After the recent elections for Livingston County District Attorney and then Sheriff that brought unprecedented criticism after some voters voted on the wrong party line, alleged miscounts on absentee ballots, ballot recounts, and redistricting issues, all 17 members of the Livingston County Board of Supervisors has sent a clear message.

That message appears to be they are cleaning house. The Board of Supervisors crossed party lines and unanimously voted not to reappoint Democratic Election Commissioner, Laura Schoonover, for another four-year term sending an unmistakable message to party leaders. Schoonover’s term expires at the end of the year

Eric Gott, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors said “The Board of Supervisors are all about serving Livingston County Residents, “When there is a change that needs to be made, we make it together, all 17 of us. ”

County Democrats, however, do not consider the decision a “necessary change” at all, saying that it is a massive shift in party infrastructure.

This leadership seems willing to throw a grenade at our party, ” said Judith Hunter, Livingston County Democrat Committee Chair. “As a matter of custom the Board traditionally accepts the choices of the county committees to run the Board of Elections. It is disappointing to say the least that the current Board has decided to abandon that tradition and reject our Commissioner.

Nancy Leven, the Republican Commissioner of the Board of Elections, is not up for reappointment for two years. Republican Committee Chair, Lowell Conrad, who has been involved in Livingston County politics since 1968, said “I’ve never seen any move like this in my time.” “Two years from now we will take a look at things on the Republican side.”

According to Hunter, the Democrats have had zero issues on their elections, and the issues and the past drama have been in the Republican eParty and their Committee voted unanimously in support of Schoonover.

Democrats will go back to the committee for a recommendation for the new appointment on November 8. Democratic Deputy Commissioner David DiPasquale, is a potential replacement. .

Hornell Woman Crashes Into Building

Robin Humphrey —  Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Hornell woman escaped injury after she lost control of her vehicle and rammed into the front of a building around 7:00 Sunday morning on River Street in the Maple City.

Police say 22 year old Christina Stewart, was making a turn onto River street when the vehicle made a 180 degree turn, jumped the curb and collided with the front of a structure at 102 River St.

            Stewart was charged operating with suspended plates, failure to              surrender suspended license plates, no insurance, unregistered motor vehicle, and failure to keep right. According to police Stewart was not injured.

A Clifton Springs man is in guarded condition this morning at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester after crashing his vehicle into a utility pole on Routes 5 and 20 while under the influence of drugs, according to Ontario County Sheriff’s Deputies.

The accident happened just after 2:30 Monday morning near the Canandaigua and East Bloomfield town line, where they discovered a pole had been sheared off by a motor vehicle driven by Craig H. Snapp, 47, of 284 Silver Creek Circle. Snapp, who deputies said was ejected from the vehicle, suffered severe injuries to both legs.

He was flown by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital, where he was initially admitted to the facility in critical condition. Snapp has been charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and will answer to the charges at a later date.


Students in New York State will now have more ways to earn a high school diploma under a change approved by the State Board of Regents Monday.

Right now, students must pass five Regents exams to graduate – one each in English, science and math and two in history.

The new plan will let students replace one of the history exams with a comparable exam in their chosen career field, such as science or the arts.

Education Commissioner John King says the change will keep students interested in school. Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch says that will help improve the state’s 75 percent graduation rate while increasing the percentage of graduates who are ready for college and careers.

The change is expected to start with current seniors.


State Sen. Catharine Young is calling on President Obama to enact an immediate travel ban on passengers flying from West Africa to the United States to contain the spread of Ebola.

Young, whose district includes Livingston County, said in a news release. “Common sense dictates that we should stop travel into the United States from Ebola-affected West African nation.” “Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola victim who passed away in Dallas, travelled to the U.S. on a commercial flight from Liberia and now the virus has infected others. Protecting lives should be our first priority.” “ Because JFK Airport is a major international travel hub that travelers from around the world pass through, we must be especially vigilant in New York State.”

The Steuben County Underage Drinking Task Force is looking at strategies to reduce the number of teenagers using alcohol.

A survey taken in early 2014 among students in Steuben County, 18% of 10th graders reported binge drinking within two weeks of the survey.

The task force reportedly looked at two possible root causes of local underage drinking – The availability of alcohol from older friends and siblings providing alcohol. The other was favorable parental attitudes, like teenagers getting away with alcohol possession, or getting alcohol from home, which almost 40 percent of 10th graders surveyed reported.

Jim Bassage, the Chairman of the Underage Drinking Task Force said, “The number one drug of choice from the students perspective is alcohol, it’s an issue across the county, the state and across the nation.”

CPR Could Soon Be High School Course

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, October 20, 2014

High schools in New York State could soon be required to provide CPR training to their students. It’s one of 22 bills waiting for a signature by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The CPR bill was passed in June after much debate and negotiation.

The State Education Department would require high schools to include CPR training and the use of automated external defibrillators in their curriculum.

The Governor has until Friday to sign or veto this and the other 21 bills on his desk. nants, one of whom was described a

Mulching Is Good For Your Lawn

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, October 20, 2014

Researchers from Michigan State University say mowing over your leaves until they are tiny particles, better known as mulching can help your grass.

The mulched leaves acts as a natural fertilizer and will biodegrade into the soil by Spring. Benefits for your yard include needing less fertilizer and no weeds. Studies from MSU showed a 100 percent decrease in dandelions and crabgrass after three years of mulching. There will be an obvious leaf residue on the lawn but it only last a few days before sifting through the turf.

Dansville Middle and High School students 7-12 grade will be taking the stage October 24 and 25 to present the real-life drama of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan in “The Miracle Worker.” In the play, Kate and Captain Keller hire a private tutor to teach their daughter, Helen, who is blind, deaf and mute.
Director Megan Bell says “Our production of The Miracle Worker is one that audiences will be inspired by.”

The play will take place at 7 p.m. in the Dansville High School auditorium. Tickets are $5 and are available in all school offices as well as at the door.

Pair Of Allegany County Robbers Caught

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, October 20, 2014

State Police in Allegany County report the arrest of two suspects in connection with the Sept. 16 robbery at the 7-11 store at 22 Main St. in Almond.

Troopers charged Tyler L. Evans, 18, of Fillmore, and Aarron R. Withrow, 19, of Short Tract, with felony first-degree robbery and misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Both were arraigned in Almond Town Court and sent to the county jail in lieu of $20,000 bail or $40,000 bond.

(Original Story Sept 18, 2014)