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In order to begin the upcoming $58 million renovations to the Elmira Corning Regional Airport Terminal, it is necessary to return the glider on loan from the National Soaring Museum to its home on Harris Hill.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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In order to begin the upcoming $58 million renovations to the Elmira Corning Regional Airport Terminal, it is necessary to return the glider on loan from the National Soaring Museum to its home on Harris Hill.

The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that Park Station’s Control Booth will open weekends only starting Saturday, May 27th, including Monday, May 29th. The Control Booth will be open from

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that Park Station’s Control Booth will open weekends only starting Saturday, May 27th (including Monday, May 29th). The Control Booth will be open from

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces the schedule for swim lessons sign-ups at Harris Hill Pool.  One must be at least 4 years of age by June 26th in order to participate.  Those interested must complete a registration form
Effective April 3, 2017, C TRAN will pull in and drop off at the main entrance of Tioga Downs Casino on Route #10 Elmira-Owego.

During the week of April 3-6 the National Weather Service, along with other WRN Ambassadors, government agencies, and individuals across the country will be taking the #1 preparedness anyone can take...finding your safe place when extreme weather threatens. 

You’re invited to Chemung Solarize Wednesday April 5th from 6 PM to 7 PM at the Starlite Room in Elmira. Chat with solar provider staff from Halco, Renovus, and Twin Tier Solar and Wind to learn how solar may be a good choice for you.

Calling all new and expectant mothers! The Chemung County Health Department and Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network of South Central New York is proud to invite you to participate in our first annual Community Baby Shower. This will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 1:00PM to 3:00PM at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira NY.

The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department is now accepting applications for Lifeguard positions at Harris Hill and Park Station.  Lifeguards must be at least 16 years of age by June 17, must have current working papers and be certified as a lifeguard or willing to become certified.

ELMIRA - Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the appointment of Samantha M. Potter  as Chemung County Communications Director.   The Chemung County Legislature approved her position at their March 13, 2017 Legislative Board meeting.

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

Elmira- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Office of Fire and Emergency Management Director Mark Cicora would like to remind county residents of the annual statewide ban on all open burning which is in effect in New York during the high fire-risk period of March 15th through May 15th but are also strongly urging residents to refrain from any open burning at this time.

The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care will sponsor a six- week educational powerful tools training for family and friend caregivers who care for older adults with long-term illnesses.  The trainings will be held on Tuesdays, March 21st and 28th; and April 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th; from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at the Steele Memorial Library in Elmira, NY.

The Powerful Tools Training gives caregivers self-care tools to help reduce personal stress, deal more effectively with challenging situations, and communicate more effectively for themselves and for the individual they care for. Participants will receive a free copy of The Caregiver Helpbook. 

Powerful Tools Training is free; however, pre- registration is required by calling 737-5520 no later than March 17th.    

New York State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program for Chemung, Schuyler and Tompkins Counties is in need of volunteers to join a team of advocates for residents living in nursing homes, assisted living, and adult care communities.

Ombudsmen advocate for all individuals living in long term care communities by empowering and educating, protecting rights, preserving dignity, and ensuring respect.  Trained volunteers make weekly visits to assigned long term care facilities to listen to residents and ensure their rights.

ERIN- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that Ice Fishing and Ice Skating at Park Station will be open beginning Saturday, February 4th.  The hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., daily.  No motorized vehicles (including but not limited to ATV’s or snowmobiles) are allowed on the lake.

These activities will remain open as long as the weather permits.  For weather conditions call 607-739-9164. During the winter months there is no entrance fee to Park Station. 

Elmira -  Eight members of the Chemung County Legislature joined delegates from all 57 counties and the City of New York at the Legislative Conference of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC). More than 900 attendees attended meetings, educational forums, keynote addresses, and state budget presentations over the course of the three-day conference held in Albany, January 30 - February 1, 2017.

“The Legislative Conference sponsored by the New York State Association of Counties provides County Legislators with training on government accounting, ethics, and county operations ranging from pre-K funding to Next Generation 911.  Nowhere else would county leaders be able to work together on the issues they face as they strive to plan for the future and provide the services the public needs with ever-shrinking resources. This educational experience is priceless and enables Chemung County to be a leader in innovation and shared services throughout the State.” said Donna Draxler, Chair, Chemung County Legislature. Draxler serves as the Chair of NYSAC’s Resolutions Committee.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care announces they are seeking applications for two important awards that recognize the businesses, organizations and volunteers who serve our community and improve the lives of all ages. These awards will be presented at our Older Americans Month Celebration on Monday, May 1st.

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

ELMIRA- Four business and eight not-for-profit organizations were recently designated Age-Friendly by the Chemung County Age-Friendly Community Coalition.  Age-Friendly Chemung County, a coalition-backed initiative that promotes healthy and active living for people of all ages, is currently accepting applications for the next round of Age-Friendly Business and Organization Designation Awards.

The program aims to identify and recognize businesses and organizations that provide easy-to-navigate, respectful and effective services to people of all ages. Businesses and organizations must meet certain criteria to receive designation. Only businesses located or providing services in Chemung County are eligible to apply.
As outlined in his newly released Executive Budget, Governor Cuomo proposes regulating vapor products used in electronic cigarettes in the same manner as combustible tobacco products and including these products under the Clean Indoor Air Act. i This proposal, along with plans to tax the sale of these products, align with the U.S. Surgeon General’s recent policy recommendations around vapor products in his report, “E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults.”ii

Elmira Heights- The Chemung County Fire Advisory Board will hold a graduation ceremony for 24 graduates of the Spring and Fall 2016 Classes of the Firefighter 1 training program tomorrow, Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the Thomas Edison High School auditorium beginning at 7:00 pm. The training program was offered by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services through the Office of Fire Prevention and Control. The graduates of this program represent thirteen local volunteer fire companies from Chemung, Steuben, and Tioga counties.  They will now become probationary firefighters in those departments.

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

Elmira-  Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has declared January “Cervical Health Awareness Month” in Chemung County. During this month, the Southern Tier Cancer Services Program wants to spread the word that cervical cancer is preventable and highly treatable if found early. Being screened for cervical cancer with a Pap test is the key to prevention and survival. Screening is available to both insured and uninsured women.

Elmira- Chemung County is the latest county in the state to sound the alarm directing attention to a widely held concern that the state’s emergency 9-1-1- call centers need more dedicated resources to address increasing call volumes and aging systems. 

The effort, called Rescuing 911, has the backing and support of a wide range of local officials, including county executives, sheriffs, legislators, supervisors, 9-1-1 coordinators, firefighters, emergency managers and other first responders.

Chemung County Executive, Tom Santulli, has appeared in a one-minute video stressing the importance of the Rescuing 9-1-1 campaign.

Elmira- The Chemung County Health Department, Arnot Health, and the Health Priorities Partnership have updated their Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to address the health priorities of our community. 

Chemung County chose to focus on the following priorities and area of disparity:
     Priority Area 1:  Prevent Chronic Diseases by reducing illness, disability,
     and death related to hypertension, tobacco use and second hand smoke, and
     obesity in adults and children.
   
  Priority Area 2:  Promote Mental Health and Prevent Substance Abuse by
     working to prevent non-medical prescription opioid use and overdose.
    
Chemung County also chose to address the following disparity: 
     Under the Prevent Chronic Disease priority area, Chemung County will work
     on decreasing the percentage of low income individuals who use tobacco.

Elmira- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that pavilion reservations for the 2017 Summer Season at Harris Hill and Park Station will be taken starting Tuesday, January 3rd from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (closed 12:00-12:30 p.m.).  Reservations will be taken by TELEPHONE ONLY on January 3th and January 4th, after which walk-ins are welcomed.  The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department is open Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (closed 12:00-12:30 p.m.).

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

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

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

Elmira - During Elmira’s holiday parade on Friday, November 25th, C TRAN buses will have access to drop off and pick up at the Chemung County Transportation Center. Some buses may have to vary routes due to street closings, so passengers are asked to be patient as buses may be running late.
Elmira — Beginning Friday, November 25th, C TRAN will increase bus service for extended holiday hours at the Arnot Mall. On both Fridays and Saturdays, the last bus on C TRAN’s Route #9 Mall Express will depart the Mall at 10:30pm.  Sunday’s last departure is at 6:30 pm on November 27th and December 4th.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


We want to know your stories!

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

If so, we want to hear from you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

How about Thursday November 17, 2016?

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

Elmira- There are more than 415,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 108,000 of them are waiting to be adopted.  Many of these children have been waiting years for a loving, caring, permanent family.  Every child deserves a forever family. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Chemung County Division of Children and Family Services join thousands of individuals, government agencies and child advocacy organizations across the nation in recognizing November as Adoption Awareness Month in Chemung County.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ELMIRA – With the heavy rain we have received in the past few days and the prediction of rain through Saturday, the Chemung County Office of Fire and Emergency Management is asking residents to clear storm drains near their homes. Urban flooding can occur when areas of poor drainage receive excessive rainfall, or when storm sewers are clogged with debris preventing rain water to properly drain from streets and yards.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An offsite detour map is attached.

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

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

Thank you for your cooperation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

THIRD STREET FINAL PAVING

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

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

MT. ZOAR FINAL PAVING

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

South Main Street will remain open.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Names, addresses, and phone numbers will be taken Monday, September 12th through Thursday, September 22nd, 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

County Executive

ELMIRA - Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the appointment of Samantha M. Potter  as Chemung County Communications Director.   The Chemung County Legislature approved her position at their March 13, 2017 Legislative Board meeting.

Elmira Heights- The Chemung County Fire Advisory Board will hold a graduation ceremony for 24 graduates of the Spring and Fall 2016 Classes of the Firefighter 1 training program tomorrow, Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the Thomas Edison High School auditorium beginning at 7:00 pm. The training program was offered by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services through the Office of Fire Prevention and Control. The graduates of this program represent thirteen local volunteer fire companies from Chemung, Steuben, and Tioga counties.  They will now become probationary firefighters in those departments.

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

Elmira-  Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has declared January “Cervical Health Awareness Month” in Chemung County. During this month, the Southern Tier Cancer Services Program wants to spread the word that cervical cancer is preventable and highly treatable if found early. Being screened for cervical cancer with a Pap test is the key to prevention and survival. Screening is available to both insured and uninsured women.

Elmira- Chemung County is the latest county in the state to sound the alarm directing attention to a widely held concern that the state’s emergency 9-1-1- call centers need more dedicated resources to address increasing call volumes and aging systems. 

The effort, called Rescuing 911, has the backing and support of a wide range of local officials, including county executives, sheriffs, legislators, supervisors, 9-1-1 coordinators, firefighters, emergency managers and other first responders.

Chemung County Executive, Tom Santulli, has appeared in a one-minute video stressing the importance of the Rescuing 9-1-1 campaign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elmira- There are more than 415,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 108,000 of them are waiting to be adopted.  Many of these children have been waiting years for a loving, caring, permanent family.  Every child deserves a forever family. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Chemung County Division of Children and Family Services join thousands of individuals, government agencies and child advocacy organizations across the nation in recognizing November as Adoption Awareness Month in Chemung County.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Aging and Long Term Care

The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care will sponsor a six- week educational powerful tools training for family and friend caregivers who care for older adults with long-term illnesses.  The trainings will be held on Tuesdays, March 21st and 28th; and April 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th; from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at the Steele Memorial Library in Elmira, NY.

The Powerful Tools Training gives caregivers self-care tools to help reduce personal stress, deal more effectively with challenging situations, and communicate more effectively for themselves and for the individual they care for. Participants will receive a free copy of The Caregiver Helpbook. 

Powerful Tools Training is free; however, pre- registration is required by calling 737-5520 no later than March 17th.    

New York State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program for Chemung, Schuyler and Tompkins Counties is in need of volunteers to join a team of advocates for residents living in nursing homes, assisted living, and adult care communities.

Ombudsmen advocate for all individuals living in long term care communities by empowering and educating, protecting rights, preserving dignity, and ensuring respect.  Trained volunteers make weekly visits to assigned long term care facilities to listen to residents and ensure their rights.

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care announces they are seeking applications for two important awards that recognize the businesses, organizations and volunteers who serve our community and improve the lives of all ages. These awards will be presented at our Older Americans Month Celebration on Monday, May 1st.

ELMIRA- Four business and eight not-for-profit organizations were recently designated Age-Friendly by the Chemung County Age-Friendly Community Coalition.  Age-Friendly Chemung County, a coalition-backed initiative that promotes healthy and active living for people of all ages, is currently accepting applications for the next round of Age-Friendly Business and Organization Designation Awards.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An offsite detour map is attached.

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

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

Thank you for your cooperation.

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

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

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

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

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

THIRD STREET FINAL PAVING

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

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

MT. ZOAR FINAL PAVING

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

South Main Street will remain open.

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

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

Elmira- There are more than 415,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 108,000 of them are waiting to be adopted.  Many of these children have been waiting years for a loving, caring, permanent family.  Every child deserves a forever family. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Chemung County Division of Children and Family Services join thousands of individuals, government agencies and child advocacy organizations across the nation in recognizing November as Adoption Awareness Month in Chemung County.

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

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

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

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

Fire and Emergency Management

During the week of April 3-6 the National Weather Service, along with other WRN Ambassadors, government agencies, and individuals across the country will be taking the #1 preparedness anyone can take...finding your safe place when extreme weather threatens. 

Elmira- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Office of Fire and Emergency Management Director Mark Cicora would like to remind county residents of the annual statewide ban on all open burning which is in effect in New York during the high fire-risk period of March 15th through May 15th but are also strongly urging residents to refrain from any open burning at this time.

Elmira Heights- The Chemung County Fire Advisory Board will hold a graduation ceremony for 24 graduates of the Spring and Fall 2016 Classes of the Firefighter 1 training program tomorrow, Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the Thomas Edison High School auditorium beginning at 7:00 pm. The training program was offered by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services through the Office of Fire Prevention and Control. The graduates of this program represent thirteen local volunteer fire companies from Chemung, Steuben, and Tioga counties.  They will now become probationary firefighters in those departments.

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

Elmira- Chemung County is the latest county in the state to sound the alarm directing attention to a widely held concern that the state’s emergency 9-1-1- call centers need more dedicated resources to address increasing call volumes and aging systems. 

The effort, called Rescuing 911, has the backing and support of a wide range of local officials, including county executives, sheriffs, legislators, supervisors, 9-1-1 coordinators, firefighters, emergency managers and other first responders.

Chemung County Executive, Tom Santulli, has appeared in a one-minute video stressing the importance of the Rescuing 9-1-1 campaign.

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

ELMIRA – With the heavy rain we have received in the past few days and the prediction of rain through Saturday, the Chemung County Office of Fire and Emergency Management is asking residents to clear storm drains near their homes. Urban flooding can occur when areas of poor drainage receive excessive rainfall, or when storm sewers are clogged with debris preventing rain water to properly drain from streets and yards.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Health Department
As outlined in his newly released Executive Budget, Governor Cuomo proposes regulating vapor products used in electronic cigarettes in the same manner as combustible tobacco products and including these products under the Clean Indoor Air Act. i This proposal, along with plans to tax the sale of these products, align with the U.S. Surgeon General’s recent policy recommendations around vapor products in his report, “E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults.”ii
Elmira-  Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has declared January “Cervical Health Awareness Month” in Chemung County. During this month, the Southern Tier Cancer Services Program wants to spread the word that cervical cancer is preventable and highly treatable if found early. Being screened for cervical cancer with a Pap test is the key to prevention and survival. Screening is available to both insured and uninsured women.

Elmira- The Chemung County Health Department, Arnot Health, and the Health Priorities Partnership have updated their Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to address the health priorities of our community. 

Chemung County chose to focus on the following priorities and area of disparity:
     Priority Area 1:  Prevent Chronic Diseases by reducing illness, disability,
     and death related to hypertension, tobacco use and second hand smoke, and
     obesity in adults and children.
   
  Priority Area 2:  Promote Mental Health and Prevent Substance Abuse by
     working to prevent non-medical prescription opioid use and overdose.
    
Chemung County also chose to address the following disparity: 
     Under the Prevent Chronic Disease priority area, Chemung County will work
     on decreasing the percentage of low income individuals who use tobacco.

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

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


We want to know your stories!

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

If so, we want to hear from you.

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

How about Thursday November 17, 2016?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Legislative News

Elmira -  Eight members of the Chemung County Legislature joined delegates from all 57 counties and the City of New York at the Legislative Conference of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC). More than 900 attendees attended meetings, educational forums, keynote addresses, and state budget presentations over the course of the three-day conference held in Albany, January 30 - February 1, 2017.

“The Legislative Conference sponsored by the New York State Association of Counties provides County Legislators with training on government accounting, ethics, and county operations ranging from pre-K funding to Next Generation 911.  Nowhere else would county leaders be able to work together on the issues they face as they strive to plan for the future and provide the services the public needs with ever-shrinking resources. This educational experience is priceless and enables Chemung County to be a leader in innovation and shared services throughout the State.” said Donna Draxler, Chair, Chemung County Legislature. Draxler serves as the Chair of NYSAC’s Resolutions Committee.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parks and Recreation
Any child aged 18 and under is welcome at an open meal site and can eat a free, healthy meal or snack. 

The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that Park Station’s Control Booth will open weekends only starting Saturday, May 27th, including Monday, May 29th. The Control Booth will be open from

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that Park Station’s Control Booth will open weekends only starting Saturday, May 27th (including Monday, May 29th). The Control Booth will be open from

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces the schedule for swim lessons sign-ups at Harris Hill Pool.  One must be at least 4 years of age by June 26th in order to participate.  Those interested must complete a registration form

The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department is now accepting applications for Lifeguard positions at Harris Hill and Park Station.  Lifeguards must be at least 16 years of age by June 17, must have current working papers and be certified as a lifeguard or willing to become certified.

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

ERIN- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that Ice Fishing and Ice Skating at Park Station will be open beginning Saturday, February 4th.  The hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., daily.  No motorized vehicles (including but not limited to ATV’s or snowmobiles) are allowed on the lake.

These activities will remain open as long as the weather permits.  For weather conditions call 607-739-9164. During the winter months there is no entrance fee to Park Station. 

Elmira- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces that pavilion reservations for the 2017 Summer Season at Harris Hill and Park Station will be taken starting Tuesday, January 3rd from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (closed 12:00-12:30 p.m.).  Reservations will be taken by TELEPHONE ONLY on January 3th and January 4th, after which walk-ins are welcomed.  The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department is open Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (closed 12:00-12:30 p.m.).

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

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

Names, addresses, and phone numbers will be taken Monday, September 12th through Thursday, September 22nd, 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chemung- The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fire at 1171 Hoffman Hollow Road in the Town of Chemung. At approximately 10:45 p.m. on August 8th the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office was called to assist with a structure fire at the above location, which was an abandoned house. The Chemung, Baldwin, and Wellsburg Fire Departments were on the scene and the house was fully engulfed upon the deputies arrival. The house was destroyed by the fire despite efforts of the fire departments on scene.
Transportation Council
Elmira — Beginning Friday, November 25th, C TRAN will increase bus service for extended holiday hours at the Arnot Mall. On both Fridays and Saturdays, the last bus on C TRAN’s Route #9 Mall Express will depart the Mall at 10:30pm.  Sunday’s last departure is at 6:30 pm on November 27th and December 4th.

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

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

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

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

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

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has released the draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for public review and comment. The full press release for the draft STIP, covering federal fiscal years 2017 through 2020, can be viewed here.
Youth Bureau
Any child aged 18 and under is welcome at an open meal site and can eat a free, healthy meal or snack. 

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

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

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