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GCC Athletics Update: Genesee Baseball

Genesee baseball players showing a camp attendee the fundamentals of bunting

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Genesee Baseball Hosts Upcoming Skills Camps

BATAVIA, NY… Genesee Cougars baseball will be hosting two skills camps coming up on Saturday, February 23 and March 2 on the Batavia campus of Genesee Community College. The camps will take place inside the Richard C. Call Arena from 11am-2pm.

The cost for the upcoming skills camps is $80 for both sessions. Each camper will receive an official Genesee Community College Cougars Baseball hat. The camp will cover skills development from every area of the game and will give each camper an idea of what it’s like to play college baseball. The camp is for ages 8-18 and will match campers up with skill development depending on players ability.

If anyone is interested in saving a spot for the two upcoming camps offered by Genesee baseball, email Head Coach Skip Sherman at ssherman@genesee.edu.
This past weekend, Genesee baseball hosted the US Baseball Academy at the Richard C Call Arena. The camp saw over 160 young, future baseball stars participate. The camp involved players from throughout the Genesee community aged 8-18 and at all different levels.

“We have enjoyed working with US Baseball Academy for several years now and it is great to see the camp grow each year”, comments Genesee Head Coach Skip Sherman. “Our players enjoy working with the young players and they do a great job improving their fundamentals and improving their skills”.
The 2019 Cougars baseball team is waiting to being their NJCAA baseball season. The home opener will be on Tuesday, April 2 vs Corning Community College at 2pm. The season gets underway with their spring training trip to Florida March 6-11. The complete Cougars schedule is available online at www.geneseeathletics.com.

GCC Athletics Update: Genesee Athletes of the Week

Ferran Martinez (L) and Libby Richardson (R) named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the Week of February 18 – Genesee Athletics

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Martinez and Richardson named Genesee Athletes of the Week

Swimmers Ferran Martinez and Libby Richardson were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the week of February 18.

Ferran Martinez was the co-male swimmer of the meet during this past weekend’s NJCAA Region 3/Northeast District Championships. Martinez won the 400 IM, 200 IM, 200 Fly, and was on the relay team that won the 400 relay. The men’s team were the Region 3 runner ups at the Championship meet.

Elizabeth Richardson won the 200IM and placed third in the 200 Free during this past weekend’s NJCAA Region 3/Northeast District Championships hosted at Monroe Community College. Richardson also finished third in the 200 Backstroke. The women’s team finished fifth in the Region 3 Championship meet. This is the third time that Libby has earned Female Athlete of the Week honors.

The swimming and diving team will now start to prepare for the NJCAA Swimming and Diving National Championships March 6-9 in Buffalo, NY. The National Championships will take place inside the Burt Flickinger Center in Downtown Buffalo.

Social Issues Anthology on Stage at GCC

The cast during rehearsals, courtesy of Genesee Community College

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What: Social Issues Anthology on Stage at GCC

When: Thursday, March 7, Friday, March 8, Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday Matinee, March 10, 2019 at 2 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College, Stuart Steiner Theatre ~ Batavia Campus, One College Road, Batavia NY 1420

Who: All are invited and welcome!

Background:

The Forum Players of Genesee Community College will perform “Encounters: A Social Issues Anthology” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, Friday, March 8, Saturday, March 9, 2019 and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on March 10, 2019. This anthology, directed by Norman R. Gayford, professor of English, is a collection of five short pieces, with poetry interludes, that use stories to explore a variety of issues facing society today.

1. The Unspoken 200, written by Ehinomen Okojie of Winston-Salem, NC, attempts to reverse the desensitization that results from using hashtags to summarize tragedies, while telling the story of the 2014 kidnapping of 276 female students their school in Nigeria.
2. Save the Date, written by Caity-Shea Violette of Boston, MA, shows the play’s main character, Andrea, just hours before her wedding, meeting her estranged lover in a park. In a tug-of-war between passion and timing, they explore the expiration date of “the one that got away.”
3. Sister, written by Kita Mehaffy of Santa Fe, NM, tells the story of Andréa, down on her luck, who sees Alex in the park early one Sunday morning. Looking for signs of humanity in a woman who had previously looked right through her, Andréa says “Sometimes being invisible wears on a girl.”
4. Summer Storms, written by Jaisey Bates of Los Angeles, CA, was inspired by two phrases: “they were dancing” and “I had a dream, but now I’m woke.” These words, created in the wake of the tragedies that took place during the summer of 2016 “support mutual healing, strengthened community and positive change,” Bates said.
5. Boulder Holder, written and performed by Crystal Jackson of Pacific Grove, CA, is a powerful one-minute scene about violence in schools.

Encounters will also be performed at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2019 for students at GCC’s Batavia campus.

Tickets for these shows in the Stuart Steiner Theatre are $8 for adults, and $5 for seniors (55+) and students (16+) and GCC faculty/ staff. GCC students with ID are $3, and GCC alumni with ID will receive a $2 discount on an adult ticket. To reserve seats, contact the GCC box office at boxoffice@genesee.edu or (585) 345-6814.

City Democrats endorse Bonarigo for City Court Judge

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City of Batavia Democrats announce the endorsement of Benjamin Bonarigo Sr. for full-time City Court Judge

The City of Batavia Democratic Committee voted unanimously to endorse Benjamin Bonarigo Sr. for full-time City Court Judge at their endorsement meeting on February 5th.

Of the endorsement, Chair of the City of Batavia Democratic Committee, Erica O’Donnell said, “Mr. Bonarigo’s resume speaks for itself. He is beyond qualified for this position, but beyond that he exhibits a deep commitment to service in our community.”

Mr. Bonarigo said: “ I am truly honored to have received the support of the City of Batavia Democratic Party and I promise to work hard, just as I have done everyday for the past 36 years of my legal career, to earn the trust and support of the voters in this election. I hope to live up to the faith the Democratic Party has shown in me and to make all voters proud to vote for me as the next Batavia City Court Judge. I pledge to be a fair and impartial jurist in every case, listening to the voice of every person that comes before me.”

Aside from establishing his own successful legal practice in the City of Batavia, Mr. Bonarigo has serve on many boards, committees, and volunteer organizations. He has been involved in youth football, Mock Trial, Literacy Genesee/Orleans, Notre Dame High School Foundation Board and Board of Trustees, The Holland Land Office Museum, Genesee Community College Board of Trustees, and The Twenty-Five Neediest Children’s Fund Inc.

O’Donnell goes on to say, “Ben is the perfect example of a public servant and I’m honored to support him. I’m in no way shocked that he received such a warm response from our committee.”

Morning News Briefing

Vernon Ave man jailed for burglary in Batavia.
City Police have arrested 54 year old Patrick Viscuso of Batavia on counts of Burglary and Criminal Contempt both in the second degree following ab incident on Evans Street.
Viscuso was accused of violating a court order of protection after illegally entering a protected person’s residence at around 9 o’clock last night.
He was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail and is expected to appear in Batavia City Court at a later date.

Two busted for shoplifting from stores on East Main Street in the city.
31 year old Melynda Gayhart of Hutchins Street was arrested and charged with Petit Larceny following investigation into a shoplifting complaint from the 7-Eleven on East Main Street.
She was accused of stealing beer from her employer and was subsequently released with an appearance ticket for City Court next Tuesday.
29 year old Justin Gladney Sr. of North Spruce Street was also arrested for Petit Larceny after he was accused of shoplifting at the Family Dollar on East Main.
Gladney was issued an appearance ticket for this afternoon in City Court.

City Democrats endorse Bonarigo for Batavia’s next full-time City Court Judge.
Benjamin Bonarigo Sr. has received the full endorsement of the City of Batavia Democratic Committee for full-time City Court Judge.
The Committee voted unanimously in favor oh him at their endorsement meeting on February 5th.
Bonarigo is vying for the City Justice position against part time City Court Judge Durin Rogers.
Rogers received the City’s Republican Committee endorsement two weeks ago.

A California man is accused of traveling to Rochester to pursue a young girl.
44 year old Gabriel Murillo thought he was talking to a 12 year old on a social media app, but was actually talking to an undercover state police investigator. Murillo flew to Rochester on Saturday and was arrested at the airport.
He’s being charged with sexual abuse and has a preliminary hearing this afternoon.

The Genesee County Economic Development Center has announced that the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership will receive the Economic Development Partner of the Year award at the agency’s annual business meeting on March 8th at Batavia Downs.
The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership serves more than 24,000 students in 22 school districts in Genesee, Livingston, Steuben and Wyoming counties.

As Amazon is cutting ties with New York City and New York state is in a two-billion-dollar tax revenue deficit, Governor Andrew Cuomo is blaming wealthy tax payers for migrating south to Florida.
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis says New York’s struggles show the Sunshine State’s model of low-taxes and a small state budget are working.
Patronis says Florida has about half the budget of New York despite having a slightly larger population.

GCC Athletics Update: Genesee Swimming and Diving at Region 3 Championships

Genesee Men’s Swim Team Region 3 Runner Ups (submitted photo)

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Genesee Has Two Top-Five Finishes at Region 3 Championships

ROCHESTER, NY… The Genesee Community College swimming and diving team competed at the 2019 NJCAA Region III/Northeast District Championships hosted at Monroe Community College. The men’s team finished in second place with 456 points and were named Most Improved of the meet. The women’s team finished in fifth place with 94 points. The accolades came in for Ferran Martinez who was co-male swimmer of the meet.

At the end of day one, the Genesee men lead Monroe Community College 151-147. The Genesee women are fourth with 35 points. The team of Brandon Brown, Carlitos Sanchez, Tyler Stachowiak, and Ryan Mahaneyplaced first in the 200 Free relay. Ferran Martinez won the 200 IM. Genesee men placed second in the 400 Medley relay. Elizabeth Richardson won the 200 IM to lead the Genesee women at the end of the first day.

Day two saw Tyler Stachowiak and Brandon Brown finished second and third in the 200 freestyle. Ferran Martinez won the 400 IM. The men’s team finished second in the 200 Medley relay. Carlitos Sanchez finished third in the 100 Backstroke. Genesee placed first in the 800 Free relay. Natalie Amico won the 100 Fly to lead the Genesee women. Libby Richardson finished third in the 200 free. Natalie Amico placed third in the 100 Backstroke. The Genesee men after day two were in second place and the women were fourth.

The third and final day of competition saw Ferran Martinez win the 200 Fly with teammate Ryan Mahaney placing in fourth. The team of Ferran Martinez, Tyler Stachowiak, Brandon Brown, and Carlitos Sanchez win the 400 Free relay. Carlitos Sanchez, Brandon Brown, and Tyler Stachowiak finished second through fourth respectively in the 100 Free. Ethan Heim and Brandon Cutter finished fourth and fifth in the 200 Breaststroke. Libby Richardson placed third in the 200 Backstroke. Ana Cerezer Pinto finished seventh in the 100 Free final.

Next up for the Cougars swimming and diving team is the NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Erie Community College in Buffalo, NY March 6-9. For more information, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com and follow on social media by using #cougarPRIDE.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Basketball vs Bryant & Stratton College (Buffalo)

Kevin Major (4) drives towards the hoop in game action vs the Bobcats (Lauren Hull/Genesee Athletics)

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Genesee Loses Non-Conference Game to Bobcats

BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team dropped a close game to the Bryant & Stratton College of Buffalo Bobcats 85-75 on Sunday afternoon inside the Anthony T Zambito Gymnasium. The Cougars record moves to 12-13 on the season with a 3-5 record in conference play.

Jarett Haines scored a team-high 17 points for the third consecutive game. Souleymane Gueye scored 16 points and collected eight rebounds. Jamir Cheek scored 13 points. Kevin Major scored 14 points including three three-point shots that were key in the Cougars late game charge. Javin Williams scored 12 points for the Cougars.

Genesee will try to end their four-game skid on Wednesday night as they return to conference action as the Jamestown Community College Jayhawks come to Batavia. Tip-Off is scheduled for 7:30pm and the game will be streamed live on www.geneseeathletics.com.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Basketball at Monroe CC

Cougars Drop Rematch with Tribunes

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ROCHESTER, NY… The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team has a series split with the Monroe Community College Tribunes as the Tribunes earned a 69-56 victory Saturday afternoon. The Cougars record moves to 12-12 on the season with a 3-5 record in conference play.

Jarett Haines scored a team-high 23 points for the second consecutive game. Brandon Speller scored eight points. Jamir Cheek scored six points and collected six rebounds to go with his team-high three assists. The Cougars cut the Tribunes lead to single digits late in the second half, but Monroe hit a big three-point shot to restore their double-digit lead and went on to score the win.

Genesee is back in action on Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm as they welcome the Bryant & Stratton College Bobcats from Buffalo to Batavia. The Cougars return to conference action on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm as they host the Jamestown Community College Jayhawks. Both games will be streamed live on www.geneseeathletics.com.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Basketball at Monroe

Cougars Drop Conference Game to Tribunes

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ROCHESTER, NY… The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team dropped to the reigning NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Champion Monroe Community College Tribunes 77-57 on Saturday afternoon. The loss puts the Cougars’ record to 16-9 on the season and 4-4 in conference play.

Erina Ishiguro led the Cougars in scoring with 12 points coming off the Genesee bench. TaLia Burgess scored 11 points. Molly Buck added 10 points. Grace McComb scored nine points and collected a team-high seven rebounds.

The Cougars was able to cut the Tribunes lead from 20 to 10 in the third quarter, outscoring the home team 21-11, but Monroe was able to put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Cougars 26-16 to earn the victory.

Genesee is back in action on Wednesday evening as they host the Jamestown Community College Jayhawks at 5:30pm. The game will be streamed live on www.geneseeathletics.com.

Morning News Briefing

Slow morning drive with Winter Weather advisory in effect
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for much of the Western New York region.
The Advisory remains in is effect until 1 p.m.
The Weather Service says periods of snow, along with some patchy freezing drizzle will lead to one to three inches of snow accumulation and ice accumulations of up to a few hundredths of an inch.
There is also a possibility of freezing drizzle through this afternoon and another storm system is expected to arrive on Wednesday.
Plan on slippery road conditions and extra travel time for the morning commute.

City Police bust a Hutchins Street man for Harassment involving a young child.
20 year old Luis Torres-Otero of Batavia was taken into custody following a domestic incident at a lower apartment on Hutchins Street earlier this month.
Torres-Otero was accused of striking a female in the face while she was holding a child and was charged with Harassment and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
He was released under supervision of Genesee Justice and is expected to return to City Court on Wednesday afternoon.

A Bank Street resident jailed for repeated violation of a court order.
66 year old Joseph Mazzarella Jr. of Batavia was initially arrested for Harassment and Criminal Contempt last Monday following an incident at a Bank Street apartment.
Mazzarella was accused of threatening a protected party violating a court order of protection and was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in Lieu of $2,000 bail.
Two days after being taken into custody, Mazzarella was again arrested and charged with criminal contempt after he allegedly contacted the protected party by phone.
He was issued appearance tickets returnable to Batavia City Court at a later date.

Van versus Farm Tractor accident in Byron remains under investigation.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a van versus farm tractor accident that occurred on North Bergen Road in Byron Friday night and ended with one man in the hospital.
The tractor operator Kip Keller of Byron and Richard White of Brockport who was driving the van were both treated for minor injuries while Paul Tuttle of Bergen a passenger in the van was flown via Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital.
At last report Tuttle was listed in critical condition.
The cause of the crash is still under a full investigation.

Three jailed for violating court orders in Batavia.
39 year old Lawrence Worsley of Ridge Road Albion, 22 year old Zackery Seely of Lyman Road Bergen and 19 year old Damian Cogovan of East Main Street Batavia were all arrested in separate incidents after allegedly having unwanted contact with protected persons.
All three were charged with Criminal Contempt and jailed in lieu of $1,000 bail a piece.

A reminder to residents about today’s federal holiday.
Federal, state and local government offices will be closed today in observance of Presidents Day.
That includes U.S. post offices, schools and libraries.
NFTA Metro will operate on a weekday schedule.

Collins Announces Application Period for (SAFER) Grant Program

Congressman Chris Collins Announces Application Period for the FY18 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program.

Press Release:

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced the application period for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program FY18. Administered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the SAFER Grant Program is designed to help local fire departments and Emergency Management Service (EMS) providers to increase or maintain the number of trained, “front line” firefighters available in their communities.

“The SAFER Grant Program provides funding assistance to our local fire departments and EMS providers in order to help recruit new members and ensure that current members are up to date on their training,” said Congressman Collins. “ I encourage all NY-27 fire departments and EMS providers to apply for this program.”

FEMA will begin accepting applications from eligible departments beginning from Friday, February 15, 2019 at 8:00 am EST and will close on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 5:00 pm EST.

Interested applicants with further questions or those seeking letters of support from Congressman Chris Collins are asked to call his Geneseo District Office at (585)-519-4002.

Weekend News Briefing

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a van versus farm tractor accident that occurred on North Bergen Road in Byron and ended with one man in the hospital.
Emergency dispatchers received the call shortly after 7 Friday night reporting a personal injury accident.
Deputies say that Kip Keller of Byron was headed eastbound in an older model John Deere tractor hauling a manure spreader while a 2015 Dodge van operated by Richard White of Brockport approached from behind.
The van reportedly struck the manure spreader from behind causing it to detach from the tractor and come to rest with the van.
Paul Tuttle of Bergen a passenger in the van was flown via Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital where he is listed in critical condition.
Both Keller and White were taken via ambulance for minor injuries.
The cause of the crash is still under a full investigation.

An unnamed teenager is the latest to be accused of local business burglaries according to City Police.
A 17 year old has been arrested as an accomplice in a series of business burglaries in Batavia.
The teenager has not been identified.
Police say he was arrested on a Grand Jury indictment accusing him of four counts of felony burglary.
The break-ins all occurred from January 4th through the 7th.
Most of the businesses were located on or near Ellicott Street.
Parolee Christopher Sprague had previously been arrested in connection with the same crimes.

Batavia Police are trying to locate a missing adult.
Her name is Jessica Deridder.
She was last seen a week ago after attending a meeting in Batavia.
Police say she may be in the company of Luis Ramos-Mercado.
If you have any information about Jessica you are asked to call Batavia Police.

There’s a new manager for the Batavia Muckdogs.
He is Jorge Hernandez, a 13 year coaching veteran for the Miami Marlins, the Muckdogs Parent club.
Hernandez is taking over for former manager Mike Jacobs who was promoted to manage the Clinton Iowa affiliate after 2 seasons in Batavia.

Payless ShoeSource will close all 21-hundred-stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico after its liquidation sales begin on Sunday.
The company made the announcement on Friday, becoming the biggest closing by a single chain this year.
A Payless spokesperson says the stores will most likely remain open until May.
The Kansas-based discount shoe retailer previously filed for bankruptcy protection in 2017 when they closed 673 stores.

Evening News Briefing

A 17 year old has been arrested as an accomplice in a series of business burglaries in Batavia.
The teenager has not been identified.
Police say he was arrested on a Grand Jury indictment accusing him of four counts of felony burglary.
The break-ins all occurred from January 4th through the 7th. Most of the businesses were located on or near Ellicott Street.
Parolee Christopher Sprague had previously been arrested in connection with the same crimes.

 

Jessica Deridder

Governor Cuomo is blaming members of the state Senate for Amazon’s decision to cancel a deal to build a headquarters in New York City. Opponents criticized the reported tax breaks the state would’ve given Amazon.
The facility was projected to bring at least 25,000 jobs to the region.

Batavia Police are trying to locate a missing adult.
Her name is Jessica Deridder.
She was last seen a week ago.
Police say she may be in the company of Luis Ramos-Mercado.
If you have any information about Jessica you are asked to call Batavia Police.

 

 

There’s a new manager for the Batavia Muckdogs.
He is Jorge Hernandez. a 13 year coaching veteran for the Miami Marlins, the Muckdogs Parent club.
Hernandez is taking over for former manager Mike Jacobs who was promoted to manage the Clinton Iowa affiliate after 2 seasons in Batavia.

There’s been another spike in flu cases across New York State. The State Health Department says nearly 86-hundred new cases were reported during the week ending February 9th.
That puts the total number of people treated for the flu this season at over 43,000.

Batavia Muckdogs name Hernandez as new manager for 2019

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The Batavia Muckdogs and Miami Marlins have announced that Jorge Hernandez has been named Manager of the Muckdogs for the 2019 season. The move comes after the promotion of Mike Jacobs to the Marlins Low-A affiliate in Clinton, Iowa after two seasons in Batavia.

Hernandez is entering his 13th year with the Marlins organization after spending the past five as Infield Coordinator. 2019 marks his fifth season managing within the Marlins system after spending four seasons as manager of the Gulf Coast Marlins and one as manager of the Single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers. Hernandez spent the 2008 season as the hitting coach in Greensboro and 2007 season as hitting coach for the Gulf Coast League Marlins. He began coaching professionally in 2004 as hitting coach with the Pensacola Pelicans.

Hernandez began coaching in 1993 as the hitting coach for the University of Mobile. From there he spent two seasons at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. In 2003, he was the hitting coach at the University of West Florida. Hernandez is a former ninth-round pick of the Houston Astros in 1986, but did not sign. He earned All-Conference honors at Troy State University and was a member of the Trojans team that won the 1987 Division II World Series. In addition, he was a member of the 1984 American Legion World Series championship squad.

Hernandez and his wife, Hilma, reside in Frisco, Texas. The couple has a daughter, Haley, and a son, Eric.

Hernandez is joined by three new additions to the Muckdogs coaching staff for the 2019 season.

BPD: Missing Person – Jessica Deridder

Press Release:

The Batavia Police Department is investigating a missing adult, Jessica Deridder. Jessica was last seen on Friday, February 8, 2019 at approximately 11:30AM when she attended a meeting in Batavia. Jessica has since missed subsequent appointments, and additional meetings. Jessica has ties to the Batavia, and Rochester areas. The Batavia Police Department believes that Jessica is still in one of those areas. Jessica is also believed to be with an acquaintance, Luis Ramos-Mercado. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Batavia Police Department or the confidential tip line (numbers listed below).

The Batavia Police Department can be reached at 585-345-6350, the confidential tip line at 585-345-6370 or online at
http://www.batavianewyork.com/police-department/webforms/report-suspicious-drug-or-criminal-activity.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Basketball at Niagara

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Genesee Loses Tough Contest at Niagara

The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team came up short on Thursday night, as the Niagara County Community College Thunderwolves broke the Cougars hearts with a 66-64 victory. The Cougars record moves to 12-11 on the season with a 3-4 record in conference play.

Jarett Haines led the way for Genesee scoring a game-high 27 points. Jamir Cheek scored 12 points and dished out four assists. Souleymane Gueye scored eight points while collecting nine rebounds. Brandon Speller, Javin Williams, and Brian Russell also scored points for the Cougars in a game that stayed close throughout the entire contest.

Genesee is back in action on Saturday afternoon at 3:00pm as they travel to Henrietta, NY to play the Monroe Community College Tribunes in a pivotal Western New York Athletic Conference contest.

Hawley Suggests Amazon Consider STAMP Site

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A statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) on the decision of Amazon to axe their HQ in New York City

“Talk about making ‘Open for Business’ a punchline – the governor and New York City politicians have failed to close the deal with Amazon but there is hope for Mr. Bezos, Western New York is truly open for business and we would gladly accept Amazon’s Headquarters to be located at our STAMP site.

“I have already been in contact with the Orleans County IDA and Economic Development Center in Genesee County to make this a reality and I’m confident our 57 local colleges and universities educating more than 300,000 students could easily accommodate their labor needs.”

GCC Athletics Update: WBB at Niagara County CC

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Cougars Fall to Nationally-Ranked Thunderwolves

The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team dropped to the nationally-ranked Niagara County Community College Thunderwolves 65-52 on Thursday evening. The loss puts the Cougars’ record to 16-8 on the season and 4-3 in conference play.

Tylasia Weaver led the way for Genesee with 13 points and 10 rebounds to record a double-double.
Chevaneese Millington came off the bench and produced 11 points and nine rebounds for the Cougars. Molly Buck, TaLia Burgess, Grace McComb, LisBeth Pineda Polanco, and Erina Ishiguro all scored for Genesee.

Genesee is back in action on Saturday afternoon as they take on the Monroe Community College Tribunes. Tip-Off from Henrietta, NY will begin at 1pm.

Morning News Briefing

There’s a new Top Dog for Batavia’s minor league baseball team.
The Batavia Muckdogs have announced that Jorge Hernandez will be managing the local ball team for 2019.
He is a 13 year coaching veteran for the Miami Marlins the Muckdogs Parent club.
Hernandez is taking over for former manager Mike Jacobs who was promoted to manage the Clinton Iowa affiliate after 2 seasons in Batavia.
Hernandez is joined by three new additions to the Muckdogs coaching staff for the 2019 season.

Local Drug Task Force arrest two Rochester men accused of drug dealing in Genesee County.
52 year old Edwin Coleman and 20 year old Trevon Slaughter were charged after separate six-month long investigations.
Both were accused of selling crack cocaine to an undercover Task Force agent on two separate occasions.
Both Coleman and Slaughter are facing two felony counts a piece for drug possession and sale.
Coleman was released under Genesee Justice and Slaughter was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Missing woman reported in Batavia.
Batavia Police have been notified that 31 year old Jessica DeRidder went missing from her home last weekend.
She was last seen on Friday February 8th and it is unclear  if she is in danger at this time. Anyone with information on Jessica’s whereabouts is  encouraged to contact Batavia Police at 345-6350.

Amazon is dropping New York City as its second headquarter location.
Amazon said yesterday it is pulling out of the three-billion-dollar deal to bring HQ2 to Queens.
The move comes after negative response was mounted by activists and elected officials.
Governor Cuomo is saying certain State Senators who opposed tax breaks for the retail giant are to blame for Amazon backing out.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia is wasting no time on the opportunity and is welcoming Amazon to consider coming to Western New York.
Hawley is proposing Amazon consider the “construction ready” STAMP site in Town of Alabama as their next headquarters.
Hawley said he has already been in contact with the Orleans County IDA and Economic Development Center in Genesee County to make this a reality and he is confident our 57 local colleges and universities educating more than 300,000 students could easily accommodate their labor needs.

Evening News Briefing

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a law aimed at providing victims of child sexual abuse justice. The Child Victims Act was passed by state lawmakers late last month, extending the statute of limitations. Now legal-action can be brought through age 55, rather than the past cutoff of age 23, and it opens a one-year window within which a lawsuit can be brought in some cases. Governor Cuomo says the legislation is a key step towards overcoming the type of abuse that’s been prevalent in some institutions, including the Catholic Church

Amazon is cancelling its plans to build a three-billion dollar second corporate campus in New York City. The tech-giant is scuttling their plans after a negative response was mounted by some activists and elected officials.
Massive tax breaks had been offered to Amazon, in return for what Governor Cuomo had called one of the state’s best job deals.

Batavia Assemblyman Steve Hawley says he would welcome Amazon to consider what he calls the “construction ready” STAMP site in Town of Alabama.
The site had been highly touted by the county’s Economic Development Center until plans by its first tenant, 13-66 technologies, fizzled out.

Two Rochester men face felony drug charges in Genesee County.
52 year old Edwin Coleman and 20 year old Trevon Slaughter were charged after separate six-month long investigations.
Both were accused of selling crack cocaine to an undercover agent of the county’s Local Drug Task Force.

Go ahead and drink the water in Warsaw.
The “boil water” advisory was lifted earlier today when officials say tests revealed the water was safe to drink.
The boil order was issued when levels in the village’s main water tank dropped suddenly due to a leak. It’s now been fixed.

Byron-Bergen elementary students raise $1,700 for K9 officer

The student council presents the check Photo credit: Gretchen Spittler

Press Release:

Byron, NY – Wednesday, February 13, 2019 marked the finale of the month-long community service fundraising project spearheaded by the Byron-Bergen Elementary School Student Council. The entire student body assembled to present the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department with a check for $1,762.04.

The community service project, Dollars for Destro, raised funds for the training and care of the Genesee County Sheriff Department’s new K-9 officer, Deputy Frankie. The county’s previous K-9 officer, Destro, passed away recently. Destro was a visible member of the Byron-Bergen community and many students were very fond of him.

“The students were upset when Destro passed away,” said Byron-Bergen Elementary School Assistant Principal Betsy Brown. “I’m so proud that they were able to take that sadness and turn it into a positive experience and begin building a new relationship with Frankie.”

Every year the Elementary School Student Council takes on a community service project. “It was a no-brainer that we wanted to help the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office raise money for a new dog,” said Student Council President Roman Smith. “Frankie is a great addition and we are his number one fans.”

The original goal was for every grade level to raise $100. Every grade surpassed this goal and the third graders earned a pizza party with Frankie by raising more than three times their original goal.

The third grade classes pose with Deputy Frankie Photo credit: Gretchen Spittler

A Byron-Bergen student pets the new K-9 officer Photo credit: Brian Meister

Morning News Briefing

Three Lockport residents have been arrested and charged in connection with the overdose death of a Medina resident and serious injury to others.
29 year old Bruno Haney the second, 26 year old Marissa DeCarlo and 27 year old James White all of Lockport, were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of heroin and fentanyl that resulted in serious bodily injury and death.
Medina Police found an individual identified as W.S. unresponsive and in cardiac arrest in late March of 2017 who later died.
Officers found the victim in possession of heroin laced with fentanyl and subsequent investigation into their text message records indicated White had supplied the deadly drugs.
In October of 2018 a second victim who had to be resuscitated with two doses of Narcan following an overdose from fentanyl laced heroin, later identified her drug dealers as Haney and DeCarlo.
The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 20 years in prison and a maximum of life.

A Bethany resident busted for drunk driving after an accident in Elba.
21 year old Nicholas Kabalan of Batavia Bethany Townline Road was hit with a litany of charges after deputies were called to a property damage accident on Route 98 in Elba late yesterday night.
Kabalan was charged with DWI, Drinking and Possessing an Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and a traffic violation for driving at an unreasonable speed.
He was released with appearance tickets for March 20th in Elba Town Court.

Batavia Downs has announced a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock.
The Downs has booked five tribute bands and artists who played at the original Woodstock Music Festival in 1969.
The Down’s tribute show has been dubbed, “Batavistock” and will be held this summer on Saturday, July 20th. The concert headliner is singer Melanie” who performed at the original Woodstock.
Complete details on Bataviastock can be found by clicking here.

If you use E-Z Pass on the state Thruway and received a speed warning last month, you may get to ignore the notice.
The Thruway Authority says many E-ZPass users got a speeding notice in the mail, warning that their account could get suspended following the next violation.
However, those warnings were meant for drivers speeding through toll booths.
The Thruway Authority believes the glitch targeted drivers traveling on January 24 and is working to determine how many motorists were affected.

Governor Cuomo has launched a nationwide campaign to fight for tax fairness.
He met with President Trump Tuesday to discuss a 2017 tax law change that capped the State and Local Tax Deduction at ten-thousand dollars.
Cuomo says it’s one of the reasons why New York is facing an over two-billion-dollar budget gap.
He says he’ll be working with other states impacted by the legislation to push for the restoration of economic equity and fairness.

Evening News Briefing

Driving conditions on the way home worsening by the hour in Genesee County and most of Western New York. The National Weather Service has issued two advisories:
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 1 AM Thursday morning and a High Wind Advisory has been posted until 10 tonight.
The weather services is predicting Lake Effect Snow for the region with accumulation of two inches or more. During wind gusts, expect bursts of whiteout conditions.
The latest list of closings and cancellations can be viewed HERE

Batavia Downs has announced a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. The Downs has booked five tribute bands and artists who played at the original Woodstock Music Festival in 1969.
The Down’s tribute show has been dubbed, “Batavistock” and will be held this summer on Saturday, July 20th. The concert headliner is singer Melanie” who performed at the original Woodstock. Complete details on Bataviastock are on our website.

If you use E-Z Pass on the state Thruway and received a speed warning last month, you may get to ignore the notice.
The Thruway Authority says many E-ZPass users got a speeding notice in the mail, warning that their account could get suspended following the next violation.
However, those warnings were meant for drivers speeding through toll booths.
The Thruway Authority believes the glitch targeted drivers traveling on January 24 and is working to determine how many motorists were affected.

For the first time since 1992, the state Legislature are holding a public hearing on sexual harassment today. Lawmakers will be listening to people who say their complaints involving harassment in the workplace weren’t handled correctly. In recent years, there have been several harassment scandals at the Capitol involving lawmakers and staff.

Downs Announces Tribute to Woodstock

News Release:

Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel has announced they will be putting on their very own Woodstock Tribute with “BATAVIASTOCK”, taking place on Saturday, July 20th, 2019. The show will consist of 5 tribute bands of artists who played at the original Woodstock Festival and will be headlined by Melanie, who actually performed at Woodstock in 1969.

Other performers include: Green River Revival – A Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute, Abraxas – a Santana and Sly & the Family Stone Tribute, The Who Show – a Who Tribute and Piece of My Heart – a Janis Joplin Tribute.

Concert Headliner Melanie hails from Queens, NY and was one of only 3 women who performed solo at Woodstock in the summer of 1969, playing on the first day of the festival. Known for her hits; Brand New Key, Ruby Tuesday, What Have They Done to My Song Ma, and Lay Down (Candles in the Rain), she continues to perform across the country. She will be joined by her daughter, Layla.

Tickets will be available at BataviaConcerts.com beginning at 10am on Thursday, February 14th. Individual pre-sale tickets will be $10 for General Admission while VIP tickets will again be just $15. Concert goers will be able to purchase tickets in the Premium Section directly in front of the stage for $20. Tickets can also be purchased at Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel at the “Lucky Treasures” Gift Shop located in the lobby.

“With the original Woodstock festival celebrating its 50th anniversary, we were inspired to put on an event that showcases tribute acts from that iconic concert,” said Henry Wojtaszek, CEO/President of Batavia Downs Gaming. “We are so pleased to welcome Melanie, who performed at the original Woodstock, to our stage as well.”

Hotel room/ticket packages will be available. Purchase of a hotel room on the night of a concert using the code BS720 includes two VIP tickets to the show while supplies last. Each concert ticket is also redeemable once at Player’s Club in the three days following the concert for $10 Free Play to be used on one of Batavia Downs Gaming’s 800+ gaming machines. Concert is held Rain or Shine. Additional information may be found at BataviaConcerts.com under the BataviaStock event.

Ricky Palermo to be Honored for Raising Funds for Spinal Cord Research

Press Release:

Ricky Palermo’s tireless efforts to raise money for spinal cord research will be recognized when he receives the prestigious Major Donald Holleder Award at the 70th annual Rochester Press-Radio Club Day of Champions Children’s Charities Dinner, Wednesday, April 3, at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

The award is named after Holleder, a former Aquinas Institute and U.S. Military Academy football star who was killed in a Vietnam War battle while attempting to rescue several wounded members of his battalion. It is presented annually to an individual who exhibits the character, courage and achievement displayed by Holleder.

Palermo, a former three-sport most valuable player at Byron-Bergen High School, was paralyzed in an automobile accident in 1981. Since 1997, he and his foundation have held an annual golf tournament and auction that has raised more than $1.4 million. The funds have been contributed to The Miami Project, a pioneering spinal injury research organization, as well as to local organizations, such the Batavia YMCA bike program for people with neurological challenges.

Palermo will be honored at the dinner, which features 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs as the Coca-Cola Sports Personality of the Year and other award winners.

Tickets for the dinner are $135, with a table of 10 available for a discounted price of $1,250. To reserve tickets or packages, call 585-340-1460. Credit cards or money orders are accepted as payment.

The club gratefully acknowledges its corporate sponsors: Coca-Cola of Northern New England, ConServe, the Democrat and Chronicle, ESL Federal Credit Union, the Rochester Red Wings, and the Rochester NY Sports Commission.

Celebrate three of the Harvester Centers hometown business heroes

Press Release:

Hometown Business Success Stories

Come join Mancuso Business Development Group as we celebrate three of the Harvester Centers hometown business heroes! These successful entrepreneurs will be sharing their real-life business wisdom, including their success stories, on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at 6 pm at Moonjava Café, 56 Harvester Ave. Batavia.

Bill Hayes, Turnbull Heating and Air Conditioning, http://www.turnbullhvacr.com/
Established in 1966

Ed Smart, Smart Design, http://www.smartdesignarchitecture.com/
Established in 2004

Noah Whiteford, Whiteford Dental, https://www.whiteforddental.com/
Established in 2017

Please come learn from the best! Whether you are already in a business of your own, or are looking to begin, this is the opportunity to learn. RSVP to bev@mancusogroup.com FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT Bev Mancuso at bev@mancusogroup.com or call 585-356-3432.

Morning News Briefing

The State DOT responded to a recent request to investigate road conditions at the site of a fatal accident in Elba.
The crash on February 2nd took the lives of 53 year old Teresa Norton, and her 22 year old son Thomas both of Albion.
Concerns were raised on the lack of a snow fence and plow times on Route 98 the day of the double fatal accident.
The DOT issued a statement “This was a tragic incident. DOT’s primary focus is highway safety, which includes snow and ice preparation and response.
We maintain thousands of miles on highways statewide and follow snow and ice guidelines to address severe winter weather in Upstate New York”
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

A Special Weather Statement has been issued from the National Weather Service concerning icy conditions and untreated surfaces this morning.
Temperatures are dropping below freezing this morning across all of Western NY, the Genesee Valley, and western Finger Lakes.
Water from rain and melting snow overnight has frozen resulting in very icy and slippery conditions on untreated roads, parking lots, and sidewalks. Forecasters encourage using extra caution early this morning.

The Winter Weather Advisory has been cancelled however a Wind Advisory is in effect for Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties until 10 o’clock tonight.
Winds out of the Southwest are expected at 20 to 30 mph with gusts reaching up to 50.
Winds of this magnitude may down tree limbs leading to isolated power outages and travel in high profile vehicles will be difficult at times.

Police in LeRoy bust a parolee after being found asleep behind the wheel.
37 year old Aaron Heale of North Lake Ave Bergen was taken into custody by LeRoy Police after they received complaint from a local car wash that Heale was slumped over in his car in the wash bay.
As they investigated lawmen said they allegedly found a Hypodermic syringe in Heale’s vehicle.
He was jailed on an alleged parole violation and charged with Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic instrument.

Governor Cuomo says President Trump may be open to changing a law capping the State and Local Tax Deduction at ten-thousand-dollars.
The pair discussed the issue at the White House yesterday.
The governor believes the changing tax code is one of the reasons the Empire State is facing an over two-billion-dollar budget gap.
A White House summary of the meeting said President Trump listened to Governor Cuomo’s concerns and commented on the impact high taxes in states like New York have on families.

Jason Pominville snapped a one-all tie in the second period and the Sabres went on to beat the Islanders 3 to 1 in Buffalo.
Johan Larsson added an insurance marker late in the third period for the Sabres, who have traded wins and losses in their last six games.
Jeff Skinner scored in the first and Linus Ullmark made 24 saves for Buffalo.
Casey Cizikas tied the game at one for New York in the final minute of the first period.
Robin Lehner allowed three goals on 22 shots for the Isles, who had won three straight.

Evening News Briefing

The Batavia City Council found itself in the middle of an age old debate that is well beyond its legislative authority.
The issue: abortion, or what has become Pro-life or Pro-choice.
The debate has been refueled by the recent passage of the New York Reproductive Health Act, which has significantly broadened the law regulating abortion in the state.
The city council chambers were packed last night
The most vocal were pro-life advocates.

Kathy Stefani

 

Batavia resident Kathy Stefani was one of them:

In the end, 6th ward Councilwoman Rose Mary Christian said she would draft a letter of opposition to the Reproductive Health Act and seek to have other council members support it.

A Batavia Sex Offender facing felony charges for failing to register.
52 year old Scott Hinze of West Main Street Road was arrested for allegedly failing to register his address as a sex offender and falsifying his change of address document.

A parolee jailed after being found with drug paraphernalia.
LeRoy Police arrested 37 year old Aaron Heale of North Lake Ave Bergen. Deputies said they received complaint from a local car wash that Heale was sleeping in his car in the wash bay.
As they investigated lawmen said they allegedly found a Hypodermic syringe in Heale’s vehicle.

Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties remain under Winter Weather Advisory until 10 p.m. tonight
The National Weather Service is calling for snow accumulation up to 6 inches and around one tenth of an inch of ice.
Forecasters are saying travel could be very difficult for the evening commute.

Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty has issued the travel advisory effective immediately for Livingston County due to snow covered, slick roadways.
The Travel Advisory does not restrict travel but does advise motorists that hazardous conditions could be encountered.

A big games in girls High School Basketball tonight. The Elba Lady Lancers host the Lady Irish of Notre Dame. Tip-off set for 7 tonight.
Live coverage on WBTA with Paul Spiotta begins at 6:45 p.m.

Travel Advisory issued for Livingston County

Press Release:

Effective immediately a travel advisory is issued due to snow covered, slick roadways.

The Travel Advisory does not restrict travel but does advise motorists that hazardous conditions could be encountered.

Deputies have already handled numerous travel related issues this morning.
Please slow your speeds and drive to the road conditions.

Thomas J. Dougherty, Sheriff
Livingston County Sheriff’s Office

Morning News Briefing

City Council hears community over controversial new abortion law.
Proponents of both pro-life and pro-choice attended the City Council meeting in Batavia last night to be heard by council members regarding the recent Reproductive Health Act passed by the state and a letter of opposition that city council was considering sending to Governor Cuomo.
Every seat in City Hall was filled with dozens of people standing as well.
Pro-choice and Planned Parenthood supporter Nikki Calhoun of Le Roy was one of the first to speak…

U.S. Marine Chris Connelly of Batavia initially made the request for council to send a letter of opposition two weeks ago and returned last night with a strikingly bolder statement…

Pro-Life speaker Brittany Connelly of Batavia called for the abolishment of abortion and encouraged Council to do more than send a letter…

Amber Hainey of Mount Morris, a Planned Parenthood supporter, made an emotional plea for Council members to leave the topic alone…

Ultimately Council decided not to ask City Manager Moore to pen the letter and President Eugene Jankowski suggested a council member draft it for it to be discussed later at a conference meeting.
Councilwoman Rose Mary Christian said she would write the letter to be considered by council.

For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Batavia Sex Offender facing felony charges for failing to register.
52 year old Scott Hinze of West Main Street Road was apprehended by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies following investigation alleging that he failed to register his address as a sex offender with the state’s registry.
Hinze was also accused of falsifying his sex offender address change document while at the Genesee County Jail.
He is now facing felony counts of Sex Offender failing to report and falsifying Business Records and was issued appearance tickets for March 5th in Batavia City Court.

Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect.
Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties remain under Winter Weather Advisory until 10 p.m. tonight according to the National Weather Service.
They are predicting up to 6 inches of total snow accumulation and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch.
Forecasters are saying travel could be very difficult for the evening commute.

A Wind Advisory is going into effect tomorrow.
The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 1 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday for parts of Western New York including Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming counties.
Southwest winds from 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph are being predicted.
The high winds may bring down tree limbs and result in isolated power outages and forecasters advise that travel in high profile vehicles will be difficult at times.

The battle over marijuana legalization is starting to heat up.
Some folks against the idea were in Albany yesterday urging lawmakers to vote against it if they get the chance.
Opponents say they’re worried legalizing marijuana would lead to higher use of the drug by school-age kids.
Governor Cuomo says he’d like to see a vote on the issue by the end of this year’s legislative session.

BPD: Six People Wanted by City Police

Press Release:

The following people are wanted on warrants issued out of Batavia City Court. If you have any information on the whereabouts of these subjects please contact the Batavia Police Department at (585)345-6350. Do not make any attempt to apprehend these individuals on your own.


Name: Ahdeosun Aiken “Nunu”
Age: 20
Charge(s): Criminal Contempt 2nd degree
Notes: Wanted for violating an order of protection. Additional pending charge for Bail Jumping 3rd degree.

Name: Nicole Casey
Age: 25
Charge(s): Petit Larceny
Notes: Wanted for shoplifting.

 

Name: Heyward Clark Jr.
Age: 54
Charge(s): Burglary 3rd degree (Multiple)
Notes: Wanted for forcefully breaking into several properties and stealing property.

 

Name: Aisha Culver
Age: 20
Charge(s): Aggravated Unlicensed Operator of a Motor Vehicle 3rd degree, Operating w/ Suspended Registration, Operating w/o Inspection and additional.

 

Name: Carey Culverhouse
Age: 59
Charge(s): Assault 1st degree
Notes: Wanted for stabbing another person.

 

Name: Allen Jerome Davis
Age: 37
Charge(s): Sex Offender Registry
Notes: Wanted for moving out of his registered address w/o notice and w/o providing a new address.

GCEDC TO CONDUCT ANNUAL MEETING AND UNVEIL 2018 REPORT

2019 Annual Meeting theme is “Investing in Our Strongest Assets”

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The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) will conduct its annual meeting and unveil the agency’s 2018 report on Friday, March 8, 2019 at Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel.

The theme of the annual meeting is “Investing in Our Strongest Assets”. The event will emphasize the GCEDC’s workforce talent development and shovel-ready site development achievements, and thank the partners involved in those efforts. Also to be announced is the annual “Partner of the Year” award.

“We have a number of partners from both the public and private sector, so this event allows us to recognize our achievements while showing our appreciation for those who are powering a vibrant future for Genesee County,” said Paul Battaglia, Chairman of the GCEDC Board of Directors.

“Highlighting the incredible investments into our infrastructure and workforce development currently happening in Genesee County was a natural choice for this year’s theme,” said GCEDC President and CEO Steve Hyde. “Genesee County has an abundance of resources, the most important of which is our people. We’re making great strides to prepare our community, most notably with our younger residents, to meet the demands of the ever-changing workplace.”

GCC Athletics Update: Genesee Athletes of the Week

Brandon Speller (L) and Grace McComb (R) named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the Week of February 11 – Genesee Athletics

Speller and McComb named Genesee Athletes of the Week

Press Release:

Men’s basketball player Brandon Speller and women’s basketball player Grace McComb were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the week of February 11.

Brandon Speller has earned the Male Athlete of the Week honor for the second time this season. Speller scored 15 points and added nine rebounds in the game against nationally-ranked Erie Community College on February 9. He scored 10 points and earned three rebounds and added an assist in the Cougars road win at Jamestown CC.

Like Speller, Grace McComb has earned her second Genesee Female Athlete of the Week recognition of the season. In the Cougars road win at Jamestown, McComb scored a team-high 19 points with six steals and three assists. In Genesee’s home win against Erie, McComb had a team-high nine assists to go with her five points and four rebounds.

Both basketball teams are in action this week for two key Western New York Athletic Conference contests. Wednesday will see the Cougars travel to Sanborn to take on the Niagara County Community College Thunderwolves in a doubleheader starting at 5:30pm with the men following at 7:30pm. Saturday, the Cougars travel to Monroe Community College to play the Tribunes starting at 1:00pm. Men’s basketball are home on Sunday, February 17 at 1pm as they host Bryant & Stratton College (Buffalo).

TAX EXEMPTIONS MOTIVATE INVESTMENT IN THE CITY OF BATAVIA

Carrs Warehouse Before & After

Making improvements (reconstruction, alterations, improvements other than ordinary maintenance) to a one- or two-family residence or rehabbing a mixed-used commercial building? You might be eligible to participate in the City of Batavia’s 421f or 485a.

Deadline to contact the City of Batavia Assessor is February 28th

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY- Property conversions, rehabilitation and building improvements are moving forward thanks to a strong partnership of the City of Batavia, Genesee County and the City of Batavia School District. All three taxing jurisdictions passed enabling local legislation to enact the Real Property Tax Exemption (RPTL) 485-a and 421-f. Property owners investing in Batavia may qualify for these programs.

Since these tax laws were passed locally, seven homeowners have taken advantage of the 421-f Home Rehab Program and five commercial building owners have converted buildings to mixed-uses with the 485-a Mixed Use Conversion Program.

“When residents and business owners improve their property, it enhances the whole community,” said Eugene Jankowski, City Council President. “These programs are available and if you are thinking of investing the City is ready to help.”

The 421-f Home Rehab Program is a real property tax exemption that is applied to capital improvements to residential property. The exemption applies only to the increase in assessed value created by the improvement.

“If you are making improvements (reconstruction, alterations, improvements other than ordinary maintenance) to a one- or two-family residence you might be eligible to participate in the City of Batavia’s 421f,” said Martin Moore, City of Batavia Manager.

The City of Batavia also adopted the New York State real property tax exemption known as the 485-a Residential-Commercial Urban Exemption for converting non-residential buildings to mixed-use. The twelve-year exemption helps property owners realize a return on investment, while advancing the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Downtown Revitalization Investment (DRI) Strategy.

The City’s public planning documents all emphasize the need to convert upper floor vacancies into market-ready residential abodes to provide a built-in market for downtown businesses and a new revenue source for property owners. Every new household in downtown Batavia will bring with it approximately $19,000 in demand for retail goods and services. Conversion of commercial downtown residential apartments on vacant second and third story buildings is one element to boost activity in Batavia’s downtown.

“This is another tool to turn underutilized properties into economic drivers that turnaround our downtown,” said Rachael Tabelski, Director of Economic Development for the Batavia Development Corporation. “We know our building owners are ready and motivated to invest, and we want to make sure they know about City programs, help the Batavia Development Center can offer, as well as the Genesee County Economic Development Center.”

By combing all three taxing jurisdictions, property owners could temporarily save upwards of $42 per $1,000 value on an increased assessed value attributable to the mixed-use conversion. The former Carr’s warehouse building on Jackson Square in downtown Batavia was one of the first projects to take advantage of the 485a exemption under the ownership of Paul Thompson, Owner of Thompson Builds of Churchville, NY.

For more details about these real property tax incentives, contact the City of Batavia Assessor’s Office at 585-345-6301 or the Batavia Development Corporation at 585-345-6380.

GCC Athletics Update: Swimming and Diving

Cougars Compete at WNYAC Tri-Meet

Press Release:

The Genesee Swimming and Diving Teams swam well at the Western New York Athletic Conference Tri-Meet vs Erie Community College and host Monroe Community College.

The men’s team of Tyler Stachowiak, Ethan Heim, Ryan Mahaney, and Evan Fix placed second in the 400-medley relay. Tyler Stachowiak and Weston Head placed inside the top four in the 1650 freestyle. Carlitos Sanchez and Brandon Brown placed well in the 200 freestyle. Evan Fix was the highest Genesee swimmer in the 50 freestyle. Evan Fix and Tyler Stachowiak placed inside the top three in the 100 freestyle. Ethan Heim placed third in the 200 IM. Ryan Mahaney placed first in the 100 butterfly. Carlitos Sanchez and Weston Head finished second and fourth respectively in the 100 backstroke while Brandon Brown placed second in the 500 freestyle. Ethan Heim placed third in the 100 breaststroke. The team of Mahaney, Brown, Head, and Sanchez placed first in the 400 freestyle relay. Tyler Stachowiak placed second in the 1000 Freestyle. Ethan Heim was the highest-finishing Cougar swimmer in the 50 breaststroke.

The women’s team of Elizabeth Richardson, Natalie Amico, Rayelle Merrell, and Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto placed second in the 400-medley relay. That team also placed second in the 400 freestyle relay. Rayelle Merrell and Ana Cerezer placed second and fourth respectively in the 50 freestyle. Libby Richardson won the 200 IM. Natalie Amico placed first in the 100 butterfly. Natalie Amico placed first in the 50 Butterfly.

The Cougars are back in the pool starting on Friday at the Region III/Northeast District Championships at Monroe Community College. For more information, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com and follow on social media by using #cougarPRIDE.

GCC Athletics Update: MBB vs Erie CC

Genesee Comes Up Short vs Kats

Press Release:

The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team enjoyed a five-point lead at halftime, but it was the visiting Erie Community College Kats who left Batavia with a 74-64 victory. The Cougars record moves to 12-10 on the season with a 3-3 record in conference play.

Jamir Cheek led the Cougars in scoring with 18 points and dishing out eight assists. Jarett Haines scored 14 points with six rebounds and dishing out four assists. Brandon Speller contributed to 15 points and seven rebounds coming off the Genesee bench.

Genesee heads on the road on Wednesday night as they travel to Sanborn to take on the Niagara County Community College Thunderwolves at 7:30pm.

GCC Athletics Update: Game Recap WBB vs Erie CC

Balanced Scoring Propels Cougars to Home Win vs Kats

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Three scorers in double-digits carried the Genesee Community College Cougars women’s basketball team to a 65-48 victory over the Erie Community College Kats Saturday afternoon. The victory puts the Cougars’ record to 16-7 on the season and 4-2 in conference play.

TaLia Burgess scored a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Molly Buck scored 13 points and added six rebounds. LisBeth Pineda Polanco scored 13 points off the Cougars bench while adding five rebounds. Grace McComb led the team with nine assists to go with her five points.

Genesee is back in action on Wednesday evening as they travel to nationally-ranked Niagara County Community College. The battle between the Cougars and Thunderwolves will tip-off at 5:30pm in Sanborn.

Morning News Briefing

A truck driver in Elba is busted for driving without the proper license and in possession of pot.
55 year old Christian Boyce of Watson Road Elba was subject to a traffic stop on North Byron Road in Elba Saturday night.
Boyce was taken into custody on both an arrest warrant and a bench warrant out of Elba Town Court and was allegedly operating the tractor trailer without a license while in possession of marijuana.
He was charged with counts including Unlawful Possession of Pot, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and operating an Unregistered Motor vehicle.
Boyce was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of bail with his next court appearance scheduled for February 20th in Elba Town Court.

Accident in Pembroke ends in arrest for a Tonawanda man.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies took 35 year old Daniel Geller into custody following a property damage accident on Main Road in Pembroke just after midnight Saturday into Sunday Morning.
Geller was charged with Aggravated DWI and for failing to use his designated lane.
He was given an appearance ticket returnable to Pembroke Town Court on March 5th.

Winter Weather Advisory on the way.
The National Weather Service has posted the advisory for a portion of Western New York including Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties from 3 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Forecasters have called for snow and mixed precipitation with total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch.
Winds are expected to be gusting as high as 40 mph and may bring down a few tree branches and result in isolated power outages.
Travel could be very difficult with reduced visibility and the hazardous conditions are expected to impact both the morning and evening commute tomorrow.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer is proposing legislation to combat the powerful opioid fentanyl.
The drug is considered many times stronger than heroin and has been linked to overdoses.
The New York Democrat is pushing a bill that would put sanctions on China.
The Fentanyl Sanctions Act would also call on foreign drug traffickers to be identified and banned from using American banks.
The U.S. and China are currently negotiating a trade deal and trying to reach an agreement by early next month.

Blake Wheeler scored with just under four minutes left as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center.
Sabres captain Jack Eichel has the lone tally for his team in their 3-1 loss yesterday.
The Sabres haven’t won back-to-back games since December.
They return to the ice on Tuesday night as they host the New York Islanders.

Weekend News Briefing

An Albion man gets four years in state prison for the rape of a 12 year old girl last December.
35 year old Christopher Pressley of Albion pled guilty to a charge of Rape in the Second Degree.
Due to a previous conviction, he could have been sentenced to 7 years in prison.
His plea deal capped his jail time at 4 years plus 10 years of post-release supervision.

Batavia Downs cuts the ribbon on another facility.
The Downs opened the Gatsby Bar outside of Fortunes Restaurant.
Downs President Henry Wojtaszek:

The new bar is a throwback to the roaring twenties and features an art deco décor.

The Genesee County Economic Development Corporation has accepted an application from Graham Manufacturing for $130,000 in tax incentives.
Graham plans to invest nearly $1.1-million in capital improvements renovate and expand parts of its Batavia campus.
Graham says the project will help the company retain 291 jobs.

A new report shows more guns are being found at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
Last year, there were seven handguns found at TSA checkpoints. That’s an increase of four weapons from 2017.
Fines for anyone caught breaking the law can be 4-thousand dollars.

It looks like there’s no slowing down the spread of the flu. The New York State Health Department says there were 6,900 new cases of the virus confirmed during the week ending February 2nd.
That pushes the total number this season past 35,000. Doctors say as always, it’s never too late to get your flu shot.

Evening News Briefing

An Albion man gets four years in state prison for the rape of a 12 year old girl last December.
35 year old Christopher Pressley of Albion pled guilty to a charge of Rape in the Second Degree.
Due to a previous conviction, he could have been sentenced to 7 years in prison.
His plea deal capped his jail time at 4 years plus 10 years of post release supervision.

Batavia Downs cuts the ribbon on another facility.
The Downs opened the Gatsby Bar outside of Fortunes Restaurant.
Downs President Henry Wojtaszek:

Ribbon cutting for the new Gatsby Bar at Batavia Downs Gaming

The new bar is a throwback to the roaring twenties and features an art deco décor.

The Genesee County Economic Development Corporation has accepted an application from Graham Manufacturing for $130,000 in tax incentives.
Graham plans to invest nearly $1.1-million in capital improvements expanding various properties at its Batavia campus.
Graham says the project will help the company retain 291 jobs.

A new report shows more guns are being found at Buffalo Niagara International Airport’s TSA checkpoints.
Last year, there were seven handguns found at those security spots. That’s an increase of four weapons from 2017. Fines for anyone caught breaking the law can be nearly $4,000.

It looks like there’s no slowing down the spread of the flu. The New York State Health Department says there were 6,900 new cases of the virus confirmed during the week ending February 2nd.
That pushes the total number this season past 35,000. Doctors say as always, it’s never too late to get your flu shot.

Rogers Gets GOP Endorsement

BATAVIA, NY- Judge Durin Rogers, Batavia City Court Judge, has received the endorsement of the City of Batavia Republican Committee for the full-time Batavia City Court position up for election this fall as the result of Judge Robert Balbick having reached mandatory retirement age.

(Left) David Saleh, City of Batavia GOP Chairman; Judge Durin Rogers

“I am truly humbled by the support and endorsement of the City Republican Committee for Batavia City Court Judge. Their endorsement today energizes me as we move forward…,” said Judge Rogers following the City Republican Committee endorsement meeting held last night at the Old Courthouse Legislative Chambers.

Judge Rogers has dedicated his almost 25-year legal career to public service including volunteering for the public defender’s office, representing indigent defendants in criminal matters as an assigned counsel attorney, and having been a long-time prosecutor with the County Attorney’s office. Judge Rogers is now serving in his fourth year on the bench as the City of Batavia part-time judge following his unanimous appointment by Batavia City Council in 2015 and has recently been qualified as an Accessible Magistrate for “Raise the Age” legislation.

Following the City Republican Committee meeting, David J. Saleh, Esq., City of Batavia Republican Committee Chairperson, said Judge Rogers received his party’s endorsement because he brings to the bench a unique combination of experience, commitment, and character.
“Tonight, the City of Batavia Republican Party unanimously endorsed Judge Rogers for the full-time City Court Judgeship. We can think of no other candidate who has the qualifications, judicial experience, and commitment to our community than Judge Rogers. Over the past four years, Judge Rogers has demonstrated a strong work ethic, knowledge of the law and temperament fitting of our City Court Judge. He has our full support,” said Saleh.
“Beyond my experience, I have a strong respect and commitment to my fellow residents as they are my friends and neighbors,” said Judge Rogers “I have always strived to be honest, straightforward, and open-minded with everyone I come in contact with…I assure you that I will continue to bring each of these qualities to the bench.”

Batavia Downs Opens New Gatsby Bar

Ribbon Cutting opening the Gatsby Bar at Batavia Downs

News Release

Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel announced the official opening of its new Gatsby bar with a ribbon cutting on Friday at Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel. The Gatsby bar is located just outside Fortune’s restaurant and will feature high end bourbons, gins and other spirits along with other hand crafted cocktails.

“We’re excited for guests to check out the Gatsby Bar for quick drink or appetizer before dinner in Fortune’s, “said Vice President of Operations Scott Kiedrowski. “Alternatively it’s a nice place to get a quiet drink if 34 Rush is busy with sports or live entertainment.”

The bar will also feature New York State Lottery Games like Quickdraw and will have a self-service terminal to place horse wagers.

“This is the first phase to open of our new expansion, “said Henry Wojtaszek, President and CEO …

 

Expansions for more seating at Thurman’s 34 Rush and Fortunes are due to open in the following months. A new look inside the “Park Place”, formerly known as the Paddock Room, is near completion.

“This is another banner day in the history of our facility, “said COO Michael Nolan. “We pride ourselves on customer service and giving our guests what they want. Our expansions continue to make the facility a premier entertainment destination.”

FAR-LEFT CONTINUES COURTING CONVICTS WITH PAY RAISE

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is blasting a recent proposal by New York City politicians to pay convicted rapists, drug dealers and robbers as much as thirty times more for the work they perform in prison.

“When is the middle-class going to get a break in this state? First it was a taxpayer-funded college education for prisoners, then it was free computer tablets, voting rights for parolees – now it’s a pay raise,” Hawley said. “How about we start rewarding those of us who have actually contributed to society instead of abused its privileges?”

The proposal comes after Gov. Cuomo allowed prison inmates access to free computer tablets and conditional pardons in order to vote last year while still on parole for anything from rape to robbery to molesting children.

“Individuals don’t end up in prison for first-time minor offenses. These are serious offenders and they should face harsh consequences for their transgressions,” Hawley continued. “The far left, realizing their message no longer appeals to middle-America, is now courting the votes of anyone who will listen, including criminals – this is the new New York.”

Congressman Chris Collins Re-Introduces Legislation Overturning SAFE Act

Press Release:

By reintroducing the Second Amendment Guarantee Act (SAGA), Congressman Collins continues his effort to protect the Second Amendment rights of all New Yorkers by limiting a state’s authority when it comes to regulating rifles and shotguns. The Collins’ bill would prevent states from implementing any regulations on weapons that are more restrictive than what is required by federal law. Passage of this bill would void most of the language included in New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act of 2013 signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

“Governor Cuomo unjustly took away the Second Amendment rights from law abiding New Yorkers with his so-called SAFE Act,” said Collins. “ I have and always will be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and my legislation will guarantee that New Yorkers have the rights guaranteed to them in the Constitution.”

The Cuomo SAFE Act violates federal regulations because it imposed rifle and shotgun bans that possess certain features. It also banned the capacity of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, and limiting magazines to 7 rounds at any time.

Any current or future laws enacted by a state that exceeds federal law for rifles and shotguns would be voided under the Collins’ legislation. Should a state violate this law and a plaintiff goes to court, the court will award the prevailing plaintiff a reasonable attorney’s fee in addition to any other damages.

GCEDC ACCEPTS APPLICATIONS FROM GRAHAM MANUFACTURING AND GATEWAY GS, LLC

Press Release:

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) voted to accept applications for incentives from Graham Manufacturing and Gateway GS, LLC at the agency’s February 7, 2019 board meeting.

Graham Manufacturing is investing $1.075 million for capital improvements to expand various properties at its campus in the city of Batavia. The company will renovate an existing 8,000 sq. ft. of buildings, including an expansion and renovation of its 4,000 sq. ft. welding school to meet market demand for welders.

An existing 4,000 sq. ft. manufacturing building also will be repurposed and the company will build a new 5,000 sq. ft. warehouse for storage needs. The capital investments will help Graham retain 291 jobs in the city of Batavia.

The company is seeking sales, mortgage and property tax exemptions totaling approximately $130,000. For every $1 of public benefit offered, Graham Manufacturing is investing and helping generate an economic contribution/ impact of approximately $5.90 into the economy.

Gateway GS, LLC is investing $450,000 to build out the interior of an existing 27,000 sq. ft. speculative building the company constructed in 2018 at the Gateway II Corporate Park in Batavia. The project would create 5 new jobs.

Gateway GS, LLC intends to lease the space where tenants would provide input to the final buildout. Among the various uses that the building offers includes space for warehouse, distribution, light manufacturing, technology and commercial operations.

The company is seeking sales, mortgage and property tax exemptions totaling approximately $206,000. For every $1 of public benefit offered, Gateway GS, LLC is investing and helping generate an economic contribution/ impact of approximately $12.60 into the economy.

“We are very excited to support two great projects that will have significant economic impacts for Genesee County and Batavia,” said GCEDC Board Chairman Paul Battaglia. “These projects demonstrate the importance of assisting companies such as Graham Manufacturing that are retaining jobs and in the instance of Gateway GS creating new jobs and hopefully even more new jobs as they bring in tenants to their spec building.”

Morning News Briefing

2019’s Rocking the Downs summer concert series lineup has been announced!
The weekly concert series kicks off on June 21 with Grammy Award winners Survivor followed by rockers Queensryche and hosts a variety of musical acts from the worlds of country, blues and modern hard rock.
Batavia Downs President Henry Wojtaszek briefly explained the selection process…

Canadian rocker Kim Mitchell, Country music royalty Tanya Tucker, and blues guitar prodigy Kenny Wayne Shepherd are just some of the acts to round out the summer series.
Click here for the complete concert line up.

Orleans County man sent to prison for raping an underage girl.
After pleading guilty to rape in the second degree 35 year old Christopher Pressley of Albion has been sentenced to serve a four year term in state prison.
He admitted to having sexual intercourse with a 12 year old girl last December before appeared for sentencing yesterday in Orleans County Court.
Pressley had a prior assault conviction and was initially facing a possible 7 year sentence as a second felony offender.
According to his plea agreement his sentence was capped at 4 years behind bars along with 10 years post release supervision.
Pressley will be required to register as a Sex Offender in New York as well.

A High Wind Warning remains in effect for Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans Counties until late this afternoon.
Southwest winds from 25 to 35 miles per hour are being predicted with gusts reaching up to 60.

Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans Counties are also under a Flood Watch.
The Weather Service warns of ice jam flooding as rivers and streams begin to break up in higher temperatures.
Currently the Tonawanda Creek is lower than predicted sitting at 5 and a half feet well under the action level.

The national grid are gearing up with extra staff in anticipation for today’s high winds.
They have also decided to postpone the planned outage scheduled for later tonight in Batavia based on the forecast.
National grid will have line crews report for duty early today to be prepared for the 60 mile per hour winds in the forecast.

A proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes is being opposed by some law enforcement officials.
Members of the New York State Sheriff’s Association spoke out against the idea yesterday.
They’re concerned about the impact marijuana legalization could have on public health and safety.
Governor Cuomo says he’d like to have a bill on this issue passed during the current legislative session.

Batavia Downs 3rd Annual Rockin the Downs” Concert Series Announced

Henry Wojtaszek, CEO/President of Batavia Downs Gaming

Press Release:

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

Kicking off the series on Friday, June 21st is Grammy Award-winning rock band Survivor. Best known for the double platinum-certified song Eye of the Tiger, Survivor’s massive hits also include Burning Heart, The Search Is Over, High On You, Is This Love, and I Can’t Hold Back. This Academy Award-nominated band has had 18 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 during their storied career.

Next up, on Friday, June 28th is classic rock band . With over 30 million albums sold worldwide, Queensrÿche continues to tour the globe to sold out audiences. The band has earned multiple Grammy Award nominations, and won the MTV “viewer’s choice” award for the #1 chart topping hit Silent Lucidity. Even with eleven gold and platinum plaques and several Top 10 hard rock anthems under their belt, Queensrÿche consistently delivers high-octane live shows combining the hungry fire of a new band with the tempered experience of master showmen.

On Friday, July 5th Canadian rock icon Kim Mitchell takes the stage in Batavia. A gifted and peer-respected guitar player as well as an acclaimed songwriter, Mitchell has recorded many hits, including Go For Soda, Rock N Roll Duty, Patio Lanterns, I am a Wild Party, Easy To Tame, and All We Are, to name just a few. Mitchell has achieved gold and multiplatinum sales status over a long and storied career that focused on “alternative” and ‘independent” long before the words became clichés.

Rocking the stage on Friday, July 12th is singer Steve Augeri. Best known as the lead vocalist for the rock group “Journey” from 1998-2006, Steve headlined an eight-year tenure that included three albums, and brought one of the world’s most accomplished melodic rock groups back to the stage for multiple world tours to millions of adoring fans. Steve promises to bring his high-energy mix of new music as well as material from his career to the Downs.

Gin Blossoms performs on Friday, July 19th. Hailing from Tempe, AZ, the band hit the big time with their first major label album, New Miserable Experience, which went quadruple platinum, and gave us the hit single Hey Jealousy. Other hits from the Grammy-nominated band include Follow You Down, Mrs. Rita, Found Out About You, Pieces Of The Night, and ‘Til I Hear It From You. Gin Blossoms remain a rare breed, continuing to create, craft, and perform their glorious catalog of material.

Friday, July 26th sees Kenny Wayne Shepherd at the Downs. Synonymous with the phrase “young blues rock guitarist”, Shepherd has established himself as an immensely popular recording artist, a consistently in-demand live act, and an influential force in the worldwide resurgence of interest in the blues. The Louisiana-born axeman and songsmith has sold millions of albums, shining a light on the rich blues of the past while forging ahead with his own twist on a classic sound he has embodied since his teens.

Country music royalty Tanya Tucker will rock the Downs on Friday, August 2nd. Named one of CMT’s 40 Greatest Women of Country Music, this Academy of Country Music Award-winning and Grammy-nominated singer’s number one hits include Delta Dawn, Blood Red and Goin’ Down, Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone), Lizzie and the Rainman, San Antonio Stroll, Here’s Some Love, and Strong Enough to Bend.

Closing out the series on Friday, August 9th is Theory of a Deadman. Hailing from Delta, British Columbia, Theory, as they are known, has turned their hard rock/alternative sound into eight top 10 hits on the US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, including three number one tracks in Bad Girlfriend, Lowlife, and Rx (Medicate).

Tickets for all eight concerts will be available at www.BataviaConcerts.com beginning at 10am on Friday, February 8th. Individual pre-sale tickets to each concert will remain at $10 for General Admission while VIP tickets will again be $25. For the first time, concert goers will be able to purchase tickets in the Premium Section directly in front of the stage. Premium tickets are $50 and will be very limited for each concert. General Admission tickets are $15 if purchased on the day of the concert. Tickets can also be purchased at Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel at the “Lucky Treasures” Gift Shop located in the lobby.

Concert goers will once again have the option of purchasing a “Season Pass”, which includes admission to all eight concerts at a discounted rate. The season pass for 2019 is $60.00 for General Admission and $150.00 for VIP.

“We are very excited to once again host the region’s premier concert series, which includes another great lineup of musical icons,” said Henry Wojtaszek, CEO/President of Batavia Downs Gaming. “We hope the community will continue to enjoy what has been an entertaining and affordable event each year. It’s great to see the community come together for a series that everyone can be a part of.”

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

 

Batavia Girls Fastpitch Softball receives grant from the Dick’s Sporting Goods

Press Release:

Batavia Girls Fastpitch Softball (BGFS) recently received a very generous grant from the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation for $1,000. BGFS is actively fundraising to be able to purchase and install a new scoreboard at Lions Park, home field of the Batavia Stingers, and this grant will definitely help in the effort. BGFS fields teams, known as the Batavia Stingers, at the 10u, 12u and 15u level in a Genesee Region Fastpitch Softball League. While only in our third year of existence, BGFS has seen continued growth and has big plans for improving the field at Lions Park over the next couple of years.

BGFS is very grateful to the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation for not only this generous grant, but for the partnership that the Batavia Dick’s Sporting Goods Store has formed with the Stingers the past two seasons. The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation and Batavia Dick’s Sporting Goods Store see the important role BGFS plays in providing young ladies a healthy and fun outlet in the community and has pledged to help BGFS reach its full potential.

There will be an in person registration at the Batavia Dick’s Sporting Goods Store on Saturday, February 9th from 10am-2pm. Parents interested in signing up their daughters and learning about our program are encouraged to attend. More information about BGFS can be found by checking out our Facebook page, Batavia Girls Fastpitch Softball, which has a link to our online registration site.

Thank you to the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation and our Batavia Dick’s Sporting Goods Store not only for the generous grant but for promoting and supporting youth sports in our community.

Morning News Briefing

On the Watch for High Winds and more Winter Weather.
A High Wind Watch has been posted for Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans Counties by the National Weather Service out of Buffalo.
The Wind Watch goes in effect this evening through Friday afternoon.
Southwest winds from 30 to 40 miles per hour are predicted with gusts reaching up to 60 miles per hour.
A Winter Weather Advisory also remains in effect through one o’clock this afternoon for Genesee and Orleans Counties.
The weather service predicts more freezing rain and ice accumulation even as temperatures warm a bit this afternoon but will then turn colder later this evening.

Orleans County continues their travel advisory.
Orleans County Sheriff Randy Bower issued the travel advisory yesterday morning for heavy icing conditions that created slick roadways and led to a several accidents within the short time period.

A brief power interruption being planned by National Grid in Batavia.
The approximate two hour interruption is slated to start right before midnight Friday February 8th with power restoration expected by 2 a.m. Saturday morning.
Residents on intersecting streets with Main Street will be effected along with those in neighborhoods that stretch from Redfield Parkway to Ellicott Avenue throughout much of the city’s 3rd and 4th Wards.

Two busted for shoplifting from Tops in Batavia.
City Police have arrested 53 year old Paul Kittisack of South Main Street Road and 43 year old Heidi Harder of Montclair Avenue for separate incidents of shoplifting from the supermarket yesterday.
Both were charged with Peitit Larceny and released with appearance tickets returnable to Batavia City Court at a later date.

A new report is revealing how much it’ll cost to implement the Empire State’s new voting reforms.
New York University researchers say the price tag is over 22 million dollars. But, the changes are projected to save counties some cash in the long haul.
The governor recently signed off on several changes including early voting, pre-registration for young voters and holding federal and state primaries on the same day.

Some Buffalo Bills fans are going to have to reach deeper into their wallets to watch their favorite team play.
The franchise is raising the average price for a season ticket by one dollar and 85 cents a game.
Just how much someone will have to pay depends on where their seat at New Era Field is.
Despite the increase, the team’s VP of ticket sales and services says Bills season tickets will remain one of the NFL’s best values.

Evening News Briefing

The National Weather Service has now posted a High Wind Watch for Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans Counties.
The Wind Watch goes in effect tomorrow evening through Friday afternoon. Winds out of the southwest are forecast from 30 to 40 miles per hour, gusting to 60.
In addition to the High Wind Watch, the weather service is continuing its Winter Weather Advisory through 1 AM tomorrow for Genesee and Orleans Counties.
The weather service predicts more freezing rain and ice accumulation even as temperatures warm a bit this afternoon but will then turn colder later this evening.

A travel advisory has been issued for Orleans County. Heavy icing conditions with a combination of rain and freezing rain are creating very slippery driving conditions.

National Grid is planning a brief power interruption in the City of Batavia.
The interruption is scheduled to begin just before midnight this Friday February 8th and last for about 2 hours.
The outage will effect residents on streets that intersect with Main Street or in neighborhoods that stretch from Redfield Parkway to Ellicott Avenue throughout much of the city’s 3rd and 4th Wards.

The New York State Parent Teacher Association is asking lawmakers to re-consider the idea of legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
Officials say they don’t believe there’s any benefit to society.
They’re also concerned about the potential problems it could pose to public health.
The governor has made marijuana legalization a goal of this year’s legislative session.

The Buffalo Sabres are back on the winning track after a victory over the Minnesota Wild. Sam Reinhart played the hero by scoring a goal in the shootout in Buffalo’s 5-4 victory.
The Sabres return to home ice Thursday night when they host the Carolina Hurricanes.

Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Buffalo NY
403 AM EST Wed Feb 6 2019

Niagara-Orleans-Monroe-Northern Erie-Genesee-Including the cities of Niagara Falls, Medina, Rochester, Buffalo, and Batavia
403 AM EST Wed Feb 6 2019

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM THIS MORNING TO 1 AM EST THURSDAY…

* WHAT…Freezing rain expected. Total ice accumulations of up to four tenths of an inch expected. Greatest ice accumulation likely to the north of the Niagara Escarpment.

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

* WHEN…From 7 AM this morning to 1 AM EST Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Power outages and tree damage are possible due to the ice. Travel could be extremely difficult, especially the evening commute.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Periods of freezing rain will result in slick roads. Slow down and use caution while driving.

National Grid Plans Brief Power Interruption on Feb. 9 As Equipment Is Upgraded

Press Release:

As part of an upgrade that will improve reliability and resiliency for our western New York customers, National Grid is planning a brief power interruption in the City of Batavia, beginning at approximately 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 8 and lasting until around 2 a.m. on Feb. 9.

The planned, temporary interruption will take place as the company replaces damaged equipment on a utility pole. This level of work cannot be completed while the electric system is energized. The interruption will impact approximately 500 commercial, industrial and residential customers in the City of Batavia on streets that intersect with Main Street. Customers who will be impacted include those in neighborhoods that stretch from Redfield Parkway to Ellicott Avenue throughout much of the city’s 3rd and 4th Wards.

National Grid is contacting all impacted customers via automated phone messages to ensure that they are aware of this planned, temporary power interruption.

In the event of inclement weather, National Grid will conduct additional outreach to customers, and alert them that the work will be rescheduled for Feb. 15 to Feb. 16.

Travel Advisory in Orleans County

Press Release:

2-6-2019 @ 10:00AM

Sheriff Randy Bower has issued a travel advisory for Orleans County. We are currently experiencing heavy icing conditions with heavy rain and freezing rain with a temperature of 28 degrees. We ask the public to please use extreme caution and reduce speed during this weather event. Sheriff’s Deputies and State Troopers are currently working several accidents in the county at this time.

Highway Departments across the county had all their crews in and were pre-salting and sanding the roadways in anticipation of this event.

The Sheriff’s Office will continue to monitor this weather event and provide updates as needed.

Thank you for your cooperation

Sheriff Randall Bower

Congressman Collins on State of the Union Address

Press Release:

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) tonight released the following statement regarding the State of the Union address.

“Tonight, President Trump called on all lawmakers to work together and to choose greatness. Under President Trump’s leadership, we have passed monumental tax and criminal justice reforms. Our economy is flourishing and American families have more money in their pockets, but we still have work to do. While President Trump is fighting for fair trade and the American worker, it is time for Congress to come together to strengthen our borders and fix our broken immigration system. Together, we can accomplish a greater America.”

Morning News Briefing

State Lawmaker in Livingston County facing a Federal Indictment.
A federal grand jury has returned a six count indictment charging a New York State Assemblyman and an Albany Lobbyist with bribery and conspiracy.
79 year old Assemblyman Joseph Errigo, of Conesus, and 48 year old Lobbyist Robert Gaddy, of Albany were both named in document.
In the indictment Errigo was accused of accepting bribes procured from Gaddy in order to introduce certain legislation.
The charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a quarter-million dollar fine.

Eyes are on the Tonawanda Creek as a Flood Watch continues in the region until tonight.
Flooding on area waterways is possible due to potential ice jams caused by the recent warm-up and the Tonawanda Creek in Batavia crested at nearly 7 and half feet at around 8 o’clock last night which reached into the Action Level.
The Creek level appears to be going down for the meantime but is expected to be back on the rise and possibly reach Action Level again by this evening.
Residents are encouraged to take the necessary precautions.

One car crash in the City leads to drunk driving arrest.
34 year old Jonathan Bell of Evans Street Batavia was taken into custody after City Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Washington Ave late Monday night.
Bell was found to be intoxicated according to police and was charged with DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation refusing to take a breath test and failing to stop at a stop sign.
He was given appearance tickets returnable to Batavia City Court on February 12th.

A Sex Offender in Batavia is busted for failing to report again.
Police in Batavia have reported the arrest of 39 year old James Chase of Oak Street for failing to report his change of address to the Sex Offender Registry within 10 days.
Chase is a level 3 registered Sex Offender and was being held in the Genesee County Jail on Parole at the time of his arrest.
The charge is a more serious felony due to the fact that Chase has had a previous offense.
He was remanded back to jail without bail and is expected to appear tomorrow morning in City Court.

Perry man arrested for harassment in Batavia.
Deputies arrested 35 year old Bryan Beach of Dolbeer Street Perry following investigation into a disturbance on Lewiston Road in Batavia Sunday evening.
Beach was charged with Criminal Contempt, Harassment and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation after allegedly shoving a protected person.
Beach allegedly violated an active order of protection in the incident and was released with an appearance ticket for February 28th in Batavia Town Court.

Local health officials are urging parents to get their kids vaccinated against the measles.
There have been seven cases of the disease confirmed in Monroe County recently.
In all of the cases, the affected children weren’t up to date on their shots.
Symptoms of the illness include a cough and fever followed by a rash.
If your child has any of those signs, get them to a doctor right away.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Basketball

Genesee Has Tough Conference Loss to Thunderwolves

Press Release:

The Genesee men’s basketball team perfect home record came to an end on Monday night as the Niagara County Community College Thunderwolves defeated the host Cougars 75-68.

Jarett Haines had a team-high 19 points and picked up four rebounds. Genesee Male Athlete of the Week Kevin Major added 11 points coming off the Cougars bench. Javin Williams had 16 points and dished out four assists. Jamir Cheek scored nine points and handing out eight assists.

Genesee (11-9, 2-2) travel to Jamestown Community College on Wednesday evening for a Western New York Athletic Conference contest with tip-off scheduled for 7:30pm.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Basketball

Cougars Fall to Unbeaten Thunderwolves

Press Release:

The Genesee women’s basketball team suffered a 90-72 loss on Monday night to the unbeaten and #13 Niagara County Community College Thunderwolves. In a game that stayed close throughout the first three quarters, Niagara pulled away in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.

TaLia Burgess had a game-high 28 points to lead the Cougars offense. Chevaneese Millington scored 15 points on her birthday off the Genesee bench. Grace McComb scored 16 points for Genesee.
Genesee (14-7, 2-2) travel to Jamestown Community College on Wednesday evening for a Western New York Athletic Conference contest with tip-off scheduled for 5:30 pm.

GCC Athletics Update: Softball 2019 Schedule

Genesee Softball player at the plate vs Mercyhurst NE last season (Genesee Athletics Photo)

Genesee Softball Announces 2019 Schedule

Press Release:

Head Coach Taylor Maurer has announced the 2019 Genesee Community College Cougars softball schedule.

“We are excited about the upcoming season, and look forward to a successful spring”, comments Head Coach Taylor Maurer, who will be entering her fourth season leading the Cougars. “The coaching staff is confident that the hard work our athletes are putting into the offseason will pay off with a competitive year”, Maurer added. “We have a great combination of players, with six returners that will add not only skill, but experience, and several talented incoming freshmen.”
The season gets underway with Spring Training in March. Regional play will begin on March 27 as Onondaga Community Colleges travels to Batavia for the home opener.

The month of April is jam-packed with both regional and conference games with a total of five doubleheaders taking place on Genesee’s home field. The home schedule will include games against Jefferson CC (April 11), Erie Community College (April 13), SUNY Broome (April 14), Herkimer College (April 20), and Tompkins Cortland CC (April 27). Road games will see the Cougars travel to Mercyhurst NE (April 3), Finger Lakes CC (April 4), Niagara County CC (April 16), Monroe CC (April 18), Corning CC (April 23), and Hudson Valley CC on April 28. The final home game of the regular season will be on May 4 vs Cayuga CC.

Postseason play will begin on Tuesday, May 14 with the Sub Regional games with the Region III Final Four taking place the weekend of May 17-18 at Corning Community College. If successful, the Cougars would then travel to Rochester, Minnesota for the NJCAA National Tournament.
The complete softball schedule is available by going to www.geneseeathletics.com Fans can use #cougarPRIDE while posting on social media.

HOPE THE NEW BRIDGE WAS WORTH IT, GOVERNOR

Press Release:

A legislative statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) on Gov. Cuomo’s projected $2.3 billion budget shortfall

“This gigantic budget shortfall wasn’t caused by the federal government or its policies.

“It was spurred by reckless and insistent spending on corrupt economic development programs, tax credits for rich Hollywood movie producers and a billion dollars spent on a subway with trains that still don’t run on time – all hallmarks of this governor.

“Now the governor is grasping at straws trying desperately to find someone to blame – a practice he is well versed in. Unfortunately for him, the person to blame is looking back at him in the mirror.

“I hope that new Tappan Zee bridge was worth it, governor. Maybe you can call the one million residents who have left the state under your leadership and convince them to come back and pay for it.”

Morning News Briefing

Dense fog this morning as Flood Watch remains in effect.
A Flood Watch is in effect for Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans Counties until late Wednesday night.
The combination of snow melt and rain may result in water levels rising and ice jam flooding of area creeks and rivers.
Cooler temperatures tomorrow and Wednesday are expected to slow the melting process.
Special Weather Statement was also posted by the Weather Service for Patchy Dense Fog This Morning.
Forecasters say dense fog across the region this morning and is expected to diminish through as a cold front crosses the region.
Morning commuters are being cautioned to anticipate low visibility during the morning drive.

State Assemblyman and Lobbyist indicted on federal charges.
Both 79 year old New York State Assemblyman Joseph Errigo, of Conesus, and 48 year old Lobbyist Robert Gaddy, of Albany have been hit with a six count federal indictment charging them with conspiracy, receiving a bribe, wire fraud, and using a facility in interstate commerce to carry on and facilitate unlawful activity.
Gaddy is also charged with agreeing to pay a bribe and offering and paying a bribe concerning programs receiving federal funds.
The charges carry a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine.

A Silver Springs man sentenced to prison for child porn conviction.
26 year old Ronald Caryl, of Silver Springs was sentenced to serve 200 months in prison and 20 years supervised release after being convicted of conspiracy to produce child pornography.
Caryl was accused of pressuring a 23 year old woman in Nashville, Tennessee into sending naked pictures of her one year old daughter to him through MeetMe.com, a social networking service.
The victim’s mother was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Tennessee.
She has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing in federal court in Tennessee.

Two men arrested for trying to run scams in Darien.
35 year old Charles Cooper of Lodi and 32 year old Joshua Cooper of Ovid were both arrested for Conspiracy, Scheme To Defraud and Soliciting without a Permit for allegedly offering residents on Alleghany Road in Darien driveway repair work.
It was alleged they were performing the work without consent from the owner and were demanding money.
Both were released with appearance tickets.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state faces a major budget shortfall and he’s blaming recent changes to the federal tax code.

Cuomo says when the state and local tax deduction was capped at 10-thousand-dollars it forced the richest New Yorkers to move elsewhere.
He praised New York’s progressive tax structure, but highlighted that with the top one-percent of earners paying over 50-percent of the state’s taxes, there’s a real risk when wealthy people move out of the state.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley said Governor Cuomo should look in the mirror to see who is really to blame for his projected $2.3 billion budget shortfall.
Hawley said in a statements that “This gigantic budget shortfall wasn’t caused by the federal government or its policies.”
Hawley blamed reckless spending, tax credits for rich Hollywood producers and a billion dollars spent on the New York subway system.

Evening News Briefing

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state faces a major budget shortfall, and he’s blaming recent changes to the federal tax code. Flanked by the state controller, Cuomo says when the state and local tax deduction was capped at 10-thousand-dollars it forced the richest New Yorkers to move elsewhere. He praised New York’s progressive tax structure, but highlighted that with the top one-percent of earners paying over 50-percent of the state’s taxes, there’s a real risk when wealthy people move out of the state.

An Albion woman and her adult son die in a two vehicle crash over the weekend on Oak Orchard Road in Elba.
53 year old Thrersa Norton and her 22 year old son Thomas Norton, were killed Saturday when their small SUV spun out of control and collided with a pick-up truck traveling in the opposite direction.
The driver of the pick-up, 59 year old Jeffrey Toussaint of Albion, was treated at UMMC.

A Flood Watch is in effect for Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans Counties until late Wednesday night.
The combination of snow melt and rain may result in water levels rising and ice jam flooding of area creeks and rivers.
Cooler temperatures tomorrow and Wednesday are expected to slow the melting process.

Graham Corporation is asking for tax incentives as part of a $1-million renovation and expansion project at the company’s Batavia campus.
Graham plans to renovate 8,000 sq. ft. of training space and add 5,000 sq. ft. warehouse space.
The company says the project will help to retain 291 local jobs.
The plan goes before the GCEDC board this Thursday.

The Town of Batavia Fire Department has named its firefighter of the year. He is Clayton Gorski.  Gorski was honored at the department’s annual banquet over the weekend.
Fire Fighter Tyler Stewart was the top responder last year, answering 264 calls for service.

GCEDC to consider Tax Incentives for Graham

Press Release:

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) will consider accepting applications for incentives from Graham Manufacturing and Gateway GS, LLC at the agency’s February 7, 2019 board meeting.

Graham Manufacturing is seeking incentives for a $1.075 million capital investment for various properties at its campus in the city of Batavia. The investment would renovate 8,000 sq. ft. of existing space for expanded workforce training and add 5,000 sq. ft. of new space for the construction of a warehouse. The project would help retain 291 jobs.

Gateway GS, LLC is proposing to invest $450,000 to build out the interior of a spec building the company constructed in 2018 at the Gateway II Corporate Park in Batavia. The project would create 5 new jobs.

Since each project would receive benefits over $100,000 public hearings would be scheduled if the applications for incentives are accepted by the GCEDC Board.

All GCEDC Board meetings are open to the public. Meetings are at 4 p.m. unless noted otherwise and take place at 99 MedTech Drive in Batavia across from Genesee Community College.

Morning News Briefing

Fatal Accident in Elba claims two lives.
State Police have identified the mother and her adult son from Albion that were killed in a two-vehicle collision Saturday afternoon in Elba.
According to police 53 year old Teresa Norton and her 22 year old son Thomas Norton died after spinning out in their vehicle and being struck by a pick-up truck on a snow-covered Route 98 in Elba.
Investigators believe Norton lost control of her Suzuki before sliding sideways into the path of a southbound 2011 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by 59 year old Jeffrey Toussaint of Albion.
The truck hit the Suzuki on the passenger side.
Toussaint was transported by Mercy EMS to Erie County Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries while Norton and her son were pronounced deceased at the scene.
The incident remains under investigation.

Flood Watch in effect.
The National Weather Service has posted a Flood Watch for the region and is alerting residents of potential ice jam flooding threat through Wednesday night.
Record to near record breaking warmth is expected today with temperatures across Western New York expected to reach the upper 50s to lower 60s.
The quick thaw along with rain in the forecast for tonight will present the risk for flooding due to ice jams.
People living in areas that are prone to ice jam flooding should prepare for the potential for flooding through Wednesday night.

DWI arrest following a hit and run accident in Batavia.
City Police have arrested 49 year old Paul Parise of Kingsbury Ave following a motor vehicle accident where he allegedly struck an unoccupied vehicle parked along Kingsbury Ave.
Parise was allegedly intoxicated at the time and was charged with Aggravated DWI and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.
He was released with appearance tickets returnable to Batavia City Court on February 13th.

South Main Street man arrested following scuffle.
31 year old Kevin Waleski of Batavia was arrested and charged with Harassment in the second degree after City Police were called to a South Main Street address for a reported disturbance.
Waleski was accused of punching another person in the face during the incident and was ultimately released with an appearance ticket for City Court tomorrow.

Town of Batavia Fire names Firefighter of the year and installs new officers at their annual banquet.
Clayton Gorski was named 2018 Firefighter of the Year at the department’s annual awards and installation banquet at Terry Hills Saturday night.
Tyler Stewart was named the top responder for the year after showing up for 264 calls.
James Bouton was not far behind with 241 responses and Clayton Gorski with 202.
Paul Barrett received the President’s Award.
According to Chief Dan Coffey the volunteers of the Town of Batavia Fire Department answered 377 calls for service last year.

Western New York native Rob Gronkowski is once again a Super Bowl champion.
The superstar tight end caught six passes for 87 yards as his New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl 53.
Gronkowski’s biggest reception came in the fourth quarter and help set up New England’s only touchdown.
He’s now been on three Super Bowl winning teams.

The state Legislature will be back in session in Albany today with Democrats looking to continue their momentum.
Their party is in control of both the Senate and Assembly for the first time in years, and they’ve wasted no time passing key reforms.
Laws involving abortion rights, gun control and expanded voting opportunities have already passed.
Those bills were often held up when Republicans ruled the Senate.

City DPW Director Honored

Press Release:

February 1, 2019, Batavia, NY. The City of Batavia Director of Public Works, Matthew Worth was selected by the Genesee Valley Branch of the American Public Works Association (APWA) as the 2018 recipient of the Public Works Leader of the Year, in the Administrative Management Category. Mr. Worth received this award at the APWA Awards Banquet on January 31st.

Matt began his career in public works in 1986 working for Genesee County in the Engineering department where he inspected bridges, roads and culverts. Matt started for the City of Batavia on March 23, 1987 in the Engineering department as an Engineer Technician until he became the Assistant Engineer. One of the first he worked on was the City’s wastewater treatment plant. In July, 1988, initial construction of the new wastewater treatment facilities which serve the City and a portion of the Town of Batavia had begun. Matt helped oversee the new treatment facilities that were constructed to include nine lagoons and a series of three man-made wetlands on approximately 500 acres. This represents the largest use of multiple cell lagoons for municipal treatment in the New York Area.

In 1999, Matt left the Engineering department and became the Deputy Superintendent of Water and Wastewater and in 2002, he became the Superintendent of Water and Wastewater, where he would oversee all water and wastewater operations

In 2015, he became the Director of Public Works. He is in charge of Bureau of Maintenance (Streets & Sidewalks), Bureau of Water and wastewater (Water Plant and Sewer Plant), Bureau of Inspections (Code Enforcement) and Bureau of Engineering with responsibility for approximately 50 employees.

In 2018, Matt Worth became the Interim City Manager until the appointment of Dr. Martin Moore by City Council.

City Manager, Martin D. Moore, Ph.D. said, “Matt’s leadership has permitted his employees to reach their fullest potential. It’s obvious when you see the extraordinary pride displayed by the public works staff. His continual enthusiasm and interest to improve the level of service provided to Batavia residents is always his number one priority. By his commitment to the community and the organization, Matt has demonstrated himself to be a leader and a dedicated public servant and role model for all to follow. It is a pleasure to work with Matt, and I congratulate him on being honored with this award.”

City Council President, Eugene Jankowski Jr. said, “the Council is proud of Matt’s achievements over his many years of service to the City of Batavia. He has worked hard on behalf of our residents and we appreciate his dedication. He is very deserving of this award!”

This award is presented to association members for outstanding achievement in the area of administration within the public works department and to inspire excellence and dedication in the public sector by recognizing the outstanding career service achievements of administrative professionals.

Weekend News Briefing

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Flood Watch for a portion of western New York including Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties.
The watch is expected to remain in effect from late Sunday night through late Wednesday night.
Forecasters say that the combination of snow melt and rain may result in flooding on some area creeks and rivers.
Snow melt and warming temperatures Sunday through next week will soften river ice.
Ice jam concerns would then continue through Wednesday night.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley is being flooded with feedback after suggesting New York State should go through a break up.
Hawley is looking to pose the question about breaking the state into two parts to residents’ state wide through legislation…

Hawley has proposed the idea before however the discussion has picked up steam again following a string of controversial legislation expanding abortion, free college for illegal aliens and stricter gun control.

Batavia’s Director of Public Works has been named Public Works Leader of the Year.
The City of Batavia Director of Public Works, Matthew Worth was selected by the Genesee Valley Branch of the American Public Works Association (APWA) as the 2018 recipient of the Public Works Leader of the Year, in the Administrative Management Category.
Matt began his career in public works in 1986 working for Genesee County in the Engineering department where he inspected bridges, roads and culverts.
In 2015, he became the Director of Public Works in charge of the Bureau of Maintenance, Water and wastewater, of Inspections and the Bureau of Engineering with responsibility for approximately 50 employees.
In 2018, Matt Worth became the Interim City Manager until the appointment of Dr. Martin Moore by City Council.
Mr. Worth received this award at the APWA Awards Banquet on January 31st.

State Police are cracking down on drunk driving for Super Bowl weekend.
Their STOP-DWI campaign will be in effect from tomorrow until Monday morning.
Police are asking everyone to make sure they have a safe ride home after watching the big game Sunday night.
Last year’s Super Bowl campaign led to more than 100 arrests and 77-hundred tickets.

GCC’s Annual Fashion Show Seeking Volunteer Models

Last Year’s Fashion Show

Press Release:

As Genesee Community College Fashion Program students continue their year-long preparations for the 38th Annual Fashion Show that is scheduled on Saturday, May 4, 2019, there really is a sense of “LIMITLESS” for students planning the program and designing new garments, but also for the community who can participate in the show as volunteer models.

LIMITLESS” was the theme chosen by the students this year to demonstrate the endlessness of fashion possibilities and the possibilities of embracing the diversity of the GLOW region. With no limits or boundaries, this year’s fashion show will draw from both classic and fiery palettes and promises to be innovative, inspirational and inclusive!

It also gives the general community an opportunity to experience the excitement and thrill of strutting down the runway…

Following the success of “Ascendant,” GCC’s 37th annual show in 2018, “LIMITLESS” will take place in the 24,000 square foot indoor field house of the Richard C. Call Arena. With plenty of space to accommodate 2,000 guests with ample parking, the students are planning one dynamic, fast-moving production, but there will be pre-show interviews and photo-ops featuring the coordinators of each scene, and a post-show party and vendor market. Currently, students are not only seeking vendors to participate in this portion of the program, but models of all ages.

Models try-outs are being held in the Conable Technology Building at the Batavia Campus on:

• Tuesday, February 5, from 12:30-1:30 in T122
• Wednesday, February, 6, 4:00-5:30 in T119
• Thursday, Feb. 7, 12:30-1:30 in T119

Attend any one of the three events above to try-out, and pre-registration is not required for the tryouts. Participants will be asked to walk as if on a runway, and those comfortable wearing high-heeled shoes should bring a pair to the try-outs. The student production team is looking for age, ethnic, gender and aesthetic diversity in models. Ages newborn to 92 are welcome. No prior modeling experience is necessary.

If chosen, models will be required to attend a dress rehearsal the evening of May 3, as well as approximately 3-5 scene rehearsals as required by the scene coordinator.

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

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

City Budget Work Sessions Scheduled

News Release

Please be advised that Batavia City Council will be holding budget work sessions on the following dates:

Monday, Feb. 4th 6:00 p.m. Budget work session (budget overview; DPW)
Tuesday, Feb. 12th 6:00 p.m. Budget work session (Police; Fire; General Gov’t and Admin)

In addition, Batavia City Council will hold its regular business Council Meeting on Monday, February 11th at 7:00 p.m. These meetings will be held in the Council Board Room on the second floor of the Batavia City Centre:

Martin D. Moore, Ph.D.
City Manager

Morning News Briefing

Several closures continue as calmer weather returns.
The Winter Storm warning issued by the National Weather Service has expired and the heavy snowfall hitting the region has passed however a Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect for Genesee and Wyoming Counties’ until 11 o’clock this morning.
Forecasters are calling for very cold wind chills as low 25 below zero.
Regardless of the improving weather conditions Batavia City Schools remain closed for today along with St. Josephs School in Batavia and Premier Genesee Adult Daycare.
The complete list of school and weather closings can be found here.

Officials in Genesee County have lifted the Travel Advisory and state of emergency for the county however motorists are still encouraged to drive with caution due to blowing and drifting snow.

This Wednesday’s massive crash on the Thruway that injured three has ended with tickets for two tractor-trailer drivers.
After allegedly causing a 19 vehicle pile-up Wednesday near LeRoy a truck driver from Fort Worth, Texas and another from Hartford, Connecticut have been charged with violating traffic law.
One of the truck drivers apparently lost control and began to jackknife leading to the large accident, according to State Police,
There was a ban on tractor-trailer traffic on the Thruway at the time.
The ban was lifted late yesterday afternoon.
New York State Trooper Dominique Wilson, and two others were reportedly injured in the crash.
All three are expected to be OK.

Feedback is flooding in for Assemblyman Steve Hawley after suggesting New York State should go through a break up.
Hawley is looking to pose the question about breaking the state into two parts to residents statewide through legislation…

It’s not the first time Hawley has proposed the idea however in it’s most recent incarnation the discussion has been spurred on by a string of controversial legislation expanding abortion, free college for illegal aliens and stricter gun control.

Deputies bust a Batavia man for Felony DWI.
38 year old Brendan Curry of Batavia-Elba Townline Road was arrested after Genesee County Deputies were called to investigate a vehicle off the roadway on State Street Road in Batavia shortly after one o’clock this morning.
Curry was taken into custody on a felony count of DWI for having a previous offense within the past 10 years along with refusing to take a breath test.
He was released under supervision of Genesee Justice and is scheduled to return to Batavia Town Court on February 25th.

State Police are cracking down on drunk driving for Super Bowl weekend.
Their STOP-DWI campaign will be in effect from tomorrow until Monday morning.
Police are asking everyone to make sure they have a safe ride home after watching the big game Sunday night.
Last year’s Super Bowl campaign led to more than 100 arrests and 77-hundred tickets.
er 28-thousand.

Travel Advisory Lifted in Genesee County

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Genesee County Highway Department and Emergency Management Services, has cancelled the travel advisory for all of Genesee County as of 5:00pm, January 31, 2019.

Motorists are encouraged to continue to drive with caution due to present blowing and drifting snow accumulation on roads and sub-zero wind chill temperatures.

Travel Advisory Lifted in Wyoming County

Effective January 31, 2019 at 1:00 p.m., Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory J. Rudolph has lifted the Travel Advisory.
The Patrol Division handled over twenty weather related accidents, but thankfully there were no injuries or fatalities.

The Communications Division received (55) 911 calls and (245) non 911 calls from 11:00 a.m. yesterday to 12:45 p.m. today.

Please continue to use caution as our Wyoming County “normal” for a January day still presents hazards especially on the windy north/south roads. Thank you to our community for adhering to the advisory and allowing the Highway Departments / DOT to work safely and efficiently, which in turn made it safe for all the first responders.

City of Batavia Fire Dept.: Thawing Frozen Pipes

Press Release:

With The Arrival of Frigid Temperatures, the City of Batavia Fire Department encourages residents to Practice Safe Thawing of Frozen Pipes

January 31, 2019, With the arrival of frigid temperatures and a number of structure fires across the State recently resulting from homeowners utilizing open flames to thaw frozen pipes, City of Batavia Fire Chief Stefano Napolitano reminds all City residents to be mindful and take the following precautions.

OPEN FAUCETS
Prior to thawing a frozen pipe, open any faucet connected to the frozen pipe. Opening faucets with frozen pipes is important for two reasons. Frozen pipe will most likely burst from built up pressure and not from the expanding ice. The opening of a faucet can relieve the pressure. Secondly, upon thawing frozen pipes, steam will be generated and can lead to increasing pressure and bursting if it is unable to escape out of the open faucet.

DO NOT USE OPEN FLAMES
Under no circumstances do not use open flames in any attempt to thaw pipes. The use of matches, a blowtorch or any other method with an open flame will compound the situation rather than solve it.

UTILIZE A CGFI OUTLET
Depending upon the thawing method used, please ensure that any device such as a hair dryer, heat gun or heat tape is connected to a CGFI outlet. These outlets automatically monitor the current and are designed to protect people from electrical shock. The occurrence of electrocution is more significant during thawing situations due to the tools being electrical in nature and operating near potential water sources.

Chief Napolitano states that following these precautions and enlisting the services of a plumbing expert will safeguard your family and home from the devastation of a fire. He also offers all City residents to contact the City of Batavia Fire Department with any questions they may have regarding the safe thawing frozen pipes.

The phone number for City Fire Headquarters is 585-345-6375.

National Weather Service: Special Weather Statement

Press Release:

Southern Erie-Wyoming-Genesee-Northern Erie-
932 AM EST THU JAN 31 2019

…A BAND OF LAKE EFFECT SNOW WILL AFFECT WESTERN WYOMING…ERIE AND SOUTHWESTERN GENESEE COUNTIES…

At 927 AM EST, A band of lake effect snow producing snow fall rates of up to an inch per hour from Buffalo east to Corfu and from Silver Creek east past Holland. Snow will vary in intensity, but wind gusts occasionally excess of 30 mph will produce blowing and drifting snow, particularly over open areas. Snow will drift a few miles north today and then settle back to the south by this evening.

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

Locations impacted include…
Buffalo, Cheektowaga, West Seneca, Clarence, Lackawanna, Batavia, Kenmore, Depew, Tonawanda, Amherst, Lancaster, Hamburg, East Aurora, Williamsville, Darien Lakes State Park, Evans, Elma, Boston, Eden and Marilla.

This includes Interstate 90 between exits 57A and 48.

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

Genesee County Sheriff is lifting the Travel Ban for Genesee County

Press Release:

Genesee County Sheriff is lifting the Travel Ban for Genesee County New York

The travel ban has been lifted as of 9:00pm January 30, 2019.

Genesee County Sheriff Issues Travel Advisory for Genesee County, New York

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Genesee County Highway Department and Emergency Management Services, has issued a travel advisory for all of Genesee County. Motorists are encouraged to avoid all unnecessary travel due to the significant accumulation of snow combined with strong winds and sub-zero wind chill temperatures and zero visibility at times.

Advisory is in effect from 9:00pm, January 30, 2019, until further notice.

Sheriff Sheron reminds motorists that dark traffic signals that are not working are to be treated as a four-way stop.

Morning News Briefing

Blizzard warning expires as Travel advisory remains in effect.
The National Weather Service has cancelled the blizzard warning for the region however the Wind Chill Warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. and the Winter Storm Warning until 7 this evening.
The Weather Service predicts dangerously cold wind chills as low as 30 below zero, additional snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and winds gusting as high as 35 mph.

The travel ban that was issued for the entire County yesterday afternoon has been lifted by The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office as of 9 o’clock last night however a travel advisory for all of Genesee County remains in effect until further notice.
A No Unnecessary Travel advisory has also been reissued for Wyoming County as of this morning.
A Tractor Trailer and bus ban remains in effect as well on the New York State Thruway from Rochester Exit 46 to the Pennsylvania State Line including the I-190, and the 290 in Buffalo.
Motorists in the region are encouraged to avoid all unnecessary travel.

Twenty-one vehicles, including a State Police patrol vehicle, were involved in an accident that shutdown the Thruway through Le Roy yesterday.
Injuries were reported but no details have been released.
Several people involved in the accident were transported by van to the Ontario Service Center where they were evaluated by Mercy medics and interviewed by Troopers.
Le Roy Fire, Town of Batavia Fire, with assistance from Caledonia and Monroe County, responded to the scene.

All Schools in Genesee County closed for today and we have information about individual schools on our School and Weather Closings page.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley is again raising the question of whether residents support separating New York into two states.
The Assemblyman wants to pose the question to residents state-wide through a bill and Hawley has penned a letter to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie requesting the bill come before the house for a full vote.

Hawley said in a statement that this bill simply gives citizens a say on the direction of their state.
Adding that if downstate politicians really don’t need upstate, as many of them claim, then there’s no harm in at least asking the question if we should be divided.

LeRoy Police report the arrest of 46 year old Craig Fien Jr. of Mill Street LeRoy for allegedly conspiring to steal and keep a pump action shotgun from another individual.
Fien was charged with a Class E-Felony of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and Conspiracy.
Fien was arraigned before the LeRoy Town Court and released under the supervision of the Genesee Justice.

Police also arrested 34 year old Steven Kazmierczak of Gilbert Street, LeRoy on one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree.
It is alleged that during a Probation check of Kazmierczak’s residence, he was found unlawfully in possession of a shotgun due to a prior felony conviction.
Kazmierczak was issued an appearance ticket and released to answer the charge in LeRoy Court at a later date.

Travel Ban Lifted in Genesee County

News Release: Genesee County Sheriff’s Office

The travel ban has been lifted as of 9:00pm January 30, 2019.

Genesee County Sheriff Issues Travel Advisory for Genesee County

 

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Genesee County Highway Department and Emergency Management Services, has issued a travel advisory for all of Genesee County.  Motorists are encouraged to avoid all unnecessary travel due to the significant accumulation of snow combined with strong winds and sub-zero wind chill temperatures and zero visibility at times.

Advisory is in effect from 9:00pm, January 30, 2019, until further notice.

Local Election Commissioners Explain Reforms

The following information includes the changes to the political calendar that will affect candidates who wish to run for public office beginning this year. It also gives a summary on early voting. It is the Board of Elections objective to give as much information to Genesee County residents so that implementing the new election laws will be as transparent and as seamless as possible.
• Primary Election The primary election has been changed from mid-September to June 25, 2019. Going forward, the unified Primary date will now fall on the 4th Tuesday in June unless otherwise changed by the state legislature.
• Petitions and Ballot Access The first day for signing designating petitions for public office is now February 26, 2019 and the dates for filing petitions is April 1 – April 4. These petition dates apply for the following designated Party lines based on the last Gubernatorial race; Democratic Party, Republican Party, Conservative Party, Working Families Party, Green Party, Libertarian Party, Independence Party and SAM Party.
• Caucus Ballot Access For political Parties who are designated as a ‘caucus town’ their nominating process will follow these dates — first day to hold a town caucus is February 26 and the last to file certificates of nominations is July 25th.
• Independent Petitions First day for signing Independent petitions is April 16, 2019. Dates for filing Independent petitions is May 21- May 28.
• Early Voting Early voting will be applicable for this year’s general election (November 5, 2019) but not the primary election on June 25, 2019. In subsequent years early voting will be applicable for the primary election. The new law states that each county will provide, beginning on the 10th day prior to the general election and ending on and including the second day prior to the election, early voting at a polling location(s) to be determined by the County Board of Elections. This will include 9 days of early voting, five 8 hour week days which will include 2 evening hours, and two – 5 hour weekends ending the Sunday prior to the election. When these polling locations are determined they will be publicized in local media and on our website.

Opposition to new abortion law requested by City resident and City Manager

Batavia resident calls on community members to make their voices heard about abortion at the next City Council meeting.

Chris Connelly appeared before City Council Monday evening asking that they stand up against New York State’s new expansive abortion law entitled the “Reproductive Health Act”.

Connelly who is a former Marine, now confined to a wheelchair, declared it was his God-given responsibility to speak out against the evil that is abortion according to his beliefs.

He also believes council could close Planned Parenthood and designate Batavia as a Sanctuary City for the unborn.

After coming to a consensus in support of the proposal, Council directed the City Manager to pen a letter stating council’s opposition to the new law and added the topic to the agenda for February.

Before drafting the letter, City Manager Martin Moore is awaiting public feedback and Connelly is requesting letters of support be sent to him by Sunday.

For information on where to send letters check the recent post on Chris Connelly’s Facebook page.

WCSO: TRAVEL ADVISORY- NO UNNECESSARY TRAVEL

Press Release:

Effective January 30, 2019 at 12:00 p.m., Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory J. Rudolph has issued a NO UNNECESSARY TRAVEL ADVISORY for all of Wyoming County. The roads are NOT closed, however; the predicted extreme weather combination of snow, wind and cold has created blizzard like conditions and travel is extremely hazardous. The visibility is very poor and near zero in prone areas along with drifted roadways. The Wyoming County Sheriff does not determine the necessity of an individual’s obligation to travel. This is an advisory only.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Lacrosse


Courtesy of Genesee Athletics – Face-off in last season’s NJCAA 1st Round contest vs Ocean City CC

Press Release:

Men’s Lacrosse Announces 2019 Schedule

Head Coach Dave Hoover announced the 2019 Genesee Community College men’s lacrosse schedule. The Cougars will play 13 regular season games in 2019, including the final four teams that participated in the 2018 NJCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships.

“The coaches try to give our team a very competitive schedule which will prepare them for the National Tournament“, said Hoover, who enters his thirteenth season at Genesee with a 119-65 record. “We play a very tough group of games out of Region, as well as all the top teams in Region III”, Hoover added.
The Cougars will play six home games on the main campus of Genesee Community College, with the remaining seven contests on the road.

Genesee will start the 2019 season on the road on March 5 against Finger Lakes Community College. The home opener will be on Saturday, March 9 vs CCBC Essex at 1pm, then host conference opponent Monroe Community College on March 13 at 6:00pm. The Cougars will travel to Nassau Community College on March 17, and then to Hudson Valley CC on March 20. The Cougars will square off against reigning National Champions Onondaga CC on Saturday, March 23 at 1pm. The team’s last game in March will be on March 27th at Mercyhurst North East.

The month of April will begin with a trip to Howard Community College on April 6. The Cougars will return home for the next three contests as SUNY Broome (April 12), Mohawk Valley CC (April 16), and Tompkins Cortland CC (April 18) all come traveling to Batavia. The month will end with road games at Herkimer College April 20, and at Jefferson CC on April 27.

After the Region 3 Tournament the first weekend of May hosted at Onondaga, the attention will shift to the NJCAA Men’s Lacrosse National Championships. The first round will take place on Saturday, May 11. The following weekend, all eyes on men’s lacrosse will be on Batavia as SUNY GCC will be hosting the 2019 NJCAA Men’s Lacrosse National Championships.

The complete men’s lacrosse schedule is available by going to www.geneseeathletics.com Fans can use #cougarPRIDE while posting on social media.

Turning Precision-Agriculture Data into Dollars

Bob Stewart, Stewart Farms and Workshop Keynote Speaker

Press Release:

Registration closes on February 13, 2019 for the third annual Precision Ag Workshop focused on “Turning Data into Dollars.”

The 2019 Precision Ag Workshop is presented by The BEST Center (Business and Employee Skills Training) at Genesee Community College which has been dedicated to supporting employers and employees for over 15 years. The workshop is open to everyone and registration, which includes lunch and materials, is only $59.00. Participants can register by phone at 585-345-6868 or in person at The BEST Center, One College Road in Batavia, NY.

The workshop runs from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 in Room T102 of the Conable Technology Building on Genesee Community College’s Batavia Campus and features keynote speaker Bob Stewart, management partner at Stewart Farms in Yorkville, Illinois. Based on his experience with finance, land owner relations and production, Stewart will present “Our Farm’s Precision Ag Experience: What Works for Us and What Still Needs Work.”

Keeping with the theme of getting the most out of Ag data, the workshop also includes:

• “What Makes Sense Doesn’t Always Make Dollars” presented by Aaron Breimer of Veritas Farm Business Management
• “Remote Sensing and How it Works” by John Johnson of Agri Air Solutions and Agri-Advantage
• “Does Everybody Get the Vision?” by Stephen Redmond of Redmond Agronomic Services
• “Water Management – the Key to Record Yields” presented by John Wagner of AgRePlan, LLC
• “How Will Education Incorporate all this Data?” with Bruce Wright of SUNY Cobleskill Ag Engineering

“The data collected in the Ag industry is critical not only to yield and operations, but when analyzed and applied properly, can really take the business to the next level,” Reid Smalley, Executive Director of Workforce Development said. “The BEST Center has put together this workshop to expose participants to new and innovative ways to employ the data already being collected and to maximize its value to any operation.”

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

HAWLEY WANTS TO ASK RESIDENTS STATEWIDE IF THEY PREFER ‘TWO NEW YORKS’

Press Release:

Assemblyman pens letter to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) requesting the bill come before the house for a full vote. Letter to Speaker Heastie on two NYs

As a result of the high flux of controversial legislation that has passed the Assembly in recent weeks including expanding abortion, free college for illegal aliens and stricter gun control, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has written Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) requesting that his ‘Two New Yorks’ legislation be passed through committee and come to the house floor for a full vote.

“This is an idea that has been discussed for many years, and one which is especially popular throughout upstate New York,” Hawley said. “It has become abundantly clear in recent years that the New York City voting bloc has forgotten upstate and is imposing their radical left-wing agenda on all of us, whether we like it or not. And that is deeply troubling. This bill simply gives citizens a say on the direction of their state. If downstate politicians really don’t need upstate, as many of them claim, then there’s no harm in at least asking the question if we should be divided.”

Morning News Briefing

Winter Storm Warning in effect as Closures, Cancellations and Travel restrictions continue.
A travel advisory has been put in place for all of Genesee County by the authority of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the County Highway Department and Emergency Management Services.
Due to the dangerous driving conditions motorists are encouraged to avoid all unnecessary travel.
Governor Cuomo’s office also issued a travel ban covering Thruway Exit 46 in Henrietta to the Pennsylvania border as of last night.
Tractor trailers and buses are banned from traveling on that stretch of the Thruway along with some highways as well.

Genesee County remains under a Winter Storm Warning which is not expected to expire until 7 o’clock Thursday morning.
Up to 18 inches of total lake effect snow accumulation is being predicted by the National Weather Service with winds gusting up to 45 miles an hour and wind chills as low at 25 below zero.
Forecasters say tomorrow morning could see blizzard like conditions making very difficult to impossible travel conditions.

Plea deal for accused dog abuser.
Brandon Welch, a former Batavia resident now residing in long island, appeared in Batavia City Court yesterday where he accepted a plea deal regarding a case of animal abuse.
Welch admitted in court that he lied to police about finding a starving puppy with ulcerated lesions on its paws, and pleaded guilty to 2 misdemeanors counts, one for lying to police and the other for torturing an animal.
In the deal Welch avoided a felony charge for making a terroristic threat, for allegedly saying he would shoot the next police officer who showed up at his home.
Welch now in his mid-20’s is looking at up to a year in jail when he is sentenced in April.

The New York State Health Department is issuing a warning about the measles.
Officials say there have been several cases reported recently in the Hudson Valley, New York City and the Rochester area.
Parents are being asked to keep an eye out to see if their kids develop any symptoms.
Signs of the illness include a rash, runny nose, fever and cough.
If your child has any of those symptoms, call their doctor immediately.

Lawmakers in Albany are banning teachers from carrying guns in schools.
The measure is part of sweeping gun legislation that passed yesterday.
Security officers, school resource officers or police will now be the only people allowed to carry guns on school grounds.
Legislators also banned bump-stocks and the possession, sale and distribution of guns that can’t be detected by metal detectors.
In addition, the package includes stricter background checks for guns.

Genesee County Travel Advisory

In anticipation of the impending major snow/wind storm, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Genesee County Highway Department and Emergency Management Services, has issued a travel advisory for all of Genesee County. Motorists are encouraged to avoid all unnecessary travel due to the expected significant accumulation of snow combined with strong winds and sub-zero wind chill temperatures. These conditions will undoubtedly create white out conditions and extremely dangerous travel for all motorists.

This Advisory is in effect from 3:00pm, January 29, 2019, until further notice.

Sheriff Sheron reminds motorists that dark traffic signals that are not working are to be treated as a four-way stop.

Morning News Briefing

Lengthy Winter Storm Warning going into effect this afternoon.
has posted a Winter Storm Warning including Genesee County beginning at 4 o’clock this afternoon and continuing through 7 o’clock Thursday morning.
Total lake effect snow accumulation of 10 to 18 inches is expected in the most persistent snow with winds gusting as high as 45 miles per hour.
Forecasters say that the weather Wednesday through Thursday morning may produce near Blizzard conditions and wind chills as low as 25 degrees below zero.
These wind chills can cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 15 minutes.
Travel could be very difficult to impossible in areas of blowing snow.
We have complete details on our website at WBTAi-dot-com.

Late-night house fire in Byron believed to be a total loss.
Crews were called to the scene on Cook Road in Byron at around 7 last night to find the house engulfed in flames.
Investigators say a man living there was trying to thaw pipes in the basement when the fire started.
No injuries were reported however a bus was brought in to help firefighters warm up after battling both the fire and the elements.
Fire Crews were called back to the scene shortly after 5:30 this morning for a reported rekindle of the flames and are currently assessing the scene.
One responder said around 6 a.m. that the fire “was whipping pretty good”
Byron and South Byron fire departments are responding and a pumper and a tanker from Elba were also called to provide mutual aid.

Accused dog abuser makes a tearful plea in Batavia.
Becky Frens entered a guilty plea in Batavia Town Court yesterday to a single misdemeanor count of animal neglect.
Frens was ordered to pay restitution and to 100 hours of community service over the next 10 months under the supervision of Genesee Justice.
Frens owes restitution to the family who adopted the mixed breed Labrador at the center of the case and to Volunteers for Animals for medical expenses she incurred while at the shelter awaiting a home.

Batavia Police continue to look for a missing 15 year old.
He is identified as Andrae Taylor, 5ft 6in tall,140 pounds, black hair and brown eyes.
We have a photo on our website.
He was last seen on Saturday night wearing a navy blue coat and a red headband.
If you have seen Andrae or have any information as to his whereabouts, you are asked to contact Batavia Police.

After years of debate, state lawmakers have passed the Child Victims Act.
It allows sex abuse victims to take legal action through age 55, rather than the current cutoff of age 23.
There’s also a one-year revival window for victims of any age to sue over alleged sex abuse that may have taken place decades earlier.
Governor Cuomo is expected to sign the bill in the coming days.

Evening News Briefing

A Winter Storm Warning has been posted for Genesee County beginning at 4 o’clock tomorrow afternoon and continuing through 7AM on Thursday.
The National Weather Service predicts heavy Lake Effect Snow and dangerously cold wind chills.
Total snow accumulation of 10 to 18 inches can be expected in the most persistent lake snow areas.
Winds gusting as high as 45 miles per hour later on Wednesday through Thursday morning may produce near Blizzard conditions.
Wind Chills as low as 25 degrees below zero are possible.
These wind chills can cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 15 minutes.
Heavy Snow will fall in relatively narrow bands.
Travel could be very difficult to impossible in areas of blowing snow.

Andrae Taylor

Batavia Police continue to look for a missing 15 year old.
He is identified as Andrae Taylor, 5ft 6in tall,140 pounds, black hair and brown eyes.
We have a photo on our website.
He was last seen on Saturday night wearing a navy blue coat and a red headband.
If you have seen Andrae or have any information as to his whereabouts, you are asked to contact Batavia Police.

Officials within the Catholic Church are calling for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s excommunication, following the passing of legislation aimed at expanding on abortion rights. Several bishops throughout the U.S. have suggested such an action could be warranted, noting in particular that Governor Cuomo celebrated the bill’s signing, and ordered landmarks lit up in pink to mark the occasion. The legislation allows for abortions in the third trimester, provided the “life or health” of the mother is at risk. Meanwhile, Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan suggested through a spokesman that excommunication was unlikely, and that the act shouldn’t be used as a weapon.

The City of Batavia is seeking nominations for their 2018 Recognition Awards.
Nominations are being accepted for Community Volunteer, Home owner of Year, Business and Not-For-Profit organization of the Year.
Anyone wishing to nominate someone is encouraged to complete the nomination form and submit it to the City Manager’s Office by Friday, March 8th.

Downs Disappointed in Proposed Sports Betting Regs

Today, Henry F. Wojtaszek, President/CEO of Batavia Downs Gaming and Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation (WROTB) made the following statement regarding today’s proposed sports betting regulations by the New York State Gaming Commission.

Henry Wojtaszek, President, Batavia Downs Gaming

“While we’re gratified the State Gaming Commission took the first step in authorizing sports betting in New York State, we think it’s important our million plus customers and all Western New York sports fans and communities benefit from sports betting opportunities in their own back yard. Sports betting should be allowed at Western Regional Off-Track Betting (WROTB) and at OTB’s around the state. As currently proposed, a Bills fan would have to go to a Native American casino, or drive 90-minutes to place a bet on the Bills. That’s not exactly convenient, and it won’t provide critical tax revenue to local governments.

“As the only municipally owned and operated gaming facility in New York State, WROTB is not just a strong economic driver for Western New York, but we provide critical funding for community development which creates jobs, protects families and helps to offset tax increases for residents.
“The more revenue we generate, the more we give back to communities. Since our inception, we have generated more than $226 million to 17 municipalities – legalizing sports betting in our region would only increase these important contributions. We look forward to working with officials on both sides of the aisle and the New York State Gaming Commission to ensure Western New Yorkers don’t miss out on this opportunity to create hundreds of jobs, enhance our tourism industry, and allow millions of dollars in investment to flow through our neighborhoods.”

Winter Storm Warning / Wind Chill Watch

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM TUESDAY TO 7 AM EST THURSDAY…
WIND CHILL WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON…

* WHAT…Heavy lake effect snow expected. Dangerously cold wind
chills possible. Total snow accumulations of 10 to 18 inches
expected in the most persistent lake snows. Winds gusting as
high as 45 mph later Wednesday through Thursday, which may
produce near blizzard conditions with severe blowing and
drifting snow. Wind chills as low as 25 below zero possible.

* WHERE…Northern Erie and Genesee counties.

* WHEN…For the Winter Storm Warning, from 4 PM Tuesday to 7 AM
EST Thursday. For the Wind Chill Watch, from Wednesday morning
through Thursday afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be very difficult to
impossible. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce
visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or
evening commute. The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on
exposed skin in as little as 15 minutes.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Heavy snow will fall in relatively narrow bands. If traveling, be prepared for rapidly changing road conditions and visibilities.

This is a potentially dangerous situation to be outdoors. If you must be outside, be sure to cover all exposed skin. Frostbite can occur in 15 minutes or less with apparent temperatures of
25 below zero or colder.

BPD: Batavia Teen Missing

AndraeTaylorMissing – Missing Persons Report

Press Release:

Taylor was last seen on 01/26/2019 at 5:00 PM. Please contact the Batavia Police Department at 585-345-6350 or the NYS Missing Persons Clearinghouse if you have any information.

Missing From: BATAVIA, NY Date Missing: 01/26/2019

ANDRAE L TAYLOR
DOB: 04/30/2003
Sex: Male
HGT: 5’06”
WGT: 140 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Race: Black

Taylor is a missing child and is believed to be in the local area. He was last seen wearing a navy blue coat and a red
headband.

Investigating Agency: Batavia City Police Department
Case Date: 01/28/2019

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Basketball Recap vs MCC

Press Release:

Genesee Defeats Monroe; Snaps Six-Game Skid

The Genesee men’s basketball team earned their first Western New York Athletic Conference victory of the season on Saturday afternoon, by defeating the Monroe Community College Tribunes 68-63. The victory puts the Cougars’ record to 10-8 on the season and 1-1 in conference play.

Reigning Region III Male Athlete of the Week Jamir Cheek scored a team-high 16 points, including some key baskets towards the end of the game to secure the victory. Brandon Speller was key off the Genesee bench scoring 12 points and collecting six rebounds. Javin Williams, Souleymane Gueye, and Jarett Haines all scored double-digit points for the Cougars.

Genesee returns home on Wednesday, January 30, as they welcome the Niagara County Community College Thunderwolves with tip-off scheduled for 7:30pm.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Basketball Recap vs MCC

Press Release:

Women’s Basketball Succumbs to Late Game Charge from Tribunes

The Genesee women’s basketball team came up short in their Western New York Athletic Conference contest against the #10 Monroe Community College Tribunes 64-61 on Saturday afternoon. The loss puts the Cougars’ record to 13-6 on the season and 1-1 in conference play.

Erina Ishiguro led the Cougars in scoring with 15 points, while being perfect behind the three-point line. LisBeth Pineda Polanco scored 11 points while TaLia Burgess and Chevaneese Millington added 10 points each.

Genesee returns home on Wednesday, January 30, as they welcome reigning NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Champion #10 Monroe Community College with tip-off scheduled for 5:30pm.

Morning News Briefing

Albany Lawmakers Consider Sweeping Gun Control Bill
A sweeping gun control bill expected to pass in Albany this week would ban teachers from carrying guns.
State lawmakers are looking at making key firearms restrictions following a slew of newly approved and controversial laws in New York State under a recently empowered legislature controlled by democrats.
The legislation would extend the timeline for background checks on gun purchases from three days to 30 days.
According to supporters of the bill the extra time would allow a judge to strip guns and restrict them from people who family members and law enforcement believe may be a potential risk to themselves or others.
Another measure bans the possession and sale of bump stocks and 3D guns.

Two busted for impaired driving after being stopped by local lawmen.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 46 year old Dorothy Roque of Mechanic Street in Elba after being stopped for speeding on Ford Road.
After showing signs of intoxication she was charged with DWI, Speeding and refusal to take a breath test.
Roque was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Batavia Town Court on February 27th.

21 year old Alexander Kibler of School Street in Attica was subject to a traffic stop by City Police on Walnut Street in Batavia.
Officers alleged that Kibler was speeding and a subsequent investigation found him to be impaired by pot and in possession of alcohol.
He was taken into custody on counts of DWAI by Drugs, Possession of Alcohol in a motor vehicle, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and Speeding.
Kibler was ultimately released with an appearance ticket for February 6th in Batavia City Court.

BID announces appointment of New Executive Director.
Barbara Dietrich has been announce as the new Downtown Batavia Business Improvement District’s Executive Director.
Beginning in 1998, Barbara started her consulting career as the President of Dietrich Consulting in Batavia starting in 1998 where she consulted as the Director of Marketing and Development for the Genesee County YWCA and Empire Tractor, among several other local agencies.
Her official start date is today.

Special DWI enforcement effort planned for the big game weekend.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia and the Village of LeRoy Police Departments will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving from February 1st until February 4th.
Super Bowl Weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving and lawmen request those hosting a Super Bowl party to designate a responsible driver before the game begins.

Nominations for City Recognition Awards Now Being Sought

Press Release:

CALLING ALL RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES……NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO RECONGNIZE A STELLAR MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY!!!!

The City of Batavia is currently seeking nominations for the following 2018 Recognition Awards:

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

An outstanding individual in the community that demonstrates excellence in volunteerism. This individual goes above and beyond normal responsibilities creating a lasting and beneficial impact.

HOMEOWNER OF THE YEAR

An engaged resident who has given extra effort to go above and beyond in maintaining their home and enhance their neighborhood.

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

A business that has demonstrated community involvement and represents entrepreneurial spirit while providing exceptional customer service, professionalism and integrity.

NOT-FOR-PROFIT/SERVICE ORGANIZATION

Providing service to the people of the City by demonstrating commitment in improving quality of life throughout the community.

If you know of someone that you would like to nominate please complete the nomination form and submit to Lisa Casey by Friday, March 8, 2019. The awards will be presented by City Council at a future City Council Meeting.

Nomination forms available by the following:

 City website: www.batavianewyork.com under the home page
 Can be picked up at the City Manager’s Office
 Call (585)345-6333 to have form emailed to you
 Email at Lcasey@batavianewyork.com
 Mail nominations to: Lisa Casey, City of Batavia, One Batavia City Centre, Batavia, NY 14020
 Fax nominations to (585)343-8182 request to send nomination form

 

Statement from Congressman Chris Collins

Press Release:

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement:

“Congratulations to President Trump for having the courage to act by opening the federal government. Now it’s time for Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to put aside petty politics and work with the President to put an end to the crisis at our southern border. The fact is we cannot continue to sustain ourselves as a nation without having real boarders and real immigration reform. The only way for this crisis to be resolved will be for all parties to engage in substantive negotiations over the next few weeks and reach a consensus on border security.”

Genesee County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI Super Bowl Weekend Crackdown Enforcement Effort

Press Release:

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

The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on February 1st and will end on February 4th. The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event and Super Bowl Weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving.

Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints play a key part in raising awareness about the problem. New York State Police, County Sheriffs and municipal law enforcement agencies will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths.

You can help to make a difference by Having a Plan! Download our new mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, designate a responsible driver before the game begins. We want fans to remember that it’s a choice. So root for your favorite team; enjoy your friends and family and remember “DON’T DRIVE, GET A RIDE!

The Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign also targets St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day Weekend, Halloween and the national Holiday Season in December.

Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.

Genesee County Sheriff’s Office Announces 2018 Departmental Awards

Press Release:

Officer of the Year Award – Deputy Sheriff Travis M. DeMuth
Deputy Sheriff Travis M. DeMuth has distinguished himself in the performance of service to the citizens of Genesee County during 2018. During this year, Deputy DeMuth has shown to be a reliable asset, he has maintained a consistent, positive attitude and has excelled in the performance of his duties. Specifically, during two incidents, Deputy DeMuth’s instincts, investigative skills and proactive attitude contributed to the arrest of a well-known drug trafficker from Rochester who was in possession of 154 individually packaged quantities of cocaine, heroin and marijuana. These were confiscated and never made it to the streets to be sold in our community. Additionally, during another incident, Deputy DeMuth’s calm demeanor, persistence, and decisive actions were instrumental in reviving an unresponsive victim and likely saved her life.

Deputy Sheriff Travis M. DeMuth has reflected great credit upon himself and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and most deserves to be named Officer of the Year.

Distinguished Service Award – Confidential Secretary Carolyn A. Della Penna
Confidential Secretary Carolyn A. Della Penna has distinguished herself as a member of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. Carolyn continuously goes above and beyond to insure that the operations of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office are accomplished in an efficient and professional manner. She is always available to take on additional tasks and assist members with complicated issues. Carolyn has a wealth of knowledge and is recognized as the “go to person” on operational procedures of the Sheriff’s Office and Genesee County. Her willingness to help others is truly appreciated by all the members of the Sheriff’s Office. Confidential Secretary Della Penna’s knowledge and attention to detail have proven to be a great asset to the Department and, through her work, has distinguished herself and brought great credit upon herself and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. Thank you for all you do.

Longevity Awards
Jail Cook Manager William S. Cultrara 10 years
Principal Financial Clerk Deborah A. Shea 10
Sr. Emergency Services Dispatcher Michael T. Sheflin 10
Sr. Emergency Services Dispatcher Jason W. Holman 10
Investigator James M. Diehl 10
Deputy Sheriff Kevin R. McCarthy 10
Emergency Services Dispatcher Steven L. Robinson 10
Emergency Services Dispatcher Francis A. Riccobono 10
Correction Officer Daniel J. Renz 15 years
Sr. Correction Officer Caleb C. Chaya 15
Correction Officer Brian M. Manley 20 years
Sr. Correction Officer Peter M. Hoy 20
Investigator/Youth Officer Timothy G. Wescott 20
Emergency Services Dispatcher Lynn B. Riccobono 25 years
Deputy Sheriff Deborah L. Snyder 25

Certificates of Appreciation
Cook Manager William S. Cultrara
Community Services / Victim Counselor Rosanne DeMare Smart
Volunteers for Animals

Commendations
Investigator Chad J. Minuto 2nd
Deputy Sheriff Chad P. Cummings 2nd
Deputy Sheriff Ryan W. Young 2nd
Deputy Sheriff Mathew J. Clor 2nd
Deputy Sheriff Jeremy M. McClellan 2nd
Emergency Services Dispatcher Steven L. Robinson 2nd
Sr. Emergency Services Dispatcher Jason W. Holman 2nd
Emergency Services Dispatcher Steven R. Smelski 2nd
Deputy Sheriff Kevin R. McCarthy 3rd
Deputy Sheriff Deborah L. Snyder 4th
Emergency Services Dispatcher Lynn B. Riccobono 5th
Sergeant Jason E. Saile 6th

Meritorious Awards
Deputy Sheriff Matthew R. Butler 3rd
Investigator Christopher A. Parker 2nd

Weekend News Briefing

The Downtown Batavia Business Improvement District has announce the appointment of Barbara Dietrich as the B.I.D.s new Executive Director.
Barbara was the President of Dietrich Consulting in Batavia starting in 1998 where she consulted for a variety of businesses on marketing and advertising.
During her time at Dietrich Consulting she was the Director of Marketing and Development for the Genesee County YWCA and Empire Tractor, among several other local agencies.
Her official start date will be Monday, January 28th.

Kitchen Fire reported in Batavia.
Report of a structure fire at 62 South Main Street came in several minutes after midnight Friday into early Saturday Morning.
Initial reports said that occupants were evacuating from the apparent kitchen fire inside a lower apartment.
City fire was dispatched and Police officers first to arrive on scene reported heavy smoke with flames showing at the back of the structure.
A firefighter reported that it was a small kitchen fire that looked to extend into the kitchen cabinets.
The fire was snuffed out within a few minutes and shortly after fire command requested Red Cross to aid two adults and four children who live in the apartment.

Governor Cuomo is reacting to President Trump’s announcement of the reopening of the federal government. Lisa G. reports…

 

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has announced their 2018 Departmental Awards.
Deputy Sheriff Travis DeMuth was recognized with the Officer of the Year Award and Confidential Secretary Carolyn Della Penna received the Distinguished Service Award at the Sheriff’s Annual Awards Luncheon held on Friday at the Sheriff’s Office.

The City of Batavia is currently seeking nominations for their 2018 Recognition Awards.
Nominations are being sought for Community Volunteer, Home owner of Year, Business and Not-For-Profit of the Year.
Anyone wishing to nominate someone is encouraged to complete the nomination form and submit it to Lisa Casey at the City Manager’s Office by Friday, March 8th.
The awards will be presented by City Council at a future City Council Meeting.
Nomination forms available on the City website at batavianewyork.com under the home page or can be picked up at the City Manager’s Office

Special DWI enforcement effort planned for the big game weekend.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia and the Village of LeRoy Police Departments will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving from February 1st until February 4th.
Super Bowl Weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving and lawmen request those hosting a Super Bowl party to designate a responsible driver before the game begins.

The Winter Storm Warning which was issued for much of the region including Genesee and Wyoming Counties for Friday and Saturday has been cancelled.

Downtown Batavia B.I.D. Hires New Executive Director

Press Release:

Downtown Batavia – The Downtown Batavia Business Improvement District (B.I.D.) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Barbara Dietrich as the B.I.D.s new Executive Director.

Barbara comes to the B.I.D. from an extensive background of marketing, event management, public relations, promotions and business start-up skills. Barbara was the President of Dietrich Consulting in Batavia, New York starting in 1998. She consulted for a variety of businesses on marketing, advertising trends, promotions, sponsorship and events. She was the radio personality on Entercom Buffalo; News Radio 930 WBEN – “Easy Living with Barb Dietrich”. Barbara was the Sponsorship Director of “The Great Pumpkin Farm/”Oink”toberfest, NYS BBQ Cook-off Competition in Clarence, New York. During her time at Dietrich Consulting she was the Director of Marketing and Development for the YWCA Genesee County, Director of Marketing for Empire Tractor, Inc., Director of Marketing, Public Relations and Sponsorship for Rivera Theatre in North Tonawanda, New York and General Manager for WNY Event Centre in Clarence, New York.

Barbara has volunteered for many organizations over the years, she was a board member as well as past chairperson for Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Batavia Business Advisory Board, Cornell Cooperative Extension Board, Genesee County Business Advisory Board for Tompkins/Bank of Castile and Junior Achievement.

She stated, “Most of my marketing/management career has been in the Buffalo area and I’m so happy to use those skills and experiences here in my own community. It’s an honor to be a part of the exciting growth of Batavia!”

Barbara moved to Batavia from State College, PA with her husband, David Dietrich, over 25 years ago. She stated, “she is happy they chose Batavia as their home.” They have two children, Joe and Petra.

Barbara is looking forward to joining the B.I.D. and working closely with the downtown businesses, volunteers, board members, the City of Batavia and its community. Her official start date will be Monday, January 28, 2019. Please join me in warmly welcoming Barbara to the B.I.D.

Morning News Briefing

Alpina Food Facilities is said to be sold sooner than later.
Aaron Morgenstern, managing director of Harry Davis & Company, the firm handling the sale of the former Alpina Foods facility in Batavia is confident the site will sell relatively quickly.
Morgenstern has told our news partner the Batavian that some potential buyer of the recently shuttered yogurt producer in the Genesee Valley Ag Park is going to pick up an ultramodern dairy plant for a nice price.
Morgenstern said he would expect to find a buyer soon and that he will be surprised if people are still talking about who will buy the plant by July 4th.
In 2012 Alpina bought the plot of land and built the plant for $20 million.
Over the next six years, Alpina invested another $50 million in the purchase of more land and additional equipment.

The fully automated plant will help whoever steps as a buyer to control labor costs and at full capacity the plant could employ around 100 people.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance has announced that most recipients of SNAP benefits will receive their full February benefits early, due to the ongoing federal government shutdown.
Current food stamp recipients may have received their February benefits as early as last Thursday.
Director of Financial Services at the Genesee County Department of Social Services Carla Mindler…

Mindler added that some individuals will receive their benefits on February 1st because they were not processed before the cutoff last week.
According to Mindler her department has not heard any updates on whether Medicaid funding will be effected.
She did indicate that the funds for Medicaid come from a different source than SNAP benefits and at this moment they are not anticipating that the government shutdown will effect Medicaid.

Local Attorney announces run for City Court Judge.
Benjamin J. Bonarigo, Sr., a City of Batavia attorney has announced his candidacy for Batavia City Court Judge.
A life-long resident of Batavia, Bonarigo is seeking to be elected to the position being vacated at the end of the year by the retirement of the Hon. Robert Balbick, who will be reaching mandatory retirement age.
During his practice, Mr. Bonarigo has acted as the Attorney for: the City of Batavia, the Town of Batavia, the Village of Oakfield and the Village of Oakfield Central School District.

Winter Storm Warning going into effect this afternoon.
The National Weather Service issued the Winter Storm Warning for much of the region including Genesee and Wyoming Counties from one o’clock this afternoon until one Saturday afternoon.
Heavy lake effect snow expected with total snow accumulations of 7 to 14 inches and winds gusting as high as 40 mph.
Forecasters say to anticipate very difficult hazardous driving conditions during the morning or evening commute.

Currently our list of closures and cancellations is a short one with Attica Central School closed due to the snow and ice.

 

Ben Bonarigo announces candidacy for full-time City Court judge

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Benjamin J. Bonarigo, Sr., a City of Batavia attorney has announced his candidacy for Batavia City Court Judge. A life-long resident of Batavia, Mr. Bonarigo is seeking to be elected to the position being vacated at the end of 2019 by the retirement of the Hon. Robert J. Balbick, who reaches mandatory retirement age.

Mr. Bonarigo and his wife, Diane, a retired City of Batavia elementary school principal, have made the City their home, where they raised three children, two of whom continue to reside within the City with their families.

A 1975 graduate of Batavia High School, Mr. Bonarigo attended Genesee Community College, while working in his family’s restaurant, attaining an AS Degree in General Studies in 1977 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management, cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1979. He furthered his education by attaining his law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School in 1982 and was admitted to the practice law in New York State in 1983.

During his practice, Mr. Bonarigo has acted as the Attorney for: the City of Batavia, the Town of Batavia, the Village of Oakfield and the Village of Oakfield Central School District.

At the start of his career, Mr. Bonarigo worked in the Genesee County Public Defender’s Office where he worked part-time while at the same time establishing over the next 37 years, a flourishing legal practice which is now known as Bonarigo & McCutcheon. He has practiced in all areas of civil and criminal law all over Western New York and beyond. While practicing law, Mr. Bonarigo has been very committed to his profession, having been appointed to the Appellate Division 4th Department Grievance Committee for 6 years, during which time he, along with others, sat to review the ethical behavior of attorneys from all over Western New York.

He was also appointed to the Independent Judicial Qualification Commission for the 8th Judicial District on which he participated in the review, and rating, of candidates for judicial offices in all of Western New York courts. He is a long-time member of the New York State Bar Association to which he was a delegate representing the attorneys of Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming County during State meetings. He has been a member in good standing with the Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming County Bar Associations, serving as President of the Genesee County Bar. During his tenure as President of the Bar Association, Mr. Bonarigo implemented an attorney reading with students program in the elementary school in the Batavia City School District.

In addition to his commitment to the legal profession, Mr. Bonarigo has been highly involved in civic matters in the City of Batavia. Mr. Bonarigo has been: a coach and been a member of the Board of Batavia Youth Football; a client tutor and member of the Board of Literacy Genesee/Orleans; a member of the Notre Dame High School Foundation Board; a member of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees; a member of the Board of the Holland Land Office Museum; and a Mock Trial judge for many years.

Mr. Bonarigo is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at Genesee Community College having been appointed by the Governor in 2011. He, along with his co-board members have overseen a significant expansion of the campus facilities. He is also a member of the Twenty-Five Neediest Children’s Fund, Inc., which financially assists students and families within the Batavia City School District.

For his civic efforts, Mr. Bonarigo was been inducted in 2011 to the Genesee Community College Hall of Fame; granted an honorary diploma from Notre Dame High School in 2010 and was recognized as a Friend of the ARC in 2013.

“With my breadth of professional experience, love and commitment for the City of Batavia, its residents, including my family, neighbors and friends, I feel that I am uniquely qualified and I am the best-suited candidate to be elected to the City Court bench. It will be with great pride, impartiality, humility, and compassion that I will sit daily making judgments that continue to better our community.”

I look forward to the challenges ahead in this election process and look forward in the next several months as I reconnect with old acquaintances and, making new ones, as I seek your support for this position.”

New York State Announces February SNAP Benefits Being Issued Early Due to Federal Government Shutdown

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Most New Yorkers Receiving SNAP Will Get Full February Benefits by January 17

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance today announced that most recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will receive their full February benefits early, due to the ongoing federal government shutdown. Current SNAP recipients may receive their February benefits by Thursday, January 17.

Most recipients will receive their entire February benefit early, so it is important for SNAP recipients to budget accordingly considering the uncertainty caused by the federal shutdown.

“New Yorkers receiving their February SNAP benefits early need to carefully plan their food budgets as this will need to last through the entire month,” said Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts. “We will continue to work closely with our local partners to ensure that all SNAP recipients get their February benefits.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed states to issue full February benefits early. This not an “extra” or “bonus” benefit and households will not receive a second benefit for the month of February.

Current SNAP recipients, due to receive February benefits, who do not receive their benefits as part of the early issuance and who live outside of New York City, will receive them on February 1.

Current SNAP recipients, due to receive February benefits, who do not receive their benefits as part of the early issuance and who live in New York City, will receive them on their regularly scheduled February benefit issuance date.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Basketball

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Men’s Basketball Drops Close Conference Contest at Erie

The Genesee men’s basketball team lost a close game to #10 Erie Community College Kats 70-68 on Wednesday night at the Burt Flickinger Center. With the loss, Genesee’s record is 9-8 on the season and 0-1 in Western New York Athletic Conference action.

Region III Male Athlete of the Week Jamir Cheek scored 11 points and added nine rebounds. Jarett Haines scored a game-high 26 points, while Souleymane Gueye added 15 points, and eight rebounds.

Genesee returns home on Saturday, January 26, as the Monroe Community College Tribunes come to Batavia with tip-off scheduled for 3:00pm.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Basketball

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Women’s Basketball Earns Conference Win at Erie

The Genesee women’s basketball team outscored the host Erie Community College Kats 42-29 in the second half to earn a 76-62 win on Wednesday night at the Burt Flickinger Center. With the victory, Genesee improves their record to 13-5 on the season

Cougars Female Athlete of the Week Ta’Lia Burgess had a game-high 21 points and added nine rebounds. Chevaneese Milington recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds off the Cougars bench. Jordon Wright scored 13 points off the bench on 6-10 shooting from the field. LisBeth Pineda Polanco scored 12 points. Grace McComb had a team high seven assists to go with her seven points.

Genesee returns home on Saturday, January 26, as they welcome reigning NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Champion #10 Monroe Community College with tip-off scheduled for 1:00pm.

HAWLEY: ‘DREAM? – MORE LIKE A NIGHTMARE’

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) issues a statement on passage of the DREAM Act

“The priorities of the far left are now on full display in Albany, and today’s theme was unabated college aid for illegal aliens.

“We cannot possibly justify spending millions of tax dollars to line the pockets of those here illegally when the student loan debt crisis is a national epidemic, with an average debt burden of $39,400 per student.

“We are a nation of laws, and those who follow our laws, work hard and pay taxes are the ones we should be helping with college affordability. But state leaders, intent on quarreling with the federal government, are using our state governmental process for partisan political gain.

“There have been numerous proposals put forth by members of the Assembly Minority Conference to expand college affordability, increase tax credits and lower student loan payments. Those are the solutions we should be considering before giving away free college to illegals.”

GCC Theatre Presents A Social Issues Anthology

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The Genesee Center for the Arts at Genesee Community College has released its spring 2019 line-up of events and opportunities, and it is going to be an emotional, fun and powerful season.

First, the Roz Steiner Art Gallery at GCC will display a collection of paintings by Muhammad Zaman entitled “Finding Amal” from January 22 – February 22, 2019. Amal, meaning ‘hope’ in Arabic, is what Zaman hopes to inspire through his work. “Finding Amal” features compositions of urban calligraphy that combine the three languages that are the cornerstones of the artist’s culture: Arabic, English and Bangla. Each individual canvas expresses a word, phrase or concept as if they were messages dedicated to the entire human race. The artist will lecture on January 31, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. and receptions will follow at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The Roz Steiner Art Gallery is open to the public Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is also open during special events as published at www.genesee.edu/campuslife/arts. Admission is free. For more information, contact Gallery Coordinator Mary Jo Whitman at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6490, or via email: mjwhitman@genesee.edu.
The following live performances will take place in GCC’s Stuart Steiner Theatre at the Batavia campus.

The National Circus Project brings its exciting, fun-filled circus performance to GCC in Batavia on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. With juggling, plate spinning, and comedy, this act encourages audience participation and is full of surprises! The experts from National Circus Project will also hold six workshops, which are also open to the public, at GCC on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Call (585) 345-6814 for the full workshop schedule.

The Forum Players will perform “Encounters: A Social Issues Anthology” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, Friday, March 8, Saturday, March 9, 2019 and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on March 10, 2019. This anthology, directed by Norman R. Gayford, professor of English, is a collection of six short pieces, with poetry interludes, that use stories to explore a variety of issues facing society today.

The first piece, The Unspoken 200, written by Ehinomen Okojie of Winston-Salem, NC, attempts to reverse the desensitization that results from using hashtags to summarize tragedies. In April 2014, 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria. Today, 195 of those females are still missing! The Unspoken 200 tells the story of one of the kidnapped girls.

“I wrote this play because it became easy for myself, as well as other people, to simply type the hashtag #bringbackourgirls, and merely forget them a few seconds later,” Okojie said. “Through the play, I could empathize with these girls, and I believe it will do the same for many people. It will challenge how they live their day-to-day lives, making them appreciate the things that are so easy to come by and to remind us all that over 60 percent of those girls are still missing. Today, it is easy for us to reduce tragic events to a hashtag. I am using this play to make people truly understand that the tragedy these girls have suffered is not and never will be equitable to a couple of words.”

The second piece in the production is Save the Date, written by Caity-Shea Violette of Boston, MA. Just hours before her wedding, the play’s main character, Andrea, meets her estranged lover in a park. In a tug-of-war between passion and timing, they explore the expiration date of “the one that got away.”

Shifting from romance to humanity, the third social issue explored in “Encounters: A Social Issues Anthology,” is in Sister, written by Kita Mehaffy of Santa Fe, NM. This piece tells the story of Andréa, down on her luck, who sees Alex in the park early one Sunday morning. Andréa hopes to find the humanity in a woman who had previously looked right through her. Andréa attempts to prompt Alex’s memory of their previous face-to-face encounter, but to no avail. Alex only sees what she wants to see when Andréa responds with agitated frustration. “Sometimes being invisible wears on a girl,” Andréa says.

The anthology’s fourth act is Summer Storms, written by Jaisey Bates of Los Angeles, CA. Bates was inspired to write this piece in two phrases: “they were dancing” and “I had a dream, but now I’m woke.” These words, created in the wake of the tragedies that took place during the summer of 2016 “support mutual healing, strengthened community and positive change,” Bates said. “That we might build with our joined words an enduring shelter from such storms; that we might write a new story worthy of our children, our children’s children; that we might learn, in the precious few moments we are gifted, to walk together in beauty on this beloved ground.”

The anthology concludes with a powerful one-minute scene called Boulder Holder, written and performed by Crystal Jackson of Pacific Grove, CA. This scene is about violence in schools. Encounters will also be performed at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2019 for students at GCC’s Batavia campus.

On Friday, April 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. GCC’s Forum Players also present the Children’s Theatre production, The Lamp is the Moon, written by Kirk Lynn. The program introduces Shawn, a bright young girl with a head full of science and imagination, which makes naptimes particularly difficult. Her friend, Lamp, triggers a wide-awake adventure with the dream of learning to fly and becoming the moon. With the guidance of the audience, this voyage is fit for mission control as Shawn and her lamp escape naptime and blast into space. “I don’t like to nap, but I do like to dream,” Shawn says. This show debuted at the Seattle Children’s Theatre in the spring of 2018.

The 2019 spring season concludes with GCC adjunct professor Tara Pocock artfully directing a 20-piece modern dance showcase entitled, “Freedom: A Modern Dance Show About Your Rights.” The program questions what are basic human rights and freedoms in today’s ever-changing world. This powerful performance will take place on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stuart Steiner Theatre.

Tickets for these shows in the Stuart Steiner Theatre are $8 for adults, and $5 for seniors (55+) and students (16+) and GCC faculty/ staff. GCC students with ID are $3, and GCC alumni with ID will receive a $2 discount on an adult ticket. To reserve seats, contact the GCC box office at boxoffice@genesee.edu or (585) 345-6814.

Morning News Briefing

Parolee jailed in Batavia arrested in connection to business burglary weekend.
City Police have arrested a parolee in connection with a string of burglaries from businesses in Batavia.
25 year old Christopher Sprague of West Main Street Batavia is facing four counts of Burglary in the 3rd degree for alleged break-ins that occurred in the area Ellicott Street and Harvester Avenue over the weekend of January 4th earlier this month.
Police said that the suspects broke windows or kicked in doors to gain entry in most cases and evidence at the scenes appeared to indicate the burglaries were committed by the same suspects.
Sprague was already being held in the County Jail on an unrelated Petit larceny charge and was also on parole for a previous conviction.
Police say they are looking for at least one other suspect in the case.
No further information will be released at this time as the investigation is ongoing.

Democrats have passed the DREAM Act in the New York State Senate.
The legislation had been previously blocked while Republicans held the senate majority and now Governor Cuomo is set to sign the bill.
The law gives access to state financial assistance for undocumented immigrants who are applying for colleges.
Local Assemblyman Steve Hawley issued a statement in opposition to the legislation saying “We cannot possibly justify spending millions of tax dollars to line the pockets of those here illegally when the student loan debt crisis is a national epidemic.”
The average debt burden is nearly $40-thousand per student.
Hawley said the Assembly Minority Conference has put forth numerous proposals that are solutions to consider before giving away free college to illegals.

Man accused of attacking two brothers with a butcher knife in Wyoming County pleads guilty to two counts of attempted murder.
39 year old Michael Finch of Florida and formerly of Wyoming County entered a random home in the Town of Middlebury, to find food and money in August of last year.
In the intrusion Finch stabbed two brothers inside, a 28 year old and a 13 year old with a butcher knife taken from the home’s kitchen.
Despite being injured, the brothers were able to fend off Finch who fled into a wooded area and was apprehended shortly after a brief search.
Finch is scheduled to be sentenced on February 21 to 20 years to life in prison for each charge.

Overdose death in Orleans County leads to manslaughter charge against a Lockport resident.
27 year old James White of Lockport has been arrested in connection with the overdose death of a Medina man two years ago.
White is facing a felony count of Manslaughter for allegedly providing a lethal combination of heroin and fentanyl to 22 year old Wade Sargeant
White was ordered to be held in Orleans County Jail on $100,000 bail and is due back in Orleans County Court today.

The National Weather Service is updating the expected weather conditions for the entire western New York region this morning.
Forecasters says rain will quickly change to wet snow from west to east early this morning across Western New York.
Conditions through mid-morning may make roadways slushy and slippery during the morning commute.

Evening News Briefing

Christopher Sprague

A Batavia man, already on parole, has been arrested for a number of business burglaries in the city since the first of the year.
25 year old Christopher Sprague of West Main Street, is facing four counts of third degrees burglary for a string of break-ins and attempted break-ins in the area Ellicott Street and Harvester Avenue.
Police said that in most cases the suspects broke windows or kicked in doors to gain entry.
Police didn’t have to go far to arrest Sprague. He was already in county jail on an unrelated Petit Larceny. Charge. He was also on parole for a previous conviction.
Police say they are looking for another suspect in the case.

Part-Time Batavia City Court Judge Durin Rogers wants to run for a full-time post. Rogers wants to replace City Court Judge Robert Balbick, who’s been on the bench for 25 years, who is retiring at the end of this year.

 

Ayesha Kreutz

Governor Cuomo has signed the Reproductive Health Act into law. The measure updates the state’s 49-year-old law on abortion.
It removes restrictions on abortions after 24 weeks and protects the doctors who perform them.
Pro-life leaders are outraged.
One of them is Ayesha Kreutz, of the Frederick Douglas Foundation:

The governor and his supporters say the law is important since they are concerned Roe versus Wade may be overturned by the United States Supreme Court.

27 year old James White of Lockport has been arrested in connection with the overdose death of a Medina man two years ago.
White is facing a felony count of Manslaughter for allegedly providing a lethal combination of heroin and fentanyl to 22 year old Wade Sargeant
White was ordered to be held in Orleans County Jail on $100,000 bail and is due back in Orleans County Court tomorrow.

State Police have announced the results of their holiday drunk driving crackdown.
From December 13th through January 1st, 783 people were arrested across the state for driving under the influence.
Overall, more than 48,000 tickets were handed out for various violations, an increase of roughly 5,000 tickets from a year earlier.

Parolee Busted for Weekend Burglaries in Batavia

BPD Photo: Christopher Sprague

News Release: Batavia Police Dept.

The Batavia Police Department has arrested a parolee in connection with the burglaries which occurred over the weekend of January 4th, 2019. Christopher T. Sprague, age 25, of 130 W. Main St., Batavia, NY, was arrested on 01/18/2019 and charged with 4 counts of  Burglary 3rd. Sprague was in custody at the Genesee County Jail on an unrelated petit larceny charge and a parole warrant at the time of his arrest.

During the weekend of January 4th – 7th, the Batavia Police Department investigated 9 burglaries, which includes attempted burglaries, to local businesses. The areas where the burglaries took place are Ellicott St and Jackson St, Harvester Ave, Swan St, Center St, Apollo Dr and Liberty St. The suspects broke windows or kicked in doors to gain entry at most of the businesses. Items were taken at some of the businesses but not all. The suspects stole a white 1998 Dodge RAM 2500 diesel from one of the businesses, but it has since been recovered. Evidence was located at the scenes which appeared to indicate the burglaries were committed by the same suspects.

The Batavia Police Department would like to thank all the local businesses which have assisted us in providing their surveillance videos.

No further information will be released at this time as the investigation is ongoing as there is at least one other suspect still outstanding.

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

Batavia Downs: Donald H. Zich, 76, dies

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By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs

Donald H. Zich, 76, of Akron, New York died on January 22, 2019, at the Gates Vascular Center in Buffalo, New York.

Born on September 19, 1942, Mr. Zich was introduced to harness racing at a very early age as his uncle Herb Schweitzer raced a stable of horses at Vernon Downs. After working with his uncle and learning the business during the summer while still in school, he entered the military after graduation and served his country during the Vietnam conflict. Upon his honorable discharge, Mr. Zich went right back to the track and started his lifelong participation in the sport he loved.

During his active years of training and driving at Batavia Downs and Buffalo Raceway, Mr. Zich oversaw his own stable while also catch driving for many years. Horses he steered and conditioned included Tarzan Direct, Gypsy Zipper, Southcote Irish, Gemarillo, Win Jon, Laredo LST, Columbia Stone, Surginski, Hatchet Almahurst, Dovers Dolittle, Quality Wins, Fan Can Do, Flower Time, Two Smart, Cosmic Jolt and his pride and joy Fanny’s Filly, who he guided into being the Trotter of the Year in western New York in 1982.

Mr. Zich was also a 30-year employee of General Motors at the Buffalo Engine Plant where he earned an associate’s degree as a skilled tradesman and worked as a tinsmith.

In his spare time Mr. Zich was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to spend time with his family. He was a friend to everyone at the track and he will certainly be missed by all those who knew him.

Don Zich was the beloved husband of Elizabeth P. (nee Ralston) Zich for 53-years; devoted father of Tina M. (Timothy L.) Bojarski, Deborah A. (Darrin M.) Monti and Donald Zich; cherished grandfather of Dana, Lauren, Andrew, Donnie and Taylor; loving son of the late Fred and Mildred Zich; dear step-brother of Beverly; and is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends may visit the Lombardo Funeral Home (Northtowns Chapel), 855 Niagara Falls Boulevard, near Eggert Road and Sheridan Drive on Thursday (Jan. 24) from 4-8 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Holy Spirit Church, 85 Dakota Avenue, Buffalo, New York on Friday morning (Jan. 25) at 11:15 a.m. Online condolences are at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.

 

JUDGE ROGERS ANNOUNCES BID FOR BATAVIA CITY COURT JUDGE

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Today Durin Rogers, Attorney and City of Batavia Part-Time Judge, announced his candidacy for the Full-Time Judge of the Batavia City Court post that will become vacant at the end of this year. Judge Rogers would be running to replace current City Court Judge Robert Balbick who will retire after reaching mandatory retirement age.

Judge Rogers has served as the Part-Time Batavia City Court Judge for almost four years following his unanimous appointment by Batavia City Council in 2015.

“I am excited to officially announce I will be seeking the Full-Time Batavia City Court Judgeship this coming November…,” said Judge Rogers. “I made this decision because I sincerely believe that I have the qualifications, experience and commitment to our community that the residents of the City of Batavia deserve.”

During his past four years on the bench, Judge Rogers has handled all types of cases within the court’s jurisdiction including civil, criminal, small claims, housing code violations and even matters in the drug court and veteran’s courts. He has championed effective service to the community including co-chairing the Centralized Arraignment Part Program (CAP), a program designed to assist in the timely arraignment and representation of Defendant’s in criminal proceedings. He has spear-headed the efficient processing of housing code violations and established a protocol to effectively and timely deal with “zombie” properties neglected by non-local corporations and owners. “Each of these responsibilities comes with difficult decisions that impact the lives of those before the Court and those in our community. A judge’s legal background and experience, commitment to the community, and character are essential to making fair and honest decisions while holding offenders accountable.” said Judge Rogers.

Judge Rogers has dedicated his almost 25-year legal career to public service including volunteering with the Public Defender’s Office and handling assigned counsel matters throughout the GLOW region in criminal and family courts. He has served as an attorney in the Genesee County Attorney’s office since 1995 where he was lead prosecutor for juvenile delinquency proceedings for over 20 years; and handled all types of matters within the office including domestic violence/family offense matters; abuse and neglect proceedings; and contractual negotiations for the Genesee County Public Radio system. Judge Rogers has extensive experience in electronic evidence particularly in admission of social media. He has been a frequent speaker in this area across New York State. “As more and more individuals integrate this form of electronic communication into their lives, my unique knowledge of this area of law will be of great value to the Batavia City Court Bench,” added Judge Rogers.

“It is with this background, having been a prosecutor, a defense attorney and now a judge, that I believe I have the unique qualifications and legal experience to understand and administer justice in the City of Batavia so that all residents of our community feel safe and are treated fairly… I will do so with integrity, respect and the temperament that a judge must have when hearing cases fairly, each day, every day.” said Judge Rogers.

Judge Rogers commitment and passion for public service extends beyond the court system. Over the years, Judge Rogers frequently volunteered his time and commitment to coach youth sports including baseball and basketball for over 15 years. He assisted in bringing the “Youth Court” to Genesee County. He was a founding board member of Habitat for Humanity of Genesee County; a volunteer Budget Ambassador for the Batavia City Schools District; an appointed member of the Batavia City Youth Board; a member of the original Board of Ethics for the City of Batavia; and a member of the City of Batavia Police Facility Task Force. Other volunteer activities included being an attorney for the Surrogate’s Decision-Making Committee (SDMC), and President of the Genesee County Bar Association (GCBA), during which time he collaborated with the Genesee Community College to bring a new program to Genesee County known as the “People’s Law Series,” a biannual symposium designed to educate and guide the public in topical areas of law”

Judge Rogers lives with his wife, Paula, and their four children in the City of Batavia. His family has resided in Batavia for almost 18 years and are proud to call Batavia home. Rogers is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Law; and received his Juris Doctor legal degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio.

Morning News Briefing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor signs legislation allowing abortion up until the due date.
Governor Cuomo has signed the Reproductive Health Act into law.
Lawmakers approved the legislation yesterday that amends New York’s 49 year old law on abortion.
It removes restrictions on abortions after 24 weeks and allows abortions to be performed up until the due date of a mother.
The law leaves the decision of whether a late term abortion is appropriate up to qualified medical professionals to determine whether a woman’s health is threatened.
Founder of the Fredrick Douglas Foundation Ayesha Kreutz spoke out against the legislation yesterday…

Kreutz joined other local leaders in a prayer vigil outside of Planned Parenthood in Rochester yesterday evening.
The governor and supporters say passing this law is important since they are concerned Roe versus Wade may be overturned by the United States Supreme Court.

Part-Time Judge in Batavia announces candidacy for Full-time City Court Judge position.
Durin Rogers, Attorney and City of Batavia Part-Time Judge, announced his candidacy for the Full-Time Judge of the Batavia City Court post that will become vacant at the end of this year.
He has served as the Part-Time Batavia City Court Judge for almost four years following his unanimous appointment by Batavia City Council in 2015.

State Street resident picked up on Warrant in Batavia.
24 year old Carlton Beardsley was apprehended on a Batavia City Court arrest warrant on Ellicott Street in the City.
He was taken into custody for failing to appear for a previous charge following a shoplifting arrest from the Save-A-Lot in Batavia in December.
Beardsley is currently being held in lieu of bail in the Genesee County Jail.

The National Weather Service is warning local residents to expect freezing rain early this morning, which could affect the morning commute.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 2 o’clock this afternoon.
Forecasters say that up to 1/10th of an inch of freezing rain could fall with wind gusts up to 40 mph.
The Weather Service warns that untreated roads could be slippery and there may be limited visibility at times making travel potentially hazardous.

The Buffalo Diocese has announced the creation of the Adult Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Task Force.
Members will look into how the diocese deals with claims of sexual misconduct with adults by clergy and employees.
Bishop Richard Malone promised to create the panel after a report claimed he allowed two priests to keep their positions after allegations of sexual misconduct.
There have been calls for him to resign, but Malone says he has no plans to leave.

Evening News Briefing

The National Weather Service is warning local residents to expect freezing rain early Wednesday morning, which could affect the morning commute.
A winter weather advisory is in effect for Wednesday from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Up to 1/10th of an inch of freezing rain could fall with wind gusts up to 40 mph.
Untreated roads could be slippery and there may be limited visibility at times making travel potentially hazardous.

Flags at Monroe County buildings will be lowered until Thursday in honor of Jeffrey Farrell.
The county worker died on the job Friday after a tractor trailer went off the road on Route 104, traveled down an embankment and killed him. The truck driver also died.

Several luxury transportation companies in New York are pushing back against Governor Cuomo’s plan to ban stretch limos.
The governor shared his idea last week, largely in response to the deadly limo crash in Schoharie [[ SCO-hairy ]] that claimed 20 lives last October. Now, several business owners are calling for better enforcement of existing laws, saying the industry would be devastated if all stretch limos were banned, despite the fact that some call the vehicles unsafe.

Car crash into a house leads to arrest for a Holley resident.
44 year old Lawrence Lentz of Holley was arrested by State Police out of Albion following an incident in the Town of Murray.
Police were called last Saturday to the intersection of State Route 104 and State Route 237 for a report of a vehicle that struck a house.
Police said Lentz showed signs of intoxication and failed several subsequent field sobriety tests.

Proposed “Reproductive Health Act” would legalize third term abortions in New York

The decades old debate over abortion has recently been rekindled in New York State with the proposal of a new bill.

State Senator Liz Krueger who represents New York’s 28th district in Manhattan is sponsoring legislation entitled the “Reproductive Health Act” that is said to revise provisions of law relating to abortion.

According to opponents of the legislation, the bill would allow for third term abortions right up to a mother’s due date and allow late term abortions to be performed not just by doctors but by Physician’s Assistants, Nurse Practitioners or other Advanced Practice Clinicians.

According to the Communications Director for Senator Krueger, who declined to be recorded for this story, abortions performed after 24 weeks would be left up to qualified medical professionals to determine whether a woman’s health is threatened.

Ayesha Kreutz, Founder of the Fredrick Douglas Foundation, compared the proposed legislation to the just as controversial Eugenics movement…

According to the CDC black non-hispanic women have the highest abortion ratio and nearly half of all unborn black babies are aborted.
Kreutz who is herself post-abortive will join local leaders in a candlelight prayer vigil outside of the Planned Parenthood Abortion Center in Downtown Rochester Tuesday evening.

The “Reproductive Health Act” is currently in review in the Senates Health Committee.

To view the proposed legislation as it stands click here.

GCC Athletics Update: Athletes of the Week

Courtesy of Genesee Athletics TaLia Burgess (L) and Jamir Cheek (R ), were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the week of January 22, 2019

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Burgess and Cheek named Genesee Athletes of the Week

Men’s basketball player Jamir Cheek and women’s basketball player TaLia Burgess were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the week of January 22.

Jamir Cheek had a team-high nine assists in Genesee’s game at Herkimer last week. Cheek also scored 18 points and added seven rebounds for the Cougars. He has started all 16 games so far this season for Genesee. It is the second time that Cheek has earned the honor.
TaLia Burgess has been named the Female Athlete of the Week for the second time this season. In Genesee’s last contest against the Herkimer College Generals, Burgess scored a game-high 18 points and collected 14 rebounds to record her ninth double-double of the season. Burgess is averaging a double-double with 16 points and averaging better than 10 rebounds a game.

Both basketball teams are in action on Wednesday as Genesee travels to Erie Community College. The women will play at 5:30pm and the men will play the #6 ranked Kats at 7:30pm. Genesee’s first home game of the spring semester will be on Saturday with a doubleheader against Monroe Community College starting at 1pm. The game will be streamed live on www.geneseeathletics.com

 

Morning News Briefing

State lawmakers plan to ban conversion therapy.
New York is set to join 14 other states, plus Washington, DC, in banning conversion therapy.
State lawmakers have passed a bill prohibiting mental health professionals from trying to change a teenager’s sexual orientation or gender orientation.
Another bill makes gender identity a protected class under state law.
Governor Cuomo says he’ll sign both bills, calling LGBTQ conversion therapy fraudulent and saying it’s done a lot of harm to young people.

Holley man arrested for DWI after driving into a house.
Troopers based out of Albion have arrested 44 year old Lawrence Lentz of Holley following an incident that occurred last Saturday on State Route 104 and State Route 237 in the Town of Murray.
Troopers responded to the intersection for a report of a vehicle that struck a house.
Officers interviewing Lentz report he was showing signs of being intoxicated and subsequently failed several standardized field sobriety tests at the scene.
Lentz was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and later recorded a Blood Alcohol Content of .11%.
Lentz was issued appearance tickets for Murray Town Court later this month.

Stafford man busted for drunk driving.
State Police have reported the arrest of 27 year old Juan Casarrubiasrendon following a traffic stop on Main Road in Stafford last Saturday afternoon.
He was allegedly caught driving without a license while drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle and was subsequently charged with DWI and several related counts.
Casarrubiasrendon was released with an appearance ticket for Stafford Town Court at a later date.

The City of Batavia Fire Department is asking fire hydrant adopters to clear their nearest hydrant due to the recent snowfall. .
For others clearing their own property of snow, the fire department asks that you to maintain clear access a hydrant on your property.

Several luxury transportation companies in New York are pushing back against Governor Cuomo’s plan to ban stretch limos.
The governor shared his idea last week, largely in response to the deadly limo crash in Schoharie that claimed 20 lives last October.
Now, several business owners are calling for better enforcement of existing laws, saying the industry would be devastated if all stretch limos were banned, despite the fact that some call the vehicles unsafe.

Evening News Briefing

New York is set to join 14 other states, plus Washington, DC in banning conversion therapy. State lawmakers have passed a bill prohibiting mental health professionals from trying to change a teenager’s sexual orientation or gender orientation. Another bill makes gender identity a protected class under state law. Governor Cuomo says he’ll sign both bills, calling LGBTQ conversion therapy fraudulent and saying it’s done a lot of harm to young people.

Bitter cold is still with us, but in Wyoming County, the Wind Chill Warning has been cancelled.
The weather service is maintaining a Wind Chill Advisory for Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties until 7AM tomorrow morning.
Wind Chills as low as minus 20-degrees are possible.
At that temperature, Frostbite can occur on exposed skin in 30 minutes or less.

Fire damages a bedroom in Basom.
Volunteers answered the alarm late last night on Bloomingdale Road in Basom.
There was one person in the home at the time who managed to safely escape.
Fire investigators have not yet said what sparked the blaze.

The City of Batavia Fire Department is asking fire hydrant adopters to clear their nearest hydrant due to the recent snowfall. .
For others clearing their own property of snow, the fire department asks that you to maintain clear access a hydrant on your property.

There is a water main break on Union St near Notre Dame High School. Crews are on site to begin repairs but water service will be interrupted in the area until repairs are complete.
Once repaired residents are cautioned to allow some time for water clarity to return and avoid laundry activities until full clarity has returned.

B.O.L.O for Bandit

Another call to be on the lookout for Bandit.

Bandit is a small grey and white dog who has been missing since January 15th from the Stringham Drive area in Batavia.

His owners urge not to chase him and if someone does happen to find him, he can be taken to the Genesee County Animal Shelter on West Main Street Road in Batavia or they can call 716-560-2386.

Morning News Briefing

Loss of key contract leads Alpina Foods to close in Batavia.
The loss of Alpina Foods in Batavia marks the second yogurt manufacturing operation to close in Genesee County in the past eight years.
The Genesee County Economic Development Center released a statement Friday evening saying that due to the loss of a co-packaging contract, Alpina Foods has decided to close its operations at the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park.
Approximately 35 workers were put out of a job.
The Economic Development Center is remaining hopeful, comparing the loss of Alpina to the 2015 departure of Muller Quaker Dairy.
Ultimately HP Hood took over the old Muller Quaker site with help from the GCEDC, resulting in hundreds of jobs for the community.  HP Hood has recently begun production at the plant and are nearing completion of a 100,000 sq. ft. refrigerated warehouse on the site.
Alpina Foods has operated in Genesee County since 2011.

Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until this evening.
Following this weekend’s winter storm that coated the entire Western New York region in approximately a foot or more of snow, the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning for severely cold temperatures.
Forecasters are calling for extremely cold wind chills as low as 25 below zero.
The warning is in effect for the entire region including Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties and is expected to expire by 7 o’clock this evening.
For those who need to be outside for an extended period of time make sure to cover up well because the cold wind chills can cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

Bedroom fire reported in Basom.
Call came in around 10:30 last night for a bedroom fire at 402 Bloomingdale Road in Basom.
Pembroke, Indian Falls and Alabama Fire were initially dispatched for the call with an engine from Akron called in shortly after.
There was a single occupant who was instructed to evacuate and no injuries were reported.
The Alabama fire chief reported the fire was out around quarter to 11 and the power was out to the house.
Fire investigators have not yet said what sparked the blaze.

The City of Batavia Fire Department is calling on fire hydrant adopters to help clear their nearest hydrant.
With the recent heavy snowfall it is important to keep the fire hydrants in your area clear and accessible in case of emergencies.
For others clearing their own property of snow please keep in mind to keep access to a hydrant in your area clear.

Because of the holiday today our usual list of closures and cancellations has not been needed, however patients of Dr. Suwarna Niak are being advised that the doctor’s office is closed due to the weather conditions.
Dr. Niak’s Office on West Main Street Road in Batavia is closed today due to the weather.

The ARC of Genesee Orleans curbside collection services are running this morning.
Administrators from the ARC say they have employed additional trucks this morning in an attempt to pick up trash and recyclables earlier than usual so workers can finish work earlier and stay out of the cold.

Several luxury transportation companies in New York are pushing back against Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to ban stretch limos.
The governor shared his idea this past week, largely in response to the deadly limo crash in Scoharie that claimed 20 lives last October.
Now, several business owners are calling for better enforcement of existing laws, such as Fred Visconti who owns a limo company in Newburgh.
He says the industry would be devastated if all stretch limos were banned, despite the fact that some call the vehicles unsafe.

Weather UPDATE: Winter Storm Warning Cancelled

From the National Weather Service 1:15pm Sun, Jan 20

WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 PM EST MONDAY…
WINTER STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED…

* WHAT…Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as
25 below zero expected.

* WHERE…Northern Erie and Genesee counties.

* WHEN…From 6 PM this evening to 7 PM EST Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The cold wind chills could cause
frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

UPDATE: Winter Storm Warning and Wind Chill Advisory

From the National Weather Service

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING…
WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 PM EST MONDAY…

* WHAT…Heavy snow and blowing snow. Very cold wind chills
expected. Additional snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches. Winds
gusting as high as 35 mph. Wind chills as low as 20 below zero
expected.

* WHERE…Orleans, Monroe, Wayne, Northern Cayuga, and Genesee
counties.

* WHEN…For the Winter Storm Warning, until 6 PM EST this
evening. For the Wind Chill Advisory, from 6 PM this evening
to 7 PM EST Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The worst conditions will be through this
morning. Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Areas of
blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The cold
wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little
as 30 minutes.

Women March in Batavia

About 125 people braved single digit wind chills to locally mark the 2019 Women’s March for equality.
The rally started in Jackson Square and moved to the City Centre. The march route had been shortened due to the weather.

Participants included Diana Kastenbaum, a Congressional candidate in 2016 and owner of Pinacle Manufacting in Batavia; members of Woke GCC; and Debora McDell-Hernandez with Planned Parenthood of Batavia.

Erica O’Donnell, founding member of the Batavia chapter of Women’s March Global said over 200 went to Seneca Falls from the Batavia area.O’Donnell said some of the same women planning this march also helped to plan a trip to Seneca Falls last spring for the March for Our Lives.

NYSACOP Marijuana Statement

Press Release:

The New York State Association of Chiefs of Police representing over five hundred Police Chiefs, Commissioners, Superintendents and other command level police executives, stands in opposition of the State’s intention to propose legislation that would legalize regulated marijuana in New York State.

As Police Officers, we are sworn to enforce Federal, State and Municipal laws and to protect the public. Marijuana is illegal under Federal law and is classified as a “Schedule 1” drug which means that the federal government views cannabis as highly addictive with no medical value.

The New England Journal of Medicine reports that “The epidemiological and preclinical data suggests that the use of marijuana in adolescence could influence multiple addictive behaviors in adulthood”. New York State is currently battling an Opioid epidemic with law enforcement and public health professionals on the frontline and it would be counterintuitive to condone the use of marijuana.

Aside from the numerous health related issues with the use of marijuana, we are concerned with how the legalization will impact public safety. Of great concern is traffic safety. New York has been making great strides in lowering traffic fatalities to the lowest numbers on record. In comparing data in Colorado (which legalized marijuana in 2013), the first year that marijuana was legalized traffic fatalities increased 62% in that one year.

The detection of impairment by drugs on the roadside must be performed by a certified Drug Recognition Expert, which is a law enforcement officer that has undergone at least two weeks of classroom training and an additional one week of practical field training. It is anticipated that law enforcement would have to add approximately 650 new Drug Recognition Experts to handle the necessity of the increase in suspected impaired drivers.

Most law enforcement agencies within New York State have twenty or less members. Without the appropriate funding from the State, the financial impact could be crippling to some municipalities.

In addition to the need for new DRE’s, legalizing regulated marijuana would necessitate retiring a large majority of Police K-9 dogs that are trained to detect marijuana, as their detection capabilities would no longer be admissible in court. The replacement of these K-9 officers could easily take 5-7 years and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

There has not been ample time or studies conducted in order to see what pitfalls may arise should marijuana be legalized in the state of New York. Only after bringing all stakeholders together for meetings, studies and dialog can an educated, informed decision be made.

Once again, I must emphasize that the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police is in opposition to the legalization of marijuana. I urge the State to proceed cautiously, learning from other states that have already suffered the deleterious effects of this decision, before moving forward with legalization in New York State.

Sincerely,
Chief John Aresta
President
New York State Association of Chiefs of Police

GCSO: Beware of Phone Scam Revolving Around Social Security Administration (SSA)

Press Release:

Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr. would like to advise the public that the Sheriff’s Office has become aware of reports of fraudulent telephone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Callers are using threatening language to warn unknowing victims that they will be arrested or face other legal action if they fail to call a provided phone number or press the number indicated in the message to address the issue. In some instances, these unknown callers switch tactics and communicate that they want to help an individual with activating a suspended Social Security number. Such calls are a scam and are not coming from official SSA representatives.

Do not engage with such callers, and please report any suspicious calls to Social Security’s Office of the Inspector General by calling 1-800-269-0271 or submitting a report on the OIG website (https://oig.ssa.gov/report). Additional information on the nature of these fraudulent calls, as well as instructions on how to report such activity, can be obtained by accessing the Social Security Matters blog (https://blog.ssa.gov/).

Weekend News Briefing

Alpina Foods closing operations in Batavia.
One of Batavia’s major yogurt production facilities has announced they will be shutting down.
The Genesee County Economic Development Center released a statement Friday evening saying that due to the loss of a co-packaging contract, Alpina Foods has made a decision to close its operations at the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park.
The closure is putting approximately 35 workers out of a job.
Alpina Foods arrived in Genesee County in 2011 and the recent loss of the business in Batavia has been equated to the loss of Muller Quaker Dairy in 2015 which with the efforts of the GCEDC ultimately resulted in bringing HP Hood to the community and eventually the hiring of hundreds of employees.
HP Hood has recently begun production at the plant and are nearing completion of a 100,000 sq. ft. refrigerated warehouse on the site.

A Rochester resident arrested for sexual abuse of a child in Batavia.
Deputies have arrested 21 year old Bradly Lund of Lake View Park Rochester following investigation into an incident at a pearl street road address in Batavia that allegedly occurred on December 1st of last year.
Lund is accused of having sexual contact with a male victim less than 11 years old.
He is charged with Criminal Sex Act and Sex Abuse both in the first degree along with Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Lund is expected back in Batavia Town Court at a later date.

Sheriff alerts residents to recent phone scams.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of fraudulent telephone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Social Security Administration.
The Sheriff’s Office says that the callers are using threats of arrested or other legal action if the victims fail to call a provided phone number or press the number indicated in the message to address the issue.
In some instances, the callers are said to switch tactics and act helpful in their attempt to activate a suspended Social Security number.
The Sheriff’s Office advises not engaging with such callers, and to report any suspicious calls to Social Security’s Office of the Inspector General by calling 1-800-269-0271

This weekend has the potential to bring biggest snowfall we have seen this year.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Western New York from one o’clock this afternoon ending at 6pm on Sunday.
The warning includes Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties.
Heavy and blowing snow is expected along with accumulation in some areas from a foot to 18 inches.
The weather service says travel could be difficult to impossible.
The worst of the snowfall is expected Saturday evening through late Sunday morning.

The Genesee County Parks has again installed their outdoor ice rink.
It’s located adjacent to the South entrance and this season they have partnered with the Batavia Kiwanis Club to extend hours for ice skating on Fridays at the DeWitt Recreation Area.
The hours will be extended till 7:30 p.m. from now until mid-March, weather permitting.
Tim Horton’s will provide hot chocolate during the Friday evening skating hours.
Use of the rink is free and available during the posted times.

Alpina Foods Shuts Down

The once promising yogurt making business in Genesee County has gone sour for the second time.
Alpina Foods has closed operations in the Genesee County Agri-business Park in the Town of Batavia. An estimated 35 workers are out of a job.

Alpina Foods in the Genesee County Agri-business Park on Route 5 in Batavia

In a statement released late Friday by the Genesee County Economic Development Center it was explained that, “due to the loss of a co-packaging contract, Alpina Foods has made a decision to close its operations at the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park.”

“While this is extremely disappointing news, the GCEDC will be diligent in marketing and promoting the facility to other agricultural businesses. This was similar to our approach in marketing and promoting a former yogurt manufacturing site, which resulted in bringing HP Hood to our community,” the statement continued.

Alpina opened the new yogurt plant in 2012. It was highly touted by the GCEDC and various state agencies.
Mueller Quaker Dairy opened a $200-million yogurt making plant next door to Alpina. This operation shut down in December, 2015.

The Mueller Quaker facility was eventually sold to H P Hood which has recently begun production at the plant.
They are nearing completion of a 100,000 sq. ft. refrigerated warehouse on the site.

Evening News Briefing

Waiting for the snow, perhaps the biggest snowfall of the season – so far.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Western New York from one o’clock tomorrow afternoon ending at 6pm on Sunday.
The warning includes Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties.
Heavy and blowing snow is expected accumulation in some areas from a foot to 18 inches. The weather service says travel could be difficult to impossible. The worst of the snowfall is expected Saturday evening through late Sunday morning.

We have two early cancellations to report due to the impending storm:
All school activities in the Batavia City Schools tomorrow and Sunday have been cancelled.
Genesee Valley BOCES will close at 3pm on Saturday, January 19 and remain closed on Sunday, January 20.
The latest Closing and Cancellation announcements can be found HERE.

Elderly Albion couple listed in guarded condition following an Albion House Fire. 81 year old Vincenzo Spampanato, and his 72 year old wife Felicia suffered severe burns in an explosion and fire in Elmwood Ave home in Albion Wednesday evening.
Vincenzo was working on a gas heater when the gas ignited and started the fire. Both victims are in guarded condition at Strong Hospital.

Governor Cuomo is joining other leaders to demand the Trump administration make unemployment benefits available to unpaid federal workers who have remained on the job during the partial government shutdown.
Cuomo issued a joint statement with the Governors of Washington and Michigan noting they have provided unemployment benefits to furloughed federal workers and their families in their states, but current federal regulations are preventing states from providing the same assistance to federal workers on the job not being paid. Cuomo called the disparity patently unfair.

There seems to be no end in sight for the spread of the flu. According to the New York State Department of Health, there have been 16-thousand confirmed cases of the virus this season. In the past week, 60 counties have reported positive flu test results. Doctors say this should serve as another reminder that it’s never too late to get your flu shot.

Morning News Briefing

Early warning for this weekend’s winter storm.
The National Weather Service is issuing a Winter Storm Warning for the upcoming weekend that could bring the first significant snowfall of the New Year.
Forecasters are calling for heavy snow fall with total snow accumulations of 10 to 14 inches and winds gusting as high as 35 mph.
The warning covers the entire Western New York region including Orleans, Genesee, and Wyoming Counties.
The storm warning is expected to be in effect from 1 p.m. tomorrow until 6 p.m. Sunday.
The weather service says that travel will be very difficult to impossible in some areas.
Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility and the cold wind chills as low as 15 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

Albion police identify elderly couple listed in guarded condition following an Albion House Fire.
According to Police 81 year old Vincenzo Spampanato, and 72 year old Felicia Spampanato, transported to Strong Memorial Hospital following an explosion and fire at their home on Elmwood Ave in Albion on Wednesday evening.
As of yesterday afternoon both victims were said to be in guarded condition at the Hospital’s Burn Unit.
The initial investigation has revealed that Vincenzo Spampanato was performing maintenance on a gas heating appliance in the basement of the residence when an explosion occurred, ultimately resulting in the house catching fire and becoming heavily involved in fire.
The Investigation into the cause of the explosion and resulting fire remains on-going.

Genesee County’s new top dog is getting ready for training.
Sheriff William Sheron provided an update on the newest recruit to the Sheriff’s Office, K9 Frankie and took the opportunity to thank all the donors for support.
Sheriff Sheron appearing on WBTA’s Main and Center program…

Sheron said that they are on track to purchase another K9 for the Sheriff’s Office, however they need other officers to be trained as well and he is hopeful to be ready for another dog at the department by this time next year.

Fresh off launching a presidential exploratory committee, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is heading to Iowa.
She’ll be in Sioux City today for a walking tour and house party with local activists.
Tomorrow, she’ll be in Boone, Ames and Des Moines to talk with potential supporters.
According to a recent Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll, 35-percent of likely Democratic caucusgoers had a favorable opinion of Gillibrand.
55-percent said they were undecided.

Officials in Elba are working to address traffic and crossing guard complaints

WBTA received complaint from a listener that the Village of Elba, who previously employed a crossing guard at the Elba School drop off point on Route 98, has left the position vacant ever since the return of students from Christmas break.

The Village’s long-time crossing guard retired in November and Elba’s lone public works employee was covering the position from November to December, however they are unable to continue covering the before and after school shifts.

Village Mayor Norman Itjen…

The Mayor said that the Elba School provides busing to every student in the village and much of the traffic issues that he has been made aware of seem to stem from a congestion of cars from parents dropping their children off at school.

Itjen also said that the previous crossing guard would additionally conduct traffic, which was not under their authority and was ultimately a liability for the Village if they happened to cause any accidents.

He continued to say officials may look into adding new signage indicating a crosswalk, however a similar idea was attempted several years ago and the expensive crosswalk signs were stolen.

Albion PD: Albion couple in guarded condition following explosion and house fire

Press Release:

On January 16th, 2019 at approximately 6:21pm the Albion Police Department and Albion Fire Department were dispatched to 5 Elmwood Avenue in the Village of Albion for the report of heavy smoke coming from the residence and possible explosions. At approximately 6:24pm, Albion Police Officers arrived on scene and did find one male and one female victim in the front yard suffering from burn injuries. The male and female are identified as Vincenzo Spampanato, 81 and Felicia Spampanato, 72, the residents of the home.

Vincenzo Spampanato was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy Flight. Felicia Spampanato was transported by the Central Orleans Volunteer Ambulance (COVA) to Strong Memorial Hospital.

At the time of this release, both victims remain in guarded condition at the Strong Memorial Hospital Burn Unit.

The initial investigation has revealed that Vincenzo Spampanato was performing maintenance on a gas heating appliance in the basement of the residence when an explosion occurred, ultimately resulting in the house catching fire and becoming heavily involved in fire.

The Investigation into the cause of the explosion and resulting fire is being conducted by the Albion Police Department, Orleans County Fire Investigation Unit, Orleans County Emergency Management Office, New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control and New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG).

The investigation is on-going at this time.

Morning News Briefing

Albion House Fire leaves an elderly couple hospitalized.
Investigation into the cause of an Albion House Fire remains on-going.
According to Albion Police report came in just after 6 o’clock last night for a fire on Elmwood Avenue in Albion along with reports of explosions.
Upon arrival firefighters reported that the home was fully engulfed and that the victims, an elderly couple, were standing with burns in the front yard.
Mercy Flight was called into action and both were transported to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment of potentially serious burns.
Authorities have not released the names and conditions of the victims at this time.

Correction Officer in Pennsylvania arrested for larceny in Albion.
Following investigation into an incident at the Albion Walmart in November of last year, Troopers have arrested 47 year old Jeromy Farr of Olean for petit larceny.
State Police were notified by a Medina woman reporting that her purse containing personal items and $700 cash had been stolen from her shopping cart at the Albion Walmart.
Troopers obtained video surveillance from Walmart showing Farr taking the purse and putting it into his vehicle.
Farr was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Albion Court on January 23rd.
Farr is reported to be employed as a correction officer in Smethport, Pennsylvania.

LeRoy woman busted for possessing a stolen shotgun.
LeRoy Police arrested 46 year old Carla Catalano of Mill Street on Monday charging her with a Felony count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and Conspiracy.
According to investigators Catalano allegedly conspired with others to steal property and was in possession of a stolen black pump shotgun that she refused to return to the owner.
Catalano was arraigned in LeRoy Town Court and released under the supervision of the Genesee Justice.

LeRoy resident arrested on a massive amount of suspensions.
26 year old Chazmar Walters of Myrtle Street LeRoy was taken into custody on Tuesday by Police in LeRoy.
He was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation for Driving While Suspended and Resisting Arrest.
Walters was allegedly driving on Myrtle Street in the Village while his license was suspended 20 times.
Walters then is accused of resisting arrest by refusing to exit the vehicle after being ordered multiple times to do so, and ultimately had to be physical removed from the vehicle.
According to police Walters continued to be Obstructive to Officers attempting to walk him into the court for arraignment and further charges are pending.
Walters was committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Water Main Break reported in Batavia.
At approximately 3 a.m. there was a large water main break on North Street between Trumbull and North Spruce.
The main has been shut down, and crews are beginning repairs.
Residents in the area may experience low water pressure, or discoloration.
As per usual the city encourages residents in the area to wait until water clarity has returned before running laundry.
Motorists are also requested to avoid the area as the street may be closed while repairs are completed.

Evening News Briefing

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

New York’s junior Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is vowing to fight the institutions of power while announcing her run for president in 2020. Flanked by her husband, two sons, and mother, Gillibrand spoke of her belief that health care is a right, that special interests have corrupted Washington, and that institutional racism plagues the country. She accused President Trump of tearing the nation’s moral fabric apart along racial lines, and promised to build on past progressive achievements if she were to win the presidency:

Senator Gillibrand made the point of noting she won’t take any political action committee money or money from federal lobbyists, citing her belief that such contributions silence the voice of the people.

The state Legislature has passed a bill protecting transgender New Yorkers. The law means they cannot be discriminated against when it comes to things like employment, education or housing.
The Senate and Assembly also approved legislation banning the practice of conversion therapy.
Governor Cuomo has said he’ll sign both pieces of legislation.

A Genesee County Legislature committee is recommending a promotion for County Parks Supervisor Paul Osborn.
The Public Service Committee wants to name Osborn to the newly created post of deputy highway superintendent.
In this new role, Osborn will be responsible for the county parks and for maintenance of all county buildings.
For that, Osborn will be paid 72-thosuand dollars a year.

Republicans in Elba and Oakfield are looking for a few good people for run for office.
In Oakfield, the GOP is looking for candidates for Highway Superintendent, Town Clerk, town council and county legislator.
These seats will be decided in November.
In the Village of Elba the GOP is looking for candidates to run for village trustee.
The election for village government is March 19th.
Contact information for GOP committees in Oakfield and Elba are on our website.

The National Weather Service has issued an early Winter Storm Watch for this weekend.
The Watch takes effect on Saturday afternoon and remains in effect until Monday afternoon.
The Watch extends to all of Western New York, including Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
Snow accumulations of 7-inches or more are possible along with gusty winds producing blowing and drifting snow.

Winter Storm Watch

Issued by the National Weather Service
For Genesee County, New York

WINTER STORM WATCH FROM 1PM EST SAT UNTIL 6PM EST MON

 

WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON.

HEAVY SNOW POSSIBLE. LIGHT SNOW WILL BEGIN AS EARLY AS SATURDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY SATURDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY. SNOW WILL THEN TRANSITION TO LAKE EFFECT SUNDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUE THROUGH MONDAY. AT THIS TIME, GREATER THAN 7 INCHES OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE.

GUSTY WINDS AND ARCTIC AIR WILL ALSO PRODUCE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AND WIND CHILLS WELL BELOW ZERO.

WHERE: ALL OF WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEW YORK. * WHEN…FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: PLAN ON SLIPPERY ROAD CONDITIONS. WIDESPREAD BLOWING SNOW COULD SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE VISIBILITY.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… BEGIN NEEDED PREPARATIONS AT HOME OR WITH YOUR VEHICLE. TRAVEL MAY BECOME DIFFICULT, SO PLAN ACCORDINGLY.

Republicans Seek candidates for Town of Oakfield and Village of Elba

The Oakfield Republican Committee is seeking candidates for the following offices in the November, 2019 election:

Superintendent of Highways (four-year term)
Town Clerk (four-year term)
Councilpersons (two positions, four-year terms)
County Legislator (two-year term)

Interested residents of the Town or Village of Oakfield can send a Letter of Intent no later than Feb. 4 to:

Contact:
Alan R. Dennis, Chairman of the Republican Committee
6916 Fox Road, Oakfield, NY 14125

The Republican Caucus will be held at the Village of Elba, on Monday, Jan. 28, for the following offices that are up for re-election on March 19.

Village Trustee — four-year term
Village Trustee — four-year term
Village Trustee — one-year term (finish out existing term)

Contact
Laurie Itjen Republican Chairperson at (585) 757-2257 with any questions.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Basketball

Courtesy of Genesee Athletics – Jamir Cheek (1) driving towards the basket

Press Release:

Cougars Lose Tough Road Contest to Generals

The Genesee men’s basketball team came up short in a 70-65 loss to the Herkimer College Generals on Tuesday afternoon.

Reigning Genesee Male Athlete of the Week Jarett Haines led the Cougars offensively with 21 points by going 7-9 from behind the arch. Jamir Cheek scored 18 points with nine assists and seven rebounds.

The Cougars (9-7) will start their 2018-19 Western New York Athletic Conference slate on Wednesday, January 23rd at #6 Erie Community College, with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 pm.

For more information about Genesee Athletics, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com or follow along on social media by using #cougarPride.

Morning News Briefing

Genesee Park Supervisor receives promotion to Deputy Highway Superintendent.
Paul Osborn, the county’s park supervisor will become deputy superintendent of the County Highway Department under a budget amendment resolution recommended for approval by the Public Service Committee on Monday.
Osborne will be responsible for both the county’s parks and for maintenance of all county buildings in his new role.
The county’s supervisor of buildings and grounds, Terry Ross, is retiring and that position is being eliminated from the budget, however a new senior building maintenance mechanic part-time position is being created which will be filled by Ross.
The annual salary for Osborn as new deputy highway superintendent will be $74,000 effective Jan. 28.

Alabama accident leads to DWI arrest for a Batavia man.
64 year old James Dagger of Batavia Elba Townline Road was arrested following a motor vehicle accident on Alleghany Road in Alabama yesterday afternoon.
He had allegedly failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign in the crash.
Daggar was reportedly the only one hurt and was taken to UMMC for minor injuries.
He was charged with DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation,
Driving without a license and refusing to take a breath test.
Daggar was released with appearance tickets for Alabama Town Court in February.

A Batavia high school student arrested for incident of harassment at school.
City Police report the arrest of a 17 year old male student in Batavia following investigation into an alleged incident at the high school Monday afternoon.
The unnamed student was accused of having unwanted physical contact against a staff member and was charged with Harassment.
They were given an appearance ticket for January 22nd in City Court.

Two jailed on bench warrants in Batavia.
59 year old Ronnie Flinchum of Mill Street LeRoy was arrested on a bench warrant for failing to appear on an assault charge and was remanded to the County Jail in lieu of o$1,000 dollars bail.
43 year old Mehmaet Dilek of Rochester was also arrested on a bench warrant out of Batavia City Court for failing to appear.
He was jailed in lieu of bail and is expected to appear in court this afternoon.

Governor Cuomo has laid out his 2019 budget proposal.
During yesterday’s speech at the Empire State Plaza, he highlighted several key issues including marijuana legalization, banning single-use plastic bags, expanding the bottle bill, more money for schools and health care.
The address also served as Cuomo’s State of the State.
The governor likely won’t have much resistance to his agenda since Democrats have control of the state Legislature.

The state Legislature has passed a bill protecting transgender New Yorkers.
The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act means they can’t be discriminated against when it comes to things like employment, education or housing.
The Senate and Assembly also approved legislation banning the practice of conversion therapy.
Governor Cuomo has said he’ll sign both pieces of legislation.

Evening News Briefing

A Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for Batavia and Genesee County until 10 tonight.
The National Weather Service is predicting Freezing Drizzle and a glaze of ice accumulation.
Plan on slippery road conditions especially during the evening commute.
The advisory extends to Orleans, Wyoming, Erie and Niagara counties as well.

The City of Batavia Republican Committee is seeking candidates interested in running for offices this November.
The City GOP is looking for candidates for City Court Judge, City Council in Wards 1-6 and County Legislators in Districts 7-9.
Letters of interest can be mailed to City Republican Chairman David Saleh.
His contact information is on our website.

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce has announced their annual awards for 2018.
Business of the Year goes to Genesee Lumber, a company with 90 years of service to the area.
The Agricultural Organization of the Year is Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Geneseean of the Year is Bob Stocking of Corfu.
A special service recognition will be awarded to the Batavia Rotary Club, marking its 100th year.
The Chamber’s annual awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 2nd.

A sure sign the Christmas Holiday season is over.
The City of Batavia is picking up Christmas Trees until the end of the month.
Be sure to place trees in the parkway, the area between the sidewalk and street.
You are also reminded to remove all decorations, lights and stands.

Governor Cuomo is looking to ban stretch limousines in New York following last year’s horrific limo crash downstate
Cuomo also plans to announce a number of safety reforms for limos in his budget address today. They include requiring a commercial driver license for limo drivers, requiring seatbelts in all large passenger vehicles and stricter penalties for those who fail to get such vehicles re-inspected.
Last October, 20 people died when an SUV that had been converted into a limo and recently failed an inspection crashed in Schohaire County.

Chamber Names 2018 Honorees

News Release

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 47th Annual Awards Ceremony which will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Quality Inn & Suites, Park Road, Batavia. This is the County’s premier event that honors businesses and individuals for their achievements in business, community service and volunteerism. Tickets are $50.00 per person or a table of 10 for $450.00.

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

This year’s honorees are:
Business of the Year:  Genesee Lumber Company, Inc.
Agricultural Organization of the Year:  Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc.
Special Service Recognition of the Year:  The Batavia Rotary Club
Geneseean of the Year:  Bob Stocking, Corfu

Call Kelly J. Bermingham, at 343-7440, ext. 1026 to make your reservations

Batavia GOP Seeks Candidates

News Release

The City of Batavia Republican Committee is seeking City Republicans interested in running for the positions of City Court Judge, City Council in Wards 1-6 and County Legislators in Districts 7-9.
Letters of interest can be mailed to City Republican Chairman David Saleh at 116 Naramore Dr., Batavia, NY 14020. Chairman Saleh can also be reached at 585-599-3540.

If you are interested in getting involved in making Batavia a better place to live and work then we want to hear from you!

Winter Fun Programs At the Genesee County Park & Forest

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East Bethany, NY – Discover the wonders of winter with hikes at the Genesee County Park & Forest! Track the secret lives of wild animals and seek out the brave birds that spend winter in Western New York! Winter Wonderland Hikes are held on Saturdays from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm.

List of topics:

Saturday, January 19th: Animal Tracks & Signs
*Bad weather date: Saturday January 26th
Saturday, February 16th: Winged Wildlife
*Bad weather date: Saturday February 23rd

Hikes will go, snow or no snow. Hikes begin at the Interpretive Nature Center and end with hot chocolate and snacks. Snowshoes may be used, weather permitting, and are available for rent or you may bring your own. Snowshoeing lesson provided, no previous experience needed! Rental is included in the price, $5/person, $15 max/family. Recommended for ages 3 and up! Pre-registration is required, call 585-344-1122! If cancelled due to weather, hikes will be rescheduled to bad weather dates as listed above.

Enjoy the tranquil beauty of the forest on a full moon night! Naturalists lead you on a peaceful Moonlight Snowshoe and Winter Fun Hike on Saturday, January 19th and Saturday, February 16th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Meet at Pavilion B on Raymond Road. Hikes will go, snow or no snow. Hikes begin and conclude with refreshments by a warm fire in Pavilion B! For ages 18 and over. Snowshoes may be used, weather permitting, and are available for rent or you may bring your own. Snowshoeing lesson provided, no previous experience needed! Rental is included in the price, $5/person, $15 max/family. Pre-registration is required, call 585-344-1122! If cancelled due to weather, hikes will be rescheduled to Saturday, January 26th and Saturday, February 23rd.

Make a memory this winter with your own Private Group Snowshoe Hike! A Naturalist guides your group through peaceful woodland trails and open meadows. Listen to winter’s quiet beauty and find signs of wildlife in this 431-acre park. Private hikes are available on Saturdays in January and February from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm by reservation only at the Interpretive Nature Center. No previous experience is needed; snowshoes provided or bring your own. Rental is included in the price, $5/person, minimum group fee is $75. Call 585-344-1122 to book your own adventure!

Snowshoe Rentals are available at the Genesee County Park & Forest Interpretive Center 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on Thursdays and Fridays, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays December through March, weather permitting. Snowshoes must be used in the park. Fee is $5/pair and all proceeds go to ACORNS, the nonprofit organization that supports the parks!

Morning News Briefing

Accident in Oakfield leads to Felony DWI arrest for a Webber Ave woman.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested 39 year old Jennifer Davis of Webber Ave in Oakfield following investigation into a two car motor vehicle accident.
Davis was accused of following too closely Friday evening on Route 63 in Oakfield before she rear ended another vehicle while driving on a conditional license.
Further investigation revealed she was allegedly intoxicated and Davis was ultimately charged with a felony DWI for having a previous offense, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, Leaving the scene of a property damage accident and refusing to take a breath test.
She was arraigned in Oakfield Town Court and is expected to return at a later date.

Batavia man jailed following domestic dispute.
State Police out of Batavia have reported the arrest of 62 year old William Hughes following report of a domestic dispute at a Town of Batavia address Sunday night.
Hughes was charged with Criminal Mischief with intent to damage property and Harassment with physical contact.
He was remanded to the County Jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Thorp Street will be turning into a one way with parking next week.
Beginning next Tuesday morning the traffic pattern on Thorp Street between Maple and Watson Streets will change from Two-Way to One-Way southbound.
The change is in accordance with a recent City Council Resolution and Traffic Order number one of this year.
Motorist will need to enter the portion of Thorp Street from Watson and exit on to Maple.
The Westside of the roadway will be utilized for street parking

The Salvation Army is reporting that through the kindness and generosity of people and businesses in Genesee County they raised $88,600 in this year’s Red Kettle Campaign.
They organization also said they provided assistance to 234 families, over 400 hundred children and provided Christmas meal boxes that fed over 780 individuals on Christmas day.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is expected to announce this week that she’ll form a presidential exploratory committee.
CBS is reporting that she’ll make the announcement during an appearance on the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” tonight.
Gillibrand would be the latest person to join an increasingly crowded field vying for the Democratic nomination.
She has been a senator since 2009, taking the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton when Clinton became Secretary of State.

Governor Cuomo will lay out his fiscal blueprint in Albany today.
He’ll be presenting his budget address at the Empire State Plaza.
The governor is expected to discuss key issues in the speech, which will also serve as his State of the State address.
Those items include legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes, healthcare, a ban on single-use plastic bags, and a ban on stretched or remanufactured limousines.
The budget has to be passed by March 31st, which is the end of the state’s fiscal year.

Salvation Army Posts Local “Red Kettle” Results

News Release

The Salvation Army brought the joy of the holiday season to many individuals in Genesee County in 2018. We would like to thank those Genesee County citizens, schools, organizations, club and business owners for their generosity this Holiday Season. Here at The Salvation Army we are committed to “Doing the Most Good.” During our Red Kettle Campaign, we raised $88,600 through the kindness and generosity of people and businesses in Genesee County.

Not only has the community provided the necessary funds to keep our programs running by dropping money in our Red Kettle, they went above and beyond to ensure that families in need had a Merry Christmas by their participation in our other holiday programs. Through our Angel Tree and Adopt a family programs, we put new clothes and toys under the tree for children who otherwise would have to go without Christmas gifts this season. Anonymous donors from our very own community adopt these little “angels” in an expanding Christmas tradition that makes the season brighter for both the donor and the child in need. This year we provided assistance to 234 families, over 400 hundred children and provided Christmas meal boxes that fed over 780 individuals on Christmas day. The Salvation Army ensures that low-income families, struggling seniors, and those without a home for the holidays have a glimmer of hope and the experience of joy during this holiday season.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you provide gifts of healing and hope for those who need it most throughout the year. Because need knows no season, we are extending our invitation for our 90 for 90 challenge. We have already received donations from 17 businesses and residents of Genesee County, who took on the challenge to give $1,000 to The Salvation Army. In this new year we are still looking for individuals and businesses to take on the 90 for 90 challenge. Help us start 2019 by bringing hope and stability to those in need in Genesee County with your generous gift.

Evening News Briefing

Governor Cuomo is expected to call for a plastic bag ban when he releases his executive budget tomorrow.
A bill banning single-use plastic bags failed to get by state lawmakers last year, but Cuomo is now expected to include it in the budget plan, increasing the chances of it passing.
Cuomo says a ban would reduce litter and cut greenhouse gas emissions, but some critics prefer a five cent fee.
Cuomo also says he wants the bottle bill expanded so that most non-alcoholic beverage containers would be eligible for a five-cent redemption.

The Salvation Army reports today that the agency raised nearly $88,600 through its Red Kettle campaign in Genesee County.
The Army also reports that 234 families and over 400 children were helped out during the Christmas Holiday season.

Lawmakers in Albany are vowing to pass major changes in the way New Yorkers vote after chaos at polling places in the city last September. Natasha Fanfair, a city transit employee, said early voting would help all working New Yorkers.
One bill they’re voting on would allow same day registration on election day and another would establish nine days for early voting. They’re also expected to set just one primary day in June, instead of the current two.

The Pembroke Girls Basketball team has presented a check to Roswell Park for just over 30-thousand dollars.
The cash represents the proceeds from the “Shooting for a Cure” game held last Thursday.
Over the eight years of the event, 119-thosuand dollars has been raised by the Pembroke Girls for cancer research.

Gasoline prices in Genesee County continue their downward trend.
Over the past week, Triple A says the average price of a gallon of regular gas has dropped 10-cents locally.
The lowest price in the county, according to gas Buddy-dot-com, is $2.10 a gallon on the Indian Reservation and $2.53 a gallon at M and T Express at Main and Dellinger.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Basketball

Press Release:

Men’s Basketball Drop Two on the Road

The Genesee men’s basketball team battled the Monroe College Mustangs and the ASA Institute Avengers on the road this past weekend but returned home without a victory.

Friday night against the Monroe College Mustangs, the Cougars had a hard-fought game but came up short in a 86-59 loss in New Rochelle. The Cougars were led by Jarett Haines with 15 points and eight rebounds. Souleymane Gueye scored 12 points and added eight rebounds. Jamir Cheek scored 11 points, collected seven rebounds and added six assists.

Saturday afternoon, the Cougars were led by Jarett Haines who scored a game-high 30 points, while shooting 11-17 from the field in a 78-66 loss to the ASA Avengers. Jamir Cheek recorded a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and handed out five assists.

Genesee (9-6) is back in action on Tuesday, January 15 as the Cougars travel to Herkimer College, with tip-off scheduled for 3:00pm. The next home game is on Saturday, January 26 against Monroe CC.

For more information about Genesee Athletics, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com or follow along on social media by using #cougarPride.

Morning News Briefing

City man jailed on warrant out of Orleans after being picked up with paraphernalia.
City Police report the arrest of 34 year old Joseph Freeman of Summit Street Batavia for allegedly driving without a license in an uninspected vehicle and in possession of drug paraphernalia.
Freeman was subject to a traffic stop on Jackson Street after allegedly failing to use his designated lane and making an illegal right hand turn unto Jackson.
Freeman was found to have a suspended license in a vehicle without insurance.
After being released on police bail he was transported to the Orleans County Jail on an active warrant.
Freeman is expected back in City Court on January 22nd.

A Walnut Street resident arrested for harassing women.
20 year old Santiago Quamane of Batavia was arrested by City Police over the weekend for an alleged disturbance that occurred on December 1st at an address on Walnut Street.
Quamane is accused of harassing two separate female victims and having physical contact with them during the incident.
He was released with an appearance ticket for tomorrow in Batavia City Court.

State Police have arrested a Steuben County man on serious charges out of Geneseo.
Troopers have arrested 30 year old Austin Pratt for allegedly having a sexual encounter in Geneseo with a child under the age of 17.
Pratt, who used to work for UR Medicine Thompson Health, also served as an athletic trainer in the Geneseo Central School District.
The superintendent says the district is cooperating with the investigation.
Pratt was arraigned and sent to the Livingston County Jail.
State Police are anyone with information on the case to call them.

The Batavia center for Independent living is joining their partners from the Buffalo, and Niagara Falls centers in attendance of the WNY National Conference on Disability tomorrow afternoon.
The conference is hopeful to reintroduce the Disability Integration Act to Washington DC.
The Bill would make the right of people with disabilities who require long term care to live in the least restrictive and most integrated settings more enforceable.

The state Senate and Assembly will be back in session today.
Lawmakers are expected to consider legislation to change New York’s voting rules.
One bill would allow early voting in an effort to boost turnout.
People would be able to cast their ballots ten days before an election.
Other ideas include allowing for 16 and 17 year olds to be pre-registered, and further limiting the amount of money corporations can donate to campaigns.

Governor Cuomo says he will push hard to convince state lawmakers to raise the state’s minimum age to buy tobacco and electronic cigarette products from 18 to 21.
He says New York has made great strides to keep tobacco out of the hands of kids, but he says new e-cigarettes have become way too popular with those under 21.
Many counties already have a higher age requirement, but the new rule would be in effect statewide.

Morning News Briefing

State Police arrest pediatric dentist in Lockport for child sex abuse.
The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation has arrested 57 year old Dr. Louis Surace of Lockport for alleged sexual abuse of a minor.
Surace is accused of having unwanted sexual contact with a child under the age seventeen during incidents occurring between 2013 and December 2018.
Investigation began after police received a tip from Child Protective Services on January 2nd of this year.
Dr. Surace was charged with multiple counts of Sexual Abuse in the First, Second and Third Degrees along with Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
He was arraigned and ordered to be held on $20,000 bail.
According to authorities, there is no evidence of additional victims at this time.
Anyone with concerns should call the New York State Police at 344-6200.

Pembroke’s Shooting for a Cure hits’ milestone in fundraising.
The ‘Shooting for a Cure’ fundraiser hosted by the Girls Basketball team in Pembroke brought in $28,000 to battle cancer just this year alone.
The 8th annual fundraiser was held at the Pembroke High School Thursday night.
The continued contributions of students, coaches and community members has pushed the fundraising past the $100,000 donation milestone since starting the event in 2011.
Pembroke may have lost the match against the Lady Irish of Notre Dame with a final score of 50 to 31 however it’s clear there were only winners on the court that night.

Lakeville resident arrested for child porn by Livingston County lawmen.
Following a joint investigation with the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force 20 year old Ryan Horan was arrested on felony charges by deputies.
Horan is accused of sharing images of child porn with an FBI agent during an undercover operation and numerous images of child porn were subsequently recovered from Horan’s electronic devices.
He is charged with felony counts of Possessing and Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child.
Horan was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $7,500 bail.

GCEDC approves incentives for new truck set-up facility.
The Genesee County Economic Development Center has approved just over $50,000 in incentives for Churchville Fire Equipment Corp. including sales, mortgage and property tax exemptions.
Churchville Fire Equipment Corp. is purchasing land on Perry Road in Pavillion to build a truck set-up facility.
The $900,000 investment by the company, which includes a $700,000 dollar land purchase will create 3 new jobs.
According to the Development Center for every one dollar in incentives, the company will be investing $78 into the local economy.

The Detail Shop Joins the U-Haul Dealer Network

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U-Haul Company of New York and Vermont, Inc. is pleased to announce that The Detail Shop has signed on as a U-Haul® neighborhood dealer to serve the Batavia community.

The Detail Shop at 3875 W. Main St. Road will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment and moving supplies.

The arrival of U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 is revolutionizing the moving industry through its more convenient, more secure way to pick up and return a truck. U-Haul live verification technology allows rental transactions to be carried out entirely on a smartphone at any hour – day or night. There are no membership fees. Simply visit uhaul.com to create an online account.

Normal business hours are 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. every day. Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling (585) 343-9910 or visiting https://www.uhaul.com/Locations/Truck-Rentals-near-Batavia-NY-14020/013530/ today.

The Detail Shop owner James Gayton is proud to team with the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage to better meet the demands of Genesee County.

U-Haul and The Detail Shop are striving to benefit the environment through sustainability initiatives. Truck sharing is a core U-Haul sustainability business practice that allows individuals to access a fleet of trucks that is larger than what they could access on an individual basis.

Every U-Haul truck placed in a community helps keep 19 personally owned large-capacity vehicles, pickups, SUVs and vans off the road. Fewer vehicles means less traffic congestion, less pollution, less fuel burned and cleaner air.

The Detail Shop is a great place to become U-Haul Famous®. Take your picture in front of a U-Haul product, send it in and your face could land on the side of a U-Haul truck. Upload your photo through Instagram using #uhaulfamous, or go to www.uhaulfamous.com to submit photos and learn more.

FREE College and Financial Aid Application Assistance

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The Adult Educational Opportunity Center (AEOC) is visiting every Genesee Community College campus center in January to help any current or potential student through College Entry Point and FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Workshops. The remaining events are listed below.

Any current or potential student can attend these workshops:

Batavia Campus – 1 College Road, Batavia

• Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m.

Albion Campus Center – 456 West Ave, Albion

• Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 9 a.m. till 12 p.m.
• Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 9 a.m. till 12 p.m.
• Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 9 a.m. till 12 p.m.

Arcade Campus Center – 25 Edward Street, Arcade

• Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m.
• Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 11 a.m. till 7 p.m.

Dansville Campus Center – 31 Clara Barton Street, Dansville

• Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m.
• Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m.

Lima Campus Center – 7285 Gale Road, Lima

• Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m.

Medina Campus Center – 11470 Maple Ridge Road, Medina

• Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 9 a.m. till 12 p.m.
• Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 9 a.m. till 12 p.m.

The complete calendar of AEOC support workshops, financial aid sessions, College Entry Point events and more is available at www.genesee.edu/aeoc/.

One of the most popular workshops the AEOC offers are the “FAFSA Fests” (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). During these sessions, anyone can receive help in completing the FAFSA and TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) forms. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact the AEOC office at 1-888-394-2362 or via email at AEOC@genesee.edu to reserve a seat in any session and to learn about what information and materials are required for participation.

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

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

Genesee Community College is Planning for Warmer Weather

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The Alumni Affairs Office at Genesee Community College is spending the snowy season thinking about warmer days and golf! Under the direction of Cougar Classic Scholarship Scramble Honorary Chairperson Wesley Bedford, GCC class of 2006, plans for the event are well underway. Registration is now open for the third annual Cougar Classic Scholarship Scramble scheduled for Monday, July 22, 2019 at the Stafford Country Club, 8873 Morganville Road (Rte. 237) in Stafford.

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

The registration deadline for golfers is June 28, 2019. Contact Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs Jennifer Wakefield at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6265 or via email at jgwakefield@genesee.edu. The golfer registration form is also available online at https://www.genesee.edu/assets/file/alumni/Cougar-Classic-Player-Registration.pdf.

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

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

GCEDC BOARD APPROVES INCENTIVES FOR CHURCHVILLE FIRE EQUIPMENT CORP.

Press Release:

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) approved incentives for Churchville Fire Equipment Corp. at the agency’s January 10th board meeting.

Churchville Fire Equipment Corp. will purchase the land and build a truck set-up facility at 10246 Perry Road in the town of Pavillion. The $900,000 investment by the company, which includes $700,000 to purchase the land, will create 3 new jobs.

Churchville Fire Equipment Corp. was approved for just over $50,000 in incentives, including sales and mortgage and property tax exemptions. For every one dollar in incentives, the company will be investing $78 into the local economy.

Churchville Fire Equipment Corp. has decades of experience in the fire and emergency services industry, and supplies area fire companies with life-saving equipment.

Morning News Briefing

Resident on the Rez jailed for alleged assault.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 24 year old Shadow Star Jonathan of Sandhill Road Alabama on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation following investigation into an incident on the rez.
Jonathan was taken into custody for allegedly assaulting another person in October.
He was jailed on a count of second degree Assault and was ordered to be held in lieu of $10,000 bail in the Genesee County Jail.
Jonathan is expected to appear back in Alabama Town Court in February.

Livingston County lawmen arrest Lakeville resident on child porn charges.
20 year old Ryan Horan has been arrested by deputies on felony charges following a joint investigation with the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force.
Horan allegedly shared images of child pornography with an FBI agent during an undercover operation and numerous images of child pornography were later recovered after a search of Horan’s electronic devices.
He is charged with felony counts of Possessing and Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child.
Horan was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $7,500 bail.

Another successful night of fundraising in this year’s shooting for a cure.
The Girls Basketball team in Pembroke should be proud following last night’s Shooting For a Cure fundraiser which brought in $28,000.
Event organizer and girls basketball coach Mike Wilson…

Pembroke may have lost the match against the Lady Irish of Notre Dame with a final score of 50 to 31 however there were only winners on the court last night.
Now in its 8th year the event has raised over $100,000 to fight cancer.

A group representing local New York public health agencies is against the potential legalization of marijuana in the state.
The director for the New York Association of County Health Officials tells Syracuse.com that in other states where weed is legal, traffic deaths and emergency room visits have increased significantly.
Sarah Ravenhall also called marijuana a gateway drug and is concerned about protecting infants and children to unintentional exposure.
Governor Cuomo plans to introduce legislation to legalize recreational pot this year.

Governor Cuomo will be giving his budget address next week.
He’ll be laying out his fiscal plan at the Empire State Plaza in Albany Tuesday.
Cuomo said in a radio interview yesterday the speech will also serve as this year’s State of the State.
The budget has to be passed by March 31st, which is the end of the state’s fiscal year.

Buffalo Sabres Captain Jack Eichel is hoping to return to the lineup tonight.
His team will be in Raleigh, North Carolina, to take on the Carolina Hurricanes.
Eichel has missed the last three games due to injury, but took part in practice yesterday for the first time since late December.
Face off for tonight’s game is set for 7:30 p.m.

Evening News Briefing

Guillermo Torres-Acevedo

New charges have been filed against Guillermo Torres-Acevedo, the 22 year old Batavia man suspected of taking a Bergen teenager from her home last November.
Acevedo is now charged with custodial interference, criminal contempt and child endangerment.
The incident prompted an Amber Alert for the girl who was found with Acevedo in Mansfield, Pennsylvania.
Acevedo remains jailed without bail.

There are going to be two concerts this summer to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. As part of Woodstock 50, one concert will be held at the Watkins Glen Speedway and another at The Bethel Woods Center for The Arts. The venues are about 150-miles apart and the concerts will happen the same weekend of August 16th. Performers have not been named, but Carlos Santana, who performed at the original Woodstock in 1969, said he’s in for the event.

The Buffalo Bills are asking fans for their input on a possible new stadium. A survey was sent out to season ticket holders asking them what they thought about the idea of New Era Field being renovated or a new stadium being developed.
Some of the questions included how much more money fans would be willing to pay to see their team and also what they’d like to see in a new facility.

Governor Cuomo is issuing a warning, should state lawmakers approve the use of recreational marijuana.
He says any legislation should factor in the cost of the drug in other states or the black market.
The governor says if the costs are too high, business will be driven back to states where recreational marijuana is illegal.

The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement this afternoon for Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
The weather service predicts bitterly cold wind chills for tonight into Friday morning.
The combination of cold temperatures and persistent winds will drop wind chills to well below zero in some areas.

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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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