Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 5:03 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, events, news, Warsaw, outdoors.

Press release:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently unveiled a new marketing campaign designed to increase visitors and generate interest in New York State’s top winter tourism attractions and destinations. 

The winter marketing campaign, which will include two new television advertisements, will run in media markets throughout the Northeast and promote New York as a world-class winter destination. 

“We are very excited New York State has implemented a tourism campaign designed to promote winter activities statewide,” said Wyoming County Tourism Director Eric Szucs. “As a year-round tourism destination, Wyoming County offers visitors hundreds of miles of snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, showshoeing and hiking trails. This campaign will be a great way to showcase these to people seeking beautiful outdoor adventures.”

The governor also announced the State’s annual Free Snowmobiling Weekend for all out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers; it will run from Feb. 3 through 5.

“Increasing Upstate tourism continues to be a top priority for our administration and with this ad campaign and free snowmobiling weekend, we are building on our past success, and leveraging our natural assets to bring more visitors to New York during the winter season,” Cuomo said. “I encourage New Yorkers and tourists alike to visit these unparalleled winter destinations and snowmobile trails and take advantage of all New York has to offer.”

The winter marketing campaign features two 30-second I LOVE NEW YORK TV advertisements showcasing the Empire State’s diverse recreational and family-friendly activities, while reminding viewers of the various attractions that make New York State a world-class winter destination. 

The ads are slated to run through Feb. 19 in major markets in New York and across the Northeast, including Pennsylvania, Ohio and Connecticut, as well as Montreal and Toronto, Canada.

The first ad focuses on winter sports and recreation destinations. All the while letting views know that “New York has more ski mountains than anywhere else in the United States,” while promoting several Upstate attractions.

The winter fun ad features family-friendly attractions across the state, including including both indoor and outdoor activities.

Both ads are available in TV quality (h264 format) here.

Winter travel is responsible for 21 percent of New York’s total tourism. It accounted for more than $13 billion in direct visitor spending in 2015. 

"It impacts (Wyoming) county by highlighting our winter attractions, and in doing so tourists are educated on what we offer,” Szucs said. “As they visit, they inject dollars into our local economy by dining at our restaurants, visiting our shops and participating in events.”

Free Snowmobiling Weekend

Registration fees will be waived for properly registered and insured out-of-state snowmobilers wishing to explore the state’s 10,500 miles of trails.

Currently, out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers are required to register their snowmobiles with New York State before hitting the State’s trails. Snowmobile registration costs $100, but is decreased to $45 if the snowmobiler is a member of a local snowmobile club. This fee will be waived for out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers during the promotional weekend, provided they are properly registered and insured in another state or Canada.

During free snowmobiling weekend, town registration fees will also be waived for all in-state, out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers. For more information on snowmobiling, including online registration for out-of-state snowmobilers during non-promotional times, click here.

The state’s snowmobiling community generates total economic impact of approximately $868 million, according to a 2011 study by the State University at Potsdam. 

The promotional weekend will provide a boost to local small businesses and help to promote the state’s vast network of snowmobile trails. The trails are groomed and maintained by more than 230 local snowmobile clubs across the state.

Individuals operating a snowmobile should be familiar with safe riding practices and all applicable laws, rules and regulations. The best way to learn is by taking a snowmobile safety course. New York State offers an operator training course for snowmobilers to ensure the safety of riders and other trail users. To find a course, click here

A safety certificate is required for youth between 10 and 18 years old.

More information on winter tourism in New York State is available at www.iloveny.com/winter and on the free I LOVE NEW YORK mobile app at www.iloveny.com/mobile.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 4:36 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, grants, funding, ACWC, Perry, non profits.

Press release:

Applications are now available to eligible municipalities and not-for-profit organizations to compete for 2017 Preserve New York and Technical Assistance Grants (TAG), signature grant programs of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Preservation League of New York State.

The application deadline for spring TAG and 2017 Preserve New York is March 27.

A total of $306,678 is available in 2017. This includes: $256,678 in funding from NYSCA; $40,000 from The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for Preserve New York projects in Nassau and Suffolk Counties; and $10,000 for the TAG program from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor for projects in the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. This amount will be disbursed over two grant rounds, Preserve New York and TAG in the spring, and an additional TAG funding round in the fall.

Preserve New York

Preserve New York supports historic structure reports, building condition reports, cultural landscape reports, and cultural resource surveys.

Eligible projects may include but not be limited to: a historic structure report for a historic site; a building condition report for a local library; a cultural landscape report for an Olmsted-designed park; or a cultural resource survey of a downtown or residential neighborhood.

Technical Assistance Grants (TAG)

The Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) program, launched in 2012, supports discrete projects that preserve New York State's cultural and historic resources.

Not-for-profit arts/cultural groups and municipalities managing arts/cultural facilities are encouraged to apply. The applicant group may apply for short-term, stand-alone projects that advance the preservation of historic sites, museums, opera houses and theaters, arts facilities and other culturally important institutions that are located in historic buildings and structures that are open to the public. 

These professional studies include: building conditions surveys, engineering/structural analyses, feasibility/reuse studies and specialized building conservation studies. Preparation of architectural plans and specifications are not eligible.

“These grants provide much needed resources for the planning or study of your building to determine structural capacity and needs,” said Arts Council of Wyoming County Director Jackie Hoyt. “They might not pay for the bricks and mortar phase of a building in need of structural  repairs, but they help with funding the study of the problem and solutions.”

Hoyt has served on two non-profit agencies for close to 30 years. In that time, she had the opportunity to receive grants on behalf of the ACWC, and the Cordelia A. Greene Library, Castile. Hoyt was the director at the library for almost 20 years before becoming director at the ACWC.

“Quite often small organizations with limited funding do not have that kind of resource to pay for that kind of study. The study might reveal significant building problems or not. Having that knowledge enables and empowers the organizations to present their need to other funding sources, or the community. I believe the same concept applies for archival materials and proper storage or protection. 

“Sometimes the study and recommendations provide solutions or options that are within the scope of the organization's budget or resources.” 

Grant amounts will not exceed $3,000 and the total cost of the applicant's project may not exceed $3,500. Each applicant must provide $500 toward the total project cost.

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor will again provide additional support for projects within the Corridor. The Fall 2015 TAG round was the first to benefit from this supplemental funding. Ten projects in 10 counties, including Wyoming, were awarded $28,690. NYSCA contributed $18,690, and $10,000 came from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

The Preservation League invests in people and projects that champion the essential role of preservation in community revitalization, sustainable economic growth, and the protection of our historic buildings and landscapes. It leads advocacy, economic development and education programs across New York State.

The Preserve New York Grant and Technical Assistance Grant programs are made possible through funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

For more information on the Preserve New York grant program, call (518) 462-5658 or visit the League's website at www.preservenys.org.

Guidelines for grants are posted on the League's website. Prospective applicants must discuss proposed projects with Preservation League staff before receiving an application. Contact Erin Tobin, director of preservation, at (518) 462-5658, ext. 12, for more information or to request an application.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 3:13 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Castile, Perry, Warsaw.

Jonathan Carr II, 27, of Nunda, was charged Jan. 17 with: felony driving while intoxicated; felony operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 percent or higher; aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle; leaving the scene of a property damage accident; operating a motor vehicle without insurance; and following to closely. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a rear-end collision on South Main Street, Castile. Carr and his passenger allegedly fled the scene on foot before deputies arrived. Officers say a Good Samaritan on Glen Iris Road told them about two men looking for a ride. Subsequently, a deputy, along with a New York State Trooper, located the men and determined they were the ones from the accident. Following an investigation, officers determined that Carr was the driver of the vehicle and had a BAC of .11 percent. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond. He is due in court April 3.

Mason I. Maha, 19, of Perry, was charged Jan. 23 with burglary in the second degree and petit larceny. Maha is accused of stealing and cashing checks that were reported stolen from a home in Castile. He was released to the Wyoming County pre-trial release program and is due in the Town of Castile Court at a later date. In lieu of setting bail a defendant is released into a pre-trial release program that is run by the probation department. There are conditions of release such as curfews, testing, etcetera. If they violate the terms, bail could be added or increased or withdrawn altogether.

Duane L. Archer, 44, of Columbia, Md., was charged Jan. 22 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, speed in zone, and failure to keep right. Archer was arrested following a traffic stop on Route 20A at Toolhouse Road, Warsaw. Officers say he was stopped after he was seen crossing the centerline of the road multiple times and speeding while in the Village of Warsaw. During the investigation, it was allegedly found he had one active suspension in New York State since 2014 for failure to pay a driver responsibility assessment fee to the Department of Motor Vehicle. He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $500 cash bail or $2,000 bond. He is due in the Village of Warsaw Court March 6.

Monday, January 23, 2017 at 5:41 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, government, news, Warsaw, Board of Supervisors.

During the Jan. 17 county Board of Supervisors meeting, there was some conflict over a resolution to increase "Schedule S” employee vacation time. Although in all, the resolution was to pass the Salary Schedule S Handbook amendment, which included changes to employee vacation time.

In the prior handbook, employees earned vacation time based on the number of years of service. For example, an employee who has worked up to five years earned 10 vacation days; six to 10 years, 15 days; and 11 to 15 years, 20 days. That change was made effective Jan. 1, 2014. Prior to 2014, Schedule S employees accrued 24 days per year.

“Up until three years ago, that benefit was extended to all Schedule S employees. They are a part of management and in an effort to recruit quality people for the position, we extended that (vacation) benefit,” sad Wyoming County Board Chairman Doug Berwanger. 

In 2014 there was a “cash crunch” and that vacation benefit in the package took a hit. However, over time, it proved to be a poor decision, Berwanger says. What had ended up happening was the employees who were part of the union were accruing more vacation time than their managers. 

On Tuesday’s vote, half the members of the Board agreed the change was necessary, but half of them disagreed: Sandra King, of Pike; Brian Becker, of Sheldon; Bryan Kehl, of Attica; Ellen Grant, of Bennington; Keith Granger, of Castile; Jerry Davis, of Covington; Michael Vasile, of Genesee Falls; and Vanessa McCormick, of Java.

“At a time when the county is working under financial restraints, 24 days of vacation on the first day seems excessive,” Kehl said.

Becker, who owns William G. Becker & Sons Inc. in Java, says newly hired employees know they will earn vacation time on an anniversary date (typically after a year) – “that’s just the way it is.”

Schedule S employees don’t actually earn all 24 days when they initially start, they accrue time based on the number of hours they work in a pay period – every two weeks – not to exceed a total of 24 days in a year. However, if an employee chooses not to use any vacation time for any year, it can carry over to the next, but maxes out at 12 weeks, officials say.

“There is no financial impact and it would put everyone on the same level,” said Perry Town Supervisor Jim Brick. “People were working the same amount of hours, but not getting the same number of vacation days.”

“In your career (with the county) you can only accrue 12 weeks at any given time or be paid out upon separation,” Berwanger said. “The ‘additional’ time is perceived to be a financial hardship. But in these positions, we don’t have to hire extra help to cover the time off, therefore, no additional cost. When they come back from vacation, they have their work they need to catch up on. Also, Schedule S people have an evaluation process to go through; so if they don’t get their work done, it may impact future raises.”

Yet, with the vote so evenly split, how was the resolution actually passed? It helps to understanding the vote process.

The towns are split by a weighted vote, with the most votes for the simple majority in the towns of Warsaw (201), Perry (187), Arcade (172), Attica (164), Bennington (140), Castile (123), and Sheldon (102). The town with the least amount of votes is Genesee Falls (19). Of the those that represent the most votes, only the towns of Sheldon, Castile, Bennington, and Attica voted “no” – Warsaw, Perry and Arcade voted “yea.” Voting in the remaining towns vary between 38 to 93.

To pass, the resolution needed the simple majority to vote “yea.” In Wyoming County, the simple majority is 1,599 votes – the total number of combined votes of the 16 supervisors. The resolution passed with 800.

“There are 31 departments in the county and not everyone will retire at the same time,” Berwanger said. “The big impact is the 10-percent contribution for health insurance. In 2014, anyone hired as a Schedule S employee would be responsible to pay only 10 percent of their health insurance, this had stayed intact.”

In other actions:

    • The chairman is authorized to sign the following grant acceptance awards;

    – Arts Council of Wyoming County on behalf of the Historian’s Office, to fund a county-wide Eat Your Way Through History tour;

    – Catholic Charities of Buffalo on behalf of the Office for the Aging, to provide funding for respite services to caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease; and

    – New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services on behalf of the District Attorney’s Office, to fund victim services;

    • Jake Kramell was removed as a Youth Member to the Wyoming County Youth Board;

    • Chairman authorized to sign contract with the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office on behalf on the Wyoming County Jail to provide prisoner housing for Orleans County inmates; and

    • Appointments/reappointments include: 

    – Gregory J. Collins, DO, MPH, as part-time medical director; 

    – Thomas Wakefield, DMV, to the Wyoming County Board of Health; 

    – James Brick, Daniel Leuer, and Cheryl Ketchum to the Wyoming County Water Resource Agency Board of Directors; 

    – David Rumsey, Department of Social Services commissioner; and Laura Paolucci, Health Department administrator, to the 2-1-1 Advisory Board; 

    – Edwin Smart (replacing R. Crandall), and David Johnson (replacing R. Lathan), to the Wyoming County Planning Board; 

    – Undersheriff David Linder, as part-time Stop-DWI coordinator;

    – Janis Cook, as county auditor; 

    – Jerry Davis, Ellen Grant, and John Copland, as members of the Inter-county Association of Western New York, with Cheryl Ketchum and Rebecca Ryan as alternate members; and

    – HIPPA Officers include David Tallman, corporate compliance officer; Joan Kibler, privacy officer; and Todd MacConnell, IT security officer.

Monday, January 23, 2017 at 2:16 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, inauguration, D.C., Attica, president.

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Photos submitted by Nathan Montford.

It was the first inauguration he had gone to, saying he “had to” because of his support for now President Donald Trump and the Republican party. Nathan Montford likened it to “our generation’s political Woodstock.”

“I didn’t understand so much on how one president has so much influence on a generation,” Montford, of Attica, said. “The way this country was heading…we needed to get out of the direction we were going. We were being laughed at by how weak our country has become. I had to make the trip just to support the new president.”

Inside the arena of the inaugural event, Montford said there were “hundreds of thousands” of people – lawyers, doctors, blue-collar workers…people of all races, colors and creeds – yet it was so peaceful, he didn’t even know the protests were going on outside the event.

“(The issue of) Race is what the liberal media sites have stoked the fire about. There were a few protestors in there, but it was peaceful. It was exciting. Nobody looked at color or what they were wearing, it was like the burden of the last eight years lifted off our shoulders.”

Just the energy alone raised the hairs on his arms and brought goosebumps to his flesh.

“It was one of the most un-elite political speeches a president had ever made. The words that came out of is mouth were more of ‘We the People’ run this country, not the elites. It made you feel that there is home and everyone can be as one. It’s going to take time, but it can be done.”

During his journey in Washington he met a woman who immigrated from Asia, now lives in Michigan, and is the founder and owner of two sushi bars. He met an African-American guy on a bus and struck up a conversation after the man asked him if he rode (motorcycles); Montford said he had been wearing his Harley-Davidson coat. He met people from NYC, Syracuse and Olean.

“There was this energy of hope that we can get this country back on track. Everyone was peaceful, kind, nice and excited about the future. The opposite of what the ‘mainstream’ or liberal media wants to show. So many people came together. What creates the racial division is if we keep putting this separation on people. It’s lumping a particular group into one category that divides the nation.”

Although there were a few protesters, they were outnumbers by the president’s supporters, and for the most part, Montford says, it was “absolutely great energy, people wanted to get to know each other.”

“I was proud to represent an area that did represent Trump, and represent the Republican Committee, and of course Attica. Nobody has a crystal ball, just take a deep breath and give the man a chance. They may like the end result.”

Montford says that in the end, we – both the protesters and supporters – really want the same thing. Peace, and to just get along.

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Friday, January 20, 2017 at 5:06 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide (CO) can best be described as a silent killer. It has no odor, no taste, and because it’s a gas, cannot be seen. Approximately 200 people in New York State are hospitalized annually because of accidental CO poisoning.

On Jan. 15 at approximately 9:25 a.m. a CO alarm had been activated sending crews from Arcade, Bliss and Yorkshire fire departments to an Allen Street home in Arcade.

One adult, age not provided, and four children – 8,10, and 14 years old – were taken to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Springville for carbon monoxide poisoning and treatment. One of the children had to be flown, via Mercy Flight, to University Hospital, Syracuse, for hyperbaric oxygen therapy due to the high level of CO found in her system. 

Through the use of a special chamber that increases atmospheric pressure, the therapy delivers 100-percent oxygen throughout the entire body. The increased level of oxygen enters the blood and body tissues to promote healing.

On Jan. 17, 2009, Amanda Hansen, of West Seneca, died due to CO poisoning while at a sleepover at a friend's house. A boiler malfunction pumped the deadly gas into the home as the girls slept, which resulted in the Amanda’s death. 

Through a grassroots effort, changes to the State’s CO code enforcement were revamped, which prompted then-Gov. David Paterson to sign Amanda’s Law in 2009. 

On Feb. 22, 2010 Amanda’s Law became effective. The law mandates CO detectors be placed in all homes and businesses throughout the state.

While Wyoming County hasn’t seen a death due to CO poisoning in recent years, says county officials, they do get numerous calls for CO alarm activations.

“There are a lot of false alarms, but we take every alarm seriously,” said Wyoming County Emergency Management Services Fire Coordinator Bill Streicher. “CO detectors only have so long of a life expectancy…depending on the manufacturer. Older models – prior to 2015 – last approximately five to seven years; newer ones last about 10.”

Current NYS codes require all new constructionhomes and buildings have CO detectors hardwired into the building. Existing homes and buildings still require units, but can be battery-operated models, as well as models that can be plugged into an electrical socket. Additionally, all units, whether plugged in or hardwired in, should have a battery backup.

Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless and tasteless, may cause irreversible brain damage and even death, yet the warning signs are often subtle. 

Symptoms of CO poisoning include: dull headaches, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, shortness of breath, confusion, blurred vision, and loss of consciousness.

According to the Mayo Clinic’s website, CO poisoning is caused when too much carbon monoxide is in the air. Your body replaces the oxygen in your red blood cells with carbon monoxide, which in turn prevents oxygen from reaching your tissues and organs. 

All fossil fuel burning products and engines produce the gas and this typically isn’t a cause for concern. However, if a unit is faulty – causing it to combust improperly – or used in a space with improper ventilation, CO can build up to dangerous and sometimes lethal levels. 

“In my experience, issues arise more so during the winter months when the windows are closed and furnaces are operating. Also, plugged or disconnected chimneys, poor or plugged venting and even switching an appliance from natural gas to propane or vice versa, are all factors that can cause too much carbon monoxide to leak into the home and buildup.”

Those more at risk of exposure are unborn babies – fetal blood cells take up CO more readily than adult blood cells do; children – they take breaths more frequently, thereby making them more susceptible; and older adults – who are more likely to develop brain damage as a result of CO exposure. Also, carbon monoxide exposure can be especially dangerous for people who are sleeping or intoxicated.

In the case of the Arcade incident, faulty gas-fired heating equipment and system were the cause. 

Assisting the Fire Chief in Charge, Arcade Assistant Fire Chief Chris Lester at Sunday’s incident, were Wyoming County Emergency Management, Monroe Ambulance, Mercy EMS, National Fuel, and Arcade Police Department.

Emergency personnel were on the scene for two hours and the Arcade Police and volunteer firefighters assisted the father in removing the three semiconscious children from the home.

Streicher says that the children and father were able to return home later that evening and are doing well.

“Make sure your CO detector is up to date and working properly and always take an alarm activation seriously.”

University Hospital has the only accredited, hospital-based hyperbaric therapy unit in Central New York, as well as the first accredited hyperbaric program in the state. According to the hospital’s website, hyperbaric oxygen therapy was initially used to treat deep-sea divers with decompression sickness, also known as “the bends.” 

For more information on carbon monoxide visit the New York State Department of Health fact sheet.

Friday, January 20, 2017 at 1:43 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, news, Sen. Gallivan, government, crime.

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Press release:

Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, (R-C-I, Elma) has been reappointed to serve as chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections. Not only has he held the position since 2013, his is also a former New York State Trooper, Sheriff of Erie County, and member of the State Board of Parole.

Additionally, he will serve as a member of twelve additional Senate committees this Legislative session including vice chair of the Senate Committee on Education.

“I am honored to serve in leadership roles on two very important Senate committees,” Gallivan said. “Beyond the public safety of our citizens, there is perhaps no more important issue for the state than to ensure a quality education for our children. I look forward to working with my colleagues in reviewing legislation and budgets pertaining to criminal justice and education matters.” 

As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which plays a critical role in the state’s budget process, his goal is to help ensure adoption of a state budget that controls the size and cost of government, as well as provides a fair distribution of resources.

Other committees which Gallivan is a member include: Agriculture, Transportation, Infrastructure and Capital Investment, Codes, Elections, Higher Education, Housing, Labor, and Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business. 

He also serves as a member of State Native American Relations Select Committee and the Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship Select Committee.

Senate committee assignments for 2017 were announced at the start of the new Legislative session.

Friday, January 20, 2017 at 1:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, missing persons.

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An investigation by the Perry Police Department led to the arrest of four local residents.

Jon Haney, 41, Jeffrey Sullivan, 29, Stephanie Booth, 36, Charles Bozzette, 34, Mason Maha, 19, and a 16-year-old female, all of Covington Street, Perry, were arrested Jan. 19 for allegedly harboring a missing juvenile.

All six suspects were charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Booth and Sullivan were put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail or $2,000 bond. Bozzette, Maha, Haney, and the 16-year-old were all released on their own recognizance.

All suspects are due in Perry Village Court Feb. 14.

Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 8:55 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, drugs, heroin, news, Warsaw.

While as tackling the heroin and opioid issue that has gripped New York State takes on a multifaceted approach, the Health departments of Wyoming, Genesee and Orleans counties have teamed up to form an Opioid Task Force in an effort to find common-sense practices to address the problem.

During Tuesday’s Wyoming County Board of Supervisors meeting in Warsaw, Public Health Director Gregory Collins gave a half-hour-long presentation on the topic. He highlighted how the crisis came about, along with current treatments available.

“At the moment we are in the midst of what turned into a heroin epidemic,” Collins said. “Years ago it was thought of as a ‘living on the streets type of drug,’ but it’s turned into so much more than that.”

“What we are finding statewide is to develop solutions locally is that sometimes when you don’t have a lot of resources at your disposal you sit down with those who are invested in this and come up with creative sensible solutions that are real,” said Public Health Administrator Laura Paolucci. “We don’t have a task force around this issue, but we have a lot of people paying close attention to it because it is heart rendering.

“While we have some scarcity of resources in the county, we started aligning some of our prevention efforts with Genesee and Orleans counties because we are similarly sized and there is one city between the three of us and it’s Batavia, so we started doing some planning and prevention things.”

There are several factors that created the opiate epidemic that not only plagues Wyoming County but the state and nation as well. It was an evolutionary process that spans two decades.

As Dr. Collins put it, it was a “combination that created a perfect storm.”

On one hand are the clinicians who are the on the front lines trying to do the right thing and alleviate the pain their patients feel. But they are not the crux of the issue, Collins says.

The second aspect is the pharmaceutical companies, who do play a big role in this and “moved the crisis forward.”

The regulatory bodies such at the Joint Commission, who oversees the hospitals, and the CMS (Center for Medicaid/Medicare Services), both of which have taken pain and turned it into the “fifth vital sign.” They have tied treating patients pain and tied it into a means of judging performance levels – how well is a patient's pain treated.

And finally, the patients themselves, who oftentimes have unrealistic expectations of how pain should be managed.

Collins told the audience that we get into problems because of the pain/pleasure receptors – called MU receptors – in the brain. Opiates bind to these MU receptors to control pain, but they also stimulate the pleasure receptors. If you aren’t using the drugs (Lortab, hydrocodone) for pain, they make you feel really good. However, too much stimulation of these receptors can cause an overdose at which time the respiratory system shuts down.

As a way to manage the overprescribing of opiates for pain, New York State set up the iStop program, or electronic monitoring of prescription narcotics. A person can no longer “doctor shop” to get an opiate to maintain their addiction.

“So now the people who ‘need’ the drug for their addiction can no longer get it… and drug dealers, being the entrepreneurs they are, flooded the streets with heroin, which has now taken the place of prescription medication because it’s available and cheap. There are many people among us who are functioning and living normal lives …who are using heroin just to live a normal life.”

This happens because over a period of time and use, the brain will “rewire” itself, dismissing the natural production of dopamine which is akin to an opiate stimulant. Think of it as a “runner’s high,” the feel-good feeling after you do something you enjoy doing.

However, heroin isn’t packed into a nice clean pill form where you know what you are getting. An addict knows just how much it takes of the drug to make them feel good. Nowadays, an addict can get a bag of heroin and not really know what is actually in the product.

“The most common drug heroin is ‘cut’ with is fentanyl, which is 100 times stronger than heroin. So when an addict, who thinks they are getting just heroin, buys the drug that is laced with fentanyl, they are actually getting a more concentrated substance, which in turn is causing overdoses.”

In an effort to “keeping people alive long enough” for them to get the help they need to overcome their addiction, the opiate blocker naloxone was developed. 

Naloxone has a stronger “attracting” component to MU receptors than opioids, thus blocking the receptors and “pushing” the heroin from the receptors. Essentially, it will throw an overdose victim into immediate withdrawal. At this point, there has to be other services in place for the addict to get the help they need to work toward recovery. 

There are several treatments available to addicts to help them get through the physical withdrawals of heroin. However, for an addict to truly get clean, not only do they have to want it, but there also has to be supporting treatment available and in place immediately to get them through the process of becoming sober.

“We draw our mental health partners in on this because they really are the experts in mental health,” Paolucci said. “We are launching a task force from all different sectors from all three counties to start leveraging best practices.”

“Right now, we don’t have enough treatment to give it to all the people who need it,” Collins said. “This is one of the issues that (the Opioid Task Force) is going to be focused on.”

One of the treatments include methodone, a medication administered by a physician on site with the patient being closely monitored.

Methodone is a straight opiate that is long acting. It helps get the addict keep the physical and psychological withdrawal to a minimum, but is administered under direct observed therapy. Currently, there are only two treatment facilities close to Wyoming County that administers methodone – one in Buffalo and the other in Rochester. There is one in the works for Batavia as well.

Another treatment is the drug Suboxone, which can be prescribed through a doctor's office, however, there are currently only two subscribers in the county, one being the rehabilitation facility Spectrum. This medication goes into the MU receptor and partially causes some of the opiate effect, but also blocks things like heroin from working. While Dr. Collins says it is good to use in some ways, by itself is not the answer. Again, the patient needs the support to get the other components of addiction under control. 

A third medication is Vivitrol. This once-a-month shot blocks the MU receptors completely, so if an opiate is taken, it won’t have an effect on the person. Currently, this is used on the jail side of the crisis after the person has been “put through” withdrawal. It’s an aid to help reintegrate the offender back into society without going back to negative influences.

Right now, the use of naloxone to prevent an overdose death is a kind of “Band-Aid” in the overall grand scheme of the crisis. 

“You really have to take the mindset that addiction is a chronic disease and these medications are to help get the person through so they can make the necessary changes to get their life back on track. It has to be thought of like taking any other medication for any other chronic illness.”

The creation of the Opioid Task Force is another rung on the ladder of combatting an issues that affects everyone in the community. The group will hold its first meeting from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the Genesee County Health Department, 3837 W. Main St., Batavia.

For more information on the meeting RSVP to KVoos@co.genesee.ny.us or call the Wyoming County Health Department at (585) 786-8890.

Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 11:40 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Castile, Warsaw.
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    Dakota J. Ribbeck

Dakota J. Ribbeck, 24, of Perry, was charged Jan. 17 with rape in the third degree. Ribbeck is accused of having a relationship with a 16-year-old female earlier this month. He is being held in the Wyoming County Jail on $2,500 cash bail. He is due in court Feb. 14.

Christopher P. Volk, 22, of Castile, was charged Jan. 16 with grand larceny in the fourth degree, criminal contempt in the second degree, and aggravated family offense. Volk was arrested following a domestic incident on Toolhouse Road, Warsaw. He is accused of taking a cell phone out of the victim’s hand and taking it to a remote location near the home. An order of protection was in place at the time. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say he later returned to the home while police were there, at which time he was taken into custody. Additionally, deputies say Volk was convicted of assault in the third degree in 2015 in connection with another domestic incident. He was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond. He is due in the Town of Warsaw Court Feb. 6.

Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 11:21 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica, prison.

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The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Jan. 18. Additionally, they are from State Correctional Facilities in Attica. 

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.

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.

Cesar Aguayo pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled March 15.

Brian Atkins Jr. pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled Feb. 22.

Diquan Wells pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled Feb. 22.

Isaiah Weathers pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled March 15.

Patrick Hill pled not guilty to promoting prison contraband in the first degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, both as Class D felonies, and conspiracy in the fifth degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Bail was set at $10,000. Motions are scheduled March 15.

Latiff Dudley was sentenced to one-and-one-half to three years in prison, and fees and surcharges on the conviction of attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. The sentence is to run consecutively to any current unfinished term.

Chivonne Gheorghe had his case adjourned to Feb. 1 for a Huntley Hearing. 

Jonathan Smith had his case adjourned to Feb. 6 for a Huntley Hearing.

Michael Boyd was in court for a SORA appearance. He was determined to be a Level 3 sex offender. Sex Offender Registry Act: Sex offenders are required by the SORA to verify their information in the Registry at specified intervals. There are three levels of sex offenders: Level 1 (low risk of re-offense), Level 2 (medium risk of re-offense) and Level 3 (high risk of re-offense); risk level is set by a judge after a court hearing.

Javon Woods had his case adjourned to Feb. 22.

William Townsend pled guilty to attempted assault in the first degree, a Class C violent felony as a second felony offender. Sentencing is scheduled March 15.

Joshua Nieves had his case adjourned to Feb. 22 for motions.

Billyray Staton had his case adjourned to Feb. 6.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 12:03 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Attica, news.

In the past few weeks several Village of Attica residents have been taken in by what are called Family Emergency Scams. This type of scam mainly focuses on the elderly in the community. 

Attica Police Chief Dean Hendershott says a few weeks ago an elderly couple was scammed out of $4,000 and yesterday another elderly couple was targeted. 

Officials say a “very alert and concerned employee” of the Walmart in Batavia intervened and prevented the couple from losing $2,500. The employee assisted the couple in verifying the phone number given to them by the alleged scammers. Subsequently, the number was indeed listed in the national data base as a scamming number, the couple’s purchase was reimbursed, and they returned home and reported the incident to police.

“If anyone receives such a phone call, please be vigilant and verify the emergency,” Hendershott said. “Scammers use very deceptive and believable tricks. Resist the urge to act immediately, no matter how dramatic the story is.”

The scam begins with a phone call, voice mail or a message sent via text by a relative or friend of the relative to wire money immediately. 

The suspect(s) in the scam will be a younger male or female identifying themselves as a grandchild or child. Stating they have been arrested out of state or have been in a terrible accident. They will present uncanny information about the person and relationship with the potential victim. The story is intended to be dramatic and the caller will have very specific information which would lead the victim to believe the story is real. 

The scam calls on the elderly to go to a chain store, purchase two identical gift cards for a specified amount then call the number back and render the gift cards numbers and security code on the back of the card. Once this was done the money was received and the money was transferred off the card immediately.

Police officials ask residents to verify the caller’s identity by asking questions that a stranger couldn’t possibly answer or check the story out with someone else in your family, circle of friends or police. 

“The scammers will make every attempt to convince you to keep it secret, this is the crux of the scam. Do not ever wire money, send a check or money order by overnight delivery, or purchase gift cards in large amounts.

“My heartfelt and professional thanks goes out to that Walmart Employee,” Hendershott said. “In my eyes, that employee is not only a hero, but an employee who has gone way above and beyond to assist a customer.”

Report all possible fraud to your local police agency. 

Reports can also be called into the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information line at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877- 382-4357). 

To report a complaint online visit ftc.gov/complaint Consumer Information, Family Emergency Scams.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 11:51 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, announcements, Warsaw, Arcade, Perry, Attica, Bennington.

Highlighting a decade of economic development growth for the county, the Wyoming County Business Center Inc. (WCBC) recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Established in 2006 by the county’s Board of Supervisors, the WCBC became the small business economic development agency in the county.

The not-for-profit local development corporation works with county economic development partners – the Industrial Development Agency (IDA), the Planning Department, the Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, and the Business Education Council (BEC) –  “to provide opportunities for business growth by promoting and assisting economic development projects that result in capital investments and job creation and retention in Wyoming County.”

The WCBC plays a vital role in the development of entrepreneurs, assistance of retail projects, micro lending, marketing for business attraction, and real estate redevelopment projects. It also plays an integral role in the development of shovel ready sites (at the stage where workers can be employed and construction can begin), and of both green sites (the practice of maximizing the energy efficiency of buildings and sites while minimizing the impact on human health and the environment) and “environmentally challenged” (contaminated) property for expanding businesses and businesses considering locating in the county.

Recently, Buffalo Business First recognized five Wyoming County communities, among 77, for having the strongest entrepreneurial spirit in Western New York, stating “the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in these communities.”

Of the 77 communities listed, locally they include, in order of ranking:

    • #21 the Town of Arcade – population 4,158, of which 1,216 are full-time workers and 119 (9.8 percent) are self-employed;

    • #25 Town of Bennington –  population of 3,316, with 1,204 full-time workers and 114 (9.5 percent) self-employed; 

    • #28 Town of Warsaw – population 4,989, of which 1,645 are full-time workers and 136 (8.3 percent) are self-employed;

    • #32 Town of Attica – population 7,520, with 1,343 full-time workers and 108 (8 percent) self-employed; and

    • #56 Town of Perry – population 4,497, of which 1,463 are full-time workers and 81 (5.5 percent) are self-employed.

According to the report, the statistics are from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey, which compiles the data at the local level. The rankings are based on the percentage who are self-employed.

To assist community entrepreneurs, the Business Center offers the entrepreneurship development program FastTrac New Venture. This program provides participants the necessary tools to refine their innovative business idea. 

Since its inception, the program has educated more than 120 entrepreneurs. It has enabled them to overcome barriers and challenges common in starting a new business while assisting them in building a strong, solid business plan. In turn, 53 businesses have started, thus creating more than 90 jobs in the county. Additionally, these jobs provide a source of new tax base both for real property and sales tax. 

“The program has been extremely successful and FastTrac is a core component of economic development growth and job creation in Wyoming County,” said WCBC President Jim Pierce.

The Business Center also administers a low-interest micro-loan program to assist new business startups and established retail businesses. The loans coordinate financial assistance and incentives with its economic development partners. Currently there are 14 businesses in the Center’s loan portfolio. 

In 2016 it also developed a new business attraction marketing program to draw attention to the county’s assets and its location as a great place to expand or locate new business. 

The marketing program and collateral marketing pieces that have been developed were the results of a series of focus group meetings with stakeholders. They worked to develop a marketing strategy promoting the attractiveness of Wyoming County for new business. They include a new marketing logo and tag line, and a website that highlights the business strengths of Wyoming County.

The website features a brochure and selling points for three targeted industries – agri-business, advanced manufacturing, and recreation and tourism businesses. It headlines three short videos featuring existing companies in the county. Representatives of each company bestow the benefits and successes they have realized being located within the county’s borders.

Additionally, the videos showcase the strength and attractiveness of the workforce, why these businesses are so successful in Wyoming County and why other businesses should consider a location here.

“We are proud to enter into our next decade and thank the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors and the Business Center’s Board of Directors. We are greatly appreciative of the generous FastTrac program sponsors – Tompkins Bank of Castile and Complete Payroll (the workforce development resources available to FastTrac participants through Community Action for Wyoming County), the program facilitators Jeff Fitch and Mike Fitch, along with numerous guest speakers and support from the IDA,” Pierce said. “Thank you to everyone who has played a role in the Business Center and our collective work to improve the economic viability of Wyoming County. 

“The Business Center will continue to provide a very important role in economic development through assisting retail projects looking to grow and expand, micro lending, business attraction marketing and entrepreneurship development with the FastTrac program. We are a network, an information hub, a partner, a resource connector and an advisor all focused on strengthening economic development in the county.”

Visit wyomingcountyny.org to see the most recently added recreation and tourism business attraction video. Contact Pierce at jpierce@wycoida.org or (585) 786- 3764 for attractive incentives and resources available.

To learn more about the Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac New Venture Program or upcoming informational open house for start-up and small businesses visit www.wycobusiness.org or contact Jennifer Tyczka at jtyczka@wycoida.org or (585) 786- 3764.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 10:17 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Warsaw, Silver Springs, Pike, Castile, news, Java.

Dutch L. Bryndle, 23, of West Falls, was charged Jan. 14 with uninspected motor vehicle, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, unlawful possession of marijuana, and driving while ability impaired by drugs. Bryndle was stopped on Route 78, Java, after a registration check allegedly showed his vehicle’s inspection had expired in December. Additionally, Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say he was in possession of marijuana and subsequently failed field sobriety testing. He was taken to the Sheriff’s Office where a Drug Recognition Expert evaluated him and determined him to be impaired by cannabis and unable to operated a vehicle safely. He is due in the Town of Java Court at a later date. Additionally, while at the Sheriff’s Office, Bryndle allegedly tampered with evidence pertaining to the DWAI case and was subsequently charged with tampering with physical evidence, a Class E felony. He is due in the Village of Warsaw Court for this charge Feb. 13.

Daina C. Snyder, 30, of Warsaw, was charged Jan. 9 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a property damage accident on Woodruff Street, Silver Springs, involving Snyder’s car. According to the report, Snyder parked her car on the road and shortly thereafter it was struck by a vehicle backing out of a driveway. During the investigation it was allegedly found that she drove to the scene while her driver’s license was suspended for failure to pay child support. She is due in the Village of Silver Springs Court Feb. 13.

Ernest D. Lane, 58, no address provided, was charged Jan. 14 with menacing in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor, and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a Class D felony. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic dispute in Castile where Lane reportedly threatened another household member with a baseball bat. He was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. He is due in the Village of Castile Court at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23.

Derek Parke, 30, of Pike, was charged Jan. 15 with failing to keep right and aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree. Parke was arrested following a traffic stop on Route 19, Warsaw. Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputies say Parke crossed over the centerline into the opposite lane, crossed back over and then stopped on the shoulder of the road. When deputies stopped to check on the man, it was allegedly found that he was driving with a suspended license. He is due in the Town of Warsaw Court Feb. 6.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 9:42 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, accident, news, Covington.

A minor injury accident has been reported on Lemley Road, just west of Silver Lake Road, Covington. 

Pavilion fire and Mercy EMS have been called to the scene.

Lemley Road is being reported as being extremely slippery, with a utility pole and wires down.

UPDATE 9:55 a.m.: Ott's towing was called to the scene.

UPDATE 10:13 a.m.: Medic 80 back in service.

Monday, January 16, 2017 at 6:50 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, health, insurance, medicaid, announcements.

Press release from Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27)​:

Three legislative items to help improve the Medicaid system include: the Prioritizing the Most Vulnerable Americans Act (formerly H.R. 6462), Better Accounting for Medicaid Costs Act of 2017 (formerly H.R. 5021), and the Improving Oversight and Accountability in Medicaid Non-DSH Supplemental Payments Act (formerly H.R. 2151). These bills will lower costs, increase oversight, and give patients better access to Medicaid coverage.

"We need to improve Medicaid in order to expand coverage for those who need it most and lower costs that are increasing at an unsustainable rate," said Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27). "These legislative items will raise accountability standards and ensure Medicaid supports the most vulnerable Americans, which is what it was designed to accomplish."

Prioritizing the Most Vulnerable Americans Act (formerly H.R. 6462) requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in approving Medicaid demonstration projects to:

    • Prioritize projects that have been proven effective in improving care and outcomes with respect to uninsured, Medicaid-eligible, or low-income individuals;

    • Require participating states to make publicly available data regarding the health outcomes for individuals it serves;

    •  Ensure that projects are not duplicative of any federal program or funding opportunity; and

    •  Require participating states to make publicly available an analysis of the degree to which such projects preclude private and charitable sector efforts to improve care and outcomes with respect to uninsured, Medicaid-eligible, or low-income individuals.

Better Accounting for Medicaid Costs Act of 2017 (formerly H.R. 5021) requires CMS to follow regular notice and comment rule making procedures when issuing sub-regulatory guidance that is estimated to cost the federal government over $100 million or states over $50 million.

Improving Oversight and Accountability in Medicaid Non-DSH Supplemental Payments Act (formerly H.R. 2151) requires the secretary of Health and Human Services to:

    • Establish annual reporting requirements for non-DSH supplemental Medicaid payments to providers;

    • Issue guidance to states that identifies permissible methods for calculation of non-DSH supplemental payments; and

    • Establish requirements for state making non-DSH supplemental payments to conduct an annual independent audit of these payments.

Each of these legislative items is cosponsored by members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Medicaid Task Force. The Task Force was established during the 114th Congress by former Chairman Fred Upton and is led by Congressman Brett Guthrie. Members of the Task Force were charged with devising ways to strengthen and sustain Medicaid for the nation's most vulnerable citizens.

Monday, January 16, 2017 at 6:36 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, hunting, fishing, Sports.

Press release:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding ice anglers to use caution and common sense as ice fishing season begins across much of the state.

Four inches or more of solid ice is considered to be safe for anglers accessing ice on foot. Ice anglers should note that ice thickness can vary on each body of water and even on the same body of water.

As part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, Feb. 18 and 19 have been designated as a free fishing weekend. The requirement for a fishing license is waived during this period. 

"Ice fishing is a popular sport in New York and interest in it increases every year," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. "Safety is the first thing to consider when taking part in the sport, and we remind people to use good judgement when venturing onto the ice. Ice fishing is great for families looking to try something new, and parents can mix in skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or other activities during ice fishing trips to keep everyone interested and happy."

Anglers should be particularly wary of areas of moving water and around boat docks and houses where bubblers may be installed to reduce ice buildup. The presence of snowmobile tracks or footprints on the ice should not be considered as evidence of safe ice conditions. Individuals are strongly encouraged to check ice conditions and avoid situations that appear to present even a remote risk. Testing the thickness of ice can be done easily with an auger or ice spud at various spots.

The free fishing weekend is a great opportunity to try ice fishing for the first time and for experienced anglers to introduce their friends to the sport. Beginning ice anglers are encouraged to download the Ice Fishing Chapter of DEC's new I FISH NY Beginners' Guide to Freshwater Fishing for information on how to get started. Additional information, including a list of waters open to ice fishing, can found on the DEC ice fishing Web page and the Public Lakes and Ponds map.

The use of fish for bait is popular when ice fishing, and bait fish may be used in most, but not all, waters open to ice fishing. Visit the DEC website for a list of Special Regulations by County to find out where bait fish can and cannot be used, and for other regulations that apply to baitfish.

Anglers are reminded to take these important steps when using baitfish while ice fishing:

    • Follow the baitfish regulations to prevent the spread of harmful fish diseases and invasive species;

    • Use only certified disease-free baitfish purchased at a local tackle store, or use only personally collected baitfish for use in the same water body in which they were caught;

    • Do not reuse baitfish in another water-body if the water the fish were purchased in has not been replaced;

    • Dump unused baitfish and water in an appropriate location on dry land.

Anglers are reminded to make sure that they have a valid fishing license before heading out on the ice during non-free fishing weekends. Fishing licenses are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. To learn more, visit DEC's Sporting Licenses Web page.

Monday, January 16, 2017 at 6:21 pm

Press release:

Up to $600,000 in grant money is available for local growers to submit proposals to enhance specialty crops in New York State. The funding aims to support research and grower education programs through the NY State Department of Agriculture and Markets, and the NY Farm Viability Institute (NYFVI) under the Specialty Crop Block Grant program.

Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) is encouraging local growers proposals to include crops such as fruits, vegetables, hops, maple syrup, honey, horticulture, and nursery crops.    

The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to give the state’s specialty crop producers a competitive edge and increase the long-term success of the state’s agricultural industry.

“This funding is designed to support programs and research that help farmers better compete in the marketplace by increasing efficiency and reducing costs,” Gallivan said. “By supporting the latest research and education, we can help ensure New York’s incredibly diverse agriculture industry continues to grow and thrive.” 

The following priority areas have been identified:

    • research and/or education addressing a key conventional or organic production problem or need specific to New York State;

    • developing and increasing the use of Integrated Pest Management strategies and programs;

    • prioritizing and addressing native and exotic pests and disease threats through development of pest risk assessments;

    • supporting plant breeding for the development of specialty crops resistant to exotic and native pests;

    • applied research and development to extend the growing season of New York specialty crops through new technologies, improved management practices, or other innovative production strategies; and

    • developing new seed varieties and specialty crops with optimal performance under New York State conditions.

Eligible applicants include not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions, and local and Indian tribal governments. Grant funds will only be awarded to applicants whose projects have statewide significance to the specialty crop industry and do not propose to only benefit a single organization, institution, individual or commercial product. 

Applications are due Feb. 14. Additionally, projects must be completed within two years from the award date.

For application details visit: www.nyfvi.org.

Monday, January 16, 2017 at 10:57 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Bliss, Perry.
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       Ruth O'Connor  Tammy Unterburger

Ruth M. O’Connor, 37, of Caneadea, and Tammy A. Unterburger, 21, of Bliss, were arrested Jan. 12 during a traffic stop from the Operation Safe Interstate Initiative on Route 390. O’Connor was stopped for a violation, at which time a Livingston County Sheriff’s deputy allegedly saw drug paraphernalia on the driver’s seat. During a roadside investigation, deputies report finding a hypodermic syringe and four bags of heroin. While in custody, O’Connor allegedly admitted to having another bag of heroin and a hypodermic syringe on her person as well. Both were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. Both were also put in Livingston County Jail on $500 cash bail or $1,000 bond.

Jeffrey Sullivan, 29, of Perry, was charged Jan. 12 with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, assault in the third degree, and endangering the welfare of a child. Perry Police responded to a Covington Street address for a report of a domestic dispute. A 16-year-old female reported that she was in an argument with the suspect. She accused Sullivan with breaking a door during the argument and assaulting her. He was put in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $250 cash bail or $2,500 bond. He is due in Perry Village Court Jan. 17.

Friday, January 13, 2017 at 6:28 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Attica, Arcade, Perry, Warsaw.

The following were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Jan. 12.

Kimberly Gillard, who is accused of a crime in Attica, pled not guilty to: criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class C felony; two counts of promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony; and conspiracy in the fourth degree, a Class E felony. Bail continues. The case has been adjourned to Jan. 30.

Larenzo Eaton, who committed a crime in Arcade, pled guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony. Sentencing is scheduled April 6.

Robert Geandreau, who committed a crime in Attica, pled guilty to driving while intoxicated as a Class D felony, and operating a motor vehicle without a court-ordered ignition interlock device, a Class A misdemeanor. He is held without bail in the Wyoming County jail. Sentencing is scheduled for March 16.

Shannon Garland, who committed a crime in Arcade, pled guilty to petit larceny, a misdemeanor. Sentencing is scheduled April 6. 

Grayson Stock, who is accused of committing a crime in Attica, had his case adjourned to Feb. 2.

Angel Lopez Jr., who committed a crime in Perry, pled guilty to speeding, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and fined $1,300.

Lynda Brown, who committed a crime in Warsaw, was sentenced to a one year determinate prison term with one year post-release supervision and restitution of $2,126.

Ryan Donnelly, who committed a crime in Wyoming County, was sentenced to one to three years in prison, plus fees and surcharges on a violation of probation.

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