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New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute Announces 2018 Scholarship Award Winner

Press Release:

Annually, the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute awards a $250.00 scholarship to deserving students enrolled in criminal justice, police science or a similar program in each of the state’s community colleges and at SUNY Canton.

This year, Alexander Rigerman who is currently enrolled in Criminal Justice at Genesee Community College was a recipient of this scholarship. He was nominated by the college’s Criminal Justice faculty.

Genesee County Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr. and Undersheriff Gregory H. Walker presented Alexander with a $250.00 check to be used to further his Criminal Justice education, along with a scholarship certificate from the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute, earlier today at the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.

Lougazi was a monster mudder at Batavia

Lougazi (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

On the heels of a Nor’easter that dumped significant amounts of snow, sleet and rain in western New York, the track at Batavia Downs was swampy at best. But that didn’t deter Lougazi from flexing his muscle in winning the $11,000 Open Handicap trot on Friday night (Nov. 16).

Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) outdueled Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) for the lead and paid the price with a :28.4 quarter. Cummings then grabbed leather to give his horse a breather to the half in 1:00.1. But the party ended there as rolling up on the outside when they hit that second fraction was Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) and he wasn’t fooling around.

Lougazi hooked up with Southern Palms as they motored up the backside and the two trotted in tandem past the three-quarters and around the last turn. At the head of the stretch, Fisher gave Lougazi his head and then sat chilly in the bike as Lougazi simply walked away from the field to win by two in 2:00.1.

Definitely the hottest trotter in western New York, Lougazi ($3.90) scored his 10th win of 2018 for owner Mary Warriner who has now benefited the amount of $54,570 as a result of his performances.

The $8,800 Open II trot went to Crystal Sphere (BIlly Davis Jr.) who went gate to wire, pulling away in a romp and winning by six lengths in 2:00.1. It was the 12th win of the year for Crystal Sphere ($15.80) who is trained by James Clouser Jr. for owner William Emmons.

Billy Davis Jr. and Ray Fisher Jr. were the top reinsmen on Friday, each winning three races on the card.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday evening (Nov. 17) at 6 p.m.

Weekend News Briefing

Two Albion men behind bars for a home invasion in Orleans County.
The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of two Albion men following a home invasion and robbery in the Town of Yates.
Police say that early Tuesday morning a masked man allegedly entered a home on Lake Shore Road in Yates brandishing what appeared to be an AK-47 Rifle. The suspect, 22 year old Dominic DeCarlo of Albion allegedly demanded money, a cell phone and drugs from the victim.
Investigation revealed Decarlo was conspiring with 20 year old Spencer Freeman also of Albion as retaliation over a recent incident.
Officers later seized a quantity drugs, both real and counterfeit cash and firearms from Freemans residence.
Investigators subsequently recovered the stolen property along with the firearm in question which turned out to be an “Air-Soft” AK-47 replica that was modified to appear authentic.
DeCarlo was charged with Robbery, Grand larceny and Burglary and remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $50,000 Bail.
Freeman was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, Conspiracy, Tampering with Physical Evidence, along with drug charges and jailed in lieu of $25,000 Bail.
The Sheriff’s Office says the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are likely.

 

A Rochester man has been indicted for a violent carjacking in Batavia involving a 76 year old woman who had just stopped for gas.
35 year old Constantine Murrell is facing felony charges of robbery and assault for the September 25th carjacking at the Kwik Fill gas station on Ellicott Street.
Authorities say Murrell took off in the stolen car and led police on a chase that ended when he crashed into a tree near VA campus.
No one was injured in the incident. Murrell was on parole at the time.

A Batavia couple arrested on a charge of child endangerment.
Batavia Police say the couple encouraged their young daughter to beat up another child.
The parents are identified as 37 year old Michael Jackson and 33 year old Robin Williams.

A Montclair Avenue woman facing drug and child endangerment charges.
Batavia Police say 43 year old Heidi Harder forced a child under 17 to smoke pot.

A Perry teen is facing a disturbing charge. Police say 18-year-old Gavin Harkins set an acquaintance’s dog on fire with a lighter. The animal’s fur ended up getting burned. Harkins is due back in court next month.

NYS Sheriff’s Association Awards Local Scholarship

(L-R) Genesee County Sheriff William A. Sheron Jr., Alexander Rigerman and Undersheriff Gregory H. Walker

News Release

Annually, the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute awards a $250.00 scholarship to deserving students enrolled in criminal justice, police science or a similar program in each of the state’s community colleges and at SUNY Canton.

This year, Alexander Rigerman who is currently enrolled in Criminal Justice at Genesee Community College was a recipient of this scholarship. He was nominated by the college’s Criminal Justice faculty.

Genesee County Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr. and Undersheriff Gregory H. Walker presented Alexander with a $250.00 check to be used to further his Criminal Justice education, along with a scholarship certificate from the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute, earlier today at the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.

Evening News Briefing

A Rochester man has been indicted for a violent carjacking in Batavia involving a 76 year old woman who had just stopped for gas..
35 year old Constantine Murrell is facing felony charges of robbery and assault for the September 25th carjacking at the Kwik Fill gas station on Ellicott Street.
Authorities say Murrell took off in the stolen car and led police on a chase that ended when he crashed into a tree near VA campus.
No one was injured in the incident. Murrell was on parole at the time.

Two Albion men arrested for a home invasion in the town of Yates.
22 year old Dominic DeCarlo is charged with Robbery and burglary while 20 year old Spencer Freeman is charged with possession of stolen property and conspiracy and tampering with evidence.
Lawmen say DeCarlo used a replica AK-47 to rob the homeowner of a video game, cash and pot.

A Batavia couple arrested on a charge of child endangerment.
Batavia Police say the couple encouraged their young daughter to beat up another child.
The parents are identified as 37 year old Michael Jackson and 33 year old Robin Williams.

A Montclair Avenue woman facing drug and child endangerment charges.
Batavia Police say 43 year old Heidi Harder forced a child under 17 to smoke pot.

A Perry teen is facing a disturbing charge. Police say 18-year-old Gavin Harkins set an acquaintance’s dog on fire with a lighter. The animal’s fur ended up getting burned. Harkins is due back in court next month.

A big game for the Batavia High School varsity football team.
The Blue Devils are taking on Skaneateles in the State Class B Semi-finals.
The game is scheduled for 3 p.m. tomorrow afternoon at Union Endicott High School near Binghamton.
Live coverage with Bob Brown and John Vazquez on WBTA AM and FM begins at 2:45 p.m.

Two Albion Men Arrested for Home invasion

News Release

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Albion men following a home invasion- robbery that occurred in the Town of Yates during the early morning hours of November 13th, 2018.

 

Dominic DeCarlo

Spencer Freeman

Orleans County Undersheriff Christopher M. Bourke reports that at approximately 5:30 am, a masked man allegedly entered a home on Lake Shore Road in the Town of Yates brandishing what appeared to be an AK-47 Rifle. The suspect, Dominic R. DeCarlo, age 22, of Albion, N.Y., allegedly demanded money, cell phone and drugs from the victim. The Decarlo then reportedly left the residence with an X-Box, PlayStation4, an Alexa, a TV with cables along with some marihuana and cash
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Further investigation revealed that Decarlo was allegedly acting in consort with another suspect, Spencer T. Freeman, age 20, of Albion, N.Y., to perpetrate this crime in an attempt to retaliate an for incident that occurred recently. The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Freeman’s home on Phipps Road in the Town of Albion. A quantity Marihuana, 38 dosage units of Xanax bars, U.S Currency, Counterfeit U.S. Currency and firearms were recovered. The investigation continued with the Sheriff’s Office obtaining several statements and confessions which resulted in locating and recovering the stolen property along with an “Air-Soft” AK-47 replica, (modified to appear authentic), that allegedly was used in the Robbery.

Property recovered from Town of Yates home invasion

DeCarlo was charged with Robbery in the second degree (displayed firearm), Grand larceny 4th degree, Burglary in the 2nd degree. DeCarlo was arraigned by Albion Town Justice Fuller and remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $50,000 Bail.

Freeman was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th degree, Conspiracy 4th degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence with intent to conceal, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree, Unlawful possession of marijuana. Freeman was arraigned by Town of Albion Justice Fuller and remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $25,000 Bail. O.C. Sheriff’s Office C.I.D. is continuing the investigation with additional arrests likely.

GCC’s BEST Center Director Celebrates Doctorate

John M. McGowan, courtesy of GCC

Press Release:

Generally, the mission of Genesee Community College, “…we foster exceptional teaching and learning opportunities that result in intellectual and social growth, economic advancement and engaged citizenship,” is evidenced across campus where students and faculty interact. However, sometimes those students are also staff members seeking to further their knowledge base through classes or courses thousands of miles from any of GCC’s seven campus locations. Sometimes the student even has grandchildren, and is already actively engaged in the community.

The mission of fostering learning opportunities for intellectual and social growth was part of the inspiration for John M. McGowan, of Batavia, NY, to complete his Doctor of Psychology with specialization in Sport and Performance Psychology from University of the Rockies in Denver Colorado. He began his studies in their online program in 2011 and successfully completed his dissertation and received his diploma just last month.

Dr. McGowan’s dissertation, “Experiential View of African-American Male Basketball Student-Athletes in Community College: A Phenomenological Study” explored a phenomenon of academic and career underachievement among this student population. McGowan studied the discrepancy in motivation between the athletic challenges on the court against cultural, social, academic, and career barriers experienced outside the classroom, seeking out why the African-American male population rarely sought out career advisement and assistance.

“Over the past 14 years as an employee of GCC, I have been fortunate to work alongside great people and provide learning opportunities for many students. Like any learning environment, we all learn from the students we guide. As a student and current professional staff member myself, I’ve always been curious as to why student athletes are so motivated during sports competitions and not as motivated in the classroom or in career planning efforts,” Dr. McGowan said. “I’ve followed my curiosity for the past seven years and am thrilled to have earned a doctorate degree. The field of Sport Psychology explores a multitude of topics which can be applied to many diverse with an endless potential for learning. I am excited to apply my new learning to the students, faculty and staff at GCC, the workforce development efforts of my team in The BEST Center as well as the rest of my life.”

Dr. McGowan also earned a Master of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the SUNY College at Brockport in 2003 and 1994 respectively, and an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Genesee Community College in 1986. He is also a 2017 graduate of Leadership Genesee.

Dr. McGowan first came to GCC as the Perkins career program coordinator in 2005 and quickly moved to Career Services coordinator. In 2006 Dr. McGowan took on the role of Career Services Coordinator as well as adjunct instructor of English as a Second Language for Brazilian students enrolled in SUNY’s Global Emersion Program. Then, in 2014 Dr. McGowan became director of the BEST (Business and Employee Skills Training) Center.

Dr. McGowan’s hard work and dedication to his Doctorate have earned him a place in GCC’s new Recognition Matters series which highlights the accomplishments of the College’s faculty, staff and students. Officials at GCC have embraced this series as a way to acknowledge not only the achievement, but the high quality of the recognized individuals who demonstrate GCC’s “beyond expectations” brand.

Theme of GCC’s 38th Annual Fashion Show Announced at Color Draping Event

Photograph, courtesy of GCC, of the 2018 Fashion Show “Ascendant”

Press Release:

The Fashion Program students at Genesee Community College announced the 38th Annual Fashion Show will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019 with one show only at 7 p.m. and this year’s theme is truly “LIMITLESS!”

Earlier this week, the Fashion Program students hosted a Color Draping event at GCC’s Batavia Campus where they conducted consultations to help individuals determine the color palettes that most complement their unique hair color, skin tone and eye color. Opening the Color Draping event, Fashion Program students Kento Takayama of Japan and Hannah Donnelly of Livonia, NY unveiled the 38th annual Fashion Show theme as
“LIMITLESS!” To fully illustrate the unlimited capacity of “LIMITLESS,” Fashion Merchandising instructor Laura Taylor participated remotely through Zoom as she was attending the International Textile and Apparel Association conference in Cleveland, OH.
“LIMITLESS” was chosen completely by the students in the program to demonstrate the endlessness of fashion possibility. With no limits or boundaries, this year’s fashion show will draw from both classic and fiery palettes and promises to be innovative, inclusive and inspirational!

Over the next six months, GCC students will build and coordinate numerous scenes for the show. To appreciate the development of “LIMITLESS,” follow @gccfashionprogram on Instagram, @trendygcc on Twitter and the FBM (Fashion Business Merchandising) program blog at https://sunygcc.blog/category/academics/fashion/. Students will be sharing details about the show, their individual scenes and more!

Following the success of “Ascendant,” GCC’s 37th annual show in 2018, “LIMITLESS” will again take place on the 24,000 square foot indoor field house in the Richard C. Call Arena. With plenty of space to accommodate 2,000 guests, including ample parking, the students are planning one dynamic, fast-moving production, but there will be pre-show interviews and photo-ops featuring the coordinators of each scene, and another post-show party and vendor market. Currently, students are seeking vendors to participate in this portion of the program.

Tickets to the show are just $5 per person in advance, and $8 (cash only) per person at the door the night of the show. To purchase tickets in advance, please email fashionshow@genesee.edu.

Any business, organization, or individual interested in an opportunity to support this year’s Fashion Show should contact Debbie Mancuso at (585) 345-6830 or via email at fashionshow@genesee.edu. Business donations start at $10, but event sponsorships are welcome at all levels. Personal donations of $5 are available, and Fashion Program students will be delighted to schedule a donation pick up or make special arrangements for donations. Sponsors and in-kind donations are included in the Fashion Show Program as well as on the Fashion Show website. Checks should be made payable to GCCA and can be mailed to Genesee Community College, Fashion Show, One College Road, Batavia NY 14020-9704.

The Fashion Program at GCC has always been a flagship program for the college. The knowledge and experience of the program faculty and the dedication to their students has produced quality and professional workplace candidates and well-prepared transfer students since the program’s inception 40 years ago.

Recently, GCC renewed its articulation agreement with LIM for students in the Fashion Business: Merchandising A.A.S. program. Students who complete the track and degree can seamlessly transfer to LIM to complete their B.B.A. in Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing or Management. In addition, GCC is very excited to announce a new articulation agreement with Cazenovia College. This agreement provides a seamless transfer opportunity for GCC’s Fashion Business: Merchandising A.A.S. students to Cazenovia’s Fashion Merchandising B.P.S. and for GCC’s Fashion Business: Fashion Design A.A.S. students to Cazenovia’s Fashion Design B.F.A. degree program. Anyone interested in taking advantage of these transfer opportunities through GCC is encouraged to contact GCC’s Student Success Center at (585) 345-6805 or via email at SSC@genesee.edu.

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

Photographs, courtesy of GCC, from this week’s Color Draping events are available at: https://www.facebook.com/sunygcc/posts/10156972890668103

$3,000 guaranteed Pick-5 Friday at Batavia Downs

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

As a result of no one selecting a winning combination in the early Pick-5 at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Nov. 14), there will be a $1,036 carryover and a $3,000 guaranteed early Pick-5 pool when racing resumes at 6 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 16) at the oldest lighted harness track in America.

Friday’s guaranteed pool is also part of the USTA’s Strategic Wagering Program which offers free program pages courtesy of Trackmaster for the Pick-5 races at Batavia Downs under the “Handicapping” tab at www.ustrotting.com . You can access the program pages directly by clicking here. (https://www.trackmaster.com/freeContent/usta/freeContentFiles/hpl/btv1116x.pdf )

Friday’s Pick-5 is also featured as the USTA Play of the Day in the Harness Racing Fan Zone.

ThePick-5 is a 50-cent base wager that begins in race one and runs through race five. There is no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners, the entire pool (minus takeout) will be carried over once again.

Morning News Briefing

Walnut Street man jailed for possessing a stolen gun.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies report the arrest of a Walnut Street resident after he allegedly tossed a handgun out of a vehicle during a traffic stop.
19 year old TeeSean Ayala of Batavia was subject to a traffic stop Washington Avenue yesterday afternoon following a report of a suspected vehicle that was linked to prior criminal activity in the area.
The vehicle pulled into a driveway of a home and police witnessed the occupant drop a weapon out of the window.
Sgt. Andrew Hale describes the scene…

Ayala was reportedly in possession of the handgun which had a defaced serial number all while being accompanied by his 14 year old brother who was taken in for questioning.
Ayala was charged with felony counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd and 3rd degree, along with Unlawful possession of Marijuana, and having an Obstructed License Plate.
He was ordered to be held in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Kindness to Sheriff’s K9 fund could bring in two top dogs to Genesee County.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office says they have received a wealth of support for their K-9 fund following the recent death of beloved K-9 Destro.
According to Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster the financial support may be enough to purchase and train two dogs…

Brewster who appeared on WBTA’s “Main and Center” program yesterday added that the Sheriff’s Office is already looking at a dog to purchase and is hopeful to have the deputy dog trained and out on the beat by the end of June.

A Perry teen is facing a disturbing charge.
Police say 18 year old Gavin Harkins set an acquaintance’s dog on fire with a lighter.
The animal’s fur ended up getting burned.
Harkins was arraigned and released.
He’s due back in court next month.

Anyone traveling southeast of Genesee is encouraged to use extra caution this morning.
The Livingston County Sheriff has issued a Travel Advisory for all of Livingston County for the morning commute.
Due to the snow covered roads the Sheriff issued this advisory that will remain in effect until 8:30 this morning.
The Travel Advisory does not mean roads are closed, but drivers are encouraged to slow your vehicles down and travel cautiously and to yield to the plows while they clear roads.

A Buffalo Democrat says he’s not planning to support Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi as the next Speaker of the House.
Twenty-sixth District Congressman Brian Higgins tells The Buffalo News he believes House Democrats need new leadership and doesn’t think Pelosi can provide it.
Since the summer, Higgins has spoken out against Pelosi after she ignored an infrastructure improvement package he helped propose.
The new Congress is set to convene January 3rd.

Evening News Briefing

Wintry precipitation is hampering the evening commute across Genesee County. A Winter Weather advisory is in effect until tomorrow morning.
The combination of steady snow, mixed at times with sleet are coating roads and creating hazardous driving conditions.
Roads that are untreated will be particularly hazardous.
Visibility at times will be reduced to a mile.
The National Weather Service is advising motorists to allow extra time to reach your destination.

 

Following the recent death of K-9 Destro, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has received what they call overwhelming support for their K-9 fund.
Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster says the financial support may be enough to purchase and train two dogs

Brewster appearing on WBTA’s “Main and Center” program today.

They’ve been off the campaign trails for days, but Congressman Chris Collins and Nate McMurray are still exchanging barbs. This time, it involves absentee ballot counting in the 27th Congressional District. McMurray is predicting a dead heat with Collins if the current counting trend continues.
Collins disagrees, saying McMurray struggles with basic math.

Actor and native New Yorker Ben Stiller is making his directorial debut with the prison drama, Escape at Dannemora.
The Showtime miniseries tells the story how two inmates, serving life sentences for murder, broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in New York three years ago. Escape at Dannemora premieres this Sunday night at 10.

City Needs Help Filling Committees

Press Release:

Have you ever wondered why one permit is approved and the other denied? Or how that business ended up right between two houses? If you volunteer for a committee then you can have those questions answered and have your ideas heard! For about an hour a month (or sometimes less!!) you can be on the inside and help make your community better. There are a variety of committees and boards so find one that meets your interests. Volunteer today to see the difference you can make! Applications are available at the City Clerk’s office or online at www.batavianewyork.com in the documents section. Get your application in as soon as possible! The following boards have vacancies we are looking to fill for 2019:

Board of Assessment Review
Community Garden
Historic Preservation Commission
Plumbing Board (Journeyman Plumber)
Youth Board
Zoning Board of Appeals

 

Kaitlyn Rae takes girl’s night feature at Batavia

Kaitlyn Rae (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

After earning minor spoils in her three most recent outings, Kaitlyn Rae returned to her winning ways in the $9,500 fillies and mares Open Handicap pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (Nov. 14).

Kaitlyn Rae (Drew Monti) left with little opposition from Hey Kobe (Kevin Cummings) who was content to sit the pocket trip for the duration. Seeing no one coming, Monti tapped the brakes and strolled to the half in :59. That forced Susie’s Delight (Ray Fisher Jr.) to pull first over for a bid that would fall short by the three-quarters.

Heading into the final turn, Cummings tipped Hey Kobe to try and make a run. But after barely getting within a length, Kaitlyn Rae responded to a high-line and a couple taps of the shaft to pace away and win by a length in 1:56.1.

It was the 61st career win and 13th victory of 2018 for Kaitlyn Rae ($6.30) who has now earned $71,021 for owner/trainer Riley Asher-Stalbaum.

In the $8,800 distaff Open II, Tymal Luckynpink (Brad Jackson) doubled her pleasure by winning her second straight outing in gate to wire fashion in 1:57.3. The Ken and John Mc Keever-owned 7-year-old Camluck mare scored her seventh win of the year under the tutelage of trainer Brad Jackson.

Drew Monti had the driving hat trick on Wednesday to lead all other reinsmen on the card. Besides the already mentioned Kaitlyn Rae, Monti also won with Scarlet n silk (1:59.1, $8.80) and Honey Booboolina (1:57, $8.10).

With those three wins, Monti pulls into a first place tie with Kevin Cummings (who had two wins on Wednesday) for the dash driving title. Both drivers currently have 93 tallies this meet.

There was no winner in the early Pick-5 on Wednesday and as a result, there is a $1,036 carry over and a guaranteed $3,000 pool for the early Pick-5 on Friday. This will be a part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program and free program pages will be made available on the USTA site courtesy of Trackmaster starting on Thursday under the “Handicapping” tab.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Nov. 16) with post time for the first race set at 6 p.m.

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES OVER $5.65 MILLION IN LOCAL BRIDGE & CULVERT REPAIRS

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today announced nearly $6 million in funding will be injected into six, much-needed bridge and culvert repairs in Genesee, Orleans and Monroe counties as part of the BRIDGE-NY program that was a component of last year’s state budget. A recent study by CNBC ranked New York’s infrastructure as some of the worst in the nation, with 10.5 percent of bridges ranked as deficient and 60 percent of roads classified as in poor or mediocre condition.

“I am very pleased to see our hard-fought victory for more upstate infrastructure funding is finally yielding tangible results,” Hawley said. “At a time when too many lawmakers set their sights on funneling more and more of our resources to fix downstate calamities like the MTA and LaGuardia Airport, it is more important than ever to focus on addressing upstate’s needs and that starts with our deficient roads, bridges and highways. Rest assured, maintaining the longevity of programs like BRIDGE-NY, PAVE-NY and increasing CHIPs funding will be among my top priorities come next year’s session.”

A list of BRIDGE-NY projects in the 139th Assembly District are as follows:

• $1.081 million to Genesee County for Sharrick Road over Murder Creek
• $907,000 to Genesee County for Tower Hill Road over Spring Creek
• $787,000 to the Town of Alabama (Genesee County) for Meadville Road over Canal Creek
• $686,000 to Monroe County for Lake Road W Fork over Sandy Creek
• $1.111 million to Orleans County for Transit Road over W Branch Sandy Creek
• $1.082 million to the Town of Batavia (Genesee County) for Upton Road over Bowen Creek

Morning News Briefing

The YWCA which reported less than a year ago it may be looking at closing has recently announced the organization is operating in the black.
In a statement released by the YWCA yesterday they say that hiring new Executive Director Millie Tomidy-Pepper was the first step in the right direction and she has led the effort of continued restructuring success.
Following the announcement last March that the organization was on the rocks financially, the YWCA has established a new board of directors, trimmed expenses and refocused its programming.
They say the improvements are thanks to the very generous support of so many in the community and that they are looking forward to a variety of new fundraisers in the coming year that will maintain the current programs offered at the YW.

Alleged Rape in Perry lands a Monroe County man behind bars.
Perry Police arrested 20 year old Shawn Serra of Irondequoit yesterday following investigation into an alleged rape in the Village.
Serra is accused of raping a female victim while back in January of this year.
He was charged with a class E felony count of Rape along with sexual misconduct and forcible touching, which are both class A misdemeanors.
Serra was committed to the Wyoming County Jail on $1,000 bail and is expected back in Perry Village Court in December.

Former Wyoming County Sheriff’s deputy sentenced to serious prison time.
Joseph Mlyniec was sentenced yesterday to 15 years to life behind bars after pleading guilty to killing Robert Irvine the Third.
Prosecutors say Irvine was a witness in an abuse case involving Mlyniec.
He was shot and killed in the former lawmen’s driveway in Perry in March.
Mlyniec apologized in court for his crime.

LeRoy resident busted for Burglary in the Village.
LeRoy Police were called to a reported disturbance in the Village Sunday where they took 31 year old Chiyannon Bundy of Lake Street, LeRoy into custody. .
Bundy was accused of knowingly and unlawfully entering a residence and of damaging the property of another.
She was charged with a class C-Felony count of Burglary and a class A-Misdemeanor count of Criminal Mischief.
Bundy was arraigned in LeRoy Town Court and released under the supervision of the Genesee Justice Program.

They’ve been off the campaign trails for days, but Congressman Chris Collins and Nate McMurray are still exchanging barbs.
This time, it involves absentee ballot counting in the 27th Congressional District.
McMurray is predicting a dead heat with Congressman Collins if the current counting trend continues.
Collins disagrees, saying McMurray struggles with basic math and that he expects his lead to hold.
The official results are expected next week.

Grab your gloves and shovels, snow is on the way.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Monroe, Orleans, Erie and Genesee counties.
It will be in effect from four this afternoon until seven tomorrow morning. Forecasters say some areas could see about six inches of snow.
There are also concerns about icing, which may make driving difficult.

Evening News Briefing

A proposal by City Church to develop community activities on Liberty Street is getting a favorable response.
City Church is requesting a zoning change for the former St. Anthony’s site allowing for commercial development.
City Church wants to build a possible dance school, art school and community education classes along with a proposed teen center.
City Council President Gene Jankowski…

Without the zoning change any reuse of the property for commercial purposes would be prohibited.

The Genesee County YWCA is much healthier, financially.
The YW has announced it is operating in the black.
Earlier this year, the YW was in danger of closing its doors.
The organization is still trying to sell its building on North St.

Absentee ballot counting continues today in more counties that make up the 27th Congressional District.
Ballots will be counted in Niagara County today followed by Orleans County tomorrow.
Erie County and Livingston County officials will count their ballots starting Monday. At last report, Republican Congressman Chris Collins has a three-thousand vote lead over Democrat Nate McMurray.

State legislators are looking into giving themselves a pay raise.
A commission met for the first time in Albany yesterday to start debating the issue. Right now, the base pay for Senate and Assembly members is $79,500. That salary was set back in 1998.

The Buffalo Bills have made another change to their roster. The team announced yesterday it has released wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. He joined the team just a couple of weeks ago. During his brief time with the Bills, Pryor caught two passes for a total of 17 yards. The team now has two roster spots open after releasing quarterback Nathan Peterman Monday.

Public Hearing for 5th Ward Announced

Press Release:

Attention 5th Ward Constituents! There will be a public hearing addressing concerns related to safety/traffic situations in the
Watson/Thorpe area. We encourage residents to attend the public hearing to voice their opinions when Council approves
moving this issue to the next step. The public hearing will be held on Monday, November 26th at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall,
Second Floor, Council Board Room. For detailed information please see below:

Following the Council Meeting on September 10, 2018 which once again raised concerns for safety at the intersection of
Watson and Thorpe Street Bureau of Maintenance Superintendent Ray Tourt, Director of Public Works Matt Worth and
Police Chief, Shawn Heubusch met to discuss possible solutions. The following items were discussed;

– Watson Street runs east and west between Evans Street and Jackson Street with no parking on the southside of the street
due to the narrow nature of the street.
– Watson Street has 32 ft ROW with 21ft of pavement and for the most part 4 ft sidewalks on both sides of the road. This
does cause a problem for sign posting where we are supposed to provide a 2 ft clear edge from the road. If a stop sign
is to be posted (30”) it would have to posted in the middle of the sidewalk without the ability to provide a minimum of
36” clear sidewalk. There is No Parking on Northside of street.
– Thorpe Street runs north and south between Maple Street and Watson Street with a short extension running north of
Watson Street which dead ends, there is no parking on either side of Thorpe Street due to inadequate space for parking
on either side.
– The specific request was to place a Stop Sign on Watson Street headed eastbound at the intersection of Thorpe Street.
– A traffic study was completed in the area, this study did not warrant a Stop Sign or other traffic control device.
– There is insufficient space on Watson Street at the intersection of Thorpe Street to erect a proper Stop Sign.
– The sightlines coming off Thorpe Street onto Watson Street to the north are severely limited due to land incursions,
structures and the curve of Watson Street.
– Thorpe Street has a 20ft ROW with a pavement from 20 ft to 21 ft and no sidewalks. Thorpe Street has No Parking on
either side.
The following is recommended to address community concerns and change the traffic pattern in the area;
– Turn Thorpe Street between Watson Street and Maple Street into a One-Way street with the direction of travel being
southbound only.
– Add permissive parking on the west side of Thorpe Street between Watson Street and Maple Street.
– Based on this information and the alignment needed for One-Way signage, they can be squeezed in on Thorpe Street at
Watson without encroaching the sidewalks.
– The portion of Thorpe Street North of Watson Street would have to remain two way with a STOP control SB and parking
ban on both sides.

This solution relieves the sightline issues at the Watson and Thorpe Streets intersection as there will be no northbound traffic
at that intersection. This solution also allows for residents to have some on-street parking on Thorpe Street that they currently
do not have. This parking is subject to the City of Batavia Parking Regulations regarding overnight parking restrictions.

Kathy Briggs
5th Ward Councilperson

Reservations for 36th Annual Health and Humanitarian Awards

Press Release:

Dr. Matthew Landfried will be presented by The Jerome Foundation with the 36th Annual Health and Humanitarian Award on November 30, at noon, at Terry Hills Restaurant. The Award is presented by the Foundation to recognize volunteer men and woman of Genesee County who have helped promote the emotional, physical and spiritual well being of the area’s residents.

The cost of the luncheon is $20 and is open to the public. Reservations are being accepted until November 21st by mailing a check to The Jerome Foundation, PO Box 249, Batavia, NY 14021 or emailing thejeromefoundation@gmail.com, by calling Chris Fix at 585-356-3419.

Morning News Briefing

Council hears rezoning proposal for City Church Property.
City Church property in Batavia is likely to be rezoned to expand its community outreach.
City Council members heard a proposal from John Roach at the city councils business meeting at city hall last night.
Roach fully endorsed rezoning the Liberty Street site from a Residential to a Commercial property and said church leaders are hoping to change in order to host a possible dance school, art school and community education classes on site.
The rezoning issue was well received according to Council President Eugene Jankowski…

Jankowski believes council will be able to come to a vote on the zoning change by their next business meeting.
The property is located at Liberty and Central Avenue.

Sheriff’s release additional details of accidental shooting death.
Investigators with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office have released a more detailed report of the fatal self-inflicted shooting that killed 23 year old John “Jack” Carney at his Byron Holley Road home in Byron.
There were six people gathered at the barn party last Friday night when Carney allegedly shot himself in the face with his own 9mm Ruger semi-automatic.
Investigators believe the leading cause of death was careless handling of the weapon.
The death is still being examined as accidental and the matter is still under investigation.

Another meeting announced for 5th Ward residents.
Kathy Briggs the Fifth Ward Councilperson has announced she will be holding another public hearing to address concerns related to safety and traffic situations in the Watson/Thorpe Street area.
Recent talks ended with a recommendation to turn Thorpe Street between Watson and Maple Streets into a southbound One-Way street and to add permissive parking on the west side of Thorpe between Watson and Maple.
Briggs encourages residents to attend the public hearing to voice their opinions on Monday, November 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Board Room at City Hall.

Absentee ballot counting continues today in more counties that make up the 27th Congressional District.
Ballots will be counted in Niagara County today followed by Orleans County tomorrow.
Erie County and Livingston County officials will count their ballots starting Monday.
At last report, Republican Congressman Chris Collins has a three-thousand vote lead over Democrat Nate McMurray.
Collins has already declared victory.

State legislators are looking into giving themselves a pay raise.
A committee met for the first time in Albany yesterday to start debating the issue.
Right now, the base pay for Senate and Assembly members is $79,500 dollars a year.
That salary was set back in 1998.
Lawmakers also get stipend money for travel or if they lead a committee.
Any agreement on a pay bump has to be approved by the end of the year.
That’s because lawmakers can’t give themselves one during their next two-year term.

The Buffalo Bills have made another change to their roster.
The team announced yesterday it has released wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. He joined the team just a couple of weeks ago.
During his brief time with the Bills, Pryor caught two passes for a total of 17 yards.
The team now has two roster spots open after releasing quarterback Nathan Peterman Monday.

NYSP: Vehicle struck the rear end of a farm truck

Press Release:

On November 12, 2018 at 5:39 p.m., Troopers responded to a collision on State Highway 31 in the town of Murray.
Further investigation reveals that Jared E. Thompson, 27 of Albion, NY a member of the Fancher Murray Hulberton Fire Company was traveling east bound on State Hwy 31. Thompson was operating a 2005 Chevy Silverado with his blue volunteer fire department lights activated responding to a call. Thompson failed to observe a 1995 International truck traveling east bound on State Hwy 31 and struck its rear end. Thompson was transported by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital for multiple injuries.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisted in this investigation.

This is still an ongoing investigation.

Byron-Bergen Students Learn to Wobble

Students participate in the “opinion corners” activity

Press Release:

Byron, NY – How do kids learn to ride bikes? Maybe they start with training wheels. When the training wheels come off, an adult might hold onto the seat and run along next to them. Then, that adult lets go and, eventually, that kid wobbles and falls. And falls again. And again. Scraped knees and elbows are accepted as part of that rite of passage. If you want to learn to ride a bike, you must make it past the wobble.

So, how do kids learn to learn? By accepting the wobble. Learning to ride a bike is different than reading or arithmetic, but is an apt example of the learning philosophy that Byron-Bergen Instructional Coaches Debbie Slocum and Diana Walther are bringing to classrooms. It is called the Learning Challenge and it is just that, an acknowledgement that learning is challenging.

“The Learning Challenge recognizes that learning isn’t easy,” said Slocum. “Learning is difficult, frustrating, and takes a lot of effort, but it is interesting! When students make connections between their own personal experiences and what they encounter on a daily basis, they develop the skills needed to think deeply and communicate effectively. By using some of the strategies and suggestions found in The Learning Challenge, we will continue to build these habits in our students.”

The Learning Challenge is based on a book of the same title by James Nottingham. Slocum, Walther, and several other Byron-Bergen educators attended a three-day seminar last year given by Nottingham and his associates. They have since been sharing this teaching philosophy with their fellow district educators. Nottingham instructs teachers to engage the frustrated learner, allow them to struggle, to have the confidence to take risks, and possibly fail.

One suggestion from The Learning Challenge already implemented into classroom practice is the use of “opinion corners.” Students choose a corner of the room based on their opinion or response to a topic. At that corner, they discuss reasons with like-minded peers as to why they chose that corner then share the reasons with the class. This basic activity adapts to different grade levels and lesson plans and promotes listening, verbal communication, critical thinking, decision-making, and 100% participation.

With no desk to hide behind, this activity can be uncomfortable for some students. They might worry that their opinion is not the “right answer.” This lesson helps students move beyond correct or incorrect and discover how much more can be learned by working it out themselves.

“By using these strategies [from The Learning Challenge] in class, we are giving our students opportunities to be collaborative, articulate, resilient and open minded,” said Walther.

Slocum, Walther, and their colleagues are taking this learning philosophy a step further and asking caregivers to allow students to feel frustrated outside of school. This includes giving them time to think, to talk about their thinking, to experience failure, and to learn from their mistakes.

“Learning is all about wobbling,” said Slocum. “If you are doing something that you can already do, then you are practicing. Learning requires that you step out of your comfort zone.”

In short, Slocum and Walther are encouraging students to pick up their bikes and try again.

Debbie Slocum

Diana Walther

Morning News Briefing

Volunteer firefighter in Orleans County seriously injured responding to a call.
A volunteer member of the Fancher Hulberton Murray Fire Company was sent to the hospital with serious injuries after crashing while responding to a call.
According to State Police in Orleans County the firefighter was traveling eastbound on Route 31 in Murray when their vehicle crashed into the back of a truck between Hindsburg and Fancher Roads.
The collision reportedly occurred at around quarter to 6 last night when the truck was said to be turning next to a grain silo.
The volunteer firefighter apparently suffered serious injuries and was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital.
Police have yet to release the volunteers’ identity and investigation into the exact cause of the crash remains on-going.

McMurray holds out hope for an absentee voter upset in the 27th Congressional District race.
Although Congressman Chris Collins has already declared victory the race for the district seat isn’t officially over just yet.
Absentee ballot counting begins today in the battle between Democrat Nate McMurray and Republican Congressman Chris Collins.
As of last week, Collins was ahead by about three-thousand votes.
So far, more than 11-thousand absentee ballots have been returned.

Positive report from Farmers Market Manager.
Mike Bakos the manager of the Genesee Country Farmers’ Market reports that over the 20-week market season an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 market customers stopped into the Downtown Batavia Business District with 1,500 to 2,000 people visiting the Market each week.
This year marked the third year of collaboration with the BID.
Bakos said the popular Friday “BIG” Market continues to grow and during the off-season, the Market will be pursuing new/prospective vendors to expand the Market in 2019.

Low-income New Yorkers who need help staying warm this winter can start applying for HEAP benefits today.
Eligible folks may receive hundreds of dollars if they qualify.
Anyone who heats their home with electricity, natural gas, oil, coal, propane, wood pellets or kerosene can get assistance.
For more information, head online to my benefits dot ny dot gov.

The Buffalo Bills have released Nathan Peterman.
The team announced last night it has cut ties with the quarterback they drafted in 2017.
In the games Peterman was on the field, he threw for 548 yards, three touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
The Bills are expecting to have rookie quarterback Josh Allen back on the field for their next game.

The Batavia Blue Devils continue their record-breaking season.
Batavia is on their way to battle for a state championship after their win Saturday over Cheektowaga.
The Blue Devils now face Skaneateles next Saturday at Union-Endicott High School.
Our own Bob Brown and John Vazquez will be covering the game live beginning at 3 p.m. here on WBTA AM and FM.

Morning News Briefing

Possible prison time for former Batavia nursing home owner.
62 year old Marc Korn of East Amherst, the former owner of both the Batavia Nursing Home, and the Fairchild Manor Nursing Home in Lewiston, could be looking at prison time.
Korn appeared in federal court Friday where he pleaded guilty to bank theft and willful failure to pay tax.
The charges stem back to 2008 when he received a $3.9 million loan from Fifth Third Bank in to refinance the Batavia Nursing Home.
Korn intentionally overvalued his residence and inflated his net worth in his loan application then failed to make payments on the loan.
The default left the Fifth Third Bank in the lurch to the tune of $2.4 million.
Then Korn evaded paying taxes owed to the IRS, and instead spent the money on restaurants, hockey tickets, jewelry, and on his children’s college tuition.
Korn, who claims to be in ill-health himself, now faces a maximum of two years in prison, a $200,000 fine and also agreed to pay over $2.5 million in restitution.
Sentencing is scheduled for March 13th of next year.

Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports drunk driving arrests.
Deputies took 38 year old Craig Sleeman of Victor into custody on counts of DWI and Aggravated DWI, along with traffic infractions for failure to signal, failure to keep right and for moving from a lane unsafely.
Sleeman was subject to a traffic stop on Main Street Road in Batavia early yesterday morning where he recorded a Blood Alcohol Content over twice the legal limit,
He is expected to appear in Batavia Town Court on January 28th of next year.

Bergen woman busted for DWI after being found asleep at the wheel.
Deputies arrested 45 year old Susan Rea of Sheridan Road in Bergen early Saturday morning near Wortendyke road and Route 33 after being found asleep behind the steering wheel of her vehicle.
She is charged with DWI, refusal to take a breath test along with a traffic infraction for being stopped or parked on a highway.
Rea was released on her own recognizance and is due back in Batavia Town Court on December 17th.

Batavia woman arrested for grand larceny.
35 year old Angela Torcello of West Main Street Road was arrested and charged with Falsifying Business Records, Grand and Petit Larceny following investigation into an incident that allegedly occurred in May of this year.
Torcello is accused of stealing a credit card and using it to purchase products from a traveling vendor.
She was released with an appearance ticket for Town Court on November 26th.

The Batavia Blue Devils continue their record-breaking season.
Batavia is on their way to battle for a state championship after their win Saturday over Cheektowaga 28 to 56.
The Blue Devils now face Skaneateles next Saturday at Union-Endicott High School.
Our own Bob Brown and Juan Vazquez will be covering the game live beginning at 3 p.m. here on WBTA AM and FM.

This past Veterans Day took on an especially significant meaning for families in LeRoy.
Yesterday Twelve LeRoyans who gave their lives to serve in the Great War were honored on the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day.
The day is in remembrance of the armistice signed by the WWI Allies and Germany to end hostilities on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour of 1918.
Le Roy’s 12 were enshrined with a new memorial dedicated at Trigon Park in a ceremony complete with a 21-gun salute, and the playing of taps.

Batavia Wins Class B Western Regional

The Batavia High School Blue Devils continue their quest for a New York State Class B Football Championship.

Batavia walloped the Warriors from Cheektowaga Central on Saturday night 56 to 28 to take the Western Regional Championship.
Batavia now advances to the state semi-final this Saturday against the Skaneateles Lakers.
The Lakers and Blue Devils have identical 11 – 0 records.

The semi-final in Class B will be played at Union Endicott High School near Binghamton on Saturday afternoon at 3.
WBTA will have live, play-by-play coverage with Bob Brown and John Vazquez.

$7,000 guaranteed Pick-5 Saturday at Batavia Downs

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

As a result of no one selecting a winning combination in the early Pick-5 at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Nov. 9), there will be a $2,756 carryover and a $7,000 guaranteed early Pick-5 pool when racing resumes at 6 p.m. on Saturday (Nov. 10) at the oldest lighted harness track in America.

Saturday’s guaranteed pool is also part of the USTA’s Strategic Wagering Program which offers free program pages courtesy of Trackmaster for the Pick-5 races at Batavia Downs under the “Handicapping” tab at www.ustrotting.com . You can access the program pages directly by clicking here. (https://www.trackmaster.com/freeContent/usta/freeContentFiles/hpl/btv1110x.pdf )

The race will also be featured as the Play of the Day on the USTA’s Harness Racing Fan Zone (www.harnessracingfanzone.com).

The Batavia Downs Pick-5 is a 50-cent base wager that begins in race one and runs through race five. There is no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners, the entire pool (minus takeout) will be carried over once again.

HAWLEY: VETERANS DAY A STARK REMINDER OF THE SACRIFICES OF SO MANY

Press Release:

As we approach our nation’s observance of Veterans Day this Monday, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is urging his constituents and all New Yorkers to set time aside this weekend and thank a veteran or current service member for their dedication and sacrifice to preserving our way of life. Hawley, the son of a veteran, served seven years in the Ohio Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves and reached the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He has served on the Assembly’s Veterans’ Affairs Committee for over a decade.

“Military service runs deep in my family and Veterans Day will always hold a special place in my heart,” Hawley said. “Whether it be my annual Patriot Trip to Washington D.C. to give back to local veterans or my efforts in Albany fighting for various tax credits, healthcare and education options available to our veterans, protecting those who have risked their lives to protect us will remain one of my top priorities. I encourage all my constituents and New Yorkers alike to take time this weekend to thank a veteran for their service and pray for those who are still fighting overseas.”

Hawley is a true champion in Albany for our current and retired military members, sponsoring several pieces of legislation to make the “Campaign Service Medal” more inclusive, help veterans start small businesses, and remove admission fees for veterans to state parks. Hawley also played a pivotal role in ushering in the Veterans Buy-back Bill that allows vets to purchase up to three years of military service back from the state in exchange for a credit toward their public pension.

Bioness stays perfect at Batavia Downs

Bioness (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs

When French-bred trotter Bioness last competed at Batavia Downs he won the $15,000 Schroeder Invitational trot in October. On Friday (Nov. 9) he stayed undefeated at the Genesee County oval by taking the $11,500 Open Handicap trotting feature under a slick drive by his young reinsman Hunter Oakes, over a very sloppy track.

When the wings folded Bioness started the long trek from post seven to the front and gained that position by the quarter in :29.4. But the lead was short-lived as the local hot-trotter Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) pulled at the three-eighths and rushed to the front by the half and grabbed the pylons into the second circuit.

Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) made the next move, pulling at the five-eighths and drawing near Lougazi as the race progressed through the third panel. The top two trotters battled around the last turn and into the stretch before a gap allowed Oakes to pull Bioness out of the pocket and jet between them. He was by Southern Palms and overtook Lougazi at the wire to win in 1:59.4 by one-half length.

It was the fifth win of 2018 for Bioness ($2.70) who now has $107,438 on his card for the year. The 7-year-old altered son of Sam Bourbon is owned by the Northfork Racing Stable and is trained by Chris Oakes.

For the 20-year-old Hunter Oakes, it was his fourth consecutive win in only five career drives and his first career victory at Batavia Downs in his Western New York homecoming.

In the $8,800 Open II trot, Labatt Hanover (Shawn McDonough) sat third the whole mile before tipping three-wide off cover in the lane to catch Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) at the wire to win by a neck in 2:00.1. It was the second win in the last three starts for Labatt Hanover ($11.60) and owners Gary and Cynthia Saj. McDonough also does the training.

There was no winner in the early Pick-5 wager on Friday so the $2,756 carry over will supplement a guaranteed $7,000 pool for the early Pick-5 wager when live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 10). This bet will be part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program and as such, will offer free race pages for races one through five for Batavia Downs tomorrow courtesy of Trackmaster. These free pages can be downloaded at www.ustrotting.com under the “Handicapping” tab. Post time for the first race is 6 p.m.

Weekend News Briefing

LeRoy man killed in shooting in Byron reported as self-inflicted and accidental.
A young man from LeRoy is dead after attending a barn party at 6490 Byron Holley Road in Byron where he apparently accidentally shot himself in the face with his own gun.
23 year old John Carney of LeRoy was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Report of a man accidentally shot in the face came in at 11:45 Friday night with the coroner arriving on scene at about 2:15 Saturday morning.
Police say the initial investigation shows it was likely an accidental discharge of the firearm and it is possible the victim was playing with the weapon when it discharged.
Police described the gun as a semi-automatic pistol that Carney owned and possessed legally.
Five or six people were in the barn when the gun went off according to police and two were taken in for questioning.
Investigation into the incident remains on-going.

Former Batavia nursing home owner pleads guilty to bank theft and tax charges.
Former Nursing home owner in Batavia, 62 year old Marc Korn of East Amherst pleaded guilty to bank theft and willful failure to pay tax in federal court Friday.
In 2008 Korn received a $3.9 million loan from Fifth Third Bank to refinance the Batavia Nursing Home. In his loan application Korn intentionally inflated his net worth by overvaluing his residence and claiming ownership of a bank account which actually contained only $1.00 and belonged to someone else.
Loan payments went into default and Fifth Third Bank lost more than $2.4 million then instead of paying the taxes owed to the IRS, Korn spent the funds on personal expenses including restaurants, hockey tickets, jewelry, and to pay his children’s college tuition.
Korn, who claims to be in ill-health himself, was the former owner of both the Batavia Nursing Home, and the Fairchild Manor Nursing Home in Lewiston.
He now faces a maximum of two years in prison, a $200,000 fine and also agreed to pay over $2.5 million in restitution.
Sentencing is scheduled for March 13th of next year.

Lamb’s Pumpkin Stand proceeds going to a good cause.
The Lamb family has been selling pumpkins out in front of their home on Maltby Road in Oakfield and donating the funds for the past few years.
In previous years the family raised funds the fire department and for the library.
This year Kendra Lamb said she was inspired by Lynn Gehlert, vice principal at Oakfield-Alabama Elementary to give to the schools food pantry…

On Friday Kendra’s daughters Chloe and Claire presented a check for $1,803 to the school’s food pantry started by Gehlert called “Fuel Young Minds.”
Kendra said she wants her daughters to learn about supporting their local community but also wanted to bring more attention to the food program.

Evening News Briefing

Yes Virginia those were indeed snowflakes you saw this morning.
Those flakes actually stuck to the ground across Genesee County this morning
A Winter Weather Advisory is posted for the county going into effect very early tomorrow morning. Lake Effect snow is expected and winds gusting at times up to 45 miles per hour.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is planning to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, possibly as soon as next year. Officials have expressed concern about the marketing behind e-cigs, and how they’ve become increasingly popular with younger adults. A Cuomo spokesman says the administration will soon release regulations banning the sale and possession of flavored vaping products. Minors are not permitted to buy e-cigarettes in most states, but many are apparently able to do so online.

Jaequele Tomlin

Quamane Santiago

A plea deal is expected in the case of two area men charged with engaging in a Craigslist scam.
23 year old Jaequel Tomlin of Batavia and 19 year old Quamane Santiago of Stafford are accused of posting ads on Craigslist offering a car for sale.
Authorities say the two were just trying to rob anyone who showed up inquiring about the car.
Tomlin and Santiago appeared in county court this morning in what was to be the deadline for accepting a plea. With the permission of the court, the deadline was extended until November 19th.

 

The Buffalo Bills will look to snap their losing streak against a longtime rival.
They’ll be taking on the New York Jets tis Sunday in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Buffalo’s last win came against the Tennessee Titans back on October 7th. Since then, the offense has struggled in losses the Patriots, Bears and Colts.

The Batavia High School Blue Devils continue their quest for a state Class B crown.
The Blue Devils take on Cheektowaga Central in the Western Regional tomorrow night at Clarence High School.
Kick-off is 6:30. Bob Brown and Jay Moran call the game on WBTA AM and FM, and online at WBTAi.com.

 

“Let it GLOW” at GCC’s 2018 Encore Gala

Press Release:

What: “Let it GLOW” at GCC’s 2018 Encore Gala

When: Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 6 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College Batavia Campus – Richard C. Call Arena

Get Tickets at www.genesee.edu/home/foundation/events/encore

Who: All are invited and welcome!

Background:

Tickets are on sale now at www.genesee.edu/home/foundation/events/encore for Genesee Community College Foundation’s 2018 Encore Gala! The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2018 in the Richard C. Call Arena at GCC in Batavia!

Encore co-chairs, Tom and Kim Cox promise an all new, festive party atmosphere filling the Richard C. Call Arena. With plenty of convenient parking and the entire event taking place in one facility everyone can enjoy the fun together.

The evening will include:

• 6 p.m. Cocktail hour with gourmet hors d’oeuvres, themed signature drinks and stylish jazz holiday music by The DSP Jazz Trio.
• 7 p.m. Gourmet sit-down dinner. Vegan option available.
• 8 p.m. Nik and the Nice Guys take the night away with live music on the house dance floor.

Encore guests looking for overnight accommodations will receive a special discounted rate at the following Batavia hotels: Clarion Hotel (585) 344-2100 or the Batavia Downs (585) 815-7000.

Encore sponsorship opportunities are still available at several levels: Holiday Chord Circle – $1,000; Golden Guitar Society – $600 and Inner Circle – $300. Each sponsor level includes tickets (six, four or two respectively) for the gala and recognition in the Encore program and the live digital Encore display. Individual tickets can also be purchased for $100 each.

Visit https://www.genesee.edu/home/foundation/events/encore/ or contact the Foundation Office at (585) 345-6809 or pahume@genesee.edu today for details.

For further information and photographs, contact Donna Rae Sutherland, associate director of Marketing Communications at (585) 343-0055 x 6616 or dsutherland@genesee.edu.

Additional Details: http://news.genesee.edu/news/2018/08/29/all-new-gcc-encore-celebration-will-let-it-glow

JJ NEWBERRY PROJECT WINS ROCHESTER CDC RESHAPING ROCHESTER AWARD

Newberry Place-freshLAB, Batavia NY and Matthew Gray, Owner, Investor, Mentor took home honorable mention today at the awards ceremony in Rochester

Press Release:

Batavia, NY- Today Matt Gray accepted the Robert Macon Award from the Community Design Center of Rochester on behalf of the Newberry Project. The award was established to honor the late architect Robert Macon’s contributions in the Rochester area. A gifted designer and leader in the architectural community, Bob is remembered for his civic contributions and transformative projects that spanned a thirty-year career in the city that he loved.

Nominations for this award recognize projects that demonstrate Design Excellence and contribute to enriching the public realm. Nominations were judged according to the following criteria:
– Excellence in a building or structure that has solved a design problem in a distinctive way
– Extent to which the completed project demonstrates enduring and notable design
– Ability to integrate that undertaking into a community’s context and extent to which it contributes to or benefits the public realm

Project Award Nomination

Photo Link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y43qf13r6v1ereq/AAAjS-TapcUqp_HJizt3vILza?dl=0

Newberry Place-freshLAB is a locally led $2.8 million three-story downtown mixed-use building renovation to deliver a 10,000 sqft ground floor restaurant incubator housing three start-up eateries and upper floor apartments. The Main Street foodhall project has overcome design and infrastructure challenges, warranted State and Federal historic designation along with significant investment and grant partners to underwrite success.

Guided by Preservation Studios and TRM Architecture, the project was thoughtfully approached to preserve the building’s historic character in which the first national retailer settled in Batavia. JJ Newberry wall medallions, art-deco aluminum counter trim, office doors, hallways, beadboard and chain link milk-glass dome fixtures have been incorporated into the new design. As expected, modifications also ensued when the century-old walls and floors revealed structural challenges. Relocation of bathrooms, kitchen ventilation hoods and floorplans were flipped to accommodate.

Meanwhile, the intended use as a foodhall with a micro-brewery anchor tenant took perseverance to advance. A simple farm brewery concept evolved into a restaurant incubator intended to keep millions of dining and entertainment dollars local to reduce spending leakage from Genesee County each year. Local leadership coalesced an infrastructure for restaurateurs to advance a concept, write a business plan and open a new restaurant in this shared space under supervision of industry experts.

However, New York State Liquor Authority does not allow multi-tenants to occupy one space. After months of inquiries and legal fees, learning of “concessionaire” was key to authorizing Batavia Brewing Company dba Eli Fish Brewing Co the primary license to brew and sell alcohol on premise. Two additional “concessionaires” are allowed to share seating, an indoor bocce court and tasting room whereby all alcohol must be purchased at the anchor tenant. The foodhall incubator is anticipated to launch five new businesses in five years, create 30 jobs and generate thousands of tax dollars.

While bumping into walls was expected, the floor integrity, lack of power in downtown and limited capacity gas lines had to be doggedly overcome.

The heavy weight brewing equipment was placed onto the basement floor, a hole was cut through the first floor to allow the tanks to peek through serving as a foodhall feature. A tasting room was fashioned above to overlook the tank farm.

Even though the City of Batavia underwent a substantial Main Street reconstruction less than a decade earlier, adequate electric power was not available and low pressure gas lines were underground. Fortunately, the property boundary extended eight feet to the rear of the building which enabled a new transformer pole installation. Yet, that triggered a NYS building code exception request since the outdoor space would no longer allow the fire stair descent; other fire safety measures were emphasized.

Commercial kitchens and upper floor apartments were re-equipped due to lack of available gas. The gas company is now considering infrastructure upgrades due to the existing demand and recognizing more than 40,000 sqft of vacant space remains on the City block.

Committed to transform downtown, Matthew Gray exudes patience as the concept leader, building investor and volunteer mentor drawing from his decades of restaurant ownership.

Morning News Briefing

Cuomo continues to take aim at gun control for his third term.
In the aftermath of a deadly shooting in California, Governor Cuomo has made a new pledge to continue pushing his strict gun control policies.
Cuomo said he will move quickly on gun control measures as the legislature returns in January.
The Assembly, which will then be controlled by Democrats will take aim at tightening the states gun laws, though they are already the toughest in the nation.
Some of the proposed measures include extending the waiting period for gun purchases and raising the firearm purchase age from 18 to 21.
Cuomo blamed Washington for doing nothing to address what he sees as a growing concern.

The first Winter Weather Advisory for the season starts tomorrow.
Genesee and Wyoming Counties are being included in Winter Weather Advisory according to The National Weather Service beginning at 3 a.m. tomorrow morning and lasting through 1 p.m.
Lake effect snow is expected to accumulate a possible 3 to 5 inches in Genesee County and between 4 to 7 inches in the most persistent lake snows to the south.
Morning commuters are encouraged to use precaution as travel could be difficult tomorrow morning.

Suppression hearing held for Batavia woman accused of providing a handgun in a city shooting.
Jennifer Urvizu-Hanlon appeared in Genesee County Court yesterday for a Huntley Hearing in an attempt by her attorney to have statements she made while in police custody barred as reference in a trial.
Urvizu-Hanlon is accused of giving a handgun, which she was permitted to carry, to 17 year old Samuel Blackshear who then allegedly shot Nathaniel Wilson Jr., after he stabbed a man to death on Central Avenue in the city.
Judge Charles Zambito must review the interview video before making a final decision about suppressing statements with the next court date for the case scheduled for January 4th.

Congressman Chris Collins is opening up about his future in Washington DC.
In an interview with WIVB, the 27th District representative expressed confidence he can still serve his constituents while also preparing to defend himself from federal charges.
He’s currently scheduled to go on trial in 2020.
Collins says he believes he’ll be exonerated.

Batavia has a different kind of blue wave that everyone can root for.
The undefeated Batavia Blue Devils advance to the Western Regional tomorrow night where they take on Section 6 champions Cheektowaga Central.
Kick off at Clarence High School is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and you can hear the game right here on WBTA AM & FM.

The Buffalo Bills will look to snap their losing streak against a longtime rival.
They’ll be taking on the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Buffalo’s last win came against the Tennessee Titans back on October 7th.
Since then, the offense has struggled in tough losses to teams like the Patriots, Bears and Colts.
Kickoff is set for one o’clock Sunday afternoon.

Small dog found in Town of Batavia

 

A WBTA listener is looking to find the owner of a lost dog.

The caller said she found a very friendly small black and white dog near Ellicott Street Road and Shepard Road in Batavia.

She provided numbers for the owner to call at (585) 813-2336 and 356-3438.

GENESEE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CENTER BRINGS WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT MESSAGE TO ST. ANTHONY’S COMMUNITY CENTER

Press Release:

Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) Vice President of Business & Workforce Development Chris Suozzi joined officials from Remedy Intelligent Staffing of Batavia at St. Anthony’s Community Center last night for its monthly Activity Night to discuss job opportunities in Genesee County.

Suozzi and representatives from Remedy have attended several of these events in recent months and have spoken with community members about the wide range of job opportunities in Genesee County. In the weeks since their first visit, three of the Activity Night attendees followed through and started temp-to-hire placements through Remedy.

“There are so many career paths right here in Genesee County and Batavia, the first step is getting your foot in the door,” Suozzi said. “I grew up in Genesee County and love that I can utilize the resources within the GCEDC to give back to the community by contributing to the growth of Genesee County’s booming workforce.”

“A majority of the challenge has already been overcome because we’re meeting them face to face already in these type of casual settings,” said Remedy Intelligent Staffing Client Partnership Supervisor Katie Kempisty. “We then can meet with these individuals one on one and help them find opportunities in the workplace that fit their skill set.”

The weekly Activity Night, held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday’s at St. Anthony’s Community Center, gives attendees the chance to enjoy sports, art, dance, food, and games with fellow community members, all while receiving positive reinforcement and guidance. The event has grown from 12 people at the first event to 150 youth and adults the recent gatherings.

Remedy provides access points for attendees to learn more about their services and placement opportunities at the Activity Night.

Sportsmuffler strikes again in Batavia mares feature

Sportsmuffler (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Sportsmuffler remained the mare to beat in Western New York after scoring her second straight top class distaff pacing feature victory at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Nov. 7).

Getting away fourth, Sportsmuffler (Billy Davis Jr.) watched as Machin Marley (Kevin Cummings) flew to the front and guided the field’s fortunes to the half in a tepid :58.3. Shortly after that marker, Kruella pulled first-over and eventually took command of the pace by the three-quarter pole. With Machin Marley starting to lose touch, Davis, who was a boxed fourth, was able to sneak Sportsmuffler out and around the pack before going three-deep into the last turn. First drawing even with Kruella, Sportsmuffler then pulled away from everyone to win by three in 1:56.1.

It was the ninth win of the year and 35th career victory for Sportsmuffler ($7.90) who is owned by Rose Campbell and trained by Steve Kiblin. Sportsmuffler has now earned $60,366 this year.

In the co-featured $8,800 fillies and mares Open II, Hey Kobe (Billy Davis Jr.) led every step of the way going gate to wire and winning by two lengths in 1:56.4. The Mihajlo Zdjelar trained Hey Kobe ($12.00) scored her sixth win of the year for owner Keith Pinkowski.

Billy Davis Jr. won both top events on Wednesday but he ended up with a driving Grand Slam as well. Besides the already mentioned Sportsmuffler and Hey Kobe, Davis also won with Sweet Kimmy (2:03.1, $6.70) and Gussy’s Dragon (1:58.3, $43).

With no winning ticket in the early Pick-5 wager on Wednesday, there is a $709 carry-over and a $2,000 guaranteed pool for the early Pick-5 at Batavia Downs when live racing resumes on Friday night (Nov. 9). The early Pick-5 is a 50-cent base wager that starts in race one and runs through race five. Post time for the first race on Friday is 6 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

McMurray claims Congressional race is still too close to call.
Democrat Nate McMurray has requested a recount for the 27th Congressional District race.
There are over 18,000 votes that have not yet been counted, between absentee, emergency, and affidavit ballots.
McMurray said in a statement “With only 2,800 votes separating us, this race is too close to call. There are too many voters who have not yet had their say. We are fighting to make sure every vote is counted because every vote counts.”
McMurray said Tuesday night it looked like his campaign was going to fall short, which Congressman Collins took as a concession.
One of his campaign advisers said yesterday that Collins won most of the counties in the district and it’s time for McMurray to give up.

Woman seriously injured in a one car crash in Elba.
Report of a pick-up truck into a tree was called in by a passer-by at 5103 Elba Townline Road in Elba at around 12:20 this morning.
The driver was initially reported to be semi-alert however once Elba Fire and EMS arrived on scene the patient was said to be unconscious.
The female driver was extricated from the vehicle and flown via Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital.
She reportedly suffered a serious leg injury.
Investigation into the cause of the crash is on-going.

Batavia woman busted by LeRoy Police for Grand Larceny.
Police in LeRoy have arrested 21 year old Shante Johnson of Holland Ave in Batavia following complaint of a stolen wallet and credit card reported in September.
Johnson is accused of stealing the wallet from a fellow employee while working in LeRoy and then attempting to use it in Batavia.
Johnson was charged with a single count of Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree and issued an appearance ticket for LeRoy Town Court on December 3rd.

Orleans County man convicted of Defrauding New York State on Federally Funded Contracts.
47 year old Nathaniel Lorenz of Holley was found guilty of wire and mail fraud charges following a 7-day jury trial in federal court.
Lorenz’s company, ACME Powerwashing Inc. of Holley, was contracted by the New York State Department of Transportation in 2015 and 2016 to clean and seal the road portions of bridges, known as concrete bridge decks.
The State DOT paid ACME more than $1.1 million for the work which was never completed.
Lorenz faces up to 20 years in prison, up to a quarter million dollar fine and may also be ordered to pay restitution to one or more governmental agencies.
Sentencing is scheduled for February 14th of next year.

He may be starting a third term in January, but Governor Cuomo didn’t get a lot of support from Upstate New York Tuesday.
Data shows he won only 15 counties.
His biggest haul was in New York City and Long Island, where he received 62 percent of his votes.
Republican Marc Molinaro won the remaining 47 counties in the state.

Democrats are already laying out their agenda for when they take over the state Senate next year.
Leaders say they’ll focus on passing legislation protecting the rights of women, immigrants and members of the LGBTQ community.
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will likely make history as New York State’s first-ever female legislative leader.
It’ll be the first time Democrats have controlled the Senate in years.

Evening News Briefing

It may take the official canvass of votes from the eight counties of western New York to determine the winner of the 27th Congressional District race.
Incumbent Chris Collins is the apparent winner, with 49.4 percent of the vote. His democrat opponent Nate McMurray tallied 48.4 percent.
In Erie County, the largest portion of the 27th District, election returns typically are not certified until the end of November.

New York voters are giving Andrew Cuomo four more years as governor. The two-term incumbent won by a landslide, scoring 57-percent of the vote to beat his GOP rival, Marc Molinaro. Cuomo promised to serve a full term if elected but there’s already speculation that he could change his mind. It’s fueled by the way he put President Trump front and center during his campaign
This will be Cuomo’s third term as governor. His father, Mario Cuomo, also served three terms as the leader of New York.

Genesee County voters narrowly approve changing the term length of county legislators.
The measure will increase the terms from two to four years.
When fully enacted the nine legislative seats will be staggered – four districts will be elected in one year, and two years later, the remaining five districts will be elected.

In the139th Assembly District Republican Stephen Hawley was voted back in with 92% percent over Libertarian Mark Glogowski’s 8%.
In the 61st State Senate District, a much closer race for incumbent Mike Ranzenhofer.
Ranzenhofer keeps his seat defeating Democrat Joan Seamans 54 to 46 percent.

LeRoy Police arrest a Batavia woman for allegedly stealing the wallet of a co-worker and using that person’s credit card.
Charged with Grand Larceny in the 4th degree is 21 year old Shante Johnson of Holland Avenue in Batavia.

Morning News Briefing

Congressman Collins wins fourth term by a thin margin.
Incumbent Republican Congressman Chris Collins will remain on Capitol Hill following a closely contested race.
He’s declared victory over his toughest challenger to date Democrat Nate McMurray in the race for the 27th Congressional District.
McMurray conceded last night before all the votes were in then in a statement after conceding, he said he’s asking for a recount.
Collins was re-elected despite being arrested in August on federal charges.
In Genesee County Collins won with 10,986 votes over the 8,149 votes for McMurray.
Reform party candidate Larry Piegza garnered 598 votes locally.
Reports from the majority of 27th District precincts have a much closer race with Collins winning 49 to 48 percent over McMurray.

Governor Cuomo will lead the state for the next four years.
The Democratic Incumbent received 59 percent of the vote with Republican Challenger Marc Molinaro gaining 37 percent.
Both Green Party Candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Larry Sharpe garnered 2 percent each respectively.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says his victory shows that New Yorkers disapprove of President Trump.

Cuomo spent much of the campaign trail criticizing President Trump in an effort to drive New Yorkers to the polls.
Governor Cuomo’s third term starts in January.
His father Mario also served three terms in Albany.

In 139th Assembly District Republican Stephen Hawley was voted back in with 92 percent over Democrat Mark Glogowski’s 8 percent.

Democrats have swept three races of importance to New Yorkers.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will spend the next six years in Washington after beating Republican Chele Farley.
Democratic Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will also be sticking around in Albany after defeating his Republican challenger.
And Democrat Letitia James will be the state’s next attorney general after knocking off Republican Keith Wofford.

Walnut Street resident busted for identity theft.
23 year old Tyanna Green of Walnut Street in Batavia was arrested and charged with criminal possession of stolen property, identity theft and petit larceny after she allegedly used a stolen debit card to make multiple ATM withdrawals on September 11th of this year.
Green was jailed without bail pending her next appearance in City Court.

Funeral arrangements have been announced for Jerry Warner.
Calling hours for Jerry will be held on Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Burdett and Sanford Funeral Home in Oakfield.
Jerry’s Funeral will be held Friday Morning 10 a.m. at Burdette and Sanford.

Election Returns of Local Interest

27th District Congressional District: 100% Reporting

Chris Collins (R,C)  49%
Nathan McMurray  (Dem) 48%
Larry Piegza (Reform)  2%

NYS Senate 61st District:  100% Reporting

Michael Ranzenhofer  (R,C)  54%
Joan Seamans (D)  46%

NYS Assembly 139th District:  100% Reporting

Stephen Hawley (R,C) 92%
Mark Glogowski  (Libertarian)  8%

 

Town of Bethany Highway Superintendent

Barbara Czworka 440
Michae Adams 289

Proposition: Four year terms for Genesee County Legislature

Yes:   51%  9508 votes
No:   49%  8981 votes

Evening News Briefing

Governor Cuomo and his Republican challenger Marc Molinaro are casting their votes this Election Day.
Cuomo who is seeking a third term as Governor has been ahead in the polls by double digits.
Molinaro is hoping for an upset win, like in 1994, when little-known George Pataki knocked off Cuomo’s father Mario to become governor.

Locally the eyes of most political observers will be on the race for the 27th Congressional District.
Incumbent Chris Collins, under federal indictment for insider trading, is seeking re-election. His democratic opponent is Nate McMurray, who was given little chance of unseating the incumbent until Collins’ arrest.
Most polls have that race to close to call.

There is a proposition on the ballot in Genesee County to increase the term of county legislators from 2 to 4 years.
The measure, if approved, would create staggered four year terms.
It would result in four legislative district being up for election in one year and two years later, the other five districts would be up for election.

In the Town of Bethany there is one contested race today and that is highway superintendent.
Incumbent Mike Adams is being challenged by Barb Czworka.
The job pays $52,000 a year.One issue raised in the campaign: Czworka does not have a CDL driver’s license.

Funeral arrangements were announced today for Jerry Warner.
Calling hours for Jerry will be held on Thursday from 3 to 7pm at Burdett and Sanford Funeral Home in Oakfield.
Jerry’s Funeral will be held Friday Morning, 10am, at Burdett and Sanford. Read Jerry’s complete obituary HERE.

Some Buffalo Bills fans are growing tired of struggling quarterback Nathan Peterman. In fact, one of them has started a GoFundMe to raise money toward Peterman’s retirement. The webpage has a plea for Peterman to leave the league and never come back. So far, it’s raised roughly 50 dollars of its one million dollar goal. In his latest game against the Bears, Peterman threw three interceptions.

Funeral Arrangements Announced for Jerry Warner

Jerry L. Warner, 75, of Oakfield, passed away on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Crossroads House.
Jerry was born February 9, 1943 in Batavia, the son of the late Benjamin and Ruth (Peio) Warner.

Jerry’s career at WBTA began on September 13, 1971, the day State Police stormed Attica Prison to end the uprising. In a 2016 interview Jerry recalled, “It was my very first day on the air at WBTA. It was scary as hell. It was a situation you could not describe unless you the and even if you were, you couldn’t describe it. It was horrific.” “I was sent to hospital to interview the hostages who were saved. It was just an awful, awful day.”

Jerry Warner receives a flu shot while on the air to promote the health benefits of the vaccine

Jerry spent more than 30 years at WBTA. His tenure was split in 1989 when he accepted a job with WEZO in Rochester and became the host of the most popular morning in the city. While there, he did voice work for Kodak and a narration for an exhibit at the Grand Canyon.

He then returned to WBTA a few years later where he hosted the morning show until his retirement due to ill health in 2017.
Jerry also hosted WBTA’s morning talk show, “Main & Center,” where he interviewed hundreds of community leaders, political figures and citizens eager to spend a few minutes with Jerry and share their stories to a vast hometown audience.

When asked when he was going to retire, he often replied “I’ve got the greatest job in the world. I wish everybody could be as happy at what they’re doing as I am”.

He was a former member of the Oakfield Presbyterian Church, a member of the Oakfield Historical Society, served with the United States National Guard, enjoyed golfing and was a Buffalo Bills fan.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Darlene K. Warner, of Oakfield, who together celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary in August; two sons, Michael L. (Laurie) Warner of Lancaster and Stephen D. Warner of Maryland; granddaughter, Kinsey L. Warner of Lancaster; sister-in-law, Diane DeMus of Charlotte, NC; nephew, Aaron (Allison) DeMus of Charlotte, NC; neighbor grandchildren, Susie and Jake Houseknecht of Oakfield and several cousins.

Calling hours are Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, where services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. Jerry will be laid to rest in Cary Cemetery, Oakfield.

Memorials may be made to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021, www.crossroadshouse.com/donate, Oakfield Historical Society, P.O. Box 74, Oakfield, NY 14125 or the Oakfield Fire Department, P.O. Box 184, 20 Albert Street, Oakfield, NY 14125.
Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.

Morning News Briefing

Albion man behind bars for secretly videotaping children.
An Albion man has been accused of unlawfully videotaping minors according to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office.
32 year old Andrew Campbell of Albion was arrested following a three month long investigation by Albion Police and the Sheriff’s Office.
Campbell allegedly videotaped children 13 and 14 years old secretly and investigators say he has been likely videotaping children secretly for years.
Warrants were secured and numerous electronic devices were seized.
Lawmen say additional charges are likely pending forensic analysis of the electronic devices.
Campbell is charged with two felony counts of Unlawful Surveillance in the Second degree and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
He was remanded to the Orleans County Jail in lieu of 10-thousand dollars and is expected back in Albion Town Court tomorrow.
Investigators are requesting anyone with information regarding this case, to call 590- 4125.

Rochester resident facing attempted murder in Batavia adds to criminal counts.
22 year old Plush Dozier was arrested over the summer on charges of attempted murder and arson in the first degree for allegedly setting fire to his girlfriend at a Maple Street address, causing her serious injuries.
Dozier is now facing charges of Criminal Mischief and Attempted Menacing of a Police Officer after a rough ride to his court appearance on August 20th.
He was accused of damaging the back door of a Genesee County Sheriff’s vehicle while attempting to menace an officer.
Dozier is expected back in Batavia City Court on Friday.

County Legislature Chair pushes for extending term limits from 2 to 4 years.
Chairman of Genesee County Legislature Robert Bausch is alerting voters about a proposal to change the term of office for county legislators from two to four years included on the ballot today.
Bausch says this proposal is widely supported and if approved by the voters, would authorize staggered four year terms, allowing better continuity on the legislature.
The proposal will appear on the back of the paper ballot.

A new Executive Director announced for the United Way of Genesee County.
Tammy Hathaway has been named as head of the community organization taking over for former Executive Director Eric Fix who left in September.
Hathaway is a former Account Executive at Tompkins Insurance.

Some Buffalo Bills fans are growing tired of struggling quarterback Nathan Peterman.
In fact, one of them has started a GoFundMe to raise money toward Peterman’s retirement.
The webpage has a plea for Peterman to leave the league and never come back.
So far, it’s raised roughly 50 dollars of its one million dollar goal.
In his latest game against the Bears, Peterman threw three interceptions.

Wind Advisory in effect.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the region which will be in effect from 7 am until 4pm today.
Southwest winds are expected with gusts reaching up to 55mph.
Forecasters encourage using precaution while driving and to be aware of downed tree limbs and isolated power outages.

Evening News Briefing

The community remembers long time WBTA morning personality Jerry Warner.
Jerry died last night at Crossroads House following a lengthy battle with cancer.

 

 

In a 2016 interview with Lucine Kaufmann for our Genesee Life program, Jerry talked about his first day on the air at WBTA…

Jerry spent 30 years at WBTA. He hosted our daily morning talk show, Main and Center.
Former Batavia City Manager Jason Molino was a frequent guest…

Genesee County Chamber of Commerce President Tom Turnbull was also a frequent guest on Main & Center…

Arrangements for Jerry will be announced tomorrow by the Burdett and Sanford Funeral Home in Oakfield.
Jerry Warner was 75.

The United Way of Genesee County has selected a new Executive Director. She is Tammy Hathaway, a former Account Executive at Tompkins Insurance.
Hathaway takes over from former Exec Director Eric Fix who left in September.

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, and his top challenger Republican Marc Molinaro, are making their final push to voters ahead of tomorrow’s election. Governor Cuomo spoke at a rally in Brooklyn where he focused on bashing President Donald Trump, calling his opponent and other Republicans on the ballot soldiers in Trump’s army. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro shook hands and greeted commuters at Grand Central Station in Manhattan, saying his candidacy offers New Yorkers a change from the status quo. A recent poll from Sienna College puts Governor Cuomo 13-points ahead, but Molinaro disputes that number, saying his polling has Cuomo’s lead at 5-points.

The Batavia Blue Devils are Section 5 Class B chapmions.
Batavia advances to the Western Regional this Saturday against Section 6 champs Cheektowaga Central.
Kick off at Clarence High School is scheduled for 6:30PM. The game will be broadcast on WBTA AM & FM.

United way of Genesee County Names new Executive Director

News Release

United Way of Genesee County’s Board of Directors announced the selection of Tammy Hathaway as Executive Director.  She will begin her duties November 19th.   Prior to joining United Way, she was employed as Account Executive at Tompkins Insurance Agencies and the Bank of Castile.

 

Erik Fix, former United Way of Genesee County Executive Director, announced his departure from the organization in September.  Jennifer Gray has served as Interim Executive Director as United Way and the Genesee County Board of Directors performed a thorough search for the position.

 

Tammy brings 17 years of experience working and volunteering in the non-profit and human service arena to the United Way of Genesee County. She previously conducted the PathStone Homebuyer Program as a part of Habitat for Humanity for Genesee County. Most recently, Tammy has been an active United Way of Genesee County Board Member and has been a champion of the Genesee and Orleans Regional Arts Council, Go-ART!

 

“The Board of Directors is thrilled to welcome Tammy in this capacity.  Her experience and passion for the community makes her an ideal fit,” said Theresa DeMars, United Way of Genesee County Board Chair.  “We are looking forward to have Tammy grow the United Way of Genesee County and lead us into the future.”

 

United Way of Genesee County’s 2019 Campaign is underway, led by the Women of the Board.

Remembering legendary radio personality Jerry Warner

Long-time morning host for WBTA, Jerry Warner has died.

WBTA was notified this morning that our beloved former morning show host had passed peacefully Sunday evening at Crossroads House in Batavia.
A well respected and renowned fixture on WBTA for over 30 years, Jerry brought his familiar voice and personality to morning show listeners and interviewees alike.

County Manager Jay Gsell remembers Jerry as the voice of the County…

Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster says Jerry was a friend and a familiar voice for many years…

Chamber President Tom Turnbull remembers the calming presence Jerry had as a host…

Former City Manager Jason Molino credits Jerry with the funniest thing he’s ever heard over the airwaves…

Jerry turned 75 last February.

WBTA will have an update on funeral arrangements for Jerry once they are made available.

Lucky McTrucky trips out to Batavia feature win

Lucky McTrucky (Photos courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

After some early maneuvering, Lucky McTrucky got a perfect trip en route to winning the $10,500 Open Handicap pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 3).

Cool Like Fire (Billy Davis Jr.) took the early lead but soon yielded it to Lucky McTrucky (Drew Monti) past the eighth pole. Then just before the quarter, Davis pulled Cool Like Fire and retook the lead once again. From there positions remained unchanged for the next half mile.

After passing the three-quarters in 1:27, Cool Like Fire was in a very good spot and looked fresh legged on the point. But Monti, who had gotten the perfect trip, pulled Lucky McTrucky coming out of the final turn and pushed him hard towards the stretch drive. As they headed down the lane the horses were stride for stride in a good match race with Lucky McTrucky getting the advantage before the wire and won by a neck in 1:56.1.

It was the 11th win of the year and 53rd victory of his career for Lucky McTrucky ($6.00) who has won $79,765 in 2018 for owner Tessa Roland. JD Perrin trains the winner.

In the $9,900 Open II co-feature, Dark Horse (Ray FIsher Jr.) got away at the back of the pack and watched as Bahama Bay (Denny Bucceri) and Hardts Or Bettor (Drew Monti) battled hard on the front end past the half. Fisher tipped Dark Horse four-wide up the backstretch, took the lead in the final turn and pulled away to win by two in 1:56.

It was the fifth win of the year for Dark Horse ($4.70) who is owned by VHF Racing and trained by Sabrina Cleavenger.

Ray Fisher Jr. led all drivers on Saturday scoring three wins on the night.

Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Nov. 7) with post time for the first race at 5 p.m.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s/Women’s Basketball

GCC Men’s Basketball Coach Terry George

Press Release:

GCC Men’s Basketball Team’s Strong Second Half Shoots Down Red Barons

The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team opened its season with a 72-67 win over Corning Community College in Jamestown at the Crossover Tournament’s opening day of action.

Jarett Haines got 24 of his team-leading 30 points from threes as Genesee’s 39 percent shooting percentage from beyond the arc was the difference in the game. Haines also led the team in assists with six.
Javin Williams and Souleymane Gueye combined for 27 points with the former netting 15. Jamir Cheek pulled down a team-high seven rebounds to go with nine points to put the Cougars undefeated for the season at 1-0.
With the teams tied at 32 after the first half, Genesee turned it up a notch and outscored the Red Barons 40-35 in the second to secure the win.

Haines broke a 36-36 tie early in the second with one of his eight threes with 16 minutes remaining before draining another three minutes later to give the Cougars a double-digit lead at 48-38.

Williams drove to the net with a layup to give Genesee its greatest lead at 70-59 with about four minutes to go before the Cougars focused on defense for the final minutes.

Kevin Major and Jordan Matos each added a pair of points from the bench.

GCC Women’s Basketball Team Takes Opener in Crossover Tournament

The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team built a nine-point lead at the half before winning by double-digits against Corning Community College, 66-56, in Jamestown at the Crossover Tournament’s first day of action.

Sophomore TaLia Burgess led the way with a double-double as the team’s top point-getter with 18 and top-boarder with 10 in helping Genesee to a 32-23 halftime lead and carrying the team to victory.
Burgess shot 50 percent from three-point land in sinking a dozen of her 18 from beyond the arc.

The Cougars produced three double-digit scorers and were on the brink of a fourth. In addition to Burgess, Tylasia Weaver added 17 points and 10 came from Molly Buck. LisBeth Pineda Polanco was just a bucket shy of joining the double-digit club with eight points on the day.

The Cougars were solid from the free-throw line in going 11-of-15 at 73 percent, and strong under the boards with 34 total. In addition to Burgess’ 10 rebounds, Polanco had nine and Weaver recorded seven.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Beloved WBTA personality Jerry Warner has passed

WBTA sadly announces this morning that long-time morning host for the station, Jerry Warner has died.

A family friend informed WBTA this morning that Jerry passed very peacefully Sunday evening after a short stay at the Crossroads House in Batavia.

Jerry was one of the most familiar voices in the region and hosted the morning program at WBTA, including the daily talk show, Main & Center, for over 30 years.

Jerry retired from the air nearly a year ago due to issues with his health.

He was born on February 9th 1943 and was 75 years old.

Funeral arrangements and a compete obituary for Jerry will be forthcoming.

Morning News Briefing

Retired pastor loses Rose Road residence in Batavia blaze.
The parsonage of Faith Community Chapel on Rose Road in the Town of Batavia has been destroyed by fire.
A passer-by called in the fire reporting flames shooting from the roof the home as parishioners gathered inside the nearby church for Sunday services.
The residence was home to retired Pastor Gene Demay and his wife who were among those attending Sunday services.
Fire crews had a difficult time cutting through the metal roof which was covering old asphalt shingles and trapping the flames inside.
Deputy Chief of the Town of Batavia Fire Department Robert Tripp was on the scene Sunday morning…

There were no injuries reported and a dog and cat managed to escaped the flames as well.
Investigation into what sparked the blaze continues.

Former Holley resident arrested for murder on Liberty Street.
Batavia Police have arrested 36 year old Richard D. Hanes most recently of Thorpe Street in Batavia for beating 47 year old Raymond Morgan to death this summer.
Hanes was charged with Second Degree Murder after a lengthy investigation by Batavia PD.
On July 24th of this year Morgan’s body was found severely beaten in a rooming house at 111 Liberty Street.
District Attorney Lawrence Friedman…

Hanes was taken into custody two days after the killing on Parole Violations and remains behind bars.
He was arraigned in Genesee County Court Friday afternoon and will remain in custody pending his next court appearance in January.

Governor Cuomo’s lead over his Republican Challenger Marc Molinaro is shrinking ahead of Election Day tomorrow.
The Siena College poll out Sunday shows Cuomo with a 49 to 36 percent lead.
That’s smaller than the 22 percent cushion Cuomo had in the poll last month.
Cuomo has taken heat recently for avoiding a debate with Molinaro and then eventually only taking part in one debate.

The Blue Devil’s continue their winning streak post season.
Batavia proved victorious in the Section V Class B Playoffs over Wayne with a final score of 49 to 14.
Batavia now advances to the Western Regional on Saturday, Nov 10th and will take on Section 6 champions Cheektowaga Central.
Kick off at Clarence High School is scheduled for 6:30PM. The game will be broadcast on WBTA AM & FM
The boys from Alexander also had a strong performance in the Section V Class D Playoffs shutting out York/Pavilion 36 to zero.
They will advance to the Western Regional against Section 6 champs Clymer at Clarence High School next Saturday with kick off set for noon.

Southern Palms narrowly wins Batavia feature trot

Southern Palms (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

After getting the perfect trip, Southern Palms had just enough at the wire to win the $8,800 Open II Handicap trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Nov. 2).

The race played out quite simply: Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) went to the top and Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) got the perfect pocket trip. After fisher cut fractions of :28.1 :58.2 and 1:28.2, Barn Winner rounded the last turn looking like the probable victor. But Cummings brought Southern Palms out for the stretch drive and after steady urging, nipped Barn winner at the wire by a head in 1:58.3.

Southern Palms registered his seventh win of 2018 for owner Mike Torcello who has now been enriched the sum of $57,991 by his gelding’s performances this year. Western New York legend Gerry Sarama trains the winner.

Sarama and Torcello also sent forth the winner of the $8,500 co-featured trot.

Theresnoway (Jim McNeight Jr.) got away seven lengths behind the leading Striker Ace (Drew Monti) before pulling first-over past the half and rallying down the stretch to win by a length and upset the field at 14-1. Theresnoway ($31.80) also got his seventh win of the year, breaking a long drought since his last score on August 17.

Kevin Cummings led all drivers on Friday night winning three races on the card. Cummings is now in sole possession of the dash win lead for the current Batavia Downs meet, sporting 88 wins so far. Drew Monti is second with 85 wins and did not visit the Purple Haze winner’s circle at all on Friday.

Racing resumes on Saturday night (Nov. 3) with post time set at 6 p.m.

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Weekend News Briefing

Suspect in Liberty Street beating death charged with murder.
City Police have arrested a former Orleans County resident for beating 47 year old Raymond Morgan to death this summer.
36 year old Richard D. Hanes most recently of Thorpe Street in Batavia has been charged with Second Degree Murder after a lengthy investigation by Batavia PD.
On July 24th of this year Morgan’s body was found severely beaten in a rooming house at 111 Liberty Street.
According to investigators Hanes was quickly identified as a prime suspect through a tip and several corroborating witnesses.
Hanes was taken into custody two days after the killing on Parole Violations and remains behind bars.
District Attorney Lawrence Friedman spoke about having Hanes detained during the investigation…

Freidman said the evidence against Hanes includes eye witnesses, physical evidence and security footage tracing his path.
Investigators were reportedly waiting for DNA results to return before making the arrest.
Hanes was arraigned in Genesee County Court Friday afternoon and will remain in custody pending his next court appearance in January.

The race for the 27th Congressional District is going to be a close one according to a recent poll.
Incumbent Republican Congressman Chris Collins is ahead of Democratic challenger Nate McMurray by seven points according to the News10NBC survey.
However, about 17 percent of people surveyed said they’ll either vote for a third candidate or are still undecided.
Collins won his previous two races by an average of 40 percent.

The Batavia Blue Devils return to the Section Five Class B football championship Saturday night.
Their game against Wayne will be played at St. John Fisher with Kick-off at 8 o’clock Saturday night.
We will have live coverage on WBTA AM and FM with John Vazquez and Paul Spiotta.
Section Five rules prohibit WBTA from streaming the game on the World Wide Web.

The Buffalo Bills are hoping to get back on the winning track this weekend.
The team is taking on the Chicago Bears at New Era Field.
Buffalo will be led by quarterback Nathan Peterman.
He’s back on the field following injuries to Derek Anderson and Josh Allen.
Kickoff is set for one o’clock Sunday afternoon.

We have new information for many of our listeners who have inquired about popular WBTA morning personality Jerry Warner.
His family has informed us that Jerry is now at Crossroads House in Batavia.
He is being cared for there by many people that Jerry has interviewed over the years.
If you would like to send Jerry a card of support you may send them to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty Street in Batavia.

Jerry Warner in hospice care

The family of Jerry Warner said today that the popular long-time WBTA Radio personality has entered hospice care.
Jerry, who left the air almost a year ago due to ill health, is now at Crossroads House in Batavia.
He is being cared for by volunteers and staff of Crossroads House, many of whom had been interviewed by Jerry over the years.

Jerry hosted the morning program at WBTA, including the daily talk show, Main & Center, for more than 30 years.

Anyone who wishes to send Jerry a card of support mail them to:
Crossroads House, 11 Liberty St., Batavia, NY 14020

Evening News Briefing

Batavia Police have arrested a former city man in the beating death this summer of Raymond Morgan.

Richard D. Hanes

Charged with Second Degree Murder is 36 year old Richard D. Hanes who lived on Thorpe Street in Batavia.
Morgan’s body was discovered in a rooming house at 111 Liberty Street back on July 24th. Police say Hanes quickly became a person of interest in the case through a tip. He has been in custody on Parole Violations since two days after the killing.
District Attorney Lawrence Freidman talks about how the case came together

Hanes was arraigned in Genesee County Court this afternoon and will remain behind bars until his next court appearance in January.

Another poll shows the race for the 27th Congressional District will go down to the wire.
According to the News10NBC survey, incumbent Republican Congressman Chris Collins leads Democratic challenger Nate McMurray by seven points. But, nearly 17 percent of people surveyed said they’ll either vote for a third candidate or are still undecided.
Collins won his previous two races by an average of 40 percent.

The Batavia High School Blue Devils return to the Section Five Class B football championship tomorrow night.
This is where their season ended last year but the Blue Devils had won their previous three tries at the Sectional Title.
Tomorrow night’s game is against Wayne will be played at St. John Fisher. Kick-off is 8pm.
Live coverage on WBTA AM and FM with John Vazquez and Paul Spiotta.
Section Five rules prohibit WBTA from streaming the game on the World Wide Web.

 

Jerry Warner

We have new information tonight for the very many of you who have inquired about popular WBTA morning personality Jerry Warner.
His family tells us today that Jerry is now at Crossroads House in Batavia.
He is being cared for there by many people that Jerry has interviewed over the years.
If you would like to send Jerry a card of support you may send them to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty Street in Batavia.

Arrest Made in Raymond Morgan Death

The Batavia Police Department today arrested Richard D. Hanes, 36, formerly of Thorpe Street, Batavia in connection with the Murder of Raymond Morgan, which occurred on 07/24/2018. Hanes was arraigned today in Genesee County Court before Judge Charles Zambito on a Grand Jury Indictment Warrant for Murder in the 2nd degree, pursuant to Penal Law section 125.25-1. Hanes quickly became a person of interest in the homicide through a tip, and has been in custody on Parole violations since 07/26/2018, two days after the homicide. Hanes is scheduled to re-appear in Genesee County Court on 01/09/2019 at 1:30 PM. Hanes is still in the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Additional arrests are not anticipated at this time but the investigation is still ongoing.

The Batavia Police Department would like to thank the Genesee County District Attorney’s Office, Genesee County Drug Task Force, Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Parole, New York State Police Crime Lab and Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office for their assistance with the investigation.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s & Women’s Soccer

Press Release:

No. 3 Women’s Soccer Team to Face No. 6 Union County in National Tournament

The National Junior College Athletic Association released its eight-team bracket for the upcoming 2018 Women’s Soccer Division III National Championship Tournament with the No. 3 Cougars set to face the No. 6 Union County Owls on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 4:30 p.m. EST at Wedgbury Stadium in Rockford, Ill. in a quarterfinal matchup.

Genesee enters the tournament with a 17-2 record, while the Owls stand at 14-1-1. The winner advances to the semifinals Nov. 9 against the winner between No. 2 Delta and No. 7 Howard.

Genesee and Union had one common opponent this season in Ocean County. Genesee defeated Ocean 9-1, while Union beat Ocean 10-0.

This is the Owls’ first D-III national appearance, but they have appeared one other time at the D-I level (1984), while Genesee enjoys its fifth national appearance.

No. 3 Men’s Soccer Team Begin

s National Title Defense Versus No. 6 Bunker Hill

The National Junior College Athletic Association released its eight-team bracket for the upcoming 2018 Men’s Soccer Division III National Championship Tournament with the No. 3 Cougars set to face the No. 6 Bunker Hill Bulldogs on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. EST at Wehrum Stadium in Herkimer in a quarterfinal matchup.

Genesee enters the tournament with a 17-3 record, while the Bulldogs stand at 13-4-3. The winner advances to the semifinals Nov. 9 against the winner between No. 2 Richland and No. 7 Sussex.

Genesee and Bunker Hill had two common opponents this season in Herkimer and Broome. Genesee defeated Herkimer 2-0 and Broome 5-1, while the Bulldogs lost to Herkimer 5-0 and beat Broome 3-0.

Both the Cougars and Bulldogs took regional titles through a pair of shutout wins and identical 5-0 championship game scores.

This is the Bulldogs’ seventh national appearance, while Genesee enjoys its fifth national appearance and first as reigning champions.

The game will be televised through NJCAA TV and several links associated with the NJCAA D-III Women’s Soccer Tournament can be found below:

NJCAA TV:

Watch the games live via http://www.njcaatv.com/landing/index

Official Tournament Website:

https://rvcsports.com/sports/2018/8/28/2018-njcaa-division-iii-womens-soccer-championship.aspx

NJCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament Website:

http://njcaa.org/sports/wsoc/2018-19/div3/national_championship/index

Follow NJCAA Soccer or GCC Athletics on Twitter:

@NJCAA_Soccer @GCCSports

GENESEE GATEWAY LOCAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION APPROVES BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NEW YORK – The Board of Directors of the Genesee Gateway Local Development Corporation (GGLDC) passed a budget for Fiscal Year 2019 at its board meeting on November 1, 2018. The budget anticipates cash outflows of approximately $2.5 million.

“The mission of the GGLDC is to foster local economic development by making real estate development investments that prepare sites in Genesee County for new corporate tenants,” said Tom Felton, Chairman of the GGLDC. “The GGLDC also provides strategic investment funding to support the GCEDC’s ongoing economic development and workforce development programs.”

The anticipated 2019 expenditures of the GGLDC include operations and maintenance for the MedTech Centre building, site/corporate park maintenance, an economic development program support grant to the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC), continuing to support a dedicated workforce development consultant, and professional services.

Other significant items include an $890,000 pass through grant from the New York State Department of Transportation that furthers the ability of the tenants of the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park (Ag Park) to access rail, $655,000 in debt service payments supporting development at the Ag Park and the MedTech Center campuses, as well as $352,000 in expenses related to waste water treatment facility upgrades in the Village of Corfu in partnership with the Town of Pembroke, supporting the Buffalo East Technology Park.

A major source of revenue is rent of $670,000 from the MedTech Centre facility. In addition, $205,000 will be received through the Empire Pipeline Community Benefit Agreement for the final payment of Ag Park bonding. Additional cash receipts will include $202,000 in principal and interest payments from several companies repaying loans made in previous years.

“The GGLDC will continue to actively market our shovel-ready parks in collaboration with the Genesee County Economic Development Center in 2019,” Felton continued. “We have been working on a few projects that we anticipate will come to fruition by the end of 2019.”

GCEDC APPROVES REVISED PILOT FOR ELLICOTT STATION AND INCENTIVES FOR GATEWAY GS SPEC BUILDING

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY – The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) approved a revised PILOT for the Ellicott Station development project and incentives for the construction of a spec building at the Gateway II Corporate Park in the town of Batavia.

The Ellicott Station project in the city of Batavia is a mixed-use brownfield redevelopment project including adaptive re-use and new construction of a blighted property in a key gateway to downtown Batavia.

The GCEDC Board approved a $22.5 million PILOT for Savarino Companies, the developer of the project, to meet the financing needed for the project’s expanded scope and scale. Incentives are an estimated $3.25 million, including property tax abatements and sales and mortgage tax exemptions.

When fully developed, Ellicott Station will create 68 full-time equivalent jobs and will include the construction of a 99,000 sq. ft. of brewery, restaurant and beer garden, a 5-story apartment building with 55 apartments and class-A office space.

The Board approved a $18,000 mortgage tax exemption for Gateway GS, LLC for the first of five planned 27,000 sq. ft. spec buildings the company is building at the Gateway II Corporate Park in the town of Batavia.

The $2.6 million project, which is being managed by Gallina Development Corporation, has previously received approval for property and sales tax exemptions.

GGLDC APPROVES LOAN FOR YANCEY’S FANCY

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY – The Genesee Gateway Local Development Corporation (GGLDC) approved a revised and consolidated loan and two purchase and sale agreements for parcels in the Gateway II Corporate Park at the corporation’s November 1st board meeting.

Yancey’s Fancy requested the revision and consolidation of a January 2017 loan for an expansion project at the company’s town of Pembroke facility. A $233,449 loan from the GGLDC’s Revolving Loan Fund #2 will close out the fund in its entirety and will be consolidated with two outstanding loans totaling $340,000.

The GGLDC also approved the sale of a 22.2-acre parcel of land at the Gateway II Corporate Park in the town of Batavia to Mega Properties, Inc. which plans to build a 60,000 sq. ft. facility.

Wellsville Carpet Town, Inc. received approval from the GGLDC to purchase a 2.9 acre parcel of land also located in the Gateway II Corporate Park. Wellsville Carpet Town plans to construct a 15,000 to 20,000 sq. ft. facility for an outlet center at the site. A purchase and sale agreement set the land price at $45,000 per acre. The company owns Ashley HomeStore, a business also located in the Gateway II Corporate Park.

Both Mega Properties, Inc. and Wellsville Carpet Town, Inc. may seek incentives from the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) in the future.

Morning News Briefing

Perry Police arrest alleged hit and run driver under Leandra’s Law.
Perry Police were alerted to a report of a hit and run accident at the Castile Cider Mill leading to the arrest of a Perry resident accused of driving drunk with a child.
The incident was reported at around 8 o’clock Wednesday night and officers located the suspected vehicle on South Main Street where the driver was identified as 32 year old Zachary Blackmon.
Blackmon was accused of hitting another vehicle and driving off while intoxicated, all while accompanied by a child in the vehicle.
He recorded a blood alcohol content twice the legal limit and was taken into custody for felony counts of DWI, Aggravated DWI under Leandra’s Law, along with driving without an interlock device and with an open container of alcohol.
He was ordered to be held on $4,000 bail in the Wyoming County Jail.
Blackmon is slated to appear on Dec. 4th back in Perry Village Court.

Positive report from the ever growing Genesee County Chamber of Commerce.
The year has been filled with ribbon cuttings, grand openings and increased membership for the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber membership increased by nine percent over the past year according to a report from Chamber President Tom Turnbull yesterday morning.

Turnbull credits the new visitor center on Park Road for the recent rise in tourism locally.
Behind agriculture tourism is one of the county’s top industries.
10 tour buses stop in Batavia everyday according to Turnbull.

Troopers report arrest of an Orleans County woman on felony counts of fraud.
32 year old Kristin Huntington of Lyndonville was arrested by State Police out of Albion following investigation into an alleged incident of welfare fraud.
She is facing three class E Felonies for Welfare Fraud and Offering a False Instrument for Filing.
Huntington was given an appearance ticket and released.

A couple of small time crimes reported by City Police.
Police arrested 22 year old Breanna Toal of Dellinger Avenue after she was accused of stealing from her employer while working at the 7-Eleven store on East Main Street.
She was charged with Petit Larceny and Falsifying Business Records.

47 year old Aaron Klein of Batavia was arrested for Petit Larceny.
According to police Klein stole property from a Monclair Avenue home.
Klein who has no permanent home address listed is already taking up residence in the county jail on an unrelated charge.

Environmental clean-up of a State Superfund site in Pavilion is about to begin.
The project will address contamination on a 3-acre site once used as a manufactured gas plant in the mid 1920 through the 30’s.
Work at the Ellicott Street Road site is expected to begin next month at a cost of 1.4-million dollars paid for the State Environmental Superfund.

A new poll shows the race for the 27th Congressional District will go down to the wire.
According to the News10NBC/Dixie Strategies survey, incumbent Republican Congressman Chris Collins leads Democratic challenger Nate McMurray by seven points.
But, nearly 17 percent of people surveyed said they’ll either vote for a third candidate or are still undecided.
Collins won his previous two races by an average of 40 percent.

The Buffalo Bills are hoping to get back on the winning track this weekend.
The team is taking on the Chicago Bears at New Era Field.
Buffalo will be led by quarterback Nathan Peterman.
He’s back on the field following injuries to Derek Anderson and Josh Allen.
Kickoff is set for one o’clock Sunday afternoon.

Evening News Briefing

A year of more ribbon cuttings, grand openings and increased membership for the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber President Tom Turnbull reported this morning that chamber membership increased by nine percent over the past year…

Tourism in the area is also on the rise. Turnbull credits the new visitor center on Park Road.
Tourism is the county’s number two industry next to agriculture.
Turnbull says 10 tour buses a day stop in Batavia.

Breanna Toal

From this evening’s Police Blotter:
22 year old Breanna Toal of Dellinger Avenue charged with Petit Larceny and Falsifying Business Records. Police say Toal stole from the 7-Elevan store on East Main Street where she worked.

47 year old Aaron Klein arrested for Petit Larceny.
BPD says Klein, who lists no permanent home address, ripped off property from a home on Monclair Avenue.
Klein is already in the county jail on an unrelated charge.

A long awaited environmental clean-up project is about to begin in Pavilion.
The project will address contamination on a 3-acre site once used as a manufactured gas plant in the mid 1920 and 30’s.
Work at the Ellicott Srtreet Road site is expected to begin next month at a cost of 1.4-million dollars paid for the State Environmental Superfund.

The two men vying for the 27th Congressional District will not be holding a debate.
The Chris Collins campaign says the indicted incumbent will not go head to head with his Democratic challenger Nate McMurray before Election Day. The race wasn’t originally expected to be close, but that’s changed following Collins’ arrest on federal charges. Recent polls show Collins with a small lead as he seeks another term in office.

Morning News Briefing

A flood watch will be in effect today across Western New York.
The National Weather Service has issued the flood watch for much of the GLOW region including Genesee County through Friday afternoon.
Forecasters say they’re expecting heavy rain to soak the region from this evening until tomorrow morning.
Some spots could see up to two inches of precipitation before the weather system moves out.
People who live in typically flood prone areas are being asked to take the necessary precautions.

Batavia man arrested for Disseminating Indecent Material to a Minor.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a 36 year old David Somerton of Kelsey Road Batavia following an investigation into an incident on October 13th.
Somerton is facing five felony counts of the charge and has additional charges pending in the case.
He was arraigned yesterday in Batavia Town Court.
The investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division was assisted by the FBI Buffalo field office.

Suspect found dead in homicide and attempted murder case out of Monroe County.
Investigation began yesterday as police were called to a home on Collingsworth Drive in Penfield responding to a check of welfare complaint.
Officers were looking for Wendy Ford who reportedly hadn’t shown up for work.
Inside the residence they found her beaten to death.
Investigators were led to a Leibeck Road address in Riga where they found 75 year old Florence Ford severely injured.
The prime suspect, 52 year old Arnold Ford was identified as Wendy’s husband and Florence’s son and was found dead a short time later in Pennsylvania.

Don’t expect to see a debate between candidates running for the 27th Congressional District seat.
A spokesman for incumbent Republican Chris Collins said yesterday he won’t go head to head with Democratic challenger Nate McMurray before Election Day.
The race wasn’t originally expected to be close, but that’s changed following Collins’ arrest on federal charges.
Recent polls show Collins with a small lead as he seeks another term in office.

Candidates for New York governor will be holding a debate tonight.
But, the state’s current top executive won’t be among them.
Governor Cuomo will not be at the event being put on at the College of Saint Rose.
His campaign said in a statement he’ll be spending the time talking directly with voters and trying to build support for fellow Democrats.
Republican Marc Molinaro, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, Libertarian nominee Larry Sharpe and Independent Stephanie Miner will be in attendance.

Flood Watch posted for Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a

* Flood Watch for a portion of western New York…including the
following counties…Allegany…Cattaraugus…Chautauqua…
Genesee…Livingston…Monroe…Niagara…Northern Erie…
Orleans…Southern Erie and Wyoming.

* From Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon.

* A period of widespread moderate to heavy rain will develop
Thursday afternoon and continue through early Friday morning
across all of Western New York. Rainfall amounts of 1.5 to 2.0
inches are expected Thursday through Friday. This heavy rain
will fall on already saturated soils.

* Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall may result in minor
flooding of poor drainage areas and small creeks from late
Thursday afternoon through early Friday morning. Minor flooding
is also possible on some of the larger creeks and rivers on
Friday, including the upper Genesee River, upper Allegheny
River, and Buffalo area creeks.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop. Stay tuned to weather radio or other radio and tv stations for further details or updates

Genesee County Health Department: Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2018

Press Release:

Lead in gasoline and paint has been banned in the United States since the 1970s, yet lead exposure and poisoning is still a problem in too many households. Did you know that today, exposure and poisoning from this toxic metal still affects millions of people? While lead is harmful for everyone, it is even more dangerous to children and can cause lifelong and life-threatening health problems.

In an effort to combat this ongoing problem, the last week in October is recognized as National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. Paul Pettit, Public Health Director of Genesee and Orleans Counties, wants to remind our community that knowledge is power. “Lead poisoning can be prevented. The key is to keep children from coming in contact with lead. Take time this week to learn about ways to reduce your child’s exposure to lead in their environment and prevent its serious health effects.”

Lead poisoning is caused by swallowing or breathing in lead dust. The most common sources of lead can be found in the soil, chipping paint, household dust, contaminated drinking water from old plumbing, lead-glazed pottery, some metal jewelry, and at some jobsites- typically construction, manufacturing and mining.

“Although the use of lead was banned from products such as paint since 1978, many homes in our communities still have remnants of old lead paint in them.” Sarah Balduf, Environmental Health Director of Genesee and Orleans Counties explains. “Old chipping paint, particularly around window sills, door frames, banisters, and porches, can cause a serious problem, especially in young children who tend to spend most of their time crawling or playing on the floor.”

Local data shows the majority of the homes in our communities were built before 1978, indicating lead may still be present even under fresh layers of paint. According to the 2016 American Community Survey 5-year Estimates there are approximately 25,657 total housing structures in Genesee County; 76.3% were built in 1979 or earlier with 39.6% built in 1939 or earlier. In Orleans County there are approximately 18,509 total housing structures; 76.2% were built in 1979 or earlier with 45.1% built in 1939 or earlier. In Wyoming County there are approximately 18,072 total housing structures; 76.0% were built in 1979 or earlier with 43.6% built in 1939 or earlier.

The chipping paint that Balduf described can produce a dust that is easily ingested by young children who often put their hands in their mouths. This is just one example of how lead can enter their bodies and harm their health by disrupting their growth and development, increasing behavioral problems, and lowering the child’s IQ. Many organs in the body are affected by lead, including the liver, kidneys, lungs, brain, spleen, muscles, and heart.

There are typically no signs or symptoms to help you know if your child has lead poisoning. A person with lead poisoning usually does not look or feel sick. The best way to find out if your child has lead poisoning is by testing. The most common test is a quick blood test. It measures how much lead is in the bloodstream.

According to the New York State Department of Health, it is required that children are tested for lead at age 1 and again at age 2. Children will continue to be monitored for lead at well-child visits until they reach age 6. Pediatricians will explain what the child’s blood level means and if their levels are within a healthy range. Pregnant women should also be tested as they can pass lead to their unborn baby. High levels of lead during pregnancy can cause miscarriage and stillbirth. Other pregnancy problems may include low birth weight, poor growth, and premature delivery.

Lead testing rates in Genesee County from 2016 reveal that 56.8% of children were being tested for lead at age one and 54.2% of children were being tested for lead at age 2. Lead testing rates in Orleans County from 2017 reveal that 57.9% of children were being tested for lead at age one and 51.9% of children were being tested for lead at age 2. Lead testing rates in Wyoming County from 2017 reveal that 63.12% of children were being tested for lead at age one and 62.79% of children were being tested for lead at age 2.

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week increases awareness for a year round problem. Educating yourself about the dangers of lead poisoning and ways to lessen lead exposure will benefit the health and wellbeing of your family. Take action today by reviewing these simple steps to reduce lead exposure in your home.

  • Keep a clean and dust free home.
    o Use a damp cloth and a damp mop to reduce the spread of dust.
  • Teach good handwashing habits.
  • Consume a diet with foods that are rich in nutrients such as calcium, iron, and vitamin C.
    o Good nutrition and regular meals can help prevent lead poisoning since there are many good nutrients being absorbed in the body. An empty stomach has the ability to absorb more lead and store it in the bones. Supporting strong bones and a healthy body will help minimize the amount of lead absorbed in the body.
  • Be mindful to not bring lead home on clothes from jobsites or working on hobbies.
  • Let cold water run for 1 minute before drinking it, especially if it has not been used for a few hours.
  • Fix and repair peeling paint safely. Contact your local health department for more information on how to do so.

Take time to talk with your doctor or health department staff to learn more about your risk of lead poisoning or visit the New York State Health Department web site at: https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/lead/

Morning News Briefing

Ellicott Station Developer ask for a million more in tax breaks.
The increased project cost of Batavia’s Ellicott Station Project has led the developing company to request an increase in their tax incentives.
Developer on the project, Savarino Companies of is asking for a tax incentive package worth 3 and a quarter million dollars.
The Della Penna property along Ellicott Street is the location Savarino plans to build a brewery, restaurant, beer garden and now a five-story apartment building.
The construction cost of the project is now estimated at 22 and a half million dollars.
That’s’ five million more than the original estimate and the reason why Savarino is asking for a million dollars more in tax incentives.
The Genesee County Economic Development Center Board will take the firsts step to consider the increased incentive at tomorrow’s meeting.

Deadly drug dealing in Orleans County has a Rochester resident facing serious prison time.
19 year old Giovanni Serrano appeared in Orleans County Court last week where he accepted a plea deal regarding deadly drug dealing charges.
Serrano pleaded guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third-degree, with an agreed upon sentence of no more than six years in prison.
He was arrested in May along with his brother and two other young men after an investigation by the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force into a Rochester-based drug ring dealing a drug deemed the “Gray Death”.
Authorities believe the lethal form of fentanyl has led to a number of overdoses in the area.
Sentencing for Serrano is scheduled for November 29th.

The former secretary for Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone says she gave church documents to the FBI.
Siobhan O’Connor said yesterday she gave the feds the most pertinent information she had about two weeks ago and was also interviewed by investigators.
She didn’t disclose what was in the documents she handed over.
But O’Connor did say she doesn’t believe Bishop Malone can continue leading the diocese in the aftermath of sexual abuse allegations.

Bills fans will be holding their breath to see if QB Nathan Peterman takes to the field in Buffalo’s next matchup.
The 2017 fifth-round pick could have to start this weekend against the Chicago Bears as Derek Anderson and rookie Josh Allen may still be on the injured list.
Head coach Sean McDermott says a final decision will be made once he gets an update on Anderson’s recovery from a possible concussion.
Peterman has thrown seven interceptions and has a passer rating below 17 with his three starts for Buffalo.

The City of Batavia will observe Halloween activities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight only.
Some safety tips for the big night include, making sure you have proper supervision from a parent or guardian while going door to door, using a flashlight to stay visible to cars and to only accept wrapped or packaged candy while always having a parent inspect candy before eating.

Evening News Briefing

The developer of Batavia’s Ellicott Station Project is asking for an expanded tax incentive package.
Savarino Companies is now looking for a incentive package of $3.25-million.
Savarino plans to build a brewery, restaurant and beer garden on a site along Ellicott Street known as the Della Penna property.
The Savarino plan also calls for construction of a five-story apartment building.
The total price tag for the project is now estimated at $22.5-million, $5-million more than the original estimate.
With the increased cost, Savarino is asking for $1-million more in tax incentives.
The county Economic Development Center board will consider the increased incentive on Thursday.

A32 year old Holly Colino admits to killing Megan Dix of Lyndonville last year, but she did it while mentally ill.
Colino appeared in Monroe County court and while admitting to the crimes she said she was not responsible for her actions by reason of mental disease or defect.
Megan Dix was shot to death in August of 2017 in Brockport while sitting in her truck, eating her lunch.
Colino was originally found to be mentally unfit for trial but that was later reversed and a court date was set.
It is now possible that Colino could spend the rest of her life in a mental institution.

Fantasy sports betting is in jeopardy in New York. A judge in Albany ruled yesterday that the online games violate the state constitution. Plaintiffs in the case are anti-gambling advocates and believe the ruling means these businesses need to stop their operations in the state. But lawyers for daily fantasy companies argue that Governor Cuomo and other officials need to enforce the judge’s ruling before they’ll consider closing shop.

Senator Chuck Schumer is again criticizing President Trump’s leadership. Following an appearance in Albany yesterday, he criticized the president’s reaction to this weekend’s synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh and last week’s mailing of suspicious packages to high-profile Democrats. Schumer claimed Trump is trying to divide the country instead of uniting it.

Veterans Day Honor Ceremony at GCC

 

previous Veterans Day Ceremony at GCC’s Batavia Campus

Press Release:

On Monday, November 12, 2018 at 12 p.m. Genesee Community College will host a special Veterans Day Honor Ceremony at the Batavia Campus including featured speaker the Honorable Michael H. Ranzenhofer, New York State Senator from District 61. The ceremony will follow the College’s annual Open House event which takes place from 8:30 a.m. till noon.

The honor ceremony will be live-streamed in each of the College’s seven campus locations and online for added convenience. The public is encouraged to attend at any of the following locations:

• Batavia Main Campus – One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020 – to see the ceremony in person
• Albion Campus Center – 456 West Ave, Albion, NY 14411
• Arcade Campus Center – 25 Edward Street, Arcade, NY 14009
• Dansville Campus Center – 31 Clara Barton Street, Dansville, NY 14437
• Lima Campus Center – 7285 Gale Road, Lima, NY 14485
• Medina Campus Center – 11470 Maple Ridge Road, Medina, NY 14103
• Warsaw Campus Center – 115 Linwood Avenue, Warsaw, NY 14569
• Online via: https://www.genesee.edu/home/event-streaming/

GCC will have approximately 25 front-row, handicap accessible parking spots reserved for veterans on November 12.

The Genesee County Joint Honor Guard opens the ceremony at 12 p.m. performing a salute to the flag on the stage of the centrally located William W. Stuart Forum. With Jim Simon, GCC’s associate dean of the Orleans County Campus Centers acting as emcee, audiences will hear from GCC’s College President, Dr. James M. Sunser who will welcome guests and introduce Senator Razenhofer. Following Senator Razenhofer’s speech will be a series of short, special presentations by GCC student veterans. Featured speakers include Specialist Ricky Henderson and Corporal Laura Bukowski both of the U.S. Marine Corps; Ace Strickland of the U.S. Army, who will read a poem about the meaning of Veterans Day; and Jessica Cary, of the U.S. Navy who will sign a special veteran’s version of “Hallelujah.” Audiences will also enjoy musical arrangements by members of the Batavia High School Band.

“For 20 years, GCC has made this ceremony a tradition, but it is also a privilege,” says Jim Simon, a U.S. Veteran serving 22 years in the U.S. Air Force. “Coming together to recognize, honor, and celebrate the veterans of this country and their families is a demonstration of the very rights earned by their sacrifices.”

All veterans and their families in attendance are invited to join GCC in a special lunch at 1 p.m. provided in the Wolcott J. Humphrey III Student Union.

In addition, representatives from the Veterans One-stop Center of WNY, Inc. (VOC of WNY) will be onsite welcoming our veterans and their families and providing information about the many services and opportunities available to them. The VOC of WNY provides veterans and their families’ access to a holistic range of social and health services designed to assist in the transition to civilian life and the accomplishment of their goals. GCC is proud to have representation from the VOC of WNY at this ceremony and encourages all veterans and family members in attendance to meet with representatives and explore their options.

For more information regarding the Veterans Day Honor Ceremony, contact Director of the Adult Educational Opportunity Center Kate Trombley at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6285, or via email: kbtrombley@genesee.edu.

Morning News Briefing

Stafford man accused of fighting, choking and biting in LeRoy burglary.
Police in LeRoy report the arrest of a Stafford man accused of a violent domestic incident in the village and of fleeing the scene while under the influence.
24 year old David Leach Jr. of Stafford was arrested in the early morning of Saturday October 20th after allegedly driving drunk away from a domestic incident in LeRoy in which he allegedly broke in, caused damage then fought, choked and bit the victim at the residence causing injury.
Leach was charged with felony counts of Burglary, Strangulation, Criminal Mischief, and a Class A Misdemeanor count of Assault in the third degree.
Leach was later located by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies and faces additional charges through their office.
He was remanded in lieu of $10,000 bail to the Genesee County Jail.

Accused Batavia Burglar busted for drunk driving after fleeing the scene.
City Police have arrested 36 year old Brendan Curry of Batavia-Elba Townline Road for allegedly making an illegal entry into an Ellicott Street residence last week.
Curry had reportedly fled from the address before police were able to respond to the scene.
He was subsequently located by State Police and arrested for a felony level DWI.
Curry faces a felony count of the charge due to a prior DWI conviction within the last 10 years.

LeRoy woman facing charges for helping a parolee evade police.
LeRoy Police arrested 32 year old Heather Coates of Myrtle Street, Le Roy, on charges of Hindering Prosecution, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child following an incident last weekend in the Village.
State Parole Officers assisted by Village Police were attempting to locate parolee Rob Hoag, after learning that he was allegedly in violation of his parole conditions and at Coates’ address at the same time there was a child under the age of seventeen.
According to authorities Coates made several misleading statements to officers hindering their investigation to locate Hoag while he apparently jumped from a second story window then ran from the residence on foot to evade police.
Authorities were able to locate Hoag the following day and he currently has charges pending in the incident
Coates was released under the supervision of Genesee Justice and is expected back in LeRoy Town Court on December 3rd.

Accused murderess admits to killing in Brockport.
The woman accused of shooting and killing an Orleans County woman last summer admitted to all charges against her Monday, but said she is not responsible due to her mental health.
Holly Colino is accused in the murder of Megan Dix.
She had been indicted on nine felony counts by a grand jury, including second-degree murder.
On Monday morning, she admitted to all nine counts, but pleaded, “not responsible by reason of mental disease or defect” – citing her mental health at the time of the shooting.

Fantasy sports betting is in jeopardy in New York.
A judge in Albany ruled yesterday that the online games violate the state constitution.
Plaintiffs in the case are anti-gambling advocates and believe the ruling means these businesses need to stop their operations in the state.
But lawyers for daily fantasy companies argue that Governor Cuomo and other officials need to enforce the judge’s ruling before they’ll consider closing shop.
Cuomo’s office says the governor is still evaluating the ruling.

Evening News Briefing

The Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office says the police escort of Principal Stephen Haynes from the Perry Elementary School appears to be an administrative personnel issue.
In a statement to WBTA News today, District Attorney Donald O’Geen confirms that the Perry Police Department has no criminal complaint against Haynes at this time.
Haynes was escorted off school property on Friday by Perry Police.
He was not under arrest. O’Geen says Perry Police were requests to escort Haynes from the building.
The Perry School Superintendent has had no comment.

 

Brendan Curry

A Batavia man arrested for Burglary and a felony charge of drunk driving.
36 year old Brendan Curry of Batavia-Elba Townline Road was accused of illegally entering a home on Ellicott Street last week. Before police arrived they said Curry had left the scene. He was located by State Police and charged with DWI.
Due to a DWI conviction within the last 10 years, the DWI charge became a felony.

 

With just over a week until Election Day, there’s a new poll out in the 27th Congressional District race.
According to the New York Times and Siena College, incumbent Republican Congressman Chris Collins has a four point lead over Democrat Nate McMurray.
Thirteen percent of those surveyed say they’re still undecided.
Experts originally didn’t expect the battle to be close, but that changed when Collins was arrested in August on federal charges of insider stock trading.

The Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots are renewing their rivalry tonight. They’ll be doing battle at New Era Field for Monday Night Football. Buffalo is expected to have running back LeSean McCoy in the lineup. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski traveled with his teammates to Western New York, but it’s not clear if he’ll play after missing last week’s game with a back injury. Kickoff is set for 8:15

Batavia CTE Center Open House

News Release

Crime scene analysis, 3-D printing processes, welding applications, animal care methods, and the newest cosmetology trends are just a few of the practices students learn at the Batavia Career and Technical Education Center (CTE). The Batavia CTE Center will hold an Open House on Thursday, November 1 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Students, parents and community members are invited to tour the center and discover the many skilled trades opportunities available at this facility.
All programs housed at this campus will also be open for tours, including the Batavia Academy, the Intensive Therapeutic Program, the Transition and Practical Assessment Exploration Systems Programs, and other school-age special education programs.

This event is open to the public. The Batavia CTE Center is located at 8250 State Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020. Please call (585) 344-7711 with any questions.

College Application and Scholarship Search Assistance Available at the AEOC

Press Release:

The Adult Educational Opportunity Center (AEOC) and Genesee Community College are pleased to announce a new website feature providing a complete calendar of AEOC support workshops, financial aid sessions, College Entry Point events and more.

One of the primary focuses of the AEOC this season is the “Common Application,” a.k.a. the Common App, which is a standardized application that can be completed and used to apply to multiple colleges or universities at the same time. The Common App has been adopted by over 800 colleges and universities worldwide as an admissions application tool. Each year more than one million students use it to submit more than four million applications. With such growing acceptance, the AEOC is now offering free Common App workshops to guide and technically assist any students as they develop and refine their application. Students are invited to make an appointment or walk-in to these assistance sessions to complete their applications. Perhaps one of the most helpful nuances of these workshops is encouraging students to attend as often as needed to ensure their applications are memorable for all the right reasons! Any student interested in attending a Common App session should contact the AEOC office at 1-888-394-2362 or via email at AEOC@genesee.edu.

“Our outreach specialists at the Common App assistance workshops help students overcome all kinds of challenges to the application process,” Kate Trombley, director of the AEOC said. “From basic technical system and computer support to the mechanics of crafting a powerful and impressive application essay, the AEOC staff is ready to help.” Further details as well as the online application form can be found at https://www.commonapp.org/.

In addition to Common App support, the AEOC is an excellent resource for scholarship searches. The experts at the AEOC are available to help students of any age find and apply for scholarship from thousands of available sources. Scholarship search assistance is a free service available at any of the Common App workshops, as well as during other AEOC events. Details on scholarships available specifically at Genesee Community College are available at https://www.genesee.edu/home/offices/finaid/scholarships/ . Applications for GCC scholarships are being accepted now through November 1, 2018 for the first round of considerations.

One of the most popular workshops the AEOC offers are the “FAFSA Fests” (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). During these sessions, anyone can receive help in completing the FAFSA and TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) forms. During November, the AEOC has more than seven FAFSA Fests scheduled to take place throughout the region including at GCC’s Arcade, Lima, Warsaw, Dansville and Batavia campus locations. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact the AEOC office at 1-888-394-2362 or via email at AEOC@genesee.edu to reserve a seat in any session and to learn about what information and materials are required for participation.

All of the AEOC services are free and available to anyone, not just students of Genesee Community College. With dozens of events taking place throughout the Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming Counties, the AEOC is readily available. For a complete list of AEOC workshop and other events, visit the new calendar of events online at https://www.genesee.edu/home/adult-learners/adult-education-opportunity-center/aeoc-calendar-of-events/.

To accommodate today’s busy schedules, the AEOC also offers “Mobile Assistance.” Representatives from the AEOC set up a “mobile office” in an assigned space such as room in a library, school district, YMCA, YWCA, community center or faith-based facility in order to assist students, adults or community members in starting their college entry process. Assistance can include financial aid applications, scholarship research and application, admissions preparations, refining essays, Accuplacer testing practice and much more!

To learn more about any of these AEOC services, please visit https://www.genesee.edu/home/adult-learners/adult-education-opportunity-center/ or contact the AEOC office at 1-888-394-2362 or via email at AEOC@genesee.edu.

BATAVIA DOWNS GAMING CONGRATULATES THURMAN THOMAS ON HIS JERSEY RETIREMENT

Press Release:

Today, leaders from Batavia Downs Gaming offered their congratulations to Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas on his very special Jersey retirement tonight at New Era Field.

“It has been and is a pleasure working with Thurman at Batavia Downs Gaming, he is not only a work colleague but has become a good friend,” said Henry F. Wojtaszek, President/CEO of Batavia Downs Gaming WROTB. “Along with our entire Batavia Downs family, I want to congratulate Thurman and his family on this well-deserved accomplishment.”

Thurman Thomas has been associated with Batavia Downs as its Ambassador since 2012. He helped design the 34 Rush Sports Bar that is named after the Hall of Famer and opened in 2013.

“What really makes this relationship special is Thurman’s wife Patti Thomas enjoyed many times at the Downs as a child as her family has been involved in Racing since the 1970’s,” said Michael Nolan, Chief Operation Officer of Batavia Downs Gaming WROTB. “Since his football days Thurman has become a great friend and there is nobody more deserving of this great recognition.”

BPD: HALLOWEEN

Press Release:

The City of Batavia will observe Halloween activities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 31st only.

Attached are some safety tips for the big night.

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!!

 

Morning News Briefing

Local lawmen ramp up Halloween crackdown with DWI arrests rolling in.
58 year old Jeffery Young of Batavia was stopped and taken into custody by State Police out of Batavia on a number of charges after allegedly driving over hazard markings on Oak Street in the city.
He is facing a Felony count of DWI for having a prior conviction within the past 10 years and was released with an appearance ticket for City Court
Saturday night Deputies in Genesee County stopped 30 year old Jordan Edenholm of Pembroke for speeding down Route 63 in Batavia.
Edenholm was arrested for DWI and given an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on November 22nd.
State Police have increased patrols to crack down on impaired driving and underage drinking through Halloween beginning Friday, October 26th through Thursday, November 1st.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Batavia and LeRoy Police departments will be participating in a Stop DWI Halloween crackdown enforcement effort which starts tomorrow October 30th and ends on Sunday November 4th.

Walmart employee arrested after throwing a fit in Clarence.
State Police out of Clarence responded to a report of an irate Walmart employee causing a disturbance at the Clarence Walmart Saturday.
Investigation revealed a 17 year old female employee became angry over a job assignment and as the dispute escalated she began knocking over merchandise and harassing other employees.
The employee refused to comply with Troopers responding to the incident and was subsequently pepper sprayed and arrested.
No injuries were reported.
The teen is now facing charges of criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and harassment.
She was released with an appearance for Clarence Court at a later date.

State Police out of Albion report local convenience stores cited for sale of alcohol to minors.
Albion Troopers conducted a detail of eight retail stores throughout Orleans County to check their compliance regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors.
Troopers observed cashiers at four area stores selling beer to an underage individual without properly checking for identification beforehand.
Four cashiers were arrested for failing to properly check for identification according to the State’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.
Crosby employees, 28 year old Brittany Cole of Kendall and 27 year old Charles Andrews of Albion were arrested along with Murray’s Superette cashier, 20 year old Ruth Young-Powley of Albion and 20 year old Dylan Bader of Albion who works at JP’s Farm Market in Holley.
All four are expected to appear in their respective courts in November.

With just over a week until Election Day, there’s a new poll out in the 27th Congressional District race.
According to the New York Times and Siena College, incumbent Republican Congressman Chris Collins has a four point lead over Democrat Nate McMurray.
Thirteen percent of those surveyed say they’re still undecided.
Experts originally didn’t expect the battle to be close, but that changed when Collins was arrested in August on federal charges.

The Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots are renewing their rivalry tonight.
They’ll be doing battle at New Era Field for Monday Night Football.
Buffalo is expected to have running back LeSean McCoy in the lineup.
Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski traveled with his teammates to Western New York, but it’s not clear if he’ll play after missing last week’s game with a back injury.
Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. tonight.

Leaf collection begins today.
Citywide leaf collection starts today and will continue until November 30th.
Residents can rake leaves to the parkway, but do not place in the street.
Residents of State Routes are requested to keep leaves clear of the roadway.

Weekend News Briefing

Corfu man arrested for grand theft auto in Pembroke.
Troopers based out of Batavia arrested 61 year old Robert Nowak of East Main Street Corfu following report of a vehicle theft in Pembroke.
Nowak was apprehended on Thursday for the alleged larceny which was reported Sunday Afternoon.
He was charged with a felony count of Grand Larceny for allegedly stealing an automobile along with Harassment in the second degree with Physical Contact.

Police investigating hit and run in Batavia.
Police were called to report of a hit and run accident at Jackson and Ellicott Street shortly after 7 Friday night.
A black SUV apparently struck a gray Ford pickup truck and left the scene.
No injuries were reported in the incident.
City Police subsequently located the unoccupied SUV behind Wortzman Furniture store with visible damage including a missing front grill.
There was minor passenger-side fender damage to the gray pickup.
At last report police were continuing investigation into the crash.

Orleans County couple arrested for child endangerment.
State Troopers arrested 28 year old Jennifer Luxon and 29 year old Zachary Kujawa, both of Medina, following a month long investigation by Child Protective Services and State Police into an incident that occurred on September 11 at a Medina address.
Luxon was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of child and making a false statement while Kujawa is facing felony counts of Assault and Strangulation both in the second degree along with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Luxon was issued an appearance ticket and released while Kujawa was ordered to be held in lieu of $10,000 bail in the Orleans county Jail.
He is expected back in the Yates Town Court on November 21st.

Sex Offender in Basom indicted for failing to register.
Daniel King has been indicted on a Class E felony for failing to register a change of address as a sex offender.
The convicted sex offender allegedly moved to an address on Phelps Road in the Town of Basom in January of this year and failed to register his change of address within the allowable time frame.
It’s required that Sex Offenders in the New York must notify The State’s Division of Criminal Justice Services within 10 days of any address change.

An Albion woman jailed for alleged assault n Byron.
22 year old Autumn Pombert of Albion was arrested by State Police out of Batavia following report of a domestic dispute at a Town of Byron address Monday afternoon.
Pombert was ordered to be held on a felony count of Assault along with Class A misdemeanor counts of Obstructing Governmental Administration, Resisting Arrest along with charges of Disorderly Conduct and Harassment with Physical Contact.

Batavia Downs: Joseph R. Carrubba, 60, dies

(Photo is Joe Carrubba with Slickster 1982)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Joseph R. Carrubba, 60, of Oakfield, died Oct. 24, 2018 at Rochester General Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was born June 11, 1958, in Batavia, the son of the late Samuel and Patricia (Geitner) Carrubba.

Mr. Carrubba was born into a harness racing family as his father Sam raced a stable at Batavia Downs. He got his first driver’s license at age seventeen and made his first pari-mutuel starts in 1977. His brother Chris would also start to drive shortly after and it wasn’t long before they both competed on the track regularly.

For 39 years, Mr. Carrubba was a regular on the Western New York circuit along with occasionally shipping to race at other tracks in the state. Some of his early driving success and notoriety came while teaming pacers The Butler GB and Slickster, who both had a run of success in the early 1980’s. He later went on to own, train or drive such horses as High Sticker, Pelham Midnight, Nialoma, Patty Spencer, Billy Yards, Red Whiz, Valley Duke, Wanna Rock N Roll and Sportsmuffler.

Mr. Carrubba drove 223 career winners that earned $471,346 in purses. Turning mostly to training later in his career, he also conditioned another 229 victors who bankrolled $700,178 as well.

Whether at the race track or away from racing, Mr. Carrubba always had a wonderful sense of humor and a deep love of his family.

Surviving are his children, Michael (Amanda Benson) Carrubba, Erik Carrubba and Tiffany Carrubba; siblings, Christopher Carrubba, Mary (Denny) Bucceri, Rose (Steven Kiblin) Campbell and Georgeann Carrubba along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

The Carrubba family will be present from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 28, 2018 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where a Service of Remembrance will begin at 5 p.m. Mr. Carrubba will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Batavia, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his memory are suggested to the family.

Please share your words of comfort with Mr. Carrubba’s family at www.tomaszewskifh.com.

 

Morning News Briefing

Drug dealer in Batavia awaits sentencing amid pending case in Maine.
Convicted drug dealer and former Batavia resident 34 year old Quintin Spinks has been allowed to miss his scheduled sentencing in Genesee County Court on a drug dealing charge from August of last year.
Local authorities did not know Spinks whereabouts until recently and subsequently learned he had been arrested in June by federal authorities in Maine and was facing another drug charge included in an indictment accusing several others of drug dealing and weapons trafficking.
Spinks was afforded the leniency to miss his sentencing date locally at the request of his attorney.
He sited “strategic” reasons related to his federal case in Maine and another pending case out of Monroe County for his excuse from sentencing.
While he awaits his next appearance in Batavia Spinks has time to think about accepting a plea deal offering less than two years behind bars.

Batavia resident charged with torturing a dog, relinquishes additional animals.
Officers took a bearded dragon lizard, and two other mixed breed dogs, from the East Main Street residence of 23 year old Brandon Welch following his arrest on a litany of charges last week.
Welch appeared in City Court yesterday afternoon where his bail was set at $5,000 on charges of falsely reporting an incident, torturing/injuring/not feeding an animal; and owning/harboring an unlicensed dog.
Welch had an emaciated pit bull mix pup seized from his residence after it was found near death.
Welch was also charged with making a Terroristic Threat after he allegedly threatened to shoot law enforcement before responding to his home.
He voluntarily surrendered two firearms when officers took him into custody on a warrant and bail was not decided regarding the Class D Felony.
Welch’s council also advised him to turn over a third weapon he allegedly owns if he happens to make bail at his next hearing.

Biden bringing big name support to McMurray in Congressional race.
Before making a speech at the University of Buffalo, former Vice President Joe Biden showed his support for Nate McMurray.
Biden stopped at the Olive Tree Restaurant yesterday in Lancaster to endorse his fellow Democrat in his race against Republican Congressman Chris Collins.
He and McMurray are battling to see who will lead the 27th Congressional District.

Republican candidate for Governor Marc Molinaro is pushing Governor Cuomo for another debate.
During a stop in Rochester yesterday, the Dutchess County Executive said the next potential head-to-head between the candidates needs to focus on upstate issues.
Their first debate in New York City earlier this week mostly focused on issues important to that region of the Empire State.
There’s no word if Cuomo and Molinaro will meet face-to-face again before Election Day.

Genesee County to take part in DWI Crackdown over Halloween weekend.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Batavia and the Village of LeRoy Police Departments will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.
The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on October 30th and will end on November 4th.
New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

Leaf collection begins next week.
Citywide leaf collection starts Monday October 29th and will continue until November 30th.
Residents can rake leaves to the parkway, but do not place in the street.
If your street has a route number such as Route 5, 33, 63 or 98 then please keep leaves out of the roadway.

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER OFFICE HOURS

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is holding his next round of office hours for Genesee and Monroe county residents starting next Friday. The office hours will be attended by Hawley’s staff. The 139th Assembly District, represented by Hawley, includes all of Genesee County and portions of western Monroe County.

“These office hours offer local residents an opportunity to share their thoughts, concerns and ideas regarding the issues facing state government,” said Hawley. “I strongly encourage those who are able to attend to come and make their voices heard.”

To schedule an individual appointment with Hawley, please contact his office at hawleys@nyassembly.gov or by calling 585-356-0686 for the Monroe County office hours, or 585-813-1608 for the Genesee County office hours.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley
November Office Hours:

Monroe County:
Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Genesee County:
Genesee Community College
Conable Technology Building, Room T124
Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley Drive (1 College Road), Batavia
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Genesee Community College
Conable Technology Building, Room T124
Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley Drive (1 College Road), Batavia
Friday, Nov. 30, 2018
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Genesee County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown Enforcement Effort

Press Release:

Genesee County STOP-DWI Coordinator Matt Landers announced today that the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Batavia Police Department and the Village of LeRoy Police Department will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

Halloween is meant to be scary, but not when it comes to driving. When it comes to drunk driving Halloween can turn the roads into a horror fest. While we spend time trick or treating and hosting parties with our loved ones, law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on October 30th and will end on November 4th. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem.

The STOP-DWI Halloween Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI NY and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Throughout the remainder of the year the Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign will also target Thanksgiving and the national Holiday Season in December.

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.

You can help to make a difference by Having a Sober Plan! Download our mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning. Have a safe and happy Halloween Weekend!

Roll With Faith back to winnings ways at Batavia

Roll With Faith (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

After hitting the board in her last two starts, Roll With Faith got back to the top of her game winning the $10,400 fillies and mares Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (Oct. 24).

The two-scratch race was down to five starters when Roll With Faith (Kevin Cummings) got away second off the gate behind A Crafty Lady (Drew Monti) who then took the girls to the half in :57.1. There, Badlands Delight (Shawn McDonough) was moving first over, but not fast enough for Kaitlyn Rae (Ray Fisher Jr.) who swung three-deep in front of the stands and drew alongside A Crafty Lady as they worked their way up the backside.

As they passed the three-quarters in 1:25.3, A Crafty Lady packed it in and Kaitlyn Rae took the lead spot on the pylons. But with no time for even a breath, Roll With Faith was out and at her and the two paced in-sync around the last turn. The team pacing ended as the tandem was split up heading down the lane because Roll With Faith simply opened up and cruised away to a wrapped-up four-length win in 1:54.2.

It was the 13th win of the season for Roll With Faith ($2.70) who has now earned $74,232 for owners Finish Line Investors, Larry Willer and John Mungillo, who also trains the mare.

In the $8,800 Open II for distaff participants, Drinkin N Dancin (Ray Fisher Jr.) went gate to wire in 1:56.4 and registered her sixth win of the year for owners Rocco Stebbins and David Crumb. Joe Skowyra trains the winner.

Kevin Cummings had three winners on the night to lead all other drivers on Tuesday. He now has 80 wins for the session and draws to within three wins of the current leader Drew Monti with 83. Monti had one win on Wednesday.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Oct. 26) with post time set for 6 p.m. When it does there will be a $493 carry over in the early Pick-5 wager and a guaranteed $1,500 pool for that bet. The early Pick-5 is a 50-cent base wager that begins in race one and runs through race five.

GCC Professor Honored at RIT Alumni Awards Reception

Amy Slusser and Francis Domoy

Press Release:

At a special Rochester Institute of Technology Alumni Awards Reception on October 18, 2018 Genesee Community College’s Professor of Tourism & Hospitality, Amy Slusser received the 2018 Dr. Richard Marecki Memorial Award.

Dr. Richard Marecki served in various capacities at RIT from 1982 until his untimely passing in 1999. He coordinated the travel program and developed a Master’s Degree in Hospitality and Service Management. He served as the graduate chairperson for the hospitality and service management department and chaired the department’s executive leader program. After his passing, the memorial award was established to recognize individuals who display a steadfast dedication and passion for RIT and education.

Nominated by RIT faculty and Alumni Society officers, Slusser was selected as the award recipient for continuously demonstrating her commitment to RIT and her passion for life-long learning. The award was presented to Slusser by Francis Domoy, owner of Domoy Farms in Elba, NY and Professor Emeritus at RIT. Domoy has been a mentor, advisor and colleague throughout Slusser’s career and a driving force behind her success and her passion.

Slusser earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Travel Management in 1997 and her Master’s Degree in Service Management and Innovation in 2001 from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She also studied business management at Sheffield Hallum University in England as part of RIT’s study abroad program and even taught for RIT at the campus in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Upon returning to the United States in 2003, Slusser joined Genesee Community College as a professor and program director for the Tourism and Hospitality Management program, which has significantly grown during her tenure. She received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008, among other accolades in the industry.

Genesee Community College is proud to share Slusser’s success as part of its Recognition Matters series which highlights the accomplishments of the College’s faculty, staff and students.

31st Rural Police Training Academy at GCC

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On Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7 p.m., and again on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 9 a.m., anyone interested in becoming a police officer is invited to attend a one-hour Information Session for Genesee Community College’s Rural Police Training Academy. The Academy is seeking candidates interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. To date, over 700 graduates of the Academy have gone on to have long and prosperous careers with many of the GLOW region’s local police departments as well as state and federal law-enforcement agencies.

The Rural Police Training Academy (RPTA) provides training for already-employed Police Officers as well as persons seeking law-enforcement employment (“pre-employment” recruits). Training starts in April 2019 and ends with graduation in March 2020. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, some Wednesday evenings and daytime on Saturdays.

The Information Session is the first step toward applying to the Academy. Attendees will learn about the application process, financial aid, veterans benefits and will receive an overview of the program, including physical fitness training standards and earning GCC college credits. Attendees will hear testimonials from graduates regarding the significance this program has had on their law-enforcement careers.

The minimum age to enroll in the Academy is 19 years to ensure that the candidate will reach the age of 21 in the two-year period that the Pre-Employment certificate is valid. There is no maximum age for admission, as long as the candidate can pass all entrance and exit physical-testing requirements. Candidates should not have any criminal history. A background investigation will be conducted by the RPTA. If you are interested in attending one of these information sessions or would like more information about the Academy, contact Director Douglas Brooks at rpolice@genesee.edu or call The BEST Center at GCC at (585) 345-6868.

The BEST Center provides businesses and organizations with customized training solutions ranging from supervisory skills to technical training. The Center also offers numerous professional and personal development courses for individuals, including classroom and on-line opportunities.

Cemetery 5K Takes Spooky Route for Runners

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Trick or Trot 5K is Batavia Rotary Club’s new fundraiser that should provide some Halloween fun for the area’s runners and walkers.

The race will begin at 6 pm on Saturday, Oct. 27, on Harvester Avenue in front of the Richmond Mausoleum. The course will wind through three historic cemeteries that are nearly contiguous — the Batavia Cemetery, St. Joseph’s Cemetery and Elmwood Cemetery.

“It’s a fun course that will be interesting for runners at dusk on the Saturday before Halloween,” said Rotarian Doug Forsyth, the chief organizer of the event.

The route has been planned so runners stay mostly on paths in the cemeteries, not on public roads. There is also a route for walkers.

Runners are encouraged to wear costumes, but they are not necessary. Runners who wear costumes will be entered into a drawing for special prizes.

Race prizes will be presented to the top three male and female finishers.

To enter, go to www.facebook.com/cemetery5k. Entry fee is $20 in advance, $25 the day of the race. The first 100 entrants will receive a free tee shirt.

Registration on race day will be open from 4:30 to 5:45.

Eli Fish beer will be featured at the finish line along with pizza.

All proceeds will be used by the Batavia Rotary Club for community service projects, such as scholarships to local high school students, veteran services and special youth activities.

Batavia Rotary Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, marking a century of “service above self,” the Rotary International motto.

GCSO: Drug Take Back Day October 2018

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Genesee County Prescription Drug Take Back Day Being Held Saturday, October 27

On Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Genesee County law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for disposal to:

Pembroke Town Hall, Rt. 5 at Rt. 77 Pembroke
– received by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies

Batavia Police Department Headquarters, 10 W. Main St. (rear parking lot) – Batavia
– received by Batavia Police Officers

LeRoy Police Department Headquarters, 3 W. Main St. – LeRoy
– received by LeRoy Police Officers

Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites—liquids and needles or other sharps will not be accepted. The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Morning News Briefing

Former White House adviser to President Trump Steve Bannon visited Western New York in support of Republicans running for election including Congressman Chris Collins.
Bannon held a “Red Tide Rising” rally at the Jamison Road Volunteer Fire Company in Elma yesterday after the fire company reportedly received threats over the appearance.
Bannon expressed concerns that Republicans could lose control of the House of Representatives and called this year’s midterm elections a proxy vote on President Trump.
The former Trump staff member also talked about the Democrat’s plan to move on impeachment proceedings if they manage to take over the chamber.

Police seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspected burglar at Chesley’s Auto in Batavia.
The alleged burglar walked through the parking lot of Miss Batavia and smashed out a window near the rear of the Chesley’s Monday night at approximately 7 pm before making off with items from the shop.
Officers did not provide further details on what was taken due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.
Anyone with information in reference to the case may contact the confidential tip line 345-6370.

New Pediatric practice opening next week in Batavia.
WNY Pediatric Endocrinology will be officially opening at the former offices of Dr. Lamb on Evans Street Monday.
Doctors Nadia Danilovich and Shannon Fournter are both certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics in Pediatric Endocrinology and will be treating issues concerning growth, short stature, abnormal weight gain and various other irregularities or concerns.
The office will be open Monday through Friday from 9 to 4:30.

Bills plan on retiring Thurman Thomas’ number Monday night.
After Monday night’s ceremony, the number 34 will never again be worn by a member of the franchise.
Thomas spent his entire career in Buffalo and was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
He’ll join Jim Kelly and Bruce Smith as the only Bills to have their numbers retired.
Buffalo hosts the New England Patriots at New Era Field for Monday Night Football.

Genesee County Law Enforcement taking part in national Drug Take Back.
Genesee County law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public an opportunity this Saturday, October 27th to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring your pills for disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to either the Pembroke Town Hall on Rt. 5 and 77 in Pembroke, the rear parking lot of the Batavia Police Department on W. Main Street in Batavia or to the LeRoy Police Department on W. Main Street in LeRoy.

Leaf collection begins next week.
Citywide leaf collection starts Monday October 29th and will continue until November 30th.
Residents can rake leaves to the parkway, but do not place in the street.
If your street has a route number such as Route 5, 33, 63 or 98 then please keep leaves out of the roadway.

City of Batavia Leaf Collection 2018

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City wide leaf collection will begin October 29, 2018 and will continue until November 30, 2018.

Residents of the following streets can rake leaves to the parkway, but do not place in the street; these streets are Clinton Street, Oak Street, Main Street (including East and West Main Street), Pearl Street, South Main Street (between Oak St. and Walnut St.),Walnut Street, Richmond Ave (between Oak St and Prospect Ave). If your street has a route number (i.e. Route 5, Route 33, Route 63 and Route 98), then please keep leaves out of the roadway.

All other streets are asked to rake leaves close to the curb line, taking care not to block storm drainage structures/catch basins or not to block travel-way of streets.

Leaf operations typically have one crew on the Northside working from Grandview Terrace moving West, North of Main Street, and a second crew on the Southside beginning on River Street moving East in areas South of Main Street. A third crew will work using a vacuum along main roads and numbered routes. It takes about 2weeks to go through the entire city.

Any resident with leaves can also bring them to the yard waste station until it closes for the season on
December 8, 2018. Beginning November 5, the Yard Waste Station hours will be adjusted to 11AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday. The Yard Waste Station is closed on Thursday, November 22, for Thanksgiving.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT LEAF COLLECTION:

  • Leaf piles must be clear of sticks and other debris.
  • Leaf piles must be clear of all animal waste – if animal waste is found in the piles, they will not be picked up
  • Grass clippings, Flower potting’s, Branches, Pumpkins cannot be picked up and residents may bring those items to the Yard Waste Station on Law Street (which will be open through December 8, 2018)
  • Leaves should not block traffic.
  • Leaves should not be piled near intersection corners. This causes sight issues for motorists/bicyclists/pedestrians.
  • Keep leaf piles clear of drainage ways and catch basins. Blocked drainage leads to localized flooding.
  • Leaves should not be piled around mailboxes, power poles, fences, fire hydrants or other obstacles.
  • Do not park on leaf piles. The heat from a vehicle exhaust system could start a fire.
  • Do not wait to get your leaves out. We will normally collect leaves twice within the month of leaf collection.
  • If it is snowing, we plow first. If it continues to snow, then leaf operations will be suspended.
  • There is no leaf pickup in the spring.

Morning News Briefing

The Batavia Police Department is investigating a burglary at Chesley’s Auto Service & Tire.
The incident occurred Monday night at approximately 7 pm.
The suspect reportedly walked through the parking lot of Miss Batavia and then smashed out a window near the rear of the Chesley’s building before entering.
Lawmen say items were stolen however they would not elaborate due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.
Anyone with information in reference to the case may contact the confidential tip line 345-6370.

Alleged assault lands a Hutchins Place resident in lock up.
City Police arrested 24 year old Ronnie Calloway following investigation into a disturbance at a Hutchins Place address early yesterday morning.
Calloway was arrested on a single count of assault in the third degree and was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Sodus police are still on the hunt for a double homicide suspect.
They say the gunman shot and killed 28 year old Joshua Niles and 24 year old Amber Washburn on Carlton Street Monday afternoon.
According to the Times of Wayne County, Washburn’s five year old son was in the car when she was murdered, but wasn’t hurt.
Deputies say they don’t believe this was a random crime.
The suspect was last seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and green hat.
If you have any information, call police right away.

City Police participating in the DEA’s 2018 National Drug Take-Back initiative.
The event will be held on Saturday October 27th in the rear parking lot of the Batavia Police Department between 10 AM and 2 PM.
Citizens can turn in their unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal.
Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, and flushing drugs down the toilet or throwing them away are both potential safety and health hazards.

A Memorial Tribute for K-9 Destro is happening this afternoon.
The Sheriff’s Office is hosting the event to honor the K9 Destro who recently passed from a short battle with cancer.
It’s going on from 3 to 7 pm in the large conference room at the Sheriff’s Office on Park Road in Batavia.
All are welcome to attend and share their stories about Destro.

A man who was once one of the most powerful politicians in New York State is expected to be sentenced today.
Former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos could be spending years behind bars after being convicted for a second time on corruption charges.
The first guilty verdict against Skelos and his son Adam was thrown out following a Supreme Court ruling.
Skelos was convicted for using his position to get his son “no-show” jobs worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Byron-Bergen High School Hosts Opioid Panel

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Bergen, NY – On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, the Byron-Bergen Jr./Sr. High School welcomes the public to a panel discussion about the nation-wide opioid epidemic. The event features experts in the field of addiction, as well as an opioid addiction survivor.

“The alarming thing about opioid abuse is how ubiquitous it has become,” said Byron-Bergen Jr./Sr. High School Principal Pat McGee. “We are not just inviting our students and their families. Opioid addiction does not discriminate and we encourage all members of our community to join us and learn how to identify or avoid opioid abuse. We are, quite literally, trying to save lives.”

This event is free and open to the public. Panelists will discuss recent developments regarding the availability and danger of opioids and will address audience questions. The panel will be moderated by GCASA Executive Director John Bennett and Assistant Director of Prevention Sherri Bensley. Additional panelists include Allison Parry-Gurak from the GOW Opioid Taskforce, Byron-Bergen Student Resource Officer Matt Butler, Prevention Educator Gina Henry, and a guest speaker with first-hand experience overcoming opioid addiction.

The panel is hosted by the Byron-Bergen Central School District and conducted by the Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (GCASA). It will take place Wednesday, November 7, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Jr./Sr. High School Auditorium located at 6917 West Bergen Road, Bergen, NY 14416.
Everyone Welcome 6pm.

Morning News Briefing

Two arrested for alleged threats in an early morning incident.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports that two men in their 50’s were arrested in an area just north of the thruway in Batavia after allegedly threatening an individual.
52 year old Kevin Fossum and 50 year old Charles Beach Sr. were taken into custody yesterday morning outside an address on Route 63 after the county’s Emergency Response Team was called to the scene.
The pair is accused of making threats to an individual over the phone then making their way to the person’s residence in Alabama where they continued threatening the individual while reportedly in possession of weapons.
Lawmen shutdown a section of Lewiston Road and put a shelter in place for residents while the two were being apprehended.
Both men were taken into custody without incident and charged with Menacing while Fossum was additionally charged with Aggravated Harassment.
Fossum is being held in lieu of $7,500 and bail for Beach was set at $5,000.

LeRoy resident arrested for larceny in a sale from a social media site.
Deputies arrested 31 year old Jesse Qutermous of North Street on charges of Grand Larceny and Petit Larceny following a complaint of a fraudulent credit card purchase.
Qutermous was accused of using someone’s bank credit card without permission to make a payment over Facebook messenger last month.
He was released with an appearance ticket for November 12th in Batavia Town Court.

With just two weeks until Election Day, Governor Cuomo and Republican challenger Marc Molinaro will hold their first debate today in New York City.
Both campaigns have been trading barbs in the media, with Molinaro accusing Cuomo of being afraid of a one-on-one battle.
Cuomo previously offered Molinaro the chance to hold a debate on the radio this past weekend.
The other third-party candidates in the governor’s race will not be involved.
Polls show Cuomo with a significant lead over Molinaro in his bid to win a third term.

The Buffalo Bills say they’re sticking with Derek Anderson as the team’s quarterback.
The recently signed veteran struggled in the team’s 37 to 5 loss to Indianapolis on Sunday, throwing three interceptions.
Rookie quarterback Josh Allen, who Anderson was brought in to mentor, is still being treated for an elbow injury he suffered October 14th.
The Bills host the New England Patriots on Monday night.

Sidewalk replacement on Union Street.
Beginning this week the Master’s Edge Concreter Company will be performing partial sidewalk replacement on the west side of Union Street between Richmond Avenue and Oak Street.
This sidewalk work should be completed within two weeks.

GCC Athletics Update: Volleyball

2018 All-WNYAC Team

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GCC Volleyball Team Splits at WNYAC Tourney

The Genesee Community College volleyball team split a pair of matches in the Western New York Athletic Conference Tournament in Jamestown Oct. 20.

The Cougars easily disposed of Niagara in straight sets 25-16 and 25-15, before dropping a heartbreaker to Mercyhurst Northeast in three sets.
Genesee dropped the first set 25-19 and appeared to be on the verge of being swept after the Saints needed just five points to seal the win with a double-digit lead.

Down 20-10, the Cougars scored 15 of the next 18 to take the second set 25-23 and force a third-and-deciding set. The third set went into extra points when Genesee trailed 15-14 before Mercyhurst got match point at 16.

Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto led the team in kills with 11 against the Saints and eight against the Thunderwolves. Lyndsey Rowland had team-highs in blocks in both matches with four total.

Audriana Reeves had a team-high 16 digs against Mercyhurst, and shared the team lead with Pinto against Niagara with eight, while Katherine Alsworthdished a pair of aces against the Thunderwolves.

Pinto, Rowland and Grace Zandrowicz were all named to the 2018 All-WNYAC Team.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Kevin Cummings wins five, both features at Batavia

 

In Runaway Bay (Photos courtesy of Paul White)

 

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Kevin Cummings was red hot at Batavia Downs scoring wins in both features with In Runaway Bay and Nesh Cruiser along with three other victories to take five of the 10 races on the card. Cummings, who is currently the second leading dash driver of the meet, made a strong bid to retake the top spot after his performance on Saturday night (Oct. 20). .

In the $11,000 Open Handicap pace, Dark Horse (Ray Fisher Jr.) left hard and seated In Runaway Bay N (Kevin Cummings) who also tried for the front early. After everyone took a seat the race went to the half in :56 flat. At that point Barry Hanover (Shawn McDonough) started the outer flow and Rock To Glory (Drew Monti) followed that move.

As the race progressed to the three-quarters, Rock To Glory deserted his fading cover and tipped three-deep trying to get to Dark Horse. Almost out of that last bend, Barry Hanover finally packed it in and In Runaway Bay N nudged his way off the pylons between Dark Horse and Rock To Glory. As the top three argued towards the wire, In Runaway Bay N put away Dark Horse and held off a fast closing Rock To Glory to win by a half-length in 1:54.4.

In Runaway Bay N ($8.70) scored his sixth win of 2018 and eclipsed the half-century mark in earnings, now boasting $53,550 this year for owner Mark Jakubik.

In the $9,900 Open II pace, Nesh Cruiser (Kevin Cummings) tripped out behind Bugatti (Jim Morrill Jr.) to the head of the stretch before pulling out and going by to win by a nose in 1:54.4 for his eighth win of the year. Trainer RIchard Roth owns with Randy Roth and Robert Roth.

Besides those two wins, Cummings also scored with Cotton Eyed Joe (1:57.2, $6.40), Terlingua (1:56.4, $8.00) and Keystone Keen (1:56.4, $6.10) to round out the five-bagger.

Not to be outdone, the Downs leading driver Drew Monti also scored four wins on Saturday night as well. So after the last race ended, Monti is still on top with 82 wins for the meet with Cummings sitting right behind with 77.

The early Pick-5 that was part of the USTA Strategic Wagering program with a $7,000 guaranteed pool produced an instant jackpot payoff $5,350.50 for a $1 ticket on the combination of 7-4-3-2-3.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon with post time set for 5 p.m.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s/Men’s Soccer

Jaclyn Guzdek makes one of six saves on her way to a nation-leading 12th shutout and sixth-consecutive for GCC (photo credit to: Lauren Hull/GCC Athletics)

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No. 6 Women’s Team Ends Regular Season with Sixth-Consecutive Clean Sheet

The No. 6 Genesee Community College women’s soccer team concluded its regular season with its sixth-consecutive shutout win. The Cougars blanked visiting Broome Community College 4-0 Oct. 20 to finish the regular season at 15-2.

In addition to the win being the sixth-straight by shutout, it was also the team’s eighth clean sheet in its last nine starts. During the months of September and October, the Cougars went 13-1 with the lone loss being to the current No. 1 team in the country.

National Junior College Athletic Association All-American Miko Yamashita led the way with a pair of goals and a pair of assists. Yamashita’s first goal 16 minutes into the game proved to be the game-winner as the sophomore collected six points on the afternoon.

Current NJCAA D-III Women’s Soccer Player of the Week Leah Czechowski was not far behind Yamashita after also netting a pair of goals, while Ryley O’Mara assisted on the game-winner.

Jaclyn Guzdek recorded her nation-leading 12th clean sheet with a half-dozen saves as the Cougars out-shot the Hornets 19-9 for the contest while also holding the edge in corner kicks 6-2.

Guzdek also leads all NJCAA D-III keepers in minutes played with 1530.


Camilo Pernet Jimenez scored GCC’s fist goal in a 5-1 regualr-season finale 5-1 win over Broome that left GCC with a 15-3 record heading into playoffs (photo credit to: Lauren Hull/GCC Athletics)

No. 3 Men’s Soccer Team Wraps up Regular Season with 5-1 Win

The No. 3 Genesee Community College men’s soccer team ended its regular season on a three-game winning streak after beating visiting Broome 5-1 Oct. 20.

The win was the Cougars’ 10th in its last 11 starts as the Cougars finished the regular season with a 15-3 record and now awaits a playoff opponent for next week’s Region-III Tournament.

Rodrigo Albuquerque’s penalty kick early in the first half proved to be the game winner and also the freshman’s nation-leading eighth winner on the season.

Albuquerque finished with a pair of goals and at the game’s end had established a 19-point lead in the race as the National Junior College Athletic Association D-III’s leading scorer.

Ed Port added a pair of assist to bring his total to 21 – also a nation-leading number in that category.

Philip Melo was the only other Cougar in on two or more goals with one goal and an assist.

Camilo Pernet Jimenez and Iyad Lablack rounded out the goal scoring, while Hijiri Sano added an assist in the win.

Matthies Meyer and Adrian Bergman shared the win in net with 45 minutes of action apiece.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Lougazi posts career best in Batavia feature trot

Lougazi (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

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By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

In what turned out to be a very exciting horse race, Lougazi proved to be best once again in winning the $11,000 Open Handicap trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Oct. 19).

Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) got away last by quite a few lengths off the gate when BZ Glide blasted to the front and posted an extremely fast :27.2 quarter. Positions remained unchanged past that post when Fisher came first-over at the three-eighths pole with Lougazi and motored up the outer rim.

Incrementally gaining ground around turn-two and up the backstretch, Lougazi drew even with BZ Glide by the three-quarters and the two dueled from there. Trotting in step around the last turn and into the lane, Lougazi finally got a step away from BZ Glide. But Empire Earl N (Jim Morrill Jr.) who was drafting third pulled three wide and was launched for the finish. Lougazi dug in and held him off as well and hit the wire first by a head in 1:56.3, which was a new lifetime mark.

It was the second win in a row and fourth out of the last six for Lougazi ($11.80) who is owned by Mary Warriner and trained by Ryan Swift.

In the $8,800 Open II trot, Edom Up Blue Boy (Jim Morrill Jr.) rode a two-hole trip to the half behind Lutetium (Ron Beback Jr.) before pulling to take the lead by the five-eighths, open up by three lengths and eventually win by four in 1:58. Edom Up Blue Boy ($6.40) is owned and trained by Rock Vinci.

With only two favorites winning all night, there was a plethora of profound payoffs in most of the races on Friday. But the one wager that did not get hit was the early Pick-5 and as a result, there is a $2,900 carry over pool for the early Pick-5 on Saturday (Oct. 20). That bet will be a part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program with a $7,000 guaranteed pool and free program pages that will be available tomorrow on the USTA website under the handicapping tab.

Post time for Saturday evening will be 6 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Marc Molinaro

Cuomo being challenged for a debate between candidates.
Governor Cuomo is apparently dodging a legitimate debate between candidates according to Republican Challenger Marc Molinaro.
Cuomo was questioned by a New York City radio station Friday morning as to why he has been refusing to debate.
The Dutchess County Executive said he was disappointed with the Governors response and last minute offer to debate him.
Molinaro called Cuomo’s offer a fraud while speaking to our news partner The Batavian…

The candidate was in Batavia with Assemblyman Steve Hawley Friday touring small businesses like Oliver’s Candys in Elba.
Molinaro is pursuing a statewide televised debate for this week to include all the candidates.

Violation in Batavia lands an Alabama man in jail without bail.
44 year old Ryan Norton of Bloomingdale Road was arrested by Sheriff’s Deputies following a reported violation of an active order of protection in Batavia.
In an attempt to conceal his contact with a protected person Norton allegedly wrote false business records and was charged with counts of Criminal Contempt and Falsifying Business Records.
He was remanded to the Genesee County Jail without bail to await his next court appearance.

The New York Post is showing their political colors in supporting one side of a local congressional race.
As Election Day draws near Nate McMurray has picked up a major endorsement from the New York Post.
The paper announced over the weekend it was supporting the Democratic challenger looking to unseat the incumbent Republican Congressman Chris Collins.
The newspaper sited Collins arrest on federal charges left a number of unanswered questions.
McMurray is the only Democratic congressional candidate in New York that the Post endorsed.

This is the week to bring out your lucky horseshoes and four-leaf clovers.
America’s two largest lotteries are expecting a combined jackpot of more than two-billion dollars.
There was no winner in Saturday’s Powerball drawing.
That means Wednesday’s drawing is expected to reach at least 620-million dollars.
And that will be a day after Mega Millions is offering a world-record jackpot of one-point-six billion dollars.
Powerball had the previous world record at just under one-point-six billion for a 2016 drawing.
These are two of the top five biggest jackpots in U.S. lottery history.

The Buffalo Bills are still looking to solve their woes on offense.
Newly signed quarterback Derek Anderson threw three interceptions as Buffalo lost in Indianapolis to the Colts by a final of 37 to 5.
Bills running back LeSean McCoy left yesterday’s game in the first quarter after suffering a head injury.
Up next for the two and five Bills is a visit from the rival New England Patriots.
That game is next Monday night at New Era Field.

Weekend News Briefing

Republican candidate for Governor calling for serious debate with Cuomo.
Marc Molinaro said he isn’t happy with the terms Governor Andrew Cuomo has laid out to debate the Republican challenger.
Cuomo told a New York City radio station Friday morning that he would come back on the air Saturday at 8 a.m. to take on the Dutchess County Executive after being was asked why he has been refusing to debate.
Molinaro fired back while speaking to our news partner The Batavian…

Molinaro was in Batavia Friday touring small businesses with Assemblyman Steve Hawley.
He went on to say that voters should receive more notice for a legitimate debate and that all the candidates should be there including Cuomo.
Molinaro is calling for a statewide televised debate next week.

New York Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the federal regulators to close a loophole that allows stretch limos to get away with fewer safety features than smaller limousines.
The Senator spoke in Batavia Friday morning…

Schumer is looking to correct the oversight following the deadly stretch limo crash that occurred outside the states capital region last week.
The Senator stopped at UMMC in Batavia calling to reverse funding cuts to the 340B hospital program.
He said UMMC could lose nearly $670K a year in the cuts.
The Senator announced he is launching a major effort undo the funding loss through legislation.

Batavia man jailed without bail for allegedly torturing an animal and threatening police.
23 year old Brandon Welch of East Main Street in the City was arrested Thursday morning after allegedly threatening to shoot police because of recent issues dealing with law enforcement.
City Police took him into custody on an arrest warrant for Making a Terroristic Threat after discovering firearms at his East Main Street apartment.
Welch was additionally charged with Falsely Reporting an Incident, Torturing or Injuring an Animal for not feeding it, and Owning or Harboring an Unlicensed Dog.
He was remanded to the Genesee County Jail without bail.

Deputies arrest an Oakfield man for depriving dogs.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is reporting the arrest of 44 year old John Mitchell of South Main Street in Oakfield on three counts of Failing to Provide Sustenance under the Agricultural and Markets Law.
Mitchell is accused of deriving two dogs of appropriate housing and one with physical care.
He was given an appearance ticket for Oakfield Town Court on November 5th.

GCC Cougar Athletes of the Week Announced


Lyndsey Rowland (left) and Jack Sharman-Dodd (right)

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GCC Cougar Athletes of the Week Announced

The Genesee Community College athletics department announced its players of the week for the week ending Oct. 13 with Lyndsey Rowland from the volleyball team taking the top female honor and Jack Sharman-Dodd from the men’s soccer team taking the top male honor.

Rowland led Genesee to a 2-2 record last week with a pair of 3-0 sweep wins over Tompkins Cortland and Corning. The pair of wins secured a regional playoff berth for the Cougars and gave them nine wins in their last 11 matches after putting together three-consecutive set wins in each of those victories. Rowland’s 19 blocks (nine solo) last week also earned her the National Junior College Athletic Association D-III Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week. It was the second time this season that the sophomore received national recognition for an outstanding weekly performance.

Sharman-Dodd collected eight points over three games including three goals and a pair of assists in wins over Finger Lakes and Adirondack. The sophomore had one goal against the Lakers and a pair of goals and assists in the win over the Timberwolves. The eight-point week matched his season point output from a season ago as part of the NJCAA Men’s Soccer D-III Championship Team.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Batavia Downs offers a $2,000 guaranteed Pick-5 Friday

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

As a result of no winning ticket once again on Wednesday (Oct. 17), Batavia Downs will offer a $2,000 guaranteed early Pick-5 pool when racing resumes on Friday (Oct. 19) at the oldest lighted harness track in America.

Friday’s guarantee is part of the USTA’s Strategic Wagering Program which offers free program pages for those five races under the “Handicapping” tab at www.ustrotting.com . You can go directly to that page to access the programs by clicking here. (http://handicapping.ustrotting.com )

The Pick-5 is a 50-cent base wager that begins in race one and runs through race five. There is no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners, the entire pool (minus takeout) will be carried over once again.

Please note that post time for the first race Friday is at a special early time of 4:45 pm.

GCC Cares and is Doing Something About it!

photograph of a prior Campus Crunch, courtesy of GCC

Press Release:

Leaves are falling and so are temperatures! While the fall colors are beautiful and the cool autumn breeze is refreshing after a hot summer, for many people in our community, winter brings on special challenges related to basic human needs – food and proper clothing. Over the coming months, local food pantries, including GCC’s Food Pantry, experience a substantial increase in demand including many students finding themselves ill prepared for the bone chilling temperatures.

With a long history of providing a free Food Pantry to students in need, the College community is expanding its collection efforts this month. In addition to perishable and nonperishable foods and personal hygiene items, College employees and some generous students are seeking donations of new or gently worn jackets, hats, gloves, scarves and other clothing essential for surviving a Western New York winter. In particular, the College’s population of international students, many who have never experienced snow, are in need of winter wear.

The dual collection is inspired, in part, by the upcoming National Food Day, scheduled on October 24, 2018 which coincides with the annual “New York Campus Crunch.” GCC’s Sustainability Committee, along with student clubs and various departments are banning together resources to collect food and winter clothing donations on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations will be collected in the Forum at GCC’s Batavia Campus at One College Road.

In clever exchange, everyone who makes any donation will receive a fresh, free, locally-grown apple in recognition of the “New York Campus Crunch” effort. This statewide initiative inspires many private and State University of New York and colleges and universities to simultaneously bite into an apple. The action is symbolic of a commitment to food that is healthy for people and the planet. Participants are encouraged to post photographs of their shared “crunch” on social media.

Community members can also donate food or winter clothing at the following GCC campus centers:

• Albion Campus Center – 456 West Ave, Albion
• Dansville Campus Center – 31 Clara Barton Street, Dansville
• Lima Campus Center – 7285 Gale Road, Lima
• Medina Campus Center – 11470 Maple Ridge Road, Medina

Donations are also accepted through the month of October as follows:

• Winter Wear at the Dean of Students Office in C209
• Food and personal hygiene items at the AEOC Office in D206.

Morning News Briefing

First impressions in the first week for the new City Manager in Batavia.
Batavia’s new City Manager Dr. Marty Moore is continuing to settle in as he rounds out his first week in the city and at in his newly appointed position.
Moore held a meet and greet at City Hall with his wife and youngest son Wednesday and is continuing to make his rounds to meet his co-workers and constituents.
Moore stopped into WBTA’s Main and Center Program where he stressed the importance of transparency in his new role.

Moore said he was welcomed with open arms into the community and it’s certainly a plus that his wife has family in the area.
He will attend his first City Council meeting this Monday night.

Sex Offender in Batavia served indictment including felony charges.
44 year old Levi Spikes Jr. has been indicted by a Genesee County Grand Jury on four felony counts for providing false documentation and violating the Sex Offender Registry.
He is charged with two counts of failing to register a change of address for allegedly moving twice between November of last year and July of this year.
He is also charged with offering a false instrument for filing for allegedly providing a written instrument to the Sex Offender registry that contained false information about his address.
Spikes is a level 2 sexually violent offender according to the State registry.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is planning a public tribute to K-9 Destro.
The highly trained police dog died earlier this month from cancer.
Destro’s handler, Deputy Chris Erion, appeared on Main and Center yesterday morning and talked about his K-9 partner

The tribute to Destro will be held next Wednesday, October 24th from 3 until 7 at the Sheriff’s Office on Park Road.

The Jerome Foundation has announced the recipient of the 36th Annual Health and Humanitarian Award is Dr. Matthew Landfried, who will be recognized at a luncheon next month at Terry Hills Restaurant.
The award is presented by the Foundation to recognize volunteer men and women of Genesee County who have helped promote the emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of the area’s residents.

The Buffalo Bills are hitting the road again this weekend.
They’ll be in Indianapolis to take on the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Bills will be without rookie quarterback Josh Allen, who is recovering from an elbow injury.
Derek Anderson will be starting for Buffalo instead.
Kickoff is set for one o’clock Sunday afternoon.

The City of Batavia Water Department will be repairing light poles on Bank Street and Main Street today.
Motorists may experience traffic delays in those areas.
Please allow for extra drive time.

Evening News Briefing

Dr. Marty Moore, Batavia’s new City Manager, continues to meet and greet his co-workers and constituents.
Moore is now in his fourth day on the job, a day that included a stop at WBTA:

Moore will attend his first City Council meeting this Monday night.

 

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is planning a public tribute to K-9 Destro. The highly trained police dog died earlier this month from cancer.
Destro’s handler, Deputy Chris Erion, appeared on Main and Center this morning and talked about his K-9 partner:

 

PHOTO: Deputy Christopher Erion and K-9 Destro

The tribute to Destro will be held next Wednesday, October 24th from 3 until 7 at the Sheriff’s Office on Park Road. Meanwhile, a GoFundMe account has been established to raise money to purchase and train a new K-9. Donations can be made payable and mailed directly to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Fund, 165 Park Rd., Batavia, NY 14020.

A new Quinnipiac poll gives Andrew Cuomo a 23-point edge in the New York governor’s race. The two-term Democratic incumbent tops his GOP challenger, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, 58 to 35-percent among likely voters.

A former adviser to President Trump is coming to Western New York next week. Steve Bannon will be holding a campaign rally in Elma Congressman Chris Collins.
A recent poll shows Collins has a slim lead over his challenger Nate McMurray.

With Josh Allen sidelined due to an elbow injury, the Buffalo Bills are making another change at quarterback. Coach Sean McDermott announced yesterday veteran Derek Anderson will get the start against the Indianapolis Colts instead of Nathan Peterman.

The LeRoy H S Knights continue their varsity football season in a rate Thursday night game tonight. LeRoy hosts Wellsville at 6:30 this evening. Live coverage with our Scott Ripley on WBTAi2.

Kids Halloween Parade Returns to Batavia

 

Organizers of the Halloween Parade pose outside of Batavia’s Orginal Pizzeria to promote the return of the event in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Batavia

 

Batavia’s Original Pizzeria and the Kiwanis Club of Batavia announce they have partnered together to bring back the Kid’s Halloween Parade.

The parade is going to be held on Sunday, October 28th, starting at 1pm. The lineup will begin in front of Dan’s Tire & Auto, kids should arrive a little early to get their place in line. The parade route will end at Batavia’s Original parking lot where there will be a variety of games and snacks for kids, live music, and prizes given for the best costumes.

Organizers said the Kiwanis Club and Batavia’s Original are thrilled to bring back this free family friendly event to the community. The event is going to take place rain or shine so please dress appropriately. Call 343-3303 for additional details or questions.

Parade Route:
Starting in front of Dan’s Tire & Auto the kids will go straight until they reach Washington Ave, where they will take a right. The parade route will follow along Washington Ave and then take a left onto Ross St and a quick right onto East Ave. From East Ave the kids will take a right onto Vine St, then a left onto Chase Pk, followed by a right onto Elm St. The route crosses Main St and takes a left into the Batavia’s Original parking lot.

Genesee County Sheriff’s Office Holds Tribute for K-9 “Destro”

Vic Marchese / Main Street Pizza making a $4,000 donation to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office K-9 fund

Press Release:

A tribute to honor Genesee County Sheriff’s Office K-9 “Destro”, who passed away last week after a very short battle with cancer, will be held next Wednesday, October 24, 3:00pm-7:00pm at the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, 165 Park Road, Batavia. The public is welcome to stop by and enjoy refreshments while viewing a slideshow of Destro’s accomplishments. His handler, Deputy Erion, will also be in attendance.

The K-9 program is a valuable asset to the Sheriff’s Office and surrounding law enforcement agencies. The K-9 team is used for search and suspect apprehension, locating missing persons including missing children and Alzheimer patients, contraband and drug searches, tactical tracking, evidence recovery, building searches, patrol, and public presentations.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has been able to maintain a K-9 team for the past 16 years with support and donations from the public along with county funding. Public support and donations are vital to the continuation of this worthwhile program and are used to help offset the cost of food, veterinary services, training, equipment, and other K-9 related expenses. Deputy Erion will continue to be the K-9 officer and has begun the search for a new K-9. The cost for a police dog ranges between $7,500 – $10,000 and a 15-week K-9 training course costs approximately $5,000.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is respectfully requesting your help to raise funds to continue this program, a critical service to the community. Donations can be made payable to, and mailed to: Genesee County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Fund; 165 Park Road, Batavia, New York 14020. A GoFundMe page has also been created, and the link is available from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

Please consider making a donation to the K-9 Fund; your support is greatly appreciated.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Soccer

Press Release:

The No. 3 Genesee Community College men’s soccer team recorded its second-consecutive shutout win over host Onondaga Community College 4-0 Oct. 16.

Rodrigo Albuquerque led the team with a pair of goals and increased his nation-leading point total at the Division III level.

Anthony Harman also scored with the other Cougar goal scored by the opposititon.

Leo Anthony and Ed Port registered assists in the victory, while Adrian Bergman and Matthies Meyer split the shutout with each playing a half.

Genesee completes its regular season with its next home game Oct. 20 against visiting Broome with a 3 p.m. start.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Same old story for Kaitlyn Rae at Batavia Downs

Kaitlyn Rae (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Winning never gets old and seemingly neither does the 9-year-old Kaitlyn Rae; who just keeps on winning. Wednesday evening (Oct. 17) at Batavia Downs she scored her third consecutive victory in the $9,900 fillies and mares Open Handicap pace following the same formula from the last two weeks.

Kaitlyn Rae (Ray Fisher Jr.) got the lead past the eighth pole and set the pace from there out. After getting to the half in :57.1, post time favorite Roll With Faith (Kevin Cummings) rolled up on the outside to challenge for the lead. The two hooked up for the remainder of the mile, hitting the three-quarters in 1:25.3 before turning for home to decide the winner. Although Roll With Faith paced all the way to the wire, Kaitlyn Rae never gave up the lead she held and won by a length in 1:55.1.

It was the 12th win of 2018 for Kaitlyn Rae ($8.40) who now has $61,175 made this year. Riley Asher-Stalbaum both owns and trains the winner.

In the $8,800 fillies and mares Open II, Machin Marley (Kevin Cummings) led every step of the way en route to her seventh win of the year, timed in 1:57. Thatsideofthefence LLC co-owns the winner with trainer John Mungillo.

When racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday afternoon (Oct. 19), there will be a carryover of $703 and a guaranteed $2,000 pool in the early Pick-5 wager. It will also be part of the USTA Strategic Wagering program with free program pages available on the USTA website under the “Handicapping” tab. Please note that post time for Friday is early at 4:45 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Batavia woman facing a litany of felony counts following arrest in Alexander.
The female counterpart accused of stealing property in a string of thefts from vehicles in Alexander is now facing a litany of felony and misdemeanor counts for attempting to falsify documents after being taken to Genesee County lock up.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, as 26 year old Haley Merrill of East Main Street in the Batavia entered the Genesee County Jail last weekend she allegedly provided false information and a false identity on written statements and records.
Haley and her counterpart, 33 year old Mitchell Merrill were arrested in Alexander on Saturday for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property with items apparently taken from vehicles around the village.
Haley added 10 felony counts of Forgery and 10 counts of Offering a False Instrument for filing along with 10 misdemeanor counts of Criminal Impersonation and was remanded back to jail without bail.

A squirrel scurrying along a high voltage utility line apparently triggered a power failure in Batavia affecting more than 5,000 customers of National Grid.
The outage occurred just before one yesterday afternoon.
Batavia city firemen were called to put out a transformer fire on a utility pole near city hall.
At about the same time, a high voltage line came down on Evans Street causing a further outage.
National Grid reported more than 5,300 customers were without power in spots across Batavia and south into the Town Alexander.
Full service was restored by 3 o’clock and the squirrel paid the ultimate price for his antics.

Troopers in Batavia bust a man in Bergen with a half pound of pot.
State Police made a stopped 48 year old Mark Spath of Rochester on Route 19 in Bergen for no seat belt.
While Troopers were speaking to him they detected the odor of marihuana emanating from the vehicle.
Spath was taken into custody after officers searched the vehicle and found approximately 7.76 ounces of marihuana.
Spath was charged with Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the 4th degree, no seat belt, and uninspected motor vehicle.
After being transported to the State Police barracks in Batavia he was issued an appearance ticket for the town of Bergen Court for a later date.

State Police warn public of phone scam in Western New York.
Troop A in Batavia is alerting residents that State Police have received reports that an individual is contacting the people across the Western New York region, identifying themselves as the New York State Police and requesting personal information such as social security numbers.
The caller ID appears to be from a State Police station, although the calls are not originating from there.
Troopers say they would never ask for this information over the phone and are investigating the matter.

With Josh Allen sidelined due to an elbow injury, the Buffalo Bills are making another change at quarterback.
Coach Sean McDermott announced yesterday veteran Derek Anderson will get the start against the Indianapolis Colts instead of Nathan Peterman.
Anderson was signed earlier this month to serve as Allen’s mentor.
Anderson has started games for the Panthers, Browns and Cardinals and has a 20 and 27 record.

Power Outage Blamed on Squirrel

A squirrel scurrying along a high voltage utility line near city hall apparently triggered a power failure in Batavia affecting more than 5,000 customers of National Grid.
The outage occurred at 12:55p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
Batavia city firemen were called to put out a transformer fire on a utility pole near city hall. At about the same time, a high voltage line came down on Evans Street causing a further outage.
At the peak of the outage National Grid reported more than 5,300 customers were without electric service in various parts of the city and town of Batavia and south to the town of Alexander.
Traffic signals were inoperative at several intersections.
Full service was restored by 3 p.m.  The squirrel paid the ultimate price for his antics.

Dr. Landfried Jerome Foundation Humanitarian of the Year

Dr. Matthew Landfried

News Release

The Jerome Foundation is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2018 Health and Humanitarian Award is Dr. Matthew Landfried.

Dr. Landfried is currently the Medical Director of Surgical Services and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at UMMC as well as serving on multiple committees at UMMC and its partner Rochester Regional Health. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and D’Youville College and mentors Physician Assistant students, medical students and residents.
Professionally, Dr. Landfried is well respected in his field and has been published in multiple medical journals. Among other professional honors, Dr. Landfried has been named a “Top Doctor” by US News.

As a member of the Trauma and Critical Care response team of National Disaster Medical System of the US Department of Health & Human Services, he has volunteered in Haiti, Texas, and other disaster sites supporting the critical medical needs of the communities struck by disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes. He assisted at an orphanage in Haiti and remains in contact with them and provides financial help as well.

Dr. Landfried is the medical lead for several area sports programs including Batavia and Notre Dame high schools, as well as assisting with various sports medicine needs at GCC. You see him on the sidelines at many youth sporting events where he donates his time and often medical assistance outside the office to student athletes in need. He and his wife Kerry have opened their home to many Muckdog baseball players as well as exchange students.

Batavia has its own version of the Blindside movie, played by Dr. Matt Landfried and his wife Kerry. They brought into their home a high school football player who experienced a very troubled homelife. With the Landfried’s caring support and encouragement, the young man graduated from Batavia High School and completed a successful undergraduate and graduate college program and is now an educational professional in Boston.

His compassion is demonstrated in a variety of ways that are often outside of medical care. He has gone to Nursing Homes or made a home visit to talk with family members about a loved-one’s condition or to assist in special treatment. There was a time when a patient with multiple complications needed to be transferred to a Rochester hospital. Because of the complexity of the case, there were many instructions that had to be relayed and special care provided during the transfer. In order to make sure things were done appropriately, Dr. Landfried rode in the ambulance to assure the proper care was provided and treatment would be continued suitably.

Throughout their 28 years in our community, Dr. and Mrs. Landfried have financially supported too many causes to mention. Our community is infinitely enriched by the presence of Dr. Matthew Landfried and The Jerome Foundation is pleased to honor him with the 2018 Health and Humanitarian Award.

Dr. Landfried will be honored by The Jerome Foundation at a luncheon on Friday, November 30, at noon at Terry Hills Restaurant. The cost of the event is $20 a person. Reservations are now being accepted by mailing a check to The Jerome Foundation, PO Box 249, Batavia, New York 14021, by emailing , or  visit this website. For questions or reservations, please call Chris Fix at 585-356-3419.

UPDATE: Power Restored

Power has been restored this afternoon to all local customers of National Grid.

At its peak, the outage affected some 5,500 National Grid customers.  The outage began at 12:55 p.m. when a high voltage line was reported down on Evans Street in the city. At nearly the same time, a transformer exploded and caught fire nears Dan’s Tire at the City Centre Mall.

It’s not clear if the two incidents are even related.

The outage impacted a wide area of the city of Batavia and areas to the west and south, although there was no defined perimeter to the outage.

UPDATE: Power Failure

(Updated: 2:00 p.m.)

A power failure has affected about 5300 customers of National Grid in Batavia and surrounding communities.
The outage began at 12:55 p.m. when a high voltage line was reported down on Evans Street in the city. At nearly the same time, a transformer exploded and caught fire nears Dan’s Tire at the City Centre Mall.
It’s not clear if the two incidents are related or which one occurred first.
The outage has affected traffic signals in several locations around the city.
Police say if you approach a traffic signal that is not functioning, the intersection must be treated as a four way stop.
National Grid is updating the situation every 15 minutes.
The outage is affecting a wide areas of the city of Batavia and areas to the west and south, although there is no defined perimeter to the outage.

Byron-Bergen Class of 2018 Achieves 100% Graduation Rate

Class of 2018 Graduation (Photo Credit: Chris Klem)

Press Release:

The Byron-Bergen Senior High School class of 2018 achieved a 100% four-year graduation rate. The 2018 graduating class earned thirty-six Regents Diplomas with Advanced Designation, thirty-seven Regents Diplomas without Advanced Designations, and five Local Diplomas.

“This is a commendable accomplishment,” said District Data Coordinator Sue Riggi. “I work with numbers all day and 100% is not a statistic I often see.”

This statistic encompasses all students enrolled in the High School from their Freshmen year, as well as all students who transferred to the school any time before graduation. Students who transferred to another school district or an alternative placement within the district, such as BOCES, are not included in the statistic.

“We are very proud of this achievement,” said High School Principal Pat McGee. “It is a rare accomplishment for a school of this size and really highlights the dedication of our students, faculty, and staff.”

In the 2017 graduation year, no schools in Genesee County achieved a 100% graduation rate. Over the previous ten years, Byron-Bergen Senior High School has had an average of graduation rate over 90%. The district-wide graduation rate for the 2018 graduation year, including alternative placement and homeschooled students, is 98.8%. The results will appear on the New York State 2019-2020 Report Card that will be published spring of 2020.

GCC: What was that sound?

Press Release:

The days are getting shorter and the nights longer. The wind seems to howl as it blows autumn gusts instead of summer breezes. And Halloween decorations are all around us. Together, these facets of the changing seasons conjure questions about paranormal phenomenon and haunted tales. To satisfy that mysterious itch and twitch, the BEST Center (Business and Employee Skills Training) at Genesee Community College has opened registration to “A Course in the Paranormal,” the first of its kind.

This course will take place over a series of four Monday night sessions each exploring different phenomena. Routed in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, folklore, history, architecture, occultism, philosophy and parapsychology, this course opens the mind to the unexplainable. “A Course in the Paranormal” culminates with a look at the local patterns and spooky stories around Western New York.

The cost for the course is $129 per student and the sessions will take place on Mondays, November 12 and 26 and December 3 and 10, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in room T119 of the Conable Technology Building on GCC’s Batavia campus. Register by November 5, 2018 at https://www.genesee.edu/best/.

“A Course in the Paranormal” will be taught by Mason Winfield, a researcher and supernatural historian who studied English and Classics at Denison University, earned a Master’s degree in British literature at Boston College, and studied poetry and fiction at SUNY Buffalo. He has written/edited 12 books, including the regional sensation, Shadows of the Western Door and Iroquois Supernatural. He is a veteran of many TV, radio, and venue appearances including the Lily Dale Assembly, NBC’s Today Show and Legend Hunters. He is the founder of Haunted History Ghost Walks, Inc. which offers tours, lectures and events based on history, architecture, folklore and parapsychology.

Additional course details are available at https://www.genesee.edu/cms/best/development/career-and-personal-enrichment-courses/a-course-in-the-paranormal/. Advance registration is necessary and limited seats are available. For further information contact The BEST Center by calling 585-345-6868 or emailing bestcenter@genesee.edu for more information.

Elba Central Names Ned Dale as Superintendent

Press Release:

Elba, New York, October 17, 2018 – The Elba Central School District’s Board of Education has selected Ned Dale as the district’s next Superintendent with a starting date of November 26.

“It is truly an honor to be selected as the next Superintendent of the Elba Central School District. I look forward to working with the students, community and staff to ensure that we are providing the best opportunities possible. Collaboration and communication will be my primary goals as I learn more about this incredible community,” Dale said. “I am grateful to the leadership and commitment that Mr. Keith Palmer has provided the district during his tenure and I hope to continue the progress that the district has made to date.”

“The Board of Education would like to thank the two other finalists for their interest shown in this position. This was an extremely difficult decision as all three are highly qualified individuals. We truly value the input received from the various stakeholder groups, including faculty, staff, and community members who met with the candidates to help us make a final decision,” said Mr. Michael Augello, Elba Central School District’s Board President. “The board is confident that Mr. Dale will lead our district through the issues we face in our region. With his leadership, we will work together to deliver the best education possible for our students.”

Dale currently serves as the Principal of Cosgrove Middle School, Spencerport Central Schools, a position he has held since 2007. Dale began his career in education in 2000 as a school counselor/teacher leader at Spencerport High School. He continued his career at Spencerport Central Schools serving as the Assistant Principal of Cosgrove Middle School.

During his career at Spencerport Central Schools, Dale has supported the development of a rich curriculum and aligned assessments, and also developed three tiers of Response to Intervention in English Language Arts and Math in collaboration with other administrators and stakeholders.

Through his leadership, Cosgrove Middle School was designated as a School to Watch based upon the collaboration of the New York State Education Department, New York State Middle School Association and National Forum to Accelerate Middle Level Reform. As President of the Spencerport Administrators and Supervisors Association, Dale has successfully negotiated three 3-year contracts for the entire association.

He also established an approved APPR plan for principals that was accepted by the New York State Education Department.

Dale earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from St. John Fisher College, and a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Development from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester.

He completed the New York State Superintendent Development Program at SUNY Oswego and holds permanent certifications in School Counseling, and as a School District Administrator.

Dale replaces Keith Palmer who recently announced his plans to retire.

Kevin MacDonald, District Superintendent of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, acted as the search consultant and noted that the search process was a true collaboration between the Board of Education, district staff and the community.

GCC Athletics Update: Volleyball

Press Release:

Cougar Volleyball Team Ends Regular Season with Sweep

The Genesee Community College volleyball team swept host Niagara County Community College 3-0 in Sanborn, Oct. 16.

The win gives Genesee a 14-7 overall National Junior College Athletic Association record as the team prepares for this weekend’s Western New York Athletic Conference Tournament in Jamestown.

Upcoming nationally-ranked Jamestown is the only team in the WNYAC with a better record than Genesee, as the Cougars ended the season by winning nine of its last 11.

Of the last nine wins, all have come by winning three consecutive sets. Eight were sweeps with the other being an impressive rally of three-straight set wins after trailing 0-2.

Against the Thunderwolves, three Cougars were in the top-two in two categories by either leading the team in various categories or finishing second in helping Genesee win in consecutive sets, 25-22, 25-20 and 25-20.

Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto led the team in kills with 10, and finished second in aces with two. Lyndsey Rowland had a team-high four blocks (one solo) and seven kills, while Grace Zandrowicz was second in blocks with three and second in digs with 11.

Audriana Reeves led the team in digs with 12, while Katherine Alsworth had a team-high three aces on the night.
WNYAC playoff tournament action begins Oct. 20 at Jamestown.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Morning News Briefing

Rep. Chris Collins

The race to the 27th Congressional District seat is a tight one according to a new independent poll.
The Spectrum News-Siena Research Institute survey puts Republican Congressman Chris Collins only 3 points over Democrat Nate McMurray with a 46 to 43 percent lead.
That small of a difference lands within the poll’s margin of error which puts the race at a near dead heat.
The District race has become unexpectedly close following the indictment of incumbent Collins on insider trading charges in August.
According to The Buffalo News contributions to Collins campaign have also drastically dropped since his arrest.

Batavia Downs shows interest in K-Mart site after announcement of impending closure.
Following the news that another Big-Box store in Batavia was shutting its doors, the neighboring business has identified the K-Mart location as a possible property to pick up down the road.
Director of marketing for Batavia Downs Ryan Hasenauer, said in a statement yesterday morning that, while they do not currently have any timeline information on the store’s closing, they would not rule out an interest in this or any adjacent property to Batavia Downs if it were to become available.
Hasenauer went on to say that regardless of what happens with the property, the Downs will reach out to Kmart management with some job placement opportunities for the laid off Kmart employees.
President of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Tom Turnbull told our news partner The Batavian It makes a lot of sense for them to have that property and that it would be good for everybody.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

BID director Beth Kemp has resigned.
Executive director of the Batavia Improvement District Beth Kemp, has decided she needs to focus more of her time and attention at T-Shirts, Etc the business she co-owns with her husband Brian and has stepped down from her position.
Kemp said her growing business is demanding more of her time and it was an extremely hard decision for her to make.
Kemp has given notice to the board but she didn’t share her final work day.

Grim discovery on a farm in Sodus may be remains of a missing toddler.
The Wayne County Sheriff says bones found on a Sodus farm are believed to be those of 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon.
Investigators say the remains were found close to where his mother Selena Hidalgo-Calderon’s body was discovered in May.
The child was the subject of a lengthy missing persons’ investigation after his mother was allegedly killed and buried by her boyfriend Everardo Donoteo-Reyes an illegal immigrant from Mexico.
The bones have been sent to a lab to confirm they belong to Owen.
That could take up to three months.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen has been ruled out for this week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.
According to NFL dot com, Allen suffered an elbow sprain during Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans.
Bills head coach Sean McDermott wouldn’t reveal how many games Allen could miss, only saying he’s week to week.
There’s no word on who could start in Allen’s place.

The Batavia City Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants today south of Main Street and east of Jackson Street from approximately 9 am to 3 pm.
The Department will continue flushing fire hydrants on tomorrow north of Main Street and east of Bank Street.

Evening News Briefing

The race between incumbent Congressman Chris Collins and his Democratic challenger Nate McMurray is a statistical dead heat.
A Sienna College poll gives Collins a mere 3-percentage point lead over McMurray for the 27 Congressional District.
The lead is within the margin of error making the race – at this point – dead even.
The Buffalo News has also recently reported that contributions to Collins campaign have fallen dramatically since his arrest on federal insider trading charges.

A Batavia man has been arrested for allegedly attacking an Emergency Medical Technician who went to his aid. 45 year old Carlos Guevara of Highland Parkway was found unresponsive and lying on a sidewalk along Hutchins St. Police said EMT’s were called, Guevara regained consciousness and then became combative with the EMT trying to help him.

Local lawmen will participate in Statewide STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Batavia and the Village of LeRoy Police Departments are part of a statewide crackdown that starts on October 26th and will end on November 1st.

Road milling and paving operations continue on Clinton Street between East Main Street and the City line starting tomorrow and continuing over the next week or two..
The Batavia City Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants tomorrow south of Main Street and east of Jackson Street from approximately 9 am to 3 pm.

Wegman’s has issued a recall involving hummus.
The supermarket chain – that does not have a store in Genesee County but manay customers – says eight and 32 ounce containers of its “Wegmans When You Feel Good About Original Hummus” may have pieces of black plastic inside.
They can be returned for a full refund

Genesee County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown

Press Release:

Genesee County STOP-DWI Coordinator Matt Landers announced today that the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Batavia Police Department and the Village of LeRoy Police Department will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.

Halloween is meant to be scary, but not when it comes to driving. When it comes to drunk driving Halloween can turn the roads into a horror fest. While we spend time trick or treating and hosting parties with our loved ones, law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on October 26th and will end on November 1st. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem.

The STOP-DWI Halloween Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI NY and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Throughout the remainder of the year the Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign will also target Thanksgiving and the national Holiday Season in December.

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.

You can help to make a difference by Having a Sober Plan! Download our mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning. Have a safe and happy Halloween Weekend!

Morning News Briefing

K-Mart’s Lewiston Road location in Batavia has announced it is closing.
As part of the company’s latest Bankruptcy filing the store site was added to the list of 142 other Sears and Kmart locations slated for closure.
Kmart Stores have faced increasing financial trouble in recent years however the local Kmart seemed to avoid the inevitable closure, until the recent announcement.
President of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Tom Turnbull…

Just under 100 full and part-time workers are employed at the local store according to Chamber estimates.
K-Mart says a liquidation sale is expected to begin at the Batavia location in about two weeks.
Today’s announcement leaves only 700 Sears and Kmart stores in operation across the country.

The ATF is offering a five-thousand dollar reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of David Clyde Morgan.
He was pulled over for a traffic stop back in July when he threatened an officer with a gun and ran off.
Crews have searched the area where he was last seen, but haven’t found any clues on his whereabouts.
The ATF says anyone with information on this case can share tips either by calling their hotline or sending an email.

Batavia resident arrested for attacking an EMT.
45 year old Carlos Guevara of Highland Parkway in the city was arrested and charged with Attempted Assault in the third degree following an incident earlier this month at a Hutchins Street address.
Guevara was reportedly found lying on the sidewalk unresponsive when EMT’s were called to respond for medical assistance.
Guevara allegedly became combative and began attacking on the EMT’s who was rendering aid to him before being taken into custody.
He is expected to appear in Batavia City Court on October 23rd.

A number of projects pickup in the City this week.
Beginning today pavement markings will be installed for the New York State DOT on State highways in the Batavia area.
All motorist should expect delays along State Routes 5, 33, 63 and 98 in the City.
That project is expected to be completed within two weeks.
Road milling and paving operations will begin on Clinton Street between East Main Street and the City line starting Wednesday and continuing over the next week or two.
Lastly The City Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants today and tomorrow south of Main Street and east of Jackson Street from approximately 9 am to 3 pm.

The Buffalo Bills say rookie quarterback Josh Allen is week-to-week after suffering an elbow injury.
Allen was hurt Sunday during his team’s 20 to 13 loss to the Houston Texans.
Coach Sean McDermott wouldn’t say if Allen will be able to play this weekend against the Indianapolis Colts.
It’s not clear if former starter Nathan Peterman or recently signed backup Derek Anderson would take over in Allen’s absence.

City of Batavia Announces Road Projects

Beginning on Tuesday , October 16th, 2018 Accent Striping will be installing pavement markings for the New York State Department of Transportation on State highways in the Batavia area.
This work is expected to be complete within two weeks and is weather dependent.
All motorists should expect delays while this work is being performed.

Routes within the City of Batavia that are impacted are as follows:
NY 5 – East Main Street
NY 5/33 – East Main Street and Main Street
NY 5/33/63 – West Main Street
NY 5/63 – West Main Street
NY 33/98 – Oak Street Extension
NY 33 – Pearl Street
NY 63 – Ellicott Street
NY 98 Oak Street

TRAVEL ADVISORY: OCTOBER 17 thru OCTOBER 26

Clinton Street/ Rt. 33 – Between East Main Street and the City line (North), will experience
road work to include the milling of the road surface, pavement repairs, traffic signal loops,
pavement markings and signage over the next week to two weeks.

TRAFFIC DELAYS ARE TO BE EXPECTED – PLAN ACCORDINGLY

Traffic will be controlled around operations using flaggers. All motorists should expect delays,
ALL THRU TRAFFIC should seek out alternate routing.

Batavia Kmart to Close

Batavia’s K-mart on Lewiston Road is closing.
The local Kmart is among 142 Sears and Kmart locations listed for closure as part of the latest Bankruptcy filing.
Kmart Stores have been hanging on by a thin financial thread for the past several years but the local Kmart has managed to avoid closure, until now.
Tom Turnbull is President of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber estimated the store employed just under 100 full and part time workers.

The local Kmart is expected to close before the end of the year.
According to the company a liquidation sale is expected to begin at the Batavia location in about two weeks.
Today’s announcement leaves only 700 Sears and Kmart stores in operation across the country.

Online Winterim Courses Prevent “Learning Freeze” During Winter Break!

Press Release:

Genesee Community College has opened registration for 12 ONLINE Winterim classes available between the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters. These courses allow students to accelerate their degree earning progress while ensuring snow and ice doesn’t freeze up their learning process! Winterim is not only perfect for students enrolled at GCC, but for students enrolled in other colleges and universities as well.

Students enrolled at other institutions take Winterim courses and transfer these credits back to their “home” school! In fact, this past year GCC sent official college course transcripts to more than 550 colleges and universities from as far away as Seattle University to Sacramento State, Harvard Extension to Hartwick, Davis to Duke!

“Clearly, students today are educated consumers – as they should be!” said Dr. Craig Lamb, dean of Distributed Learning who oversees GCC’s online program. “They have learned that a history, English or business course offered by GCC provides the same quality education with a much more affordable credit hour rate. Students concerned about college debt keep their eyes open for cost savings that offer comparable experiences. GCC Winterim offers those benefits, while allowing students to lighten their academic load in the spring semester or earn college credits more quickly. It’s a win – win.”

Students looking to retain their New York State Excelsior Scholarship find Winterim courses maintain their credit hour requirements and eligibility, from the comfort of their home! Without venturing outside, students can earn college credits while enjoying their semester break.

GCC’s Winterim session runs from December 10, 2018 through January 9, 2019, with courses that benefit all academic concentrations. General education requirements, such as College Composition (ENG101), Microeconomics (ECO101) or World Civilizations (HIS101) are available. In addition, Introduction to Meteorology (MET101), Business Communications (BUS106) or Hip Hop Culture (MUS107) could help round out a student’s academic electives.

The complete list of courses being offered during Winterim is available online and students are encouraged to sign up quickly as seats are limited.

For more information on Winterim classes, contact Online Learning at (585) 345-6969, or via email at GCCOnline@genesee.edu.

City of Batavia Fire Department: Hydrant flushing

Press Release:

The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, and Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from approximately 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the areas south of Main Street and east of Jackson Street. Homes and businesses will be affected.

These tests may result in temporary discoloration of water in the area.

Please do not attempt to wash any clothing if your water is discolored. If you experience a discoloration of your water, run cold water for about five minutes or until clear.

GCC Athletics Update: Volleyball

Press Release:

Volleyball Team Cements Region Berth with Weekend Wins

The Genesee Community College volleyball team took two of three matches this past weekend for their 12th region win. Of the eight region teams that advance, the three teams beneath Genesee – with 10 wins – will battle for the final two region playoff spots when the regionals begin Oct. 27 in Sanborn.

The Cougars swept two opponents over the weekend with a 3-0 win over Corning and a 3-0 win over host Tompkins Cortland. The team’s only loss was to second-place Broome, 3-1. The Hornets have only lost one region contest this season and although Genesse lost three of the four sets to Broome Saturday, they did score as many points as Broome over those four sets with each team scoring 91.

Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto led the team in three categories against the Hornets including digs (25), kills (10) and aces (three). Kaitlyn VanSkiver and Sha-Ony Obispa each had a team-high five blocks.
In the sweep against the Panthers, Pinto led the team in digs with 11 and aces with eight. Obispa had nine kills with Lyndsey Rowland adding four blocks (three solo).

In the sweep against the Red Barons, Pinto led the team in kills with eight, Rowland in blocks with six and Audriana Reeves in digs with 18. Three Cougars had a pair of aces each from Pinto, Obispa and Katherine Alsworth.

Genesee completes the regular season at Niagara Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. and then will begin the Western New York Athletic Conference playoffs at Jamestown Oct. 20.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s/Women’s Soccer

Press Release:

No. 6 GCC Women’s Soccer Team Records Fourth-Consecutive Shutout

The No. 6 Genesee Community College women’s soccer team recorded its fourth-consecutive shutout with a 10-0 road win at SUNY Adirondack Oct. 14.

During the months of September and October, the Cougars have gone a combined 11-1 with the only loss to the current top-ranked team in the country.

The Cougars have out-scored their opponents 55-4 in those last 11 wins with nine coming by shutout including the last four. Genesee keeper Jaclyn Guzdek has a nation-leading 10 clean sheets on the season to date.

Against the Timberwolves, Leah Czechowski had a team-high five-point outing with the game-winning goal and three helpers.

Diante Scheepers was in on three Cougar goals with a pair of assists and the team’s last goal of the first half to register four points, while Michaela Curletta also had four points from a pair of goals.

Katline Cartwright and Bri Heers each had a goal and an assist for three-point outings.

Miko Yamashita, Julie Kommer, Alexa Jordan and Ryley O’Mara rounded out the goal scorers.

Khiva Huxhold added a pair of helpers, while Madison Hammond also had an assist in the win.

No. 3 GCC Men’s Soccer Team Records Largest Margin Win of the Season

The No. 3 Genesee Community College men’s soccer team recorded a 15-0 shutout road win at Adirondack Oct. 14.

Five Cougars recorded multi-goal performances with Rodrigo Albuquerque leading the way with four goals and a 10-point afternoon.

Two goals came each from Hijiri Sano, Jack Sharman-Dodd, Camilo Pernet Jimenez and Ross White.

Rounding out the goal scoring was Robert Keogh, Matheus Araujo and Ed Port.

Hiago Barros de Souza led the team in assists with three; while a pair each came from Albuquerque, Sharman-Dodd and White.

Single assists went to Pernet Jimenez, Kyle McMillen, James Lighton and Port.

Matthies Meyer and Adrian Bergman split the shutout with each logging 45 minutes in net.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

A F F Bigdaddy goes two straight in Batavia Open

A F F Bigdaddy (Photos courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By TIm Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

A F F Bigdaddy continued to be a hot horse among the top class pacers at Batavia Downs as he won his second straight $11,500 Open Handicap pace on Saturday (Oct. 13).

The race got away in post position order meaning Bugatti (Jim Morrill Jr.) was calling the shots. After reaching the quarter in :28 flat, In Runaway Bay (Kevin Cumming) pulled first-up at the three-eighths and brought A F F Bigdaddy (Denny Bucceri) with him. Now in two rows, positions remained unchanged from the half to the three-quarters with the race proceeding in a timely 1:25.3.

As the pacers were rounding the final turn, Bucceri swung A F F Bigdaddy three-deep at the apex and it was clear the pair meant business. Under a full head of steam, A F F Bigdaddy paced by In Runaway Bay and then Bugatti before opening up a three length lead and hitting the wire a wrapped-up 1:54.1 winner.

It was the fifth win in the last eights starts for A F F Bigdaddy ($10.80) who now has seven for the year along with $41,393 in earnings. Jennifer and Marcus Rogowski own the 5-year-old Sir Luck gelding who is trained by Steve Kiblin,

In the $9,900 Open II Handicap, Cool Like Fire (Billy Davis Jr.) came from off the pace late amidst a four-horse charge down the lane to win his fifth race of the year by a length in a time of 1:54.2. Cool Like Fire ($14.20) is owned by WIlliam Emmons and is trained by Jim Clouser Jr.

Four drivers scored doubles on Saturday night. Drew Monti, Jim Morrill Jr., Billy Davis Jr. and Denny Bucceri all got a pair across during the proceedings.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon with post time set for 5 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Multiple Larcenies in Alexander land Batavians in lock up.
A pair of Batavia residents have landed behind bars after being arrested for numerous vehicle thefts in Alexander.
Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Village early morning Saturday after receiving report of a vehicle larceny.
Lawmen located two individuals walking north up Main Street and identified the pair as 33 year old Mitchell Merrill and 26 year old Haley Merrill both of East Main Street Batavia.
The two were allegedly in possession of numerous credit cards and other property reported stolen in other vehicle larcenies around the Village.
Both were taken into custody and charged with multiple counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property.
Mitchell was jailed without bail and Haley is being held in lieu of 5-thousand dollars with both slated to appear tomorrow in Alexander Town Court.

Man found dead on the roof of the Albion Walmart.
A 50 year old Irondequoit man was found deceased on the roof of Walmart Friday afternoon according to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office.
911 Dispatchers managed to trace the man’s cell phone to the Super Walmart while working with Deputies and the Irondequoit Police after he then man had not returned to his home Thursday after work.
The man was apparently a contractor that had climbed onto the roof at about noon on Thursday to check for leaks according to investigators.
There is no evidence of foul play at this time and lawmen have yet to identify the victim.

Health officials say a serious respiratory virus is spreading across New York.
Nearly 40 children statewide have already been diagnosed with enterovirus EV-D68, including in the Western New York area.
General symptoms include runny nose, coughing, and achiness, with more serious symptoms including wheezing and difficulty breathing.
In rare instances, the virus can cause acute flaccid myelitis, a serious condition that causes weakness in the arms and legs or even paralysis.

New York Governor Cuomo is ordering the State Police and the FBI to investigate Friday night’s Upper East Side melee between the right wing group Proud Boys and left wing protesters.
Cuomo says the inspiration for violence comes from the White House.

Video shows Proud Boys members beating on the protesters after their founder Gavin McInnes spoke at the Metropolitan Club.
Three protesters were arrested enraging witnesses and some officials.
The NYPD says they’re searching for more persons of interest.

The Buffalo Bills are now 2-and-4 on the season after a disappointing 20-to-13 loss to the Houston Texans Sunday.
Buffalo’s offense failed to find a rhythm until the fourth quarter.
After starting quarterback Josh Allen left the game with an elbow injury, backup quarterback Nathan Peterman led the Bills to a go-ahead touchdown to make the score 13-to-10.
Houston tied the game with a field goal. Buffalo got the ball back with less than two minutes left in the game, but Peterman threw an interception which Houston returned for the game-winning touchdown.
Peterman hasn’t performed well in limited duty this season, but he could get more playing time next week.
After the game, Bills coach Sean McDermott said team doctors were still evaluating Josh Allen’s elbow injury.

Weekend News Briefing

Man found dead by deputies on the roof of Walmart in Albion.
The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office along with the Orleans County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death of a 50 year old Irondequoit man.
Undersheriff Christopher Bourke reports that shortly before 1pm Friday, the Sheriff’s Office was asked to assist Irondequoit Police in locating a man that had not returned to his residence after work Thursday.
Sheriff’s Deputies, along with 911 Dispatchers, were able to trace the man’s cell phone to the area of the Super Walmart on State Route 31 in Albion.
The man was found deceased on the roof of Walmart.
Further investigation revealed that he was a contractor that had climbed onto the roof at about noon on Thursday to check for leaks.
There is no evidence of foul play at this time and lawmen have yet to identify the victim.

Plea deal reached for former Sheriff’s Deputy in Wyoming County murder case.
60 year old Joseph Mlyniec of Perry pleaded guilty to second degree Murder with a promised sentenced of 15 years to life in prison.
Mlyniec admitted to intentionally shooting and killing Robert Irvine, III in the driveway of his home in Perry on March 7th.
It was alleged Mlyniec’s motivation to murder was to prevent accusations of sexual abuse of minors from coming to light.
In the plea agreement Mlyniec agreed to waive his right to appeal.
He is scheduled for sentencing on November 14th.

Health Department looking for dog that bit a bike rider.
Last Friday a bicyclist was bitten by a dog approximately one block from Denny’s Restaurant heading east on Main Street in Batavia.
The assumed owner of the dog is described as a white female, between the ages of 50-60, with medium length dark hair.
The medium build, knee-high dog is described as having black short fur with white on its legs and chest, and brown markings throughout.
Health Department Officials want to locate the owner of the dog to make sure the dog is up-to-date on its anti-rabies vaccine so the individual can avoid unnecessary treatment.
Anyone with information on the dog or dog owner is encouraged to contact the Genesee County Health Department at 344-2580 ext. 5555.

It’s the last weekend for Track and Playground before renovations begin.
Sunday is the last day the track at the Daniel A. Van Detta Stadium at Woodward Field will be open to the public before the City School District’s year-long re-construction project begins.
Likewise, the current playground across the street from the stadium adjacent to the Robert Morris Building also will be closed after October 14.
The playground will be relocated to a different area of the Robert Morris grounds and reopen in the spring.
Improvements to Jackson are slated to begin in February of next year, and the High School projects are scheduled to start in May.

Morning News Briefing

Rep. Chris Collins

There’s a new development in the legal case against Congressman Chris Collins.
A federal judge in Manhattan has announced Collins will go on trial in February 2020.
Collins was arrested in August on charges of insider trading and lying to the FBI … allegations he’s denied.
Collins represents Genesee County and much of Western New York in the House of Representatives.
He’s up for re-election in November, and is being challenged by Democrat Nate McMurray.

A former Wyoming County lawman has pleaded guilty to murder.
61 year old Joseph Mlyniec admitted that he shot and killed Robert Irvine of Perry last March.
Mlyniec had been scheduled to go on trial later this month.
He was accused of shooting Irvine to stop him from pursuing sexual abuse allegations against him.
Prosecutors said Mlyniec used his position with the sheriff’s office to do favors for young men in trouble in return for sex.

The Batavia City School District asking for help with the school budget process.
The School Board is looking for Budget Ambassadors, and those that don’t have experience with the budget process will be welcome.
Ambassadors will need to attend three budget sessions in February.
If interested, contact the office of Batavia City School superintendent Christopher Dailey.

The Buffalo Bills are hitting the road looking to win their second straight game. They’ll be taking on the Houston Texans this weekend.
Buffalo won a nail-biter at New Era Field last weekend against the Tennessee Titans, while the Texans are coming off a victory against the Dallas Cowboys.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.Sunday afternoon.

This is the last week of the regular season for local high school football.
On Saturday, the undefeated Batavia Blue Devils travel to Bath to take on Haverling.
Coverage on WBTA begins at 1:20 Saturday afternoon.

Tonight’s broadcast games at 7:30 p.m.:
Pembroke hosts York/Pavilion, that game on WBTA AM and FM and WBTAi.dot,
On WBTAi2: LeRoy hosts Wayland Cohocton

Morning News Briefing

An Oakfield man has been named in a multiple count grand jury indictment accusing him of repeatedly raping a girl under the age of 13.
40 year old John Grabowski of Fisher Road, Oakfield, was originally arrested back in July but has now been accused of predatory sexual assault against a child and first degree rape.
The indictment accuses Grabowski of raping the child on several occasions over the past for the past two years.

A Livingston County assemblyman is the latest state lawmaker to run into legal trouble.
Federal officials say Joseph Errigo accepted bribes and introduced a bill to try and influence a development project.
The legislation reducing a local government’s control over certain projects never came up for a vote.
Errigo was arraigned yesterday and released.
His lawyer says he’s planning to look into whether the 80-year-old was in good mental and physical health when the alleged crimes happened.

The son of Prestige Limousine’s owner is out on bail after pleading not guilty to criminally negligent homicide. State Police arrested 28-year-old Nauman Hussain yesterday during a traffic stop. Investigators say Hussain knew the limo involved in the crash shouldn’t have been on the road since it recently failed an inspection. Troopers also say Hussain knew limo driver Scott Lisinicchia didn’t have the proper license to be behind the wheel.

Money has been pouring in to support the families of the 20 people killed in the Schoharie crash. GoFundMe pages for the victims have raised more than $565,000 in recent days.
Most of the money is being used to cover funeral and other expenses.

Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott is keeping quiet about rumors the team may be looking to trade running back LeSean McCoy. Yesterday, McDermott said the Bills get constant calls from other teams about dealing for the former Pro Bowler, but wouldn’t say much else.

 

Dr. Martin Moore

Batavia City Hall is holding a meet and greet with new City Manager Marty Moore.
Moore will be available to meet the public from 4:30 until 7 on Wednesday, October 17th – just two days after he first arrives on the job.
The reception will be held in the city council board room at city hall.

Morning News Briefing

Dr. Martin Moore

Matt Worth

Batavia’s new city manager, Dr. Martin Moore, should be on the job this Monday. Moore arrives here from New Mexico.
The city has been without a full time manager since January and has paid certain department heads an extra stipend to take on added duties.
Interim Manager and DPW director Matt Worth was getting an extra $1,000 a month.
Now the city council has approved the extra pay through the end of the year.
Only Ward Six Councilwoman Rose Mary Christian objected.
Worth and three other middle managers will continue to get the extra to help Moore get up and running in his new job.

The SUNY Board of Trustees has approved anti-harassment rules for all 64 of its campuses statewide.
Previously, schools were responsible for creating and enforcing their own policies.
The new regulations prohibit sexual relationships between students and professors, and set disclosure guidelines for relationships involving staff members.

Flags across New York State are being flown at half-staff beginning tomorrow to honor the victims of the limousine crash in Schoharie.
The flags will remain lowered until all the victims are buried.

We’re learning more about the limousine involved in Saturday’s crash. The Times Union says the company that owns the vehicle, Prestige Limo, posted it for sale on Craigslist days before the tragedy.
The 2001 Ford Excursion was described as having 180-thousand miles on it and being D-O-T ready. Investigators said earlier this week the limo failed recent safety inspections. The company’s lawyer is disputing that claim.

Starting next year, catching a direct flight from Rochester to Boston is going to be easier.
JetBlue will be offering direct service to Beantown in January.
Departing flights will leave around 10 a.m. and return flights will leave Boston at 2:30 p.m. No ticket prices have been announced. Right now, only one airline offers non-stop service from Rochester to Boston.

Batavia Concert Band Needs Equipment Hauler

The Batavia Concert Band is currently in need of a Cartage/Equipment Coordinator for the 2019 Summer Concert season. Responsibilities include transporting all concert equipment (percussion, sound, podium etc) to and from rehearsal and concert locations (Genesee Community College and Centennial Park). A van or truck is necessary, and preference will be given to those applicants that the ability to pull a trailer. Compensation is $450.00 for the season plus mileage. Please call or text Jason Smith at (585) 590-0743 for more information.

Morning News Briefing

The indictment of Republican Congressman Chris Collins has provided a financial boost to Nate McMurray’s campaign.
According to a new report, the Democrat brought in 475-thousand dollars between July and the end of September.
Most of the cash was donated after Collins was arrested on federal insider trading charges in August.
The Buffalo News reports that as of June 30th, Collins had more than a million dollars in his campaign’s bank account.

Marc Molinaro, the Republican candidate for governor is reportedly running out of money.
The New York Post reports Andrew Cuomo’s opponent has slightly more than 200-thousand dollars in his war chest.
Cuomo reportedly has more than nine million dollars in campaign funds.
At this time four years ago, former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino had a million dollars in the bank when he ran against Cuomo.

A tipped tanker ties up traffic on Route 33.
A gasoline tank truck flipped on its side when it swerved to avoid a collision on Pearl Street and Wortendyke Roads yesterday afternoon.
One person was taken to UMMC for treatment of minor injuries.
The hazmat team was called for clean up some spilled fuel.
Route 33 re-opened later in the day.

New details have been released about a deadly limousine crash that left 20 people dead.
Governor Cuomo reveals the limo driver did not have the proper license and that the vehicle had recently failed inspection.
Saturday’s crash at the intersection of Route 30 and Route 30-A in Schoharie [[ SKO-hairy ]] is the deadliest transportation accident in the United States since 2009.

More fire hydrant flushing today.
The City Fire Department will be working between the hours of 9 and 3 in the areas north of Main Street and west of Bank Street.
Homes and businesses in that area will be affected and may see temporary discoloration of water.

Batavia Police Ask for Public Assistance

The Batavia Police Department is looking to speak with this individual as a witness in reference to an incident which occurred at Speedway in July of this year.

Anyone with information in reference to the case may contact Detective Eric Hill at 585-345-6373 or the Batavia Police Department at 585-345-6350, the confidential tip line at 585-345-6370 or online HERE

Morning News Briefing

A weekend crash on Route 63 in the Town of Bethany claims the life of a Williamsville man.
61 year old Syed Rahman was northbound on Route 63 late Saturday night when he drifted over the center line and struck a Bethany Fire Department ambulance.
The ambulance was out of service being returned to the fire department following an EMS call.
Rahman was pronounced dead at the scene.
The ambulance was driven by Bethany fireman James Duval.
He and his passengers, Melody Davis and Christopher Page, both Bethany firefighters, were taken to UMMC for treatment.

 

Amanda Havens

Thomas Williamee

Two children, under the age of five, were apparently drugged and left alone in a LeRoy home.
Police arrested two people they say should have been caring for the children.

36 year old Amanda Havens and 48 year old Thomas Williamee, both of Munson Street, LeRoy were charged with child endangerment and drug possession.
Police say the children were given medication to make them sleep and were left alone for an extended period of time.

 

 

A Rochester police officer will be OK after accidentally shooting himself. The department says his personal weapon went off in the station’s locker room Saturday night. The chief says he was trying to put the gun in the holster at the time.

Genesee County Sheriff’s K-9 Deputy Destro has died.
The Sherriff’s Office announced over the weekend that Destro had succumbed to cancer.
Destro partnered his entire career with Deputy Chris Erion.
Destro was an 8 yr. old German Shepard that joined the sheriff’s office in August of 2013.

The Buffalo Bills are back on the winning track.
Kicker Stephen Hauschka hit a 46-yard field goal as time expired, giving Buffalo a 13 to 12 win over the Tennessee Titans at New Era Field.
It’s the team’s first win in front of the home crowd this season, and came a week after they were shutout for the first time since 2008. Buffalo is now two and three on the year.

It’s Columbus Day – a federal Holiday.
Banks, government offices and schools will be closed today, and there will be no mail delivery.

Man Killed in Crash Involving Off-duty Ambulance

A weekend crash on Route 63 in the Town of Bethany claims the life of a Williamsville man.
61 year old Syed Rahman was northbound on Route 63 late Saturday night when he drifted over the center line and struck a Bethany Fire Department ambulance.
The ambulance was out of service being returned to the fire department following an EMS call.
Rahman was pronounced dead at the scene.
The ambulance was driven by Bethany fireman James Duval.
He and his passengers, Melody Davis and Christopher Page, both B were taken to UMMC for treatment.
Deputies say the crash remains under investigation.

K-9 Destro Dies

K-9 Destro

A sad day for the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and the community.
K-9 Deputy Destro has died.

Destro joined the sheriff’s office five years ago. He has partnered his entire career with Deputy Chris Erion.
Destro was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Deputy Chris Erion with Destro

K-9 Destro has been instrumental in capturing a number of criminals.

He has also participated in helping to find lost persons.
Deputy Erion and Destro served as good will ambassadors for the Sheriff’s Office through many demonstrations at area schools and service clubs.

 

Official News Release from Genesee County Sheriff’s Office:

Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr. announced the untimely death of K-9 “Destro” following a very short battle with cancer. Destro developed heath concerns earlier this past week and passed away yesterday, Friday October 5, 2018, at the Cornell University Companion Hospital with his handler, Deputy Christopher Erion, by his side. Destro, an 8-year old German Shepherd, joined the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office in August 2013.

Destro will continue his service in death, as his body will be made available to Cornell University Veterinary Students to learn and study from for a brief period of time. His remains will then be returned to his family home in Byron where he will be laid to final rest alongside two other family dogs.

“Destro was a true asset to all law enforcement agencies across western New York. He has been instrumental in tracking suspects, missing persons, and locating narcotics, just to name a few skills he brought to the job,” stated Sheriff Sheron. “He will be truly missed and our sympathies are with his handler, Deputy Christopher Erion and family”.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is truly appreciative for the tremendous care and comfort afforded to Destro and Deputy Christopher Erion by the Hilton Veterinary Clinic and the Cornell University Companion Hospital.

GCC Athletics Update: Players of the Week Honored Nationally

Press Release:

Genesee Community College student athletes Lyndsey Rowland and Rodrigo Albuquerque both were named National Junior College Athletic Association Players of the Week Wednesday afternoon for their performances through Sept. 30.

Rowland was named NJCAA D-III Defensive Volleyball Player of the Week and Albuquerque garnered NJCAA D-III Men’s Soccer Player of the Week.

It was the second-consecutive week two Cougars captured national player of week honors and brought the total national acknowledgments on the year to six for contests played from the start of the 2018 fall season.

Of all the Division-III three schools that compete with Genesee, the six overall Genesee national acknowledgements are more than twice as many as any other junior college that competes in the same sports as Genesee does collectively.

Each fall sport that Genesee participates in has named 10 national honorees through the first five weeks of the season. In men’s and women’s soccer, each sport receives a player of the week and goalkeeper of the week, while in volleyball the distribution is between offensive and defensive player of the week. To date, among the three sports 30 selections have been made nationally (two per sport X three sports X five weeks).

In volleyball, Rowland joined Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto from the Cougar roster as two of those 10 selections in volleyball over the past five weeks. The two Genesee selections are tied for the most volleyball selections in Division-III from any school with Eastfield and Columbus State.

In women’s soccer, Jaclyn Guzdek was tabbed as the top national goalkeeper last week and Katline Cartwright as the top player two weeks ago. Those two Cougar selections were tied for the most women’s soccer selections in Division-III with Hudson Valley.

In men’s soccer, Albuquerque is the only back-to-back national winner from any of the three sports Genesee participates in. His two selections were tied for the most by any team in Division-III with Herkimer.

The success of the Cougar athletes has led GCC to a collective record in the three sports of 31-9 so far this season with more than half of the nine losses to nationally-ranked opponents.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

HomeCare & Hospice presents first ever Holiday Wined-Up for Hospice Fundraiser

Press Release:

BATAVIA, N.Y. – The HomeCare & Hospice Foundation will host its first Holiday Wined-Up for Hospice fundraiser on Friday, November 30th from 6-9 p.m. at Terry Hills Golf Course in Batavia, NY. All proceeds will support area patients and families and will help us to continue our mission of “Today, make a difference.”

The event will include wine/beer tasting, music, dancing, canvas painting, wine glass painting, a basket raffle and a cash bar. The Art of Mandy will sponsor the painting festivities. A Gust of Sun Winery, Deer Run Winery, Wright Beverage Distributing and Eli Fish Brewery will also be sponsoring the event.

Tickets are $55 per person or $100 per couple. You must be 21 years of age to register for the event. Anyone under the age of 21 will not be admitted. Please bring a valid ID.

Volunteers are still needed to help with setup, cleanup and various onsite duties. If you are interested in volunteering, please call 716-372-5735. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, or to purchase tickets, please contact Ellen Brokaw at 585-343-7596 or ebrokaw@homecare-hospice.org. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.homecare-hospice.org/holiday-wined-up-for-hospice/. Come celebrate the holiday season and support a great cause! We hope to see you there!

HAWLEY ENCOURAGES ALL TO GET SCREENED FOR BREAST CANCER

Press Release:

“Every October with Breast Cancer Awareness Month we are reminded of the fact that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her life. I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to schedule their preventative screening. In fact, thanks to legislation I supported (A.5677 of 2017) women in New York have more options than ever before to get screened, including a 3-D mammography process known as tomosynthesis that is now covered by insurance companies. No matter which screening process you and your doctor decide is best for you, there is nothing more important than early detection. Please make an appointment to get screened today or for more resources, visit www.ny.gov/programs/get-screened-no-excuses.”

Weekend News Briefing

P.W. Minor ceases all operations.
The 150 year old footwear manufacturer in Batavia, P.W. Minor, has ceased operations and laid off all employees.
The announcement was made effective Friday morning around 10.
The news meant the remaining 40 shoemakers were losing their jobs after the workforce was cut in half for restructuring just last week.
All assets of P.W. Minor, have been transferred to their senior creditor Batavia Shoes LLC, per an agreement signed on Friday.
In a statement release P.W. Minor CEO Hundley Elliotte said “Our focus through this entire process has been on our employee’s well-being. We want to thank them for their dedication, loyalty and hard work.” He continued in the statement saying “We would also like to thank the NYS Dept. of Labor, the Genesee County Workforce Development Board and the local business community for their responsiveness and offers to help get our affected employees back to work as soon as possible.”
P.W. Minor which was founded in 1867 in Batavia is the second oldest footwear manufacturer in the US.
According to our news partner The Batavian former owner Peter Zeliff said there is some hope that investors may be found for the orthopedic line.

A Batavia man accused of menacing with a knife.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 45 year old Joseph Dispenza of Maple Street in the city on a count of Menacing with a dangerous instrument in the second degree.
Following investigation into an incident on Oak Orchard Road in Elba Friday night Dispenza was accused of threatening people in the woods with a knife.
He was given an appearance ticket for October 15th in Elba Town Court.

The sheriff’s office reporting a number of thefts from cars.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has received several complaints over the past week of items being taken from parked cars.
Most of the thefts have occurred overnight and most have been made from un-locked vehicles.
Lawmen are reminding residents to always keep their vehicles locked to prevent theft.

Kenmore Police Chief busted for possessing opioids.
Peter Breitnauer, of Kenmore, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession of hydrocodone.
Breitnauer admitted to federal agents that he is addicted to hydrocodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, and had been taking hydrocodones from the Medication Drop Box located at the Kenmore Police Station for his personal use.
The defendant guided agents to a closet in his office, where he had stashed more than 100 hydrocodone pills.
Breitnauer made an initial appearance on Friday in a federal court and was released on conditions.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

For the second time this season, the Buffalo Bills will get to play in front of their home crowd.
They’ll be hosting the Tennessee Titans at New Era Field this weekend.
Kickoff Sunday is set for one o’clock.

P W Minor Ceases All Operations

P W Minor appears to be gone for good.

In a surprise move the 150 year old company announced it had ceased all operations effective at 10 a.m. today. The remaining 40 employees have all been let go.
P W Minor had just announced a week ago it was re-structuring by idling one of its manufacturing lines and laying off 45 workers.

At the time, P W Minor said it would retain about 40 employees to keep its orthopedic and diabetic footwear lines in operation. But in an about face today, the company says it is shutting down everything.
Local businessman Peter Zeliff bought the company four years ago.

Earlier this year, Zeliff sold the company to Tidewater and Associates and carried paper on the purchase.
Zeliff said he foreclosed on the loan this week. He told our news partner The Batavian there is some hope that investors may be found for the orthopedic line, but Zeliff says he has no plans on getting back into the shoe making business.

P W Minor CEO Hundley Elliotte issued a statement at 2:52 p.m. this afternoon:

P.W. Minor LLC, a Batavia, NY footwear manufacturer, has ceased operations as of today and laid off all employees.

All assets of P.W. Minor LLC, have been transferred to our senior creditor Batavia Shoes LLC, per an agreement signed today.

“Our focus through this entire process has been on our employee’s well-being. We want to thank them for their dedication, loyalty and hard work.” said P.W. Minor CEO Hundley Elliotte. “We would also like to thank the NYS Dept. of Labor, the Genesee County Workforce Development Board and the local business community for their responsiveness and offers to help get our affected employees back to work as soon as possible..”

P.W. Minor, founded in 1867 and located in Batavia, New York, is the second oldest footwear manufacturer in the United States and the maker of orthopedic and diabetic athletic, dress and casual shoes

P W Minor Shuts Down Completely

P W Minor has ceased operation as of 10am this morning.

WBTA has confirmed that all P W Minor employees have been terminated and operations at the plant on Treadeasy Ave have ceased.

Just last week the company had announced a re-structuring idling one of its manufacturing lines and laying off 45 employees.

Today, the entire company has shut down.

This is a developing story. More later.

GCEDC APPROVES INCENTIVES FOR AMADA TOOL AND SIX FLAGS DARIEN LAKE

Press Release:

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) approved incentives for Amada Tool and Six Flags Darien Lake LLC, and accepted an application for an expanded PILOT agreement to support the Ellicott Station development at the agency’s October 4, 2018 board meeting.

Amada Tool in the city of Batavia was approved for incentives for an $8.8 million capital investment to increase the company’s manufacturing facility by approximately 19,000 sq. ft. The project will create 17 new jobs and retain 68 current jobs. The approved investment includes $2.3 million in construction costs and $6.5 million in new equipment. Amada Tool was approved for property and sales tax exemptions of approximately $266,000.

Six Flags Darien Lake, LLC was approved for approximately $166,000 in sales tax exemption to build a new $2.15 million ride that is scheduled to open in 2019. Six Flags Darien Lake, LLC is one of the largest sales tax revenue generators in Genesee County.

The PILOT agreement expansion requested by Savarino Companies for the Ellicott Station development was based on increased capital costs, from approximately $17.6 million to $21.75 million, and the development’s footprint, which will expand from 73,100 sq. ft. to 99,111 sq. ft. The expansion includes the addition of at-grade garages for residents as well as increasing the number of housing units from 51 units to 55 units.

GCSO: Vehicle Larceny

Press Release:

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Batavia Police Department wish to advise residents that they have received several complaints over the past week involving the theft of articles from vehicles parked in private driveways. The larcenies have occurred during the overnight hours.

Residents are reminded to keep their vehicles locked and to report any suspicious activity that they observe to 9-1-1.

GCC Athletics Update: Swimming/Athletes of the Week

Daniel Allen – GCC Swim and Drive Head Coach

Press Release:

Allen Named GCC Swimming and Diving Head Coach

The Genesee Community College athletics department announced Daniel Allen as its new swimming and diving head coach Oct. 1.

Allen comes to GCC after spending the previous 13 years as either the head or associate head men’s and women’s coach at three other four-year colleges or universities.

Most recently, Allen spent the past four seasons as the head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach at Pace University in Pleasantville, NY. Prior to that he held the same title at SUNY Buffalo State College – also for four seasons.

Allen’s collegiate coaching career began at his alma mater SUNY Geneseo in 2005 after his graduation as an associate head coach and aquatics manager.

At Pace University, Allen’s teams were acknowledged as the top academic swimming and diving teams in the Northeast 10 in three of his four years at the helm, including the last two.

At each of his three previous coaching venues, Allen’s athletes have broken more than a collective 150 school records with those totals increasing with each venue he has been at the helm, with nearly 60 at his last stint at Pace.

As a member of the Knights’ swimming and diving team, he was named the 2004 Rochester Area Swimmer Athlete of the Year, and captured the Most Outstanding Swimmer Award from the 2005 State University of New York Athletics Conference Championships.

Allen also competed in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division-III National Championships and was crowned a SUNYAC conference champion more than a dozen times.

The 2018-19 GCC swimming and diving season begins Oct. 20 when the team travels to Bradford, Pa. for the Panther Relays hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Bradford.


Cougar Athletes of the Week Announced

The Genesee Community College Athletics department announced its players of the week for the week ending Sept. 30 with Lyndsey Rowland from the volleyball team taking the top female honor and Rodrigo Albuquerque from the men’s soccer team taking the top male honor.

In addition to being named Cougars of the Week, the pair was also named National Junior College Athletic Association Players of the Week for their respective sports at the D-III national-level.

It was the second consecutive week that a pair of Cougars was selected with national weekly recognition.

Rowland found her way into the NJCAA D-III national top-10 list in blocks thanks to an impressive week where she led the Cougars to a 4-0 record. During her 14 sets, the sophomore middle blocker recorded 22 total blocks with 11 solo and 10 digs.

Albuquerque distanced himself as the NJCAA D-III men’s soccer points and goals leader with an impressive 18-point week in leading No. 4 GCC to a 3-0 record. During those contests, the freshman striker collected seven goals and four assists.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Genesee County Board of Elections: Registration Deadline

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:

The General Election will be held on November 6, 2018. Polls open at 6:00 AM and close at 9:00 PM.

The last day to register in person at the Genesee County Board of Elections, which is located on the 3rd floor of County Building 1, 15 Main St., Batavia NY for the November 6th General Election is October 12th. Mail registrations must be postmarked by October 12th and received at Board of Elections no later than October 17th. If you have been honorably discharged from the military or have become a naturalized citizen since Oct. 14th you have until October 29th. The last day to make a change of party enrollment is also October 12th.

Applications for absentee ballots must be postmarked by October 30, 2018. November 5, 2018 is the last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot at the Board of Elections. November 5, 2018 is the last day to post mark a General Election absentee ballot and must be received by the county board no later than November 13, 2018. November 6th is the last day to deliver a General Election ballot in person to the County Board of Elections, by close of polls.

The hours at the Genesee County Board of Elections are 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, but we also offer extended hours as we approach Election Day to accommodate the voting public. Extended hours are as follow;

• Monday October 22nd, Tuesday October 23rd, Monday October 29th and Tuesday October 30th the office will be open until 7:00 PM
• Saturday October 27th and Saturday November 3rd the office will be open from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM.

Morning News Briefing

Stolen firearms from the Firing Pin land a Batavia man in lock up.
Law Enforcement located a number of stolen weapons while searching the home of a Jackson Street man, which appear to be those taken in a recent burglary from the Firing Pin in Bergen.
20 year old Morgan Coles of Jackson Street was taken into custody by Sheriff’s Deputies Wednesday evening following the raid of his residence and is now facing a charge of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the First Degree.
Police discovered 10 or more stolen weapons in the search of his home all matching those taken from the Firing Pin last Thursday night.
Initially lawmen said a total of 14 guns were taken.
Coles was ordered to be held without bail in the county jail.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

House fire in Byron deemed a total loss.
Byron fire was called to action for report of a residential fire shortly before 8 o’clock t at 6612 Warboys Road last night.
As the fire went to second alarm within minutes of the first visible flames the city’s FAST Team were called in, along with a tanker from Bethany, and Mercy medics.
The fire was called in by a passerby and no one was home when the fire started.
It remains unclear whether any pets were in the home at the time and if they made it out or not.
The house was deemed a total loss along with the garage that was also completely destroyed in the blaze.

Batavia Sex Offender jailed without bail for failing to report.
41 year old Jon Magliocco of Liberty Street in the city was arrested after allegedly failing to register an internet account with the state’s sex offender registry.
Magilocco is deemed a level three sex offender and is required by law to register any change in internet accounts to authorities.
He was ordered to be held in the Genesee County Jail without bail and is expected to reappear in City Court on November 1st.

Rochester resident picked up for Grand Larceny in Batavia.
Deputies arrested 32 year old David Pierleoni following a larceny complaint at the Kohl’s Department Store in Batavia.
Pierleoni was accused of stealing nearly 11-hundred dollars’ worth of merchandise for the store two Mondays ago.
He was charged with Grand Larceny and given an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on Monday.

Congressman Chris Collins is asking to be excused from appearing in court.
A hearing is set in Manhattan next week to discuss the status of the case against Collins and two co-defendants.
The Republican was arrested on insider trading charges back in August and has pleaded not guilty.
Collins says he’ll be working in Buffalo the day of the hearing.
He’s looking to fend off a challenge by Democrat Nate McMurray and earn another term in Washington.

The new NHL season isn’t off to the start the Buffalo Sabres wanted.
The Boston Bruins beat them four to nothing last night in front of a big crowd at KeyBank Center.
After the game, new Sabres captain Jack Eichel said he understood why fans booed the team’s performance.
The Sabres return to the ice Saturday when they host the New York Rangers.

Evening News Briefing

Morgan Coles

A Batavia man is accused of possessing several guns that police say were recently stolen from the Firing Pin shooting range in Bergen.
20 year old Morgan Coles is charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the First Degree for allegedly possessing 10 or more firearms.
Coles is being held in the county jail without bail.
His arrested followed a search of his Jackson Street home where police said the weapons were located, all matching those taken from the Firing Pin last Thursday night.
At the time, lawmen said a total of 14 guns were reported stolen.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office worked the case along with Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

An Elba man gets seven years in state prison after copping a plea to rape.
44 year old Jason Cole of Quaker Hill Road admitted to having a sexual relationship with a 14 year old girl.
He pled guilty to Rape and Criminal Sexual Act, Class D violent felonies.
Cole avoided additional charges included in his indictment by accepting the terms of the deal along with a prison sentence that could have been twice as long if he was found guilty at trial.

Safety standards passed following the crash of Flight 3407 are heading to President Trump’s desk. The Senate passed a bill yesterday that includes money to keep pilot training requirements in place. Investigators say pilot error caused the 2009 crash that killed 50 people. It’s not clear when the president could sign the legislation.

The Buffalo Sabres are looking to start the new N-H-L season with a win.
They’ll be hosting the Boston Bruins at KeyBank Center this evening. Yesterday, the Sabres named Jack Eichel as the 16th full-time captain of the franchise.
He’s already scored 73 goals during his young career.
Face-off is set for just after seven o’clock tonight.

Man Arrested in Theft of Guns

Morgan Coles

A Batavia man is accused of possessing several guns that police say were recently stolen from the Firing Pin shooting range in Bergen.

20 year old Morgan Coles is charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the First Degree for allegedly possessing 10 or more firearms.
Coles is being held in the county jail without bail.

His arrested followed a search of his Jackson Street home where police said the weapons were located, all matching those taken from the Firing Pin last Thursday night.

At the time, lawmen said a total of 14 guns were reported stolen.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office worked the case along with Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Fire Prevention Week October 7 – 13

News Release: — Today’s home fires burn faster than ever. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice.

The City of Batavia Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
– the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week™ for more than 90 years — to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Look, .Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere™,” which works to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire. Fire Prevention week is October 7-13, 2018.

NFPA statistics show that the number of U.S. home fires has been steadily declining over the past few
decades. However, the death rate per 1000 home fires that are reported to fire departments was 10 percent higher in 2016 than in 1980.

“These numbers show that while we’ve made significant progress in teaching people how to prevent fires
from happening, there’s still much more work to do in terms of educating the public about how to protect themselves in the event of one,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy.
“This is particularly critical given the increased speed at which today’s home fires grow and spread.”

Carli also notes that although people feel safest in their home, it is also the place people are at greatest risk to fire, with four out of five U.S. fire deaths occurring at home. That over-confidence contributes to a complacency toward home escape planning and practice.

“Working in the fie service for many years, we know that people often make choices in fire situations that jeopardize their safety or even cost them their lives,” said Chief Stefano Napolitano of the City of Batavia
Fire Department. “We need to do a better job of teaching people about the potentially life-saving difference escape planning and practice can make and motivating them to action.”

Napolitano says this year’s “Look. Listen. Learn.” campaign highlights three steps people can take to help quickly and safely escape a fire.
 Look for places fie could start.
 Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm.
 Learn 2 ways out of every room.

While NFPA and the City of Batavia Fire Department are focusing on home fires, these fire safety messages apply to virtually anywhere.
“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Chief Napolitano. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”

The City of Batavia Fire Department is hosting a series of events in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week; including stops at Batavia schools, housing units and the library.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit www.FirePreventionWeek.org.

Lots going on at Batavia Downs

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

There are many promotions and schedule changes at Batavia Downs over the next nine days and here is a look at the line-up.

This Saturday (Oct. 6) has an early post of 4:45 p.m. and promises a full night of entertainment.

The featured race on the live racing card is the $15,000 Brian Schroeder Memorial Trot, named for the long-time western New York trainer/driver whose specialty was diagonal-gaited Standardbreds. Schroeder raced some of the best trotters of his era at Batavia Downs and even competed in the 1993 Hambletonian with Collier St. Joey.

Among the entrants of that race is the French-bred trotter Bioness (Sam Bourbon-Quiradelle D’hilly) who was purchased and imported this spring through the French American Trotting Club program developed by the Standardbred Owners Association of New York. Since coming to the U.S. Bioness has won three out of seven starts, taking a mark of 1:54.3 at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs and has earned $88,970 in the process.

Fans attending the races Saturday can take advantage of the Match Play promotion. Wager a minimum of $25 with a mutuel clerk on any Batavia Downs Gaming live harness race at the same time between 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and receive $25 in gaming free-play.

After the races on Saturday, there will be a live tribute concert to American Graffiti in the Paddock Room. Tickets are $10 and seating is on a first come basis.

Then on Columbus Day Monday (Oct. 8) enjoy Batavia Downs annual matinee racing card with a special 1:15 p.m. post. Purchase a chicken barbecue (provided by the Center Street Smoke House) for $10.95 from noon to 3 p.m. in the club house and receive $10 in gaming free play.

If chicken isn’t your pleasure there will also be $1 Sahlen’s hot dog, draft beer and soda at the Homestretch Grill and on the apron from noon until after the last race. All live racing programs will also be only $1.

Then there is a schedule change that needs to be noted. There will be no racing on Wednesday (Oct. 10) and Thursday (Oct. 11). Wednesday was cancelled due to a lack of horses and Thursday was simply moved to Saturday (Oct. 13), which was not originally scheduled. Saturday’s post time will be 4:15 p.m.

Friday (Oct. 12) will remain as scheduled with a 6 p.m. post time.

Saturday (Oct. 13) will feature a special Texas Barbecue in the clubhouse with pulled pork and chicken and all the fixings to go along with it for only $16.95. And everyone buying the barbecue will receive $15 in gaming free play. The clubhouse and buffet both open at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information on live racing at Batavia Downs please log on to www.bataviadownsgaming.com.

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES OCTOBER OFFICE HOURS

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is holding his next round of office hours for Genesee and Monroe county residents starting Oct. 10. The office hours will be attended by Hawley’s staff. The 139th Assembly District, represented by Hawley, includes all of Genesee County and portions of western Monroe County.

“These office hours offer local residents an opportunity to share their thoughts, concerns and ideas regarding the issues facing state government,” said Hawley. “I strongly encourage those who are able to attend to come and make their voices heard.”

To schedule an individual appointment with Hawley, please contact his office at hawleys@nyassembly.gov or by calling 585-356-0686 for the Monroe County office hours, or 585-813-1608 for the Genesee County office hours.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley
October Office Hours:

Monroe County:
Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Genesee County:
Genesee Community College
Conable Technology Building, Room T124
Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley Drive (1 College Road), Batavia
Friday, Oct. 12, 2018
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Genesee Community College
Conable Technology Building, Room T124
Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley Drive (1 College Road), Batavia
Friday, Oct. 26, 2018
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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