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HAWLEY OUTRAGED AT CUOMO’S POLITICAL MANEUVER TO PARDON FELONS

Press Release:

A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) on Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Order granting paroled felons voting rights

“The governor is so desperate to appeal to the radical left as his election approaches that he has now granted conditional pardons to roughly 35,000 convicts on parole, a shameful move that flies in the face of every law-abiding citizen who has done the right thing and followed the law.

“Despite the governor’s radical interpretation, paying your debt to society and earning back the ability to exercise our most cherished right, voting, should not be granted until a felon is completely off parole and has been rehabilitated.

“It is obvious Gov. Cuomo will go to great lengths to win an election but I never thought it would involve pandering to rapists, murderers and arsonists. This governor seems to be fonder of helping inmates and convicted felons instead of hardworking, law-abiding citizens.”

GCC Nursing Alumni to Host Gatsby Gala

Press Release:

Genesee Community College’s Nursing Program produces qualified and skilled candidates for positions in the healthcare each year. Under the direction of the Alumni Affairs Office, the Nursing Program Alumni are working hard to help qualified Nursing Program students overcome financial obstacles.

The GCC Nursing Alumni Committee established a new scholarship opportunity for future Nursing Program students to help mitigate financial obstacles to GCC student success. The entire community is invited to kick off National Nurses Week at the Batavia Downs on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. for the first annual Gatsby Gala to support the GCC Nursing Alumni Scholarship.

The event will open at 5:30 p.m. for guests to register. A delicious sit-down dinner with a cash bar will begin at 6 p.m. during which, Emcee Scott Gardner, President of the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce will introduce GCC’s Director of the Nursing Program Laurel Sanger; Chase Hughes of Buffalo, NY who will testify to the difference qualified and passionate nurses made for him and his family; and Jennifer Sonricker of Warsaw, NY who will share her journey battling her daughter’s cancer.

At 7:15 p.m. all guests have chances to win big with door prizes and a cash raffle! The evening will conclude with a beautiful dessert and dancing the night away to the DJ talents of students from GCC’s radio station 90.7 WGCC.

Tickets are on sale now! RSVP online at https://www.genesee.edu/home/offices/alumni/alumni-events/gatsbygala/. You can also contact the Alumni Affairs Office at alumni@genesee.edu directly. Tickets to the Gatsby Gala cost $100 per person and all proceeds go directly to the GCC Nursing Alumni Scholarship.

The Nursing Scholarship is generously sponsored by the following:

Bronze Sponsors:

Summit Family Dental Care
Laurel Sanger
Jerilyn Constantino
Brenda Schiavone
Michelle Grohs
Jeffrey Erickson Law Office

In-Kind Supporters:

Bobette and Dan McCormick
Tops Friendly Markets in Warsaw
Healing Hands Massage & Spa, LLC
Steuben Trust Company
Envision Salon & Spa
Michelle Grohs
Jeffrey Erickson Law Office

Additional Donations:

Robert O. Holley

There are still opportunities available to sponsor Nursing Program scholarships at many levels. For online details go to: https://www.genesee.edu/home/offices/alumni/alumni-events/gatsbygala/ which offers commitments of $100 – $3,000 and also includes In-kind Support for those wishing to customize their sponsorship. All sponsorship levels include a variety of benefits from free advertising to photos, and GCC Foundation recognition.

For more information, contact Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs Jennifer Wakefield at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6265, or via email at jgwakefield@genesee.edu.

Recognizing National Nurses Week at Genesee Community College

Press Release:

Article by Laurel Sanger, RN Genesee Community College Director of Nursing

With nearly three million nurses currently working in the United States today, it is hard to believe-but healthcare occupations and industries are projected to have the fastest growing employment rate through 2024. It is the right time to consider a career as a nurse, aide, therapist or medical technician. Genesee Community College has degrees in Nursing, Physical Therapy Assistant, Polysomnographic Technology (the study of sleep disorders), Respiratory Care and Veterinary Technology providing a variety of pathways to launch a life-long, well-paying career in healthcare.

Honoring National Nurses Week, which runs from May 6 – May 12, 2018, GCC is excited to announce the establishment of its newest scholarship benefiting nursing students. To support the scholarship, which was founded by the GCC Nursing Alumni Committee, the College is hosting the First Annual Gatsby Gala on May 4, 2018 at The Batavia Downs. The Gala is being organized by a committee of GCC Nursing Alumni to support new scholarship opportunities.

The new GCC Nursing Alumni Scholarship will help current students overcome financial obstacles and graduate as qualified and prepared candidates to meet the overwhelming workforce need of the healthcare industry in our community. To attend the Gala, or contribute to the scholarship, contact alumni@genesee.edu.

As nursing is one of the highest in-demand jobs across the country, GCC’s Nursing Associate Degree prepares students to take the national Registered Nurse (RN) licensing examination. New legislation in New York State now requires all RNs to earn a bachelor’s degree within ten years of their licensure. With the College’s robust transfer opportunities, articulation agreements and the seamless SUNY transfer system, GCC nursing students and graduates are well-aligned for long-term career success.

In 2010, GCC established its new Nursing Department within the newly opened Dr. Bruce A. Holm Upstate MedTech Centre located across the street from GCC’s Batavia Campus. Students gain hands-on practical experience in this facility using state-of-the-art labs and medical equipment. Nursing students apply classroom lessons and theory to high fidelity simulators (their patients). Using these manufactured human replicas, the students learn about making comprehensive nursing assessments and follow-up with interventions that demonstrate real medical procedures, techniques and treatment.

While today’s students and nursing faculty enjoy modern teaching and learning tools, GCC’s Nursing Program has been making a difference in the lives of patients and hospitals, near and far, for more than 40 years. One of the first graduates from the program, Janet Ivison, Class of 1974, came to GCC with a passion to take care of others, including her own family. Janet found exactly what she needed at GCC. With the flexibility of night time classes and the mini 1-2 week long courses, Janet earned her Nursing degree in two years, and then spent 14 years working in a local emergency room and 10 years at Genesee County Health Department where she really felt she made a difference working as a nurse.

“I remember a young girl who had been injured walking on the railroad tracks. She was unresponsive with no pulse, but I wouldn’t give up,” Janet recalls. “We saved her young life that day and I will never forget it.”

The emergency room brought a variety of patients and injuries through the years, but she enjoyed the challenge and still remembers many incidents. “I’ve always felt called to care for others and seeing those I’ve treated go on has been such a rewarding experience. Several years ago, a young man showed up at my door with flowers to thank me. I had been at the Genesee County Fair the night he had fallen while wrestling with some friends in the horse barns. I sat on the ground and braced his broken neck until an ambulance arrived.”

Though some days working as a nurse can be draining and demanding, most find the overall profession not only fulfilling and rewarding, but it provides a solid means to support their own family with unlimited career options and incredible advancement opportunities. Nurses can choose to focus on specialties–from neonatal to geriatric, surgery to emergency, podiatry to pediatrics-there are many areas to study. For those who prefer variety – there’s family medicine. The nursing profession offers a wide array of work schedules, from daytime to evening to per diem. Nursing jobs are available around the world, in a variety of different settings and many nurses continue their education to become healthcare administrators, nurse practitioners or nurse educators.

To support the nurses of tomorrow in the Genesee, Livingston, Orleans or Wyoming County community, attend or support the Gatsby Gala on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 5:30 at the Batavia Downs. All proceeds go to the student scholarship fund. For details call 585-343-0055 est. 6265 or go to:

https://www.genesee.edu/home/offices/alumni/alumni-events/gatsbygala/.

Finally, GCC would like to encourage the community to share stories celebrating the difference nurses have made in their lives during this special recognition week.

• Did you receive outstanding healthcare treatment from nurse?
• Did a nurse inspire the recovery of a friend or family member?
• Has the nursing profession made an impact on your family?

Send your story to marcom@genesee.edu and the College’s Marketing and Communications Office will post the stories on its social media channels. Please be sure to include your name and contact information.

Eden Café & Bakeshop Set to Open at FreshLAB Inside Eli Fish Brewing Company

Press Release:

An innovative restaurant incubator on Main Street is ready to officially welcome its first tenant and introduce a unique concept to Batavia’s restaurant scene.

Eden Café & Bakeshop, a restaurant featuring a 100% vegan menu, will celebrate its Grand Opening on Sunday, April 22 starting at Noon. The celebration will feature refreshments from Noon-2 p.m., followed by a ribbon cutting, after which the kitchen will be available for meal orders. There will be gifts for the first 25 guests, caricature drawings beginning at 2:30, and the chance to win a pair of Cutco knives. Eden is the first eatery to occupy one of the FreshLAB incubator kitchens inside the new Eli Fish Brewing Company, 109 Main Street.

Eden offers a unique menu of vegan dishes, including Carrot Dogs; artisan cheeses; drinks, including fresh juices and smoothies; and a variety of delicious desserts. All menu items are made using only plant-based foods, with no meat, dairy, eggs or honey.

“We’re really excited to grow something new in Batavia and to introduce some unique new flavors to the area,” said Judy Hysek, owner of Eden Café & Bakeshop. “Being part of FreshLAB is helping our dreams come true, and opening on Earth Day seemed to be a natural fit.”

The kitchen for Eden will be open six days a week from Noon-9 p.m. Eden will be closed on Tuesdays. For more information, visit Eden’s Facebook page facebook.com/BataviaEden.

The FreshLAB restaurant incubator features a total of three commercial kitchens. Eli Fish Brewing Company operates the largest kitchen, serving a menu of locally-sourced seasonal fare, including gourmet salads, sandwiches, soups, platters and bread. Eden is the first of two start-up restaurateurs chosen for the other kitchens, with the overall goal to develop and grow more dining concepts within Genesee County. The vision is to have tenants occupy the turnkey kitchens for short-term leases of approximately 18-24 months, sharing the food hall dining room during which time they can focus on unique menu offerings, sourcing local ingredients and honing their operational systems, such as ordering product and paying their bills. The second FreshLAB eatery, The Wild Rican, is expected to open in May.

“Eden is exactly the type of operation that FreshLAB was created for,” said Matthew Gray, one of the owners of Eli Fish Bewing Company. “The idea is to bring a diverse range of concepts and tastes together in one space and to help aspiring restaurateurs establish a vibrant dining climate in Batavia and Genesee County.”

The opening of Eden Café & Bakeshop marks the latest milestone in the rebirth of the former JJ Newberry building at 109 Main Street. Last month, the owners of Eli Fish Brewing Company celebrated their official grand opening as the cornerstone of the $2.8 million redevelopment, which will also feature apartments on the building’s second and third floors. Eli Fish Brewing Company is led by Batavia natives Gray, owner of Alex’s Place in Batavia, as well as Buffalo Brothers Pizza and Wing Co. in North Carolina; Jon Mager, a third-generation owner in Arctic Refrigeration in Batavia; and Matthew Boyd, a partner in both Alex’s and Buffalo Brothers Pizza and Wing Co., who oversees Buffalo Brothers’ five North Carolina locations.

Eli Fish Brewing Company features 20 taps, offering their own beers brewed in-house and selections from around New York State. Along with New York beers, the bar also pours craft cocktails and fine wines, all sourced from New York State wineries and distilleries. The brewery operation is a seven-barrel system, with all brewing to be performed on site, using locally-sourced ingredients.

The redevelopment of the Newberry building is being supported by the City of Batavia, Batavia Development Corp., Genesee County Economic Development Corporation, USDA Rural Development, National Grid and New York Main Street.

Eli Fish Brewing Company is open seven days a week. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday from 11am-10pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am-11pm, and Sunday from Noon-9pm. For more information, visit elifishbrewing.com.

Morning News Briefing

Mother and Son in Kendall Killed by possible gas poisoning.
A mother and her son were found dead of possible carbon monoxide poisoning by Kendall firefighters following report of a gas leak at their home.
38 year old Joan Gillman and her 14 year old son Richard Jr. were found dead at their residence in Kendall Wednesday night.
According to investigators they were using a portable generator and propane powered appliances to heat the home after power to the duplex had been shut off days prior.
Orleans County deputies are investigating and questions have arisen on why the power was cut during the winter like conditions.
National Grid has yet to comment on why the power had been shut off.
City of Batavia Fire Chief Steve Napolitano weighed in on the sad story on WBTA’s Main and Center program yesterday morning …

Napolitano said residents should call the fire department anytime their CO2 detector alarms so they can properly assess if there’s a real danger of leaking gas.
Grief counselors will be on site at Kendall Central School today where Richard Gilman was a 9th grade student.

A drive on drugs through the park ends badly for a Batavia resident.
Early on Tuesday morning 36 year old Jason Anderson of South Main Street apparently got his vehicle stuck in the mud at Kibbe Park.
Instead of seeking help, Anderson allegedly stole another vehicle then tried to push his vehicle out which resulted in both vehicles getting stuck in the mud.
He was also accused of possessing hypodermic needles and was arrested and charged with Grand Larceny, Criminal Mischief, Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument and DWAI by drugs.
Anderson was jailed in lieu of bail.

Governor Cuomo is facing a federal lawsuit for not declaring a special election after the death of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.
The longtime Western New York representative died last month but some local voters filed the lawsuit this week.
The suit claims it’s unconstitutional for the governor not to call for a special election.
The suit is also targeting the state board of elections and the Monroe County board of elections.

The new Bills schedule is out and they may face some challenges.
They open the 2018 season September ninth facing the Ravens in Baltimore.
Half the games Buffalo is scheduled to play are against teams that won more than half of their games last year.
The Bills have one Monday night football game this year playing the Patriots just before Halloween.

Evening News Briefing

Orleans County authorities are looking into the apparent carbon monoxide deaths of a Kendall woman and her teenage son.
The bodies of 38 year old Joan Gilman and her 14 year old son Richard –RJ – Gilman were discovered in an upstairs bedroom of their Center Road home.
The sheriff said the electricity to the home had been turned off a few days ago.
The Gilmans had been using a portable generator and propane powered appliances.

Batavia Fire Chief Steve Napolitano – on WBTA’s Main and Center program this morning – talked about the potential dangers of such devises

Grief counselors were available today at Kendall Central School where RJ Gilman was a 9th grade student. The school superintendent said that RJ displayed an infectious sense of humor and an endearing personality.

Four people are injured after a crash on Route 33 in Corfu.
Deputies say a North Carolina man was drunk and speeding when he rear-ended another car yesterday afternoon.
The road was shut down for several hours.
The injuries are not life threatening.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York State will provide more help to Puerto Rico as the island continues to recover from Hurricane Maria.
He says New York is stepping in because the federal government has not:
Several people from the New York Power Authority are on the way to Puerto Rico to help with power restoration after the entire island suffered a power outage.

The Department of Motor Vehicles office in Batavia is generally regarded as one of the friendliest in the state.
But deputies say an Oakfield man had some kind of beef with the agency.
65 year old George Norway of North Pearl Street was arrested for allegedly leaving an alarming note with a DMV employee.

Oakfield man accused of harassment at DMV in Batavia

65 year old George Norway of North Pearl Street in Oakfield has been arrested and charged with Aggravated Harassment following an investigation into an incident at the Department of Motor Vehicles on 15 Main Street Batavia.

Norway is accused of leaving a message which caused substantial alarm to the employees’ safety.

He was arraigned and released with an appearance ticket for May 5th in Batavia City Court.

GCSO: Three car crash in Corfu

Press Release:

The Genesee County Sheriffs Office is investigating a three car motor vehicle accident that occurred on Route 33 in the area of 58 West Main Street in the Village of Corfu. The Genesee County Emergency Dispatch Center received the 9-1-1 call reporting the personal injury accident at 5:02 PM.

Upon arrival, patrols identified operators of all three vehicles. The first vehicle involved was a 2009 Honda Civic traveling westbound operated by a James M. Hoskins of Corfu, NY. The second vehicle involved was a 2008 Hyundai Sonata also traveling westbound operated by a Jacob J. Szumigala of Oakfield, NY. The third and final vehicle was a 2018 GMC Canyon traveling eastbound operated by Gerald D. Sanders with passenger, Lynn Sanders of Batavia, NY.

The 2008 Hyundai approached the 2009 Honda from behind at a high rate of speed, striking the rear end of the Honda. The impact sent the Honda into the eastbound lane and was struck by the oncoming 2018 GMC Canyon. The Hyundai operated by Szumigala continued west, coming to rest along the south shoulder of Route 33.

Szumigala was found to be under the influence of alcohol/ drugs. Szumigala was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated and transported to Erie County Medical Center for minor injuries. Several charges are pending following the results of a toxicology report of Szumigala’ s blood and a full investigation is completed. The occupants of the other vehicles were also transported to Erie County Medical Center for injuries sustained during the motor vehicle crash.

The crash was investigated by Undersheriff Gregory Walker, Chief Joseph Graff, Sergeant Jason Saile, Sergeant Andrew Hale, Deputies Kyle Krzemien and Robert Henning. Assisting at the scene were members of the Corfu Fire Department, Mercy EMS, and Ron and Newts Towing Agency.

OCSO: Mother and Son found dead in Kendall

Press Release:

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office is currently conducting an investigating into the circumstances involving the death of a mother and son in the Town of Kendall.
Orleans County Undersheriff Christopher Bourke reported that on 4/18/18 at 7:27 pm, the Orleans County Sheriff’s 911 Center received a report of a propane gas leak at 2245 Center Road. Kendall Fire Department was dispatched and upon arrival discovered two bodies in an upstairs bedroom.

The deceased individuals were identified as Joan C. Gilman age 38 and her son Richard J. Gilman Jr. age 14. The Sheriff’s Office learned that the electrical powered had been turned off at the duplex a few days ago and a portable generator was being used along with some propane powered appliances during this period of time.

Both victims were transported to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office will continue the investigation and piece together the chain of events that led up to this tragedy.

Assisting the Sheriff’s Office in this investigation are; The Kendall Fire Department, The Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force, The New York State Police Forensic Identification Unit, Town of Kendall Code Enforcement, Investigators from the New York State Academy of Fire Science and the Orleans County Coroner’s Office.

Morning News Briefing

Suspect sought in Sunset Motel Murder.
The woman found murdered in a Town of Batavia motel room on Monday has been identified as 58 year old Sheri C Butler.
Investigators from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office said Butler died from a puncture wound to the neck from an unknown murder weapon.
An autopsy uncovered that her carotid artery was severed and she had bled to death.
Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster made an appeal to community members who may have information that could assist their investigation…

Undersheriff Greg Walker said law enforcement first encountered Butler at the Sunset motel in January 2014 and they have some history with her.
The sheriff’s office reported late yesterday that Butler’s family had been notified of her murder.

Oakfield man facing charges following a three car crash in Corfu.
The accident occurred on West Main Street just after 5 yesterday evening with reports of multiple personal injury.
The crash occurred when a westbound 2008 Hyundai Sonata rear-ended a 2009 Honda Civic at a high rate of speed sending the Honda into an eastbound 2018 GMC Canyon.
Undersheriff Greg Walker was on the scene …

The driver of the Hyundai Sonata, Jacob J. Szumigala of Oakfield was allegedly under the influence of alcohol/ drugs and was subsequently taken into custody for DWI.
Several other charges are possible pending results of a toxicology report, and a full investigation into the crash.
Everyone involved in the accident were taken to ECMC for various injuries.

Gas leak leads to grim discovery of a dead Mother and son in Kendall.
Following a report of a propane gas leak at a Center Road residence in Kendal, Kendall Firefighters discovered two bodies in an upstairs bedroom of after being dispatched to the address.
Firefighters found 38 year old Joan C. Gilman and her 14 year old son Richard J. Gilman Jr. both deceased from a possible gas leak.
According to the Sheriff’s Office a portable generator was being used in the home along with some propane powered appliances after the electrical power had been shut off at the duplex several days prior.
The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the tragic incident.

Field preparations are on hold as the Batavia Muckdogs get ready for the 2018 season.
Muckdogs General Manager Dave Chase the organization is gaining momentum as they gear up for another season of professional baseball in Batavia.

The Muckdogs have a new working phone number. It is 483 – DOGS.
Tickets for the June 18th opening are expected to go on sale around May 1st.

Evening News Briefing

The woman found murdered in a Town of Batavia motel room on Monday has been identified.
She is 58 year old Sheri C Butler. She died from a puncture wound to the neck.
The murderweapon is unknown, but it severed her carotid artery and caused the woman to bleed to death.
Butler lived at the Sunset Motel for some time something Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster hopes that may help the investigation

Deputies said law enforcement was familiar with Butler. They first encountered her in January 2014.
Late this afternoon the sheriff’s office reported that Butler’s family had been located and informed of her murder.

Muckdogs GM Dave Chase

Field preparations are on hold as the Batavia Muckdogs get ready for the 2018 season.
Muckdogs General Manager Dave Chase the organization is gaining momentum as they gear up for another season of professional baseball in Batavia.

The Muckdogs have a new working phone number. It is 483 – DOGS.
Tickets for the June 18th opening are expected to go on sale around May 1st.

People getting out of jail on parole in New York State will now be able to vote. Governor Cuomo signed an executive order today giving parolees the right to vote. Cuomo says it’s unconscionable to deny voting to people who have paid their debt and have re-entered society. There are roughly 35,000 New Yorkers on parole right now who cannot vote.

The bishop of Buffalo’s Catholic diocese is selling the mansion he lives in to help pay victims of sexually abusive priests.
Bishop Malone has said that no donations will be used to settle sex abuse claims. The diocese says settlements will be paid for by the sale of properties, insurance coverage and investment reserves

Field repair on hold as Muckdogs gain traction prepping the 2018 season

According to the Muckdogs General Manager Dave Chase the organization is gaining momentum as they gear up for another season of professional baseball in Batavia.

Chase says the ball-field is still his top priority…

Chase said the field should take 5 to 7 days to complete repairs.

In the meantime the Muckdogs have a new working phone number in place at (585) 483 – DOGS (3647), and are having new computers along with wifi and broadband internet from Empire Access installed today.

Tickets for the June 18th opening are expected to go on sale around May 1st.

Sheriff’s Office IDs Murder Victim

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has identified 58 year old Sherri C. Butler as the victim of a homicide at the Sunset Motel in Batavia.

In a news conference this morning Undersheriff Gregory Walker confirmed that Butler was found deceased in the motel room just before noon on Monday by owners of the Sunset Motel.

An autopsy revealed Butler had died from a puncture wound to the neck from an unknown murder weapon.

Walker said she was last seen either late Friday or early Saturday and her absence prompted the owners to check her welfare.

Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster made an appeal to others in the community who may have information that can help their investigation…

According to Undersheriff Walker, Butler had a history with law enforcement and they believe she was a resident of the motel for several years as they recorded their first had contact with her at the address in January of 2014.

Officers said there was evidence that suggested some movement occurred before her death, but they declined to comment on if there was any evidence of robbery or sexual assault.

Along with searching for a murder suspect, Investigators are still trying to locate Butler’s next of kin if there is one.

Hawley: New Flexibility in Lake Ontario Flood Relief

News Release

As part of this year’s budget passed on March 31, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced today that new regulations have been put in place to increase flexibility in Lake Ontario’s relief program.

“Residents and businesses across Lake Ontario’s shoreline are still struggling to recover after Lake Ontario’s historic flooding last year, and I am proud to announce that we fought diligently in this year’s budget to free up funding to allow the recovery process to continue,” Hawley said. “A total of $12.5 million will be sent to homeowners in Cayuga, Monroe and Wayne counties and $4 million has been allocated to homeowners in Orleans County for flood recovery efforts.”

Hawley was one of the first state officials to tour the flooding along Lake Ontario’s shoreline firsthand and was instrumental in fighting for a state relief package as part of last year’s end of session agreement.

“I will continue to fight for more funding and financial flexibility throughout the duration of session to see that all affected residents receive the aid they so desperately deserve,” Hawley continued. “Please feel free to contact my office for more information or questions on this program, and know that I am with you every step of the way,”

Morning News Briefing

Motel Murder in Batavia under investigation.
A woman was found dead in a room at the Sunset Motel in Batavia and now the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is searching for the person who possibly murdered her.
Deputies received a report of an unresponsive woman found in the motel on West Main Street Road shortly before noon on Monday and first responders reported that the woman was already deceased when they arrived.
Deputies deemed the circumstances of the death suspicious and they determined they were investigating a homicide.
The hotel room was treated as a crime scene and the medical examiner ruled the death as a homicide.
An autopsy revealed that the woman died from a “sharp force trauma to the carotid artery.”
Investigators say they are working on leads and also on locating the woman’s next of kin before identifying her.
More information on the case is expected from the Sheriff’s Office later this morning.

Warsaw man accused of possessing a multitude of Child Porn.
According to State Police, 31 year old Kory A. Doyle of Warsaw was under investigation by their department for child porn possession since last March.
Troops say they were tipped off that Doyle had allegedly uploaded numerous images of child porn to the Internet by an Internet Service company early last year.
State Police stationed in Warsaw and Batavia allegedly found him in possession of a multitude images and videos containing child porn.
Doyle was arraigned in Warsaw Village Court and was ordered to be held in lieu of $25,000 bail in the Wyoming County Jail.

Funding is approved for upgrades to three Genesee County bridges.
The project fund for replacement of the Searls Road bridge over Spring Creek, Pratt Road bridge and Stroh Road bridge all received funding through federal grants and will be widened to meet federal standards according to County Highways Superintendent Tim Hens.

The bishop of Buffalo’s Catholic diocese is selling the mansion he lives in to help pay victims of sexually abusive priests.
Bishop Malone has said that no donations will be used to settle sex abuse claims but “The Buffalo News” says in one way or another, area Catholics are paying.
The diocese says settlements will be paid for by the sale of properties, insurance coverage and investment reserves, all of which the paper says traces back to the wallets of local Catholics.
Yesterday Bishop Malone announced he was putting the Oakland Place bishop’s mansion on the market.

Evening News Briefing

The death of a woman whose body was found in a room at the Sunset Motel in the Town of Batavia is being investigated as a homicide.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call shortly before Noon Monday of an unresponsive woman found in a room at the motel.
First responders found the woman dead.
Deputies said the circumstances of the death were suspicious and the room was processed as a crime scene.
An autopsy later found that the woman died from a “sharp force trauma to the carotid artery.”
The manner of death was determined to be a homicide.
The woman’s identity is known to law enforcement and efforts are now underway to locate her next of kin.

 

A Warsaw man has been accused of possessing and promoting child pornography.
31 year old Kory A. Doyle has been under investigation by state police since last March. Troopers say they were tipped off by an Internet Service company that Doyle had allegedly uploaded numerous images of child porn to the Internet.
Doyle was arraigned in Warsaw Village Court and was ordered to be held in lieu of $25,000 bail in the Wyoming County Jail.

 

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul isn’t going to challenge Congressman Chris Collins this election.
“The Buffalo News” reports that Governor Cuomo’s associates made a series of calls this weekend entertaining the idea of her replacing Democrat Nathan McMurray in the 27th Congressional District race. Hochul’s camp says that she expects to be Governor Cuomo’s running mate this year.

 

The NFL Draft is coming up and the Bills might need to make some more moves to snag a top quarterback.
Yesterday in a pre-draft press conference, Bills GM Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott said the team would be okay if it didn’t pick up a franchise quarterback.
Many disagree and SBNation.com speculates that the Bills might want to try to cut a deal with the Giants for the second overall pick.
Some think the choice quarterbacks could be taken before the Bills get a bite at the apple.

Woman Found Dead at Sunset Motel

The death of a woman whose body was found in a room at the Sunset Motel int he Town of Batavia is being investigated as a homicide.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call shortly before Noon yesterday of an unresponsive woman in a room at the motel.
When first responders arrived on scene, they found the woman dead/

Deputies said the circumstances of the death were suspicious and location was processed as a crime scene.
An autopsy later found that the woman died from a “sharp force trauma to the carotid artery.” The manner of death was determined to be a homicide.

The woman’s identity is known and efforts are underway to locate her next of kin for notification purposes.

GCC: How do we know it’s Spring?

News Release

While there may still be flurries in the air and icy sidewalks, the Alumni Affairs Office at Genesee Community College is thinking about golf! Registration is now open for the third annual Cougar Classic Scholarship Scramble scheduled for Monday, July 23, 2018 at the Stafford Country Club, 8873 Morganville Road (Rte. 237) in Stafford.

The Cougar Classic Scholarship Scramble allows up to 36 foursomes for the 18-hole event at the esteemed Stafford Country Club. Sign-in starts 11:30 a.m. with lunch available, and golfers tee off in “shotgun” style at 12:30 p.m. Registration is $125 per golfer and includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, all beer and nonalcoholic beverages during play, lunch and dinner with a cash bar, and much more! To join the event for dinner only is $25. Most importantly, all proceeds go directly to GCC student scholarship program, making higher education possible for deserving students in our community.

The registration deadline for golfers is June 15, 2018. Contact Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs Jennifer Wakefield at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6265 or via email at jgwakefiled@genesee.edu. The golfer registration form is also available online at https://www.genesee.edu/assets/file/alumni/Cougar-Classic-Player-Registration.pdf.

Additional opportunities to sponsor GCC scholarships are available at a number of levels ranging from $100 to $3,000. Sponsorships for golf games, including a putting contest, longest drive, closest to the pin, and beat the pro and other in-kind support efforts are also being accepted. A sponsorship sign-up form with all donation details is available at https://www.genesee.edu/assets/file/alumni/Cougar-Classic-Sponsorship-Sign-Up.pdf and should be sent to Jennifer Wakefield at jgwakefiled@genesee.edu to reserve a sponsorship level.

Additional information is available at https://www.genesee.edu/home/offices/alumni/alumni-events/cougar-classic/ or by contacting Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs Jennifer Wakefield at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6265 or via email at jgwakefiled@genesee.edu.

Hawley: “NYC Interests Kill Ethics Reform”

News Release: 

A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia)

“As the retrial of corrupt former Speaker Sheldon Silver hangs over the state, it is shocking that New York City politicians would consciously vote to block the most comprehensive ethics reform package in state history – the Public Officers Accountability Act.

“It is a grave disservice to taxpayers that Assembly leadership continues to vote down and bury legislation that may have prevented corrupt thieves like Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos from committing crimes.

“What we need is an end to Gov. Cuomo’s bid-rigging culture, term limits for legislative leaders, stronger income disclosure requirements and an end to lawmakers using campaign contributions as a golden parachute. Taxpayers deserve a more honest and faithful government.”

Warsaw man arrested for child pornography

Kory A. Doyle

News Release: NYSP

On April 16, 2018 the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) stationed at SP Warsaw arrested Kory A. Doyle, 31, Warsaw, NY for Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child Under Age 17 (Class D Felony) and Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child Under Age 16 (Class E Felony).

Between January 16, 2017 and March 21, 2017, Kory Doyle uploaded numerous images of sexual performances of a child to the Internet. On March 22, 2017 an Internet service company as a result of this activity alerted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and they alerted law enforcement.

Pursuant to a lengthy criminal investigation by the SP Warsaw BCI and the New York State Police Computer Crime Unit, SP Batavia, Doyle was found to possess a multitude of photos and videos of sexual performances of children.

Doyle was arrested and arraigned by Justice William Blythe in the village of Warsaw Court. Doyle was then remanded to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $25,000/$50,000 bail/bond. Doyle is scheduled to reappear in court on April 19, 2018.

Morning News Briefing

Forecasters ease flooding concerns and lift flood watch for the region.
The Flood Watch for much of Western New York including the entire GLOW region has been cancelled by the National Weather Service after experiencing a milder Monday than predicted.
Creeks and rivers are still expected to crest near flood stage in some areas over the next few days according to the Weather Service.
They say the chance of widespread flooding doesn’t seem to be a probability now.

Michael Piasta

Alleged armed Arby’s robber behind bars in Batavia.
Following investigation into an armed robbery at the Batavia Arby’s late last month, Police arrested 37 year old Michael Piasta of East Main Street.
Piasta allegedly displayed what appeared to be a handgun and threatened employees after entering the restaurant shortly after closing time.
Police said he stole $6,000 in the hold up.
Piasta has been jailed without bail.

A short rundown of the Batavia Police Blotter.
36 year old Amanda Havens of Munson Street in LeRoy was arrested and charged with Conspiracy and Petit Larceny.
She’s accused of stealing gas from the Tops Supermarket in Batavia and is expected to appear in City Court today.
Following a disturbance at a lower apartment at a residence on Dellinger Ave, police have arrested 27 year old Leroy Thornton of Niagara Falls for Harassment.
Thornton was accused of threatening another person in the disturbance and was subsequently released with an appearance ticket for April 24th in Batavia City Court.

A SUNY Binghamton student accused of stabbing fellow student to death.
20 year old Michael Roque of Long Island has been accused of stabbing 19 year old freshman Joao Sousa to death in a dorm room Sunday night.
He was arrested yesterday shortly after police released cryptic surveillance images of the attacker in the dorm.
Roque who was a fellow BU student is being held without bail in the Broome County jail.
This is the second SUNY Binghamton student murdered this year.

Democrats smell blood in New York’s Congressional waters.
A ranking official with the Democratic National Campaign Committee says several Republican Congressional seats in New York are vulnerable next election.
Chris Collins’ district is just one of seven seats listed as New York districts the DCCC is targeting this year.
Democrats need to pick up at least two-dozen seats to reclaim House majority.

The NFL Draft is coming up and the Bills might need to make some more moves to snag a top quarterback.
Yesterday in a pre-draft press conference, Bills GM Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott said the team would be okay if it didn’t pick up a franchise quarterback.
Many disagree and SBNation.com speculates that the Bills might want to try to cut a deal with the Giants for the second overall pick.
Some think the choice quarterbacks could be taken before the Bills get a bite at the apple.

Evening News Briefing

The National Weather Service has cancelled a Flood Watch for Genesee County and much of Western New York.
The Weather Service says that while some area creeks and rivers are still forecast to crest near flood stage over the next couple of days, the likelihood of widespread flooding has significantly diminished.

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly is out and about.
Kelly had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his jaw less than three weeks ago in New York City.
This weekend he was discharged from the hospital but is staying in New York to recover.

 

Michael Piasta

A Batavia man charged with holding up the Arby’s Restaurant late last month.
37 year old Michael Piasta of East Main Street is accused of entering the restaurant shortly after closing time, threatening employees with what appeared to be a handgun, and making off with 6-thosuand dollars.
Piasta is being held without bail.

 

An Olean man is accused of driving under the influence and attacking an Attica police officer. Police say they were trying to help David Woods whose car had run into a ditch in Attica. He was tased after allegedly punching officer Karl Zufall in the face. Woods was jailed in Wyoming County on $25,000 bail.
Officer Zufall was treated and released for his injuries at Wyomig County Community Hospital. Officials said Zufall will be out of work for a period of time.

Democrats smell blood in New York’s Congressional waters.
A ranking official with the Democratic National Campaign Committee says several Republican Congressional seats in New York are vulnerable next election.
Chris Collins’ district is just one of seven seats listed as New York districts the DCCC is targeting this year. Democrats need to pick up at least two-dozen seats to reclaim House majority.

Attica Police Officer Injured in Line of Duty

News Release: Attica Police Dept.

On Thursday, April 12, 2018 at about 5:15 pm the Attica Fire Department and the Wyoming County Sheriff Office was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Dunbar Road near the Wyoming Correctional Facility in the Town of Attica. Officer Karl Zufall responded to assist at the scene and determine the number and extent of injuries.

Upon arrival he was met by David F. Woods Jr. who was standing in the road way. Initially Officer Zufall had Woods sit in his patrol car to await the ambulance arrival. Officer Zufall was asked to retrieve some personal items from the vehicle by Woods. Officer Zufall attempted to gain entry to the vehicle however was unsuccessful due to the position of the vehicle. When Officer Zufall returned Woods became irate and attacked Officer Zufall. Woods struck Officer Zufall in the chest and face multiple times, Officer Zufall ordered Woods to get back several times and was then forced to deployed a tazer. The tazer had no effect on Woods, Woods continually attacked Officer Zufal when, as Officer Zufall attempted to take Woods into custody, members of Wyoming County Emergency Management and the Attica Fire Department arrived and immediately went to Officer Zufalls assistance. Woods was taken into custody and handcuffed.

When Deputies arrived from the Wyoming County Sheriff Office Woods was being transferred into their custody when Woods attacked Officer Zufall again, striking Officer Zufall in the knee. Woods was restrained and placed into the awaiting deputies’ vehicle. Officer Zufall remained at the scene until Woods was transported by the deputies. Upon returning to the office, Officer Zufall began having trouble breathing and pain in the jaw and knee. An ambulance was requested and Officer Zufall was transported to the Emergency Department at Wyoming County Community Hospital for treatment of injuries to his knee, ribs, back, chest and jaw. Office Zufall was treated and released however, will be out of work for a period of time.

Woods was then charged by the Wyoming County Sheriff Office for Assault 2nd, Attempted Assault 3rd, Obstruct Governmental Administration 2nd, Resisting Arrest, in addition to the vehicle and traffic charges and DWI charges which was the result of the motor vehicle accident.
Woods was released from Jail, just two days prior, (Tuesday, April 10th) on bail from charges resulting from a violent domestic. Woods has an extensive criminal history involving violent behavior and attacks to others.

Law Enforcement and First Responders, every day, put their lives in jeopardy to serve and protect the communities in which they work. A Police Officer responding to give assistance at a motor vehicle accident and then is violently attacked without provocation is unconceivable in most people minds however, this is exactly what happens. If it was not for the direct and immediate assistance by members of the Wyoming County Emergency Management Office and the Attica Fire Department Officer Zufall injuries would have been more extensive.

Attica Police Chief Dean Hendershott expressed his appreciation to the Deputies and Investigators of the Wyoming County Sheriff Office, Director Anthony Santoro of the Wyoming County Emergency Management Office and the members of the Attica Fire Department who assisted at the scene and who treated Office Zufall.

NYSP: Seeking public assistance with a missing person

Press Release:

Warsaw, NY – April 14, 2018 – New York State Police in Warsaw are seeking public assistance in locating Adam K. Barber, age 39, of Bliss, NY. Barber was known to be at his residence on ST-362 in the Town of Eagle around April 3, 2018 and family members are concerned for his well being. Barber is known to camp in the outdoors and sometimes visits Letchworth State Park.

Barber was last seen wearing an olive-green pea coat and gray or white Nike sneakers. He is 5’09” tall and weighs approximately 170 lbs.

Anyone with information is asked to call the New York State Police at (585) 786-5152.

Morning News Briefing

Weekend Weather leads to a Flood Watch for the region.
Much of Western New York, including counties along Lake Ontario are under a flood watch.
Forecasters say heavy rain along with melting snow could cause creeks and rivers to flood.
Around 1 to 1.5 inches of rain is expected through today which may result in minor river and creek flooding in a few locations.
The Tonawanda creek in Batavia is well below flood stage level at last check and is expected to crest at under six feet by tomorrow morning.
The flood watch will be in effect through tomorrow evening.

Suspected armed Arby’s robber is apprehended.
37 year old Michael Piasta Jr. of East Main Street in Batavia has been taken into custody by Police for the armed robbery of the Batavia restaurant on March 25th.
He is accused of stealing over $6,000 after holding up Arby’s employees with what appeared to be a hand gun.
Piasta was committed without bail to the Genesee County Jail.

State Police in Warsaw are asking for the public’s help in locating 39 year old Adam Barber, of Bliss.
Family members are concerned for his well-being after Barber went missing from his residence on State Route 362 in the Town of Eagle at the beginning of April.
Barber is known to camp outdoors and visits Letchworth State Park on occasion.

Julie Pacatte the Economic Development Director for Batavia, has resigned.
After working with the city for nearly six years Pacatte has accepted a new position with a private firm near Albany.
The EDC has credited Pacatte for playing a major role in Batavia’s 10-million dollar Downtown Revitalization grant and with being the driving force behind the Ellicott Station Project.

Chili man picked up for illegally picking up scrap metal in Stafford.
36 year old James Page was arrested and charged with Petit Larceny, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and Use of a Motor Vehicle without an interlock device after an incident on Clinton Street Road in Stafford, Saturday night.
Deputies allegedly found Page loading scrap metal from a local business into his truck.
He was issued an appearance ticket for May 15th in Stafford Town Court.

An Attica police officer attacked after trying to help An Olean man out of a ditch.
Police say they were trying to help 46 year old David Woods, whose car had run into a ditch in Attica.
Woods allegedly punched the officer in the face before being tased, then later kicked him in the knee.
He was arrested and charged with Assault, Resisting Arrest and DWI along with various other charges.
Woods was remanded to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly is out and about.
Kelly had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his jaw less than three weeks ago in New York City.
This weekend was discharged from the hospital but is staying there to recover.
Yesterday his wife Jill posted a video on Instagram of Kelly in a Bills fleece walking along the streets of New York.

WBTA Sunday News

  • An Ice Storm Warning remains in effect until 2 this afternoon.
    Then, a Flood Watch takes effect from early tomorrow morning until Tuesday evening.
    Primary roads are wet and slush covered but quite passable.
    Secondary roads that have been treated are also wet and slushy.
    Sidewalks and parking lots that have not been treated are extremely slippery.
    The conditions have prompted these churches to cancel services for today:
    • St. James Episcopal, Batavia
    • Emanuel Baptist Church on Oak Street – services and religious education
    • First Baptist Church on East Main Street – today’s service and bible study cancelled
    • Oakfield First United Methodist Church
    • Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church
  • Pentecostals of Genesee, Oak St.

UPDATE: Genesee Community College Batavia Campus, closed for today

The predicted power failures have not materialized, at least not yet.
National Grid reports no power failures in Genesee or Wyoming counties.
The New York State Thruway is reporting generally clear conditions in Western New York.
Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron has issued a Travel Advisory for all of Genesee County until later this afternoon.
Buffalo Niagara International and Rochester’s Monroe County Airport are showing several cancellations of departing flights this morning.
As always, it is best to check with your individual airlines for your flight status.

In other news this morning:
The suspected Batavia Arby’s Roast Beef bandit has been collared.
Batavia Police have arrested 37 year old Michael J. Piasta Jr of East Main Street in Batavia for the armed robbery which occurred at Arby’s back on March 25th.
He allegedly entered Arby’s with what appeared to be a hand gun and stole over $6000.00.
Piasta is now in the county jail without bail.

New York State Police in Warsaw are seeking public assistance in locating 39 year old Adam K. Barber, of Bliss, NY.
Barber was known to be at his residence on ST-362 in the Town of Eagle around April 3, 2018 and family members are concerned for his well-being. Barber is known to camp in the outdoors and sometimes visits Letchworth State Park.

The City of Batavia’s Economic Development Director, Julie Pacatte, has resigned.
Pacatte is taking a job with a private firm near Albany.
She has been with the city for almost six years.
Pacatte is credited with being the driving force behind the Ellicott Station Project and for playing a major role in Batavia’s 10-million dollar Downtown Revitalization grant.

Repaving of Lake Ontario Parkway

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) delivered roughly 2,000 signatures to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to demanding the repaving of Lake Ontario State Parkway between Kendall and Hamlin. It will be announced by the Department of Transportation (DOT) that $5.2 million worth of road repairs will begin soon. Hawley calls it an investment to improve safety and the accessibility of this important roadway.

“I am thrilled to announce that Lake Ontario State Parkway will be repaired by the Department of Transportation, and it’s due to the wonderful people in my district who helped send a message that we need safe roads in our community,” said Hawley. “We sent thousands of signatures to the governor to get this accomplished. I am looking forward to a safer road in the near future.”

The rough roadway caused significant issues with traffic and its continued maintenance is important to further support local tourism. Residents and Hawley called for these repairs in March 2016 and the DOT is expected to make an announcement on Monday.

Weather Alert Updates: Ice Storm Warning then a Flood Watch

Press Release:

ICE STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 2 PM EDT SUNDAY…

* WHAT…Significant icing and gusty winds are expected. Total
ice accumulations of around one half are expected.

* WHERE…Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, and
Livingston counties.

* WHEN…From 2 PM this afternoon to 2 PM EDT Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Power outages and tree damage are likely
due to the strong winds and ice. Travel will be difficult at
times.

FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON…

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a

* Flood Watch for western New York and the Genesee Valley.

* From late Sunday night through Tuesday afternoon.

* Moderate to heavy rain of 2 to 2.5 inches may result in
considerable runoff into area creeks and rivers.

* Small streams and creeks, low-lying and poor drainage areas, and
urban areas may see flooding problems develop as soon as early
Monday morning. However, larger streams and rivers will take
longer to respond with flooding possible later Monday into
Tuesday.

Saturday Morning News

The deputy involved in Wednesday night’s fatal shooting is identified.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s office has identified the deputy involved in Wednesday night’s fatal shooting in Pembroke.
The deputy was Ryan W. Young, who has been with the sheriff’s office for two years and has a total of six years law enforcement experience.
Young had previously served with the LeRoy Police Department
In a written statement, Sheriff William Sheron said law enforcement officers

“go to work every day knowing that they may be required to sacrifice their own lives or take the life of another human being in order to protect the community. Deputy Young’s actions on Wednesday did just that.”

Deputy Young shot and killed 61 year old Keith Kent in the parking lot of the log Cabin restaurant after Kent pointed a handgun in the direction of the officer.

Arby’s alleged armed robber is arrested.
Police have arrested 37 year old Michael J. Piasta Jr of East Main Street in Batavia for the armed robbery which occurred at Arby’s in Batavia on March 25th.
Piasta was charged with Robbery, Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Grand Larceny.
He allegedly entered Arby’s with what appeared to be a hand gun and stole over $6,000. Piasta was remanded to the Genesee County Jail with no bail and is to re-appear in Batavia City Court on Monday.

The City of Batavia’s Economic Development Director, Julie Pacatte, has resigned.
Pacatte is taking a job with a private firm near Albany.
She has been with the city for almost six years.
Pacatte is credited with being the driving force behind the Ellicott Station Project and for playing a major role in Batavia’s 10-million dollar Downtown Revitalization grant.

Prosecutors say a former Wyoming County sheriff’s deputy charged with murder was accused of rape. Court papers say 60-year-old Joseph Mlyniec may have killed Robert Irvine in Perry to keep sex abuse allegations quiet.
Investigators say Mlyniec may have led a bisexual double life.

A Winter Weather Advisory turns into an Ice Storm Warning, then a Flood watch for the region.
The National Weather Service has up graded their Winter Weather Advisory for Genesee County and most of Western New York into an Ice Storm Warning from later this afternoon through tomorrow morning.
Then from late Sunday night through Tuesday afternoon a Flood Watch will be in effect for western New York and the Genesee Valley.
The weather Service warns of freezing rain and ice accumulation of nearly a half-inch and possible Power outages.

Evening News Briefing

The Genesee County Sheriff’s office has identified the deputy involved in Wednesday night’s fatal shooting in Pembroke.
The deputy was Ryan Young, who has been with the sheriff’s office for two years and has a total of six years law enforcement experience.
In a statement released this afternoon, Sheriff’s William Sheron said law enforcement officers go to work every day knowing that they may be required to sacrifice their owns lives or take the life of another human being in order to fulfill their obligations to protecting the community. Deputy Young’s actions on Wednesday did just that.
Deputy Young shot and killed 61 year old Keith Kent in the parking lot of the log Cabin restaurant after Kent pointed a handgun in the direction of the officer.

 

The City of Batavia’s Economic Development Director, Julie Pacatte, has resigned.
Pacatte is taking a job with a private firm near Albany.
She has been with the city for almost six years.
Pacatte credited with being the driving force behind the Ellicott Station Project and for playing a major role in Batavia’s 10-million dollar Downtown Revitalization grant.

 

Prosecutors say a former Wyoming County sheriff’s deputy charged with murder was accused of rape. Court papers say 60-year-old Joseph Mlyniec may have killed Robert Irvine in Perry to keep sex abuse allegations quiet.
Investigators say Mlyniec may have led a bisexual double life.

The National Weather Service has posted a Winter Weather Advisory for Genesee County and most of Western New York from tomorrow afternoon through Sunday morning.
The weather Service warns of freezing rain and ice accumulation of nearly a half-inch.
Power outages are possible.

Deputy Involved in Fatal Shooting Identified

Deputy Ryan Young

The officer involved in Wednesday night’s shooting at the Indian Falls Log Cabin Restaurant as Deputy Ryan W. Young. Deputy Young is a six-year law enforcement officer that joined the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office in 2016. He previously served with the LeRoy Police Dept.

Sheriff William Sheron stated, “Law enforcement officers go to work every day knowing that they may be required to sacrifice their own lives, or take the life of another human being, in order to fulfill their obligation of protecting the citizens of our communities. Deputy Young’s actions on Wednesday night did just that.”

GCC Athletics: Fobbs Named NABC First-Team All-American


Press Release:

Fobbs Named NABC First-Team All-American

Brian Fobbs of the Genesee Community College men’s basketball team and a recently-committed recruit to Towson University was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) NJCAA Division II All-American Team today, April 13.

Fobbs was the lone NJCAA Region-III recipient of the group and the lone representative from any NJCAA Division II team in the state of New York. Overall, nine states were represented with just Illinois having more than a single representative with two.

In addition to Fobbs, the 2018 NABC Coaches’ NJCAA Division II All-America Team also included: Kamari Bolton, North Arkansas; Catoni Collins, Lake County (IL); Tray Croft, Iowa Central; Quintin Dove, Cuyahoga (OH); Rashaad Goolsby, Phoenix (AZ); Walt Kelser, Schoolcraft (MI); Harlyn Owens II, Dakota County (MN); Holden Redparth, Highland (KS); and Deonta Terrell, Triton (IL).

The NABC Player of the Year came from the NJCAA Division-I ranks with Southern Idaho sophomore Charles Jones Jr. as its recipient.

Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

BDC Director resigns to take a job in the private sector

News Release: Batavia Development Corp

Julie Pacatte

The Batavia Development Corporation accepted the resignation of Julie Pacatte, Economic Development Director in charge of economic development for the city of Batavia. Ms. Pacatte has accepted a position for a private sector employer located in New York’s Capital District Region.

“To say that she will be missed is an understatement, Ms. Pacatte was instrumental in a number of initiatives to improve the economic environment in Batavia,” said Pierluigi Cipollone, President of the Batavia Development Corporation. “She has advanced economic development in the city to new levels and facilitated more than $30 million in pledged investment into the city,” said Cipollone.

Pacatte was successful in leading the way to develop the Batavia Pathway to Prosperity (BP2), a first in the state PILOT Increment Financing (PIF) district that diverts new PILOT payments from three tax jurisdictions (City, School, and County) to develop the most blighted and impoverished areas of the city. The program was developed following the city’s success in creating the Brownfield Opportunity Area and identifying sites primed for investment. These efforts lead to the attraction of $20 million investment pledge by Savarino Companies at the Ellicott Station brownfield site.

Pacatte lead efforts to craft the successful $10 million Downtown Redevelopment Initiative (DRI) application, was the driving force behind the BDC’s Public-Private Partnership, the freshLab restaurant incubator, as well as an administrator for loans and grants to aid new and existing businesses in the city.

She has helped bring the BDC to solid ground and advance our mission of new economic opportunities in the city of Batavia. The BDC still has much to do and will continue to work in the city helping small businesses, ensuring that the Savarino project can break ground this summer, working to advance development at Creek Park, assisting DRI project winners and working with all economic development partners in county and across the region.

“Thank you, Ms. Pacatte for your passionate efforts to make Batavia a better place to work, live and play and I wish you continued success in your future pursuits,” said Cipollone.

GCC Athletics Update: Fobbs Signs with D-I Towson/Women’s Lacrosse National Player of the Week

Brian Fobbs (center) officially signs with D-I Towson April 12

Press Release:

NJCAA All-American Fobbs Signs with D-I Towson

Recently named First Team National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II All-American, Genesee Community College men’s basketball player Brian Fobbs will be taking up residence in Towson, Md. next season to continue his collegiate basketball career at the division-one level.

The Towson University men’s basketball team announced the signing of Fobbs to a National Letter of Intent today, April 12.

A 6-foot-5 guard, Fobbs recently completed an outstanding two-year career at GCC. He was named the NJCAA Region-III Player of the Year and led the region in points-per-game (26.4) and rebounds-per-game (12.7).

“He’s a big time shooter and scorer who is efficient and productive,” Towson head men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry said of Fobbs.

“He’s also versatile and physical. He is a guy (assistant coach Kevin) Clark identified and we quickly got him to campus. Brian is also an excellent rebounder with a great work ethic. His shooting percentages from the field from three-point land and the free-throw line were all outstanding this year. On top of that, he is great kid and excited to join our program.”

In helping Genesee Community College win 19 games and advance to the Region III semifinals, Fobbs shot 57.2 percent from the field and made 71 three-pointers. He scored 30 or more points nine times, including a single-game program record of 46 points. Fobbs also had 16 games of at least 20 or more points, and ended his two years with the Cougars with 1,306 points – which is fourth all-time in program history.

Cougars’ head men’s basketball coach Terry George had nothing but praise for his top player this season, “Brian had a tremendous season! From the first game of the season until the last possession of the year, ‘B.Fobbs’ dominated this level like only a handful of players to ever put on the Genesee uniform. He put in all the necessary work to accomplish most of his goals at GCC and deserves everything that comes his way!”

Fobbs joins a winning Tigers program that competes in the Colonial Athletic Association and plays out of SECU Arena.

Rachel Ladd (Mexico, NY) and Jason Chiodo (Hamburg, NY)
Cougar Athletes of the Week Announced

The Genesee Community College’s athletes of the week for the period ending April 8 are Rachel Ladd (Mexico, NY) from the women’s lacrosse team and Jason Chiodo (Hamburg, NY) from the men’s lacrosse team as both teams played national-ranked competition last week.

Ladd scored five points last week in a pair of games to lead the women’s lacrosse team. Her first goal of the week came against No. 3 Onondaga from free position and it was also the team’s first goal that helped build momentum as the team added more tallies after she broke the ice for her team. In her second outing of the week Ladd scored the hat trick and added an assist in bringing the team’s overall record back to .500. The freshman also recorded eight groundballs, eight draw controls and had 10 shots on net for the Cougars.

Chiodo scored a dozen points in a pair of men’s lacrosse wins for No. 3 Genesee last week. He single-handedly was responsible for moving the Cougars to No. 3 in the national polls after being- in on seven Cougar goals on then-No. 3 Howard, who only scored six in the loss to Genesee. The freshman attackman led his team in goals in each game last week with 10 total and five in each game, and also led his team in shots and shots on net with 21 and 16, respectively. He also scored both game-winning goals and recorded three groundballs.

No. 3 Men’s Lacrosse Team Sting Hornets 24-4

The Genesee Community College men’s lacrosse team continued its momentum and played its first game as the nation’s third-best team following the release of the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Men’s Lacrosse Poll earlier this week by traveling to Binghamton with a matchup against SUNY Broome.

More than a dozen players found the score sheet with nine players registering multi-goal performances in a 24-4 win over the Hornets April 11.

Jordan Brennan led all scorers with seven points and co-led the team in goals with four and assists with three.

Joshua Shields matched Brennan’s goal total with four of his own, while Kevin McParlene equaled Brennan’s assist total with three.

Both Andrew Forte and Brad Hejmanowski went 10-for-15 in faceoffs in leading the way with a team total of 21-of-32 on the day.

Genesee also collectively recorded 11 saves through four goalies, with each getting in an entire quarter of game time that included Garrett Lazore, Max Henchbarger, Lincoln Potter and Troi Benedict.

In addition to Brennan and Shields, the other multi-goal scorers included McParlene, Jason Chiodo, Samuel Koczwara, Alex Mack, Forte and Patrick Bilbrey, with each netting a pair and the latter recording the official game-winning goal. Joining that list with three goals was Evan Hollfelder, who was just one assist off the team-lead for the contest with a pair of helpers.

The Cougars also had 10 multi-point performances. After Brennan’s seven, Hollfelder and McParlene each had five with Shields adding four points – with all four coming from goals.

Chiodo notched three points; while Koczwara, Bilbrey and Michael Trimper each notched a pair of points in the win. Single-point games came from Josh Bernas, Henry Reber and Tyler Thompson, with the trio adding one helper apiece.


Softball Team faces Tough Division-II Opponent

The Genesee Community College softball team concluded weekday play for this week, but will return with action this weekend after hosting National Junior College Athletic Association Division-II Mercyhurst April 11.

Although the Cougars dropped both games there were some bright spots as the team finally played their first games of the season against Region-III opponents after nearly a month layoff after the team’s return from South Carolina.

The team needed a day to get back in the swing of things after a pair of road losses to Onondaga Community College the previous day.

The Cougars got off to a good start against D-II Mercyhurst by shutting them down in the first inning and then taking the lead in the bottom of the same inning. The Cougars ultimately bowed 15-4 in the first game of the home-opening doubleheader in some wintry conditions.

Shiori Ubukata led the Cougars by going 3-for-4 at the plate, with a solid performance also coming from Jackie Guzdek, who was 2-for-3.

In the second game, again it was Ubukata who energized the Cougars with a first-inning run and although the Cougars lost 14-2 the brightest spot may have come from the mound. Sam Tatarski was solid with most of Mercyhurt’s runs coming unearned.

Against Onondaga, the Cougars built some nice momentum in the second game of the doubleheader from the get-go after Tatarski homered. That was followed up by a Ubukata double with her also crossing the plate for a run after Guzdek successfully bunted-in a run and was also safe at first.

Defensively, the game was highlighted by a pair of double plays that came from Ubukata and Guzdek.

Genesee had some strong bats in the second Onondaga game with Ubukata again going 3-for-4 and a pair of hits each coming from Kennedy Lampert and Katie Haefele. Single hits came off the bats of Mikayla Bush, Maki Iwami and Britni Way.

Bri Heers had a pair of goals and three points for the Cougars against ECC April 11
Cougars Close to Unseating Kats in Women’s Lacrosse

The Genesee Community College women’s lacrosse team deserved better than an 8-6 loss to visiting Erie Community College April 12.

The Cougars took a late 4-2 lead in the first half and peppered the Erie goalie with almost twice as many shots as Erie could muster on Genesee. After dropping a pair of games to Erie last season by a dozen or more goals in each contest, the Cougars appear to be on the cusp of finally overtaking the Kats in the very near future via the play and result of Wednesday’s contest.

Bri Heers was in on half the Cougars’ offense with three points from a pair of goals and an assist. Current GCC Female Athlete of the Week Rachel Ladd also had a multi-point performance with a goal and assist, while Leah Herman, Kali Wright and Ashley Barclay all adding goals.

Jenna Lewis and Katline Cartwright also had helpers with the latter registering a team-high six shots for the contest.

Ladd recorded a team-high nine groundballs and four other Cougars registered three groundballs apiece that included Allison Duhow, Herman, Wright and current National Junior College Athletic Association Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Week Molly Barden.

Paige Biggins and Julie Kommer each added a pair of groundballs, while Sara Zakes recorded eight saves.


Barden Becomes First-Ever Cougar to Win NJCAA Women’s Lacrosse National Player of the Week

The National Junior College Athletic Association named Genesee Community College’s Molly Barden as its women’s national player of the week April 11.
Barden becomes the first Cougar ever to win the distinction as she scored 11 points in a pair of women’s lacrosse games last week while leading her team in goals, groundballs, shots and shots on net in each contest.
Of the two games, her most productive was a six-goal outing in a Region-III matchup against Mohawk Valley.
For the week she ended up with seven goals and four assists with 18 shots and 12 shots on net. In addition, she scooped up 14 groundballs with five coming against No. 3 Onondaga and nine against the Hawks.

Link to award: http://www.njcaa.org/sports/wlax/2017-18/releases/-4-11-18-_WLAX_POTW_-_Week_4

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

BPD: Coffee Donation

Press Release:

The Batavia Police Department, along with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Genesee County Probation, LeRoy Police Department and the New York State Troopers – Troop A; would like to thank Dave Lumberg, Owner/Operator of Tim Horton’s (20 Main St.) for their daily donation of fresh, hot, coffee to our Officers and Instructors during the last two weeks of Active Threat Training, concluding today. The added level of convenience aided in the productivity of the training.

Morning News Briefing

State Police clamp down on investigation into fatal shooting of an armed Albion man by an unnamed deputy in Pembroke.
State Police have identified 61 year old Keith Kent of Albion as the armed suspect who was shot and killed after allegedly drawing on a Genesee County Deputy in the parking lot of the Log Cabin Restaurant on Gilmore Road.
Due to the nature of the case, investigators from the State Police Troop A in Batavia are conducting an independent investigation and have yet to disclose the identity of the deputy who fired the fatal shot.
State Police Major Edward Kennedy wrapped up a press conference about the shooting yesterday morning with a disclaimer…

What has been revealed is that Kent who ran a logging business in Albion died immediately after being shot by the deputy late Wednesday night.
Kent was reported to have threatened customers, and provoked people to fight him at the Pembroke tavern, and at one point was apparently asking “Where are the Police?”
On the night of the incident, Genesee County Undersheriff Gregory Walker initially stated that the deputy took a single deadly shot killing the suspect after he had refused several commands to drop his gun and pointed his weapon at the officer.
Yesterday morning officials declined to say just how many shots were fired by Kent or the deputy.
Undersheriff Walker also said that police body cam footage of the shooting is under review.

Prosecutors say a former Wyoming County sheriff’s deputy charged with murder was accused of rape.
Court papers say 60 year old Joseph Mlyniec may have killed Robert Irvine the Third in Perry to keep sex abuse allegations quiet.
Investigators say Mlyniec may have led a bisexual double life and raped someone, and Irvine may have planned on acting as a witness.
Mlyniec is behind bars without bail.

State Police and local law enforcement will participate in a statewide crackdown on distracted driving as part of April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
The enforcement effort, called Operation Hang Up, will include increased patrols and checkpoints targeting drivers using electronic devices while behind the wheel. This year’s enforcement detail will run through April 16.

A Winter Weather Advisory popping up well into the spring season.
The Advisory has been posted by the National Weather Service for the entire GLOW region and several surrounding counties to be in effect from 2 pm Saturday to 10 am Sunday.
Forecasters are calling for freezing rain with total ice accumulations of a quarter to half inch.
They say the heavy ice accumulation may lead to tree damage and power outages.
Winds are also expected to gust up to 40 mph, especially along the lakeshore.

Former Bills running back Fred Jackson wants to come back to retire a Bill.
Jackson was cut in 2015 after eight years with the Bills then picked up by Seattle.
He’s working on a one-day deal with Buffalo so he can retire as a Buffalo Bill.

Evening News Briefing

An Albion logger shot and killed by a Genesee County sheriff’s deputy after threatening patrons of a Pembroke tavern.
61 year old Keith Kent died in the parking lot of the Log Cabin Restaurant on Gilmore Road late last night.
Authorities said Kent had created a disturbance and threatened customers of the tavern.
Genesee County Undersheriff Gregory Walker

Walker said there that the deputy fired only the one fatal shot.
Later officials declined to say just how many shots were fired by Kent or the deputy.
The case has been turned over to State Police to conduct an independent investigation. Troop A Commander Edward Kennedy is cautious about what information is being made public

It was also revealed that police body cam footage of the shooting is available to investigators who are still going over evidence and statements late today.

A Possible motive revealed in the case of a former Wyoming County deputy charged with murder.
60 year old Joseph Mlyniec (miln-ee-ak) is charged with gunning down Robert Irvine the Third in the driveway of Irvine’s home in Perry last month.
Police believe Mlyniec killed Irvine to keep sexual abuse allegations against the former deputy from being made public.
Mlyniec has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

State Police and local law enforcement will participate in a statewide crackdown on distracted driving as part of April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
The enforcement effort, called Operation Hang Up, will include increased patrols and checkpoints targeting drivers using electronic devices while behind the wheel. This year’s enforcement detail will run through April 16.

Congressman Chris Collins had surprisingly nice things to say to Mark Zuckerberg.
The Facebook CEO apologized to members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for the social network not doing more to protect user data.
Collins, who represents Genesee County in Congress, told Zuckerberg that after hearing him talk, he’s confident he’s doing good work that he believes in.

Former Bills running back Fred Jackson wants to come back to retire a Bill. Jackson was cut in 2015 after eight years with the Bills then picked up by Seattle.
He’s working on a one-day deal with Buffalo so he can retire as a Buffalo Bill.

College Entry Help Sessions at GCC in April, May and June!

Press Release:

What: College Entry Help Sessions at GCC in April, May and June!

When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ~ Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ~ Wednesday, June 27, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College – Room T122 – Conable Technology Building ~ One College Road, Batavia NY

Who: Anyone looking for some help enrolling in college!

Background: Are you looking to go to college? Change careers? Lost a job? The Adult Educational Opportunity Center (AEOC) can help you figure out your next steps with its year-long schedule of open monthly sessions designed to get anyone started on their way to a college degree!

As with all AEOC services, these sessions are FREE and available both by appointment and walk-in! During these sessions, the AEOC’s outreach specialists will help potential college applicants with a variety of services, including:

• Financial Aid Counseling: help completing the FAFSA, understanding various financial aid options including student loans and Pell grants, scholarship applications, retrieving transcripts and assistance with special circumstance applications
• Enrollment Assistance: completing college applications or enrollment forms, ACT Test registration and completing Entrance Exam Prep through Accuplacer and transfer service
• Veterans Services: AEOC outreach specialists are trained to assist any veteran in navigating services available for higher education
• Career Services: the AEOC staff can assist with career exploration and navigation, financial literacy and more!

Both appointment and walk-in sessions will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, Wednesday, May 16, 2018 and Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Appointments are also available on additional dates by request. To schedule any appointment, please email AEOC@genesee.edu or contact Adult Education Director Kate Trombley, M.S. at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6285.

It is important to note that these College Entry Point Sessions are not limited to students attending or planning to attend GCC. Anyone interested in attending any college or in need of assistance in getting started can participate. Information regarding GCC and all other area colleges will be available at these sessions.

Additional details and a list of the session dates for all of 2018 is available at: http://news.genesee.edu/news/2018/01/05/ready-enroll-college-looking-some-help

State Police announce crackdown on distracted driving

Press Release:

New York State Police and local law enforcement will participate in a statewide crackdown on distracted driving as part of April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The enforcement effort, called Operation Hang Up, will include increased patrols and checkpoints targeting drivers using electronic devices while behind the wheel. This year’s enforcement detail will run from April 12 through April 16.

Preliminary data indicates a more than 1,100 percent increase in tickets for texting while driving in New York State from 2011 to 2017, including a 20 percent increase from 2016 to 2017. While hands-free technology in vehicles has resulted in a steady decline in the number of tickets issued for cell phone use, the increased use of smartphones has caused texting tickets to rise every year since 2011.

Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of the operation in order to more easily identify motorists who are using handheld devices while driving. CITE vehicles allow the Trooper to better observe distracted driving violations. These vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “Motorists who disregard the law and the dangers of using a smartphone while driving could face stiff penalties. Our Troopers will be highly visible and vigilant in our enforcement efforts, as we seek to eliminate the tragedies caused by distracted driving.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nationwide in 2016, 3,450 people were killed in crashes caused by distracted driving. In addition, according to a study conducted by the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research, in 2015, 160 persons were killed and more than 33,000 persons were injured in crashes in New York that had “driver inattention/distraction” reported as a contributing factor. The same report noted that 21 to 22 percent of police-reported fatal and personal injury crashes had “driver inattention/distraction” reported as a contributing factor each year.

Terri Egan, DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner and Acting Chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, said, “Glancing at your phone, even for a second, can lead to tragedy. If you need to look at your phone, find a safe place to pull off the road. No message is worth someone’s life.”

Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said, “Distracted driving puts your life and the lives of all motorists in danger as well as our emergency responders and roadside workers. The Thruway Authority is proud to partner with State Police and other state agencies to promote awareness about this entirely preventable issue. We encourage all motorists to drive safely and use Text Stops and Service Areas as safe locations for calling, texting or using hand-held devices.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of Text Stops in September 2013, expanding upon the state’s efforts to reduce distracted driving by highlighting places for motorists to pull off the highway, park and use their mobile devices. Park-and-ride facilities, rest stops, and parking areas along state highways and the New York State Thruway serve a dual function as Texting Zones.

The newest Text Stop, located on the northbound Adirondack Northway (Interstate 87) between Exits 27 and 28 in the town of Schroon, Essex County, opened in October 2017.

State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas said, “Distracted driving is similar to impaired driving, a hazard on our roadways and a hindrance to public safety across New York. I urge motorists to keep their eyes on the road for their safety and the safety of others, and take advantage of the dozens of text stops lining our vast state highway system.”

The goal of the Operation Hang Up campaign is to enforce the law and raise awareness and deter distracted driving.

During the April 2017 Operation Hang Up campaign, State Police issued more than 16,000 tickets, including 2,116 tickets for distracted driving. The tickets written were a combination of talking on a cell phone without a hands free device, texting, or using an electronic device while driving.

NYS Distracted Driving Tickets Issued:

YEAR OF VIOLATION CELL PHONE TEXTING TOTAL TICKETS

2017* 104,445 110,591 215,036
2016 113,370 92,363 205,733
2015 132,245 84,794 217,039
2014 165,087 76,208 241,295
2013 208,508 55,718 264,226
2012 217,329 30,370 247,699
2011 248,801 9,043 257,844

Counts as of 3/27/2018
*PLEASE NOTE – Counts for 2017 may be incomplete due to lag time associated with processing tickets recorded and delivered to DMV on paper (as opposed to those recorded and transmitted electronically).

Final counts for 2017 will be available in May 2018.

UPDATE: NYSP Troop A assisting GCSO with Deputy involved shooting

Press Release:

On April 11, 2018 at approximately 10:58 P.M., Genesee County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) responded to a 911 call of a male subject armed with a handgun threatening patrons in the parking lot of Indian Falls Log Cabin Bar & Restaurant in Pembroke, NY. During the incident Deputy’s confronted Keith A. Kent, 61 of Albion, NY at which time Kent was fatally shot. The GCSO has requested the NYSP to handle the investigation. No other injuries resulted from this incident.

The Genesee County District Attorney Office, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and the NYSP Forensic Investigation Unit responded to assist with the scene.
This is still an ongoing investigation. No further questions or statements will be made at this time.

Press conference on fatal Pembroke shooting leaves many questions unanswered

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office held a joint press conference with State Police regarding a fatal shooting involving a responding Genesee County Deputy at the Indian Falls Log Cabin in Pembroke.

State Police Major Edward Kennedy took a hard stance against prematurely releasing information…

It has been confirmed that the suspect was armed with a handgun and had discharged the weapon before officers arrived and at least once more after they made it on scene.

The initial report which came in before 11 p.m. last night described a male subject causing a disturbance at the Log Cabin restaurant and refusing to leave.

While deputies were in route another report came in that the subject had fired shots.

It was revealed that the man was yelling threats, provoking people to fight him outside in the parking lot of the restaurant and that he was asking “where are the police?”.

Undersheriff Gregory Walker did say that there were nine people at the restaurant that were still being interviewed and that no one inside was injured.

WBTA reported that the involved deputy fired a single shot ending the threat, however State Police would not confirm how many rounds were fired by either the suspect or law enforcement.

Undersheriff Walker said that body cam footage of the incident was being analyzed and that State Police are handling the criminal investigation while the Sheriff’s Office will be conducting an internal investigation.

Morning News Briefing

Genesee County deputy ends threat of an armed suspect with a single shot.
A Genesee County Sheriff’s deputy responded with force after an armed suspect ignored commands to drop his weapon and pointed his gun at the officer.
The suspect was shot and killed late Last night in the parking lot of the Log Cabin Restaurant on Gilmore Road in Pembroke.
Law enforcement were called to a report of shots fired at the restaurant shortly before 11 last night according to Undersheriff Gregory Walker.
After arriving at the scene police immediately encountered the armed suspect in the parking lot who then failed to respond to commands, turned and pointed a gun at one of the responding deputies.
Walker said the suspect was killed with one shot.

The name of the suspect or the deputy who fired the fatal shot have yet to be released.
Undersheriff Walker said the case has been turned over to the State Police for an independent investigation.
More information is expected to be released later today.

A Possible motive revealed in the indictment of a former Wyoming County deputy charged with murder.
60 year old Joseph Mlyniec was arraigned yesterday for allegedly gunning down Robert Irvine the Third in the driveway of his home in Perry last month.
He has been accused of killing Irvine to keep sexual abuse allegations from being reported according to information in the indictment.
It isn’t clear who the alleged sex abuse victim was.
Mlyniec pleaded not guilty to murder and intimidating a witness, and was sent back to jail.

First-time candidate for New York Governor Cynthia Nixon is adding the legalization of marijuana to her campaign issues.
She released a video in which she claims while marijuana has been effectively legalized for white people, blacks and Latinos continue to face arrest.

Nixon also says legalizing weed will generate millions in tax dollars and create agricultural opportunities throughout the state.

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is offering advice on how a small business can deal with an active shooter situation.
Two Genesee county Sheriff’s Deputies will host the workshop a week from today at the chamber office on Park Road.
Chamber President Tom Turnbull says the workshop will help businesses form a plan they hope never to use.

The state DOT has begun construction on the $1.4 million replacement of the bridge carrying Bethany Center Road over U.S. Route 20.
The project will replace the 86 year old bridge with upgraded guiderails, pavement markings, and signage.
An average 15-hundred vehicles use the bridge every day.
Bethany Center Road will close for approximately five months during the construction which is scheduled to be completed this fall.

Armed Suspect Shot and Killed by Genesee County Deputy

An armed suspect was fatally shot by a Genesee County Sheriff’s deputy after the man ignored commands to drop his weapon and pointed his gun at the officer.

The shooting occurred late last night in the parking lot of the Log Cabin Restaurant on Gilmore Road in Pembroke.

Undersheriff Gregory H. Walker

Undersheriff Gregory Walker said law enforcement responded to a report of shots fired at the restaurant shortly before 11 last night.
When police arrived they encountered an armed suspect in the parking lot. The suspect, Walker said, failed to respond to commands, turned and pointed a handgun at one of the responding deputies.
Walker said the deputy fired one shot, killing the suspect.

Walker spoke with WBTA at the scene early this morning:

The name of the suspect has not yet been released. The name of the deputy who fired the fatal shot also has not yet been revealed.

Undersheriff Walker said the case has been turned over to the State Police for an independent investigation.
Walker said further information would be released later today.

Evening News Briefing

Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon is adding the legalization of marijuana to her campaign issues as she runs for governor of New York.
She released a statement  in which she claims while marijuana has been effectively legalized for white people, blacks and Latinos continue to face arrest:

Nixon also says legalizing weed will generate millions in tax dollars and create agricultural opportunities throughout the state.

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is offering advice on how a small business can deal with an active shooter situation.
Two Genesee county Sheriff’s Deputies will host the workshop a week from today at the chamber office on Park Road.
Chamber President Tom Turnbull says the workshop will help businesses form a plan they hope never to use.

The state DOT has begun construction on the $1.4 million replacement of the bridge carrying Bethany Center Road over U.S. Route 20.
The project will replace the 86 year old bridge with upgraded guiderails, pavement markings, and signage.
An average 15-hundred vehicles use the bridge every day.
Bethany Center Road will close for approximately five months during the construction which is scheduled to be completed this fall.

Mark Zuckerberg is coming face to face with Congressman Chris Collins.
Zuckerberg testified today before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Collins, who represents Genesee County and much of Western New York, serves on that committee.
The social media CEO again explained Facebook doesn’t sell user data.

RGH Teams Up with Orleans Community Health

Orleans Community Health is entering into an affiliation with Rochester Regional Health. Through the agreement, Orleans Community Health will contract select health care services from Rochester Regional Health and its hospital in Batavia, United Memorial Medical Center.

“We’re excited about this new affiliation,” remarked Dawn Meland, board chair of Orleans Community Health. “It gives us more attractive options when we decide how to bring new services to the area, which is a great thing for our patients. Additionally, as we identify opportunities to reduce costs, improve efficiency and make health care more sustainable in this part of the region; we now have a partner ready to help us better take advantage of those opportunities.”

Shortly after the start of the new year, Rochester Regional Health began to expand its primary care offerings through this agreement. Market research has identified a shortage of primary care providers in Medina and Orleans County. In January, a full-time primary care office began to operate at the United Memorial Medical Center Medina location. Orleans Community Health is also looking to expand this office space to support future growth.

Orleans Community Health will remain its own independent organization under the terms of this agreement.

“Orleans Community Health is a critical asset to our community and they share our commitment to delivering great care close to where people live and work. It’s a natural partnership,” remarked United Memorial Medical Center President Dan Ireland. “It’s also an important partnership for the future. Together, we’re making care more accessible in a model that can adapt as the needs of patients continue to evolve.”

 

NYSDOT to Replace Bethany Center Road Bridge

Press Release:

Bridge Closing to Traffic April 8; Detours to be Posted

New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas today announced that construction has begun on a $1.4 million project to replace the bridge carrying Bethany Center Road (County Road 15) over U.S. Route 20 in the Town of Bethany, Genesee County. The project will replace the 86-year-old bridge and improve safety for both motorists and pedestrians with upgraded guiderails, pavement markings, and signage. The bridge carries an average of more 1,500 vehicles each day.

“Governor Cuomo has made smart investments in transportation a priority across New York State, modernizing bridges and highways to support mobility and commerce, Acting Commissioner Karas said. “This bridge in Genesee County will provide safe, reliable passage for motorists and pedestrians for generations to come.”

The existing bridge will close on April 8th and traffic will be detoured. Construction is scheduled to be completed this fall.

The bridge, first constructed in 1932, will be replaced with a single-span steel structure. The two piers that support the bridge will be removed, eliminating the potential for falling concrete.

The new bridge will facilitate the movement of freight and support emergency service vehicles.

Senator Michael Ranzenhofer said, “The condition of the Bethany Center Road Bridge has been deteriorating for years, and I have been advocating for replacing the 86-year-old bridge. That is why I am pleased that this project is moving forward. This infrastructure improvement project will ensure the safety of the more than 1,500 vehicles driving over the bridge each and every day.”

Assemblyman Stephen Hawley said, “Residents shouldn’t have to worry about their safety when crossing one of our area’s local bridges, and the Bethany Center Road Bridge replacement gives piece of mind to our families and businesses that use this route each day. Bridges are not only a means of travel from one place to the next, but a means of security for our citizens making the morning commute, our children taking the bus to school, our emergency, fire and police vehicles responding to an accident and our business owners transporting goods to market. Projects like this are crucial to the vitality of our economy and community, and I am pleased to see it moving forward.”

Consistent with Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First initiative, this bridge project was designed to minimize impacts to the traveling public. The bridge is being closed to all traffic so that work can be completed most efficiently. Two types of detours will be put in place.

During the replacement of the bridge, Bethany Center Road will close for approximately five months. A southbound detour will be posted for motorists to use Old Telephone Road, Route 20, East Road, and Raymond Road. Local traffic will be maintained, but not over the bridge.

Additional temporary detours will be posted to reroute traffic from Route 20 onto Old Telephone Road, which runs parallel to it, for safety purposes during the demolition of the existing structure and placement of the new bridge. This detour will be in effect for the following dates:

  • April 9 to April 22 from 7 a.m. to 7 a.m.
  • June 5 to June 8 from 7 a.m. to 7 a.m.
  • July 10 to July 12 from 5 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.

For up-to-date travel information, call 511, visit www.511NY.org, or the mobile site at m.511ny.org.

Chamber to Host Workshop Dealing with Active Shooter

News Release: Genesee County Chamber of Commerce

“Active Shooter in the Workplace – It Can Happen to You” will be the subject of a small business workshop to be hosted the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce on April 18.

This is the one of a series of business workshops held in conjunction with the United States Small Business Administration and the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. The workshops are open to all Chamber and non-Chamber businesses and their employees and will offer expert advice from experienced professionals designed to help small businesses succeed and grow.

“Unfortunately in today’s world dealing with an active shooter in the workplace is a possibility that everyone faces,” said Tom Turnbull, Chamber President. “This workshop will offer tips on how to make a plan to deal with this horrific situation. It’s a plan we hope no one ever has to use.”

Deputies Rich Schildwaster and Joe Loftus of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department will conduct the workshop.

The workshop will be held at the Chamber of Commerce office, 8276 Park Rd., Batavia. The session will run from 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and includes a question and answer period. Cost for non-Chamber members is $10 for each attendee. Chamber members and Batavia Business Improvement District members may attend all small business workshops free of charge but should make reservations to insure space.

To reserve a seat in any workshop or for more information, contact Kelly Bermingham at 585-343-7440 or by email at kbermingham@geneseeny.com.

Sheriff’s Office Recognizes 9-1-1 Dispatchers

News Release: GCSO

In 1991, a formal Congressional resolution acknowledged the vital role that telecommunicators play in emergency situations by proclaiming the second week in April as a week of annual recognition in their honor. National Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week is a time to thank these men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving the public. The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office recognizes and commends the County’s 9-1-1 Dispatchers for their dedication, professionalism and commitment to public service.

9-1-1 Dispatchers are there 24/7, 365 days a year for first responders and the public in time of need. Many people do not think about these seemingly nameless, faceless individuals until they experience actual emergencies themselves. In many instances, 9-1-1 Dispatchers make the difference between life and death. Over 93,000 events were dispatched in 2017, a daily average of 255, and over 120,000 telephone calls were handled last year which is an average of 329 calls per day. The Genesee County Emergency Dispatch Center (Public Safety Answering Point-PSAP) is comprised of 24 men and women who dispatch to 5 local police agencies/New York State Police; 19 fire departments/Emergency Management Service; 3 ambulance services; as well as 41 other local, county, regional, state, and federal agencies.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office recognizes these public safety professionals who have worked so hard during this past year. Everyday citizens depend on the skill, expertise and commitment of the 9-1-1 Dispatchers. They are the first to take that phone call; the first to provide basic life support in a medical emergency; and also the first to dispatch needed fire, police or EMS responders for the call. They are to be recognized and commended.

GCC Celebrates National Law Day May 1, 2018

Press Release:

On Tuesday, May 1, 2018 along with thousands of programs across the United States, Genesee Community College will recognize National Law Day with a full day of mock trials, receptions and speakers, and an Honor Society Induction Ceremony into the Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) Chapter.

National Law Day, celebrated annually on May 1, is designed to shed light on how laws protect liberties and the process by which the legal system strives to achieve justice. Every year since 1958 the President of the United States has issued a Law Day Proclamation recognizing the importance of the rule of the law. This year, President Donald J. Trump’s proclamation will address The Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom as a basic tenet of our U.S. Constitution and studied by all legal students.

GCC’s Paralegal Studies students and the Criminal Justice students along with the Accelerated College Enrollment (ACE) students from Justice Academy invite the general public to witness mock trials they developed as part of their studies. The students and faculty have spent over 20 hours developing statements, preparing witnesses and planning arguments to mimic actual legal proceedings that simulate courtroom experiences. The mock trials will last approximately 90 minutes each and will be held at the Old County Courthouse in downtown Batavia from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. All are welcome to come observe.

This year’s mock trials will feature a murder case torn from the headlines – college hazing, drinking and death.

A photograph Benjamin J. Bonarigo Sr., courtesy of GCC

Following the courtroom mock trials, the Paralegal Studies students will attend an Alumni Reception at GCC and hear keynote speaker, Benjamin J. Bonarigo, Sr. Bonarigo is a member of GCC’s Board of Trustees and a practicing lawyer in the community for over 30 years. He began his education at GCC with a degree in Business Administration and later went on to the University of Buffalo where he earned a bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctorate degree. He has been appointed a member of the NYS Bar Association House of Delegates, NYS Appellate Division Grievance Committee for the Fourth Department, is past president of the Genesee County Bar Association and a former Independent Judicial Qualification Commission member. He has served 25 years as a board member for the Batavia Youth Football League and was honored with the Notre Dame Service and Volunteer Award for having served in various positions on the Notre Dame High School Board of Trustees for ten years.

A photograph Karyn Bryson, courtesy of GCC

GCC’s Law Day recognition culminates in the William W. Stuart Forum with the Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) Honor Society Induction emceed by GCC’s Director of Paralegal Studies Karyn S. Bryson, who will induct 16 new Honor Society members. Bryson received her Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California and has been part of the Paralegal Studies Program at GCC since 2007.

The complete list of inductees including their hometowns can be viewed at http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/LEX_HonorSocietyInductees2018.pdf.

Membership in the Honor Society requires a 3.25 overall GPA and a 3.5 GPA specifically for Legal Specialty Courses. The GCC Lambda Chi (LEX) Chapter is newly chartered in 2018.

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

Earth Day Celebrations in Genesee County

Press Release:

Guardians of the Globe – Earth Day Celebration!
At DeWitt Recreation Area

Batavia, NY – Earth Day is your chance to take care of your planet and your wild neighbors! Join us at DeWitt Recreation Area in Batavia for our “Earth Day Celebration” on Saturday, April 21st from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Help clean up the park to keep the habitat safe and healthy for wildlife! Learn to make cool stuff from recycled materials. Enjoy wild games and a naturalist-guided hike to see where animals live and discover what good things you can do for them! Scouts can earn badge requirements and service hours! Help keep the community ecologically healthy and undeniably beautiful! Meet at Pavilion 2 for all activities. Celebration is FREE and open to the public. Please pre-register for activities by calling 585-344-1122!

Earth Day Night Hike!
At the Genesee County Park & Forest

East Bethany, NY – Celebrate the magic of spring with our Earth Day Night Hike at the Genesee County Park & Forest from 7:00 to 8:30 pm on Saturday April 21st! Meet at the Interpretive Nature Center and explore the forest by moonlight as we search for animals, hear nature folklore and listen to the wild chorus of the night. Visit the headwaters of Black Creek and find out why April’s moon is called the Fish Moon. Create a memory this Earth Day! Cost is $5/person, $10/family. All ages welcome. Preregistration
is required, call 585-344-1122 to register!

Call (585) 344-1122 to register. For more information visit our website at http://www.co.genesee.ny.us/departments/parks/, or contact Shannon Morley at Shannon.Morley@co.genesee.ny.us or (585) 344-1122.

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Going to Genesee Community College at Just Six Weeks Old!

Children at the Child Care Center playing in the quad

Press Release:

Did you know Genesee Community College offers a complete child care center for students, staff, faculty AND THE COMMUNITY? You don’t have to be a student at GCC for your child to attend the College’s state-of-the-art Child Care Center! Operated by the Genesee Community College Association, the Child Care Center features extensive developmental resources for children ages six weeks to five years old.

The Child Care Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday – including over the summer according to GCC’s academic calendar. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are included in the tuition rates. All of the food provided to the children is regulated through CACFP (Child Adult Care Food Program), which is a food program that adheres to all nutritional standards and values recommended for young, developing children. The Center also has safe sleeping equipment and spaces for a comforting naptime for the little ones!

The trained and dedicated staff at the Child Care Center provides age appropriate activities such as kindergarten readiness lessons, fine and gross motor activities, and socialization. In addition to the center’s outdoor playground which provides great exercise and fresh air all summer long, the facilities available at the College’s Batavia Campus provide creative and active programming, such as visiting the library, going to the theater to see a show, running in the gym, playing in the clock tower quad and enjoying the physical therapy obstacle course. For convenience, the College provides designated drop-off and pick-up parking spots right up front by the Stuart Steiner Theatre entrance.

In addition, all teachers are CPR, First Aid and AED trained. All of the lead teachers hold degrees in education and all staff complete at least 30 hours of training every two years to guarantee that they stay up to date on early childhood best practices.

“We take great pride in offering our children the best care and developmentally appropriate education,” Staci Williams, director of the Child Care Center said. “We strive to immerse the children into the College environment and allow them to enjoy and appreciate these beautiful facilities that surround us as much as possible. From letting the children ride tricycles in the gym on a snowy day, to getting them outside to the playground in the summer-our children really benefit from GCC, like so many other students and staff.”

Registration for the GCCA Child Care Center is simple, the application is available online at https://www.genesee.edu/home/campus-life/child-care/register/ and can be mailed or dropped off to the Child Care Center at GCC’s Batavia Campus located at One College Road in Batavia.

Child Care Center rates are based on the number of days the child attends and the age of the child. The U.S. Department of Education and SUNY awards grant funds for child care tuition subsidies for income eligible GCC students. Please contact the Child Care Office if you would like specific pricing. GCC makes it easy to make child care tuition payments with an online payment center – no more having to remember your checkbook!

For more information, contact Child Care Center Director Staci Williams at (585) 345-6833 or via email: slwilliams@genesee.edu.

2018 Orleans County Heritage Heroes Announced

Press Release:

Medina, NY ~ The Orleans County Heritage Heroes Awards recognize the work and dedication of those who give their time and resources to preserve and protect the history of Orleans County for future generations.

The Heritage Heroes Awards will be bestowed upon the 2018 winners at a special ceremony on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7 p.m. at Genesee Community College’s Albion Campus Center in Albion, NY. The awards are co-sponsored by SUNY GCC and the Orleans Hub. The entire community is invited to come and help honor these important individuals.

“The Heritage Heroes Awards serve not only to honor deserving community members and thank them for their invaluable efforts, but to remind us all that the responsibility of preserving our heritage is incumbent upon the living generations,” says Derek Maxfield, associate professor of history at GCC and member of the Heritage Heroes executive committee. “It is an important undertaking that we all should share in.”

The 2018 Orleans County Heritage Heroes are:

Aaron Grabowski

Organist and director of Music at St. Mary’s Church in Medina, Aaron Grabowski has always had a passion for making music. However, Grabowski is more than a musician, he also builds organs. Prior to moving to Medina, he acquired a circa 1890s Barkhoff pipe organ, which was originally installed in Annunciation RC Church in Buffalo, built just a few years before St. Mary’s. When he joined St. Mary’s Church, it was evident to him that the church’s ailing electronic organ needed to be replaced. Although the original pipe organ was removed from the balcony many years ago, the organ facade (consisting of exposed pipes and oak millwork) remained intact. Upon inspection of the organ loft, Grabowski knew a proper pipe organ, befitting of the church’s history and space could be installed. Grabowski and several other interested parishioners worked together and decided he would install his Barkhoff organ in at St. Mary’s, and do the work himself! The Barkhoff was a perfect fit, given its age (built within a decade of St. Mary’s), classical voicing and having been designed by the same architect, Albert A Post. Grabowski’s dedication and hard work will fill the nave of St. Mary’s for generations to come.

Diane Palmer

Diane Palmer has always been a historian at heart and has long lent her talents and dedicated her time serving the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Cobblestone Society & Museum. Currently a member of the Board of Trustees at the Cobblestone Society & Museum, Palmer recently coordinated two very successful historic tours – one of Cobblestone homes and the other a holiday tour of prominent local homes and churches. The December 2017 Holiday Tour included eight historical sites in Orleans County: the Pullman Memorial Universalist Church, the Orleans Chapter DAR House and six residences entailing architecture ranging from Greek and Gothic Revival to Cobblestone.

Arthur Barnes

Noted local artist for over 30 years and constant advocate for the community, Arthur Barnes uses his artwork to celebrate Orleans County and its rich history. Barnes created a series of four large-scale murals depicting the Erie Canal which can be enjoyed in Medina, Knowlesville, Albion and Holley. Both a photographer and artist, Barnes highlights local tourism landmarks, such as the County Courthouse, the Culvert in Ridgeway and Mount Albion Tower. However, most of his work pays homage to the houses, barns and beautiful rural landscape of the area. These pieces serve to document Orleans County history as several of the houses and barns in his paintings are no longer standing. In 2000, Barnes bought a cobblestone building in Millville originally built as a Quaker meeting house in 1841. Barnes has repaired the roof and spent countless hours on additional improvements to spare what would have been an inevitable collapse of the building.

Roy Bubb

Teacher and historian, Roy Bubb added author to his resume when he penned Memories of Manning Corners: History of the Bubb Family and its Neighborhood 1931-1942, which is a retrospective on growing up in Orleans County. In 1986, Bubb retired from The SUNY College of Brockport after 25 years of service providing the best possible learning environment to future educators. In the late ’60s, Bubb co-created a simulation program that received recognition from the National College Association. Since then, Bubb has published nearly a half dozen books including his 2017 work, The Family Scrapbook, An Era in Clarendon and Holley-Murray’s History. Proceeds from Bubb’s many works benefit both the Madison Historical Society in Madison, NH, and the Clarendon Historical Society in Clarendon, NY.

Receiving the Bill Latin Municipal Historian Award – Lysbeth “Betsy” Hoffman

Since 1980, Lysbeth “Betsy” Hoffman has served her community researching information, collecting names and dates, archiving and cataloging, and writing as the Town of Carlton Historian. Former Orleans County Historian Bill Lattin knew Hoffman as an invaluable resource, one who would always have the answer. For many years Hoffman was a regular columnist for the Medina Journal-Register reporting the “goings on” in Lakeside. She developed special displays in the Carlton Town Hall and was an avid collector of archival material that continues to aid and educate future generations.

Receiving the Bob Waters Lifetime Achievement Award – Marsha DeFillips

One of the longest servicing municipal historians in Orleans County, Marsha DeFillips has been the Holley-Murray Town historian for over 40 years. Very active in the Holley-Murray Historical Society, DeFillips was influential in establishing the Murray-Holley Historical Society Museum in the old train depot and has led multiple talks and workshops and helped many residents trace their own familial roots. Recently DeFillips teamed with Melissa Ierlan to present “Digging up your ancestors online” which is a public workshop designed to encourage and guide individuals down their own genealogy path. One of the signature accomplishments during her term as town historian has been her creation of an Index of personal names in Landmarks of Orleans County. To do this, DeFillips spent many months combing through and extracting every name mentioned in Isaac Signor’s 1894 publication, developing a permanent record of history.

The award ceremony on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7 p.m. will be held in GCC’s Albion Campus Center located at 456 West Avenue, Albion, NY 14411. The event is free to attend and open to the public, but seating is limited. A reception will follow the ceremony featuring light refreshments.

For more information on the awards or the ceremony, contact Jim Simon at jsimon@genesee.edu or Prof. Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu or by calling the Albion Campus Center at 585-589-4936.

View Online: http://genesee.meritpages.com/news/2018-orleans-county-heritage-heroes-announced/3216

Hawley: April Office Hours

News Release

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is holding his next round of office hours for Genesee and Monroe county residents starting tomorrow. 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
April Office Hours:

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

Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Friday, April 27, 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, April 13, 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, April 27, 2018
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Health Department handles Hypothetical Hepatitis Outbreak.
Members of the Genesee County Health Department dealt with an outbreak of Hepatitis A at the Genesee Community College, or at least that was the drill.
The exercise which is required by New York State of all Health Departments statewide was performed yesterday to practice administering a vaccine as a result of a Hepatitis A exposure.
The Health Department’s Mari Hamilton runs down the procedure…

The state sent out a fictitious scenario notifying the Health Department of a grocery store employee who had handled produce after contracting the contagious virus.
The Health Department Hepatitis A exercise played out yesterday at Genesee Community College and again, it was only a drill.

Alleged impersonator arrested by Sheriff’s Deputies in Batavia.
Following investigation into a traffic stop on Veterans Memorial Drive in Batavia in February, deputies arrested 36 year old Amber Klimczak of Main Street in York.
Klimczak charged with Criminal Impersonation and Aggravated Unauthorized Operation after she allegedly provided another person’s identity to law enforcement after being stopped for a headlight violation.
She is expected to appear in Batavia Town Court on May 17th.

Mark Zuckerberg is coming face to face with Congressman Chris Collins today.
The Facebook CEO appeared in front of members of the U.S. Senate yesterday, apologizing for the social network not doing more to protect users’ data.
Zuckerberg is set to testify today before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which Collins is on.
Collins said this is an apology tour and expects Zuckerberg to say he’s sorry, again, admit mistakes were made, again; and promise to do better, again.

Governor Cuomo is proposing legislation that would ban employers from asking prospective employees about their salary history.
The move is in response to a state report on the gender wage gap.
Cuomo has already prohibited New York State from asking job seekers about their wage history.

Buffalo Bills guard Ritchie Incognito says he’s done.
Yesterday he told the “Buffalo News” that he would be retiring for medical reasons.
The 34 year old lineman said his doctor told him the stress is killing him.
Incognito says there’s absolutely no chance of him coming back next season.

Evening News Briefing

The State Comptroller’s Office wants the Batavia City Council to take greater financial control over the downtown Business Improvement District, known as BID.
The city had been critical of BID’s budgeting procedures for the past few years.
Interim City Manager Matt Worth said a formal contract will be drawn up between the city and BID to address the issues raised in the audit.

Governor Cuomo is proposing legislation that would ban employers from asking prospective employees about their salary history.
The move is in response to a state report on the gender wage gap.
Cuomo has already prohibited New York State from asking job seekers about their wage history.

The Genesee County Health Department put in some important practice today.
It was all just an exercise, a drill, to administer vaccine as a result of a Hepatitis A exposure.
The Health Department’s Mari Hamilton laid out the scenario:

Today’s Health Department Hepatitis A exercise played out at Genesee Community College and again, it was only a drill.

The Rochester woman who started a fire that killed four of her children is out of prison.
Bobbie Kugler pleaded guilty in 2012 to arson and four counts of manslaughter.
She was sentenced to seven to 15-years in prison but has been released from Albion Correctional.
Officials said Kugler’s release was based on her remorse and good disciplinary record.
She’s going to be living in Dutchess County.

Local Sleep Medicine Practice Expands Services, Relocates

Press Release:

Sleep Insights, an established, local sleep medicine practice, recently expanded and moved to 47A Batavia City Centre in downtown Batavia. For people who struggle to regularly get a good night’s sleep, Sleep Insights provides a welcoming approach to help people sleep better: as an integrated practice, they diagnose and treat over 80 types of sleep disorders, provide physician appointments (ages 5+), offer home sleep apnea testing, overnight sleep testing and CPAP services—all at one site.

“This is the same clinical model we use at our Rochester site,” noted Dr. Jacob Dominik, Sleep Insights’ Medical Director, who sees patients at the Batavia site. “It’s really a game changer when it comes to providing continuity of care, since we manage patients from start to finish. I personally meet with patients to determine the cause of their sleep problems as well as the appropriate next steps, which we can also provide.”

“If people have problems sleeping or staying awake, testing isn’t always needed,” explained Dr. Dominik, “so that definitely shouldn’t deter people from seeking help.” Patients are seen at Sleep Insights for a variety of sleep disorders affecting their sleep quality and ability to function. Some of the most common conditions impacting sleep include snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, daytime sleepiness and fatigue, restless legs syndrome, shift work disorder, narcolepsy and parasomnias (abnormal behavior during sleep).
“Sleep is critical to emotional and physical health,” Dr. Dominik added. “We’re here to help anyone who isn’t regularly waking up and feeling refreshed. Our focus is on helping each patient as soon as we can, the best we can.”

Sleep Insights moved from 653 E. Main Street, Batavia, to 47A Batavia City Centre, earlier this year. Their new location provides a soothing, upscale environment with expanded room for CPAP supplies and support from a Registered Respiratory Therapist. In addition, three bedrooms for overnight testing are slated to be added in mid-2018. Their phone number remains the same: 585.219.4330. New patient appointments are available and no healthcare provider referral is needed.

THIRD WYOMING COUNTY RESTAURANT WEEK IS APRIL 29-MAY 5

Press Release:

If you’re looking for great food and warm hospitality close to home, then Wyoming County Restaurant week is for you. The Wyoming County Chamber and Tourism has again partnered with the Warsaw Country Courier; Arcade Herald, and WCJW Radio to host the third annual restaurant week in Wyoming County. The event runs from April 29 thru May 5 at restaurants from every corner of Wyoming County.

Participating restaurants will offer a unique dish throughout “restaurant week” at the special price of $20.18. Each restaurant will create its own unique menu, which could include anything from a single entrée to a multi-course meal.

“We’re very excited to be partnering again on this fun event and thank the restaurants for being involved. What better way for our restaurants to showcase all of the great menu items that they have available,” said Scott Gardner, Chamber President. “We have some of the best restaurants in Western New York right here in our backyard, and this is a great way to celebrate all that they have to offer and encourage diners to try something new. Thanks to all the event partners and everyone who works to makes this event a success.”

More information, weekly specials, and the full list of participating restaurants can be found by visiting the website www.wyomingcountyrestaurantweek.com or www.gowyomingcountyny.com or by calling the Wyoming County Chamber at (585) 786-0307. Restaurant specials can also be found on facebook by searching Wyoming County Restaurant Week.

37th Annual Fashion Show at Genesee Community College

The 2018 GCC Fashion Show graphic, designed by GCC’s Graphic Arts student, Yuki Lai

Press Release:

What: 37th Annual Fashion Show at Genesee Community College

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018 beginning at 7 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College, One College Road, Batavia ~ In the brand new Richard C. Call Arena!

Who: All are welcome!

Background: The Fashion Program students at Genesee Community College are almost ready for the 37th Annual Fashion Show taking place on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the new Richard C. Call Arena. Get your tickets now!

Each scene in the show, themed “Ascendant” is designed and coordinated by a student in the Fashion program. “Ascendant” highlights the rising power GCC has in communicating fashion and simultaneously represents the astrological sign under which a person is born. The students are using “Ascendant” to move beyond recognizing astrologically assigned character trait differences and are using fashion to make statements about appreciating those differences as potential contributions to creative teamwork.

“Ascendant” will completely transform the field house in the new Richard C. Call Arena into a dreamlike space with a powerful runway! Tickets to attend the show are available in advance for $5 per person until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Tickets will also be available at the door for $8 per person. To purchase tickets in advance, email fashionshow@genesee.edu today.

The Fashion Show will include a vendor fair giving local businesses a chance to showcase their products and services. There are still a few tables available for additional vendors. Interested businesses should email fashionshow@genesee.edu. Tables are only $25 and are an excellent marketing opportunity, given the fashion show attendance of nearly 2,000 local consumers.

Be sure to follow @trendygcc_ on Instagram and @trendygcc on Twitter for more about the 37th Annual Fashion Show.

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

Additional Details: http://news.genesee.edu/news/2018/03/27/zodiac-signs-dictate-fashion-gcc-s-ascendant

Morning News Briefing

The City has been directed to increase their oversight of BID.
City Council has been mandated to assume a greater control of the Batavia Improvement District’s finances following an audit by a New York State Comptroller into the relationship between the BID and the City.
Interim Manager Matt Worth said the audit addresses several procedural issues, particularly in the areas of budget oversight and retention of the BID’s funds.
Council President Eugene Jankowski said the state is now supporting what Council members have previously pushed for which is more City oversight of the BID.
Contentions arose towards the end of 2016 between the City and the BID over the size of the agencies budget and how it was being disclosed publically.
Worth said that more specific ground rules such as how the funds should be monitored more carefully and who will take possession of the funds will be established in a formal contract between the city and the BID.

Possible Life in Prison for a Greece couple accused of producing child porn.
Following a complaint earlier this year, Bonnie Hughes and John Kohlmeier, Jr. both of Greece, were arrested for allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with the a 10 year old female victim.
It was alleged that Kohlmeier was having sexually explicit cellphone conversations with the 10 year old and that at his request, Hughes had allegedly taken two sexually explicit photographs of the minor victim.
The couple was arrested and charged with production, receipt, and possession of child pornography, along with coercing and enticing a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity.
Both Hughes and Kohlmeier are currently being held in state custody and are facing a possible 15 years to life in prison if found guilty on the charges.

An Altercation in Aldi’s parking lot in Clarence leads to charges for an Amherst man.
Troopers responded to a report of a fight in the Aldi’s parking lot in Clarence on Saturday.
A verbal altercation arose between defendant Raed Saleh and a couple who were walking in front of the store when Saleh allegedly approached in a vehicle and drove to close to the pedestrian.
Saleh then allegedly bumped the pedestrian with his vehicle and as the altercation came to a head he was accused of exiting his vehicle and striking the pedestrian with a baseball bat.
Saleh was arrested and charged with a felony count of Assault, Criminal Mischief, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Criminal Possession of a Weapon.
He was released with a return court date to Clarence Town Court.

Governor Cuomo is warning medical centers throughout the state about a serious concern with synthetic marijuana going around.
Some states are reporting synthetic marijuana users having severe and life-threatening bleeding.
The drug is usually sold in colorful packets with names like K2, Spice and AK-47.
They think it could be cut with rat poison.
Health care professionals are urged to watch for unexplained bleeding, especially if they suspect the use of synthetic marijuana.

Stankevich Suspends his Campaign for Congress in Western New York, 27th District

Press release:

On Monday, businessman Nick Stankevich suspended his grassroots Congressional campaign against Chris Collins.

“Eight months ago, I announced my candidacy to represent our community in Congress,” Stankevich said, “standing for issues that put people first has always been the heart and soul of my campaign: healthcare for a healthier society, good education for our children’s future, job creation by investing in rural infrastructure and a renewable economy.

“Growing up in Western New York, learning from this great country, and seeing our communities for what they could be, there is a need to push for a new direction with fresh ideas. I ran for Congress out of an obligation to give back to a community that gave me so much. I have been the beneficiary of some of the hardest working people in Western New York and thank them for the time and effort they put into this campaign.

“My family, friends and everyone who supported me have shown me, once again, that we live in a unique place. Having traveled throughout our rural towns to meet with farmers, veterans and small business owners, I am reminded that we live in a place where it does not matter where you have been, what you look like, or how much money you make. It only matters that the contents of your character are pure and that you long for a future where our children are better off than we are.

“After careful consideration and with a heavy heart, I am suspending my campaign for Congress. I’m proud of the campaign I ran and proud of my team. I will take the lessons learned and the warmth from our neighbors who yearn for a better tomorrow, to continue fighting to make our community better. As always, I encourage every decision you make to have people at the heart of it, along with humility, compassion and kindness. The people of Western New York deserve that in their representative.

“I want to remind everyone, Republican or Democrat, of the strength that you hold in your hands. Your vote won’t just affect change for two years, but it will be a symbol of hope for generations to come. The promise of America is not only that your vote will count, but also that it will mean something. It assures you that we are a part of something bigger than right now.

“Our decision at the ballot box will be judged in the history books, and our children and grandchildren count on us to give them a better future than we could ever imagine. May God bless the United States of America.”

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Lacrosse

Jason Chiodo netted seven points and five goals against No. 3 Howard in a 16-6 win photo credit GCC Athletics Curtis Kreutter

Press Release:

No. 4 Cougars Record Double-Digit Men’s Lacrosse Win Over No. 3 Howard

The No. 4 Genesee Community College men’s lacrosse team turned their game up a notch in the second half to beat No. 3 Howard Community College with a double-digit 16-6 victory April 8. The win almost assures that the Cougars will move up in the national rankings after several weeks at No. 4.

Genesee got off to a quick start and never looked back. Jason Chiodo, Alex Mack and Evan Hollfelder put Genesee ahead 3-0 in the first quarter, respectively, and the Dragons were never able to catch up. Howard got its first in the final three minutes of the opening quarter to make it a 3-1 game after the initial 15 minutes.

The Dragons played their best quarter in the second and although they matched Genesee with three second-quarter goals, the closest they would come then was at 4-3 after nearly four minutes into the second, but Chiodo and Mack responded with a pair of goals in a minute span late in the second quarter to restore Genesee’s three-goal lead.

Howard closed the gap to single goal to start the second half at 6-5, but that was as close as they would come as Genesee scored 10 of the game’s remaining 11 goals for the win.

In the faceoff battle, Andrew Forte out-battled Howard’s top faceoff man – T.J. Atrill – and came away with 17 wins on 24 attempts that ultimately led to a 35-23 shooting advantage for Genesee. The Cougars also won the groundball game 32-8.

Chiodo led the team in goals with five that included the game winner while also leading the team in points with seven. His nine shots were also tops for the team and co-led with shots on net with Mack with six apiece.

Evan Hollfelder (left) had as many points as the opposition had goals in a 16-6 win over No. 3 Howard CC photo credit GCC Athletics Curtis Kreutter

Hollfelder once again led the team in assists with five and also added a goal. Mack finished the game with four goals, while Jordan Brennan and Kevin McParlene added a pair of goals each. Patrick Bilbrey and Forte had single tallies.

After Hollfelder’s five helpers, Brennan and Chiodo each had a pair with a single assist from McParlene. In all, five Cougars registered multi-point performances. After Chiodo’s seven points, Hollfelder finished with six, Brennan and Mack each had four while McParlene finished with three.

Garrett Lazore recorded six saves in the win and the Cougars also went 3-for-8 in man-up opportunities.

Although Howard entered the game ranked at No. 3 that ranking could have been higher had they held on to a fourth-quarter lead over current No. 2 Nassau in their season-opening 9-8 loss. It took No. 2 Nassau the entire game to net nine goals on the Dragons, while the Cougars needed just a half to rack up 10 goals against the current No. 3 team.

The Cougars’ next three games are on the road starting with a regional matchup against Broome Community College April 11 at 4 p.m.

Mark Jagord

GCC Sports Information

Morning News Briefing

Bogus Benjamin leads to lock up for a Pair of Perry residents.
Perry Police arrested two residents following investigation into a complaint of a phony 100 dollar bill being passed at a local restaurant.
31 year old Amber Ellis and John Mann both of South Main Street in Perry were taken into custody.
After the duo reportedly ordered food from a local restaurant last Monday evening then are accused of paying with a phony 100 dollar bill and leaving with change.
Police traced the call back to Mann who claimed to have no knowledge of the fake currency.
Officers still arrested him for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Pot Possession and Parole Violation.
Ellis was later taken into custody and charged with first degree Forgery, Possession of a Forged Instrument, Criminal Simulation of a Government Instrument and two counts of Petit Larceny.
Both Mann and Ellis were remanded to the Wyoming County Jail.

Rochester resident arrested under Leandra’s Law after crashing in Pavilion.
23 year old Rachael Lochner of Rochester was arrested and charged with two Aggravated counts of DWI, for recording a Blood Alcohol Content over twice the legal limit and for allegedly driving drunk with a child.
Deputies responded to a motor vehicle accident on South Street Road in Pavilion on Wednesday afternoon where they found Lochner who had apparently crashed her vehicle while intoxicated.
She reportedly failed to keep right and moved from a lane unsafely then struck two fences and a building.
Lochner was given an appearance ticket for Pavilion Town Court on May 15th.

Another false fire alarm pulled by a repeat offender in Batavia.
41 year old Jonathan Balaz a resident of the DePaul Properties on East Main Street in Batavia was arrested and charged with Falsely Reporting an Incident on Friday.
Balaz was accused of pulling the fire alarm at the housing complex, knowing that there was no actual fire or other emergency.
Balaz was jailed just last month for falsely pulling the fire alarm twice in one week.
He was given an appearance ticket for tomorrow in Batavia City Court.

 

Investigators still searching for answers after a Monroe County mother is accused of murdering her son.
The horrifying incident allegedly occurred Thursday night at a South Lake Road residence in Sweden where several Monroe County Deputies were called to the scene for a report of a suicidal woman with a knife.
They found 36 year old Hanane Mouhib who had to be pepper sprayed and tased by officers in order to be subdued.
Deputies then made the gruesome discovery of her decapitated 7 year old son Abraham Cardenas.
There was no evidence of a struggle between the boy and his mother and investigators are finding it difficult to pin down a motive.
Mouhib has brief a recorded history of mental health issues and has been jailed without bail.
her next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday April 11th.

Rochester resident jailed without bail for trying to swipe with someone else’s credit card.
33 year old Rueben Walker of Ellicott Street in Rochester was accused of attempting to make a purchase using someone’s credit card he was not permitted too.
Walker was remanded to the Genesee County Jail without bail.

Democratic Candidate in Batavia drops out of race.
Businessman Nick Stankevich who began and ran his grassroots campaign against incumbent Republican Congressman Chris Collins right here in Batavia has come to an end.
In a press release, Stankevich said “After careful consideration and with a heavy heart I am suspending my campaign for congress”.
Stankevich wants to remind people of all parties they hold the strength for change in their hands.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Laccrosse

Katline Cartwright scoops up a groundball for Genesee

Press Release:

Lady Cougars Match Season-High Goal Performance in Lacrosse Win

The Genesee Community College women’s lacrosse team matched a season-high goal total in a 19-2 win over visiting Mohawk Valley Community College April 7. The Cougars improved to 2-2 on the season and rebounded nicely after a loss earlier in the week to No. 3 Onondaga – that was the team’s first game action in almost a month.

Between groundballs and shots, Genesee accounted for over one hundred in total, with 52 shots and 51 groundballs. The Cougars also held the edge in draw controls by a 14-9 advantage with five players registering four points or better on the afternoon.

Molly Barden led the way across the board with six goals and four assists for a 10-point performance. Her 17 shots were tops on the team with 11 finding the target and she also led the team in groundballs with nine. In addition, she picked up three of her four assists in the first half in less than a three-minute span on goals 5-7.

Kali Wright, Rachel Ladd, Ashley Barclay and Olivia Steedman all recorded four-point efforts, with the latter trio compiling three goals each. Rounding out the scorers was Bri Heers and Miko Yamashita, while Sara Zakes had a pair of saves at the opposite end.

Genesee got four goals via free position that came from Yamashita, Steedman, Barclay and Wright, with the latter earning the game-winning goal less than four minutes into the contest.

In addition to Barden’s nine groundballs, Leah Herman and Allison Duhow each snagged a half-dozen apiece. Four groundballs came from Julie Kommer, Barclay and Heers; while Paige Biggins, Ladd and Wright all added three each.

The Cougars will next host Erie Community College April 11 at 4 p.m. The game was originally scheduled at Erie, but had to be changed to the Cougars’ turf field after the Kats’ grass field was deemed in too poor of a condition for competition.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Sunday News Briefing

Phony C note lands two Perry residents in lock up.
Following investigation by the Perry Police Department into a complaint of a faked 100 dollar bill being circulated at a local restaurant, police arrested 31 year old Amber Ellis and John Mann both of South Main Street in Perry.
The pair had apparently called and ordered food from a local restaurant Monday evening then allegedly payed with a phony 100 dollar bill and left with change.
The phone call was traced back to Mann who claimed to have no knowledge of the fake currency, however he was arrested for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Pot Possession and Parole Violation.
Ellis was later taken into custody and charged with first degree Forgery, Possession of a Forged Instrument, Criminal Simulation of a Government Instrument and two counts of Petit Larceny.
Both Mann and Ellis were remanded to the Wyoming County Jail.

Gruesome murder in Monroe County stuns investigators.
36 year old Hanane Mouhib of South Lake Road in Sweden has been arrested and charged with the murder and decapitation of her 7 year old son Abraham Cardenas.
The horrifying incident allegedly occurred Thursday night at the South Lake Road residence and investigators are still searching for a possible motive.
Monroe County Deputies were called to the scene for a report of a suicidal woman with a knife and after arriving Mouhib was reportedly pepper sprayed and tased by officers in order to subdue her.
Mouhib has brief a recorded history of mental health issues however investigators are still trying to make sense of the unexplained murder.
Mouhib is jailed without bail and her next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday April 11th.

Crash in Pavilion leads to arrest under Leandra’s Law.
Genesee County Deputies were called to respond to a motor vehicle accident on South Street Road in Pavilion on Wednesday afternoon.
They discovered that the driver 23 year old Rachael Lochner of Rochester had allegedly crashed her vehicle while intoxicated and was accompanied by a child less than 16 years old.
Apparently Lochner had failed to keep right and moved from a lane unsafely then struck two fences and a building.
She was charged with two Aggravated counts of DWI, one for recording a Blood Alcohol Content over twice the legal limit and another under Leandra’a Law for driving drunk with a child.
Lochner was given an appearance ticket for May 15th in Pavilion Town Court.

The 5th Annual Genesee county Chamber of Commerce Home Show continues today at the Falleti Ice Arena.
Today is the final day of the Home Show and your last chance to check out the impressive displays and prizes being offered by local vendors.
The show will be open today from 10a.m. to 3p.m.

Collins Campaign Calls Out Democrat-Organized “Gun Forum”

Press Release:

Clarence, N.Y. – Bryan Piligra, campaign spokesman for Congressman Chris Collins, released the following statement on tomorrow’s Democrat-organized “gun forum” being held and coordinated by known progressive groups.

“If ever NY-27 residents needed proof of just how political and manipulated this event has become, they should look no further than the guest list handpicked by Brian Higgins, Jeremy Zellner, the Erie County Democratic Committee and their partisan allies like Indivisible.Org and MoveOn.org,” said Bryan Piligra, campaign spokesman. “For such proud Democrats, they refuse to even invite all the Democrat candidates running for their parties’ nomination. While these partisans are participating in poorly disguised campaign rallies, Chris Collins is working on actual solutions, like passing the FIX NICS Act, supporting President Trump’s ban on bump stocks and passing the Stop School Violence Act.”

Piligra’s statement comes after MoveOn.org sent unsolicited text messages to local NY-27 residents promoting their forum. In addition to MoveOn’s blatant politicization of the rally, McMurray and his cronies also failed to invite all of the NY-27 candidates to participate – claiming they would not contribute to the “diversity of thought” they’re trying to achieve.

Genesee Community College Offers New Fashion Design Certificate

A photograph illustrating the wide selection of bridal wear that was donated to students in preparation of a recent Fashion 

Press Release:

Officials at Genesee Community College announced this week the addition of a new one-year Fashion Design Certificate program which is open for enrollment this fall! Throughout New York State, there is a shortage of skilled alteration sewers and individuals trained and qualified to use fashion design software. The new certificate program will provide an opportunity for individuals to take GCC’s core Fashion Design classes enabling them to start working in the fashion industry, start a small business or work from home in a fashion related capacity.

GCC’s mission statement includes a commitment “to providing educational experiences which promote intellectual and social growth, workforce and economic development and global citizenship.” The creation of this Fashion Design Certificate provides workforce and economic development in Western New York through the training and education of individuals in the burgeoning fashion design field which is a multi-billion dollar trade.

The new certificate is designed to be completed in two semesters and provides students with the basic principles of fashion design, sewing fundamentals and building an independent fashion business. Courses include topics and skills on basic sewing, draping and fashion technology, principles of fashion design, creative design drawing principles and entrepreneurship. The inclusion of the Entrepreneurship and Professional Sales courses help ensure students are prepared not only for the elements of fashion design, but also to work independently and potentially establish a new business or expand an existing one.

With steady enrollment in GCC’s two-year Fashion Business Merchandising/Design Concentrations (FBM), students have gained individualized instruction to bolster their confidence resulting in graduates who are equipped to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year program. The new one-year Fashion Design Certificate, which is comprised entirely of existing courses that are required for the FBM program, positions students to easily apply certificate credits towards an associate in applied science in FBM at GCC. The College also has several articulation agreements with other institutions including the most recently added agreement with LIM and Cazenovia College. Many GCC students transfer to Buffalo State College and Fashion Institute Technology. In addition, GCC offers an innovative program that allows a student to complete their first two years at GCC, third year at Buffalo State and then move onto their final year at F.I.T. Anyone interested in taking advantage of these transfer opportunities is encouraged to contact GCC’s Student Success Center at (585) 345-6805 or via email at transfer@genesee.edu.

“The Fashion Design Certificate is the continuation of GCC’s very successful, 40-year, signature Fashion program,” Professor of Fashion Business Donna J. Ehrhart said. “Fashion Design is a field that draws in diverse individuals from a variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, traditions and customs-all contributing to its richness. This new one-year certificate creates an opportunity for even more individuals to take a solid first step into the multi-billion dollar global industry.”

The new Fashion Design Certificate adds fourth dimension to the GCC’s line-up of fashion-related degrees which also includes Fashion Merchandising Management AAS, Fashion Design AAS and two Fashion Business concentrations in E-Commerce and Event Planning. At this time, federal financial aid for the Fashion Design Certificate is still pending.

GCC Fashion Design students taking measurements in class

Anyone interested in exploring GCC’s Fashion Business programs should attend the 37th Annual Fashion Show, “Ascendant,” scheduled Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the new Richard C. Call Arena.

Advance tickets to the show are $5 per person and are available through Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by emailing fashionshow@genesee.edu. Tickets at the door are $8 per person. For an inside look at the 37th Annual Fashion Show, follow @trendygcc_ on Instagram or Twitter. You can also read GCC student blogs at https://geneseeedu.wordpress.com/blog/ for details.

Additional information about the Fashion Business Program and other degree programs is available at https://www.genesee.edu/academics/programs/business/fashion-design/.

For more information, contact Professor of Business & Computer Information Systems Donna Ehrhart at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6335, or via email: djehrhart@genesee.edu.

Saturday News Briefing

Training Video provided by BPD Officer Marc Lawrence

Local Police train to respond to an active shooter situation.
Lawmen from across Genesee County came together in Batavia to train for a situation they hope never to face.
Officers from multiple local agencies are training at the State School for the Blind to deal with an active shooter.
Batavia Police spokesman Marc Lawrence says the training is as real as it gets

The training was spaced out over a two week period and involved Batavia and LeRoy Police, Sheriff’s Deputies, Probation Officers and State Troopers.

The financially troubled Genesee County YWCA is making some progress.
It has been learned that the YW will resume its after-school programs at all of its regular sites beginning on Monday.
Calls to the YW’s Crisis Care Hotline are being answered by the Niagara County program which also helpedin getting the local after school programs back up and running.

The 5th Annual Genesee county Chamber of Commerce Home Show continues today at the Falleti Ice Arena.
The show is open today from 10a.m. to 5p.m. and Sunday from 10a.m. to 3p.m.

New York State is now requiring all new or recently renovated public restrooms to have diaper-changing stations.
Governor Cuomo says the law supports equal parenting and ensures all New Yorkers can give their children the care they need.
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says she never forgets the stress of being out in public in desperate need of a changing area for her children and not being able to find one.

Evening News Briefing

Photo Courtesy: The Batavian (see more photos)

Lawmen from across Genesee County are in Batavia this afternoon training for a situation they hope never to face.
Officers from multiple local agencies are training at the State School for the Blind to deal with an active shooter.
Batavia Police spokesman Marc Lawrence says the training is as real as it gets

The training has been going on for the past two weeks.

 

National Grid reports just a handful of customers, fewer than 11, still have no power in Genesee County. The utility says the lights should be back on for everyone in the county by early evening.
Our of National Grid’s 1.6-million customers across New York State, 8-thosuand are still without power from this week’s wind storm.

 

The financially troubled Genesee County YWCA is making some progress.
It has been learned that the YW will resume its after-school programs at all of its regular sites beginning on Monday.
Calls to the YW’s Crisis Care Hotline are being answered by the Niagara County program which also helped in getting the local after school programs back up and running.

 

New York State is now requiring all new or recently renovated public restrooms to have diaper-changing stations.
Governor Cuomo says the law supports equal parenting and ensures all New Yorkers can give their children the care they need.
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says she never forgets the stress of being out in public in desperate need of a changing area for her children and not being able to find one.

Health Department Plans Hepatitis MOCK EXERCISE

Please Don’t Eat the Daisies
Health Departments Hosting Mock Exercise to Practice
Administering Vaccine to the Public in the Event of an Emergency

THIS IS AN EXERCISE

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments are inviting all to join in making this exercise a realistic one as the departments test their ability to dispense the necessary
vaccinations if a Hepatitis A outbreak occurs locally. If such an event occurs where many people are exposed or at risk, the local Public Health Departments are required to distribute no-cost vaccine within 48 hours and the location(s) offering vaccinations are called PODs (Point of Distribution sites).This 2 hour exercise is a shortened simulation of a 48 hour period of mass medication dispensing.

Hepatitis A POD
Genesee Community College, Batavia Campus Forum

Tuesday, April, 10th from 11:00am — 1:00pm
Participate at any time and enjoy Lunch on us!

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. To pre-register visit HERE . Volunteers are able and encouraged to participate more than once to receive additional tickets for a slice of pizza and a bottle of water. No actual medication will be given.

Due to the exercise, both the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments will be closed from 10am — 2pm.

Please contact your local Health Department for more information,
Genesee 585-344-2580 x 5555 /
Orleans 585-589-3278

THIS IS AN EXERCISE

Active Shooter Training in Batavia prepares officers for the unthinkable

Law Enforcement from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and Probation Department, State Police Troop A, along with both LeRoy and Batavia Police Departments have been taking part in an intense two week long Active Shooter Training.

Police Chief Shawn Heubusch said the training is sadly a necessity for all law enforcement in today’s day and age.

The Chief says the exercises are vastly different than other types of police training…

The Active Shooter Training has been on-going all week at the State School for the Blind’s Hamilton Hall in Batavia.

Officers were armed with plastic replica firearms and thrown into active shooter and bomb threat scenarios.

The collaboration of law enforcement entities has allowed officers to exchange techniques and coordinate responses to address the unfortunately growing concern of an active shooter threat.

Story provided by our news partner The Batavian.

National Fuel Reminds Public to Call Before You Dig

Press Release:

Now that spring is here, many homeowners, business owners, schools and communities are planning outdoor landscaping projects. National Fuel reminds individuals and professionals to Call Before You Dig.

New York state law requires residents to call 811 – a free service – prior to digging in order to prevent accidental damage to underground utility lines. Before starting any landscaping, gardening or outdoor improvement projects this year, call 811, a toll-free national phone number, or visit www.call811.com.

The national 811 phone number connects callers with local One Call Centers. Operators record the excavation locations and notify National Fuel of callers’ plans. National Fuel then dispatches professional locators to mark the approximate positioning of lines for free. It’s a fast, easy way to be safe and protect those within the vicinity of the project.

New York homeowners and contractors should call 811 at least two and no more than 10 business days in advance of the start of their projects.

“All excavation projects – even small or shallow digging projects like planting trees and shrubs, or installing a fence or mailbox require a call,” said Emily Ciraolo, spokesperson for National Fuel. “Many of the pipeline leaks and emergencies we respond to each year occur when homeowners and businesses dig on their properties without knowing the location of underground utility lines. These types of accidents can be easily avoided by calling 811 before you dig – anywhere on your property.”

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), a national association representing the utility industry and committed to saving lives and preventing damage to underground infrastructure, states that:

• There are more than 20 million miles of underground utilities in the United States.
• Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.
• When you make the call to 811, damage occurs less than 1 percent of the time.
• Thirty six percent of homeowners who plan to dig this year for projects will put themselves and their communities at risk by not calling 811 prior to digging.

As always, if you smell gas, leave fast! If a rotten-egg natural gas odor is present, leave the premises immediately without turning on or off any electrical appliances and call National Fuel’s emergency line (1-800-444-3130) from a different location. If you smell an odor of gas outdoors, please call National Fuel’s emergency number and provide the address nearest to the site of the odor.

GCC’s Medina Campus Center Offers Special Classroom Lecture on Responding to Nuclear Incidents

Radiation Emergency Drill part of the Global Nuclear Awareness Program 

Press Release:

Medina, NY– Genesee Community College’s Responding to Emergencies adjunct instructor Patrick Seidel brings a wealth of expertise to his students. But when emergency response topic involve two exceptionally well-informed guest speakers and a topic of great public interest, the Medina Campus Center decided to expand the classroom roster to include the general public for the informative presentation. This classroom event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Linda Redfield-Shakoor and Paul Zimmerman will present information about the types of nuclear incidents which could occur in Western New York. Their lecture is scheduled Monday, April 16, 2018, from 7:00 – 8:30pm at the Medina Campus Center located at 11470 Maple Ridge Road in Medina. What challenges first responders may encounter and what basic protective steps first-responders should consider will be among the topics.

Dr. Redfield-Shakoor recently completed dissertation research at Niagara University focused on Western New York nursing students and the medical community, as well as first responders regarding their perceptions of risk, willingness to respond and emergency self-efficacy related to radiation emergencies. Paul Zimmerman is a researcher, educator and author with over 30 years of experience working on nuclear issues. He was a lecturer in World Life Institute’s Radiation Emergency Management (REM) seminars for first responders and medical personnel from 1989 to 1993. He subsequently served from 1993 to 2010 as a researcher at the Uranium Medical Research Center. Both Dr. Redfield-Shakoor and Mr. Zimmerman are associates in the Global Nuclear Awareness Program of World Life Institute’s Center of Excellence in Medina, NY.

The special classroom presentation is offered in association with the Global Nuclear Awareness Program, World Life Institute.

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

GCC’s Forum Players Celebrate 50 Years of Theatre!

Clue Cast Members 

Press Release:

The Forum Players at Genesee Community College have been hard at work preparing a celebratory production recognizing 50 years of theatre with a compilation of spectacular songs, dances and dramatic highlights from the past. From Chicago to Peter Pan, audiences will marvel at the sights and sounds of great theatre.

GCC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration of Theatre will be performed on Thursday, April 26, 2018, Friday, April 27, 2018 and Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 2 p.m. for everyone’s convenience.

“There has always been a vibrant culture of performing art in this community. When the Stuart Steiner Theatre opened in 1992, GCC upped the ante even further, presenting an enormous volume and incredible quality of great theatrical work performed by students, faculty, staff and community members. From Chicago to Cabaret, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest to Peter Pan and so much more,” Maryanne Arena, GCC director of Fine and Performing Arts, said. “It has been a thrill providing the community with great shows and our students with great experiences. This medley of great theatre is not to be missed!”

Tickets to see GCC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration of Theatre are available now and are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (55+) and GCC faculty/staff. Students and children are $3, and GCC alumni with ID will receive a $2 discount on an adult ticket. To reserve seats, contact the GCC box office at boxoffice@genesee.edu or (585) 345-6814.

The anniversary medley is comprised of numerous musical numbers, monologues and excerpts from plays performed in the theatre’s past. Cast members are listed below according to their performances.

Peter Pan Cast

The musical numbers will feature:

Pippin – “Corner of the Sky” by Cody Taylor of Medina, NY – “With You” by Pedro Pires de Araujo of Brazil
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum – “Comedy Tonight” by Marissa Carbonell of Batavia, NY – “Love, I Hear” by Gregory Rojo-Hallock of Batavia, NY – “Lovely” by Taylor Wilson of Cheektowaga, NY
HMS Pinafore – “Sorry Her Lot” by Jessica Pierce of Batavia, NY
Singin’ in the Rain – “Singin’ in the Rain” by Gregory Rojo-Hallock of Batavia, NY
You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown by Becka Naber (soloist) of Hamburg, NY
Peter Pan – “I Won’t Grow Up” by Alannah Gross of East Bethany, NY, Branden Simmons of Syracuse, NY, and Michael Busch of Medina, NY – “Hook’s Waltz” by Rob Reiss of Elba, NY, and Benjamin Martis of Curacao
Chicago – “Funny Honey” by Liliam Montilla of Bronx, NY – “When You’re Good to Mama” by Khalisah Muhammad of Harlem, NY – “Mr. Cellophane” by Rob Reiss of Elba, NY – “All That Jazz” by Natsumi Sasabe of Tokyo, Japan
The Mystery of Edwin Drood – “There You Are” by Norm Gayford (lead soloist) of Warsaw, NY, Marissa Carbonell of Batavia, NY, Alannah Gross of East Bethany, NY, Pedro Pires de Araujo of Brazil, Cody Taylor of Medina, NY, and Maki Ishikawa of Saitama, Japan – “Moonfall” by Maki Ishikawa of Saitama, Japan – “Both Sides of the Coin” by Norm Gayford of Warsaw, NY, and Rob Reiss of Elba, NY – “Off to the Races” by Pedro Pires de Araujo of Brazil, Benjamin Martis of Curacao, and Spencer Henley of Akron, NY
Black History Month – “What a Wonderful World” by Chris Canty of Rochester, NY

Additional dancers and ensemble members include: Max Peters of Arcade, NY, Marissa MacLeod of Perry, NY and Jennifer Schreiber of Rochester, NY

The celebratory medley will also feature the following monologues:

For Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Tori Ogunsanya of Brooklyn, NY, Tatiana Breland of Syracuse, NY and Kamm Turner of Syracuse, NY
Clue the Musical by Cody Taylor of Medina, NY, Chris Canty of Rochester, NY, Alannah Gross of East Bethany, NY, Jessica Pierce of Batavia, NY, Branden Simmons of Syracuse, NY, Spencer Henley of Akron, NY and Pedro Pires de Araujo of Brazil
Lives of the Great Waitresses by Taylor Wilson of Cheektowaga, NY, Emily Carey of Middleport, NY and Marissa Carbonell of Batavia, NY
God’s Favorite by Josh Erb of Fillmore, NY and Jacob Natalizia of Oakfield, NY
Death Knocks by Rob Reiss of Elba, NY and Josh Erb of Fillmore, NY
Vampire Lesbians of Sodom by Cody Taylor of Medina, NY, Kayla Lander of Mayfield, NY, Chris Canty of Rochester, NY and Benjamin Martis of Curacao
Colored Museum by Khalisah Muhammad of Harlem, NY
Chicago by Liliam Montilla of Bronx, NY

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

GCC Hosts “The Script” Shedding Light on Toxic Masculinity

Press Release:

The GENESEE IT, SAY IT initiative continues at Genesee Community College with a special performance of “The Script” by Tim Collins on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. in the Batavia Campus gymnasium.

GENESEE IT, SAY IT is a powerful campaign the College launched to encourage and empower individuals to speak up if or when they witness, or learn of, a sexual assault. One of the key components of this initiative includes opportunities to educate students, faculty and staff on the power of reporting incidents they are aware of. The initiative is jointly sponsored by GCC’s Dean of Students Office, Human Resources Office and the Title IX Coordinator.

Tim Collins will perform his award-winning one-man show entitled “The Script” about sexual assault prevention, toxic masculinity and bystander intervention.

“It is crucial that we continually encourage students, staff and faculty to speak up and report incidents of sexual assault,” said Dean of Students Patricia Chaya. “One of the ways to empower individuals is to teach them bystander intervention strategies and to reiterate the avenues of support available to not only victims of these kinds of assaults, but to those reporting it as well.”

This event is free and open to the public. Bleacher seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

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

Morning News Briefing

Programs pick up at the YWCA with a little help from friends.
The Genesee County YWCA has announced that on Monday its afterschool child care program will resume at its normal time and location.
The news was revealed yesterday evening after our News Partner The Batavian spoke with YW Board members who indicated that help was received by the YWCA of Niagara County.
The YWCA which is under the new leadership of Millie Tomidy-Pepper announced Earlier this week that because of financial difficulties, all programs and services were being terminated immediately.
Now with the assistance of the Niagara County agency the Children’s Center at the County Courthouse will remain open and calls to the Crisis Care Hotline that were handled locally will be transferred to the Crisis Care hotline in Niagara County.

National Grid Crews continue to work to bring back power in Western New York.
Damaging windstorms knocked out power for tens of thousands of homes across Upstate this week with National Grid showing 8 thousand customers still waiting for power to be restored.
There were approximately 130 Genesee County residents who remain in the dark, at last check.
The Village of LeRoy is currently the most affected area locally with around 60 customers still waiting for power.
The estimated restoration time for all of Genesee County has been pushed back by National Grid to 5 p.m. this evening.

The City of Batavia is now in the mall management business.
City Hall has taken over maintenance of the mall concourse in a deal that settled a years old dispute with the mall merchants.
Interim City Manager Matt Worth says the mall entrances will be the first focus…

On WBTA’s Main and Center program Worth said the city is looking for a full time maintenance manager for the mall.

Two suspects tracked down following one car crash in Byron.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies were notified by Livingston County Lawmen of a vehicle pursuit involving two suspects that allegedly stole merchandise from a department store in Geneseo.
The suspect’s fled on foot after crashing their vehicle on route 262 in Byron.
Deputies arrived on scene and K9 Destro was called in to assist in the apprehension of 45 year old Michael Collier of Rochester and 44 year old Gary Weese of Medina.
Both men received medical treatment from dog bites.
Collier was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, Unlawful Fleeing of a police officer in a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident and speeding and was remanded to Genesee jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Weese has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property is still being treated at UMMC for an unrelated medical condition.

A North Java man is accused of killing a puppy.
Arcade police say last month 20 year old Tyler Cummins killed the animal by slapping it in the head for urinating at a local business.
Investigators say the puppy died from trauma injuries.
Cummins is due back in court at a later date.

Evening News Briefing

The YWCA of Genesee county will resume its after-school child care program on Monday, the agency revealed Thursday afternoon. The Children’s Center at the County Courthouse will also remain open.
YWCA officials said the after school program will operate under a normal schedule at all locations.
Earlier this week, the YW announced that because of financial difficulties, all programs and services were being terminated immediately.
Board members interviewed by WBTA News Partner The Batavian said help was received by the YWCA of Niagara County that made the continuation of the programs possible.
Calls to the The Crisis Care Hotline, that were handled locally, are being transferred to the Crisis Care hotline in Niagara County.

 

As of 8:30p.m. Thursday night there were still 327 National Grid customers without power in Genesee County. Almost half of those homes are in the towns of LeRoy, Darien and Pavilion.
National Grid predicts most customers should be restored by late this evening although complete power restoration could be as late as Friday evening.
The outages were caused by hurricane force winds that blew through the area yesterday ripping down power lines and trees ad knocking over tractor trailer trucks.

 

The City of Batavia is now in the mall management business.
City Hall has taken over maintenance of the mall concourse in a deal that settled a years old dispute with the mall merchants.
Interim City Manager Matt Worth says the mall entrances are first will be dealt with first

On WBTA’s Main and Center program today Worth said the city is looking for a full time maintenance manager for the mall.

 

Genesee County Sheriff’s Office K9 “Destro” has taken a bite outta crime – literally.
Two suspects led lawmen on a chase early Thursday morning that began in Livingston County and ended in a one-car crash in Byron.
Two suspects fled the car and pursued by officers including K-9 Deputy Chris Erion and Destro. Destro managed to take down both suspects who suffered minor bite wounds.
One of the suspects was identified as 45 year old Michael Collier of Rochester was charged with possession of stolen property anbd fleeing a police officer.
Charges are expected to be filed against the second suspect, who was not identified.

City Begins Mall Maintenance

The City has officially taken over operations of the City Centre Mall Concourse which was effective April 1st.

Speaking on WBTA’s Main and Center program this morning, Interim City Manager and Public Works Director Matt Worth updated the progress of repairing the City Centre concourse.

Matt Worth said several cleaners have been hired and are currently being trained. He said there will no longer be a Mall Manager position but the City is in the process of hiring a full time Maintenance Manager who will focus on keeping the concourse in good shape.

Worth said the first step is to focus on the easy fixes…

Worth is hopeful to complete a small capital project to address the silo shaped entrances. He said the entrances may end up with a different, more inviting look with peaked roofs, a fresh coat of paint, all new doors and no buckets.

GCC’s Third Annual Scholars Symposium

Row one (kneeling): Casey Swartz of Horsehead, NY; Laura Whitcroft of Batavia, NY; Brenda Castaneda of Batavia, NY; Xochitl Rosario of Albion, NY; Amanda Pahuta of Warsaw, NY; and Anna Adams of Holley, NY.
Row Two (standing): Miranda Schiller of Alexander, NY; Kasey Edgerton of Oakfield, NY; Professor Michael Gosselin (accepting award for Airi Hayasaka of Japan;) Associate Professor Joe Zioklowski (accepting award for: David Fenn of Perry, Timothy Frew of Bliss, NY; Gaia Fukuzato of Japan; Andrea Kirsch of Varysburg; Stacy Mullett of Caldonia, NY; Anthony Nickel of Hilton, NY; Kera Pfeiffer of Perry, NY; Christian Pierre-Louis of Brooklyn, NY; Meghan Potter of Arcade, MY; Maura Rogers of LeRoy, NY; Jacy Sero of Alden, NY; Timothy Slivinski of LeRoy, NY; Summer Storms of Perry, NY; and Javin Williams of Spring Valley, NY;) Professor JoNelle Toriseva (accepting award for: Alexis Hackmer of Alexander, NY and Brock Nahalka of Leicester, NY;) Cole Rogers of Delevan, NY; Jamie Englerth of Leroy and Cameron Bennage both of Holley, NY.

Press Release:

It was a day of when professors, administrators, staff and many special guests are in the seats watching, listening and discovering what lessons have been learned, and what kinds of information, research, knowledge and creativity inspires students at Genesee Community College. It was also a day when the Haudenosaunee Indian nation, the early residents of the region, could proudly revisit their original name for Batavia which meant “the grand hearing place.”

At the third annual Scholars Symposium this past Thursday, March 29, 2018, GCC students, faculty, staff, community leaders and friends showcased some of their most poignant work. Presented by the Genesee Community College Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (CURCA) Committee, the full-day event included presentations, performances, exhibits and guest speakers-all focused on the most inventive and bright the minds of the College community. This year, more than 125 students, faculty, staff and community judges participated, with all events being free and open to the public.

“Started several years ago through a GCC President’s Innovative Award, the Scholars Symposium is now a campus-wide celebration of creative and innovative work accomplished by our students, faculty and friends of the College,” said JoNelle Toriseva, director of GCC’s English, Communications and Media Arts, who continues to organize the event. “Together, the College community and our many supporters come together to take stock in the many bright and creative minds that circulate around us each day, and we marvel at the professional and personal growth that predominates within this institution.”

Dr. Deborah Nawoczenski gave the event’s keynote address, “Curiosity Does Not (always) Kill the Cat Extending Discovery Beyond ‘Ok Google.’ “She is currently an adjunct professor with the University of Rochester’s Department of Orthopedics, and also retired from Ithaca College’s Department of Physical Therapy where she was professor and co-director of the Movement Analysis Laboratory and Center for Foot and Ankle Research. Dr. Nawoczenski spoke about the myriad surprises that is intrinsic in research and the rich connections a person makes during careful studies. She shared many personal stories that showed that one can never predict where the journey of research will take a person.

The event culminated with an Awards Ceremony in the Stuart Steiner Theatre which included a Poetry Slam performance by award winners Alysa Brenhock, Julien Tuast, Xochitl Rosario and Emily Carey, who is president of GCC’s Creative Writing Club. The award winners of the Third Annual Scholars Symposium included:

Excellence in Computer Science Award: Cameron Bennage, “In a Game of Battleship, Can the Computer Be Better Than You?”
Most Global in Perspective Award: Airi Hayasaka, “Otaku–The Differences in Otaku Culture Between Japan and the U.S.”
Most Global in Perspective Award: Miranda Schiller “What Is Home?”
Excellence in Sustainability Award: “Sustainable Still Life” with David Fenn, Timothy Frew, Gaia Fukuzato, Andrea Kirsch, Stacy Mullett, Anthony Nickel, Kera Pfeiffer, Christian Pierre-Louis, Meghan Potter, Maura Rogers, Jacy Sero, Timothy Slivinski, Summer Storms and Javin Williams
Photographic Artistic Excellence Award: Kasey Edgerton “Visions of You”
Excellence in Mental Health Award: Amanda Pahuta “Unflattening My Prison”
Excellence in Teaching & Education Award: Xochitl Rosario “Communication with Infants, Toddlers, and Adolescents”
Best Poster Award: “Back Pain? Maybe Your Backpack is to Blame” Breda Castaneda, Norbert Ortiz-Perez, Casey M. Swartz and Laura Whitcroft
GSA Award: Cole Rogers, “I __You; My Generation”
Excellence in Creativity Award: Cole Rogers “I __You; My Generation”
Best Oral Presentation Award: Cameron Bennage “In a Game of Battleship, Can the Computer Be Better Than You?”
Overall Academic Excellence Award: Cameron Bennage “In a Game of Battleship, Can the Computer Be Better Than You?”
Excellence in Criminal Justice Award: Jamie E. Englerth “Solitary Confinement: Is it a Necessary Evil?”
John Gardner Literary Award: Alexis Hackmer “A Dark Light”
Excellence in Literary Arts Award: Brock Nahalka “Luck of the Draw”
Excellence in Poetry Award: Cole Rogers “I __You; My Generation”
Excellence in Narrative Award: Kasey Edgerton “Visions of You”
Excellence in Craft & Form Award: Anna Lena Adams “What is Art”
Judges’ Choice Award: Amanda Pahuta “Unflattening My Prison”
Scholars’ Symposium Award for Forwarding Artistic Excellence: Emily Carey
Scholars’ Symposium Award for Artistic Achievement: Julien Tuast, Celeste Cowie and Lucas R. Cook
Scholars’ Symposium Award for Forwarding Academic Excellence: Liliam Montilla, Preston R. Herrmann

For specific information about the Scholars’ Symposium contact Director of English, Communications and Media Arts JoNelle Toriseva. Her email address is: jrtoriseva@genesee.edu, and her telephone: 585-343-0055 ext. 6627.

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

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Lacrosse

Genesee lacrosse players congratulate Jake D’Agostino after his shot traveled the entire length of the field for a goal as time expired to end the game with the Cougars’ 27th goal

Press Release:

No. 4 Men’s Lacrosse Team Blasts Cannoneers 27-1

The No. 4 Genesee Community College men’s lacrosse team battled two oppositions April 4 with the first being a fierce wind and the second being the visiting Jefferson Community College Cannoneers.

Genesee scored the first 16 goals, but with about a minute to go in the second quarter Jefferson got on the board with a man-up tally.

The Cougars would add six goals in the third and five in the fourth for the 27-1 final, with Jake D’Agostino sending a shot the length of the field that found the back of the Cannoneer net as time expired.

Four different Cougars took turns each quarter defending the goal, while up front four players accounted for 17 of the 27 goals.

Leading the way in goals was Jason Chiodo with five – including the official game winner. Kevin McParlene, Alex Mack, and Jordan Brennan each scored four, while a pair of goals came from both Joshua Shields and Evan Hollfelder – with the latter adding five assists to co-lead the team in points with seven.

Brennan added three helpers to equal Hollfelder’s seven points, while Mack had a pair of assists for a six-point day.

Andrew Forte tries to get good footing before unleashing this shot. Forte had a dozen wins in the faceoff circle at a winning percentage of 86.

Single goals were scored by Josh Bernas, Samuel Koczwara, Patrick Bilbrey, D’Agostino, Robert Middlebrook and Andrew Forte, who had nearly half of Genesee’s 26 faceoff wins with a dozen wins at a winning percentage of about 86.

The Cougars peppered 66 shots at the Jefferson net and held a considerable edge in groundballs at 34-9.

Garrett Lazore, Lincoln Potter, Max Henchbarger and Troi Benedict all saw 15 minutes of action in the cage with Benedict getting the start.

The Cougars next host No. 3 Howard Community College (Md.) in a battle of top-four nationally-ranked teams April 8 at 1 p.m.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Morning News Briefing

Police Pursuit in Byron leads to Missing Gun Alert.
Two suspects have been taken via ambulance to the United Memorial Medical Center following a police chase that ended in the area of Route 262 and Bank Street Road in Byron.
Law Enforcement were on the scene this morning looking for a suspect who fled on foot following a car chase.
Officers issued a missing “gun alert” after discovering an ammunition clip in the suspect’s vehicle without a corresponding firearm.
According to our news partner the Batavian, one of the suspects was reported to have been throwing up blood apparently from several stomach surgeries.
Just before 4:30 this morning Medics were called to the scene to evaluate the first suspect and a second patient who had been bitten by a dog.
Both were taken to the hospital for injuries and the two suspects are in believed to be custody.
Currently it isn’t known what prompted the initial chase.

The windstorms across Western New York knocked out power for tens of thousands of households.
The windstorms rocked Upstate New Yorkers yesterday with gusts as high as 65 miles per hour in Rochester.
Batavia had the highest recorded wind in the state with a 75-mile-per-hour gust.
As of early this morning, there were still around 50-thousand National Grid customers without power.
Crews are out in force working to restore power.

Hutchins Place resident arrested for harassment.
31 year old Patrick Rumble of Batavia was arrested yesterday afternoon following an alleged incident where he repeatedly pushed an individual, prevented them from leaving his residence and from calling emergency services for help.
Rumble was charged with Harassment, Unlawful Imprisonment and Criminal Mischief and was issued an appearance ticket for this morning in Batavia City Court.
Around 10 minutes before Rumble was arrested a 17 year old female was taken into custody in the same area on Hutchins for allegedly Trespassing.
The unnamed teenager is expected in City Court on April 10th.

Senate Democrats in New York are reuniting after a seven year split.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he hopes Democrats will now be able to pass reforms.
A number of moderate Democrats had broken away and conferenced with Republicans for the past seven years.
Unless they can pick up two more seats in upcoming special elections the Democrats will remain in the minority in the senate.

Evening Storm Briefing

The High Wind Warning for Genesee County is no longer in effect, but nearly 1,000 customers of National Grid remain without power.

National Grid Power Outage Map

The utility reports that it could be as late as 10 o’clock tonight before all power in the county is restored.
Yesterday’s hurricane-force winds toppled trees, ripped down power lines and overturned tractor-trailer trucks.
A peak wind gust of 75 miles per hour was recorded by the weather station at GCC’s Batavia campus.
Route 77 was closed for several hours by big rigs that were swept off their wheels.
Downed trees crashed onto a home in Oakfield and a front porch of an East Main Street home in Batavia was damaged by another uprooted tree.
The storm and the winds moved eastward by early evening.
There were no reports of serious storm related injuries.

National Grid has More Than 1,700 Field Workers Ready

Press Release:

In anticipation of extremely strong winds and heavy rains across much of its upstate New York service area, National Grid has more than 1,700 line, service and tree crews on alert, including additional support from 240 contractor crews from as far away as Indiana. The additional resources began arriving yesterday. Crews are being deployed across upstate as needed, particularly in the company’s western and central divisions where winds are expected to be the most severe today and tonight.

In the event of power outages resulting from the weather, the company offers the following safety information for customers and the general public:

Electricity & Generator Safety

  •  If a power outage occurs, customers should call National Grid’s at 1-800-867-5222 to
    expedite restoration.
  • Generators used to supply power during an outage, must be operated outdoors. Before
    operating a generator, be sure to disconnect from National Grid’s system by shutting off the
    main breaker, located in the electric service panel. Failure to do this could endanger our
    crews and your neighbors.
  • Never touch downed power lines; always assume they are carrying live electricity. Downed
    lines should be immediately reported to National Grid at 1-800-867-5222 or to your local
    emergency response organization.
  • Customers who depend on electrically powered life support equipment, such as a
    respirator, should register as a life support customer by calling National Grid at 1-800-642-
    4272. (In a medical emergency, always dial 911.)
  • Keep a number of working flashlights, at least one battery-operated radio and an extra
    supply of batteries in your home.
  • Please drive carefully and use caution when driving near any repair crews working to
    restore power.
  • Be sure to check on elderly family members, neighbors and others who may need
    assistance during an outage.

National Grid also advises staying tuned to local media for important announcements from
emergency officials about possible evacuations or other emergency procedures. In most areas,
information on storm shelter locations is available by calling 211.

Stay Connected

National Grid offers several ways to stay informed and safe – before, during and after a storm:

 

 

GCC Athletics Update: Lady’s Lacrosse/Men’s Baseball

Katline Cartwright goes against defenders from one of the top NJCAA schools in the country

Press Release:

Lady Cougars Fall in Lacrosse to No. 3 Onondaga Community College

It’s been more than three weeks since the last time Genesee Community College has seen any game action, and when they finally did it was against one of the top teams in the country in Onondaga Community College.

The Cougars played the nationally-ranked No. 3 Lazers even in the second half’s opening 15 minutes of the 30-minute frame. Onondaga would eventually get the upper hand in the second with a 5-1 edge and that combined with an opening-half 17-2 lead gave Onondaga a 22-3 win.

Onondaga turned it up out of the gate with the game’s first seven goals and the last eight of the first, but Genesee had a nice four-minute run in the middle of the first half where the teams played even at 2-2.

Rachel Ladd got the team’s first goal from free position and Molly Braden added a marker less than four minutes later to round out the Cougars’ first-half scoring.

Bri Heers took a nice feed from Olivia Steedman just 3:20 into the second for Genesee’s lone second-half tally.

Baseball Cougars Drop Pair to FLCC

The Genesee Community College baseball team lost a pair of road games to Finger Lakes Community College in the team’s first game action in almost three weeks. In the opening game the Cougars couldn’t hold their 3-1 lead before falling 6-3, and in the matinee the team produced a nice rally that got the teams even before giving up the deciding run in a 7-6 contest.

Justin Taveras tied the game at 1-1 with a home run in the third, as one of three hitters and the only player to record a batted-in run, a hit, and score a run.

Shannon Folkes upped Genesee’s lead to 2-1 before Jakob MacLeod crossed the plate for a 3-1 lead. Other Cougar hitters included Nate Darwin and Justin Baly, while Bryant Fontabez also had an RBI.

The Cougars didn’t display their finest play in the field where three different players were charged with a pair of errors apiece. Zachery Zink was solid from the hill in allowing just three runs – two unearned – with eight strikeouts and only allowing three hits as the starter.

Heading into the next to last inning of the second game, Finger Lakes appeared to be in control with a 6-2 lead. The Cougars plated four runs in the sixth to tie the game at 6-6, before a single run in the bottom of the sixth proved to be the game winner for Finger Lakes.

Genesee’s top players offensively were Harrison Lourens with a pair of hits, and Jayson Libert with a pair of RBI.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Morning News Briefing

Criticism from former YWCA Director over decision to end grant funded programs.
Former Executive Director of the Genesee County YWCA Jeanne Walton has released a statement defending her past leadership and criticizing the current decision by the organization to immediately cease all operations including grant funded programs.
Under the leadership of New Executive Director Millie Tomidy – Peppper the Genesee County YWCA announced late Monday night that it would be shutting down services and terminating 36 employees due to financial difficulties.
Walton claims that nothing about the YWCA’s financial situation changed for the worse during her years of service.
She said the financial struggles experienced by the YWCA predated her tenure as Executive Director and that she learned to manage the organization living from “paycheck to paycheck”, just to remain solvent.
After Walton shirked any responsibility for the cash crisis she then criticized the move to end programs which she emphasized were 100% grant funded.
Walton said she was shocked by the news and she knows that it was an extreme decision that could have been avoided.

Police alert residents of funny money finding its way into the area.
The Batavia Police Department is currently investigating reports of counterfeit $50 bills being passed locally
They encourage checking the authenticity if you happen to receive a $50 bill.
Police say the counterfeits are very convicting and will pass at most businesses simple marker tests.
Some fraudulent features to look for are a penciled in security strip on the reverse and a faintly penciled in face on the right side of the note with the head of Grant.
They are also missing the microprint security features due to blurring.
If anyone receives a counterfeit or suspected counterfeit bill you can call the confidential tip line at 585-345-6370.

Serious windstorms for Much of Western New York.
Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties will be under high wind warnings through tonight.
Forecasters say wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour are possible.
The windstorms could down trees, knock out power and cause lakeshore flooding.

Deputies say Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio tried to buy a gun at Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Deputies say the employees at the Henrietta store refused to sell Astacio a shotgun Monday.
Employees said they didn’t feel comfortable selling her the gun and turned her away based on store policy.
It isn’t known if owning a gun would violate terms of her probation.

The Buffalo Bills are suing Republican candidate for governor of Rhode Island Giovanni Feroce for nearly one-million-dollars.
The NFL team claims Feroce made a promotional deal to be the official timepiece of the Buffalo Bills.
Giant clocks were installed around New Era Field and the company paid the first installment of $87,000.
The Bills later learned that Feroce didn’t have the rights to the watch company’s trademark when the deal was cut in 2014.

Evening News Briefing

The abrupt closing of the Genesee County YWCA sets off a rush to replace child care and other services once provided by the agency.
The YW announced yesterday that the non-profit was out of cash and was forced to immediately cease operations.
The news left parents scrambling to replace child care services.
Already, the YMCA has stepped up to offer its child care programs.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s office notes that its Genesee Justice program offers assistance to victims of Domestic Violence.

Genesee County YMCA

Genesee Justice

A high wind warning has been issued for early tomorrow morning in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
The warning will in effect until 8 p.m. tomorrow night in Genesee and Wyoming Counties, and 11 p.m. tomorrow night in Orleans County.
Winds of 30 to 40 mph are expected with gusts up to 65 mph.

Six people rounded up in a State Street drug raid.
The bad boys and two women were collared at 133 State Street last Thursday. Local residents busted were: 48 year old Donna Fidanza, 47 year old Joseph Marranco and 32 year old Madalyn Muntz.
The other three suspects were from Erie and Monroe counties.
A Canandaigua police officer involved in a deadly shooting will not face charges.

A grand jury has cleared Sergeant Scott Kaiden saying he was justified shooting an off duty parole officer.
He says he was checking on her at her apartment when she allegedly fired a shot at him. The family of the victim says Kaiden shouldn’t have been there in the first place and they plan to sue.

GCSO: Crime Victim Services Are Available Through Genesee Justice

Press Release:

Genesee County Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr. would like to remind the public that one of the many roles of Genesee Justice, a division of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, is to provide assistance to crime victims, including domestic violence victims. For more information, please contact Genesee Justice, located at 14 West Main Street in the City of Batavia, (585) 815-7821.

Information from the Genesee Justice Web Page:

Becoming a victim of a criminal act is often a traumatic and disorienting experience for individuals. Victims are faced with an increased sense of vulnerability and threat to their personal autonomy and independence. Victims can also question their beliefs on safety and the order that they have come to expect from the community that they live in.

Genesee Justice works with victims to help them attain a more personal sense of justice. The investigation and prosecution of offenders within the criminal justice system is complex and foreign to most people, particularly as to how it impacts victims. Dignity doesn’t often come easy within the courtroom or the community. We encourage victims to empower themselves, which is critical to the healing process.
We will keep victims informed of what is happening with the investigation of the accused and guide them through any role they may need to play; we will take the time to explain to victims what they can expect during the proceedings of a case when it goes into court; we will accompany victims to any process and court proceedings; and we will assist victims in seeking counseling services; we will also help to address financial losses incurred as a result of the crime, including assisting victims in filling out applications for the New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS), if they are eligible. The OVS helps victims with unexpected or unaffordable medical or funeral expenses, loss of work and counseling services.

A victim may be referred to Genesee Justice by the District Attorney’s Office, Family Court, or Law Enforcement. Our door is always open for victims to walk in themselves.

Victim Assistance Services include:
• Assistance in filing Office of Victim Services application
• Provide information on VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) and assist victim with VINE registration, if interested
• Provide updates on status of court case
• Assistance in preparing pre-sentence investigation packet:
– Restitution information
– Victim impact statement
• Provide home visits
• Refer clients to appropriate agencies for further assistance
• Assistance in preparing right of allocution (the victim’s right to speak in front of the Court at sentencing)
• Assistance in preparing application for orders of protection
• Assistance in filing paperwork with surrogates court
• Accompaniment to court appearances
• Provide referrals for counseling
• Provide referrals for emergency items if needed by victims
• Assistance in writing letters to parole board
• Offer opportunity for victim/offender conference if desired by the victim

Cold Case Tuesday: Troopers Probe 1991 Skeletal Remains

Press Release:

Cold Case Tuesday: Troop A continues to investigate the 1991 discovery of skeletal remains in Niagara County.

New York State Police in Niagara continue to investigate the discovery of skeletal remains of an unidentified man 26 years ago in Niagara County.

On Saturday, June 22, 1991 at 5:04 pm, skeletal remains of an unknown male were found by two teens in the Town of Lewiston. The teens were picking berries in a wooded area off Black Nose Spring Road, located on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation in Niagara County. The body was found about 30 feet from the road’s edge, in an 11 foot ravine.

The man was bound with cord and his mouth had been gagged with a washcloth. The manner of death of the man’s death is unknown.

The victim is believed to be an African American male, 30 to 45 years old, and was between 5’7 to 5’10. The victim was found to have sustained broken ribs, as well as facial fractures which had healed prior to his death, and may have been the result of the sport of boxing.

The victim was wearing a white-short sleeve V-Neck undershirt (Fruit of the Loom- size 42-44) and long, light colored underwear (Hanes- medium).

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Senior Investigator John Dipasquale of the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Lockport at (716) 434-5589.

Please refer to SJS # 1197767.

Sketch rendering of remains

1991 scene photo

Morning News Briefing

Money troubles lead to shut down at The Genesee County YWCA.
New Executive Director for the YWCA Millie Tomidy-Pepper said the cash position of the agency is such that it cannot continue to operate.
The news was released in a statement late yesterday just two weeks after disclosing the agency was facing “serious financial challenges” and in the process of auditing their financial dealings
All operations at the YW will cease effective immediately including programs such as domestic violence, before and after school child care, food program for home daycare providers along with crisis helpline services.
36 YW employees are being terminated in the restructuring and according to the current Executive Director, unemployment benefits may not be available to them because payments to the unemployment insurance fund were not kept up to date.
Tomidy-Pepper took over for Jeanne Walton as executive director on February 5th.
Walton resigned after seven years as head of the agency.

State Street sweep in Batavia leads to arrest of six on drug related charges.
The Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force conducted a raid at 133 State Street Thursday night where they allegedly found 6 individuals involved in various drug activity.
Two were charged with possession of narcotics with intent to sell.
26 year old Keith Kendrick AKA “sosa” of North Chili and 25 year old Denzel Hall of Rochester were both charged with felony counts of Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance.
48 year old Donna Fidanza of State Street in Batavia was charged with Criminal Nuisance for hosting the drug activity at her residence.
47 year old Heath Snyder of Orchard Park, 47 year old Joseph Marranco of Pringle Ave in Batavia and 32 year old Madalyn Muntz of Evans Street in Batavia were all charged with various drug counts.

The Batavia Police Department will be hosting two weeks of multi-agency Active Shooter Response Training with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Probation Department, Leroy Police and State Police beginning this week.
The training will be held at the New York State School for the Blind, Hamilton Hall.
The training will emphasize single and multi-officer tactical responses used to make entry into buildings and address the threats.

Batavia man jailed without bail after allegedly violating court order.
36 year old Derek Wert of Tracy Ave in the city was arrested following an incident on Holland Ave in which he was accused of violating an order of protection by contacting a protected party at their residence.
Wert was remanded to the Genesee County Jail without bail.

A Fort Bragg soldier missing more than a week is safe.
Fayetteville Police say Sergeant Carl Seeman was found in North Carolina yesterday morning after his mother helped track him down.
His family traveled from Rochester to help with the search.
Seeman was listed as AWOL and could face charges once he returns to the 82nd Airborne Division.

Papa John’s is out of Rochester.
Employees’ at all five Rochester locations were shocked to find out yesterday that they were out of a job.
A letter was posted on the doors saying they couldn’t continue to operate in Rochester because of heavy headwinds put on them by New York State.
The company says they’re grateful to customers and are working to find new franchise owners.

Evening News Briefing

Just two weeks after disclosing “serious financial challenges” the Geensee County YWCA has announced it is ceasing all operations effective immediately.
“The cash position is such that we can’t continue to operate,” accordingf to Executive Director Millie Tomidy-Pepper.
All YWCA programs are going to cease immediately. Those include domestic violence, before and after school child care, courthouse daycare, a food reimbursement program for home daycare providers and crisis helpline services.
The move will mean the termination of 36 staff members. Tomidy-Pepper said it is not certain that the employees will receive unemployment benefits because payments to the unemployment insurance fund were not kept up top date.

Tomidy-Pepper has been executive director since Feb.5. During the interview process she said nothing was disclosed about the current fiscal condition of the agency. Tomidy Pepper said the agency’s financial records are in such disarray that an audit cannot be properly conducted.

 

Starting on April 2nd, 2018 the Batavia Police Department will be hosting two weeks of multi-agency Active Shooter Response Training with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Probation Department, Leroy Police  and the k State Police. The training will be held at the New York State School for the Blind and will emphasize singlre and multi-officertactical responses used to make entry into buildings and address the threats.

 

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro’s campaign for governor is officially underway. Kicking his campaign off this morning in Tivoli, where he was elected the country’s youngest mayor in 1995, the Republican called for change in Albany, saying people have lost faith in their government. The 42-year-old Yonkers-born Molinaro also has a second event planned in Albany this afternoon. A primary is set for September ahead of the November 6th election.
Syracuse State Senator John DeFrancisco and lawyer Joe Holland are also seeking the Republican nomination, while, on the Democratic side, actress and activist Cynthia Nixon is challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo.

 

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is on the mend. Kelly went under the knife last week in New York City for oral cancer. This weekend his wife posted on Instagram that a cancerous tumor was removed and his entire upper jaw was reconstructed. Kelly is on a feeding tube and expected to be in the hospital for at least two weeks.

YWCA Genesee County Ceases Operations

News Release: YWCA of Genesee County

After several weeks, nearly daily meetings with the board of directors and many sleepless nights, YWCA Executive Director Millie Tomidy-Pepper and board members made a decision Monday that will affect agency employees, programs and services.

“The cash position is such that we can’t continue to operate,” Tomidy-Pepper said. “When I was interviewed I was told that there was a first quarter cash flow problem. Ever since I began here I have uncovered that it was much more than that.”

As a result of lack of funding, all YWCA programs are going to cease immediately. Those include domestic violence, before and after school child care, courthouse daycare, a food reimbursement program for home daycare providers and crisis helpline services.

This move will put 36 YWCA staff members in the unemployment line, however, she doesn’t know if there will be anything for them when they get there.

“The history of the organization using an unemployment services trust, and the fact that it was not kept up-to-date by being paid, it’s questionable whether employees will be able to get unemployment insurance,” she said.
Tomidy-Pepper has been executive director since Feb. 5, 2018. During the interview process nothing was disclosed about the current fiscal condition of the nonprofit. The agency’s financial records are in such disarray that an audit cannot be properly conducted.

“We’re working to keep the doors open but right now we have to close, and we’re reviewing the finances,” she said. “There’s considerable longstanding debt and there’s no money on reserve to get us through this situation.”
The lack of funds is further exacerbated by a maxed out line of credit and credit card, she said.
“I was not made aware of any of this,” she said. “I thought I could get past the first quarter, but there’s a mountain of debt and this has been a longtime problem. The finances are being looked into in depth.”

A veteran executive, Tomidy-Pepper was assistant executive director of Mental Health Association in Genesee County for seven years and another 12 years as executive director. She not only ran a nonprofit with a balanced budget but one with a surplus, which demonstrated her understanding of expenses and revenue and her management skills.
“I want my reputation to exceed me,” she said.

The site at 301 North St. will remain open to accommodate current tenants and My Sister’s Closet Boutique, a women’s and children’s clothing and accessories thrift shop. The agency has been the sole provider of domestic violence services in Genesee County and has served about 650 new victims each year. The agency has also provided before and after school child care for hundreds of families and answered the call for thousands of people in crisis. It is uncertain as to how those people will be taken care of in the future.

The board, which has grown from four to 11 members since Tomidy-Pepper took the helm, will embark on a “Save the YWCA” campaign. Up to this point the new executive director has experienced open arms to welcome her.
“The community has been reaching out to help us any way they can,” she said. “We have been working day in and day out trying to figure out what happened and how to put a plan in place to move us forward.”

GCC Hosts Homeschool Students and Families

News Release: GCC

Genesee Community College invites homeschooled students, their parents and siblings to attend the Homeschool Information and Orientation Session on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Batavia Campus in room T119 of the Conable Technology Building. Attendees can learn about GCC’s exciting opportunities for students who are homeschooled, and visit with key college staff members who work with homeschool students to have their specific questions answered.

Homeschooled students have extensive opportunities to advance their education through GCC. Classes are offered in many subject areas and students under age 18 may take approved ACE (Accelerated College Enrollment) courses at a reduced tuition rate. ACE Program Specialist Dan Snyder, who works with many homeschooled students currently enrolled at GCC, will be at the session to provide information. GCC Assistant Dean of Recruitment and Admissions Lindsay Gerhardt will also share information about the admissions process, as will Joe Bailey, GCC’s director of Student Financial Assistance and Veteran Services.

The session will include an overview on how to obtain a New York State high school diploma through college credit earned, placement testing, the registration process, financial aid, online learning, campus tours and a Q & A session. The overall program includes the following schedule:

• Orientation (10 – 11 a.m.)
• Information Sessions (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.) including Admissions, Financial Aid Eligibility, and Online Learning Technical Orientation
• Lunch and Campus Tours (12 – 1 p.m.)
• Closing Q & A and Campus Tours (1 – 2 p.m.)

“GCC is enjoying a growing population of homeschooled students,” Snyder said. “It’s a great opportunity for students to continue with a quality, home-based education and get a head start on college for a fraction of the cost.”

Through the ACE Program at GCC, homeschooled students are exposed to small classroom environments with extraordinary one-on-one attention to ensure students receive a quality education that is focused on individual success. GCC’s homeschooled students enjoy the use of all of the College facilities, including the Transfer Center, Alfred O’Connell Library, Fitness Center and computer labs. Students can explore and expand their career aspirations through GCC’s Career Center. GCC’s newest facilities, the Richard C. Call Arena and the Student Success Center that are both scheduled to open this summer, will provide even more exciting new opportunities at GCC’s Batavia Campus.

Participants are strongly encouraged to register in advance by April 20, 2018 by contacting contact Dan Snyder at desnyder@genesee.edu or by calling (585) 343-0055 ext. 6393.

GCC to Host: Idea Pitch Preparation

Press Release:

What: GCC to Host: Idea Pitch Preparation
(This workshop is part of the Business Idea Pitch Competition Workshop series)

When: Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College ~ Batavia Campus ~ Room T121, Conable Technology Building

Who: Entrepreneurs of all industries! Highly recommended for Business Idea Pitch Competitors!

Background: Every solid business venture starts with one thing – a pitch! Whether making a sale or convincing an investor, your idea pitch has to be organized, well-thought out, powerful and convincing! GCC is here to help get you prepared! On April 12, 2018, GCC will host a special workshop called Idea Pitch Preparation led by Sam Campanella of the Small Business Development Center.

Idea Pitch Preparation will take place on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in room T121 of the Conable Technology Building at GCC’s Batavia Campus.
This workshop is free and open to the public; you do not have to be participating in the Business Idea Pitch Competition to attend these workshops. To sign up, please contact Amy Conley at avconley@genesee.edu.

Do you have a passion you’d like to turn into a business but you aren’t sure if anyone else will think it’s a good idea? Consider participating in a Business Idea Pitch Competition! You could even earn a cash prize!

The first-ever local Business Idea Pitch Competition will be held Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Conable Technology Building at the Genesee Community College’s Batavia Campus.

The GCEDC has donated cash prizes which will be awarded at the pitch competition on April 19, 2018. Pitches will be judged by members of the Startup Genesee Committee.

Participants in the Business Idea Pitch Competition are strongly encouraged to attend the Pitch Idea Preparation workshop in order to prepare for the competition on April 19, 2018. For additional details on the competition, please visit https://www.genesee.edu/home/events/businesspitch/.

BPD: Active Shooter Training

Press Release:

Starting on April 2nd, 2018 the Batavia Police Department will be hosting two weeks of multi-agency Active Shooter Response Training with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Genesee County Probation Department, Leroy Police Department and the New York State Police – Troop A. The training will be held at the New York State School for the Blind, Hamilton Hall building located at 2A Richmond Avenue in the City if Batavia. The training will emphasize multi-officer and single officer tactical responses used to make entry into buildings and address the threats. Training Instructors from all four agencies will be instructing during this multi-agency event.

Local media is invited to attend the training on Thursday, April 5th from 10:00 am – 11:00 am to observe the officers train.

The Departments wish to thank the NYS School for the Blind for providing the space for the Departments to complete this important training.

Anyone with questions may contact Officer Marc Lawrence at 585-483-1428.

Batavia woman arrested for Burglary in Albion

State Police arrested 33 year old Erica Raphael of Batavia on Route 31 in the Town of Albion minutes before 8 p.m. on Easter Sunday.

Raphael was charged with a felony count of third degree Burglary for illegally entering an Albion address with the intent to commit a crime along with Petit Larceny and Trespassing.

She was released with an appearance ticket for Albion Town Court.

Byron-Bergen Learning Lab

Byron-Bergen sixth-graders consider air pressure and lift while using a CAD program to design blades for their model wind turbines. Designs were later printed with the Learning Lab’s new 3D printers.

Press Release:

Byron-Bergen Elementary School expands and grows its Inquiry-Based Learning Lab

Since winning the New York State School Boards Association’s Be the Change for Kids innovation Award in 2016, Byron-Bergen Elementary School’s Inquiry-Based Learning Lab has been busy growing, and increasing opportunities for students. The Learning Lab, which focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) activities, has moved from special interest class to integral part of the K-6 curriculum at the school.

“The NYSSBA award of $5,000 helped us jumpstart the Learning Lab,” said Principal Brian Meister. “We were able to fully commit to the project-based learning program, purchase our first robotics and other materials, and offer the class to all of our students.”

“The Lab is very student-driven,” said Meister. “Our young people are thoroughly and deeply engaged in learning; we are finding that the curriculum is evolving based on student ideas.”

In September 2017, the district was awarded $85,000 in educational funding with the help of State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer. The funding will be used to further develop the Lab into a cutting-edge center for STEAM, and to explore expanding the program to the Jr./Sr. High School.

Learning Lab teacher Craig Schroth is excited about the enthusiasm students have shown for the program. He can usually be found in the classroom, working with inquiring minds—helping fourth-graders learn block programming with Dash™ robots, or guiding sixth-graders in using a CAD program and LEGOs™ to design and build model wind turbines.

“All of our students, boys and girls, kindergarten through sixth grade, have the same level of excitement about the projects,” said Schroth. “Our little ones begin by learning basic math and science, logic, and collaboration skills with simple tools, like Bee-Bots®. Older students quickly progress to more involved projects like designing video games, satellites, or energy efficiency systems. They use teamwork, design trials, geometry, environmental science, and programming in JavaScript. Recent additions, like our 3D printers, are opening new avenues of exploration.”

“We are excited about the new resources we have been able to secure thanks to the new grant,” he said. “In the first year of this program, we used materials like cereal boxes, popsicle sticks, and tape. Now, students are able to create more sophisticated prototypes.”

“My favorite part of the class, however, is that the focus remains on facilitating ‘design thinking’ that is not device specific. The most important resource for us lies in student ideas and creativity.”

As students utilize the engineering design process of using data and collaboration to continually improve their results, they learn life-long problem-solving skills that will help them in whatever fields they may find themselves. Said Meister, “They learn how to work together, how to think creatively and embrace change, how to trial-and-fail until they find solutions.”

 

The spirit of inquiry rules for fourth-graders who are learning how to program robots to travel in geometric shapes, such as squares and acute triangles.

Morning News Briefing

Red Wings defend their name after being dragged through the Muck.
The harsh criticism lobbed by the New General Manager of the Batavia Muckdogs toward the Rochester Red Wings and their previous management of the team has been met by some push back from the Rochester organization.
President of the Red Wings Naomi Silver said they are disappointed over the comments made by new GM Dave Chase regarding the previous management of the field and the front office at Dwyer Stadium
Chase said they basically left everything a mess.
The Redwings operated the Muckdogs for the past 10 years with many crediting them for keeping the team afloat for the past decade.
Silver said Major league Baseball inspected the field a year ago and found nothing wrong. She said the Red Wings only took office furnishings that belonged to them.
Chase who was brought in by the NYP league to run the Muckdogs this year, said Friday the field was not up to professional standards.

False alarms send an East Main Street man into lock up.
DePaul Housing Complex resident, 41 year old Jonathan Balaz is accused of intentionally pulling a fire alarm at the apartment building last Wednesday afternoon and again late Friday night.
The Batavia Fire Department were dispatched to the East Main Street address in an emergency response on both false occasions.
Balaz was arrested and charged with two counts of Falsely Reporting an incident for the two separate instances and was remanded to jail in lieu of bail after the second false alarm.
He is expected to appear in Batavia City Court this afternoon.

Steuben County woman picked up in Pembroke for unstamped smokes.
48 year old Cathleen Mills of Campbell in Steuben County was stopped by deputies on Route 77 in Pembroke following a complaint of an individual purchasing a large quantity of unstamped cigarettes.
She was arrested and charged with the Possession, Transport and intent to sell over 10,000 unstamped cigarettes.
Mills was released with an appearance ticket for April 26th in Pembroke Town Court.

New York has passed legislation to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.
Governor Cuomo announced this weekend that those convicted of serious misdemeanor offenses would have to surrender their firearms and have their gun licenses revoked.
A loophole was also closed to prevent those wanted by police on an arrest warrant from getting a firearm license.

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is on the mend.
Kelly went under the knife Wednesday in New York City for oral cancer.
This weekend his wife posted on Instagram that a cancerous tumor was removed and his entire upper jaw was reconstructed.
Kelly is on a feeding tube and expected to be in the hospital for at least two weeks.

WBTA Sunday News

The Rochester Red Wings say they are disappointed over the comments from the new manager of the Batavia Muckdogs that the previous management left the field and the front office at Dwyer Stadium in a mess.
Naomi Silver, President of the Red Wings, operated the Muckdogs for the past 10 years. Without their involvement, most local baseball observers believe the team would have folded a decade ago.
She said Major league Baseball inspected the field a year ago and found nothing wrong. She said the Red Wings only took office furnishings that belonged to them.
Dave Chase, the man brought in by the NYP league to run the Muckdogs this year, said Friday the field was not up to professional standards.

Today is Easter Sunday, the day Christians worldwide remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter is one of the oldest celebrations on the church calendar. It’s the traditional day in which Christ’s resurrection is celebrated. Christians believe God sacrificed his only son so their sins would be forgiven. Unlike Christmas, Easter isn’t celebrated on a fixed day. Instead, Easter falls on the first Sunday after the full moon following the vernal equinox. That could be anywhere from March 22nd until the end of April in a given year.

Genesee County’s Economic Development Center continues to handout tax payer funded incentives to spur new business.
The EDC approved incentives for two projects that would result in $1.3 million in capital investment, the creation of 10 new jobs and retention of 29.
Genesee Lumber Company will get $57,000 in sales and mortgage tax exemptions. The company plans to build a new seven-thousand sq. ft. warehouse in the City of Batavia.
$77,000 in sales, property and mortgage tax exemptions were approved for a new grocery store in Corfu.

New York has the most opioid-related deaths in the country.
According to the newest numbers from the CDC, New York has one of the lowest rates of opioid prescriptions, but the highest total number of overdose deaths.

BCSD Wins Top Workplace Award

Superintendent of Schools Christopher J. Dailey

News Release

THE BATAVIA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS A WINNER OF THE ROCHESTER 2018 TOP WORKPLACES AWARD

The Batavia City School District has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. The award is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”

For Superintendent of Schools Christopher J. Dailey, the anonymous survey confirmed what he already believed to be true: “Our administration, faculty, and staff are second to none, “ he said. “They are dedicated to improving all students in every aspect of their growth while enrolled at BCSD. In addition, our Board of Education, backed by our community, supports the administration in creating a positive environment for our students and staff to work, learn, and grow.”
The future, he noted, will hold more of the same.

“This independent survey of all of our employees is an excellent recognition that defines our district as a great place to have a career that makes a difference in our world,” said Dailey. “We offer outstanding benefits to our employees and excellent professional development opportunities for continued improvement in all aspects of our district. BCSD also has tremendous facilities for our employees to impact the lives of our students. Our 2020 Vision Capital Project will enhance all aspects of our employee and student lives.”

Claffey said, “Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy. It’s an achievement organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage. It’s a big deal.”

Ranzenhofer: Statement on NYS Budget

News Release

The New York State Senate has completed approval of the 2018-19 New York State Budget. State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst) has issued the following statement:

“New York will have a final budget in place before the start of the new fiscal year. The budget rejects new taxes and fees, proposed by the Governor, including a new internet sales tax and a new health insurance tax. It restrains state spending, while making key investments in our community.

“The final plan secures our fair share of state funding for our school districts in Western New York, and restores funding– initially cut under the Executive Budget proposal– to our local public libraries. Additionally, the new budget invests in the state’s top economic industry, agriculture, by restoring funding for vital research and development programs.

“This year’s budget process has been a challenging one, and a $4.5 billion budget deficit has made it even more difficult. I am disappointed that additional tax relief– by lowering taxes for property, income, retirement, energy– was not included in the final budget. I will continue the fight to make New York more affordable, in an effort to help individuals, small businesses, manufacturers, and seniors stay and thrive in Western New York. I am also disappointed that the final budget does not level the tax playing field for Batavia Downs, and I will forge ahead with my legislation to establish tax parity for the oldest nighttime harness track in the country.”

Hawley Issues Comments on State Budget

News Release

A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia)

“Although the budget process was rife with secrecy and failed to include much-needed ethics reform, we did secure funding for many programs crucial to Western New York.

“I am pleased we were able to restore Gov. Cuomo’s proposed cuts to Library Aid – providing millions in additional funding. We secured hundreds of millions in CHIPS to repair local infrastructure, programs to support up and coming farmers, a record amount of education aid and ensured protections for our valiant veterans.

“I am concerned that we once again increased spending, failed to curb our bloated Medicaid program and must absorb tax increases handed down by New York City politicians.

“Going forward with the rest of session I am confident we can work toward making New York more affordable for all and protecting upstate values from radical special interests.”

Saturday News Briefing

The Muckdogs’ GM says front office is a mess.
Opening day of professional baseball in Batavia is about 2 and a half months away, but the new manager says, the organization is way behind where it should be.
Dave Chase is the veteran baseball guy brought in by the NYP league to manager the Muckdogs in what could well be the team’s final year in Batavia.
Without naming the Rochester Red Wings, Chase had nothing good to say about the previous management.

Opening day at Dwyer Stadium is June 13th.
Chase says the playing field is in very rough shape and not up to professional baseball standards.

Genesee County’s Economic Development Center continues to handout tax payer funded incentives to spur new business.
The EDC approved incentives for two projects that would result in $1.3 million in capital investment, the creation of 10 new jobs and retention of 29.
Genesee Lumber Company will get $57,000 in sales and mortgage tax exemptions. The company plans to build a new seven-thousand sq. ft. warehouse in the City of Batavia.
$77,000 in sales, property and mortgage tax exemptions were approved for a new grocery store in Corfu.

High Wind Warning posted for this holiday weekend.
The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind WARNING for Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
The Warning will be effect from this afternoon through Easter morning with forecasters calling for Southwest winds from 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.

New York has the most opioid-related deaths in the country.
According to the newest numbers from the CDC, New York has one of the lowest rates of opioid prescriptions, but the highest total number of overdose deaths.

Evening News Briefing

Muckdogs GM Dave Chase

Opening day of professional baseball in Batavia is about 2 and a half months away, but the new manager says, the organization is way behind where it should be.
Dave Chase is the veteran baseball man brought in by the NYP league to manager the Muckdogs in what could well be the team’s final year in Batavia.
Without naming the Rochester Red Wings, Chase had nothing good to say about the previous management

Opening day at Dwyer Stadium is June 13th.
Chase says the playing field is in very rough shape and not up to professional baseball standards.

Genesee County’s Economic Development Center continues to handout tax payer funded incentives to spur new business.
The EDC approved incentives for two projects that would result in $1.3 million in capital investment, the creation of 10 new jobs and retention of 29.
Genesee Lumber Company will get $57,000 in sales and mortgage tax exemptions. The company plans to build a new seven-thousand sq. ft. warehouse in the City of Batavia.
$77,000 in sales, property and mortgage tax exemptions were approved for a new grocery store in Corfu.

High Wind Watch for this holiday weekend.
The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind WARNING including Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming counties.
The Watch will be effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning with forecasters calling for Southwest winds from 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.

New York has the most opioid-related deaths in the country.
According to the newest numbers from the CDC, New York has one of the lowest rates of opioid prescriptions, but the highest total number of overdose deaths.

High Wind Watch Now a WARNING

HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM SATURDAY TO 8 AM EDT
SUNDAY…

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a High Wind
Warning, which is in effect from 5 PM Saturday to 8 AM EDT
Sunday. The High Wind Watch is no longer in effect.

* LOCATIONS…Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Wayne, Erie, Genesee,
Wyoming, and Chautauqua counties, mainly along the lakeshore
along Lake Erie and South of Lake Ontario to about the Thruway.

* TIMING…From late Saturday afternoon through early Sunday
morning. Winds will be strongest overnight.

* WINDS…Southwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.

* IMPACTS…Strong to potentially damaging winds will be
possible and could bring down trees and power lines, resulting
in scattered power outages. Travel may also become hazardous
for high profile vehicles.

GCEDC Approves Incentives for Two Projects

News Release: GCEDC

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) approved incentives for two projects that would result in $1.3 million in capital investment, the creation of 10 new jobs and retention of 29 jobs at its March 29th board meeting.  The GCEDC also accepted an application for assistance that would result in a capital investment of approximately $800,000 that would create 6 new jobs and retain 14 jobs.

Genesee Lumber Company was approved to receive approximately $57,000 in sales and mortgage tax exemptions.  The company plans to demolish an existing structure to make way for a new 7,158 sq. ft. warehouse in the City of Batavia.  The new warehouse will store lumber and other building products to better serve customers in Genesee County and surrounding regions.

Genesee Lumber will make a $300,000 capital investment creating three new jobs and retaining 29 jobs.  The project in turn will contribute to the Batavia to Prosperity (B2P) and Reinvestment Fund.

Town Center Plaza, LLC was approved for approximately $77,000 in sales, property and mortgage tax exemptions in order to build a new grocery store in the Village of Corfu on a site that was a former grocery store that has been closed for several years.  The new 20,000 sq. ft. facility is a $1 million investment that will create 7 new jobs.

While the grocery store is a retail project, it qualified for financial incentives because the store will be located adjacent to a highly distressed census tract.  Both the village of Corfu and town of Pembroke passed resolutions supporting the project.

The GCEDC board also voted to accept an application from Xylem (formerly Godwin Pumps).  The company is proposing to expand its existing facility of 18,282 sq. ft. to 26,382 sq. ft.  The expansion would result in a capital investment of approximately $800,000.  Total incentives being sought are approximately $100,000 and as such would require a public hearing. Xylem is planning to consolidate Rochester operations into Batavia as well.  It is estimated that for every one dollar of public benefit, that Xylem will invest $63.80 into the local economy.

GO ART! Announces Opening of Tavern

News Release: Go Art!

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council has announced plans to reopen the former Batavia Club Bar in the Seymour building located at 201 East Main Street. The doors officially open to the public at 7pm on April 6. Guests will enjoy live entertainment, door prizes and raffles.

Tavern 2.o.1 will be serving a selection of wine, cider, mead and beer (many of which are locally created within the GLOW region).
Brewers, Staff and Board members will be on site for the opening reception to promote and describe the delicious libations.

(Quote Tammy Hathaway) ‘Our bar has the capability to offer events that people are traveling to Rochester or Buffalo to attend. After numerous requests from groups to partner and hold festivities, we made the commitment to open the space as a tavern and to begin scheduling some fun evening experiences for the community.’’

Currently, Tavern 2.o.1 will be open for both public and private events held at GO ART’s headquarters, the Seymour building. However, there is talk of the bar being open for regular hours in the future. For more information on events at GO ART! visit our website at www.goart.org or like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/geneseeorleansarts/.

HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT THIS WEEKEND

Press Release:

…HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING…

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a High Wind Watch, which is in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning.

* LOCATIONS…Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Wayne, Erie, Genesee,
Wyoming, and Chautauqua counties.

* TIMING…From late Saturday afternoon through early Sunday
morning.

* WINDS…Southwest 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.

* IMPACTS…Strong to potentially damaging winds will be possible
and could bring down trees and power lines, resulting in
scattered power outages. Travel may also become hazardous for
high profile vehicles.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Strong winds of 58 mph or greater could produce property damage, including downed trees and power lines that could result in power outages. Home owners should secure personal property.

FASNY: One Month Left – Volunteer Firefighters Needed at RecruitNY 2018!

Press Release:

-FASNY calls on New Yorkers to volunteer in their communities –

RecruitNY, a major initiative of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), is rapidly approaching. On April 28-29, firehouses across the State will open their doors to the public in an effort to increase membership in the volunteer fire service. This will be the eighth straight year of this recruitment initiative, a cornerstone of FASNY’s ongoing recruitment campaign.

During the April 28-29 weekend, members of the public will be able to get a taste of what it means to be a volunteer firefighter. Across New York State, volunteer firefighters will be conducting firehouse tours, demonstrating firefighting techniques, and more, all to generate interest and appreciation for what members of the fire service do on a regular basis. Anyone interested in the possibility of joining the fire service will have the opportunity to speak with active volunteers, who can discuss what being a member of the fire service entails.

“It is a privilege and an honor to serve as a volunteer firefighter,” said FASNY President Ken Pienkowski. “Joining the fire service is an incredibly rewarding thing to do, and all across New York State, volunteers are eager to discuss this possibility with their neighbors, friends, and family. Serving as a volunteer firefighter means serving one’s community, but it also means joining a very close, very special family. We are always heartened to see New Yorkers turn out to support their volunteer firefighters, and expect to see many faces, both familiar and new, during this year’s RecruitNY event.”

The volunteer fire service has a long, proud heritage in New York, and is deeply integrated into the social fabric of the State. Volunteer fire departments not only answer emergency calls, but they often serve as the backbones of local communities, hosting popular events such as parades and pancake breakfasts, and providing common space for people to gather. The volunteer fire service’s economic impact is also substantial.

In addition, volunteer firefighters save New Yorkers money. In 2016, FASNY released an economic impact report, which concluded that the annual cost of a replacement, all-paid fire service would be $3.87 billion. Furthermore, property taxes in New York State would rise by an estimated average of 26.5%. These figures do not factor in the costs of acquiring the necessary facilities and equipment needed to accommodate a paid fire service. The volunteer fire service, and efforts like RecruitNY, make the State not only safer, but also more affordable.

Established in 2011, RecruitNY is a joint undertaking by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC), Association of Fire Districts of New York State, Volunteer Fire Police Association of the State of New York, and County Fire Coordinators Association of the State of New York.

For area residents looking to find if your fire department is participating in RecruitNY, visit http://www.recruitny.org/participation-area/ or for more information, contact your local fire department via a non-emergency phone number or its website or visit www.recruitny.org.

For fire departments that would like to sign up for RecruitNY, simply log on to www.recruitny.org/signup and fill out the participation form. The program provides fire departments with access to recruitment resources, communication tools, posters, banners, and more. Visit http://recruitny.org/resources.php to help plan a RecruitNY event.

Morning News Briefing

The Muckdogs’ organization is a mess according to new General Manager
The New General Manager of the Muckdogs in Batavia, Dave Chase is working diligently on painting projects, cleaning, field prep and promotional sponsorships to prepare for the upcoming baseball season in Batavia.
Chase spoke with our news partner The Batavian about the current problems plaguing the baseball organization…

Chase said it seems like they are starting a baseball operation at zero and six months late.
He said it will take time to bring the club house and field up to the standards the league expects.
One of the biggest issues Chase is addressing is the field at Dwyer stadium which he described as a mess.

Stop in Stafford leads to lock up for LeRoy Resident.
State Police stopped 37 year old Benito Hernandez-Vega of LeRoy in on Wednesday afternoon Stafford.
Troopers reported that he was allegedly driving under the influence of drugs and that he had a child accompanying him.
Hernandez-Vega was taken into custody on felony counts of Driving While Ability Impaired by drugs with a prior conviction within the past 10 years, along with Aggravated DWI with a Child and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
He was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of bail.

The Batavia police Department continue to search for a suspect in an Arby’s hold-up.
A suspect dressed in black wielding what appeared to be a gun walked into the Arby’s on West Main late on Sunday night and demanded cash from the employees.
No injuries were reported and Police have not said how much money was stolen.
The heist occurred about an hour after the restaurant had closed for the night.

City Council looking at bumping pay for city manager prospects.
The Novak Consulting group that has been hired by the city to search for a new city manager said it will take at least 3 months and a salary of between 110k and 135k to attract a new city manager.
Former City Manager Jason Molino made around 94k in Batavia before taking a position as Tompkins County Administrator for around 130k.
Catherine Tuck Parrish the executive search practice leader for the Novak Consulting group stated “ The market for city managers is what it is, you’re not competing against non-profits and the private sector”

Spring is here and so is spring cleaning as the Batavia’s Yard Waste Station will open for the season next week.
The station on Law Street will be open from noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
City residents are asked to bring all yard waste material to the Waste Station as there is no spring curb side pickup of these materials.

Evening News Briefing

The City of Batavia better be prepared to dig deep to pay the next city manager.
A recruiting firm told council last night the going rate for a manger in this size city is somewhere between 110 and 130-thosuand dollars, plus benefits.
The city’s last manager, Jason Molino, left at a salary of 94-thousand.

Governor Cuomo says he’s considering pay raises for New York lawmakers and other high-ranking government employees as part of the state’s 160-billion-dollar budget. Legislators earn just under 80-thousand-dollars a year and haven’t had an increase since 1999. The governor says higher salaries are needed to attract the best people but says the number one issue right now for lawmakers is to pass an on-time budget. The deadline is Sunday but Cuomo wants the budget passed before then since lawmakers are expecting to leave Albany on Friday for Passo

Rochester is one of the most dangerous cities in Upstate New York.
New York Upstate released its 25 most dangerous places using the latest FBI crime statistics.
Rochester was ranked fifth behind Buffalo and Niagara Falls.
Batavia also made the list at number 21 out of 25.

Number 12 is recovering from surgery.
Hall of Fame Bills quarterback Jim Kelly went under the knife again for oral cancer in New York City.
The surgery lasted 12 hours.
His wife said his road to recovery will be a long one.

LeRoy Man Facing Felony Charges

37 year old Benito Hernandez-Vega of LeRoy was subject to a traffic stop by State Police in Stafford on Wednesday afternoon.

Hernandez-Vega was allegedly driving under the influence of drugs with a child present in the vehicle.

He was arrested and charged with felony counts of Driving While Ability Impaired by drugs with a prior conviction within the past 10 years, along with Aggravated DWI with a Child and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Hernandez-Vega was jailed in lieu of bail.

Troopers have not released many details in the arrest as investigation is still pending in the matter.

Fatal Crash Blamed on Stop Sign Violation

News Release: New York State Police

On March 28, 2018 at 12:45 p.m., Troopers responded to State Route 104 and Carmen Road in the town of Hartland for a two-vehicle collision. Further investigation revealed that a 2010 Nissan was traveling westbound on State Route 104 when a 2009 Toyota operated by Thomas M. Busch, 40 of Lockport, NY was traveling northbound on Carmen road failed to stop at the stop sign and entered the path of the Nissan. The operator and passenger of the Nissan had multiple fractures and where transported to area hospitals. The passenger of the Nissan, Barbara A. Linker, 77 of Barker, NY succumbs to her injuries at Medina Memorial Hospital. Busch was issued citations for failure to stop at a stop sign and Unreasonable speed, both returnable to the town of Hartland Court.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation and NYSP Collision Reconstruction Unit investigated this collision.

Duck Derby Supports United Way

News Release

On Thursday, March 22, 2018 the Genesee Community College Pool was filled with 400 bright yellow rubber ducks each representing a donation to the 8th Annual United Way Campaign. The Duck Derby is the single biggest initiative GCC developed to solicit donations for the campaign from faculty, staff and students. However events are scheduled throughout the campaign period.

This year the Duck Derby raised over $400 for the United Way and the following participants won prizes; Katina Maher, John McGowan, Dave Hoover, Marguerite Badami, Kelly Sutcliff and Maureen Goodsell.

To champion the campaign efforts each year GCC establishes a United Way Committee. The 2018 committee includes:

• Courtney Andros, Assistant Director of HR Compliance
• Bethany Aradine, Assistant Director of HR
• Justine Briggs, TS Business Training Specialist
• John McGowan, Director of Business and Employee Training Skills (BEST Center)
• Katherine Trombley, Director of the Adult Education Opportunity Center (AEOC)
• Gina Weaver, Associate Vice President of HR
• Dolores Wilkin, HR Department Secretary
• GCC’s student athletes

The committee has set a donation goal of $16,000 for 2018, a 6% increase over 2017. Donations are accepted through payroll deductions, one-time gifts and of course, the purchase of ducks for the Duck Derby.

Standing left to right are GCC student Daniel Meloon, GCC Financial Operations Specialist Adrian Milroy, and Academic Services Specialist Leondro DeAndrade Pereira

“The United Way does so much for so many organizations and individuals in our community,” Campaign Coordinator Gina Weaver said. “Our campaign is our way of ensuring that good work can continue.”

GCC faculty, students and staff are encouraged to make their contributions online at https://secure.uwrochester.org/epledge/crm/Start.jsp?accountNumber=53868.

GCC Athletics Update: NJCAA’s Men’s Lacrosse National Player of the Week

 Andrew Forte winning a faceoff  (photo credit: GCC Athletics/Curtis Kreutter)

Press Release:

Forte Earns NJCAA’s Men’s Lacrosse National Player of the Week

The National Junior College Athletic Association named Genesee Community College’s Andrew Forte NJCAA Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week March 28 for contests between March 19-25.

In a pair of men’s lacrosse games last week, Genesee’s Forte helped the Cougars remain the fourth-best men’s lacrosse team in the NJCAA. He was responsible for 42 separate possessions for his team by accruing a 70 percent winning percentage from the faceoff circle with 28 wins while scooping up an additional 14 groundballs to give his team possession for the majority of the time he was on the field.

The freshman midfielder also added six shots with three on net for one goal as the team went 1-1 last week beginning with a 22-4 win over visiting Hudson valley Community College March 21 and a 14-10 followed by a road loss to current No. 1 and defending national champion Onondaga Community College March 24.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Lacrosse

Press Release:

No. 4 Men’s Lacrosse Team Bedevils Saints’ Effort in 20-5 Win

The No. 4 Genesee Community College men’s lacrosse team got a solid effort from visiting Mercyhurst during the first quarter as the teams were tied at 3-3 after 12 minutes, but Jason Chiodo almost single-handedly crushed their spirit with a single shot with 2:58 left in the first with a shorthanded goal that gave the Cougars the lead for good.

Genesee added three more in the final minute of the first with Kevin McParlene netting two of those three for an ending opening quarter score of 7-3. The Cougars would out-score the Saints 13-2 the rest of the way for the 20-5 win.

The Cougars out-shot the Saints 41-28 with 30 of Genesee’s shots hitting the target.

Current National Junior College Player of the Week Andrew Forte won 12 of 13 faceoffs and added a goal and assist in the win. Forte had a little more than half of the 22 Cougar faceoff wins for the game.

Genesee also won the groundball battle 16-13 with three coming from Jordan Brennan. A pair of groundballs went to three different players that included: McParlene, Evan Hollfelder and Hoya’Daiwat John.

Hollfelder was the team’s top playmaker with a team- and season-high half-dozen helpers to co-lead the team in scoring with McParlene (five goals, one assist) as each ended the night with six points.

Seven Cougars registered double-digit point performances. In addition to Hollfelder, McParlene and Forte; Alex Mack (three goals, two assists), Chiodo (four goals), Patrick Bilbrey (two goals) and Brennan (two goals) rounded out the multi-point players.

Single points came from ‘Daiwat John, Zach Wade, Samuel Koczwara and Tyler Thompson with the latter three scoring goals.

Three goalies shared the net with Garrett Lazore recording four saves with Lincoln Potter and Troi Benedict each recording two saves apiece.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Morning News Briefing

Batavia Police continue search for suspect in Arby’s armed robbery.
The Batavia Police Department is looking for an armed robber who held up Arby’s employees on Main Street in the city at gun point.
The suspect walked into the restaurant just after closing at around 11 o’clock on Sunday night armed with what appeared to be a real handgun.
The suspect demanded cash from the employees then made off with an undisclosed amount of money and fled the area.
Police have not disclosed how much money was stolen in the stickup.
There were no injuries reported in the incident.
There is a picture of the suspect and contact info for investigators located here.

Consulting Group outlines City Manager hiring process for City Council.
Representatives from The Novak Consulting group based in Cincinnati Ohio met with the Batavia City Council informing them that the search for a new city manager will take at least 3 months.
They suggested setting a salary between $110,000 and $135,000, with executive search practice leader for Novak Catherine Tuck Parrish telling council members “The market for city managers is what it is…”
Former manager Jason Molino left Batavia with a salary of about $94,000 after 12 years with the city.
Molino is now making around $130,000 at his new job as Tompkins County administrator.

Accused Brockport murderess has been found mentally fit to stand trial.
Former Rochester resident, 32 year old Holly Colino has been held in a state mental health facility charged with the murder of Megan Dix of Lyndonville last summer.
Dix was shot to death during her lunch break at Lowes in Brockport.
Colino’s Attorney said he will argue his client was mentally ill when she pulled the trigger if the case goes to trial.

Three in lock up after being collared by cops on warrants in Batavia.
42 year old Dilek Mehmet of Meadowbrook Drive in Rochester was picked up by police on an arrest warrant after failing to appear in court on multiple traffic tickets including Aggravated Unlicensed Operation.
40 year old Anthony Vanelli of Thorpe Street in Batavia was apprehended on an arrest warrant for failing to appear along with 29 year old Nicole Elmore of Jackson Street in the city who was taken into custody at an upper apartment at a Chestnut Street address.
All three were ordered to be jailed in lieu of bail.

Watch for dense fog in Wyoming.
The National Weather Service issued a Special Weather Statement this morning alerting motorists of locally dense fog moving across the higher terrain in Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Southern Erie Counties.
Forecasters expect areas of dense fog will persist at around 8 or 9 this morning.
If you will be traveling across the region make sure to leave yourself extra time to reach your destination and be sure to slow down and use extra caution in areas where visibilities are greatly reduced.

Number 12 is recovering from surgery.
Yesterday Hall of Fame Bills quarterback Jim Kelly went under the knife again for oral cancer in New York City.
His wife posted on Instagram that Kelly was in surgery for about 12 hours and that God gave them the number 12 computer in the hospital.
His wife said his road to recovery will be a long one and asked fans to continue praying for him.

Evening News Briefing

Governor Cuomo says he’s considering a pay raise for state lawmakers as part of a new budget. Lawmakers currently make around 80-thousand-dollars, a figure that hasn’t gone up since 1999. The governor said higher salaries are important to get quality people into state government. Sunday is the deadline for a new budget.

Batavia police are on the lookout for a suspect in an Arby’s hold-up.
Late on Sunday night, someone walked into the Arby’s on West Main and displayed what appeared to be a gun.
The bandit demanded cash.
No one was hurt.
Police are not saying how much money was taken.
The heist occurred about an hour after the restaurant had closed for the night.

 

PHOTO: Police supplied surveillance picture

 

The woman accused of a Brockport murder has been found mentally fit to stand trial. 32 year old Holly Colino formerly of Rochester has been held in a state mental health facility charged in the shooting death of Megan Dix last summer. Dix, from tne Orleans County community of Lyndonville, was shot to death during her lunch break.

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is thanking fans for their prayers ahead of his cancer surgery. The former Bills all-star announced earlier this month that his oral cancer had returned.
Kelley is traveling to New York City where he is expected to undergo surgery

Here’s a sign of spring. Batavia’s Yard Waste Station will open for the season next week.
The station on Law Street will be open from noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
City residents are asked to bring all yard waste material to the Waste Station as there is no spring curb side pickup of these materials.

Some changes in store for a major scholarship fundraiser at Genesee community College.
The annual ENCORE gala will be held in then Richard Call Arena on December 1st. Chairpersons for this year’s event are Thomas and Kim Cox, both retired school superintendents.

BPD: Armed Robbery at Arby’s

Press Release:

The Batavia Police Department is investigating an armed robbery which occurred at Arby’s on 03/25/2018 at approximately 11:00 PM. The suspect entered the business at closing time with what appeared to be a firearm and demanded money from employees. The suspect then fled the area with the cash. No one was injured during the incident. Due to the ongoing investigation, limited information will be released at this time. Businesses are asked to be vigilant at all times but especially at closings, for any suspicious persons or activities.

Anyone with information in reference to the case may contact Detective Matthew Wojtaszczyk at 585-345-6357 or the Batavia Police Department at 585-345-6350, the confidential tip line at 585-345-6370 or online at http://www.batavianewyork.com/police-department/webforms/report-suspicious-drug-or-criminal-activity.

Collins for Congress Campaign on Calls to Repeal 2nd Amendment

Press Release:

Yesterday, in a New York Times op-ed, Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called for the full repeal of the 2nd Amendment.

“We are looking forward to see where our radical extremist opponents Nate McMurray and Nick Stankevich stand on this issue,” said Collins spokesperson Bryan Piligra. “Both McMurray and Stankevich marched this weekend and stood alongside folks who openly advocated to repeal the 2nd Amendment. It’s an easy question – do they agree with John Paul Stevens that we should repeal the 2nd Amendment?”

Justice Stevens cited that the elimination of the 2nd Amendment would make schoolchildren safer and weaken the National Rifle Association’s “propaganda weapon of immense power.”

“The 27th district is one of the most Republican Congressional districts in New York State, with a very pro-2nd Amendment constituency,” Piligra said. “At the very least our opponents should let voters know if they support far-left calls to remove our fundamental right to bear arms. The voters in NY-27 know where Congressman Chris Collins stands – on behalf of law abiding gun owners and in defense of the 2nd Amendment. If radical extremists want to make this election a referendum on the 2nd Amendment, we look forward to that debate.”

Yard Waste Station Opening in Batavia

Press Release:

The City Yard Waste Station will open for the season on MONDAY, APRIL 2nd, 2018.

The station will be open from noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday until November when time changes to 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The station will also be closed on May 28th Memorial Day, July 4th Independence Day, September 3rd Labor Day and November 22nd Thanksgiving.

City residents are requested to bring all yard waste material (grass, leaves and limbs) to the Law Street Yard Waste Station as there is no spring curb side pickup of these materials.

No tree stumps, no building materials or other debris will be accepted.

Use Law Street entrance to enter and exit the City Yard Waste Station

NYSACOP: Criminal Justice Reforms

Press Release:

AUTHORITY: Chief Michael Lefancheck, President

There are a number of legislative proposals currently being considered as “criminal justice reforms” in New York State. The opinion of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc., (NYSACOP), on these matters is as follows:

FUNDING FOR SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS

NYSACOP is IN FAVOR of such legislation

The members of NYSACOP strongly support funding for police departments to work cooperatively with the school districts within their jurisdictions so officers can be hired and then assigned as School Resource Officers (SRO’s) in those schools where districts desire such a presence. Many departments across New York State have worked to establish positive relationships with the school districts they service; and SRO’s are already assigned in a number of those schools. Unfortunately, due to the funding demands, most of those districts do not have an SRO in every school. Other districts have expressed interest in establishing an SRO program to our members, but due to limited or no funding, have been unable to establish one. These programs have had a strong track record of success and help to foster positive police interactions with young people in the communities we serve; and we are strongly in favor of funding to expand or establish School Resource Officer programs across New York State.

BAIL REFORM

NYSACOP is OPPOSED to the current legislative proposal

A number of difficult issues are connected to overhauling New York State’s bail system including how to approach pre-trial services, preventative detention and bail alternatives. Adequate funding must be provided for any successful changes to the bail system.
NYSACOP members are opposed to any proposal that provides for a presumption of release for misdemeanors and also feel strongly that New York State must provided sufficient funding for pretrial services so that the services are effective and that individual municipalities are not burdened by the costs.

We have to keep in mind how big New York State is and there is so much regional diversity amongst different municipalities.

o Year after year, New York continues to be a leader in public safety. New York is the fifth safest state in the country. New York has the lowest crime rate of any large state. (According to FBI, Crime in the United States annual report) New York also has the lowest imprisonment rate of any large state.

As for who is held and for what crimes, we all have to understand this needs to be done by careful consideration to make sure that the dangerous people are held. A presumption that those who commit non-violent felonies should be released without bail doesn’t take into consideration some troubling examples.

o The drug dealer who sells heroin laced with fentanyl, or any deadly illicit drug for that matter, that causes a deadly overdose would be released.
o Someone who is found with 1000 bags of fentanyl, heroin or cocaine would be released.
o If someone is arrested for violating bail in a first instance or even a second instance they would be released.

New Jersey eliminated cash bail and moved to a system where judges can order defendants jailed based in part on a risk assessment that weighs the defendant’s criminal history and the charges they face. They did not allocate money in the State budget for the system and relied on court fees for funding. A recent report to the Governor and legislature warns that the system is “simply not sustainable” and faces “substantial annual structural deficit” because its funding mechanism relies on court fees rather than State budget. The report found staff at the pretrial monitoring program lack resources to keep tabs on people released and lack resources to help defendants who suffer from mental health or addiction problems.

In certain cases family members or loved ones want a defendant to be held until they can get the help or treatment they need. For example, when someone is arrested and they are high on drugs if they are released family are members are concerned they will go right back to the bad behavior they were involved in. In these instances family members actually request that the person be held until they come down from the high or can get the professional help they need.

More people are dying from opioid overdoses than gunshots and DWIs combined. We are the safest state but not the healthiest. We are one of the most addicted states and we need to continue to address the opioid epidemic as well as the scourge of other drugs. Many of these proposals regarding changes to the bail system or discovery run counterintuitive to efforts to fight the opioid epidemic at all levels.

DISCOVERY REFORM

NYSACOP is OPPOSED to the current legislative proposal

Our members have grave concerns that prematurely exposing the identity of witnesses will result in more harassment, intimidation and violence against innocent citizens. Witnesses will increasingly refuse to cooperate if they know that their name, address and contact information will be given to the defendant well before trial. Public confidence in the criminal justice system will be shattered.

Current NY law recognizes while it is appropriate to confront a testifying witness in a courtroom it is inappropriate for a defendant to confront a citizen in their living room. The law balances the right of defendants to fashion a defense with the right of a witness to be free from harassment, tampering, manipulation and intimidation. NY law achieves a fair balance by providing a defendant pre-trial discovery rights well in excess of that required by the federal or state constitutions while prudently keeping in mind the privacy rights and security interests of ordinary citizens who will be confronted by the defendant should they testify in court. This system has worked for over 3 decades.

The accelerated discovery being proposed would require the prosecution to expose the identity of all cooperating citizens regardless of whether they will even testify well before trial. These changes are transformative, unwarranted and disastrous especially given the frequency of witness intimidation.

Our membership asks the following question, what is the justification for all of this?

Many defendants want to find out as much about witnesses as soon as possible not to unearth exculpatory information, but to identify, target and intimidate witnesses who possess incriminating information. There is no evidence that shows a nexus between the current NY discovery rules and wrongful convictions. There is overwhelming evidence that witness tampering and witness intimidation has a significant impact on the ability of law enforcement to bring criminals to justice.

Witness tampering and intimidation represents a fundamental threat to the rule of law. It makes it more difficult to detect crimes, because many will go unreported to the police. It also makes it extraordinarily difficult to prosecute crimes because it deprives the prosecution of credible witness testimony.

Recent violent events across the country have renewed the call for citizens that; “If you see something say something”. Those who saw something will realize that their identities will soon be known by the very person observed committing the crime as well as their friends and associates. Witnesses will need to be advised that their identities and contact information will likely be disclosed to the defendant sooner rather than later and regardless of whether the witnesses even testifies at trial. Even simple requests for tips that could lead to more information will come with the caveat that the tipsters name must be disclosed to the defendant or accused.

ASSET FORFEITURE REFORM

NYSACOP is OPPOSED to the current legislative proposal

The need for the current laws that have been in place regarding civil asset forfeiture are varied, but in its simplest form, many criminals commit crimes to make money, spend money and live a life of tax-free excess. This statute is to take the profit out of crime and make assets unavailable to fuel further criminal activities.

The constitutionality of a so called, “13-A procedure” is well settled and NY’s law contains procedural protections for defendants. A seizure must be accompanied by a prior judicial order issued upon a significant evidentiary showing. The statute requires that all defendants receive notice and an opportunity to be heard within 5 days after seizure. Any party may ask the court for an order releasing property to pay reasonable attorney’ fees and living expenses.

The current legislation helps victims of financial crimes. The only real way to get assets back to victims is to seize and forfeit them. This statute makes it possible to return stolen funds to crime victims.

It is a common practice for criminals to move money out of their names and into the names of third parties. Often third parties are not indicted but own an interest in property that constitutes proceeds of crime. Without this statute criminals will be encouraged to launder money and give ill-gotten gains to other individuals to hold for them. The current law allows prosecutors to seize and forfeit assets if they prove in court that the third party knew or should have known that the property was obtained or used illegally.

Narcotics distribution networks often separate the movement of money from the movement of the drugs themselves making it difficult to criminally prosecute the money movers. Under the current law prosecutors can sue parties who are knowingly hiding, laundering, or transporting narcotics proceeds.

The proposed Assembly Bill A9505 hurts victims of financial crimes and favors defense attorneys and defendants over the rights of crime victims. The bill removes prosecutors’ ability to civilly restrain or seize property pre-trial that cannot be traced to criminal activity. Currently prosecutors can seize or freeze, pursuant to a pre-trial order, any property owned by a defendant equal in value to the proceeds of criminal activity, even if they property is not traceable to the criminal activity. The bill would provide that only after a judgment can you use untainted property to satisfy the judgment.

Many defendants hide illegally obtained money, invest it in improvements to real property or spend it prior to arrest. Often the only way to make sure a victim gets some of their money back is to restrain untainted assets before the defendant knows he will be arrested. By the time a defendant is convicted he often cannot pay back a victim.

Save the Date for GCC’s 2018 Encore Celebration

Tom and Kim Cox, the 2018 Encore co-chairs

Press Release:

The Genesee Community College Foundation will be shaking things up this December with a new venue for the 27th annual Encore Gala. Before the first crocuses and daffodils are up, GCC suggests that all community members “save the date” for the 2018 Encore celebration on Saturday, December 1, 2018 in the brand new Richard C. Call Arena at the Batavia Campus.

The annual Encore Gala raises funds for student scholarships giving the local community the opportunity to support students through the College Foundation, while enjoying a very special evening that kicks off the holiday season. This year, co-chairs Thomas A. and Kim M. Cox are working with the GCC Foundation to plan something truly exciting for the 2018 Encore Gala under the theme, Let it GLOW.

“We are honored to chair the 2018 Encore Gala and are excited to be having this event in the new Richard C. Call Arena,” Kim Cox said with an enthusiastic smile. “In addition to the new venue, we have many surprises planned for the evening.”

Tom, a retired superintendent of Gananda Central School District and Kim, retired superintendent of LeRoy Central School District, both recognize the importance of education and supporting the Foundation’s scholarship program at GCC. Their career-long passion for education made them a perfect couple to chair the 2018 Encore Gala. Tom and Kim currently reside in Conesus, NY.

“From the first committee meeting, it was clear that the 2018 Encore celebration would be a unique celebration,” Richard Ensman, executive director of GCC Foundation said. “Tom and Kim have some great ideas, but the real motivation behind Encore comes from the scholarship opportunities it funds for GCC students.”

For more information about Encore please contact the Foundation Office at (585) 345-6809, or via email to foundation@genesee.edu.

View Online: http://genesee.meritpages.com/news/save-the-date-for-gcc-s-2018-encore-celebration-/2905

Spencerport Grad, Graduates basic training as Air Force Airman

Press Release:

U.S. Air Force Airman Taylor C. Maier graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Maier is the daughter of Robert H. and Nancy J. Maier, and sister of Amanda J. Maier of Spencerport, N.Y.

She is a 2017 graduate of Spencerport High School, Spencerport, N.Y.

Byron Bergen Grad, Graduates basic training as Air Force Airman

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Michaela C. Austin

Press Release:

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Michaela C. Austin graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Austin is the daughter of Deanna Grady and Jeremy Austin, step-daughter of Alexander Grady, and sister of Joshua Austin and Casey Austin, all of Batavia, N.Y.

She is a 2015 graduate of Byron Bergen High School, Bergen, N.Y.

Morning News Briefing

Woman accused of Brockport murder is now mentally fit to stand trial.
A Monroe County Justice has deemed accused murderess 32 year old Holly Colino formerly of Rochester mentally competent to stand trial.
Colino has been held in a state mental health facility charged with Murder for shooting Megan Dix of Lyndonville in cold blood last summer.
She was deemed mentally unfit Last October and sent to the facility for treatment and according to Colino’s attorney he says she’s much better now.
Colino was apprehended after allegedly pulling a gun on a restaurant employee in a parking lot in Rochester and managed to briefly escape police custody soon after her arrest.
Her bizarre string of seemingly insane videos posted on social media were used as a source for speculation over her mental state.
Colino’s Attorney says he’s going to argue that she was mentally ill when she pulled the trigger if the case goes to trial.

Pavilion man’s Sex Abuse conviction overturned on appeal.
Beniluis Ruiz of Pavilion was convicted on counts of first-degree sexual abuse and criminal sexual act in 2015 in Genesee County Court.
Ruiz who maintained he was innocent through his sentencing was on trial for allegedly sexually abusing children.
Now the State Supreme Court, Appellate Division has thrown out his conviction because of what the court deemed the improper use of testimony by an expert witness.
They ordered that Ruiz receive a new trial on the charges and by order of the court Ruiz was released from prison last week.
He’s scheduled to appear on March 30th in Genesee County Court for further proceedings in his case.

Elba man busted for pawning stolen goods in Batavia.
30 year old Mathew Williams of Hundredmark Road in Elba has been arrested and charged with possession of stolen property and falsifying business records for allegedly selling someone else’s property at Pawn King in Batavia.
Williams was given a court appearance ticket and released.

The Diocese of Syracuse isn’t following Buffalo Catholic leaders who identified priests accused of sexual abuse.
Last week the Diocese of Buffalo dropped a bombshell list of 42 local priests who had credible accusations of sexual abuse lodged against them.
The Buffalo News” reports the Catholic Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania, says it’ll release its own list soon.
New-York-Upstate-dot-com reports the Syracuse diocese isn’t changing its position and will continue withholding the names of priests accused of sexual abuse unless victims identify them first.

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is thanking fans for their prayers ahead of his cancer surgery.
The former Bills all-star who led the franchise to four Super Bowls in a row announced earlier this month that his oral cancer had returned.
Kelly posted a thank-you video yesterday on his wife’s Instagram account.
He said he was traveling to New York City today for his surgery.

Evening News Briefing

Interim City Manager Matt Worth

The city wants your sump pumps to drain naturally off your property not into the sanitary sewer.
City Hall has fired off letters to residents of Redfield Parkway and Bogue Avenue reminding homeowners that allowing storm water to drain into the sewer is a code violation.
Some property owners thought the city hall letter was threatening.
DPW Director and Interim City Manager Matt Worth explains the problem

There are just a handful of homes exempt from the code that was enacted more than 50 years ago.

An Elba man is charged with pawning stolen property.
30 year old Mathew Williams of Hundredmark Road is charged with possession of stolen property for allegedly selling someone else’s property at Pawn King. Williams given a court appearance ticket and released.

Remember the Wyoming County man arrested after driving a car with an axe planted in its roof?
21 year old Jared Price of Java was actually arrested four times over a 10 day period on a variety of charges including burglary, damaging a state police patrol car.
Price is not going to jail. He was sentenced to five years propbation and a two-thousand dollar fine.

Students in New York can start applying for free tuition.
The governor has announced that the State has begun accepting Excelsior Scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 school year.
New SUNY students whose families make under 110-thousand-dollars annually may qualify.
Students already receiving the scholarship don’t need to apply again.

The “I Love NY” signs will start coming down in New York State next month. The Federal Highway Administration said there was a delay taking down the more than 500 signs due to snowstorms. Removing the signs would potentially end a controversy dating back to 2013, when Governor Cuomo put them up over the objections of the feds.

Elba Resident Accused of Pawning Stolen Property

30 year old Matthew Williams of Hundredmark Road in Elba was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and Falsifying Business Records following a larceny complaint from an Oak Orchard Road address in Elba.

Williams was accused of selling someone else’s property at a Pawn Shop in Batavia.

He was released under supervision of Genesee Justice and is expected in Batavia Town Court on April 10th.

GCC Nursing Alumni Gatsby Gala

Press Release:

There are nearly three million nurses working in the United States today. It is a demanding and skilled profession oftentimes with intense emotion. Genesee Community College’s Nursing Program produces qualified and skilled job candidates for the healthcare field each year. Now, under the direction of the Alumni Affairs Office, the Nursing Program Alumni are working hard to help ensure every qualified Nursing Program student can and will succeed.

The GCC Nursing Alumni Committee has established a new scholarship opportunity for future Nursing Program students to help mitigate financial obstacles to GCC student success. The committee is excited to invite the entire community to kick off National Nurses Week at the Batavia Downs on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. for the first annual Gatsby Gala to support the GCC Nursing Alumni Scholarship.

The Gatsby Gala will include dinner and dancing for all and chances to win big with door prizes and a cash raffle! Tickets are only on sale until April 20, 2018 – so contact the Alumni Affairs Office at alumni@genesee.edu today. You can also get your tickets and RSVP online at https://www.genesee.edu/home/offices/alumni/alumni-events/gatsbygala/. Tickets to the gala cost $100 per person and all proceeds go directly to the GCC Nursing Alumni Scholarship.

In addition to attending the Gatsby Gala, there are opportunities to sponsor the scholarship at a number of levels. The sponsorship opportunity detail is available at https://www.genesee.edu/home/offices/alumni/alumni-events/gatsbygala/ and includes commitments of $100 – $3000 and includes In-kind Support for those wishing to customize their sponsorship. All sponsorship levels include a variety of benefits from free advertising to photos, and GCC Foundation recognition. All sponsorships must be submitted by April 20, 2018 for full recognition.

The Nursing Program Alumni committee includes:

Committee Chair – Michelle Grohs, director of Surgical Services, Maternity and Women’s Health at Wyoming County Community Health System
Decoration Chair – Heather Glosser, Warsaw Central School District School nurse and owner of Glosser Family Farms
Food and Beverage Chair – Susanne Roggow, Spectrum Human Services nurse
Ticket Chair – Stephanie Durfee, GCC Nursing Program instructor
Hospitality Chair – Laurel Sanger, GCC’s director of Nursing Program
Entertainment Chair – Kelli Pease, WCJW radio personality and GCC Communications instructor
Photography Chair – Maureen Spindler, GCC’s visual communications specialist and photographer
Communications Chair and Event Emcee – Scott Gardner, president of the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce
Sponsor Chair – Jennifer Wakefield, GCC’s assistant director of Alumni Affairs

For more information, contact Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs Jennifer Wakefield at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6265, or via email at jgwakefield@genesee.edu.

Holley Awarded $1-Million for for Restoration of High School

News Release: Assemblyman Steve Hawley 

As part of the ‘Finger Lakes Forward’ initiative, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced today that the Village of Holley was awarded $1,000,000 for the restoration and conversion of the former Holley High School at 1 Wright Street into Holley Gardens, a mixed-used facility geared toward senior living and accessible office space for the community.
“Public investment in our small towns is inspiring and necessary to turn dilapidated and neglected areas into robust centers of community and commerce,” Hawley said. “I am pleased to hear that the old Holley High School will become a welcoming living community for our seniors, and I look forward to watching this project transform and progress as we move forward.”

GCC’s History Club Presents: “The Removal Crisis of 1832”

Danny Hamner

Press Release:

What: GCC’s History Club Presents: “The Removal Crisis of 1832” with GCC’s adjunct professor, Danny Hamner

When: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College ~ Batavia Campus – Room T102, Conable Technology Building

Who: This event is free and open to the public.

Background: Genesee Community College’s History Club presents GCC adjunct professor Danny Hamner to discuss “The Removal Crisis of 1832: How Nationalism, Political Ambition and the Electoral College Shaped the Trail of Tears.” This presentation, part of the Historical Horizon’s Lecture Series, will take place on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7 p.m. in room T102 if the Conable Technology Building at the Batavia campus.

Hamner will discuss how the “Trail of Tears” is often remembered as the inevitable tragedy of an indigenous people swept aside by the rising forces of modern America. While there certainly were large historical forces transforming America in the early 19th century, the removal crises of the period were ultimately shaped by the personalities, politics and needs of the movement. The mix of personal ambitions and zealous nationalism linked the destiny of the Cherokee Nation to Henry Clay’s presidential aspirations with catastrophic but not inevitable results.

For further information visit https://gcchistoricalhorizons.wordpress.com, or contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

Additional Details: http://news.genesee.edu/news/2018/01/03/gcc-announces-historical-horizons-spring-2018-lecture-series

Zodiac Signs Dictate Fashion at GCC’s “Ascendant”

The 2018 GCC Fashion Show graphic, designed by GCC’s Graphic Arts student, Yuki Lai

Press Release:

The Fashion Program students at Genesee Community College have been interviewing models and finalizing pieces for the 37th Annual Fashion Show to take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the new Richard C. Call Arena. Get your tickets now!

Each scene in the show is designed and coordinated by a student in the Fashion program. This year, the students challenged themselves, selecting “Ascendant” as the show theme. “Ascendant” speaks to the rising power GCC has in communicating thoughtful and impactful fashion while simultaneously representing a person’s rising sign – the astrological sign under which a person is born. The “Ascendant” theme moves beyond recognizing astrologically assigned character trait differences and to using fashion to make statements about appreciating those differences as potential contributions to creative teamwork.

This year’s show features the following scenes:

Cancer – Fuses bohemian wear and earthy elements into a free spirited look

Scene Coordinator: Maya Neeley of Harrisville, NY

Libra – A wedding scene emphasizing romance and elegance

Scene Coordinator: Jewel Watters of Sandy Valley, NV

Gemini – Examines the sameness and individuality of twins

Scene Coordinator: Emily Lontkowski of Batavia, NY

Capricorn – Showcases the independent and professional women’s work attire

Scene Coordinator: Alexa Higgins of LeRoy, NY and Tykayila Hawkins of Rochester, NY

Taurus – Demonstrates the conservative and unisex styles of today

Scene Coordinator: Felton Terrell Poole of Medina, NY

Virgo – Exposes an inner realness through the transparency of ingenuousness

Scene Coordinator: Adeline Kijsiravej of Bangkok,Thailand

Pisces – Utilizes bright colors and impactful graphics to depict the Pisces personality.

Scene Coordinator: Serenity Brown of Rochester, NY

Scorpio – Compiles mystery, passion and fierceness into a contemporary street look

Scene Coordinator: Charlotte Hughes of Ordizan, France

Leo – Portrays a desire for love and admiration

Scene Coordinator: Tsubasa Mirua of Japan

Aries – Represents individuality and confident fierceness through dark and neutral colors with bold trims

Scene Coordinator: Katie Plummer of Brockport, NY

Sagittarius – Screams “Freedom” through a variety of denim pieces

Scene Coordinator: Harrison Lourens of Batavia, NY

Aquarius – The unique nature of Aquarius will be communicated through garments of unique styles constructed by various GCC students

Luna – A nighttime scene that showcases formalwear created by various GCC students

In Darkness & In Light – Draws luxury from utility as light is drawn from darkness

Scene Coordinator: Kaeli LaFrance of Akwesasne, NY

Comet – Elegant formal wear with an upbeat taste

Scene Coordinator: Kaitlyn Tipton of Meyersdale, NY

Ophiuchus – The newest zodiac sign which falls between Scorpio and Sagittarius is being celebrated by our guest design company, Sseko Designs. Sseko Designs develop clothing and accessories that are constructed by women pursuing higher education and fair wages in Uganda, Africa. The new zodiac is a positive representation of a new ethical direction of the fashion industry.

“Ascendant” will completely transform the field house in the new Richard C. Call Arena into a dreamlike space with a powerful runway! Tickets to attend the show are available in advance for $5 per person until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Tickets will also be available at the door for $8 per person. To purchase tickets in advance, email fashionshow@genesee.edu today.

Are you interested in an opportunity to show your support for the Fashion Show? GCC’s fashion program students are currently soliciting and accepting production sponsors. Business donation opportunities of $10 and personal donation opportunities of $5 are still available. Sponsors will be included in the Fashion Show Program as well as on the Fashion Show website. Please email fashionshow@genesee.edu to schedule a donation pick up or to make special arrangements for your donation. Checks should be made payable to GCCA and can be mailed to Genesee Community College, Fashion Show, One College Road, Batavia NY 14020-9704.

As it has in the past, the Fashion Show will include a vendor fair giving local businesses a chance to showcase their products and services. There are still a few tables available for additional vendors. Interested businesses should email fashionshow@genesee.edu. Tables are only $25 and are an excellent marketing opportunity, given the fashion show attendance of nearly 2,000 local consumers.

To get an inside look at the 37th Annual Fashion Show, Ascendant, follow @trendygcc_ on Instagram and @trendygcc on Twitter. You can also read our student blogs at https://geensee.edu/wordpress.com/blog/. Students will be sharing details about the show and more!

Byron-Bergen School District Earns Safety Award

News Release: Byron-Bergen Central Schools

The Byron-Bergen Central School District is one of 152 school districts and Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in New York State to receive the Utica National lnsurance Group’s School Safety Excellence Award for 2018. District Superintendent Mickey Edwards, Jr./Sr. High School Principal Patrick McGee, and Elementary School Principal Brian Meister accepted the top “Titanium with Honors” level award and a $500 prize, to be used to further safety efforts, on March 22, 2018.

“Our district has continued to take action in making our school safe and secure,” said Edwards. “We were one of the first in our area to bring in a school resource officer. Over the past few years, he has become an integral part of our schools and our culture, forming personal connections and relationships at all grade levels. Our character education program and anti-bullying activities are making measurable impacts on a daily basis. We also continue to use and improve security measures like the New York State Sheriff’s Association (NYSSA) Rapid Responder® Program, an all-hazards site-based crisis management system; our security camera system that oversees buildings and grounds; and our comprehensive visitor management system.”

“Providing a safe and secure learning environment for our students, teachers, staff, and visitors is our first priority,” he said. “We are honored to receive this recognition.”

The School Safety Excellence Award Program has three levels—titanium, platinum and gold—and annual awards are given based on quantifiable measurements of excellence in categories that include bullying prevention programs, playground safety, and other areas. Utica National has kept children and school staff safe for over 40 years, and currently insures more than 300 school districts in upstate New York alone.

“Safety and health concerns continue to be a priority in our school districts,” said Brian Saville, resident senior vice president in Utica National’s Educational Institutions Unit. “Districts that go above and beyond to provide a safe, healthy and focused culture for learning are to be applauded, and we’re pleased to count Byron-Bergen Central School District among them.”

Saville noted that, beyond the recognition itself, an added benefit of following the safety program is the chance to pinpoint specific threats to safety. “The time to address those threats is before a loss happens, which really helps contribute to the safety culture that districts are working toward.”

Morning News Briefing

City Council addresses a stinky situation on Redfield Parkway.
Residents of Redfield Parkway and Bogue Ave in Batavia attended the latest City Council Meeting expressing concern over letters sent to them by the City regarding sump-pump connections that tie into the city’s sewer line.
Some of the residents say they felt the letter was threatening and seemingly blamed them for an overflow in a city sewer station.
Interim City Manager Matt Worth explains the issue…

Sump-pump connections to the cities sanitary sewer system are not permitted however many residents were allowed the exception when the ordinance was established in 1966.
Other Redfield residents said they are being unfairly punished for having to upgrade or change a system that was once allowed and may not be harming the city’s sewer system.

A Churchville man is AWOL and it is a mystery to both the Army and his family.
Sergeant Car Seeman disappeared in Fayetteville, North Carolina Sunday afternoon.
His cell phone was found in his unlocked truck in the parking lot at Walmart.
He had checked in with his command Saturday but missed Sundays check in.
The search began Sunday and has his family bewildered.
Seemans grandfather said Sergeant Seeman was living his dream of being a paratrooper in the army.
Fort Bragg officials say Seeman has been with the 82nd Airborne division for 6 years and spent 2012 in Afghanistan.

The Wyoming County man accused of driving a car with an ax in the roof and being on drugs isn’t going to jail.
21 year old Jared Price of Java was arrested four times over a period of about ten days last year.
He was accused of damaging a state trooper’s vehicle, burglary and violating an order of protection.
Yesterday Price was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.
The DA said he wanted him to serve the maximum sentence of about 5 to 14 years in prison.

Meth making operation busted in Arcade landing one resident in lock up.
Lawmen say they raided a home on Liberty Street in Arcade and found 44 year old Shawn Wing running a meth making operation.
Wing was jailed on various drug charges with additional charges possible pending lab results on the chemicals found in the home.

Students in New York can start applying for free tuition.
Yesterday Governor Cuomo announced that they began accepting Excelsior Scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 school year.
New SUNY and CUNY students whose families make under $110,000 annually may qualify.
Students already receiving the scholarship don’t need to apply again.

Evening News Briefing

The Batavia City Council will hold their first public meeting with the consultants searching for Batavia’s new city manager on Wednesday.
Council will hold a public meeting this Wednesday night with a representative of Novak Consulting of Cincinnati.
The rep is expected to go into somedetailon the recruitment process.
The firm is being paid $26,000 to find Batavia’s next manager.
The council is also meeting tonight for a regularly scheduledconference meeting. Both meetings will be heldat 7pm in city hall.

What police describe as a violent domestic incident puts a Dellinger Avenue man behind bars.
26 year old Joseph Tornabene is accused of attacking a woman during a domestic dispute. Police say the woman suffered injuries but they did not elaborate.
She tried to call 9-1-1 on her cell phone but cops say Tornabene took the phone from her.
Tornabene is charged with assault and robbery and jailed on 25-thousand dollars bail.

A Meth lab is shut down in Wyoming County.
Lawmen say they raided a home on Liberty Street in Arcade and found 44 year old Shawn Wing running a meth making operation.
Wing has been jailed on a variety of drug counts and more charges may be placed pending lab resyuklts on the chemicals found in the home.

Beware of your own dog: he, or she, could get you in trouble.
41 year old Scott Lardner of Tracy Avenue found out the hard way. He was charged with owning a vicious and unlicensed dog.
Seems Lardner’s dog allegedly bit someone earlier this month in Lardner’s apartment.

Lawmakers have until April 1st to finish a massive $150-billion spending plan for New York State. One of the key issues in negotiations is how much to spend to fix chronic repairs at New York City housing developments. Governor Andrew Cuomo has staged several events at NYCHA properties, calling the agency incompetent. Albany is also considering rules on sexual harassment and gun control.Lawmakers say they hope to complete the budget before Friday because of the Passover and Easter holidays.

Governor Cuomo apparently thinks Jewish people can’t dance very well. On Palm Sunday yesterday, Cuomo visited a Harlem Church and made an awkward joke implying that Jews are bad dancers during a speech. He told the crowd at Mount Neboh Baptist Church that he is Catholic and Catholics are in his words not as without rhythm as our Jewish brothers and sisters. Not many laughed after the comment.

Council to Meet Publically with City Manager Recruiter

The Batavia City Council will hold their first public meeting with the consultants searching for Batavia’s new city manager this week..
Council will hold a public meeting this Wednesday night with a representative of Novak Consulting of Cincinnati.
The rep is expected to go into somedetailon the recruitment process.
The firm is being paid $26,000 s to find a replacement for former city manager Jason Molino who resigned in January to become Administrator of Tompkins County.
The council is also meeting tonight for a regularly scheduled conference meeting.

Both meetings will be held at 7pm in city hall.

Meth Lab Raid in Arcade

Law Enforcement in Wyoming County executed a search warrant at a Liberty Street address in Arcade that resulted in the arrest of 44 year old Shawn Wing for allegedly running a meth making operation.

The raid was conducted shortly after 12 on Friday afternoon.

Wing was charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Criminal Possession of Meth Precursors and Meth Making Materials along with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and use of drug paraphernalia.

He was remanded to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $7,500 bail and Police say more charges could be pending following lab results.

GCEDC Considers Incentives for Two New Projects

News Release: GCEDC

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) will consider approving incentives for two project as well as consider accepting an application for another.

Genesee Lumber Company will demolish an existing structure to make way to build a 7,158 sq. ft. warehouse addition to their operation in the City of Batavia. The $300,000 capital investment project would create three new jobs and retain 29 jobs. Genesee Lumber Company is seeking approximately $57,000 in incentives. If the project is approved, it will contribute to the Batavia to Prosperity (B2P) and Reinvestment Fund.

Town Center Plaza, LLC is seeking to bring back a grocery store to the Village of Corfu on a site that also was a former grocery store that has been closed for several years. The new 20,000 sq. ft. facility is a $1 million investment that would create 7 new jobs. The company is seeking approximately $77,000 in incentives. While the grocery store is a retail project, it qualifies to apply for financial incentives because the store will be located adjacent to a highly distressed census tract. Town Center Plaza, LLC also is claiming that they will provide unique goods and services to the community that otherwise are not available.

Finally, the GCEDC board will consider accepting an application from Xylem (Golden Pumps). The company is proposing to expand its existing facility of 18,282 sq. ft. to 26,382 sq. ft. The expansion would result in a capital investment of approximately $800,000. Total incentives being sought are approximately $100,000 and as such would require a public hearing. Xylem is planning to consolidate Rochester operations into Batavia as well.

The GCEDC Board meeting is Thursday, March 29th at 4 p.m. in the Innovation Zone at 99 MedTech Drive in Batavia. The meeting is open to the public.

Morning News Briefing

Dellinger Ave disturbance lands an alleged abuser behind bars.
26 year old Joseph Tornabene of Batavia was arrested after allegedly being involved in a violent domestic dispute with a female victim.
The disturbance occurred at a lower apartment at a Dellinger Ave address in the city on Friday morning.
Tornabene was accused of punching the woman in the face and forcibly taking her phone to prevent her from calling 911 for help.
He was also allegedly in violation of a protection order.
Tornabene was jailed on charges of Assault, Aggravated Criminal Contempt, Criminal Mischief and Robbery.
He is being held in lieu of $2,500.

A Byron man is behind bars following a poor probation check.
22 year old Jacob Russell of Walkers Corner Road was subject to a probation check at his residence last Thursday in which officers allegedly found him in possession of a switchblade knife and five pot smoking devices containing drugs.
Russell was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon with a Previous Conviction along with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and was committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Sex Offender in Pembroke busted for allegedly failing to report a change of address.
According to deputies, 41 year old Daniel King failed to register a change of address within a 10 day period.
He was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

Tracy Ave man hit with charges after dog bit another resident.
41 year old Scott Larnder of Batavia was arrested and charged with Owning a Vicious Dog and for keeping them without a license.
Earlier this month Larnder’s dog allegedly bit another individual at his upper apartment on Tracy Ave.
He was issued an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court on April 3rd.

State Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle is expected to run for Congress.
Democratic Representative Louise Slaughter passed away earlier this month after serving Western New York for more than three-decades.
“The Democrat and Chronicle” reported yesterday that Morelle, a Democrat, is gearing up to run for the open seat.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi honored Slaughter’s memory at her funeral on Friday.

The state attorney general’s office is investigating the research arm of an Albany based organization that some say is a cult.
“The Times Union” says the Ethical Science Foundation associated with Nxivm allegedly sponsored studies in brain activity and human behavior without any oversight.
A justice with the state Supreme Court recently ordered all research documentation be turned over.

WBTA Sunday News

A Probation check puts a Byron man behind bars.
22 year old Jacob Russell of Walkers Corner Road was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon with a Previous Conviction along with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.
Officers say they found Russell in possession of a switchblade knife and five pot smoking devices containing drugs.
Russell was locked up in lieu of $20,000 bail.

A Pembroke man arrested for allegedly failing to report a change of address as a sex offender.
Lawmen say 41 year old Daniel King failed to register a change of address within a 10 day period.
He was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

A Rochester resident busted for untaxed smokes in the Town of Alabama.
32 year old Bin Chen of Rochester was stopped on Alleghany Road in for allegedly failing to stop at a stop sign.
Deputies say they found Chen in possession of 30,000 untaxed cigarettes he was intending to sell.
Chen was released on his own recognizance with a court appearance ticket.

Congratulations to Joe Marchese the new Mr. Batavia for 2018.
Marchese was crowned following a two and a half hour competition with 11 other contestants at Batavia High School Friday night.
The event raised more than 44-hundred dollars this year, half of which will go to Crossroad House, Joe’s charity of choice.

Morning News Briefing

The Diocese of Buffalo in damage control.
The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is attempting to control the fallout from a sex abuse scandal that has plagued the church for years.
Recently, the diocese released a list of 42 priests, living and dead, who served in Western New York, who were accused of abusing children.
Buffalo Bishop Michael Malone continues to apologize for the sins of the past…

Bishop Malone’s statement was taken from a longer video released by the diocese on Friday.
A copy of that video can be viewed here.

The Grand opening of the Eli Fish Brewing Company is on tap for later today. The $2.8-million development is in the former J J Newberry Building in Batavia. The project consists of a tavern, brewery, and restaurant on the first floor with apartments ready to be built on the second and third floor. The opening is set for 2 o’clock this afternoon.

Probation check in Byron leads to lock up for resident.
22 year old Jacob Russell of Walkers Corner Road was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon with a Previous Conviction along with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana following a Probation check at his residence Thursday.
Officers allegedly found him with a switchblade knife and five pot smoking devices containing drugs.
Russell was remanded to jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Rochester resident busted for untaxed smokes in Alabama.
32 year old Bin Chen of Wangman Street in Rochester was stopped on Alleghany Road in Alabama for allegedly failing to stop at a stop sign.
Deputies allegedly found Chen in possession of 30,000 untaxed cigarettes he was intending to sell and was arrested and charged with Criminal Tax Fraud.
Chen was released on his own recognizance and is expected back in Alabama Town Court on May 3rd.

Congratulations to Joe Marchese the newly crowned Mr. Batavia for 2018.
Marchese was crowned following a two and a half hour competition with 11 other contestants at Batavia High School last night.
The event raised more than $4,400 this year, half of which will go to Crossroad House, which is the new Mr. Batavia’s charity of choice.

Evening News Briefing

Bishop Richard Malone

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is trying to control the fallout from sex abuse scandal that has plagued the church for years.
Recently, the diocese released a list of 42 priests who served in Western New York, who were accused of abusing child.
Some of the priests are dead and some are living.

Buffalo Bishop Michael Malone continued today to apologize for the sins of the past

Bishop Malone’s statement was taken from a longer video released by the diocese today.

The Grand opening of the Eli Fish Brewing Company is on tap for tomorrow.
The 2.8-million dollar development is in the location of the former J J Newberry Company in Batavia.
The project consists of a tavern, brewery, and restaurant and soon to be built apartments on the second and third floor.
The opening is set for 2 tomorrow afternoon.

New York’s flu season appears to be winding down.
The state released the newest numbers showing that for the fourth week in a row the number of reported flu cases went down.
Confirmed flu cases dropped by 19-percent statewide

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly is scheduled to have surgery for cancer again. The former Bills all-star announced earlier this month that his oral cancer had returned. His surgery is set for this coming Wednesday. Kelly’s prognosis isn’t known but he tweeted that he’s enjoying quiet time in the mountains of Arizona now.

Buffalo Diocese Releases Video from Bishop

News Release: Catholic Diocese of Buffalo

GO ART! Sets Opening for Tavern

News Release: Go Art!

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council has announced plans to reopen the former Batavia Club Bar in the Seymour building located at 201 East Main Street. GO ART! members and special guests are invited to a private prelude opening at the newly named Tavern 2.o.1, Friday, April 6 from 5-7pm. Guests will be treated to hors d’oeuvres from the Red Osier Landmark Restaurant. Specially priced tasting of the selection of wine, cider & beers being served at Tavern 2.o.1 will also be available.

The doors officially open to the public at 7pm on April 6. Guests will enjoy live entertainment, door prizes and raffles.

Tavern 2.o.1 will be serving a selection of wines, ciders and beers (many of which are locally created within the GLOW region).
Staff and Board members will be on site for the opening reception to promote and describe the delicious libations.

(Quote Tammy) ‘Our bar has the capability to offer events that people are traveling to Rochester or Buffalo to attend. After numerous requests from groups to partner and hold festivities, we made the commitment to open the space as a tavern and to begin scheduling some fun evening experiences for the community.’’

Currently, Tavern 2.o.1 will be open for both public and private events held at GO ART’s headquarters, the Seymour building. However, there is talk of the bar being open for regular hours in the future. For more information on events at GO ART! visit our website at www.goart.org or like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/geneseeorleansarts/.

Morning News Briefing

Reward offered in State Police investigation into firearm burglary to the south.
Troopers in Amity are seeking public assistance in identifying possible suspects a burglary at a store that sells firearms in Allegany County.
Shongo General Store located in Willing was burglarized by possibly two or more unidentified suspects between 2 and 5 Wednesday morning.
The suspects made off with thirteen long guns and five handguns after forcefully entering the store.
A combined reward of up to 5-thousand dollars has been offered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives along with the National Shooting Sports Foundation for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects.
There are pictures of the alleged burglars and contact information located in our local news article.
The criminal investigation remains on-going.

It’s O-Fish-al
The Eli Fish Brewing Company will officially open tomorrow.
It’s the first locally brewed beer to in Batavia in a century.
Eli Fish Brewing Company is the cornerstone of the $2.8 million redevelopment of the former J.J. Newberry building on Main Street. The building includes the brewery and restaurant incubator on the ground floor, with apartments planned for the second and third floors.
As part of the Grand Opening celebration, Eli Fish Brewing Company will also unveil its first two in-house brewed beers.

Alleged Batavia dirt bike burglar busted.
38 year old Robert Ratcliffe of Castile is accused of smashing a window at Batavia Cycle Shop last May and taking off with a dirt bike.
Ratcliffe is facing felony counts of burglary and grand larceny. He’s been released under the supervision of Genesee Justice.

Genesee County’s bond rating has been downgraded, but local officials have been left scratching their heads as to why.
County Treasurer Scott German reported to the legislature that the county’s bond rating has been reduced from Double-A to Double-A-minus.
The S & P report blames a “weak economy” for the downgrade.
German says he disagrees with the finding.
It could mean that the county’s cost of borrowing money could go up.

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly is scheduled to have surgery for cancer again.
The former Bills all star who led the franchise to four Super Bowls in a row announced earlier this month that his oral cancer had returned.
This week he tweeted that his surgery is set for this coming Wednesday. Kelly’s prognosis isn’t known but he tweeted that he’s enjoying quiet time in the mountains of Arizona now.

Troopers Probe Theft of Guns in Allegany County

News Release: New York State Police

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) out of SP Amity are investigating a burglary at Shongo General Store, 2953 Hawks Road, Willing, NY. On March 21, 2018 from 2-5 A.M. the unidentified suspect(s) forcefully entered the store and took thirteen long guns and five handguns.

ATF, NSSF offer up to $5,000 for information about the burglary of Shongo General Store FFL
Buffalo, NY –The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) have offered a combined reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the burglary of firearms from federally licensed firearms dealer.

If you have any information on the suspect(s) or this investigation contact the NYSP at 585-268-7085 or ATF at 1-888-ATF-GUNS (888-283-4867), email ATFTips@atf.gov.

New York State Police BCI are working with ATF, NSSF and the Pennsylvania State Police- SP Coudersport. This is still an ongoing criminal investigation.

Evening News Briefing

The Eli Fish Brewing Company will officially open this Saturday.
The occasion will mark the first locally brewed beer to flow in Batavia in a century.
Eli Fish Brewing Company is the cornerstone of the $2.8 million redevelopment of the former J.J. Newberry building on Main Street. The building includes the brewery and restaurant incubator on the ground floor, with apartments planned for the second and third floors.
As part of the Grand Opening celebration, Eli Fish Brewing Company will also unveil its first two in-house brewed beers.

An arrest has been made in a 10 month old burglary.
38 year old Robert Ratcliffe of Castile is accused of smashing a window at Batavia Cycle Shop last May and taking off with a dirt bike.
Ratcliffe is facing felony counts of burglary and gfrad larceny. He’s been released under the supervision of Genesee Justice.

Genesee County’s bond rating has been downgraded, but local officials have been left scratching their heads as to why.
County Treasurer Scott German reported to the legislature that the county’s bond rating has been reduced from Double-A to Double-A-minus.
The S & P report blames a “weak economy” for the downgrade.
German says he disagrees with the finding.
It could mean that the county’s cost of borrowing money could go up.

The Rochester Amtrak station is being renamed after the late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. She died less than a week ago in the hospital where she was being treated for a fall.
Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Amtrak agreed to rename the station the “Louise M. Slaughter Intermodal Station in Rochester.”

A New York lawmaker is proposing a bill that would allow medical marijuana for pets. If passed, only authorized veterinarians would be allowed to certify pets for the treatment. Sponsors of the bill say it would ease unnecessary suffering and pain for animals, but those against the bill say there is not enough research on the drug’s impact on pets.

Eli Fish to Officially Open on Saturday

Local beer is about to flow in Batavia for the first time in nearly a century. Owners of the Eli Fish Brewing Company will be joined by state and local officials, business leaders and plenty of thirsty friends when they celebrate the brewery’s official Grand Opening. The celebration is scheduled for Saturday, March 24 at 2 p.m. at the brewery, 109 Main Street, Batavia.

Named in honor of one of Batavia’s early leaders and owned by three native Batavians, Eli Fish Brewing Company is the cornerstone of the $2.8 million redevelopment of the former J.J. Newberry building on Main Street. The building includes the brewery and restaurant incubator on the ground floor, with apartments planned for the second and third floors.

As part of the Grand Opening celebration, Eli Fish Brewing Company will also unveil its first two in-house brewed beers.

Suspected Dirt Bike Burglar Busted

Following investigation by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office into a burglary at the Batavia Cycle Center deputies arrested 38 year old Robert Ratcliffe of South Main Street in Castile.

He was accused of smashing a window and illegally entering the business on East Main Street Road in Batavia during the overnight hours of May 23rd last year.

Ratcliffe allegedly stole a dirt bike in the ordeal.

He was charged with Third degree Burglary, Grand Larceny and Criminal Mischief.

Ratcliffe was released under supervision of Genesee Justice and is expected back in Batavia Town Court on April 10th.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Lacrosse

Jason Chiodo had four goals for Genesee including the game winner in a 22-4 win over visiting Hudson Valley March 21

Press Release:

No. 4 Cougars Remain atop Region III Men’s Lacrosse Standings with 22-4 Win

The Genesee Community College men’s lacrosse team remained atop the National Junior College Athletic Association Region-III standings with a 22-4 win over previously unbeaten Hudson Valley Community College March 21.

Genesee and nationally top-ranked Onondaga Community College are now both tied for first in Region-III standings with 2-0 records.

The Cougars took a 5-0 lead after the first quarter with their final goal of the opening quarter proving to be the game winner from the stick of Jason Chiodo – one of three Cougars to finish the night with five points or better.

Genesee took a 12-2 lead into the break and resumed play with the next 10 tallies before the Vikings added a late pair in the fourth.

Kevin McParlene netted a half-dozen scores to lead in that department, while Jordan Brennan added five points with three goals. McParlene also had team highs in shots with 11 and groundballs with three.

Tyler Thompson scored a pair of goals with single tallies coming from Josh Bernas, Henry Reber, Zach Wade, Samuel Koczwara, Alex Mack, Andrew Forte and Robert Campany.

Three Cougar keepers guarded the cage with Troi Benedict earning the start and the win with four saves. Both Garrett Lazore and Lincoln Potter each played a quarter and each registered a pair of saves.

Genesee dominated in the faceoff circle with 23 wins off 30 attempts.

Saturday, March 23 is the big showdown between No. 1 Onondaga and No. 4 Genesee in Syracuse with a 12 p.m. start.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Morning News Briefing

Local Village Election results are in.
David T. Boyle was elected Mayor of the Village of Oakfield.
After the votes were tallied, Boyle came out ahead of write in candidate Jeremy Yasses with a vote of 98 to 75.
Incumbent Democrat, William Kettle and Republican Richard Tetrault won Village Trustee seats in LeRoy.
In Albion there was a close race for mayor with Eileen Banker winning over Joyce Riley and Kevin Doherty with 250 votes

Albion man arrested for stalking in Batavia.
34 year old Leon Johnson of South Main Street in Albion was arrested following a domestic incident at an Edwards Street address in the City.
Johnson was accused of following an individual with the threat of injury and was charged with third and fourth degree counts of Stalking along with a count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Johnson was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail and is expected in Batavia City Court at a later date.

Canandaigua resident arrested on 6 year old parking violation in the city.
37 year old Otha Rivers the third of Lakeshore Drive in Canandaigua was arrested on an outstanding Batavia City Court arrest warrant.
Rivers had allegedly illegally parked at the Genesee County Courts Facility in August of 2012 and was finally apprehended for the charge this week.
River was arraigned in City Court where he pled guilty to the violation and was ordered to pay a fine before being released.

A Rochester grandmother is going to prison for trying to kill her granddaughter.
Yesterday 54 year old Stephany Ruckdeschel pleaded guilty to attempted murder for the incident in October.
She was accused of giving the seven year old girl pills to take in an attempted murder suicide.
Family members found them unconscious and were able to get them to the hospital in time.
Ruckdeschel will spend 12-years behind bars.

More sexually abusive priests from the Buffalo Diocese could be identified soon.
This week, under pressure, Bishop Malone publicly released the identities of more than 40 priests that had credible allegations of child sexual abuse against them.
Advocates say the list is incomplete and will continue to grow whether the diocese helps or not.
The diocese says they’re considering disclosing more information in the future.

The Rochester Amtrak station is being renamed after the late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.
She died less than a week ago in the hospital where she was being treated for a fall.
Yesterday Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Amtrak agreed to rename the station the “Louise M. Slaughter Intermodal Station in Rochester.”
Gillibrand said bringing the train station to Rochester was one of her proudest achievements.

Evening News Briefing

Government at its grass roots, the village elections.
Voters in the Village of Oakfield have elected a mayor.
He is David T. Boyle who tallied 98 votes. Write in candidate Jeremy Yasses had 75.
In LeRoy: Village trustee seats were won by: Democrat, William Kettle the incumbent and Republican Richard Tetrault.
In Albion: a close race for mayor. Eileen Banker won with 250 votes defeating Joyce Riley and Kevin Doherty.

Governor Cuomo is declaring a state of emergency for the New York metro area, including Nassau and Suffolk counties, due to the nor’easter. The governor redeployed 300 National Guard members, generators and 350 additional large plow trucks to the region. He says currently there are no plans to close the Long Island Expressway and warned residents there could be a change in Long Island Railroad service as conditions worsen. The nor’easter is expected to dump over-a-foot-of-snow with the heaviest snowfall expected for the commute home.

A traffic Stop on the 390 leads to the arrest for three Warsaw residentsn drug charges.
35 year old Julie Bonham, 32 year old Samantha Smith and an unnamed 17 year old male were all arrested for suspected cocaine possession.
Smith and Bonham were remanded to jail while the teen was released on his own recognizance.

UB Women are getting ready for their game in the sweet 16.
The Bulls pulled off an upset win in the Sunshine State Monday to make it farther than their program ever has.
They will be playing the defending national champs from South Carolina in Albany Saturday night.

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