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The increase of railroad oil tankers rumbling through Genesee County creates concern for public safety, according to New York Senior Senator Chuck Schumer.
Schumer was in Bergen yesterday, standing alongside the heavily traveled tracks through the village:

"Even with the new oil cars, if the train is going faster than 25 miles per hour  and derails, a major explosion will occur. The kind of explosion that could occur on these tracks in Bergen...there are house and people all around."

On another topic, Schumer criticizes a change in Canada’s import policy.
In an effort to protect Canada’s domestic dairy production, Schumer said new policies are hurting New York Dairy farmers and producers such as O-AT-KA Milk products in Batavia.

A former Perry resident, charged with Rape, Unlawful Imprisonment and Sexual Abuse, takes a plea deal.
Authorities say 35 year old Calvin Patrick kept a woman against her will as a sex slave for nearly six months.
Patrick took the plea in Livingston County Court last week with a promised sentence of 10 years in prison.

 

A Batavia man arrested on a felony drunk driving charge.
35 year old Daniel Difrancesco was stopped yesterday on Route 5 in Batavia.
A felony DWI usually indicates a previous DWI conviction.

Batavia based State Police arrest a Georgia man on charges stemming from a pursuit last weekend.
Lawmen said 18 year old Alsimeon Peterson of Hampton, Georgia failed to stop for troopers on Park Road last Saturday. They said Peterson fled onto the Thruway and eventually into Monroe County.
He’s facing charges of reckless endangerment, fleeing a police officer and multiple traffic violations. Peterson is locked up in the Genesee County Jail on $10,000 bail.

 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $112.2 million in funding has been awarded to 81 projects that support bicycle and pedestrian enhancements and improve air quality across New York. Funding supports projects that include multi-use bicycle and pedestrian facilities, new accessible sidewalks that adhere to regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, improved access to public transportation, and enhanced roadway safety.
According to the Governor's office $868,826 will be awarded to the City of Batavia to construct sidewalks and make pedestrian improvements.

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