Local News

Winter Got a Head Start – Students Can Too!

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Press Release:

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

Press Release:

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

Press Release:

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

Press Release:

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.

GCC Celebrates Women Trailblazers in Environmental Reform

Press Release:

What: Celebrate Women Trailblazers in Environmental Reform with Dr. Terrianne Schulte of D’Youville College

When: Wednesday, November 6, 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 continues its Historical Horizons Lecture Series on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 7 p.m. when Dr. Terrianne Schulte, of D’Youville College will present “We Have to Create a National Debate, Community by Community…” which celebrates women trailblazers in environmental reform.

Throughout the twentieth century, women have played important leadership roles in environmental preservation and restoration, often by educating the public regarding complex environmental issues to encourage grassroots activism. These unsung heroes deserve our attention and respect.

The lecture 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 additional details about the overall Fall Lecture Series, click here:

GCC Athletic Update: Men’s Soccer

Hiago Barros de Souza (18) chasing after Jamestown’s Michael Andalora in Genesee’s victory over the Jayhawks (Xi Lin – Genesee Athletics)

Press Release:

No. 7 Genesee Blanks Jayhawks; Advances to NJCAA Region III Finals

BATAVIA, NY…The No.7 Genesee Community College men’s soccer team is moving on the NJCAA Region III Championships on Sunday after defeating the Jamestown Community College Jayhawks 3-0 Thursday afternoon.

Ollie Ardle got the Cougars on the board with a PK less than five minutes into the contest. Leading goal scorer in the entire country, Hiago Barros de Souza scored to make it 2-0 with the assist coming from Ed Port, who leads the country in assists. James Lighton scored in the top left corner of the net to increase the Genesee lead to 3-0 midway through the second half. Adrian Bergman recorded the shutout for Genesee.

The attention will now turn to the NJCAA Region III Championships on Sunday, November 3rd at Genesee Community College. Genesee will play Mohawk Valley CC at 12 noon in the Region III District B Championship game. The NJCAA Region III District A Championship game will begin at 3:00pm.

Morning News Briefing

High Wind Warnings are in effect for the entire Western New York region.
Gusts are expected to peak around 65 miles per hour, making power outages likely.
At last check there were over 105-thousand National Grid customers without power at around 8:30 this morning with just under 400 customers without power in Genesee County, over 800 effected customers in Orleans County and less than 100  out in Wyoming and Livingston Counties.
The High Wind Warnings last through 1 p.m. today and National Grid’s expected restoration time is right around 4 o’clock this afternoon.

In Genesee County Court yesterday a jury found 35 year old Mark Daniel Tooley of Oak Orchard Road, Elba, not guilty of sexually abusing a minor.
Following his arrest on a Grand Jury indictment in January, Tooley was faced with charges of sexual abuse, acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17, and criminal sex act.
He was accused of having sexual contact with a victim under the age of 13 on Main Road in Stafford last December.
Following his trial this week in Genesee County Court jurors acquitted him of the charges.

West Main Street Road woman busted for drug sales in Batavia
Members of the Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force took 64 year old Linda Thomas of West Main Street Road Batavia into custody following investigation into the sale of controlled substances in and around the City.
She is accused of selling a quantity of hydrocodone to a task force agent on one occasion and alprazolam on two other occasions.
Thomas is facing 6 felony counts and was ultimately released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

Troopers bust a Pavilion man for Assault and Endangerment.
State Police based out of Batavia report the arrest of 38 year old Joshua Northrup of Pavilion following investigation into a disturbance at a River Road address in the Town of Pavilion back on October 10th.
Northrup was hit with Class A misdemeanor counts of both Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
He was ultimately released on his own recognizance.

Former school athletic trainer indicted on multiple counts including enticing a minor and production of child pornography.
30 year old Austin Pratt of Conesus has been hit with a five-count indictment from a federal grand jury charging him with enticement of a minor, production, receipt, and possession of child pornography, and transfer of obscene matter to a minor.
Pratt was accused of messaging a female student 16 years his junior and engaging in sexual intercourse with her.
Pratt is now looking at a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of life in prison along with a $250,000 fine.

The New York Department of Transportation is getting the roads ready for winter.
Department officials say they have more than 180 plow trucks, and roughly 46-thousand tons of salt ready once the snow starts falling.
They’re reminding drivers to give plows enough room to safely clear roadways.

Evening News Briefing

Batavia’s Trick or Treaters may get a bit of a break from the extreme winds tonight, but not from the rain.
13-WHAM meteorologist Scott Hetsko says the rain will continue through the afternoon and evening but the winds should remain tolerable until the overnight.
During the overnight winds could gust to over 60 miles per hour.
Batavia Police Chief Sean Heubusch says, be careful out there…

Official Trick or Treat hours in the city are from 5 until 9 tonight.

National Grid is preparing for an incoming storm. The utility says crews have been prepped with what to expect over the next few days.
Power outages are possible.
The utility is NOT not bringing in any extra crews from outside Western New York at this time.

A 64 year old Batavia woman busted on felony drug charges.
64 year old Linda Thomas of West Main Street Road Batavia was arrested for the sale of controlled substances in and around the City.
Thomas was charged with six felony counts.
She was ultimately released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

A house in Genesee County is being labeled as one of the most terrifying locations on earth.
The Bergen House, which was recently featured on the Travel Channel’s countdown of the top 10 most terrifying locations, has a rich history of ghostly encounters.
The home, built in 1858, sits next to a 400-million-year-old protected swamp where supposedly witches would host ritual ceremonies.

Gia’s Surreal upsets mares in Batavia Open

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — After being narrowly defeated in this same class last week, the lightly regarded Gia’s Surreal went from worst to first for her 10th win of the year in the $12,500 fillies and mares Open I Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 30).

Blue Bell Bonnie (Dave McNeight III) took the lead and played hardball with the heavily favored Little Joke (Billy Davis Jr.), parking the latter to the half in :56.1. As the field made its way around the third turn they were in two-rows with Gia’s Surreal (John Cummings Jr.) sixth and last at the pegs.

When the race passed the five-eighths pole, Cummings hit the gas and tipped Gia’s surreal three-wide to the three-quarters, circling the field and finally taking the lead at the head of the stretch. With Blue Bell Bonnie still a force at the pylons, Cummings rocked and knocked Gia’s Surreal all the way down to the wire where she won by one-half length in 1:55.1.

On the strength of the win, Gia’s Surreal ($17.80) pushed her earnings to $93,244 for owners Jim Graham, Edward Peron, Lee Winters and Thomas Mariano. Graham also train the filly.

There were no surprises in the $11,000 fillies and mares Open II as Protect Blue Chip (Billy Davis Jr.) returned from a three-month layoff to go gait to wire handily in 1:55. Going off the post time choice, Protect Blue Chip ($3.20) won by two-lengths for owners Vogel and Wags Nags Stable,Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock. Maria Rice trains the winner.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Nov. 1) with post time at 6 p.m.

HAWLEY BLASTS SENATE BILL ALLOWING PRISON INMATES TO VOTE

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“This is a shameful display of governance that’s insulting not only to law-abiding citizens across New York, but members of law enforcement and the criminal justice system who worked diligently to get these dangerous predators off the street.

“We are a nation of laws, but it has become crystal clear that New York City politicians believe those laws shouldn’t apply to illegal aliens, criminals or prison inmates – all of which should be held accountable and should face punishments.

“The challenges facing our state are vast and diverse, but none of them should include making life easier for rapists, murderers and pedophiles. First it was free ipads for prisoners, next it was voting rights for parolees, then it was no bail requirement for accused drug dealers and felons, and now voting rights for inmates.

“There’s a runaway train in New York tossing giveaways and luxuries to criminals, inmates and illegals and its being conducted by Gov. Cuomo and New York City radicals.”

Morning News Briefing

Defendant Quinton Edmonds reportedly refused to appear in Genesee County Court yesterday for an evidentiary hearing in the case accusing him of murdering a good Samaritan on Ross Street.
The former parolee out of Rochester is being held at the Genesee County Jail while awaiting trial.
He allegedly killed Michael Paladino on Ross Street last May after Paladino came to the aid of a woman, who had been a passenger in Edmonds’ car and was being beaten by Edmonds, outside of Paladino’s apartment.
A new hearing date was scheduled by Judge Charles Zambito and he ordered deputies to bring Edmonds in by force next time if necessary. Check the article by our news partner The Batavian for more on the story.

A Homeless man in Batavia takes up residence in the county clink after a disturbance on Maple Street.
City Police took 34 year old Bobby Mobley into custody following a domestic situation at a Maple Street address late Sunday night.
Mobley was charged with Obstruction of Governmental Administration, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Contempt.
He was arraigned in City Court and remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

A Bank Street woman busted for allowing drug deals outside her door.
36 year old Marya Cole was arrested on a count of Criminal Nuisance following investigation into crack cocaine sales in the city.
Cole was accused of allowing other individuals to sell the drug outside of her Bank Street apartment on several occasions dating back to September.
She was issued an appearance ticket for November 12th in City Court.

Guilty plea in Ellicott Street assault with a hammer.
30 year old Benjamin Santiago Jr. appeared in County Court yesterday and accepted a plea bargain he had previously turned down.
Santiago was accused of attacking an Ellicott Street resident with a hammer after entering their apartment then stealing property and a truck from another individual.
Santiago is now facing 8 to 20 years behind bars when he is sentenced on December 5th.

Two private projects have been proposed in the Town of LeRoy totaling over $10-million.
Rochester based, Wright Associates is seeking tax breaks for an $8.9 million beverage distribution project on Wright Ave.
Officials say the project could create 125 new jobs.
Wendt Propane is proposing to build a new 96-hundred square foot facility at the corner of Route 19 and North Road in LeRoy which could create up to four new jobs.
The Genesee County Economic Development Center Board will take up both projects at their board meeting this afternoon.

New York State Police are beefing up patrols tonight. Police say there will be increased sobriety checkpoints, as well as DWI patrols. Last Halloween, state police responded to more than 17-hundred vehicle crashes that resulted in about 250 injures and three deaths.

While communities around the region are altering trick or treating times due to the High Wind Watch tricking or treating hours in Batavia will remain as scheduled tonight between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Two Batavia Taverns Collaborate on New Brew

O’Lacy’s Irish Pub & Eli Fish Brewing Company have worked together & created a custom-made beer, hoping to show the public & business community that its not always about competing, but when you work together, both businesses can benefit!

On Tuesday, November 5th , 5pm-9pm, O’Lacy’s Irish Pub will be hosting a “Kick-Off” Party for the New Hazelnut Porter that has been custom made for O’Lacy’s Irish Pub by Eli Fish Brewing Company. The collaboration was inspired as Kent Ewell (Owner, O’Lacy’s), Chris Hoffman (Bartender at O’Lacy’s) and Matt Gray (Owner, Eli Fish) were discussing the large amount of draft beer that O’Lacy’s sells. “We should make you your own custom brew”, Gray said. “You pick the type (lager, ale etc.) and flavor if you wish and we can make it”.

After reviewing what was currently on tap at O’Lacy’s, Ewell chose a Hazelnut Porter which is named appropriately, “Old Sod Hazelnut Porter.” After sampling the test batch, Ewell said, “I think this is very unique and something people will enjoy.”

The Kick-Off party is Tuesday, November 5th from 5pm-9pm. Pints will be on special for $3.50. Come on out and try the New “Old Sod Hazelnut Porter” which pairs perfectly with O’Lacy’s Rueben & famous homemade chips & dip.

Evening News Briefing

Two private projects have been proposed in the Town of LeRoy totaling over $10-million.
Wright Associates has approached the county’s Economic Development Agency seeking tax breaks for a 8.9 million dollar beverage distribution project on Wright Ave. The company is based in Rochester.
Officials say the projects could create 125 new jobs.
The second proposal comes from Wendt Propane to build a new 96-hundred square foot facility at the corner of Route 19 and North rd in LeRoy.
This project could create up to four new jobs.
The county’s EDC Board will take up both projects at their board meeting tomorrow afternoon.

The jury trial of an Elba man accused of sexually assaulting c child continues today in Genesee County Court this week.
36 year old Mark Tooley of Oak Orchard Road in Elba is accused of having sexual contact with a child under the age of 13.
If found guilty Tooley could be looking at a possible 25 year prison sentence.

New York State lawmakers are exploring the idea of banning youth tackle football.
There was testimony from both sides of the debate yesterday in Albany.
USA Football said the sport is safe, while some doctors say it can cause brain damage.
There is currently no State Senate version of the bill, and it sits in the Assembly Health Committee.

Some Western New York communities are altering the time for Trick or Treating tomorrow due to the High Wind Watch.
But the official word from Batavia City Hall: no changes.
Tricking or Treating hours in Batavia will be Thursday between 5pm and pm.

GCEDC Considers Two LeRoy Projects worth $10-million

News Release

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) board of directors will consider approving incentives for two capital investment projects in the town of Le Roy at the board’s October 31st meeting.

Wright Associates is requesting incentives for a proposed $9.5 million capital project that would include the purchase of an existing 139,000 square foot building on Wright Avenue in Le Roy. The beverage distribution company based in Rochester is seeking approximately $854,452 in mortgage, sales and property taxes. The project would create 125 new full-time jobs in Genesee County.

Wendt Propane Gas Service is requesting incentives in order to build a new 9,600-sf facility at the corner of route 19 and North Rd in the town of Le Roy. The company will be expanding its propane service to local residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural customers. The company is seeking approximately $120,000 in mortgage, sales and property taxes. The project would create 4 new jobs.

The GCEDC board also will consider accepting an application for incentives from Fraser-Branche Property, LLC which is seeking to purchase and renovate the YWCA building on North Street in the City of Batavia. The company will renovate approximately 67% of the 13,000-sf facility and is proposing to lease back the remainder of the facility to the YWCA and two other existing tenants.

The total project capital investment is $1.4 million. Fraser-Branche Property, LLC is seeking approximately $105,000 in mortgage, sales and property taxes. The project will be part of the Batavia Pathway to Prosperity (BP2) program.

The GCEDC Board meeting will take place on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at its offices on 99 MedTech Drive in Batavia at 4 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

CITY SEEKS BATAVIA CITY RESIDENTS TO SERVE ON THE DEER COMMITTEE

Press release:

BATAVIA, NY- The City of Batavia is looking for residents of the City of Batavia to fill seats on the Deer Committee. The City of Batavia and City Manager, Dr. Martin Moore are seeking interested candidates to join this committee in an effort to develop a workable deer management plan to mitigate the deer issue in the City.

“We expect the work of this committee to take about six (6) months,” said Dr. Martin Moore, Batavia City Manager. “Once the deer management plan is completed, it will be presented to the City Council, and ultimately New York State for approval in order to further our mitigation efforts.”

Applicants must be residents of the City of Batavia. Applications are available at the City Clerk’s Office or online here.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Volleyball

Cougars celebrating a point in game action against Herkimer Tuesday night

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY… Fresh off a second-place finish at the WNYAC Conference Tournament, the Genesee Community College women’s volleyball team swept the Herkimer College Generals in three sets to advance in the NJCAA Region III Volleyball Tournament Tuesday night.

Genesee won the match in three sets, winning 25-20, 25-20, and 25-23 in the sub-regional game against the Generals.

Morgan Mathis and Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto each had over 10 kills to lead Genesee. Grace Masse had 11 assists and Neely Abrams had 10. Both Abrams and Cerezer Pinto had six digs each for the Cougars. Cerezer Pinto had five aces to lead the team. Clarice Misiak and Alecia Hinkson had two blocks each.

Genesee will be participating in the 2019 NJCAA Region III women’s volleyball championships, hosted at Niagara County Community College on Saturday. For schedule information and timing, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com

GCC Athletics Update: Cougars Take Home WNYAC Accolades

Members of the WNYAC All-Conference Teams

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY… The soccer teams at Genesee Community College had a terrific Western New York Athletic Conference season with both teams having several members be named to the All-Conference team including having both player and coaches of the year.

Autumn Ressue was named WNYAC Player of the Year for women’s soccer. Jeff Reyngoudt was named Coach of the Year. The women’s soccer team also won the Western New York Athletic Conference Championship. Ressue, Diante Scheepers, Mackenzie O’Brien, Julia Ashworth, Isabelle Porter, Alexa Jordan, and Madison Papaj were all named to the All-Conference team.

Ed Port was named WNYAC Player of the Year for men’s soccer. Ken Gavin was named Coach of the Year. Men’s soccer was also named WNYAC Conference champions. Port, Hiago Barros de Souza, Ryan Curtis, James Lighton, Ollie Ardle, Marcus Kenline, and Robert Keogh were named to the All-Conference team.

The women’s soccer team will travel to Hudson Valley Community College on Thursday to open up their NJCAA Region III Tournament. The men’s soccer team will play host to Jamestown Community College Thursday afternoon at 3pm in the NJCAA Region III Tournament.

Genesee Community College will be playing host to the 2019 NJCAA Region III Men’s Soccer Championships on Sunday, November 3.

Morning News Briefing

Batavia’s Police Chief Sean Heubusch reported to City Council on the status of the recently acquired military grade MRAP vehicle reaffirming that the vehicle will be used exclusively as a rescue vehicle.
Heubusch said there are no firearms attached to it, the department is not going to patrol with it and assured it is not considered an assault vehicle.
The bomb resistant vehicle was obtained by the City on October 11th through a federal program and has cost relatively little to procure.
It cost $1,600 to transport the vehicle from Maryland and $900 was spent to replace a couple batteries which is already thousands under the $7,000 that was budgeted for its transportation.
The Chief also said a lighting package is being donated by a Buffalo business and that the vehicle will get a fresh paint job to remove the “military look” with lettering indicating that it is for rescue operations.
All costs of retrofitting the MRAP are being split equally between the City and Genesee County Sheriff’s Department.

Joint investigation leads to lock up for a Wyoming County man.
41 year old Dustin Ellwood of Genesee Falls, in Wyoming County was taken into custody by members of the State Police Violent Gang Narcotics Enforcement Team, Troopers out of Warsaw and the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office last Friday.
Ellwood was wanted on an arrest warrant for a violation of probation in Wyoming County and during his arrest, he was allegedly found in possession of a 9mm assault rifle, crystal meth and other drug paraphernalia.
He was hit with counts of Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance, Criminal use of Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Felony Violation of Probation.
Ellwood was arraigned in Genesee Falls Town Court and remanded to Wyoming County Jail.

Howling high winds expected on Halloween evening.
The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch for Niagara, Orleans, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, and Chautauqua counties beginning Thursday evening.
Winds are expected to pick up on Halloween night and last into Friday morning with gusts strong enough to knock down trees or create power outages.

New Yorkers with Autism Spectrum Disorder could get a special driver’s license.
A bill, introduced by Assemblymember Nader Sayegh, would help law enforcement and first-responders know if a person has autism so they can react appropriately.
It was recently introduced in the Committee on Transportation and would take effect immediately if passed.

New York lawmakers are exploring the idea of banning youth tackle football.
There was testimony from both sides of the debate yesterday.
CEO of USA Football Scott Hallenbeck said the sport is safe, while some doctors said it can cause brain damage.
There is currently no Senate version of the bill, and it sits in the Assembly Health Committee.

The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing and testing fire hydrants today through Friday, November 1st from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the general area of North of Main, West of Bank and South of Main, East of Jackson Street.
As in the past, please do not attempt to wash any clothing if your water appears discolored due to the flushing and testing operations but instead run cold water for about 5 minutes or until clear

City of Batavia Fire: Hydrant Flushing

Press Release:

The City of Batavia Fire Department will be flushing / testing fire hydrants on Wednesday, October 30th, Thursday, October 31st, and Friday, November 1st from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the general area of North of Main Street, West of Bank Street and South of Main Street, East of Jackson Street. Homes and businesses nearby will be affected. These tests may result in a temporary discoloration of water in that area. As in the past, please do not attempt to wash any clothing if your water appears discolored. If you do experience a discoloration of your water, run cold water for about 5 minutes or until clear.

NYSP: Arrest made in joint investigation with WCSO

Press Release:

On October 25, 2019, Members of the NYSP Violent Gang Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Troopers from SP Warsaw and the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office located and arrested Dustin K. Ellwood, 41 of the town of Genesee Falls, NY for Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance 7th, Criminal use of Drug Paraphernalia 2nd, Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Felony Violation of Probation.

Ellwood had an outstanding arrest warrant for violation of probation in Wyoming County. While Ellwood was being taken into custody, he was found in possession of a 9mm assault rifle, crystal methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia. Ellwood was processed at SP Warsaw and arraigned at the town of Genesee Falls Court and remanded to Wyoming County Jail.

$5,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 Wednesday at Batavia

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — On Wednesday (Oct. 30) there is a carryover of $1,381 and a guaranteed pool of $5,000 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.

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. 1) program.

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

Byron-Bergen CSD: Pumpkin Spice Designers

Craig Schroth with fifth grade students in front of 3-D printed pumpkin display case Photo credit: Gretchen Spittler

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Bergen, NY – Craig Schroth’s fifth and sixth grade STEAM Lab classes are carving pumpkins. But, there are no pumpkins in the room. Students sit at their computers and each build and carve their own virtual pumpkin in a three-dimensional computer aided design (CAD) program. When they are complete, Schroth will print them on a 3-D printer.

“It takes a long time, but it’s cool,” said one student. “Cool” is the word most students use to describe the project. The pumpkins start to take shape. Students “group” repeated elliptical spheres to create scalloped edges, then add a cylindrical stem. On each screen, orange shapes come together to form what is, unmistakably, a pumpkin.

To hollow out the pumpkin, students place a sphere in the middle. It does not affect the surface design but “it makes printing more efficient,” Schroth explains. “I have two printers and many students and I want to fill the display case with as many projects as possible.”

The students have been following instructions up to this point, but now they get creative. Students add jack-o-lantern faces using various shapes and designs. Eyes appear as stars and hearts. One pumpkin has sunglasses and a mustache.

When compared with traditional pumpkin carving, one students argues that she doesn’t like getting pumpkin guts on her hands. Another argues that virtual pumpkins have no seeds, a favorite snack of hers. When asked if he would like to continue working in 3-D design in high school, another student simply blurts, “Yes!”

“This project has been a great way for students to explore the use of computer-aided design programs in 3-D modeling and prototyping,” said Schroth. “Students are applying skills that they have learned in math class through angles, measurement, and geometry to design a model they can actually hold on to with 3-D printing.”

In the front hallway of the Elementary School, a large display case holds a tractor and wagon, both built by third grade students. The tractor is driven by the STEAM Lab robot mascot, named Byron, and the tractor displays rows of 3-D printed jack-o-lanterns. Picked fresh daily. Well, printed fresh daily.

3-D printed pumpkin display Photo credit: Gretchen Spittler

3-D printed pumpkins Photo credit: Gretchen Spittler

Morning News Briefing

City Council members in Batavia gave approval, amending a sales tax allocation with Genesee County, after State and County lawmakers signed off on the new deal.
At their Council Board meeting last night members voted 8 to 0 in favor of the 40-year contract that is said to clear up financial questions concerning the funding of proposed capital projects.
With the new agreement the county will be provided the necessary time to fund a new jail and to manage the long-term debt payments associated with the jail construction along with other capital projects.
City Manager Moore also proposed a plan to develop a Deer Committee with City residents to strategize a plan to reduce the deer population at last night’s meeting.
Once interested and qualified committee members are approved Council will need to approve the official establishment of the Deer Committee.

Moore said a DEC wildlife management specialist has given him a “verbal commitment” to attend an upcoming Council meeting in order to advise the board on the proper way to reduce the deer population.

Trick or treaters could be facing a High Wind Watch in Western New York
A High Wind Watch is in place for Thursday evening.
The National Weather Service issued the Watch for Niagara, Orleans, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, and Chautauqua counties.
Winds are expected to pick up on Halloween night and last into Friday morning.
Gusts could be strong enough to knock down trees or create power outages.

Voters with disabilities in Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming counties can get free rides to the polls on election-day.
The rides are being provided by Western New York Independent Living.
They can take people to and from their voting location from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. with a break for lunch from noon to one.
Anyone interested in getting a ride is asked to email or call the group to set it up.

The state Assembly Health Committee chair will hear testimony this morning on the effects of banning tackle football for youth organizations.
The hearing will focus on the effects of prohibiting children ages 12 and under from participating in tackle football.
It will be streamed live on the Assembly website at 10 a.m.
A state law takes effect on December 2nd that requires all tackle football programs to provide parents with informational packets.
Right now, there is no state law banning the sport.

A law is in the works to help cut down on single-use plastic in New York.
It’s called the Right to Refill Act, and it was introduced yesterday by Senator Jen Metzger.
It would allow folks to bring their own reusable containers to restaurants for leftover food and beverages.
There’s not currently a law on the books that bans customers from bringing their own containers, but restaurants can forbid it if they choose to.

Evening News Briefing

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind Watch for most of Western New York, including Genesee County.
The weather service says the watch is in effect from this Thursday evening, Halloween night, through Friday night.
Southwest winds of 35 to 45 miles per hour are forecast, with gusts up to 60.

The investigation continues this afternoon into a small plane crash in LeRoy.
The six passenger single engine plane crash landed at the LeRoy Airport yesterday.
The pilot, 48 year old John Yates of Canandaigua, his wife and two children suffered what were described as minor injuries. Deputies said the plane failed to take off and struck an embankment, coming to rest in a grassy area off the end of the airstrip.
The aircraft sustained significant damage.

Batavia Police bust two local residents for felony DWI.
46 year old Joseph Dispenza of Maple Street was arrested Saturday following a motorcycle crash last August on Bank Street in Batavia.
Dispenza is facing a count of Aggravated DWI and was released with appearance tickets for City Court on November 6th.
23 year old Cameron Demaison of Trumbull Parkway was also arrested and charged with Aggravated DWI following a traffic complaint on North Street in the City.

A Former Sabre is battling stomach cancer. Dale Hawerchuk announced his diagnosis over the weekend, saying that he is undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Hawerchuk is a Hall of Famer who was inducted in 2001. He played for Winnipeg, Buffalo, St. Louis, and Philadelphia.

Color Draping Session and Dress for Success Events Kickoff Fall Fashion at GCC

Press Release:

The faculty and students of the Fashion Design and Business programs at Genesee Community College are excited about several upcoming events that celebrate the changing seasons and how to best present yourself.

The first event, the Color Draping Session is free and open to the public and scheduled Monday, November 4, 2019 from 1 to 3 p.m. in room T119 in the Conable Technology Building. Under Fashion Design Professor Donna Ehrhart, students and participants from the local community will enjoy a free consultation. Together, they will determine the color palettes that most appropriately complement each person’s unique hair color, skin tone, complexion and eye color, and the seasonality of fashion.

“Color psychology goes all the way back to the 1700’s and has continued to shape both the world of fashion and art, especially through the creative process of design or when painting or photographing portraits,” Professor Ehrhart said. “The Draping Session gives our sophomore students the opportunity to practice the skills they learned last year and engage the freshmen students in the theory of color. We hope members of local community will join us and also enjoy the event.”

The second event, “Dress for Success and Dining Etiquette” is open to GCC students only and is co-sponsored by the College’s Fashion Program, Alumni Office and Student Success Center. On Wednesday, November 13 from 5 – 6:30 p.m., again in room T119, Professor Ehrhart will be joined by Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs Jennifer Wakefield in preparing a multifaceted program that will cover not only the importance of dressing for success, but also all the nuances of dining in a manner that reinforces professionalism and confidence.

“Is bacon eaten with a fork or your fingers? Which fork do you use? Which water glass is yours? Knowing the answers to these questions can be a critical component to the impression one makes,” Wakefield said. “A lot of important business is conducted over a meal and it is best to know dining etiquette and not let something as simple as having pepper in your teeth detract be your lasting impression.” Student participants must come prepared to this event by wearing their business attire.

A third and final opportunity that is also in development with GCC’s Fashion program is a window display competition in tandem with downtown Batavia’s “Christmas in the City.” Several store fronts will be designed and decorated by GCC students in time for the holiday event on Saturday, December 7, 2019.

Black Is Back victorious in Batavia Open

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — It was a simple plan for Black Is Back. Take the lead, steal the half and cruise home for the win. And that’s exactly what he did in the $12,500 Open I Handicap pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Oct. 26).

Black Is Back (Dave McNeight III) left unchallenged and set early fractions of :27.3 and :57 flat to the half. Down On My Luck (Drew Monti) was in the breeze first-over at that point and continued to gain ground on the leader up the backstretch and to the three-quarters.

As they headed around the far turn and into the stretch Down On My Luck was pacing hard and trying to make up the 1-½ length deficit, but Black Is Back was the better horse this night and hung on for the win by one-length in 1:53.4.

It was the 10th win of the year for Black Is Back ($3.10) who has now earned $75,050 for owners Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr. Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. does the training.

The $11,000 Open II Handicap pace saw I’m So Handsome (Denny Bucceri) leave from post one, slow the half to :58.2 and then come home in back to back :28.2 quarters to hold off a fast closing Sir Pugsley (Drew Monti) and win by a length in 1:55.

I’m So Handsome ($10.80) scored his sixth win of the year for owner Mike Torcello and trainer Gerry Sarama.

The $10,000 Open III pace turned an unexpectedly fast mile when Charmbo Orbit (Denny Bucceri) drafted third for a half before pulling first-over heading to the three-quarters to run down the leading Thisjetsabookin (Dave McNeight III) and hold off a late rush from Brunello N (Drew Monti) in the stretch to win by a neck in 1:53.4.

It was a new seasonal mark for Charmbo Orbit ($21.20) who is owned by Keith Pinkowski and trained by Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr.

Those back to back wins for Denny Bucceri were two of the three he won on the card, giving him a hat trick for the evening. Drew Monti also won three races on Saturday night.

With no Pick-5 winner on Saturday, there is a $1,381 carryover and a $5,000 guaranteed pool will be offered on the Pick-5 wager on Wednesday (Oct. 30) when live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m.

The guaranteed pool is part of the United States Trotting Association’s (USTA) Strategic Wagering program and as such, there will be free program pages for races one through five available on the USTA website starting on Sunday morning (Oct. 27).

Morning News Briefing

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office along with the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating a crash that occurred this weekend at the LeRoy Airport.
According to the Sheriff’s Office the crash was reported at 3:05 p.m. yesterday afternoon after 48 year old pilot, John Yates of Canandaigua attempted to take off from the LeRoy airstrip to return home with his wife and two kids.
The plane apparently failed to take off and struck an embankment coming to rest in a grassy area off the end of the runway.
All four passengers were able to extricate themselves and while they were all taken to Strong Memorial Hospital for evaluation it is believed they only sustained minor injuries.
The plane remained upright but sustained significant underbody damage.
Investigation into what caused the crash remains ongoing.

Two Batavia residents busted for felony DWI.
City Police took 46 year old Joseph Dispenza of Maple Street into custody on Saturday following investigation into a motorcycle accident that occurred on Bank Street in Batavia back in August of this year.
Dispenza was charged with Aggravated DWI and released with appearance tickets for City Court on November 6th.
23 year old Cameron Demaison of Trumbull Parkway was also arrested and charged with Aggravated DWI following a traffic complaint on North Street in the City.
He was also released with an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court returnable on October 30th.

North Street man arrested for Harassment.
Batavia Police arrested 53 year old Brian Dyer of North street last Tuesday for an incident where he allegedly pushed another individual.
He was given an appearance ticket for tomorrow in Batavia City Court.

New York State Police and local law enforcement will increase patrols to crack down on impaired driving and underage drinking through Halloween.
This special enforcement campaign runs from Friday, October 25, through Friday, November 1st.
The City of Batavia will observe Halloween activities from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 31st only.

Joey Pro takes second feature trot at Batavia Downs

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — After winning in impressive style from post one in the track’s feature trot last week, Joey Pro moved out to post eight through assignment this week and won again in the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Oct. 25).

Joey Pro (Renaldo Morales III) left from the outside gate and finally took the top from CR Blazin Beauty (John Cummings Jr.) by the quarter in :28.1. But right after he cleared, CR Blazin Beauty came right back from second on the give and go to take command once again. The group then went with positions unchanged to the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:27.

Rounding the last turn CR Blazin Beauty was still trotting strong on the point but Morales tipped Joey Pro out and started rolling down the center of the track. Joey Pro was in full flight and gaining ground with every stride and got the advantage under the wire where he won by ½ length in 1:57.2.

It was the 13th win of the year for Joey Pro ($15.40) who has now earned $72,580 this year for owner Mark Wamp. John Hallett trains the winner.

In the $11,000 Open II Handicap trot Rockefeller Lindy (Jim Morrill Jr.) drafted along third for most of the mile until finding his way clear in the stretch and out-sprinting the leading Arnold (Dave McNeight III) to the wire to win by three lengths in 1:58.

It was the first Batavia Downs win for Rockefeller Lindy ($3.10) who is owned by the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. James Clouser Jr. is the conditioner.

Several horsemen had multiple win nights on Friday. Drivers included Billy Davis Jr. with three and Jim Morrill Jr., Dave McNeight III and Mike Baumeister with two apiece. Training leaders were Per Henriksen, Ron Baumeister and Rock C. Vinci who all doubled up.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Oct. 26) at 6 p.m.

Weekend News Briefing

Two Rochester men are behind bars on drug charges after being stopped by members of the Genesee County Local Drug Task Force in Batavia.
19 year old Rayquan Balkum and 29 year old Walter Bennett, known on the street as “Black,” were stopped Thursday afternoon on Ellicott Ave.
A search of their vehicle revealed 64 bags of suspected crack cocaine in their possession.
Both are facing felony charges for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance while Balkum is facing additional felonies for Promoting Prison Contraband and Tampering with Evidence.
Bennett was ordered to be held in the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail while Belkum is being held on $2,500.

Genesee County has proposed a budget for next year.
The tentative budget released by County Manager Jay Gsell calls for an overall tax rate increase of 7-cents per thousand.
The amount to be raised by taxes is below the state mandated tax cap.
The budget now goes to the full legislature.
Law makers can modify the plan, up or down, and vote to accept the budget by the end of the year.

Early voting begins this weekend in New York.
New York joins a list of several other states that allow some form of early voting which is now open and continues until November 3rd.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th.

The City of Batavia is looking for residents to fill seats on various boards and committees.
There are several openings on boards and committees within the City of Batavia and City Manager, Dr. Martin Moore is seeking interested candidates to join these decision-making and advisory bodies.
Applicants must be residents of the City of Batavia.
Applications can be found at the City Clerk’s Office online here.

New York State Police and local law enforcement will increase patrols to crack down on impaired driving and underage drinking through Halloween.
This special enforcement campaign runs from Friday, October 25, through Friday, November 1st.
The City of Batavia will observe Halloween activities from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 31st only.

Evening News Briefing

Genesee County has proposed a budget for next year. The tentative budget released by County Manager Jay Gsell calls for an overall tax rate increase of 7-cents per thousand.
The amount to be raised by taxes is below the state mandated tax cap.
The budget now goes to the full legislature. Lawmakerscan modify the plan, up or down, and vote to accept the budget by the end of the year.

Two Rochester men are jailed on drug charges after their car is stopped in Batavia.
Police say 19 year old Rayquan Balkum and 29 year old Walter Bennett, known on the street as “Black,” were stopped yesterday afternoon on Ellicott Ave.
Police say 64 bags of suspected crack cocaine were found in their car.
Both are facing felony charges and are in the Genesee County Jail pending bail.

Voters across the state are getting the chance to head to the polls before Election Day. Early voting begins tomorrow and continues until November 3rd.
New York joins a list of several other states that allow some form of early voting. Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th.

The 37th annual Health and Humanitarian Award of Genesee County will be presented to Tom and Lynn Houseknecht of Batavia.
The award presented by The Jerome Foundation recognizes volunteer men and women of Genesee County who have helped promote emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of the area’s residents.
The award will be presented to the Houseknecht’s on Friday, Dec. 6 during a luncheon in their honor at Terry Hills Restaurant.

The Buffalo Bills will be looking to make it three straight wins this weekend. They’re hosting the Philadelphia Eagles at New Era Field in Orchard Park. Buffalo hasn’t lost a game since September 29th, when they were beaten by the New England Patriots. Since then, they’ve won consecutive games against the Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins. Kick off for Sunday’s contest is set for 1 p.m..

Houseknechts Receive Health and Humanitarian Award

Lynn and Tom Houseknecht

News Release: Jerome Foundation

The 37th annual Health and Humanitarian Award of Genesee County will be presented to Tom and Lynn Houseknecht (photo above), of Batavia, at noon on Friday, Dec. 6 at a luncheon at Terry Hills Restaurant.

The award presented by The Jerome Foundation recognizes volunteer men and women of Genesee County who have helped promote emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of the area’s residents.

Nominations reflected “ordinary people who reach far beyond themselves to the lives of those in need, bringing hope, care, and friendship, and helping build a stronger, healthier community.”

In naming the Houseknechts for this year’s award, The Jerome Foundation will recognize more than 25 years of volunteer service and community involvement by the Houseknechts. They have been supporters of multiple charitable causes in our community including: ARC of Genesee Orleans, UMMC (and previous Genesee Memorial Hospital), Notre Dame High School, St. Joseph School, YMCA, CASA, Batavia Rotary Club, and Resurrection Parish among others.

Shelley Falitico, ARC director of Development and Community relations, nominated the couple, saying “Tom and Lynn have always been involved in volunteering in our community, whether working behind the scenes, or being out front leading Capital Campaigns.

“As the co-chairs of our agency’s capital campaign, their dedication and compassion for the people we serve is evident. Individuals with disabilities and their families served at the ARC of Genesee and Orleans have received love, support, education and acceptance from Tom and Lynn.

“Their approachable demeanor is admired and respected. Tom and Lynn Houseknecht have helped build a stronger, healthier community and provided friendship and care to those in need.”

The Houseknechts were also nominated by Dan Ireland, president of United Memorial Medical Center.

Ireland said “Tom and Lynn have been an integral part of shaping healthcare in our community for many years. Lynn has championed many supportive events through her involvement with United Memorial Hospital League, serving in many impactful roles. Tom has served over 15 years as a board member on the United Memorial Board as well as the last five years on the Rochester Regional Health Board and has been a key liaison between the Boards through the merger process.

“One of the most notable things about Tom and Lynn is that they are always looking out for what is best for healthcare in our community.”

CASA, a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that advocates for the best interest of abused and neglected children in Genesee County is one of many charities the Houseknechts have been involved with. In support of their nomination, CASA Board Chair Barb Hale writes “I am truly impressed with all that Tom and Lynn have been able to accomplish as true community leaders. They are able to recognize vulnerable populations in need of help and take the initiative to provide leadership to establish and perpetuate this very help. They are inspirational role models. They show us all how to make positive things happen.”

Karen Green, principal of St. Joseph’s School noted, “Tom and Lynn are outstanding members of our local community, always giving back and striving to make things better. They never hesitate to lend a hand wherever it is needed and always do so with a positive and caring attitude.”

And community member Amanda Malloy said, “Lynn has made selfless contributions to myself and my family in our time of need by restoring our faith in humanity. She understands that sometimes a person may need support and friendship in order to overcome a difficult time. Lynn has been a support for me and my family but most importantly, she has given us hope.”

Family friend Kerry Landfried also nominated the Houseknechts and wrote, “Tom and Lynn Houseknecht are compassionate, always acting in the spirit of helping others. With enthusiasm, they have welcomed so many community members in their home to work on capital campaigns or committees. I believe Tom and Lynn Houseknecht have largely helped all of us lead a better, healthier life.”

The cost to attend the Dec. 6 luncheon at Terry Hills honoring Houseknechts is $25 per person.

The event is open to the public and reservations can be made by sending a check to: The Jerome Foundation, P.O. Box 249, Batavia, NY 14021.

Seating will be limited so early reservations are encouraged.

CITY SEEKS BATAVIA CITY RESIDENTS TO FILL BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY- The City of Batavia is looking for residents of the City of Batavia to fill seats on various boards and committees. There are several openings on boards and committees within the City of Batavia and City Manager, Dr. Martin Moore is seeking interested candidates to join these decision-making and advisory bodies.

“If you are interested in our community and want to be a part of the future of Batavia, we encourage you to sign up and volunteer for a committee or board,” said Dr. Martin Moore, City of Batavia Manager. “The work our committees and boards perform help our City to be a better place to live, work and play.”

Signing up for boards and committees is a great way to help the community and to develop your personal leadership skills. Volunteering will also build your personal self-confidence and skill set in team building.

“City Council is asking for help shaping the future of our City,” said Eugene Jankowski, City of Batavia Council President. “A way to do that is to volunteer to serve on one of our committees. We know your time is valuable and your input is always appreciated.”

Current openings include:

Board of Assessment Review
Positions with the BAR are available for volunteers. These members will preside over grievance day and hear formal grievance complaints from businesses and residents of the city regarding their assessments.

Community Garden
Members of the Community Garden meet to plan activities related to the upkeep and maintenance of the community garden.

Historic Preservation Commission
The Historic Preservation Commission is responsible for the protection, enhancement and perpetuation of landmarks and historic districts.

Youth Board
The Youth Board provides leadership development programs for youth, increases youth outcomes by providing a variety of programs, services and activities.

Zoning Board of Appeals
Hear appeals when a person believes a variance should be made for their property.

Applicants must be residents of the City of Batavia. Applications are available at the City Clerk’s Office or online at https://www.batavianewyork.com/sites/bataviany/files/uploads/committee_application_2.pdf

City of Batavia Police Dept.: HALLOWEEN

Press Release:

The City of Batavia will observe Halloween activities from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 31st only.

Attached are some safety tips for the big night.

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!!

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GCC’s AEOC Office Offers FREE “FAFSA and Fries” Workshops!

Press Release:

What: GCC’s AEOC Office Offers FREE “FAFSA and Fries” Workshops!

When: 1st Monday of every month starting November 4, 2019 from 12 – 7 p.m.

Where: McDonald’s – 573 East Main Street, Batavia NY 14020

Who: Current and Future Students, Parents and Guardians of all ages!

Background: GCC is please to announce the return of “FAFSA and Fries” – the popular FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) workshops to assist any current or potential new students from Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming Counties who is planning to attend any college. The first session is Monday, November 4, 2019 from 12 – 7 p.m.

At these sessions, the Adult Educational Opportunity Center (AEOC) from Genesee Community College will help students and their families complete the FAFSA and TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) and GED enrollment forms, conduct scholarship searches, college or trade school searches and so much more.

“FAFSA and Fries” sessions will be held on the first Monday of every month from 12 – 7 p.m. at the McDonald’s restaurant located at 573 East Main Street in Batavia. Sessions are currently scheduled through January of 2020; however the calendar of AEOC support workshops and financial aid events and more is available at www.genesee.edu/aeoc/.

Participants are encouraged to contact AEOC@genesee.edu to reserve a seat in any session and to learn what information and materials should be brought to the session. Walk-ins are also welcome! Participants will also enjoy French fries compliments of McDonald’s.

The AEOC serves students of all ages and provides its services free of charge for college and trade school students, veteran’s, GED students, those seeking career counseling and more. All of the AEOC services are available to anyone, not just students of Genesee Community College.

Parents, guardians and students are also encouraged to check out the totally free FAFSA and NYS Tap grant workshops being held at the Richmond Memorial Library, located at 19 Ross Street in Batavia, NY on:
• Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 4 – 8 p.m.
• Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 12 – 4 p.m.
• Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 4 – 8 p.m.

Individuals interested in any of these opportunities are encouraged to contact the AEOC office at 1-888-394-2362 or via email at AEOC@genesee.edu.

Lecture by Director of Civil Service in Genesee County, Anita Cleveland 

Press Release:

What: Anita Cleveland, Director of Civil Service in Genesee County Lecture About Her Career in Human Resources

When: Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College

One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020 – Room T102-Conable Technology Building

Live remote streaming available at: http://www.genesee.edu/home/event-streaming/

Who: FREE and open to the public! All are invited and welcome!

Background:
Meeting professionals and hearing how their college degrees led to life-long rewarding careers are among the most dynamic aspects of enrolling in college. Students often learn that their occupational journey is not a straight pathway, but winding road with many interesting curves and even a few detours. This is true in all occupations, but perhaps more so with Business Administration where technology has significantly altered the skill set in all industries.

The steps that Anita Cleveland took to become the current director of Civil Service in Genesee County illustrates how a vocation can progress from entry-level to administration with careful career management and continued professional development. She received her AS in Business Administration from GCC in 2005, and started at Genesee County as a clerk in the Human Resources department in 2006. In 2013, she advanced to a specialist position after earning a BS in Business, Management and Economics with a concentration in Human Resources from Empire State College. Starting as receptionist and clerk and advancing to her current role as the director of Civil Service in Genesee County is an interesting example of a well-managed, but not entirely pre-planned career trajectory.

“I try to instill in my students a sense of openness and flexibility in their approach to their careers,” Jean Chenu, GCC’s associate professor of Office Technology said. “Anita’s story is compelling for many reasons and I know my students will find her pathway to success reaffirming.”

Genesee Community College continues to develop new degrees, courses and curriculum that are relevant to the fluctuating economy, workforce needs and business forecast. A plan to introduce micro-credentials next fall are the latest opportunities under review and investigation as a means of helping student and workers fast-track their specific interest for the changing job market. Human resources is among the occupations being explored.

Morning News Briefing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo is asking the Public Service Commission if National Grid’s license can be revoked.
According to Cuomo National Grid is refusing to provide natural gas service to 11-hundred people downstate in an effort to force the state to support a new natural gas pipeline.
The Governor has now called on the Public Service Commission to have someone watch over the operations of the utility company.
The Commission released a statement saying, it’s taking the governor’s request seriously and will take any steps needed to punish National Grid.
The company is currently working to reconnect affected customers according to a National Grid spokesperson.

Deputies arrest a Batavia resident after a domestic dispute.
26 year old Kenneth Cook of Galloway Road was taken into custody by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies after investigation into a physical domestic incident.
Cook was accused of punching another person with a closed fist in the incident and was charged with second degree Harassment.
He was issued an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on November 7th.

Troopers bust an Albion man following a burglary complaint in Barre.
State Police stationed in Albion report the arrest of 29 year old Michael Cliff following a lengthy investigation into an alleged burglary in the Town of Barre that began back in May of this year.
Cliff was hit with a felony count of Insurance Fraud along with Class A Misdemeanor counts of Falsifying Business Records, making a False Written Statement and providing false information about the incident.
Cliff was ultimately released with an appearance ticket.

Voters across the state are getting the chance to head to the polls before Election Day.
Early voting begins tomorrow and continues until November 3rd.
Officials have spent a lot of time and money to try and make sure the process goes smoothly.
New York joins a list of several other states that allow some form of early voting.
More information is available online at VoteEarlyNY.org.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th.

The Buffalo Bills will be looking to make it three straight wins this weekend.
They’re hosting the Philadelphia Eagles at New Era Field in Orchard Park.
Buffalo hasn’t lost a game since September 29th, when they were beaten by the New England Patriots.
Since then, they’ve won consecutive games against the Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins.
Kick off for Sunday’s contest is set for 1:00 p.m.

Stephen H. Holley, 59, dies

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Stephen H. Holley, 59, entered into rest on Tuesday (Oct. 22). Mr. Holley was a career employee of the United States Postal Service in Rochester, New York but his true passion was racing Standardbreds. While working full time at the post office Mr. Holley also ran a racing stable for most of his adult life and would train his Standardbreds before work.

Mr. Holley got his driving and training license in 1979 and managed his own stock from 1980 until 2007. Besides racing overnight races in western New York, Mr. Holley also competed on the New York Sire Stake Fair Circuit for many years.

Mr. Holley’s pride and joy was the Open pacer Say Goodbye (Kat Byrd-Rogers Doll) who had a career year for him in 1980 winning eight races and taking a lifetime mark at Brandywine Raceway.

Mr. Holley was an affable individual who had a great love for life and was a friend to all who knew him both on and off the track and will be truly missed.

Stephen Holley was the son of Howard Holley and the late Pamela (Palermo) Holley; beloved husband of Paula (Stoecklein) Holley of Bergen; loving father of Christopher (Amanda) Holley of Pavilion, Stacy (Rob) Alcott of Pavilion, and Mark (Laura Mullen) Holley of Bergen; devoted grandfather of Logan and MacKenzie Holley, and Jesse Alcott; dear brother of Kevin Holley of Rochester and Donna Dellacruz of Brighton.

Visitation Friday 4-6 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 S. Lake St., Bergen, New York. Memorial Service to follow at 6 p.m. Interment will be at Mt. Rest Cemetery in Bergen. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Stroke Association, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, New York. Condolences can be made a www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Sexual Assault Survivor Event and Art Installation @ GCC Asks: What Were They Wearing?

Press Release:

What: Sexual Assault Survivor Event and Art Installation @ GCC Asks: What Were They Wearing?

When: Thursday, November 7, 2019 open from 12 – 2 p.m. and 5 – 7 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College

Batavia Campus in the William W. Stuart Forum

One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020

Who: FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Background: On Thursday, November 7, 2019, Genesee Community College will host a special event on the Batavia Campus featuring a powerful Sexual Assault Survivor Art Installation called “What Were They Wearing?”

The installation showcases multiple outfits re-created from the stories of actual assault survivors to challenge the myth that rape or any act of sexual assault has a correlation to what someone was, or was not, wearing.

Guests of the event will also get to meet with members from a variety of campus clubs, resources and community agencies, enjoy games and activities, and enter for a chance to win a raffle prize.

The event will be open from 12 – 2 p.m. and 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2019 to allow as many members of the public and students to attend as possible.

Sonny Mayo and the Lowdown coming to GCC

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY (10/24/2019) An annual spring adventure where students in GCC’s History Club visit important historical sites, museums and battlefields in April ultimately benefits the local lovers of blues music this fall. Sonny Mayo and the Lowdown are coming to GCC’s Stuart Steiner Theater on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7 p.m. for an evening of excellent rhythm and blues featuring a great selection of original tunes and old favorites by a former GCC faculty member. All proceeds from the concert will be dedicated to the History Club’s spring break history tour.

Frank Mayo is now a retired GCC public speaking professor, but he is anything but retired from his passion for music. Sonny Mayo, as he is known in the music world, is bringing his trio with him for a show that promises to give local music aficionados a taste of folk, blues and Americana music, and all for great cause.

Mayo released his first album, “So Far So Good,” out of Nashville in 1981. The album was critically acclaimed by Record World magazine and culminated a six-year apprenticeship in Los Angeles and Nashville. Since then, Mayo has released 11 albums on the indie label, Thunder Road Music. His most recent CD, “Chasing the Chord” was released in 2016 and is a blend of folk, blues and Americana, rich with vivid characters and editorial comments on societal issues. Mayo has also performed as an opening act, host or shared the bill with numerous musicians including but not limited to Eric Andersen, Eric Bibb, Rory Block, The Burn Sisters, Jen Chapin, Guy Davis, Bill Morrissey, David Olney and slide guitarist Roy Rogers.

Professor Mayo was once a GCC ‘office neighbor’ with Derek Maxfield, professor of history at GCC’s Batavia Campus. Their collegial conversations lead to a number of dynamic opportunities through the years, to share the new music and support the experiential learning for their students.

“Educational spring breaks are an important facet to the student experience and to learning outcomes. As students see these historic places for themselves outside of a classroom, they come away with a new appreciation for the problems, opportunities and even mistakes made by people in the past. They also learn about themselves, the world around them, and often, they make life-long friendships,” Maxfield said. “It is an honor that my former colleague and continued friend, Frank or Sonny Mayo, is willing to share an evening of music for such a worthy cause.”

Advance tickets are encouraged by contacting Derek Maxfield, GCC’s associate professor of History and History Club advisor, or Marie Kochmanski, clerk-typist in the second floor Humanities Suite Room B259 or Michelle Forster, secretary in the third floor GCC Human Communication and Behavior Suite Room B359. Presale tickets are $10 for adults and $12 at the door.

HP Sissy rolls to another Open win at Batavia

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — She went on tour for two weeks an won an upper class conditioned race at Yonkers Raceway in the process, but HP Sissy proved that there is no place like home and after winning her now third straight $12,500 fillies and mares Open I Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Oct. 23).

HP Sissy (Drew Monti) and Gia’s Surreal (Jim Morrill Jr.) played give and take with the lead to the :27.4 quarter before “Sissy” came back out to reclaim the lead again past that station and this time, it was for good. With the short but select field of five followers in single-file pursuit, HP Sissy cruised through fractions of :57.4 and 1:26.3 with the greatest of ease. Coming off the far turn, Gia’s Surreal pulled the pocket she occupied throughout the mile and took her best shot at the leader. But with no more than a reminder from Monti, HP Sissy paced strong through the lane and won by a measured length in 1:55.4.

Having the year of her life, HP Sissy ($4.10) registered her 13th win of the year and boosted her earnings to $109,493 for owner Finocchario’s Dream Stable and trainer Mike Ohol.

The $11,000 fillies and mares Open II Handicap pace saw Who’s Got The Move (Dave McNeight III) turn a garden-spot trip behind Machin Marley (Billy Davis Jr.) into a neck victory at the wire over her cover in a time of 1:56.4. Although she set a lifetime mark last week and drew post one here, Who’s Got The Move returned a surprising $19.80 for the win. The 5-year-old Shadyshark Hanover mare is owned by Richard and Lynn Fisher, who also trains the winner.

Driver Jim Morrill Jr. Was red hot on Wednesday, getting the Grand Slam on the card. Morrill won with Magdalana Royalty (2:02.1, $5.40), Jus Chillin It (2:00.1, $21.00), Lyra (1:57.3, $5.00) and Southfield Spirit (2:00.4, $10.00).

Morrill, who is in second place in the dash win category behind Billy Davis Jr., closed the gap with those four wins and is now only 14 behind with 27 nights of racing left. Morrill has a Universal Driver Rating (UDR) of .404 for the meet and has already broken the track record for earnings by a driver in a single season at Batavia Downs with over $880,000 banked this meet.

There was no winner of the Pick-5 on Wednesday and as a result, there is a $916 carryover and a guaranteed $3,000 pool for the Pick-5 on Friday (Oct. 25) when live racing resumes at Batavia Downs. Post time on Friday is 6 p.m.

HAWLEY URGES ACTION, PASSAGE OF ‘BRITTANY’S LAW’ DURING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

Press Release:

In conjunction with October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is urging action on a number of measures to protect victims, help those who are in danger achieve safety and security and punish those who commit this terrible crime.

During 2017, Hawley hosted one of many statewide forums in Batavia that brought together law enforcement, victims and their family members and advocates to share their stories and discuss ways to end the epidemic of domestic violence. As a result the Assembly Minority Conference issued a full report that takes an in-depth look at the issue and legislative solutions.

“Domestic violence is an atrocity that leaves a trail of heartache and devastation for friends, family members and the community long after abuse has taken place,” Hawley said. “It is our responsibility this month to bring awareness to this public health crisis and help victims find safety and security.”

Some of the recommendations outlined in the report include:
• Providing financial assistance and relief to victims seeking alternative housing or living in a shelter to escape their abuse;
• Declaring domestic violence a statewide public health crisis;
• Creation of a new “Domestic Violence in the Presence of a Child” crime with harsher penalties for abusers;
• Allowing domestic violence victims to obtain emergency panic buttons through local law enforcement or social services; and
• Freeing up law enforcement to arrest more abusers and keep victims safe.

Furthermore, Hawley is renewing calls to pass Brittany’s Law – legislation supported by both Democrats and Republicans that would create a public registry for violent felony offenders.

“It is truly a disgrace that legislation like this, aimed at saving lives and preventing domestic violence, sits idly in Albany despite having bipartisan support,” Hawley continued. “Individuals sometimes become romantically involved with a partner who has a troubled past but chose to hide it. This bill would make violent felons known to the public so as to prevent tragedy of those close to them. I will continue to push for a vote on Brittany’s Law as we prepare for session this winter.”

 

Morning News Briefing

Batavia Police have taken 33 year old Andrew Rock of Judge Road Oakfield into custody following a single motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Evergreen Drive and Vine Street in Batavia.
Rock was initially charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol, Reckless Driving, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident along with speeding and failing to stop at a stop sign after he was found to be allegedly driving while impaired Tuesday morning.
Further investigation revealed that Rock had just left the scene of an unrelated incident at a North Spruce Street address in Batavia where he was accused of violating a complete stay away order of protection by entering the protected parties’ residence.
Rock who has prior convictions for violating protection orders was ordered to be held without bail in the Genesee County Jail on counts of first degree Criminal Contempt and Aggravated Harassment.
He is due back in court this morning.

An Orleans County man arrested on child porn charge.
State Police based out of Albion report the arrest of a Town of Ridgeway man following an investigation into suspected child porn.
53 year old Michael Paull has been arrested on a Felony count of Possession of a Sexual Performance by a Child.
Paull was collared following a lengthy investigation into the possession of the material in a case dating back to January of 2017.

Disturbance on Macarthur Drive ends in arrest for one.
City Police were called Saturday evening to a disturbance at an apartment on Macarthur Drive in Batavia.
38 year old Janet Parris was arrested after she allegedly encouraged two juveniles to engage in a physical fight.
She was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and was released with an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court next Tuesday.

Governor Cuomo is reportedly looking to hold a special election for the vacant 27th Congressional District seat in April.
The New York Daily News reports the election would take place on the same day as New York’s presidential primary.
The governor said yesterday he believes pairing the elections would save money and allow more people to vote.
The 27th District seat has been open since ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins pleaded guilty to federal insider trading charges.

The Batavia Police Department will be participating in the DEA’s 2019 National Drug Take-Back initiative on October 26th.
The event will be held in the rear parking lot of the Batavia Police Department between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Citizens can pull up in their vehicle and meet with officers who will be stationed in the parking lot to accept the drugs and needles, with no questions asked.

Batavia City Fire Dept. Promotes Time Change / Change Battery

News Release

The City of Batavia Fire Department joins fire departments nationwide in promoting the annual Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery campaign on Sunday, November 3, 2019. Fire Chief Stefano Napolitano encourages all residents to adopt the simple, life-saving habit of changing smoke alarm batteries when they change their clocks back from daylight savings time to standard time.

“It’s an easy, inexpensive, and proven way to protect your family and your home,” said Chief Napolitano. “Plus with winter quickly approaching and most everyone turning their heating systems on, it also makes this an ideal time to make sure your heating system is working properly. This is a great opportunity to check your carbon monoxide detectors as well.”

Today’s home fires grow in size faster than ever, typically allowing as little as one to two minutes to escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds, due to current home furnishings burning faster and producing more toxic gases and smoke. One thing that is instrumental in reducing deaths is to close doors to prevent the fire from spreading and to facilitate escape
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Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with either no smoke alarms or non-working smoke alarms. Smoke alarm failures usually result from missing or dead batteries or disconnected wires. The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping; a working smoke alarm provides critical extra time needed to get out safely.

According to the NFPA, the maximum life cycle of a smoke alarm is 10 years from the date of manufacture, not the date of installation. Beginning in 2002, all smoke alarms must have a manufacture date marked on the outside of the smoke alarm. If your smoke alarm does not have a manufacture date or if you’ve had it for more than ten years, it needs to be replaced.

The City of Batavia Fire Department recommends purchasing smoke alarms with 10-year lithium batteries. All smoke alarms should be tested monthly. “The City of Batavia Fire Department has a free smoke alarm installation program,” said Fire Chief Napolitano. “If you do not have a smoke detector or if you are unsure the batteries are working properly, members of the City of Batavia Fire Department will come to your home and ensure that you have a working smoke detector, absolutely free of charge. Call (585) 345-6375 to set up an in home appointment.”

BPD: 2019 DEA Drug Takeback

Press Release:

DETAILS: The Batavia Police Department will be participating in the DEA’s 2019 National Drug Take-Back initiative on October 26, 2019. The event will be held in the rear parking lot of the Batavia Police Department. Citizens can turn in their unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal. Sharps will also be accepted during the above times. The event will be conducted between 10 AM and 2 PM in the rear parking lot of the Batavia Police Department Headquarters, located at 10 W. Main St. Citizens can pull up in their vehicle and meet with officers who will be stationed in the parking lot to accept the drugs and sharps.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

The Batavia Police Department would also like to remind citizens of the drug and sharps drop boxes that are available 24/7 in the rear vestibule at BPD HQ.

City Of Batavia Fire: 7th Annual Fire Prevention Coloring Contest Winners

Press Release:

October 21, 2019

The City of Batavia Fire Fighters are proud to announce the winners of our 7th Annual Fire Prevention Coloring Contest. With hundreds of entries from Batavia Schools, this contest was very difficult to judge. Congratulations to the following winners:

Grade K-1:
First Place- Kylie Lutey – St Joseph School, Mrs. Case, Kindergarten
Second Place- Blaire Beachel – St Joseph School, Mrs. Fiannaca, 1st Grade
Third Place- Lyla McClellan – St Paul Lutheran School, Mrs. Porter, 1st Grade
Honorable Mention- Nolan Rogers – St Joseph School, Mrs. Fiannaca, 1st Grade

Grade 2-3:
First Place- Harper Ferris – St. Joseph School, Mrs. Clattenburg, 3rd Grade
Second Place- Olivia Gillard – John Kennedy School, Mrs. Brown/Mrs. Loney, 3rd Grade
Third Place- Jose Osiotaylor – John Kennedy School, Mrs. Dobbertin, 3rd Grade
Honorable Mention- Madelyn DeMena – John Kennedy School, Miss Tretter, 3rd Grade

Grade 4-5:
First Place- Gretchen Weicher – St. Paul Lutheran School, Mrs. Porter, 5th Grade
Second Place- Grace Allen – St. Joseph School, Mrs. Fischer, 4th Grade
Third Place- Paige Austin – St. Paul Lutheran School, Mrs. Porter, 5th Grade
Honorable Mention- Harmony Warner – John Kennedy School, Miss Carpenter, 4th Grade
Honorable Mention- Azaria Burnett – Batavia Middle School, Mrs. Korzelius, 5th Grade

The 1st Place winner of each group will receive a ride to school on a City Fire Engine, dates TBA. An awards luncheon will be held this Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 11am – 12:30 at the Fire Station on Evans Street for all 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable mention winners. These students and their families are encouraged to attend.

Thank you to all the teachers and students who participated in this year’s contest and Congratulations to our winners!

Greg Ireland
Captain / Fire Prevention Officer
City of Batavia Fire Fighters

Transfers made easier for certain GCC students

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY (10/23/2019) In recognizing the National College Transfer Week, officials at Genesee Community College were excited to announce the updated affiliation and articulation agreement with SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY paving the way for students to graduate from GCC and easily transfer into one of seven upper-division medical programs.

Specifically, students who meet and maintain eligibility requirements in their respective programs of study at GCC can follow the specific program transfer path to SUNY Upstate Medical University to earn a Bachelor of Science in: Medical Imaging Radiography (X-ray), Medical Imaging Sciences/ Ultrasound, Medical Technology, Medical Biotechnology, Radiation Therapy, Respiratory Therapy or Nursing.

Upon admission to GCC, specific student success coaches and the transfer coordinator are assigned to work individually with each student intending to transfer under the terms of this agreement and ensure the appropriate course load. Together, they continue to work with the assigned students to help expedite the successful completion of the customized transfer pathway. Students maximize every credit and every semester by filling elective slots and other general education requirements with courses that effectively meet the standards of the articulation agreement.

“There are many reasons students choose to start at GCC,” Kristen Hargrave, transfer coordinator at GCC said. “Some aren’t sure what career path they want and so earning an associate degree in General Studies is a way to explore a variety of options while completing general education requirements at a two-year college price. Other students know exactly what they want to do and where they want to go, but also recognize that by starting at GCC, they can get the first two years completed for a portion of the cost!”

“By following SUNY Transfer Paths or taking advantage of articulation agreements between two and four-year schools which map out very specific courses to maximize the student’s tuition dollars and minimize the number of semesters required, they can earn the same four-year degree, usually in the same time, but with way fewer student loans,” Hargrave added.

In addition to one-on-one planning and consultation, GCC’s Transfer Center coordinates numerous information fairs and college visits to help current students find and establish connections with four-year colleges and universities, both within the public SUNY system as well as private institutions. The Transfer Center also works to establish Articulation, Transfer and Enrollment Agreements that guarantee students’ specific transfer credits and program admission from GCC to a participating four-year institution.

Genesee Community College maintains over 200 agreements at any given time. All of these agreements support GCC’s continual efforts to help students achieve their academic and career goals with maximum efficiency.

Students looking to take advantage of any of GCC’s transfer, articulation or enrollment agreements, including the SUNY Transfer Program, should schedule a meeting or contact Transfer Services located in GCC’s Student Success Center at transfer@genesee.edu for one-on-one help customizing their own academic plan.

Morning News Briefing

A house fire on Roosevelt Highway in Lyndonville has claimed the life an elderly female resident and her dog.
Fire crews started battling the fire just before 5 a.m. yesterday morning with report of a female occupant inside on the second floor.
According to Orleans County Undersheriff Christopher Bourke the woman was on the phone with 911 dispatchers who were trying to guide her downstairs and out of the home while fire crews were attempting to break through the fire to rescue her.
Firefighters could not reach the woman due to heavy smoke and flames inside the home.
Eventually firefighters smashed in doors and windows to get inside the home and upstairs to the woman.
80 year old resident Minnie Holt was pronounced deceased at the scene along with her dog that also perished in the blaze.
Investigation into the fire continues.

Investigation into stolen property lands a Batavia man in lock-up.
24 year old Ronald Murray was taken into custody by State Police out of Batavia on a Class A Misdemeanor count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property following investigation into an incident last July in The Town of Batavia.
Murrary is being held in the Genesee County Jail pending investigation into the incident.

The Buffalo Diocese says the number of priests accused of sexual abuse is growing.
The Buffalo News reports there are now 97 priests on the list, 19 of which have been added since last November.
Seventy-five priests were from the diocese while the remaining 22 were religious order priests who worked in the area.
A Diocese spokeswoman says names will continue to be added if allegations are made and then substantiated.
Bishop Richard Malone has been criticized for his handling of the scandal and there have been calls for him to step down.
Malone has said repeatedly he’s not planning to do that.

Pharmacies will now be required to inform patients about important recalls according to a new law signed by the Governor.
Cuomo has signed off on the legislation that centers around what are known as Class One recalls, which include drugs that could put people at risk of serious health complications or death.
Now, it’s up to pharmacies to tell people about the problem within three days of the recall being issued.
Those notifications can be made by either phone or mail.

The Buffalo Sabres are still red-hot, and they have Jack Eichel to thank.
He scored three-minutes into overtime as Buffalo beat the San Jose Sharks four-to-three at KeyBank Center last night.
Eichel also had a goal earlier in the contest, as did Jeff Skinner and Sam Reinhart.
The Sabres have won eight of their first ten games and sit atop the Atlantic Division.
Up next is a road game against the New York Rangers Thursday night.

Evening News Briefing

House Fire in Lyndonville led to the rescue of one person.
A working house fire was reported at around quarter to five this morning at on Roosevelt Highway in Lyndonville.
The fire was reportedly under control shortly after 6 this morning.
There was one occupant of the residence that was saved from the flames by firefighters as an ambulance was called to respond.
The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.

A Batavia man collared for possession of stolen property
State Police tell WBTA that 24 year old Ronald Murray has been charged with a Class A Misdemeanor for an incident in the Town of Batavia earlier this summer.
Murrary is being held in the Genesee County Jail.

The state’s GOP chairman wants a special election in the 27th Congressional District to be held sooner rather than later.
Nick Langworthy says making sure Western New York is represented in Congress is important, considering all the debate around President Trump’s possible impeachment.
The seat has been open since ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins pleaded guilty to federal insider trading charges.
Governor Cuomo’s office hasn’t said when a special election could take place.

A member of the Miami Dolphins says he regrets an incident with a Buffalo Bills fan. Bobby McCain got into an altercation with a fan who said McCain spit on him after the Dolphins lost to the Bills at New Era Field Sunday. McCain also allegedly threatened to spit on a 13-year-old boy before the game started. The Dolphins say McCain will be punished, and he apologized for what happened while talking with reporters yesterday. The Buffalo News reports the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and NFL are looking into the incident.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Batavia and Village of LeRoy Police Departments will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving during the Halloween weekend.
The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on Thursday October 31st and will end on Sunday November 3rd.
State Police, County and municipal law enforcement will be out in force.

Byron-Bergen Volleyball teams get their hands dirty to help feed the community

Byron-Bergen Volleyball players show off the potatoes they cleaned and prepared at the annual “potato scrub”

Press Release:

Bergen, NY – One Saturday morning each September, the Byron-Bergen Girls Varsity and JV Volleyball teams meet in the Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church parking lot at 9 a.m. There, they join other members of the community to wash, scrub, dry, sort, pack and load approximately 2000 pounds of potatoes.

While many teams engage in community service fundraising, or awareness-raising, the “potato scrub” requires the team to get their hands dirty – literally. The annual community service project began three years ago when Hannah Catalino, a then sophomore, approached her volleyball coach with an idea for an unusual community service project.

“There are a lot of ways athletic teams can be charitable and this one is not glamourous,” said Byron-Bergen Athletic Director Rich Hannan. “Every year these players tackle this project with good will and good humor and no fanfare. I am extremely proud of them.”

The potato gleaning, as it is officially called, is orchestrated by Stewart Freeman. Freeman has worked with area farmers for the last decade to collect extra and post-harvest crops including potatoes, butternut squash, onions, and cabbage. He stores the produce and makes deliveries to shelters, food pantries, and local families.

“What we’re doing is helping people who can’t afford to buy food get the chance to eat,” said senior Varsity Volleyball player Cynthia Morse. “That makes me feel happy.”

The “scrub”, which the volleyball players take part in, is crucial to this process because as the soil is scrubbed from the potatoes, spoiled spuds are identified and sorted out. If bad potatoes are packed with good ones, they will contaminate the entire box making the food inedible.

“We all participate, both Varsity and JV players,” said Catalino. “It’s a team bonding activity. We work together and get to know each other better while helping the community.”

Eventually, Freeman will deliver the potatoes that the volleyball players helped prepare to local soup kitchens and food pantries including the Open Door Mission in Rochester, the Batavia Salvation Army, and local organizations that deliver food to veterans and community members in need.

 

Byron-Bergen Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach Cindy D’Errico takes part in the annual “potato scrub”

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

Press Release:

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

Halloween is meant to be scary, but not when it comes to driving. When it comes to drunk driving Halloween can turn the roads into a horror fest. While we spend time trick or treating and hosting parties with our loved ones, law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on October 31st and will end on November 3rd. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force.

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

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

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

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

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES ORLEANS COUNTY TOWN HALL MEETINGS OCTOBER 26

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today announced the locations and times of his upcoming Orleans County Town Hall Meetings on Saturday, October 26.

“After one of the most impactful legislative sessions in recent memory, I am looking forward to answering questions and helping residents understand what is going on in Albany,” Hawley said. “Being an elected official is about giving your neighbors a voice and these town halls are a great opportunity for me to listen to how our community feels on a host of issues. I encourage everyone who is interested to attend one of these events this Saturday. I look forward to seeing you there.”

Town Hall Schedule – Saturday October 26:

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Village of Holley/Town of Murray
Holley Village Hall
72 Public Square
Holley

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Town of Kendall
Kendall Town Hall
1873 Kendall Road
Kendall

Morning News Briefing

Fire crews from Orleans County were called to a working house fire in Lyndonville this morning.
The call for a working house fire at 11848 Roosevelt Highway in Lyndonville went out around quarter to five this morning.
According to scanner reports Lyndonville, Medina, Shelby, Ridgeway and Kendall Fire were called into action along with County Fire investigators.
Fire crews had most of the fire extinguished by approximately 6 this morning.
An ambulance was called to respond for a resident who was rescued from the fire.
No word yet on the extent of their injuries.

The state’s GOP chairman wants a special election in the 27th Congressional District to be held sooner rather than later.
Nick Langworthy says making sure Western New York is represented in Congress is important, considering all the debate around President Trump’s possible impeachment.
The seat has been open since ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins pleaded guilty to federal insider trading charges.
Governor Cuomo’s office hasn’t said when a special election could take place.

A crash on Lewiston Road in Batavia is being blamed on a numb left arm.
Clayton Thomas Skye of Westfane told deputies he lost control of his red 2003 Chevrolet pickup on Lewiston Road after his arm went numb around noon Sunday before crashing into a Honda sedan driven by 58 year old Donna Woodworth of Batavia Oakfield Townline Road, Batavia.  Skye was driving his pickup south on Lewiston Road between the Thruway overpass and Veterans Memorial Drive when it crossed the centerline into the northbound lane and struck the driver-side fender of Woodworth’s sedan.
Woodworth along with Skye and Skye’s passenger were injured in the crash.
There were no citations issued.

State health officials want to make it a bit easier for e-cigarette users to kick the habit.
They’ve now expanded services through the New York State Smoker’s Quitline to offer folks who use e-cigarettes free coaching and nicotine replacement.
The move comes in response to a growing number of vaping-related illnesses nationwide.
Anyone interested in getting help can call 1-866-NY-Quits.

A member of the Miami Dolphins says he regrets an incident with a Buffalo Bills fan.
Bobby McCain got into an altercation with a fan who said McCain spit on him after the Dolphins lost to the Bills at New Era Field Sunday.
McCain also allegedly threatened to spit on a 13 year old boy before the game started.
The Dolphins say McCain will be punished, and he apologized for what happened while talking with reporters yesterday.
The Buffalo News reports the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and NFL are looking into the incident.

Evening News Briefing

Medal of Honor Recipient David Bellavia will not be a candidate for congress next year.
The Orleans County native confirmed over the weekend that he will continue to work for the Army.
Bellavia ran for congress in the 2012 primary against Chris Collins and lost.
Now, Collins has resigned in disgrace.
A number of regional politicians have announced their candidacy.
Batavia Assemblyman still Hawley says he’s continuing to watch developments in the race, and while he has expressed interest in running, he has stopped short of declaring his candidacy.

A Batavia man facing a charge of gang assault. 21 year old Riley Mayer is accused of causing serious injury to another person earlier this month on Highland Parkway. He is being held on$5,000 bail.

The temperatures are falling, and so are gas prices in Buffalo. According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is two-66. That’s down a penny from last week and seven cents from this time a month ago. The average price of a gallon of regular in Batavia, according to GasBuddy.com, is $2.65

The Buffalo Bills are off to their best start in over a decade. Quarterback Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes yesterday as the Bills beat the Miami Dolphins 31 to 21 at New Era Field. The Bills are now five-and-one for the first time since 2008 and sit just a game behind the New England Patriots in the AFC East. The Bills will be back at home this Sunday to host the Philadelphia Eagles.

GCC Athletics Update: Athletes of the Week

Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto (L) from women’s volleyball and Hiago Barros de Souza (R) from men’s soccer were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the Week of October 21

Press Release:

Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto and Hiago Barros de Souza Named Genesee Athletes of the Week

BATAVIA, NY… Outside Hitter Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto from women’s volleyball and Midfielder Hiago Barros de Souza from men’s soccer were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the Week of October 21.

Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto had a total of 36 kills, 11 aces, and 24 digs in four matches this past week against Niagara, Corning, SUNY Broome, and Tompkins Cortland Community College. In those four matchups, the Cougars came out victorious in three, only losing to SUNY Broome. The sophomore from Jundiai, Brazil leads the team in kills (196) and aces (42).

Hiago Barros de Souza scored eight goals in the Cougars last two contests, both victories. The sophomore midfielder from Cerquilho, Brazil is second in the entire country in goals with 26 and leads the country in points with 66. Hiago is also in the top ten in the country in assists with 14.

The volleyball team will be participating in the Western New York Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday, October 26, hosted by Mercyhurst Northeast.
The nationally-ranked men’s soccer team will be on the road this coming Saturday, October 26 at Hudson Valley Community College in the regular season finale.

“The Case for Christ” Film at GCC

Press Release:

What: “The Case for Christ” Film at GCC

When: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 6 – 8:30 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 Free Movie Night on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, from 6 – 8:30 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 inexpensive homemade baked goods as you enjoy the blockbuster movie, “The Case for Christ,” a 2007 Pureflix movie based on the award-winning best-selling book which portrays the real-life story of Lee Strobel’s journey from atheism to Christianity. The film stars Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway and Robert Forster. For further information go to:

http://pureflixstudio.com/movies/the-case-for-christ/?cbg_tz=240.

CSU will be selling homemade baked goods, and the proceeds will go to the student club’s sponsored child from Haiti, 11-year old, Fedson Hyppolite.

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 – 2:00 p.m., in T122.

Any questions can be referred to the CSU president, student Anna Sprout asprout@my.genesee.edu, or to the CSU advisor, Jim Simon jsimon@genesee.edu, 585-798-1688, x4191.

Genesee County Democrats Meet the Candidates

Press Release:

The Genesee County Democratic Committee invites the community to celebrate early voting and meet their local candidates.

On October 26th the Genesee County Democratic Committee invites the community to celebrate early voting and meet their local candidates. The event will take place from 11 am to 1 pm at the War of 1812 Peace Garden on Main Street in Batavia.

“For the first time in history, voters in New York State have the opportunity to vote early, and it’s a really big deal.” Said City of Batavia Democratic Chair, Erica Donnell, “Voting rights activists have been fighting for this for a very long time and now that we have a Democratic majority in Albany, we finally got the job done. The first day of early voting is October 26th so we felt that would be a great day for our candidates to get together with voters and celebrate this accomplishment.”

For more information about early voting visit geneseedemocrats.net.

Voters will also have the opportunity to meet some of the endorsed Democratic Candidates running for office this year.

Chair of the Genesee County Democrats and Darien Town Board Member Michael Plitt says, “National politics seem to suck all of the oxygen out of the room these days, but if you really want to participate in democracy, the local level is the place to do it. When I knock on doors I like talking to voters about the things in their community that matters to them and where their vote can really make a difference.”

Participating candidates include City Court Judge candidate Benjamin Bonarigo, Ward 3 City Council Candidate Nick Russo, Ward 5 City Council Candidate Sammy DiSalvo, Darien Town Board Member Michael Plitt, and others. Light refreshments will be provided.

Morning News Briefing

A 21 year old Batavia resident is behind bars following investigation into a gang assault in the city.
Batavia Police report the arrest of Riley Mayer of South Main Street on a count of first degree Gang Assault causing serious physical injury after investigation into an incident that allegedly occurred on Highland Parkway back on October 4th.
Mayer was arraigned in City Court and remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Investigation into the incident remains on-going.

A Highland Park man arrested for menacing with a hammer.
23 year old Zachari Morgan was taken into custody by City Police last Thursday on a count of Menacing in the second degree.
Morgan was accused of threatening bodily harm to someone while wielding a hammer during an incident at a Highland Park address.
Morgan was ultimately released with an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court on October 29th.

Pratt Road resident in lock-up for bringing drugs into the County Jail.
46 year old Jay Blatchley is facing charges of Promoting Prison Contraband and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance after investigation into contraband that was found in the Genesee County Jail.
Blatchley was accused of bringing narcotics into the jail on Saturday and was committed back to the jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

A Batavia mother arrested for child endangerment.
City Police arrested 27 year old Shequeita Irvin of Ellicott Ave following investigation into her alleged lack of supervisor of her 6 year old daughter.
The 6 year old was reportedly returned to school for supervision over 30 times after being dropped off by the school bus at her residence with no one home to receive her.
Irvin was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17 years old and was issued an appearance ticket for City Court.

A Medal of Honor recipient says he won’t be representing Western New York in Congress.
Over the weekend, Orleans County native David Bellavia announced he’s not running for the vacant 27th Congressional District seat.
Bellavia says he’ll continue serving in the role the Army requested of him after he received the nation’s highest military honor earlier this year.
The 27th District seat has been open since ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins pleaded guilty to federal insider trading charges.
A date for the special election hasn’t been announced.

The Buffalo Bills are off to their best start in over a decade.
Quarterback Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes yesterday as the Bills beat the Miami Dolphins 31 to 21 at New Era Field.
The Bills are now five-and-one for the first time since 2008 and sit just a game behind the New England Patriots in the AFC East.
The Bills will be back at home this Sunday to host the Philadelphia Eagles.

Independent Living of the Genesee Region hosting “Meet the Candidates” Day

Press Release:

Citizens with disabilities in the Genesee Region can question candidates in the November election on their own turf

Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) is holding a FREE “Meet the Candidates” Day to enable local residents with disabilities — or anyone from the community — to hear and discuss issues with some on the ballot in the November General Election. Our Chief Policy Officer Todd Vaarwerk points out that those who achieve local positions now may be the State and National leaders of tomorrow! So, whatever your political views, this is your year to get involved!

The event is to take place on Tuesday October 22nd, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, in ILGR’s Main Office in the Crickler Executive Business Center, 319 West Main Street, (the former Pepsi-Cola Batavia Bottling Company building) in Batavia, in the Douglas J. Usiak Multipurpose Room. To date, we have confirmations from Batavia City Court Judge candidates Durin B. Rogers (R C I) and Benjamin J. Bonarigo (D WOR GRE); and Batavia City Council Ward 3, Deborah Kerr Rosenbeck (LBT). We have also invited those who are not running unopposed in the following positions, although not all will attend: Genesee County Legislators District 8; Batavia City Council Wards 3 and 5; various local positions: Alexander Town Clerk; Bergen Town Clerk; Bethany Town Council; Byron Town Supervisor and Town Council; Darien Town Supervisor, Town Justice and Town Council; Pavilion Highway Superintendent; and Pembroke Town Justice. They will address their constituents and take questions.

The party abbreviations (in alphabetical order): C – Conservative, D – Democrat, GRE – Green, I – Independence, LIB – Libertarian, R – Republican, WOR – Working Families.

If an attendee wishes to be familiar with the “hot” disability issues, sheets of suggested questions will be provided; but participants are encouraged to ask about public concerns that are close to them. The building is fully disability accessible.

To RSVP or get additional information call Donna at (585) 815-8501, extension 411.

Joey Pro wins 12th of the season at Batavia Downs

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — After stringing three straight wins at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono prior to finishing sixth chasing a 1:52.3 mile last week, Joey Pro ventured north to Batavia Downs and ran away with the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot on Friday night (Oct. 18).

BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) rushed off the gate for the lead and looked like he would go unchallenged for a while. But Joey Pro (John Cummings Jr.) who was now third, was quickly pulled and brushed to the front in a :28 first quarter and then opened up a gapped 2-½ length lead rounding the second bend. The chasing field stayed in single file trying to keep up with Joey Pro who went to the half in :56.3 and three-quarters in 1:25.3.

Joey Pro was 3-½ lengths on top heading into the last turn and the only horse with a shot was Wheels A Turning (Denny Bucceri) who had distinguished himself from the trailing pack and continued his chase down the lane. But the best he would do this night was second as Joey Pro was the best in here and won by 2-¼ lengths in 1:56.1.

It was the 12th win of the year for Joey Pro ($4.80) who has now banked $66,330 for owner Mark Wamp. John Hallett trains the winner.

In the $11,000 Open II trot, Keystone Apache (Billy Davis Jr.) dropped down for the top class and toured the facility on the point from gate to wire and won by three-quarters of a length in 1:57.2. Keystone Apache ($12.40) snared his ninth win of the season for owner Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock. Maria Rice trains the winner.

John Cumming Jr. and BIlly Davis Jr. both had driving triples on Friday. Trainer Dave Russo led all conditioners with two victories.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Oct. 19) at 6 p.m.

Former City Court Judge Endorses Bonarigo

Press Release:

The Honarable Michael DelPlato has endorsed Ben Bonarigo for the City of Batavia Judgeship.

“I ask that you support and vote for Ben Bonarigo.” states DelPlato. “I have been blessed to practice law here in Batavia for 47 years and privileged to serve as Batavia City Judge for 12 years. I have known Ben since he was a student at the Batavia Middle School. Ben is the most experienced trial attorney in this area and is offering those skills to the citizens of Batavia.”

DelPlato also mentions that Bonarigo “..has served as City attorney, has trial experience in civil, criminal, family and municipal law, which includes extensive experience in jury trials. What a rare and unique opportunity for our voters to elect such an outstanding candidate.”

“This endorsement, coming from a former Judge who spent 12 years in the position I am seeking, who knows what the qualifications and background requirements are for the position is truly humbling” Bonarigo responded. Added Bonarigo, “coming from such a highly regarded judge, attorney and gentleman as Mike DelPlato makes this endorsement that much more gratifying to me.”

Weekend News Briefing

31 year old Edward Bancroft appeared in Wyoming County Court on Thursday where he was charged with Grand Larceny both in the second and third degree for allegedly stealing a truck and trailer in Pike and a utility terrain vehicle in Eagle.
Bancroft is accused of stealing the vehicles during a four county manhunt that was sparked the morning of July 9th when he allegedly set fire to a building in Almond and began a spree stealing and ditching vehicles.
After two days on the run Bancroft was apprehended in Ossian and was committed to the Livingston County Jail.
Following his arraignment in Wyoming County Court he was remanded back to jail.
Bancroft is also facing charges in Allegany, Livingston and possibly Steuben County.

Former Corrections Officer pleads guilty to child porn charges.
26 year old Joseph Chojnacki of Cheektowaga pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor.
After investigating a tip federal officers executed a federal search warrant at Chojnacki’s residence last May.
A total of approximately 3,814 images and 138 videos of child pornography were discovered on his electronic devices.
Some of the images depicted sexual abuse or exploitation of an infant or toddler.
Chojnacki faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced in January.
There is no word what state prison facility he worked for and his current status with NYS Corrections.

The County Highway Department announces that the Pratt Road Bridge in Pembroke has been re-opened.
This section of Pratt Road runs between Killian and Indian Falls Road.
The bridge has been completely replaced.
The job has taken five months.

Flu season is underway, and cases are starting to be reported across New York.
The state health department says 100 cases of the virus were confirmed during the week ending October 12th.
That’s a 15-percent increase from the week before.
Doctors say this new data shows how important it is for you to get your flu shot as soon as possible.

Fire Chief Stefano Napolitano and the City of Batavia Fire Department in conjunction with the United States Fire Administration would like to offer several safety tips for Halloween.
Some of the Chief’s suggestions are to stay in groups while trick–or-treating, that costumes should be well fitting, flame resistant, highly visible and free of long trailing fabric, to provide children with flashlights and glow sticks for visibility and to examine all treats before eating.
Lastly, Chief Napolitano highly recommends keeping Halloween decorations away from any open flames, light bulbs and heaters, keeping exits clear of any decorations and testing your smoke detectors to ensure that they are working.

After a week off, the Buffalo Bills will look to keep their winning ways going against one of the worst teams in the NFL.
They’ll be hosting the winless Miami Dolphins at New Era Field this weekend.
Buffalo hasn’t played since October 6th, when they beat the Tennessee Titans on the road.
Kickoff for Sunday’s contest is set for 1:00 p.m.

Evening News Briefing

The Genesee County Highway Department announces that the Pratt Road Bridge in Pembroke will re-open later today.
This section of Pratt Road runs between Killian and Indian Falls Road.
The bridge has been completely replaced.
The job has taken five months.
Officials say the barricades will be taken down by early this evening.

Eighteen years later, another 9-11 victim is being identified.
Officials say the man, whose name is not being released, is the third victim of 9-11 to be identified this year.
The ID was confirmed through DNA testing.
Authorities still can’t account for over 1,100 victims, or 40-percent of those who died in the September 11th attacks in Lower Manhattan.
The unidentified victims range in age from two to 85.

 

Flu season is underway, and cases are starting to be reported across New York. The state health department says 100 cases of the virus were confirmed during the week ending October 12th. That’s a 15-percent increase from the week before. Doctors say this new data shows how important it is for you to get your flu shot as soon as possible.

The Buffalo Sabres have rebounded from their first regulation loss of the season in style.
Casey Mittelstadt had a pair of goals and Conor Sheary also scored as the Sabres beat the Los Angeles Kings three-to-nothing last night.
Buffalo goalie Carter Hutton had 47 saves in the winning effort.
Up next for the Sabres is a showdown with the San Jose Sharks tomorrow night.

After a week off, the Buffalo Bills will look to keep their winning ways going against one of the worst teams in the NFL.
They’ll be hosting the winless Miami Dolphins at New Era Field this weekend.
Buffalo hasn’t played since October 6th, when they beat the Tennessee Titans on the road. Kickoff for Sunday’s contest is set for one p-m.

City FD on Halloween Safety

News Release

It’s Fall and the Halloween celebration will soon be upon us. There will be children dressed in costumes excitedly running door to door to trick-or-treat, festive decorations like glowing jack-o-lanterns, paper ghosts and dried cornstalks adorning front porches – these are some of the classic hallmarks of Halloween
that make the holiday special for kids and adults alike.

Unfortunately, these Halloween symbols and activities can also present lurking fire risks that have the potential to become truly scary. But by planning ahead, you can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions can help ensure your holiday remains festive and fun.
Fire Chief Stefano Napolitano and the City of Batavia Fire Department in conjunction with the United States Fire Administration would like to offer several safety tips:

 

 Stay in groups while trick–or-treating
 Costumes should be well fitting, flame resistant, highly visible and free of long trailing fabric
 Always test makeup for potential skin allergy before applying
 Remember to look both ways when crossing streets
 Always stay on sidewalks
 Provide children with flashlights and glow sticks for visibility
 Avoid dark houses
 Examine all treats before eating
 Enjoy with caution

Chief Stefano Napolitano

Lastly, Chief Napolitano highly recommends keeping Halloween decorations away from any open flames,
light bulbs and heaters. It is very easy for decorations such as dried flowers, cornstalks, crepe paper to catch
on fire.
Napolitano also recommends keeping exits clear of any decorations so as to not block your exits in the
event of a fire. Also, the Chief suggests testing your smoke detectors to ensure that they are working or
request fire department staff to inspect and test for you.
If a resident has any questions or concerns regarding any of these tips, they can contact the
City of Batavia Fire Headquarters at 585-345-6375.

 

Morning News Briefing

New allegations of sexual abuse against former Boy Scout leader Ronald Rowcliffe of Elba are reportedly now under State Police investigation.
New reports against him have come to light according to Troopers following Rowcliffe’s arrest in September.
Rowcliffe is currently facing two counts of Sexual Abuse in the first-degree, one count of forcible touching and one count of endangering the welfare of a child for his alleged sexual contact with multiple victims while he was a Boy Scout leader from 2017-2019.
13 WHAM reports that Rowcliffe had a history of inappropriate behavior with boys stretching back to 1988 when he resigned from the Holley Police Force over allegations involving a teenage boy and when he agreed to a plea deal in a case out of Orleans County where he was accused of inappropriate behavior with three teenage boys.
Anyone with information regarding accusations against Rowcliffe is encouraged to contact State Police at 518-873-2750.

A burglary in Alexander lands a Warsaw man in lock-up.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies report that 44 year old Gary Hensley of Burke Hill Road in Warsaw is accused of illegally entering a residence on Gilhooly Road last month and stealing a hand gun and jewelry.
Hensley is being held without bail in Genesee County Jail.

Stop in Stafford leads to arrest for a Batavia man.
44 year old Casey Nutting of Union Street Batavia was arrested by Genesee County Sherriff’s Deputies after a stop on Main Road in Stafford yesterday evening.
Investigation was turned over to deputies after a LeRoy Police officer observed several vehicle and traffic violations and stopped the vehicle.
Nutting is facing counts of Aggravated DWI for having a BAC over twice the legal limit and refusal to take a breath test.
He was issued appearance tickets for Stafford Town Court on November 5th.

Flu season is underway, and cases are starting to be reported across New York.
The state health department says 100 cases of the virus were confirmed during the week ending October 12th.
That’s a 15-percent increase from the week before.
Doctors say this new data shows how important it is for folks to get their flu shot as soon as possible.

A court hearing is set for today that could determine if the sale of flavored e-cigarettes is banned.
The rule was supposed to go into effect earlier this month, but the Vapor Technology Association and affiliates were able to have it put on hold until today’s hearing.
Supporters of the ban say it’s needed to help curb the growing number of vaping-related illnesses and also to keep e-cigarettes away from kids.
Business owners say they feel like they’re being singled out and claim the ban would hurt sales since flavored e-cigarettes are a popular item among customers

After a week off, the Buffalo Bills will look to keep their winning ways going against one of the worst teams in the NFL.
They’ll be hosting the winless Miami Dolphins at New Era Field this weekend.
Buffalo hasn’t played since October 6th, when they beat the Tennessee Titans on the road.
Kickoff for Sunday’s contest is set for 1:00 p.m.

The Buffalo Sabres have rebounded from their first regulation loss of the season in style.
Casey Mittelstadt had a pair of goals and Conor Sheary also scored as the Sabres beat the Los Angeles Kings three-to-nothing at STAPLES Center last night.
Buffalo goalie Carter Hutton had 47 saves in the winning effort.
Up next for the Sabres is a showdown with San Jose Sharks tomorrow night.

Evening News Briefing

Andrew Cuomo

 

Governors from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut are taking part in a summit regarding marijuana and vaping.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo led the meeting in New York City

Ned Lamont

They are discussing market regulations, social justice and public health and safety issues.
Officials hope each state will learn from one another and can eventually come up with regional solutions regarding recreational pot and e-cigarettes.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont talks about how marijuana being legal in his neighboring state is a problem.

Officials says this is an effort to prevent residents from going to neighboring states for the products.

A Warsaw man arrested for a burglary in the Town of Alexander.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies tell WBTA News 44 year old Gary Hensley of Burke Hill Road in Warsaw is accused of illegally entering a on Gilhooly Road last month and stole a hand gun and jewelry.
Hensley is being held without bail in Genesee County Jail.

Over a year after a limo crash in Schoharie left 20 people dead, new pieces of legislation have been introduced in Congress. The measures call for improved limousine safety standards at the federal level. Laws have already been introduced at the state level in Albany.

For the first time this season, the Buffalo Sabres have been beaten in regulation. Jack Eichel and Victor Oloffson had a goal each, but it wasn’t enough as the Sabres lost to the Anaheim Ducks on the road last night by a final score of five-to-two. The good news is the Sabres are still in first place in the Atlantic Division. They’ll look to get back on the winning track against the Los Angeles Kings tonight. Face-off is set for 10:30 p.m.

Office for the Aging: RSVP of Genesee County is seeking volunteer tax preparers

Press Release:

Are you good with numbers? Seeking Volunteer Tax Preparers

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program is gearing up to provide tax preparation services for the 2019 tax season. The program is seeking a few more volunteers to assist in the preparation of federal and state tax returns for low to moderate income individuals.

This is a wonderful growth opportunity for people interested in learning new skills, meeting new people and is a fulfilling way to help meet essential community needs.

A fantastic training program will be provided at the Genesee County Office for the Aging weekdays from 9 am to 3 pm on Monday, January 13th – Friday, January 17th, Wednesday January 22 – Friday, January 24th and Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Volunteers must pass a proficiency exam before working in teams of two, with tax appointments running from February 3rd – April 15, 2020.

In 2019, a small group of dedicated RSVP volunteers served over 1200 households, providing peace of mind along with tax filings. Many people return year after year to get their taxes done. The volunteers are known for their helpful, professional and thorough manner. The program is provided at no cost, but donations are gratefully accepted.

You don’t have to be a tax expert. If you’ve been known to complete your own tax returns from time to time or maybe consider yourself a “numbers” person, please call Courtney Iburi, RSVP Coordinator, at (585) 343-1611 to learn more.

Morning News Briefing

According to a report from the Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse the first year of their Opioid Treatment Program has been a great success.
The clinic which is open six days a week administers liquid Methadone to patients dealing with drug addiction.
Approximately 120 people are served by the clinic every week.
Patients would previously have to travel to Buffalo or Rochester to receive treatment prior to the establishment of the Batavia location.
According to the report many of the patients developed an opioid addiction from abusing doctor prescribed pain killers.
For more on the story check the article on our website at WBTAi.com.

Pratt Road resident hit with three counts of Criminal Contempt.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies took 39 year old Gregory Baker of Pratt Road Batavia into custody Tuesday morning on three counts of Criminal Contempt following investigation into a mental health call Pratt road address earlier this month.
After being arraigned in Batavia Town Court Baker was released under the supervision of Genesee justice.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is signing a law that allows New York State to prosecute individuals who receive a presidential pardon.
The governor says the move closes a loophole and gives prosecutors a way to stand up to abuse of power, adding the state won’t turn a blind eye to criminality.
It takes effect immediately, and applies to both future and past offenses.
Attorney General Letitia James applauded the move, calling it a commonsense check on presidential power.

Over a year after a limo crash in Schoharie left 20 people dead, new pieces of legislation have been introduced in Congress.
The measures call for improved limousine safety standards at the federal level.
If approved, there would be new guidelines for seat belts and other safety equipment and a grant program would be set up to get potentially dangerous limos off the road.

A final regulation has been issued by the Department of Financial Services that will protect student loan borrowers from unscrupulous practices in the student loan servicing industry.
The regulation, which went into effect yesterday, requires companies that service student loans held by New Yorkers to meet new standards addressing problems that have plagued the student loan servicing industry.
There are approximately 2.8 million student loan borrowers in New York.

The City of Batavia offices will be closed for safety training today from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Residents are encouraged to plan your business with the offices prior to one.

For the first time this season, the Buffalo Sabres have been beaten in regulation.
Jack Eichel and Victor Oloffson had a goal each, but it wasn’t enough as the Sabres lost to the Anaheim Ducks on the road last night by a final score of five-to-two.
The good news is the Sabres are still in first place in the Atlantic Division.
They’ll look to get back on the winning track against the Los Angeles Kings tonight.
Face-off is set for 10:30 p.m.

Ranzenhofer Backs Rogers for Batavia City Court

News Release

Durin Rogers (left) and State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer

BATAVIA, NY- Emphasizing his experience, integrity, temperament and commitment, New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer has given an enthusiastic boost to Judge Durin Rogers in his effort to succeed retiring Judge Robert Balbick as Batavia’s next full-time City Court Judge. Senator Ranzenhofer has represented Batavia and Genesee County since 2008 and has been a practicing lawyer for over 35 years.

“This coming November 5 you have an opportunity to elect a Batavia City Court Judge with proven judicial experience, integrity, judicial temperament and commitment to the community. It is for these reasons that I proudly support Hon. Durin B. Rogers in his effort to become your next full-time Batavia City Court Judge. I have known Judge Rogers for many years now as an attorney and colleague practicing law throughout the GLOW region and most recently as Judge of the Batavia City Court…He is well respected on and off the bench and I have had the opportunity to appear in front of Judge Rogers on the bench and opposite him as Deputy County Attorney for Genesee County. I found Judge Rogers’ approach in both capacities to be professional, knowledgeable, reasonable and fair.”

Senator Ranzenhofer also stressed Judge Rogers’ community service in support of his endorsement stating: “In addition to his service as a public attorney, he has served the legal community and its members as a past President of the Genesee County Bar Association bringing the “People’s Law Series,” …to provide low cost legal education and seminars to the residents of Genesee County…Judge Rogers has and will continue to be a fair judge and listen to all sides before making well-reasoned decisions…Please join me in supporting Judge Durin B. Rogers as your next full-time Batavia City Court Judge,”

Senator Ranzenhofer joins a significant number of Batavia and area officials and organizations who have backed Judge Rogers in his quest to succeed Judge Balbick and become Batavia’s next full-time City Court Judge. Responding to the Ranzenhofer endorsement, Judge Rogers commented: “I truly appreciate Senator Ranzenhofer’scomments and his support. Over the past many years, the Batavia City Court has become a well-respected part of our system of Justice. I have worked with Judge Balbick over the past four years and we are always considering ways to improve the Court’s ability to meet Batavia’s evolving needs. I am committed to carrying on those efforts in the years to come if elected as Batavia’s next full-time Judge.”

GCASA rates first year of Opioid Treatment Program

News Release: GCASA

For the past 13 months, the clinicians at Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse have been treating area residents dealing with opioid use disorders at the Opioid Treatment Program facility at the agency’s main campus on East Main Street in Batavia.

Kathy Hodgins, left, and Jodi Calkins oversee operations at GCASA’s Opioid Treatment Program  (Submitted photo)

The dispensation of liquid methadone at the OTP clinic has had a profound effect on hundreds of men and women in recovery since its Sept. 4, 2018 opening – a positive impact that even GCASA’s senior services director wouldn’t have been able to predict. “The success of the program has exceeded my expectations,” said Kathy Hodgins, who oversees clinical services in Genesee and Orleans counties. “It has really served people in this area.”

Hodgins credited Assistant Director Jodi Calkins, who supervises a staff of nine (three clinicians, two RNs, three security and transportation personnel and a secretary) at the office for leading a team that strives to help clients reclaim active and meaningful lives. Calkins, who was hired by GCASA a year ago after 20 years in the field as a counselor and clinic director, said she and the staff are committed to those in recovery.
“I love my job and I love the patients,” she said. “We work with the whole spectrum – ones who are struggling, ones who are moving forward and those in between.”

She said methadone is given to the patients in liquid form, six days a week, with the dose taken in front of a GCASA professional. She said those who “are compliant in group and individual sessions and test negative for opioids can earn the privilege” of being able to take home their dosage.
“Patients must submit urine screens to ensure accountability,” she added, noting that the clinic serves about 120 each week but can handle up to 150 or more. “Patients attend group three times a week, meet with counselors one-on-one once a week and also are assigned to a case manager.”
Methadone has been found to be useful at reducing opioid craving and withdrawal and blunting or blocking the effects of illicit opioids. It is offered in liquid, powder and wafer forms and is taken once a day.

Methadone is effective in higher doses, particularly for heroin users, helping them stay in treatment programs longer.
Hodgins said methadone is a “process that sometimes takes them months to get on a stable dose, with careful monitoring throughout.”
She said GCASA has administered suboxone for opioid treatment for quite some time, but it doesn’t work for everyone.
“Methadone is an alternative for people who don’t do well (with suboxone),” she said.

For Steve (name changed), a Genesee County resident in his early thirties, methadone therapy has enabled him to keep a full-time job as an assistant manager and given him renewed hope.

“If it wasn’t for Dr. (Matthew) Fernaays and (counselors) Sarah (Johnson) and Mandy (Moore), I don’t know where I’d be,” he said. “I’d probably be dead.”
Steve said he began methadone treatment about nine months ago, at first coming to the OTP clinic every day but now arriving four days a week.
“I’ve earned take-homes for being clean,” he said, mentioning that he has been sober since Jan. 21, 2019.

He said his downward spiral with opioids started when he was 16 when a doctor prescribed pain pills for a knee injury.
“I got hooked on them and this was before regulation,” he said. “I got up to 380 pills a month and that kept going and going for years. Eventually, the pills weren’t enough anymore and I turned to other drugs.” Steve said he began suboxone treatment at GCASA about a year ago after he “lost his family.”
“My parents, my sister, my brother … no one would talk to me,” he said. “I had to find something to change my life.”
Unfortunately, he relapsed after being sober for six months, but chose to return to GCASA in a last-ditch effort to maintain his family ties.

He said he understands he may be on methadone for the rest of his life – although he hopes to wean off of it – but, either way, he’s proud of what he is accomplishing. “I have my family back, I’m working, I have a new car and I’m feeling like a human again,” he exclaimed. “They saved my life – 100 percent.”
GCASA Executive Director John Bennett said stories such as Steve’s make it all worthwhile, and validates the need for extended services in Genesee County.
“We are thankful to the governor and OASAS (NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services) for investing in our region to assist us in providing a continuum of care for persons living our rural communities,” Bennett said. “We have had great support from our community, from families and civic leaders in the region which is the key to a program like this being successful.”
Bennett noted that the OTP clinic is nearly at its capacity.

“The persons being served no longer have to travel to Erie or Monroe County to receive services,” he said. “Our staff is comprised of highly-trained individuals who focus on welcoming patients into a relaxed, compassionate atmosphere which supports recovery from addiction.”
Methadone is dispensed daily to patients Monday through Saturday from 7-10:30 a.m. GCASA accepts most insurance. For more information about services at GCASA, including the OTP clinic, go to the agency’s website – www.gcasa.net.

GCC Athletics Update: Volleyball

Genesee’s Sophomore Class of 2019-2020

Press Release:

Volleyball Sweeps Niagara on Sophomore Night

BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee Community College women’s volleyball team continued their winning ways at home as they swept Western New York Athletic Conference foe Niagara County Community College Thunderwolves in three sets Tuesday night. Prior to the contest, Genesee honored their sophomore class for their hard work and dedication to the volleyball program.

The Cougars swept the Thunderwolves in three sets, 25-15, 25-15, and 25-14 for their tenth victory of the season, and move to 2-3 in Western New York Athletic Conference play. The victory also keeps Genesee perfect inside the Anthony T Zambito Gymnasium.

Genesee (10-8) will host their NJCAA Region III Pod Saturday October 19 against SUNY Broome, Corning, and Tompkins Cortland CC.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Soccer

Maggie Dabb (5) and Julia Ashworth (3) going for the ball against the Saints (Xi Lin – Genesee Athletics)

Press Release:

Genesee Shutouts Saints for 10th Victory of the Season

BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee Community College women’s soccer team earned their tenth victory of the season as they defeated the Mercyhurst Northeast Saints 7-0 Tuesday afternoon.

Julia Ashworth got the scoring underway early in the opening half on the rebound of an Alexa Jordan shot. Diante Scheepers scored to make it 2-0 in the second half. Brenna Ilacqua made it 3-0 with the assist from Carleigh Folts. Michaela Curtletta scored on a rebound off a Brianna McMullen shot to make it 4-0 with 21 minutes remaining. Maggie Dabb scored to make it 5-0 with Folts getting her second assist of the game. Brianna Davis scored to make it 6-0 with less than five minutes remaining. Alexa Jordan would score to make it 7-0 to finish the scoring.

Genesee (10-4) is in action on Saturday, October 19 as they travel to SUNY Broome. Game
time from Binghamton is scheduled for 1pm.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Soccer

The sophomore class of 2019

Press Release:

Sophomores Carry Cougars to Shutout on Sophomore Night

BATAVIA, NY…On a night that the sophomore class was honored for their dedication and hard work to the program, the no.7 ranked Genesee Community College men’s soccer team defeated the Mercyhurst North East Saints 6-0 Tuesday evening.

Hiago Barros de Souza would score four goals on the evening after Ryan Curtis scored the first two goals of the contest. Barros de Souza would add an assist as well. Curtis would also add an assist. Ed Port, Shahin Tahir Nasabi, and Ollie Ardle would also get assists on the night.

Adrian Bergman and Adam Willig preserved the shutout in net.

Genesee (13-3) is in action on Saturday, October 19 as they travel to Binghamton to take on SUNY Broome at 3pm.

GCC Athletics Update: Athletes of the Week

Diante Scheepers (L) from women’s soccer and Ollie Ardle (R) from men’s soccer were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the week of October 14, 2019

Press Release:

Scheepers and Ardle Named Genesee Athletes of the Week

BATAVIA, NY… Sophomores Diante Scheepers from women’s soccer and Ollie Ardle from men’s soccer were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the Week of October 14.

Diante Scheepers scored three goals against Finger Lakes to help the Cougars get the comeback victory over the Lakers. On the season, the sophomore from Willemstad, Curacao has nine goals and eleven assists in 12 games played.

Ollie Ardle is second on the team in goals with 10 and has started 15 games so far this season for Genesee. In the Cougars games against Finger Lakes and Fulton-Montgomery, Ardle has scored three goals and added three assists.

The Cougars are home on Tuesday against Mercyhurst Northeast starting at 4pm in the regular season home finale and then will play on the road at SUNY Broome Saturday.

Morning News Briefing

Investigation by police in Warsaw into an alleged incident in the village has led to the lock-up of a 14 year old male in Warsaw on a count of Rape in the first-degree.
The teen allegedly assaulted a young female in a unfrequented outdoor location according to investigators.
The teen boy was apprehended on Frday October 4th following the investigation.
After arraignment in Wyoming County Court he was remanded to in lieu of $10,000 bail to the Erie County’s Youth Detention Center.

Three busted for Criminal Contempt in Batavia.
23 year old Brian Miles of Rochester was arrested on a City Court arrest warrant after allegedly failing to appear for a subpoena back in September.
He was jailed in lieu of 1,000 dollars bail.
45 year old Shannon Draper of Oak Street Pavilion was arrested on a count of Criminal Contempt after he was allegedly observed to be in the presence of a protected party that had an active Stay Away order of protection against him.
He was released with an appearance ticket for City Court at a later date.
Genesee County Sheriff’s took 34 year old Jennifer Button of Oakfield into custody for Criminal Contempt last week after she allegedly had sent text messages to a protected party.
Button was given an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on Nov 7th.

Several health groups are working together to try and show a court why a ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes is needed.
They’ve filed an amicus brief ahead of a hearing on the ban that’s set for Friday.
Earlier this month, the Vapor Technology Association and affiliates were able to get the ban put on hold.
Supporters say the ban is needed to help curb youth vaping rates.
Vape shop owners believe it would hurt their sales since flavored products are popular among customers.

State Police alert residents of increased deer versus car accidents.
Every October and November, Troopers handle an increased number of vehicles collisions striking deer in Troop A- Western New York.
Total reported collisions increased from 1,412 in 2017 to 1,523 total collisions in 2018.
Police encourage operators to use caution around dusk and dawn and say that if you are operating a vehicle and a deer enters the roadway do NOT swerve.
When an operator swerves to avoid a deer, the vehicle is more likely to strike another vehicle or exit the roadway striking trees or utility poles.
Troopers say that if you strike a deer, remain at the scene and call 911.

The Buffalo Sabres are on the west coast in search of yet another win.
They’ll be in Anaheim tonight to take on the Ducks at the Honda Center.
The Sabres have won five of their first six games and are coming off a victory over the Dallas Stars Monday.
Face off for tonight’s contest is set for 10 p.m.

Gia’s Surreal goes coast to coast in Batavia distaff Open

(Photo courtesy of Paul White)

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By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — 3-year-old Gia’s Surreal had been a solid campaigner all year on the New York Sire Stake circuit, culminating that series with a second place finish in the Excelsior “A” final in September. Since that start the filly has won three straight races in overnights against aged mares and on Monday (Oct. 14) knocked off the track’s top class, the $12,000 Open Handicap pace for fillies and mares at Batavia Downs.

Driver Jim Morrill Jr. left fast with Gia’s Surreal and led the ladies to the quarter in :27.4 and the half in :57.2. As the race proceeded onto the second circuit, Little Joke (Billy Davis Jr.) and Kaitlyn Rae (Mike Caprio) moved up on the rim to apply some pressure and pushed a fast :28.2 split to the three-quarters. But Gia’s Surreal, who had maintained a 1-1/4 length lead the entire race, stayed stout and kept to her business which was turning back all challengers and pacing home strong to win in 1:55.

Gia’s Surreal ($3.10) scored her ninth win in 19 starts this year and pushed her stake-enhanced earnings to $83,869 for owners Jim Graham, Edward Peron, Lee Winters and Thomas Mariano. Jim Graham trains the filly.

Gia’s Surreal was one of three wins for Jim Morrill Jr. on Monday. Billy Davis Jr. also got the driving hat trick on the card.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Oct. 18) at 6 p.m. There is no racing this Wednesday (Oct. 16) due to today’s special matinee card.

Morning News Briefing

A Genesee County Grand Jury has indicted Michele R. Williams of driving drunk in Darien with 5 children.
Williams is accused of driving a 2013 Chevrolet on Route 77 back on May 24th of this year while having a BAC of .08 percent or more and accompanied by 5 kids all reportedly 15 years of age or less.
Out of the eleven count indictment 10 are class E felony counts of Aggravated DWI with a child in the vehicle.
Williams was also hit with a single traffic infraction for following too closely.

The Grand Jury also indicted Taraleen Tundo for Aggravated DWI with a child in the vehicle.
She allegedly had a passenger that was 15 year of age or less when she was stopped in her 2004 Ford on Rt. 5 in Stafford on May 1st and arrested for driving while impaired by a combination of drugs.
Also included in the indictment against Tundo are counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance for allegedly possessing Suboxone illegally and of Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia for allegedly possessing or selling packaging material for the individual packaging of quantities of narcotic drugs.

Brian Dyer faced an indictment by the Genesee County Grand Jury for counts of first-degree Assault, a Class B violent felony and Criminal Possession of a Weapon, a Class D felony.
Dyer allegedly caused serious physical injury to another person with the use of a concrete statue as a dangerous instrument on July 5 in Batavia.

State residents will soon be able to apply for their driver’s license online.
Governor Cuomo is giving the green light to the online option which allows prospective drivers to take a required five-hour training and instruction course without leaving home.
The online option is set to start in June and run until at least 2025, unless it’s extended by the governor or legislature.
Some driving schools have spoken out against the online course, claiming it’ll hurt their business.

Starting this week, members of the state Senate will begin holding roundtables to discuss New York’s school funding formula.
Those calculations haven’t been significantly changed since the current system was launched in 2007.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins says real discussions are needed on how the state’s roughly 950 school districts are funded.
The Western New York forum is set for this Friday from ten a-m until two p-m at the Roswell Comprehensive Cancer Center on Elm Street in Buffalo.

The Buffalo Sabres are red-hot to start the new NHL season.
Victor Olofsson, Marcus Johannson, Jeff Skinner and Sam Reinhart all scored in the Sabres’ four to nothing win over the Dallas Stars at KeyBank Center yesterday.
Buffalo has won five of its first six games for the franchise’s best start in several seasons.
They’ll now be heading west to take on the Anaheim Ducks tomorrow night.

Mr. Euroman captures Batavia top pace

Mr. Euroman (Photo courtesy of Paul White)

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By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Mr. Euroman had a two-month vacation this summer before the start of the Batavia Downs meet and since returning to action in late August, has won four out of his eight starts in Genesee County. The most recent win came on Saturday night (Oct. 12) in the $12,500 Open Handicap pace at the Downs.

Leaving from post one, Mr. Euroman (Billy Davis Jr.) watched as Sir Pugsley (Drew Monti) fired off the gate and took command of the race heading around the first turn. With the field in single file, Sir Pugsley went down to the half in :57 before stepping up the pace to the three-quarters with a :27.3 split. Mr. Euroman was the beneficiary of cover to this point of the race and continued to trip-out to the top of the stretch. Davis pulled the pocket at the head of the lane with Mr. Euroman and out-dueled Sir Pugsley to the wire to win by one-half length in 1:53.2.

It was the seventh win of the year for Mr. Euroman ($16.00) who is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags, Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock and is trained by Maria Rice.

There were a pair of $11,000 Open II races on the card that both provided some stellar performances.

Down On My Luck

The first split saw Down On My Luck (Drew Monti) get away third before pulling first-over at the three-eighths, clear the leading Barry Hanover (Dave McNeight III) by the three-quarters and then pull away to an easy 2-¼ length win in 1:53.3. Down On My Luck ($3.10) is having a career year for owner Robert Woodburn, now with eight wins and $47,867 in earnings. Patrick Shepherd trains the winner.

What’s Goin On

In the second division, What’s Goin On (John Cummings Jr.) sat second behind the pace-setting Rise Up Now (Shawn McDonough) from the start until the top of the stretch where he found room on the pylons and shot through like a rocket to out-pace four other fast finishers and win by one-half length in 1:54.4. What’s Going On ($8.70) now also has eight wins this year and $65,821 earned for owners Marissa and Joe Russo. David Russo does the conditioning.

Drew Monti scored a driving triple to lead all drivers on Saturday while John Cumming Jr. and Renaldo Morales III scored two wins apiece. Trainer Patrick Shepherd also sent three horses to the Purple Haze Winner’s Circle while James Clouser Jr. and Joe Skowyra each watched two of their stable win during the night

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs with the final matinee card of the year on Monday (Oct. 14) with the annual Columbus Day special. Post time for the first race is 1:15 p.m.

BATAVIA REPUBLICANS TO HOST MEET YOUR COUNCILPERSON AT RICHMOND MEMORIAL LIBRARY ON OCTOBER 24TH

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The City of Batavia Republican Committee is sponsoring a Meet with your Republican Ward Councilpersons for our City residents. The meeting will take place at the Richmond Memorial Library in the downstairs Wilbur Room on Thursday October 24th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. All City residents are invited to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to listen to and discuss your concerns and comments.

Attendees will include Councilperson Paul Viele (Ward 1), Councilperson Patti Pacino (Ward 2), Councilperson John Canale (Ward 3), Councilperson Al McGinnis (Ward 4) and Councilperson Kathy Briggs (Ward 5).

Please take advantage of this opportunity to meet and have a conversation with your local representatives.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Soccer

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JOHNSTOWN, NY… The no.7 Genesee Community College Cougars earned their 12th win of the season and their second consecutive road victory as they defeated the Fulton-Montgomery Community College Raiders 6-1 Saturday afternoon.

The Cougars had six different goal scorers in their NJCAA Region III contest against the host Raiders. Ryan Curtis, Robert Keogh, James Lighton, Hiago Barros de Souza, Ollie Ardle, and Futa Kubo all found the back of the net. Ed Port had a game-high three assists.

Marcus Kenline and Adam Willig split time in net for the Blue and Gold.

Genesee (12-3) returns home for their regular season home finale on Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30pm against WNYAC foe Mercyhurst Northeast.

$6,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 Saturday at Batavia

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By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — On Saturday (Oct. 12) the Pick-5 pool at Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel will be guaranteed at $6,000. 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://www.trackmaster.com/freeContent/usta/freeContentFiles/hpl/btv1012x.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 Monday program.

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

Morning News Briefing

35 year old Nathan Falsone of East Main Street in the City is behind bars after investigation into a violated protection order and a domestic incident.
Falsone was taken into custody on a count of Criminal Contempt late Wednesday morning after allegedly violating an order of protection at a Maple Street address in Batavia.
Falsone was additionally charged with Criminal Mischief and Unlawful Imprisonment stemming from an alleged domestic incident at an East Main Street apartment that occurred earlier that morning.
He was committed in lieu of bail to the Genesee County Jail and is scheduled to reappear on October 24th in Batavia City Court.

City Police net two drunk drivers over the Columbus Day weekend.
Following a personal injury motor vehicle accident just after midnight Friday on East Main Street Police apprehended 21 year old Tessa Engel of Wade Ave Batavia.
She is facing counts of DWI and Refusing to submit to a roadside breath test along with traffic violations for speeding and moving from a lane unsafely.
Before she was released to family members Engel was issued an appearance ticket for October 30th in City Court.
34 year old Lemar Leach of North Spruce Street in the City was also arrested on East Main Street following an incident at a local business early Sunday Morning.
He was charged with DWI for having a BAC over .08 percent and was issued an appearance ticket for City Court on October 30th.

Flu season is underway, and doctors are urging New Yorkers to get vaccinated.
Health experts say this season could be a tough one based on trends from around the world.
It takes about two weeks for flu shots to be effective, so the sooner you get one, the better.
The Centers for Disease Control says this year’s vaccine is set to protect against three or four influenza viruses that are most likely to spread.
The state will release its first weekly influenza surveillance report of the season Thursday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling for a vote this week on President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.
The New York Democrat said yesterday he believes Mister Trump’s decision could put the United States at risk of a terror attack.
Schumer says his proposed resolution would be bipartisan and have a plan to beat ISIS.
The president said he decided to withdraw the troops because it’s time to get the United States out of endless wars.

The first place Buffalo Sabres will look to keep their winning ways going today.
They’ll be hosting the Dallas Stars this afternoon at KeyBank Center.
The Sabres are coming off a shootout win over the Florida Panthers Friday and have won four of their first five games.
Face off for today’s game is set for 3 p.m.

Batavia City School Board President Endorses in City Court Election.

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Burke stated, “I do not take this endorsement lightly. There is something to be said about community, why we live where we live, and how as citizens we serve in that special place. That is why I’m endorsing Ben Bonarigo for City Court Judge. What is needed in our City Court is a judge that has decades of caring and public service. Additionally, Ben has the legal expertise and knowledge that is required to make sound and fair judgments from the bench. There is no one who has more experience, more public service or more compassion for his community than Ben. Our community deserves the best and Ben is truly exemplary of the qualities needed for this position.”
Burke is currently serving his 13th year as School Board President. He is also the Executive Director of 56 Harvester, the local non-profit theater organization.

“I truly appreciate Mr. Burke’s endorsement” stated Bonarigo. “He is well known and respected as a champion for the education of our children in this community, and deeply cares about their future. We all need to do the best we can to serve our children and families for the future of Batavia.”

Weekend News Briefing

The Batavia Police Department and Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has been outfitted with an armored vehicle by the US Government.
The vehicle was procured through the federal 1033 program which allows for departments across the nation to receive surplus military vehicles, for free, to use in special operations.
The MRAP vehicle which stands for Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected was designed to withstand improvised explosive devices and ambush attacks.
The vehicle will be utilized in responding to potentially dangerous situations that in the past required a swat or emergency response vehicle from another county to respond.
Chief Deputy Brian Frieday said it will also be useful in rescue scenarios…

The retrofitting process to make the vehicle suitable for law enforcement use has been estimated to cost approximately $15,000.

Three busted for drugs following a traffic stop in Byron.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies took three Rochester residents into custody after they were subjected to a traffic stop on Route 33 in Byron Thursday morning.
Deputies allegedly found 47 bags of fentanyl inside the vehicle during the stop along with a large amount of drug packaging materials.
32 year old Marvelous Williams of Greece, 23 year old Chance Barnwell-McClary of Rochester and 30 year old Raquel Chin also of Rochester were all arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia.
After being arraigned in Byron Town Court all three were remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of bail.

An Oakfield woman arrested for fraudulently taking benefits.
28 year old Megan Ranlett of Gibson Street in Oakfield is facing counts of Forgery, Offering a False Instrument for Filing and Petit Larceny.
She is accused of filing false information on an application for Social Service Benefits which she received based on that information.
She is expected back in Batavia Town Court on November 7th.

City wide leaf collection will begin October 21st and will continue until November 22nd.
Residents on Clinton, Oak, Main, Pearl and Walnut Street along with Richmond Ave may rake leaves to the parkway, but do not place them in the street.
If your street has a route number, please keep leaves out of the roadway and all others are asked to rake leaves close to the curb line.
Any resident with leaves can also bring them to the yard waste station until it closes for the season on December 14th.

New York State Police are conducting special traffic enforcement efforts for this Columbus Day Weekend to crack down on speeding and impaired motorists.
The Columbus Day campaign began on Friday, October 11th and will run through Monday, the 14th.
Troopers expect increased traffic volume during this weekend due to the holiday weekend and fall tourism, which poses additional risks on roadways state wide.

The Batavia Police Department and Genesee County Sheriff’s Office Receive New Rescue Vehicle

 

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The Batavia Police Department and Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has received an armored rescue vehicle from the US Government’s 1033 program. The program allows for departments across the nation to receive surplus military vehicles, for free, to use in special operations. The vehicle received is called an MRAP which stands for Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected. The vehicle was designed to withstand improvised explosive devices and ambush attacks. Due to its larger size, heavy weight, and big tires, it is also a perfect vehicle to use during flood situations and natural disasters. The departments will take possession of the vehicle today and will begin retrofitting it with the necessary equipment to include paint, decals, lights/sirens, seating and communications to make it suitable for law enforcement use. The departments plan to use the vehicle for a multitude of duties to include, rescue operations during floods or natural disasters and high-risk law enforcement activities such as active threats/warrant executions, throughout the county. This new addition will allow the departments to provide better protection to citizens in natural disaster situations and also protect officers who are involved in higher risk law enforcement activities. The Batavia Police Department and Genesee County Sheriff’s Office are proud to have this vehicle which better prepares the City of Batavia and Genesee County for any threat, both natural and man-made.

Bureau of Maintenance: City wide leaf collection

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City wide leaf collection will begin October 21, 2019 and will continue until November 22, 2019.

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

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

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

Any resident with leaves can also bring them to the yard waste station until it closes for the season on December 14, 2019. Beginning November 4, the Yard Waste Station hours will be adjusted to 11AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday. The Yard Waste Station is closed on Thursday, November 28, for Thanksgiving.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT LEAF COLLECTION:

  • Leaf piles must be clear of sticks and other debris.
  • Leaf piles must be clear of all animal waste – if animal waste is found in the piles, they will not be picked up
  • Grass clippings, Flower potting’s, Branches, Pumpkins cannot be picked up and residents may bring those items to the Yard Waste Station on Law Street (which will be open through December 14, 2019)
  • Leaves should not block traffic.
  • Leaves should not be piled near intersection corners. This causes sight issues for motorists/bicyclists/pedestrians.
  • Keep leaf piles clear of drainage ways and catch basins. Blocked drainage leads to localized flooding.
  • Leaves should not be piled around mailboxes, power poles, fences, fire hydrants or other obstacles.
  • Do not park on leaf piles. The heat from a vehicle exhaust system could start a fire.
  • Do not wait to get your leaves out. We will normally collect leaves twice within the month of leaf collection.
  • If it is snowing, we plow first. If it continues to snow, then leaf operations will be suspended.
  • There is no leaf pickup in the spring.

Morning News Briefing

Two Orleans County residents were killed in a crash on Route 104 in Gaines after hitting a deer and driving into a creek according to authorities.
Orleans County deputies received the report of a motor vehicle accident with injury at 6:49 yesterday evening.
According to investigators, 21 year old Brooke Allen of Lyndonville was driving a 2000 Nissan Sedan down Route 104 in Gaines when her vehicle struck the animal.
The impact sent the vehicle across both lanes of traffic, over a guardrail, down an embankment and into a creek.
First responders arrived to find the overturned vehicle submerged in 5 to 6 feet of water.
Both Allen and her passenger, 20 year old Richard Forder of Albion, were pronounced deceased at the scene.
Investigation into the crash continues.

Three busted for drugs following a traffic stop in Byron.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies took three Rochester residents into custody after they were subjected to a traffic stop on Route 33 in Byron yesterday morning.
Deputies allegedly found 47 bags of Fentanyl inside the vehicle during the stop along with a large amount of drug packaging materials.
32 year old Marvelous Williams of Greece, 23 year old Chance Barnwell-McClary of Rochester and 30 year old Raquel Chin also of Rochester were all arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia.
After being arraigned in Byron Town Court all three were remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of bail.

Two Buell Street residents are behind bars after being stopped for an alleged traffic violation on North Spruce Street in the city.
54 year old David Vega was found to have 33 suspensions and revocations after being stopped by City Police Tuesday night for having an unsecured front plate.
His passenger, 28 year old Jennifer Hogan also of Buell Street, was allegedly in possession of drug paraphernalia, Marijuana and an open container of alcohol.
Vega is facing a count of first degree Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and Hogan is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia, Having an Open Container and Unlawful Pot Possession.
Both were committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail a piece.

The Buffalo Sabres are off to their best start in years, and they’ll look to keep the momentum going tonight.
They’ll be hosting the Florida Panthers at KeyBank Center.
The Sabres are coming off an overtime victory over the Montreal Canadians Wednesday and have won three of their first four games.
Face-off for tonight’s game is set for 7 p.m.

Buell Street pair jailed after being stopped driving on 33 suspensions with drugs

Two Buell Street residents are behind bars after being stopped for an alleged traffic violation on North Spruce Street in the city.
City Police stopped 54 year old David Vega Tuesday night for having an unsecured front plate and a brief roadside investigation Officer’s discovered that Vega was driving on a suspended and revoked license.
He reportedly had 33 suspensions and revocations of which 30 were on 20 separate dates.
28 year old Jennifer Hogan also of Buell Street was a passenger in the vehicle and was allegedly in possession of drug paraphernalia, Marijuana and an open container of Corona beer.
Vega was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the first degree while Hogan was hit with counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia, Open Container and Unlawful Pot Possession.
Both were committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail a piece.

Morning News Briefing

Plans to build a new $65 million jail facility have been put on hold following the latest meeting of the Genesee County Legislature.
Local lawmakers agreed to hold off on plans until Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs sales tax agreement legislation that is necessary for the county to fund a new facility.
The county and city came to a 40-year sales tax agreement that will generate the revenue to pay back loans that are needed for construction.
Speaking with our news partner The Batavian, Chairman Robert Bausch said that piece of legislation is waiting for the Governor to request it…

The entire process of approving a sales tax agreement would need to start from the beginning next year if the bill isn’t approved before December 31st.
Bausch said most of the planning phase has been completed and they are ready to move if the legislation is passed.
He is drafting a letter to the corrections commissioners informing them of the bind the county is in and asking if they can intervene with the governor’s office.
For more on the story check the video and article by our news partner The Batavian.

City School’s go on a temporary lock-out as a Batavia man is apprehended for strong-arm robbery.
The Batavia Police Department was informed of a strong-arm robbery at the Days Inn hotel on Oak St. late Sunday night.
44 year old Thomas Moynihan of State Street in the city was the prime suspect according to Batavia Police and he allegedly entered the hotel, demanded money from the front desk clerk and as Moynihan fled, he fought with the clerk.
The clerk was uninjured and Moynihan made off with less than $500.
He was spotted on Monday near the Batavia High School campus and as a precaution, the school was placed in lock-out, not allowing anyone in or out of the building until Moynihan was safely in custody.
He is facing counts of Robbery, Burglary and Harassment.

The Health Departments of Genesee and Orleans County have been awarded a grant for lead-hazard abatement in older homes.
Now Health Department Director Paul Petit is waiting on guidelines from the federal government on the $1.3 million grant.

The grants will be available to both homeowners and landlords of residences built prior to 1978.

New York State is taking the International Joint Commission to court.
State officials claim the agency didn’t do enough to regulate water levels on Lake Ontario this year.
As a result, folks living along the shoreline had to deal with severe flooding that caused extensive damage.
The lawsuit is asking for compensation for cleanup after the waters receded.
As a reminder, those affected by flooding can still apply for financial assistance through the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Flood Relief and Recovery program until October 31st.

The hot start to the season by the Buffalo Sabres continues, thanks to some overtime heroics.
Marcus Johansson scored a minute and 30 seconds into OT as the Sabres beat the Montreal Canadiens five-to-four at KeyBank Center last night.
Jack Eichel also had a pair of goals for the Sabres, who have won three of their first four contests.
They’ll be back on home ice tomorrow night to take on the Florida Panthers.

Evening News Briefing

The arrest of 44 year old Thomas Moynihan on Monday created a lock-out at Batavia High School.
Moynihan was a suspect in the Sunday night strong arm robbery of the Batavia Days Inn.
Batavia Police tell WBTA that Moynihan entered the hotel and demanded money from the front desk clerk. As Moynihan fled, he fought with the clerk.
Police said Moynihan got away with less than 500-dollars.
Moynihan was spotted on Monday near BHS and as a precaution, the school was placed in lock-out, not allowing anyone in or out of the building until Moynihan was safely in custody.
He has been charged with robbery and burglary.

 

Governor Cuomo is calling for the federal government to step up and take action on the nationwide vaping crisis. The governor made the request after announcing a 17-year-old from New York City is the first Empire State resident to die of a vaping-related illness.

 

Paul Petit

 

The Health Departments of Genesee and Orleans County have been awarded a grant for lead-hazard abatement in older homes.
Now Health Department Director Paul Petit is waiting on guidelines from the federal government on the $1.3 million grant.

The grants will be available to both homeowners and landlords of residences built prior to 1978.

A suspected heroin overdose death in Perry has resulted in two arrests.
36 year old Kristofer Hubbard of Silver Springs, and 34 year old Dustin Hernandez of Castile have been arrested in the case.
Hubbard is accused of setting up a drug deal through another dealer and lying about it to police. Hernandez is facing charges of Tampering with Physical Evidence and Hindering Prosecution.
Both are being held in the Wyoming County Jail.

October is Women’s Small Business Month

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Join the Mancuso Business Development Group as we celebrate some of our Women in Small Business on Wednesday, October 30 at Moon Java Cafe.
The evening will feature Kathy Ferrara from Batavia’s Original, Alecia Kaus from Video News Service, and Rachel Warren from Woodrow Grooming.
Come learn about the experience of these women as they each took their small business from concept to reality, and maybe find out how you, too, might become a successful woman in small business.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 5:30 pm at Moon Java Café, 56 Harvester Ave., Batavia, NY
RSVP to Bev Mancuso or 585-343-2800 by Oct 29.

Make a Difference Day for BHS Seniors

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Batavia High School seniors will participate in the annual Make a Difference Day community service project in various non-profit agencies throughout the community. Participating agencies include: All Babies Cherished, Arc of Genesee Orleans Rainbow Preschool, Batavia Agri-Business Child Development, Batavia Housing Authority, Batavia Peace Garden, City of Batavia Youth Bureau, Crossroads House, Genesee County Parks, Genesee County Youth Bureau, Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council, Habitat for Humanity, Holland Land Office Museum, NYS Veterans’ Home, Premier Genesee, Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, United Memorial Medical Center, VA WNY Healthcare System of Batavia, YMCA, YWCA Children’s Center, YWCA of Genesee County.
Batavia City Schools is dedicated to helping their over 140 seniors learn and develop the importance of giving back to their own community while helping to foster civic responsibility. This is an integral part of their Batavia High School academic curriculum, and is a component of their graduation requirements.

“An Evening of Elegance” at Encore 2019

Encore co-chairs Mary Blevins (seated) and Jenna Holota

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BATAVIA, NY (10/08/2019) As the fall season gets underway with brisk temperatures, mark your calendars for Genesee Community College Foundation’s 2019 Encore celebration, “An Evening of Elegance” co-chaired this year by Mary Blevins and Jenna Holota.

Join the entire GCC community for dinner, drinks, dancing and a holiday concert by “Nik and the Nice Guys” on Saturday, December 7, 2019 in the Richard C. Call Arena at GCC’s Batavia Campus. Tickets are on sale now at www.genesee.edu/home/foundation/events/encore/.

Since its inception, the Encore Gala has provided an opportunity for the local community to raise funds for student scholarships. In 2018, the Foundation awarded over $145,000 in scholarships. As the world and economic factors change, the need for scholarships grows – and so does Encore!

Blevins has lived and worked in Batavia for 28 years while she raised her sons John and Matthew. In addition to being the branch manager at ESL Federal Credit Union in Batavia, Blevins is the chairman of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

“I’ve always believed in the work GCC does,” Blevins said. “I was so honored when Rick Ensman contacted me to chair this event. I’m excited to bring together new elements and admired traditions to through music, dining, dancing, networking, and friendship all wrapped up in “An Evening of Elegance” at Encore 2019. I hope everyone will come out to enjoy it and to support the scholarships that change lives for so many students.”

Holota, grew up in Batavia and is now raising her three-year old daughter, Mckenzie, in her hometown. As the assistant branch manager at ESL, Holota enjoys helping the credit union members through every financial situation they encounter.

“When Mary asked me to co-chair this event with her, I was both proud and honored. I’ve enjoyed attending the event in the past,” Holota said. “Knowing that I will be contributing to a scholarship program for GCC students makes it extra rewarding.

Each year, GCC offers opportunities to sponsor the Encore event. These sponsorships are critically important to the scholarships GCC provides its students and are available at several levels this year: the Holiday Chord Circle – $1,000; the Golden Guitar Society – $600 and the Inner Circle – $300. Each of these levels includes tickets (six, four or two respectively) for the event.

To become “An Evening of Elegance” sponsor, please complete the online forms at www.genesee.edu/home/foundation/events/encore/ or contact the Foundation Office at (585) 345-6809, or foundation@genesee.edu today.

HAWLEY LAUDS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, EARLY DETECTION TO SAVE LIVES

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In honor of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is calling on individuals to embrace education and early detection as primary mechanisms to fight the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the second-most common cancer among women in the U.S. and at the top of new cancer cases reported in New York in 2016.

“As we all come together to emphasize our constant fight against breast cancer this month, it is critical to impart on the public that early detection is the key to beating this disease,” Hawley said. “There are countless state and local programs, support groups and resources available to the public including through the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR) as well as a free screening program that is part of state law to cover ineligible or uninsured women.”

For more information on the state program or to find a screening location, click here.

On October 23, BCCR will host its annual “Lives Touched, Lives Celebrated” event which pays tribute to all the women and men who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and includes a candlelight walk, music and poetry. For more information, visit https://bccr.org/lives-touched-lives-celebrated/.

Independent Living and four partners bring Universal Design expert to Batavia

Press Release:

Independent Living of the Genesee Region (ILGR) and governmental and community organizations are sponsoring a seminar on Universal Design and Aging in Place. The focus is designing communities which meet citizens’ needs and behaviors across the lifespan and the ability span. This is achieved by building places which are both functional and attractive for those with and without disabilities.

We are bringing a nationally recognized expert on the topic, Esther Greenhouse from Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, to speak on “Creating Thriving Communities: from Vision to Reality”.

Her workshop for professionals and community members will be presented on Wednesday October 23, 2019 at Genesee Community College, Conable Building, Room T102, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020. Registration begins at 7:30 AM, with the lecture from 8:00 to 11:30 AM. Refreshments will be provided. The cost is $25.00 per person. Pre-registration is appreciated, not required.

An environmental gerontologist, a designer, and a built environment strategist, Ms. Greenhouse will deliver an engaging and informative presentation on design, planning, aging services, government policy, housing & development. A breakout session follows, where attendees will explore applying the Enabling Design Approach to benefit the community. Afterwards, they will have a powerful perspective as well as resources to apply to development projects, to address policy barriers and levers, and to apply for funding. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available at this event for select associations.

The sponsors of the event include: Genesee County Office for the Aging; Wyoming County Office for the Aging; Independent Living of the Genesee Region, New York State’s long-term-care program NY Connects; and PathStone, a not-for-profit community development and human service organization.

To get more information or to register, please contact: Rae Frank at (585) 815-8501, ext. 406 or email rfrank@wnyil.org.

BACKGROUND

Did you know that the design of your community’s housing and infrastructure creates unnecessary challenges for you, your family, your fellow citizens and your community? ILGR celebrated the 29th Anniversary of the monumental Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 in July, which barred discrimination against individuals with impairments in a variety of situations. However, the vast majority of the infrastructure in our nation, public and private, was constructed before 1990, when many stairs, fairly narrow doorways, round doorknobs, cramped bathrooms and poor public transportation were typical, and few other than healthcare facilities had made accessibility a serious consideration. With the “Baby Boom” generation – about 78.3 million of them — aging out at an accelerated rate, and the youngest of them now entering their late fifties, there is a need for much greater accommodations.

Offices for the Aging nationwide have strived for decades to provide services and supports which encourage community living, allowing older adults to remain in the homes of their choice for as long as possible, as independently as possible. Genesee County’s recent countywide comprehensive housing needs assessment clearly indicated a need for more accessible housing. Genesee and Wyoming County Offices for the Aging are proud to be a part of this collaborative effort.

Did you know that you have the power to change this for the better? Join us at this workshop to learn how to use design to decrease dependence on services and enable people of all ages to thrive.

Esther Greenhouse has contributed to the PBS series “Design for a Lifetime”, is a lecturer in Cornell University’s Department of Environmental Analysis and an industry fellow in the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures. More is available at her website, www.esthergreenhouse.com.

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

Byron-Bergen senior commended in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program

Siomara Caballero Photo credit: Gretchen Spittler

Press Release:

Bergen, NY – Byron-Bergen High School Principal, Pat McGee, has officially announced that Siomara Caballero has been named a Commended Student in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Caballero received a Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, along with a personal congratulations from Principal McGee.

“Siomara is an exceptional student,” said McGee. “Placing in the top 3% out of 1.5 million students is an amazing accomplishment and a reflection of her hard work and dedication. We are all very proud of her.”

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

In addition to being named a Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program, Caballero was recognized by the College Board as a National Hispanic Scholar, which means that she scored within the top 2% of all Hispanic students in the nation on the PSAT.

Outside of the classroom, Caballero is a member of the Math League, Cross-Country team, Track and Field team, Varsity Basketball team, PageTurners, National Honor Society, and Spanish Club.

“I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do after graduation, but I’m definitely going to college to study math or physics,” said Caballero. “Thanks to all my teachers and family for helping me in my academic pursuits.”

City of Batavia: Water Service Interruption

Press Release:

The City of Batavia Water Dept. is on location of a water main break at the Intersection of Ellicott St. and Clifton Ave. Clifton Ave. will be closed to through traffic. Water may be interrupted on Clifton, James, Williams, Ellicott St between Otis and Clifton, Harvester Ave from Ellicott Pl. to Ellicott St. Please do not attempt to do laundry as water may be discolored due to work being done.

Bill Davis
Superintendent Water/Wastewater

BPD: Arrest Made in Hotel Robbery

BPD News Release

Thomas Moynihan

On 10/06/2019 at approximately 11:30 PM, the Batavia Police Department was informed of a strong-arm robbery which had just occurred at the Days Inn hotel on Oak St. Officers responded and were informed the suspect had fought with the clerk while trying to get away. The clerk was not injured. The suspect was able to flee after taking less than $500.00 from the business. A suspect was quickly developed through the investigation, but attempts to locate him at the time were unsuccessful.

Thomas P. Moynihan, age 44, of State Street, Batavia, NY was arrested, without incident, on 10/07/2019 after being spotted near the Batavia High School. The surrounding schools were placed in a temporary lockout status (no one in or out of the building) as a precaution until Moynihan was in custody. Moynihan was charged with PL 140.20 – Burglary 3rd, PL 160.05 – Robbery 3rd, PL 155.25 – Petit Larceny and PL 240.26-1 – Harassment 2nd. Moynihan was arraigned in Batavia City Court before Judge Balbick on 10/08/2019 at 9:30 AM.

Morning News Briefing

Albion resident, 33 year old Andrew Campbell is facing serious prison time after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.
In federal court yesterday Campbell admitted to possessing images and videos of child porn after the disturbing material was found on several of his electronic devices by forensic investigators.
A former housemate of Campbell contacted the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office after discovering a disturbing video on a desktop computer that belonged to the defendant back in June of 2018.
Campbell left the computer and other devices at the residence that were later turn over to lawmen after he was made to vacate the residence by the witness.
Investigators searched a desktop computer, a laptop and hard drive discovering more than 65 image files and 20 videos containing child pornography.
Campbell is scheduled to be sentenced in January where he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison along with a $250,000 fine.

Two behind bars following investigation into an overdose death in Perry.
Investigation into a suspected heroin overdose death in the Town of Perry in September has landed both 36 year old Kristofer Hubbard of Silver Springs, and 34 year old Dustin Hernandez of Castile in the Wyoming County Jail.
Hubbard is charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and Hindering Prosecution for allegedly setting up a drug deal for another dealer and lying to investigators about it.
Hubbard is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Hernandez is facing charges of Tampering with Physical Evidence and Hindering Prosecution and was committed to jail in lieu of $15,000 dollars bail.

New York’s first vaping related death causes Cuomo to call for the federal government to step up and take action on the vaping crisis.
The governor made the request yesterday after announcing a 17 year old from New York City is the first Empire State resident to die of a vaping-related illness.
Last month, the governor called for a ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, but that’s on hold pending an October 18th court hearing.
The vaping industry says the illnesses are connected to illegal products and they’re being unfairly punished.

There’s still an increased police presence around New York synagogues today.
Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, began last night and continues until sundown.
Governor Cuomo requested tighter security around places of worship due to a growing number of anti-Semitic crimes.
Anyone who sees anything suspicious is asked to call police immediately.

The Historic Batavia Cemetery Candlelight Ghost walk on October 26th is a sellout.
People may still call 943-5662 and leave their name and phone number if they wish to be placed on a cancellation list.

Evening News Briefing

Chris Collins

Former Republican Congressman Chris Collins is looking for help in getting a lenient sentence. The Buffalo News reports he’s sent an e-mail to friends and associates, asking them to reach out to the judge handling his federal insider trading case. In the e-mail, Collins said it’s important for the judge to get letters highlighting his years of public service and accomplishments. Collins, who represented the 27th District, is facing up to 57 months in prison when he’s sentenced in January.

A suspected assault at a Darien Lake rap concert.
20 year old Lauren Smith of Lockport was arrested on Sunday for assault. Her alleged victim claimed she was punched by Smith at the September 15th concert breaking her law.
Smith was charged with second degree assault and released with a court appearance ticket.

An Elba man arrested for choking and assault.
State Police report the arrest of 37 year old Franklin Cook following a domestic dispute in Elba Sunday night.
Cook was accused of choking an individual and was charged with two counts of Assault and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing.
He was ultimately released on his own recognizance.

October 11th is the last day to register in person at the Genesee County Board of Elections for the General Election on November 5th.
Mail registration forms must be postmarked by October 11th and received at Board of Elections no later than October 16th.

A new poll shows a majority of Empire State residents support a push to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.
Sixty-one-percent of people surveyed by Siena College are behind that idea, while 52-percent of folks support banning all e-cigarette products.
Officials were supposed to begin enforcing a ban on flavored e-cigarette sales last week, but that’s on hold pending a court hearing October 18th

The Historic Batavia Cemetery Candlelight Ghost walk on October 26th is a sellout. People may still call 943-5662 and leave their name and phone number if they wish to be placed on a cancellation list.

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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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