New York state briefs
Irondequoit leader heads east for new job
IRONDEQUOIT – Mitch Rowe is leaving his town job with mixed feelings, but Seneca County is offering a “great” opportunity to expand his horizons.
Rowe has been Irondequoit director of community development since Jan. 1, 2006. His first day as director of planning development for Seneca County was Tuesday.
Rowe has ties to Seneca County, he said. His late father kept a cabin cruiser at a marina on Cayuga Lake, and Rowe spent a lot of time there when he was younger.
Rowe, 45, who worked for the city of Rochester for 23 years, left the city as deputy commissioner for parks, recreation and human services for the Irondequoit job. From 2002 to 2006, Rowe was also an elected county legislator representing the 26th District, which includes portions of the towns of Irondequoit, Greece, Gates and the city.
He plans to remain town leader of the Democratic Party in Irondequoit.
He moved to Irondequoit with his wife, Michele, and their two daughters, Allie, 17, and Stephanie, 20, after he accepted the town post and plans to commute to the Seneca County offices on Route 96 in Waterloo. Allie will be starting her senior year at Irondequoit High School in the fall.
Arnot, Ira Davenport reach deal
ELMIRA – Officials from Arnot Health and Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital announced Monday the two sides have reached an affiliation agreement.
Under the deal, Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital, including the Fred and Harriett Taylor Health Center, would become part of Arnot Health.
“The alignment of Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital and the Fred and Harriett Taylor Health Center with Arnot Health brings additional resources to our organization and allows us to provide better services and attract more highly qualified professionals to the region,” said Jim Watson, CEO of Ira Davenport.
Tony Cooper, president and CEO of Arnot Health, said the focus of the affiliation is to bring additional services to Ira Davenport.
“Rural hospitals have a difficult time surviving,” Cooper said. “In New York state it’s especially tough. The board and management staff of Ira Davenport should be commended. We just started a sleep disorder center at Ira Davenport and are looking at other new services as well.”
Cooper said the staffs of the two hospitals will do a survey of services offered in order to identify other areas where the two hospitals can work together.
Cooper said there were no immediate plans to cut staff from either hospital.
The two organizations have been in formal affiliation talks since January. Cooper said the affiliation still has to be approved by the state health department.
He predicted that process could take from six to 12 months.
New York opens homes for Arkansas hounds
FULTON – Eleven bassett hounds, recently rescued from an Arkansas puppy mill, made their way to central New York this weekend to start new lives with foster families.
On Father’s Day weekend, the owner of the mill contacted the Ozark Mountain Bassett Rescue in Arkansas and told them he was shutting down his business. He threatened to sell off the dogs to other puppy mills and shoot the older ones unless the rescue would take them within the week.
The rescue, unfortunately, said they did not have room for the 11 dogs due to the high amount of puppy mills in the area. As a result, the Ozark rescue turned to other Bassett hound rescues for help only to be told they, too, did not have the room. The director decided to take a chance and call the ABC Bassett Hound Rescue all the way in Rochester. They said they had room and immediately jumped into action.
The chairman of the ABC Rescue, Gary Penny, fired off e-mails and made phone calls, setting up foster homes and enlisting help for all 11 hounds.
Fulton residents Dan and Joanne Rusaw are among these families. The Rusaws received their hound Saturday and have named him Rufus.
According to the rescue, the foster families will now begin the task of training and giving these dogs love and attention. Once the foster families and coordinators feel the hounds are ready to move forward, they will be put up for adoption and placed in a home that has been well referenced and approved.
To sponsor or find out more about adopting one of the dogs, go to the ABC Basset Hound Rescue’s Web site at www.NYBasset.org.