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Michael T. Baldwin Reports: Major Finger Lakes development, Allegany County Sheriff activity, Wellsville Manor news, and a Alma House Explosion


From Michael T. Baldwin, 10/2/21

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On October 2, 2021 at 12:15 P.M., Troopers out of SP Amity were dispatched to a possible house fire/explosion on County Route 18 in the town of Alma.  The residence is completely demolished/engulfed. The NYSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation and multiple fire departments are on scene.  Unknown occupants at this time. UPDATE– One deceased body was located in the residence.  No causes of death or cause for the residential explosion at this time.  The body was removed from the scene and sent to the Medical Examiners for identification.

Major Keuka Lake Project Starts

New York State Department of Transportation chief Marie Therese Dominguez today announced the start of construction on a $1.5 million project along State Route 54A neighboring the west side of Keuka Lake, Steuben County. The project consists of nine sites to repair and replace culverts, retaining walls and some slopes along Route 54A to harden the infrastructure and allow New Yorkers to continue enjoying Keuka Lake.

Construction at the first site, just north of the Idlehurst Road intersection, will begin on October 4 and will require road closures to accommodate the replacement of the concrete wall and single slope concrete barrier. The eight other sites will begin construction in the spring and wrap up in fall of 2022.

“Projects like this one, which rehabilitate and build more resilient roadways and positively impact the local community are the core of DOT’s infrastructure program,” said Commissioner Dominguez. “This investment is important to the local economy, and ensures that travelers can continue to enjoy all that Keuka Lake and the surrounding areas have to offer.”

Motorists are urged to slow down and drive responsibly in work zones. Fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. Convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license.

Senator Thomas F. O’Mara said, “These ongoing state investments in our local and regional roads, bridges, and culverts strengthen local economies and environments while helping to ease the burden on local property taxpayers.  It’s a commitment that New York State needs to continue and keep building on.” 

Assemblyman Philip A. Palmesano said, “Our communities deserve a strong state commitment to ensuring a safe and reliable state and local transportation network.  The announcement of the $1.5 million  construction project that includes 9 separate roadway improvements along State Route 54A is a critical component of that commitment. I want to thank the New York State Department of Transportation for their continued commitment to improving the roads, bridges and culverts that are used by local residents, tourists, first responders, daily commuters and all who travel this road.”

Town of Pulteney Supervisor Mark Illig said, “A safer, stronger and more resilient roadway benefits everyone.  We are pleased that the New York State Department of Transportation is enhancing the Route 54a infrastructure for local residents as well as visitors looking to enjoy all that Keuka Lake has to offer.”

Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring 

Today’s announcement complements “Southern Tier Soaring,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The regionally designed plan focuses on attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 10,200 new jobs.

Allegany County Sheriff Reports

Allegany County Sheriff Ricky L. Whitney reports that on September 18, 2021, Deputies arrested a male, age 34 of Wellsville, on a Violation of Probation warrant out of Allegany County Court. Deputies then transported the accused to the Allegany County Jail pending arraignment and further court action.

Allegany County Sheriff Ricky L. Whitney reports that on September 22, 2021, Deputies arrested Johnathan Conklin, age 29 of Wellsville, on a Bench Warrant with the assistance of the New York State Police. Deputies then transported Conklin to the Village of Wellsville Court where he was arraigned and remanded to the Allegany County Jail to be held on $5,000 cash bail and $10,000 bond. Conklin is due to appear in court at a later date for further court action.

Read more on Conklin’s recent arrests

Allegany County Sheriff Ricky L. Whitney reports that on September 27, 2021, Deputies arrested a female, age 21 of Bolivar, on an Arrest Warrant issued out of Livingston County. Deputies then transported her to Livingston County where she was turned over to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office for additional court action.

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