Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 3:34 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Women's March, news.

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In the 10 weeks since the election, a small group of women, mostly new to activism, organized a gathering – that involved a reported five million people worldwide – on Jan. 21 in the U.S. capitol. 

The Women's March took place so people could speak out in support and solidarity for women, while recognizing a multitude of issues that affect all people – racial injustice, climate change, reproductive rights, and LGBTQ equality, among others. Its epicenter in Washington, D.C., hosted anywhere from 500,000 to one million people, including several area residents.

Area resident Lauren Berger was there, an eyewitness to history.

Berger, RESTORE outreach and education specialist, Wyoming County, along with Karen Crawford, of Avon, Elizabeth Berger, of Silver Spring, Md., Jessica George, of Albion, and Amber Hainey, of Mount Morris, all traveled to Washington, D.C., in solidarity of the Women’s March.

Hainey was inspired by her grandmother, who marched in Selma, Ala., in 1965. Fifty-two years and multiple demonstrative marches later came the Women’s March on Washington.

“My grandmother is now not able to march anymore, so I wanted to carry on her fight,” Hainey said.

 “I protested a lot when I was younger, but I had never seen a protest like this,” George said. “By the time I got to Port Authority in New York City, you could already tell that the march would be historic.”

Images of planes and buses filled with enthusiastic passengers and pink regalia went viral overnight, and a sea of “Pussyhats” had amassed by 8 a.m. (For information on the Pussyhat Project, click here.)

“It was truly an inspiring time to be in D.C.,” Crawford said.

Inching along, shoulder to shoulder and laboriously trying to keep personal groups together, people meandered along every sidewalk and eventually entire streets. 

Signs in varying levels of creativity and vulgarity wafted above the immense crowds that only grew thicker as the rally point approached.

“I had followed the march closely on social media,” George said. “Considering the initial misgivings about a lack of intersectionality, I was pleasantly surprised to walk to the starting point and join a crowd of diverse, passionate, and inspired individuals.”

Organizers expected 200,000 attendees, which was quickly dwarfed by the actual turnout. A stage in the middle of Independence Avenue hosted more than 50 poets, activists, musicians and mothers. A four-hour pre-march rally included racial justice advocate Angela Davis, feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, and Grammy-award-winning singer Alicia Keys.

“The rally was one of the best I’ve seen,” George said. “It was truly inspiring and it gave me hope.”

The two-mile route was so congested with participants that logistics quickly altered, sending a massive flow all the way to the Washington Monument, across the Ellipse and to the area surrounding the White House. 

Individual causes that drew marchers varied from LGBTQ rights, racial justice, environmental concerns, reproductive freedoms, First Amendment rights, civil liberties, sexual assault, concern for education and children, and women’s suffrage.

“I march for her, who saw the benefit in marching for my generation, so I will honor her and march because I can,” Hainey said. 

Despite the hostile nature of the election season and some post-inaugural protests, hardly any incidents occurred at the women’s march, even with its exponentially larger attendance than any event that weekend — or perhaps ever.

“A very peaceful crowd,” Crawford  said. “Full of women and men of all races and religions.” 

The message of compassion was clear, although some individual statements did include a disdain for the new Trump Administration.

“When it gets harder to love, let’s love harder,” said Van Jones, CNN commentator and leader of the “Love Army,” one of the day’s speakers in Washington.

Among the chants repeated in the street was “Love, not hate — that’s what makes America great.”

Until and after nightfall nearly every block from the White House to Union Station remained congested with wandering, exhausted marchers. Although depleted of physical energy, attendees were rejuvenated to redouble efforts to create positive change by speaking up for others and showing love for others.

For Crawford, the march was about solidarity for the entire nation. 

“Regardless of religious or political beliefs,” she said, “We are Americans who need to care about the future of our country.”

“I think that in November we saw an election and also a fight for the soul of our nation,” George said. “While that first part (election) didn’t go as we had hoped, I think we won the second part (Women’s March).”

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 2:51 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, first responders, hate crime.

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Sen. Fred Akshar, joined by senators Martin Golden and Patrick Gallivan, recently announced the Community Heroes Protection Act (S1114A/A2962A). The act would designate crimes that specifically target police, firefighters and other emergency service workers punishable as hate crimes.

The Community Heroes Protection Act was inspired by the many men and women in uniform who have lost their lives, were injured, or targeted simply because of their jobs as protectors of the community. 

Researchers have found that between 2015 and 2016, there was a 68-percent increase in firearms related fatalities among law enforcement. This brings the total number of officers who were fatally shot in 2016 to 64.

In the month of December, a Youngstown, Ohio firefighter was shot on the scene of a house fire. City of Youngstown Fire Department Fire Chief John O’Neill told the media that the police were investigating the incident as a targeted shooting. This past week, 12-year-veteran firefighter Luke Jones was brutally beaten off duty at a nightclub in Phoenix. Homicide investigators say the manager and bouncer of the nightclub continuously struck the already injured firefighter while he was on the ground. Jones died shortly after being dropped off at the local hospital. 

According to The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, four in five medical technicians have experienced some form of injury as a result of the job. Approximately 52-percent claimed to have been injured by assault and more than 20 percent said personal safety was their primary concern.

“We are living in a time where our nation is divided and crimes against first responders and police officers are on the rise,” said Akshar (R-C- I, Colvesville). “Thousands of men and women voluntarily put their uniforms on every day to protect and serve our communities in a capacity no other could, even when there are very few willing to stand up for them.”

In numerous studies across the country it has been found, that law enforcement officers are not the only first responders being violently targeted. In New York alone, areas such as Cape Vincent and Webster have seen EMTs, firefighters, and 9-1-1 dispatchers injured or killed in numerous ambush-style acts of violence. 

“Police officers, firefighters and other first responders are dedicated to serving and protecting our citizens and our communities and they deserve our full support,” said Gallivan, a former New York state trooper and sheriff of Erie County. “I am deeply troubled by incidents in New York and across the country where men and women in uniform have been targeted because of who they represent, when in fact they represent all of us.

"By imposing stiffer penalties on those who perpetrate such crimes, we are sending a clear message that we stand with law enforcement and other emergency personnel who put their lives on the line in an effort to build safer communities for everyone.”

“Each day, our brave and dedicated law enforcement officers, firefighters, corrections officers, and medical service personnel put their lives on the line for our safety,” said Golden (R-C- I, Brooklyn), a former New York City police officer. “Sadly, these same individuals are being targeted with violence simply because they wear a uniform and are an officer or a first responder.

"The Community Heroes Protection Act will classify these bias attacks against our law enforcement officers and first responders as hate crimes. This will allow our prosecutors and judges to ensure that an offender receives a punishment that fits this heinous crime. As legislators, it is our obligation to help protect our law enforcement officers, firefighters, corrections officers, and medical service personnel as they perform their critical duties protecting the citizens of New York State. Although there will always be danger, I am confident that Community Heroes Protection Act will help protect New York State.”

The act classifies all crimes against first responders as hate crimes.These offenses are designated as hate crimes only if they are intentionally aimed at first responders based on the profile of their career.

Under current law, when a person is convicted of a hate crime and the specified offense is a misdemeanor or a Class C, D or E felony, the hate crime is deemed to be one category higher than the specified offense or one category higher than the offense level applicable to the defendant`s conviction. Police officers and first responders are not included in the current definition of a hate crime.

“I’m honored to sponsor the Community Heroes Protection Act in the Assembly - it’s common sense to protect those who keep us safe every day,” said Assemblyman Peter Abbate. “We need to be clear – violence against our police officers, firefighters, and first responders will not be tolerated and those who commit these vicious acts will be held accountable.”

“I want to thank Senator Akshar for his hard work on this important piece of legislation. As an active volunteer firefighter and former EMT, I know firsthand how hard our law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services personnel work to protect our communities,” said Sen. Phil Boyle (R-C- I, Suffolk County). “It’s imperative that we work to do everything we can to protect these brave men and women.”

“The willingness of individuals to use violence against emergency response personnel has increased in both frequency and severity,” said Daniel Sisto, vice president and legislative director for the New York State Troopers PBA (Police Benevolent Association). “A clear message must be sent that this dangerous behavior will not be tolerated. Those that are willing to ignore that message must be held accountable.” 

“The past year has been a troubling one for law enforcement and first responders as a whole. As first responders, now more than ever, we must be not only aware and responsive to the needs of our community, but supremely vigilant of our own safety as well,” said Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb, president of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association.

“Crimes which specifically target first responders should indeed be given extra scrutiny. I thank Senator Akshar on behalf of the Sheriffs of New York, and pledge the support of our Association to this legislation.”

“NYSACOP is grateful that the sponsors of the Community Heroes Protection Act are taking the unprecedented attacks against law enforcement seriously, and taking serious action to curb it,” said New York State Association of Chiefs of Police (NYSACOP) President David J. Zack. “Law enforcement officers, correction officers, firefighters, and emergency medical service personnel expose themselves to danger each and every day.

"Each understood the risk when they took the job. These brave men and women are willing to lay down their lives to protect the lives of others. It is only right that the Legislature and the governor do all each can to deter those who wish to do these heroes harm based solely on the hatred they possess for those who play such a vital role in our American society.”

“Far too often our members have been targeted by menacing individuals solely because they are firefighters,” said Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) President Kenneth Pienkowski. “In 2009 one of our volunteers from the Cape Vincent Fire Department, Mark Davis, was killed while attending to a patient during an EMS call response.

"In December of 2012, a gunman ambushed four volunteer firefighters who were battling a house fire in Webster, killing two. These despicable and tragic incidents are unfortunately becoming commonplace; they are but two examples of the dangers our members face outside of their primary function as firefighters. Our members are volunteers who accept this job with no pay, little benefits and only a desire to protect their community.

“How can we possibly ask people to join the ranks of the volunteer community if we cannot give them the most basic protections against malevolent individuals who target them because of what they do? This legislation is vitally important to ensure the protection of our members who risk their lives daily to protect their community."

“Our members appreciate the support and acknowledgment of Senator Fred Akshar and other members of the Senate and Assembly, of the risks and dangers that exist in our profession,” said Vincent Variale, president of the Uniformed EMS Officers Union of the FDNY (Fire Department of New York). “This legislation will send a strong message. If you assault an emergency responder you will pay a heavy price.”

“This is a much needed legislative initiative. The leading cause of serious injuries to EMS professionals is due to assault, on both a state and national level,” said Israel Miranda, president of the FDNY’s Emergency Medical Services. “Anyone who intentionally assaults a first responder because of their perceived employment or uniform they wear,  is unacceptable.”

“On behalf of over 30,000 active and retired members of NYSCOPBA, I would like to thank Senator Akshar and Assemblyman Abbate for their leadership in sponsoring the Community Heroes Protection Act,” said Michael B. Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association Inc. (NYSCOPBA). “NYSCOPBA is honored to stand side-by-side with our fellow brothers and sisters in law enforcement and the first responders who put their lives on the line to protect our communities.

"Recently we have witnessed several unjustified crimes against members of the law enforcement community for no other reason than the type of job that they perform or the uniform that they wear. Criminals who target law enforcement officers and first responders need to be held accountable for their actions. This legislation is a step in the right direction that will help ensure that our members return home safely at the end of their shifts.”

“The mission of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs is to educate and train firefighters and officers, so that they can stay safe while working to protect their communities,” said Jerry DeLuca, executive director of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs. “The Community Heroes Protection Act goes one step further in helping to ensure the safety of those firefighters, police officers and EMS workers who place their lives in jeopardy for the safety of the public.”

“Our firefighters and so many other first responders put their lives at risk every single day to rescue others,” said James Slevin, president of the United Firefighters Association. “To know that criminal acts – against our heroes – are on the rise is a serious concern, and we commend Senator Akshar and others for introducing the Community Heroes Protection Act. This bill will help ensure that crimes targeted against our brave emergency service workers will be punishable as hate crimes.” 

“Even with all of the recent negativity, law enforcement officers and first responders continue to dedicate their lives to helping and protecting others,” said Louis Viscusi, president of Suffolk County Correction Officers Association. “This legislation will give us the protection we need to deter targeted offenses against law enforcement, firefighters and EMS workers. The Suffolk County Correction Officers Association is proud to support this bill.”

“Make no mistake, the passage of stiffer penalties will not single-handedly protect all of our emergency service workers, nor will it mend all relationships between those who serve the public and the public whom they serve,” said Akshar.

“This is a stepping stone in deterring crime based on prejudice, but it’s incumbent upon all of us on both sides of the uniforms to talk to each other, to become involved in each others’ lives and make an effort to truly understand each others’ perspectives. Only then can we build stronger, safer communities for everyone in them.”

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 12:05 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, court, crime, Attica, news.

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The following are from State Correctional Facilities and were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Jan. 30. 

Bail is set for state inmate cases for two reasons:

    • In the event that the inmates current sentence is overturned on appeal or the inmates sentence is about to expire the bail will kick in on the new case and the inmate would be turned over to the Wyoming County jail while the new case is pending; and

    • When bail is placed on an inmate it follows the inmate so when they are moved to different facilities it is one way for them to be found and also the state system knows there is another case still pending.

James Smith had his case adjourned for trial April 7.

Chester Jones had his case adjourned for trial May 30.

Jamal Wilson had his case adjourned for trial May 30.

Jerry Gillard pled not guilty to: two counts of promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony; criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class C felony; and conspiracy in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. Motions are scheduled March 15. Bail was set at $10,000.

Christian Manley is scheduled for a Huntley Hearing Feb. 21. A Huntley Hearing is a pretrial hearing in New York State and is requested for the purpose of reviewing the manner in which the police obtained statements from the defendant.

Kimberly Gillard, of Attica, was in Wyoming County Court Jan. 30 and had her case adjourned to March 15 for motions.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 11:55 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Warsaw, news.
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Michael P. Lantain, 35, of Warsaw, was charged Jan. 20 with felony sex abuse in the first degree, and endangering the welfare of a child under 17, a misdemeanor. Warsaw Village Police say Lantain had sexual relations with a girl less than 11 years old. The alleged abuse is suspected to have occurred sometime between December and January in the Village. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $10,000 bail and is due in Village Court Feb. 6.

Alexander J. Tallman, 18, of Warsaw, was charged Jan. 22 with burglary and criminal mischief, both as felonies in the second degree, and petit larceny. Tallman was arrested in connection with a theft at a Main Street, Warsaw, apartment. Another suspect in the case, Kevin Halbert, 30, of Warsaw, was charged with criminal trespass in the second degree. Tallman was jailed in the Wyoming County Jail on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond. He is due in Warsaw Village Court Feb. 6. Halbert is due in court March 6.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 11:26 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Arcade, heroin, opioids, overdose, news.
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      Rene M. Sliwa

An Arcade woman was arrested Jan. 24 in connection with an overdose at a North Street, Arcade, residence.

Rene M. Sliwa, 29, was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of criminal nuisance in the second degree. 

Police officials say a woman (not Sliwa) was brought to the Village Office in the afternoon of Jan. 23 for a suspected overdose. Officers were able to revive the woman through CPR. Approximately 11 hours later, the same victim was again brought to the Village Office for a suspected overdose, at which time officers were able to revive again.

Through investigation, a search warrant was obtained for the North Street home, where Sliwa was a renter, subsequently resulting in her arrest.

She was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail and is due in Arcade Village Court at a later date.

Police officials say other charges are pending.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 10:33 am

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court:

“President Trump showed America his commitment to conservative principles with tonight’s Supreme Court nomination. Judge Neil Gorsuch will be a strong voice on the court for years to come. I fully anticipate that he will continue interpreting laws as they are written and defend the constitutionally protected rights all Americans hold dear. I urge my Democrat colleagues in the Senate to recognize the clear message American voters sent on Election Day and quickly confirm Judge Gorsuch.”

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 7:51 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Pike, carnival, winter.

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When the Pike Winter Carnival began in the '80s, a group of ladies came up with a concoction of soup and called it Pike Stew, said carnival committee member John Karasiewicz.

On Sunday, the same secret recipe was used, as well as the same kettle.

“The ladies would make the soup the day before and it was kept warm over an open fire. Everyone likes the stew, so we continue the tradition,” Karasiewicz said.

While the carnival had a 10-year hiatus from 1996 to 2006, the community event has gained momentum over the last few years and continues to be a winter favorite winter in this small town.

“It’s just a carnival for the community.”

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Monday, January 30, 2017 at 6:53 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Sports, cheerleading, Perry, announcements.

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Both varsity and modified cheerleading squads from Perry High School took First Place at the Greater Rochester Cheer & Dance Competition Jan. 28.  

Modified A3 team members include: Kendra Willard, Angel Vasquez-Slon, Tiana Cowie, Kadence Herrmann, Trinity Parker, Natalia Muolo, and Liana Ilardi. They are coached by Kristin Newville. 

Varsity 4 team members include: Iesha Cole, Alysha Jones, Emma Humberstone, Brittnay Woodworth, Ashlee Safford, Brice Blackmore, Morgan Laraby, Rachael Hinz, Gipsie Prickett, Danielle Frazier, Taryn True, and Autumn Baker. They are coached by Cheryl Hayes.

Monday, January 30, 2017 at 6:19 pm

News from Sheldon:

Tax Bills Due

The Town Tax Collector, Donna Almeter, will be at the Sheldon Town Hall, 1380 Centerline Road, Strykersville, from 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 31. 

The last day to pay without penalty is Jan. 31.

Varysburg Fire Department Chicken Barbecue

Don’t want to cook on Super Bowl Sunday and support your local fire department? Stop by the Varysburg Fire Hall between 1 and 4 p.m. Feb. 5 and pick up a chicken barbecue.

Advance sale tickets only. The cost is $10 and can be purchased at C&G Prallers Inc. Citgo, 2600 Route 20A, Varysburg, or by calling (585) 535-7321.

2017 anti-rabies vaccination clinics will be held: 
    • March 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Wyoming County Highway Department, 4328 Route 19, Silver Springs (Rock Glen);
    • June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Perry Village Highway Department, S. Federal St., Perry;
    • June 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Arcade Town Highway Department, Route 98, Arcade;
    • July 19th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Attica Town Highway Department, Route 98, Attica; and
    • Oct. 14 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Wyoming County Highway Department.
Dogs, cats and ferrets three months old or older will be vaccinated at these clinics. 

The initial vaccination is good for one year only; for dogs and cats each vaccination thereafter will be effective for three years. Ferrets must be vaccinated yearly. 

Animals must be accompanied by someone able to control them. 

This is a free clinic for Wyoming County residents – donations accepted. Out of county residents will be charged $10 per animal. 

For more information call the Wyoming County Health Department at (585) 786-8894.

Sheldon Youth Cross-country Ski Day

Youth Recreation Cross-country Ski Day at Byrncliff Resort will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 20 (weather permitting).

The cost is $10 for adults and Sheldon youth 18 years old and under are free. 

Sign up Feb. 20 in the pro shop at Byrncliff.

Along with cross-country skiing, patrons can also try the tubing sledding hill. Bring your own tubes or sleds if you have them (no sharp metal edges or runners).

Office of the Assessor

The Town of Sheldon has contracted with the Wyoming County Office of Real Property, 143 N. Main St., Warsaw, for assessment services. 

For more information, contact Mary Kern at (585) 786-8828 or via email at mkern@wyomingco.net. Additionally, she will be at the Sheldon Town Hall from noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 15.

Facebook Page

The Town of Sheldon's Facebook page is an easy and quick way to post town notices and events, “like” its page to stay up to date on the goings on in the community. Have an event to share? Send the town clerk notices to help spread the word.

Harris Corners Fire Department gun raffle

The Harris Corners Fire Department is hosting a gun raffle April 8 at the North Java Fire Hall, 4274 Route 98, North Java.

Tickets are $20. To buy a chance, call (585) 591-8132. A limited number of tickets are available.

Town clerk new cell number

The town clerk’s new cell phone number is  (716) 598-0378. 

Monday, January 30, 2017 at 5:35 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, Earned Income Tax Credit, government.

There are as many as 559 people in Wyoming County leaving as much as $8,150 on the table each year simply because they're not completing the right IRS or state forms when they file their tax returns.

The money is what's called an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the program is one many economists believe has helped lift millions of people over the past couple of decades out of poverty.

The EITC rewards work and economists say that is the right incentive to get people who can work into jobs that set them on a path toward better lives.

"One of the problems with redistribution of incomes is getting the money to the right people," said Michael Wolkoff, associate chair in the Department of Economics at the University of Rochester. "You want to do it in a way that encourages people to work if you can. ... The problem with general welfare is that it takes some people who can work and provides them with an incentive not to work and that's not what you want to do with welfare policy in general."

The first EITC was enacted in 1975 and the program was revised and expanded in both the Reagan and Clinton administrations. 

The program provides a lump-sum payment to qualifying people based on their income from work, even if self-employed, and the formula is designed to encourage poor people to earn more money, growing their income enough so eventually they earn enough and are no longer eligible for the EITC. 

As Wolkoff explained, it turns the value of a job that pays $10 an hour into one that might be worth $12 an hour for the wage earner. 

If there's one flaw with the program, Wolkoff suggested, it might be the nature of the lump-sum payment, which isn't an immediate payoff for the actual extra work at the time of the work, and social science tends to show that incentives work best when rewards are given in proximity to the goal behavior. 

To the degree that's an issue is hard to determine, but a program that allocated money over the course of the work year would be much more expensive to administer, Wolkoff said.

Even so, numerous studies over the years show that program is successful in making lives better for millions of people across the nation:

  • Children in families receiving the credit tend to do better in school and they are more likely to attend college;
  • More single mothers have transitioned from public assistance with the help of the program and tend to earn more money later in life than single mothers who don't enter the workforce through the program;
  • Recipients of all types tend to earn more money later in life;
  • In one year, 2013, 9.4 million people were lifted out of poverty, including 5 million children; and 22 million people were less poor. 

The ability of people earning more money after participating in the program is a result of those people gaining work experience, new skills and on-the-job training, Wolkoff noted.

The program is designed to provide the greatest benefit to workers with children. For example, a single adult won't receive more than $506 from the federal government, but a family with three or more qualifying children will receive $6,269. The worker with no children can get another $152 from the state and for the family with three children, the state kicks in another $1,881.

Those amounts are also scaled by the individual's amount of earned income each year.

In New York, nearly 1.9 million people received the state's EITC last year, for a total payout of state and federal credits of $5.4 million.

In Wyoming County, the IRS reports there were 2,710 people receiving state and federal credit. That led to an additional $7.09 million flowing into the local economy. The average payout for qualifying Wyoming County residents was $2,672 in state and federal credits.

But then there are still those 559 local residents who qualify for the credit but didn't apply last year, according to IRS. For New York as a whole, there are 383,000 residents who didn't apply.  

The state put out a press release on Friday to help raise awareness of the program because the program is such a proven success for lower-income people willing and able to work.

"I think looking at that last column of figures (the 383,000 not getting the credit), there are hundreds of thousands of people across the state who are not claiming that credit and that's reason enough for us to do all we can do to boost awareness," said James Gazzale, a spokesman for NYS Taxation and Finance. "This is cash that counts for families so they can go out and pay bills, put food on the table, pay for school supplies, pay for all the necessities we sometimes take for granted. All of these families that are eligible and not claiming it, it can be a big boost for them."

For more information

• Federal Earned Income Tax Credit
• New York State Earned Income Tax Credit
• Recordkeeping suggestions for self-employed persons
• Contact a NYS Tax Department representative at (518) 457-5181

Monday, January 30, 2017 at 3:35 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Castile, Silver Springs, Warsaw, Pike.

A 16-year-old female, of Perry, was charged Jan. 25 with harassment in the second degree, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, and obstruction of governmental administration in the second degree. The teen is accused of grabbing court paperwork out of a Perry police officer’s hand while he was taking another individual, who had been arrested, to his police car. Additionally, she is accused of ripping the officer’s radio off from his uniform. She was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail.

Kyle Meerboth, 22, of Sardinia, was charged Jan. 21 with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving with a BAC above .18 percent, and failure to keep right. Meerboth was stopped on Griffith Road, Pike, following a traffic complaint. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Meerboth failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for driving while intoxicated. His breath test allegedly showed a BAC of .21 percent. He is due in the Pike Town Court Feb. 7

Gregory Scott, 54, of Perry, was charged Jan. 28 with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving with a BAC of .18, and move from lane unsafely. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Scott drove his vehicle into a ditch on Chapman Road, Castile. During the investigation, deputies say he failed sobriety tests and was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated. Additionally, he was allegedly found to have a BAC of .22 percent. He is due in Castile Town Court Feb. 13. Perry Police assisted deputies at the scene.

Brent Jno-Jules, 25, of Brooklyn, was charged Jan. 28 with speeding, unlawful possession of marijuana, and driving while ability impaired by a drug. Jno-Jules was arrested following a traffic stop on Route 20A, Perry. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies stopped the suspect for allegedly driving 82 in a 55-mph zone. During the investigation, officers say they smelled an “odor of marijuana” coming from the vehicle. He was placed through field sobriety testing and subsequently arrested for DWI and taken to the Sheriff’s Office for a drug influence evaluation. It was determined by the drug recognition expert that Jno-Jules was impaired by cannabis. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $300 cash bail or $3,000 bond. He is due in the Town of Perry Court March 8. Perry Police assisted deputies at the scene.

Derek E. Parke, 30, of Pike, was charged Jan. 30 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, following a traffic stop on Federal Street, Perry. Perry Police say Parke’s driver's license was suspended for failure to pay fines out of Warsaw Town Court and failure to answer summons out of Amherst Town Court. He is due in Perry Village Court at a later date.

Jeremy Mack, 36, of Silver Springs, was arrested Jan. 27 on an arrest warrant issued by Silver Springs Court for a violation of pre-trial release conditions. He was put in Wyoming County Jail without bail. He is due in court April 3.

Mason Maha, 19, of Perry, was charged Jan. 25 with petit larceny. He is accused of stealing two car tires from a home in Perry. He was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail. He is due in Perry Village Court Feb. 14.

Monday, January 30, 2017 at 2:35 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, government, Republican, Congressman Collins.

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) released the following statement addressing President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration:

“Nothing is more important than the safety and security of our communities here in Western New York,” Collins said. “Temporarily suspending the admittance of refugees and individuals from high risk countries until we can guarantee they are properly vetted is a common sense measure focused on protecting Americans. President Trump promised to make America safe again and his executive order aims to ensure we know who is entering our country.”
 

Monday, January 30, 2017 at 2:13 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, news, winter weather advisory.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo (NWS) has issued a winter weather advisory for Wyoming and southern Erie counties from 1 p.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Snow accumulation is expected to reach 4 to 6 inches by Wednesday afternoon. 

Winds will be coming out of the west at 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Blowing snow may reduce visibility to a half mile at times.

While the NWS has issued the advisory, officials say it implies that severe winter weather is not anticipated.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 4:59 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, farm, events, announcements, Warsaw.

Wyoming County Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) is hosting training webinars for Farmers’ Market programs at CCE, 36 Center St., Warsaw.

Farmers interested in participating in the WIC Vegetables and Fruit Check Program (WIC VF) or Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) this market season are invited to attend group webinar-viewing sessions.

CCE will be hosting a group viewing of both trainings from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 1.

Light refreshments will be provided.

New farmers participating in FMNP and all farmers participating in the WIC VF program must undergo a formal training offered by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Department. Additionally, new farmers in the FMNP must take formal training in their first year only; all farmers in the WIC VF program must have training every year. Farmers will also have to submit proof of training. 

CCE Wyoming will host these one-hour webinar presentations and administer a program quiz that will be returned to the Department as proof of training. 

Webinars are free and last one hour. The presentation is delivered via an online application called WebEx and the audio is available only through the phone. 

The two types of webinars – FMNP and WIC VF – will be held:

    • FMNP webinar: noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 1 and from 1 to 2 p.m. Feb. 3.

    • WIC VF webinar: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 1

You may also register for any of the online webinars at http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/AP/agservices/fmnp-wicvf-webinars.html.
If you would like to attend a webinar-viewing session please RSVP to Zach Amey by Jan. 30 at (585) 786-2251, ext. 123, or zta3@cornell.edu

Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 4:34 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, government, firefighters, health.

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Press release:

Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, (R-C-I, Elma) says the New York State Senate has passed a measure to help further protect the health of volunteer firefighters. The bill (S1411) expands the benefits available to volunteer firefighters when they contract certain illnesses and cancers as a result of the hazards they encounter during their duties.

“The men and women who serve our communities as volunteer firefighters deserve our support,” Gallivan said. “These brave volunteers protect our homes and businesses and face numerous potential hazards in responding to fires and other emergencies. I am proud to support legislation that expands benefits for firefighters facing health issues related to their selfless service.” 

Overexposure to smoke increases the risk of contracting cancer of the lungs, but may also cause cancer in an individual's esophagus, stomach, blood, intestines, and even the brain. A National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) study suggests firefighters are at higher risk of cancers of the digestive, oral, respiratory, and urinary systems when compared to the general population.

This legislation expands the existing coverage available under the Volunteer Firefighters Benefit Law to include cancer of the digestive, hematological, lymphatic, urinary, prostate, neurological, breast and reproductive systems or melanoma.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 4:16 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, hunting, Sports, pheasants, outdoor, nature, announcements.

Daily care is necessary to monitor the health of pheasant chicks to ensure there is adequate feed and water for the rapidly growing birds. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is now accepting applications for the cooperative Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program.

The program enhances the opportunities for pheasant hunting in New York State through a partnership among the DEC, sportsmen, 4-H youth groups, and landowners interested in rearing and releasing pheasants. Additionally, it is funded through the State Conservation Fund, which is supported by license fees paid by hunters, trappers, and anglers.

The Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program began in the early 1900s, when pheasant eggs and chicks were distributed to farmers and rural youth. Today, day-old chicks are available at no cost to participants who are able to provide a brooding facility, a covered outdoor rearing pen, and an adequate release site.

The pheasants may be released when they are 8 weeks old and no later than Dec. 1. Approved applicants will receive the day-old chicks in April, May, or June. All release sites must be approved in advance by the DEC and must be open for public pheasant hunting opportunities.

In 2016, the DEC distributed more than 34,000 day-old pheasant chicks to qualified applicants. 

Those interested in participating call the R9 DEC office for Wyoming, Allegany, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Erie, and Niagara counties, at (716) 372-0645, 182 E. Union, Suite 3, Allegany.

Applications must be filed with a DEC regional wildlife manager by March 25. A "Pheasant Rearing Guide" and applications are also available on DEC's website.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 3:44 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Covington, Silver Springs, Warsaw.

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Late in the evening on Jan. 24, Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a complaint of a suspicious male in the area of Wyoming Road and Route 19. During the investigation, deputies say they saw footprints around the Empire Livestock building leading to the back door.

Carl M. Vander, of Silver Springs, was arrested Jan. 25 in connection with the Jan. 24 burglary at the Covington business.

Deputies say they found the suspect walking on Route 19 at Mungers Mill Road, Warsaw, around 3:25 p.m. Jan. 25. When they approached Vander, deputies say he was wearing a baseball cap with “Empire Livestock Marketing” embroidered on it. He is suspected of not only stealing the cap from a dump truck parked in a garage on the property, but also causing damage to the business on the inside of the building.

Subsequently, he was charged with burglary in the third degree, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, and petit larceny.

He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $5,000 cash bail, where he remains until his court date Feb. 27 in the Town of Covington Court.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 6:06 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, lake effect snow, weather, news.

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A band of lake effect snow is due to hit Wyoming County early Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo (NWS) has issued a lake effect snow warning from 1 p.m. Thursday to 7 p.m. Sunday for Wyoming, southern Erie, Chautauqua, and Cattaraugus counties.

The greatest snow amounts are expected to focus on the higher terrain of the southwest Wyoming County, the Chautauqua Ridge, and Boston Hills.

Snow accumulations of up to 2 inches Thursday afternoon, 3 to 5 inches Thursday night, 4 to 7 inches Friday, and 1 to 2 feet Friday evening through Sunday. 

The wind will be coming out of the west at 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. 

Visibility can be less than a quarter-mile at times, the temperature will hover around the mid to high 30s during the day, with lows in the 20s overnight.

Periods of heavy lake effect snow will produce very difficult travel conditions with poor visibility and snow covered roads. 

NWS officials say this will be a long lasting event with several days of difficult travel conditions.

In lake effect snow, the weather can vary from locally heavy snow in narrow bands to clear skies just a few miles away. Travelers are warned to be prepared for rapidly changing conditions. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 10:57 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Sports, announcements, swimming, Perry, letchworth.

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Jacob Patrick in 100-meter butterfly.

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LCAA All-Stars -- Jacob Patrick, Jeremy Zerbe, Sam Matthews, Zack Walton.

The results for the Perry/Letchworth high schools' swim team from the Livingston County Athletic Association (LCAA) swim meet in Bath on Jan. 21 are as follows:

Sam Matthews broke the Perry 200-meter IM (individual medley) record and earned Fourth Place overall in the 500 freestyle, and Sixth Place overall in the 200-meter IM. 

Porter Matthews earned 16th place overall in the 100-meter backstroke and qualified for sectionals. 

Zack Phillips earned 16th place overall in 100-meter breaststroke. 

Nate Manning qualified for sectionals in 200 freestyle.

Jacob Patrick, Jeremy Zerbe and Sam Matthews were named LCAA All-Stars for Perry and Zack Walton for Letchworth.

Information submitted by Daryl McLaughlin. Photo credit: Chip Matthews​.

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Nathan Manning off the blocks in the 500-meter freestyle.

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Zack Phillips in 100-meter freestyle.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 5:15 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Sports, Perry, announcements, cheerleading.

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Photo submitted.

The Perry modified cheerleading team competed in its first competition Jan. 21 at Hornell's Winter Cheer Fest.  

In Division Modified 4, Perry defeated Honeoye for its first ever win.  

Team members include: Angel Vasquez-Slon, Kendra Willard, Kadence Herrmann, Trinity Parker, Tiana Cowie, Natalia Muolo, Leana Ilardi. They are coached by Kristin Newville.

In Varsity Division 3, Perry took First Place with 195.3, Wayland-Cohocton took Second Place with 173.2, and Fillmore took Third Place with 147.3. 

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