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Herkimer town board discusses wind regulations

HERKIMER — Although no wind mills have been proposed or built in the town of Herkimer, the town board is taking steps to make sure there are laws and codes in place when and if the topic arises.

The Herkimer Town Council learned at Monday night’s board meeting that Codes Officer Ken Collis has begun preparing for the subject and checked in with the New York Association of Towns to find out what rules other towns in the state have regarding wind mills.

“I have quite a bit of information, there are many places in New York with regulations,” said Collis.

The board questioned whether the regulations were for private, personal property and Collis responded the regulations were for only personal, non-commercial property, not business property. The also asked about any existing state codes.

“There are no state codes, (the topic) is pretty new. It has only been going on for a few years,” said Collis.

Collis added there has been no recent interest in constructing a wind mill in the town.

Collis will meet with members of the board in the coming weeks and prepare a report on the issue for the next board meeting on Sept. 8.

Avoca man jailed for alleged road rage

BATH — A piece of cardboard sparked an incident that Bath-based state police are calling road rage.

The two-vehicle accident happened around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday on State Route 415 in the Town of Bath and the man who troopers say caused the accident was taken to jail.

Frank Dreyer, 54, of 259 Main St., Hornell, was traveling north on State Route 415 when he drove over a piece of cardboard that was launched into the air, striking the windshield of a pick-up truck following him driven by Mitchell Prestridge Jr., 34, of Avoca.

Troopers say at that point Prestridge passed Dreyer and slammed on his brakes, causing Dreyer’s car to collide with the back of his truck. Prestridge stopped, got out of the vehicle and walked back to Dreyer’s car and punched Dreyer in the face several times. Dreyer was not seriously injured.

According to troopers, Prestridge left the scene of the accident and was found at his home.

Prestridge was charged with second-degree harassment, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Because his 8-year-old son was with him at the time of the accident, Prestridge also was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Prestridge was remanded to the Steuben County jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 property bond.

Greenpeace urges Congressional candidate to fight global warming

CORNING — More than 1,000 Corning-area residents have made it clear: The powers that be must take the necessary steps to stop global warming.

With the help of Greenpeace, community members Tuesday delivered more than 1,000 signatures to the Corning office of Congressional candidate Eric Massa. The signatures, in the form of three 8.5-foot replica wind turbines, called for Congress to act on global warming.

A similar demonstration is planned for next week at the district office of U.S. Rep. John R. “Randy” Kuhl Jr., R-Hammondsport.

Massa, a Democrat, is challenging Kuhl for the seat in the 29th Congressional District.

“We’re asking both candidates to address global warming,” said John Deans, a local leader of Greenpeace. “We need leadership from both sides on global warming.”

The group has asked both Massa and Kuhl to answer a 16-point questionnaire regarding their stances on global warming.

Massa has agreed, Deans said, while Kuhl has not yet committed.

Massa was not at his Corning office during Tuesday’s demonstration. His chief of staff, Ron Hikel, said he was traveling.

“He’s certainly aware of the Greenpeace (demonstration),” Hikel said. “He will be reading with interest (the questionnaire and the signed petitions).”

On his campaign Web site, Massa said global warming is real and bipartisan legislation is needed to curb the growing problem.

“This is an issue of saving our planet and we simply cannot play politics with the facts,” his Web site said.

According to his Web site, Massa is calling for more fuel-efficient vehicles, the end to government subsidies of big oil companies and investing in clean and renewable energy.