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911 is a nationally recognized telephone number used to call the police, the fire department or the paramedics when help is needed immediately.
911 is a number used for emergencies. However, the definition of an emergency varies from person to person. The best way to judge whether or not to dial 911 is to ask yourself - "Do I need help immediately?". If the answer is yes, dial 911. If the answer is no, dial the non-emergency number for the agency you need to assist you. If there is even the slightest chance that you may need assistance right away, don't take a chance - dial 911.
911 is an easy number to remember. It is easier for children, and also easier for the elderly to remember. 911 is also easier to remember under stressful circumstances. Let's face it, if you need help now, there is no time to look up a seven-digit number. Even dialing 911 saves time.
911 is also easier to use when out and about. If you're at the mall or grocery shopping in the next town, or even if you're out for a Sunday drive, the number for emergency assistance is always the same. 911.
Yes, if you are registered to vote. All registered voters can vote in a General Election. Voters can vote for the candidate of their choice at a General Election. We encourage all registered voters in Steuben County to come out and vote.
It will depend on the following:
Primaries are only held if there is a need for one. Check our home page to see if there is a primary for your party affiliation in your voting district.
A Primary Election occurs when you have more candidates running for an elected position on the same party line, than there are positions to be filled. Only when this happens is a Primary Election held. The Primary Election is only held for that party and position.
Registered voters of the party(s) having a primary get the opportunity to vote for the candidate(s) they want to represent them on the ballot in November.
Primaries are very important - but there is normally a very low turnout.
Every registered voter is assigned a specific Polling Place and District where they are to vote. This is determined by where you live. If you are unsure where you go to vote, you can call our office at 607-664-2260 and we will be happy to look that up for you.
If you are not sure if you are registered to vote, you can call our office at 607-664-2260 and we will be happy to check for you. View your voter status.
No, the ballot you receive for the General Election includes all candidates running for office in your voting district on all party lines. You can vote for the candidate(s) of your choice on any party line of your choice.
You can change your party by filling out a new voter registration form and selecting the party of your choice, mail it to the Board of Elections at:3 E Pulteney SquareBath, NY 14810
Don't forget the stamp.
All party changes received will take effect immediate until February 14 cutoff. All party changes received February 15th through June 30th will be held. On June 30 all party enrollment changes that had been held will be changed.
Party changes are held February 15th through June 30th due to Primary Elections being held during this time.
If you're party change was received after the February 14th cutoff date your party change will not take effect until June 30th.
Example: You mailed a voter registration form with a party change to the Board of Elections and it was received on February 25th the party change will take effect until June 30th. You will receive a card in the mail listing your new party affiliation once it has been processed.
It is not required that you know your voting district but it is helpful. Some poll sites have multiple districts voting in the same poll site. If you know which district you vote in it will speed things up. If you do not know your voting district the election inspectors will look up your information.
Have your mother send us a note explaining that she has moved. We would need her name, date of birth, and the address she was registered at along with her new address. Make sure she signs her name on the letter. Once we verify the information we will update her record. If she moves back she will need to re-register again. Your mother will want to register with the new county or state she now lives in.
Unfortunately, NY State law requires us to have an original signature (in ink) to make any registration changes. The easiest way to change any information is to fill out a new Voter Registration Form and send it to the Board of Election. Once we receive the voter registration form we will update your information. Print out a new voter registration form (PDF).
All poll sites are handicap accessible. If you are unable to make it to a poll site, you may vote by absentee ballot. If you have a long-term or permanent illness or disability, you can apply for a permanent absentee ballot. Download and print out an absentee ballot application (PDF).
In New York, the general rule is that you can vote after incarceration for a felony conviction, or while you are on parole or probation. In these cases, your voting rights are automatically restored, but you have to re-register in order to vote. You will need to register in the county you are living in. You do not need any special documentation to register.
Voter Registration Form (PDF)
It depends. If you were registered to vote in New York State and you moved within New York State then, yes, your registration will follow you. It is still a good idea to fill out a new voter registration form (PDF) and send it to your new Board of Elections, so they can notify you where you go to vote and to make sure your name appears in the poll book on Election Day. If we do not know that you are now living in Steuben County you will be asked to vote by affidavit until we can verify your information.
Yes, anytime you move you need to let the post office know that you have moved and what your new address is. Otherwise the mail we send you at your new location will be returned to us. Change your address with the United States Post Office.
When mail is returned to us from the post office, that voter is placed on the inactive list until we can verify their address. When someone is on the inactive list their name will not appear in the poll book on Election Day, if that voter comes in to vote they will be asked to vote by affidavit.
Yes, anytime you add a post office box or remove a post office box you need to notify the Board of Elections so we can update your mailing information. Otherwise the mail we send you will be returned to us. All you need to do is fill out a new voter registration form (PDF) and mail it to us.
Many parents continue to receive mail addressed to their children even though they no longer live there. If we are not notified in writing or receive return mail from the post office letting us know that someone has moved, we cannot remove them from our records.
Every year we mail out blue postcards (they used to be yellow) to every active registered voter in Steuben County to verify that you still live at the address we have you registered at. If we do not receive the blue card back letting us know that the voter has moved we cannot update their record.
If we cannot find an obituary or receive written notice that someone is deceased we cannot remove them from our records. If you have proof that someone is deceased, like an obituary, or a death certificate, please provide us with a copy. Once we verify that someone is deceased we will remove them from our records.
Yes, if you did not provide identification when you registered to vote.
Yes, if the information you provided did not match the states record.
If you did not provide identification when you registered to vote or the information we received did not match the states records then you will be asked to present id in order to be able to vote on the machine. If you can't provide id you will be required to vote by affidavit ballot.
It is helpful if you show ID to the election inspectors when you come in to vote it makes it easier for them to find your name in the poll book. You can also take the blue card you received in the mail in March with you to the poll site to help the inspectors locate your voting district and your name. At this time New York State (NYS) does not require voter ID to vote.
New York State (NYS) law requires that we send out address verification cards to every active voter in our county. If you no longer live at the address we have you registered at, the post office will return the card to us with either an updated address or mark the card no forwarding address on file. If the post office gives us a new address we will update our records and send you another notice. If we do not have a good address for you, or we cannot verify your address, your registration record will be made inactive and your name will not appear in the poll book.
Information you will find on the blue card:
If you go to college outside Steuben County then you can apply for an absentee ballot. Complete an absentee application. List the address that is still your legal residence (parent's house) and the address where you receive mail at college. When the ballots are available we will mail out your ballot to you, for you to vote and return to our office.
Colleges quite often hold voter registration drives to get you to register from your address at college. If you complete a new registration form and list the address where you are living while at college as your residence, you will be registered to vote from that county/state and not Steuben County. Download and print out an absentee application (PDF).
Persons serving in the military, along with their spouses and/or dependents, may register as a military voter in New York, entitling them to receive an absentee ballot for all federal, state and local races that they would be otherwise entitled to vote in if they were to go to their assigned polling place based on their New York residence.
You will need to complete a federal post card application and return it to your County Board of Election. This application will register you (if you are not already registered) and will serve as your absentee ballot application for 2 federal general elections (4 years). You must reapply every 4 years. For more information, print out your Federal Post Card Application (PDF).
United States citizens living outside of the United States, whose last U.S. residence was in New York, along with their children, may register as a special federal voter in New York, entitling them to receive an absentee ballot for all federal races (President/Vice President, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives) that they would be otherwise entitled to vote in based on your New York address. To register as a new special federal voter and/or to request an absentee ballot, you must complete a Federal Post Card Application and return it to the County Board of Elections of your last New York State residence.
This application will register you (if not already registered) and will also serve as your absentee ballot application for 2 federal general election cycles (4 years). You must reapply every 4 years. For more information, print out your Federal Post Card Application (PDF).
No, all village elections are run by the village in Steuben County.
No, all school elections are run by the school districts. Even though some schools use our voting machines they still run their own elections.
We receive and post the results from the voting machine only, on election night. The results are unofficial until we count the absentee ballots, valid affidavit ballots, un-scanned emergency ballots, and any write-ins. Once we have the totals for all votes we will post the official election results.
A change in the election law now requires all Boards of Election to canvass absentee ballots received in their office every 4 days. All absentee ballots that are to be counted, will be scanned before election day at the Board of Elections. No results can be printed until the close of polls on Election Night. Election Night results will include results from Early Voting, Election Day and Absentee ballots. Absentee ballots can still be received by the Board of Election up to 7 days after the election as long as they are postmarked no later than election day. After the 7 day deadline we open and count all valid absentee ballots received timely, any ballots that need to be counted manually, along with all valid affidavit ballots. Those results are included in the certified election result.
With this new law any Absentee voter, (including Permanent Absentee voters) who have been issued an Absentee ballot, will no longer have the ability to vote in person on the voting machine. If you wish to vote in person, either during Early Voting or on Election Day, it will be by Affidavit ballot only.
Election night results are posted on the Board of Elections page and the County's main page.
Past election results are posted on the Board of Elections page. View the Election Results page. Currently on our web page you can find election results back to 2000.
The Board highly recommends that you to come into the office and speak with a staff member. Depending on your legal residence and party affiliation (or no party affiliation) will determine the steps you must follow to run for an office. The office staff is here to help you with all of the information you need to run for office and to assure you understand the process. It is important that you get the correct information in regards to running for an office.
The process to run for an office that is up that year starts the end of February depending on your party affiliation. If you have questions about running for an office please call the office at 607-664-2260.
Yes, New York State (NYS) law requires that every person who runs for an office must file campaign finance paperwork. Contact the NYS Board of Election Campaign Finance Department at 800-458-3453 or 518-474-8200 or email NYS Board of Election Campaign Finance Department.
All Campaign Finance paperwork is now filed with the NYS Board of Election.
Contact your village clerk, they will be happy to give you an application for an absentee ballot.
Contact the district clerk at your school, they will be happy to give you an application for an absentee ballot.
Yes, New York State (NYS) law requires that every person who runs for an office must file campaign finance paperwork including those who run for a village office. If you run for a village office you must file campaign finance paperwork with the village clerk, as all villages in Steuben County run their own elections.
Early voting allows voters to vote in person at any early voting location within their county for nine (9) days, before the scheduled Election Day. You do not need a reason or excuse to vote early.
Voting at any early voting site will be just like voting at your regular poll site. The early voting site will have electronic poll books instead of paper signature poll books. Once you sign in, you will be given a ballot for your town and district, you will vote your ballot, and scan the ballot into the voting machine to be counted.
You must be a registered voter in order to vote on the voting machine. The cut-off date to register to vote is 25 days before the election. Voter registration forms are available on the New York State Board of Elections website or you can register online through the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles website if you have a NYS DMV license, permit or ID.
Voters who live in Steuben County can go to any one of the 3 early voting sites listed above, to vote. Each early voting site has a complete list of all active registered voters in Steuben County. But, you can only vote once, either at one of the early voting sites or on Election Day.
Yes, the ballots used during early voting are the same as the ballots issued on Election Day.
All early voting and election day results are posted on the Board of Elections website, after the Polls are closed on Election Night.
No, you can only vote once in any Election.
If the election inspector is unable to locate your information, either during early voting or on Election Day, you will be allowed to vote by Affidavit Ballot. The election inspectors will need your current address to make sure you are given the correct ballot to vote. After Election Day, the Board of Elections will research your registration and count you’re Affidavit Ballot, if you are a qualified voter. You will be sent a letter notifying you whether or not your vote was counted. If your vote is not counted, the letter will inform you why it did not count.
In 2019, a law was passed that requires all Board of Elections in New York State to transfer the voter registration of any voter that appears on a statewide voter list, to wherever the voter moves within NYS. So if you move, even to a different county in NYS, and your new county has not been notified of your change of address, you can vote by affidavit ballot either at your new county’s Early Voting site before Election Day, or at the polling site for your new address on Election Day, and your affidavit ballot will be counted once your new address is verified and your registration has been transferred. As this is a new law, we strongly recommend that if you have moved within NYS, you submit a voter registration form to the new Board of Elections, or if you have a NYS driver’s license you can go to MyDMV to change your voter registration online. If you submit your change of address to your local Department of Motor Vehicles office, you can select the option to notify the Board of Elections of your address change on the paper form also.
If you vote during early voting, you are NOT eligible to vote on Election Day.
You must first contact the office of the Public Defender and fill out a financial affidavit. Sometimes you will be given them in court. They will determine if you qualify. If they find that you qualify but they have a conflict of interest, your case will be transferred to the Conflict Defender's Office for representation.
You should talk to your attorney about the circumstances, however the failure to read rights does not make your arrest illegal.
It is always best if you refuse (politely) to make any statement and ask for an attorney immediately. Do not talk to the Police.
An A felony is the most severe and an E felony is the least severe therefore felonies range from A, B, C, D and E Not every felony charge requires a state prison sentence, some allow for probation or local jail.
3 E Pulteney SquareRoom 301Bath NY 14810Phone: 607-664-2488Fax: 607-664-2188
Yes - visit the online payments page.
No; payments must be received in the Finance Office by the stated deadline/due date.
Monday through Friday8:30 am to 5 pm
If your property has unpaid taxes and is on the list of delinquent taxes, a title search is prepared for the notification process that takes place during the final 90 days of foreclosure.
8% (4% New York State, 4% Steuben County).
Additional sales tax information can be found at the numbers /addresses listed below:
For general New York State tax information:
For sales tax information from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance:
For sale tax publications:
You can obtain a Certificate of Residence at the Steuben County Finance Office.
Please complete an application from your college or download an application from our website and submit to the Steuben County Finance Office.
The certificate is completed to receive the resident tuition rate at community colleges only.
Instructions are available by viewing our Instructions for Completing Certificate of Residence (PDF)
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No, there is no cost or copay for the vaccine.
The vaccines are important to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19 and from getting seriously ill from COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccination helps protect you, your family and friends, and our community, and is an important tool to help get us back to normal. For more information on COVID vaccines visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
Like all vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine does not instantly provide protection. It takes time for your immune system to respond to the vaccine and develop disease-fighting antibodies. To be fully protected, you must wait until after receiving your second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
There are currently two vaccines available in the U.S. that require two doses:
For the Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccine, no second dose is required. The Janssen vaccine has been shown to be about 72% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection starting 14 days after vaccination. Learn more about the Janssen vaccine.
All of the vaccines are extremely effective at preventing hospitalization and death related to COVID-19.
The Public Health and Medical communities are confident that these vaccines are safe and effective. While the process to develop these vaccines may seem fast, they were built on years of thorough research and application addressing other types of coronaviruses. All the necessary steps and safety measures were followed during the development of the vaccines, and every study, every phase, and every trial was reviewed by the FDA and safety boards of medical experts. The speed of development was due to the sharing of research and massive collaboration on a scale never attempted before.
See updated guidelines regarding quarantine requirements.
Like with all vaccines, there is a chance you may experience some symptoms as your body builds an immune response. Potential side effects may include pain, soreness or swelling at the injection site on the arm, fatigue, fever, or headache. These are signs the vaccine is working and your immune system is responding to the vaccine and learning how to fight off the virus. Mild pain relievers should help you feel better, but should not be taken before you feel symptoms or before you get the vaccine. If you don't feel better within two or three days you should follow up with your doctor.
If you experience other COVID-19 symptoms, such as congestion, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat or loss of taste and smell, they are not related to receiving the vaccine and could mean you have COVID-19. You should consult your healthcare provider and get tested. The vaccine does not cause COVID-19 and contains no ingredients that could cause COVID-19, but you could have already been exposed to COVID-19 before receiving your vaccine or before you were protected.
You can visit the following websites for more information:
Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination:
Call 211 or visit the 211 website to get linked with facilitated enrollers or health insurance navigators. You can also apply directly by visiting the New York State of Health website and click "Get Started."
Transportation for Medicaid ClientsMAS WebsitePhone: 866-271-0564
IHS Coordinated Transportation ServicesPhone: 607-664-3965Provides transportation for the elderly, disabled and those in need to non-emergency medical appointments, pharmacies, grocery stores, food pantries, or a one-time trip to human service agencies. Regular assistance is not available for recurring treatments such as dialysis or physical therapy, but occasional or short term help may be available.
Steuben County Office for the Aging (OFA): Project Care - Transportation Services3 E Pulteney SquareBath, NY 14810Call for services: 607-664-2298Steuben County OFA WebsiteEmail the OFAProvides non-emergency transportation to medical appointments.Eligibility: Must be 60 or older and reside in Avoca, Bath, Bradford, Hammondsport, Pulteney, Prattsburgh, Savona, or Wayne. (The town of Pulteney also includes parts of Zip Code 14418)
View information for the care agencies of Steuben County.
Steuben County Public Health does not regulate housing issues related to bed bugs. Find information about bed bugs and how to fix a bed bug problem. View EPA-registered bed bug products.
Ticks should be removed as soon as they are found. Please view the video for proper tick removal and next steps. View information on Lyme disease and tick prevention.
Please call the Hornell District Office for help with this environmental health issue.
Please call the Hornell District Office for help with this environmental health issue:
The following laboratories provide water testing for the public. There is a fee to have your water tested. Please check with the closest lab for costs.
If you would like to have your water tested for lead, the New York State Department of Health provides free testing. View information on how to get water testing through this program.
If you experience any of the following health concerns or complaints, contact your local code enforcement officer. Contact information can be found in the directory of local officials (PDF).
New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has a new pilot program. As long as funds continue to be available, lead testing for water is being offered for free by NYSDOH. For more information on how to get your drinking water tested for lead visit the NYSDOH website.
First, contact your health care provider to see if they have a record of immunizations. Secondly, New York State (NYS) Department of Health maintains an immunization registry (NYSIIS). Starting in 2008, all children were eligible to be included in NYSIIS. Public Health is able to access current NYSIIS records.
Adults may never have had their immunization information put into the registry, and we may not be able to locate immunization records for them. Encourage your provider to put immunizations into the registry for access later.
Birth, death, and marriage records are collected and maintained at the local town/city level by the clerks of each respective location where the events occurred. Check the County Directory (PDF) for the appropriate contact.
For example, if you live in Campbell, but were born at Corning Hospital's old location, you can obtain a copy of your birth certificate through the City of Corning Clerk. If you live in Bath, but were born in the new Corning Hospital location, you can get a copy from the Town of Corning Clerk.
Birth certificates can also be obtained through the NYS Department of Health (DOH). Visit the NYSDOH website for more information. There is a cost associated with getting a copy at either the local clerk's office or the DOH, but it has been found to cost less through the local clerk.
Permits for food vending can be obtained through the New York State (NYS) Department of Health District Office in Hornell. Contact the office by calling 607-324-8371 or visiting their office located at:107 BroadwayRoom 105Hornell, NY 14843
Contact NY Connects at 607-644-2322.
The intentional use of biological, chemical and/or radiological agents to cause disease or death in humans, animals or plants.
The tax auction has converted to online only and is usually held in the summer. For more information, contact Steuben County Finance Office at 607-664-2488.
For detailed information on tax-foreclosed properties, including photographs and pertinent information, visit the Tax Auction page.
The tax auction has converted to online only. Please visit our Tax Auction page, for the most current information.
The tax auction has converted to online only and lasts for 7 days. Please visit our Tax Auction page for more details.
Yes, books may be purchased at the Steuben County Finance Office or you can visit our Tax Auction page.
Yes, there is a $50 minimum bid. Please visit the Tax Auction page for more details.
Yes, view the Tax Auction page for the Notice to Bidders & Terms of Sale.
Should a prospective bidder not have the ability to participate in the online auction format, they are encouraged to contact the auctioneer as soon as practical. Any such circumstances shall be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Reasonable accommodations shall be made to allow participation in the auction and to facilitate the submission of bids.
Tax bills are mailed in January. If you do not receive a bill, contact your town tax collector. View the Town Tax Collector Contact Information (PDF)
County and town taxes are paid to the town tax collector until March 31. No penalty if paid by January 31. View the Town Tax Collector Contact Information (PDF).
Depends on your school district. Central schools districts send out bills in September. Corning / Hornell City school districts send bills in October.
View the School's Tax Collector Contact Information (PDF).
Payable to the village tax collector by October 31.
View the Village Tax Collector Contact Information (PDF)
Current taxes are payable to Cities and Towns, School Districts, and Villages.
Delinquent taxes are payable to the Steuben County Finance Office. The most current year taxes due must be paid before any prior year taxes can be paid.
For more information contact 607-664-2488.
Corning City School taxes may be paid in two installments.
Please check with your local tax collector.
Steuben County has the option of foreclosing on your property.
Yes - view our online payments page.
Yes, you may set up an installment plan for delinquent taxes at the Steuben County Finance Office. You will need a minimum of 10% down payment. The term can be up to 24 months. You must keep current taxes paid or your installment contract will be in default.
The STAR program applies only to your school taxes. File an application with your local assessor by March 1, except in Hornell City by January 1.
Please notify your assessor immediately.
You may not have a child in school, but if you own a property you contribute to the funding of education. Federal and State law mandates (requires) public educational programs. Since Federal and State dollars are insufficient to meet total costs, school districts depend on real property taxes. Additionally, County tax dollars partially fund Community Colleges and programs for special-needs children.