Friday, June 23, 2017 at 1:02 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Bliss.

State University of New York at Canton President Zvi Szafran recently announced that Nicole Pierce, of Bliss, has been added to the spring 2017 presidents list. Pierce is a SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene major.

"Congratulations Nicole," Szafran said. "You have demonstrated great commitment to your academic studies and we are all proud of your accomplishments."

To receive president's list honors, full-time students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 12:55 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Arcade.

Stephanie Hanson, of Arcade, presented original research at the Student Research and Creativity Conference recently held at Buffalo State College, Buffalo.

The conference provides students with the opportunity to explore their own academic interests through research and creative activities, and to share their findings with their peers, professors, and the larger campus community. By conducting their own research under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students deepen their understanding while they create and share new knowledge, conference officials say.

Buffalo State, part of the State University of New York, offers degrees in the arts, education, professional studies, and science. The college offers more than 160 undergraduate programs, including business administration, education, forensic chemistry, psychology, and television and film arts. Buffalo State also offers more than 60 graduate programs.

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 12:46 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, government, Arcade.

Maj. Gen. Anthony P. German, the Adjutant General, announced the recent reenlistment and promotion of members of the State National Guard in recognition of their continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.

Spc. Darren Haudricourt has reenlisted to continue service with the 105th Military Police Company and Spc. Dylan Haynes has reenlisted to continue service with the 152nd Engineer Support Company. Both men are from Arcade.

Ian George, of Varysburg, and assigned to the 105th Military Police Company received a promotion to the rank of Specialist.

Calley Leitten, of Warsaw, and assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion received a promotion to the rank of Sergeant.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential.

"New Yorkers count on our Citizen Soldiers to be ready and be there when disaster strikes," German said. "And our nation counts on our Soldiers when duty calls for overseas service. I congratulate our members for choosing to stay in service and striking that balance between military duties, education or employment commitments and family obligations.

"Every one of the men and women serving in our 16,000 strong Army and Air National Guard plays an important role and these Soldiers who continue to reenlist provide experience and continuity for whatever challenges lay ahead for our New York National Guard family."

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit

The New York National Guard (New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs) is the state's executive agency responsible to the governor for managing New York's Military Forces, which consists of nearly 20,000 members of the New York Army National Guard, the New York Air National Guard, the New York Naval Militia and the New York Guard.

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 12:42 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Perry.

Elijah McWhinney, of Perry, was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester at The College of Saint Rose, Albany. He is one of 704 students to achieve this mark of academic excellence. 

To make the dean's list, McWhinney had to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and achieve a semester grade-point average of at least 3.5 with no grades of “D”, “F”, Incomplete or Pass/Fail.

For more information about The College of Saint Rose visit

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 12:34 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Warsaw, Business.

The Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism office recently held its annual organizational meeting at River Spring Lodge, Bennington. As per the bylaws, directors and officers are elected annually at the meeting and the staff present the annual report of the organization, says Chamber President Scott Gardner.

The following were elected directors:

One-year term:

    • Darren Long, Prestolite, Inc.; 

    • Michael Hardie, Tompkins Insurance Companies; 

    • Nicole White, Freed Maxick CPA; 

    • Becky Ryan, Wyoming County Board of Supervisors; 

    • Austin Fish, Complete Payroll; 

    • Brock Beckstrand, Upstate Door Inc; 

    • Jackie Hoyt, Arts Council for Wyoming County; 

    • Teresa Gibson, Pioneer Credit Recovery/Navient; 

    • Chris Lester, Arcade & Attica Railroad; and 

    • Daniel Burling, Rivellino Realty.

Two-year term:

    • John Wheeler, Bank of Castile; 

    • Daniel Egan, Beaver Hollow Conference Center; 

    • Norb Fuest, Apple Tree HR Safety Consulting; 

    • Lisa Seewaldt, Ash-Lin’s Elegant Rose; 

    • Jenifer Bannister, DeLaval Dairy Services, Inc.; and 

    • Andrew Rice, Five Star Bank. 

    • Andrew Stang from PrizmTech Document & Technology Solutions (remains on the board).

Elected officers for a one-year term include:

    • Norb Fuest, chairman; 

    • Hans Kunze, vice-chairman; 

    • Nicole White and Colleen Kennedy, treasurer.

“The staff and I look forward to continuing our work with this group of diverse and dedicated members and directors,” Gardner said. “Our board of directors are leaders in their respective fields and bring a great wealth of knowledge to the organization. We deeply appreciate their commitment to the membership and the business that the chamber serves.”

The following members have served multiple terms and are not returning:

    • Tom Carpenter from Clark Patterson Lee; 

    • Rachael Becht from Koike Aronson Ransome; and 

    • Jason Beck from Brixwood Realty. 

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 12:08 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, government.

Press release

The Senate recently passed legislation (S.2466A and S.2482C) that would amend state education law in relation to two scholarship programs offered to top graduating seniors pursuing college degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) or Education. Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), co-sponsor of both bills, says the changes will allow scholarship recipients to apply their award to not only public institutions, but also private, not-for-profit colleges and universities in New York. 

"Students who earn these scholarships should be allowed to attend the college or university of their choice,” Gallivan said. “By expanding these programs to include private, not-for-profit institutions, we ensure students have greater access to programs that best meet their academic needs and support the important economic impact both public and private colleges and universities have on communities across New York.” 

Bill S.2466A will align the STEM Incentive program with other state scholarship programs, allowing students to choose the college or university that benefits them the most. The program offers the state top 10-percent of high school graduates full-time tuition scholarships if they study in STEM-related fields and they commit to staying in New York State for five years following graduation. The initiative is needed to help fill the half-million STEM jobs anticipated in the state by 2018.

The bill is critical to private, not-for-profit colleges and universities across New York, including Rochester Institute of Technology, which is located in the 59th Senate District, says Gallivan.

Both the Senate and Assembly have passed the bill.

Bill S.2482C will align the Masters-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship Program with other state scholarship programs. The program offers awards for 500 New York State residents seeking a Master’s degree in education and dedicated to teaching in a public elementary or secondary school in New York. Currently, 70 private colleges and universities confer 61 percent of the state’s bachelor and graduate education degrees.

The bill has been passed by the Senate and sent to the Assembly.    

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11:47 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, government, Warsaw.

The Senate recently passed a bill that would allow county jails to contract with medical professional corporations to provide inmate health care services. The legislation (S.5409A), sponsored by Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), would amend the correction law and give counties flexibility when it comes to medical care for inmates of a county jail.       

“Current law requires each county to appoint a reputable physician to provide health care services to the county jail, but many counties, especially those in rural areas, have found it difficult to identify and recruit a single person to serve as a jail doctor,” Gallivan said. “We can reduce the burden on counties by updating the law and allowing them to contract with medical partnerships and corporations which are authorized to practice in New York State.”

In Wyoming County however, the Sheriff’s Department contracts through the Wyoming County Health Department for medical services in the jail, says Sheriff Gregory Rudolph. A registered nurse is on site 40 hours a week. Additionally, Wyoming County Public Health Commissioner and Medical Director Dr. Gregory Collins oversees the health care in the jail. 

“We have been fortunate with the quality of services Dr. Collins and the Health Department provides,” Rudolph said. “Any services that can’t be provided in-house, for example radiology or inpatient services, inmates are primarily taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital. However, if an inmate needs more specialized services, the jail uses Strong (Memorial Hospital, Rochester) or ECMC (Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo).”

The existing law dates back to 1929 and has not been updated since. Gallivan’s bill recognizes that the health care delivery system has evolved and expanded greatly over the years and state law must be amended to account for the changes. The legislation would allow individual counties to contract with a professional partnership, a professional service corporation, a professional service limited liability company or a registered limited liability company to provide health services to county inmates.   

The bill passed both the Senate and the Assembly and will be sent to the governor for consideration.

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, government, education.

Press release

Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) recently announced the Senate has passed a bill to prohibit the altering of a student’s official records, files and data. The legislation (S.5273A) would amend state education law to reflect changes in the type of student information maintained by schools, colleges and other educational institutions.     

“A lot has changed over the years in how student records are stored and the type of information maintained,” Gallivan said. “It’s time to update the law to ensure that all educational records are protected from unlawful alteration or tampering. This includes grades, attendance, disciplinary actions, special education records, medical and health history, athletic information and other material.”

The existing state law was implemented in 1980 and bars tampering with a grade, credit honor, award, permanent record or transcript. However, the statute does not take into account changes made to educational records over the past four decades to develop a more holistic and comprehensive student profile. As information on each student grows, so does the need to preserve and safeguard records. The legislation would recognize that all educational records are protected from unlawful alteration or tampering.

The bill, sponsored by Gallivan, passed both the Senate and the Assembly on Monday. It will go to the governor for consideration.

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 3:38 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, legal, government.

Press release

Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes recently announced state funding for the Center for Elder Law and Justice is available to provide legal help to seniors and to help combat elder abuse throughout Western New York. 

A total of $250,000 is included in the 2017-2018 budget approved by the Legislature in April.  

“We have a responsibility to protect our seniors from abuse and exploitation,” Gallivan said.  “People 65 years old and older make up the fastest growing segment of our population and unfortunately, cases of elder abuse are on the rise. We need to ensure that services are in place to assist victims of all forms of elder abuse, be it financial, psychological or physical.”  

Gallivan secured $150,000 in funding through the State Senate. The rest came through the State Assembly. 

The Center for Elder Law and Justice provides elder abuse prevention training, as well as direct legal and social services to elder abuse victims in Erie, Wyoming, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Niagara and Orleans counties.

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 3:04 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Warsaw, Arcade, Castile, Perry.

Press release

Demonstrating its dedication to its agricultural customers, Tompkins Insurance Agencies completed a rigorous educational training program to earn distinction as a Nationwide On Your Side Farm Certified Agency.

“For more than a century, Tompkins Insurance Agencies has been committed to providing unrivaled customer service to those who have trusted us with their insurance needs, including local farms and businesses,” said Tompkins Insurance Agencies President and CEO David Boyce. “The Farm Certified program from Nationwide is a perfect fit with our commitment to serve as a long-term partner that provides the highest level of service to our customers.”

Nationwide has more than 100 years of service and the company’s commitment to agribusiness can be traced back to 1909. Farm Certified agents are trained experts in the field, helping customers take proactive steps to protect their farm or ranch. To become certified, agents complete a series of comprehensive training classes covering the specifics of farming operations, commonly found risks and associated coverages. Agents recertify every three years, keeping current with changes in agriculture and trends in farming and ranching.

Tompkins Insurance Agencies works with large and small businesses across New York State and Pennsylvania and serve industries including agriculture, municipalities, not-for-profits, fire departments, schools, technology, construction, wineries, manufacturing, hospitals, dealerships, hospitality, and more.

Tompkins Insurance Agencies operates 17 offices in Western New York, six offices in central New York and six offices in southeast Pennsylvania. A part of Tompkins Financial Corporation, (trading as TMP on the NYSE - MKT), the agency is affiliated with Tompkins Bank of Castile, Tompkins Trust Company, Tompkins VIST Bank, Tompkins Mahopac Bank and Tompkins Financial Advisors.

It is an independent insurance agency offering personal and business insurance and employee benefits services through more than 50 of the nation’s leading insurance carriers. Tompkins Insurance ranks #2 on the Rochester Business Journal’s 2017 list of top Commercial Insurance firms.

Further information is available at

Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 11:22 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements.

There will be limited posts on the Wyoming County Free Press site for the week of June 11 as I will be on vacation. 

Thank you all for your continued support and I hope all our readers have a wonderful week.

Julia Ferrini

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 12:50 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Varysburg, Warsaw, education.

Wyoming County residents Jamie Schwab, Jacob Miller and Rachel Samardak graduated from Clarkson University May 13.

Schwab, of Varysburg, received a bachelor of science degree with distinction in chemical engineering, chemistry minor, biology minor. Miller received a master of engineering degree in mechanical engineering, and Samardak received a bachelor of science degree with distinction in biology, chemistry minor – both are from Warsaw.

Clarkson University, Potsdam, with additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, is a nationally recognized research university. The college offers more than 50 programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions.

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 12:35 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Sen. Gallivan.

Press release:

Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) joined colleagues from the Senate and the Assembly, and representatives of various charitable organizations to push for passage of legislation (S.4329/A6095) that would amend state law in relation to the sale of raffle tickets for bona fide charitable organizations. The changes will allow nonprofit groups to sell raffle tickets via the Internet and provide for additional payment options for raffles and other fundraising activities.

"Volunteer fire departments, veterans groups and other charitable organizations long relied on raffles as a way to support the services and programs they provide in the community,” Gallivan said. “These changes will allow groups to promote and sell raffle tickets online in order to reach their fundraising goals and enhance their services.” 

Gallivan sponsored the bill in the Senate after learning that outdated regulations limited organizations when it came to raffles, 50/50 prizes and other games of chance. Under existing rules, online sales and debit and credit card payments are prohibited. 

The bill passed the Senate and Assembly in 2016 but was vetoed by the governor. In response, additional amendments are being prepared.

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 12:27 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Perry, Business.


Press release, photo submitted

Perry resident Tyna Slocum was recently promoted to senior vice president – commercial loan officer at Tompkins Bank of Castile.

Slocum has been with Tompkins Bank of Castile for more than 20 years, most recently serving as vice president. In that role she was responsible for the bank’s managed asset portfolio and served as a commercial loan officer. In her new role, Slocum will focus on working with the bank’s commercial business customers.  

“Tyna’s extensive experience in commercial loans and her ability to work with our clients to come to a resolution is exceptional,” said Tompkins Bank of Castile President and CEO John McKenna. “She is an asset to this company, and most importantly, our customers.”

Slocum holds a degree in accounting from Genesee Community College, and graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, Boulder, Colo. She is active in the community, serving on the fundraising board for Letchworth Nature Center, and volunteers for Wyoming County Kid Ventures, Wyoming County United Way, and the American Red Cross. 

Tompkins Bank of Castile is a community bank with 16 offices in the five-county Western New York region. Services include complete lines of consumer deposit accounts and loans, business accounts and loans, and leasing. In addition, insurance is offered through an affiliate company, Tompkins Insurance Agencies, Wealth management, trust and investment services are provided through Tompkins Financial Advisors. Further information about the bank is available on its website,

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 12:02 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Warsaw.

Karl Daningburg is one of 606 seniors to earn their degree from Grove City College on May 20.

Daningburg, of Warsaw, not only earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, he was also named to the dean’s list with high distinction for the spring 2017 semester.

Students eligible for the dean's list have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.40 to 3.59; for the dean's list with distinction a GPA of 3.60 to 3.84 and for the dean's list with high distinction a GPA of 3.85 to 4.0.

Grove City College, Grove City, Pa., was founded in 1876. The college offers more than 50 majors in the liberal arts, sciences, engineering, and music to its 2,500 student population. It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and routinely ranked among the best colleges and universities by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others.

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 11:52 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, education, Pike.

Anthony Butler, of Pike, has been named to the dean's list for the spring semester 2017 at Youngstown State University (YSU), Ohio. Butler is a exercise science major.

The dean's list recognizes the university’s best and brightest students. The list includes those full-time undergraduate students who have earned at least a 3.4 grade point average while carrying a course load of 12 or more credit hours.

Youngstown State University, an urban research university, offers nearly 13,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs. As a major educational and economic development resource in the region, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs. For more information, visit

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 11:37 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, animals, Sen. Gallivan.


Press release:

Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) joined his Senate colleagues in participating in the Legislature’s annual Animal Advocacy Day on Tuesday by passing measures that bolster protections for animals and their owners from harm and abuse. The bills strengthen Buster’s Law, crack down on animal fighting, and improve oversight for animal shelters, among other measures.

Article 26 of the Agriculture and Markets Law relating to cruelty to animals (S353-a), commonly referred to as Buster’s Law, states in part: A person is guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals when, with no justifiable purpose, he or she intentionally kills or intentionally causes serious physical injury to a companion animal with aggravated cruelty. For purposes of this section, "aggravated cruelty" shall mean conduct which: (i) is intended to cause extreme physical pain; or (ii) is done or carried out in an especially depraved or sadistic manner.

“For many of us, our pets are part of our family,” Gallivan said. “They provide unconditional love and we have a responsibility to keep them safe. These bills will help protect our pets and hold those people who abuse animals accountable for their actions. Animal Advocacy Day is a great way to raise awareness of these important issues and the critical role pets play in our lives.” 

 The bills passed include:

     • Preventing animal abusers from working at animal shelters: Bill S2937, sponsored by Gallivan, prohibits persons convicted of animal cruelty from being a dog or animal control officer, or working at an animal shelter, pound, humane society, animal protective association, or Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
    • Improving shelter care for dogs: Bill S5515, sponsored by Gallivan, would require impounding organizations to examine the animal and provide care and treatment to relieve pain and suffering, including necessary emergency veterinary care and treatment, parasite control and appropriate vaccinations. The impounding organization must also provide proper shelter, food and potable water.
    • Prohibiting violators of Buster’s Law from having a companion animal: Bill S2501 would prohibit a person convicted of Buster's Law from owning or possessing a companion animal unless authorized by court order, after appropriate psychiatric or psychological testing. Requiring a psychiatric evaluation will help identify behavior problems and ensure more animals are not abused.
    • Increasing the penalty for multiple convictions of animal cruelty: Bill S299 would increase the penalty for multiple convictions of torturing, killing or failing to provide sustenance to an animal to a felony, if convicted within five years from the date of a prior conviction. This will also help protect people as well because animal cruelty is often linked to violence against humans.
    • Requiring more inspections for pet dealers: Bill S302 provides for more frequent inspections of pet dealers which have been charged with or convicted of violations relating to cats and dogs. It requires the Department of Agriculture and Markets, upon the filing of a charge against a pet dealer, to immediately inspect the premises and continue to inspect the premises every two weeks thereafter until a final disposition of the charges. Should the pet dealer be convicted, inspections would be required quarterly.
    • Designating animal fighting as an enterprise-crime-eligible offense: Bill S594 would define animal fighting as a criminal act when referring to enterprise corruption. By making animal fighting an enterprise-crime-eligible offense, law enforcement and prosecutors will have more tools available to combat this serious problem.
    • Expanding tools available to stop animal fighting: Bill S611 places animal fighting on a list of crimes eligible to seek a warrant to conduct electronic eavesdropping or video surveillance.
    • Reducing holding time for the adoption of stray cats: Bill S177B would allow a duly incorporated Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, humane society, or any municipal pound to put unidentified, stray cats who have been examined by a veterinarian up for adoption after three days. Cutting the holding time will help reduce the spread of diseases.
    • Increasing the fine for abandoning an animal: Bill S1137 would increase the fine for animal abandonment from $1,000 to $2,000. This would help prevent abandoned animals from starving or freezing to death, breeding, spreading disease, or being killed by other animals.
    • Clarifying regulations for dogs engaged in hunting or training: Bill S2900 provides that dogs engaged in hunting and training as authorized by the Environmental Conservation Law shall not be deemed to be running at large. This would help prevent dogs from unnecessarily entering the municipal animal shelter system if an officer finds a hunting dog and can locate the owner before taking the dog to the shelter.
    • Establishing an income tax credit for owners of service dogs: Bill S5938A would establish an income tax credit of up to $1,000 for the owners of service dogs. Service dog is defined as a dog that is a service, guide, hearing, or seeing, or is under the control of the person using or training the to do work or perform tasks to benefit an individual with a disability.

The Animal Advocacy Day bills build upon the Senate’s commitment to protecting pets and other wildlife. The 2017-2018 state budget includes $5 million for the creation of a Companion Animal Capital Fund. This first of its kind fund would provide humane societies, nonprofits, and municipal shelters with grants for capital projects through a competitive application process.

Also approved was S1712. This bill increases certain penalties for violating the prohibition of animal fighting and for aggravated cruelty to animals.
Bills the Senate has already passed this year include:
    • Establishing March 13 as K9 Veterans Day: Bill S216, co-sponsored by Senator Gallivan, designates March 13 of each year as K9 Veterans Day in New York.
    • Kirby & Quigley’s Law: Bill S1680 would expand the definition of aggravated cruelty to animals to include harm to companion animals during the commission of a felony. Violating this measure would be punishable with two years in jail and a $5,000 fine.
    • Extending orders of protection to pets of victims of domestic abuse: Bill S2167 would give the court discretion to forbid contact between the abuser and any pet that is cared for by a victim.
    • Exempting dog license fees for deployed active military members’ dogs: Bill S839 would allow municipalities the option to waive a licensing fee for an active military member's dog when they are deployed.
    • Enacting the Elephant Protection Act: Bill S2098A would prohibit the use of elephants in entertainment acts. The measure is meant to safeguard all elephants from the physical and psychological harm potentially inflicted upon them by living conditions, treatment, and cruel methods that are necessary to train elephants to perform.

Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 12:16 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Warsaw, Perry, Arcade, Castile.

Press release

Tompkins Insurance Agencies recently was appointed to The Hanover Insurance Group’s President’s Club, an elite group of independent insurance agencies from across the country. 

Tompkins Insurance Agencies was one of only 125 independent agencies recognized with this distinction across the country.The Hanover partners with a select group of 2,200 independent agents nationwide. Agencies named to the company’s President’s Club are recognized for delivering outstanding value to their customers through insurance expertise and responsive service.

“For more than a century, Tompkins Insurance Agencies has been committed to providing unrivaled customer service to those who have trusted us with their insurance needs,” said Tompkins Insurance Agencies President & CEO David Boyce. “We’re proud to be named to the President’s Club, which is a recognition of the value we place on providing specialized insurance strategies to help the families and businesses in the communities we serve.”

The agency was formally recognized for its inclusion in the company’s President’s Club at a national business conference in Laguna Beach, Calif.

“The team at Tompkins Insurance Agencies truly understands the needs of its customers and delivers a top-of-the-line customer experience, providing expert insurance counsel and high-quality service,” said Hanover Agency Markets President John C. Roche. “We’re proud to partner with Tompkins Insurance Agencies and appreciate its commitment to going above and beyond to serve its customers.”

Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 12:09 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, health, news, announcements.

Press release:

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) recently reacted to news of anticipated steep increases in the price of BlueCross BlueShield plans available to New Yorkers through the New York State Insurance Marketplace.

“Not only has Obamacare been a failure for most of America, it is now failing the people of Western New York by making basic healthcare completely unaffordable and inaccessible,” Collins said. “I am absolutely appalled a BlueCross BlueShield plan in Western New York would increase by almost 50 percent in the marketplace.”

BlueCross BlueShield pointed to the failed Obamacare policies that have cost insurance companies millions of dollars, driving up costs for Americans. Regulations put in place under Obamacare have made the insurance marketplace less competitive, thus increasing costs for consumers.

While President Obama promised that premiums under his plan would decrease during these last few years, a May 23 report from the Department of Health and Human Services showed that Obamacare increased premiums across the country by 105 percent between 2013 and 2017.

“Obamacare’s chief cheerleader in our state, Governor Andrew Cuomo, owes our community an apology. Cuomo is part and parcel to (former President Barak) Obama’s promises that ‘you can keep your plan’ and premiums will be lower. Those have turned out to be lies.”

Collins said there was help on the way. The American Health Care Act (AHCA), which passed the House of Representatives on May 4, repeals and replaces Obamacare and removes more than $800 billion in onerous taxes and fees that have been stifling the economy and eliminating job growth.

“I am working with my colleagues in Congress to implement policies that allow the people of Western New York the opportunity to make their own choice when it comes to healthcare and provide lower premiums. Americans deserve to be able to pick which plan works best for their family, and I’m urging the senate to take up the American Health Care Act so we can get ourselves out of this mess.”

 The American Health Care Act:

    • Eliminates the individual and employer mandate;

    • For Western New Yorkers, the bill also includes the largest property tax reduction ever to be enacted. The legislation includes an amendment Collins introduced that would bar federal reimbursements for New York State Medicaid funds raised from local governments;

    • Guarantees protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions by prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition, banning insurers from rescinding coverage based on a pre-existing condition, and preventing insurers from raising premiums on individuals with pre-existing conditions who maintain continuous coverage. Additionally, New York state law fully protects individuals with pre-existing conditions;

    •  Modernizes and strengthens Medicaid by implementing a per capita allotment which provides more flexibility for states;

    • Provides Americans access to affordable care that works for their needs by delivering monthly tax credits of $2,000-$14,000 a year, which individuals and families can use to purchase private insurance of their choice; and

    • A provision within the American Health Care Act (AHCA), The Patient and State Stability Fund, would provide solutions to help lower costs and repair insurance markets damaged by Obamacare.

The American Health Care Act is with the Senate where it will need to be approved before heading to President Donald Trump’s desk to be signed into law.

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 2:17 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Warsaw, Business.


The New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC) conducts an annual competition to recognize excellence in economic development marketing. 

Jim Pierce, executive director for the Wyoming County Industrial Development Agency received a Marketing, Literature & Promotion Award May 25 at NYSEDC’s 2017 annual meeting in Cooperstown. 

Nominations are submitted on behalf of local and regional economic development organizations, which compete in several categories and in two budget levels.

Effective marketing influences how the world views a community or organization. The nominations of the 2017 Marketing, Literature & Promotion Award winners demonstrate creativity, impact, and visual appeal, NYSEDC officials say.

The development brochure is used to attract new businesses, capital investment and job creation to Wyoming County that will enhance its existing business community. Its importance is to raise the awareness of the business advantages Wyoming County has for businesses that may be looking to relocate or expand.  

“It is used to attract three industry targets that are a good fit for Wyoming County based on a strategic marketing plan we put together,” Pierce said.

Those industry targets are recreation/tourism, manufacturing and agribusiness.  

“The IDA’s mission is to encourage and increase private investment that creates new job opportunities, retains and stabilizes the existing employment base, and generates added tax revenues through increased economic activity in Wyoming County.”

Some of the projects that have recently received approval for IDA assistance include the Grand View Terrace senior housing complex in Warsaw, and the expansion of Creative Food Ingredients in Perry. Additionally, the IDA continues to work on a multi-modal rail facility in the Town of Gainesville. Once completed, it will provide county businesses the opportunity to have accessible rail service.

The nominations are judged by a jury of four experts in business marketing and public relations. The 2017 judges were:

    • Joseph D. Russo, National Grid

    • Dave Homsey, Zone5

    • Paul Hook, Overit Media

    • Michelle Lansing, Think Write Studio

The NYSEDC has been the state’s principle organization representing economic development professionals, businesses, and colleges and universities for more than 40 years.

For information about the IDA visit


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