27, 2013 with the examination date being November 16, 2013.

HORSEHEADS- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces today that the storage for boats and trailers at the County Fairgrounds is currently full.  Storage for cars is still available.

Due to the construction on the grandstands, which is tentatively scheduled to be completed sometime in November, there is very limited space at this time.  When the construction is completed additional storage will be available under the grandstands.  At that time we will announce openings for boat storage.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Human Relations Commission & YWCA Elmira & the Twin Tiers announce they are accepting applications for 2013 WAY Awards.

VETERAN -Following inspections by the County Engineer and Hunt Engineers of Big Flats, the Chemung County Department of Public Works determined that the Clair Street Bridge in Veteran was safe to reopen.  The bridge was reopened on Friday, August 30, 2013.

ELMIRA – September is National Preparedness Month and Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, along with the County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Committee and the Office of Fire and Emergency Management, ask residents and businesses to take this opportunity to prepare and plan for emergencies and disasters.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli joins communities across the nation recognizing September as “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Chemung County”.  Childhood cancer is especially tragic and is the second leading cause of death of children under the age 15.  It is the most frequent cause of childhood death by disease killing more children than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined.

CATLIN- The Chemung County Department of Public Works announced today, following a New York State inspection, it was found that the outside fascia girders on the Pine Valley Road bridge over a tributary of Catherine Creek in the Town of Catlin were deteriorated.  A red flag was issued by the State inspector, which would have required that the bridge’s weight limit be reduced with a 12 ton posting.  However, the Chemung County DPW was able to reduce the width of the bridge with concrete barriers, providing a single lane bridge that can carry legal weight loads.

Elmira- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care is expanding their Eat Well Live Well Meal Program to include dining in local restaurants.  Similar to the congregate meal program, which provides nutrition sites throughout the county for individuals 60 years of age and older, the Eat Well Live Well Restaurant Program promotes better health through improved nutrition and socialization. 

Elmira- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care announced today, effective September 3, 2013, the Department will begin hours of operation at 8:30 a.m. instead of 8:00 a.m.  The office will continue to close at 4:30 p.m. 

The office is open Monday through Friday, excluding major holidays, and is located in the County Human Resources Center at 425 Pennsylvania Avenue in Elmira.

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

Names, addresses, and phone numbers will be taken Monday, September 9th through Thursday, September 19th, 2013.

HORSEHEADS- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announce that they will begin taking the County Fairgrounds Boat/Vehicle Storage applications on Wednesday, September 4th. 

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

ELMIRA - Chemung County was recently accepted as a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, committing our community to an ongoing process to help older residents live rewarding, productive, and safe lives. 

If you live or work in Chemung County, you can share your ideas about how to make our community more age-friendly by calling the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care at 737-5520 to request a survey, or by completing a survey online at the following website: ChemungCounty.com, click on “Departments”, click on “Aging and Long Term Care”, and click on “Chemung County Age-Friendly Community Survey”.

Click here to be linked to the survey.

ELMIRA— Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Elmira Corning Regional Airport Director of Aviation Ann Crook along with Allegiant Air announced today new, nonstop jet service between Elmira and Tampa Bay via St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, beginning Nov. 1, 2013.  To celebrate, the company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will introduce the new service with roundtrip fares as low as $99*.

ELMIRA- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli addressed the County Legislature again tonight presenting to them his County Financial Restructuring Plan which included a plan to change the sales tax distribution formula.  The plan was developed to respond to decreased sales tax revenues that are projected to be down $6.5 million by year end.

Elmira- C TRAN will provide a free shuttle service for the Strong Kids Safe Kids event held this Saturday, August 17, 2013, at the Chemung County Fairgrounds.

The shuttle will run between the Chemung County Transportation Center and the Fairgrounds from 10 am to 3:30 pm.  Riders should wait on the post office side, near the clock tower. Pick-ups and drop-offs will be on Fairview Avenue, outside Gate 3.

Chemung County – The New York State Office of Emergency Management has been instructed by the Governor’s office to collect further information from residents and business owners impacted by the localized flooding event that occurred on August 8-9, 2013.

Residents and business owners in the affected areas who suffered damage to their homes and businesses are asked to visit their local Town or Village Hall to complete a Damage Assessment Form. The completed form can be left at the Town/Village Hall for pick up by the Chemung County Emergency Management Office.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli joins counties and states across the nation recognizing September 8th-14th 2013 as National Suicide Prevention Week.  This year’s theme is “Challenging our assumptions and moving forward together”.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in this country, with a life lost every 14 minutes. Suicide touches everyone, but there is help and hope when individuals, communities and professionals join forces to prevent suicide.
ERIN – The Chemung County Building and Grounds Department announced today that the waterfront at Park Station has reopened.  The waterfront was closed yesterday due to minor flooding.

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

-Kwik Fill #M0148, 357 S. Walnut Street, Elmira – 7/2/13 - $350 Fine

-Kwik Fill #A0025, 155 Madison Avenue, Elmira – 7/3/13 - $350 Fine

ELMIRA- The National Weather Service in Binghamton is tracking a line of strong storms which may impact Chemung County in the next few hours. The storm is capable of producing up to one inch of rain per hour in affected areas.  Residents are advised to seek higher ground if flood waters should develop.  Flash flooding of small streams and rivers, particularly in those areas already affected by last nights storms, may occur.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Fire and Emergency Management Office (EMO), along with town and village officials in the affected areas, are assessing the damage which resulted from the localized storms which hit our area in the last 24 hours. The County would like residents to be aware that, at this time, because the flooding and damage is localized and not widespread, a Federal or State disaster declaration is not expected.  Therefore FEMA funding will not be available.

ERIN – The Chemung County Building and Grounds Department announced today that the waterfront at Park Station is closed due to minor flooding. Camping remains open.  The flooding will be reevaluated Saturday morning and the waterfront will reopen if conditions improve.

ELMIRA- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli addressed the County Legislature Monday night presenting to them his County Financial Restructuring Plan.  The plan was developed to respond to decreased sales tax revenues that are projected to be down $6.5 million by year end.

The plan includes staff reductions, sales tax formula changes, a new economic development plan, changes to the operations of the nursing facility and other programmatic changes.

Click here to view the presentation. 

BIG FLATS – The Chemung County Building and Grounds Department announced today the pool at Harris Hill will be closed for the season beginning Monday, August 19th. 

ELMIRA -   Chemung County Verizon Wireless customers can now send a short message service (SMS) text message to 911 for emergency help when unable to make a 911 voice call. This service is available to any Verizon Wireless customer within range of a Chemung County cell tower. If the tower is located outside the land boundary of Chemung County, the receiving tower will not know how to route the message.  The County hopes to offer the service with other carriers in the future.

Big Flats – The Chemung County Department of Public Works will be paving the intersection of Hibbard Road (CR17) and Daniel Zenker Drive (CR83), on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.  This work will require the closure of the intersection from 8am to 4pm.  The County will strive to reopen the intersection earlier, understanding the inconvenience caused by this work.  Variable Message Signs and other signage will be placed to remind motorists of the closure.

Horseheads - NYSEG will be closing Gardner Road in the Village of Horseheads tomorrow, 7/25/13, from 7am to 5pm to complete installation work on the new Seneca West gas pipeline. The roadway will be closed between Gardner Road Elementary and Westinghouse Road. The complete closure, while inconvenient, will provide a safe work area for NYSEG’s employees and contractors, and allow them to work in a stable trench.

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care has a limited number of Farmer's Market Coupon  Booklets still available for eligible seniors.   Booklets are limited to one per household, one per season and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last at the Cooperative Extension tents at the following locations:

  •      Thursday's at Wisner Park
  •      Friday's at the Eastside Farmer's Market
  •      Monday's at the Grove Street Park Market

In addition:

  •       Tuesday, July 30 from 10-4 in the 4H building at the Chemung County Fair. This is Senior Day and there will be no admission fee for seniors during that time.
  •      Seniors may also pick up coupons at the Department of Aging and Long Term Care, 425 Pennsylvania Avenue in Elmira, between 9am and 3pm, Monday through Friday.

Erin – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces that CR 3, Wyncoop Creek Road in the Town of Erin will be closed to all traffic beginning Monday, July 22, 2013 for a box culvert replacement project.  The culvert is located just south of the intersection of Thayer Rd (west) and Rumsey Rd (east).

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Health Department and Nursing Facility parking lots will be undergoing reconstruction and paving beginning July 15, 2013 and will be closed to all personal vehicles and traffic until July 31, 2013.

ERIN – The Chemung County Building and Grounds Department announced today the boil water advisory imposed on the drinking water at Park Station on Wednesday has been lifted by the County Health Department.

The advisory was necessary due to the potential for water contamination as a result of a power outage at the park. 

ERIN – The Chemung County Building and Grounds Department announced today that due to a power outage at Park Station the park is now under a boil water advisory.  The park will remain fully open for camping and recreation at the waterfront.  The showers and restrooms are also open.

The waterfront at Park Station and the Harris Hill pool are closed for the day.

ELMIRA- The Spot Program is cancelled for today, July 1, 2013.

BIG FLATS – At a press conference today, the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care and the Steuben County Office for the Aging announced they will once again be participating in the NYS Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.  Eligible seniors will receive a $20 coupon booklet. The coupons can only be used at approved Farmers’ Market Vendors in New York State. They may not be used in grocery stores, road side stands or small markets. Vendors must have a blue SFMNP poster being displayed.   Booklets are limited to one per household, one per season.  There has been a 12% reduction in available coupons this year.

ELMIRA – Chemung County recently hosted the Inter-County Association of Western New York at a meeting held at the Chemung Valley History Museum.  Legislators and county representatives from twelve of the nineteen member counties were in attendance.  Donna Draxler, Chemung County Legislature Chair, provided the group with a history of Chemung County which included a bus tour of historic sites guided by Mark Delgrosso.

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli briefed the group on the impacts of Medicaid on County budgets and the newly formed Medicaid Task Force of the New York 23rd Congressional District established by Congressman Tom Reed which Santulli chairs.  In addition, Chemung County Director of Aviation Ann Crook gave a presentation on the economic benefits of the Elmira Corning Regional Airport on our community.

ELMIRA – Chemung County has recently added Twitter as a means to communicate to residents during an emergency.  Now, in addition to the County website and the Office of Fire and Emergency Management’s (EMO) Facebook page, residents can receive alerts via Twitter @ChemungCounty.

Chemung County – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces that preventive maintenance road preservation projects will take place next week on CR51-Lattabrook Road and CR69-Pennsylvania Avenue.  Both of these roads will be treated with an “Oil and Stone” surface treatment, sealing the road and providing a new wearing surface.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Treasurer Joseph Sartori announced today as part of the County’s efforts to enhance convenience for county property owners, the Chemung County Treasurer’s Office will begin accepting all major credit and debit cards for the payment of delinquent taxes and installment agreement payments on July 1, 2013.

HORSEHEADS – The Chemung County Fairgrounds will soon be seeing a much needed upgrade to the grandstands.  The grandstand seating has been deteriorating in the last few years and the County contracted with the engineering firm of Desman Associates to conduct a structural evaluation in January of this year to determine the extent of damage. The evaluation determined the grandstands required significant repair and recommended the County refrain from opening the grandstands to the public until the structural repairs have been completed. 
Elmira- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli accepted a certificate designating Chemung County an "Age Friendly Community” at yesterday’s Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care Annual Public Hearing.  The certificate was presented by Bill Armbruster, New York State Associate Director for AARP.  Chemung County is the only upstate New York community with the designation and one of only ten communities nationwide to earn the distinction.

Southport – The Chemung County Department of Public Works will start its rehabilitation of County Route 36, Dutch Hill Road, on Monday, June 17.  Pavement grinding will begin at the Steuben County line, and proceed easterly to State Route 225.  The pavement grinding is expected to last 4-5 days depending on the weather.  This work is being completed as a shared service with the Steuben County Department of Public Works.

Elmira – Due to computer problems which have made online registration difficult at times, the Chemung County Youth Bureau has scheduled in-person registration sessions for the Summer Cohesion program at the following locations:

• Tuesday, June 18th at Parley Coburn Elementary School lobby in Elmira at 11am and again at 5pm.
• Wednesday, June 19th at Beecher Elementary School lobby in Elmira at 11am and again at 5pm.

HORSEHEADS - Now in the 18th year the annual motorcycle ride and rally and regional fireworks display has evolved into a weekend event for the first time in its history.

The event benefits three community organizations. In Chemung County, The Children’s Miracle Network, The Salvation Army and in Northern Pennsylvania, The American Red Cross.

ELMIRA- C TRAN has teamed up with the Chemung County Historical Society to provide free bus tours during Saturday’s Juneteenth Celebration. The 25-minute narrated tour will highlight the history of the Underground Railroad in Elmira, detailing John W. Jones’ involvement.

Tours will originate every half hour at Ernie Davis Park from 11-3 on Saturday, June 15th. Those wishing to ride should visit the C TRAN table at the Juneteenth to sign up for the tour.

BIG FLATS - The Chemung County Youth Bureau announces that in-person registration for the Summer Cohesion Program is now available, Monday - Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm at the Chemung County Youth Bureau located at 599 Harris Hill Road in Big Flats.

BIG FLATS -The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces Harris Hill Pool hours and swim lesson schedule. 

The pool will be open daily starting Saturday, June 15th thru Labor Day.

Pool hours:
Monday – Friday, 12:00pm. – 7:00pm.
Saturday – Sunday, 11:00am. – 7:00pm.

Fees:
Up to age 2 Free
2 – 6  $2.00 (County residents) and $2.50 (Non-County residents)
7 – Adult $3.00 (County residents) and $3.50 (Non-County residents)
Seniors $2.00 (County residents) and $2.50 (Non-County residents)

Big Flats - The Chemung County Youth Bureau will be offering the Summer Cohesion Program this summer beginning July 1st and ending August 8th.

2013 marks Summer Cohesion’s 39th year providing safe, well-supervised, recreational, educational and cultural enrichment activities to Chemung County youth ages 4-12 years old.

On-line and In-Person sign-ups begin June 3rd. Parents are encouraged to visit summercohesion.com for all program and sign-up information.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council (ECTC) support the New York Partnership for Teen Driving Safety (NYPTDS) and their statewide efforts to increase awareness and use of the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee’s (GTSC) web based “Younger Driver Traffic Safety Toolkit.” The Toolkit is a one stop shop for resources and educational materials on teen driving safety.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that seasonal lifeguards are needed at Park Station Recreation Center and at the Harris Hill Pool.  Lifeguards must have their certifications (including waterfront for Park Station) prior to the date of employment.  Park Station Waterfront is open from Memorial Day thru Labor Day.  Harris Hill Pool is open June 15th thru Labor Day.

ERIN- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that Park Station’s Waterfront, Snack Bar, and Control Booth will be officially open weekends only starting Saturday, May 25th (including Monday, May 27th ).   The Control Booth will be open from 10:00am – 5:00pm. The Waterfront and Snack Bar will be open from 12:00pm. – 6:00pm.

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Child Fatality Review Team (CFRT) is responsible for examining the fatality of any child less than 18 years old who is the subject of a report to the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment; who has an open child protective, foster care, or preventive services case with the Department of Social Services; or whose death is unexpected or unexplained.

ELMIRA – Chemung County has provided residents with a prescription drug discount card program since November 2009. The Chemung County Legislature endorsed the ProAct administered program in an effort to provide financial relief at the pharmacy counter for residents who are uninsured and underinsured. Since the program was implemented, residents who have utilized the discount card have collectively saved more than $900,000 while filling more than 24,000 prescriptions at an average savings of 54% on each medication filled.

Elmira- May is National Foster Care Month, a time to call attention to the needs of the 382,400 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. In Chemung County we have approximately 93 children living in foster care. 

Ashland - The Chemung County Department of Public Works (DPW), and its consultant Barton & LoGuidice, will be completing a detailed inspection of the Lowman Crossover bridge (CR08) on Monday, May 13.  The bridge will be closed to all traffic around 7am to accommodate the presence of an “Under Bridge Inspection Unit” (UBIU) truck, and should reopen to traffic by 5pm the same afternoon.

ELMIRA- Chemung County District Attorney Weeden A. Wetmore announced today the County’s plan to recover over $600,000 in outstanding fines, court fees, and mandatory surcharges owed by County Court defendants.

Horseheads – The 2013 Chemung County Senior Games begin Wednesday, May 8th with a 70 and over Softball Tournament including a team from Albany.  The tournament begins at 9:30am at the Town of Horseheads Sports Complex off Wygant Road.  The 55+ Softball Tournaments will be held Thursday of this week with eight teams competing from Elmira, Binghamton, Ithaca, and the Cortland areas.

ELMIRA - Congressman Tom Reed today announced the creation of a local Medicaid Task Force to advise ways to save tax dollars and root out waste, fraud and abuse within the Medicaid system. Reed asked Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli to serve as Chairman of the Task Force.

Big Flats – The Chemung County Youth Bureau will once again be offering the Summer Cohesion Program for Chemung County youth ages 4-12 years of age.  Postcard flyers will be distributed in schools the week of May 13th directing parents to summercohesion.com for all program and signup information. 
Big Flats- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care honored three area seniors today with the Senior Citizen of the Year Award and the Mildred Parfitt Award at the annual Older American’s Month Celebration held at the Big Flats Community Center. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli began the celebration with the reading of a proclamation designating May as Older Americans Month in Chemung County. 

The Chemung County Youth Bureau is presently accepting applications for Recreation Leader positions for the 2013 SPOT - Summer Program and the 2013 Summer Cohesion Program.

Elmira- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care has been made aware of a phone scam which involves a man informing the senior that a friend has purchased a medical alert system for them, and it is free to them.  The caller then wants to set a time for someone to come to their house and install equipment.   This is a scam and you should hang up immediately.

Southport - The Chemung County Health Department is seeking your assistance in locating a dog that recently bit someone. 

The dog is a cream colored, medium sized bull-dog or similar. The dog was being walked on a leash on the walking path of Chapel Park in Southport on Thursday, April 25 at approximately 2:30 in the afternoon when the incident occurred.  The person who was walking the dog is described as a 40 to 50 year old, white man who might not have known that someone was bitten.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has joined the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) and counties across the state in proclaiming April as “Donate Life Month” in Chemung County.  Santulli and NYSAC hope to raise awareness and increase organ donor registration rates in Chemung County and across the State.

BIG FLATS – The Chemung County Department of Public Works Department announced today, the CR64 Widening Project is slated to begin on or about Monday, April 29th.  Work will begin with a construction survey, and will be followed by the start of work-zone setup around Wednesday, May 1.  Depending on weather and other factors, project completion is anticipated on or around October 29, 2013; the contractor has indicated a desire to be complete even sooner.

County Executive

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

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Chemung County.  This is a time to recognize that each child has the right to be raised in a healthy, nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect.  As a community we must work to ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to grow and develop.  On a daily basis, people work in the courts, social services, schools, and other places to make a difference for each child they interact with. 

ELMIRA - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced support from more than 260 local elected officials for his plan to cut property taxes. The Governor’s proposal to cut property taxes and encourage local governments to reduce costs was detailed by Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy during an event earlier today at the Chemung County Executive Office in Elmira.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli was presented with a Historic Elmira 2014 Annual Preservation Project Award for the preservation of the historic buildings of the Chemung County Government Campus on Lake Street in Elmira.  The award was presented at the 6th Annual Preservation Award Ceremony held in Hamilton Hall at Elmira College on March 19, 2014.

Elmira Heights- The Chemung County Fire Advisory Board will hold a graduation ceremony for 31 graduates of the Spring and Fall 2013 Classes of the Firefighter 1 training program tomorrow, Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the 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 eleven local volunteer fire companies and will now become probationary firefighters in those departments.

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

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

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on March 15th and will end on March 18th. St. Patrick’s Day week is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. This year St. Patrick’s Day is on a Monday and that will extend the weekend until Tuesday for many people.  The New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths during this period.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the County Office of Fire and Emergency Management join the National Weather Service (NWS) in recognizing the week of March 16-22, 2014 as National Flood Safety Awareness Week.  The purpose of Flood Safety Awareness week is to promote an educational campaign on flood safety awareness.

ELMIRA- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has declared March 3-9, 2014 as MS Awareness Week in Chemung County. Multiple Sclerosis, a neurological disease of the central nervous system, affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide and over 34,000 individuals in New York State alone.

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

ELM will be hosting a NYAM community reception on Saturday, March 15th from 2pm to 4pm.  The public is welcome and encouraged to come and see these amazing works from our local youth. 

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Industrial Development Agency approved two land sale transactions at its February 25, 2014 Board of Directors meeting that promise to have a positive economic impact on Chemung County and the region.

Big Flats- At a press conference and ribbon cutting today Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Ann Crook, Elmira Corning Regional Airport’s Director of Aviation, welcomed United Airlines inaugural flight in from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Chemung County Legislature have joined the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) and counties across the state in urging Chemung County residents to join the NYS Donor Registry.  The Legislature unanimously passed the resolution at their February 10th meeting. The County and NYSAC hope to raise awareness and increase organ donor registration rates in Chemung County and across the State.

ELMIRA - At a press conference today, CTRAN General Manager Michael Steele and Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced C TRAN has taken delivery of seven new 29’ Gillig clean diesel buses that will be put into service this month.  Made in Hayward, California, the stylish Gillig low floor buses provide clean diesel technology and like all of C TRAN’s fleet, are accessible for people with disabilities.

Big Flats – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Big Flats Town Supervisor Ed Fairbrother held a joint press conference today to announce and sign a shared services agreement that will restructure the towns Public Works Department.  The agreement was approved by the Chemung County Legislature at last night's meeting and by the Big Flats Town Board at their January 22nd meeting.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the appointment of two new department heads for the new year.  Jennifer Stimson has been selected as the new Commissioner of Human Services following the retirement of Deretha Watterson. Watterson retired on December 31, 2013 after thirty-one years of service in the Department of Social Services. John Brennan will be appointed as the new Public Advocate succeeding Richard Rich who was sworn in as County Court Judge on January 1st.

ELMIRA – In response to Governor Cuomo's announcement today to provide $2 Billion in tax relief to New York's families and businesses, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli released the following statement:

"New York State’s real property and corporate taxes are among the highest in the nation.  Governor Cuomo’s $2 Billion Tax Relief Plan will provide meaningful tax relief to homeowners and businesses," said Santulli.  "Most importantly, his proposed plan will provide the incentives that are needed to attract new businesses to upstate New York.  I applaud the Governor’s continued efforts to improve our State’s economy and reduce the excessive cost of government."

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today that Chemung County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving. “The holidays are a time of celebration and we want to enjoy ourselves with family and friends but a DWI arrest, or worse, an accident can ruin your holiday season. The STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign serves to remind everyone not to get behind the wheel of a car if they've been drinking and that law enforcement will find and arrest those that don't heed this warning," said Santulli.

Elmira- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care, in partnership with the Department of Social Services, is pleased to announce that the NY Connects and Adult Services unit recently received Certificates of Recognition for Excellence in Providing Adult Services from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. 

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and County Treasurer Joe Sartori held a joint press conference today to announce the forming of a Municipal Financial Services Division within the offices of the County Treasurer and Budget and Research.  The purpose of the office will be to provide accounting, budgetary, general bookkeeping, payroll processing and reporting services to local municipalities within the County.

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli unveiled his proposed 2014 Budget today which will hold the line on the County property tax rate for the ninth straight year.

Elmira- There are more than 408,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 107,000 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 – Following a six month widening project, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today, CR 64 is expected to be fully open to the driving public on Friday, October 25th at 3:30pm.

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 26,000 prescriptions and saved more than $1 million. 

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

New York State will be officially recognizing the week of October 20 through October 26, 2013 as Winter Weather Awareness Week, a time to educate the public about the hazards that winter storms can pose and what residents, businesses, and the community can do now to be prepared.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Elmira-Corning Transportation Council (ECTC) join the New York Partnership for Teen Driving Safety (NYPTDS) in educating teens and parents on the importance of buckling up, both front seats and back seats, during National Teen Driver Safety Week – October 20-26, 2013. 

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has formally recommended to the County Legislature not to sell the Chemung County Nursing Facility (CCNF). The recommendation comes after a nearly year-long comprehensive review of all of the available options for the future of the facility.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Legislature voted unanimously September 23, 2013 to adopt a local law to allow for the redrawing of legislative district boundaries.  The Legislature is required by law following the census every ten years, to examine the population in each district and redraw boundaries to make up for population shifts.  The County Charter requires that each of the 15 legislative districts within the County represent the same number of constituents within five percent of the median population.

ELMIRA – In response to the New York State Division of Budget's announcement today of the estimated fiscal impact of the Upstate New York Gaming and Economic Development Act, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli encourages voters to support the referendum to amend the New York State Constitution to permit gaming resorts which will be on the November 5, 2013 ballot.

ELMIRA – At a press conference today Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, and representatives of the newly formed Chemung County Bullying Prevention Task Force, joined communities across the nation in recognizing October as National Anti-Bullying Month.

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

Big Flats- At a press conference held today Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Ann Crook, Elmira Corning Regional Airport’s Director of Aviation, announced United Airlines will begin twice-daily United Express service to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) beginning in February of 2014.

ELMIRA – September is National Preparedness Month and Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, along with the County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Committee and the Office of Fire and Emergency Management, ask residents and businesses to take this opportunity to prepare and plan for emergencies and disasters.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli joins communities across the nation recognizing September as “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Chemung County”.  Childhood cancer is especially tragic and is the second leading cause of death of children under the age 15.  It is the most frequent cause of childhood death by disease killing more children than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined.

ELMIRA— Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Elmira Corning Regional Airport Director of Aviation Ann Crook along with Allegiant Air announced today new, nonstop jet service between Elmira and Tampa Bay via St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, beginning Nov. 1, 2013.  To celebrate, the company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will introduce the new service with roundtrip fares as low as $99*.

ELMIRA- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli addressed the County Legislature again tonight presenting to them his County Financial Restructuring Plan which included a plan to change the sales tax distribution formula.  The plan was developed to respond to decreased sales tax revenues that are projected to be down $6.5 million by year end.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli joins counties and states across the nation recognizing September 8th-14th 2013 as National Suicide Prevention Week.  This year’s theme is “Challenging our assumptions and moving forward together”.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in this country, with a life lost every 14 minutes. Suicide touches everyone, but there is help and hope when individuals, communities and professionals join forces to prevent suicide.

Chemung County – The New York State Office of Emergency Management has been instructed by the Governor’s office to collect further information from residents and business owners impacted by the localized flooding event that occurred on August 8-9, 2013.

Residents and business owners in the affected areas who suffered damage to their homes and businesses are asked to visit their local Town or Village Hall to complete a Damage Assessment Form. The completed form can be left at the Town/Village Hall for pick up by the Chemung County Emergency Management Office.

ELMIRA- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli addressed the County Legislature Monday night presenting to them his County Financial Restructuring Plan.  The plan was developed to respond to decreased sales tax revenues that are projected to be down $6.5 million by year end.

The plan includes staff reductions, sales tax formula changes, a new economic development plan, changes to the operations of the nursing facility and other programmatic changes.

Click here to view the presentation. 

ELMIRA -   Chemung County Verizon Wireless customers can now send a short message service (SMS) text message to 911 for emergency help when unable to make a 911 voice call. This service is available to any Verizon Wireless customer within range of a Chemung County cell tower. If the tower is located outside the land boundary of Chemung County, the receiving tower will not know how to route the message.  The County hopes to offer the service with other carriers in the future.

ELMIRA – Chemung County recently hosted the Inter-County Association of Western New York at a meeting held at the Chemung Valley History Museum.  Legislators and county representatives from twelve of the nineteen member counties were in attendance.  Donna Draxler, Chemung County Legislature Chair, provided the group with a history of Chemung County which included a bus tour of historic sites guided by Mark Delgrosso.

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli briefed the group on the impacts of Medicaid on County budgets and the newly formed Medicaid Task Force of the New York 23rd Congressional District established by Congressman Tom Reed which Santulli chairs.  In addition, Chemung County Director of Aviation Ann Crook gave a presentation on the economic benefits of the Elmira Corning Regional Airport on our community.

ELMIRA – Chemung County has recently added Twitter as a means to communicate to residents during an emergency.  Now, in addition to the County website and the Office of Fire and Emergency Management’s (EMO) Facebook page, residents can receive alerts via Twitter @ChemungCounty.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Treasurer Joseph Sartori announced today as part of the County’s efforts to enhance convenience for county property owners, the Chemung County Treasurer’s Office will begin accepting all major credit and debit cards for the payment of delinquent taxes and installment agreement payments on July 1, 2013.

HORSEHEADS – The Chemung County Fairgrounds will soon be seeing a much needed upgrade to the grandstands.  The grandstand seating has been deteriorating in the last few years and the County contracted with the engineering firm of Desman Associates to conduct a structural evaluation in January of this year to determine the extent of damage. The evaluation determined the grandstands required significant repair and recommended the County refrain from opening the grandstands to the public until the structural repairs have been completed. 
Elmira- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli accepted a certificate designating Chemung County an "Age Friendly Community” at yesterday’s Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care Annual Public Hearing.  The certificate was presented by Bill Armbruster, New York State Associate Director for AARP.  Chemung County is the only upstate New York community with the designation and one of only ten communities nationwide to earn the distinction.
HORSEHEADS - Now in the 18th year the annual motorcycle ride and rally and regional fireworks display has evolved into a weekend event for the first time in its history.

The event benefits three community organizations. In Chemung County, The Children’s Miracle Network, The Salvation Army and in Northern Pennsylvania, The American Red Cross.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council (ECTC) support the New York Partnership for Teen Driving Safety (NYPTDS) and their statewide efforts to increase awareness and use of the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee’s (GTSC) web based “Younger Driver Traffic Safety Toolkit.” The Toolkit is a one stop shop for resources and educational materials on teen driving safety.

ELMIRA – Chemung County has provided residents with a prescription drug discount card program since November 2009. The Chemung County Legislature endorsed the ProAct administered program in an effort to provide financial relief at the pharmacy counter for residents who are uninsured and underinsured. Since the program was implemented, residents who have utilized the discount card have collectively saved more than $900,000 while filling more than 24,000 prescriptions at an average savings of 54% on each medication filled.

Elmira- May is National Foster Care Month, a time to call attention to the needs of the 382,400 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. In Chemung County we have approximately 93 children living in foster care. 
ELMIRA- Chemung County District Attorney Weeden A. Wetmore announced today the County’s plan to recover over $600,000 in outstanding fines, court fees, and mandatory surcharges owed by County Court defendants.

Horseheads – The 2013 Chemung County Senior Games begin Wednesday, May 8th with a 70 and over Softball Tournament including a team from Albany.  The tournament begins at 9:30am at the Town of Horseheads Sports Complex off Wygant Road.  The 55+ Softball Tournaments will be held Thursday of this week with eight teams competing from Elmira, Binghamton, Ithaca, and the Cortland areas.

Big Flats- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care honored three area seniors today with the Senior Citizen of the Year Award and the Mildred Parfitt Award at the annual Older American’s Month Celebration held at the Big Flats Community Center. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli began the celebration with the reading of a proclamation designating May as Older Americans Month in Chemung County. 

ELMIRA - Congressman Tom Reed today announced the creation of a local Medicaid Task Force to advise ways to save tax dollars and root out waste, fraud and abuse within the Medicaid system. Reed asked Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli to serve as Chairman of the Task Force.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has joined the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) and counties across the state in proclaiming April as “Donate Life Month” in Chemung County.  Santulli and NYSAC hope to raise awareness and increase organ donor registration rates in Chemung County and across the State.

Department of Aging and Long Term Care

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Department of Aging is offering a caregiver discussion for family and friends who provide care and support to their spouse, parents, adult children, neighbors and friends. The program will be held on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014, 2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Elmira, NY.

The meeting will be facilitated by staff from the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care and a family caregiver. Attorney John Maloney  will also present valuable information for caregivers on the importance of advance directives. Please call the Department of Aging at 737-5520 by April 14th to register.

 

Elmira- Find the Olympic Spirit in your own backyard at the 24th Annual Chemung County Senior Games this Spring!

The events begin May 7th with the 70+ Softball tournaments and conclude on May 22nd, with a banquet for the athletes.

Elmira- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care is once again expanding their Eat Well Live Well Meal Program to include dining at the EOP Bistro. The Bistro, located at 650 Baldwin Street in Elmira, will serve Eat Well Live Well meals on Wednesdays, their Senior Day, from 10am to 5pm beginning January 29th. Similar to the congregate meal program, which provides nutrition sites throughout the county for individuals 60 years of age and older, the Eat Well Live Well Restaurant Program promotes better health through improved nutrition and socialization. 

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care is seeking nominations for its “Senior Citizen of the Year Award” and the “Mildred Parfitt Award.”

Elmira- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care, in partnership with the Department of Social Services, is pleased to announce that the NY Connects and Adult Services unit recently received Certificates of Recognition for Excellence in Providing Adult Services from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. 

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care is available to assist Medicare beneficiaries in understanding and comparing the 2014 Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Private Health Plans.

October 15 through December 7 is the Open Enrollment period for changing Medicare health or prescription plans for next year. 

Elmira- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care is expanding their Eat Well Live Well Meal Program to include dining in local restaurants.  Similar to the congregate meal program, which provides nutrition sites throughout the county for individuals 60 years of age and older, the Eat Well Live Well Restaurant Program promotes better health through improved nutrition and socialization. 

Elmira- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care announced today, effective September 3, 2013, the Department will begin hours of operation at 8:30 a.m. instead of 8:00 a.m.  The office will continue to close at 4:30 p.m. 

The office is open Monday through Friday, excluding major holidays, and is located in the County Human Resources Center at 425 Pennsylvania Avenue in Elmira.

ELMIRA - Chemung County was recently accepted as a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, committing our community to an ongoing process to help older residents live rewarding, productive, and safe lives. 

If you live or work in Chemung County, you can share your ideas about how to make our community more age-friendly by calling the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care at 737-5520 to request a survey, or by completing a survey online at the following website: ChemungCounty.com, click on “Departments”, click on “Aging and Long Term Care”, and click on “Chemung County Age-Friendly Community Survey”.

Click here to be linked to the survey.

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care has a limited number of Farmer's Market Coupon  Booklets still available for eligible seniors.   Booklets are limited to one per household, one per season and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last at the Cooperative Extension tents at the following locations:

  •      Thursday's at Wisner Park
  •      Friday's at the Eastside Farmer's Market
  •      Monday's at the Grove Street Park Market

In addition:

  •       Tuesday, July 30 from 10-4 in the 4H building at the Chemung County Fair. This is Senior Day and there will be no admission fee for seniors during that time.
  •      Seniors may also pick up coupons at the Department of Aging and Long Term Care, 425 Pennsylvania Avenue in Elmira, between 9am and 3pm, Monday through Friday.

BIG FLATS – At a press conference today, the Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care and the Steuben County Office for the Aging announced they will once again be participating in the NYS Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.  Eligible seniors will receive a $20 coupon booklet. The coupons can only be used at approved Farmers’ Market Vendors in New York State. They may not be used in grocery stores, road side stands or small markets. Vendors must have a blue SFMNP poster being displayed.   Booklets are limited to one per household, one per season.  There has been a 12% reduction in available coupons this year.
Elmira- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli accepted a certificate designating Chemung County an "Age Friendly Community” at yesterday’s Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care Annual Public Hearing.  The certificate was presented by Bill Armbruster, New York State Associate Director for AARP.  Chemung County is the only upstate New York community with the designation and one of only ten communities nationwide to earn the distinction.

Horseheads – The 2013 Chemung County Senior Games begin Wednesday, May 8th with a 70 and over Softball Tournament including a team from Albany.  The tournament begins at 9:30am at the Town of Horseheads Sports Complex off Wygant Road.  The 55+ Softball Tournaments will be held Thursday of this week with eight teams competing from Elmira, Binghamton, Ithaca, and the Cortland areas.

Big Flats- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care honored three area seniors today with the Senior Citizen of the Year Award and the Mildred Parfitt Award at the annual Older American’s Month Celebration held at the Big Flats Community Center. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli began the celebration with the reading of a proclamation designating May as Older Americans Month in Chemung County. 
Elmira- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care has been made aware of a phone scam which involves a man informing the senior that a friend has purchased a medical alert system for them, and it is free to them.  The caller then wants to set a time for someone to come to their house and install equipment.   This is a scam and you should hang up immediately.

Horseheads – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces that CR51, Lattabrook Road, will be closed at Burns Road in the Town of Horseheads beginning Tuesday, 4/15.  The purpose of this closure is to replace an existing culvert in deteriorating condition with a new, wider culvert that will improve traffic flow and stream hydraulics. 

It is anticipated that CR51 will be closed for 4 weeks, and will open on or about May 13, depending on weather and equipment availability.  This work, originally planned for 2013, was deferred to accommodate last year’s NYSDOT bridge rehabilitation project.

Chemung –The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces that due to the forecast for inclement weather this week the project scheduled for River Road (CR56) in the Town of Chemung has been postponed and will be rescheduled to next week.  More information will follow when scheduled.
 
Please contact the Chemung County Department of Public Works at (607) 739-3896 with any questions.

Chemung –The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces that, weather permitting, a portion of River Road (CR56) in the Town of Chemung will be closed Wednesday, March 12, and part of Thursday, March 13.  The DPW’s contractor is completing soil borings for a slide stabilization project on the bank between the Chemung River and River Road.
Big Flats – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announced today the CR10 (South Corning Road) bridge project has been rescheduled for next year.  Following the Public Meeting of February 4, 2014, Chemung County was able to obtain $218,000 additional construction funding for the rehabilitation of this important CR10 river crossing bridge.  As a result, we will now be able to extend the life of the bridge by an additional 15 -20 years.
Chemung County - The Chemung County Department of Public Works has issued a Special Hauling Permit to Transport Logistics for the movement of two (2) over-sized vehicles on CR03 – Wyncoop Creek Road.

Big Flats – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Big Flats Town Supervisor Ed Fairbrother held a joint press conference today to announce and sign a shared services agreement that will restructure the towns Public Works Department.  The agreement was approved by the Chemung County Legislature at last night's meeting and by the Big Flats Town Board at their January 22nd meeting.

Chemung County - The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces that temporary lane closures will occur on Tuesday, 11/19/2013 on CR64 from exit 52a of I-86 in Horseheads to CR35 (Chambers Road) in the Town of Big Flats  These closures will be performed by Chemung Contracting to protect their employees while removing silt fence from the CR64 project corridor.  It is expected that the closures will be of short duration.  As this is a 4-lane roadway, traffic will remain free-flowing; any delays should be minimal.

BIG FLATS – Following a six month widening project, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today, CR 64 is expected to be fully open to the driving public on Friday, October 25th at 3:30pm.

HORSEHEADS – As the winter season approaches, Curt Rhodes, Acting President of the Chemung County Town Highway Superintendent’s Association, and Andy Avery, Commissioner of Public Works for Chemung County, have issued a winter driving advisory for all Chemung County residents. When the forecast calls for winter weather, they ask residents to be mindful of potentially hazardous road conditions. 
Southport – The Chemung County Department of Public Works has scheduled an overlay of asphalt pavement on CR26 (Christian Hollow Road) for tomorrow, Wednesday, October 9, 2013.  The work is planned to take 3 days.  Recent rainfall events may push the start date until Thursday, October 10, 2013. The schedule is dependent on weather and equipment availability. 
CATLIN- The Chemung County Department of Public Works (DPW) announced today, following the August New York State inspection and subsequent narrowing of the Pine Valley Road bridge in Catlin, DPW undertook a thorough engineering analysis of the condition of the structure.  As result of the analysis, the DPW will be posting the bridge for 12 tons.  This weight restriction will still allow school buses and most emergency vehicles to use the 1-lane bridge.

Big Flats – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announced today the CR 10 (South Corning Road) bridge over the Chemung River in the Town of Big Flats will be reduced to one lane from September 23 through September 25.  The bridge will be undergoing a bridge inspection during this time period.

VETERAN- The Chemung County Soil and Water Conservation District County  and the County Department of Public Works announced they will be temporarily closing the Clair Street Bridge in the Town of Veteran on Friday, September 13, 2013 from 9am to 2:30pm to remove gravel and debris in and around the bridge.

VETERAN -Following inspections by the County Engineer and Hunt Engineers of Big Flats, the Chemung County Department of Public Works determined that the Clair Street Bridge in Veteran was safe to reopen.  The bridge was reopened on Friday, August 30, 2013.

CATLIN- The Chemung County Department of Public Works announced today, following a New York State inspection, it was found that the outside fascia girders on the Pine Valley Road bridge over a tributary of Catherine Creek in the Town of Catlin were deteriorated.  A red flag was issued by the State inspector, which would have required that the bridge’s weight limit be reduced with a 12 ton posting.  However, the Chemung County DPW was able to reduce the width of the bridge with concrete barriers, providing a single lane bridge that can carry legal weight loads.

Big Flats – The Chemung County Department of Public Works will be paving the intersection of Hibbard Road (CR17) and Daniel Zenker Drive (CR83), on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.  This work will require the closure of the intersection from 8am to 4pm.  The County will strive to reopen the intersection earlier, understanding the inconvenience caused by this work.  Variable Message Signs and other signage will be placed to remind motorists of the closure.

Horseheads - NYSEG will be closing Gardner Road in the Village of Horseheads tomorrow, 7/25/13, from 7am to 5pm to complete installation work on the new Seneca West gas pipeline. The roadway will be closed between Gardner Road Elementary and Westinghouse Road. The complete closure, while inconvenient, will provide a safe work area for NYSEG’s employees and contractors, and allow them to work in a stable trench.

Erin – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces that CR 3, Wyncoop Creek Road in the Town of Erin will be closed to all traffic beginning Monday, July 22, 2013 for a box culvert replacement project.  The culvert is located just south of the intersection of Thayer Rd (west) and Rumsey Rd (east).

Chemung County – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces that preventive maintenance road preservation projects will take place next week on CR51-Lattabrook Road and CR69-Pennsylvania Avenue.  Both of these roads will be treated with an “Oil and Stone” surface treatment, sealing the road and providing a new wearing surface.

Southport – The Chemung County Department of Public Works will start its rehabilitation of County Route 36, Dutch Hill Road, on Monday, June 17.  Pavement grinding will begin at the Steuben County line, and proceed easterly to State Route 225.  The pavement grinding is expected to last 4-5 days depending on the weather.  This work is being completed as a shared service with the Steuben County Department of Public Works.

Ashland - The Chemung County Department of Public Works (DPW), and its consultant Barton & LoGuidice, will be completing a detailed inspection of the Lowman Crossover bridge (CR08) on Monday, May 13.  The bridge will be closed to all traffic around 7am to accommodate the presence of an “Under Bridge Inspection Unit” (UBIU) truck, and should reopen to traffic by 5pm the same afternoon.

BIG FLATS – The Chemung County Department of Public Works Department announced today, the CR64 Widening Project is slated to begin on or about Monday, April 29th.  Work will begin with a construction survey, and will be followed by the start of work-zone setup around Wednesday, May 1.  Depending on weather and other factors, project completion is anticipated on or around October 29, 2013; the contractor has indicated a desire to be complete even sooner.

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Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Chemung County.  This is a time to recognize that each child has the right to be raised in a healthy, nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect.  As a community we must work to ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to grow and develop.  On a daily basis, people work in the courts, social services, schools, and other places to make a difference for each child they interact with. 

ELMIRA - The Ninth Annual Walk a Mile in My Shoes suicide prevention walk and fundraiser will take place this year on Saturday, May 3rd at Eldridge Park beginning at 11:00 AM. On-the spot registration opens at 9 am and returning this year the Walk will feature a performance by the Ithaca-based youth music group “Vitamin L” at 10:15 am.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the appointment of two new department heads for the new year.  Jennifer Stimson has been selected as the new Commissioner of Human Services following the retirement of Deretha Watterson. Watterson retired on December 31, 2013 after thirty-one years of service in the Department of Social Services. John Brennan will be appointed as the new Public Advocate succeeding Richard Rich who was sworn in as County Court Judge on January 1st.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Chemung County Department of Social Services Draft Biennial Employment Plan has been filed on November 18, 2013 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.

To review the Employment Plan please contact:

Rita Gilbert

Secretary to Commissioner of Human Services and Director of Community Services
Chemung County Department of Social Services
425-447 Pennsylvania Ave.
Elmira, New York 14904

(607)737-5309

 

Elmira- There are more than 408,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 107,000 of them are waiting to be adopted.  Many of these children have been waiting years for a loving, caring, permanent family.  Every child deserves a forever family. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Chemung County Division of Children and Family Services join thousands of individuals, government agencies and child advocacy organizations across the nation in recognizing November as Adoption Awareness Month in Chemung County.

Elmira- The low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will begin on November 18, 2013.  HEAP is a federally funded energy program that assists eligible households in meeting their heat-related energy costs.  HEAP issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost and also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat related energy emergency.  The maximum regular benefit an eligible household can receive is $650 for homes that heat with oil, kerosene or propane and $450 for all others.  A family of four can have a household income of up to $41,182 annually and still qualify for a HEAP benefit. 

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli joins counties and states across the nation recognizing September 8th-14th 2013 as National Suicide Prevention Week.  This year’s theme is “Challenging our assumptions and moving forward together”.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in this country, with a life lost every 14 minutes. Suicide touches everyone, but there is help and hope when individuals, communities and professionals join forces to prevent suicide.
ELMIRA - The Chemung County Child Fatality Review Team (CFRT) is responsible for examining the fatality of any child less than 18 years old who is the subject of a report to the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment; who has an open child protective, foster care, or preventive services case with the Department of Social Services; or whose death is unexpected or unexplained.

ELMIRA – Chemung County has provided residents with a prescription drug discount card program since November 2009. The Chemung County Legislature endorsed the ProAct administered program in an effort to provide financial relief at the pharmacy counter for residents who are uninsured and underinsured. Since the program was implemented, residents who have utilized the discount card have collectively saved more than $900,000 while filling more than 24,000 prescriptions at an average savings of 54% on each medication filled.

Elmira- May is National Foster Care Month, a time to call attention to the needs of the 382,400 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. In Chemung County we have approximately 93 children living in foster care. 

ELMIRA - Congressman Tom Reed today announced the creation of a local Medicaid Task Force to advise ways to save tax dollars and root out waste, fraud and abuse within the Medicaid system. Reed asked Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli to serve as Chairman of the Task Force.

Health Department

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

-Kwik Fill A0026, 1997 Lake Street, Elmira – 2/21/14 - $350 Fine

-Gerow’s Dairy 2, 252 Oakwood Ave, Elmira Heights – 3/21/14 - $350 Fine

ELMIRA – Twin Tiers residents looking to improve their health and perhaps drop a few pounds are turning to a program that’s proving 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.

“Step It Up” is a walking program developed in partnership by the Chemung County Health Department, Arnot Health, other community partners. Participants register at the beginning of a six-week program, logging their blood pressure, blood glucose, weight, BMI, body fat and details of their current eating habits. They are mailed weekly nutritional newsletters and check in during the six-week period. Most of the work is self motivated with guidance from program advisors.

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

ELMIRA- Friday, March 7th is National Dress in Blue Day in honor of colorectal cancer awareness month.  Wear something blue to bring attention to this preventable cancer and spread the word about lifesaving screening. 

ELMIRA – Joyce Hyatt, Ph.D., RN has been recognized as Chemung County Health Department’s representative on New York State’s "2013 Public Health Works! Honor Roll".  Ms. Hyatt, a registered nurse and Public Health Network Coordinator for the Chemung Valley Rural Health Network (CVRHN) as well as the Coordinator for the County's Medical Reserve Corps, was selected as the County representative by Robert Page, Public Health Director.

ELMIRA- 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 Peg Johnson, Southern Tier Cancer Services Program. 

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. 

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. 

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Health Department announced today that although the federal government shutdown affects the federal nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children, called WIC, the program will continue as usual with funding provided by the NYS Department of Health.

 

A memo sent out by the New York State Department of Health advised WIC offices to “continue operations as usual” while they worked to get more answers.  This is subject to change, dependent on how long the federal shutdown continues.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care is available to assist Medicare beneficiaries in understanding and comparing the 2014 Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Private Health Plans.

October 15 through December 7 is the Open Enrollment period for changing Medicare health or prescription plans for next year. 

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

ELMIRA – September is National Preparedness Month and Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, along with the County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Committee and the Office of Fire and Emergency Management, ask residents and businesses to take this opportunity to prepare and plan for emergencies and disasters.

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

-Kwik Fill #M0148, 357 S. Walnut Street, Elmira – 7/2/13 - $350 Fine

-Kwik Fill #A0025, 155 Madison Avenue, Elmira – 7/3/13 - $350 Fine

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Health Department and Nursing Facility parking lots will be undergoing reconstruction and paving beginning July 15, 2013 and will be closed to all personal vehicles and traffic until July 31, 2013.

ELMIRA – Chemung County has provided residents with a prescription drug discount card program since November 2009. The Chemung County Legislature endorsed the ProAct administered program in an effort to provide financial relief at the pharmacy counter for residents who are uninsured and underinsured. Since the program was implemented, residents who have utilized the discount card have collectively saved more than $900,000 while filling more than 24,000 prescriptions at an average savings of 54% on each medication filled.

Southport - The Chemung County Health Department is seeking your assistance in locating a dog that recently bit someone. 

The dog is a cream colored, medium sized bull-dog or similar. The dog was being walked on a leash on the walking path of Chapel Park in Southport on Thursday, April 25 at approximately 2:30 in the afternoon when the incident occurred.  The person who was walking the dog is described as a 40 to 50 year old, white man who might not have known that someone was bitten.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has joined the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) and counties across the state in proclaiming April as “Donate Life Month” in Chemung County.  Santulli and NYSAC hope to raise awareness and increase organ donor registration rates in Chemung County and across the State.

Legislative News

ELMIRA - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced support from more than 260 local elected officials for his plan to cut property taxes. The Governor’s proposal to cut property taxes and encourage local governments to reduce costs was detailed by Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy during an event earlier today at the Chemung County Executive Office in Elmira.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Legislator David L. Manchester was honored recently by county colleagues from across the state and the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) for graduating from the Dennis A. Pelletier County Government Institute. The ceremony was held at the 2014 NYSAC Legislative Conference in Albany in February. 

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Chemung County Legislature have joined the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) and counties across the state in urging Chemung County residents to join the NYS Donor Registry.  The Legislature unanimously passed the resolution at their February 10th meeting. The County and NYSAC hope to raise awareness and increase organ donor registration rates in Chemung County and across the State.

Big Flats – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Big Flats Town Supervisor Ed Fairbrother held a joint press conference today to announce and sign a shared services agreement that will restructure the towns Public Works Department.  The agreement was approved by the Chemung County Legislature at last night's meeting and by the Big Flats Town Board at their January 22nd meeting.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the appointment of two new department heads for the new year.  Jennifer Stimson has been selected as the new Commissioner of Human Services following the retirement of Deretha Watterson. Watterson retired on December 31, 2013 after thirty-one years of service in the Department of Social Services. John Brennan will be appointed as the new Public Advocate succeeding Richard Rich who was sworn in as County Court Judge on January 1st.

Chemung County – Chemung County Legislators representing constituents who reside in the Corning School District announced today their opposition to the proposed funding plan for the Corning Library District and how it will impact Chemung County residents.  Legislature Chairman Donna L. Draxler, and Legislators John C. Pastrick and David L. Manchester, who represent voters in the Towns of Southport, Catlin, and Big Flats who reside in the Corning School District, oppose the plan to add a new tax to Chemung County tax bills.

 

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli unveiled his proposed 2014 Budget today which will hold the line on the County property tax rate for the ninth straight year.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Legislature voted unanimously September 23, 2013 to adopt a local law to allow for the redrawing of legislative district boundaries.  The Legislature is required by law following the census every ten years, to examine the population in each district and redraw boundaries to make up for population shifts.  The County Charter requires that each of the 15 legislative districts within the County represent the same number of constituents within five percent of the median population.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli joins communities across the nation recognizing September as “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Chemung County”.  Childhood cancer is especially tragic and is the second leading cause of death of children under the age 15.  It is the most frequent cause of childhood death by disease killing more children than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined.

ELMIRA- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli addressed the County Legislature again tonight presenting to them his County Financial Restructuring Plan which included a plan to change the sales tax distribution formula.  The plan was developed to respond to decreased sales tax revenues that are projected to be down $6.5 million by year end.

ELMIRA- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli addressed the County Legislature Monday night presenting to them his County Financial Restructuring Plan.  The plan was developed to respond to decreased sales tax revenues that are projected to be down $6.5 million by year end.

The plan includes staff reductions, sales tax formula changes, a new economic development plan, changes to the operations of the nursing facility and other programmatic changes.

Click here to view the presentation. 

ELMIRA – Chemung County recently hosted the Inter-County Association of Western New York at a meeting held at the Chemung Valley History Museum.  Legislators and county representatives from twelve of the nineteen member counties were in attendance.  Donna Draxler, Chemung County Legislature Chair, provided the group with a history of Chemung County which included a bus tour of historic sites guided by Mark Delgrosso.

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli briefed the group on the impacts of Medicaid on County budgets and the newly formed Medicaid Task Force of the New York 23rd Congressional District established by Congressman Tom Reed which Santulli chairs.  In addition, Chemung County Director of Aviation Ann Crook gave a presentation on the economic benefits of the Elmira Corning Regional Airport on our community.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Treasurer Joseph Sartori announced today as part of the County’s efforts to enhance convenience for county property owners, the Chemung County Treasurer’s Office will begin accepting all major credit and debit cards for the payment of delinquent taxes and installment agreement payments on July 1, 2013.

HORSEHEADS – The Chemung County Fairgrounds will soon be seeing a much needed upgrade to the grandstands.  The grandstand seating has been deteriorating in the last few years and the County contracted with the engineering firm of Desman Associates to conduct a structural evaluation in January of this year to determine the extent of damage. The evaluation determined the grandstands required significant repair and recommended the County refrain from opening the grandstands to the public until the structural repairs have been completed. 

ELMIRA – Chemung County has provided residents with a prescription drug discount card program since November 2009. The Chemung County Legislature endorsed the ProAct administered program in an effort to provide financial relief at the pharmacy counter for residents who are uninsured and underinsured. Since the program was implemented, residents who have utilized the discount card have collectively saved more than $900,000 while filling more than 24,000 prescriptions at an average savings of 54% on each medication filled.

ELMIRA- Chemung County District Attorney Weeden A. Wetmore announced today the County’s plan to recover over $600,000 in outstanding fines, court fees, and mandatory surcharges owed by County Court defendants.
Parks and Recreation
ERIN- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that the Park Station Boat Launch is now open.  The hours are from 10 a.m. until Sunset daily.  All boaters must adhere to the New York State Department of Conservation rules and regulations.

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

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

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

ERIN- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that Ice Fishing and Ice Skating at Park Station will be open beginning Thursday, January 9th.  The hours of operation are Sunday – Saturday, 7:30am – Sunset.  No motorized vehicles including but not limited to ATV’s or snowmobiles are allowed on the lake.

The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that pavilion reservations for the 2014 Summer Season at Harris Hill and Park Station will be taken starting Thursday, January 2nd from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (closed 12-12:30).

HORSEHEADS- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces today that the storage for boats and trailers at the County Fairgrounds is currently full.  Storage for cars is still available.

Due to the construction on the grandstands, which is tentatively scheduled to be completed sometime in November, there is very limited space at this time.  When the construction is completed additional storage will be available under the grandstands.  At that time we will announce openings for boat storage.

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

Names, addresses, and phone numbers will be taken Monday, September 9th through Thursday, September 19th, 2013.

HORSEHEADS- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announce that they will begin taking the County Fairgrounds Boat/Vehicle Storage applications on Wednesday, September 4th. 

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

ERIN – The Chemung County Building and Grounds Department announced today that the waterfront at Park Station has reopened.  The waterfront was closed yesterday due to minor flooding.
ERIN – The Chemung County Building and Grounds Department announced today that the waterfront at Park Station is closed due to minor flooding. Camping remains open.  The flooding will be reevaluated Saturday morning and the waterfront will reopen if conditions improve.

BIG FLATS – The Chemung County Building and Grounds Department announced today the pool at Harris Hill will be closed for the season beginning Monday, August 19th. 

ERIN – The Chemung County Building and Grounds Department announced today the boil water advisory imposed on the drinking water at Park Station on Wednesday has been lifted by the County Health Department.

The advisory was necessary due to the potential for water contamination as a result of a power outage at the park. 

ERIN – The Chemung County Building and Grounds Department announced today that due to a power outage at Park Station the park is now under a boil water advisory.  The park will remain fully open for camping and recreation at the waterfront.  The showers and restrooms are also open.

The waterfront at Park Station and the Harris Hill pool are closed for the day.

BIG FLATS -The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces Harris Hill Pool hours and swim lesson schedule. 

The pool will be open daily starting Saturday, June 15th thru Labor Day.

Pool hours:
Monday – Friday, 12:00pm. – 7:00pm.
Saturday – Sunday, 11:00am. – 7:00pm.

Fees:
Up to age 2 Free
2 – 6  $2.00 (County residents) and $2.50 (Non-County residents)
7 – Adult $3.00 (County residents) and $3.50 (Non-County residents)
Seniors $2.00 (County residents) and $2.50 (Non-County residents)

ERIN- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that Park Station’s Waterfront, Snack Bar, and Control Booth will be officially open weekends only starting Saturday, May 25th (including Monday, May 27th ).   The Control Booth will be open from 10:00am – 5:00pm. The Waterfront and Snack Bar will be open from 12:00pm. – 6:00pm.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that seasonal lifeguards are needed at Park Station Recreation Center and at the Harris Hill Pool.  Lifeguards must have their certifications (including waterfront for Park Station) prior to the date of employment.  Park Station Waterfront is open from Memorial Day thru Labor Day.  Harris Hill Pool is open June 15th thru Labor Day.

Transportation Council

ELMIRA- First Transit will celebrate Passenger Appreciation Night at First Arena in Elmira on Wednesday, March 12th by offering riders free tickets to the Jackals game.

Riders from C TRAN, CEATS (Corning Erwin Area Transit System), and Steuben County Transit System may obtain ticket vouchers from bus operators.

The vouchers are good for tickets to the game against Reading that begins at 7:05 pm. For more information, call 734-5211.

ELMIRA - At a press conference today, CTRAN General Manager Michael Steele and Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced C TRAN has taken delivery of seven new 29’ Gillig clean diesel buses that will be put into service this month.  Made in Hayward, California, the stylish Gillig low floor buses provide clean diesel technology and like all of C TRAN’s fleet, are accessible for people with disabilities.

BIG FLATS – Following a six month widening project, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today, CR 64 is expected to be fully open to the driving public on Friday, October 25th at 3:30pm.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Elmira-Corning Transportation Council (ECTC) join the New York Partnership for Teen Driving Safety (NYPTDS) in educating teens and parents on the importance of buckling up, both front seats and back seats, during National Teen Driver Safety Week – October 20-26, 2013. 

Elmira- C TRAN will provide a free shuttle service for the Strong Kids Safe Kids event held this Saturday, August 17, 2013, at the Chemung County Fairgrounds.

The shuttle will run between the Chemung County Transportation Center and the Fairgrounds from 10 am to 3:30 pm.  Riders should wait on the post office side, near the clock tower. Pick-ups and drop-offs will be on Fairview Avenue, outside Gate 3.

ELMIRA- C TRAN has teamed up with the Chemung County Historical Society to provide free bus tours during Saturday’s Juneteenth Celebration. The 25-minute narrated tour will highlight the history of the Underground Railroad in Elmira, detailing John W. Jones’ involvement.

Tours will originate every half hour at Ernie Davis Park from 11-3 on Saturday, June 15th. Those wishing to ride should visit the C TRAN table at the Juneteenth to sign up for the tour.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council (ECTC) support the New York Partnership for Teen Driving Safety (NYPTDS) and their statewide efforts to increase awareness and use of the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee’s (GTSC) web based “Younger Driver Traffic Safety Toolkit.” The Toolkit is a one stop shop for resources and educational materials on teen driving safety.

Youth Bureau

The Chemung County Youth Bureau is presently accepting applications for Recreation Leader positions for the 2014 SPOT - Summer Program and the 2014 Summer Cohesion Program.

Elmira- The Chemung County Youth Bureau and the First Arena are partnering to provide the youth attending the Super Saturday Program with a fun filled morning.  This Saturday, program participants will receive a guided tour of the First Arena by the Jackals mascot Blade and will also meet the Jackals team.  This is the first activity of the newly formed partnership the County Youth Bureau has with the First Arena.

ELMIRA – At a press conference today Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, and representatives of the newly formed Chemung County Bullying Prevention Task Force, joined communities across the nation in recognizing October as National Anti-Bullying Month.

ELMIRA- The Spot Program is cancelled for today, July 1, 2013.

Elmira – Due to computer problems which have made online registration difficult at times, the Chemung County Youth Bureau has scheduled in-person registration sessions for the Summer Cohesion program at the following locations:

• Tuesday, June 18th at Parley Coburn Elementary School lobby in Elmira at 11am and again at 5pm.
• Wednesday, June 19th at Beecher Elementary School lobby in Elmira at 11am and again at 5pm.

BIG FLATS - The Chemung County Youth Bureau announces that in-person registration for the Summer Cohesion Program is now available, Monday - Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm at the Chemung County Youth Bureau located at 599 Harris Hill Road in Big Flats.

Big Flats - The Chemung County Youth Bureau will be offering the Summer Cohesion Program this summer beginning July 1st and ending August 8th.

2013 marks Summer Cohesion’s 39th year providing safe, well-supervised, recreational, educational and cultural enrichment activities to Chemung County youth ages 4-12 years old.

On-line and In-Person sign-ups begin June 3rd. Parents are encouraged to visit summercohesion.com for all program and sign-up information.

Big Flats – The Chemung County Youth Bureau will once again be offering the Summer Cohesion Program for Chemung County youth ages 4-12 years of age.  Postcard flyers will be distributed in schools the week of May 13th directing parents to summercohesion.com for all program and signup information. 

The Chemung County Youth Bureau is presently accepting applications for Recreation Leader positions for the 2013 SPOT - Summer Program and the 2013 Summer Cohesion Program.

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