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Evening News Briefing

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing g an overhaul of the Medicaid system, in order to address an expected shortfall.
Under the proposal, municipalities would have to pony up more cash if their Medicaid spending grows by over three-percent.
Right now, the Medicaid cost to local governments is fixed – a system Cuomo says, doesn’t work

Cuomo also proposed what he calls the nation’s most aggressive climate change program, additional infrastructure spending, and a new formula in terms of funding schools.
Finally, Governor Cuomo re-stated his desire to see marijuana legalized for adults, saying that the budget is the best option towards getting it passed.

The son of ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins will find out later this week if he’ll be spending time in prison.
Cameron Collins is set to be sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud.
On Friday, his father received a sentence of 26 months behind bars following his guilty plea to federal insider trading charges.

Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly is lending his voice to local politics.
Kelly has endorsed GOP candidate Beth Parlato for the congressional seat vacated by Chris Collins.
Kelly said Parlato is strong conservative who can win the special election in April.
State Senators Chris Jacobs of Buffalo, and Rob Ortt of North Tonawanda are also seeking the GOP endorsement.
Nate McMurray, a Democrat, is also seeking the seat.

Morning News Briefing

Following report that three suspected shoplifters allegedly refused to stop for store security Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Kohl’s Department Store of Veterans Memorial Drive in Batavia.
The incident occurred early yesterday afternoon with report that the two female suspects who were said to be wearing black jackets and pants had left the store on foot toward Home Depot.
The third male suspect reportedly left in a Nissan with Georgia license plates.
Sheriff’s Deputies had detained the male suspect at last report near the Target Plaza parking lot.

Scott German the Genesee County Treasurer has announced that he will be seeking re-election.
It would be the fifth term for German as County Treasurer who is in his 27th year in the office, the past 16 as Treasurer.
German is credited for overseeing the successful refinancing of county debt, which saved Genesee County taxpayers more than $1,000,000 in interest expense over six years.

Governor Cuomo will be laying out his fiscal plan for the Empire State when he gives his budget address today.
Right now, New York is facing a six-billion-dollar budget gap, mostly due to Medicaid overspending.
The governor said during his recent State of the State address he’d reveal a plan to try and fix the shortfall in his budget proposal.
He’s also expected to discuss school funding and the financial benefit of legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes.
Lawmakers have until April 1st to pass the budget.

The son of ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins will find out later this week if he’ll be spending time in prison.
Cameron Collins is set to be sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud.
On Friday, his father received a sentence of 26 months behind bars following his guilty plea to federal insider trading charges.
Prosecutors believe Cameron Collins deserves to spend at least 37 months in custody, while the U.S. Probation Office is recommending a six month sentence.

Wegmans is issuing a reminder to customers ahead of a change to its plastic bag policy.
Starting January 27th, the grocery chain will be getting rid of single-use plastic bags at all of its Empire State locations.
The company will push shoppers towards buying reusable bags to carry their groceries.
They’ll be available at each Wegmans for 99 cents each, while paper bags will cost a nickel apiece.
A statewide ban on single-use plastic bags goes into effect in March.

Morning News Briefing

A vehicle parked outside a business on Lake Street in LeRoy is the reported source that sparked a structure fire at local business in LeRoy yesterday morning.
According to Leroy Fire Chief Tom Wood fire traveled from the pickup truck parked outside to the Weldon Service and Repair building which was closed for the day.
Fire crews were able to quickly contain the fire, keeping damage to the inside of the structure to a minimum.
Strong wind played a factor in the fire according to officials and the cause of the blaze is still under investigation.
For more on the story check the video and news article by our news partner The Batavian.

A crash in the city leads to DWI for a Batavia woman.
Batavia Police report the arrest of 39 year old Cristal Nesbitt of Vine Street following investigation into a crash outside of a Chase Park address in which she was allegedly driving while intoxicated.
Nesbitt was charged with DWI, and Failure to keep right.
She is expected to appear in Batavia City Court on January 29th.

Six-term Erie County Legislator Ed Rath officially announced his candidacy for the New York State Senate in Batavia Friday afternoon.
Rath addressed a crowd of supporters inside the Harvester Center…

First elected to the Erie County Legislature in 2007, Rath is running to represent the Senate’s 61st District, which includes all of Genesee County, and portions of Erie and Monroe Counties.
He is running to replace Senator Mike Ranzenhofer, who recently announced that he will not seek re-election.
For more on the story check the video and news article by our news partner The Batavian.

Ed Fauth named Corfu’s Firefighter of the Year.
At the Corfu Volunteer Fire Department’s annual dinner on Friday night, Ed Fauth, who has served actively for 65 years, was named Firefighter of the year.
Lori Stiles was named Service Person of the Year for her help behind the scenes with barbecues, fund drives, fishing raffles, and organizing the annual family picnic.

It looks like any changes to the state’s controversial bail reform legislation may not be happening for a few months.
As of January 1st, pretrial detention and cash bail was eliminated for a large number of non-violent felony and misdemeanor cases.
Lawmakers believe any tweaks would be included in the state budget, which is due April 1st.
Bail reform has been a hot topic in Albany, but there isn’t broad support among members of the Legislature to make immediate changes.

Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly has announced who he’s endorsing in the 27th Congressional District race.
The Hall of Fame quarterback sent a tweet over the weekend announcing his support for Republican Beth Parlato.
Kelly noted that his daughters grew up with Parlato’s children and that he believes she’s the best person for the job.
Parlato is one of several candidates looking to replace ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins, who was sentenced to 26 months behind bars after pleading guilty to federal insider trading charges.

Weekend News Briefing

Chris Collins

Former 27th Congressional District representative Chris Collins reportedly cried while his attorneys argued for leniency in federal court Friday, according to a Washington Post report.
The display didn’t keep him from being locked-up as Collins was then sentenced to 26 months in prison for engaging in insider trading and lying to the FBI.
The prosecution recommended up to 57 months behind bars.
According to the Post, Collins said while sobbing that he had no excuse, and had tarnished his reputation.
The Congressional District has been without representation in Washington since Collins resigned in September, after winning re-election while proclaiming his innocence and vowing to clear his name.
There will likely be a special election to fill the seat in April.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the region this weekend.
The National Weather Service out of Buffalo has issued the advisory for Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Northern Erie, and Genesee counties to be in effect from 8 Saturday morning to Sunday at 9 a.m.
Snow and sleet is expected with forecasters calling for total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches and winds gusting as high as 50 mph Saturday night.
Motorists are encouraged to use caution, plan on snow covered and slippery road conditions with reduced visibility.
Gusty winds could also bring down tree branches and result in isolated power outages.

Batavia Downs has announced the acts for this summer’s Rockin’ the Downs Concert Series.
The Friday night shows begin in June and run through August.
Tickets start at 10-dollars for general admission, VIP seats are $25.
Downs President Henry Wojtaszek says it’s quite a line-up of talent

The complete list of artists and band’s for this summer’s concert series can be found here.

Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron announced Thursday that he will seek the Republican Party endorsement for a second term as Genesee County Sheriff.
Sheriff Sheron began his career with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office in 1977 as an Emergency Services Dispatcher.
During his career, he has progressed through the ranks of Deputy Sheriff-Jail, Deputy Sheriff-Road Patrol, Sergeant, Investigator and Chief Deputy-Road Patrol.
In January 1996, he was appointed Undersheriff, a position he held until being elected Sheriff in 2016.

Genesee Valley Educational Partnership’s Open House

Press Release:

Batavia, New York, January 17, 2020 – The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership’s Practical Nursing Program will hold an Open House on Wednesday, January 22 from 4-6 p.m. for anyone interested in learning more about upcoming classes for the Licensed Practical Nursing or Certified Nursing Programs.

The Open House will be held at the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership’s Batavia Campus at 8250 State Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020.

LPN and CNA Instructors will be available to meet and speak with potential students.

The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership School of Practical Nursing has been in existence since 1994. It is a 1,200-clock hour program, certified by the New York State Education Department, and is designed to prepare graduates for the NCLEX-PN Examination for licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Every student who enrolls in the Licensed Practical Nursing Program receives a Chromebook computer as part of their tuition fees. This computer becomes the property of the student and it is utilized for many purposes. Course curriculum includes a broad scope of topics including foundations of nursing, human growth and development, obstetrical and pediatric nursing, human anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and more.

The CNA Program is also offered at the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership. This course is no less than a 150-clock hour program, approved by the New York State Education Department, and designed to prepare graduates for immediate employment following successful mastery of the post-program certification testing.

The LPN Program is offered at three different site locations: Batavia, Rochester Tech Park in Gates, and Mount Morris. The CNA Program is offered at two different locations, Mount Morris and Batavia. For more information or any questions, please call 585-344-7788.

Morning News Briefing

The growing divide between so-called down state politics and upstate values is starting to show in some of the Offices of Genesee County Officials, specifically regarding two new pieces of legislation.
The Genesee County Manager, County Sheriff and Local ICE Field Director spoke to the challenges presented by the new bail reform and the so-called green light law on WBTA’s Main and Center yesterday morning.
Also joining the County heads was County Clerk Michael Cianfrini who attacked the green light law, a measure that allows illegal immigrants to get a driver’s license.
Cianfrini says an illegal immigrant can show nearly any document from a foreign country and receive a license…

Because the new process includes voter registration for non-citizens, Cianfrini believes the ultimate goal of the legislation is to get illegals to vote.

The line-up for the fourth annual Rockin’ the Downs summer Concert Series was announced at Batavia Downs yesterday.
The eight Friday night shows kick off in June and run through August.
This year’s line-up includes Skid Row, Molly Hatchet, Don Felder formerly of the Eagles and the return of Puddle of Mudd just to name a few.
Tickets start at 10-dollars for general admission, with VIP seats at $25 and can go on sale at Bataviaconcerts.com beginning at 10 this morning.
Check the article for a complete list of acts.

Hawley decides against Congressional run.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley made a statement yesterday saying that “After much consideration with my friends and family, I have decided not to seek the Republican nomination for the open 27th Congressional seat in Congress at this time.
Hawley added that “Serving the residents of the 139th District in the State Assembly has been one of the highest honors of my life and our state faces a host of pressing challenges that cannot be ignored.

Former 27th District Congressman Chris Collins will find out today if he’ll be spending time in prison.
The Republican pleaded guilty last year to federal insider trading charges and faces a maximum of 57 months behind bars.
The U.S Probation Office is recommending Collins be sentenced to a year and a day in custody, while his lawyers believe he should remain free since he’s not a danger to society.
Collins’ Congressional seat has been open since his resignation and a special election to fill it will likely happen in April.

Forecasters are calling for as much as six inches of snow for Genesee County this weekend as a storm is expected to pass through the northeast.
The storm is predicted to hit Western New York after 7 a.m., tomorrow morning.

Evening News Briefing

Genesee County intensify their opposition to progressive initiatives out of Albany such as bail reform and the so-called green light law.
On WBTA’s Main and Center program this morning, County Clerk Michael Cianfrini attacked the green light law he said was enabled by downstate liberals.
The measure allows illegal immigrants to get a driver’s license.
Cianfrini says the end game is the right for these illegals to vote:

Cianfrini says an illegal immigrant can show nearly any document from a foreign country and walk away with a license.

 

Batavia Downs has announced the acts for this summer’s Rockin’ the Downs Concert Series. The Friday night shows begin in June and run through August. Tickets start at $10 for general admission, VIP seats are $25.
The complete list of artists and band’s for this summer’s concert series can be found on the local news page of our website.

 

Former Republican Congressman Chris Collins will be finding out tomorrow how much time he’ll be spending behind bars. Collins pleaded guilty to federal insider trading charges last year and faces a maximum sentence of 57 months. But, the U.S Probation Office is recommending the ex-27th District representative only spend a year and a day in prison. Collins’ lawyers are planning to request he spend no time in custody because they don’t believe the 69-year-old is a threat to society.

 

The Buffalo Sabres will be on the road tonight in search of a third straight win. They’ll be taking on the Dallas Stars.
Buffalo currently sits in fifth place in the NHL’s Atlantic Division, 17 points behind the Boston Bruins. Faceoff for tonight’s contest is set for 8:30p.m.

4th Annual “Rockin’ the Downs Series” Announced

News Release

Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel has announced the lineup for their fourth annual Rockin’ the Downs concert series, which take place outside on the racetrack, with eight Friday dates, starting in June and running into August.

Kicking off the series on Friday, June 19th is Vince Neil, the Legendary Voice of Mötley Crüe. An accomplished businessman and heartfelt philanthropist, his unmistakable voice leads some of the greatest rock songs of a generation including “Wild Side”, “Shout at the Devil,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Dr. Feelgood,” “Kickstart
My Heart,” “Same Ol’ Situation,” and many others.

Next up, on Friday, June 26th, is former Journey front man Steve Augeri. Steve returns after playing one of the most enjoyable concerts from last year’s series. The lead vocalist for the rock group from 1998-2006, Steve headlined an eight-year tenure that included three albums, and will perform hits such as Don’t Stop Believin’, Separate Ways, Wheel in the Sky, Faithfully, and Anyway you Want it.

After a 1 week hiatus for the Fourth of July Holiday, the concert series returns on Friday, July 10th with Southern Rock legends Molly Hatchet. Originating in Jacksonville in 1978, the band has gone on to release 14 studio albums. They’ll be performing hits such as Flirtin’ with Disaster, Dreams I’ll Never See and Whiskey Man among others.

Rocking the stage on Friday, July 17th is Heavy Metal Rockers Skid Row. After forming in New Jersey in 1986, the band has performed all over the world with hard guitars and a unique songwriting style. They’ll be performing their hits; In a Darkened Room, We Are the Damned, Youth Gone Wild and 18 and Life and many more.

Jonny Lang performs on Friday, July 24th. Hailing from Fargo, North Dakota, the blues, gospel, and rock singer has had five albums chart in the Billboard 200. The Grammy Award winning artist will perform hits such as Still Rainin’, Bring Me Back Home, Breakin’ Me and Lie to Me.

Friday, July 31st will see Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles, perform at the Downs. As a renowned former lead guitarist of The Eagles, one of the most popular and influential rock groups of our time, Don has helped write and perform many iconic classics. His 2008 memoir was a New York Times best seller. Don will perform solo and Eagles’ hits during his set including Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride), Hotel California, Life in the Fast Lane, the Long Run and Tequila Sunrise.

America’s top Pink Floyd Show, The Machine hits the stage on Friday, August 7th. Over 30 years they have extended the legacy of Pink Floyd, while creating another legacy all their own. Over the years, The Machine has touched the hearts and souls of many with their stellar musicianship, dramatic lighting and video performances. Two other tribute rock acts celebrating the Music of The Who and Queen will also grace the stage that evening for what will be a memorable musical journey back in time.

Closing out the series on Friday, August 14th is American Alternative Rock Band, Puddle of Mudd. The post-grunge band from Kansas City, Missouri has sold over 7 million albums. One of the most well attended concerts of 2018’s summer concert series, Puddle of Mudd concert goers will be sure to hear hits such as She Hates Me, Blurry and Control.

Tickets for all eight concerts will be available at BataviaConcerts.com beginning at 10am on Friday, January 17th. Individual pre-sale tickets to each concert will remain at $10 for General Admission while VIP tickets will again be $25. Concert goers will be able to purchase tickets in the Premium Section directly in front of the stage. Premium tickets are $50 and will be very limited for each concert. General Admission tickets are $15 if purchased on the day of the concert. Tickets can also be purchased at Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel at the “Lucky Treasures” Gift Shop located in the lobby. At noon on Thursday, January 16th, Special VIP packages for the Don Felder Concert only will be available on BataviaConcerts.com

Concert goers will once again have the option of purchasing a “Season Pass”, which includes admission to all eight concerts at a discounted rate. The season pass for 2020 is $60.00 for General Admission and $150.00 for VIP.

New this year will be a chair rental option for lawn seats. While patrons are allowed to bring their own chairs, there will be 500 chairs available for rental for $5 each. A portion of proceeds for chair rental will benefit Western New York Make a Wish. Staff from Make a Wish will also be selling drink koozies.

“It’s incredible to think we are in our 4th year of the concert series,” said Henry Wojtaszek, CEO/President of Batavia Downs Gaming. “We’re excited to continue to bring musical icons to Batavia Downs and provide great entertainment at an affordable price. We’re looking forward to partnering again with Western New York Make A Wish to help raise funds to help them transform lives. We hope to see the community come together again this summer.”

Hotel room/ticket packages will be available for each concert. Purchase of a hotel room on the night of a concert using the code includes two VIP tickets to the show while supplies last. Each concert ticket is also redeemable once at Player’s Club in the three days following the concert for $10 Free Play to be used on one of Batavia Downs Gaming’s 800+ gaming machines. Concerts are held Rain or Shine. Additional information may be found at BataviaDownsGaming.com.

Genesee County 4-H Program Seeks Volunteers for Youth Public Speaking Contest

Press Release:

The Genesee County 4-H Program is looking for volunteers to help with its upcoming 4-H Public Presentations Program. The 4-H Public Presentations Program gives 4-H youth an opportunity to expand their public speaking skills in a fun, competitive format.

The 4-H Public Presentations program would not be possible without volunteer evaluators! Evaluators watch 4-H youth participants give presentations and provide them with constructive comments to help them improve their public speaking skills.

The 2020 4-H Public Presentations Events will be held on Saturday, February 15th, 9:00am – 12:00pm; Thursday, February 20th, 3:00pm – 5:00pm and Wednesday, February 26th, 3:00pm – 5:00pm at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Office in Batavia. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer evaluator, please contact the 4-H Office at genesee4h@cornell.edu or 585-343-3040 ext. 101.

GOW Task Force quarterly meeting

Press Release:

The quarterly meeting of the GOW Opioid Task Force is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at the Quality Inn & Suites Hotel on Park Road in Batavia.

Residents of Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming counties wanting to gain or share information regarding the opioid crisis are invited to attend.

“The purpose of this meeting is to address the growing opioid crisis by sharing information across several sectors and to monitor the task force’s progress in our tri-county region,” said Christen Ferraro, project coordinator. “You do not need to be a member (of the task force) to attend.”

Ferraro said the meeting will feature more than 10 community resource tables from agencies across the region.

“Our work groups will share their highlights of 2019 and plans for the upcoming year,” she said. “The Law Enforcement Work Group will be giving a presentation on the new bail reform law — going into more detail on what it means and how it might affect our area – and task force evaluators will discuss their role and share and their findings from last year.”

She said representatives of the Greater Rochester Health Foundation will talk about the grant that supports the task force and how to connect with the organization to apply for community health grants.

For more information about the GOW Task Force, go to www.gowopioidtaskforce.org.

To attend the meeting, visit the Eventbrite link at www.eventbrite.com/e/gow-opioid-task-force-quarterly-meeting-january-2020-tickets-87432660441 to RSVP or contact Ferraro at cferraro@gcasa.org.

Morning News Briefing

Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia joined law enforcement professionals, lawmakers and family members of crime victims at a press conference in Albany calling for a repeal of new bail reform laws that he says are leading to serial criminals being released before trial.
Joining lawmakers at the press conference yesterday were several women whose families have been negatively effected by the early release of criminals due to the new reforms.
Hawley wants to see the new reforms repealed…

The Assemblyman said judges are being restricted by New York City politicians from holding criminals in custody who are at risk of re-offending.

Credit Card fraud under investigation in Batavia.
Batavia Police have been investigating several cases where credit card numbers have been used fraudulently at businesses in the City of Batavia.
The suspect reportedly does not show a physical credit card but instead requests store clerk type in the numbers manually.
The transactions are initially approved, however they are declined approximately a month later after the suspect has made off with the merchandise.
Police encourage businesses to ensure customers have their physical credit card with them and to ask for identification with every card transaction, making sure the names on both the ID and card match.

A Batavia woman busted for child endangerment.
43 Year old Jeanette Higgins of Ganson Ave Batavia was arrested by Batavia Police following investigation into an incident that occurred on January 3rd at an Evans Street residence in the City.
Higgins is facing a count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child for allegedly encouraging a juvenile to engage in a physical altercation.
She is scheduled to appear in Batavia City Court next Tuesday.

The Genesee County Sheriff Office has five new Deputies.
Sheriff William Sheron has filled several vacant positions with the hiring of Kenneth Quackenbush III, Jared Swimline, Nicholas Chamoun, Jordan Alejandro and Brock Cummins.
All five Deputies recently completed their field training programs after graduating from the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy at Niagara University on Sept. 11.

Former Republican Congressman Chris Collins will be finding out tomorrow how much time he’ll be spending behind bars.
Collins pleaded guilty to federal insider trading charges last year and faces a maximum sentence of 57 months.
But, the U.S Probation Office is recommending the ex-27th District representative only spend a year and a day in prison.
Collins’ lawyers are planning to request he spend no time in custody because they don’t believe the 69 year old is a threat to society.

The Buffalo Sabres will be on the road tonight in search of a third straight win.
They’ll be taking on the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center.
Buffalo currently sits in fifth place in the NHL’s Atlantic Division, 17 points behind the Boston Bruins.
Faceoff for tonight’s contest is set for 8:30 p.m.

Hawley Calls for Repeal of Bail Reform

Steve Hawley

Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) is again lending his voice to the growing chorus of state legislators opposed to the state’s new bail reforms.
Flanked by two women whose stories told how offenders released under the new bail reform law, went tragically wrong.
Hawley said the bail reform should be repealed

Hawley said New York City politicians are responsible for tying judges’ hands by restricting their ability to lock up career criminals.

Joining Hawley and Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R-Pulaski) at the news conference yesterday was Jennifer Payne, mother of Sarah Tombs who was shot and killed in April 2019 by her live-in boyfriend. The individual was released from custody last week under the new bail reform laws. Also in attendance at the press conference was Sheila Harris, cousin of Maria “Rosie” Osai, a 35-year-old mother of three who was struck and killed by an unlicensed, hit-and-run driver in Rockland County on Christmas Eve. The driver was immediately released without bail pursuant to the new law.

Credit Card Fraud at Local Businesses

Press Release:

The Batavia Police Department has been investigating several cases where credit card numbers have been used fraudulently at businesses in the City of Batavia. The suspect will not have the physical credit card but will ask the clerk to type in the numbers manually. The transactions will be initially approved, allowing the suspect to obtain the items from the business, but will be declined approximately a month later. Business insurance will typically not cover the transactions which means the business is out of the money.

The best practice for businesses to help prevent this type of fraud is to ensure customers have the physical credit card with them and to ask for identification with every card transaction, making sure the names on both the ID and card match. The cases are ongoing so further details cannot be released at this time.

Anyone with information in reference to the case may contact Detective Sargent Matthew Lutey at 585-345-6365 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.

Morning News Report

2018 booking photo

A Florida man who died after a crashing in Alexander was apparently a member of a nationwide smash-and-grab gang known as the “Felony Lane Gang.”
Lauderdale Lakes, Florida resident, 22 year old Cleveland Johnson was stopped for a traffic violation in the Village of Warsaw Monday afternoon but instead Johnson took off before the stop commenced.
Briefly after Johnson lost control of the rented Chrysler 300 he was driving as he came into Alexander crashing sideways into a tree on Main Road.
Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene with his two passengers hospitalized with serious injuries.
According to investigators, in 2018 Johnson along with three other individuals were arrested in Greenburgh, N.Y., where all four were accused of being part of the “Felony Lane Gang.”
The smash and grab gang members are said to smash into parked vehicles and then run stolen debit cards for cash. For more check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

A Big-Rig wreck in Bethany is reportedly blocking.
A tractor-trailer and box truck collision with minor injuries has been reported at 6071 Ellicott Street Road in Bethany between East and Transit roads.
The northbound lane is completely blocked and southbound is partially blocked. The road is being shut down as the tractor-trailer will require a heavy wrecker for removal. Bethany and Stafford fire are on scene along with Mercy medics.

Genesee County deputies are investigating a recent rash of car thefts and break-ins.
Officials say they’ve received several reports over the last week about the crimes which have targeted vehicles parked in private driveways and parking lots.
They’re asking folks to make sure their vehicles are locked up and remove any valuable items from inside of them.
If you see anything suspicious, call police immediately.

The United Way of Genesee County will be looking forward to its 13th Annual Day of Caring on Wednesday, May 13th, 2020.
More than 30 nonprofit agencies are expected to benefit from over 400 volunteers who will paint, landscape, and perform general beautification projects throughout Genesee County.
Those interested in the Day of Caring are encouraged to reach out to the Tammy Hathaway at the United Way of Genesee County at 343-8141.

Changes to New York’s limousine laws are now just a signature away from becoming official.
Lawmakers approved a package of bills yesterday that will soon be signed off on by Governor Cuomo.
Included in the legislation is a requirement there be enough seat belts in a limo for all passengers to use.
Another measure would allow the state to remove potentially dangerous vehicles from the road.
Limousine safety has been a major topic in the Legislature since the October 2018 limo crash in Schoharie that killed 20 people.

Jack Eichel scores again as the Buffalo Sabres win their second straight game.
Eichel had his 28th goal of the year in Buffalo’s 4 to 2 win last night against the Vegas Golden Knights at KeyBank Center.
Eichel has now tied his career high for goals which was set last year.
Sam Reinhart, Curtis Lazar and Kyle Okposo also scored for the Sabres.
Buffalo will be back in action Thursday night when they visit the Dallas Stars.

Evening News Briefing

One person was killed, two other seriously injured, when their car crashed into a tree after being pursued by police.
The crash happened late yesterday afternoon on Route 98 in Alexander.
A car that was initially pursued by Warsaw Police in Wyoming County, then later by Attica Police, was found slammed into a tree on Route 98.
The driver, 22 year old Cleveland Johnson of Ft Lauderdale, Florida, was pronounced dead at the scene.
One male passenger and one female passenger were injured and taken to ECMC in Buffalo.
Both Warsaw and Attica police had just terminated the chase due to high speeds it had reached when the crash was discovered. It is unknown why the occupants of the car were fleeing police.

A fracas at Batavia Downs leads to the arrest of a Rochester woman. 51 year old Renee Symonds was arrested for allegedly assaulting two security guards after she refused their order to leave.

Prosecutors are calling for ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins to spend nearly five years in prison.
Collins, who represented the 27th Congressional District- which includes Genesee County – is set to be sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to federal insider trading charges.
Collins’ lawyers are planning to ask for no jail time.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer is responding to President Trump’s retweet of a photo-shopped image showing Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Muslim headwear.
The image also had a photo of the Iranian flag behind Schumer and Pelosi. Schumer sent out a tweet of his own questioning Trump about how low he could go and asking Republicans how long they’ll continue to defend the President’s actions.

The United Way of Genesee County will hold its annual Day of Caring this year on May 13th.
The popular event draws in more than 400 volunteers who perform fix-up projects at 30 non-profit agencies throughout the county. If you are interested in participating contact the United Way at 343-8141.

United Way Announces 13th Annual Day of Caring

Photo credit to Carlson’s Studios

Press Release:

The United Way of Genesee County will be looking forward to its 13th Annual Day of Caring on Wednesday, May 13th, 2020.

More than 30 nonprofit agencies are expected to benefit from over 400 volunteers who will paint, landscape, and perform general beautification projects throughout Genesee County.

Dwyer Stadium will again be the host site to kick-off the event and after all projects are completed a wrap-up celebration will be held to share successes from the day.

Registration for projects and volunteers will be available soon.

Those who are new to the Day of Caring and would like to be involved in spending a united day together making the community a better place, or who have a project they would like completed, are encouraged to reach out to the Tammy Hathaway at the United Way of Genesee County at 585-343-8141.

Morning News Briefing

A Florida man who attempted to outrun police from Wyoming to Genesee County has ended up dead with two others seriously injured after crashing in Alexander.
22 year old Cleveland Johnson of Lauderdale Lakes Florida reportedly fled lawmen attempting to stop him for speeding in Warsaw yesterday afternoon leading to a brief car chase that ended a short time later when Johnson crashed his vehicle into a tree on Route 98 in Alexander.
Johnson was pronounced deceased at the scene while the two other occupants of the vehicle, a male from Florida and a female from Pennsylvania both sustained life-threatening injuries.
According to police the vehicle was a rental out of Pennsylvania.
Investigation into the crash remains on-going as well as to the reason why Johnson initially fled from law enforcement.

Assault at Batavia Downs leads to arrest for a Rochester woman.
51 year old Renee Symonds was arrested by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies following a disturbance at the Batavia Downs Monday afternoon.
After refusing to leave the venue Symonds allegedly attacked two security guards.
She was hit with counts of Assault and Harassment and was issued an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on January 30th.

New First Assistant District Attorney Finnell is sworn in.
After 29 years with the District Attorney’s Office, Kevin Finnell officially became Lawrence Friedman’s top assistant when he was sworn in by County Court Judge Charles Zambito as the new First Assistant District Attorney yesterday afternoon.
Finnell replaces Melissa Cianfrini, who quit without notice on Friday.

Prosecutors are calling for ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins to spend nearly five years in prison.
They say Collins should receive a stiff sentence in order to make sure the public knows people in power aren’t above the law.
Collins, who represented the 27th Congressional District, is set to be sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to federal insider trading charges.
The U. S. Probation Office says Collins should spend a year and a day behind bars, while his lawyers are planning to ask for no jail time.

After a judge rejected efforts by the state Health Department and Governor Cuomo to ban the sale of flavored vaping products, some lawmakers are taking matters into their own hands.
They’re looking to pass legislation that would keep all flavored tobacco products off store shelves.
Supporters say action is needed to keep these dangerous products out of the hands of kids.
Studies show 80% of youngsters who have used tobacco started with a flavored product.

Wegmans has issued a recall involving a breaded chicken product.
It’s due to concerns the chicken in the 20-ounce bags of Wegmans Breaded Chicken Breast Fillets may be undercooked.
The bags have a “best used by” date of October 23rd, 2020.
Customers with the affected product can return it for a refund.

Ralph M. Torcello, 89, dies

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Ralph M. Torcello, 89, of Batavia, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Jan. 8, 2020 at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia after a brief illness.

Born on Sept. 29, 1930 and raised in Batavia, Mr. Torcello was the son of Michael C. Torcello, Sr. and Mary Torcello (Feniello). He grew up on the family farm on Creek Road in Batavia and lived there until his death.

Mr. Torcello graduated from Batavia High School in the late 1940s and was the first in his family to attend college, graduating from Buffalo State College with his B.A. in education. He served in the U.S. Army following his graduation and after his duty was completed, taught Industrial Arts to high school students in the Letchworth Central School District until his retirement.

Mr. Torcello’s passion was harness racing. During college he worked part-time as a security guard at Batavia Downs and that began a lifetime of involvement in the sport that would last almost seventy years. He was an owner, trainer and driver and raced almost entirely in Western New York.

Mr. Torcello trained and often drove his small stable of horses after getting his license in 1962. During that time he raced campaigners like Gypsy Flash, Gold Piece, Outlaw Collins and Bait The Trap. His last driving win came in 1993 in a lifetime best effort with a trotting mare named Spell Rosie followed by his last training win in 1999 with one of his better horses, What About Bob. His love of the sport spread to many in his family who later owned, trained and drove horses themselves.

Mr. Torcello was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters, Anna Strollo (Michael), Marie Perry (Samuel), Frances, Lawrence (Madeline), Rose, Angeline, Genevieve, Michael Jr. (Patricia) and Marcella, as well as by his nephew, Anthony M. Strollo. He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Ann Marie Caste (Paul) of New Jersey, Michael C. Torcello (Lynn) of Delaware and Lawrence Torcello (Katie) of East Bethany, Mary Jo Dumuhosky and Ross Perry, both of Batavia, Michael L. Torcello (Deborah) of Hamburg, Ralph P. Torcello (Diane) of Pavilion and Marirose Ethington (Larry) of East Bethany. He is also survived by numerous grand-nieces and nephews, as well as his longtime friend, Hiland Clark.

Mr. Torcello was a member of Ascension Catholic Church in Batavia and a former member of the New York State Teachers’ Association and the United States Trotting Association.

There will be a mass in celebration of Mr. Torcello’s life at the Ascension Parish, 19 Sumner St. in Batavia on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to United Memorial Hospital Foundation.

New First Assistant District Attorney named for Genesee County

Press Release:

From: Lawrence Friedman, District Attorney
Date: January 13, 2020

I am very pleased to announce that long- time Assistant District Attorney Kevin T. Finnell is being promoted to the position of First Assistant District Attorney. Mr. Finnell is a highly experienced prosecuting attorney, having served more than 29 years with this office. ADA Finnell is a very knowledgeable, motivated public servant, who consistently exercises appropriate judgment in the prosecution of criminal cases.

When long time Bergen Town Justice Donald R. Kunego retired, his notice of retirement made mention of “the outstanding professionalism of ADA Kevin Finnell”.

In 2018 ADA Finnell received a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition “for the highest level of professional assistance he has provided to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office”. The Certificate stated that his “professional skills and consistent high performance has been a major contributor to the overall effectiveness of the Sheriff’s Office and the efforts of the Local Drug Task Force…Kevin T. Finnell has brought great credit upon himself and his chosen career as a Prosecutor.”

Last Spring, based on nominations from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Finnell received the statewide MADD Law Enforcement Recognition Award and the Kiwanis Club of Batavia Criminal Justice Award. In endorsing the MADD nomination, I referred to ADA Finnell’s enthusiasm for the job, work ethic and advocacy skills.

I am confident that Kevin Finnell will do a great job in his new role and that he is fully capable of running this office in my absence.

Democratic Candidates’ Night in Batavia

Press Release:

Democratic Candidates for Congress and NYS Senate to visit Batavia to talk with voters.

The Genesee County Democratic Committee invites the community to meet Candidates for Congress and NYS Senate District 61.

Candidates including Nate McMurray, Joan Seamans, Kim Smith, and Jacqualine Berger will join us on Thursday, January 30th from 7 to 9pm at Moonjava Cafe, 56 Harvester Avenue, Batavia.

Come register to vote, apply for an absentee ballot, learn about the upcoming elections, participate in a Democratic Presidential Primary Poll, visit with local Democratic Officials, meet potential 2020 candidates, learn more about early voting and changes to NYS elections laws and more.

ALL ARE WELCOME!

Be represented, Be a voter.

Morning News Briefing

The high winds that whipped across the region yesterday morning are being blamed for the partial collapse of a 141 year old building in Attica.
A large section of masonry and brick of the rear wall of the Williams Opera House, on Exchange Street in Attica began to collapse causing the second floor in the rear of the building to collapse onto the first floor.
A vehicle was also damaged that was parked behind the Opera House.
The structural integrity of the building is compromised all though only a portion of the rear wall is damaged and the Wyoming Building Code Enforcement as well as the property owner plan to reinforce the structural integrity of the damaged wall and building.
Until the building can be made structurally safe, residents must stay out of the exclusion zone set up in the rear of the building.

Liberty Street woman arrested for Grand Larceny in the City.
30 year old Marissa Lehto was arrested following an investigation into a theft that allegedly occurred at the Tim Hortons on Main Street last February.
Lehto is accused of taking a wallet containing a credit card from a purse that did not belong to her while at the restaurant.
She was charged with a count of Grand Larceny and is expected back in Batavia City Court tomorrow.

Rochester resident picked up on a two year old warrant out of Alabama.
44 year old Michael Coleman was turned over by Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office after being arrested on an outstanding arrest and bench warrant out of the Town of Alabama.
Coleman was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and Bail Jumping stemming from an incident on Judge Road in Alabama that allegedly occurred back in April of 2018.
Coleman was released on his own recognizance and is expected back in Alabama Town Court on Wednesday.

A crash in LeRoy leads to arrest for a village resident.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies took 67 year old John Macintyre of Linwood Road into custody late Saturday night following investigation into a property damage accident on Linwood Road.
Macintyre was accused of being intoxicated and was charged with DWI, speeding and failing to keep right.
He was issued appearance tickets for LeRoy Town Court on February 4th.

Several groups will be coming together in Albany today to call on lawmakers to pass legislation banning the sale of flavored tobacco products.
Organizations that support the Flavors Hook Kids NY campaign says statistics show 80 percent of kids who have used tobacco started with a flavored product.
They also say tobacco use costs the state ten billion dollars a year in health care expenses while taking the lives of 23-thousand New Yorkers.
The state previously tried to ban the sale of flavored vaping products, but it was stuck down by a State Supreme court judge.

A reminder to motorists that North Road is closed today through Wednesday between Route 19 and Conlon Rd to all traffic including emergency vehicles.
Crews will be installing a water transmission main across the roadway.

Evening News Briefing

We have two weather watches in effect for Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties this weekend.
First, there is a Flash Flood Watch posted for tomorrow afternoon through Sunday afternoon.
Periods of rain will develop across the region becoming widespread and heavy late tomorrow. Rainfall totals could reach 2 ½ inches.
The heavy rain falling on nearly saturated ground will result in excessive runoff.
There is also a High Wind Watch in effect from late tomorrow night through Sunday afternoon.
Southwest winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 are possible.
Damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines.
Scattered power outages are possible.

 

There is a new chair of the Genesee County Legislature.
She is Shelly Stein from LeRoy.
Stein tells WBTA she’s prepared to tackle a number of issues coming out of Albany that could negatively impact Genesee County

Batavia’s Marianne Clattenburg was sworn in as vice-chair of the legislature.

 

A Batavia woman and her father will serve no jail time for welfare fraud.
28 year old Tanyana Williams and her father, Roy Bell Senior, pleaded guilty to defrauding Social Services out of 12-hundred and 50 dollars in day care subsidies.
Both accepted a guilty plea to a charge of conspiracy and received a one year conditional discharge.

 

Flu season is in full-swing and New Yorkers are continuing to feel the impact. The Department of Health says there were over 10-thousand confirmed cases of the virus during the week ending January 4th, a nine-percent increase from the week before. Nearly two-thousand people were also hospitalized due to complications from the flu.

Genesee Community College Alumni Mixer at Buffalo RiverWorks

Press Release:

What: Genesee Community College Alumni Mixer at Buffalo RiverWorks

When: Friday, January 24, 2020 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: RiverWorks at 359 Ganson Street in Buffalo, NY 14203

Who: GCC Alumni, family and friends!

Background:

Everyone knows that a student graduates with more than a degree – they’ve had experiences, learned lessons and often most importantly – made friends and colleagues and connections that could make a difference in their futures and last a lifetime!

In support of those connections, GCC’s Alumni Affairs Office is hosting a series of Alumni Mixers that re-unite graduates with the connections they made at GCC, and also expand the important network of GCC graduates and colleagues.

The next event in this series of mixers is happening at Buffalo’s exciting new RiverWorks, a great place to come in from the cold and enjoy great company!

The event is FREE (cash bar), but seating is limited – so WNY alumnus are encouraged to register today by contacting the Alumni Affairs Office at alumni@genesee.edu or calling Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs Jennifer Wakefield at (585) 343-0055 x 6265.

In October 2019, more than 55 GCC alumni, friends and staff enjoyed the first Alumni Mixer at the SUNY Global Center in New York City. They enjoyed amazing food and conversation and heard great success stories from Stevens Cadet ’13, Jermaine Cameron ’09, Ana Olmeda ’14 and Kento Takayama ’19 who all got their start at GCC. Highlights from their moving testimonies can be seen on GCC’s YouTube channel @sunygcc.

For more information, or to register to attend, email the Alumni Affairs Office at alumni@genesee.edu.

Saturday Hikes at the GC Park & Forest now January 18th

Press Release:

The Winter Wonderland Hike for Saturday January 11th at the Genesee County Park & Forest has been CANCELLED due to inclement weather. The Winter Wonderland Hike has been RESCHEDULED to Saturday January 18th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Please call 585-344-1122 to register.

The Winter Fun Night Snowshoe Hike for Saturday January 11th at the Genesee County Park & Forest has been CANCELLED due to inclement weather. The Winter Fun Night Snowshoe Hike has been RESCHEDULED to Saturday January 18th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Please call 585-344-1122 to register.

CCE of Genesee: Garden Talk Series Returns

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY – Garden Talk returns on February 6 at 12:15 pm with a “trip” to the lovely Butchart Gardens. Take a break from winter to enjoy Vancouver Island’s “Vision of Beauty.” The Butchart Gardens is a flowering oasis, a 100 plus years in the making. Come see how one woman’s vision came to be. A National Historic Site of Canada, the Butchart Gardens are world renowned.

March 5 – “Soil Blocking for Seed Starting.” Come and learn about an indoor seed-starting technique called soil-blocking. This unique method allows gardeners to produce twice as many vigorous seedlings in about half the space of traditional seed starting methods. The seedlings grow in a free-standing block of growing medium. That’s right no containers! The space between these blocks “air prunes” the roots, so plants do not become root bound and are also easier to transplant.

April 4 – “Get your Garden Ready for Spring.” Need some help getting your garden ready for a spring and summer of beauty and color? Let us help you start your gardens right this season. Whether bulbs, annuals or existing perennials, one can minimize weeds, change locations of plants, or prep a spot for a brand new garden.

May 7 – “Common Garden Mistakes.” Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. Even Master Gardeners make mistakes and kill plants! If you have questions about proper watering techniques, fertilizing or soil preparation this talk is for you.

June 4 – “Spotted Lantern Fly.” This pretty bug has been in the news, but not for its good looks. Spotted Lantern Fly is the latest invasive pest from Asia that is causing concern to farmers and homeowners alike. Learn how to identify the eggs, nymphs and adults.

All Garden Talk programs run from 12:15 to 12:45 pm. Bring your lunch to the Cornell Cooperative Extension office (420 E. Main St, Batavia) and join us. This free series is open to the public. Registration is not required.

Future topics and other Master Gardener events will be posted on the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County website at http://genesee.cce.cornell.edu/ and also on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CCEofGenesee.

Morning News Briefing

The immediate resignation of First District Attorney Melissa Cianfrini was announced in a memo issued by District Attorney Lawrence Friedman to members of the local legal community yesterday.
The departmental memo said that First Assistant District Attorney Melissa Cianfrini has made the difficult decision to resign her position with the Genesee County District Attorney’s Office effective immediately and that she has other opportunities that she would like to pursue.
An Oakfield resident and wife of County Clerk Michael Cianfrini, Melissa joined the DA’s office in 2009 being promoted to first district attorney in 2017.
Before her resignation, Cianfrini appeared to be heir apparent to the DA post as Friedman is planning to retire at the end of his current term.
Her resignation comes at a time when the DA’s office is adjusting to an increased caseload, with additional staff, because of new, more rigorous, discovery rules in New York. Photo provided by our news partner The Batavian.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for the entire GLOW region starting Saturday afternoon lasting through Sunday afternoon.
Total rainfall may reach up to 2.5 inches.
Hazardous flooding conditions may be caused due to significant snowmelt and runoff combined with the rainfall.

Gates man arrested for attempting to have sex with a 13 year old.
24 year old Gates resident Michael Greco was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with online enticement of a minor.
Greco allegedly engaged in online conversations with an undercover New York State Police investigator posing as a “mother” engaged in the prostitution of her 13 year old daughter.
Greco agreed to pay $100 in order to have sex with the child during the conversations earlier this month.
On Tuesday, Greco arrived at a pre-arranged meeting place for sex but, was instead met by State police and Homeland Security Investigations, who took him into custody.
Greco was found in possession of $100, condoms, and candy, which he intended to give the child as a gift.
He is being held pending a detention hearing.

Office for the Aging names new director as current office head prepares for retirement next Friday.
After 25 years with the agency and the past 5 as director, Ruth Spink has decided it’s time to retire.
Her successor Diana Fox of Clarendon has been named as the next Office for the Aging Director and is taking up her new post on January 17th
Spink said she is looking forward to travelling and spending more time with family.

County Legislature names new chairwoman.
The Genesee County Legislature held its organizational meeting Wednesday evening where Shelly Stein was sworn in as the new chairwoman.
Also during the meeting, Christian Yunker was sworn in as the newest member of the legislature, Marianne Clattenburg was sworn in as vice-chair and Andrew Young as second vice-chair.

Evening News Briefing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is laying out his administration’s agenda for 2020 in his State of the State address in Albany.
The Governor says a main focus in 2020 will be combating the threats associated with climate change.

He’s proposing a number of additional items, focusing on gun-control, school funding, a regional approach to legalizing marijuana, and eliminating the state’s law that bans paid-surrogacy.

 

Steve Hawley

 

As expected, Republican state legislators were critical of the Governor’s speech. Batavia Assemblyman Steve Hawley says he’s prepared to work against several of the governor’s policies that Hawley says hurt the state…

One of the governor’s overarching themes included overcoming political divisiveness.

 

There is a new director for the Genesee County Office for the Aging.
She is Diana Fox from Clarendon. Fox is a Batavia native who has spent her career in human services.
She replaces Ruth Spink, who has been with the agency for 25 years, the past five as executive director.
The change becomes effective January 17th.

 

Friends of ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins are showing their support ahead of his sentencing on federal insider trading charges. They’ve sent 170 pages worth of letters to the judge who will decide how long the former 27th District representative will spend behind bars.
Collins is facing up to 57 months in prison when he’s sentenced January 17th.

 

The Buffalo Sabres will look to keep their two-game winning streak alive on the road tonight. They’ll be visiting the defending Stanley Cup champion Saint Louis Blues. The Sabres have struggled away from home this season and currently have the NHL’s fifth-worst road record.
Faceoff for tonight’s contest is set for eight p-m.

Morning News Briefing

A pair of 13 year old Albion Middle School Students have accepted plea agreements for threats they made to violently attack other students and staff at their school.
Two of the three students accused in the incident pled guilty in Orleans County Family Court Tuesday to conspiracy to commit murder.
One of the two unnamed boys also pled guilty to a count of Aggravated Harassment for sending threatening messages to a fellow student.
The two will face up to a year in juvenile detention at sentencing on February 25th, while the third boy who was accused, also 13 year old, is expected to appear in court on January 21st.

The County’s Economic Development Center is going to consider tax incentives for the Ellicott Station project in Batavia to the tune of $3.6 million.
The GCEDC will look at the application for tax breaks on the 22 and a half million dollar project proposed by Buffalo Developer Sam Savarino during their meeting today.
Savarino proposed a 55 unit apartment building, a brewery and beer garden, however nothing has been done on the site since Savarino purchased the property over three years ago.
A public meeting will be scheduled if the GCEDC accepts the application.

Cuomo touts New York as the progressive Capital of the Nation in his 10th State of the State address.
The governor discussed several initiatives during yesterday’s speech in Albany, including legalizing recreational marijuana, improving health care and tax cuts for both the middle class and small businesses.
While most Democrats supported the governor’s speech, Republicans were critical of him for failing to mention potential changes in the new bail reform laws and for only briefly touching on the state’s six-billion dollar budget gap.

Local Assemblyman Steve Hawley was included in the group of Republicans who remained critical of Cuomo and his so-called progressive agenda.
Hawley emphasized his concern over what he sees as the Governors negative impact on the State’s economics and ultimately its population…

 

Hawley went on to say he will be working against many of the Governors policies that he believes hurt the state…

The Buffalo Sabres will look to keep their two-game winning streak alive on the road tonight.
They’ll be visiting the defending Stanley Cup champion Saint Louis Blues at Enterprise Center.
The Sabres have struggled away from home this season and currently have the NHL’s fifth-worst road record.
Faceoff for tonight’s contest is set for 8:00 p.m.

Special Weather Statement

An area of briefly heavy lake effect snow showers will move from the eastern suburbs of Buffalo into southwest Genesee and Wyoming counties. Expect a brief burst of moderate to heavy snow that lasts for 15 to 20 minutes. This will reduce the visibility to less than a half mile and result in slick spots on untreated roads.

Locations impacted include…
West Seneca, East Aurora, Elma, Marilla, Warsaw, Bennington, Alden, Attica, Pavilion, Wales Center, Varysburg, Sheldon, Covington, Pike, Silver Springs, Corfu and Alexander.

Conditions can deteriorate rapidly in winter weather situations. Be prepared for snow or ice covered roads. Slow down and allow extra time when traveling.

Evening News Briefing

Two 13 year old boys have admitted in court they made violent threats against Albion Middle School.
The two, whose names have not been released, pleaded guilty in Orleans County Family court yesterday to conspiracy to commit second degree murder. The two face up to a year in juvenile detention when they are sentenced late next month.
A third boy, also 13, is expected in court later this month.

 

 

 

Genesee County will consider $3.6-million in tax breaks for the so-called Ellicott Station project in Batavia. The GCEDC meets tomorrow to take up the tax breaks for 22 and a half million dollar project proposed by Buffalo Developer Sam Savarino. He has proposed a 55 unit apartment building, a brewery and beer garden. So far, Savarino has done nothing with the property he purchased from the city for $60,000 but has only paid a $5,000 dollar down payment on the land.

 

 

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce announcing today their 2019 Award Recipients.
Business of the Year is Tompkins Bank of Castile;
Agricultural Organization of the Year is Call Lands/My T Acres;
Special Service Recognition went to Purple Pony Therapeutic Horsemanship and
Geneseean of the Year honor went to Jeff Allen, who is the Executive Director of Crossroads House.

 

 

The U. S. Probation Office has made its sentencing recommendation for ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins. The Buffalo News reports the agency is suggesting he spend a year and a day behind bars, which is far less than the maximum of 57 months his plea agreement allows for. Collins pleaded guilty to federal insider trading charges last year and will be sentenced January 17th.

 

One of the most popular bands in country music is bringing their farewell tour to Western New York. Rascal Flatts will be performing at the Darien Lake Amphitheater on Saturday September 5th. Tickets will go on sale January 24th

GENESEE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 48th ANNUAL AWARD RECIPIENTS

Press Release:

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 48th Annual Awards Ceremony which will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Quality Inn & Suites, Park Road, Batavia. This is the County’s premier event that honors businesses and individuals for their achievements in business, community service and volunteerism. Tickets are $50.00 per person or a table of 10 for $450.00.

The evening begins at 5:30 with Hors D’oevures, Entrée Tables & Cash Bar (no formal sit-down dinner is to be served). The Award Program starts at 7:00 pm where dessert and coffee will be served.

This year’s honorees are:

Business of the Year: Tompkins Bank of Castile
Agricultural Organization of the Year: Call Lands/My T Acres
Special Service Recognition of the Year: Purple Pony Therapeutic Horsemanship
Geneseeans of the Year: Jeff Allen

 

GENESEE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTING WORKSHOP ON GETTING MORE OUT OF YOUR CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP

Press Release:

“Getting The Most Out Of Your Chamber Membership” will be the subject of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Workshop on January 15.

“Most people are aware of many benefits of Chamber membership,” said Tom Turnbull, president of the Chamber. “But there are so many other benefits that are sometimes overlooked and can add value to any business organization. This workshop will highlight the many new and exciting ways you can get more out of your Chamber membership. ”

The workshop will be presented by the Chamber staff and will be held at the Chamber of Commerce office, 8276 Park Rd., Batavia. The session will run from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and is free to both Chamber members and non-members. Attendees are encouraged to make reservations to insure space.

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

GCEDC BOARD TO CONSIDER APPLICATION FOR ELLICOTT STATION PROJECT IN THE CITY OF BATAVIA

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY – The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) board of directors will consider accepting an application for assistance for the proposed $22.5 million Ellicott Station project in the city of Batavia at the GCEDC’s Jan. 9 meeting.

The Ellicott Station project is a mixed-use brownfield redevelopment project including adaptive re-use and new construction of a blighted property in a key gateway entrance site to downtown Batavia. Considerable brownfield remediation, site improvements, and construction is proposed by project developer Savarino Companies.

“With Genesee County, the City of Batavia, and the Batavia City School District, we are working collectively to revitalize the city,” said Steve Hyde, president and CEO of the GCEDC. “The clean-up and redevelopment of the Ellicott Station site is a critical component of achieving our collective vision for Batavia’s Pathway to Prosperity.”

If the application is accepted, a public hearing on the proposed incentives will be scheduled in the City of Batavia.

The Ellicott Station project has been updated from a previous application that was approved by the GCEDC board in November 2018. The project proposes a 5-story apartment building with 55 new modern workforce housing units, along with a brewery, restaurant/beer garden, and the preparation of an additional development site on the 3.31 acre campus.

The proposed project supports the Genesee County’s EDGE economic development strategy of creating housing for entry level workers at Genesee County’s growing businesses.

Ellicott Station is requesting approximately $3.6 million in economic incentives, with a $2,105,792 property tax exemption, a $790,512 sales tax exemption, and a $180,792 mortgage tax exemption.

The proposed incentives are aligned with a request for financial support from the New York State Office of Homes and Community Renewal (HCR).

“We believe that the proposed project can be economically viable as the market-rate housing component checks a number of boxes that support the state’s interest in funding these types of developments,” Hyde continued. “The fact that there are a growing number of employment opportunities in the surrounding area to attract workforce talent to our region is certainly another factor we hope the state will consider in its decision.”

Project Connect offers a Free Hot Meal for Homeless in a one-day blitz of the Genesee Region

Press Release:

Issues of housing instability, maintaining gainful employment, and obtaining needed healthcare are not limited to large metropolitan areas, they can occur to people living anywhere. With this in mind, Batavia’s premier advocacy agency for people with disabilities, Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) plus the Homeless Alliance of WNY (HAWNY), working with other community organizations, will be available to those in need in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties as part of Project Connect on Thursday January 30, 2020.

Join us for a FREE hot meal, with access to local available resources to assist with housing, employment, healthcare, and other needs, during the time that we will be in your County:

Wyoming County: from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, they will be at the Warsaw Food Pantry, located in the United Church of Warsaw, 22 South Main Street, Warsaw, NY 14569.

Orleans County: only one hour thereafter, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, you’ll find them at the Hoag Library, 134 South Main Street, Albion, NY 14411

Genesee County: they will cap off this rather full day, by offering the hot meal and information at The Salvation Army, 529 East Main Street, Batavia NY 14020 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.

Signing up for a session in advance is encouraged but NOT REQUIRED. For more information or to register, please contact: Amber Mesita at (585) 815-8501, ext. 417 or email her at amesita@wnyil.org

Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) is a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. family of agencies that offers an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

Morning News Briefing

Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies report the arrest of 18 year old Alexander Neu of Dubonnet Drive in Depew after investigating an alleged assault that was reported at a Wiz Khalifa concert at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center over the summer.
According to officers Neu struck a victim in the face causing injury during the concert back in July of last year.
He is now facing a count of Assault in the third degree and is expected to appear on January 14th in Darien Town Court.

An Alden man busted for DWI after allegedly driving on the sidewalk in Batavia.
City Police took 25 year old Joshua Pesci of Broadway Road Alden into custody last Friday after investigation into a property damage accident at 26 South Main Street in the Batavia.
Pesci was charged with DWI, failure to use the designated lane, driving on a sidewalk and speeding.
He’s slated to answer to the charges in Batavia City Court on January 22nd.

A Clifton Ave man is looking at a felony level DWI after crashing into a telephone pole in the City.
26 year old Nathan Hinze of Clifton Ave in Batavia was arrested last Saturday on East Ave following a motor vehicle accident where Hinze allegedly hit and damaged a telephone pole with his vehicle.
Hinze was charged with Aggravated DWI and ultimately released with an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court on January 22nd.

Police arrest a Homeless man in Batavia for imprisonment.
Batavia Police took 31 year old William Haight into custody following a reported domestic disturbance at a Jackson Street address just after midnight on Monday.
Haight was hit with counts of Criminal Mischief and Unlawful Imprisonment and is expected to appear in City Court on January 14th.

Visitor restrictions in place at UMMC.
Restrictions are now in place at the United Memorial Medical Center and the three other Rochester Regional Health hospitals to help reduce further transmission of influenza or other infectious diseases.
The hospital is only allowing two visitors per patient at a time not including Parents/caregivers.
All visitors must be at least 14 years old and not displaying flu-like symptoms.
The resections are in place until further notice.

New information is being released on the DWI arrest of former Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.
According to court documents, Kolb’s blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit when he crashed his state-issued SUV near his home in the Town of Victor on New Year’s Eve.
He also reportedly told deputies that he had several cocktails before getting behind the wheel.
Even though he stepped down from his minority leader post, Kolb will keep his seat in the Assembly.

State lawmakers will return to Albany today as this year’s legislative session gets underway.
In the Assembly, Republicans have chosen Central New York Assemblyman William Barclay to be their new minority leader.
He previously served as deputy minority leader and was also the top GOP lawmaker on the Ways and Means Committee.
Currently, Democrats outnumber Republicans in the Assembly by a wide margin.

Morning News Briefing

A Batavia man was apprehended by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies after taking lawmen on pursuit of a stolen vehicle out of Orleans County.
Early yesterday morning Deputies stopped 57 year old Edward Ruckdeschel of Liberty Street on Clinton Street Road in Bergen in a vehicle that was allegedly stolen out of Orleans County.
Ruckdeschel then sped off, leading officers in a car chase through Genesee County eventually arriving in the Monroe County Town of Wheatland where Ruckdeschel tried to continue evading officers on foot before being apprehended.
He is charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, Obstruction of Governmental Administration, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and other vehicle and traffic infractions.
Ruckdeschel was subsequently released with an appearance ticket for January 15th in Bergen Town Court.

A young woman reported missing by Batavia Police.
25 year old Desiree Hutchinson of Batavia has been missing since last month according to the police department.
Her family hasn’t heard from her since December 29th and she was reportedly last seen in the Rochester area.
She is described as a white woman, 4ft 9in tall, approximately 150 pounds.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is encouraged to call Batavia Police at 345-6350.

Supermarket chain Wegmans has announced a change to its plastic bag policy.
Starting January 27th, the single-use bags will no longer be used and they’ll be replaced by paper bags.
The move is being made ahead of a statewide ban on plastic bags that goes into effect in March.
Wegmans says it’ll encourage customers to bring reusable bags to take their groceries home.

As the holiday decorations come down, the City of Batavia begins its Christmas tree pick up operation.
The city only pick-ups real trees that have been stripped of all decorations.
Residents are asked to place their trees in the parkway clear of the curb and sidewalk.
City Officials also request residents keep their trees clear from snow and ice so they are visible and not frozen to the ground while crews are attempting to collect them.
The last day for tree pick-up is slated for Jan 31st weather permitting.

Governor Cuomo says he’s open to changing the state’s controversial new bail reform legislation.
It went into effect January 1st and eliminates pretrial detention and cash bail for a large number of non-violent felony and misdemeanor cases.
Critics say that prevents judges from taking the necessary steps to keep dangerous criminals off the streets.
Yesterday, the governor called the law a work in progress and said he’ll collaborate with the Legislature to come up with a solution.
Lawmakers return to Albany tomorrow.

Evening News Briefing

Desiree Hutchinson

Batavia Police are asking for information about a missing city woman.
She is 25 year old Desiree Hutchinson.
She hasn’t been seen or heard from since December 29th.
She is described as a white woman, 4ft 9in tall, 150 pounds. We have a picture of Desiree posted on the local news page of our website.
Anyone with information is asked to call Batavia Police.

 

 

Steve Hawley

 

Republican State Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia takes himself out of consideration for Assembly Minority Leader.
Hawley is endorsing Assemblyman William Barclay of Syracuse for minority leader.
Hawley is mentioned as a possible GOP candidate for the congressional seat vacated by Chris Collins.

 

 

The news just keeps getting worse when it comes to the spread of the flu across New York. According to the Department of Health, there were 92-hundred confirmed cases of the virus during the week ending December 28th.
Nearly 1,400 people were also hospitalized due to complications from the virus, a nearly 120-percent spike from the week before.

The City of Batavia is now picking up discarded Christmas Trees.
The city will only pick-up real trees that have been stripped of all decorations.
Residents are asked to place their trees in the parkway – the area between the curb and sidewalk.
The last day for pick-up will be Jan 31st.

Police report missing Batavia woman

Posted by BPD:

The Batavia Police Department is looking for your assistance in locating this missing person. Desiree Hutchinson has not been heard from since Friday, December 27. Desiree is believed to either have gone to Rochester, or still in the Batavia area. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Batavia Police Department at (585) 345-6350.

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City of Batavia: Christmas Tree removal

Press Release:

The City of Batavia will be picking up Christmas trees during the month of January as weather and operations permit.

Important information regarding Christmas tree removal:

  • We can only pick up real trees. No artificial trees.
  • Residents are to place trees in the parkway near the curb. Keep trees out of the roadway and clear of sidewalks.
  • Residents placing trees out will need to strip the trees of all decorations, lights, stands and bags. These items damage chipping equipment. Contact your waste disposal company for information on the proper disposal of these items.
  • If high winds are forecasted, delay putting trees out until after winds have subsided. Trees in the road and across sidewalks are a hazards to motorists and pedestrians.
  • Keep trees free of snow and ice so they are visible and do not become frozen to the ground.
  • Please, have trees out for pick up before January 31 (Last day of pick-up).

Hawley decides not to run for Assembly Minority Leader

News Release:

A statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley:

“After discussions with family, friends and colleagues, I have decided not to explore a potential run to become the next Assembly Minority Leader. I sincerely appreciate all of the support and consideration I’ve received over the last few days.

For our conference and constituents, it is important that Assembly Republicans begin the new year and new legislative session as a unified force. Even in the midst of change, our resolve and commitment must remain strong as we develop solutions for our constituents and fight back a liberal agenda that threatens our great state.

I proudly support my friend Assemblyman Will Barclay as our next Assembly Minority Leader, and I look forward to working alongside him as we move New York State in the right direction.”

GCC Athletics Update: Condidorio Signs with GCC

Kiaya Condidorio (left) signed her Letter of Intent with Genesee CC. Kiaya is joined by her parents and Genesee Head Coach Jeff Reyngoudt

Press Release:

On December 19th, Genesee Women’s Soccer signed their sixth recruit for the upcoming season, Kiaya Condidorio. Kiaya is a 5’7” center midfielder and a 3-year varsity starter for LeRoy girls’ soccer team. She is an Honor Roll student, appeared in the Exceptional Senior Game this past fall, and was awarded All Livingston County as well. She has played for the Greece Cobras in the offseason and also plays basketball at LeRoy.

When asked what Genesee head coach Jeff Reyngoudt saw in Condidorio, he responded with, “She’s big, strong, and wins balls out of the air. She commands leadership on the field and distributes so well. We have been lacking a midfield with size and strength for a while.” Head Coach Jeff Reyngoudt had also mentioned that Chloe Barrett, who was Genesee’s first signee for the 2020 season, will be a perfect fit with Kiaya. “They are both powerhouses and I’m excited to put the two of them on the field together”, stated Reyngoudt.

The Genesee Cougar’s Coaching staff are still in the process of recruiting for their 2020 team and have some more signings coming up in the new year. If you are interested in trying out for next year’s 2020 Genesee Cougars, please email Jeff Reyngoudt at jcreyngoudt@genesee.edu.

Morning News Briefing

Fire crews were called at around 11 p.m. last night to report of a fire at a West Albion Street address in Holley that challenged crews due to lack of access to water.
When crews arrived they found the hydrant nearby was not working and so water tankers were brought to the scene according to Holley’s fire chief.
Unbeknownst to the department, a water main break had occurred the night before, which complicated their efforts.
In total 10 fire companies from 4 counties were called to action. Eleven people were displaced in the blaze, five children and six adults.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Batavia Woman busted for menacing with a weapon and endangerment.
35 year old Leah Kelly of Jackson Street is facing counts of Menacing with a Weapon, Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Endangering the Welfare of a Child following investigation into an alleged domestic disturbance that occurred early December at a lower apartment on Jackson Street.
Kelly used a knife unlawfully against another person or persons during the domestic incident according to Batavia Police.
Kelly was issued an appearance ticket for City Court on January 14th.

Residents should keep their cars locked, especially when parked overnight according to the Genesee county Sheriff’s Office says.
Deputies say they have received several complaints over the past week involving the theft of vehicles and articles left in vehicles parked in private driveways and lots.
The majority of the thefts have occurred in the overnight hours.

Starting today, employers will no longer be able to ask prospective or current employees about their salary history.
Governor Cuomo signed the legislation last year in hopes of bringing the state closer to closing the gender wage gap.
Employers can ask job seekers about their salary expectations for a position they’re applying for.
However, they can’t retaliate against anyone who refuses to reveal their salary history.
Anyone with questions or concerns about the new law can contact the Department of Labor’s Division of Labor Standards.

The halls of the state Capitol will be buzzing again this week as lawmakers return to Albany for their 2020 session.
One pressing issue they’ll need to address is a roughly six billion dollar budget gap that was mostly caused by four billion bucks in Medicaid overspending.
The governor’s office hasn’t said whether he’s in favor of raising taxes to cut the deficit.
Other items on the Legislature’s agenda are expected to be criminal justice reform, marijuana legalization, education and gun safety.
This year’s legislative session runs from Wednesday until June 2nd.

The news just keeps getting worse when it comes to the spread of the flu across New York.
According to the Department of Health, there were 92-hundred confirmed cases of the virus during the week ending December 28th. That’s a whopping 74-percent increase over the agency’s previous flu surveillance report. Nearly 14-hundred people were also hospitalized due to complications from the virus, a nearly 120-percent spike from the week before.

Weekend News Briefing

State Police based out of Batavia report the arrest of an Albion man on multiple felony charges after he allegedly fired a rifle into a sports bar in the Town of Carlton.
The incident occurred at Roadies Pizzeria and Sports Bar on Oak Orchard Road at around 11:30 Thursday night.
Troopers took 52 year old Scott Foley of Albion into custody for allegedly firing his Stag Arms rifle from his car into the restaurant.
Officers say Foley was drunk at the time.
Fortunately no one was injured and Foley was taken into custody without incident.
The weapon was recovered on scene and Foley has been jailed on $100,000 bail.

The Genesee county Sheriff’s Office says residents should keep their cars locked, especially when parked overnight.
Deputies say they have received several complaints over the past week involving the theft of vehicles and articles left in vehicles parked in private driveways and lots.
The majority of the thefts have occurred in the overnight hours.

New York Republican Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb is stepping down after his New Year’s Eve DWI arrest.
Kolb announced on Friday that he would not be leaving the Assembly, but stepping down from his post as minority leader.
Kolb was arrested after crashing into a ditch near his home upstate on Tuesday night.
He issued a statement taking full responsibility, saying that he deeply regrets his actions, and that he’s seeking professional help to heal and address the challenges he and his family are facing.

The legal battle over the special election in the 27th Congressional District has reached State Supreme Court.
Last week, a judge in Rochester delayed the state GOP’s request to order Governor Cuomo to quickly set a date to fill the seat left open by the resignation of ex-Congressman Chris Collins.
The Buffalo News reports the judge adjourned the case until January 13th after the assistant attorney general in charge of the Rochester-area office said he was only given the case yesterday.
The governor has hinted he’d like the special election to be April 28th, the same day as New York’s presidential primary.

Governor Cuomo is continuing to reveal some of the key issues he’ll be discussing during next week’s State of the State address.
The governor says he’ll propose banning the sale of so-called “ghost guns” to people who can’t legally have firearms.
Those weapons are sold as a kit that needs to be assembled.
The governor says New York has the toughest gun laws in the country, but people still find ways around them.

Evening News Briefing

An Albion man has been arrested on multiple felony charges for allegedly firing a rifle into a Town of Carlton sports bar.
The incident happened around 11:30 last night at Roadies Pizzeria and Sports Bar on Oak Orchard Road.
State Police say 52 year old Scott Foley of Albion fired his Stag Arms rifle from his car into the restaurant.
No one was injured. Troopers say Foley was drunk and taken into custody without incident.
The weapon was recovered, Foley has been jailed on $100,000 bail.

Keep your car locked, especially when parked overnight. That’s the advice from the Genesee county Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies say they have received several complaints over the past week involving the theft of vehicles and articles left in vehicles parked in private driveways and lots. The thefts have occurred mainly during overnight hours.

A special prosecutor has been appointed to handle the drunken driving arrest of Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.
Kolb was arrested Tuesday night after crashing his state-issued SUV near his home in the Town of Victor.

Students at Albion schools noticed an increased police presence on campus today
The police department said the move was made following an investigation into social media posts indicating there may be violence at the school
A closer look into those messages revealed there was no evidence anyone’s safety could be in danger.
Back in November, three students were charged with making a threat against Albion Middle School.

The Buffalo Bills take a step towards the franchise’s first Super Bowl title this weekend. They’ll be visiting the Houston Texans in the AFC Wild Card game. The Bills were 10 and six this season, while the Texans won the AFC South with an identical record. The Bills haven’t won a postseason game since 1995. Kickoff for tomorrow’s contest is set for 4:35 pm.

Man arrested for shooting at a sports bar

Press Release:

On January 3, 2020 at 1:19 A.M., the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) out of SP Batavia arrested Scott A. Foley, 52 of Albion, NY for Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd degree (C Felony), Criminal Possession of Assault Weapon 3rd degree (D Felony), Criminal Possession Weapon 3rd ammunition feeding device (D Felony), Reckless Endangerment 1st (D Felony), Driving While Intoxicated 1st degree, Harassment 2nd and other traffic tickets.

On January 2, 2020 at 11:31 P.M., Troopers responded to reports of a disturbance and shots fired from a vehicle at Roadies Pizzeria and Sports Bar on Oak Orchard Road in the town of Carlton. Responding deputies from the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene and initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Foley, who was the only occupant. Foley was taken into custody without incident. Further investigation revealed that Foley was intoxicated, and he failed standard field sobriety tests. The weapon Foley used to fire at the restaurant, a Stag Arms rifle, was recovered on scene. None of the patrons at the restaurant was injured.

Foley was arraigned at the town of Carlton Court and remanded to Orleans County Jail on $100,000 cash, $200,000 bond.

The Orleans County District Attorney Office and Orleans County Sheriff’s Office assisted in this investigation.

This is still an ongoing investigation.

GVEP Nursing Program Receives NYS Reaccreditation

Press Release:

LeRoy, New York, January 2, 2020 – The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership’s Practical Nursing Program recently had a reaccreditation of programs by the New York State Office of Professions Division of Professional Education Program Review. These audits occur approximately every five years and include a thorough review of curriculum, clinical sites, staff qualifications, as well as student and instructor files.

The New York State Office of Professions oversees the licensing and regulation of over 50 professions and is guided by the New York State Board of Regents. According to its website, “The registration of a program means that it has met the Department’s standards for accreditation as provided in the Rules of the Board of Regents and the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.”

Heidi Mix is the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership’s Coordinator of Regional Medical Programs. She oversees both Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Programs. Mix explained the extent of the audit.

“This reaccreditation is crucial to the success of this program. If you do not have this approval, then you are not permitted to offer this program. We just received official notification that we received our reaccreditation. In our debriefing, the auditors praised the work that is being done in our nursing programs,” Mix explained. “We are moving in the right direction with our curriculum, and the use of Google classroom, an educational blackboard system, which allows students access to content at any time and it also is a great communications tool for students and instructors.”

This three-day review was completed by state auditors who visited classroom sites, met with students, staff, and administrators. Auditors reviewed instructors’ credentials and evaluations, as well as student files including admissions and graduation processes, board passing and job placement rates.

“The auditors were also impressed with the number of clinical sites that we provide. Clinical experiences provide opportunities for students and potential employers to work together. We have 23 sites and this includes large and small acute care facilities, and nursing homes throughout the Rochester region as well as Genesee and Livingston counties,” Mix said.
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The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership School of Practical Nursing has been in existence since 1994. It is a 1,200-clock hour program, certified by the New York State Education Department, and is designed to prepare graduates for the NCLEX-PN Examination for licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Every student who enrolls in the Licensed Practical Nursing Program receives a Chromebook computer as part of their tuition fees. This computer becomes the property of the student and it is utilized for many purposes. “Students have access to many electronic books and databases such as online lessons/modules and interactive activities that augment classroom curriculum and enhance the educational experience,” Mix explained. “Each student can create their own dashboard and monitor their progress.”

Course curriculum includes a broad scope of topics including foundations of nursing, human growth and development, obstetrical and pediatric nursing, human anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and more.

The CNA Program is also offered at the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership. This course is no less than a 150-clock hour program, approved by the New York State Education Department, and designed to prepare graduates for immediate employment following successful mastery of the post-program certification testing.

The LPN Program is offered at three different site locations: Batavia, Rochester Tech Park in Gates, and Mount Morris. The CNA Program is offered at two different locations, Mount Morris and Batavia. For more information or any questions, please contact 585-344-7788.

HAWLEY NAMED TO FARM BUREAU ‘CIRCLE OF FRIENDS’

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I- Batavia) announced today that he has once again been named to the Farm Bureau ‘Circle of Friends’ for his legislative support of agricultural and farming initiatives in 2019.

“I am honored to once again be named to the Circle of Friends and I thank the Farm Bureau for the great relationship and dialogue we have exercised over the years to do what’s best for our area’s producers,” Hawley said.

Hawley is the former owner and operator of Hawley Farms in Batavia, a longtime member of the Assembly Agriculture Committee and a leading opponent of the Farm Labor Bill, which allows unionization, mandatory time off and other labor restrictions for farm workers.

“The new farm labor regulations, which took effect yesterday, are an absolute deathblow to family farms across our state. By choking our farmer’s labor supply and mandating drastic wage increases, we are threatening our farms’ livelihood and their ability to operate and succeed when they need laborers the most. I was proud to stand with farmers across the state in debating and voting against this bill when it came to the Assembly floor. New York City politicians who have probably never set foot on a farm should never be allowed to dictate how we operate.”

Morning News Briefing

27 year old Morgan Cox Jr. of Batavia appeared in Genesee County Court yesterday morning for sentencing on a count of Menacing a Police Officer and Criminal Possession of a Weapon.
Cox was arrested last September after he displayed a knife while threatening Batavia Police.
He was sentenced to the previously agreed upon mandatory minimum of 2 years in prison with 1 and ½ years post release supervision on the count of Menacing a Police Officer and the minimum of 1 and 1/3 to 3 years on the Weapons charge with his sentences to run concurrent.

Stafford house fire claims the life of a dozen dogs.
The fire was reported around 9 yesterday morning along Prole Road.
Officials said the fire was confined to a fireplace near a coach, where the dogs were found.
The occupant was not at home at the time however two dogs and as many as 10 puppies perish in the blaze.
Stafford and four additional volunteer departments were dispatched.

Attica man arrested for shoplifting in Batavia.
42 year old Thomas McCabe of East Ave in Attica was arrested and charged with Petit Larceny following a shoplifting complaint from the Kohl’s Department Store on New Year’s Day.
Investigators say McCabe allegedly stole clothing from the store before he was busted by deputies.
He was released with an appearance ticket for Town Court on January 16th.

Albion students will likely notice an increased police presence when they head to class today.
The police department says the move is being made following an investigation into social media posts indicating there may be violence on the Albion Central School Campus.
A closer look into those messages revealed there was no evidence anyone’s safety could be in danger.
Back in November, three students were charged with making a threat against Albion Middle School.

The legal battle over the special election in the 27th Congressional District has reached State Supreme Court.
Yesterday, a judge in Rochester delayed the state GOP’s request to order Governor Cuomo to quickly set a date to fill the seat left open by the resignation of ex-Congressman Chris Collins.
The Buffalo News reports the judge adjourned the case until January 13th after the assistant attorney general in charge of the Rochester-area office said he was only given the case yesterday.
The governor has hinted he’d like the special election to be April 28th, the same day as New York’s presidential primary.

Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel plays hero as his team gets back on the winning track.
Eichel scored on a penalty shot in overtime as the Sabres beat the Edmonton Oilers three-to-two at KeyBank Center last night.
Curtis Lazar and Sam Reinhart also added goals for Buffalo who snapped a four-game losing streak.
The Sabres will be back in action when they host the Florida Panthers tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

Evening News Briefing

Morgan Cox of Batavia sentenced today to two years in prison for threatening a city police officer with a knife last September.
Judge Charles Zambito called Cox’s actions totally pointless and said most importantly, Cox needs to address his drug addiction.
Cox had agreed to a plea deal in the case. He will also be on probation following his prison term.

PHOTO: Morgan Cox

 

Two dogs and as many as 10 puppies perish in a Stafford house fire today.
The fire was reported around 9 this morning along Prole Road.
The occupant of the home was not at home at the time.
Officials said the fire was confined to a fireplace near a coach, where the dogs were found.
Stafford and four additional volunteer departments responded to the fire.

 

Genesee County management expressing concerns over New York’s bail reforms that went into effect on New Year’s Day.
Law enforcement has already expressed their reservations with the change that allows misdemeanor and Class E felony offenders to be released from custody without bail.
County Manager Jay Gsell on WBTA’s Main and Center program today, echoed the concerns of lawmen:

PHOTO: Genesee County Manager Jay Gsell

Gsell said he had to budget a quarter of a million dollars for the training of police and prosecutors to deal with the bail reform.

The Buffalo Bills are taking part in their second playoff game in three years this weekend, and some local fans will be in attendance to cheer them on. Members of the so-called “Bills Mafia” are heading to Houston ahead of Buffalo’s big showdown with the Texans. Kickoff for Saturday’s contest is set for four-35 p-m.

The Buffalo Sabres will look to start 2020 off on a winning note in front of their home crowd. They’re hosting the Edmonton Oilers at KeyBank Center. Faceoff for tonight’s game is 7 p.m.

Batavia man sentenced to prison for Menacing Police with a knife

27 year old Morgan Cox Jr. of Batavia appeared in Genesee County Court this morning for sentencing on a count of Menacing a Police Officer and Criminal Possession of a Weapon.
Cox who has an extensive criminal history was arrested on the Class D violent felony on September 28th when he displayed a knife in order to intimidate a Batavia Police officer while the officer was performing his duties.
Both the District Attorney and defense in the case declined making a presentence statement, including Cox himself.
Judge Charles Zambito did however speak to Cox before handing down his sentence calling his actions “totally pointless” and fueled by his addiction to drugs.
Zambito referred to a dangerous incident that Cox had found himself in saying “People came with baseball bats because they know how you are” stressing that Cox needed to address his addiction most importantly.
He was sentenced to the previously agreed upon mandatory minimum of 2 years in prison with 1 and ½ years post release supervision on the count of Menacing a Police Officer and the minimum of 1 and 1/3 to 3 years on the weapons charge with his sentences to run concurrent.

Bergen Teen’s Fundraiser Benefits Arc’s GO TO Hub

Jillian Menzie (center) with Hugh Gabalski, Megan Jarkiewicz, John Gabalski and Landon Kent.

Press Release:

BERGEN – Jillian Menzie accomplished quite a feat last year, raising over $4,000.00 for Arc of Genesee Orleans with the support of her fellow bowlers. Her goal this year was to raise more. She didn’t disappoint, turning in $5,077.00 in cash and an additional $845.00 in gifts and gift cards. She did this with the help of league bowler Megan Jarkiewicz who was able to accompany her on many of her fundraising trips through 11 towns in three counties.

Three other Rose Garden bowlers helped raise an additional $327.80 in the effort: Landon Kent ($102.80); John Gabalski ($125.00) and his brother Hugh Gabalski ($100) bringing the grand total raised in cash to $5,404.80!

“Counting all the gifts, Jillian led the effort to collect over $6,240.00 for the Arc of Genesee Orleans,” Arc Community Relations Coordinator Sandy Konfederath said. “The funds have been targeted to help with technology needs and art program for our new GO TO Hub center at 64 Walnut Street, Batavia,” Konfederath said.

Jillian’s family has been raising money for Arc of Genesee Orleans since Jillian’s father Jerry was a youth bowler, and Jillian’s grandmother Ellen Menzie ran the Rose Garden’s Youth bowling league and was a Bowl-A-Thon volunteer. Jillian logged 43 hours of volunteer time collecting donations this fall and winter, ensuring a strong finish, as she gets set to tackle the last semester of her senior year at Byron-Bergen.

At BBCS, Jillian is the Student Council President, National Honor Society President, and is a member of band, elite choir (Singing Silhouettes) and is in this year’s school musical, “School House Rock.” She played Varsity soccer and is a member of Varsity Club, Spanish Club, Alliance for Equality Club, attends school board meetings and is the school mascot.

Outside of school, Jillian is involved in the “Young Life” youth group, has a 190 bowling average and holds down a part-time job at McDonald’s! She is going to pursue a career in teaching or nursing and plans to continue volunteering and helping people throughout her life.

“Megan and I have been working together for a few years on this fund raiser,” said Jillian. “My hope is that she’ll carry it on in the years to come,” she added. Besides bowling, Megan, a 6th grader at BBCS, also plays soccer and basketball.

Jillian wishes to thank the league bowlers who participated and the community and businesses who generously supported the event!

Morning News Briefing

It appears New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb should have taken his own advice when just days ago he urged constituents to avoid drinking and driving over the holiday season.
The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reports that the 67 year old Republican was arrested on New Year’s Eve after crashing his state–issued SUV on County Road 41 in the Town of Victor around 10 p.m.
He was charged with DWI and because of his notoriety, the case is going to be handled by a special prosecutor before a judge from outside the counties he represents.

Buffalo woman busted for DWI in Pembroke.
25 year old Lillian Doll was arrested by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies just after midnight Sunday after she had apparently run out of gas in the vehicle she was driving.
Following a brief investigation it was determined Doll was intoxicated and she subsequently recorded a Blood Alcohol Content over .08 percent.
She was charged with DWI along with Operating a Vehicle with a Suspended Registration and was released with an appearance ticket for Pembroke Town Court on January 16th.

New bail reform legislation is in effect statewide along with the new year.
The law gets rid of pretrial detention and cash bail in most non-violent felony or misdemeanor cases.
Cash bail is still required for offenses like drug trafficking and sex crimes involving children.
Governor Cuomo believes the new rules will keep thousands of people accused of crimes out of jail until their legal case is resolved.

North Road in LeRoy will be closed between Route 19 and Conlon Road today and tomorrow according to the county highway department.
Construction crews will be installing a water main across the roadway.
The stretch North Road will be closed to all traffic, including emergency vehicles until this weekend.

The Buffalo Sabres will look to start 2020 off on a winning note in front of their home crowd.
They’re hosting the Edmonton Oilers at KeyBank Center.
Buffalo is coming off a tough loss New Year’s Eve where they squandered a four to one lead and lost six to four to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Faceoff for tonight’s game is 7:00 p.m.

The Buffalo Bills are taking part in their second playoff game in three years this weekend, and some local fans will be in attendance to cheer them on.
Members of the so-called “Bills Mafia” are heading to Houston ahead of Buffalo’s big showdown with the Texans.
Fans tell The Buffalo News they have to be at the game as the team looks for its first playoff win in decades.
Kickoff for Saturday’s contest is set for 4:35 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Det. Sgt. Kevin Czora capped off his career yesterday surrounded by colleagues and friends at a retirement party at police headquarters.
Czora had been with the department for 20 years after moving from a job with the Federal Reserve as a protections officer.
Police Chief Shawn Heubusch said as soon as he met Czora in 2012, he realized that he would be someone he could count on.
Cheif Heubusch announced that Sgt. Matt Lutey will move into the detective sergeant position, replacing Czora, effective Jan. 7, 2020.
In addition the chief said that Sgt. Chris Camp, a 12-year employee, will move into the Assistant Chief post, replacing Todd Crossett, who has accepted a police officer position with the VA Medical Center in Batavia.

A Batavia man is arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart and is busted with promoting prison contraband.
36 year old Thomas Leonard of East Main Street was arrested and charged with Falsifying Business Records, Petit Larceny and Conspiracy following a larceny complaint on Monday afternoon at the Wal-Mart in Batavia.
Around an hour later Leonard was hit with a count of Promoting Prison Contraband for allegedly introducing contraband to the detention facility.
He was ultimately released with appearance tickets for both Town and City Court in Batavia.

It’s a new year, and that means new bail reform legislation is in effect statewide.
The law gets rid of pretrial detention and cash bail in most non-violent felony or misdemeanor cases.
Cash bail is still required for offenses like drug trafficking and sex crimes involving children.
Governor Cuomo believes the new rules will keep thousands of people accused of crimes out of jail until their legal case is resolved.

The county highway department announced that North Road in LeRoy will be closed between Route 19 and Conlon Road this Thursday and Friday.
Construction crews will be installing a water main across the roadway.
North Road between Route 19 and Conlon Road will be closed to all traffic, including emergency vehicles, this Thursday and Friday.

Governor Cuomo has directed the state Labor Department to eliminate subminimum wage for over 70-thousand tipped workers.
That means people with jobs such as tow-truck drivers, hairdressers and nail salon workers will soon see bigger paychecks.
The governor’s order will be phased in over the next several months.
Cuomo says studies show the current tipping system mostly affects the bottom lines of women and minorities who have jobs that help keep the state’s economy moving forward.

Evening News Briefing

A snow squally warning has now expired for Wyoming County but periods of moderately heavy snow is expected for Genesee County.
Significant snow accumulations are not expected but intermittent bursts of snow could affect visibility.

A note to LeRoy motorists: The county highway department announced that North Road will be closed between Route 19 and Conlon Road this Thursday and Friday.
Construction crews will be installing a water main across the roadway.
North Road between Route 19 and Conlon Road will be closed to all traffic, including emergency vehicles, this Thursday and Friday.

Batavia Police call it a case of road rage.
48 year old Lisa Marie Fox of Broadway Road in Alexander was charged with menacing following an incident on Oak Street in Batavia.
Police say Lisa brandished what appeared to be a knife while engaged in a verbal fracas with another driver.
Lisa was issued a court appearance ticket.

Thousands of police officers will be patrolling in and around Times Square today as folks pack the area to ring in the New Year.
Police will use drones to keep a bird’s eye view on things.
There will be bomb sniffing dogs and heavily armed counter-terrorism teams.
The NYPD’s chief of counter-terrorism says Times Square is probably the safest place on Earth on New Year’s Eve.

Starting today, minimum wage employees in Upstate New York will start earning more money. The hourly wage is going from $11.10 an hour to $11.80.
There will also be a 70 cent increase to $12.50 an hour one year from now. The State Department of Labor is urging employees to call and report businesses that don’t follow the new minimum wage increase.

Morning News Briefing

An Alexander woman was arrested after a road rage incident in Batavia.
City Police took 48 year old Lisa Fox of Broadway Road Alexander into custody on Christmas Eve following a verbal altercation with another person in a road rage incident on Oak Street in Batavia.
Fox is accused of displaying an object in a way to have it appear as a knife during the altercation.
She was charged with Menacing and was released with an appearance ticket for City Court on January 14th.

A Batavia Man busted over twice the legal limit in Pavilion.
32 year old Victor Trejo of East Main Street in the City was stopped on Ellicott Street Road in Pavilion by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies for allegedly speeding earlier this month.
Trejo was allegedly driving while intoxicated and recorded a Blood Alcohol Content two times over the legal limit.
He was charged with DWI and speeding and issued an appearance ticket for January 14th in Pavilion Town Court.

City Police stop a Rochester woman with a list of traffic offenses.
51 year old Karen Scott of Rochester was stopped for speeding on Main Street in the city.
During the traffic stop Officers discovered Scott possessed a revoked non driver ID with 10 or more scoffs on 10 or more dates.
She was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and Speeding and is scheduled to appear on January 15th in City Court.

A Bank Street resident accused of imprisonment.
Batavia Police report the arrest 43 year old Randy Wilmet after investigation into an incident at a lower apartment at a Bank Street address last Thursday.
Wilmet was apprehended after he allegedly prevented an individual from leaving the residence.
He was charged with Unlawful Imprisonment and released on his own recognizance to appear in Batavia City Court January 16th.

East Main Street woman pinched for petit larceny in Batavia
Genesee County Sheriff’s responded at around 5 p.m. last night to a possible shoplifting incident on Veterans Memorial Drive.
They arrested 45 year old Michelle May of Batavia on counts of Petit Larceny, and Conspiracy.
She is expected to appear in Town of Batavia court next Monday.

Starting today, minimum wage employees in Upstate New York will start earning more money.
The hourly wage is going from $11.10 an hour to $11.80.
There will also be a 70 cent increase to $12.50 an hour one year from now.
The State Department of Labor is urging employees to call and report businesses that don’t follow the new minimum wage increase.

Governor Cuomo has revealed another issue he’d like to see the Legislature take on when lawmakers return to Albany next month.
He’s planning to ask them to pass a bill legalizing paid gestational surrogacy.
New York is one of three states that ban infertile and same sex couples from having someone carry their child in exchange for compensation.
The governor says it’s time for the state to update its antiquated laws to help people start families.

Evening News Briefing

Power has been restored to nearly all 2,200 customers of National Grid who had lost power earlier today in Genesee County.
Most of those affected lived in Stafford.
The outage also affected Genesee Community College and for a time threatened the Lions Club annual basketball Tournament.
Those games are back on. The championship round begins at 7 tonight.
We’ll have live coverage of the small and large school championship games tonight on WBTA.

Western New York drivers are handing over a bit more money at the pump. According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is $2.65. That’s up five cents from last week and is four cents higher than this time a month ago.

Governor Cuomo has ordered increased security in Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods statewide following a violent attack that injured five people. It happened Saturday night in Rockland County.
Police said a man went into a rabbi’s home with a machete and stabbed five people during a Hanukkah celebration.

Governor Cuomo wants state lawmakers to pass a bill that would only allow registered retailers to buy e-cigarettes online, by phone or mail. In a proposal released Sunday, Cuomo is also calling for a ban on all flavored vaping products including nicotine. Cuomo also wants a ban on vaping advertising that some argue is used to get the youth hooked. The governor is expected to detail the proposals at his state of the state address next month.

The Buffalo Bills will be heading into the playoffs on a two-game losing streak after dropping their regular season finale. Quarterback Josh Allen played briefly while other starters sat out entirely as the Bills lost 13 to six to the New York Jets at New Era Field yesterday. The Bills finished 10 and six on the season and will be the fifth seed in the AFC playoffs. That means they’ll be visiting the AFC South champion Houston Texans in the Wild Card round Saturday afternoon. Kickoff for that game is set for 4:35p.m.

NEW YORK FARM BUREAU NAMES 2019 “CIRCLE OF FRIENDS” IN STATE LEGISLATURE

Press Release:

Albany, NY – New York Farm Bureau has released its annual “Circle of Friends,” naming 77 New York State Legislators to the distinguished list. The award is an indication of the individual lawmaker’s support of New York agriculture and Farm Bureau.

The “Circle of Friends” honor is based upon each legislator’s voting record on issues of agricultural importance as well as other evidence of legislative support, including sponsorship of bills that New York Farm Bureau has either supported or opposed during the most recent legislative session.

“New York Farm Bureau recognizes these Senators and Assembly Members for their legislative work on agricultural issues that matter to our members. We appreciate their support of bills and budget items that benefit farm families, and we hope to continue this partnership in the 2020 legislative session. We aim to work together with all lawmakers to support local food production and address the needs of our rural communities,” said David Fisher, President of New York Farm Bureau.

The “Circle of Friends” is not an endorsement, and this distinction only recognizes the 2019 legislative session.

“Circle of Friends” recipients for 2019 are:

New York Senate:

Akshar, Fred(R)
Amedore, Jr., George A.(R)
Antonacci II, Robert E. (R)
Boyle, Philip M.(R)
Flanagan, John J.(R)
Funke, Rich(R)
Gallivan, Patrick M.(R)
Griffo, Joseph A.(R)
Helming, Pamela(R)
Jacobs, Chris(R)
Jordan, Daphne (R)
LaValle, Kenneth P.(R)
Lanza, Andrew J.(R)
Little, Elizabeth O’C.(R)
Metzger, Jen (D)
O’Mara, Thomas F.(R)
Ortt, Robert G.(R)
Ranzenhofer, Michael H.(R)
Ritchie, Patricia A.(R)
Robach, Joseph E.(R)
Serino, Susan J.(R)
Seward, James L.(R)
Tedisco, James(R)
New York Assembly:
Ashby, Jacob C.(R)
Barclay, William A.(R)
Blankenbush, Kenneth(R)
Brabenec, Karl(R)
Buttenschon, Marianne (D)
Byrne, Kevin(R)
Byrnes, Marjorie (R)
Crouch, Clifford W.(R)
DeStefano, Joseph R)
DiPietro, David J.(R)
Finch, Gary D.(R)
Fitzpatrick, Michael J.(R)
Friend, Christopher S.(R)
Garbarino, Andrew R.(R)
Giglio, Joseph M.(R)
Goodell, Andrew(R)
Hawley, Stephen M.(R)
Johns, Mark C.(R)
Jones, D. Billy(D)
Kolb, Brian M.(R)
Lalor, Kieran Michael(R)
Lawrence, Peter A.(R)
Lupardo, Donna A.(D)
Malliotakis, Nicole(R)
Manktelow, Brian (R)
McDonald, III, John T.(D)
McDonough, David G.(R)
McMahon, Karen (D)
Mikulin, John(R)
Miller, Brian(R)
Miller, Melissa(R)
Montesano, Michael A.(R)
Morinello, Angelo(R)
Norris, Michael(R)
Palmesano, Philip A.(R)
Palumbo, Anthony H.(R)
Ra, Edward P,(R)
Raia, Andrew P.(R)
Reilly, Michael (R)
Salka, John (R)
Santabarbara, Angelo L.(D)
Schimminger, Robin(D)
Schmitt, Colin (R)
Smith, Douglas(R)
Smullen, Robert (R)
Stec, Daniel G.(R)
Stern, Steve(D)
Stirpe, Jr., Albert A.(D)
Tague, Christopher(R)
Thiele, Jr., Fred W.(D)
Walczyk, Mark (F)(R)
Walsh, Mary Beth(R)
Williams, Jaime(D)
Woerner, Carrie(D)

HAWLEY ENCOURAGES COLLABORATION, PROGRESS IN 2020

Press Release:

“The end of 2019 does not represent a time of closure but rather a time for new hope, new opportunity and the fulfillment of long-standing aspirations. It is a symbolic time to set new goals, raise your standards and put failures and disappointment behind you. Although we must always look forward, it is important to reflect on what we have accomplished this year and all that we have to be thankful for. In doing so, we can evaluate what we have achieved and push ourselves even further professionally, personally and physically to even greater limits next year.

“The division in our state and our nation is troubling. Politics shouldn’t be a perpetual competition as much as it should be about listening, collaboration and compromise. New York has taken on a stark progressive character the last year under one-party leadership and although I disagree with many of the current policies, I will continue to extend the olive branch in 2020 and forge a bond with elected officials as fellow New Yorkers first, not Republicans or Democrats.

“Next year’s election cycle is sure to be contentious, but we will heal as a nation by always remembering to listen, respect and be kind to others.

“If you are out celebrating the New Year with family and friends and choose to consume alcohol, please do so responsibly and always take advantage of the great ride-sharing and taxi services we have locally. We need to all do our part this time of year to keep our drivers and passengers safe.

“On behalf of all the constituents of the 139th Assembly District and fellow New Yorkers alike, I wish everyone and their families a happy and safe New Year!”

Morning News Briefing

Batavia Police have arrested an East Main Street man for allegedly choking and unlawfully imprisoning a victim during a Christmas Day domestic disturbance.
Officers were called to responded to an East Main Street address at around 8 p.m. Christmas night were they took 61 year old Ernest Lane into custody on counts of Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, Unlawful Imprisonment, Aggravated Family Offense and Criminal Contempt.
He is accused of violating a stay away order of protection and having physical contact with the protected person including preventing them from leaving the apartment.
Lane was arraigned in Batavia City Court and is slated to appear at a later date.

Stafford woman pinched for a stolen credit card in Batavia.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 22 year old Stormy Watts of Main Road Stafford Friday evening on a count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property following investigation into an incident at the Wal-Mart in Batavia.
Watts allegedly tried to use a stolen credit card at the store on December 22nd.
She was released with an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on January 9th.

A Batavia man busted over twice the legal limit.
22 year old Zachary Knapp of East Ave in Batavia was arrested last Monday on a count of Aggravated DWI following a traffic stop on East Ave in the City.
Knapp allegedly had a flat tire and recorded a BAC over twice the legal limit.
He was released with an appearance ticket for January 15th in City Court.

The Buffalo Bills will be heading into the playoffs on a two-game losing streak after dropping their regular season finale.
Quarterback Josh Allen played briefly while other starters sat out entirely as the Bills lost 13 to six to the New York Jets at New Era Field yesterday.
The Bills finished 10 and six on the season and will be the fifth seed in the AFC playoffs.
That means they’ll be visiting the AFC South champion Houston Texans in the Wild Card round Saturday afternoon.
Kickoff for that game is set for 4:35 p.m.

Governor Cuomo has ordered increased security in Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods statewide following a violent attack that injured five people.
It happened Saturday night in the Rockland County community of Monsey when a man went into a rabbi’s home with a machete and stabbed five people during a Hanukkah celebration.
The suspect was taken into custody hours after the incident.
Governor Cuomo called the violence an act of domestic terrorism.

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES JANUARY OFFICE HOURS

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is holding his next round of office hours for Genesee and Monroe county residents starting January 10. The office hours will be attended by Hawley’s staff. The 139th Assembly District, represented by Hawley, includes all of Genesee County and portions of western Monroe County.

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

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

Assemblyman Steve Hawley
January Office Hours:

Monroe County:

Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Genesee County:

Genesee Community College
Conable Technology Building, Room T124
Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley Drive (1 College Road), Batavia
Friday, January 10, 2020
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Genesee Community College
Conable Technology Building, Room T124
Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley Drive (1 College Road), Batavia
Friday, January 24, 2020
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Weekend News Briefing

Genesee County deputies have arrested a man who was injured during a home invasion at a Clinton Street Road address in Stafford.
Investigators say 36 year old Charles Cooper was shot in the back by the homeowner when he broke into the man’s residence in November.
Cooper also had a pellet gun on him when he went into the Clinton Street Road home and asked the homeowner for money before allegedly threatening him.
Cooper who has been hospitalized since the incident was charged upon his release with counts of burglary and robbery with his next appearance in Stafford Town Court scheduled for January 7th.
He was arraigned and sent to the Genesee County Jail on $50,000 bail.

A Pembroke man arrested for menacing and harassment.
State Troopers based out of Batavia report the arrest of 27 year old David LeRoy following an incident the night of Christmas Eve at a Town of Pembroke address.
LeRoy was charged with a Class A Misdemeanor count of Menacing along with second degree harassment and was released on his own recognizance.

According to County Highway Superintendent Tim Hens construction of a major water main will restart on Monday, Dec. 30th along North Road in the Town of LeRoy.
The road will be closed and will only be accessible by local traffic and emergency vehicles during this time and major delays can be expected for several weeks.
Complete roadway shutdowns will occur and be communicated as blasting of bedrock and road crossings occur.
Officials suggest using alternate routes in the meantime.

The Buffalo Bills will look to build momentum for their upcoming playoff run in their final regular season contest.
They’re hosting the New York Jets at New Era Field in Orchard Park this weekend.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen will start, but there’s no word on just how long he’ll play.
Buffalo is currently locked into the fifth seed in the AFC playoffs, but their opponent hasn’t been determined yet.
Kickoff for Sunday’s contest is set for 1:00 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Kim Hill

Add another hat into the ring for the New York State Senate.
She is Democrat Kim Smith. She is running for the seat to be vacated by Republican State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer.
Smith has been with the Monroe County Health Department for 25 years.
She is the second Democrat to announce for the post.
Earlier this month businesswoman Joan Seamons announced her candidacy.
No Republicans have formally announced for the post.

Batavia’s bravest still looking for the cause of a Christmas Eve fire that heavily damaged a two-story home on Highland Park.
City firemen reached the scene quickly and found flames shooting out of the second floor. Everyone has safely escaped including a dog but two pet reptiles did not.
One fireman suffered a minor injury but remained on duty.

If you’re heading out today for some post-holiday shopping, experts have some simple things you should keep in mind.
First is don’t assume every sale is a good deal, meaning you should compare prices at several stores before making a purchase.
Also, most retailers have a shorter return window for items purchased after the busy shopping period, so make sure you know how long you have bring back something you buy.

Beginning the first of the year a lot of New Yorkers will be earning more money while on the job.
The minimum wage for Upstate New York will increase by 70 cents to $11.80 an hour.
Then in 2021, there will be a similar jump to $12.50 an hour

Morning News Briefing! State Police Identify Hit and Run Victim

A tractor-trailer rollover in Caledonia has led to the death of a Genesee County man.
The crash occurred on state Route 20 near Route 5.
55 year old Richard Ishmael of Bergen was pronounced dead at the scene Friday morning.
Deputies say Ishmaels’ rig left the roadway while making a turn and rolled over trapping him inside.

State Police have identified the victim of a deadly weekend hit-and-run in the Town of Niagara. Troopers say 22-year-old Maxim Vyazovoy was struck and killed on Lockport Road Saturday morning. Police have found the vehicle that hit him but are still trying to track down the driver. If you have any information, investigators want to hear from you.

Jeremy M. Fairbanks, 41, of Jackson Street, Batavia, is charged with second-degree strangulation. Fairbanks was arrested following an investigation into a domestic dispute that occurred at 10:15 a.m. on Dec. 13 on Jackson Street in Batavia. He was arraigned in Batavia City Court at 3:03 p.m. on Dec. 18 and jailed without bail.

Drivers hitting the road during this busy travel week will find steady gas prices in Western New York.
According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of gas is two-65.
That’s the same as it was last week and is a penny cheaper than a month ago.

The New York State Thruway Authority has announced a new way to help thousands of drivers in the Empire State. The Office of the Toll Payer Advocate will help customers who aren’t able to resolve toll problems using the Customer Service Center. Each office will also help make sure folks get fair and responsive treatment and recommend reforms to improve service. Thruway Authority customers who haven’t been able to resolve toll violations can fill out a form on the agency’s website to ask for help.

Governor Cuomo has signed off on a new law to eliminate the use of a potentially cancer-causing chemical. PFAS is commonly used in firefighting foam and is known to contaminate drinking water sources. In addition to cancer, PFAS has been linked to other serious health problems. Its use will also now be phased out at oil refineries, fuel storage and distribution facilities and chemical plants.

Morning News Briefing

Batavia Police have arrested one person in connection with a car theft from earlier this month. Back on December 7, a vehicle was allegedly stolen from the parking lot of a business on Liberty Street in the city.  After the investigation, Police arrested 57-year-old Edward Ruckdeschel of Liberty Street and charged him with second-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle and fourth-degree grand larceny.  He is being held without bail in the Genesee County Jail pending a court appearance.

Some residents receiving food stamps across New York State could be at risk of losing those benefits. It’s due to new federal rules demanding states enforce work requirements for folks who are considered able-bodied.  Previously, states could waive those requirements in areas where unemployment was high.  But now, unemployment will have to be at least six percent for that to happen. When the new regulations kick in next year, folks who are able to work, are single or don’t have children will have to either be employed or receive job training for at least 20 hours a week to receive their benefits.

On Friday, Durin Rogers was sworn in as the new full-time judge Batavia City Court and David Saleh was sworn in as the new part-time judge.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to unveil a proposal in his upcoming State of the State address that would save women money.   He’s planning to call for an end to the so-called ‘pink tax’ and ban businesses from charging more for items marketed towards women. On average, women pay seven cents more for things like razors, shampoo and health care products than men.  In a statement, the governor called the practice of basing prices on gender discriminatory and repugnant.

The Buffalo News is reporting that there is a push intensifying to bring trans-Atlantic flights to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The Buffalo News says airport officials and politicians are lobbying the state for money in order to make the flights a reality. They point to the fact that nearby airports, like Toronto’s Pearson Airport, are congested and that makes the Buffalo Airport a logical choice for trans-Atlantic flights. Airport officials will look to make their pitch to the state in January.

Drivers hitting the road during this busy travel week will find dropping gas prices.  According to AAA of Western and Central New York, the average cost for a gallon of gas in Batavia is $2.65 a gallon, and that’s a drop of 8 cents from a year ago.  The state average is $2.69, while nationally it’s $2.55. Triple-A expects 116 million people to be traveling for the holiday, the most in nearly 20 years.  That’s an increase of almost four-percent over last year.  Triple-A expects 104 million of those holiday travelers will drive to their destinations.

Senator Chuck Schumer is demanding a federal investigation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission into T.J. Maxx and its Marshall’s and HomeGoods brands.  Schumer said the stores sold recalled products including clothes, toys, and electronics. The products were already recalled between 2014 and 2019.  Most of the merchandise was highly hazardous, with dangers such as infant fatalities, fire, burning, and explosions, just to name a few.  He added that consumers deserve to be notified, refunded, and reassured that this will not happen again.

 

Morning News Briefing

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced that more than $761 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded through Round IX of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative. Since its inception in 2011, over $6.9 billion has been awarded to more than 8,300 projects that are projected to create and retain more than 240,000 jobs statewide through the REDC process.  Here’s more information on the local 2019 Regional Economic Development Council Awards, courtesy of The Batavian:

The local projects:

City of Batavia Advancing Batavia Opportunities The City of Batavia will advance the redevelopment of City Centre and Harvester Center BOA strategic sites within the Batavia Opportunity Area by undertaking pre-development activities including preliminary engineering and architectural studies, legal services, real estate services, zoning updates, and marketing. $193,500
City of Batavia Revitalize Downtown Batavia The City will assist in the renovation of mixed-use buildings in the City’s Business Improvement District. $300,000
Genesee County Genesee County 2040 Strategy Genesee County will prepare an update to its outdated 1997 Comprehensive to provide a new direction for the future of Genesee County with a focus on economic development and community revitalization. The plan will be action-oriented and community-driven with an emphasis on priority county- wide revitalization projects complemented by an implementation strategy and performance measurements. $40,000
Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council Seymour Place The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council will make needed renovations and upgrades to maintain the fundamental beauty of its historical building while bringing the functionality of the building into the 21st century. $72,500
Town of Byron Town of Byron Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements Study The Town of Byron will complete an engineering report to evaluate disinfection alternatives at its wastewater treatment plant. $30,000
Town of Pavilion Town of Pavilion Wastewater Treatment Plant Disinfection Study The Town of Pavilion will complete an engineering report to evaluate disinfection alternatives at its wastewater treatment plant. $30,000
Village of Corfu Village of Corfu Wastewater Treatment Plant Disinfection The Village of Corfu will install effluent disinfection at the village’s wastewater treatment plant. This project will improve water quality by reducing pathogens in the treatment plant’s discharge. $620,000
Village of Elba Village of Elba Wastewater Treatment Facility and Collection System Study The Village of Elba will complete an engineering report to evaluate disinfection alternatives at its wastewater treatment facility. The report will also include recommended actions to reduce the inflow and infiltration in the sanitary sewer collection system. $30,000
Village of LeRoy Village of LeRoy Sewer Inflow and Infiltration Study The Village of LeRoy will complete an engineering report that provides a detailed sanitary sewer collection system capital improvement plan based on investigations of inflow and infiltration in the system. $30,000

If you don’t have an E-Z Pass on your vehicle, you could be reaching deeper into your pocket to pay for tolls.  It’s part of a proposed plan by the state Thruway Authority that would go into effect in 2021.  If approved, drivers without an E-Z Pass would pay 30-percent more in tolls whether you live in New York State or not.  Drivers with an out-of-state E-Z Pass would see a 15-percent increase. Public hearings will be held before a final decision on toll increases is made.

Officials at Genesee Community College are delighted to introduce two new administrators, both coming to GCC after dynamic terms of service at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo. Vice President of Development and External Affairs Justin Johnston and Director of Student Engagement and Inclusion, Miguel Baique began their appointments on Dec. 3 and Nov. 20, respectively.

The House of Representatives approved legislation yesterday to repeal part of the 2017 Republican tax law. The law put a cap on how much state and local tax you were allowed to deduct on your taxes. The cap was $10 thousand dollars but this new bill would take away that cap. The bill is not expected to pass in the Senate.

Over 150 people will soon be out of work after the Rochester Board of Education approves layoffs.  Most of the cuts are set to affect teachers in the district.  Superintendent Terry Dade says staff reductions are necessary to help deal with a multi-million-dollar budget shortfall.  The original plan was for roughly 150 teachers to be let go, but grant money from the State Department of Education kept that from happening.

It looks like there’s no slowing down the spread of the flu across New York State.  The latest data from the Department of Health says there were over 3200 confirmed cases of the virus during the week ending December 14th.  That’s a 77- percent increase from the previous report.  Over 500 New Yorkers were also hospitalized due to complications from the virus.  Doctors continue to say getting vaccinated is the best way to keep you safe from the flu.

Batavia Downs experienced a record breaking season

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Although the final day of racing was canceled on Saturday (Dec. 14) due to bad weather conditions, the clubhouse that night was still sold out and the 400 or so patrons enjoyed Christmas music instead of race calls. But that was the norm at Batavia Downs in 2019; happy customers having fun at the races.

Indicators for every aspect of the racing product pointed toward positive territory and in several areas showed record breaking performances.

Betting-wise the on track handle was up 12.2%, driven by a 5% increase in attendance, the export signal was up 24% and Western Regional Off Track Betting (WROTB) revenue was up 5.3%. All tolled, wagering from all sources was up a combined 19.9% and provided the highest total handle at the track and the top three highest single night handles since WROTB reopened the Downs in 2002.

The total handle was also $1.4 million higher than last year and all of this was accomplished with three fewer race days on the schedule.

“Our customers came out in force, both live and at simulcast to support us all year and we couldn’t be more grateful to them,” said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing at Batavia Downs. “We gave them some of the best racing in the state this year and they validated it by betting us the whole season.”

There were several reasons for the increases and they were all primarily driven by the eight legs of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) culminating in the $1.8 million Night of Champions (NOC) finals in September. Along with the highest overnight purses ever offered at the track, Batavia Downs dolled out over $8.1 million in total purses this year and that drew top horses and horsemen from across North America all year, providing great betting opportunities for the customers.

The Downs also took full advantage of the Strategic Wagering Pool sponsored by the United States Trotting Association (USTA) and offered enhanced funds for exotic wagers that also provided free program pages for half the card on those nights. Aside from the NYSS NOC which was the highest handle in the tracks history under WROTB ownership, the track saw its highest total nightly handles on cards where the Strategic Wagering Pools were offered.

“We had 14 Strategic Wagering opportunities during the course of the season and every one paid off. Many thanks to USTA Director Chris Schick and Social Media Director Michael Carter for their assistance with these wagers,” said Haight.

Two other factors for the increase include the simulcast department doing a great job marketing the live signal from Batavia and picking up many new customers this year which drove the export numbers and the track’s group sales department who brought in 31% more parties and events to the clubhouse than ever before and enhanced the live handle.

“A lot of the people we see during live racing were introduced to the sport by attending our live concert series over the summer. They actually walk across the track and ask questions about horse racing and then come back when the meet starts to see it,“ said Haight. “It’s really been a good selling point for us and we’ve made many new customers as a result.”

On the track, Billy Davis Jr. won his first driving title at Batavia Downs in 2019 by averaging two wins a night for the entire meet. His 131 wins, 102 seconds and 83 thirds out of 629 starts earned him a Universal Driver Rating (UDR) of .342 for the meet and $861,336 in purses.

Jim Morrill Jr. was second with 79 wins, 56 seconds and 37 thirds with $921,527 in earnings and Dave McNeight III was third with 78 wins, 61 seconds and 70 thirds with $543,064 in purses.

On the training side, Jim Clouser Jr. also won his first Batavia Downs training title after scoring 51 wins, 29 seconds and 39 thirds out of 219 starts for a UTR of .366 and $361,413 in earnings. His stable members finished in the money 54% of the time.

Finishing second in the trainer race was Maria Rice who scored 43 wins, 31 seconds and 21 thirds out of 190 starts and earned $358,234 in purses with the legendary Gerry Sarama finishing third while making 246 starts with 32 wins, 40 seconds and 32 thirds with $256,619 in earnings.

Live racing returns to the oldest lighted harness racing track in America on July 22, 2020 pending approval from the New York State Gaming Commission.

LeRoy Central School Wins Genesee Community College’s 2019 Play to Get Fit Challenge!

L to R: Leroy Central School Physical Education (PE) Teacher Michelle Sherman, GCC Director of Health and PE Rebecca Dziekan, Leroy Central School Physical Education (PE) Teachers Brian Herdlein and Mike Humphrey, (in front) 1st Lyla Jones; 2nd Jacob Kochmanski; (missing from the photo) 3rd Abigail Valdes

Press Release:

LeRoy Central School has won the 2019 Play to Get Fit Challenge hosted by the Health and Physical Education department at Genesee Community College!

The Get Fit Challenge effort began in 2011 to motivate third, fourth and fifth graders in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties to get more active. The Challenge is designed to draw students’ attention to just how many minutes they spend engaged in physical activity outside of school. Throughout the five-week program, participating students record their active minutes – time spent walking, biking, running, skating, swimming, playing a sport, playing tag, playing on a swing set and other active, creative games. (Video games designed for fitness utilizing Wii, Xbox Kinect or other similar gaming systems are not active minutes eligible.) Recorded minutes are then totaled and an average active minute count is calculated based on the number of students enrolled in third, fourth and fifth grades in each school.

This year, LeRoy Central School generated an impressive 2,831 average active minutes – beating even their winning count from 2018. The school was awarded the 2019 winning plaque and each student received a certificate recognizing their participation and effort.

In each participating school district the program also recognizes the three most active students:

• LeRoy – 1st Lyla Jones; 2nd Jacob Kochmanski; 3rd Abigail Valdes
• Batavia – 1st Ryan Bigsby, 2nd Jonah Arroyo; 3rd Dominic Darch
• Warsaw – 1st Delaney Baker; 2nd Kinsley Baker; 3rd Jaiden Fries
• York – 1st Briana Parsons; 2nd Brody Pangrazio; 3rd Charlie Cuozzo
• Pavilion – 1st Ella Brian; 2nd Peyton Gay and Colton Brian; 3rd Jessie Brian
• Perry – 1st Reagan Moroz; 2nd Aubrey McCowen; 3rd Tysen Deaton

The three most active participants (based on total minutes recorded) in the region this year were:

• Ryan Bigsby of Batavia with 11,122 minutes
• Reagan Moroz of Perry with 8,620 minutes
• Aubrey McCowen of Perry with 5,540 minutes

“The Play to Get Fit Challenge encourages kids to lead an active lifestyle in a way they can see and understand,” said Becky Dziekan, GCC’s director of Health and Physical Education. “Each year, the participating school districts see proof that the program works! Congratulations to LeRoy and all of the students who worked hard to be active and enjoy the program.”

The Health and Physical Education program at Genesee Community College offers several areas of study related to health, fitness and coaching. The Sports Management Studies transfer degree programs or Associate of Science (A.S.) includes foundations in sports facility management, accounting, marketing and more. The Fitness and Recreation Management Applied Associate of Science degree (A.A.S.) offers a Personal Trainer concentration and the opportunity to earn the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) credential through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a certified personal trainer. In addition, GCC offers an A.A.S in Physical Education Studies in which students have the opportunity to earn a coaching certificate for NYS non-Certified Physical Education Teachers.

The spring semester starts January 13, 2019, so there is still time to register! GCC has more than 80 introductory courses available, including Beginning Personal Fitness (PED259) which teaches basic fitness training and conditioning techniques to help anyone make active choices. The full spring semester course schedule is available at https://www.genesee.edu/courses/schedule/.

For more information, contact Becky Dziekan, GCC’s director of Health and Physical Education at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6424, or via email: rldziekan@genesee.edu.

L to R: (front row) Amanda Cook, 2nd Jonah Arroyo; 1st Ryan Bigsby, 3rd Dominic Darch; (back row) James Patric, GCC Director of Health and PE Rebecca Dziekan

L to R: Principal Maura Gilsinan, GCC Director of Health and PE Rebecca Dziekan, 2nd Aubrey McCowen; 1st Reagan Moroz; 3rd Tysen Deaton, Perry Central School Physical Education (PE) Teacher Rodney Allen

Raising Awareness of Hepatitis C Testing this Holiday Season

Tammi Bale of “Just Socks, Ma” Campaign

Press Release:

There is currently no vaccine available to prevent Hepatitis C, but early diagnosis of Hepatitis C is important as it can prevent serious liver problems. Approximately 3.2 million people in the U.S. have chronic Hepatitis C, but most do not know that they are infected. This is exactly why testing is so important!

Hepatitis C is primarily spread through contact with blood from an infected person, even in amounts too small to see. People with Hepatitis C often have no symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they can be a sign of advanced liver disease (such as cirrhosis or scarring of the liver). “Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver cancer and the leading cause of liver transplants,” stated Deputy Director, Brenden Bedard, of Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. New treatments for Hepatitis C are available and more are in development. Today, chronic Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) is usually curable with oral medications taken every day for two to six months. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, “The homeless population is disproportionately impacted by HCV infection, with an estimated prevalence of 22% to 53% percent.” (Dan, 2018).

Hepatitis C Testing is recommended if you,

o Were born from 1945 through 1965
o Injected drugs
o Received donated blood or organs before 1992
o Have been exposed to blood on the job through a needle stick injury with a sharp object
o Have medical conditions, such as chronic liver disease or HIV/AIDS

To increase awareness about Hepatitis C, the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments are donating socks to Tammi Bale who operates the “Just Socks, Ma” Campaign, collecting socks to donate to those in need in memory of her son Robert Bale who passed away of a drug overdose in 2016. “These socks read #NYCuresHepC and is a reminder to get tested and that a cure is available to those who need it. It’s a small way to give back to the community this holiday season and increase a valuable message,” said Bedard.

“Not one more is needed,” stated Bale, referring to deaths caused by overdoses and hepatitis C. “This is my third year collecting socks and donating them to the homeless in memory of Robert. I wasn’t able to help him because I didn’t know anything was wrong (substance use disorder). He had a good job, was working 50 hours a week and had just gotten a raise. No one knew his secret, not even his roommate. It’s good to try to find out what is happening in your child’s life so this doesn’t happen. This campaign makes me happy and hopefully make Robert proud.” Tammi is also giving back by operating a Facebook group named “Angel Mothers Unite” providing uplifting messages to those who need it.

Morning News Briefing

Donald Trump has now become the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.
Two articles of impeachment were approved after a day-long debate in the Democratic-led House.
One article covers abuse of power, and the other involves obstruction of Congress.
Both votes fell primarily along party lines.
New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are sharing their thoughts on the impeachment.
Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader, called Trump’s impeachment a solemn and serious moment for our country.
Senator Gillibrand called the facts laid out by the House disturbing and said it’s up to the Senate to try the president for these alleged crimes.
Two-thirds of that chamber would have to vote to convict the president in order to remove him from office.
A trial in the U.S. Senate could begin as early as next month.

Batavia Police bust a LeRoy man for shoplifting in the city.
City Police apprehended 23 year old Kyle Schroeder of Telephone Road LeRoy following report earlier this month of a shoplifting incident at a business housed in the Plaza at 412 East Main Street in Batavia.
Schroeder allegedly took an item out of its packaging and placed the empty package back on the shelf as he attempted to make his way out of the store with the concealed item.
He is facing a count of Petit Larceny and was issued an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court at a later date.

A Bank Street man busted for Harassment.
Batavia Police arrested 39 year old Jose Fuentes late last Friday night after receiving a complaint from a Bank Street residence.
Fuentes was charged with Harassment in the 2nd and given an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court on Christmas Eve.

Governor Cuomo is continuing to roll out the initiatives he’ll be talking about in his upcoming State of the State address.
Yesterday, the governor announced a three-part proposal to cut the cost of prescription drugs in the Empire State.
He wants to see legislation passed that would limit co-payments for insulin and start a mandatory investigation into rising drug prices.
Cuomo is set to give his State of the State on January 8th.

The Buffalo Sabres will look to snap their two-game losing streak tonight in the City of Brotherly Love.
They’ll be taking on the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.
Sabres captain Jack Eichel has been red hot as of late, scoring a point in his last 17 games.
Faceoff for tonight’s contest is set for 7 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Anibal Soler, Jr. has been named by the Batavia City School District’s Board of Education as the district’s next Superintendent.
Since 2018 Soler, Jr. has been employed as the Associate Superintendent of Strategic Alignment and Innovation for the Buffalo Public Schools, New York State’s second largest school district.
He began teaching in 2000 as an art teacher at Thomas Middle School in the Rochester City School District before becoming Principal of East High School, also in the Rochester City School District and then Principal of North Park Academy, in the Buffalo Public School District.
Soler Jr. begins his new position in Batavia on January 20th.

Plush Dozier

New charges facing Batavia man accused Attempted Murder and Arson.
Plush Dozier who is jailed without bail awaiting trial on counts of Arson and Attempted Murder is now facing new charges from his alleged behavior while in custody since his arrest in in the summer of 2018.
Dozier was initially arrested back in June of 2018 after allegedly setting fire to a Maple Street address intending to kill his girlfriend.
He has recently been indicted on counts of Criminal Mischief in both the second and third degrees.
He is accused of kicking out a plate of glass in a holding cell at the Genesee County Jail in August of last year, which caused more than $5,000 damage then causing more than $250 of damage to a Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle later that month.
Dozier continues to be held without bail.

Bergen robbery suspect in custody after allegedly assaulting officers and pouring gasoline on them.
31 year old Elon Seeger, of Bergen has been charged with counts of Robbery by Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies, as well as Assault, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and Resisting Arrest by Gates Police.
According to lawmen he stole a vehicle in Bergen on December 15 during a domestic incident.
Seeger allegedly drove the stolen vehicle at Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies that same day, then robbed a Kwik Fill on Buffalo Road in Chili and successfully fled from lawmen in Scottsville later that night.
The following day Seeger allegedly robbed a Speedway on Chili Avenue and as Police approached attempting to take him into custody he is allegedly assaulted the two officers and poured gasoline on them.
He was committed to the Monroe County Jail with his next court appearance scheduled to appear for December 20th.

The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement alerting of a band of lake effect snow producing up to an inch of snow per hour that is moving across the region from Niagara and Orleans Counties this morning.
The band is expected to maintain its current intensity while dropping southward through 8 am, bringing greatly reduced visibilities and very poor driving conditions to the area during the morning commute.
Forecasters say to be prepared for greatly reduced visibilities and snow covered roads.
Slow down and allow extra time when traveling.

Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel tallied a point for a 17th straight game, but it wasn’t enough to push his team past the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Eichel, Rasmus Dahlin and Kyle Okposo each had goals for Buffalo as they lost 5 to 3 last night on the road.
The Sabres have now lost 2 straight and sit 10 points behind the Boston Bruins for first place in the NHL’s Atlantic Division.
Buffalo will be back in action Thursday when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers.

Cold Case Tuesday: Florida woman found dead in Orleans County

Shari Lynne Ball

Press Release:

Cold Case Tuesday: New York State Police in Batavia continue to investigate the 1983 homicide of a Florida woman found in Orleans County.

On October 29, 1983, a body was found by a hunter off of State Route 63 in the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, in the town of Shelby, Orleans County. The victim was found several feet off the shoulder of the roadway, in a severely decomposed state, and is believed to have been there for several months.

In 1984, the Center of Human Identification was used by the New York State Police to make a facial reconstruction from the remains (pictured). This was done to make a facial render to give the public a possible identity to compare and also render sketches.

In October of 2013, the body was exhumed and DNA testing was done. The victim was identified as Shari L. Ball.

Shari Lynne Ball was reported missing by her family in June of 1983 to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. She had told her family that she was going to New York State with an unknown friend to pursue a modeling career.

At the time of her disappearance, Ball was living in Boca Raton, Florida, was a 20 year old white female, 5’ 4”, 100 pounds, with hazel eyes and blonde hair. Shari Lynne was also known to use the last name of Timmerman.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Batavia by calling 585-344-6200. Please refer to SJS # 3032334.

Morning News Briefing

37 year old Dustin Wayne Bogue, a homeless man with ties to Batavia was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison after accepting a plea agreement for robbing the Speedway on West Main Street in Batavia.
Bogue pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery after additionally being charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property from the September robbery.
The maximum sentence Bogue faced was 15 years with a minimum of 10 years under terms of a previous plea agreement.
District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said Judge Charles Zambito decided to split in half the maximum statutory time of 25 years, which is how he arrived at 12 and a half years

An East Main Street woman jailed for beating up her live-in boyfriend.
23 year old Katty Jackson of Batavia is facing charges of Harassment, Strangulation, Unlawful Imprisonment and Criminal Mischief following investigation into a domestic incident that allegedly occurred earlier this month.
Jackson was subsequently arraigned in City Court and remanded to jail to appear in Batavia City Court at a later date.

A Rochester man busted for driving over twice the legal limit after crashing in Bergen.
26 year old Thomas Noce of Rochester was arrested following investigation into motor vehicle accident on Clinton Street Road in Bergen late last night.
Noce was charged with Aggravated DWI for recording a Blood Alcohol Content over twice the legal limit, Reckless Driving, failing to stop at a stop sign and Operating a Motor Vehicle while using a portable electronic device.
He was ultimately released with an appearance ticket for January 8th in Bergen Town Court.

Martins and Salvania’s Restaurants will not be serving customers in the New Year.
Both businesses made recent announcements that they are closing with the doors of Martin’s Restaurant already shuttered and Salvania’s to close at the end of 2019.
Laura Salvania says she is closing after 38 years on Jackson Street, however she is not ready to hang up the spatula quite yet as she is considering starting a small catering business out of her home.
Those holding gift certificates for Salvania’s are encouraged to use them as soon as possible, before they become nonredeemable at end of the year.

A new report says Congress has set aside money for the International Joint Commission to review a controversial flood prevention plan.
Many believe Plan 2014 has actually led to more flooding along the shoreline of Lake Ontario in recent years.
The Buffalo News reports over a million dollars in federal funding has been set aside to help the IJC revise and study the plan.
Right now, water levels in the lake are 17 inches higher than the long-term monthly average for December, which is causing concerns about severe flooding in the spring.
The IJC says it’ll start reviewing Plan 2014 once the agency receives the government’s money.

Morning News Briefing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the 1st proposal of his 2020 State of the State agenda.
He proposed preventing individuals from receiving New York State gun licenses if they commit a crime in another state that is similar to a crime that would disqualify them from owning a gun in New York.
State law currently prohibits individuals from obtaining a gun license if they commit certain New York misdemeanors that are deemed “serious offenses.” like domestic violence or forcible touching. However, the law does not prohibit individuals from obtaining a New York gun license after committing comparable misdemeanors in another state.
The Governor proposes amending the New York Penal Law to prevent such individuals from obtaining a gun license in New York.

DWI arrests reported during the start of Holiday STOP-DWI crackdown.
As one of the busiest travel times of the year is underway so is a special enforcement effort by State, County and local law enforcement across New York to crackdown on drunk and distracted driving through New Year’s Day.
In Genesee County, Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested three people for drunk driving over the first weekend of the detail.
54 year old Linda Doucette of Brockport, 57 year old Matthew Vandyne of Canandaigua, and 20 year old Baillie Schwab of Attica were all arrested and charged with DWI and various other counts over the weekend.

A new law now in effect in New York is continuing to stir controversy especially with County Clerks in the State.
The so-called “green light” legislation allows undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses.
All they need is a combination of documents proving their name, date of birth and New York State residency.
The law, passed earlier this year, has been challenged in court by opponents who claim it puts county clerks at odds with federal immigration law.
Supporters say the legislation will increase driving safety, allow undocumented immigrants to get to work and medical appointments and also create revenue for the state.

For the second time in the last three seasons, the Buffalo Bills are heading to the playoffs.
Jordan Poyer and Levi Wallace each picked off Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Delvin Hodges in the end zone late in the fourth quarter in Buffalo’s 17 to 10 road win on Sunday Night Football.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw for 117 yards and a touchdown and also had a rushing TD in the victory.
The Bills are now 10 and four on the season and have reached double-digit wins for the first time since 1999.
Up next is a Saturday afternoon showdown with the AFC East leading New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

Weekend News Briefing

33 year old Edward Simmons of Applegate Drive in Medina was taken into custody following investigation into a burglary in the Town of Oakfield.
Simmons is accused of breaking into an East Shelby Road residence in Oakfield in September and stealing a 22-caliber Remington rifle and over a $1,000 worth of property.
He was arrested on December 9th and arraigned in Oakfield Town Court on two counts of Grand Larceny and a count of Burglary.
Simmons was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court on January 6th.

Genesee County Clerk in majority of State County Clerks calling for delay on ‘Green Light Law’.
Twenty-seven County Clerks in New York State with DMV responsibilities, including Genesee County Clerk Michael Cianfrini, have called on Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYS DMV Commissioner Mark Schroeder to halt implementation of the Driver License Access & Privacy Act immediately for the safety and security of all New Yorkers.
County clerks agree that the State DMV failed to provide regulations that would ensure the integrity of the identification process for Standard Driver License applicants.
The group says they have been provided no standard to prevent someone who has a Social Security number from signing the affidavit form (NSS-1) claiming they’ve never been issued one, enabling people to conceal their true identities.
After citing other issues with the process the group called for the implementation of the so-called ‘Green Light Law’ to be delayed until October 1st when the federal REAL ID Act goes into effect, which increases security standards for certain state-issued driver licenses and identity documents.

Local law enforcement is taking part in a Statewide special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving over the Holiday season.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia and Village of LeRoy Police Departments will be out in force for the rest of the month as part of the statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts that began on December 11th and will end on January 1st.

The Genesee County Highway Department announced that Bloomingdale Road in the Town of Alabama was reopened to all traffic Friday morning.
The department announced on November 1st that Bloomingdale Road between Wright Road and Tensow Road in the Town of Alabama would be closed through approximately December 6th.

The Buffalo Bills hit the road this weekend for a game that will likely have major playoff implications.
They’re visiting Heinz Field to battle the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football.
Right now, the Bills hold the fifth seed in the AFC while the Steelers are right behind them in sixth.
Should Buffalo win, they’d clinch a spot in the postseason.
Kickoff for Sunday night’s contest is set for 8:20 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

A local law was adopted Thursday by the Genesee County Legislature that set the salaries for seven officer positions for next year.
Legislators voted in favor of Local Law No. 3 of 2019 that established salaries for the elected or appointed positions for a fixed term.
Salaries for Commissioner of Elections Lori Longhany and Richard Siebert is set at $49,037; Highway Superintendent Tim Hens will be paid $113,421; Director of Real Property Tax Services Kevin Andrews salary is $65,410; Director of Human Resources Anita Cleveland will be receiving $78,676; Sheriff William Sheron is being paid $106,518; Treasurer Scott German, $99,393; and the Commissioner of Social Services David Rumsey will be compensated $87,999.
The local law and new payment structure takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

A Corfu man arrested over twice the legal limit following a crash in the Village.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a motor vehicle accident on West Main Street in Corfu Last night just after 7:30 p.m.
Deputies took 38 year old Brandon Rindell of West Main Street into custody for Aggravated DWI with a Blood Alcohol Content of .18 % or higher and DWI.
Rindell was given appearance tickets for Corfu Village Court on Monday.

State health officials have voted to extend the ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.
The regulations, set to expire Sunday, will now be place for another 90 days.
Enforcement of the ban was supposed to start in October but is still being challenged in court by the vaping industry.
Supporters say they hope lawmakers will vote to put a permanent ban in place when the Legislature returns in January.
Opponents say such a move could force vape shops to close and push people back towards using traditional cigarettes.

A new report shows the number of flu cases is surging statewide.
The Department of Health says there were over 18-hundred new cases of the virus reported during the week ending December 7th.
That’s a 60 percent jump from the week before and brings the total number of confirmed cases statewide to nearly five-thousand for the season.
Doctors say if you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, you need to do it immediately.

Local law enforcement is taking part in a Statewide special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving over the Holiday season.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia and Village of LeRoy Police Departments will be out in force for the rest of the month as part of the statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts that began on December 11th and will end on January 1st.

The Buffalo Bills hit the road this weekend for a game that will likely have major playoff implications.
They’re visiting Heinz Field to battle the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football.
Right now, the Bills hold the fifth seed in the AFC while the Steelers are right behind them in sixth.
Should Buffalo win, they’d clinch a spot in the postseason.
Kickoff for Sunday night’s contest is set for 8:20 p.m.

The Buffalo Sabres are on a three-game winning streak, and they have their captain to thank for it.
Jack Eichel scored twice last night as the Sabres beat the Nashville Predators four to three at KeyBank Center.
Victor Olofsson and Jimmy Vesey also added goals as Buffalo moved within eight points of first place in the NHL’s Atlantic Division.
The Sabres will be back in action tomorrow afternoon when they visit the New York Islanders.

GCC Athletics Update: Mickey Signs with Genesee Women’s Soccer

Kelly Mickey (center) signs her Letter of Intent with Genesee Women’s Soccer

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee Community College Women’s Soccer program just signed their fourth recruit of the year on December 2nd, Kelly Mickey. Cougars Head Coach Jeff Reyngoudt traveled to Elba Central School to sign Mickey. Kelly is a 5’2” spit fire forward and a 4-year varsity starter for the Oakfield-Alabama/Elba girls’ soccer team. She is a two-time Genesee Region All-Star and appeared in the Exceptional Senior Game this past fall. Kelly has 35 career goals and 20 career assists. She will be majoring in General Studies and plans to become a Dental Hygienist in the future.

Kelly was recommended to our coaching staff by Genesee Women’s Soccer Player Alumni, Breyanna Crawford, who played here in 2015 and 2016. Brey is now the assistant girls’ soccer coach at Oakfield-Alabama/Elba and had only positive things to say about Mickey. She had compared Kelly to another GCC Alumnus, Shawna Adams. Adams played at Genesee from 2014-2015 and was on the team that appeared in the NJCAA Division III Women’s Soccer National Championships. Shawna was the leading scorer in her two years and is the team record holder for career goals (47).

Macy Reyngoudt, assistant women’s soccer coach, had watched Kelly play in their first round of sectionals and was blown away by her tenacity and strength to carry her team. “This kid has a lot of heart and that’s exactly what we’re looking for right now”, stated Macy.

Jeff and Macy will be signing more players in the coming months. They are excited about next year’s incoming class and also expect a lot from their returning freshmen class. If you are interested in trying out for next year’s 2020 Genesee Cougars, please email Jeff Reyngoudt at jcreyngoudt@genesee.edu

The 2019 Genesee women’s soccer program finished the season with a record of 10-7 and made it to the NJCAA Region III final four.

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

Press Release:

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

While we spend this Holiday Season celebrating with friends and family and looking forward to the blessings of a New Year the law enforcement community across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on December 11th and will end on January 1st. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

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

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

The STOP-DWI Holiday Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI NY and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign also targets the 4th of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Super Bowl weekend and St. Patrick’s Day.

You can help to make a difference by ‘Having a Sober Plan’! Download our mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning. We wish you and your family and friends a very safe and Happy Holiday season!

GCC Athletics Update: Mercado Signs with Genesee Women’s Soccer

Jasmine Mercado (center) with Genesee Head Coach Jeff Reyngoudt (left) and Ashley Hearn (right) after Mercado signed her Letter of Intent

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee Community College women’s soccer team signed another recruit for the incoming 2020-2021 season as Jasmine Mercado signed her Letter of Intent. Head Coach, Jeff Reyngoudt, traveled to Keshequa Central School to sign forward, Jasmine Mercado. Jasmine is a 5’2” go-getter and a three-year varsity athlete for Keshequa girls’ soccer team. Jasmine is the fifth recruit to sign with Genesee this off-season.

She was awarded Livingston County All-Star and appeared in the Exceptional Senior Game this past fall. She was also captain of her team during her senior season. Jasmine has 20 career goals, 7 career assists, and also runs track at her high school.

Jeff had watched Mercado play when her high school team competed against Albion High School at Genesee’s soccer facilities. Not only was he impressed by her style of play, but some of Genesee’s current women’s soccer players were present at the game and were also excited about her abilities. “She’s incredibly feisty, quick, and always fights to get the ball back. That is the style of play that we plan on recruiting for the 2020 season”, said Head Coach, Jeff Reyngoudt.

Jeff and assistant coach, Macy Reyngoudt, are still in the process of recruiting for their 2020 team and have some more signings coming up. They are excited about next year’s incoming class and also expect a lot from their returning freshmen class. If you are interested in trying out for next year’s 2020 Genesee Cougars, please email Jeff Reyngoudt at jcreyngoudt@genesee.edu

Morning News Briefing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo is going to be facing a legal battle with New York State Republicans who have fled a lawsuit for his failing to call for a special election in the 27th Congressional District.
The governor is apparently violating the constitutional and civil rights of voters in the district according to claims by GOP officials.
Cuomo has said on multiple occasions that he was looking to hold the special election on April 28th when New York holds its presidential primary.
Republicans say their candidate would be at a disadvantage if Cuomo picked that date as there will likely be a lot of registered Democrats at the polls that day.
The congressional seat has remained open since Chris Collins stepped down after pleading guilty to federal insider trading charges.
There has been no comment from the governor’s office regarding the lawsuit.

Robert Bausch the Genesee County Legislature Chairman is heading into retirement from County Government.
He was surrounded by colleagues and friends to celebrate his retirement during a reception in his honor yesterday afternoon at the Old Courthouse.
Bausch said he was proud of how well the legislature works together and what they have accomplished during his tenure…

He added that getting the new county jail project financing in place is another one of the legislature’s major accomplishments.
Bausch is stepping down after 10 years as a legislator, including the past two as the board chair.
The District 2 representative also has chaired the Ways & Means Committee for the past six years.

State health officials are expected to make a renewed push today to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.
An emergency ban was put in place back in September but was challenged in court by the Vapor Technology Association and two affiliates, preventing it from being enforced.
Today’s meeting of the state Department of Health’s Public Health and Health Planning Council will call for the renewal of the emergency regulations and there will be discussion about adopting permanent rules.
Those guidelines would add menthol to the list of banned flavors and make clear the ban only applies to the sale of e-cigarettes by retailers.

Republican State Senator Joseph Robach says he won’t run for re-election in 2020.
Robach represents the 56th State Senate district that covers several Monroe County communities as well as part of Rochester.
Robach has spent nearly three decades representing the area and currently holds the Assistant Minority Whip position.
Robach says he’s leaving office because Democrats, who have the majority in the Senate, have made it difficult to pass any significant reforms that affect people living upstate.

The Buffalo Sabres are turning back the clock tonight for their game against the Nashville Predators.
Crews have been hard at work transforming KeyBank Center for ’80s night.
T-shirts have been placed on each seat to help recreate the look of Memorial Auditorium where the team used to play.
The Sabres will be honoring alumni from the ’80s and also use special music and graphics during the game.
Faceoff for tonight’s contest is set for 7:00 p.m.

Give the Gift of Theatre with Tickets to GCC’s Spring Season

 

Joe Beard

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY (12/11/2019) More and more, the traditional ribbon-and-bow-wrapped gifts are being replaced by the gift of shared experiences – such as tickets to events. Hence, the Genesee Center for the Arts located at Genesee Community College has announced its spring season line-up in time for the holidays. Spring 2020 brings a playbill fit to entertain everyone.

Excited to begin the season, GCC’s student performers, the Forum Players, will perform Doubt: A Parable, written by John Patrick Shanley, which won both a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award in 2005. This performance is a brilliant and powerful drama which tells the story of Bronx school principal Sister Aloysius, who takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with a male student. Shanley not only wrote the play, but he also wrote the screenplay and directed it as a film starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman. GCC’s talented Forum Players will also bring this parable to life with four live performances, directed by Maryanne Arena and Jaime Arena, which are intended for mature audiences.

• Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.
• Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22, 2020, both at 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 2 p.m.

On Friday, March 27, 2020 at 7:30 p.m., the Stuart Steiner Theatre will host singer-guitarist Steve Grills and the Roadmasters. Originally from Rochester, N.Y., Grills’ music is deeply rooted in the blues tradition. He draws inspiration from the giants of blues guitar, such as Freddie King, Earl Hooker, Magic Sam and Albert Collins, among many others. As a special addition to the evening, fellow Rochester guitarist Joe Beard, originally from Ashland, Mississippi, will join the Roadmasters as an opening act. Beard has played many major festivals in the U.S. and Europe and was inducted into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame in 2017. He has released four albums to great critical acclaim.

Then, in May, the Forum Players return with a Children’s Theatre production of Jack, written by Mike Kenny. Kenny’s version of Jack and the Beanstalk, directed by Norm Gayford and Rob Reiss, adds a wonderfully creative and contemporary twist to the classic storyline. The production will open with Jack in a dinner pot awaiting his fate as the main course for the hungry giant. As Jack recounts how he found himself on the giant’s dinner menu, he talks his way out of the soup pot with a fun, humorous outburst that keeps audiences laughing and begging for more.

Take a magical journey up a beanstalk into an unknown world above the clouds and back again. This is perfect family fun for all generations.

• Friday, May 1, 2020 at 7 p.m.
• Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
• Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 2 p.m.

Tickets for shows at GCC’s Stuart Steiner Theatre are $8 for adults, $6 for alumni (with ID) and $5 for seniors (55+), students (16+) and GCC faculty/ staff. GCC students with ID and children under 16 are $3. To reserve seats, contact the GCC box office at boxoffice@genesee.edu or (585) 345-6814.

Morning News Briefing

The Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task force executed a search warrant on a South Ave address that resulted in the arrest of three Medina residents on drug and weapons charges.
Police seized over an ounce of crack cocaine packaged for sale, cash, a loaded semi-auto handgun, a stungun, synthetic marijuana and various drug packaging materials in the search.
Police took 40 year old Brandon Askew and 48 year old Lisa Mailman both into custody at the residence and 30 year old Mathew Parker, was apprehended later at a separate location.
Askew is facing Class B Felony counts of Criminal Sale and Possession of a Controlled Substance, all along with a count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon.
Mailman was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and, Parker was charged with two counts each of Criminal Sale and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Askew was ordered to be held in lieu of 100-thousand dollars bail, while Mailman was held on 20-thousand dollars.
Due to his criminal history, Parker was jailed without bail and all three are due back in Shelby Town Court on Friday.
Investigation is on-going according to lawmen with further charges and arrests pending.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for today.
It’s in effect now until 7 tonight and covers all of Genesee County and Northern Erie County.
The weather service predicts lake effect and blowing snow with accumulations of 3 to 5 inches.
Winds may gust up to 40 miles per hour.

A Penfield woman busted with drugs and drunk driving in Batavia.
36 year old Mellanie Golamb was stopped by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies on Stephen Hawley Drive in Batavia following a call to emergency dispatchers reporting an erratic driver.
Golamb was subject to a series of field sobriety tests and was subsequently arrested and charged with Aggravated DWI for driving over twice the legal limit, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance along with several other infractions. She was released with an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on December 19th.

A Batavia woman arrested after found sleeping in her vehicle.
Batavia Police report the arrest of 54 year old Karen Lau of North Spruce Street in the City after she was found sleeping in the drivers seat of her vehicle in the parking lot of a local business on East Main Street.
She was charged with Aggravated DWI for recording a Blood Alcohol Content of .18 percent or more and was issued appearance tickets for Batavia City Court on December 18th.

The battle over banning the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in New York isn’t over yet.
Emergency regulations were approved in September, but the vaping industry mounted a legal challenge to keep them from being enforced.
Tomorrow, state health officials are expected to take steps to keep those regulations alive.
They’re planning to add menthol to the list of prohibited flavors and also make clear that the ban would only affect retail sales of e-cigarettes.
The hope is to keep the ban in place long enough to allow lawmakers to come back in January and pass permanent legislation.

Evening News Briefing

David Saleh

Local lawyer David Saleh has been named part-time Batavia City Court judge.
In accepting the judgeship, Saleh must give up his post as City Republican Party Chairman.
Saleh replaces Durin Rogers who was elected to the full time Batavia City Court judge in November.
Rogers’ term is for 10 years, Saleh will serve a six year term beginning January 1st
City Council unanimously approved Saleh’s appointment last night.

 

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for tomorrow. It takes effect at 5AM and covers all of Genesee County and Northern Erie County. It is set to expire at 7 tomorrow night.
The weather service predicts lake effect and blowing snow with accumulations of 3 to 5 inches. Winds may gust up to 40 miles per hour.

 

Former Republican Congressman Chris Collins has reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission following a guilty plea on federal insider trading charges.
As part of the deal, the ex-27th District representative can no longer be on the board of a publicly traded company.
His son Cameron will have to pay back over 634-thousand dollars for his part in the scheme and Stephen Zarsky, whose daughter is engaged to Collins’ son Cameron, will need to hand over 159-thousand dollars.

 

A new report is showing some encouraging signs in the fight against the opioid crisis.
Data shows opioid overdose deaths outside of New York City have dropped for the first time since 2009.
The Department of Health says opioid-related fatalities dropped from 21-hundred in 2017 to 18-hundred in 2018

GCC Athletics Update: Barros de Souza Commits to MACU

Hiago Barros de Souza (right) joined by Assistant Vice President of Student Engagement and Inclusion Kristen Schuth as he signs his Letter of Intent with Mid-America Christian University (MACU) to continue his soccer career

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY… Genesee men’s soccer player Hiago Barros de Souza is continuing his soccer and academic career as he will be attending Mid-America Christian University (MACU) in the fall.

Barros de Souza will be heading to an NAIA Evangels program that finished the 2019 regular season with a record of 20-3-1 and are the 2019 NCCAA National Champions. The Evangels were also the 2019 NCCAA Central Region Champions. Hiago will join former Cougar Rodrigo Albuquerque wearing the Red, White, and Black of MACU.
A 5’7 sophomore from Cerquilho, Brazil, Hiago Barros de Souza played in a total of 43 games wearing the Genesee Blue and Gold. Hiago started 33 of those contests, scoring 47 career goals. Barros de Souza tallied 27 assists and totaled 121 points in his two years. His 121 points places him second in school history and sits as the leader in goals and points in a single season.

2019 was a breakout season for Barros de Souza, leading the country in goals (34) and points (82). Hiago was also named an NJCAA Division III First Team All-American as well as named to the NJCAA Region III All-Region Team as well as an Western New York Athletic Conference All-Conference team member.

The 2019 Cougars reached the NJCAA Division III Men’s Soccer National Semifinals, losing to eventual national champion Richland College.

GCC Athletics Update: LaBarr and Brewer sign with Genesee Soccer

Kellie Brewer (left) and Alyson LaBarr (right) signed their Letters of Intent with Genesee Women’s Soccer. Joining them is Sophomore Autumn Ressue

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY… On December 2nd, the Genesee Community College Women’s Soccer team signed two more recruits for the upcoming year, Alyson LaBarr and Kellie Brewer.

Alyson LaBarr, 5-7”, is a center back from Williamsville, NY and Kellie Brewer, 5’5”, is a goalkeeper from Sodus, NY. Alyson is a High Honor Roll student who plans to major in Business. She is a 3-year varsity athlete and has been First Team All-County for the past two years. She was a captain of her team during her senior season and led her team to sectional finals, where they became the 2019 champions. LaBarr also appeared in the Exceptional Senior game this year.

Kellie is not only a 4-year varsity soccer player, but is also a three-sport athlete at her high school, including basketball and softball. She was awarded Wayne County All Star and appeared in the Exceptional Senior game, alongside with Alyson. Alyson and Kellie know each other from playing together in travel leagues over the years and made their commitment to GCC at the same time.

Soon-to-be graduating Genesee Cougar Sophomore, Autumn Ressue, also played with Alyson and Kellie in years past. She had nothing but good things to say about both of them and was excited when she heard of their interest. “Both of these girls are extremely hard workers and I truly think GCC will be a great fit for them”, said Ressue. Genesee coaches Jeff and Macy Reyngoudt are excited about these recruits. “We are losing a lot of our defense and both of our keepers from this past season. These two are the start of our back for next year and I know they will fit well with the current freshmen class”, states Head Coach Jeff Reyngoudt.

Jeff and assistant coach, Macy Reyngoudt, are getting the ball rolling when it comes to recruiting for the 2020 fall season. They have been working hard speaking to 2020 prospects and will be signing more players in the coming months. They are excited about next year’s incoming class and have high hopes for the team to exceed people’s expectations. If you are interested in trying out for next year’s 2020 Genesee Cougars, please email Jeff Reyngoudt at jcreyngoudt@genesee.edu

The 2019 Genesee women’s soccer program finished the season with a record of 10-7 and made it to the NJCAA Region III final four.

Morning News Briefing

Batavia City Council members have appointed longtime attorney David Saleh as part-time City of Batavia Court Judge.
Saleh will be filling the vacancy created by former part-time judge Durin Rogers who in November was elected as the full-time City Court Jusitce.
Council members voted unanimously in favor of Saleh’s hiring at the close of their Business meeting at City Hall Council Chambers last night.
Saleh begins his six year term on January 1st 2020.

Delays on Ellicott Station project development continue.
Since Buffalo developer Sam Savarino bought the Della Penna and Santy’s Tire property for 60-thousand dollars 3 and a half years ago, no visible work has been done on the promised remediation of the brownfield site.
Savarino has also only put 5-thousand dollars on the down payment for the property.
Savarino proposed the construction of a commercial and retail space, including the Resurgence Brewing Company and 55 medium income apartments to the tune of $22.7-million.
The city wants Savarino to begin work by tearing down a garage on the old Santy’s Tire property, which has yet to be done.

Former Republican Congressman Chris Collins has reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission following a guilty plea on federal insider trading charges.
As part of the deal, the ex-27th District representative can no longer be on the board of a publicly traded company.
His son Cameron will have to pay back over $634,000 for his part in the scheme and Stephen Zarsky, whose daughter is engaged to Cameron Collins, will need to hand over $159,000.
The settlements won’t be official until they’re approved by a federal judge and all three men will be sentenced in federal court next month.

Batavia Police are out with a warning for Holiday shoppers.
Lock your car and don’t leave valuable items in view.
City police have received multiple reports of vehicle thefts and larcenies from cars over the past two weeks.
If you are taking your car after hours to a mechanic, do not leave your keys in the car.
Use a drop-box instead.

A new report is showing some encouraging signs in the fight against the opioid crisis.
Data shows opioid overdose deaths outside of New York City have dropped for the first time since 2009.
The Department of Health says opioid-related fatalities dropped from 21-hundred in 2017 to 18-hundred in 2018.
Once overdose death data is released in New York City, officials will be able to know if the decreases are part of a statewide trend.

A judge has ruled in favor of New York’s controversial school vaccination requirements.
Over 50 families filed a lawsuit earlier this year, claiming the new legislation that eliminates religious exemptions violates the constitution.
But the Albany County Supreme Court judge disagreed, saying the law was put in place due to public health concerns and not to affect anyone’s religious freedom rights.
The vaccination law went into effect in June due to measles outbreaks in New York City and surrounding counties.

Evening News Briefing

The city is still waiting for the first shovel to be put into the ground for the long awaited Ellicott Station project.
It’s been 3 1/2 years since the city announced, with great fanfare, that Buffalo developer Sam Savarino bought the property for $60,000.
Savarino proposed construction spending of 22.7-million dollars. Plans called building for commercial and retail space, the Resurgence Brewing Company and 55 medium income apartments.
To date, Savarino has only spent $5,000 for the down payment on the land and owns the balance.
The city wants Savarino to tear down a garage on the old Santy’s Tire property, work that has yet to be done.

Batavia Police are out with a warning for Holiday shoppers:
Lock your car and don’t leave valuable items in view.
City police have received multiple reports of vehicle thefts and larcenies from cars over the past two weeks. If you are taking your car after hours to a mechanic, do not leave your keys in the car. Use a drop-box instead.

A Rochester man has been arrested for Gang Assault following a fracas on Highland Park in Batavia.
The incident last October 4th ended with a serious injury to one man.
21 year old Terrance Falk of Rochester was charged in the assault.
21 year old Riley Mayor of Batavia, a co-defendant in the case, pled guilty to a charge of second degree assault. A third suspect has yet to be charged.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling on the FAA to wrap up its study involving airline seating space.
Schumer says carriers need to allow customers to have more legroom aboard flights. The FAA was supposed to release the report in October, Now, the agency says it will be the end of the year before the report is ready. Schumer says passengers should have enough legroom to recline their seats without affecting people sitting behind them.

Maryann Sarama-Luce to be honored by USHWA

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Maryann Sarama-Luce was a pioneer in harness racing in western New York as one of only a handful of female drivers who raced full time at Batavia Downs. And despite beating the odds more than just in a race, she not only met the challenges she faced in her role, she exceeded them and excelled in the sport for decades.

As a result of her place in the history of harness racing, the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will posthumously present her with their Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday (Dec. 14) at Batavia Downs during the Night of Distinction awards ceremony.

Maryann Sarama-Luce passed away in July of 2011 at 73 years of age after a long battle with leukemia. She was introduced to the business when she met Danny Sarama in the late 1960’s and from that point on, the two formed the successful Mardan Stable. Their most memorable performer was the pacer You Devil You, who won 10 races in a row in 1976 while rising from a lowly claimer to an Open class pacer. In the early 1980s after separating from Danny, she continued on her own as both a trainer and a driver and had her best year in the bike in 1983 when she won 21 races.

She ended her driving career in 1990 with 109 wins and $201,435 in earnings, but at that point she started training full time and continued to do so until her passing. As a conditioner she sent 107 horses to the winner’s circle and their efforts produced $334,835 in earnings. Some of the best horses she trained included Gold Bandit N, Top Dog Alex, Top Dog Nicholas, Easy L Bar and Guy Lee Debbie.

After her passing, her son Carl and husband Richard have carried on with her stable.

“Harness racing was her number one priority and passion” her daughter Lynette McGiveron said. “Her horses were the driving force behind her battle to recover. Even in her final days she worried more about her horses than herself.”

McGiveron continued “A passion of Maryann’s was to have her mares bred and to raise the foals to race. She named them after her kids and grandchildren and had planned on doing so until every child and grandchild was named. The last foal to be born on her farm was “Top Dog Morgan” named after her grandson. Unfortunately Maryann never got to see it in person. He was born the night she went into the hospital for her final stay.”

Maryann Sarama-Luce will join previous Lifetime Achievement award recipients Gaston Guindon, Fred Haslip, Ken Ball and Gerry Sarama in this honor.

The family of Maryann Sarama-Luce will be presented the award in the Purple Haze Winner’s Circle at Batavia Downs between races on Saturday evening (Dec. 14). Post time for the first race is 6 p.m.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Basketball

Holiday Classic MVP Alayah Sweeney (24) bringing the ball up against the Ithaca College Club Team Sunday afternoon

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team won their second straight game, sweeping the 2019 Cougar Holiday Classic with a 72-54 victory over the Ithaca College Bombers Sunday evening.

Five different Cougars scored in double-digits. Alayah Sweeney scored 20 points to lead all scorers. Sweeney also collected 11 rebounds to earn a double-double, as well as two steals and two blocks. Erina Ishiguro scored 13 points, as did Tylasia Weaver. Weaver also collected 11 rebounds, earning a double-double. LisBeth Pineda Polanco scored 10 points with 13 rebounds, and six assists. Haley Alvord scored 11 points.

With her performance over the two-day weekend, Alayah Sweeney was named Most Valuable Player. Erina Ishiguro and LisBeth Pineda Polanco also represented the home team on the All-Tournament Team. Other selections include Libby Cook (Ithaca), Paige Emborsky (Niagara County CC) and Aubrey Halloran (Niagara County CC), and Nicole Chamberlain (CC Rhode Island).

Genesee (6-6) will play at Finger Lakes Community College Tuesday night at 6pm.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Basketball

Jordan Matos (4) defending against a Schoolcraft player during Sunday’s Cougar Holiday Classic at GCC (Xi Lin – Genesee Athletics)

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team earned a split at their annual Cougar Holiday Classic Sunday afternoon, dropping to nationally-ranked Schoolcraft College 88-72.

Selassie (Tyler) Bourne scored 11 points with three assists. Isaiah Clemons scored a team-high 12 points with two steels.

Tyler Bourne and Souleymane Gueye represented Genesee on the All-Tournament Team. The rest of the All-Tournament selections were Carl Bow (MVP – Schoolcraft), Tre Harvey (Schoolcraft), Nigel Scantlebury (Niagara CCC), William Kondrat (Niagara CCC), and Mitchell Noresca (CC Rhode Island).

Genesee (8-3) will play Henry Ford College at the Thunderwolves Classic in Sanborn, NY on Saturday, December 14.

Down On My Luck cruises in Batavia Open

Down On My Luck (Photos courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — After racing at Northfield Park the last two weeks, Down On My Luck returned to Batavia Downs and his winning ways as he captured the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace on Saturday night (Dec. 7).

Cultural Paradise (Billy Davis Jr.) took the lead from the pegs with the field following him in post position order. After going to the half is a very pedestrian :59.1, Monti tapped the gas and pulled the pocket, rocketing alongside and then past Cultural Paradise to take the lead at the three-quarters in 1:27.1. From there Down On My Luck strode out to a two length lead at the head of the stretch and won easily from there by 1-¾ lengths under the light in 1:55.1.

It was the seventh win in only 10 starts at Batavia Downs and the 11th win of the year for Down On My Luck ($6.30) who is owned by Robert Woodburn and trained by Patrick Shepherd.

The $11,000 Open II pace was an interesting affair after Brunello N (Drew Monti) and Lucky McTrucky (Dave McNeight III) battled for most of the second half of the mile and then paced side by side down to the wire where they stopped the clock simultaneously in 1:57.2, resulting in a dead heat.

Brunello N ($2.30) got his third win of the year for owner Carl Monti and trainer Darrin Monti and Lucky McTrucky ($3.00) got his seventh win of 2019 for owner Tessa Roland and trainer JD Perrin.

Monti ended up having a big night, scoring a Grand Slam Saturday. Besides the aforementioned Down On My Luck and Brunello N, Monti also won with Way To Go Fabio (2:00, $2.80) and Santana Beach (1:56.4, $21.40).

Other horsemen having multiple successes during the evening included Denny Bucceri who scored the driving hat trick along with Jim McNeight Jr. and Renaldo Morales III who each had two driving wins. Trainers Jim McNeight and Steve Andzel also both sent out two stable members to victory.

With no winner in the Pick-5 wager on Saturday, there is a $1,164 carryover and a $3,500 guaranteed pool for the Pick-5 wager on Friday (Dec. 13) when racing resumes at Batavia Downs. The pool is part of the United States Trotting Association’s (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and as such, there will be free program pages available on the USTA’s website on Wednesday morning (Dec. 11). Post time for Friday (Dec. 13) is at 6 p.m.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Basketball

Brandon Speller (1) moving the ball up the floor against CCRI at the Cougar Holiday Classic

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team picked up their eighth win of the season Saturday night, defeating the Community College of Rhode Island Knights 75-70 in day one of the 2019 Cougar Holiday Classic.

Selassie (Tyler) Bourne continued his strong play for Genesee, leading the way offensively with 29 points. Souleymane Gueye scored 17 and collected seven rebounds off the bench. Brandon Speller scored 10 points with nine rebounds and six assists.

Genesee will take on nationally-ranked Schoolcraft College at 3pm Sunday afternoon.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Basketball

Abigail Willis (5) stealing the ball against Rhode Island Saturday during the Cougar Holiday Classic

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team was in the holiday spirit on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Community College of Rhode Island Knights 75-55 in day one of the 2019 Cougar Holiday Classic.

Alayah Sweeney scored 30 points for the second straight game. Sweeney also collected 12 rebounds and five assists to record a double double. Erina Ishiguro scored 14 points and five assists for Genesee. Tylasia Weaver scored seven points and collected 12 rebounds.

Genesee will take on the Ithaca College Club team on Sunday afternoon at 5pm.

Morning News Briefing

21 year old Terrance Falk of Woodsmeadow Lane in Rochester has been charged with First Degree Gang Assault and Second Degree Harassment in connection to a gang assault on Highland Park in Batavia that left the victim seriously injured.
City Police say the Rochester resident allegedly attacking an individual on October 4th.
21 year old Riley Mayer of Batavia, a codefendant in the case, pled guilty on Thursday to a charge of Second Degree Assault in Genesee County Court.
According to District Attorney Lawrence Friedman a third suspect has not yet been charged.
Falk was arrested in October and arraigned October 7th where he was ordered to be held in the Genesee County Jail on $5,000 bail.

A Lancaster man arrested for bilking Batavia customers for HVAC work.
38 year old Nicholas Durkin of Drullard Ave Lancaster was arrested while he was at Batavia City Court last week on a separate matter.
Durkin was arrested on counts of 3rd and 4th degree Grand Larceny for allegedly taking $4,900 to perform HVAC work a business on Washington Ave in Batavia.
Durkin allegedly received payment and never completed the work he was hired to do back in June of this year.
He was ultimately released with an appearance ticket for City Court.

Hotel Christmas party goer busted for stealing presents.
39 year old Brian Crockett of Portland was arrested by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies after a party Saturday night being held at a local hotel.
Crockett was charged with petit larceny after he allegedly stole various gift cards valued at $225 from the party. He was located in his hotel room with the stolen gift cards and was given an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court on December 19th.

On Friday Senator Michael Ranzenhofer announced that he will not seek reelection and will retire from the NYS Senate at the end of next year.
In a statement, Ranzenhofer said it has been the highest privilege to represent the many communities of WNY concluding that he looks forward to spending more time with his family.
Following the Senators announcement, Williamsville businesswoman Joan Elizabeth Seamans announced her candidacy for the New York Senate District’s 61st seat.
Seamans ran a very strong race against Senator Michael Ranzenhofer in 2018 and had the closest margins in more than 10 years.

The Buffalo Bills will have to wait at least another week to clinch a playoff berth.
Quarterback Josh Allen and the rest of the offense struggled yesterday as Buffalo fell to the Baltimore Ravens 24 to 17 at New Era Field.
Allen completed only 17 of his 39 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown.
The Bills are nine and four on the season and currently sit fifth in the AFC playoff race.
They face a pivotal game this Sunday night when they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers.

A Pair of Opens highlight Batavia Downs Friday card

Fox Valley Veto, Photo by: Paul White

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — With no more Wednesday racing this year at Batavia Downs, the top distaff pace joined the weekly featured trot on Friday night (Dec. 6) with one race providing an upset and the other satisfying the chalk bettors.

In the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot, Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) settled in fourth off the gate and watched as Chuckabuck (Drew Monti) made a break and Alert Hanover (Jim McNeight Jr.) overtook Empire Earl N (Mike Caprio) for the lead at the quarter pole. After all that action sorted itself out, Davis pulled Veto off the pegs at the three-eighths pole and motored to the top by the half in 1:00.2.

As the race progressed onto the second circuit, Wheels A Turning (Shawn McDonough) came calling on the outside and matched strides with Fox Valley Veto up the backside, around the far turn and into the stretch. The battle continued down the lane until Fox Valley Veto slammed the door at the light, winning by one-half length in 1:58.3 at 15-1 .

It was the 11th win of the year for Fox Valley Veto ($33.40) and owners Vogel and Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice. Maria Rice trains the winner.

Then in the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace of fillies and mares, Lady London (Ray Fisher Jr,) drifted fourth on the outside for the first eighth of a mile before she made a quick rush for the lead at the quarter in :28.2. From there the race was history.

Lady London opened up a 1-½ length lead by the half in :58.3 and extended it to four at the three-quarters in 1:26.4. With no one even close as she sprinted around the last turn, Lady London jogged home wrapped up like a Christmas present to win by 6-½ lengths in 1:56.

It was the third win in the last four starts for Lady London ($5.40) and owner VHF Racing. Sabrina Shaw is the trainer.

Eight participating horse people had multiple win performances on Friday night. Drivers Billy Davis Jr. and Drew Monti led the way with three wins each on the card while Shawn McDonough and John Cummings Jr. both won two. And trainers Sabrina Shaw, Maria Rice, Jim Tronolone and Dave Russo all sent two stablemembers to the winner’s enclosure for photographs.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Dec. 7) with pot time at 6 p.m.

Weekend News Briefing

23 year old Guillermo Torres-Acevedo, of Batavia, pled guilty in Genesee County Court to one count of second-degree rape while other charges against him were dropped as part of a plea agreement.
While in County Court Friday he admitted to being a to having sexual intercourse with a person under age 15 in the Town of Batavia in Novemeber 2018.
Torres-Acevedo who is a Puerto Rico native is looking at a maximum possible sentence of six years in prison, with 10 years of parole afterward.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on Febreuary 18th in Genesee County Court, following his sentencing in Federal Court on February 13th.
On Wednesday, Torres-Acevedo pled guilty in a Federal Court in Buffalo to enticing a minor, a 14-year-old Bergen girl, to travel across state lines to engage in criminal sexual activity.
Torres-Acevedo faces up to 20 years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine on the federal conviction.

Senator Ranzenhofer announces retirement.
Ranzenhofer made the announcement on Friday that he will not seek reelection and will retire from the NYS Senate at the end of next year.
Ranzenhofer said. “It has been the highest privilege to represent the many communities of WNY and I am proud of what we have accomplished together on behalf of residents.”
Ranzenhofer went on to say that he looks forward to spending more time with his family.
Following the Senators announcement, Williamsville businesswoman Joan Elizabeth Seamans announced her candidacy for the New York Senate District 61 seat.
Seamans ran a very strong race against Senator Michael Ranzenhofer in 2018 and had the closest margins in more than 10 years.

The Boy Scouts of America, Iroquois Trail Council is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of its Volunteer Service and Training Center, located at 102 S Main St. in the Village of Oakfield.
A commemorative ribbon-cutting ceremony will kick off a public Open House on Saturday, December 14.
The doors will be open 1pm-5pm, with the ceremony at 1:30pm.
According to Scout Executive Jim McMullen the new location not only fits the scouts needs but is much more cost-effective than a new build would cost or continuing to lease space.

The City of Batavia Department of Public Works would like to ask for the public’s cooperation in dealing with winter weather.
The City says that private plowing contractors should be aware that plowing snow into the street or onto the sidewalk is not allowed and creates dangerous conditions for motorists and pedestrians.
Property owners are ultimately responsible for clearing sidewalks adjacent to their property.
While the City supplements sidewalk plowing as crews become available this is only completed after streets and municipal parking lots are plowed with School routes and main road sidewalks given priority.

Evening News Briefing

Late this afternoon State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer announced he will not seek re-election next fall.
Ranzenhofer represented the 61st state senate district of New York which includes all of Genesee County as well as a portion of Erie and Monroe counties.
Ranzenhofer, a Republican, has served six terms in the State Senate.

 

 

Guillermo Torres-Acevedo has now plead guilty to felony count of rape in a case involving a 14 year old girl he took across state lines last year.
Acevedo appeared in Genesse County Court this morning and accepted a plea deal to a charge of second degree rape.
Earlier this week Acevedo pleaded guilty to federal charges in the same case that could result in a 20 year sentence. His plea today to the state charges could get him a sentence of 6 ½ to 20 years.
There was no guarantee the two terms would run concurrently.Acevedo was arrested in November of 2018 for the rape of the girl. A day later he picked up the girl at Byron-Bergen School and drove her to Mansfield, Pennsylvania triggering an Amber Alert. Lawmen traced them down by tracing the girl’s cellphone.
Sentencing on the federal charge has been set for February 13, five days later he’ll be sentenced on the state charge.

 

A well-deserved honor today for one of Batavia’s best known couples.
Tom and Lynn Houseknecht have been awarded the Health and Humanitarian Award from the Jerome Foundation.
The award recognizes the many contributions of the Houseknechts to United Memorial Medical Center, the Arc of Genesee Orleans, the Rotary Club and others.
Lynn Houseknecht says the spirit of volunteerism runs through their family as she humbly credited countless others who serve

Several speakers cited not only the Houseknechts’ financial support but the contribution of their time as a husband and wife and family team.

 

The Buffalo Bills will look to close in on a playoff spot, but to do it, they’ll have to beat the best team in the AFC. Buffalo is hosting the Baltimore Ravens at New Era Field Sunday afternoon. The Bills have won three straight and are just a game behind the New England Patriots for first place in the AFC East.
Buffalo’s showdown with Baltimore is set for one p-m Sunday.

Ranzenhofer To Retire From State Senate

“Today I am announcing that I will not seek reelection and will retire from the NYS Senate at the end of next year,” Ranzenhofer said. “It has been the highest privilege to represent the many communities of WNY and I am proud of what we have accomplished together on behalf of residents.

Despite my decision to retire, I will continue to fight for the residents of the 61st Senate District throughout the remainder of my term. After many years of serving the community, I look forward to spending more time with my family.”

In addition to being a legislator, the senator is a partner with the law firm Friedman and Ranzenhofer.

 

PHOTO: State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-Amherst) to retire.

HAWLEY TOPS MOST CONSERVATIVE LEGISLATORS IN STATE, EARNS 92 PERCENT RATING

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced today that he earned a 92 percent rating from the Conservative Party based on his legislative voting record in 2019, placing him in the upper echelon of all New York State legislators. The Conservative Party ranked legislators based on 25 bills that passed the Assembly and Senate, and evaluated lawmakers’ votes on crucial pieces of legislation.

“Being Conservative isn’t about a party or a label, it’s about standing by the principles of smaller government, less taxes and economic freedom, no matter the cost,” Hawley said. “Here in Western New York, we know what’s best for us, our families and our businesses, and some bureaucrat or politician who has never stepped foot on a farm or been on a thrilling hunt has no right to tell us how to live.”

Among the bills at question were allowing illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses, sweeping subsidized housing protections, early voting, farm unionization and expansion of abortion deep into the third trimester – all of which Hawley voted against.

“Conservatism is about an individual’s right to govern themselves above all else and those principles guide me each day,” Hawley continued. “Thank you to the Conservative Party and its leadership for issuing these evaluations and holding all lawmakers accountable to liberty and freedom.”

Change in CEO at WCCHS

DONALD T. EICHENAUER TO RETIRE AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF WYOMING COUNTY COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEM AND BE REPLACED BY JOSEPH L. McTERNAN

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Warsaw, New York, December 5, 2019 – The Wyoming County Community Health System (WCCHS) Board of Managers last week announced the retirement of Donald T. Eichenauer as Chief Executive Officer and the appointment of Joseph L . McTernan to fill that role effective January 1, 2020.

Don has served as WCCHS CEO since March 2012 and had announced his planned retirement approximately one year ago. At that time, the Board embarked on a national search for a replacement.

Joe McTernan, a native of Rockland County New York, was selected to replace Eichenauer and joined WCCHS on August 1, 2019 as Senior Executive Officer. Over the past four months, Joe has been working closely with Don, the Board, and the WCCHS management team to assure a smooth transition.

Joe began his career as a paramedic in New York City. He subsequently moved into hospital administration, including roles in process improvement and internal consulting at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He worked there for more than 12 years before moving to Trinitas Medical Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey as Vice President of Special Operations. Trinitas is a 551-bed hospital with a 120-bed long term care facility. In his role at Trinitas, Joe oversaw numerous operational and clinical departments. Joe and his family have relocated to the area.

Board President, Rich Kosmerl commented, “We are delighted to have Joe join our team in Wyoming County. His early experience as an EMT and paramedic gives him a natural empathy with our county wide volunteer fire department and emergency medical service teams. In just the four months since joining WCCHS, he has demonstrated the skills and knowledge we found him to have during our interview process. He is very familiar with the requirements of New York State Department of Health and has already shown excellent financial skills and leadership in identifying potential future revenue increases and quality and cost improvements. It is good to know we have an experienced and accomplished health care leader in charge of the Health System. As we maintain and expand our services, his experience will play a significant role in continuing our success.

Joe stated, “I am proud to be joining such an incredible organization. The commitment to care for the community is impressive. I look forward to continuing the quality work that Don and the team has instituted.”
At the December 3rd board meeting, Rich thanked Don for his dedication, service and success while serving as CEO of the Hospital and Health System. Rich recited several historical facts associated with Don’s accomplishments. When Don joined the Health System in 2012, it was facing serious financial and operational challenges and discussions were being held as to whether it could remain open. Since that time, the Health System has addressed its financial issues and significantly expanded its services while growing revenue from $49 million to $65 million in 2019. During Don’s tenure at WCCHS the facility also completed a $33 million expansion and modernization plan of the Hospital and attached skilled nursing facility. In addition, several quality measures at the hospital were below average. In 2012, WCCHS ranked last out of over 15 hospitals in the Buffalo/Western New York region in terms of post-surgical infection rates. As of last year, we had improved dramatically moving up to second best, just behind first place. The County was also facing a critical physician shortage with half of the primary care physicians expected to retire and with a general shortage of medical specialty services. Don implemented a broad recruiting strategy that has brought in four new primary care physicians, deployed at sites throughout the County as well as in the hospital, with more on the way. He has also greatly expanded the specialty provider network adding five Orthopedic Surgeons in a new $1.3 million orthopaedic specialty clinic, and added Neurology, OB/GYN, ENT, and other specialty doctors serving at the hospital. Don will spend some additional months as a contracted consultant to the Health System Board of Managers working on specific projects. But as this transition is made, we wish Don the best as he heads into retirement and moves on to his new adventures in life.

NEW YORK FARM BUREAU HOSTS SUCCESSFUL STATE ANNUAL MEETING WITH LOOK TO FUTURE

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Binghamton, NY – New York Farm Bureau members wrapped up their 63rd State Annual Meeting Wednesday, Dec. 4 in Binghamton, NY where Farm Bureau first began more than a century ago. It concluded with an evening banquet full of awards, state dignitaries and celebration of another successful meeting that set the organization’s public policy agenda for 2020.

This year’s theme, “Growing Stronger Together,” was meant to inspire members to build bridges with their communities, lawmakers and consumers. Different speakers and workshops stressed the importance of relationships and working together as farmers, county Farm Bureaus and agricultural organizations in advocating for rural and farming issues.

“Farm Bureau is a community. It is a network of diverse, yet like-minded people who believe in agriculture. Being social, talking to fellow members, and getting involved can help the big issues not seem so daunting, knowing we are all in this together,” said David Fisher, New York Farm Bureau President, during his annual address.

The main focus of State Annual Meeting is the time-honored grassroots process where delegates from 52 county Farm Bureaus across the state discuss and vote on public policy resolutions. Some of the state policy positions added this year include:

• We support the development and funding of a $1.5 million dairy innovation hub at Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS.)
• We support comprehensive policy and program development in order to limit food waste, to ensure that non-saleable, edible foods are donated to those in need, and to inform farmers of the tax incentives and deductions as well as the liability protections in place for use of these programs.
• We support an independent economic analysis of at least three years after enactment of the Farm Labor Fair Labor Practices Act prior to the Farm Labor Wage Board making a recommendation regarding overtime to the Department of Labor and legislature.
• We support making permanent the farm workforce retention tax credit.
• We support the work week for compliance of day of rest and overtime can be any seven consecutive days chosen by the employer.
• We support a $1 million investment in dairy environmental management systems at Cornell CALS.
• We support state funding to create new and enhance existing agriculture education programs to reach the goals established in the “Reinventing Agriculture Education for the Year 2020” report from the National Council for Agricultural Education.
• We strongly support the creation of a statewide campaign to educate the public about agricultural vehicular laws and respect for safe agricultural travel.

NYFB delegates also created a new climate policy section of policy resolutions. Additions to policy include:

• We support sequestering carbon in the soil by such practices as no-till farming and pasturing livestock as a means to combat climate change in New York.
• We support appointing farmers to the Climate Action Council and the Agriculture and Forestry Advisory Panel.
• We support landowners voluntarily adopting soil health programs and best management processes that will prevent soil erosion, prevent nutrient loss to aquatic ecosystems and increase soil health.
• We support financial incentives for farmers to implement soil health programs on their farms.

New national policy resolutions include:

• We support the immediate ratification of the new United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade deal
• We support a positive resolution for the United States with China to end the trade war.
• We support removal of Canadian provincial tariffs on U.S. produced wine, beer and distilled products.
• We support a “Emergency Tariffs Powers Act”, which gives the president the authority to declare an emergency tariff but requires the president in 150 days to seek Congressional approval.
• We support including dairy parlor and animal care employees in the H-2A program.
• Since Food Banks are not geared for highly perishable products, we support the creation of a voucher program through the Milk Donation Program to facilitate the distribution of donated milk through grocery stores and other venues.
• For animal products to receive a “Grown in the USA” label the animal(s) must have been exclusively born, raised and processed in the United States.
• We support continued use of SNAP for seasonal farm markets, farm stands, CSAs and other retail farm markets.
• More than a dozen resolutions were added as well to support a regulatory framework that will assist the growth of industrial hemp production.

At the awards banquet, more than 300 members, state officials and supporters gathered to honor a number of well deserving individuals.* New York Farm Bureau handed out its highest honor, the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award, to Gary Orbaker, a fruit farmer in Williamson, NY and member of Wayne County Farm Bureau. Orbaker has been integral to membership development of the organization and continues to serve as an active voice for farmers on many of the major agricultural issues of the day.

New York Farm Bureau also recognized the winners of the Young Farmers and Ranchers competitive events. Eileen Jensen, of Branchport, NY and a member of Yates County Farm Bureau, was honored with the Excellence in Agriculture Award. Evan and Elizabeth Schiedel, of Ripley, NY and members of Chautauqua County Farm Bureau, received the Achievement in Agriculture Award. Finally, Adam Miner, of Mannsville, NY and a Jefferson County Farm Bureau member, won the Discussion Meet competition. They will each represent New York Farm Bureau at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention next month in Austin, TX.

In addition, delegates elected district representatives to the State Board of Directors. Those elected are Richard Kimball of Dewittville, NY in District 1, Kim Skellie of Newark, NY in District 3, Dan Palladino of Jamesville, NY in District 5, Tony LaPierre of Chazy, NY in District 7, Darin Hickling of Edmeston, NY in District 9 and Robert Nolan of Patchogue, NY in District 11. Also elected to the board, Darleen Krisher-Meehan of Andover, NY as Promotion and Education Committee Chair and Christina Kohler of Elbridge, NY as the Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee Chair.

Finally, the Farm Bureau Trophy for Membership Excellence went to Jefferson County Farm Bureau.

HAWLEY TO ASSEMBLY SPEAKER: NOT EVERYONE BELIEVES IN RAISING TAXES

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) issues the following statement regarding Bronx Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie’s comments that “For us in the Assembly, we always believe in raising revenue.”

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“Speaker Heastie is dead wrong – maybe his downstate allies support raising taxes but millions of residents and small businesses across our state do not. In fact, it seems like only the Speaker and his New York City colleagues are the ones intent on making New York less affordable and exiling more of our neighbors to less expensive states.

“Albany’s fiscal woes can be summed up very easily – a lack of revenue isn’t the problem, reckless spending is. I’ve said for years that the state welfare program is out of control and it is unfortunate that Assembly leadership let the program balloon, to the tune of $6 billion over budget, instead of addressing the issue years ago.

“Bottom line, Speaker Heastie, along with Gov. Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Stewart Cousins, is directly responsible for growing our budget beyond control.

“Taxpayer money is just that – the taxpayer’s money, not a mechanism to right Albany’s runaway fiscal ship and certainly not something the Speaker should be taking lightly. Families are still struggling to pay the bills as expenses continue to rise, and I will fight to prevent any further tax increases on our residents.”

Morning News Briefing

29 year old Jordan Brodie of LeRoy was apprehended by State Police based out of Batavia following a nearly three yearlong investigation into sexual offenses involving minors.
Brodie was taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon after the initial incident was reported to Police back in January of 2017.
He was charged with a two felony counts of promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child and was subsequently released with an appearance ticket for LeRoy Town Court at a later date.

Drug Task Force busts two Albion men for dealing crack and cocaine.
Following a search of an apartment on East Bank Street in Albion the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force has arrested two suspects.
The residents, 42 year old Derrick Hildreth and 34 year old Thomas Edgtion were found in possession of a shotgun, powder and crack cocaine, pot and packing materials in the bust.
Both are facing multiple felonies for the sale and distribution of crack and powder cocaine.

Minimum wage workers will see a bump in pay with the New Year.
On December 31st the minimum hourly wage locally will jump by 70 cents up to $11.80 per hour.
The rate will jump again to $12.50 an hour at the end of next year.
It’s all part of the state law that will bring the minimum wage in New York City to $15.00 an hour.
Governor Cuomo says the higher minimum wage has not hurt the economy.

This coming Saturday marks a milestone for a popular Batavia restaurant and tavern.
The Center Street Smokehouse turns 20.
Proprietor Greg Paul said he, his brother Scott and as partner opened the restaurant on December 7th, 2000.
The Center Street building, which had once housed a newspaper, had been vacant for years.
To Mark the occasion, Paul is offering specials this Sunday, from 4 until 8pm, featuring draft beers for a dollar, a half chicken for four-dollars and hamburgers for a buck.

The Buffalo Bills will look to close in on a playoff spot, but to do it, they’ll have to beat the best team in the AFC.
Buffalo is hosting the Baltimore Ravens at New Era Field Sunday afternoon.
The Bills have won three straight and are just a game behind the New England Patriots for first place in the AFC East.
To clinch a postseason berth Sunday, the Bills need to win and have the Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans or Indianapolis Colts lose or tie their games.
Buffalo’s showdown with Baltimore is set for 1:00 p.m. Sunday.

The Buffalo Sabres rally late but fail to get their Western Canada road trip off to a winning start.
Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart and Jake McCabe all scored for Buffalo, but it wasn’t enough as the Sabres felt to the Calgary Flames four-to-three last night.
After a strong start to the season, Buffalo now sits 15 points behind the Boston Bruins for first place in the Atlantic Division.
The Sabres will be back in action tomorrow afternoon when they take on the Vancouver Canucks.

Evening News Briefing

Guillermo Torres-Acevedo faces a maximum sentenced of 20 years in prison after admitting be took a 14 year old Batavia girl across stateliness.
The 23 year old Torres-Acevedo admitted in federal court in Buffalo that he picked-up the girl last November at Byron-Bergen School.
This occurred a day after he had been arrested for raping her and triggered an Amber Alert to find the child.
He then drove the girl to Mansfield, Pennsylvania where the two said they again engaged in sexual relations. Police caught up with then by tracing Acevedo’s cell phone.
Torres-Acevedo still faces state charges of kidnapping, multiple counts rape and endangering the welfare of a child.
He is scheduled to appear this Friday in Genesee County Court.

 

Two Albion men facing charges of selling and distributing crack and powder cocaine.
The Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force has collared two suspects following a search of an apartment on East Bank Street in Albion.
42 year old Derrick Hildreth and 34 year old Thomas Edgtion lived there and are each charged with multiple felonies. Police seized a shotgun, cocaine, pot and packing materials.

 

The minimum wage is going up at the end of the month.
The minimum hourly wage locally will go from $11.10 an hour to $11.80 per hour on December 31st.
At the end of next year, the rate will go to $12.50 an hour.
It’s all part of the state law that will bring the minimum wage in New York City to $15 an hour.
Governor says the higher minimum wage has not hurt the economy.

 

This coming Saturday marks a milestone for a popular Batavia restaurant and tavern.
The Center Street Smokehouse turns 20.Proprietor Greg Paul said he, his brother Scott and as partner opened the restaurant on December 7th, 2-thousand.
The Center Street building, which had once housed a newspaper, had been vacant for years.
To Mark the occasion, Paul is offering specials this Sunday, from 4 until 8pm, featuring draft beers for $1, a half chicken for $4 and hamburgers for $1.

“Stuff the Cruiser”

Last Saturday, Nov 30, “Stuff the Cruiser” was held at the Target Plaza, Batavia, NY with multiple police agencies participating. The community came together and brought enough unwrapped toys, new clothing and non-perishable foods to stuff about twelve full size pickup trucks.

LeRoy Police Department, joined by the New York State Police, New York State Environmental Conservation Police, Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Batavia Police Department, Corfu Police Department, Genesee County Probation and Rotary International thank the Genesee County community for their amazing generosity.

HAWLEY: PUBLIC FINANCING TURNS CAMPAIGNS INTO FULL-TIME CASH GRABS

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“We have the highest taxes in the nation and now Albany insiders have stacked the deck even further against taxpayers, handing out another $100 million of your money to political candidates so they buy loads of robocalls, billboards and television commercials – an absolute disgrace.

“It’s truly cowardice of Albany leadership to kick such a controversial topic to an outside commission instead of allowing a full debate and vote where lawmakers actually had to take responsibility for creating such a wasteful and unnecessary system.

“Replacing ‘big money’ in politics with taxpayer money does not solve the problem, it only exacerbates a corrupt Albany culture.

“Furthermore, the commission has put minor parties on life support, forcing residents into two camps, Republican or Democrat, and further dividing our state. Gov. Cuomo’s personal war with the Working Families Party robs voters of choice and will certainly disenfranchise those who want a third-party candidate.

“Once again, special interests in Albany have gone too far by overhauling a system behind closed doors, out of public view. I am calling on Gov. Cuomo to bring us back to Albany for a special session before January 1 to fix these disastrous new regulations.”

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Basketball

Alayah Sweeney (24) scored a game-high 37 points in Genesee’s win over Bryant & Stratton Wednesday night

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BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team got back in the win column Wednesday night, defeating the Bryant & Stratton College Bobcats of Syracuse 74-67.
Alayah Sweeney scored a game-high 37 points and collected 17 rebounds to lead all scorers. Haley Alvord scored 16 points and collected nine rebounds and three assists. LisBeth Pineda Polanco scored six points and collected 11 rebounds.

This coming weekend, Genesee Community College will be hosting the annual Cougar Holiday Classic. The Cougars will begin the 2019 edition with a contest against the Community College of Rhode Island Knights at 1pm.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Basketball

Tyler Bourne scored a game-high 28 points to lead Genesee to victory over Bryant & Stratton of Rochester

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BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team got back in the win column Wednesday night, defeating the Bryant & Stratton College Bobcats of Rochester 87-79.

Selassie (Tyler) Bourne scored a game-high 28 to lead all scorers. Souleymane Gueye, and Brandon Speller had 14 points each. Jalen Willis scored 10 for the Blue and Gold. Isaiah Clemons scored 11 points.

This coming weekend, Genesee Community College will be hosting the annual Cougar Holiday Classic. The Cougars will begin the 2019 edition with a contest against the Community College of Rhode Island Knights at 7pm.

$3,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 Friday at Batavia

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By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — On Friday (Dec. 6) there is a carryover of $868 in the Pick-5 at Batavia Downs and a guaranteed pool of $3,000 has been announced for the Pick-5 wager that day. The pool is part of the United States Trotting Association’s (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and as such, free program pages are available courtesy of Trackmaster on the USTA’s website or by direct download by clicking here. (http://bit.ly/2ONUS2K)

The Pick-5 wager begins in race one and runs through race five. It is a 50-cent base wager and if all five winners aren’t selected, the carryover amount will move to the Saturday (Dec. 7) program.

Post time for the first race Friday is 6 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger is taking on some new responsibilities.
He’s been named the apostolic administration for the Buffalo diocese following the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone who had faced criticism in recent months for how he handled the clergy sex abuse scandal in his diocese.
Scharfenberger will oversee the Buffalo diocese until Malone’s replacement is named which could take several months.
Scharfenberger took time to address the victims of alleged sex abuse yesterday…

The Albany diocese says Scharfenberger will spend most of his time in the Capital Region but will visit Buffalo once a week.

Batavia man looking at a possible 20 year sentence after pleading guiltry abducting a minor for sex.
23 year old Guillermo Torres-Acevedo of Batavia pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to enticing a minor to travel to engage in criminal sexual activity.
Torres-Acevedo was arrested on a count of rape for having sexual relations with a 14 year old girl in Genesee County and admitted to picking up the girl from school and driving her to Pennsylvania for sex.
He is now facing a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced in February.

State Street man jailed without bail for Burglary in Batavia.
41 year old Robert Griffin was apprehended on an arrest warrant stemming from a previous domestic incident that allegedly occurred early last month at a Manhattan Ave address in Batavia.
Griffin is charged with two counts of Criminal Contempt along with a count of Burglary and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was ordered to be held in the Genesee County Jail without bail and is expected to reappear in City Court this afternoon.

Alleged imprisonment lands a South Swan Street resident in lock up.City Police report the arrest of 48 year old Shane Zimblis after police were called to respond to a possible physical domestic incident at an upper South Swan Street apartment.
Zimblis was accused of violating an order of protection during the altercation and was charged with Criminal Contempt, Criminal Mischief and Unlawful Imprisonment.
He was remanded to the County Clink without bail and is scheduled to return to Batavia City Court This afternoon.

The Batavia Muckdogs broke their silence over a proposal by Major League Baseball that would eliminate the local team.
Muckdogs General Manager Brendan Kelly issued a brief statement praising a group of congressman who have organized a task force to save minor league baseball.
Baseball has proposed eliminating 42 teams – including the Muckdogs – in an effort to reduce the expense of player development in the minor league system

Evening News Briefing

The Vatican announced this morning that Pope Francis had accepted the resignation of Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone.
Over the past two years, Malone ignored repeated calls from political leaders, clergymen and parishioners to step down.
Malone was sharply criticized for his handling of the child sex abuse allegations lodged against several priests in the Western New York Diocese, which includes Genesee County.
The Bishop of Albany, Edward Scharfenberger will take over as Apostolic Administrator for the Buffalo Diocese.
He said this morning his first priority will be to listen

 

PHOTO: Bishop Edward Scharfenberger

Pope Francis will ultimately name a new bishop of Buffalo, a process that could take several months.

 

The Batavia Muckdogs today break their silence over a proposal by Major League Baseball that would eliminate the local team.
Muckdogs General Manager Brendan Kelly issued a brief statement this afternoon praising a group of congressman who have organized a task force to save minor league baseball.
Baseball has proposed eliminating 42 teams – including the Muckdogs – in an effort to reduce the expense of player development in the minor league system.

 

Complaints from WNY Republicans over a special election date for the empty 27th Congressional District seat has drawn response from Governor Cuomo.
The governor said that he is looking to hold the special election on April 28th the same day as New York’s presidential primary.
Republicans say that date could put their candidate at a disadvantage as there would be a heavy Democratic turnout.
Cuomo says if the Republicans want a separate election for the congressional seat, they can pay for it.

 

Fans of the Buffalo Bills can start grabbing their wallets tomorrow to purchase playoff tickets. Even though the Bills haven’t officially clinched a postseason spot, a new NFL rule requires teams to make playoff tickets not held by season ticket holders available tomorrow. It’s important to note, there’s no guarantee the Bills will actually play at New Era Field. For wild-card and division playoff games, regular seats will cost $65 to $164 each. Tickets for the AFC Championship game will $140 to $230 each for a regular seat. If the Bills don’t make the playoffs or if there’s no chance they’ll play a home game, purchases will be refunded.

GCC Solicits Nominations for Seventh Annual Orleans County Heritage Heroes Awards

Todd Bensley, Harriette Greaser, Tom Taber, Lynne Menz and Neil Johnson

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BATAVIA, NY (12/04/2019) Albion, New York – Now in its seventh year, Genesee Community College and the Orleans Hub are proud to continue the Orleans County Heritage Heroes Awards which recognize the dedication and hard work of dedicated citizens who strive to protect and preserve local history. They are now seeking nominations for the awards. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, February 28, 2020.

“Residents of Orleans County take great pride in their heritage,” said Jim Simon, associate dean of GCC’s Orleans County Campus Centers in Medina and Albion. “For our seventh consecutive year, we want to continue to recognize the time and investment of individuals who are tireless advocates for local history.”

Nominees for Heritage Heroes Awards can be any age but posthumous nominations will not be accepted. History professionals and GCC employees are also not eligible for the award, nor are those who serve on the awards selection committees. Nominees must be Orleans County residents.

Last year’s winners included Harriette Greaser, Lynne Menz and Tom Taber. Todd Bensley received the special C.W. “Bill” Lattin Award for Excellence in Municipal History and Neil Johnson received the Bob Waters Lifetime Achievement Award. Because nominations are not retained for future consideration, residents who made previous nominations are encouraged to re-submit a nominee again for this coming year.

“Many residents from all over the county work hard on restoring historic houses and protecting other community assets, including museums, churches and other historical artifacts,” Tom Rivers, Orleans Hub editor said. “The dedicated people working to preserve these treasures deserve praise for adding to the quality of life and character of the community.”

To nominate someone for the Heritage Heroes Awards, write up a brief statement outlining the person’s contributions, projects and community affiliations. Anyone sending in a nomination should provide their name (anonymous nomination packages will not be accepted), address, phone number and email address. The more in-depth the detail provided in the nomination, the stronger the submission. Submit the nomination to:

ATTENTION: Heritage Heroes Committee

Genesee Community College / Medina Campus Center

11470 Maple Ridge RoadMedina, NY 14103-9675

Nominations may also be emailed to Jim Simon at jsimon@genesee.edu. Please write Heritage Heroes Nomination in the subject line.

A screening process involving community members and history professionals will review the nominations and recommend finalists. From those finalists, the executive committee including GCC Associate Dean Jim Simon, Associate Professor Derek Maxfield and Orleans Hub Editor Tom Rivers will choose the Heritage Heroes.

“We are very pleased to recognize those whose efforts often go unnoticed,” said Associate Professor of History, Derek Maxfield. “They make many personal sacrifices in order to preserve history for future generations.”

The Heritage Heroes will be recognized during a ceremony at Genesee Community College in Albion in April 2020.

Shop With a Cop 2019

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On Dec. 7th, members of the Batavia Police Department, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police Troop A, and the Village of LeRoy Police Department will be participating in the fifth annual “Shop with a Cop” event at Walmart on Veterans Memorial Drive.

Grant money from Walmart, designated specifically for this event was distributed equally to the Batavia Police Department, Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police Troop A. The schools, (including school resource officers) within Genesee County assisted in choosing the children.

The City of Batavia Police Benevolent Association, Genesee County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, City of Batavia CSEA members, the City’s “Jeans for Friday” program, Department of Public Works (AFSCME) Union, H.E. Turner & Co. Inc. Funeral Home of Batavia & Bergen, Bonarigo and McCutcheon Law Office, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC and Walmart Staff raised additional funds which enabled 23 extra children to participate.

Additionally, the Village of LeRoy Police Department received a donation from the Rotary Club of LeRoy to sponsor 5 children.

A total of 57 children were invited to participate in this year’s event. Once at Walmart, the children will take photographs with Santa Claus and meet with their individual “Cop.”

Walmart graciously hosts the event, allocates employees specifically for the event, and also donates gift wrapping materials. Gift wrapping will be completed by the Young Adults Group from Batavia City Church, members of the Batavia Police Explorer’s Post and family members from Batavia Police Department and Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.

The Batavia Police Department, Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, and the New York State Police Troop A, and Village of LeRoy Police Department would like to thank Walmart for their generosity and assistance to make this a great event. We would also like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

Morning News Briefing

Bishop Richard Malone

A major announcement from the Vatican is anticipated to shake up the future of the Buffalo Diocese today.
Vatican officials are expected to announce the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone according to the Buffalo News.
Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger will likely be appointed as apostolic administrator if Malone steps down and will lead the Buffalo Diocese until a permanent replacement has been selected.
Malone has been highly criticized and pushed to resign in recent months due to his handling of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Diocese.

Batavia’s part-time City Court Judge is moving into his full time position on Dec 20th.
The City’s current part-time Judge Durin Rogers will be sworn in as Batavia’s full time City Court Justice after being elected last month in one of the most contentious races locally.
The Batavia City Council will appoint a new part-time judge. The council is meeting in executive session this Friday to discuss the appointment.

Complaints from WNY Republicans over a special election date for the empty 27th Congressional District seat has drawn response from Governor Cuomo.
The governor said during an appearance in Buffalo yesterday that he is looking to hold the special election on April 28th the same day as New York’s presidential primary.
Republicans say that date could put their candidate at a disadvantage as there would be a heavy Democratic turnout.
Yesterday, the governor said if the GOP wants to pay for the election to be earlier, they can.
The 27th District seat has been open since ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins resigned after pleading guilty to federal insider trading charges.

Fans of the Buffalo Bills can start grabbing their wallets tomorrow to purchase playoff tickets.
Even though the Bills haven’t officially clinched a postseason spot, a new NFL rule requires teams to make playoff tickets not held by season ticket holders available tomorrow.
It’s important to note, there’s no guarantee the Bills will actually play at New Era Field.
For wild-card and division playoff games, regular seats will cost 65 to 164 dollars each.
Tickets for the AFC Championship game will 140 to 230 bucks each for a regular seat.
If the Bills don’t make the playoffs or if there’s no chance they’ll play a home game, purchases will be refunded.

After years off the shelves, “Flutie Flakes” are set to make a comeback.
Starting next week, the cereal will be available for purchase at Wegmans stores in Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo.
Proceeds will benefit the Doug Flutie Junior Foundation for Autism.
“Flutie Flakes” debuted in 1998 while Flutie played quarterback for the Buffalo Bills.
Over two million boxes of the cereal were sold.
Flutie will also be honored before the Bills play the Baltimore Ravens at New Era Field Sunday.

Evening News Briefing

Bishop Richard Malone, head of the Catholic Diocese of Western New York, will seek and early retirement.
The Buffalo News had reported that Malone would submit his resignation tomorrow. Now, sources tell the paper Malone will request early retirement.
Malone is 73. By Catholic Church Law he would have to retired at age 75.
Malone has been criticized for how he’s handled the clergy sex abuse scandal in the diocese and has said in the past he wouldn’t retire until he was required to in 2021.
The Diocese had no comment on the report.
If Malone steps down, Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger [[schar-fen-burger]] would reportedly serve as an apostolic administrator until Malone’s replacement is named.

Batavia’s new, full-time, city court judge will be sworn into office on Dec 20th.
Judge Durin Rogers won election last month to move from part-time to full time judge of city court.
The Batavia City Council will appoint a new part-time judge. The council is meeting in executive session this Friday to discuss the appointment.

From Batavia Police: 38 year old Mark Helm of State Street has been jailed for assault and child endangerment.
Police say Helm struck another person last Friday causing what were described as serious injuries. All of this, police said, occurred in front of four children.
Helm has been jailed without bail.

Go ahead and call City Hall – they can answer now.
Batavia City Hall says their telephone have been fixed.
Officials said a power failure in the server room caused the equipment failure.

How would you like to adopt a fire hydrant?
The city’s fire department are asking residents to adopt a hydrant near their home or business and keep it clear of snow during the winter season.
They prefer that you clear a 3ft area around a snow covered hydrant so firemen can quickly access a water supply in case of fire.

Adopt a Hydrant

With winter now thrust upon us and in the event of an emergency, could firefighters find the closest fire hydrant near your home or business?
Fire Chief Stefano Napolitano and the members of the City of Batavia Fire Department are encouraging residents to “adopt a fire hydrant” near their home or business this winter season.

We are asking residents and business owners for their assistance in keeping fire hydrants clear of snow and debris. The Chief also
noted that this is an informal program and therefore it is not necessary to advise the department about which fire hydrants you will be keeping clear.

If possible, we ask that the “adopted” hydrants be uncovered of snow after each snowfall and provide a clear
path of approximately three feet around the hydrant. This path will allow fire department staff to quickly
locate the hydrant and obtain a water supply used in firefighting activities. Delays in locating and connecting
to a fire hydrant can hamper fire suppression activities, raising the risk of injury and furthering property damage.

Additionally, the department asks residents and business owners to contact fire headquarters at
585-345-6375 if they require assistance in clearing their hydrant or notice damage to the hydrant itself or the reflective marker attached to the hydrant.

Lastly, Chief Napolitano request to please consider helping a neighbor who may be elderly or has a
medical condition by keeping the fire hydrant clear near their residence. “Together we can help keep our
City safe this winter season” stated Napolitano.

The Fire Officers and Firefighters of the City of Batavia Fire Department would like to thank the
community for its continued support of the men and women of the department and the services that we
provide.

Rogers to be Sworn-in as City Court Judge

News Release

BATAVIA, NY- Judge Durin B. Rogers, formerly the part-time judge for the City of Batavia, will assume the role and responsibilities as Batavia’s next full-time City Court Judge.  Judge Rogers was elected to the full-time position on November 5th, 2019 and will take over for Judge Robert Balbick who will retire at the end of the year.

The “Swearing In” ceremony will take place on Friday, December 20, 2019 at 12 noon in the Batavia City Courtroom located in the Genesee County Courts Facility, 1 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020, and all are welcome to attend.

HON. DURIN B. ROGERS TO BE SWORN IN AS BATAVIA’S NEXT FULL-TIME CITY COURT JUDGE DECEMBER 20, 2019.

Judge Durin B. Rogers will assume the duties and responsibilities of the full-time City Court Judge on January 1, 2019.

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY- Judge Durin B. Rogers, formerly the part-time judge for the City of Batavia, will assume the role and responsibilities as Batavia’s next full-time City Court Judge. Judge Rogers was elected to the full-time position on November 5th, 2019 and will take over for Judge Robert Balbick who will retire at the end of the year.

The “Swearing In” ceremony will take place on Friday, December 20, 2019 at 12 noon in the Batavia City Courtroom located in the Genesee County Courts Facility, 1 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020, and all are welcome to attend.

Morning News Briefing

38 year old Mark Helm of State Street was apprehended by City Police following investigation into a reported assault at a State Street address.
Helm allegedly caused serious physical injury by striking another individual in the alleged assault that occurred last month.
The violent incident also played out in front of four children.
Helm was charged with Assault in the second degree along with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and was committed without bail to the Genesee County Jail.

Batavia burglary leads to arrest for a LeRoy resident.
Batavia Police took 22 year old Kiha McNear of Lake Street LeRoy into custody after he allegedly violated an order of protection and illegally entered a Walnut Street residence late last month.
McNear was accused of damaging the individual’s property while he was at the address and was charged with counts of Criminal Mischief, Aggravated Criminal Contempt, and Burglary in the second degree for illegally entering a dwelling.
He was subsequently released with an appearance ticket for Thursday in Batavia City Court.

A Leroy man indicted on a count of sexual abuse.
Donald J. Frisby has been indicted by a Genesee County Grand Jury for the crime of first-degree sexual abuse, a Class D violent felony.
Frisby is accused of subjecting another person to sexual contact by forcible compulsion on July 14 on Clay Street in the Town of Le Roy.

According to Assistant City Manager Rachael Tabelski the City of Batavia phone system is currently down for all City locations until further notice.
City offices will be open normal business hours for walk-in business today and city officials can be reached via email or through the city’s website.
For emergencies please remember to call 911.
City Police and Fire will be notified about any emergency situations directly from dispatch and will operate as normal.

An honor for the Albion Police Department.
The Triple A has given the Albion PD its 2019 Community Traffic Safety Platinum Award, the highest award the auto club can bestow on any Police Department.
Albion Police were recognized for several safety initiatives including Buckle-Up, Stop DWI, Targeted School Zone Patrols and Child Safety Seat programs.

Another candidate has officially entered the race for the 27th Congressional District seat.
Democrat Melodie Baker is seeking the position left open following the resignation of ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins.
Earlier this year, he pleaded guilty to federal insider trading charges.
Baker is competing for her party’s nomination with Nate McMurray, who narrowly lost to Collins in 2018.
A date for the special election to fill Collins’ spot hasn’t officially been announced yet.

The Buffalo Sabres light up the scoreboard in a rout of the New Jersey Devils.
Conor Sheary had a pair of goals while Jack Eichel, Victor Olofsson, Jeff Skinner, Henri Jokiharju and Rasmus Asplund also scored in Buffalo’s seven-to-one win at KeyBank Center last night.
Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark also contributed by stopping 44 of the 45 shots he faced.
Buffalo is back in action Thursday when they visit the Calgary Flames.

Evening News Briefing

A violent domestic incident in Corfu.
Authorities have arrested 50 year old Jerrol Newell of East Main Street in Corfu with three counts of strangulation, assault and menacing with a weapon.
Sheriff’s Deputies, Corfu Police and State Police handled the case.
The incident occurred early Friday morning.
Newell has been locked up in the county jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

An honor for the Albion Police Department.
The Triple A has given the Albion PD its 2019 Community Traffic Safety Platinum Award, the highest award the auto club can bestow on any Police Department.
Albion Police were recognized for several safety initiatives including Buckle-Up, Stop DWI, Targeted School Zone Patrols and Child Safety Seat programs.

The Buffalo Bills are getting another chance to impress a nationwide audience. Following their big win on Thanksgiving against the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL has pushed Buffalo’s Week 15 road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers to prime time. The contest was set for the afternoon, but will now start at eight-20 p-m on Sunday, December 15th. Both the Bills and Steelers are competing for a playoff spot in the AFC. The last time the Bills played on Sunday Night Football was in 2007 when they lost 56-10 to the New England Patriots.

GCC Offers a New Year’s Resolution Solution

Press Release:

“Learn a new skill or hobby.” It’s on the top five list of most common New Year’s Resolutions, and there is a wide assortment of options available at Genesee Community College this coming semester. Learn karate, how to write a screen play, sign language, or how about public speaking or digital photography? Courses in these topics and many more will be offered at GCC this semester starting Monday, January 13, 2020.

GCC’s Beginning Karate (PED132) is being taught by the world’s highest ranking black-belt! Instructor Cynthia Jones, Hanshi, recently received a 10th Degree Black Belt (Ju-Dani) from the Isshinryu World Karate Association making her the highest ranking black-belt in the world. Who better to teach Beginning Karate (PED132) right here in Batavia? Registration for this course is now open! Anyone can enroll for this eight-week course, no pre-requisite courses are required and it does not have to be taken as part of a degree program. Beginning Karate runs on Monday, January 13 through March 6, 2020 and meets every Monday and Wednesday from 3:40 p.m. till 5 p.m. at GCC’s Batavia Campus.

Beginning Karate (PED132) focuses on achieving the physical and mental conditioning and training required to execute a variety of basic martial arts techniques and forms (or kata) and engages in effective sparring and self-defense. In just eight weeks, the course will also cover:

• A brief overview of the historical, philosophical and spiritual aspects of the martial arts
• The benefits of daily fitness activity specific to karate

Any budding screen or stage writer will appreciate the small class size learning environment with instructor Shawn Adamson in his Writing for the Stage and Screen (CIN214). The 15-week course teaches the proper screenplay format and introduces the technique of storytelling though dialogue, action and characterization in a continuous workshop process. The class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:50 – 4:10 p.m., starting January 13, 2020.

American Sign Language 1 (ASL101) is offered five different times and at three different campus locations; Intro to Digital Photography (PHO118) is offered three different times and at two locations; and Public Speaking (SPE108) is offered 14 different times, at five campus locations and online.

“Education really is the gift that keeps on giving. No matter your age or interests-learning something new in 2020 is a rock solid way to kick off the new decade,” Donna Rae Sutherland, director of Marketing Communications said.

Anyone interested in this course who is not a current GCC student, is encouraged to contact the College’s Admissions team at (585) 345-6800 or via email at admissions@genesee.edu, or apply online at https://www.genesee.edu/courses/nonmatriculated/ to get started.

GCC’s History Club Presents: Abigail Adams – LIVE by Dr. Melinda Grube

Dr. Melinda Grube as Abilgail Adams

Press Release:

What: GCC’s History Club Presents: Abigail Adams – LIVE by Dr. Melinda Grube

When: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College ~ One College Road, Batavia Campus ~ Room T102 Conable Technology Building

Who: All are invited and welcome!

Background: Genesee Community College’s History Club is proud to present its own adjunct instructor of history, Dr. Melinda Grube on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 7 p.m. who will portray Abigail Adams – LIVE!

One of the Founding Mothers of America, Abigail Adams is one of the most remarkable people of her generation. Left to care for her children, the farm and the family business interests when her husband, John Adams was off chasing political fame, Abigail carried on to the best of her ability. She accepted the long absences from her husband as a necessary sacrifice for the good of the country. Come hear her story live, as presented in period costume and tone by Dr. Grube.

The show begins at 7 p.m. in room T102 of the Conable Technology Building on GCC’s Batavia Campus and is free and open to the public.

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

Morning News Briefing

Most of the Western New York region remains under a Winter Weather Advisory through the remainder of the morning according to the National Weather Service based out of Buffalo.
Forecasters are calling for an additional 1 to 3 inches of snow accumulation while the advisory remains in effect for Niagara, Orleans, Erie, Genesee, and Chautauqua counties until 11 a.m.
Slick road conditions are to be expected and motorists are encouraged to driver cautiously especially during the morning commute.
Livingston County also remains under a Travel Advisory until further notice.

Alleged assault lands a Corfu man in lock-up.
50 year old Jerrol Newell of East Main Street Corfu was taken into custody by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies Friday morning following investigation into a violent domestic incident at an East Main address last week.
Newell is facing three counts of Strangulation, and single counts of Unlawful Imprisonment, Menacing with a weapon, and Assault.
He was arraigned in Pembroke Town Court and remanded to the County Clink in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Newell also has additional charges pending against him in the incident.

Harassment in the city ends in arrest for a Walnut Street woman.
20 year old Raylynne Santiago was apprehended by Batavia Police after investigation into a domestic incident that took place last Sunday at the corner of Jackson and Maple Streets.
She is now facing counts of Harassment and of Obstruction of Governmental Administration and was released an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court for tomorrow afternoon.

A Batavia man busted for driving over twice the legal limit.
28 year old Zachary Marrow of Manhattan Ave was arrested by Batavia Police after he was allegedly found to be intoxicated while driving on East Main Street in Batavia last month.
He was charged with Aggravated DWI for having a Blood Alcohol Content of .18 % or higher and was issued tickets for City Court on Dec 11th.

With snow comes the risk of power outages, and National Grid says it’s ready to help customers if needed.
The utility company says it has line, service and tree workers prepared to deal with any issues.
Officials say you should never touch a downed power line and if you do have to use a generator, make sure to put in a safe location to avoid the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning.
National Grid says you can report an outage online or by using it’s 24-hour customer service hotline.

The Buffalo Bills are getting another chance to impress a nationwide audience.
Following their big win on Thanksgiving against the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL has pushed Buffalo’s Week 15 road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers to prime time.
The contest was set for the afternoon, but will now start at 8:20 p.m. on Sunday, December 15th.
Both the Bills and Steelers are competing for a playoff spot in the AFC.
The last time the Bills played on Sunday Night Football was in 2007 when they lost 56 to 10 to the New England Patriots.

Ray Fisher Jr. eclipses $20 million lifetime at Batavia

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — It was a big night for driver Ray Fisher Jr. on Friday (Nov. 29) as he hit a major career milestone by surpassing the $20 million mark in career earnings at Batavia Downs after winning with trotter Lady Justice who is owned and trained by his wife, Ryan Swift.

Fisher first started driving in 1987 and 30,212 starts later he has now registered 4,494 wins, 3,995 seconds and 3,725 thirds, all of which pushed him to this current earnings mark. Fisher’s career best one-year win total came in 1997 when he got 317 and his best earnings total came just two years ago when he banked $1,437,878 in 2017.

This year Fisher has earned $971,684 to date on the strength of 120 victories. At the current Batavia Downs meet Fisher has 49 wins and over $400,000 in earnings.

Fisher was joined in the winner’s circle by his wife Ryan and son Kyle for a special presentation made by Batavia Downs Director/General Manager of Live Racing Todd Haight.

The top races on Friday night were both trots and each yielded convincing winners.

In the $12,500 Open I Handicap, Rockefeller Lindy (Mike Baumeister) tripped-out behind the frontrunning Majestic Kat (Billy Davis Jr.) until mid-stretch when Baumeister pulled right line, cleared and hit the wire three-quarters of a length ahead in 1:58.4.

It was the fourth win of the year for Rockefeller Lindy ($20.60) who has now earned $46,093 for owners Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. James Clouser Jr. trains the winner

Then in the $10,000 Open II trot, newcomer Chuckabuck (Drew Monti) toured the facility on the front end from start to finish and won by 2-1/2 lengths in 2:00. Scoring his seventh win of the year, Chuckabuck ($7.40) scored his first for new owner Carl Monti. Darrin Monti trains the winner.

The Downs leading dash driver Billy Davis Jr. lit it up again, winning four races on the card. He now has 123 wins for the meet, 42 ahead of second place Jim Morrill Jr. Shawn McDonough also had a good night winning three races each. Angus McDonald and JD Perrin led all trainers Friday with two wins each.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Nov. 30) with pot time at 6 p.m.

Weekend News Briefing

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for most of Western New York including Orleans, Genesee, Livingston, and Wyoming counties.
The advisory is going into effect at 4 a.m. Sunday morning and is expected to expire at 6 p.m. Sunday evening.
Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 inches are expected with up to 4 inches across the northern Finger Lakes.
Forecasters are also calling for total ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch.
Plan on slippery road conditions and limited visibilities during the snowfall Sunday.

Savings abound as Black Friday rolls into Small Business Saturday in Downtown Batavia.
The shopping season has arrived and while another Black Friday is in the books, the retail market is still hopping with resident shoppers supporting their smaller local establishments.
In downtown Batavia, Stephen Valle of Valle Jewelers on Jackson Street shares why shopping at a local brick and mortar store is an experience you just can’t get online or even at some big box retailers…

Another holiday shopping staple of downtown is Adam Miller toy and bike where owner John Roche says service and quality are always in stock…

The shopping spree continues online with exclusive internet only deals during the newest addition to the retailer’s holiday, Cyber Monday.

The suspect in last week’s Liberty Street stand-off is facing new charges.
46 year old Daniel Wolfe is now accused of making two telephone calls from the county jail to a person he was ordered to have no contact with.
Wolfe is being held in the county jail since he surrendered to police following a 20 hour standoff.

A Bergen man hit with a felony count of DWI following an early morning traffic stop on Thanksgiving.
30 year old Sean Crowe of Cook Road is charged with felony drunk driving for having been convicted of DWI within the past 10 years.

Evening News Briefing

It’s one of the biggest – if not the biggest- shopping days of the year,
Black Friday a retailers dream.
Some big box chains and national department stores have extended hours.
Big or small Black Friday has an impact on downtowns like Batavia’s.
Stephen Valle is proprietor of Valle Jewelers on Jackson Street.
He tells us today business is brisk and the shopping experience is personal

Much the same story at heritage toy store Adam Miller where owner John Roche says it’s quality and personal attention that matters

Tomorrow is called small business Saturday.
Enjoy the experience and the good feeling of keeping your dollars local.

 

The suspect in last week’s Liberty Street stand-off is facing new charges.
46 year old Daniel Wolfe is now accused of making two telephone calls from the county jail to a person he was ordered to have no contact with.
Wolfe is being held in the county jail since he surrendered to police following a 20 hour standoff.

 

PHOTO: Daniel Wolfe

 

A felony count of DWI filed against a Bergen man early Thanksgiving Morning.
30 year old Sean Crowe of Cook Road is charged with felony drunk driving for having been convicted of DWI within the past 10 years.

Another sign of the season:
Crossroads House is holding their 4th annual Christmas sale today and tomorrow.
Various Christmas decorations are featured along with a collection of glassware. If you missed it today, the sale will go on tomorrow from 9 until 3.

Morning News Briefing

While the special Thanksgiving holiday DWI enforcement effort continues across the state and region this weekend the detail has already netted results for local lawmen.
30 year old Sean Crowe of Cook Road in Bergen is charged with a felony count of DWI for having a previous conviction in last 10 years, along with a count for having an Uninspected Vehicle after being stopped by Sheriff’s Deputies just after midnight last night on South Lake Ave in Bergen.
Crowe was released with an appearance ticket for Bergen Town Court on December 4th.
A multi-agency Orleans County Wide DWI Saturation Patrol was hosted by the Albion Police Department from 9pm until 3am which resulted in 3 DWI arrests, 6 drug related arrests, 21 tickets and a total of 76 traffic stops.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, State Police, the City of Batavia and the Village of LeRoy Police Departments are all continuing their statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts through the weekend until December 1st.

County Jail inmate arrested after repeated violations.
46 year old Daniel Wolfe of Liberty Street was arrested following an incident Monday night at the Genesee County Jail.
Wolfe was accused of violating a court order of protection by calling a protected party multiple times while housed in the County Jail and was hit with a count of Criminal Contempt in the 2nd degree.
He is scheduled to appear in Batavia City Court on December 10th.

Bail reform going into effect has judicial officials shuffling court dates to expedite eligible inmates for release.
Beginning in January, nearly everyone charged with non-violent crimes will be released. The bail reform measure impacts nearly half of all inmates in the County Jail.
In anticipation of those changes, they’re being given new court dates to determine whether they should get out of jail before the end of the year.
Starting in 2020, inmates being held on misdemeanors and some felonies won’t be required to post bail. The law is retroactive, so those locked up for similar crimes now must also be freed.

Whether it’s for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday, there’s a good chance you’ll be doing some shopping in the coming days.
And with that in mind, the New York State Division of Consumer Protection has some tips.
If you’re buying a so-called “big ticket” item, take a look at the warranty and check your financing options before purchase.
If you’re getting someone a gift card, make sure the packaging and security seals are intact and always read the fine print to see if there are any hidden fees or restrictions.
Finally, if you’re shopping online, take the necessary steps to keep your personal information safe and only shop when connected to a secure network.

The Buffalo Bills certainly have the attention of the rest of the NFL after a huge win in front of a national audience.
Quarterback Josh Allen threw for one touchdown and ran for another as the Bills dominated the Dallas Cowboys in a 26 to 15 win at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas yesterday.
It was the first Thanksgiving Day appearance for the Bills since 1994.
Buffalo is now at nine-and-three on the season and sits in second place in the AFC East.
Up next for the Bills is a home game December 8th against the Baltimore Ravens.

City Prepares for changes in State Laws

MORNING NEWS BRIEFING

Changes in state law about when and how defense attorneys receive evidence in criminal cases are going to create a greater burden on police and drive up costs for the City and the County, members of the City Council were told Monday night.
City Attorney George Van Nest and Police Chief Shawn Heubusch made about a 40-minute presentation on changes to the rules around what is called “discovery” — the prosecution turning over evidence and information to the defense — and bail reform.
Both the compressed time frame of gathering and preparing the evidence for dissemination and the greater volume of information and evidence will consume more time for law enforcement and the DA’s office.
In the case of traffic tickets — the city issues about 1,500 a year — all evidence must be turned over within 24 hours of the issuance of the ticket.
As for bail reform, Heubusch said starting Jan. 1, people accused of misdemeanors or Class E felonies will no longer be arraigned in City Court. The arresting officer, instead, must issue an appearance ticket. The officer must also issue appearance tickets, rather than taking the suspect in for arraignment, for burglary 2nd and robbery 2nd, all other violent felonies are still eligible for a bail review by a judge.

There is a potential plea offer pending for Guillermo J. Torres-Acevedo, the 23-year-old Batavia man facing 10 criminal charges locally for allegedly having sex with an underage girl and taking her to Pennsylvania, his attorney told Judge Charles Zambito in County Court yesterday. Torres-Acevedo is charged locally with: four counts of second-degree rape, a Class D violent felony; four counts of criminal sexual act in the second degree, also a Class D violent felony; second-degree kidnapping, a Class B violent felony; and second-degree criminal contempt

New information has been revealed in the case of an Allegany County teenager accused of killing his parents.
Prosecutors say 17-year-old William Larson Junior told police his father William Larson Senior killed his mother Lisa before throwing a knife at him. Larson Junior admitted to shooting his father in the driveway of their Clarksville home, but denied hurting his mother.
The bodies of the victims were found following a fire at that residence last week. An autopsy showed they suffered stab and gunshot wounds.

Don’t mean to spoil your party, but local lawmen will out in force tonight.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia and the Village of LeRoy Police will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving over the over the holiday weekend.

For the first time since 1994, the Buffalo Bills are playing football on Thanksgiving Day. They’ll be on the road to take on the NFC East leading Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Bills are coming off back-to-back wins over the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos. They’re currently sitting at eight-and-three, two games behind the New England Patriots for first place in the AFC East. Kickoff for today’s contest is set for four-30 p-m.

Evening News Briefing

Genesee County and most of Western New York are now under a High Wind Warning.
Officially, the warning lasts until 1 am Thanksgiving morning.
The National Weather Service says we can expect winds of 30 miles an hour gusting to 60.
The weather service warns of possible downed power lines and tree limbs, and be sure to try and secure outdoor Holiday decorations.

New information has been revealed in the case of an Allegany County teenager accused of killing his parents.
Prosecutors say 17-year-old William Larson Junior told police his father William Larson Senior killed his mother Lisa before throwing a knife at him. Larson Junior admitted to shooting his father in the driveway of their Clarksville home, but denied hurting his mother.
The bodies of the victims were found following a fire at that residence last week. An autopsy showed they suffered stab and gunshot wounds.

We don’t mean to spoil your party, but local lawmen will out in force tonight.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia and the Village of LeRoy Police will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving over the over the holiday weekend.
The special enforcement begins tonight.

Governor Cuomo is spending Thanksgiving in Puerto Rico.
The guv leaves today and returns on Sunday.
He announced last month that he would spend the holiday with his three daughters on the island to help promote tourism.
The tourist industry was hit hard following Hurricane Maria in 2017.

WNY STAMP TOUTED AT SEMICON EUROPA CONFERENCE IN MUNICH, GERMANY

Press Release:

Genesee County Economic Development Center part of state contingent comprised of economic development entities

BATAVIA, NY – The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) recently participated in Semicon Europa, the largest European semiconductor industry event connecting leaders across the advanced manufacturing world and related supply chains.

Director of Marketing and Communications Jim Krencik represented the GCEDC and the Western New York Science & Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park (WNY STAMP) at the event, which was held in Munich, Germany November 12th through November 15th.

Over 8,000 industry professionals participated in the conference. Krencik participated in the event as part of the New York Love Nanotech pavilion, which included representatives from Empire State Development’s Strategic Business Division, SUNY POLY/NY CREATES, AIM Photonics, site developers, and New York-based supply chain companies, with the support of National Grid.

While connecting with representatives of semiconductor industry companies from North America, Europe, and Asia, Krencik was able to tout many of WNY STAMP’s assets, such as low-cost hydropower, site infrastructure development, and the availability of top-end talent in the region.

“New York State has proven to be an ideal location for the industries represented at Semicon Europa,” Krencik said. “The assets available at Western New York Science & Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park provide a ready source for the growth of the semiconductor industry and advanced manufacturing in our region.”

Located in Alabama, Genesee County, WNY STAMP is a 1,250-acre campus connecting New York’s second- and third-largest metropolitan areas, and developed to best serve the needs of advanced manufacturing projects. Ongoing site development will enable WNY STAMP to achieve full capabilities of 485-megawatts electric capacity and 11-million gallons per day of water capacity.

NYSP: Thanksgiving impaired driving crackdown

Press Release:

The New York State Police will participate in a special traffic enforcement initiative to crack down on unsafe driving behaviors during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. The special traffic enforcement period runs from Wednesday, November 27, 2019, through Sunday, December 1, 2019.

Superintendent Keith M. Corlett said, “During this Thanksgiving holiday weekend I encourage all New Yorkers to make safety their top priority. If your celebrations include alcohol, plan ahead to ensure you have a safe ride home. There’s simply no excuse to get behind the wheel if you’re impaired, and State Troopers will have zero tolerance. Make the right choice and avoid the senseless tragedies caused by impaired driving.”

The State Police will supplement regular patrols statewide, including fixed sobriety checkpoints, an underage drinker enforcement and the “Operation Hang Up” initiative, which targets distracted drivers by utilizing Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) patrol vehicles to better locate drivers talking or texting on hand held devices. These unmarked vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

Very high traffic volumes typically occur during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. It is also a time when alcohol consumption is widespread. During the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday period, troopers arrested 215 drivers for DWI, issued 5,834 speeding tickets, 774 tickets for distracted driving, and 218 tickets for move over law violations.

The Thanksgiving impaired driving enforcement initiative is funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC). The GTSC and the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation remind motorists that their “Have a Plan” mobile app, is available for Apple, Android and Windows smartphones. The app enables New Yorkers to locate and call a taxi or rideshare service and program a designated driver list. It also provides information on DWI laws and penalties, and provides a way to report a suspected impaired driver.

If you drive drunk or drugged, you not only put your life and the lives of others at risk, you could face arrest, jail time, and substantial fines and attorney fees. The average drinking and driving arrest costs up to $10,000.
Arrested drunk and drugged drivers face the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of unanticipated expenses from attorney fees, fines and court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost time at work.
The New York State Police, GTSC and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommend these simple tips to prevent impaired driving:

  • Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi or ride sharing service, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
  • Use your community’s sober ride program;
  • If you suspect a driver is drunk or impaired on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement;
  • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

Morning News Briefing

The High Wind Watch posted for today by The National Weather service has been elevated to a High Wind Warning for most of the region including Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties.
The Warning will be in effect from 10 o’clock this morning expiring at 1:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
The weather service is predicting 30 to 40 mile per hour winds out of the Southwest with gusts reaching up to 60.
Other than the usual concern for downed tree limbs and power lines leading to scattered power outages, officials are reminding residents that unsecured holiday decorations could also be damaged in the high winds.

Three Albion Middle School students accused of conspiring to attack fellow students and staff are now slated for trial in January.
The three were placed on probation and ordered to undergo mental health exams after appearing in family court yesterday.
The students have been charged with conspiracy to commit a felony according to authorities.
The trio is due back in court next month.

County lawmen’s top dog is getting another protective coat this Christmas.
K-9 Frankie will receive a bullet and stab protective vest as a charitable donation according to the sheriff’s office.
The vest is being provided by the non-profit group “Vested Interest” and will be embroidered, “in memory of GS-29.” In honor of the late deputy Frank Bordonaro, Frankie’s name sake.
Frankie was attacked with a knife during a stand-off on Liberty Street just last week but was fortunately uninjured.

Holley woman busted for lifting smokes from a business on the Rez.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies took 49 year old Susan Devault of North Main Street Holley into custody following investigation into a larceny complaint where she was accused of stealing a carton of cigarettes from a Bloomingdale Road business on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation.
Devault was hit with a count of Petit Larceny and issued an appearance ticket returnable to Alabama Town Court on December 11th.

New information has been revealed in the case of an Allegany County teenager accused of killing his parents.
Prosecutors say 17-year-old William Larson Junior told police his father
William Larson Senior killed his mother Lisa before throwing a knife at him.
Larson Junior admitted to shooting his father in the driveway of their Clarksville home, but denied hurting his mother.
The bodies of the victims were found following a fire at that residence last week.
An autopsy showed they suffered stab and gunshot wounds.
Larson Junior is due back in court December 17th.

Former Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio will be spending 180 days behind bars.
A judge sentenced her yesterday after Astacio violated her probation.
Astacio was on probation following a DWI conviction in 2016.
In court, Astacio admitted to not showing up for probation hearings so she could end up in front of a judge and argue that the sentence for her DWI conviction is illegal.
The State Court of Appeals removed Astacio from the bench after several run-ins with the law.

Evening News Briefing

The problem is simple, there are too many deer in places where most people do not want them.
It’s become a nuisance and problematic for the City of Batavia to control.
A wildlife expert from the state briefed city council last night and dispelled the widely held belief that humans are pushing the deer out of their natural habitat.

Susan Booth-Binczik says residential neighborhoods create an excellent environmental for white tailed deer.
The most efficient way to control the population is hunting.

City Council President Gene Jankowski favors that approach:

City Council President Eugene Jankowski

The city is expected to soon form a committee to come up with a plan. Jankowski likes the idea of bow hunting deer in the city – less noisy.

 

Genesee County’s K-9 deputy gets an extra layer of protection.
The sheriff’s office announcing today that K-9 Frankie will receive a bullet and stab protective vest as a charitable donation.
A non-profit group called Vested Interest in K-9 will provide the vest to Frankie. It will be embroidered, “in memory of GS-29.” In honor of the late deputy Frank Bordonaro, Frankie’s name sake.
Just last week during a stand-off on Liberty Street Frankie was attacked with a knife but fortunately not hurt.

Susan Tercero, Macy’s Parade Producer

 

A High Wind Watch has been posted for the day before Thanksgiving.
The National Weather service forecasts southwest winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts up to 60.
The Watch takes effect at 7 tomorrow morning until 10 tomorrow night.
The High Wind Watch covers Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties.

 

Gusty winds on Thursday might cause problems for the balloons in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Producer Susan Tercero says it’s still too early to determine if the balloons will fly.

Winds could gust in New York City up to 40-mph on Thanksgiving Day.
City officials do not allow the balloons to fly if there are sustained winds higher than 23-mph. It could be the first time in 48 years the balloons don’t fly.

 

Governor Cuomo has signed off on a new law preventing consumer agencies from using your social media accounts to determine your credit worthiness.
The governor says basing someone’s credit score on who they know online is an invasion of privacy and can penalize low-income residents.
According to the government, 75-percent of credit scores are wrong since they’re based on incorrect information.
A low score could affect people when they go to apply for jobs or even fill out a housing application.

 

Big Pauly is hanging up his pizza pan.
Paul Berardini is selling his shop after 15 years of ownership and a total of 35 years making pies. He is selling to his manager Angela Cinquino who plans to open at the same location next week under the name of Cinquino Pizza.
Ironically, Berardini began his career working for Cinquino’s father.

 

“Big Pauly” Berardinia turns over his pizza oven to Angela Cinquino, who will re-open the pizza shop next week under her name

 

PHOTO: Courtesy The Batavian

K-9 Frankie Gets Body Armor

File Photo: K-9 Frankie with his handler, Deputy Chris Erion at Niagara Falls

Genesee County Sheriff’s Office K9 Frankie will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and private citizen donors. K9 Frankie is a
2 1/2-year-old Belgian Malinois from Holland and was named in honor of deceased Deputy Frank Bordonaro. K9 Frankie’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of GS-29.” Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,500 U.S. made, custom fitted, NIJ certified protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $6.9 million dollars.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

Evening News Briefing

A High Wind Watch has been posted for the Day before Thanksgiving.
The National Weather Service today issued the alert to take effect Wednesday morning at 7 through Wednesday night at 10.
Southwest winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour are forecast with gusts up to 60 mph.
The Watch includes Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties.

Gusty winds on Thursday might cause problems for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons.
Winds could gust in New York City up-to-40-miles-an hour on Thanksgiving Day.
City officials don’t allow balloons to fly if there are sustained winds higher than 23 mph or gusts over 34-mph
If the balloons are grounded, it will be the first time they don’t fly since 1971.

A fracas on Ross Street ends in the arrest of two.
Batavia Police say Justin Mcgirr and Jeremiah Jones got into fisty-cuffs Saturday afternoon. Both were charged with disorderly conduct, given court appearance tickets and released.

Funeral services have been announced for the Allegany County parents allegedly murdered by their son.
Police say the bodies of William Larson Senior and Lisa Larson were found inside their Town of Clarksville home following a fire Thursday.
Their son, 17-year-old William Larson Junior, is now facing murder charges. The funeral for his parents will be tomorrow afternoon in Cuba, New York.

If you’re one of the millions of drivers hitting the road this week, you’ll find steady prices at the pump.
According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas in Western New York is $2.67
That’s the same as it was last week and is a penny cheaper than this time a month ago. Triple-A puts the average price of a gallon of gas in Batavia at $2.66.

Renaldo Morales III has a big night at Batavia

Howmac Dancer (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — A late-comer to the party, Renaldo Morales III headed to Genesee County upon the completion of the Tioga Downs meet and since arriving has become one of the hotter drivers in the area. On Saturday (Nov. 23) he continued to streak as he won four races, including both pacing features at Batavia Downs.

In the $12,500 Open I Handicap Morales put Howmac Dancer right on the point and led the entire race by open lengths. After setting easy fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:25.2, Morales let Howmac Dancer out a notch in the far turn and the gelding roared away down the lane, opening up a 3-½ length lead in a :28.1 final quarter to win in 1:53.3.

It was the sixth win at Batavia Downs and eighth of the year for Howmac Dancer ($6.10) who is owned by the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. James Clouser Jr. trains the winner.

Then in the $11,000 Open II pace, Morales did an about-face and took In Runaway Bay N off the gate and sat a snug fourth on the pegs through the first half. From there he pulled second-over behind Southwind Onyx (Kyle Cummings), followed that cover to the three-quarters where Southwind Onyx took the lead from Lots Of Loving (Denny Bucceri) and then ran that one down in the stretch to win by 1-½ lengths in 1:55.2.

In Runaway Bay N ($4.30) is owned by Mark Jakubik and trained by Angelo Nappo.

Morales completed his Grand Slam behind Weekend Atnannies (1:56, $8.10) and Cee Pee Panic (1:58, $2.70).

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Nov. 27) with pot time at 6 p.m. This will be the final Wednesday of live racing this year.

GCC Athletics Update: Swimming & Diving Team

The 2019-2020 Swimming & Diving Team

Press Release:

POTSDAM, NY… The Genesee Community College swimming and diving team competed at the two-day North Country Invitational at SUNY Potsdam with both teams coming in fourth place. Genesee swam against NCAA D-1 Clarkson University, NCAA D-2 Saint Michael’s College, and NCAA D-3 SUNY Potsdam.

In day one of the North Country Invite, the women’s 400 medley relay team of Bria Ohlson, Ashton Laird, Brianna McMullen, and Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto placed seventh. The men’s 400 medley relay team of Tyler Stachowiak, Ethan Heim, Carlitos Sanchez, and Daniel Nickerson placed fourth. Nickerson placed 12th in the 500 freestyle. Brianna McMullen placed seventh in the 200 IM. Ethan Heim finished fifth in the men’s 200 IM. Bri Davis, Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto, Ashley Hearn, and Madison Hammond swam in the 50 freestyle. Raymond Pray finished 14th in the men’s 50 freestyle. Ashton Laird finished seventh in the women’s 200 backstroke, while Tyler Stachowiak placed sixth in the men’s backstroke. Carlitos Sanchez finished eighth in the men’s 100 Butterfly. Ethan Heim finished eighth in the men’s 100 Breaststroke. The women’s 200 freestyle relay team of Bri Davis, Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto, Ashton Laird and Brianna McMullen finished fourth. The men’s 200 relay team of Tyler Stachowiak, Daniel Nickerson, Ethan Heim, and Carlitos Sanchez finished in fourth place.

On day two of the North Country Invite at SUNY Potsdam, Brianna McMullen and Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto placed 13th and 14th respectively in the 100 Freestyle. Carlitos Sanchez finished fourth in the men’s 100 Freestyle with Raymond Pray placing 10th. Sanchez and Pray finished seventh and eighth in the men’s 100 Backstroke. Ethan Heim and Tyler Stachowiak were both in the top ten in the 200 Breaststroke. Ashton Laird finished ninth in the women’s 100 Backstroke. Daniel Nickerson swam in the men’s 200 Freestyle. The women’s 400 relay team of Bri Davis, Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto, Ashton Laird, and Brianna McMullen finished fourth, while the men’s team of Tyler Stachowiak, Daniel Nickerson, Ethan Heim, and Carlitos Sanchez finished third.

Genesee returns to the pool on Saturday, December 7 at the Monroe CC Invitational starting at 1pm. The meet will take place at Monroe Community College in Henrietta, NY.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Basketball

Alayah Sweeney (24), Haley Alvord (3), and Erina Ishiguro (42) look to take the ball back against the Bobcats Saturday afternoon (Xi Lin – Genesee Athletics)

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team fell to the Bryant & Stratton College Bobcats of Rochester 62-43 Saturday afternoon, dropping their season record to 3-5. After enjoying a six-point lead at halftime, the Bobcats came back and outscored the Cougars 42-17 in the second half to pull away to the 19-point victory.

Erina Ishiguro led the team in scoring with nine points and three assists. Alayah Sweeney had 14 rebounds to lead Genesee. Abigail Willis had seven points off the bench.
Genesee travels to Villa Maria College Monday at 6:00pm.

Morning News Briefing

City Police report the arrest of 28 year old Timothy Zorn of Batavia following report of a domestic dispute at a Hall Street residence in the city.
Zorn was taken into custody last Thursday afternoon after being accused of choking an individual during the incident and is now facing counts of Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, Assault and Unlawful Imprisonment.
He was ultimately released under supervision of Genesee Justice with appearance tickets returnable to City Court on December 4th.

Two Batavia men busted for brawling on Ross Street.
37 year old Justin Mcgirr and Jeremiah Jones were both collared by City Police after they were allegedly observed fighting on Ross Street Saturday afternoon.
Both were charged with Disorderly Conduct by way of fighting or violent behavior and both were given appearance tickets for Batavia City Court at a later date.

Funeral services have been announced for the Clarksville parents allegedly murdered by their son.
Police say the bodies of William Larson Senior and Lisa Larson were found inside their Courtney Hollow Road home following a fire Thursday.
Their son, 17-year-old William Larson Junior, is now facing murder and manslaughter charges.
The funeral for his parents will be tomorrow afternoon at Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home in Cuba.

Ken’s Charcoal Pits is changing ownership.
Derek Geib, the owner of Bourbon & Burger Co. and The Coffee Press, has recently acquired Ken’s Charcoal Pits from local businessman Ken Mistler.
The main restaurant menu is expected to change, however the pizza and charcoal pits will remain the same according to Geib.
Geib isn’t ready to announce the new name of the restaurant just yet but is hoping to make the most of the changes by early next year.

The Buffalo Bills are off to their best start since 1996 following a big win at home.
Quarterback Josh Allen threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns as the Bills beat the Denver Broncos 20 to three at New Era Field yesterday.
Buffalo is now eight-and-three on the season and sitting two games behind the New England Patriots for first place in the AFC East.
The Bills are back in action Thanksgiving Day when they visit the Dallas Cowboys.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia and the Village of LeRoy Police Department will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.
The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on November 27th and will end on December 1st.

A final reminder to residents that City wide leaf collection resumes today.
To take advantage of the last leaf sweep of the season the city asks that residents place leaves in the parkway near the curb line.

HAWLEY: LAKE ONTARIO BUSINESS RELIEF APPLICATION GUIDELINES NOW AVAILABLE

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced today that application guidelines are available for the Lake Ontario Business Resiliency Program at https://esd.ny.gov/lake-ontario-business-resiliency-program.

This program will support private businesses, homeowners associations, certain not-for-profits, farms and owners of multiple dwellings that are located in Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Wayne, Cayuga, Oswego, Jefferson or St. Lawrence counties that sustained damage from high water levels in the vicinity of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River between January 1, 2019 and October 31, 2019.

“Tragically, many businesses have been severely damaged by Lake Ontario’s record flooding the past year but, help is available to rebuild and fortify businesses along the shoreline,” Hawley said. “It is paramount that all affected business owners do not delay and submit applications by January 31, 2020. As always, my office is available to help navigate this process and I am pleased to see so many coming together to lift up those struggling in our community.”

The Lake Ontario Business Resiliency Program will provide up to $30 million in grants to reimburse up to 50% of the costs of resiliency-related capital improvement projects. The minimum award eligibility amount is $10,000 with a maximum award amount of up to $200,000 for resiliency projects. As a condition of receiving a grant, eligible entities must also receive a local matching contribution totaling at least 5% of the state grant.

For inquiries about the program, email LakeOntario@esd.ny.gov or call 518-292-5100. All applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2020 and delivered to Empire State Development at 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12245.

Lougazi back on top in Batavia Open trot

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — After making back-to-back breaks earlier this month forcing him to qualify, Lougazi rebounded from an off-track last week to score an easy 1-¼ length victory in the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Nov. 22).

Rockefeller Lindy (Dave McNeight III) inherited the lead off the pylons as no one else left in the abbreviated field of five. He took advantage of the situation and went a pedestrian :29 to the quarter and :59.1 to the half. Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) pulled first-over at that station and began to pursue around the third turn.

The race was on as Lougazi engaged Rockefeller Lindy on the backstretch and the two then trotted side-by-side to the three-quarters and around the last turn. Heading into the lane Lougazi took control, cleared and trotted away in the stretch, hitting the wire a wrapped-up winner in 1:58.3.

Lougazi ($3.00) raised his earnings for the year to $89,375 after scoring his ninth win for owner Mary Warriner and trainer Ryan Swift.

In the $11,000 Open II trot, Ticket To Seattle (Renaldo Morales III) tripped-out behind Majestic Kat (Billy Davis Jr.) until halfway down the stretch when he tipped-out and blew by his cover at the light to win in 1:59. A $21.60 upset winner, Ticket To Seattle is owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr.

Dave McNeight III was the top driver on Friday with three wins.

There is a $1,200 carryover for the Pick-5 wager in the first race on Saturday (Nov. 23) when live racing resumes at Batavia Downs with a 6 p.m. post time.

Weekend News Briefing

Following a suspicious fire with two dead bodies inside an Allegany County residence, State Police have taken a Clarksville teen into custody.
Troopers held a 17 hour man-hunt to track down 17 year old William Larson Junior after the teen was seen leaving the residence during the fire and before law enforcement arrived.
Investigators say Larson lived at the residence and he is now facing two counts of second degree Murder and two counts of Manslaughter.
The names of the victims haven’t been released, but police don’t believe they were killed by the fire. Investigation remains on-going.

Perry police bust a Batavia resident for DWI.
39 year old Celestino Barrera-Antunez of Batavia was stopped for driving with only one headlight by Perry Police on South Main Street in Perry just after midnight into Friday morning.
Police reported that Barrera-Antunez had bloodshot eyes and that his breath had the odor of an alcoholic beverage.
Following a series of roadside sobriety tests Barrera-Antunez was arrested and charged with DWI and operating a motor vehicle with one headlight.
Barrera-Antunez was released on appearance tickets for Perry Village Court at a later date.

Batavia man arrested following a harassment complaint.
Troopers based out of Batavia took 25 year old Alexander Wallace into custody following investigation into a harassment complaint last week.
Wallace was charged with two class A Misdemeanor counts of providing a False Written Statement and was released with an appearance ticket as the investigation is pending into the incident.

Downtown restaurant in Batavia changes hands.
The owner of Bourbon & Burger Co. and The Coffee Press, Derek Geib, has acquired Ken’s Charcoal Pits from local businessman Ken Mistler.
According to Geib, while the main restaurant menu will change, the pizza and charcoal pits will remain the same.
Geib isn’t ready to announce the new name of the restaurant just yet but is hoping to make the most of the changes by early next year.

The Buffalo Bills are looking to make a push towards the playoffs with just six games left in the regular season.
They’re hosting the Denver Broncos at New Era Field in Orchard Park this weekend.
Buffalo is coming off a win over the Miami Dolphins and is two games behind the New England Patriots for first place in the AFC East.
Kickoff for Sunday’s game is set for one p-m.

On Monday City wide leaf collection will resume.
The recent snowfall put the city slightly behind schedule however the anticipated thaw this weekend has allowed for one final sweep.
To take advantage of the last leaf sweep of the season the city asks that residents place leaves in the parkway near the curb line.

Evening News Briefing

State Police have taken a teenager into custody following a suspicious fire in Allegany County.
Troopers had been searching for 17-year-old William Larson Junior since two bodies were found inside a home in Clarksville yesterday. Investigators say Larson lived at the residence.
The names of the victims haven’t been released, but police don’t believe they were killed by the fire.

 

Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to be the favored candidate among Democrats in New York State.
A new Siena College poll shows Biden with a 10-point lead over Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and an 11-point edge over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
That’s the largest lead Biden has had over the competition since at least September.

 

The 18th annual Holland Land Office Museum “Wonderland of Trees” begins later today.
Doors open at 6 this evening for the basket auction.
There will be music and hors d’oeuvres until 8:30 tonight.
Tickets for the kick-off event are $15, $10 for museum members and $5 for children under 12.

With just six games left in the regular season, the Buffalo Bills are looking to make a push towards the playoffs.
They’re hosting the Denver Broncos at New Era Field in Orchard Park this weekend.
Buffalo is coming off a win over the Miami Dolphins and is two games behind the New England Patriots for first place in the AFC East.
Kickoff for Sunday’s game is set for one p-m.

Batavia Downs Thanksgiving Draw Schedule

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Horsemen and horsewomen are reminded of the draw schedule for Thanksgiving week at Batavia Downs.

A double draw will be held on Tuesday (Nov. 26) for races to be held on Friday (Nov. 29) and Saturday (Nov. 30). The entry box will close at 9 am for both days.

After the draw, the judges must receive driver changes for Friday’s card (Nov. 29) by 1 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 26). Drivers changes for Saturday’s card (Nov. 30) are due by 10 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 27).

For more information or to make phone entries please call the Batavia Downs Race Office at 585-344-6161.

Holland Land Office Museum Wonderland Of Trees Kickoff Basket Raffle and More

Press Release:

Holland Land Office Museum Wonderland Of Trees Kickoff Basket Raffle and More

We are ready for our 18th Annual Wonderland of Trees Kickoff! Our baskets are nestled all snug in their places, so come on down today or tomorrow during business hours if you want a sneak peak and to get your choices in early! Not only do we have close to 40 gift baskets for our raffle but we also have a beautiful tree to win decorated by the lovely ‘Anything Your Heart Desires’ Florist. If you would rather try your luck at winning Cash grab a couple of tickets for our 50/50 raffle instead.

The Kickoff starts Friday November 22nd at 6 pm and will continue until 8:30 pm. There will be delicious hors d’oeuvres provided by the D & R Depot throughout the night to enjoy while you listen to music performed by voice students of Sound Foundation Voice Studio as well as a flute ensemble from Batavia Middle School.
Tickets for the Kickoff can be purchased online, by calling (585) 343-4727 or stopping into the Museum for $15 per person, $10 per member or $5 per child under 12.

Tickets for the basket raffle are $2 per ticket, 10 tickets for $10 or 25 tickets for $20.

Tickets for the 50/50 raffle are $1 per ticket or 5 tickets for $4.

At the Kickoff we will be holding a silent auction for a couple of the bigger items so make sure you don’t miss out.
Winners will be pulled at 8:15 pm at the Kickoff but you don’t have to be present to win!
What a great way to kickoff the holidays with food and entertainment for the whole family!

Morning News Briefing

Following the election of Durin Rogers as Batavia’s full-time City Court Justice, City Council is now seeking qualified candidates who want to fill the part-time City Court Judge position Rogers once held.
To be eligible candidates must be a current attorney in New York State and for at least the past five years.
Those interested are encouraged to send letters to City Council President Gene Jankowski, in care of city hall.
The deadline to apply is December 2nd for the six year term to the part-time post which begins January 1st of 2020. Follow the link for more information on the posting.

Assault in the City lands a South Swan Street woman in lock-up.
Following investigation into an incident in an upper apartment of a South Swan Street address last Friday Batavia Police took 52 year old Cynthia Mack into custody.
Mack allegedly punched an individual in the face and causing a laceration, while violating an order of protection that was in place against her.
She was arraigned in City Court and subsequently was committed to the County Jail without bail.

Speeding in Alabama ends in a DWI arrest for a Medina woman.
38 year old Christina Taylor of S. Academy Street Medina was taken into custody by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies early yesterday morning after she was stopped for speeding on Alleghany road in Alabama.
Taylor was charged with DWI upon further investigation and was issued appearance tickets to appear on December 18th in Alabama Town Court.

Two Batavia residents arrested for fraud.
64 year old Linda Thomas was arrested by Troopers out of Batavia two Class A Misdemeanor counts of providing a False Written Statement following investigation into an incident on the first of October.
Thomas was arrested on October 30th and on Wednesday 26 year old Richard Demmer of Batavia was taken into custody on a Class C Felony count of possessing a Forged Instrument from the same investigation.
Both were given appearance tickets for Batavia Town Court.

Medina woman faces DWI after stopped for speeding in Alabama.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies took 38 year old Christina Taylor of S. Academy Street Medina into custody just after midnight into yesterday morning after she was stopped for speeding on Alleghany road in Alabama.
Upon further investigation Taylor was charged with DWI and she was issued appearance tickets for Alabama Town Court on December 18th.

With just six games left in the regular season, the Buffalo Bills are looking to make a push towards the playoffs.
They’re hosting the Denver Broncos at New Era Field in Orchard Park this weekend.
Buffalo is coming off a win over the Miami Dolphins and is two games behind the New England Patriots for first place in the AFC East.
Kickoff for Sunday’s game is set for 1:00 p.m.

City wide leaf collection will resume on Monday, November 25 with one final sweep.
City Officials request residents place leaves in the parkways near the curb line if they want the City to collect leaves.
Residents can also bring leaves to the yard waste station on Law Street until December 14th

Evening News Briefing

With the election of Durin Rogers to the position of full-time city court judge, Batavia is looking to fill the part-time post that Rogers vacated.
The term for the part-time post is six years beginning January 1st.
Candidates must be an attorney in New York State for at least five years.
Letters of interest should be directed City Council President Gene Jankowski, in care of city hall.
The deadline to send those letters is December 2nd.

 

City wide leaf collection will resume on Monday.
The recent snowfall put the city a bit behind schedule.
The city asks that residents take advantage of the anticipated thaw this weekend and place leaves in the parkway near the curb line…that’s the area between the sidewalk and the curb.

 

Recognition for two local businesses today.
General Motors has recognized Ken Barrett Chevrolet for a quarter Century of service to Batavia.
Officials from GM presented owner Ken Barrett with an award recognizing his 25 years in city. Barrett gives credit to his 41 employees…

 

Photo: Ken Barrett, left, with officials of General Motors

Ken Barrett Chevrolet has hosted WBTA’s annual Christmas Toy Drive in conjunction with the Salvation Army for all of the dealerships 25 years.
This year’s drive will be held on December 13th.

Tompkins Bank of Castile, based here in Batavia, has been recognized with an award from the Small Business Administration.
The bank was singled out for making 5-million dollars in SBA loans over the past year. The cash supported 345 jobs in the local economy.

 

Where were you when the pickles flew?  A Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputy dispatched to the parking lot of Oakfield’s 7-11. Reportedly two women were throwing a jar of pickles at each other. The caller said the combatants appeared to be (sic) pickled.

City Council seeking to fill part-time City Court Judge position

Press Release:

The City Council is seeking to fill a part-time City Court Judge position. This position is appointed by City Council to serve a six (6) year term and will be effective January 1, 2020. Minimum qualifications require candidates to be an attorney admitted to practice law in the State of New York for at least five (5) years as of the date he or she commences the duties of the office and must be a resident of the City of Batavia.

All interested candidates please submit a letter of interest and resume to:

City Court Judge
Attn: City Council President Eugene Jankowski, Jr.
One Batavia City Centre
Batavia, New York 14020

Resumes and letters of interest are due by 4:30 p.m. on December 2, 2019. Please provide 10 hard copies of your materials directly to the City Manager’s office as well as an electronic copy.

If there are any questions, please contact:

Office of the City Manager
One Batavia City Centre
Batavia, New York 14020
Phone: (585) 345-6330
Fax: (585) 343-8182
E-mail: mmoore@batavianewyork.com

City Leaf Collection: Final Sweep on Monday

Press Release:

City leaf collection will resume on Monday, November 25, 2019 and will make one final sweep of the City for leaf collection. We ask residents take advantage of the current snow thaw this weekend to place leaves in the parkways near the curb line if they want the City to collect leaves. Please, do not pile leaves around sign posts, trees, fire hydrants or light poles, this prevents the equipment from being able to collect the leaves.

Residents can also bring leaves to the yard waste station on Law Street (Mon- Sat 11AM to 5PM until December 14th. Closed Thanksgiving Day).

Lady London repeats to take Batavia distaff Open

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Just to prove last week’s 5-¾ length win was no fluke, Lady London moved up to the top class and wired the field again in the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace for fillies and mares at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Nov.20).

Driver Ray Fisher Jr. was decisive in strategy and repeated last weeks script; he left strong with Lady London and called out every quarter. They went :28 to the quarter and :57.1 to the half with the field in single file, and then rolled to the three-quarters in 1:25.4 with Squeeze This (Billy Davis Jr.) following close in the pocket and the favored HP Sissy (Drew Monti) winging it first-over on the rim.

Coming off the final bend HP Sissy stalled and Squeeze This popped the deuce and was in full flight coming for home. She made up ground all the way down the lane but despite her valiant attempt to close the gap, Squeeze This fell a nose short to Lady London who stayed tough and won in 1:56.

It was the eighth win of the year for Lady London ($7.50) who has now earned $70,873 for owner VHF Racing. Sabrina Shaw is the trainer.

In the $9,000 under-feature, Little Joke (Billy Davis Jr.) dropped from Open II company and looked impressive as the heavy favorite with a wire to wire 1-1/4 length victory in 1:57.1. The eighth win of the year for Little Joke ($2.40) pushed her earnings to $74,428 for owners Vogel and Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice. Maria Rice trains the winner.

Ray Fisher Jr. and Denny Bucceri led all drivers on Wednesday with three wins each.

Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Nov. 22) with post time at 6 p.m.

NY FARM BUREAU MARKET BASKET SURVEY

Press Release:

The 2019 Market Basket Survey reveals a 15% price decrease for the classic Thanksgiving Day dinner compared to the price of last year’s meal. The average total price this year, which includes a 16-pound turkey, is $48.73. This is down over last year’s survey of $57.57, much of that attributed to a reduction in retail turkey prices.

Turkey prices are about $1.27 per pound in New York State, down about 31% on average in this informal survey compared to 2018. Prices found by volunteer shoppers ranged from $.37/lb. to $2.49/lb. This price is comparable to the national average of $1.30 per pound. As we move closer to Thanksgiving, turkey prices may continue to drop in the stores, reflecting sales in the final days before the holiday.

The New York numbers did show modest price increase in several categories including for a gallon of whole milk, Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Mix, and for many of the vegetables on the list.

This year’s survey also includes comparable numbers for an expanded menu that includes a four-pound ham, five-pound bag of russet potatoes and a package of frozen green beans. New York Farm Bureau included those in the survey for the first-time last year, reflecting more diversity in traditional Thanksgiving meals. When those prices are included, the total meal price jumps to $62.26.

The survey reveals that the classic meal remains affordable with a price point of under five dollars per person for a 10-person meal. The affordability demonstrates that although farmers and ranchers are dealing with a variety of issues, consumers still benefit from lower retail prices, in part because the actual cost of the food – the portion paid to farmers – is only eight cents of each dollar consumers spend on food at the store.

“It is good news for consumers that this year’s dinner is more affordable than last Thanksgiving. Farmers have faced a difficult year with low commodity prices, weather challenges and trade disruptions, but because of their tenacity and hard work, Americans can still enjoy a nutritious dinner on their tables. This season, we should all give thanks to the farm families and their employees in New York who make it possible to feed ourselves,” said Phyllis Couture, Chair of New York Farm Bureau’s Promotion and Education Committee.

This survey is one of the responsibilities of the NYFB State Promotion and Education Committee which also participates in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Quarterly Market Basket Survey. AFBF’s 34th annual informal national price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average national cost of this year’s feast is $48.91, slightly more than New York’s number. The national price for the expanded menu is $62.32. More information on the national survey can be found at www.fb.org.

New York Farm Bureau’s volunteer shoppers sampled prices at 31 different supermarkets throughout the state trying to get the best prices available, but they did not use promotional coupons or special deals such as “buy one-get one free.” The shopping list includes 15 common Thanksgiving food items ranging from turkey and rolls to stuffing and celery to pumpkin pie mix, enough to feed 10 people around the dinner table. An average for miscellaneous ingredients, like flour and butter, is also included. The 2019 Thanksgiving survey displayed considerable price variation across the state as well as within the regions surveyed. No area had the highest or lowest in every category. The best advice for shoppers is to compare prices to save money. The numbers below reflect the overall average of the volunteer shoppers, and this is not meant to be a true scientific survey, but rather a snapshot of what shoppers may find leading up to the holiday.

Market Basket Survey Comparison       2019 Average Price       2018 Average Price
Frozen, Self-Basting Turkey 16 lb.        $20.38                             $29.68
Herb-seasoned cube stuffing 14oz.       $2.64                               $3.02
Enriched Brown & Serve Rolls 12 oz./12 per pkg. $2.96            $3.26
Gallon of Whole Milk                               $2.90                               $2.54
Frozen Green Peas 16oz. pkg.                 $1.34                               $1.40
Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Mix 30oz. can      $3.20                              $2.48
9 in. frozen pie shell- 2 count                 $2.75                               $3.37
Whipping Cream ½ pint carton            $2.17                               $2.18
Fresh Carrots per pound                         $1.22                               $.98
One Bunch of Celery                                $2.10                               $1.84
Sweet Potatoes per pound                      $1.21                                $1.12
Package of Fresh Cranberries                $2.64                               $2.66
Miscellaneous Ingredients                     $3.22                               $3.01
Classic Thanksgiving Total                    $48.73                             $57.54

Half Bone-in Ham, 4 lbs.                       $8.86                               $10.82
Russet Potatoes, 5 lb. bag                      $3.26                               $3.30
Frozen Green Beans, 16 oz. pkg           $1.41                                $1.35
Expanded Dinner Total Price               $62.26                            $73.01

New York Farm Bureau does not make any statistical claims about the survey data, but it is a useful gauge of price trends across New York and the country for shoppers who look to compare prices.

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Batavia brought in the New Year with fireworks last night at 9p at Batavia Downs.  The time was moved up to avoid potential hazards due to the high winds that arrived after midnight, the original time of the fireworks.  No reports of major damage today due to the high winds but be aware of tree limbs and downed power lines in your area.

A grand jury has indicted a man who was arrested over the summer at the August 10th Jason Aldean concert at Darien Lake.  Robert Maharrey was indicted for disorderly conduct, multiple counts of harassment for striking a female patron in the face, 2nd degree assault a class D violent felony for allegedly striking a sheriff’s deputy, assaulting a police officer a class C violent felony when he spit and struck another deputy assisting in the arrest.

Friday evening Livingston County Sheriffs were in the middle of the state wide stop DWI effort, when deputies pulled a vehicle over on 390 for speeding.  Upon further investigation a 27 year old Geneseo man Patrick Dunn was charged with DWI.  Dunn’s BAC was .25% and was further charged with felony DWI from a previous 2015 conviction.  Dunn is now being held on 1,5k bail or 3k bond and remanded to the custody of the sheriff.

Yesterday afternoon, Genesee County Sheriffs made a traffic stop in Oakfield on Lewiston road when a Rochester man, 20 year old Damian Schoonmaker of Smith Street was found to be in possession of marijuana in his 2000 Buick LeSabre.  He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and is scheduled to appear in Oakfield town court 1/21

A motor vehicle accident yesterday in Elba led to a lane closure around 3:30p.  Two vehicle collided at Oak orchard and Lockport roads in Elba.  Elba fire police and 2 ambulance responded along with Elba Fire dept.

New Yorkers are seeing a number of new state laws in the New Year.  Among them, a law that requires diaper changing tables in all new public men’s and women’s restrooms.

Other changes include a requirement that health insurance companies give male patients free prostate cancer screenings and that residents be allowed to return unused prescription meds to pharmacies for free.

Many homeowners will enjoy an increase in property tax rebates, of an average of more than five-hundred dollars.

There’s the hike in the minimum wage. In our area, the minimum wage goes to eleven-dollars-and-ten-cents.



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