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

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

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

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

Big Flats- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Ann Crook, Elmira Corning Regional Airport’s Director of Aviation announce Delta Air Lines will add a daily flight to Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport over the Christmas holiday period.

The daily service from ELM to ATL will run from December 20, 2014 to January 4, 2015. "The flight will provide, not only service to the Atlanta area, but also more connections to Latin American destinations as well as to Florida and the Southeast," said Ann Crook.

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

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

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

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

Elmira – The Chemung County Office of the Treasurer has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2013.

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

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

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

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

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

Elmira- There are more than 397,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 101,000 of them are waiting to be adopted.  Many of these children have been waiting years for a loving, caring, permanent family.  Every child deserves a forever family. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Chemung County Division of Children and Family Services join thousands of individuals, government agencies and child advocacy organizations across the nation in recognizing November as Adoption Awareness Month in Chemung County.

Elmira- The low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will begin on November 17, 2014.  HEAP is a federally funded energy program that assists eligible households in meeting their heat-related energy costs.  HEAP issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost and also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat related energy emergency.  The maximum regular benefit an eligible household can receive is $625 for homes that heat with oil, kerosene or propane and $400 for all others.  A family of four can have a household income of up to $50,628 annually and still qualify for a HEAP benefit. 

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

New York State will be officially recognizing the week of November 2nd through 8th, 2014 as Winter Weather Awareness Week, a time to educate the public about the hazards that winter storms can pose and what residents, businesses, and the community can do now to be prepared.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Names, addresses, and phone numbers will be taken Monday, September 8th through Thursday, September 18th, 2014. Please submit the above information either by phone or in person to:

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

The drawing of 10 names will be held on Friday, September 19th, 2014.

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

ELMIRA -   Chemung County Sprint Wireless customers can now send a short message service (SMS) text message to 911 for emergency help when unable to make a 911 voice call. This service is now available for all major cell phone providers including AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint within range of a Chemung County cell tower. If the tower is located outside the land boundary of Chemung County, the receiving tower will not know how to route the message.  The County launched the service with Verizon Wireless in August of 2013 and added AT&T in July of this year.
BIG FLATS- The Chemung County Building and Grounds Department has announced that the pool at Harris Hill Park is now closed for the season.  The lakefront at Park Station will remain open through Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Erin – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the County is now accepting applications for non-ambulatory hunters to bow hunt at Park Station.  Santulli recommended the program to the Chemung County Legislature in April of this year.  The program allows for up to eight archery hunters with a physical disability who are unable to move about without the use of a mechanized aid to hunt for deer with a bow or crossbow at Park Station during the final two weeks of archery season (October 31- November 14, 2014).  Park Station will be closed to the general public during this two week archery season.

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

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

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

THE NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AND PUBLIC HEARINGS TO PROVIDE FOR COMMENT ON THE PROPOSED NEW YORK STATE PLAN FOR THE 2014 – 2015 HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (HEAP)

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

ELMIRA -   Chemung County AT&T Wireless customers can now send a short message service (SMS) text message to 911 for emergency help when unable to make a 911 voice call. This service is now available to any AT&T or Verizon Wireless customer within range of a Chemung County cell tower. If the tower is located outside the land boundary of Chemung County, the receiving tower will not know how to route the message.  The County launched the service with Verizon Wireless in August of 2013.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has recommended to the County Legislature to transfer the operating certificate and ownership of the County Dental Clinic to Regional Primary Care Network, Inc..  The Clinic is housed in the Chemung County Health Center and would continue to be operated at this location.

Big Flats – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Big Flats Town Supervisor Ed Fairbrother announced they have entered into an intermunicipal agreement whereby the County will lease the land, known as Sperr Park, to the Town for a period of 99 years.  The park is dedicated in the memory of New York State Trooper Andrew J. Sperr. The Town Council approved the agreement at their July 23, 2014 meeting.  The agreement will now be forwarded to the County Legislature for their final approval.

Chemung County – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces its intent to begin its annual Herbicide Program.   Per New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) requirements, notices will be delivered to property owners who have structures on property within 150-feet of the spray areas.
 
Weather permitting, the annual herbicide program for 2014 will begin the week of July 28, 2014, and continue as applicable, in regard to seasonal needs. 

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care has only 60 Farmer's Market Coupon Booklets still available for eligible seniors.  Booklets are limited to one per household, one per season and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last at the following locations:

    *Thursday's at  Wisner Park

    *Friday's at the Eastside Farmer's Market

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

CORNING, NY (July 16, 2014) – Save money, time and stress on your way to work.  Sounds too good to be true?  What’s the catch?  There is none.  Today, local officials in Chemung and Steuben Counties launched 511NY Southern Tier Rideshare – a new program to promote carpooling in the region. Commuters who live or work in the Counties can register in the free, easy-to-use, online ridematching system at SouthernTierRideshare.com to find others who live and work near them, with similar schedules, to match with and share rides.

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli said, "Chemung County is pleased to partner with Steuben County to pilot 511NY Southern Tier Rideshare to offer a 21st century transportation solution to our residents and to leverage a plentiful and valuable resource in our rural area, the individual automobile.”

CHEMUNG COUNTY- The Chemung County Department of Public Works is pleased to announce the replacement of two bridges in Chemung County:

1.     CR01 – Jerusalem Hill Road over Goldsmith Creek (Between Draht Hill Road and Monkey Run Road in the Town of Elmira)

2.     CR02 – Lowman Road over Baldwin Creek (north of CR42 – Hoffman Hollow Road in the Town of Chemung)

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

ELMIRA - Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today that Chemung County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.  The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on July 3rd and will end on July 7th.

The Chemung County Youth Bureau will be offering the Summer Cohesion Program this summer beginning July 7th and ending August 14th.

Remaining program openings are available on a first come/first serve basis, daily, Monday - Friday, from 9:00am -3:00pm at the Chemung County Youth Bureau located at 599 Harris Hill Rd.

ELMIRA – Joycelyn Bermingham has received the NYS Association of Personnel and Civil Service Officers (NYSAPCSO) President's Award.  The Award was presented to Bermingham by Commissioner Jerry Boone, President of NYSAPCSO at their annual conference held at the Corning Radisson, June 9-11, 2014.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, along with former County Executive Tom Tranter, have been elected to the Elmira College Board of Trustees. Tranter, President of Corning Enterprises and Director of Government Affairs, was elected to three 4-year terms before joining Corning Inc. in May of 2000.

Santulli, who served as Tranter's Deputy Executive, was elected County Executive in 2000 and reelected to three subsequent 4-year terms.  He holds a master’s degree from Elmira College.

Big Flats- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Ann Crook, Elmira Corning Regional Airport’s Director of Aviation announce Delta Air Lines will add a daily flight to Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport over the Christmas holiday period.

The daily service from ELM to ATL will run from December 20, 2014 to January 4, 2015. "The flight will provide, not only service to the Atlanta area, but also more connections to Latin American destinations as well as to Florida and the Southeast," said Ann Crook.

Big Flats- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces the schedule for swim lessons sign-ups at Harris Hill Pool.  One must be at least 4 years of age by June 30th in order to participate.  Those interested can sign up at the Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department, 217 Madison Avenue, Elmira on the following days:

Friday, June 13th    2:00pm – 6:00pm
Tuesday, June 17th  1:00pm – 6:00pm

The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces that CR02, Lowman Road, will be closed to through traffic between Jenkins Road and CR42, Hoffman Hollow Road, starting Monday June 9th.  The purpose of this closure is to replace an existing culvert in deteriorating condition with a new culvert that will improve traffic flow and stream hydraulics.  It is anticipated that CR02 will be closed for 3-4 weeks, and is expected to reopen by the July 4th weekend, depending on weather and equipment availability. 

Big Flats - The Chemung County Youth Bureau will be offering the Summer Cohesion Program this summer beginning July 7th and ending August 14th.

Beginning Monday, June 9th from 9:00-3:00pm Remaining program openings are available on a first come/first serve basis at the Chemung County Youth Bureau located at 599 Harris Hill Rd.

ELMIRA - Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli is pleased to announce the County government offices are the process of implementing a new telephone system utilizing "voice over Internet protocol" technology. The Cisco VoIP system will not only save taxpayer dollars but will also provide the County with greater telephone functionality to improve efficiency and enhance public service.

The switchover may cause some minor interruptions in service.  Any phone issues will be corrected as soon as they are identified. 

HORSEHEADS – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, joins Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Thomas O'Mara, and Assemblyman Christopher Friend in inviting all Chemung County residents to participate in the Southern Tier Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program which will be held this Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Horseheads High School Auditorium from 11am to 1pm.  Governor Cuomo is offering these trainings programs across New York State in an effort to provide citizens with the tools and resources to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Legislature recently approved a resolution submitted by County Executive Tom Santulli proclaiming Chemung County as a Purple Heart County.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed the week of May 18-24 as National Emergency Medical Services Week in Chemung County.

“On behalf of all the residents of Chemung County I offer my heartfelt appreciation for our Emergency Medical Service professionals for their dedication in providing lifesaving care under what are often stressful and urgent circumstances,” Santulli said. “EMS personnel are an invaluable part of our community by giving us medical attention and care in what can often be life and death situations.”

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

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on May 22nd and will end on May 28th. Memorial Day week is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. Memorial Day weekend is the traditional beginning of summer. 

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

-Kwik Fill A0026, 1997 Lake Street, Elmira – 4/21/14 - $550 Fine

-Express Mart #322, 2150 Grand Central Ave, Horseheads – 4/15/14 - $550 Fine

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care will hold its Annual Public Hearing on June 5th, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at Ernie Davis Community Center.  The topic this year is “Caregiving in an Age-Friendly Community”.   Information will be provided on how to obtain services and supports for ourselves and our loved ones as we age.

ELMIRA- What is your vision of Elmira and the surrounding Towns in 2035?  How can a sustainable transportation system support a great quality of life for our residents? Regional transportation planners will pose these questions to local residents and business people at a series of workshops on May 20, 21, and 22 in several locations around the County. 

Horseheads – The 2014 Chemung County Senior Games begin Wednesday, May 7th with a 70+ Softball Tournament including teams from Albany and Syracuse.  The tournament begins at 9:30am at the Town of Horseheads Sports Complex off Wygant Road.  The 55+ Softball Tournaments will be held Thursday of this week with seven teams competing from Elmira, Binghamton, Ithaca, and the Cortland areas.

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

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Youth Bureau Director Bob Harris presented the awards at the 31st Annual Awards Reception which was held on today at the Big Flats Community Center.

Big Flats- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care honored area seniors today with the Senior Citizen of the Year Award and the Mildred Parfitt Award at the annual Older American’s Month Celebration held at the Big Flats Community Center. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli began the celebration with the reading of a proclamation designating May as "Older Americans Month in Chemung County". 
Elmira- May is National Foster Care Month, a time to call attention to the needs of the 399,546 American children and youth in foster care and the foster parents, volunteers, mentors, child welfare professionals, and policymakers who play a vital role in keeping foster care temporary. Both the Adoptive Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 and the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 emphasized the need for child welfare agencies and courts to work together to use foster care as a short term service in achieving the desired outcomes of child safety, permanency, and well-being and of family preservation. This year, the theme for National Foster Care Month is "Building Blocks to Permanent Families."
Horseheads – The Department of Public Works is pleased to announce that its “MS4 Stormwater Annual Report” is available for public viewing and comment on the County DPW webpage. Click here to view the report.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Andy Avery, Commissioner of Public Works announced today an expanded 2014 work program. "The construction and maintenance of our roads, bridges, and culverts has always been a top priority in our annual budget," said Santulli. "Due to the extreme winter weather our community experienced this year a number of roads suffered significant damage and immediate attention is necessary." 

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and County Fire and Emergency Management Director Michael Smith joined the National Weather Service in recognizing the week of April 28 to May 2, 2014 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in New York. The goal is to raise awareness of the hazards severe weather poses to the public and provide safety information in an effort to keep you and your family safe. It is imperative that our citizens be prepared for hazardous weather, whether it be a thunderstorm with frequent lightning to a flash flood, high winds, or even a tornado.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elmira Heights- The Chemung County Fire Advisory Board will hold a graduation ceremony for 31 graduates of the Spring and Fall 2013 Classes of the Firefighter 1 training program tomorrow, Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the Edison High School auditorium beginning at 7:00 pm. The training program was offered by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services through the Office of Fire Prevention and Control. The graduates of this program represent eleven local volunteer fire companies and will now become probationary firefighters in those departments.

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

ELMIRA – Twin Tiers residents looking to improve their health and perhaps drop a few pounds are turning to a program that’s proving what most of us already know about getting healthy, but have a hard time admitting: if we eat well and move more, good things will happen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chemung County - The Chemung County Department of Public Works has issued a Special Hauling Permit to Transport Logistics for the movement of two (2) over-sized vehicles on CR03 – Wyncoop Creek Road.
ELMIRA- Colorectal cancer — cancer that begins in the colon or rectum — is one of the most common cancers among New Yorkers.  It is estimated that one in 20 people will develop colorectal cancer during their lifetime.  “Each year in New York State, more than 10,000 people develop cancer of the colon and rectum, and nearly 3,500 New Yorkers die from this disease,” says Peg Johnson, Southern Tier Cancer Services Program. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Elmira- There are more than 397,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 101,000 of them are waiting to be adopted.  Many of these children have been waiting years for a loving, caring, permanent family.  Every child deserves a forever family. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Chemung County Division of Children and Family Services join thousands of individuals, government agencies and child advocacy organizations across the nation in recognizing November as Adoption Awareness Month in Chemung County.

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

New York State will be officially recognizing the week of November 2nd through 8th, 2014 as Winter Weather Awareness Week, a time to educate the public about the hazards that winter storms can pose and what residents, businesses, and the community can do now to be prepared.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ELMIRA -   Chemung County Sprint Wireless customers can now send a short message service (SMS) text message to 911 for emergency help when unable to make a 911 voice call. This service is now available for all major cell phone providers including AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint within range of a Chemung County cell tower. If the tower is located outside the land boundary of Chemung County, the receiving tower will not know how to route the message.  The County launched the service with Verizon Wireless in August of 2013 and added AT&T in July of this year.

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

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

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

Erin – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the County is now accepting applications for non-ambulatory hunters to bow hunt at Park Station.  Santulli recommended the program to the Chemung County Legislature in April of this year.  The program allows for up to eight archery hunters with a physical disability who are unable to move about without the use of a mechanized aid to hunt for deer with a bow or crossbow at Park Station during the final two weeks of archery season (October 31- November 14, 2014).  Park Station will be closed to the general public during this two week archery season.

HORSEHEADS-    First Responders in Chemung County, including the Hazardous Materials Response Team, part of the responsibilities within the City of Elmira Fire Department, will be put to the test on Tuesday, August 5, at 10:00am at the Eaton Corporation, Westinghouse Road in Horseheads. Eaton will be hosting a Hazardous Materials release training exercise that will involve the Horseheads Volunteer Fire Department, Chemung County Hazardous Materials Response Team (Elmira Fire), the Chemung County Office of Fire and Emergency Management, the 911 Communications Center, the Chemung County Decontamination Team, and the Chemical Hazard Information Team (CHIT), a group of local professionals who have expertise in chemical interactions and help to advise first responders during an emergency. Jesse Marano, Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) Manager, Eaton Corporation, said, “Eaton is proud to collaborate with the Chemung County Emergency Management Office and the many first responders that keep our community safe.  The safety and welfare of our employees is Eaton’s top priority, so an opportunity to improve our internal response procedures and build relationships with our local emergency responders, is one that we’re happy to be a part of.”
ELMIRA -   Chemung County AT&T Wireless customers can now send a short message service (SMS) text message to 911 for emergency help when unable to make a 911 voice call. This service is now available to any AT&T or Verizon Wireless customer within range of a Chemung County cell tower. If the tower is located outside the land boundary of Chemung County, the receiving tower will not know how to route the message.  The County launched the service with Verizon Wireless in August of 2013.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has recommended to the County Legislature to transfer the operating certificate and ownership of the County Dental Clinic to Regional Primary Care Network, Inc..  The Clinic is housed in the Chemung County Health Center and would continue to be operated at this location.

Big Flats – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Big Flats Town Supervisor Ed Fairbrother announced they have entered into an intermunicipal agreement whereby the County will lease the land, known as Sperr Park, to the Town for a period of 99 years.  The park is dedicated in the memory of New York State Trooper Andrew J. Sperr. The Town Council approved the agreement at their July 23, 2014 meeting.  The agreement will now be forwarded to the County Legislature for their final approval.

CORNING, NY (July 16, 2014) – Save money, time and stress on your way to work.  Sounds too good to be true?  What’s the catch?  There is none.  Today, local officials in Chemung and Steuben Counties launched 511NY Southern Tier Rideshare – a new program to promote carpooling in the region. Commuters who live or work in the Counties can register in the free, easy-to-use, online ridematching system at SouthernTierRideshare.com to find others who live and work near them, with similar schedules, to match with and share rides.

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli said, "Chemung County is pleased to partner with Steuben County to pilot 511NY Southern Tier Rideshare to offer a 21st century transportation solution to our residents and to leverage a plentiful and valuable resource in our rural area, the individual automobile.”

ELMIRA - Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today that Chemung County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.  The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on July 3rd and will end on July 7th.

ELMIRA – Joycelyn Bermingham has received the NYS Association of Personnel and Civil Service Officers (NYSAPCSO) President's Award.  The Award was presented to Bermingham by Commissioner Jerry Boone, President of NYSAPCSO at their annual conference held at the Corning Radisson, June 9-11, 2014.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, along with former County Executive Tom Tranter, have been elected to the Elmira College Board of Trustees. Tranter, President of Corning Enterprises and Director of Government Affairs, was elected to three 4-year terms before joining Corning Inc. in May of 2000.

Santulli, who served as Tranter's Deputy Executive, was elected County Executive in 2000 and reelected to three subsequent 4-year terms.  He holds a master’s degree from Elmira College.

Big Flats- Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Ann Crook, Elmira Corning Regional Airport’s Director of Aviation announce Delta Air Lines will add a daily flight to Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport over the Christmas holiday period.

The daily service from ELM to ATL will run from December 20, 2014 to January 4, 2015. "The flight will provide, not only service to the Atlanta area, but also more connections to Latin American destinations as well as to Florida and the Southeast," said Ann Crook.

ELMIRA - Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli is pleased to announce the County government offices are the process of implementing a new telephone system utilizing "voice over Internet protocol" technology. The Cisco VoIP system will not only save taxpayer dollars but will also provide the County with greater telephone functionality to improve efficiency and enhance public service.

The switchover may cause some minor interruptions in service.  Any phone issues will be corrected as soon as they are identified. 

HORSEHEADS – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, joins Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Thomas O'Mara, and Assemblyman Christopher Friend in inviting all Chemung County residents to participate in the Southern Tier Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program which will be held this Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Horseheads High School Auditorium from 11am to 1pm.  Governor Cuomo is offering these trainings programs across New York State in an effort to provide citizens with the tools and resources to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Legislature recently approved a resolution submitted by County Executive Tom Santulli proclaiming Chemung County as a Purple Heart County.

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

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on May 22nd and will end on May 28th. Memorial Day week is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. Memorial Day weekend is the traditional beginning of summer. 

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed the week of May 18-24 as National Emergency Medical Services Week in Chemung County.

“On behalf of all the residents of Chemung County I offer my heartfelt appreciation for our Emergency Medical Service professionals for their dedication in providing lifesaving care under what are often stressful and urgent circumstances,” Santulli said. “EMS personnel are an invaluable part of our community by giving us medical attention and care in what can often be life and death situations.”

ELMIRA- What is your vision of Elmira and the surrounding Towns in 2035?  How can a sustainable transportation system support a great quality of life for our residents? Regional transportation planners will pose these questions to local residents and business people at a series of workshops on May 20, 21, and 22 in several locations around the County. 

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

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Youth Bureau Director Bob Harris presented the awards at the 31st Annual Awards Reception which was held on today at the Big Flats Community Center.

Big Flats- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care honored area seniors today with the Senior Citizen of the Year Award and the Mildred Parfitt Award at the annual Older American’s Month Celebration held at the Big Flats Community Center. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli began the celebration with the reading of a proclamation designating May as "Older Americans Month in Chemung County". 
Elmira- May is National Foster Care Month, a time to call attention to the needs of the 399,546 American children and youth in foster care and the foster parents, volunteers, mentors, child welfare professionals, and policymakers who play a vital role in keeping foster care temporary. Both the Adoptive Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 and the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 emphasized the need for child welfare agencies and courts to work together to use foster care as a short term service in achieving the desired outcomes of child safety, permanency, and well-being and of family preservation. This year, the theme for National Foster Care Month is "Building Blocks to Permanent Families."

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Andy Avery, Commissioner of Public Works announced today an expanded 2014 work program. "The construction and maintenance of our roads, bridges, and culverts has always been a top priority in our annual budget," said Santulli. "Due to the extreme winter weather our community experienced this year a number of roads suffered significant damage and immediate attention is necessary." 

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and County Fire and Emergency Management Director Michael Smith joined the National Weather Service in recognizing the week of April 28 to May 2, 2014 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in New York. The goal is to raise awareness of the hazards severe weather poses to the public and provide safety information in an effort to keep you and your family safe. It is imperative that our citizens be prepared for hazardous weather, whether it be a thunderstorm with frequent lightning to a flash flood, high winds, or even a tornado.

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

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

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

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

Elmira Heights- The Chemung County Fire Advisory Board will hold a graduation ceremony for 31 graduates of the Spring and Fall 2013 Classes of the Firefighter 1 training program tomorrow, Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the Edison High School auditorium beginning at 7:00 pm. The training program was offered by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services through the Office of Fire Prevention and Control. The graduates of this program represent eleven local volunteer fire companies and will now become probationary firefighters in those departments.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Aging and Long Term Care

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

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

ELMIRA - The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care has only 60 Farmer's Market Coupon Booklets still available for eligible seniors.  Booklets are limited to one per household, one per season and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last at the following locations:

    *Thursday's at  Wisner Park

    *Friday's at the Eastside Farmer's Market

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

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

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care will hold its Annual Public Hearing on June 5th, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at Ernie Davis Community Center.  The topic this year is “Caregiving in an Age-Friendly Community”.   Information will be provided on how to obtain services and supports for ourselves and our loved ones as we age.

Horseheads – The 2014 Chemung County Senior Games begin Wednesday, May 7th with a 70+ Softball Tournament including teams from Albany and Syracuse.  The tournament begins at 9:30am at the Town of Horseheads Sports Complex off Wygant Road.  The 55+ Softball Tournaments will be held Thursday of this week with seven teams competing from Elmira, Binghamton, Ithaca, and the Cortland areas.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Elmira- The Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care, in partnership with the Department of Social Services, is pleased to announce that the NY Connects and Adult Services unit recently received Certificates of Recognition for Excellence in Providing Adult Services from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. 
HORSEHEADS – As the winter season approaches, Curt Rhodes, President of the Chemung County Town Highway Superintendents’ Association, and Andy Avery, Commissioner of Public Works for Chemung County, have issued a winter driving advisory for all Chemung County residents. When the forecast calls for winter weather, they ask residents to be mindful of potentially hazardous road conditions. 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chemung County – The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces its intent to begin its annual Herbicide Program.   Per New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) requirements, notices will be delivered to property owners who have structures on property within 150-feet of the spray areas.
 
Weather permitting, the annual herbicide program for 2014 will begin the week of July 28, 2014, and continue as applicable, in regard to seasonal needs. 

CHEMUNG COUNTY- The Chemung County Department of Public Works is pleased to announce the replacement of two bridges in Chemung County:

1.     CR01 – Jerusalem Hill Road over Goldsmith Creek (Between Draht Hill Road and Monkey Run Road in the Town of Elmira)

2.     CR02 – Lowman Road over Baldwin Creek (north of CR42 – Hoffman Hollow Road in the Town of Chemung)

The Chemung County Department of Public Works announces that CR02, Lowman Road, will be closed to through traffic between Jenkins Road and CR42, Hoffman Hollow Road, starting Monday June 9th.  The purpose of this closure is to replace an existing culvert in deteriorating condition with a new culvert that will improve traffic flow and stream hydraulics.  It is anticipated that CR02 will be closed for 3-4 weeks, and is expected to reopen by the July 4th weekend, depending on weather and equipment availability. 

Horseheads – The Department of Public Works is pleased to announce that its “MS4 Stormwater Annual Report” is available for public viewing and comment on the County DPW webpage. Click here to view the report.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Andy Avery, Commissioner of Public Works announced today an expanded 2014 work program. "The construction and maintenance of our roads, bridges, and culverts has always been a top priority in our annual budget," said Santulli. "Due to the extreme winter weather our community experienced this year a number of roads suffered significant damage and immediate attention is necessary." 

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

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

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

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

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

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Elmira- There are more than 397,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 101,000 of them are waiting to be adopted.  Many of these children have been waiting years for a loving, caring, permanent family.  Every child deserves a forever family. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and the Chemung County Division of Children and Family Services join thousands of individuals, government agencies and child advocacy organizations across the nation in recognizing November as Adoption Awareness Month in Chemung County.

Elmira- The low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will begin on November 17, 2014.  HEAP is a federally funded energy program that assists eligible households in meeting their heat-related energy costs.  HEAP issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost and also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat related energy emergency.  The maximum regular benefit an eligible household can receive is $625 for homes that heat with oil, kerosene or propane and $400 for all others.  A family of four can have a household income of up to $50,628 annually and still qualify for a HEAP benefit. 

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

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

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

THE NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AND PUBLIC HEARINGS TO PROVIDE FOR COMMENT ON THE PROPOSED NEW YORK STATE PLAN FOR THE 2014 – 2015 HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (HEAP)

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

Elmira- May is National Foster Care Month, a time to call attention to the needs of the 399,546 American children and youth in foster care and the foster parents, volunteers, mentors, child welfare professionals, and policymakers who play a vital role in keeping foster care temporary. Both the Adoptive Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 and the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 emphasized the need for child welfare agencies and courts to work together to use foster care as a short term service in achieving the desired outcomes of child safety, permanency, and well-being and of family preservation. This year, the theme for National Foster Care Month is "Building Blocks to Permanent Families."
Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Chemung County.  This is a time to recognize that each child has the right to be raised in a healthy, nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect.  As a community we must work to ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to grow and develop.  On a daily basis, people work in the courts, social services, schools, and other places to make a difference for each child they interact with. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Kwik Fill A0026, 1997 Lake Street, Elmira – 4/21/14 - $550 Fine

-Express Mart #322, 2150 Grand Central Ave, Horseheads – 4/15/14 - $550 Fine

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

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

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

ELMIRA – Twin Tiers residents looking to improve their health and perhaps drop a few pounds are turning to a program that’s proving what most of us already know about getting healthy, but have a hard time admitting: if we eat well and move more, good things will happen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Erin – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the County is now accepting applications for non-ambulatory hunters to bow hunt at Park Station.  Santulli recommended the program to the Chemung County Legislature in April of this year.  The program allows for up to eight archery hunters with a physical disability who are unable to move about without the use of a mechanized aid to hunt for deer with a bow or crossbow at Park Station during the final two weeks of archery season (October 31- November 14, 2014).  Park Station will be closed to the general public during this two week archery season.

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

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has recommended to the County Legislature to transfer the operating certificate and ownership of the County Dental Clinic to Regional Primary Care Network, Inc..  The Clinic is housed in the Chemung County Health Center and would continue to be operated at this location.

Big Flats – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Big Flats Town Supervisor Ed Fairbrother announced they have entered into an intermunicipal agreement whereby the County will lease the land, known as Sperr Park, to the Town for a period of 99 years.  The park is dedicated in the memory of New York State Trooper Andrew J. Sperr. The Town Council approved the agreement at their July 23, 2014 meeting.  The agreement will now be forwarded to the County Legislature for their final approval.

ELMIRA – The Chemung County Legislature recently approved a resolution submitted by County Executive Tom Santulli proclaiming Chemung County as a Purple Heart County.

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Andy Avery, Commissioner of Public Works announced today an expanded 2014 work program. "The construction and maintenance of our roads, bridges, and culverts has always been a top priority in our annual budget," said Santulli. "Due to the extreme winter weather our community experienced this year a number of roads suffered significant damage and immediate attention is necessary." 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Parks and Recreation

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

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

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

Names, addresses, and phone numbers will be taken Monday, September 8th through Thursday, September 18th, 2014. Please submit the above information either by phone or in person to:

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

The drawing of 10 names will be held on Friday, September 19th, 2014.

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

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

Erin – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announces the County is now accepting applications for non-ambulatory hunters to bow hunt at Park Station.  Santulli recommended the program to the Chemung County Legislature in April of this year.  The program allows for up to eight archery hunters with a physical disability who are unable to move about without the use of a mechanized aid to hunt for deer with a bow or crossbow at Park Station during the final two weeks of archery season (October 31- November 14, 2014).  Park Station will be closed to the general public during this two week archery season.

Big Flats- The Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department announces the schedule for swim lessons sign-ups at Harris Hill Pool.  One must be at least 4 years of age by June 30th in order to participate.  Those interested can sign up at the Chemung County Buildings and Grounds Department, 217 Madison Avenue, Elmira on the following days:

Friday, June 13th    2:00pm – 6:00pm
Tuesday, June 17th  1:00pm – 6:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CORNING, NY (July 16, 2014) – Save money, time and stress on your way to work.  Sounds too good to be true?  What’s the catch?  There is none.  Today, local officials in Chemung and Steuben Counties launched 511NY Southern Tier Rideshare – a new program to promote carpooling in the region. Commuters who live or work in the Counties can register in the free, easy-to-use, online ridematching system at SouthernTierRideshare.com to find others who live and work near them, with similar schedules, to match with and share rides.

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli said, "Chemung County is pleased to partner with Steuben County to pilot 511NY Southern Tier Rideshare to offer a 21st century transportation solution to our residents and to leverage a plentiful and valuable resource in our rural area, the individual automobile.”

ELMIRA- What is your vision of Elmira and the surrounding Towns in 2035?  How can a sustainable transportation system support a great quality of life for our residents? Regional transportation planners will pose these questions to local residents and business people at a series of workshops on May 20, 21, and 22 in several locations around the County. 

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

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

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

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

The Chemung County Youth Bureau will be offering the Summer Cohesion Program this summer beginning July 7th and ending August 14th.

Remaining program openings are available on a first come/first serve basis, daily, Monday - Friday, from 9:00am -3:00pm at the Chemung County Youth Bureau located at 599 Harris Hill Rd.

Big Flats - The Chemung County Youth Bureau will be offering the Summer Cohesion Program this summer beginning July 7th and ending August 14th.

Beginning Monday, June 9th from 9:00-3:00pm Remaining program openings are available on a first come/first serve basis at the Chemung County Youth Bureau located at 599 Harris Hill Rd.

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

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Youth Bureau Director Bob Harris presented the awards at the 31st Annual Awards Reception which was held on today at the Big Flats Community Center.

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

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