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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

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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

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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

Press Release:

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

Press Release:

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.

Morning News Briefing

Batavia Police have identified 45 year old Daniel Wolfe of 209 Liberty Street as the subject who held multiple law enforcement agencies at bay in a near 20 hour police stand off earlier this week.
Batavia’s Assistant Police Chief Todd Crossett said in a statement released yesterday that Wolfe was looking for a suicide by police intervention.
Wolfe is accused of firing multiple pellets from a BB gun at lawmen, and also of trying to stab The Sheriff’s Office K9.
He is now facing charges of Criminal Contempt, Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Menacing and Harassment.
After surrendering peacefully Tuesday morning Wolfe was initially taken to Strong Hospital.
Upon his release from the hospital he was taken into police custody, and after being arraigned in Batavia City Court he was ordered to be held in the Genesee County Jail without bail. Additional charges are still pending in the matter.

Senator Chuck Schumer is going to bat for minor league baseball to rail against a proposal by Major League Baseball that would give the Muckdogs the ax.
Because baseball enjoys an exemption from anti-trust laws the plan has the potential to draw the attention of Congress according to Senator Schumer.
He says Congress has the power to overturn that exemption.
Schumer cited the importance of minor league ball during a telephone news conference yesterday…

Major League Baseball has proposed eliminating 42 minor league teams as a means of reducing the cost of player development.

Batavia man busted for grand larceny at Walmart.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies report the arrest of 37 year old Ricky Lee Miller of North Spruce Street following investigation into a larceny from the Walmart in Batavia last month.
Miller was hit with a count of Grand larceny after he allegedly stole merchandise worth over one-thousand dollars from the store.
He has an appearance ticket for December 5th in Batavia Town Court.

There will be a Wind Advisory going into effect tonight for the region according to the National Weather Service out of Buffalo.
The advisory is in effect for areas including Orleans and Genesee Counties from 11 p.m. this evening to 10 a.m. tomorrow morning.
Forecasters are calling for westerly winds from 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.
Weather Service officials say the gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects down tree limbs and possibly lead to a few power outages.

An interesting report from the scanner last night as Police were called to the 7-11 in Oakfield just after midnight for a reported fight between 2 women.
The caller reported both women were fighting and appeared intoxicated, while one through a jar of pickles at the other.
There were no injuries reported from the incident.

The Sabres are in Boston tonight to take on the Bruins.
Buffalo has lost consecutive 4 to 1 games to the Blackhawks and Wild.
The Bruins have only lost three games in regulation through the first 21 games of this NHL season, and lead the division.

Evening News Briefing

Daniel Wolfe

The subject of a 20 hour police standoff on Liberty Street earlier this week has been identified.
45 year old Daniel Wolfe of 209 Liberty has been charged criminal possession of a weapon, menacing and harassment.
He is currently being held in the Genesee County Jail without bail.

In a statement released today, Assistant Batavia Police Chief Todd Crossett said that Wolfe wanted police to kill him.
Wolfe allegedly fired shots at police from a BB rifle, and attempted to stab a police dog.

Wolfe was originally taken to Strong Hospital after he surrendered peacefully yesterday morning.
Upon his release from the hospital he was taken into police custody, arraigned in Batavia City Court and jailed.

 

Sen Charles Schumer (D-NY)

New York’s Senior Senator Chuck Schumer has now weighed in on a plan by Major League Baseball that would eliminate the Muckdogs from professional ball.
Schumer says the plan has the potential to draw the attention of Congress because baseball enjoys an exemption from anti-trust laws. Congress has the power to overturn that exemption.
During a telephone news conference today, Schumer cited the importance of minor league baseball…

Major League Baseball has proposed eliminating 42 minor league teams as a means of reducing the cost of player development.

Parents in the Albion Central School District are expressing concern after three students were arrested as part of a plot to attack the middle school. Some parents said their children were shaken up after it was revealed the three students were planning to use explosives and guns against their fellow students and staff.
The superintendent says extra patrols have been added as a precaution. The three students involved have been suspended and are receiving counseling.

Police ID and Arrest Standoff Suspect

News Release

On November 18, 2019 at approximately 1:18 PM, the Genesee County Dispatch Center received a domestic call at 209 Liberty Street. The caller reported that an intoxicated male struck a female and the male was in possession of a sword. It was also reported that the female was able to escape the residence. Officers from the Batavia Police Department arrived on scene and encountered the male who had barricaded himself inside the residence. The female was located and found safe at a neighbor’s home. The suspect, who remained inside the house, began shooting at officers with a BB rifle.

Immediately, the Batavia Police Department set up a perimeter around the residence and neighbors were told to shelter in place. The Batavia City School District was informed of the incident so appropriate measures could be taken to ensure the safety of the students, including the students attending the Jackson Primary school located a few blocks away.

Batavia Police Negotiators were called to the scene along with the Batavia Police Emergency Response Team (ERT), the New York State Police, and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office / K9 Unit and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation K9 Unit.

Daniel Wolfe, BPD Photo

Negotiators were able to make verbal contact with the suspect who was identified as Daniel Wolfe, age 45, who resided at 209 Liberty Street in the upstairs apartment. Wolfe repeatedly told negotiators that he wanted officers to kill him. He refused officers commands to come out of the house.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s K9 handler attempted to send in Frankie inside to safely take Wolfe into custody. Wolfe then attempted to slash Frankie with a knife, and the handler pulled Frankie back to safety.

Wolfe continued to tell officers, throughout the incident, that he wanted officers to kill him, and he threatened to shoot officers. Several options were tried to get Wolfe to surrender that included the launching of chemical agents into the residence and the use of robots/drones to determine where he was in the residence. Other negotiating and swat teams were called in to assist.

After approximately 20 hours, Wolfe exited the residence and surrendered to Detective Sargent Kevin Czora of the Batavia Police Department. Wolfe was transported to Strong Hospital for injuries he sustained during the incident. These injuries were self-inflicted. All officers on scene, and civilians in the neighborhood, were unharmed during this incident.

Wolfe was later released from Strong Hospital, at which time he was arrested by Batavia Police Department on Criminal Contempt 1st, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd, Menacing 2nd, and harassment 2nd.

Wolfe was arraigned in Batavia City Court on November 19, 2019 and is being held without bail at the Genesee County Jail. He will re-appear in Batavia City Court on November 21, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Additional charges are pending at this time.

The Batavia Police Department would like to thank the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Orleans County SWAT, New York State Police troopers, negotiators, drone unit, K9 unit and SORT teams, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation K9 Unit, Monroe County Crisis Negotiating Team, Genesee County Emergency Management, Genesee County Dispatch Center, City of Batavia Fire Department, Mercy EMS, and the numerous citizens who supported the efforts, both on the scene and in the days following this incident.

Genesee County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI Thanksgiving 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.

This Thanksgiving weekend, millions will hit the roads eager to spend time with family and friends. It’s one of the busiest travel times of the year, and unfortunately more people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes. In a combined effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on November 27th and will end on December 1st.

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. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

The Batavia Muckdogs may finally be getting the ax if a proposed revamp of minor league baseball is enacted.
A list of 42 minor league teams across the country, including the Muckdogs have been named as part of a proposal to sever major league affiliations.
Major League Baseball says it’s a business decision and that the farm club system is just too costly to maintain.
Jeff Lantz, Senior Market Director for Minor League Baseball tells WBTA News that the eliminations are only a proposal for now.
He’s confident professional baseball will still be played at Dwyer stadium this summer as the contract between baseball and the minor leagues does not expire until next September.
After that point remains the subject of negotiation according to Lantz.
Senator Chuck Schumer is expected to hold a televised press conference this afternoon raising strong objections to the reported proposal from Major League Baseball to restructure the Minor League Baseball system.
Schumer is expected to urge MLB to stop playing hardball and to work with local stakeholders on the ground to ensure that “America’s past time” doesn’t become a part of Upstate New York’s past.

No injuries reported as the 18 hour police stand-off on Liberty Street came to an end yesterday morning.
Batavia Police Investigator Kevin Czora spent hours building trust with the man who had barricaded himself inside a home at 209 Liberty before convincing him to surrender shortly before 9 a.m.
Assistant Police Chief Todd Crossett was on scene after the resolution…

The man was armed with a sword and a pellet gun and had taken several shots at police during the incident.
At one point during the standoff the man unsuccessfully attempted to stab the sheriff’s office K-9 Frankie, but the dog was not injured.
Police have not yet released the man’s identity or reported charges he may be facing this morning.

The start of the 2020 census is only a few months away, and Governor Cuomo says the state will be working hard to make sure everyone is counted.
New York will be spending millions of dollars on census outreach efforts. Several state agencies will be involved answering questions residents may have about the census process and making sure they fill out the proper documentation.
Governor Cuomo says the 2020 census is important since it affects representation in Congress and the amount of federal funds New York can receive.

Parents in the Albion Central School District are expressing concern after three students were arrested as part of a plot to attack the middle school.
During a meeting last night, some parents said their children were shaken up after it was revealed the three students were planning to use explosives and guns against their fellow students and staff.
The superintendent says extra patrols have been added as a precaution.
The three students involved have been suspended and are receiving counseling.

The struggles of the following a tough loss at home.
Zach Parise had a pair of goals as the Minnesota Wild beat the Sabres 4 to 1 at KeyBank Center last night.
Brandon Montour had the lone tally for Buffalo, who have won only one of their last nine games.
The Sabres will be back in action tomorrow night when they visit the Boston Bruins.

Evening News Briefing

Batavia Muckdogs’ fans holding their breath today over the future of their team.

The Muckdogs are on a list of 42 minor league baseball teams across the country proposed to lose their major league affiliations.
Baseball says it’s a business decision. The farm club system is just too costly to maintain.

This afternoon, Minor League Baseball Senior Market Director Jeff Lantz tells WBTA News the chopping of Batavia and the other 41 teams remains only a proposal. The contract between baseball and the minor leagues does not expire until next September, insuring that baseball will be played this summer at Dwyer stadium. Beyond that, Lantz told us, remains the subject of negotiation.

Also this afternoon, Batavia City Manager Martin Moore says he was briefed on the situation last week by officials of the Muckdogs and the NYP League. Moore admits there is little the city can do to influence Baseball’s decision.

 

The 20-hour police stand-off on Liberty Street ended peacefully this morning.

Ast Batavia Police Chief Todd Crossett

BPD Investigator Kevin Czora successfully convinced a man who had barricaded himself inside a home at 209 Liberty to surrender.
Assistant Police Chief Todd Crossett described Czora’s contribution to the incident:

 

PHOTO Courtesy: The Batavian / Jim Burns

The unidentified man was armed with a sword and a pellet gun and had taken several shots at police who had cordoned off the area.
Police said that at one point during the standoff the man attempted to stab K-9 Frankie, the police dog of the sheriff’s office, but the dog was not injured.

 

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone is revealing details of his brief meeting with Pope Francis. The pair spoke last week while Malone joined other religious leaders on a trip to the Vatican. Malone says he believes the Pontiff understands the difficulties he’s been facing. Malone has been criticized for his handling of the clergy sex-abuse scandal in the diocese. There have been calls for Malone to resign, but he says he’s not planning to do that.

Liberty Street Stand Off comes to an end

After nearly 20 hours the Liberty Street Stand-off has come to an end this morning.

According to our news partner The Batavian the male subject was coaxed out of the residence by Detective Kevin Czora at around 9 this morning and walked to an ambulance about a block away from the scene.

More on this story as it develops.

Morning News Briefing

A stand-off that began around 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon on Liberty Street apparently continued through the night and remains on-going this morning.
The incident started after emergency dispatchers received a report that a man carrying a sword had entered a home in the 200 block of Liberty Street.
Later police said the unidentified man had barricaded himself in an upstairs room and refused to come out armed with a sword and a pellet gun.
Batavia Police, Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies and State Police cordoned off the section of Liberty Street and the man fired several pellets at police, shot out windows in the area and refused to come out peacefully.
The Orleans County SWAT team responded to the incident last night and at about 8 p.m., shot CS gas canisters into the house which only shut down communication with the subject for around 45 minutes.
Police Chief Shawn Heubusch explains why officers have not stormed the residence to apprehend the suspect…

Shortly before 11 p.m. last night Heubusch confirmed that the suspect unsuccessfully attempted to stab “Frankie,” the K-9 of Deputy Chris Erion.
No one has been reported injured including Frankie.
At around 6:13 a.m. this morning radio communication was reported that negotiators were coming to an end of their options.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

42 minor league teams may get the ax by their Major League parent clubs.
The New York Times is reporting today that the Batavia Muckdogs are on the list.
It is part of an effort by M.L.B. to overhaul the lower minor leagues and the way players are developed to make it to the bigs.
Baseball has been sending signals of a minor league re-do for the past several months but this is the first time that actual teams have been named.
Also on the proposed chopping block is the Auburn Double Days, who like Batavia, are part of the New York Penn League.
Attempts to reach officials with the Muckdogs were unsuccessful.
The cellphone for Muckdogs General Manager Brendan Kelly is no longer in service.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is continuing to push for a ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.
At Depew High School yesterday, the New York Democrat said there’s legislation pending in the Senate that would put that ban in place. President Trump said back in September he supported a ban on these products, but The Washington Post reports he’s backing away from a ban due to concerns it could lead to job losses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says over 40 recent deaths have been connected to e-cigarette use.

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone is revealing details of his brief meeting with Pope Francis.
The pair spoke last week while Malone joined other religious leaders on a trip to the Vatican.
Malone says he believes the Pontiff understands the difficulties he’s been facing. Malone has been criticized for his handling of the clergy sex-abuse scandal in the diocese.
There have been calls for Malone to resign, but he says he’s not planning to do that.

Evening News Briefing

A stand-off continues on Liberty Street early this evening.
Batavia Police, Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies and State Police have cordoned off the 200 block of Liberty Street for a man believed to be armed with a sword and a pellet gun.

Police Chief Shawn Heubusch says the man has fired several shots at police from the pellet gun and has refused to come out peace fully.
No one has been reported injured.

Heubusch categorizes the incident as a domestic disturbance.
It began around 2 p.m. Monday afternoon. The emergency dispatch center received a report that a man carrying a sword was walking on Liberty Street and entered a home. Later police said the unidentified man had barricaded himself in an upstairs room and refused to come out.

As a precaution, Jackson Primary school was placed on lockout.
Around 3:30 this afternoon the students were dismissed and board buses to be taken home.
The chief says police are continuing to work through a process to get the man to come out.

Major League Baseball is proposing to severe its parent club ties with 42 minor league teams across the county.
The New York Times is reporting today that the Batavia Muckdogs are on the list.
It is part of an effort by M.L.B. to overhaul the lower minor leagues and the way players are developed to make it to the bigs.
Baseball has been sending signals of a minor league re-do for the past several months but this is the first time that actual teams have been named.
Also on the proposed chopping block is the Auburn Double Days, who like Batavia, are part of the New York Penn League.
Attempts to reach officials with the Muckdogs were unsuccessful. The cellphone for Muckdogs General Manager Brendan Kelly is no longer in service.

Bishop Richard Malone is back home after spending several days at the Vatican.
He and several other bishops were in Rome to visit with Pope Francis and give a report on what’s going on in their respective dioceses.
Malone has been criticized for how he’s handled the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Buffalo Diocese which includes Genesee County.
He has rejected calls to step down, saying he’s planning to stay in his position until he’s required to retire in 2021.

Western New York drivers are continuing to find steady prices at the pump. According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is $2.66. That’s down a penny from last week and is two cents cheaper than this time a month ago. Gas Buddy.com lists the average price of a gallon of regular in Batavia at the regional average of $2.66.

Muckdogs on MLB Chopping Block?

Major League Baseball is proposing to severe its parent club ties with 42 minor league teams across the county.
The New York Times is reporting today that the Batavia Muckdogs are on the list.

It is part of an effort by M.L.B. to overhaul the lower minor leagues and the way players are developed to make it to the bigs.
Baseball has been sending signals of a minor league re-do for the past several months but this is the first time that actual teams have been named.

Also on the proposed chopping block is the Auburn Double Days, who like Batavia, are part of the New York Penn League.

Attempts to reach officials with the Muckdogs were unsuccessful. The cellphone for Muckdogs General Manager Brendan Kelly is no longer in service.

GCC Athletics Update: Athletes of the Week

Selassie (Tyler) Bourne (Left) and Erina Ishiguro (Right) named Genesee Athletics Athletes of the Week for the Week of November 18

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY… Basketball players Selassie (Tyler) Bourne and Erina Ishiguro were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the Week of November 18.

Selassie (Tyler) Bourne scored 40 points in Genesee’s 94-89 victory over Lakeland Community College. The sophomore Guard from Brooklyn, NY followed that performance with a 25-point performance, in a 90-87 win over Howard Community College.

Erina Ishiguro scored 23 points in Genesee’s 76-72 loss against Onondaga Community College. The sophomore from Yokohama, Japan scored 15 points against Lakeland Community College.

Genesee Basketball is on the road Tuesday at Cayuga Community College in an NJCAA Region III doubleheader starting at 5pm. Genesee returns home on Saturday, November 23 as the women host Bryant & Stratton College (Rochester) at 1pm and the men will host NY International Prep at 3pm. Both games will be streamed live on www.geneseeathletics.com.

Tullow N powers to Batavia Downs Open victory

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Starting slow and finishing fast was a winning strategy for Tullow N, who posted a convincing victory in the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on a very cold Saturday night (Nov. 16).

I’m So Handsome (Billy Davis Jr.) took command early and led the single-file field to the half in :58.2. It was there that Tullow N (John Cummings Jr.) pulled first-over and motored up the outside as they made their way around the third turn.

When they straightened out on the backside Tullow N was in full gear and paced right by the entire field, clearing by the three-quarters. Cummings then settled Tullow N and took a two-length lead into the last turn. In the stretch, the pocket-sitting I’m So Handsome and a three-wide Howmac Dancer (Renaldo Morales III) tried their best to reel-in the leader, but Tullow N was on a mission and won in-hand in 1:55.2.

The eighth win of the year for Tullow N ($9.60) pushed his earnings to $89,260 for the season. The Blindswitch Racing Stable owns the classy 8-year-old altered son of Mach Three-Tessa Bromac who is trained by Dave Russo.

Despite coming off a very solid win in his last start, a jump in class shied bettors from backing Carlos Danger this week in the $10,000 Open III pace. But the game 6-year-old had the last laugh over the doubters after he went gate to wire in 1:56.3 at 10-1 for trainer/driver Ron Beback Jr. Carlos Danger ($23.40) is owned by Decker’s Corner Stable, Decker’s Gate Stable and Jo’s Get R Done Stable.

Billy Davis Jr. was the top dash driver again on Saturday adding three more wins to his total. He now has 111 wins for the meet and has long locked-up the driving title for the meet as he is 32 wins ahead of the second place Jim Morrill Jr.

Drew Monti and Dave McNeight III also scored two wins apiece.

There was no winner in the Pick-5 wager on Saturday night and as a result, there is an $1,134 carryover and a $4,000 guaranteed pool in the Pick-5 wager on Wednesday evening (Nov. 20) when live racing resumes at Batavia Downs at 5 p.m. The guaranteed pool is part of the United States Trotting Association’s (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and that means free program pages of the Pick-5 races will be available on the USTA website beginning on Sunday (Nov. 17).

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Basketball

Tyler Bourne (3) going up with the rock against the Dragons (Xi Lin – Genesee Athletics)

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team moved to 6-1 on the season after a 90-87 victory over the Howard Community College Dragons Sunday afternoon.

For the second straight game, Selassie (Tyler) Bourne led the way offensively for Genesee, scoring a team-high 25 points and six assists. Brandon Speller had 20 points and Jean Aristil had 13 points. Aristil was 3-4 from behind the arch. Jordan Matos scored 12 points off the Cougars bench.
There were nine ties throughout the contest and six lead changes. Genesee scored 13 second chance points.

Genesee hits the road for an NJCAA Region III contest at Cayuga Community College Tuesday at 7pm. The Cougars next home game will be on Saturday, November 23 at 3pm against NY International Prep. The game will be streamed live on www.geneseeathletics.com.

 

Morning News Briefing

Batavia Police report the arrest of 32 year old Phillip Brunson of Gowanda on two active arrest warrants out of Batavia City Court.
Brunson was wanted on two counts of second degree Harassment with Physical Contact for an incident that allegedly occurred in November of 2016 at a Maple Street address in the city.
Brunson was accused of slapping and spitting in a females face then shoving another female following a domestic incident.
Brunson was arraigned in City Court on Thursday in front of Judge Balbick.

Batavia teen busted for Burglary.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies took 19 year old Jahmaal Barnes of Batavia Stafford Townline Road into custody on Saturday morning following investigation into a burglary at an apartment on Batavia Stafford Townline Road that reportedly occurred last Thursday.
Barnes was accused of illegally entering the apartment and stealing a debit card.
Barnes was charged with third degree Burglary and Grand Larceny in the fourth and was ultimately released under supervision of Genesee Justice.
He is expected to return to Batavia Town Court on December 16th.

Teen Girl in Batavia arrested for threats with a baseball bat.
Batavia police report the arrest of 17 year old female in Batavia after officers responded to a call earlier this month to a Hutchins place address for a reported disturbance.
The teen was charged with Disorderly Conduct after allegedly threatening to harm people while holding a baseball bat and she was subsequently given an appearance ticket for tomorrow in City Court.

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone is back home after spending several days at the Vatican.
He and several other bishops were in Rome to visit with Pope Francis and give a report on what’s going on in their respective dioceses.
A report surfaced on Malone’s trip claiming he was going to resign, but Malone called it quote “absolutely false.”
Malone has been criticized for how he’s handled the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Buffalo Diocese.
He has rejected calls to step down, saying he’s planning to stay in his position until he’s required to retire in 2021.

The 8 man Oakfield/Alabama-Elba team dominated Maple Grove at St. John Fisher College Saturday winning the section 5 championship handsomely with a final score of 60 to 34.
Ty Mott took the title of MVP for the championship match after gaining 202 yards and scoring 3 touchdowns to lead the Oakfield/Alabama-Elba team to victory.

The Buffalo Bills are off to their best start in 20 years following a blowout win on the road.
Quarterback Josh Allen threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns as the Bills beat the Miami Dolphins 37 to 20 at Hard Rock Stadium yesterday.
Allen also had a rushing touchdown as Buffalo improved to seven-and-three on the season.
Up next for Buffalo is a home game against the Denver Broncos this coming Sunday.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Basketball

Alayah Sweeney scored a team high 19 points against Lakeland Friday (Xi Lin – Genesee Athletics)

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team lost 80-64 to the Lakeland Community College Lakers on Friday night to fall to 3-3 on the season.

Turnovers were key in the contest, which the Cougars committed 35 in the contest. The Blue and Gold were led offensively by Alayah Sweeney who scored 19 points. Erina Ishiguro scored 15 for the Cougars. Tylasia Weaver scored nine points and added seven assists.

Genesee will return to action on Tuesday, November 19 at Cayuga Community College. Game time from Auburn, NY will be at 5:00pm.

Wheels A Turning makes it two in a row at Batavia

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Wheels A Turning scored a narrow come-from-behind win in the feature trot at Batavia Downs last week. This week she took control off the gate and provided the same outcome in the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot over a sloppy track at the Downs on Friday night (11-15).

The feature field was scratched down to five and the lone mare, Wheels A Turning (Shawn McDonough) was the best off the gate, hitting the quarter in :30 flat. With no one applying any pressure, McDonough kept the fractions tepid; 1:00.4 to the half and 1:30 to three-quarters.

Rounding the far turn the pocket-sitting Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) and outside rusher Lougai (Ray Fisher Jr.) had the best shot for top honors and both were looking strong in pursuit. However under meaningful urging from McDonough, Wheels A Turning maintained her position and won by 1-¼ lengths in 2:00.1.

Wheels A Turning ($4.20) hit double-digit territory, scoring her 10th win of the year and hitting the $85,560 mark for purses. Allan Schmucker Jr. owns the mare that is trained by Sabrina Shaw.

Despite his name, everyone apparently knew how this story would end in the $11,000 Open II Handicap trot as the heavy 3-5 favorite Spoiler Alert (Renaldo Morales Jr.) led every step of the way to score an impressive 1-½ length win in 1:59.3. Celebrating the eighth win of the year by Spoiler Alert ($3.20) were owner Jeffrey Hayes and trainer Misty Carey.

Billy Davis Jr. remained hot and extended his already insurmountable dash win lead for the meet by winning four races on Friday. He now has 108 wins for the session. Renaldo Morales Jr. also had three wins in Friday.

Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 16) at 6 p.m.

Weekend News Briefing

Albion School’s Superintendent has provided an update on middle school threat and set a date for a meeting on school safety.
The Albion Central School District is holding a public meeting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 in the Middle School Auditorium for parents to address school safety concerns.
Superintendent Michael Bonnewell posted an update about last weeks’ incident on the districts website Friday in which three middle school students were accused of and charged with conspiring to kill other students and school staff.
Bonnewell reaffirmed that the students have been suspended, and were turned over to Family Court and Probation.
Bonnewell said that Police, mental health personnel and school officials will also be present Tuesday evening to address concerns from parents.

After Albion threat Hawley renews push for statewide SRO’s
Following the stifled plot of three middle school students in Albion who intended to conduct a violent attack inside their school, Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia is reiterating a call for armed School Resource Officers to be present inside every school in New York State.
Hawley’s legislation, which has bipartisan support, would mandate that all School Resource Officers are properly trained veterans or retired law enforcement and provides $50,000 in state grants to each school district that hires a SRO.

Batavia Police are seeking assistance from the public in identifying three individuals.
The City Police Department has posted surveillance camera stills of what appears to be three younger males who are possibly people of interest in an ongoing investigation.
Anyone with information in reference to these individuals may contact Detective Wojtaszczyk at 585-345-6357 or leave a tip online.

Two female inmates in Albion arrested on felony counts.
20 year old Aniah Ferguson of Medina was charged with a Class D felony count of Assault While Confined in a Correctional Facility for an incident from February and was ordered to be held in the Orleans County Jail.
23 year old Angela Tuitt of Albion was also ordered to be held on a Class E felony count of Aggravated Harassment of an Employee by an Inmate following investigation into an incident from May of this year.

Deputies bust a Bergen man for tampering with his utilities.
37 year old Stephen Marazita of North Lake Ave in Bergen was arrested on a count of Criminal Tampering after he was accused of tampering with his electric meter to turn his power back on after it was shut off in October.
Marazita was released with an appearance ticket for November 20th in Bergen Town Court.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Soccer

Press Release:

HERKIMER, NY… The #5 Genesee Community College men’s soccer team is moving on to the NJCAA Division III Men’s Soccer National Semifinals after a 6-4 victory over the #4 Nassau Community College Lions Thursday afternoon at Wehrum Stadium.

After Nassau scored 91 seconds into the game, Ed Port scored his first of the match to tie the game from a pass from James Lighton. The Lions would regain the lead and then Port would tie the game at 2 just four minutes later. Ollie Ardle would score to give Genesee the lead two minutes later. Robert Keogh would score to double the Cougars lead after a pass from Shahin Tahir Nasabi. James Lighton would score to make it 5-2 Genesee early in the second half. Peter Rystad would set up Lighton to put the game away midway through the second half. Adrian Bergman made three saves in net for Genesee.

#5 Genesee (18-3) will play defending National Champion Richland College Thunderducks in the Semifinals Friday afternoon at 4pm. The game will be streamed on NJCAAChampsTV.
For more information, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com; follow us on social media by using #cougarPRIDE and check out our new Athletics video.

HAWLEY PUSHING FOR SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS STATEWIDE FOLLOWING ALBION THREAT

Press Release:

Following the stifled plot of three middle school students in Albion who intended to conduct a violent attack inside their school, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is reiterating a call for armed School Resource Officers (SROs) to be present inside every school in New York state. The School Resource Officer assigned to Albion Central School District helped thwart the planned attack after receiving information from school officials about a threatening message posted on the app Discord.

Hawley’s legislation, A.3732, supported by both Republicans and Democrats, would mandate that all School Resource Officers are properly trained veterans or retired law enforcement and provides $50,000 in state grants to each school district that hires a SRO. Hawley wrote Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie during 2018 budget negotiations asking for funding for each school statewide to hire more armed security following the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

“I applaud the work of local law enforcement and teachers in Albion for stopping this plan and thank them for their vigilance. The situation at Albion Middle School proves that increased security measures are absolutely necessary in schools across the state. This is a wake-up call that these dangers are very real, and tomorrow we may be faced with a different outcome,” Hawley said. “I will continue pushing for each school around the state to be given grant funding to hire at least one armed School Resource Officer. We cannot place a cost on the safety of our children and our teachers.”

Morning News Briefing

The Genesee County Legislature is ready to move ahead with the design and construction of a new jail in Batavia following the approval of a new 40-year sales tax agreement between the County and City of Batavia.
Assistant County Manager Matt Landers presented an anticipated budget for the new facility with an anticipated expense of $60M at a Committee meeting Wednesday night.
The proposed jail will hold 184 beds in four pods, giving the jail staff space to keep separate jail populations for men and women as well as threat level, mental health issues, or substance abuse issues.
The site for the new facility is set to go in next to County Building #2 off West Main Street Road in Batavia. For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Hawley pushes for statewide School Resource Officers after Albion threat.
Following the stifled plot of three middle school students in Albion who intended to conduct a violent attack inside their school, Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia is reiterating a call for armed School Resource Officers to be present inside every school in New York State.
The School Resource Officer assigned to Albion Central School District helped thwart the planned attack after receiving information from school officials about a threatening message posted on the Discord app.
Hawley’s legislation, which has support of both Republicans and Democrats, would mandate that all School Resource Officers are properly trained veterans or retired law enforcement and provides $50,000 in state grants to each school district that hires a SRO.

Bergen man busted by Deputies for tampering with his utilities.
37 year old Stephen Marazita of North Lake Ave in Bergen was arrested on a count of Criminal Tampering after he was accused of tampering with his electric meter to turn his power back on after it was shut off in October.
Marazita was released with an appearance ticket for Nov 20th in Bergen Town Court.

Governor Cuomo has signed off on a new bill allowing adoptees to get a copy of their birth certificate when they turn 18.
Previously, someone who was adopted had to file a court petition to find out the names of their birth parents.
Under the new legislation, they can request that information by visiting their county health department.
Governor Cuomo says every New Yorker deserves access to the same birth records.

The Buffalo Bills will look to rebound from a tough loss at the expense of one of the worst teams in the NFL.
They’ll be on the road in Miami to take on the Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium.
The Bills are coming off a defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Browns and are six and three on the season.
The Dolphins are two and seven, but have won back-to-back games.
Kickoff for Sunday’s contest is set for 1:00 p.m.

The losing streak of the Buffalo Sabres has reached six games.
Dougie Hamilton scored in overtime as the Sabres lost to the Carolina Hurricanes five to four at KeyBank Center last night.
Jeff Skinner, Henri Jokiharju, Johan Larsson and Curtis Lazar all scored for Buffalo in the losing effort.
The Sabres will be back in action tomorrow night when they host the Ottawa Senators at 7:00 p.m.

Winter Got a Head Start – Students Can Too!

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY (11/14/2019) Great news for college students everywhere! Whether they are commuter students to GCC, or living and attending a college or university far away, Genesee Community College has 13 college courses available completely ONLINE during the Winterim session that begins on December 9, 2019 and runs five weeks through January 8, 2020.

The courses offered during this session help any college student complete their general education requirements, pick up an interesting elective, start an introductory program-specific course, and also transfer SUNY college credit back to their “home-school” institution. GCC generally sends official college course transcripts to more than 500 colleges and universities across the United States each year, helping college students earn their degrees faster and more affordably!

“Each year, more and more students from other colleges are joining GCC students to take advantage of our Winterim sessions,” said Dr. Craig Lamb, dean of Distributive Learning, who oversees GCC’s Online Learning program. “Winterim at GCC provides the same quality instruction at a much more affordable credit hour rate. This helps students financially, but it also lightens their course load for the spring semester.”

In addition to an accelerated timeline to graduation, students looking to retain their New York State Excelsior Scholarship find Winterim courses maintain their credit hour requirements and eligibility. Since the courses are all offered online, students enjoy the flexibility of studying on their own schedule from wherever they choose! Without venturing to a campus location, students can earn college credit and still have time to enjoy their semester break.

Among the options are College Composition (ENG101), Microeconomics (ECO101), World Civilizations (HIS101), General Psychology (PSY101), Business Communications (BUS106), and Hip Hop Culture (MUS107) provides a fun and fascinating elective!

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

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

Batavia NY Skatepark Advocates to Hold Community Meeting Saturday, November 16th

Press Release:

Batavia NY Skatepark Advocates to Hold Community Meeting Saturday, November 16th

BATAVIA, NY – November 11, 2019 – The Batavia Skatepark Advocates group (BSA) is holding their first public community meeting on Saturday, November 16th at 1:00 pm to discuss possibilities for development of a permanent, skatepark for the City. The meeting will be held at the Genesee County YMCA, located at 209 East Main Street in Batavia. Community members are encouraged to come out to share their thoughts and ideas about a public skatepark.

Batavia has a long history of skateboarding, and previously had a temporary skatepark. Local community member and skatepark advocate Richard Umlauf, lead advocate for the BSA says, “We are very excited to get started on a new public skatepark project. The skatepark will be great for the youth of Genesee County and the City of Batavia. Public skateparks provide a safe place for young people to meet new people, and can instill drive and determination as they learn new skills in a welcoming, free-to-use public recreation facility.”

Batavia Skatepark Advocates join community advocates from communities across Western NY in pursuing a skatepark for their City’s young people. Like Rochester, Medina, Lockport, Amherst, Buffalo, Jamestown, and Ellicottville, local advocates in Batavia hope to take advantage of the Built to Play Skatepark Grant offered by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and Tony Hawk Foundation. Community members are excited to partner with the City of Batavia to create a skatepark that will not only be great for the local citizens, but also be a destination skatepark for regional enthusiasts.

The public is welcome to come out to the Genesee County YMCA on Saturday, November 16th at 1:00 pm to brainstorm and discuss public skatepark possibilities for the City of Batavia.

Contact:
Richard Umlauf, Batavia Skatepark Advocates
rwumlauf@yahoo.com
(585) 815-5470

Batavian 2nd Annual MUSICIANS OF NOTE now accepting Nominations

First Inductee, Frank E. Owen

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY, November 10th, 2019— MUSICIANS OF NOTE, a wall of fame to honor past Batavian graduates in music, was debuted at Batavia High School last May. The Music Department “Musicians Of Note” committee spearheaded the long overdue recognition of the excellence of musicians who have graduated and made careers all over the world in the music field.

Jane Haggett, Music Department Head, stated that, “We want to keep recognizing the outstanding musicians that Batavia High School has graduated for many years. Along with these excellent musicians, we have had outstanding music educators throughout the years that we will continue to recognize.” In addition to her statement, Sean Williams, Middle School Band Director has added, “Many famous musicians have graced our stages and our city over the past 90 years, including the inaugural performance last May. Many returning alumni performed a top-notch concert with Batavia HS students to the great delight of the crowd! We will continue to be recognize and salute great musicians from Batavia High School!”

Nominées who are selected for this award will be recognized during the 2nd Annual Musicians Of Note Ceremony and have a plaque with their visage and their accomplishments hung from the Musicians Of Note wall in the High School.

The Batavia Music Department and community members will be working once again as a committee to go through the nomination and selection process. This will culminate in honoring 5 alumni and one former faculty member of Batavia CSD. This process will come to fruition on March 26th, 2020 with a dinner for the honorees and any guests, the presentation of plaques and a concert open to the public. To nominate a Batavia graduate in music for this prestigious honor, please contact the Music Department through the high school or look for the nomination form on the Batavia City School District Website.

Sean D. Williams
Band Director,
Batavia Middle School

Click here for a nomination form for Musicians of Note 2019

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Basketball

LisBeth Pineda Polanco (4) dribbles against Onondaga defender Holly Sleeth (Xi Lin Photo)

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team suffered a 76-72 loss to the Onondaga Community College Lazers Wednesday night.

Erina Ishiguro scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Cougars offense. Tylasia Weaver recorded her fifth double-double of the season, scoring 18 points and collecting 10 rebounds. LisBeth Pineda Polanco scored 15 points, 10 rebounds, and a team-high seven assists to record a double-double. Abigail Willis scored 10 points and dished out five assists.

Turnovers late in the game by Genesee allowed the Lazers to put the game away with game-clinching free throws.
Genesee (3-2) will host Lakeland Community College on Friday afternoon at 5pm. The game will be streamed live on www.geneseeathletics.com

Batavia Downs cancels Wednesday’s card

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — The severe winter storm that hit western New York over the last two days caused many cancellations in the area due to bad driving conditions. Even though we are one day removed from the brunt of the disturbance it’s impact left the track at Batavia Downs unsafe to race over and as a result, management decided to cancel live racing for Wednesday (Nov. 13).

“Our first and foremost consideration at Batavia Downs is the safety of our horses, horsemen and horsewomen and after speaking with our drivers and trainers, it was a unanimous decision to cancel tonight’s card,” said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing at Batavia Downs.

Batavia Downs had a guaranteed pool of $6,000 in the Pick-5 wager on Wednesday and it was announced that the same guaranteed pool will be moved to Friday’s card (Nov. 15) when live racing resumes. The pool is part of the United States Trotting Association’s (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and as such, free program pages will be available courtesy of Trackmaster on the USTA’s website starting tomorrow morning.

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 (Nov. 16) program.

Post time on Friday (Nov. 15) is at 6 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo may be facing Republican leaders from Western New York in court over reports of a special election date for the 27th Congressional District seat.
The Buffalo News reports that GOP officials are upset the governor has yet to set a date for a special election to fill the seat of ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins.
The Governor has reportedly hinted that the election could be held on April 28th when New York holds its presidential primary.
The Republican leadership is saying they may ask a judge to have Governor Cuomo order an earlier date as the April 28th date would put them at a disadvantage since a large number of registered Democrats will likely be at the polls.
There has been no representation for the 27th District since Collins stepped down after pleading guilty to federal insider trading charges.

A Darien Center man jailed after attempting to outrun a State Police K9.
28 year old Nicholas Doell of Darien Center is facing counts of Resisting arrest, Obstruction of Governmental Administration and Criminal Impersonation after he was taken into custody by State Troopers out of Batavia Tuesday evening.
A Trooper K9 car spotted Doell as they were travelling on Attica Road after receiving a call to be on the lookout for him due to pending criminal charges.
Doell started to flee on foot from the patrol car and Rison the K9 was able to track him down to a gravel pit where Doell was given several commands to stop or the K9 would be released.
Rison was subsequently released and bit Doell on his leg taking him to the ground.
Doell provided a false name to officers before being treated for the bite and he was committed to the Genesee County Jail.

Batavia teen accused of harassing a juvenile jailed without bail.
18 year old Devon Wright of Highland Park was accused of stealing an envelope containing cash from the pocket of a juvenile on Sunday morning and then allegedly grabbed them by the wrist causing them to feel threatened and fear of physical harm.
Wight was arrested and charged with Harassment, Grand Larceny and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
He was remanded to the Genesee County Jail to be held without bail.

The Buffalo Diocese is denying a report from a Vatican correspondent claiming the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone is imminent.
A Rome-based reporter from the Tablet sent out a tweet earlier this week saying Malone would step down during his visit to the Vatican this week.
No other members of the Vatican media reported Malone was considering leaving the Buffalo Diocese.
He’s been criticized in recent months for his handling of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Diocese.

The Buffalo Sabres will be back in front of their home crowd tonight following a disappointing overseas trip.
The Sabres dropped consecutive contests to the Tampa Bay Lightning when the teams played in Stockholm, Sweden last week.
After a hot start to the season, Buffalo has lost five straight games and fallen from first place to fifth place in the Atlantic Division.
They’re hosting the Carolina Hurricanes at KeyBank Center tonight with face-off set for 7:00 p.m.

Evening News Briefing

The list of candidates for Batavia City Schools superintendent has been reduced to three.
Jason Smith, the superintendent of Lyndonville schools in one the list.
Smith is a Batavia native. He has 18 years of educational leadership experience including principal of Elba Central Elementary and High School.
Smith is also the president of the Batavia Concert Band.

The two other candidates are:
Joleen Dimitroff, an elementary school principal in the Sweet Home Central School District in Tonawanda;
And Anibal Soler Jr., He is an administrator with the Buffalo Public Schools.
All three candidates will make meet and greets in Batavia next week.
Smith is set to visit on Nov. 18; Dimitroff on Nov. 19; and Soler Jr. on Nov. 20. During each candidate’s district visit, a community meet-and-greet will be held from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. in the library at Batavia High School.
The Batavia Schools want to select a new superintendent no later than February 3rd.

Another candidate is throwing her name into the ring for the 27th Congressional District race.
Melodie Baker has announced she’ll challenge Nate McMurray for the Democratic nomination.
In order to get on the ballot, she’ll need the support of Erie County and at least one other Democratic committee within the district.
Right now, most of those groups, including the Genesee County Democratic Chairman, have announced they are behind McMurray.
McMurray narrowly lost to now ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins.in 2018.

There has been a changed in this weekend’s high school football playoffs.
Section 5 has announced that the 8-man sectional final between Oakfield/Alabama/ Elba and Maplegrove will now be played this Saturday night at 6 at St. John Fisher College.
The game was originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon at VanDetta Stadium.

Batavia Skatepark Advocates to Hold Community Meeting

The Batavia Skatepark Advocates group (BSA) is holding their first public community meeting on Saturday, November 16th at 1:00 pm to discuss possibilities for development of a permanent, skatepark for the City. The meeting will be held at the Genesee County YMCA, located at 209 East Main Street in Batavia. Community members are encouraged to come out to share their thoughts and ideas about a public skatepark.

Batavia has a long history of skateboarding, and previously had a temporary skatepark. Local community member and skatepark advocate Richard Umlauf, lead advocate for the BSA says, “We are very excited to get started on a new public skatepark project. The skatepark will be great for the youth of Genesee County and the City of Batavia. Public skateparks provide a safe place for young people to meet new people, and can instill drive and determination as they learn new skills in a welcoming, free-to-use public recreation facility.”

Batavia Skatepark Advocates join community advocates from communities across Western NY in pursuing a skatepark for their City’s young people. Like Rochester, Medina, Lockport, Amherst, Buffalo, Jamestown, and Ellicottville, local advocates in Batavia hope to take advantage of the Built to Play Skatepark Grant offered by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and Tony Hawk Foundation. Community members are excited to partner with the City of Batavia to create a skatepark that will not only be great for the local citizens, but also be a destination skatepark for regional enthusiasts.

The public is welcome to come out to the Genesee County YMCA on Saturday, November 16th at 1:00 pm to brainstorm and discuss public skatepark possibilities for the City of Batavia.

“I Am Who I Am” FREE Music Night at GCC

Press Release:

What: “I Am Who I Am” FREE Music Night at GCC

When: Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College ~ Batavia Campus ~ Forum

Who: FREE and Open to the Public

Background: The Christian Students Club at Genesee Community College (CSU) invites the college and the community to a Music Night with an “I Am Who I Am” theme on Thursday, November 21, 2019, from 6 – 8 p.m. in the William W. Stuart Forum of the Batavia Campus located at One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020.

CSU welcomes all to enjoy some free pizza, cake, homemade baked goods and to enter a drawing for a raffle basket as you enjoy a night of music, readings and testimonies meant to help people to experience the truth of God’s love.

CSU will be selling homemade baked goods, and the proceeds will go to the student club’s sponsoring of shoeboxes filled with gifts for children in other countries as part of the Operation Christmas Child program.

CSU’s student mission is to edify and encourage one another to be the light of Christ at GCC. The club welcomes all students regardless of their religious affiliation, and the group meets on Thursdays, 12:30 – 2 p.m., in GCC’s Conable Technology Building, Room T122.

Any questions can be referred to the CSU co-presidents, students Anna Sprout asprout@my.genesee.edu and Katie Lamphier klamphi1@my.genesee.edu, or to the CSU advisor, Jim Simon jsimon@genesee.edu, 585-798-1688, x4191.

BATAVIA DOWNS PRESENTS CHECK TO WESTERN NEW YORK MAKE A WISH

Laura Nutty, Co-ordiantor, Development / Wishgranting Volunteer, Make a Wish Metro New York and Western New York; Ben Marchione, Regional Director of Western New York Make A Wish; Henry Wojtaszek, President and CEO of Batavia Downs

Press Release:

BATAVIA – Leaders from Batavia Downs Gaming presented a check today to Western New York Make A Wish for revenue generated from the sale of koozies during this past summer’s concert series.

“Batavia Downs is happy to partner with Make A Wish, “ said Henry Wojtaszek, President and CEO of Batavia Downs. “We will expand on our partnership next year with a new chair rental program for our concert series where additional monies will be generated for Make A Wish.”

Revenues for koozie sales this summer were $4,000.

“We are thankful to Batavia Downs for the opportunity to sell koozies at this past year’s concert series,” said Ben Marchione, Regional Director of Western New York Make A Wish. “We were fortunate to meet so many families who have been touched by Make A Wish and we look forward to partnering with Batavia Downs on new projects next summer.”

The new chair rental program will begin with the first Rockin’ the Downs Concert series event slated for late June 2020.

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES STATE COMMITMENT TO BUILD VETERANS’ CEMETERIES

Press Release:

Editor’s Note: Click Here to watch Hawley’s interview on constructing veterans cemeteries

With the celebration of Veterans Day yesterday, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced that Gov. Cuomo and state leaders have committed to creating New York’s first veterans’ cemeteries in communities around the state which will serve as a proper and respectful final resting place for our state’s military heroes. The Director of New York State Veterans Affairs, Jim McDonough, recently said that constructing a special cemetery for veterans in Pembroke is one of his top priorities.

Hawley has been a strong proponent to create veterans cemeteries for many years, sponsoring A.5347 and A.887 which would provide the funding mechanism to preserve and maintain such cemeteries in the future. Hawley, the son of a World War Two veteran, served in the Ohio Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves.

“Our brave veterans have made tremendous sacrifices to preserve American liberty and freedom for generations to come, and these cemeteries will serve as a unique monument for friends, family and fellow veterans to appreciate their legacy,” Hawley said. “When an individual serves their country in the military, he or she also serves their state, and they deserve a final resting place with their fellow veterans. It is beyond time that New York steps up and gets this done.”

Morning News Briefing

City Council unanimously approved a 40-year water supply agreement with Genesee County that is being lauded as a “win-win” for both municipalities.
Public Works Director Matt Worth said the new pact equally benefits both entities at Batavia City Council meeting last night…

Worth estimated the cost of a new water plant would have cost the city approximately $35 million dollars.
The new agreement goes out to December 31st of 2059 and tacks on another 60-cent surcharge to the City.
Worth also said the agreement may possibly provide the opportunity to get water into other areas of the county.

Former Clarence Center Soccer Trainer faces prison sentence after pleading guilty to child porn charge.
41 year old Shelby Garigen of Clarence Center pleaded guilty to access with intent to view child pornography in federal court yesterday.
The Prosecutor in the case stated that Garigen communicated with two minors between November 2018 and February 2019 using the Snapchat app.
Garigen who reportedly knew both were minors received and viewed numerous sexually explicit images from the two victims.
Garigen is facing a maximum of 10 years, and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced on February 28th of next year.

Starting today, New Yorkers are going to have to be a bit older if they want to buy tobacco products.
The age to purchase those items is increasing from 18 to 21.
The change is due to the Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act that was signed into law by Governor Cuomo in July.
Supporters believe upping the purchase age will help lower teen smoking rates.
Any retailers caught breaking the law could face fines and the loss of their license to sell tobacco products.

Another candidate is throwing her name into the ring for the 27th Congressional District race.
Melodie Baker has announced she’ll challenge Nate McMurray for the Democratic nomination.
In order to get on the ballot, she’ll need the support of at least two Democratic organizations in the counties that make up the 27th District.
Right now, most of those groups have announced they are behind McMurray, who narrowly lost in 2018 to now ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins.
He resigned a few weeks ago after pleading guilty to federal insider trading charges.
A special election is set for sometime next year.

The Piano Man is coming to Western New York next summer for the first time in a decade.
Billy Joel will be performing at New Era Field on Saturday, August 15th.
Joel’s last visit to Buffalo was with Elton John in 2010, and his last concert at New Era Field was back in 1994.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 22nd through Ticketmaster and Live Nation.

Evening News Briefing

A new child car seat law went into effect in New York State last week.
The Batavia Fire Department is reminding everyone that effective November 1st, any child under two years of age must be seated in a rear facing car seat.
Firemen say rear facing seats are best because they are equipped with a harness and a crash cradle that moves with the child to reduce stress on the back and spine.
A recent national study found that 90-percent of all car seats are installed incorrectly.
The Batavia City Fire Department encourages caregivers to have car seats checked. Batavia firemen are trained for this. Just call the city fire station and make an appointment.

The Piano Man, Billy Joel, is coming to Western New York.
Joel will perform at New Era Field on August 15th.
This show will mark the first time ibn 10 years Joel has appeared in Western New York.
Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, November 22nd.
American Express cardholders can get theirs beginning on Monday the 18th.

On the bad boys list:
36 year old Eric McGill of Hutchins Place in Batavia busted for menacing.
BPD says McGill menaced a guy with a baseball bat on Election Day.
He has been jail in lieu of 25-hundred dollars bail.

Governor Cuomo has signed off on 14 new pieces of legislation to help current and retired service members.
One law will create a database of homeless veterans living in the in New York State.
Another bill requires employers to advertise positions that are set aside for veterans living with disabilities

New Child Car Seat Law

New Rear-Facing Car Seat Law Began November 1, 2019
The City of Batavia Fire Department would like to remind area residents that beginning on
November 1, 2019, a new law took effect requiring any child under two years of age to be seated in a rear facing car seat. This new law applies to passenger vehicles as well as buses.

If a child outgrows an infant only car seat before reaching their 2nd birthday, it is recommended that a convertible or an all-in-one car seat with a higher weight limit be used. These seats should be installed in the rear-facing position until the child reaches the rear-facing weight or height limit set by the manufacturer located on the car seat
.
Rear facing seats are the best option for a young child because they are equipped with a harness, and a crash cradle that moves with the child passenger to reduce the stress on the neck and spine.

Lastly, it is common for car seats to be fitted and installed incorrectly. A recent study showed
that 90% of all car seats are installed incorrectly. Parents and caregivers need to ensure that children’s restraints are properly installed and fitted correctly.

The City of Batavia Fire Department encourages caregivers to contact Fire Headquarters at
585-345-6375 with any questions that they may have as well as to schedule an appointment to have their car seat checked by one of our Certified Technicians.

Tips from NYSP for driving in Snow and Ice

Press Release:

Troop A- In preparation for the anticipated winter weather forecast, the State Police encourage motorists to exercise due care when traveling.

The State Police will be out across the region checking all major routes of travel to ensure that motorists are as safe as possible. The State Police need your assistance to make this possible. Motorists traveling in areas impacted by the snow are asked to leave with extra time to make a slow and careful drive to your destination. Take into consideration snow accumulation on the roads, the current snowfall rate, the wind, and visibility. Use your best judgment to determine if driving is prudent.

Keep the following tips in mind:

  • Get the latest weather forecast before leaving with your local weather apps, monitor radio or TV stations.
  • Always clean your windows and mirrors FULLY of any snow and ice before driving.
  • Keep a full tank of gas
  • Fluid levels are sufficient ( windshield washer fluid, ant-freeze)
  • Spare tire is sufficient and you have the jack and wheel wrench
  • Use headlights at all times to increase your visibility to others. Remember, if your windshield wipers are in use due to weather, then your headlights must be on.
  • Drive prudently. If the conditions are adverse, you should decrease your speed accordingly.
  • Brake early
  • Do NOT use cruise control. This decreases your reaction time to apply braking.
  • Look out for events farther down the road. Creating more time to react can make a difference.
  • Be aware of maintenance vehicles and emergency vehicles. Give them room to work.
  • If you do not absolutely have to go out on the roads, then don’t.

If you do go out, is your vehicle prepared?

  • Is your trunk supplied to help you to be safe in case you are stopped or stranded in an area without assistance readily available:
    Gloves, blankets, warmers, tool kit, first-aid kit, non-perishable foods, water, working flashlight and batteries, cell phone charger, etc
    Shovel, ice scraper, de-icer, snow brush, rock salt or cat litter, tow chain or cable, jumper cables or battery charger, etc.

If you are involved in a Collision or leave the roadway:

If you drive off the roadway and are stuck in a snow bank or ditch, stay in your vehicle and call 911. DO NOT exit your vehicle unless it is an absolute emergency. You put yourself at risk of being struck by another vehicle.

Roll your windows down a few inches or turn your vehicle off if you are stranded in snow for a period of time with your vehicle running. Covered mufflers can cause serious physical injury or death due to inhalation of carbon monoxide.

If you should become stranded on the Thruway or any Roadway, know your location by being aware of your direction and mile post marker. This will help emergency personnel reach your location as quick as possible.

Follow the New York State Police’s Twitter page @nyspolice for up to the minute information on road closures and weather alerts.

The Thruway Authority provides a wide variety of information for travelers including current traffic conditions, accidents, and lane closures. Visit www.thruway.ny.gov for more information.

Slow down. Be prepared. Be safe.

$6,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 Wednesday at Batavia

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — On Wednesday (Nov. 13) there is a carryover of $2,343 in the Pick-5 at Batavia Downs and a guaranteed pool of $6,000 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. (https://legacy.trackmaster.com/usta/btv1113x.pdf)

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 Friday (Nov. 15) program.

Post time for the first race Wednesday is 5 p.m.

GCC Student Kadeja Jenkins Receives EOP Student Excellence Award

Press Release:

Last month, at the SUNY Global Center in Manhattan, Genesee Community College Criminal Justice student, Kadeja Jenkins received the 2019 Norman R. McConney, Jr. Award for EOP Student Excellence.

The State University of New York (SUNY) Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides access, academic support and financial aid to students who show promise for success in college but who may not have otherwise been offered admission. In 2019, SUNY established the Norman R. McConney, Jr. Award for EOP Student Excellence to recognize students who have overcome significant obstacles in their own lives and who have demonstrated academic success, courage, perseverance and leadership qualities in achieving their educational and personal goals.

Having lived in NYC all her life, Jenkins enrolled in a local community college, but she struggled to stay focused on her education while meeting the demands of her home life. She began searching for an affordable college away from the distractions of the city.

“GCC offered exactly what I was looking for,” said Jenkins. “The Criminal Justice major fit well into my plan to become a probation officer and the quiet country area was all new to me and it allowed me to focus and get away from everything that interfered with my studies before.”

From 350 miles away, the interruptions from home continued to test Jenkins’ commitment to her college education. While home for the summer and contemplating dropping out of college, she received a call from Dr. Thomas C. Priester GCC’s associate vice president of Student Success who offered Jenkins an opportunity to be an EOP Navigator, guiding and mentoring the newest EOP students at GCC’s Summer Academy.

“To me, being given the opportunity to come back to campus early as an EOP Navigator was a sign that I belonged at GCC. It changed everything. I got myself registered for classes and back on campus and it has been a wonderful experience. I am on track to graduate in January of 2020,” said Jenkins.

Guests at the first EOP Honors Awards Ceremony in Manhattan heard from EOP graduate, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson.

“Through the EOP, SUNY has changed the course of so many lives and has given so many students the chance to excel and pursue their dreams,” Chancellor Johnson said at the ceremony. “We are enormously proud of the students receiving these awards today. Many of them have overcome enormous obstacles to fulfill goals that once may have seemed unattainable. I applaud every one of them for demonstrating perseverance and determination.”

Jenkins offers this advice to students who may be struggling – “Don’t give up! Things may not go the way you expected – but it all plays out the way it’s supposed to in the end.”

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

Morning News Briefing

36 year old Eric McGill of Hutchins Place in Batavia was arrested by City Police following a menacing complaint at a Hutchins Place address.
McGill was accused of menacing an individual with a baseball bat on Election Day last week.
He was charged with Menacing and Criminal Possession of a Weapon and after being arraigned in City Court he was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

A Maple Street woman locked up on a litany of charges.
Batavia Police report the arrest of 30 year old Amanda Webb on charges of Harassment with physical contact, Criminal Contempt, Criminal Mischief, Resisting Arrest and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Webb was arrested following a traffic stop on Bank Street in the city last week where she had previously been accused of violating a stay away order of protection by hitting the protected party.
Investigation uncovered another alleged violation that occurred on the first of the month and Webb was charged with endangerment for the scene that reportedly played out in front of two children who were passengers in the vehicle with her.
She was ultimately ordered to be held without bail.

East Main Street resident ends up in lock-up following Veterans Day arrest.
City Police arrested 43 year old Lawrence Guy of Batavia on counts of Attempted Assault and Criminal Mischief after an alleged domestic dispute at an East Main Street residence yesterday.
Guy is being held without bail to reappear in Batavia City Court Thursday.

State lawmakers say they’re crafting a bill to help survivors of sexual abuse.
The legislation would create a private fund to help survivors take legal action against their alleged abusers.
The Child Victim Foundation Fund would be run by the Department of Taxation and Finance, comptroller’s office and Division of Criminal Justice Services.
New Yorkers would be able to donate to the fund when they file their taxes.
Anyone convicted of a sex crime against a child would also have to pay one-thousand dollars as part of a fine.
The Legislature is set to debate the proposal when it returns to Albany in January.

Snow has caused the Livingston County Sheriff’s office to issue a travel advisory for the morning commute.
It went into effect at three a-m and is expected to be in place until nine a-m.
However, the advisory could be lifted earlier if conditions improve.
Updates will be posted on the department’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The Winter Weather Warning for the region has expired this morning and although snow will continue, only minor additional accumulations are expected.
For our closings and cancellations, Attica Central School is the only closing to report this morning due to the snow fall overnight.

Evening News Briefing

Travel conditions will deteriorate this afternoon.
Snowfall intensity will continue to increase across the region
Temperatures will also continue to slowly fall.
Roads are becoming snow covered and very slippery.
Motorists should use caution and allow extra time to reach their destination.
A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6AM tomorrow morning.

The cost of a higher education is about to get a bit less for military veterans and their spouses.
The Governor’s office says they’ll no longer have to pay to apply to a SUNY school. The action will save vets and their husbands or wives, between 50 and 65 dollars.

Western New York drivers are finding steady prices at pumps.
According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is $2.67That’s the same as it was a week ago and is three-cents cheaper than this time last month.
In Batavia, the Triple-A reports the average price of a gallon of regular in Batavia at $2.65, down a penny from last week.

Cancellations (as of 5:30pm)

GLOW Women Rise meeting cancelled for this evening.

Bingo at the Alabama Fire Dept. – cancelled for this evening.

TOPS, Taking Pounds Off Sensibly, meeting at Genesee Premier Center for Rehabilitation for tonight cancelled

GCC Athletics Update: Athletes of the Week

Swimmers Brianna McMullen (L) and Tyler Stachowiak (R) named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the Week of November 11

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY… Tyler Stachowiak and Brianna McMullen from the swimming & diving team have been named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the week of November 11.
Tyler Stachowiak won the 1000 freestyle in just over 11 minutes at the WNYAC Tri-Meet hosted at Erie Community College. The sophomore from Warsaw, NY was on the 200-medley relay team that placed second, and on the 400 freestyle relay team that placed first.

Brianna McMullen finished second in the 50 freestyle and second in the 100 freestyle. The freshman from Medina, NY was on the 200-medley relay team that placed second at the WNYAC Tri-Meet at Erie Community College.

Morning News Briefing

The National Weather Service out of Buffalo has issued a Winter Storm Warning going into effect for the region this morning.
The warning which includes Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties, is in effect from 8 a.m. this morning until 6 tomorrow morning with forecasters calling for 6 to 10 inches of heavy snow accumulation during that time.
Governor Cuomo is urging folks to stay safe as travel could become difficult in parts of Western New York.
Officials suggest keeping a close eye on the forecast and being aware of any emergency declarations in your area.

Texan trying to flee from officers is pinched by Troopers in Pembroke.
39 year old Ali Chaman Hilal of Lewisville Texas was taken into custody by State Police based out of Batavia Saturday afternoon after he allegedly led officers on a car chase through Pembroke.
The chase ended on Route 98 at Batavia Elba Townline Road and Hilal was hit with numerous charges including counts of Fleeing an Officer in a motor vehicle, Reckless Driving and Operating a motor vehicle without insurance.
Hilal was ordered to be held as Police continue to investigate the incident.

Deputies bust a Wyoming County man for violating a court order in Batavia.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies apprehended 28 year old Derrick Kio of Minard Road in Portageville following investigation into an incident at a West Main Street Road address back in October.
Kio was charged with Criminal Contempt for Disobeying a Mandated Court Order after allegedly violating an order of protection.
He was issued an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on Nov 14th.

Conspiracy at Kohl’s leads to arrest for a Medina man.
27 year old Frank Capen of Church Street Medina was arrested by Sheriff’s Deputies after their investigation into a larceny from Kohl’s in Batavia.
Capen was charged with Petit Larceny and Conspiracy in the 6th degree and was ultimately released with an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on Nov 28th.

The Buffalo Bills fail to gain ground in the AFC East after a tough loss on the road.
Kicker Stephen Hauschka could’ve sent the game into overtime but missed a 53-yard field goal as Buffalo lost to the Cleveland Browns 19 to 16 yesterday.
Quarterback Josh Allen had 266 yards passing and two rushing touchdowns in defeat.
The Bills are now six-and-three on the season and remain in second place in the division behind the Patriots, who had the week off.
Buffalo is back in action Sunday when they visit the Miami Dolphins.

 

Weekend News Briefing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo issues a warning to anyone threatening a school.
Cuomo says whether or not they actually intend to carry out the threat, they will receive the harshest possible penalty.
The governor was reacting to threats against Albion middle school this past week that led to the removal of at least three students from school.
Cuomo said in a statement that “school officials in Upstate New York worked with local, state and federal law enforcement officers to help stop an alleged plot by three students to attack Albion Middle School. The plot was determined to be credible and the agencies worked quickly to investigate and identify the suspects”
The school has revealed little about the actual threats other than they deemed them as credible and that they were shared among a small group of students through an online gaming app.

Two car accident on South Swan Street in the city.
The two vehicle accident was reported at 123 South Swan Street late Friday night after two sedans collided in front of the Polish Falcons of America Nest in Batavia.
The collision caused one vehicle to slam into the front porch at 129 South Swan.
Both drivers were able to get out their vehicles and neither sustained serious injury.
At last report City firefighters were deploying air bags under the damaged porch so the vehicle could be towed and were then securing wood supports to temporarily prop the porch up.  Accident reported by our news partner The Batavian.

The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that major construction is complete on the $1.6 million project to replace elements of the bridge carrying U.S. Route 20 over Oatka Creek in Pavilion.
The bridge, which reopened to traffic Friday, will now be more resilient and capable of withstanding potential damage from flooding or stream debris during inclement weather.

The Fighting Irish win their first sectional championship in seven years
Notre Dame High School defeated the Alexander Trojans 14 to 7 at SUNY Brockport Friday night.
The Irish now advance to the Section V /VI regional final next weekend.

The Buffalo Bills are hitting the road this weekend in search of their second straight win.
They’ll be in Cleveland to take on the struggling Browns.
Buffalo is coming off a victory over the Washington Redskins and currently sits in second place in the AFC East.
Kickoff for Sunday’s game is set for 1:00 p.m.

Irish Beat Trojans for Sectional Title

The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame High School win their first sectional championship in seven years defeating the Alexander Trojans 14 to 7 at SUNY Brockport Friday night.

The Irish now advance to the Section V /VI regional final next weekend.

GCC Athletics Update: Swim Team

Tyler Stachowiak swims to victory in a pair of events in Genesee’s first meet of the season at Erie

Press Release:

BUFFALO, NY… The 2019-2020 season is underway for the Genesee Community College swimming and diving team as they competed at the Western New York Athletic Conference Tri-Meet hosted by Erie Community College Wednesday night. Genesee defeated the host Kats and lost to Monroe Community College in their first meet of the season.

The men’s 200 medley relay team of Raymond Pray, Ethan Heim, Tyler Stachowiak, and Daniel Nickerson placed second. Tyler Stachowiak won the 1000 Freestyle in just over 11 minutes. Daniel Nickerson placed third in the 200 Freestyle. Carlitos Sanchez won the 50 Freestyle and the 100 Butterfly. Raymond Pray placed fourth in the 100 Freestyle and the 100 Backstroke. The men’s 400 Freestyle relay team of Tyler Stachowiak, Daniel Nickerson, Ethan Heim, and Carlitos Sanchez placed first and timed just one second over the school record.

The women’s relay team of Ashton Laird, Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto, Brianna McMullen, and Brianna Davis placed second in the 200 medley. Bria Ohlson finished third in the 200 Freestyle and third in the 100 Backstroke. Brianna McMullen, Brianna Davis, and Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto finished second through fourth respectively in the 50 Freestyle. Ashton Laird placed third in the 200 IM and second in the 100 Backstroke. Brianna McMullen finished second in the 100 Freestyle. Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto finished third in the 100 Breaststroke.

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES RELIEF PROGRAM FOR LAKE ONTARIO SECONDARY HOMEOWNERS

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced today that owners of secondary homes on Lake Ontario who were directly impacted by this year’s flooding and sustained damages to their homes may now apply for funding through the 2019 Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Flood Relief and Recovery Program. Up to $8 million is available, and applications will be accepted through December 10.

Residents with second homes in Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wayne counties are now eligible to apply to receive up to $50,000 in state funding to help offset damages to their residences.

Applications can be found at https://hcr.ny.gov/lake-ontario-st-lawrence-river-flood-relief-and-recovery-grant-program.

• Second homeowner applications will be accepted from Nov. 6, 2019 through Dec. 10, 2019.
• Second homeowners with a qualified gross income of less than $275,000 may apply. However, priority will be given to those with a qualified gross income of $175,000 or less.
• Funding to address damages to secondary homes will be considered following fulfillment of primary residence applications, which will be given priority. Primary homeowners must have applied by the Oct. 31, 2019 deadline.

“There are many families with vacation, summer or secondary homes on Lake Ontario’s southern shore and I am pleased that a portion of the state’s recovery program will now be available to qualifying homeowners,” Hawley said. “Although we sustained historic and catastrophic flooding this year, we are making progress toward full recovery and my office is here to help with questions and concerns as we work together to rebuild and fortify our shoreline. Most importantly, please do not hesitate to apply by December 10.”

GENESEE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HOLD HIRING SOMEONE WITH A DISABILITY WORKSHOP

Press Release:

“Universal Hiring Practices: Hiring Someone with a Disability” will be the subject of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce’s latest business workshop on November 13.

The Chamber has partnered with the Arc of Genesee Orleans to provide training on the benefits of hiring a person with a disability. The workshop will be held at the newly-renovated GO TO Hub at Arc of Genesee Orleans, 64 Walnut St., Batavia.

“It is well known that finding and retaining employees is a problem for employers here in Genesee County,” said tom Turnbull, President of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. “Unemployment is low and the pool of capable workers is shrinking. To meet these hiring needs, local businesses need to explore new and diverse options that are available here in our local communities.”

“Hiring a person with a disability is an option employers sometimes overlook but would be wise to consider. This pool of diverse employees will provide a highly productive, community focused, dedicated group of new hires to your employee base.”

The workshop is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. and should last approximately one hour. This event is free for Chamber and Downtown Batavia Business Improvement District members. There is a $10 charge for non-members. To register, contact Kelly Bermingham at the Chamber by phone at 585-343-7440 or by email at kbermingham@geneseeny.com.

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER OFFICE HOURS

Press Release:

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

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

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

Assemblyman Steve Hawley
November Office Hours:

Monroe County:
Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
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, November 8, 2019
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Genesee Community College
Conable Technology Building, Room T124
Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley Drive (1 College Road), Batavia
Friday, November 22, 2019
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

46 year old Tammy Stewart of Perry was apprehended by Village Police after investigation into a report of a suicidal female with a knife.
Police were called to a Lake Street residence Sunday afternoon, where officers report Stewart had slammed her body through the front door into an apartment where she remained inside without the owner’s permission.
The scene reportedly played out in front of five children all under 14.
Stewart was hit with a Class C felony count of Burglary, five counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, along with counts of Criminal Mischief and Obstruction of Governmental Administration.
After being arraigned in Perry Village Court Stewart was released on her own recognizance.

Albion students pulled from school over online threats.
The Albion Central School District has had several students removed while they continue their investigation into reports that numerous Albion Central Middle School students had shared threatening messages and images online.
Superintendent Michael Bonnewell said in a letter posted on the district’s website that the content was shared through an online gaming app, in person, and over the phone.
Bonnewell said in the letter that student safety is the highest priority for the district.

An illegal immigrant in upstate New York will be spending 20 years behind bars after confessing to killing a young mother and her infant son.
Yesterday Alberto Reyes received his sentence the deaths of 18 year old Selena Hidalgo-Calderon and her son Owen who was only 14 months old.
Selena’s body was found buried on a Sodus farm in May of last year after the pair was reported missing.
The boy’s remains were found a few months later.

The latest numbers from the State Department of Health shows the number of flu cases is on the rise.
Officials say there were 189 confirmed cases of the virus in New York during the week ending November 2nd.
That’s a 48-percent increase over the week before.
Forty-four of the patients confirmed to have the flu also ended up in the hospital.
Doctors are urging everyone to get their flu shot as soon as possible.

After a few days off, the Buffalo Sabres will be back in action, but they’ll be thousands of miles from home.
The Sabres are taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning in Stockholm, Sweden as part of the 2019 NHL Global Series.
The teams will be playing a pair of games this weekend and face-off for the first contest is set for two p-m this afternoon.
The Sabres have six players on their roster from Sweden.

GCC Athletics Update: Players make All-Region teams

Members of the 2019 NJCAA Region III All-Region teams for women’s and men’s soccer

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BATAVIA, NY… Eight student-athletes of the Genesee Community College soccer programs have been named to the NJCAA Region III All-Region Teams. Six members of the nationally-ranked, 2019 Region III District B Champion men’s soccer team and two members of the women’s soccer team have been honored by Region III for their outstanding play on the field all season long.

Hiago Barros de Souza, Ed Port, Robert Keogh, Ollie Ardle, Ryan Curtis, and James Lighton were named to the Region III Men’s Soccer All-Region Team. Hiago leads the country in goals with 34, and points with 82. Ed leads the country in assists with 33, breaking the school record for most assists in a single season along the way, and is second in the country in points with 73. Robert Keogh has been a key member of the Cougars defense for the past two seasons. The sophomore defender from Wicklow, Ireland has scored three goals this season. Ollie, a sophomore midfielder from Newport, Wales has scored 11 goals this season, including three game winners. Ryan Curtis, a sophomore midfielder from Corfu, NY scored 12 goals in 19 games this season. James Lighton, one of the team captains from Southend, England, was tough to play against all season. Lighton has scored six goals so far this season. Genesee has a record of 17-3, won the Western New York Athletic Conference title and secured its sixth NJCAA Region III championship with a 4-0 win over Mohawk Valley. Genesee is ranked fifth in the country and will participate in the NJCAA Division III Men’s Soccer National Championships November 14-17 at Herkimer College.

Autumn Ressue and Diante Scheepers have been named to the Region III Women’s Soccer All-Region Team. Autumn, a sophomore from Williamson, NY was a mainstay on the Cougars defense, and scored two goals this season, including one game winner. Diante, a sophomore forward from Willemstad, Curacao scored 10 goals and added 12 assists this season. The women’s soccer team finished the 2019 season with an overall record of 10-7 and 3-1 in the Western New York Athletic Conference. Genesee lost to Hudson Valley Community College in the Region III semifinals.

Social Justice Day at Genesee Community College

Press Release:

What: Social Justice Day at Genesee Community College

When: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College

Who: All are invited and welcome!

Background: Extending the reach of the One GCC efforts at Genesee Community College, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator Sara Vacin and the Inclusive Excellence Committee will host Social Justice Day on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Batavia Campus Forum. This event is made possible through a SUNY Diversity and Inclusion Performance Improvement Fund and is therefore FREE and open to the entire community.

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award Laureate, Librada Paz will open Social Justice Day at 12:30 p.m. sharing how she came to this country as a young migrant farmer with dreams of studying engineering. As her journey ensued, she became a nationally recognized activist which she will describe in her keynote presentation, “The Voice of Farmworkers’ Rights.” In addition, on Tuesday, Art Force 5, a group of self-proclaimed “art-equipped heroes” founded at Alfred University will lead attendees to do as they have done and embrace creativity over conflict through the creation of a large mosaic piece which will become a visual tribute to GCC’s Open Door Internship Program.

From 2 – 2:55 p.m. Social Justice Day participants can attend one of the following sessions:

• Creativity over Conflict with Dan Napolitano of Alfred University in the Forum
• Know your Rights with GCC Criminal Justice professor Karen Wicka in T122
• Being an Ally to People of Color with Political Club student president Dennis Austin in T121
• Social Justice Issues facing Veterans Today with Dave Oliver of the Veteran’s Outreach Center in G200

From 3 – 3:55 p.m. participants can choose from the following sessions:

• Social Justice Work and Migrant Workers: Past, Present and Future presented by members of the Geneseo Migrant Center in G200
• Bail Reform and Its Impact with Catherine Uhly from Genesee Justice in T122
• Sexual Assault Victim’s Rights by RESTORE’s Sarah Link and Hannah Kujawski in T121

Finally, at 4 p.m. all participants are encouraged to come together for refreshments and a closing discussion reflecting on the opportunities to put the information they’ve been given into action in their own lives.

TULLY’S GOOD TIMES RESTAURANTS TO SUPPORT SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW YORK IN LOCAL LAW & ORDERS NIGHT

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November 6, 2019 – In its 6th year as a major sponsor, Tully’s Good Times Restaurants will expand its fundraising effort and team up with law enforcement agencies to support the Special Olympics New York and their Polar Plunge initiative, specifically in the Central, Western, Northern New York, and the Southern Tier. Locations in Rochester, Buffalo, Batavia, Syracuse, Watertown, and Vestal New York will participate.

On Thursday, November 7th from 5 to 8pm, Tully’s Restaurants will host a “Law & Orders Night.” Local Law Enforcement and Special Olympics New York athletes team up with the staff from Tully’s to become celebrity waiters for the night. They help serve tables, bus, and host for the night to help raise funds for the local athletes.

“We appreciate that Tully’s and local law enforcement have dedicated their time and resources to support our organization,” said Special Olympics President and CEO Stacey Hengsterman. “Fundraisers like these are the reason we can continue to offer our programs to our athletes at no cost to them or their families.”

For more information on these events, click here.

GCC Welcomes the Antoinette Marchese Clancy School of Nursing

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BATAVIA, NY (11/06/2019) Last month, Genesee Community College announced the beginning of its year-long celebration of the Nursing Program’s 50th Anniversary! During a special Tea and a Toast event the Director of GCC’s Nursing Program Laurel Sanger, Director of Development and Alumni Affairs Tammy Arneth, and Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs Jennifer Wakefield kicked off the program’s 50th year with several impressive announcements all stemming from one of GCC’s most substantial scholarship gifts to date.

The Antoinette Marchese Clancy Scholarship Fund and Excellence Award are both being instituted this year. Starting late this spring and continuing for another 50 years, a new scholarship opportunity will support GCC’s second year nursing students. The significance of this gift has allowed the College to name its School of Nursing after its largest benefactor, specifically, The Antoinette Marchese Clancy School of Nursing.

“It has been my honor to work with the Clancy Family to help them introduce an opportunity that recognizes and supports second year nursing students who have exhibited dedication and excellence in their first year of study, and promise to continue this distinction in their second year,” Arneth said. “The dream of helping the next generation of GCC nursing students has been very important to the Clancy family despite the many years and the physical distance between Mrs. Clancy and her alma mater.”

Antoinette Marchese grew up in Batavia and in 1970 graduated from Notre Dame High School where she had met her husband, Emmet Clancy. After working as a nurse’s aide at St. Jerome’s Hospital, she enrolled at D’Youville College, but transferred and graduated from GCC in 1974 earning the Nursing Excellence Award, an honor that is still very important to her. The Clancy family, now residing in California, has grown to include five children and 11 grandchildren throughout their 45 year marriage.

Earlier this year, Mr. Clancy contacted GCC exploring how his wife’s desire to help future nursing students could become a reality. He also wanted to recognize the hard work and dedication of his beloved. Knowing how much GCC and the Nursing Excellence Award means to his wife and inspired by her selflessness, Mr. Clancy worked with Arneth to establish two opportunities available to nursing students next year.

• The Antoinette Marchese Clancy Scholarship Fund has been established through a generous gift from the Clancy Family and recognizes Antoinette, GCC class of 1974. Each year going forward, this scholarship will support several second-year GCC nursing students who are academically in the upper third of the class and have illustrated excellence in their clinical performance.
• In addition, the Antoinette Marchese Clancy Excellence Award will be awarded for the first time to the top clinical performing nursing student at the annual Nursing Recognition Ceremony that is scheduled before the college-wide Commencement, which will occur on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

A formal recognition reception with the Clancys in attendance is also scheduled for Thursday, May 14, 2020 as a highlight of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of GCC’s Nursing Program and the annual Nursing graduation ceremony.

Open House and Veterans Day Ceremony at GCC

Press Release:

What: Open House and Veterans Day Ceremony at GCC

When: Monday, November 11, 2019 beginning at 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Where: Open House at Genesee Community College ~ Batavia Campus ~ One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020

Veterans Day Ceremony

• Batavia Campus – One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020
• Online – live streaming at: http://www.genesee.edu/home/event-streaming/
• Broadcast – at any GCC Campus Center

Who: All are invited and welcome!

Background: For more than 20 years, Genesee Community College has invited the public to its Main Campus in Batavia on Veterans Day for two very important events-welcoming potential new students with an Academic Open House and honoring veterans for their service to our country with a Veterans Day Ceremony. On Monday, November 11, 2019 the tradition continues to host potential students of all ages and their families to Open House from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and the entire community to the annual Veterans Day Honor Ceremony at 12:30 p.m.

The Open House event will include:

• 8 a.m. Early bird event registration and campus tour
• 8:30 a.m. General event registration
• 9 a.m. Information sessions with Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Success Center representatives and more
• 10:15 a.m. Academic Fair – meet professors and instructors face to face
• 10:30 a.m. Campus Tours begin – see the new Richard C. Call (athletic) Arena and Student Success Center as well as the new apartments at College Village, the Library, Book Store, Student Union, Genesee Center for the Arts and GCC’s many state-of-the-art classrooms and labs
• 12 p.m. Nursing Program Information Session – for those interested

Online registration for the Open House is the best way to reserve a seat for the opportunity to explore GCC. Whether you are looking to attend college for the first time, return to college to advance your current career, or even launch a brand new venture, GCC’s student success coaches are specifically trained to guide individual pathways to success! Meet your success coach at Open House!

Again this year, GCC is proud to host its annual Veterans Day Honor Ceremony in Batavia beginning at 12:30 p.m. featuring community and student veteran guest speakers. At 1:15 p.m. a complimentary lunch will be served to all veterans.

Those unable to attend the event in Batavia are encouraged to enjoy the event live-streamed at: https://www.genesee.edu/home/event-streaming/ or watch the broadcast at one of GCC’s Campus Centers:

• Albion Campus Center – 456 West Ave, Albion
• Arcade Campus Center – 25 Edward Street, Arcade
• Dansville Campus Center – 31 Clara Barton Street, Dansville
• Lima Campus Center – 7285 Gale Road, Lima
• Medina Campus Center – 11470 Maple Ridge Road, Medina
• Warsaw Campus Center – 115 Linwood Avenue, Warsaw

Protect Blue Chip, Lady London beat top mares at Batavia

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — A pair of distaff Open paces topped the card on Wednesday night (Nov. 6) at Batavia Downs and fittingly, both winners came from barns of female trainers.

In the $12,500 Open I Handicap for fillies and mares, Protect Blue Chip (Billy Davis Jr.) got away fifth while Blue Bell Bonnie (Dave McNeight III) and HP Sissy (Drew Monti) battled for front supremacy in a speedy :27.2. Davis pulled first-over with Protect Blue Chip and brought Gia’s Surreal (John Cummings Jr.) in the flow.

Positions grew tight as the race reached three-quarters in 1:25.3 with the top four horses pacing in a bunch and it didn’t get any easier down the lane. With a mad rush to the wire, from the pylons out was Blue Bell Bonnie, HP Sissy, Protect Blue Chip and Gia’s Surreal all within a head of each other until Protect Blue Chip got the slightest advantage to win by a nose in a blanket finish on a cold night in 1:54.4.

It was the seventh win of the year and a new seasonal mark for Protect Blue Chip ($18.00) who is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock. Maria Rice trains the winner.

Then in the $11,000 Open II Handicap for fillies and mares, Lady London (Ray Fisher Jr.) went a mile that could have gotten her the top prize in the main event. After leaving sharply from post four in :27.1, Lady London led at every station by a gapped advantage that grew as the race progressed. After hitting three-quarters in 1:24.1, Fisher let Lady London pace home of her own volition and she stretched out to a 5-3/4 length win at the wire in 1:54.1.

It was also the seventh win of the year for Lady London ($5.30) who is owned by VHF Racing and trained by Sabrina Shaw, who had a training double on the card.

John Cummings Jr. and Billy Davis Jr. were the hot drivers on Wednesday, each scoring a hat trick of victories. Kevin Cummings joined Shaw in the trainer ranks with two wins on Wednesday as well.

Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Nov. 8) with post time at 6 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

36 year old Charles Cooper of Lodi in Seneca County remains in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the back after he allegedly forced his way into a Stafford home.
According to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office Cooper threatened the homeowner and demanded money while brandishing what appeared to be handgun after forcing his way into a home at 6735 Clinton Street Road around 9 Tuesday night.
During confrontation with the suspect, the homeowner, who identified himself in an interview with the Daily News as 76 year old Edgar Cummings, retrieved a 16-gauge double-barrel shotgun and fired one shot knocking Cooper to the floor.
Cooper was listed in critical condition as last reported by lawmen.
Other residents in the area need no added concern for public safety according to investigators as this was reportedly not a random incident but one that the suspect specifically targeted the residence.

Liberty Street man arrested after trespassing complaint.
56 year old Aaron Mee of Liberty Street Batavia was taken into custody by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies Tuesday afternoon after investigation into a trespassing complaint at an address on Route 98.
Mee was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and Trespassing and was released with appearance tickets for November 25th in Batavia Town Court.

A Hilton resident jailed for drunk driving in Elba.
35 year old William Strait was arrested by Troopers out of Batavia following a stop for traffic violations on Drake Street Road in Elba Tuesday afternoon.
Strait was hit with felony counts of DWI and Aggravated DWI for having two previous convictions and was jailed in lieu of bail.

Governor Cuomo says district attorney’s offices around the state won’t get any extra funding to help with new criminal justice reforms.
One change going into effect in January requires a 15-to-30 day window for prosecutors and defense attorneys to exchange important information before an arraignment.
DAs wanted extra money for staff and technology upgrades needed to meet that mandate.
The governor said yesterday DAs have already received additional financial help and he doesn’t think they need any more.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is making a renewed push for gun reform.
He’s asking President Trump to push Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take action on a bill requiring background checks.
The legislation has already passed the House but hasn’t come up for a vote in the Senate.
McConnell says that will only happen when the bill is supported by the president.

Wegmans has announced a recall of two food bar items.
The supermarket chain says there are concerns its veggie power blend and tofu shiitake slaw could be contaminated with listeria.
The items were sold at self-serve cold bars between September 29th and November 4th and have “best if used by” dates of October 11th to November 16th.
Anyone with concerns is asked to contact the Wegmans customer service line.

Evening News Briefing

A Seneca County man has been identified as the suspect in a home on Clinton Street Road I n Stafford.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies say 36 year old Charles Cooper from Lodi, New York, forced his way in a home at 6735 Clinton Street around 9 last night. Deputies say he brandished what appeared to be handgun, threatened the homeowner and demanded money.
During the confrontation with the suspect the homeowner, identified as 76 year old Edgar Cummings, retrieved a 16-guage double-barrel shotgun and fired one shot knocking Cooper to the floor.
Deputies said Cooper is listed in critical condition this afternoon.
The homeowner identified himself in an interview with The Daily News posted on-line this afternoon.
Deputies said Cummings was targeted by the intruder and that there is concern for the public safety of other residents in the area.

Republican Durin Rogers has been elected Batavia City Court Judge as incumbents in Batavia take Election Day.
Unofficial returns show Rogers beat out Benjamin Bonarigo by 215 votes.
All the incumbent candidates on the Batavia City Council and in County Legislature won back their seats.
Incumbent Republican John Canale won Ward 3.
Incumbent Kathy Briggs Democratic challenger Sam DiSalvo for the Ward 5 seat.
And in the one contested County Legislature race Incumbent Marianne Clattenburg defeated Colin McAlister.

Click here for the complete list of results from races around the county.

Governor Cuomo has signed legislation requiring that death certificates in cases of opioid overdose specify which opioid was involved in the death, if known.
This new law requires that information be recorded so that more data will be available to better address the opioid crisis. Under current law, if a person dies of an opioid overdose, there is no requirement that the death certificate specify which opioid was involved.
The legislation takes effect immediately.

Morning News Briefing

An apparent home invasion ended with a suspected intruder being shot by a Stafford homeowner Tuesday night in Stafford.
The suspect was flown via Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester and law enforcement has declined to give a condition on the man.
Deputies responded to 6731 Clinton Street in Stafford shortly after 9 p.m. last night according to Genesee County Undersheriff Bradley Mazur…

The Undersheriff who spoke with our news partner The Batavian, would not comment on whether the homeowner and intruder were acquainted but did confirm that the homeowner used his registered firearm in the incident.
Mazur said the investigation remains on-going and declined further comment.

According to the unofficial vote tally, Republican Durin Rogers appears to have defeated Democrat Benjamin Bonarigo in the race for Batavia City Court Judge.
The Board of Elections provided Election night results that have given Rogers a victory by 215 votes.
In total Rogers received 1,662 to Bonarigo’s 1,447.
Although the numbers are unofficial until certified by the Board of Elections it’s unlikely to see the tide turn in Bonarigo’s favor.
170 of the 288 absentee ballots that were requested have been returned so far and Bonarigo would need almost all of the absentee ballot votes to turn the race around.
It appears local incumbents were favored as well at the polls.
Incumbent Republican John Canele won back his seat in Batavia’s third ward, with 260 votes over Libertarian Party candidate Deborah Kerr Rosenbeck who received 166.
Democratic candidate Nicholas Russo received 123.
Incumbent Kathy Briggs garnered 210 votes in Ward 5, to 148 for Democratic challenger Sam DiSalvo.
Incumbent Marianne Clattenburg won with 684 votes to 159 for Colin McAlister in the one contested County Legislature race.
Click here for the complete list of results from races around the county.

GCASA, the local substance abuse agency, hopes to have its recovery recreation center open by the end of the year.
The center is being set up as a destination where those dealing with drug and alcohol abuse issues can interact through sober living activities.
The recovery center is located in the former Bohn’s Restaurant. It will feature offices, a meeting room with a riser for live music; an exercise center; a game room and a large commercial kitchen.
An outdoor basketball court is expected to be built by next spring.

Governor Cuomo signed legislation yesterday requiring that death certificates in cases of opioid overdose specify which opioid was involved in the death, if known.
This new law requires that information be recorded so that more data will be available to better address the opioid crisis.
Under current law, if a person dies of an opioid overdose, there is no requirement that the death certificate specify which opioid was involved.
The legislation takes effect immediately.

Intruder Shot By Homeowner in Stafford

A suspect in an apparent home invasion in Stafford was shot by the homeowner Tuesday night in Stafford. The suspected intruder was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Hospital in Rochester.

Genesee County Undersheriff Bradley Mazur said deputies responded to 6731 Clinton St. shortly after 9 last night. They learned that an intruder had entered the house, had possession of a firearm, and demanded cash.

The homeowner then was able to retrieve a long gun from his home and shoot the suspect, Mazur said.
Mazur declined to say if the homeowner and intruder knew each other. He also declined to give a condition on the man flown to the hospital.
Mazur said the investigation was in its early stages and declined further comment.

Briggs, Canale Re-elected to City Council, Clattenburg to Legislature

Incumbent City Councilmen John Canale and Kathy Briggs won re-election on Tuesday night.

Canale, a Republican,  defeated defeated Democrat Nicholas Russo and Libertarian Deborah Kerr-Rosenbeck for the Ward 3 seat.

Ward 3 Vote Totals:  Canale, 260; Russo, 123; Kerr-Rosenbeck  166

In Ward 5, Incumbent Kathy Briggs defeated Samuel DiSalvo

Ward 5 Vote Totals: Briggs, 210; DiSalvo, 148

 

In the only contested race in the Genesee County Legislature: District 8 (City of Batavia) incumbent  Maryann Clattenburg defeated  Libertarian Colin McAllister.

Legislature Dist 8 Vote Totals: Clattenburg 684; McAllister, 159

 

Complete election results issued by the Genesee County Board of Elections download HERE

Rogers Edges out Bonarigo for City Court

Durin Rogers

In what is still an unofficial vote tally, it appears that Republican Durin Rogers has defeated Democrat Benjamin Bonarigo in the race for Batavia City Court Judge.

Benjamin Bonarigo

Vote totals reported by the Board of Elections at 10:30 Tuesday night gave Rogers a victory by 215 votes.

Vote Totals: Rogers: 1,662;   Bonarigo 1,447

The numbers are unofficial until certified by the Board of Elections in the coming days

Rogers is the incumbent part-time City Court Judge, a position appointed by City Council.

Bonarigo, a prominent local attorney for several years, ran on the Democrat, Working Party, and Green Party Lines, Rogers ran on the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party lines.

HOLM to Hold Annual Wonderland of Trees

The Holland Land Office Museum is hosting its 18th annual Wonderland of Trees, sponsored in part this year by Tompkins Bank of Castile.

Each year, hundreds of visitors come to the museum between November and January to view nearly fifty trees, festive pictures, and holiday displays decorated by local businesses and organizations.

This year’s Kickoff Gala will take place at the museum Friday November 22nd. The event will start at 6 pm and is family friendly and great for all ages. There will be musical performances by voice students from Sound Foundations Voice Studio and a Flute ensemble from Batavia Middle School. After dinner snacks will be provided by D & R Depot. Tickets are $15 per person, $10 for museum members and $5 for children under 12.

This year tickets are available for purchase online as well as by calling (585) 343-4727 or stopping in Tuesday through Saturday between 10 am and 4 pm.

GCASA getting ready for recovery rec center opening

Press release:

The executive director of Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse is aiming to have the agency’s new recovery recreation center on Clinton Street Road up and running by the end of the year.

“We’re hoping to be open sometime around Christmas or possibly New Year’s Eve,” John Bennett said earlier this week. “We have started minor renovations and we’re also looking for a name for the building.”

Bennett said he and his staff are excited about the potential of the Recovery WOW program’s new home – the former Bohn’s Restaurant at 5256 Clinton Street Rd., just a stone’s throw from the intersection of Seven Springs Road.

GCASA closed on the purchase of the building last month and is gearing up for what Bennett called “a big kickoff” leading to consistent and effective programming to support those on their road to sobriety.

“The plan is to partner with other agencies and groups in the community to have events there and also to offer the large conference room for others to use,” said Bennett, adding that GCASA intends to hold an open house for nearby residents and business owners.

The floor plan, after conversion, will feature offices for program staff and Peer Recovery Advocates along with a computer room, meeting room with a riser for live music, training/conference room to hold up to 40 people, exercise center, game room (pool, ping pong, foosball, and video games), living room with large-screen TV and a large commercial kitchen.

Bennett said the long-term plan is to move the Prevention Education Department and the Western New York Resource Center offices to the building.

“I think it would be a good fit to have Prevention there,” he said. “Plus, we have just run out of room at the main campus (430 East Main St.).”

He said that renovations on the inside are ongoing and that volunteers will be enlisted to clean up the outside of the building. Springtime plans include putting in an outdoor basketball court in the parking area.

Currently, the Recovery WOW (With Out Walls) program under the supervision of Sue Gagne has a full schedule of events each month for those in recovery.

The recovery recreation center is being set up as a destination where those dealing with drug and alcohol use issues can interact through sober living activities.

For more information, like us on Facebook – Recovery WOW.

GCC Athletics Update: Athletes of the Week

Tylasia Weaver (L – women’s basketball) and Hiago Barros de Souza (R – men’s soccer) were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the Week of November 4

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY… Midfielder Hiago Barros de Souza from men’s soccer and Guard/Forward Tylasia Weaver from women’s basketball were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the week of November 4.

Hiago Barros de Souza scored one goal in the NJCAA Region III semifinals against Jamestown Community College and then tallied three goals in Genesee’s 4-0 shutout over Mohawk Valley Community College in the NJCAA Region III District B Championship game. Hiago leads the country in both goals (34) and points (82).

Tylasia Weaver recorded a double-double in Genesee’s first two games of the season, both victories over Corning Community College and SUNY Broome. The sophomore guard from Rochester, NY scored 29 points and 17 rebounds against Corning, then followed it with a 18 points and 14 rebound performance against SUNY Broome.

The nationally-ranked men’s soccer team has advanced to the NJCAA Division III Men’s Soccer National Championships, November 14-17 at Herkimer College.

Women’s basketball starts their 2019-2020 home schedule with a game Tuesday against Jefferson CC at 5pm before playing SUNY Ulster and Bryant & Stratton (Albany) at this weekend’s Niagara County CC Tip-Off Classic in Sanborn, NY Saturday and Sunday.

Morning News Briefing

Voters in Batavia will have a number of electoral races to decide as they head to the polls today, most notably the race for Batavia City Court Judge.
The seat is being sought by part-time Judge Durin Rogers on the Republican, Conservation and Independence Party lines and by Attorney Benjamin Bonarigo who is running along Democrat, Working Party and Green party lines.
Six ward councilmen are also being decided by city voters today, however only two have opposition. John Canale is challenged by Libertarian Deborah Kerr Rosenbeck, and Republican Kathy Briggs is being opposed by Democrat Sam DiSalvo in Ward 5.
At the County level all nine members of the Genesee County Legislature are up for election with Legislator Maryann Clattenberg facing the only opponent, Libertarian Colin McAllister.
There are various town elections as well.
Polls have opened in Genesee County and remain open until 9 tonight.
Follow the links for a full list of races and candidates in Genesee County along with maps to find polling places in all towns and the city of Batavia.

Three Genesee County Jail inmates busted with contraband.
Following investigation into alleged contraband in the jail facility, 30 year old Benjamin Santiago Jr. of South Lyon Street, 27 year old Morgan Cox of Hutchins Place and 55 year old Scott Hodgins of West Main Street Batavia were all arrested and charged.
Santiago was charged with Promoting Prison contraband, while Cox was hit with counts of Promoting Prison Contraband and Tampering with physical evidence.
Hodgins was charged with Possession of Contraband and all three are due back in Batavia City Court this morning.

The Batavia Development Corporation has named a new Executive Director.
Andrew Maguire will be succeeding Rachel Tabelski as head of the Economic Development Agency after Tabelski was moved into the role of Assistant City Manager for Batavia.
For the past five years Maguire has served as Clerk-Treasurer for the Village of Oakfield.
His new position starts on November 18th with the BDC.

New York State lawmakers are trying to figure out how to regulate vaping related products like e-cigarettes. State lawmakers held a hearing in Lower Manhattan yesterday on the matter.
The State health department testified that 27-percent of high schoolers use e-cigarettes and is recommending no one use them because they have been shown recently to be linked to lung illnesses.
The New York Association Of Convenience Stores cautioned lawmakers of an outright ban or ban on flavored e-cigs because the association feels the vaping products would then go to the black market.

Evening News Briefing

Tomorrow is Election Day.

Ben Bonarigo

Durin Rogers

In Batavia, the race generating the most attention is for Batavia City Court Judge. Attorney Benjamin Bonarigo is on the Democrat, Working Party and Green Party lines, part-time Judge Durin Rogers has the Republican, Conservation and Independence Party lines.

Also in the city, voters will elect all six ward councilmen:
Only two have opposition: John Canale is challenged by Deborah Kerr Rosenbeck, a Libertarian, and in Ward 5 longtime Republican Kathy Briggs is opposed by Democrat Sam DiSalvo.

 

All nine members of the Genesee County Legislature are up for election. Only one has an opponent. Legislator Maryann Clattenberg is challenged by Libertarian Colin McAllister.

There are various town elections as well. Polls open in Genesee county tomorrow morning at 6 and remain open until 9 tomorrow night.

 

County Elections and Candidates Listed HERE

 

Polling Places Listed HERE

 

Andrew Maguire

Andrew Maguire has been named the new Executive Director of Economic Development for the City of Batavia.
Maguire will head up the Batavia Development Corporation, a post recently held by Rachel Tabelski until she was named Assistant City Manager.
Maguire served for the past five years as Clerk-Treasurer for the Village of Oakfield.
He begins his new post with the city on November 18th.

 

The number of registered Democrats is growing across New York State. The State Board of Elections says there are over five-point-nine-million New York State residents enrolled in the Democratic Party. That’s up nearly five-percent since President Trump was elected three years ago.
In comparison, there are just over two-point-six million enrolled Republicans.
Currently, Democrats hold control of the governor’s office and both branches of the State Legislature.

 

 

Election Day Tuesday, Nov 5

Tomorrow is Election Day across Genesee County and the nation.

In Batavia, the race generating the most attention is for Batavia City Court Judge. Attorney Benjamin Bonarigo is on the Democrat, Working Party and Green Party lines, part-time Judge Durin Rogers has the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party lines.

Ben Bonarigo

Durin Rogers

Also in the city, voters will elect all six ward councilmen:
Only two have opposition: John Canale is challenged by Deborah Kerr Rosenbeck, a Libertarian,
And in Ward 5 longtime Republican Kathy Briggs is opposed by Democrat Sam DiSalvo.

All nine members of the Genesee County Legislature are up for election. Only one has an opponent. Legislator Maryann Clattenberg is challenged by Libertarian Colin McAllister.
There are various town elections as well.

Polls open in Genesee county tomorrow morning at 6 and remain open until 9 tomorrow night.

List of All Elections in Genesee County and Candidates HERE

Maps of Genesee County Polling Places HERE

Maguire Named New BDC Director

Andrew Maguire

The Batavia Development Corporation is pleased to announce Andrew Maguire as the new Executive Director of Economic Development.

Maguire, a lifelong resident of Batavia has served the last five years as the Clerk-Treasurer for the Village of Oakfield. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from St. John Fisher.

Maguire replaces Rachael Tabelski, who resigned and accepted the City of Batavia Assistant Manager position a couple months ago. Following a recruitment search by the board of directors that brought in potential job candidates from throughout the region, the board felt that Maguire’s experience with municipal processes, experience with grant funding and knowledge of budgets made him the top choice.

Maguire is set to begin the position on November 18th.

Down On My Luck, Sir Pugsley sweep Batavia features

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — The formidable team of owner Robert Woodburn, trainer Patrick Shepherd and driver Drew Monti struck again in prime time to win both feature races on Saturday night (Nov. 2) at Batavia Downs.

In the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace, Down On My Luck scored his sixth win in only eight starts at Batavia Downs this year after he made a second-over move past the half, took over the lead from the front-running Howmac Dancer (Ray Fisher Jr.) at the top of the stretch and then held off a late rush by Tullow N (John Cummings Jr.) to win by a nose in 1:55.3.

It was the 10th win overall this year for Down On My Luck ($3.50) who now has $63,492 on the card in 2019.

Then in the $11,000 Open II Handicap pace, Sir Pugsley left from his assigned seven post and dropped in third by the quarter. But he was out and rolling early moving up to second by the half, taking over the lead from China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) at the three-quarters and then clearing and pulling away down the lane to win by a wrapped-up 3-1/4 lengths in 1:55.3.

It was the sixth win of the year for Sir Pugsley ($3.00) and pushed his bank to $81,020.

Monti ended up the leading driver on the night, scoring a total of four wins and three seconds during the card. Besides Down On My Luck and Sir Pugsley, Monti also won with In Runaway Bay N (1:55.3, $8.10) and Brunello N (1:55.1, $3.60).

Billy Davis Jr. also finished the night strong getting a natural hat trick in the final three races.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 6) with post time at 5 p.m.

Local Democrats want you to get out and vote!

Press Release:

“Yard signs, parade floats, and social media posts have ensured the names of local candidates are in the public eye as they geared up for the 2019 elections but none of that matters if we don’t vote.” Stated Erica O’Donnell, City of Batavia Democratic chair.
While national elections take the spotlight, municipal elections have a bigger impact on residents’ daily lives. Supervisor and council positions set policy, create and facilitate budgets, and make decisions on the enforcement of public safety. “Local elections are important because these are the people that make decisions that directly affect how money is spent and how things are run where you live” explained Michael Plitt, Genesee County Democratic Chair. “Usually our turnout is low for municipal elections but we’d like to see a big turnout.”

“We have an amazing group of candidates this year. They are honest, hardworking, and dedicated to ethical and moral integrity. They are not in the pockets of any county heads or organizations.” O’Donnell added.

Voting will be at County Building Two, 3837 West Main Street, Batavia on Saturday (November 2) and Sunday (November 3) from Noon till 5 pm for ALL Genesee County residents. On Tuesday, November 5, polls open at 6 am at your usual voting locations.

GCC Athletics Update: Men‘s Soccer

2019 NJCAA Region III District B Champions Genesee CC

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY… The no.7 nationally-ranked Genesee Community College Cougars shutout the Mohawk Valley Community College Hawks 4-0 to win the NJCAA Region III District B Championship. It is the sixth Region III championship in the last nine years for Genesee.

Hiago Barros de Souza scored on a rebound off a Vitor Chriguer de Goes Viera shot to put Genesee on the board with less than eight minutes remaining in the opening half. Ed Port was credited with the assist for the drop pass to Barros de Souza.

Vitor Chriguer de Goes Viera scored to increase the Cougars lead less than five minutes into the second half to 2-0 with Port getting his second assist. Barros de Souza scored his second of the game with Ollie Ardle getting the assist to make it 3-0 Genesee with 17 minutes remaining in regulation. Barros de Souza would score his third of the game with Shahin Tahir Nasabi getting the assist. Adrian Bergman recorded the shutout for Genesee.

Hiago Barros de Souza was named MVP of the tournament. Robert Keogh, Ed Port, and James Lighton were named to the All-Tournament team as well as Houssam Serhan, Romaine Watkis and Tucker Garrett made the All-Tournament team for Mohawk Valley.

Genesee (17-3) will advance to the NJCAA Men ‘s Soccer National Championships November 14-17 at Herkimer College.

Morning News Briefing

34 year old Steven Nesbitt of Holland Ave in Batavia was apprehended by City Police following investigation into an alleged incident at a Holland Ave residence last month.
Nesbitt allegedly had physical contact with an individual that had a refrain from order of protection against him in place.
Nesbitt is now facing counts of Criminal Contempt and Harassment and was ultimately released with an appearance ticket for City Court on November 7th.

Corfu woman arrested after an accident in Batavia.
Police in Batavia took 47 year old Melissa Wetmore of Main Road Corfu into custody on counts of DWI following investigation into an accident on Lyon Street in the City on October 26th.
Wetmore was released with an appearance ticket for Wednesday in Batavia City Court.

Clarendon man busted with drugs in LeRoy.
23 year old Tyler Walls of Upper Holley Road Clarendon was stopped on Lake Street in LeRoy for reportedly driving with no headlights Friday evening.
He was also found to be driving with a suspended license and registration and in possession of pot.
He was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, Driving on a suspended registration and driving with no headlamps.
He is expected back in LeRoy Town Court on December 3rd.

The Genesee County Health Department has recently been awarded a grant to provide the hepatitis A vaccine to food-service workers at no cost to them or the employer.
In Western New York and across the United States, foodborne outbreaks of hepatitis A have occurred as a result of infected food-service workers.
Restaurants or food services workers who are interested in receiving the Hepatitis A vaccine should contact the Genesee County Health Department immediately as this opportunity is ending on Dec. 31.
The supply is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The numbers are in, and the amount of registered Democrats is growing across New York State.
The State Board of Elections says there are over five-point-nine-million Empire State residents enrolled in the Democratic Party.
That’s up nearly five-percent since President Trump was elected three years ago.
In comparison, there are just over two-point-six million enrolled Republicans, a decline of seven tenths of a percent since 2016.
Currently, Democrats hold control of the governor’s office and both branches of the Legislature.

The Buffalo Bills win again and are off to the franchise’s best start since 1993.
Quarterback Josh Allen threw for one touchdown and ran for one more as the Bills beat the Washington Redskins 24 to 9 at New Era Field in Orchard Park yesterday.
Buffalo is now six-and-two on the year and thanks to New England’s loss last night, have closed the gap in the AFC East.
Up next for the Bills is a road game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday afternoon.

Dragin The Wagon wins 50th, Morrill five at Batavia

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — It was a landmark night for owner Cary Cantelon as her prized trotter Dragin The Wagon shipped in from a three-week stint at Yonkers Raceway to score his 50th lifetime win in the $12,500 Open Handicap trot at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Nov.1).

Driver Aaron Byron left hard with Dragin The Wagon from post five and crossed-over in the first turn. But he was soon joined by Joey Pro (Jim Morrill Jr.) who made his way up the outside to the front by the quarter in a swift :27.3. Now in control, Joey Pro trotted strong on the point past the half and on to the second circuit.

The lone mare in the race, Wheels A Turning (Billy Davis Jr.), pulled first-over and made her way alongside the leader by the time they hit three-quarters in 1:26.2. Joey Pro was far from finished and he continued to park out Wheels A Turning around the last turn, although that one was matching strides all the while. When the race hit the stretch, Joey Pro drifted off the pylons which allowed Byron and the pocket-sitting Dragin The Wagon enough room to squeeze through and draw away by 1-1/2 lengths at the wire in 1:57.1.

It was the fifth win of the year for Dragin The Wagon ($7.30) who now has $443,879 in earnings to go along with his 50 wins.

In the co-featured $11,000 Open II Handicap trot, Southern Palms (Jim Morrill Jr.) made a first-over move past the half, tangled with the front-running Rose Run Rudi (Aaron Byron) for a quarter of a mile before gaining a one-half length advantage under the wire to win in 1:59.2.

Southern Palms ($5.40) is owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama.

Southern Palms was just one of five wins driver Jim Morrill Jr. had on the night, including the natural hat trick in races two through four. He also scored with Well Connected Kid (1:59.3, $3.20), Let’s Be Honest (1:59.1, $4.50), JNR Express (2:00.4, $2.30) and Can’t Win (2:01, $4.20).

Morrill also had two seconds and a third to top off his night.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday afternoon with a special Breeder’s Cup Day post time of 3:15 p.m.

Weekend News Briefing

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 43 year old Stacy Watson of Liberty Street, Batavia and 46 year old Jennifer Mcauley of Shelby Basin Road, Medina following investigation into a reported larceny from the Home Depot Store in Batavia.
Deputies responded to the Home Depot Tuesday afternoon for a reported larceny complaint.
According to investigators Watson who was a former Home Depot employee allegedly conspired with Mcauley to steal merchandise from the store.
Both were charged with Conspiracy and Petit Larceny and both were released with appearance tickets returnable to the Batavia Town Court on November 14th.

The county’s Economic Development Center has approved tax breaks for a 9 and a half million dollar project in LeRoy.
Wright Associates had asked for $850,000 in mortgage, sales and property tax exemptions.
Wright Associates is a beverage distribution company based in Rochester.
They plan to build out a new facility in LeRoy and create 125 new jobs.

According to the County Highway Department, Bloomingdale Road between Wright Road and Tensow Road in Alabama will be closed through Dec. 6. And the road will NOT be passable for regular traffic or emergency vehicles.
The highway department says notifications will be given once the road has re-opened.

Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for Cayuga, Chautauqua, Dutchess, Erie, Essex, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Saratoga and Warren Counties as heavy rains and high winds have caused flooding and power outages throughout most of the state.
The extreme weather has caused nearly 60 road closures across the state and has left more than 241,000 buildings or homes without power.
The Governor has deployed 200 members of the National Guard to assist with response and clean-up operations.
Currently there are only around 70 customers still waiting for power restoration across the entire GLOW region.

The Genesee County Health Department has recently been awarded a grant to provide the hepatitis A vaccine to food-service workers at no cost to them or the employer.
In Western New York and across the United States, foodborne outbreaks of hepatitis A have occurred as a result of infected food-service workers.
Restaurants or food services workers who are interested in receiving the Hepatitis A vaccine should contact the Genesee County Health Department immediately as this opportunity is ending on Dec. 31.
The supply is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Americans will gain an extra hour of sleep this weekend as Sunday marks the end of daylight saving time.
At 2:00 a.m. on November 3rd, people across the U.S. will need to turn their clocks back one hour to reflect the new time.

Evening News Briefing

Weather watches and warnings for Genesee County have been lifted as the high winds that swept across the region overnight have sub sided.
Winds are now out of the west at 10 to 15 miles per hour.
National Grid reports fewer than 100 customers in Genesee County remain without power and service is now being restored rapidly.

A Genesee County Court jury has acquitted an Elba man of child sex abuse charges.
35 year old Mark Tooley of Oak Orchard Road, Elba, was not guilty of having sexual contact with a child under 13.
The charges had stemmed for a reported incident last December in Stafford.
The trial lasted most of this week and concluded with the jury’s innocent verdict late yesterday.

The county’s Economic Development Center has approved tax breaks for a 9 and a half million dollar project in LeRoy.
Wright Associates had asked for 850-thousand dollars in mortgage, sales and property tax exemptions.
Wright Associates is a beverage distribution company based in Rochester. They plan to build out a new facility in LeRoy and create 125 new jobs.

From the county highway department a note for Town of Alabama motorists:
Bloomingdale Road between Wright Road and Tensow Road in Alabama will be closed through Dec. 6.
The road will NOT be passable for regular traffic or emergency vehicles.
The highway department says notifications will be given once the road has re-opened.

High School Football playoff action continues tonight on WBTA.
The undefeated Fighting Irish of Notre Dame take on Bolivar-Richburg tonight. Kick-off is 5pm. The game can be heard lives on WBTA.
Tomorrow, the LeRoy Knights meet East Rochester Gananda . Game time: 4pm tomorrow. This game is also on WBTA AM, FM and online.

BID: Scarecrow Winners for Downtown Batavia 2019

Press Release:

Downtown Batavia- The Batavia Business Improvement District hosted its second annual Scarecrow Contest for Downtown Batavia. As a creative way to add some more fall flavor to downtown decorating, the BID invited any business, group or organization to enter the contest. For $20 each business was provided basic supplies of straw, a post and zip ties along with their pole assignment. Each business could then get creative in creating their scarecrow. All voting for favorite scarecrow ended Friday, October 25th.

The First Place Winner for 2019 is Rochester Regional United Memorial Medical Center
Second Place Winner is Licata Chiropractic & Wellness Center
Third Place Winner is Batavia Pediatrics

First place winner receives $100 cash prize, second place $75 and third place $50.

For more information on B.I.D. and Downtown events please visit our website at www.downtownbataviany.com.

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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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