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Search continues for a missing Indian Falls man.
Members of local law enforcement and firefighters have formed a search and rescue team deployed to find 58 year old Mark Dibble of Indian Falls.
Dibble’s family reported to emergency services that he did not show up for work yesterday.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Brian Frieday said they received a call right around 4:21 p.m…

Mark is 5′ 11″ tall and 230 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes and had on work boots and jeans.
He was last seen at 6 a.m. yesterday morning at his mother’s house on Alleghany Road and his truck is still in her driveway.
Chief Deputy Frieday said they will make a decision this morning about how, when, and where to continue the search.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

All eight public school districts in Genesee County had annual elections yesterday.
In all districts, school budgets for the coming year were passed.
Batavia City Schools are the largest district in the county. The proposed budget for next year totals 50.5-million dollars and carries a 2.9% increase in the tax levy.
In addition to the budget, two board of education seats were decided.
Alexander Central passed a budget that increases the tax levy by 1.5% ; Byron-Bergen the tax levy increase is 2.9%; Elba’s tax levy increase is 2%; LeRoy Central proposes a 2.9% tax levy increase; Oakfield-Alabama Schools the tax levy increase is 1%; Pavilion Central: the tax Levy up 1.9% and in the Pembroke Central Schools there is a 2% increase in the tax levy.
In all cases, the tax levy increase is below the state tax cap.

Byron man busted for burglary.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies took 30 year old Peter Gravante Jr. of Swamp Road into custody on felony counts of Burglary and Grand Larceny along with a misdemeanor count of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle following investigation into a burglary on Townline Road in Byron Monday evening.
Gravante was accused of forcefully entering the residence through a window and stealing a welder from the garage, keys to a vehicle in the driveway and ultimately taking off in the vehicle from the residence.
The stolen property has since been recovered by lawmen and Gravante was jailed in lieu of bail.

Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy is laying out his vision for the future of the GOP in New York State.
In Albany yesterday, Langworthy said his priorities will include taking back control of the state Senate and getting the party’s message out to more voters.
Langworthy will replace current state Republican Chairman Ed Cox, who is leaving the post to work on President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.
Langworthy will be officially elected to his new job in July.

Some Buffalo Sabres fans will have to reach deeper into their wallets to watch the team play next season.
According to The Buffalo News, season ticket holders will pay an average of two-point-four percent more to see games at KeyBank Center.
Officials say they weighed several factors when determining the increase including price level, seat location and how the team is performing.
The Sabres haven’t made the playoffs in eight years.

Results: School Budget Votes

 

2019 – 2020 School Budget Results

GENESEE COUNTY

 

 

Alexander Central

Prop 1 Budget: Approved 136 – 36
Prop 2 Bus Purchase: Yes 134 No 49
Prop 3 Equipment Capital Reserve: Yes 128 No 55
Prop 4 Establish Capital Reserve Fund: Yes 127 No 54
Prop 5 School Bus Reserve Fund: Yes 129 No 52

Board of Education:-One position, 5 year term:
Brian Paris 145 Elected
Write-in 8

Batavia City School District

Budget: Yes – 378 No 112

Board of Education positions (2) – unopposed: Two terms are from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022
Peter Cecere – 452
John Marucci – 421

Byron-Bergen Central School District

Prop 1 Budget: 285 yes 107 no
Prop 2 Bus Purchase: 293 yes 90 no
Prop 3 Capital Reserve: 282 yes 103 no
Prop 4 School Vehicle Reserve: 277 yes 106 no

Three School Board Members elected (3 year terms). All ran unopposed.
Kimberly Carlson – 328 votes
Yvonne Ace-Wagoner – 314 votes
Jennifer VanValkenberg – 331 votes

Elba Central School

Prop 1 Budget: Yes 137 No 30
Prop 2 Purchase two school buses: Yes 132 No 43
Prop 3 Capital Improvements: Yes 132 No 33

Two Board Members elected for five (5) year terms commencing on July 1, 2019 and expiring on June 30, 2024:
(no vote totals reported)
Trisha Werth
Michael Zuber

One Board Member elected to a four (4) year term commencing on May 22, 2019 and expiring on June 30, 2023 to fill a
vacancy from a resignation:
Dean Norton

LeRoy Central School

Prop 1 Budget: Yes 338 No 70
Prop 2 Establish Capital Reserve Fund: Yes 348 No 122
Prop 3 Modification to Transportation Policy: Yes 300 No 108
Prop 4 Library Budget: Yes 368 No 40

Board of Education
Denise Duthe wins 3 yr. term 337 votes
Peter Loftus wins 3 yr. term 330 votes
Christine Dowell wins 2 yr. term 295 votes

Oakfield Alabama Central 

Prop 1 Budget: Yes 169   No 25

Board of Education: Two seats
Matthew Lamb 172
Justin Staebell 166

Pavilion Central

Budget: Yes 117 No 20

Board of Education: 5 year term
Kevin Stefan (i) 121 Elected
Becky Dziekan (i) 117 Elected

Budget Required 60% for Approval:
Defeated (no vote total was posted)

Pembroke Central

Prop 1 Budget: Yes 378 No 107
Prop 2 Purchase of school buses: Yes 383 No 103

Board of Education (5-YEAR TERM)
Arthur Ianni 239 Elected
Jeanna Strassburg 145
Samantha Ianni 86

WYOMING COUNTY

Attica Central School

Prop 1 Budget: Yes 352 No 185
Prop 2 School bus purchase: Yes 360 No 174

Two Board of Education members for three year terms:
Susan Herman 433 votes Elected
Thane Wright 328 votes Re-elected

Evening News Briefing

All eight public school districts in Genesee County have annual elections today.
In all districts, school budgets for the coming year will be decided.
Batavia City Schools are the largest district in the county. The proposed budget for next year totals 50.5-million dollars and carries a 2.9 percent increase in the tax levy.
In addition to the budget, two board of education seats will also be decided.
Alexander Central is voting on a budget that increases the tax levy by one and a half-percent levy; Byron-Bergen the tax levy increase is 2.9 percent: Elba’s tax levy increase is 2-percent; LeRoy Central proposes a 2.9 percent tax levy increase; Oakfield-Alabama Schools the tax levy increase is one-percent; Pavilion Central: the tax Levy up 1.9 percent and in the Pembroke Central Schools there is a 2-percent increase in the tax levy.
In all cases, the tax levy increase is below the state tax cap.
Voting takes place at various times. Best to check with your individual school district for voting times and locations.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R Batavia) lends his support of tax breaks for volunteer first responders.
Hawley joined other members of the Assembly Minority at a news conference yesterday in Albany, to unveil legislation that would exempt volunteer firefighters and EMS workers from state income taxes.

In order to be eligible for the proposed exemption a volunteer must be in good standing, have a minimum year of service with the fire dept., and attend at least 55% of department activities.

A Buffalo Bills player will wear O.J. Simpson’s number 32 for the first time in over 40 years. Running back Senorise Perry will wear the number for the Bills this year for the first time since 1977.
The number had never officially been retired.

John Hodgins Dies at 87

A prominent printer and artist in Batavia has passed.

John Jay Hodgins of Batavia passed away this morning.

John was a creative printer, sign painter, and entrepreneur who founded Batavia Press, Hodgins Printing, Hodgins Engraving, papersigns.com, and John’s Studio.

He contributed in many ways to the community serving 8 years on the Batavia City Council and another 8 years on the Genesee County Legislature.

He was a former Director of the Richmond Memorial Library, and a director of the Genesee County Baseball Club, not to mention a member of Batavia Society of Artists, serving as the treasurer and president.

Many knew John an artist who had many shows of his work locally and taught painting workshops in Maine and Florida. He authored and published four books.

John is survived by his wife of 67 years Mary, and six children.

Mr. Hodgins was 87.

Morning News Briefing

Albion Correctional Officer accused of sex abuse of inmates.
26 year old David Stupnick of Medina has been arrested by New York State Police out of Batavia following an investigation into alleged sex abuse at the Albion Correctional Facility.
According to investigators Stupnick was engaging in inappropriate sexual relations with two female inmates at the prison.
He was charged with 4 counts of Sex Abuse in the second degree and 2 counts each of Criminal Sex Act and Official Misconduct.
Stupnick was ultimately released with appearance tickets for Albion Town Court in June.

Communities along the Lake Ontario shore prepare for potential flooding as a State of Emergency is declared.
Governor Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for counties along the shoreline of Lake Ontario as lake levels are rising and rapidly approaching the levels that caused widespread damage two years ago.
The Orleans County Emergency Management Office also issued a declaration announcing a State of Emergency in order to take preparedness measures.
There are hundreds of National Guard members on standby to respond to any emergencies and although the lake level is expected to rise into the late spring officials say there is no immediate public safety threat.

Assemblyman Hawley Joins call for tax relief legislation for volunteer first responders.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia joined Assembly Minority colleagues at a press conference yesterday in Albany in support of National EMS Week, to unveil legislation that would exempt volunteer firefighters and EMS workers from state income taxes.

According to the proposed legislation to be eligible for the state income tax exemption, a volunteer must be in good standing, have a minimum year of service with the fire dept., be certified by the Chief Emergency Service Coordinator of their county and attend at least 55% of department activities.

The state Legislature has given its approval to a bill involving undetectable guns.
The law would make it illegal to manufacture, sell or have 3D-printed or plastic weapons.
Supporters of the measure say those firearms can often pass undetected into secure buildings or onto aircraft, putting public safety at risk.
Anyone caught breaking the law would be charged with a felony.
There’s no word yet if the governor will sign the legislation.

There will be a change in leadership at the head of the state Republican Party.
Today, current Chairman Ed Cox will meet with Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy in Albany.
They’ll be discussing Langworthy’s transition into leading the state GOP later this year.
Cox announced yesterday he was leaving the position to help President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.
Langworthy will officially be elected in July.

Evening News Briefing

A State of Emergency has been declared along the Lake Ontario shore.
Lake levels are rising and rapidly approaching the levels that caused widespread damage two years ago.
The Orleans County Emergency Management Office issued the declaration in order to take preparedness measures.
The lake level is expected to rise into the late spring but officials say there is no immediate public safety threat..

State Police based in Batavia have arrested An Albion Correctional officer on multiple counts of sexual abuse.
26 year old David Stupnick of Medina is accused of having inappropriate sexual relations with two female inmates at Albion Correctional.
Stupnick was released with Appearance Tickets for Albion Town Court next month.

New York senior Senator Chuck Schumer is using prom and wedding season to push for federal rules for the limo industry.
Right now there is very little that governs what safety devices go into a limousine.
Schumer is also calling for all stretch limousines to be classified as commercial vehicles, requiring limo drivers to carry a commercial driver’s license and undergo extensive training. The October 2018 limo crash in Schoharie, New York that killed 20 has the Senator and some of the victim families demanding the NTSB come up with standards that govern all stretch limousines.

Gas prices are falling slightly Western New York. According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is $2.88. That’s down a penny from last week, but is a seven cent rise in the past month. The state average is sitting at $2.95, while nationally it’s $2.85

The community has now been officially invited to join in the Batavia Memorial Day parade.
The parade takes place on Monday, May 27th, a week from today. The parade begins at 9:45 Monday morning at the Eastown Plaza and ends at the Alva Place Parking lot.
City Councilman Bob Bialkowski is again organizing the parade.
Any veterans wishing to participate just need to show at the plaza around 9:15. If you need a ride in the parade contact Bob Bialkowski at 409-3624.

HAWLEY REITERATES CALLS FOR ASSEMBLY HEARINGS ON FARM WORKER UNIONIZATION

Press Release:

Following increasing pressure from downstate lawmakers to overturn an 80-year law and allow farm workers to unionize, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is again calling for statewide public hearings to be conducted by the Assembly before any vote is proposed to make such a sweeping change to one of New York’s largest industries.

“Growing up as a generational farmer in Western New York and eventually owning and operating our family farm, I am confident that unionization would harm our industry and force more family-owned operations to close,” Hawley said. “Farming is unique in its demands, its work schedule, its earnings structure and its labor needs, and to impose blanket requirements to make it congruent with other industries simply may not work in the agricultural model.”

Hawley, a longtime member of the Assembly’s Agriculture Committee, has been in conversations with Chairwoman Donna Lupardo (D-Binghamton) to hold public hearings for several weeks.

“I suspect that the New York City lawmakers pushing this legislation have very little experience on a farm and we need statewide hearings to ensure that current farmers, their employees and members of the agriculture community are heard before any decisions are made,” Hawley finished.

Orleans County in State of Emergency over rising level of Lake Ontario

Orleans County has declared a state of emergency along with the towns of Carlton and Yates due to the rising Lake Ontario water levels.

Orleans County Legislature Chairman Lynne M. Johnson declared a State of Emergency for Orleans County due to preparedness measures being taken in anticipation of the Lake Ontario water level continually rising in late spring and becoming a long term hazard.

According to a release from the Director of the Orleans County Office of Emergency Management H. Dale Banker, there is currently no immediate public safety threat, however the situation is being closely monitored and orders will be executed based on circumstances at the time of concern.

Click the link below to read all of the full declarations.

Orleans County in State of Emergency over rising level of Lake Ontario

NYS Police Troop A annual Memorial Day Ceremony is May 21st

Press Release:

The service will honor members of Troop A, who gave their lives in the performance of their duties.

On Tuesday May 21, 2019 the ceremony will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. at Troop A Headquarters, 4525 West Saile Drive, Batavia, NY 14020 and will be attended by representatives from various law enforcement agencies throughout Niagara, Erie, Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Allegany Counties.

Western New York Public Health Alliance – Brain Health Series: Marijuana

Press Release:

On Tuesday June 11th, the Western New York Public Health Alliance, the New York State Public Health Association and the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York will be sponsoring a symposium on brain health with a focus on marijuana. This symposium will be held at Holiday Valley Resort Lodge in the Fairway room in Ellicottville New York from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

This event will be free of charge and is open to the public. A free lunch is included with your registration for the event. People can register at eventbrite.com with the link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cannabis-symposium-the-public-health-perspective-tickets-61687538087. Registration is required for this event and is only open to the first 130 people who register. The deadline for registrations is Friday June 7th. If you have questions about this symposium, please contact Kate Ebersole at (716) 499-0963 or at kate.ebersole3@ gmail.com. The speakers for this event are Dr. Lorraine Collins PhD, Cheryl Sbarra Esq., and Elyse Contrares MPH.

Dr. Collins is the is the Associate Dean for Research and a Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior at the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions. In June 2016, Dr. Collins was appointed to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s ad hoc committee that reviewed the health effects of cannabis. In 2017, the committee published a consensus report entitled, The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research Agenda, which continues to serve as a definitive overview of cannabis and health. In August 2018, Dr. Collins was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo as one of 20 members of a workgroup to draft legislation for a regulated adult-use marijuana program in New York State. The title of her presentation is” Adventures in Policy Making: New York State’s Regulation of Adult’s Use of Cannabis”.

Cheryl Sbarra, Esq., is the Director of Policy and Law and the Senior Staff Attorney the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards. She provides technical assistance, policy guidance and legal education to the 351 local boards of health, all of whom have the legal authority to enact local public health laws. She is a member of the state’s Cannabis Control Commission’s Smoking Committee which is charged with providing guidance on whether to permit social consumption establishments for adult-use cannabis. She is the lead author of a local regulation template for the safe and sanitary operation of cannabis establishments and cannabis sales, and of a local regulation template for the safe and sanitary sale of CBD.

Elyse Contreras, MPH, is the Manager of the Marijuana Health Monitoring and Research Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. As the state’s marijuana health epidemiologist, Elyse leads the program that is required to monitor the emerging health effects associated with marijuana and changes in marijuana use pattern. She has been part of the program since its inception in 2014. Elyse is part of several marijuana-related committees and workgroups that aim to use scientific evidence and data to inform public health education, youth prevention and policy regarding marijuana use. Her presentation title is “Blazing the Trail: Marijuana & Public Health in Colorado”.

The Western New York Public Health Alliance (WNYPHA) is a not-for-profit organization comprised of the Health Commissioners/Public Health Directors and other community public health leaders from the eight counties of Western New York. Their mission is to support collaboration across WNY to further public health initiatives and priorities. As part of this mission, the WNYPHA works to provide health education and information to prevent disease and improve population health. For more information on this article or the WNYPHA, please contact Christine Schuyler, Public Health Director for Chautauqua County at 716-753-4590 or Lori Ballengee, Public Health Director for Allegany County at 585-268-9250.

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE CONFIRMATION OF IJC MEMBERS FOLLOWING WHITE HOUSE TALKS

Press Release:

After writing a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and speaking to the White House late last week on the need to establish a functioning International Joint Commission (IJC), Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) proudly announced that the United State Senate confirmed former Assemblywoman Jane Corwin along with Lance Yohe and Robert Sisson as commissioners of the IJC.

“I am pleased to announce that Majority Leader McConnell and the United States Senate heard our pleas regarding the gravity of this situation along Lake Ontario and finally confirmed the three commissioners – I thank them for their help,” Hawley said. “Now that a functioning IJC is in place we need to move forward and immediately develop a plan to regulate water levels as well as ensure that flood prevention and recovery efforts are in place in the event that water levels continue to rise precipitously.”

Hawley, who has a close relationship with now Commissioner Corwin, plans to move ahead with remediating imminent flooding along Lake Ontario’s Southern Shoreline, which he witnessed firsthand last week on a self-guided tour from the towns of Yates to Kendall.

“I will be working with state leaders and my regional colleagues in both houses the last several weeks of session to see that a plan is in place and funding is set aside in the case that homeowners and businesses face the same devastation they endured in 2017,” Hawley concluded.

Morning News Briefing

Pavilion woman busted for drugs after being found passed out in a vehicle.
Genesee County Sherriff’s Deputies report the arrest of 26 year old Sara Cupler of South Lake Road Pavilion on charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.
Cupler was taken into custody following a call to check the welfare of a woman who was apparently unconscious in a vehicle on South Lake Road Saturday night.
She was ultimately released with an appearance ticket for Pavilion Town Court on June 4th.

Batavia Sex Offender arrested for failing to report.
39 year old Lee Clark of Lewiston Road in Batavia was apprehended by deputies for allegedly failing to register internet accounts with State’s Sex Offender Registry within the deadline of 10 days.
Clark was processed at the Sheriff’s Office and released with an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on June 4th.

Local ball club says singers are wanted.
The Batavia Muckdogs are holding auditions this Thursday to find talented individuals to perform the National Anthem prior to the first pitch at Dwyer Stadium during their historic 80th season of professional baseball in Batavia.
They are looking for the area’s best singers to perform the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ and are holding open auditions at Dwyer Stadium on Thursday, May 23rd from 5:30 – 7:30.

City Council member invites community members to join Memorial Day Parade.
Batavia City councilman at large Bob Bialkowski has sent out an invitation to all members of the community to participate in this year’s Batavia Memorial Day parade on Monday May 27th to celebrate an commemorate Veterans and first responders.
The parade will kick off at 9:45 a.m from the Eastown Plaza on East Main Street and end at the Alva Place parking lot downtown.
Any veterans wishing to participate in the parade can just show up at 9:15. Veterans needing a ride in the parade are encouraged to contact Bob at 409-3624.

The Sun has set on this chapter of Sunny’s Restaurant in Batavia.
One of the mainstays in the City Centre Mall since 1976 has been Sunny’s Restaurant.
Owners Skinny and Tina Rose have decided to call it a day after running the popular restaurant since 2000.
There are apparently several interested buyers, however Skinny is still taking offers to purchase the business.

Weekend News Briefing

The race for Congressional District NY-27 may have a few more familiar conservative contenders.
Incumbent Congressman Chris Collins will already have a tough race back to congress if he decides to run for re-election in 2020.
Beyond the ethics and criminal investigations, he could now face a primary challenge from fellow Republicans, including Sen. Rob Ortt.
Ortt spoke with our news partner The Batavian while visiting Reyncrest Farms in Corfu yesterday morning…

Other potential candidates would also include State Sen. Chris Jacobs, and Batavia-resident Assemblyman Steve Hawley, who told The Batavian on Friday that he was strongly considering a congressional run.
Collins is facing a Federal court trial, accused of securities fraud, wire fraud, and making false statements to FBI agents.
Besides the criminal case, a House of Representatives ethics committee is also looking into his conduct involving his holdings in Innate Therapeutics.

Batavia man arrested for choking and imprisonment.
Sheriff’s Deputies took 25 year old Michael Senay Jr. of Overlook Drive in Batavia into custody Friday night following investigation into a domestic incident.
Senay was charged with counts of Menacing, Harassment, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and Unlawful Imprisonment.
He was arraigned in Batavia Town Court and released with an appearance ticket to reappear on June 11th.

A Warsaw man has pled guilty to possession of child pornography.
33 year old Kory Doyle of Warsaw faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Prosecutors said electronics seized from Doyle’s home contained over 700 images and 500 video files of child pornography.
Sentencing for Doyle will be held in August.

Lawmakers in Albany are considering banning texting while walking.
Legislation has been introduced in the State Senate that aims to penalize people who are typing on their phones while crossing the street.

There’s about to be a new push in Albany to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.
A proposal is expected to be revealed in the coming days that would lay out a plan to tax, regulate and create licensing requirements for the drug.
Supporters say legalizing recreational marijuana would bring in needed revenue, but opponents are concerned about possible health impacts.

Evening News Briefing

John Hodgins has died.
Mr. Hodgins was a creative printer, sign painter and entrepreneur who founded Hodgins Printing, Hodgins Engraving, Batavia Press and John’s Studio.
He was also involved politically as a Batavia City Councilman and County Legislator. He was a former president of the Batavia Society of Artists.
John is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary. They had six children.
Mr. Hodgins was 87.

 

A Warsaw man has pled guilty to possession of child pornography.
33 year old Kory Doyle of Warsaw faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Prosecutors said electronics seized from Doyle’s home contained over 700 images and 500 video files of child pornography.
Sentencing for Doyle will be held in August.

Lawmakers in Albany are considering banning texting while walking. New Yorkers crossing the street in Manhattan this morning are weighing in on the proposed bill. Legislation has been introduced in the State Senate that aims to penalize people who are typing on their phones while crossing the street. The measure is meant to cut down on incidents where pedestrians are struck by cars. The fines would range from $ 50 to $150-dollars.
Some smaller cities in California have passed similar legislation.

There’s about to be a new push in Albany to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. A proposal is expected to be revealed in the coming days that would lay out a plan to tax, regulate and create licensing requirements for the drug.
Supporters say legalizing recreational marijuana would bring in needed revenue, but opponents are concerned about possible health impacts.
This issue was part of Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget, but wasn’t included in the final agreement.

The Buffalo Bills have announced plans to honor super fan “Pancho Billa.” A celebration of Ezra Castro’s life will be held September 22nd before the team’s home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. .
The 39-year-old passed away earlier this week after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Warsaw Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Porn

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Kory Doyle, 33, of Warsaw, NY, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque, who is handling the case, stated that in September 2017, the New York State Police executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence in Warsaw. Several of Doyle’s electronics were seized. A forensic examination determined that the electronics contained over 700 images and 500 video files containing child pornography.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Edward Kennedy, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 15, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. before Judge Geraci.

Morning News Briefing

Candidate for city court judge gains two top endorsements.
Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron along with former Sheriff and current County Legislator Gary Maha have both endorsed Durin Rogers to become Batavia’s next City Court Judge.
For the past four years Rogers has served as part-time City Court judge in Batavia.
The retirement of Judge Robert Balbick the current City Court Justice has opened the race for Rogers and Attorney Ben Bonarigo who has secured endorsement from city Democrats.
Rogers and Bonarigo will be vying for the Republican, Conservative and Independence party endorsements as they square off in three primaries on June 25th.

State Street man behind bars for alleged drug sales in the city.
45 year old Robert Taft of Batavia was arrested Wednesday following investigation into drug sales around the City.
Taft was accused of selling crack cocaine to a Genesee County Local Drug Task Force agent on two separate occasions and was charged with two felony counts of Criminal Sale and two felony counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree.
Taft was remanded to the Genesee County Jail without bail.

Batavia Honor Student named as Delegate of Congress of Future Medical Leaders.
Sophomore at Batavia High, Tate Fonda, will be a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, Massachusetts, June 23-25.
The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields and the purpose of the event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students aspiring to be physicians or medical scientists, to reach their goal.

New data from the Department of Labor shows the Empire State’s job market is strong.
Officials say the number of private sector jobs grew by over 24-thousand last month.
There are now over eight-point-three million of those positions, which is a record high.
In a statement, Governor Cuomo said these numbers prove New York is open for business.

There’s about to be a new push in Albany to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.
A proposal is expected to be revealed in the coming days that would lay out a plan to tax, regulate and create licensing requirements for the drug.
Supporters say legalizing recreational marijuana would bring in needed revenue, but opponents are concerned about possible health impacts.
This issue was part of Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget, but wasn’t included in the final agreement.

The Buffalo Bills have announced plans to honor super fan “Pancho Billa.”
A celebration of Ezra Castro’s life will be held September 22nd before the team’s home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The 39-year-old passed away earlier this week after battling cancer.
His funeral will be held next week in his native Texas.

Evening News Briefing

Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron and his predecessor Gary Maha have endorsed Durin Rogers for Batavia City Court Judge.
Rogers has been the city’s part-time City Court judge for the past four years.
The full time post is opening up due to the retirement of incumbent City Court Judge Robert Balbick.
Attorney Ben Bonarigo is the endorsed candidate of city Democrats.
Rogers and Bonarigo will square off in three primaries on June 25th: they are for the Republican, Conservative and Independence party endorsements.

A State Street man is facing felony drug charges.
45 year old Robert Taft is accused of selling crack cocaine to an agent of the Genesee County Local Drug Task Force.
Taft has been jailed without bail.

Businesses along Lake Ontario say they’re planning to stay open despite the threat of possible flooding.
They say with the start of the summer tourism season right around the corner, they can’t close their doors and lose potential income.
Some owners are already using sandbags and pumps to keep the water away. Water levels are getting closer to what they were two years ago when flooding caused extensive damage.

A new bill is being proposed at the state Capitol that would require teachers to learn how to use EpiPens.
The small devices are used to help people who are suffering from an allergic reaction.
Experts say more kids are coming to school each day with allergies to things like food, insects and even medicine, so training teachers how to use EpiPens could save lives.

The state Senate has given the green light to a new seat belt law. The legislation would require adults to wear the safety devices while sitting in the back of vehicles. Right now, they only have to wear them if they’re sitting in the front.

HOLM Guest Speaker Series: “The Overlooked Battle of Cedar Mountain”

News Release

On May 22nd, 7:00 p.m. at Holland Land Office Museum, Michael Block will present a talk on the Battle of Cedar Mountain. On a late Saturday afternoon, August 9th 1862, in ninety degree temperatures, this battle was the concluding action of Robert E. Lee’s defense of Richmond against the Army of Potomac. Western New York’s 28th Infantry Regiment (Niagara Rifles), had recruits from Albion, Batavia, Lockport, and Medina, who participated in the bloodiest day in Culpeper County, Virginia. He incorporates period photographs and drawings combined with incidents and accounts from the men who fought at Cedar Mountain to tell the story of this often unknown and overlooked battle. Tickets for the event are $3/$2 for museum members. To RSVP please call the museum at 585-343-4727 or email at hollandlandoffice@gmail.com.

Michael Block is a life-long student of the Civil War. He has been giving battlefield tours at Brandy Station, Rappahannock Station, and Cedar Mountain, and lectures in Culpeper and Fauquier Counties, Virginia since 2004. He is currently the Board Vice-President for the Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield and has served on the board of directors for the Brandy Station Foundation. In 2016 Mike authored a major article in the Blue & Gray Magazine, “Battle of Cedar Mountain,” and is currently working on a new book entitled, The Carnage Was Fearful, to be published by the Emerging Civil War Series later this year.

Rogers Endorsed by Sheriff and Former Sheriff for City Court

News Release

Judge Durin Rogers, City of Batavia Part-Time Judge, has received the endorsements of Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron and former Sheriff and current County Legislator Gary Maha for the full-time City Court Judge position that is up for election this year.

(From Left) Gary Maha, Durin Rogers and William Sheron

In his endorsement, Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron commented extensively on Judge Rogers’ dedication and professionalism as key factors in his decision to endorse the sitting part-time Judge. “He [Judge Rogers] is a true professional who is extremely dedicated to his family and our community”. Sheron continued: “Judge Rogers is readily available all hours of the day and night, including weekends and holidays to fulfill his responsibilities as City Court Judge. He carries out his duties in a fair, impartial, unbiased and ethical manner.”

In closing his endorsement letter Sheron emphasized his high regard for Judge Rogers stating: “[I] have the highest regard for Durin B Rogers and can assure you he will continue to be an outstanding Batavia City Court Judge. Please join me in supporting Durin B. Rogers for City of Batavia City Court Judge,”

Similarly, retired Genesee County Sheriff and current county legislator Gary Maha cited Judge Rogers’ dedication and compassion in his endorsement. Noting that Judge Rogers works closely with those involved in the criminal justice system as part time City Court Judge, Maha stated “He [Judge Rogers] is a very dedicated person who acts fairly, objectively and with compassion when adjudicating cases that come before him.” He continued: “Durin has the experience and temperament to make an excellent full-time City Court Judge. I fully endorse his candidacy.”

Judge Rogers has served as the Part-Time Batavia City Court Judge for over four years, having been appointed unanimously by Batavia City Council in 2015 and has been a practicing lawyer in Batavia and Genesee County for nearly 25 years. During his past four years on the bench, Judge Rogers has handled thousands of cases within the court’s jurisdiction including civil, criminal, small claims, housing code violations and even matters in the drug court, mental health court and veteran’s courts.

“I am humbled and honored to receive the support of such fine public officials as Bill Sheron and Gary Maha.” Rogers said. “I believe these endorsements will carry tremendous weight with our local community and I am grateful to Sheriff Sheron and Legislator Maha for their kind words.” … “I am committed to living up to the standard these endorsements set for the future and if elected as City Court Judge, I promise to do my very best to live up to the standards that people like Sheriff Sheron, Legislator Maha and the rest of this great community will expect of me as City Court Judge.”

Judge Rogers lives with his wife, Paula, and their four children in the City of Batavia. His family has been longtime residents of the City and are proud to call Batavia their home. Judge Rogers is committed to the community and has volunteered his time to assist youth sports; mock trial; United Way; GCBA; and many other civic boards. 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.

Congressman Chris Collins Introduces Legislation That Will Provide a Labor Solution for Farmers Across the Nation

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) introduced legislation that would provide a short-term, one time fix, to help the non-seasonal agriculture workforce. The Helping Labor Personnel (HELP) Farms Act provides a solution for farmers across the nation, especially in the dairy industry, while Congress and the Department of Labor continues to modernize the H-2A program and allow visas be granted on an annual basis instead of seasonal.

“Under current law, the H-2A visa program does not help our struggling dairy farms, who live in constant fear of losing their workforce,” said Congressman Collins. “This legislation provides a temporary solution while Congress and the Department of Labor work together to find a bipartisan solution.”

This legislation requires the Secretary of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Secretary of State and Secretary of Labor, to collect applications for temporary work authorization for non-seasonal agriculture workers. This non-seasonal agriculture workforce must be sponsored by a United States employer who he/she has worked with for at least two years. Upon approval of the application, the alien worker will be granted work authorization for two years along with his/her spouse and children. Additionally, protections are included for the sponsoring employer to ensure there are no consequences for employing an alien workforce due to an outdated and flawed H-2A visa program.

“There is not a single person representing dairy that does not understand we have a true crisis with the current system we have in place,” added Collins.

An alien worker who currently works in a non-seasonal agriculture occupation may be permitted to apply to this temporary work authorization program so long as they have not been convicted on felony charges of rape, kidnapping violent assault, sexual assault, or suspected of terrorism. Alien workers who are currently being detained may also be given the opportunity to apply for this program.

A copy of the bill can be found here.

KENDALL STUDENTS VISIT ALBANY, GIVEN RESOUNDING FLOOR INTRODUCTION

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) poses with 70 students from Kendall Schools donning shirts representing the school colors, logo and ‘Class of 2024’, who visited Albany for a tour of the legislative process Tuesday, May 14.

As he does many times throughout session with various school groups and interest holders, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) welcomed seventy middle school students from Kendall to the Capitol Tuesday for a tour and discussion of the legislative process, as well as a formal introduction on the Assembly floor.

“I was proud to welcome these inquisitive and enthusiastic students from my district to Albany and pleased to give them a behind-the-scenes look at policymaking in our state,” Hawley said. “The Eagles certainly made their presence known, proudly sporting their school’s colors and logo, and it my pleasure to join my colleagues in introducing them during our Assembly proceedings on Tuesday. I enjoy giving young students the opportunity to ask questions and witness the inter-workings of politics firsthand. In doing so, we create more civic-minded young people and a stronger democracy.”

GCC Athletics Update: Martinez to Swim at Saint Peters

Ferran Martinez after signing his Letter of Intent at Saint Peters University

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Ferran Martinez to Swim at Saint Peters

BATAVIA, NY – Swimmer Ferran Martinez signed his Letter of Intent to continue his swimming career at NCAA Division I Saint Peters University in the fall.
The Barcelona, Spain native will be majoring in Criminal Justice while also swimming for the Saint Peters Peacocks, members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

Ferran placed seventh in the 400IM and 200 Fly Finals as part of the 2019 NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. His relay teams also played seventh in both the 400 and 800 Free Relays. Martinez won the 200 and 400 IM at the Region III Championship meet as well as the 200 Fly. Ferran was on the relay team that won the 400 Free.

For more information, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com and follow us on social media by using #cougarPRIDE and check out our new Athletics Video.

Morning News Briefing

Orleans County Man pleads guilty to drug and weapons charges in federal court.
20 year old Nolan Donald, of Lyndonville pleaded guilty in federal court to being an unlawful drug user in possession of firearms and ammunition, and possessing and distributing marijuana.
Donald was arrested after posting videos and photos to “Snapchat” in which he appeared to be in possession of a pistol and large quantities of marijuana, while apparently using pot and prescription medicine.
In a search of his North Lyndonville Road residence, investigators recovered a loaded 9mm, semi-automatic pistol; a 12-gauge shotgun with ammunition; a quantity of marijuana and edible marijuana cookies.
Donald later admitted that he sold and used pot for approximately two years preceding his arrest.
He is now facing a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Sentencing for Donald is scheduled for August 20th.

Genesee County Sheriff explains “Red Flag Law” to SCOPE members.
Sheriff William Sheron spoke Tuesday night at Calvary Baptist Church in Batavia to members of Genesee County SCOPE about the expected implementation and impact of the recently passed “Red Flag Law”.
The new law, which goes into effect in August, would allow someone who believes a gun-owner who has become a threat to seek a court order requiring the person to surrender the guns to local law enforcement.
Sharon said if friends or family member are not able to take possession of firearms from a potentially dangerous person, the new “Red Flag Law” is a good tool for local law enforcement to help ensure people who are a threat don’t have easy access to firearms.
Sheron said the new law has ample due-process protections built into it and isn’t really any different than police obtaining a warrant to search or seize property.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Batavia sports bar named in statewide underage drinking crackdown.
Governor Cuomo has announced the results of joint efforts by state agencies to crack down on underage drinking throughout the state during the month of April.
The State’s Liquor Authority and DMV, along with local law enforcement agencies, conducted statewide sweeps of locations holding liquor licenses, looking for fake IDs and retailers who sell alcohol to minors.
Out of 851 businesses visited for compliance checks, 186 were found to be selling to underage agents.
Tully’s Good Times on East Main in Batavia was listed as one of the businesses to dole out drinks illegally.

The state Senate has given the green light to a new seat belt law.
The legislation would require adults to wear the safety devices while sitting in the back of vehicles.
Right now, they only have to wear them if they’re sitting in the front. Limousines, taxis and buses would be exempt from the new rule.
The Assembly is expected to vote on the measure before the legislative session ends next month.

The Buffalo Sabres are officially turning their head coaching duties over to Ralph Krueger.
The 59-year-old was previously at the helm of the Edmonton Oilers during the 2012-13 lockout shortened season.
Krueger has vast experience around the world having coached Switzerland’s national team to the Olympics on three separate occasions.
The Sabres are in the middle of an eight-year playoff drought.

Fun in the Forest This Spring! At Genesee County Park & Forest

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East Bethany, NY – Explore and enjoy the outdoors this Saturday May 18th at the Genesee County Park & Forest!

Bring your best friend and join us for a guided dog walk through the Genesee County Park & Forest on Saturday May 18th, Saturday June 8th and Saturday July 13th from 10:00 am to 11:00 am! This guided walk is great for socialization and healthy exercise! Meet at the Interpretive Nature Center. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Current license or proof of up-to-date rabies vaccination is required. Aggressive dogs will not be allowed to participate. Cost is $5/dog. Pre-registration is required! Call (585) 344-1122 to register!

Dive into some wild creature encounters with Pond Discovery on Saturday, May 18th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Be prepared to get muddy and wet!! You will be using a net and sharing a bucket of water to catch animals, and then identify and learn about them from a Naturalist Guide. Meet us at the Interpretive Nature Center at Genesee County Park & Forest. All equipment is provided, just bring yourself and a camera! Cost is $5/person, $10/family, call 585-344-1122 to register!

Explore the secret world of owls on a full moon night with our Full Moon Owl Prowl Hike on Saturday, May 18th from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Listen for the sounds of nocturnal wildlife and learn about owls! Hear full moon folklore and visit owl habitats. Anything can happen on an Owl Prowl! Meet us at the Interpretive Nature Center at Genesee County Park & Forest. Cost is $5/person, $10/family, preregistration is required! Call 585-344-1122 to reserve your spot!

Pre-registration is required for all programs. To register call (585) 344-1122. For more information visit our website at http://www.co.genesee.ny.us/departments/parks/, or contact Shannon Lyaski at Shannon.Lyaski@co.genesee.ny.us or (585) 344-1122.

Morning News Briefing

Unsecured firearms lead to felony for a Wyoming County Man.
59 year old Gregory Miller of Pike was arrested by Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies after being called to a residence in the Town of Pike for an unrelated matter.
As Wyoming County Child Protective Services were following up on an unrelated matter at the residence, an assisting Deputy on scene observed several loaded long guns and a loaded .357 revolver in plain view.
The unsecured and loaded firearms were reportedly in an area that was accessible to children.
After being questioned Miller admitted that he did not have a permit for the pistol and was charged with a felony count of criminal possession of a firearm.
He was ultimately issued an appearance ticket for Pike Town Court.

Seasonal Deputies wanted for the upcoming summer concert series.
As the number of seasonal deputies working the summer concerts at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center has doubled in recent years the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking some additional officers to offset the seasonal demand for deputies.
Sheriff William Sheron told Public Service Committee members at their meeting Monday that he needs a bigger pool of qualified deputies to draw from to ensure adequate staffing for each event.
Adding the part time officers would bring no additional cost to the county as the cost is offset by fees paid by the concert venue for security.
Seasonal deputies must be sworn peace officers and must live in Genesee County.
The sheriff is preparing for 20 to 25 concerts at Darien Lake and another 10 at Batavia Downs.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Local football fans can expect a new stadium for the Blue Devils come football season.
It looks as if the Batavia Blue Devils’ new stadium is on schedule for the start of the football season this fall.
New turf has been laid and stands erected as workers prepare for the oval track around the field to be installed.
The new stadium which replaces the 70 year old Van Detta Stadium, is part of a $27 million district-wide capital improvement project approved by voters two years ago that includes upgrades at all three school campuses.

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the Department of Motor Vehicles are preparing for the 20th Annual “Buckle Up New York, Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign.
The statewide campaign, which runs from May 20th to June 2, raises awareness about the importance of wearing seat belts.
During the enforcement period, New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies will use marked and unmarked vehicles, checkpoints, and roving details to patrol for unbelted drivers and front-seat passengers.
Law enforcement will also make sure children are properly restrained.
In New York, police can lawfully ticket motorists for not wearing a seat belt even if they are not committing any other traffic infractions.

Morning News Briefing

Crash in LeRoy claims the life of a Monroe County woman.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a head-on collision in LeRoy that resulted in the death of a Churchville resident.
The two car motor vehicle accident was reported last night around 7:30 on Route 19 and Randall Road in Leroy.
The drivers were identified as 77 year old Bonnie Dean of Churchville and 56 year old Penne Vincent of Fairport.
According to investigators Dean was southbound on 77 in her 2008 Chevy Cobalt when she tried passing an uninvolved vehicle and lost control.
She then crossed over the lanes and struck Vincent’s 2013 GM Terrain head on.
Dean was pronounced deceased at the scene and Vincent was transported to Strong Memorial hospital for her injuries.

Warsaw man busted for drunk driving in Pembroke.
38 year old Thomas Kenney of State Route 20A in Warsaw was taken into custody by Genesee County Sheriffs Deputies Sunday afternoon following a traffic stop on route 77 in Pembroke.
Police received several complaints for a car committing traffic offenses in Pembroke and on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation and Kenney was subsequently arrested and charged for DWI.
He was released with appearance tickets for Pembroke Town Court on June 6th.

A state seat belt law could be about to change.
The Senate is expected to vote this week on a bill requiring adults to wear seat belts while sitting in the back of a vehicle.
Right now, they only have to wear the safety devices if they’re sitting in the front.
The proposal was part of Governor Cuomo’s budget, but wasn’t included in the final deal.
The Assembly is likely to vote on the bill before the end of this year’s legislative session.

The Batavia Muckdogs are looking for the area’s best singers to perform the “Star-spangled Banner”.
Singers will perform prior to the first pitch at Dwyer Stadium during their historic 80th season of professional baseball in Batavia.
The Muckdogs will hold open auditions at Dwyer Stadium from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23rd.
The team encourages individuals and groups to visit and give their best performance for the opportunity perform before the crowd during one of the teams 38 home games.

It looks like support for a bill allowing congressional committees to get their hands on President Trump’s state tax returns is growing in the Assembly.
Sources tell the Times Union Democrats were discussing the legislation last night.
The current law already allows tax returns to be shared with federal and state agencies.
The Senate passed its version of the bill last week and Governor Cuomo says he backs the legislation.

Wilder, Kleinhans to host NYSS NOC at Batavia Downs

(Wilder photo credit USTA, Kleinhans photo credit Meadowlands)

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By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Batavia Downs has announced that they have retained the services of Heather Wilder and Peter Kleinhans as their on-air personalities for the broadcast of the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) Night of Champions which will be held at the track on Saturday (Sept. 14).

Wilder will be doing pre and post-race interviews and Kleinhans will provide analysis and handicapping insight.

Heather Wilder grew up with solid roots in harness racing being the daughter of Dan and Ruth Altmeyer and later marrying Meadows leading driver Mike Wilder. Her knowledge of every aspect of the sport is extensive as is her relationships with all its participants.

Besides being actively involved in racing everyday, Wilder currently handles talent management for the Delaware County Fair during the live TV broadcast of the Little Brown Jug. She has also been a regular part of the United States Harness Writers Association’s (USHWA) Dan Patch Awards Banquet both as an onstage host and Facebook live interviewer and producer for many years.

While she worked as public relations and marketing director for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) she became a pioneer of reporting on racing on Facebook Live and coordinated the promotion of countless on-track events. In recognition of her fine work she was the recipient of USHWA’s Lew Barasch Memorial Breakthrough Award for industry career achievements in 2013.

Wilder’s lifelong involvement with the sport and its players will make for interesting trackside and winner’s circle interviews throughout the night.

Peter Kleinhans started going to Roosevelt Raceway as a teenager and his passion for the sport grew from there. Eventually he started training and driving his own stable and reached the top of the game.

Kleinhans was training a stable of 20 horses led by Enough Talk who was the first trotter in the world to break the 1:50 barrier when he won by over eight lengths in 1:49.3 at Colonial Downs in 2008. Enough Talk also won the Breeders Crown in 2010 and received the Dan Patch older trotter of the year trophy from USHWA in each of those two seasons.

Although he still competes as an amateur driver, Kleinhans has expanded his role in the sport to announcer, analyst and host and has recently filled in at the Meadowlands in those capacities. His knowledge and expertise of the sport and articulate delivery of same will provide an informative and entertaining look at the night’s races for all who are watching.

“We are very excited to add such accomplished and professional talents to our production of the Night of Champions” said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing at Batavia Downs. “Heather and Peter have performed at the highest levels of the sport both on and off the track and will bring a unique perspective to the show for our fans.”

The Batavia Downs live racing meet kicks off on Wednesday (July 24) and runs through Saturday (Dec. 14). For more information on the upcoming racing season log on to www.bataviadownsgaming.com/live-racing.

Ep. 2 Batavia’s Best Businesses: Eli Fish Brewing Co.

The second episode of Batavia’s Best Businesses with Nici Johnson has been released featuring Eli Fish Brewing Co.

The Batavian is producing this series in partnership with WBTA AM/FM.  To view the first episode, Charles Men’s Shop, click here.

Local business owners interested in more information: Call Lorne Way or Jim Ernst at WBTA at (585) 344-1490.

John P. Cummings Sr., 73, dies

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By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Long time western New York harness horseman John P. Cummings Sr. passed away on Saturday (May 11) after a lengthy illness.

Mr. Cummings first got involved in harness racing in 1968 at the age of 22 through his brother-in-law Steve Flanigen. While working full time at both Trico Products and Bethlehem Steel (where he was a tradesman bricklayer) he started jogging and training horses with Flanigen and found what would soon become a lifelong vocation.

He started out with a couple homebreds named Clippers Classic and Windjammer Munk and soon added overnighters like Don J and Jack Flood to build his stable. Then through his 42-year career he went on to train horse that included Pembroke Primo (1:55.4, $341,026), Mr. Casanova (1:53.2, $274,073), Cambestion (1:52.4, $184,892), Good Evening Smile (1:57.3, $89,219), Solitaire Hanover (1:53.2, $63,953), Pitch The Prez (1:54.4, $89,396) and New York Sire Stake winner Pass Now (1:55.2, $81,918).

Mr. Cummings most notable horse was Arm And A Leg (1:54, $320,791) who in 2009 won 13 out of 39 starts and $86,000 to be named the western New York Horse of the Year in a ceremony held at Batavia Downs.

Over the years Mr. Cummings amassed 3,779 training starts with 731 wins, 574 seconds and 466 thirds and earnings in excess of $1.8 million.

Although he did also drive, it wasn’t too often. Early on he used Flanigen who had more experience in the bike, and then later he had several more viable options that provided him the luxury of staying solely in the jog cart. You see Mr. Cummings is not only known as a trainer at the track, he also has the distinction of being the patriarch of one of the largest family of drivers in New York State. Four of his five children were boys who were brought up in the business since they could walk.

John Cummings Jr., Tony Cummings, Todd Cummings and Kevin Cummings were taught the ropes by their father and have all been training and driving since they were old enough to get their licenses. And now Todd’s son Kyle Cummings has made his grandfather proud by breaking out on the racing scene earlier this year with his first driving win.

All told, Mr. Cummings impact on harness racing through himself and his family has been 54,387 starts with 8,272 wins and over $38 million in earnings. That is a family tradition.

Although his wife, children and horses were his primary passion, when Mr. Cummings had any free time he enjoyed playing cards and was also an avid bowler. He did roll a 300 game and proudly wore the ring he received indicating that milestone everyday.

“Harry”, as he was affectionately known by everyone, had an affable personality and the ability to make people laugh in any situation throughout his entire life and his presence will be sorely missed by all that knew him.

John Cummings Sr. was the beloved husband of Lallah (nee Flanigen) Cummings; devoted father of John Jr. (Megan Wilson), Anthony (Barbara), Colleen (Tim) Gallagher, Todd (Tammy), and Kevin (Rhonda) Cummings; son of the late Edward and Dorothy (nee Pike) Cummings; loving brother of Edward (late Clara), Frank, late Dorothy”Snookie”, and late Peter Cummings; cherished grandfather of 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received on Tuesday (May 14) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, 4199 Lake Shore Road (corner of Camp Road and Route 5) Hamburg, NY. A mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday (May 15) at 12 noon at Saint John Paul II Parish 2052 Lakeview Road, Lakeview, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Donations and condolences may be left online at www.lakesidefuneralhome.com.

Morning News Briefing

Dozens of active suspensions land a Central Ave man in lock-up.
36 year old James Calaci of Central Ave in the City was stopped on Liberty Street for allegedly speeding while using a portable handheld device.
Further investigation revealed that Calaci was driving without a valid license and had a New York State ID indicating a massive 46 active suspensions against him.
He was arrested and charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the first degree, Speeding and using a Portable Handheld Device while driving.
He was ordered to be held in the Genesee County Jail in lieu of bail with his next appearance scheduled for May 16th in Batavia City Court.

Repeated violation lands a Batavia man behind bars.
Following investigation into a complaint of a violated order of protection Batavia Police arrested 40 year old Jason Wood of Woodstock Gardens.
Wood was accused of intentionally violating the court order by contacting the protected party numerous times through text messages.
Wood is now facing two counts of second degree Criminal Contempt and after arraignment was committed to the County Jail in lieu of bail.

A bill that would expand sports gambling in New York is scheduled to be voted on in a Senate committee today.
The Times Union reports the legislation would allow casinos to set up online platforms for sports wagering.
If it passes today, the bill would move to the Senate Finance Committee.
Supporters hope to have the new law approved by the time this year’s legislative session ends in June.

Mother Nature has forced the closure of the Lilac Festival today.
Organizers say the decision was made due to the heavy rain in the forecast.
But, The BB King Blues Band featuring Michael Lee and Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People will still perform at Anthology on East Avenue.
The seven-30 p.m. show is free but space will be limited.
Organizers say they hope the festival can resume tomorrow.

Senator Chuck Schumer will be in Rochester today to discuss a new bill to deal with those annoying robocalls.
The bipartisan TRACED Act would give federal agencies the tools and authority to trace, prosecute and enforce fines against robocall scammers.
He says the legislation is needed because the federal “Do Not Call” rules are ineffective.
Americans received 47-point-seven billion robocalls in 2018, a 57 percent increase over the number of calls the year before.

GCC Athletics Update: Cougar Baseball

Cougars Split Regular Season Finale; Heads to Region III Playoffs

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BUFFALO, NY – The Genesee Community College baseball team was up against two walls Thursday night, the weather and elimination from the NJCAA playoffs. After dropping game one to Erie Community College, GCC stormed back to win game two, 11-3 in a game stopped after five because of rain. With the win, Genesee (29-18, 17-10 Region III, Division III West) made the postseason.

With their victory in the second game against the Kats, Genesee plays Herkimer College at Veterans Memorial Park in Little Falls, NY on Saturday. There will be two nine innings games, starting at noon.

In the second game Thursday, GCC jumped out to an 11-0 lead thanks to the hot bat of Deion Rosalia and the pitching of Jayson Faynor, who threw a complete game with five strikeouts and gave up one earned run in the win.

Faynor, a Henrietta native and Lima Christian graduate, said the pressure experience from the Section V playoffs in high school had him relaxed before the game. “In high school, I had to pitch every big sectional game, so I was just thinking ‘here we go again’ and it was just another game,” said Faynor. “The last inning, the rain was coming down so hard I could not grip the ball (one pitch hit the other dugout) and there was no way to throw any of my off-speed pitches.”

Entering the final inning, Faynor had thrown a shutout with two hits. The game was 0-0 in the third when Jayson’s twin brother, John Faynor, hit a two-out, two-strike double for a 2-0 lead. “When he hit that, it was such a momentum lift for me and the team,” said Jayson. “Everyone was cheering ‘let’s go’ and we kept having good at bats and scoring runs.”

Rosalia finished the day with two home runs, four hits and five RBI’s while Elizam De Jesus had a 3-run home run, three hits and five RBI’s.

John Faynor finished the day with three hits and 3 RBI’s, Rodolfo Rodriguez had two hits, three runs and 3 RBI’s, Jakob MacLeod had two hits, three runs, 2 RBI’s and a stolen base, Eliel Martinez had two hits and a stolen base, Jordi Agosto had a RBI, Gabe Diaz had a RBI double and scored twice and Christian Torrez had two hits and scored two runs.

In the first game, Ryan Voss struck out three and Jonothan Toro struck out three in just 1.1 innings of work.
“I give a lot of credit to ECC and the umpires, they wanted to make sure we safely played two games because a lot was riding on these games, from who makes to playoffs to who gets home games,” said Genesee head coach Skip Sherman, who has made the regional playoffs in 15 of 17 seasons at the helm at GCC. “We had a lead in the first game, made a few errors and just let the game get away from us. The second game, the emotions were high, and the intensity was there on defense and offense. The sophomores did not want this to be their last game in a GCC uniform.”

For more information, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com, follow us on social media by using #cougarPRIDE, and check out our new Athletics video here.

Richard G. Ensman Served GCC for Nearly 30 Years

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Richard G. Ensman Jr., of Rochester, New York, passed away on May 9, 2019 having served Genesee Community College with great distinction since 1990. Through his nearly 30 years of dedicated service, Mr. Ensman was both the Director of the Department of External Affairs, as well as the Executive Director of the Genesee Community College Foundation and its 32-member Board of Directors.

In this dual capacity for almost three decades, Mr. Ensman was involved in all facets of GCC’s growth and development which included five capital projects at the Batavia Campus, the opening of six campus centers and also the purchase of College Meadows and its transformation into College Village, the student residence community adjacent to the main campus. Throughout all of the fundraising campaigns, including the most recent, “Creating Our Future Together” which resulted in the design and construction of GCC’s new Student Success Center and Richard C. Call Arena, Mr. Ensman’s unwavering motivation was fortifying student success and strengthening connections with the community.

He also helped found the College’s Alumni program, expand its Marketing Communications Office and establish a vast pool of scholarship opportunities that now numbers well over 200 separate funds. These draw together the unique interests and passions of donors in our community with the real needs and achievements of countless students, year after year.

Despite all Mr. Ensman’s accomplishments at Genesee Community College, he valued the work and dedication of those around him and he prioritized recognizing their efforts. He introduced Genesee Community College Foundation’s Alpha Medal of Service, a prestigious honor bestowed upon individuals at Commencement who demonstrate extraordinary commitment and service to the College. He helped found the Alumni Hall of Fame which currently recognizes 39 recipients. He encouraged the Marketing Communications Office to establish the “Recognition Matters” news series that highlights the accomplishments of GCC students, faculty and staff. And, Mr. Ensman long envisioned a unified office for the Department of External Affairs, which came to fruition this past fall.

“Rick was an integral member of our senior management team for many years. His dedication to the College’s mission of supporting students and helping them to achieve their goals was illustrated in countless ways. Through literally hundreds if not thousands of scholarships, he touched the lives of many,” GCC President James M. Sunser said. “What’s more, he inspired the same in others-from building our strong, dynamic donor and alumni communities, to encouraging staff as well as his colleagues to discover and embrace professional development opportunities-Rick had a huge heart. While he is already missed, his work and his vision will never leave us.”

He was a very active member of the International Rotary Club of Batavia, and also strong supporter and proponent of the United Way. In 2014, Mr. Ensman was recognized by the Batavia Rotary Club as a Paul Harris Fellow, named after the founding member of the Rotary, and is the highest distinction Rotarians receive for service to their club and/or their community.

Beyond his professional work at GCC and his community service to the Rotary and United Way, Rick was passionate about hiking, especially in the Adirondack Mountains with his camera always at hand. He shared many of his amazing photographs, including sunsets, sunrises, mountain top views, foggy trails and tranquil lakefronts with his friends and family. He was also an avid member of CrossFit Rochester.

Sunset of the Adirondacks taken by Mr. Ensman

Mr. Ensman was born on September 2, 1954 in Rochester, New York, and graduated from Bishop Kearney High School in 1971. He received two degrees from the University of Rochester, a Bachelor of Science Degree, awarded with distinction in Social Science in 1976, and Master of Science Degree in Community Services in 1982.

Funeral services for Mr. Ensman will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Monica’s Church, 831 Genesee Street in Rochester, NY 14611. Calling hours will be on Thursday, May 16, 2019, 4 – 7 p.m. at Leo Bean Funeral home located at 2771 Chili Avenue, Rochester, NY 14624. http://beanandsonsfuneralhome.com/


The Adirondack Mountains taken by Mr. Ensman

Sunset of the Adirondacks taken by Mr. Ensman

Morning News Briefing

GCC community mourns the loss of a top administrator.
Long-time administer at Genesee Community College Richard Ensman has passed.
After battling a lengthy illness, Ensman died early yesterday morning.
Ensman served the past 29 years as the college’s Director of Development and External Affairs and was also an active Batavia Rotarian.
Funeral arrangements have been set for next Friday at St. Monica Catholic Church in Rochester.
Richard Ensman was 65 years old.

Perry woman behind bars for allegedly throwing a child into a wall.
20 year old Monica White of Hawthorne Street Perry was arrested and charged with Harassment and six counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child following a domestic incident that occurred at her residence Wednesday.
Monica allegedly grabbed a younger child by the hair and threw her into a wall in front of 5 other children, all under the age of 16.
White was arraigned and committed in lieu of $2,500 bail to the Wyoming County Jail.
She is expected to reappear on May 14th in Perry Village Court.

Person indicted for using a box cutter in an alleged assault in Batavia.
Kelly J. Rhim allegedly used a box cutter to intentionally assault another person causing physical injury in an incident on April 13th in the City of Batavia.
Rhim has been indicted on violent Class D felony counts of second-degree assault, and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.

Investigators from the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office are looking to identify the suspect of a “Flim Flam” scam.
The Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division is looking to identify a person thought to be involved in a “Flim Flam” scam at a Warsaw business, which resulted in the loss of over a thousand dollars.
A “Flim Flam” thief is one that uses confidence, confusion and slight of hand to hustle store clerks or cashiers out of money from their own drawer.
Please contact Investigator Mayer at 585-786-8989 with any information.

A state of emergency has been declared for Monroe County communities along Lake Ontario.
The announcement means boaters have to go slowly when they’re within a few hundred feet of the shoreline.
That includes the areas near Irondequoit Bay, Braddock Bay and the Genesee River.
Anyone with concerns about potential flooding is asked to call the county Office of Emergency Management.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Derek Anderson has announced his retirement.
The 35-year-old came to the team last season after starting QB Josh Allen hurt his elbow.
Anderson’s time under center was cut short after he suffered a concussion.
His retirement could clear a roster space for former University at Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson.
He was one of several undrafted free agents recently signed by the Bills.

Evening News Briefing

Richard Ensman

Genesee Community College is mourning the passing today of Richard Ensman.
Ensman died early this morning following a lengthy illness.
Rick Ensman served as the college’s Director of Development and External Affairs for 29 years.
He was also an active Batavia Rotarian.
His funeral will be held next Friday, May 17, at St. Monica Catholic Church at 831 Genesee St., Rochester.
Richard Ensman was 65.

Batavia City School District voters will be asked to approve next year’s school budget of $50.5-million. The budget calls for a tax rate increase of 39-cents per thousand of assessed valuation.
School District voting takes place on Tuesday, May 21st.

Congressman Tom Reed is sticking up for folks who like to tailgate at Buffalo Bills games.
Reed said said the team’s new policy is nickel and diming hard-working fans.
The Bills said fans that arrive at New Era Field in a limo or bus will not be allowed to tailgate near their vehicle.
Now, they’ll be sent to a “Tailgate Village” instead and have to pay an average of $15 a person.
The team believes the change will make the game day environment better for everyone.
Reed is asking the Bills to reconsider their decision.

Governor Cuomo says more than five million bucks will be going to gang violence prevention programs across the state.
Money will be used for things like helping at-risk kids get their high school diploma and offering them occupational skills training.

BATAVIA ROTARY CLUB HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL TOURNAMENT SATURDAY AT DWYER STADIUM

Press Release:

The 21st Annual Batavia Rotary Club High School Tournament will take place Saturday at Dwyer Stadium.

Le Roy will play Notre Dame in the first game at 10 a.m. followed by Oakfield-Alabama vs. Batavia at 1p.m. The consolation game is scheduled for 4 p.m. with the championship game to be played under the lights starting at 7 p.m.

Admission is $5 for an adult all-day pass and $2 for a student all-day pass. All proceeds from the tournament will help benefit Batavia Rotary Club charities.

GENESEE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HOST SPEED NETWORKING EVENT

Press Release:

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first-ever Speed Networking event on May 15.

Speed networking is a meeting format designed to accelerate business contacts. It basically involves participants gathering together to exchange information. Participants greet each other in a series of brief exchanges during a set period of time and then move on to greet other participants.

“One of the many benefits of Chamber membership is networking with other members”, said Chamber President Tom Turnbull. “We wanted to create an efficient way to be able to network and we believe speed networking is the answer. It’s a perfect way spread the word about your business. Think of it as speed dating for business.”

Arc of Genesee Orleans is serving as the primary sponsor of this event and has donated the use of their Community Center at 38 Woodrow Drive, Batavia.

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

GCC’s Rick Ensman has passed

Message from the President:

May 9, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

It is with heartfelt sadness that I inform the GCC community that Rick Ensman, the Director of Development and External Affairs for 29 years, passed away this morning. Additional information will be forthcoming from our Human Resources Office as soon as it is available.

Thank you.

Jim Sunser
President

Morning News Briefing

District residents to decide on City Schools Budget with a purposed tax levy up nearly three percent.
The Batavia City School District is presenting voters a budget of more than $50.5 million dollars with a projected increase in the tax levy of 2.93 percent.
The budget was approved by the Board of Trustees Tuesday night, following a public hearing.
The proposed tax rate for 2019-2020 is $22.06, up from $21.67 this year.
District voters will have the chance to decide on the budget on May 21, from 7 am to 9 pm at the Robert Morris building and Batavia High School.
For More on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

State Street resident busted for bringing drugs into jail.
Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 21 year old Christian Wilson of Batavia for allegedly delivering a quantity of a controlled substance into the Genesee County Jail in a concealed manner.
Wilson was charged with Promoting Prison Contraband, Conspiracy and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and was issued an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court on May 20th.

Alleged threats with a weapon lead to arrest for a Thorpe Street man.
63 year old Richard Bailey of Thorpe Street in Batavia is charged with second-degree menacing and weapons possession.
Bailey was allegedly involved in an altercation on April 25th in which he is accused of threatening a neighbor with what appeared to be a handgun.

Castile man jailed for endangering a physically disabled person in Perry.
39 year old Zachary Johnson of Castile was taken into custody following investigation into an alleged incident that occurred Monday May 6th in the Village of Perry.
Johnson was charged with Endangering the Welfare of an incompetent, physically disabled person in the second degree.
He was arraigned in Perry Village Court by Judge Terry Bogart who decided against the District Attorney’s bail recommendation of $2,500 bail and instead released Johnson on his own recognizance.
Johnson is expected to return to Perry Village Court on May 12th to answer the charge.

Congressman Tom Reed is sticking up for folks who like to tailgate at Buffalo Bills games.
During a conference call yesterday, the 23rd District Republican said the team’s new policy is nickel and diming hard-working fans.
Last week, the Bills said fans that arrive at New Era Field in a limo or bus won’t be allowed to tailgate near their vehicle.
Now, they’ll be sent to a “Tailgate Village” instead and have to pay an average of 15-dollars a person.
The team believes the change will make the game day environment better for everyone.
Reed is asking the Bills to reconsider their decision.

New Dialysis Center to Open in Batavia

Fresenius Kidney Care, the dialysis division of Fresenius Medical Care North America and the nation’s leading network of dialysis facilities, invites the community to attend an Open House celebration on Friday, May 17 at its new clinic at 4185 Veterans Memorial Drive in Batavia.

The open house will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The clinic, which can treat a maximum of 102 patients a week, enables Fresenius Kidney Care’s local team of expert medical professionals to better serve the Genesee County area’s growing dialysis community. In New York, nearly 30,000 patients require dialysis treatment.

Local experienced medical professionals available to discuss patient services and the latest dialysis treatment options, including:

  • In-center dialysis – provides the reassurance of staff-assisted treatment and labs all in one place
  • At-home dialysis – offers greater independence, convenience and health benefits to patients who would otherwise spend up to 12 hours a week in a center receiving the life-sustaining care
  • How the center’s care team meets patients’ physical and emotional needs by individualizing their care
  • How Fresenius Kidney Care Batavia strives to empower people to thrive on and live the healthiest, fullest way possible – with kidney disease treatments that fit in with life, not the other way around.
  • How FreseniusRx renal-trained pharmacists can help dialysis patients manage their medications.

Tour the clinic and meet the treatment team and see the treatment rooms learn about other services offered at the center, such as hemodialysis travel services, and ongoing educational programs. Light refreshments will be available available.

About Fresenius Kidney Care
Fresenius Kidney Care, a division of Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), provides dialysis treatment and support services to more than 190,000 people with kidney disease every year whether in their own homes or at more than 2,400 facilities nationwide. Fresenius Kidney Care’s dedicated teams help address the physical and emotional aspects of kidney disease through personalized care, education and lifestyle support services. For more information about Fresenius Kidney Care, visit www.FreseniusKidneyCare.com.

About Kidney Disease and Dialysis
One in seven adults will develop chronic kidney disease, with many not detecting the condition until they have lost more than 90 percent of their kidney function. More than 660,000 Americans live with end stage renal disease, or kidney failure, which requires either a transplant or dialysis to remove waste from the blood, maintain safe levels of potassium and sodium and control blood pressure. Currently, 468,000 people in the U.S. depend on dialysis as a life sustaining treatment. The leading causes of kidney disease are high blood pressure and diabetes.

Evening News Briefing

Genesee County lawmen say a new county jail has been needed for a long time.
The existing jail is out of space and out of compliance with state regulations.
Next week county officials are holding a meeting inviting the public to ask questions about the project, its cost and its possible location.
The meeting is set for next Thursday, May 16th beginning at 5pm.
The meeting will be held in the Old County Courthouse.

Serious felony charges have been brought against a Batavia man in connection with a pair of old burglaries in Batavia.
Heyward Clark is accused of breaking into a building on School Street and a garage on Porter Avenue three years ago.

On today’s police blotter:
63 year old Richard Bailey of Thorpe Street, Batavia:
He is charged with: second-degree menacing and weapons possession Bailey was arrested after he allegedly was involved in a fracas on April 25 where police say he threatened a neighbor with what appeared to be a handgun.

State lawmakers have struck a deal involving cameras on school buses. The devices would be attached to the swinging stop sign on the side of the bus.
They’d be used to record drivers who pass stopped buses while kids are getting on or off.
Supporters believe the cameras will help save lives since drivers will be more hesitant to pass buses if they know they’re being recorded.

Public Information Session regarding Jail Construction Project on May 16th

Press Release:

Genesee County will hold a Public Information Session regarding the Jail Construction Project on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at 5:00pm at the Old County Courthouse Chambers, 7 Main Street, Batavia, New York.

The purpose of the informational session is to allow for citizen questions and inquiries early on in the jail de-sign process, and to provide County justification and rationale for the steps taken to date and planned into the future. We welcome any and all citizen views regarding any aspect of the project’s scope, purpose and implementation. The County will provide project information including, but not limited to project timeline, bed need analysis, and possible jail site. County staff along with SMRT, the County’s Architect and Engi-neer consultants will be on hand to answer questions and receive feedback. The session will last until ap-proximately 8:00pm and the public is encouraged to drop by at any time to chat with County and SMRT rep-resentatives.

The County has also created a page on its website dedicated to the jail project that we encourage citizens to check on over time for updates on the progress of the jail construction project, the site is http://www.co.genesee.ny.us/genesee_county_jail_project/index.php

Summer Hours at the Genesee County DMV

Press Release:

In an effort to better serve our loyal customers, the Genesee County Motor Vehicle Office (“DMV”) and the Office of the Genesee County Clerk announce the imposition of summer hours. Starting May 28, 2019 – August 31, 2019 our offices will open to the public at 8:00am. The DMV will close to the public at the normal closing time of 4:00pm, but will continue to serve any customers in the lobby until 4:30pm, and the Clerk’s Office will close at 4:30pm.

This change is in response to the high volume of traffic we have experienced in the mornings with customers seeking to complete their transactions before work. It is our hope that this change will prove more convenient to our residents and will help alleviate wait times. Normal operating hours will resume on September 1, 2019. As always, we appreciate the opportunity to serve the public, and thank you for your continued support in renewing locally and keeping your tax dollars in Genesee County!

Morning News Briefing

Felony charges have been filed against a Batavia man in an indictment for three year old burglaries in the City.
Heyward Clark is accused of burglarizing a building on School Street in the City along with a garage on Porter Ave back in October of 2016.
The indictment includes two felony counts of third degree Burglary along with felony and misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief and petit larceny.
Clark allegedly knowingly and unlawfully entered a School Street building in Batavia on October 27th of 2016 where he stole money and property from a female victim and damaged a window.
Clark then allegedly broke into a garage on Porter Ave and stole a circular saw and battery the same week according to the indictment.

Wyoming County Man jailed for alleged assault.
Wyoming County Deputies arrested 30 year old Jose Santiago-Burgos of Covington following a domestic dispute at a Morrow Road residence Saturday.
He was accused of striking a victim in the face with a cell phone causing injury and was charged with Assault.
Santiago-Burgos was additionally charged with Aggravated Family Offence for having a prior domestic violence criminal conviction.
He was arraigned in Warsaw Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $7,500 bail.

Former Batavia City Schools Superintendent Richard Stutzman has come out of retirement.
Stutsman has been named acting superintendent for the East Rochester Union Free School District.
East Rochester’s previous super, Dr. Mark Linton, was suddenly and without explanation, placed on administrative leave.
School officials are not commenting.

State lawmakers have struck a deal involving cameras on school buses.
The devices would be attached to the swinging stop sign on the side of the bus.
They’d be used to record drivers who pass stopped buses while kids are getting on or off.
Supporters believe the cameras will help save lives since drivers will be more hesitant to pass buses if they know they’re being recorded.
Governor Cuomo says he’ll sign the legislation.

The Village of Alexander has asked us to announce that their regular monthly board meeting will be held this Thursday night at 6.
That’s one hour earlier than usual.

Evening News Briefing

Former Batavia City Schools Superintendent Richard Stutzman has come out of retirement.
Stutsman has been named acting superintendent for the East Rochester Union Free School District.
East Rochester’s previous super, Dr. Mark Linton, was suddenly and without explanation, placed on administrative leave.
School officials are not commenting on the reasons for sidelining Linton.

Another episode of Genesee County’s most wanted is out today.
The Sheriff’s Office has released the names of five people they are trying to locate for outstanding warrants.
Among them is 52 year old Arthur Osborne wanted for Assault and Child Endangerment in a 2014 Town of Batavia case.
There is a picture of Osborne and the four other suspects HERE.

What is likely the final criminal case in a fatal melee on Central Ave in Batavia last summer has ended in a plea deal.
48 year old Jennifer Urvizu-Hanlon of Batavia pleaded guilty to Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon.
She admitted to giving her licensed handgun to 17 year old Samuel Blackshear last moments before he shot Nathaniel Wilson.
Wilson had stabbed Terry Toote to death and is now serving a 20 year to life prison term on for murder.
Blackshear was sentenced to a three year term for the shooting of Wilson.
Urvizu-Hanlon is looking at a two year sentence in state prison.

The Village of Alexander has asked us to announce that their regular monthly board meeting will be held this Thursday night at 6.
That’s one hour earlier than usual.
Again, the Alexander Village Board will meet this Thursday night at 6.

GCSO: Active Arrest Warrants May 7th 2019

Arthur M. Osborne, 52 White Male 5’9” 150 lbs, Brown hair, Blue eyes Last known address, NW 52nd St. Lauderhill, FL. Bench Warrant Wanted for Assault 3rd PL 120.00-1 (Misdemeanor) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child PL 260.10-1 (Misdemeanor). Batavia Town Court Date of warrant, 4/29/14.

Timothy J. Callihan age 55 White Male 5’8” 160 lbs Brown hair Brown eyes Last known address, S Washington Ave Ludington, MI. Bench Warrant Wanted for DWI VTL 1192-3 (Misdemeanor). Bergen Town Court Date of warrant, 10/13/06

Rita K. Cintron age 28 Black Female 5’1” 135 lbs Black hair Brown eyes Last known address, S Iowa Ave Atlantic City, NJ. Bench Warrant Wanted for Criminal Trespass 2nd PL 140.15 (Misdemeanor). Batavia Town Court Date of warrant, 12/15/08

Lewis L. Clayton age 33 White Male 5’10” 170 lbs Brown hair Hazel eyes Last known address, Campground Road, Lauderdale, MS. Bench Warrant Wanted for Criminal Nuisance 2nd PL 240.45 (Misdemeanor). Stafford Town Court Date of warrant, 9/11/06

Tanya M. Cook age 35 White Female 5’7” 210 lbs Blond hair Blue eyes Last known address, Hilton Parma Corners Road, Spencerport, NY. Arrest Warrant Wanted for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd Degree VTL 511-1a (Misdemeanor). Alabama Town Court Date of warrant, 4/4/19

If you are able to assist the Sheriff’s Office in locating these people, the Sheriff’s Office asks that you do not approach these people and that you call (585) 343-5000 with information that may assist in locating the suspects.

Public Meetings Scheduled for the Smart Growth Plan 2019 Review

Press Release:

As part of its 2019 triennial review, the Genesee County Department of Planning will hold a series of public meetings to present and gather comments on the draft revisions to the Smart Growth Plan. There will be three meetings as follows:

Monday, June 17, 2019 6:30 PM Pembroke Community Center 116 E. Main St., Corfu, NY 14036

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 6:30 PM Pavilion Town Hall, 1 Woodrow Dr., Pavilion, NY 14525

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 6:30 PM Genesee County Building 2 – Large Conference Room 3837 W. Main Street Rd., Batavia NY 14020

On May 9, 2001 the Genesee County Legislature adopted the Smart Growth Plan. The Plan is a mitigating action of potential significant environmental impacts of the Genesee County Water Supply Project upon the viability of agriculture in Genesee County. Smart Growth Development Areas throughout the county were designated based on their access to transportation, minimal conflict with County Agricultural Districts and State regulated wetlands, feasibility of extending public water service, and the potential for extending public infrastructure to support development. The Plan requires that it be reviewed every three years by the Legislature and that recommendations for its revision be made at that time.

During this review, the Town of Pavilion proposed changes to the Development Area Boundaries. Two substantive text changes are also being proposed as part of this review. The meeting will focus on the modifications being recommended to the County Legislature by the Planning Department.

For individuals with disabilities, requests for reasonable accommodations should be made with at least five days’ notice. Call the Genesee County Planning Department at (585) 815-7901 or email at Felipe.Oltramari@co.genesee.ny.us.

Congressman Chris Collins Recognizes Livonia Man as ‘Veteran of the Month’

Press Release:

Clarence, NY – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) recognized former U.S. Army Air Corps Sergeant Daniel Gill of Livonia, NY as his office’s May ‘Veteran of the Month.’

“I am honored to have the opportunity to meet Sergeant Daniel Gill and thank him for his service to our country during World War II,” said Congressman Collins. “Seeing him receive this honor surrounded by family and friends was truly special. We are all grateful for his service and my office will continue to recognize a local ‘Veteran of the Month’ as a small thank you to the thousands of Western New York veterans who have selflessly served our country.”

Prior to enlisting, Mr. Gill flew airplanes recreationally which encouraged him to graduate from high school early so he could enlist into the United States Army Air Corps at the age of 18. Mr. Gill was deployed to Berlin, Germany during World War II, where he was a pilot on a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft. During his free time, Mr. Gill played on a baseball team at the base camp and would play against local Germans. After returning home from the war, Mr. Gill was honorably discharged and worked as an engineer for Taylor Instruments until he retired. Mr. Gill has been married to his wife, Renate, for 40 years and together they have several children and grandchildren in the Rochester area.

Amongst friends and family, Mr. Gill was presented with an American Flag that was flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. and a Congressional Certificate of Commendation.

To nominate a NY-27 ‘Veteran of the Month’ please submit an inquiry to NY27Veteran@mail.house.gov, or contact our district office at (716) 634-2324.

Morning News Briefing

Jennifer Urvizu-Hanlon

Woman who provided weapon in Central Ave shooting takes a plea deal.
The third and likely final criminal case to stem from a fatal stabbing and shooting on Central Ave in Batavia last summer has ended with a plea deal from the woman accused of providing a handgun to a teen.
48 year old Jennifer Urvizu-Hanlon of Batavia appeared in Genesee County Court yesterday where she pleaded guilty to Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the second degree.
She admitted to giving her licensed handgun to then 17 year old Samuel Blackshear on May 17th before the teenager shot Nathaniel Wilson in the ensuing chaos on Central Avenue.
Wilson was shot after stabbing 41 year old Terry Toote to death and is now serving a 20-to-life prison term on his murder conviction.
Blackshear was sentenced to a three year term behind bars and now Urvizu-Hanlon is looking at a two year sentence in state prison.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Maple Street man jailed for drugs and paraphernalia.
45 year old William Schultz of Batavia, was arrested on Evans Street on an unrelated charge and while being searched was allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
He is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia and was jailed in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Unattended children leads to arrest for a Batavia woman.
City Police took 33 year old Jennifer Shaw of Bank Street into custody following investigation into an incident last month where Shaw allegedly left two young children unattended in a running vehicle in a West Main Street parking lot.
She was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and was issued an appearance ticket for this afternoon in Batavia City Court.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that more than 14,000 tickets were issued during this year’s “Operation Work Brake,” a yearly campaign conducted in partnership between the State Police and the New York State Thruway Authority to raise awareness of the dangers of reckless driving in work zones at the start of highway construction season.
This year’s enforcement efforts, which took place from April 22 to April 26, were expanded to include NYS Department of Transportation work zones around the state.

Senator Chuck Schumer says it’s time to put an end to those annoying robocalls.
He’s now pushing for passage of the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act in Congress.
If approved, telecommunications companies would have to create a program authenticating a call’s originating number as it goes from one network to another.
That would allow folks to know where a call is coming from and decide if they want to answer or ignore it.
Schumer says the legislation has the support of both Democrats and Republicans.

 

Evening News Briefing

Western Regional Off Track Betting, headquartered here in Batavia, had its highest Kentucky Derby handle ever.
The OTB reports a record two-million, 39-thosuand dollars was wagered on the Derby at Batavia Bets-dot-com, OTB Branches and E-Z bet locations.
Wagering on the Derby at Batavia Downs itself was up 7-percent over last year.
Action at Batavia Downs Gaming during the Derby weekend was the second highest ever for the casino.

Volunteer firefighters from Bergen, Stafford and South Byron made a quick stop of a fire at C F S Irrigation Supply Company in Bergen.
The initial alarm went out around 3 this afternoon sending fire equipment and manpower to 62-80 Clinton Street.
The fire was confined to a wall. Cause is unknown.

The trial of Congressman Chris Collins could end up being delayed.
The Buffalo News reports there’s debate over a clause in the Constitution. The “Speech or Debate Clause” looks to protect members of Congress from abuse from other government branches.
Collins, who represents New York’s 27th Congressional District- which includes Genesee County – is facing charges of insider trading.
He is scheduled to go on trial in February.

Gasoline prices are continuing to rise in Western New York.
According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is $2.90.
That’s two cents more than what drivers were paying a week ago,
Gas Buddy-dot-com reports the average prices of a gallon of regular in Batavia is $2.84

Western Regional OTB Posts Derby Day Handle

Representatives from Western Regional Off-Track Betting (WROTBC) reported a record $2,039,088.30 was wagered on the Kentucky Derby through their outlets including BataviaBets.com, OTB Branches and EZ Bet Locations. In particular the Empire branch in Rochester, NY saw significant growth, up 27% from the previous year. Wagering was also very strong at Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel, up 7% there.

Batavia Downs hosted three separate parties with a full house of happy, gambling revelers enjoying the Run for the Roses. The Park Place Party served an all-time high 751 dinners; well eclipsing the 605 meals sold last year. Thurman Thomas’ Sports Bar “34 Rush” had their highest single day total for sales.

Down on the gaming floor, $4 million credits were played which was the second highest in their history. The week ending Saturday saw the highest credits played total of all time, with $18.3 Million in Credits Played, beating the previous best seven-day period of $17.4 Million.

The results of the 145th Kentucky Derby may have been controversial with the subsequent disqualification of Maximum Security, who was first under the wire, but according to Henry Wojtaszek, President and CEO of WROTBC, Derby Day 2019 was unbelievable all the way around.

“The wagering, party and gaming numbers are a continuation and reflection of the solid year Batavia Downs has been experiencing,” said Wojtaszek, “We could not have pulled this off if it wasn’t for our dedicated OTB branch and Batavia Downs staff, who worked tirelessly on Derby Day. We appreciate the solid support from our loyal customer base.”

WROTBC is already gearing up for the second jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown to be held on May 18 at Pimlico racetrack.
Among the events scheduled for Preakness is the $15 Trifecta special that will take place in the Park Place Event Center at Batavia Downs from 4p until 7p.

Live harness racing comes back online at Batavia Downs on Wednesday, July 24 for the meet that will run through Saturday, December 14th.

Four arrested for Endangering the Welfare of Children in LeRoy

Press Release:   May 04, 2019

23-year-old, Steven D. Smires, of no permanent address was arrested on May 02, 2019 by the Le Roy Police Department and charged with one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a Class A Misdemeanor and one count of Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, a Violation.  38-year-old, Leah M. Burrus-Stewart, also of no permanent address, was arrested as a result of the same incident and charged with one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a Class A Misdemeanor.

At approximately 11:30 am on May 02, 2019, the Le Roy Police Department received a complaint of a subject smoking marihuana in a vehicle with two small children.  Upon arrival patrols located a vehicle parked in a municipal parking lot located in the Village and inside the vehicle they located Smires and Burrus-Stewart along with a three-year-old child belonging to Burrus-Stewart and a nine-month-old child that belonged to the couple.  It is alleged that prior to the patrols arrival Smires had been smoking marihuana in the vehicle with both children present inside the vehicle.  At the time Smires was smoking marihuana, Burrus-Stewart was also inside the vehicle.  Patrols also located marihuana and paraphernalia used for smoking marihuana inside the vehicle.  During the investigation it was also discovered that Smires, Burrus-Stewart, and both the children did not have housing and had been living in the vehicle.  Both Smires and Burrus-Steward were arrested without incident and Child Protective Services was contacted to assist with the care of the children.

Both Smires and Burrus-Stewart were arraigned in the Le Roy Town Court in front of the Honorable Judge Sehm and turned over to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $750 bail.  They are to return to the Le Roy Town Court on June 04, 2019 to answer to the charges.

 

35-year-old, Donald G. Cooper and 34-year-old Christine A. M. Wark, of School Street, Le Roy, were arrested on May 03, 2019 by the Le Roy Police Department and charged with four counts each of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a Class A Misdemeanor, Cooper was also charged with an additional charge for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, a Violation.

In the evening of May 03, 2019 at approximately 10:30 pm the Le Roy Police Department received a complaint of two young children sitting on the side of the road on State Route 19.  When patrols arrived in the area, they located two children, ages eight and ten years old.  Patrols were able to identify and locate the parents of the children at which time it was discovered that the children were allegedly sent out of the residence to burn off some energy while retrieving a discarded item located on the side of the road approximately a half mile from their residence.  During the investigation an unsecured firearm along with bullets for the firearm was located in the residence where both children reside, the firearm and bullets were placed in a location that was accessible to both children.  Paraphernalia used for smoking marihuana was also located in the residence and accessible to both children.  As a result of the significant disregard for both children’s well being both Cooper and Wark were placed under arrest without incident.

Cooper and Wark were arraigned in front of the Honorable Judge Sehm and released under the supervision of Genesee Justice.  Cooper and Wark are to return to the Le Roy Town Court on June 04, 2019 to answer to the charges.

Morning News Briefing

Accused burglar in Batavia has two more counts added against him.
25 year old Christopher Sprague of West Main Street in Batavia was arrested in January of his year on four counts of Burglary for breaking into several businesses in the Ellicott Street and Harvester Ave area.
He is now facing another count of Burglary in the third degree for allegedly burglarizing Bill’s Auto on Evans Street back on December 23rd of last year and another count of Attempted Burglary for attempting to break-in to the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Jackson Street the same day.
Sprague is currently being held on other charges and is scheduled to reappear in Batavia City Court on June 6th.

Batavia resident turns himself in on sex abuse charge.
38 year old Wesley Thigpen of Vine Street in the City turned himself in to Batavia Police upon request following investigation into an alleged incident at a Vine Street address in December of last year.
Thigpen was arraigned in City Court on a single count of Sexual Abuse in the first degree and was released under supervision.
He is expected back in court on May 23rd.

Albion Police with assistance from the FBI investigated a Facebook post that threatened violence to an unspecified school in the area.
The investigation revealed that an Albion Central School student’s Facebook account had been taken over by an unknown person outside the country in Croatia and that unknown person made the post on the hijacked account.
The FBI believes that the account was taken over by the use of a malware attack on a phone.
While they have determined that the posts that were made are not a credible threat the Albion Police will have an increased presence at the Albion School.
Albion‘s School Resource Officer worked closely with the Albion School district during the investigation and Police would like to remind all residents to monitor their social media accounts

An Elba man faces assault charges after crashing into a house in Batavia.
42 year old Rodney Harmon Jr of Church Street Elba is facing a litany of charges including counts of Vehicular Assault, Assault, Reckless Driving and Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs after crashing into a house on Oak Orchard Road in the Town of Batavia on April 15th.
Harmon and his passenger were allegedly involved in a domestic dispute while heading southbound on Route 98 before leaving the roadway and crashing into a home.
Harmon has an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on May 27th.

The trial of Congressman Chris Collins could end up being delayed.
The Buffalo News reports there’s debate over a clause in the Constitution.
The “Speech or Debate Clause” looks to protect members of Congress from abuse from other government branches.
Collins, who represents the 27th Congressional District, is facing insider trading charges.
The Republican is scheduled to go on trial in February.

Weekend News Briefing

Attorney for Antwan Odom claims his client acted in self-defense.
Antwan Odom’s defense attorney, Frank Housh of Buffalo, is now attempting to turn the tables on his clients alleged victim, Batavia Football star Ray Leach, by calling into question his role in an altercation last fall.
Odom who was also a Batavia High School athlete was accused of cutting Ray Leach with a knife during an apparent argument in August of last year.
Now Odom’s Attorney will file a motion in advance of a trial later this year that will allow him to call into question Leach’s character.
Housh spoke with our news partner The Batavian outside of court Friday…

Odom turned down a plea offer in Genesee County Court Friday that could have meant no jail time.
Apparently Odom was taking the advice of his attorney who didn’t feel there was enough of a guarantee from the court that Odom could be adjudicated a youthful offender and avoid a prison term.
A hearing on the motions is set for July 2nd.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

A Batavia man, accused of attempted murder, has been found mentally incapable of assisting in his own defense.
The ruling was made by County Court Judge Charles Zambito in the case of 23 year old Plush Dozier.
Doizier was charged with arson and attempted murder for allegedly setting fire to his girlfriend’s Maple Street apartment last year while she was inside.
Judge Zambito said three doctors found that Dozier can slip from lucid to psychotic at any time.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Accident on Francis Road in Bethany ends in arrest for a Wyoming man.
35 year old Jonathan Arce of Wyoming Street Wyoming was placed under arrest following investigation into a one car motor vehicle crash on Francis Road in Bethany Friday evening.
Arce reportedly declined medical treatment or transport when first responders arrived but was untimely charged with counts of DWI and moving from a lane unsafely.
He was issued an appearance ticket for May 21st in Bethany Town Court.

An Orleans County Man is sentenced to 18 Months in prison for defrauding the state transportation department.
47 year old Nathaniel Lorenz of Holley was also ordered pay restitution in the amount of $600,000.
Lorenz, a former police officer submitted fake invoices to the New York State DOT in order to conceal that he was not buying the materials needed to perform bridge contracts in the Buffalo and Binghamton regions.

Prisoners are being called in to keep communities along Lake Ontario safe from flooding.
The inmates are working to fill sandbags that will be given to homeowners and businesses to protect their property.
The prisoners are getting paid, but just how much isn’t being made public

Evening News Briefing

A Batavia man, accused of attempted murder, has been found mentally incapable of assisting in his own defense.
The ruling was made by County Court Judge Charles Zambito in the case of 23 year old Plush Dozier.
Doizier was charged with arson and attempted murder for allegedly setting fire to his girlfriend’s Maple Street apartment last year while she was inside.
Judge Zambito said three doctors found that Dozier can slip from lucid to psychotic at any time.

Rashawn Gosier, formerly of Shady Lane Batavia, has accepted a plea deal in an attempted murder case. The 40 year old Gosier was accused of stabbing a person last December in an Ellicott Street. Home.
The plea deal will likely result in a five year prison term.

A local woman arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs with a young child in her car.
35 year old Taraleen Tundo of Linden Road Bethany is charged with a violation of Leandra’s law which is a felony.
Tundo was stopped by deputies on Main Road in Stafford.
Lawmen said Tundo failed field sobriety tests as she was driving with a small child in the car.

An Orleans County Man is sentenced to 18 Months in prison for defrauding the state transportation department.
47 year old Nathaniel Lorenz of Holley was also ordered pay restitution in the amount of $600,000.
Lorenz, a former police officer submitted fake invoices to the New York State DOT in order to conceal that he was not buying the materials needed to perform bridge contracts in the Buffalo and Binghamton regions.

Prisoners are being called in to keep communities along Lake Ontario safe from flooding. The inmates are working to fill sandbags that will be given to homeowners and businesses to protect their property. The prisoners are getting paid, but just how much isn’t being made public.

GCEDC APPROVES PILOT REASSIGNMENT FOR UPSTATE NIAGARA COOPERATIVE

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY – The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) voted to approve reassigning the terms of previously approved PILOT agreements for Upstate Niagara Cooperative. The company recently announced the purchase of the former Alpina Foods manufacturing facility in the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park.

Under the PILOT agreements, local taxing jurisdictions will receive $378,010 in revenues over the life of the PILOT. Upstate Niagara Cooperative plans to invest $22 million in the facility to meet the company’s operational needs.

“Genesee County has benefited greatly from the repeated investments by food and beverage companies into dairy production facilities,” said GCEDC Board Chairman Paul Battaglia. “The Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park provides excellent opportunities for the Upstate Niagara Cooperative and businesses in the dairy and food industries to succeed.”

The GCEDC Board also approved a loan from the Growing the Agricultural Industry Now! (GAIN) fund for New York Craft Malt. The $82,000 GAIN loan is part of a $206,968 investment for the purchase of new equipment and building improvements at the company’s facility at 8164 Bank Street Road in the town of Batavia. The project will create 2 new jobs.

“NY Craft Malt’s project builds on our successful GAIN Loan Fund program, which supports the growth of agricultural products and businesses in Genesee County,” said GCEDC President and CEO Steve Hyde. “Low-interest GAIN loans have enabled producers to invest over $1 million into dairy, maple and malting operations.”

The NY Craft Malt is the fifth project in Genesee County to receive a GAIN loan. Previous recipients include Cottonwood Farms in Pavilion, Sandvoss Farms in East Bethany, and Junior’s Maple in Batavia.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Lacrosse

Women’s lacrosse team on sophomore day with family and supporters

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee Community College women’s lacrosse team picked up their sixth win of the season Thursday afternoon, by defeating the Jefferson Community College Cannoneers 19-4 on Sophomore Day.

Freshman Hannah Kirisits scored seven goals on the day and added three assists. Sophomore Ashley Barclay scored four goals and two assists and fellow sophomore Bri Heers recorded a hat trick. Riley Marconi scored three goals and added an assist. Net minder Ryley O’Mara made five saves in net for Genesee.

Next for the Cougars will be the NJCAA Region III Final Four taking place next weekend, May 11-12 at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY.
For more information about Genesee Athletics and to see the complete schedule of events, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com; follow us on social media by using #cougarPRIDE and check out our new Athletics video.

HAWLEY CONDEMNS DRIVER’S LICENSES FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

Press Release:

As details emerge about the effort peddled by New York City politicians to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) blasted the proposal. This measure comes on the heels of the Majority passing tuition assistance for illegal immigrants while initially opposing Hawley’s bill to do the same for Gold Star families.

“Instead of incentivizing legal immigration, Albany is once again creating a magnet for outright lawlessness,” Hawley said. “First they offered undocumented immigrants the right to free college tuition, now they offer the privilege of driving. This latest proposal jeopardizes the safety of our communities throughout the state. NYC lawmakers continue to place the interests of illegal immigrants ahead of law-abiding, middle-class New Yorkers.

“We are a nation of laws, and these proposals only lead to more giveaways and services for illegal immigrants in our state. In addition, handing out these privileges blurs the lines between law-abiding citizens and those here illegally. Rest assured, I will continue to remain steadfast in my commitment to public safety and the rule of law especially in light of the avalanche of proposals endangering New York families in favor of realizing a political agenda,” Hawley concluded.

Morning News Briefing

Alexander Town Clerk arrested under Election Law.
42 year old Lisa Lynn Lyons of Alexander Road in Attica, is charged with two counts of misconduct in relation to petitions, a violation of NYS Election Law.
She is accused of making a false statement pertaining to a petition supporting her designation as the Republican candidate for the upcoming Town Clerk of Alexander position.
It’s alleged that she did not witness all signatures of the filed petition.
Lyons is the incumbent Town of Alexander Clerk and Tax Collector until her term expires on December 31st.
She was issued an appearance ticket and is due in Batavia City Court on May 21.

Sheriff’s Deputies bust two Rochester men for a reported theft from the Batavia Cycle Center.
Deputies say a witness reported early yesterday Morning seeing two men with a pick-up truck and trailer hauling away two go-carts and a three wheeler ATV.
The truck was stopped on Route 33 near Coward Rd.
The driver, 18 year old Devin Hill and his passenger, 43 year old Angel Carrasquillo (cara-see-oh) both of Rochester were charged with Burglary and Grand Larceny and jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail.

A Bethany Woman arrested under Leandra’s Law.
35 year old Taraleen Tundo of Linden Road Bethany is facing a litany of charges following investigation into a driving complaint in LeRoy.
Tundo was allegedly observed in a gray Ford Taurus failing to maintain a single lane westbound on Route 5 and was eventually stopped by deputies on Main Road in Stafford.
According to deputies Tundo failed field sobriety tests and was also driving with a small child and in possession of pot and a controlled substance.
She was taken into custody on counts of DWAI by Drugs, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Pot and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
She was released with appearance tickets for June 4th in Stafford Town Court.

A Batavia resident who was originally accused of attempted murder for stabbing somebody at a home on Ellicott Street, has accepted a plea agreement that will likely mean a five-year prison term.
40 year old Rashawn Gosier, formerly of Shady Lane pleaded guilty to attempted assault and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Gosier was arrested in December after an incident at an Ellicott Street address that led to a brief manhunt before he was apprehended crawling out of the basement of that residence.

Orleans County Man Sentenced to 18 Months for Defrauding NYSDOT on Federally Funded Contracts
47 year old Nathaniel Lorenz of Holley was sentenced to 18 months, and to pay restitution in the amount of $600,000, following his trial conviction last year on wire and mail fraud charges.
Lorenz was convicted on all eight counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud following a 7-day trial in November of last year.
Lorenz, a former police officer and sheriff’s deputy, submitted fake invoices to the New York State Department of Transportation in order to conceal that he was not buying the materials needed to perform bridge maintenance contracts in the Buffalo and Binghamton regions, for which his company was ultimately paid more than $1 million dollars for.
He was also ordered to be on 2 years of supervised release.

Evening News Briefing

Charges have been filed against a candidate for Alexander Town Clerk.
42 year old Lisa Lynn Lyons of Alexander Road, Attica is accused of not actually witnessing signatures on a petition that she claimed she had.
Lyons is the incumbent Town Clerk and is seeking re-election in November.
She now has a date in Town of Batavia court for later this month.

Two Rochester men are collared by deputies for allegedly stealing from the Batavia Cycle Center.
Deputies say a witness reported seeing two men with a pick-up truck and trailer hauling away two go-carts and three wheeler ATV.
The truck was stopped on Route 33 near Coward Rd.
18 year old Devin Hill and 43 year old Angel Carrasquillo both of Rochester were charged with Burglary and Grand Larceny and jailed in lieu of 10-thousand dollars bail.

Plush Dozier

A Batavia man has been found mentally incapable of assisting in his own defense.
The ruling was made today by County Court Judge Charles Zambito in the case of 23 year old Plush Dozier.
Doizier was charged with arson and attempted murder for allegedly setting fire to his girlfriend’s Maple Street apartment last year while she was inside.
Judge Zambito said three doctors found that Dozier can slip from lucid to psychotic at any time.

Drivers could soon be facing big fines if they’re caught passing a stopped school bus. The state Senate has passed a bill to increase those penalties. For first time offenders to $350.
People who continue to break the law could have to hand over up to one-thousand dollars. The legislation now heads to the Assembly. It’s unclear if the assembly will vote on the measure before lawmakers leave Albany in June.

Arc of Genesee Orleans Honors Staff, Volunteers and Individuals

Henry Valerych

Arc of Genesee Orleans Board of Directors paid tribute to an agency founding father at Wednesday’s Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet held at Park Place at Batavia Downs. Henry Valerych was presented the Arc Spirit Award, in a touching ceremony that included a military color guard by local veterans and music from St. Joe’s of Batavia Brass Ensemble.

“We are honored to present the Arc Spirit Award to a man whose life is a reflection of his dedication to his family, the community and his country,” said Arc Board Member Kevin Fisher. Mr. Valerych is a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served four years and then fulfilled a lifetime of service in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Master Sergeant.

Mr. Valerych interacts with Color Guard and Brass ensemble members following his surprise salute.

“As a Genesee County agency founding father, Henry and his wife Anne helped create and grow our agency over the last half century,” Fisher shared. Earlier this year, Henry stepped down from his leadership position with the Arc Board and has been granted Board Member Emeritus status.

In the early years, Henry Valerych wore many hats. When it came to public relations, he helped spread the word by typing a newsletter in his basement and delivering it door-to-door. He also served as Membership Chairman since the agency was founded and has helped raise over half a million dollars to help grow our agency.

The Valerych family has spent more than fifty years advocating for their loved ones, and the sons, daughters, sisters and brothers of hundreds of local families. In an interview on the history of our organization, Mr. Valerych was asked “What can the community do to help people with disabilities?” His answer was simple…“treat people with disabilities, like you treat everyone else.”

Business Partner of the Year honors went to Intergrow Greenhouses of Albion. Director of Community Employment Services, Melissa Cotter told banquet attendees that Intergrow’s David Purvee and his team exemplify our mission to “Be a partner for people with disabilities, and a gateway to opportunities for each person to experience their desired potential”.
According to Cotter, “The individuals we serve who work at Intergrow have been given the opportunity to earn money, work in an integrated setting, make new friends, and be a part of a growing company.” She added, “Our job coaches report that all the employees at Intergrow make sure to make the people we serve who work there feel welcome and a part of their team.”

Friends of Arc Awards were presented to:

(L to R) Debrah Fischer, Arc President; Tammy Hathaway and Melissa Stein, United Way

Child Welfare Association of Orleans County for being an active supporter of the Arc of Genesee Orleans and Camp Rainbow for more than 20 years;
United Way of Genesee County for its ongoing commitment to raise and designate funds in support of Arc programs and services and for the volunteer service opportunities for the individuals Arc serves through the United Way backpack program;

Batavia Community Garden for welcoming Arc’s Batavia based Community Pre-vocational program, cultivating new interests, friendships and community connections.

Arc Persons of the Year: Francine, Alice, Josh, Katie and Nick

Persons of the Year Awards were given to: Joshua Tiede, Self-Advocate; Katie Acomb, Supported Employment; Nick Fuller, Pre-Vocational; Alice Torres, Residential; Francine Caltagirone, Day Habilitation and Kurt Hoffman, Community Services.

Arc Executive Director Donna Saskowski presented Staff Recognition Awards to: Maryja Andrews, Bus Driver; Paula Knaak, Sr. Production Manager/Community PV; Carole Mitchell, Senior QA Technician; Kristie Rada, Assistant Director of Medical Services; Karen Stymus, Residential Administrative Specialist; Kimberly Travale, Coordinator of Day Hab Services and Bethany Willis, Sr. Support Broker.

During the annual meeting portion of the event, the following were elected officers for the coming year: President, Debrah Fischer; Vice President, Jane Scott; Treasurer, Marlene Hill and Secretary, Deborah Riggi. Board members receiving three year terms were Debrah Fischer, Kevin Fisher, Susan Maha and Michelle Mahler, and the following were elected to Arc’s nominations committee: Kevin Fisher, Carolyn Laney, Susan Maha, Michelle Mahler, Jim McMullen and Carl Tuohey.

The Master of Ceremonies for the Arc Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony was Paul Figlow.

Morning News Briefing

House Fire in LeRoy sparked by smoking in bed.
Officials say a house fire on Bernd Road in LeRoy appears to have started by a bedtime smoker.
Assistant LeRoy Fire Chief Craig Johnson was among the first on scene…

64 year old Elizabeth Reisdorf suffered burns to her hands, face and upper body and was initially taken to UMMC then transferred to Strong Memorial hospital in Rochester.
She is currently in ICU under guarded condition.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Dense Fog Advisory, which is in effect until 10a.m. this morning.
The advisory covers Niagara, Orleans, Northern Erie, and Genesee Counties.
Areas of dense fog will result in difficult travel this morning, including much of the Buffalo Metro.
Motorists should use caution and be prepared for greatly reduced visibility to less than a quarter mile at times.

Liberty Street man in lock up for conspiring to smuggle drugs into jail.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 20 year old Jacob Sponaugle of Batavia on counts of Conspiracy, Criminal Facilitation, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Introducing Dangerous Contraband into prison following investigation in the county jail.
Sponaugle was accused of conspiring with others to smuggle in contraband and was ultimately jailed in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Rochester resident behind bars for driving on drugs and in possession.
25 year old Mark Caufield of Fisher Road Rochester was arrested following a traffic complaint and stop by deputies on Clinton Street Road in Batavia.
He was allegedly driving without a license while impaired by drugs and officers say he was also found with a criminal amount of pot, a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
Caufield was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, along with various drug charges and was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.
He is expected back in Batavia Town Court on May 20th.

New York state is giving the green light to give measles vaccinations to children as young as six-months-old.
The state has seen a surge in measles cases so the health department is lowering the age requirements in affected areas.
Typically, children would get their vaccines around age one.
More than 700 cases of measles have been recorded in the U.S. so far this year, the highest number since 1994.

The Buffalo Bills have announced tailgating changes ahead of the upcoming season.
Fans that enter the area around New Era Field in either a limo or bus won’t be allowed to tailgate near their vehicle.
Now, they’ll be sent to a “Tailgate Village” instead.
Both the team and police say the change will improve the safety for all fans.
The new policy also requires fans to buy their parking permits for the bus and limo lot in advance.

Evening News Briefing

Fire early this morning at 9536 Bernd Road in LeRoy.

A fast response is credited with salvaging the house.
Assistant LeRoy Fire Chief Craig Johnson was among the first on scene:

Officials said the fire appeared to have started in the bedroom. The cause is under investigation.

Governor Cuomo is pushing back against President Trump’s criticism regarding state Attorney General Leticia James’ investigation of the NRA. He says since the gun rights group is chartered in New York and enjoys tax-exempt status, James is well within her jurisdiction as AG to investigate. On Saturday, the attorney general’s office announced they had issued subpoenas and started their inquiry. President Trump says the NRA is under siege from Cuomo and James, adding they’re illegally using the state’s legal apparatus to target the group.

Congressman Chris Collins is warning about lake shore flooding along Lake Ontario.
Collins says water levels are rising at a rate of a half-inch per day prompting some Orleans and Niagara County communities to contemplate States of Emergency.
Collins blames the International Joint Commission for mishandling the management of lake levels.
Two years ago flooding along the Lake Ontario shore line caused millions in property damage.

New York State lawmakers are advancing a bill that would ban the declawing of cats.
The Assembly’s agricultural committee passed the measure.
Some advocates say declawing is inhumane.
That said, New York’s largest veterinarian association opposes a potential ban, saying declawing should remain an option for cats that refuse to stop scratching.

Collins Warns of New Lake Ontario Shore Line Flooding

News Release

Washington, D.C. – As Ontario Lake levels continue to rise, Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) is warning that a new round of south shore flooding and erosion is likely with harsh Spring weather. Collins has continually pointed to the International Joint Commission (IJC) and its Plan 2014, which was approved at the close of the Obama Administration, as the culprit for continued flood concerns.

“The water levels are increasing at a rate of ½ inch per day on average and this is putting shoreline property owners and businesses at risk,” said Congressman Collins. “As I have said before, we cannot wait until our community is impacted by another flooding to take action, especially when this situation could have been prevented.”

As a result of growing flooding and erosion concerns, Collins has authored a letter to United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer imploring them to confirm new IJC Commissioners. The Trump Administration has nominated for Assemblywoman Jane Corwin to serve as the new IJC Chair along with two new commissioners. These appointments are currently awaiting Senate confirmation.

“The IJC’s current management of Lake Ontario water levels continues to be disastrous for shore communities.” added Collins. “Only with new IJC Commissioners can we get a new review of Plan 2014, and ultimately better management for lake waters.”

Lake shore counties Niagara and Orleans are already contemplating States of Emergency, while emergency coordinators are already requesting sandbags and pumps in an attempt to preserve and protect those who will be affected.

“What will make a big deference is the winds. If we get a strong nor-easter, the waves will push the already high water to extremes, that’s when the real devastation will hit. If it does, we are prepared to issue a State of Emergency as we did in July of 2017,” said David Godfrey, chairman of the Niagara County Legislature’s Community Safety and Security Committee.

“Our Emergency Management Office and our volunteer fire companies are standing by to help our residents. We are ready to deploy sandbags, having stockpiled about 6,000 at the Newfane Highway Department garage, and will call for more as needed. The state is also ready to help fortify the shoreline, by deploying National Guard troops and equipment like a 50-foot, water-filled barrier known as an aqua dam,” Godfrey added.

“Our residents never completely recovered and now the fear is back,” said Lynne Johnson, Orleans County Legislature Chairman. “The county’s emergency services workers and volunteer fire companies are as ready as possible for flooding after the hard lessons learned two years ago. We have already asked for 100 pallets of already-filled sandbags and will surely need more.”

GCEDC TO CONSIDER PILOT REASSIGNMENT FOR UPSTATE NIAGARA COOPERATIVE

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY – The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) will consider reassigning the terms of previously approved PILOT agreements for Upstate Niagara Cooperative, which recently finalized the purchase of the former Alpina Foods manufacturing facility in the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park.

The PILOT agreements would provide local taxing jurisdictions with $378,010 in revenues over the life of the PILOT. Upstate Niagara Cooperative plans to invest $22 million in the facility to meet the company’s operational needs.

The GCEDC Board also will consider a request by New York Craft Malt for a $82,000 loan from the Growing the Agricultural Industry Now! (GAIN) fund. The GAIN loan would be part of a $206,968 investment for the purchase of new equipment and building improvements at the company’s facility at 8164 Bank Street Road in the town of Batavia. The project would create 2 new jobs.

The GCEDC Board meeting will take place at its offices on 99 MedTech Drive in Batavia on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 4 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

Coffee and Conversation with the Candidate

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY- The Committee to Elect Judge Rogers invites the public to come meet with Batavia City Court Judge Durin Rogers for coffee and a conversation on May 16, 2019 at the Holland Land Office from 5:30pm-6:30pm and on May 25, 2019 at the Richmond Memorial Library from 9:30am-10:30am.

This is a great opportunity for the residents of Batavia to learn more about the job of Batavia City Court Judge, answer questions about the election process and get to know the candidate.

“I hope to share more about what the Batavia City Court does on a day-to-day basis, what my job entails, and connect with residents from our community,” stated Judge Rogers. “A casual conversation over a cup of coffee is a great way to accomplish that. I hope to see everyone there!”

Recognition Matters @ GCC

Natsumi Sasabe

Press Release:

On April 24, 2019 more than 200 students from the State University of New York network gathered in Albany to receive SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Academic Excellence and Leadership. Surrounded by family, friends and their school’s campus presidents, senior staff and prestigious faculty, these outstanding students were recognized by Dr. Kristina M. Johnson, SUNY’s Chancellor.

“Today’s award recipients emerged from their campuses this year as the top scholars, athletes, performers, and achievers, as well as a tremendous source of inspiration,” said Chancellor Johnson. “The students being recognized today made the choice to be leaders on their campuses, prioritize their studies, and serve their communities. Congratulations to this year’s awardees, and I applaud you for pursuing excellence in all that you do.”

Genesee Community College’s Vice President of Student and Enrollment Services, Dr. Shelitha Williams accompanied student award recipients Natsumi Sasabe of Tokyo, Japan and Luis Huerta, of Inuyama, Aichi, Japan, to Albany to receive their awards.

“Being able to attend the award ceremony was a powerful experience for both students and staff,” said Dr. Williams. “The nervous excitement filled the room and the pride on everyone’s face was infectious. All year round we see our students working hard and to see that effort praised by SUNY is meaningful to the College and to the students.”

Natsumi, a Theater Arts student, has performed in six different theatre productions during her time at GCC. She was most recently cast as the lead character in “The Lamp is the Moon,” a Children’s Theater Production. Natsumi has been involved in student government, and is a resident assistant at College Village. She also finds time to be in GCC’s Multi-Cultural Communications Club, a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the Honor Society for community colleges, and she has participated in GCC’s Honors program this spring.

Luis Valencia Huerta

Luis Valencia Huerta, a Business Administration student, is a multilingual student-tutor in accounting, and through his translation skills, has helped dozens of students better understand this field. Luis is the vice president of Phi Theta Kappa and co-president of the GCC Multi-Cultural Communications Club. He volunteers in the local community church delivering Friday fish fries to those who are home-bound, and with Foodlink assembling bags of food for those in need.

Natsumi and Luis worked hard to earn their places in GCC’s Recognition Matters series which highlights the accomplishments of the College’s faculty, staff and students.

A complete list of all 210 SUNY students who were honored by Chancellor Johnson is available online. The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.

Morning News Briefing

Photo by The Batavian

One suspect sought following Police pursuit of ATV’s in Batavia.
Police were called to Union Avenue near Oak Street for two subjects riding ATVs in the street before beginning pursuit of the two ATV’s sometime last night.
One of the riders was stopped and the other fled leading to a high speed chase down North Street.
According to reports the subject reached speeds of 55 mph on their three-wheeler while blasting through a red light at Oak Street and Richmond Ave.
The subject reportedly abandoned the three-wheeler in a wooded area off Naramore Drive and fled on foot.
Officers found the suspects shoe that had apparently fallen off and Police reported having one subject in custody who described the driver of the ATV as a white male named Josh.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Fire in LeRoy reported this morning with injuries.
The first call came in around 6 o’clock this morning for a house fire at 9536 Bernd Road in LeRoy with the residence reportedly “full of smoke.”
Le Roy, Bergen, Stafford, and the City of Batavia Fire Department were all dispatched to the scene.
A husband and wife evacuated however the female occupant suffered burns and was transported to UMMC for treatment.
The fire appears to have started in the bedroom, according to the chief on scene.
The fire is under investigation.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing back against President Trump’s criticism of an investigation of the NRA.
Cuomo wouldn’t comment as to the specifics of the investigation, but he didn’t hold back his criticism of the organization.

Cuomo said state Attorney General Letitia James is well within her jurisdiction since the gun rights group is chartered in New York.
On Saturday, the attorney general’s office announced they had issued subpoenas and started their inquiry into the NRA’s finances.
President Trump says the NRA is under siege from Cuomo and James, adding they’re illegally using the state’s legal apparatus to target the group.

State lawmakers have passed legislation to ban toys made with toxic chemicals.
It would require manufacturers to tell state regulators if a toy has hazardous materials in it, like lead.
Then beginning in 2023, toys with certain toxic chemicals would be completely prohibited.
Opponents say the legislation would hurt businesses in the region.
The bill now heads to Governor Cuomo’s desk.

Evening News Briefing

An East Bethany man dies in a one car crash in Stafford.
Deputies tell WBTA they were sent to the scene just before 7:30 last night near 9123 Fargo Road in Stafford.
The driver was identified as Arthur D. Mase, 66, of East Bethany.
Deputies said Mr. Mase’s car crossed over the center line and went off the east shoulder of the road, striking a tree.
Mr. Mase was alone in his car, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

State lawmakers are looking into closing what they call a loophole in New York’s vaccination laws. The push comes as the number of measles cases continue to grow statewide and across the country. Under the current rules, parents are allowed to opt out of having their kids vaccinated for religious reasons. But, some argue that could cause more people to get sick during what’s already a health crisis. A new bill would require all kids be immunized unless they have a medical exemption. Governor Cuomo has raised questions about the legislation, saying there may be first amendment issues involved.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has active arrest warrants for six individuals. Check this article for the complete list and descriptions of all six suspects.
The Sheriff’s Office asks that you do not approach these people and that to call 343-5000 with information that may assist in locating the suspects.

Woodstock 50 is officially canceled. Organizers of the festival, which was scheduled to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the legendary music festival this summer, announced yesterday that plans for the event would not go forward. In a statement, the global marketing group behind the event listed a number of issues including concerns about the health and safety of those who would attend.

Governor Cuomo is urging folks who live near Lake Ontario to be prepared for possible flooding. There are concerns water levels could rise later this week due to heavy rain. The governor says state agencies are bringing additional resources to the area. That includes more sandbags, pumps and 15-hundred feet of hose. National Guard members are also on standby to help in case of an emergency.

Richmond Memorial Library’s Annual Budget Vote & Trustee Election on May 2nd

A Reminder that Thursday, May 2nd: Richmond Memorial Library’s Annual Budget Vote & Trustee Election is from 9 am – 9 pm in the Library’s Gallery Room.

Any registered voter residing in the Batavia City School District is eligible to vote.

For more information check the Library News Post concerning the vote.

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES MAY OFFICE HOURS

Press Release:

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

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

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

Assemblyman Steve Hawley
May Office Hours:

Monroe County:
Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Genesee County:
Genesee Community College
Conable Technology Building, Room T124
Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley Drive (1 College Road), Batavia
Friday, May 10, 2019
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Genesee Community College
Conable Technology Building, Room T124
Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley Drive (1 College Road), Batavia
Friday, May 24, 2019
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Photo by The Batavian

One car crash in Stafford claims the life of an East Bethany Man.
An East Bethany resident was killed in a one care crash on Fargo Road in Stafford last night according to report from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.
Emergency dispatchers received a call several minutes before 7:30 last night reporting the accident and that a person was injured.
Upon arrival police found Arthur D. Mase of East Bethany inside the 2005 green Malibu which had apparently crossed over the center line and struck a tree on the driver side before coming to rest in a ditch.
The Genesee County Coroner’s Office was requested and pronounced Mase deceased at the scene.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Sheriff’s Office release their latest round of wanted suspects.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has active arrest warrants for six individuals including 28 year old Cassandra Elkins of Springville who is wanted on a Bench Warrant from 2017 for criminal impersonation out of Pembroke Town Court and 26 year old Denzel Hall of Rochester who is wanted on a Genesee County Court Bench Warrant for a felony count of attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance earlier this month.
Check the article on our website for the complete list and descriptions of all six suspects.
The Sheriff’s Office asks that you do not approach these people and that to call 343-5000 with information that may assist in locating the suspects.

Officials at Western Regional OTB have released a statement denying a report that there is an FBI investigation into “lucrative contracts” for “politically wired” companies.
Investigative Post a Buffalo-based news outlet reported that the FBI is looking into contracts granted to firms with ties to OTB Chairman Richard Bianchi, a member of the Monroe County Conservative Party’s executive committee, and CEO Henry Wojtaszek, former chairman of the Niagara County Republican Committee.
Reporter Jim Heaney wrote that the story is based on multiple unnamed sources. He wrote that an FBI spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

State lawmakers are looking into closing what they call a loophole in New York’s vaccination laws.
The push comes as the number of measles cases continue to grow statewide and across the country.
Under the current rules, parents are allowed to opt out of having their kids vaccinated for religious reasons.
But, some argue that could cause more people to get sick during what’s already a health crisis.
A new bill would require all kids be immunized unless they have a medical exemption.
Governor Cuomo has raised questions about the legislation, saying there may be first amendment issues involved.

The war of words between Governor Cuomo and President Trump has reignited.
Yesterday, the president sent a tweet saying the NRA was under siege by the governor and state attorney general Letitia James.
She recently announced her office was looking into the gun rights group and businesses associated with it.
Governor Cuomo responded to President Trump’s message by saying gun violence is a national crisis and that solving the problem requires true leadership.

Sheriff’s Office Warrants for 4/29/19

Cassandra C. Elkins, age 28, white female, 5’5” 125 lbs., brown hair, green eyes, LKA East Avenue, Springville, NY

Bench Warrant for criminal impersonation 2nd PL 190.25-1 (misdemeanor) Pembroke Town Court DOW 1/30/17

Victoria H. Gilbert, age 47, white female, 5’5” 130 lbs., blond hair, brown eyes, LKA Oakcrest Drive, Farmingham, MA

Bench Warrant for disorderly conduct PL 240.20-1 (violation) Batavia Town Court DOW 8/21/13

Tyanna D. Green, age 23, black female, 5’4” 130 lbs., black hair, brown eyes, LKA Walnut Street, Batavia, NY

Bench Warrant for violation of probation CPL 410.40 (Felony) Genesee County Court DOW 4/15/19

Denzel T. Hall, age 26, black male, 5’9” 175 lbs., black hair, brown eyes, LKA Atkinson Street, Rochester, NY

Bench Warrant for attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance 3rd Degree PL 220.16-1 (felony) Genesee County Court DOW 4/15/19

Robert L. Peachey Jr., age 35, white male, 6’0” 185 lbs., brown hair, brown eyes, LKA Gibson Street, Oakfield, NY

Bench Warrant for aggravated unlicensed operation 2nd VTL 511-2a2 (misdemeanor) Stafford Town Court DOW 8/27/14

Kevin T. Smith, age 35, white male, 5’9” 220 lbs., brown hair, blue eyes, LKA Buffalo Avenue, Buffalo, NY

Bench warrant for trespass PL 140.05 (violation) Darien Town Court DOW 1/22/19

If you are able to assist the Sheriff’s Office in locating these people, the Sheriff’s Office asks that you do not approach these people and that you call (585) 343-5000 with information that may assist in locating the suspects.

Morning News Briefing

Second suspect arrested in LeRoy burglary investigation.
A second person has been taken into custody by LeRoy Police in connection to a residential burglary in the Village that occurred in March of this year.
Police arrested the unnamed 16 year old suspect last Tuesday and charged them with felony counts of 2nd Degree Burglary and 4th Degree Grand Larceny.
Police are withholding the identity of the 16 year old as the arrest falls under the New York State Raise the Age Laws.
The teen is accused of unlawfully entering a residence inside the Village of LeRoy and stealing items worth over $1,000.
The majority of the property has since been recovered by investigators.
19 year old Sylvan Grayson of Myrtle Street LeRoy was initially arrested for the same crime and faces the same charges as the teen.
The 16 year old is now slated to appear on a Criminal Summons in the Genesee County “Youth” Court at a later date.

Accused Batavia Burglar is behind bars.
63 year old Paul Wapniewski of East Mains Street in the city was arrested by Police in Batavia and was charged with counts of Burglary and Petit Larceny.
He was taken into custody following investigation into a reported larceny from another tenant in his apartment building last Thursday where according to officers Wapniewski made an illegal entry into their room and stole money.
He was jailed without bail pending his next City Court appearance on May 2nd.

Prison contraband lands a Montclair Ave woman in lock-up.
43 year old Heidi Harder was entering the Genesee County Jail facility earlier this month on an unrelated charge when during a search by a Jail Deputy Harder was allegedly found in possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was additionally charged with Introducing Prison Contraband in the second degree and was jailed in lieu of $1,500 bail.

After being on break, the State Legislature will be back in Albany this week.
There are key items they need to address before this year’s session ends in June.
The one that’s already sparked a lot of debate is legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes.
That legislation could’ve been part of the state budget, but negotiations stalled.
Other issues expected to be debated include rent control and improving toy safety.

Folks living near Lake Ontario are bracing for potential flooding.
Some homeowners and businesses spent the weekend preparing for the rising water by placing sandbags around their properties.
Work is also underway to fill 200-thousand more sandbags in Cayuga, Monroe, Orleans and Wayne counties.
Governor Cuomo has also directed state agencies to be on standby to help if needed.

Weekend News Briefing

Former Corrections Officer from Batavia sentenced to jail for sex abuse.
A former corrections officer at the Albion Correctional Facility has been sentenced to jail and a lengthy term of probation after pleading guilty last month to first-degree sexual abuse for a sexual act involving a woman incapable of giving consent.
43 year old Adam Brokaw of Northern Boulevard Batavia appeared in Genesee County Court yesterday afternoon where he was sentenced to six months in the Genesee County Jail and 10 years’ probation on the Class D felony conviction.
Brokaw was accused of sexually abusing a woman that had passed out from drinking at a party at his residence.
He will also have to register as Sex Offender for the rest of his life.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

The Orleans County D-A says that two misdemeanor charges were all that could be brought against an Albion man in the death two years ago of an 11-month old boy.
29 year old Nicholas Monacelli was charged this week with Reckless Endangerment and Child Endangerment in the death of Damon Carter in July of 2017.
D-A Joseph Cardone said Monacelli was caring for the child of his girlfriend when the baby slipped from his grasp during a bath.
The child was not Manacelli’s.
Cardone told The Daily News the investigation revealed Monacelli’s actions were not intentional.
Monacelli has been released on $1,000 bail.

There could soon be a ban on the sale of dogs from puppy mills in New York.
The bill introduced by Queens State Senator Michael Gianaris would cover the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits from unregulated breeding facilities.
Gianaris says puppy mill animals are mistreated from birth, and often develop behavioral or physical health problems later in life despite their high price tags.
He has some star power backing his bill. Soprano’s actress Edie Falco, took part in Gianaris’ news conference Friday in New York City.

The Buffalo Bills have added a player they hope boosts their defense.
They chose University of Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver with the ninth overall pick in Thursday night’s NFL Draft.
Oliver is likely to be a starter on opening day when the Bills visit the New York Jets.

Local police agencies are holding their annual prescription drug take back Saturday.
Drop off locations include:
Pembroke Town Hall, staffed by Genesee County sheriff’s deputies;
Batavia Police headquarters rear parking lot and
The LeRoy Police Department.
No questions asked.

Evening News Briefing

The Orleans County D-A says that two misdemeanor charges were all that could be brought against an Albion man in the death two years ago of an 11-month old boy. 29 year old Nicholas Monacelli was charged this week with Reckless Endangerment and and Child Endangerment in the death of little Damon Carter in July of 2017.
D-A Joseph Cardone said Monachelli was caring for the child of his girlfriend when the baby slipped from his grasp during a bath.
The child was not Manachelli’s.
Cardone told The Daily News the investigation revealed Monachelli’s actions were not intentional.
Monachelli has been released on $1,000 bail.

 

There could soon be a ban on the sale of dogs from puppy mills in New York
The bill introduced by Queens State Senator Michael Gianaris would cover the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits from unregulated breeding facilities. Gianaris says puppy mill animals are mistreated from birth, and often develop behavioral or physical health problems later in life despite their high price tags.
He has some star power backing his bill. Soprano’s actress Edie Falco, took part in Gianaris’ news conference today in New York City.

 

The Buffalo Bills have added a player they hope boosts their defense. They chose University of Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver with the ninth overall pick in last night’s NFL Draft. Oliver is likely to be a starter on opening day when the Bills visit the New York Jets.

 

There’s sad news to report on the health of a Buffalo Bills fan who calls himself Pancho Billa.
Ezra Castro has announced he’s entering hospice care after cancer that started in his spine spread to several organs.
Castro was supposed to announce the team’s first round pick in last night’s NFL Draft, but didn’t travel due to his health.
The 39-year-old says he appreciated the support he’s received from the Bills and fellow fans.

 

Local police agencies are holding their annual prescription drug take back tomorrow.
Drop off locations include:
Pembroke Town Hall, staffed by Genesee County sheriff’s deputies;
Batavia Police headquarters rear parking lot and
The LeRoy Police Department.
No questions asked.

Morning News Briefing

Infant death investigation lands an Albion man in lock-up.
A lengthy investigation into the death of an infant by Albion Police has ended with an Albion resident behind bars.
The two year-long investigation resulted in the arrest of 29 year old Nicholas Monacelli of Eagle Harbor Road on charges of Reckless Endangerment and Endangering the welfare of a child.
Police were called in July of 2017 to a home on Beechwood Boulevard in Albion where officers discovered a severely injured 11 month old Damon Carter.
The boy died the following day from his severe head injury while at Strong.
Investigators say that Monacelli “knowingly and recklessly” mistreated Damon while the child was under his care resulting in the child’s injuries.
He was committed in lieu of $1,000 dollars bail to the Orleans County Jail with his next Gaines Town Court date scheduled for May 8th.

NYC woman jailed for Promoting Prison Contraband in Attica.
29 year old Jillian Duprey of New York City was taken into custody State Police out of Warsaw after being called to a drug complaint at the Attica Correctional Facility last Saturday.
Troopers report that a K9 Correctional Officer detained Duprey after she was found in possession of approximately half a gram of synthetic marijuana.
She was arrested on a count of Promoting Prison Contraband and was remanded to Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

An early morning robbery in Oakfield is under investigation by Troopers in Batavia.
State Police report the robbery occurred just before one yesterday morning at the 7-11 in Oakfield.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call state police in Batavia.

Wegmans is offering customers the chance to save on reusable bags this weekend.
The supermarket chain is offering a coupon for them tomorrow, and all you have to do is bring your plastic bags into any location between 11 a.m. and three p.m.
Officials are requesting the bags be clean.
Wegmans announced earlier this week it’s getting rid of single-use plastic bags by the end of the year.

State lawmakers are expected to vote next week on a bill that would keep toxic toys away from children.
The law calls for potentially dangerous chemicals to be removed from toys, clothing and furniture.
Increased exposure to certain chemicals has been connected to health problems.
Some opponents say they’re concerned about the impact any changes could have on businesses and claim supporters of the legislation are just using scare tactics.

The Buffalo Bills have added a player they hope boosts their defense.
They chose University of Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver with the ninth overall pick in last night’s NFL Draft.
Shortly after being selected, Oliver told The Buffalo News he wasn’t surprised the Bills added him to their roster.
Oliver is likely to be a starter on opening day when the Bills visit the New York Jets.

Evening News Briefing

Misdemeanor charges have been filed against an Albion man in the death two years ago of a baby boy.
29 year old Nicholas Monacelli of Eagle Harbor Road has been charged with Reckless Endangerment and Endangering the welfare of a child.
The investigation began in July of 2017 when police were called to a home on Beechwood Boulevard in Albion and found 11 month old Damon Carter with a severe head injury.
The child died the next day at Strong Hospital.
Albion Police said their investigation showed that Monachelli was caring for Damon at the time and that Monacelli’s actions “knowingly and recklessly” resulted in the child’s injuries.
Monachelli has been jailed in lieu of $1,000 dollars bail.

 

State Police based in Batavia are investigating an early morning robbery at the 7-11 in Oakfield.
It happened just before 1 a.m. this morning.
A surveillance photo has been released.
Anyone with information is asked to call state police in Batavia.

Photo: New York State Police

 

 

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia is urging his constituents to rally for a veto of the so-called Safe Storage Bill.
Hawley says passage of the law could virtually wipe out all youth shooting competitions and training for young people under 16 years of age.
We have information on how to to file comments on the bill at our WBTAi.com.

The Buffalo Bills will look to boost their roster tonight. The NFL Draft is being held in Nashville, Tennessee. The Bills hold the ninth overall pick in the first round. The draft continues until Saturday.

Morning News Briefing

Arby’s robber found guilty by a Grand Jury in Batavia.
Batavia resident Michael Piasta has been found guilty by a Genesee County Court Grand Jury of robbing the Arby’s on Main Street a year ago.
Piasta was accused of stealing nearly $10,000 from the restaurant in a robbery last March and was convicted of robbery, grand larceny and criminal possession of a weapon.
District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said that surveillance video of the scene was pivotal in the case, linking the clothing worn by the suspect to Piasta.
The jury came to their decision in only 2-hours.
Piasta has already served three terms in state prison and is eligible for sentencing as a persistent felon.
He could be spending the next 5 to 15 years behind bars at sentencing.

Batavia man behind bars for incidents of harassment and trespassing.
City Police took 31 year old Kevin Waleski Jr. into custody last Sunday on a count of Harassment following investigation into an incident at an upper apartment of a South Main Street address.
Waleski was accused of threatening someone with physical violence.
He was then arrested and charged with a count of Criminal Trespassing in a separate incident for allegedly refusing to leave someone’s property.
Waleski was committed to the Genesee County Jail with bail and is scheduled to reappear today in Batavia City Court.

So called “Safe Storage” bill has Hawley calling for constituents to take aim against the legislation.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia says that the so called “Safe Storage” bill places unnecessary and ambiguous restrictions on the storage and incapacitation of firearms for those who do not own them and could put an end to youth marksmanship in New York.
Hawley voted against the bill and is urging his constituents to call or write their local representative and Gov. Cuomo requesting a veto of the legislation.
Check the article on our website for a link and contact information for the Governor’s Office.

A new report from New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is criticizing how lawmakers handled the state budget process.
DiNapoli says the negotiations to reach a 175 billion dollar budget lacked transparency at times. He also says bills didn’t have much time to be reviewed by legislators or the public before being voted on.
DiNapoli also claimed that both the governor and lawmakers passed a spending plan with little information about its overall financial impact.

The Buffalo Bills will look to boost their roster tonight.
The NFL Draft is being held in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Bills hold the ninth overall pick in the first round.
The draft continues until Saturday.

HAWLEY URGES GRASSROOTS OPPOSITION TO BILL HINDERING YOUTH MARKSMANSHIP PROGRAMS

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is urging constituents, local officials, Second Amendment advocates, Rod & Gun Club members and anyone involved with youth marksmanship programs to call or write their local representative and Gov. Cuomo requesting a veto of legislation that could virtually wipe out all youth shooting competitions and training for young people under 16 years of age.

The so called “Safe Storage” bill, which Hawley voted against, places unnecessary and ambiguous restrictions on the storage and incapacitation of firearms for those who do not own them and could put an end to youth marksmanship in New York.

“As we’ve seen time and time again with these measures that infringe on our right to bear arms, they are poorly written and passed hastily, causing many undue consequences that hurt law-abiding gun owners, hunters and those who simply enjoy marksmanship activities,” Hawley said. “This bill has not yet been sent to the governor to be signed into law, which means we must make our voices heard. I urge everyone who supports youth marksmanship and the Second Amendment to call or write the governor immediately!”

Contact Gov. Cuomo by phone: (518) 474-8390

By mail: The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

Online at: https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form

Evening News Briefing

Michael Piasta

It took a Genesee County Court jury only 2-hours to find a Batavia man guilty of robbing Arby’s a year ago.
Michael Piasta was convicted robbery, grand larceny and weapons possession for the robbery at Arby’s last March.
He was accused of stealing nearly 10-thousand dollars from the restaurant.
Key to the case, according to D_A Lawrence Friedman, was surveillance video that linked the suspect’s shoes, jeans and a jacket to Piasta.
Piasta has served three terms in state prison making him eligible for sentencing as a persistent felon.
He could get 5 to 15 years behind bars.

The unemployment rate in Genesee County is at its lowest point in nearly 30 years. Last month’s jobless rate came in at 4.6-percent, the lowest on record for a March. One year ago, the rate was 5.4-percent.
The March unemployment rate in Orleans County was an even 5-percent, Wyoming County’s was 5.4.
Both Wyoming and Orleans County had jobless rates more than a full percent point less than one year ago.

A former Batavia man has been sentenced to 60 days in jail for torturing a young dog.
23 year old Brandon Welch was sentenced in Batavia City court and immediately sent to jail. He’ll also serve three years’ probation.
Welch was accused of mistreating the Pitbull mix named Opal. The dog weighed only 9 pounds when rescued last October and could not stand on her own.
Opal was treated by Volunteers for Animals was eventually adopted

It looks like more New Yorkers are getting behind the wheel of electric vehicles.
Sales of electric cars were up 63 percent in 2018.
There are now nearly 37-thousand electric vehicles on state roads.

The Kiwanis Club of Batavia has announced their 2019 Law Day and Criminal Justice Awards.
Recipients include: Assistant D-A Kevin Finnell; Sheriff’s Office Investigator Chad Minuto, Batavia Police Officer Jason Davis and LeRoy PD Officer Gregory Kellogg.
The awards will be presented tomorrow night

The Kiwanis Club of Batavia announce 2019 Law Day Observance & Criminal Justice Awards

Press Release:

Kiwanis Club President Mark Lewis and Genesee County Bar Association President Tom Williams will be announcing the awards during an annual dinner held at Batavia Country Club on Thursday, April 25, 2019. The speaker at the dinner was local author Bill Kauffman.

Kiwanis Criminal Justice Award
The Kiwanis Club of Batavia Criminal Justice Award is presented to a member or members of the community, law enforcement, or a criminal justice agency serving the citizens of Genesee County whose exceptional career achievements and conscientiousness to citizenship have demonstrated a spirit of selfless public service or demonstrated an act of exceptional valor or heroism.

The 2019 Award Recipients are:

Assistant District Attorney Kevin T. Finnell
Assistant District Attorney Kevin Finnell’s diligent prosecution of violators pertaining to Driving While Intoxicated and related offenses has shown he is sincerely dedicated to the safety and welfare of the citizens of Genesee County. Mr. Finnell’s knowledge of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and the full 12-step Drug Recognition Evaluation, as well as the internal and external functions of the Datamaster DMT chemical test, is a remarkable asset to the Genesee County Law Enforcement community. Mr. Finnell continually strives to develop the skills needed to successfully prosecute DWI and DWAI drug cases whether through training or educating law enforcement officers on current case law. Whenever he is involved in a hearing or a trial, he is totally prepared and our community is very fortunate that Mr. Finnell represents the People of Genesee County. Kevin Finnell was nominated for this award by Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr. and Undersheriff Bradley D. Mazur.

Investigator Chad J. Minuto, Genesee County Sheriff’s Office
Investigator Chad J. Minuto began his career with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office in March of 1999, when he was hired at the Genesee County Jail as a Correction Officer. He worked as a Correction Officer for two years and was then hired by the Genesee County Probation Department as a Probation Officer.

Investigator Minuto returned to the Sheriff’s Office in March 2005, and began his service as a Deputy Sheriff. His work ethic and abilities led to his selection as a Field Training Officer. Minuto was promoted to the rank of Investigator in September of 2015, and has proved to be an invaluable asset to the Criminal Investigation Division of the Sheriff’s Office. Investigator Minuto performs all his duties to a very high standard. This is clearly demonstrated in the thoroughness of his investigations which has led to a very high rate of resolution of cases he investigates. Investigator Minuto’s attention to detail is truly evident as he is responsible for the integrity of the evidence room where he inventories, preserves and maintains all evidence collected by the Sheriff’s Office. His meticulous work in the evidence room is vital to the criminal justice process.

Investigator Minuto also serves as a Physical Fitness Instructor, a Firearms Instructor, and is a member of the Emergency Response Team. During his career, he has been recognized with awards at the Sheriff’s Office including a DWI recognition award, Commendation Award and Officer of the Year. Throughout his law enforcement career, Investigator Minuto has proven to be a true asset to the community and to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. Investigator Minuto was nominated for this award by Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr. and Undersheriff Bradley D. Mazur.

Officer Jason Davis, City of Batavia Police Department
Police Officer Jason Davis has been an integral part of the City of Batavia Police Department since being hired in 1999. He has consistently gone above and beyond in the many roles that he holds in the Department. Jason is a Field Training Officer, Drug Recognition Expert, General Topics Instructor,
De-Escalation Instructor, Crisis Intervention Team Officer, is a past member of the Emergency Response Team and member of several Departmental Committees.

Officer Davis has been recognized for his work with DWI enforcement, his de-escalation techniques and dealing compassionately with vulnerable members of our community. Jason is looked up to by his peers and is one of the “go to” officers when an issue needs to be addressed. He tackles problems head on and ensures a positive resolution. Jason started his career in 1997 as a Deputy Sheriff for the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department; he also worked part-time as a police officer for the Village of Ellicottville until transferring to the City of Batavia. Jason has also been a Pack Leader for Cub Scout Pack #650. Officer Davis was nominated for this award by City of Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch.

Officer Gregory S. Kellogg Village of Le Roy Police Department
Since coming to the Le Roy Police Department in January 2016, Officer Kellogg has continually worked to build community partnerships with the Le Roy School District, the Rotary Early Act Program and the Boy Scouts. Officer Kellogg has also worked at the Perry Police Department and Attica Police Department, where he received the Distinguished Service Award in 2017. He is compassionate, committed, dependable, and willing to step up and perform his duties at all times. In January 2018, Officer Kellogg received a letter of commendation for performing CPR for an extended period of time on a victim, which the family directly attributed his actions to saving the victim’s life.

Officer Kellogg coordinated and implemented the “Stuff the Cruiser” program in conjunction with Early Act which resulted in cash and gift card donations as well as nearly 3,000 non-perishable food donations that filled five police-cruisers. Greg has a ‘Coffee with a Cop’ mentality frequently going to local restaurants to share time with residents, joking with them, sharing stories but, more importantly, listening to their concerns.

He is actively involved coordinating and implementing the department’s “Civilian Response to an Active Shooter Event” training program which has been presented to several community members, local businesses and churches. He is a general topics instructor, firearms instructor, field training officer, accreditation manager, and taser instructor.

Officer Kellogg is also employed at Six Flags Darien Lake Theme Park as a Police Supervisor, overseeing approximately 30 police officers, and is responsible for all security training. His daily conscientiousness to citizenship and a spirit of selfless public service are a model that young officers in the Le Roy Police Department try to emulate. Officer Kellogg was nominated for this award by Village of Le Roy Police Chief Christopher K. Hayward.

Charles L. Mancuso Mock Trial Award
The “Charles L. Mancuso Award” was presented to the members of the Batavia High School Mock Trial Team as winners of the 2019 GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties) District Competition in the New York State Bar Association High School Mock Trial Tournament. The award reads “Dedicated to the Memory of an Outstanding Attorney-Citizen”, Mr. Mancuso, a Batavia lawyer, served as coordinator of the local competition until his untimely death 12 years ago.

The Batavia High School team members honored at the dinner include: Sophie Beckman, Brianna Bromley, Charles Burton, Eryn Dunn, Kathleen Folger, Tate Fonda, Ariana Frias, Dallas Lama, Amari McNair, Natalie Rogers, Corinne Saluste, Julia Spiotta, Teacher-Coach Theresa Traver, and Attorney Advisor Ethan Kraybill. Coordinator of the local Mock Trial Program, Kristie DeFreze, presented the award.

Byron Bergen adopts new Mission/Values/Vision Statement

Press Release:

Bergen, NY – Why do we exist? This sort of existential self-reflection is usually the domain of philosophers and spiritual leaders. However, this was one of three questions posed to a committee of educators, parents, and community members tasked with updating Byron-Bergen Central School District’s Mission/Values/Vision Statement.

“What do we do? How do we behave? Why do we exist? It’s deceptive,” said District Technology Coordinator and Western NY Tech Academy Principal Tom Schulte. “The answers seem simple and then you start to dig deeper.”

The committee was guided by Assistant Superintendent of School Improvement for Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES Marla Iverson. She led the group through a series of exercises to get to the core of not only what the District is, and what the District does, but also the standard to which the District should be held. After serious deliberation over a course of weeks, the committee answered the three questions:

What do we do? Inspire, prepare, and support. How do we behave? With compassion, humility, kindness, and persistence. Why do we exist? To change the world.

These answers are the building blocks for the Mission/Values/Vision Statement. The Byron-Bergen Central School District’s mission is to inspire, prepare, and support using the values of compassion, persistence, kindness, and humility with the vision to change the world. The Board of Education adopted the new Mission/Values/Vision statement on Thursday, January 10, 2019.

“This statement is the standard to which we will hold everything we do,” said Byron-Bergen Superintendent Mickey Edwards. “It will inform all of our decisions, our interactions, and goals.”

The Mission/Values/Vision Statement plays a key role in the District. It serves as a benchmark for decision-making. New and existing programs will be evaluated based on the ability to support the District mission, express the District values, and uphold the District vision.

“People have asked how we plan to change the world,” said Edwards. “I tell them, we already are. Every time we show a student compassion, the student takes that compassion out into the world. Every time we inspire a student, the student takes that inspiration out into the world. The challenge is not to change the world. The challenge is to deliberately, mindfully change the world in the best possible ways. That is why the Mission/Values/Vision Statement is so important and why I am so excited to enact it every day.”

This sentiment is reflected in a video posted to the District’s website in which Edwards introduces the new Mission/Values/Vision Statement. To view the video, visit http://www.bbschools.org/SuperintendentofSchools.aspx or follow this link.

First ever Harvester Crawl

Press Release:

Have you ever wondered just what goes on inside the Harvester Center located at 56 Harvester Ave., home of the world’s first business incubator? The Mancuso Business Development Group celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Harvester Center by providing an opportunity to the public to visit several of the sites with the first ever Harvester Crawl to be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019. The event will begin promptly at 5 pm, with entry through Sarah’s Studio. In addition to visiting the following sites in the Harvester Center, a poker run will run simultaneously, allowing each attendee to pick up a playing card at each of the sites, culminating in all returning to Sarah’s Studio by 6:30 pm for the selection of the winning poker hand!

Sites to be visited include the following:

*Old Bear Recording Studio featuring “Brothers McClurg” Christian Rock Band
*Rashaad Santiago, SFX Artist/Winner of Season 6 of the Syfy Channel’s ‘FACE OFF”
Reality Show
*John Canale Drum Studio – offers variety of drum lessons
*Sarah’s Studio – craft beer and wine purveyor
*Smart Design Architecture – A full-service Architecture & Design Firm
*Motoclectic – Magazine printing headquarters for a new Free Motorcycle Magazine
*Co-work space at Mancuso Management Group

Free food along with non-alcoholic and adult beverages will be provided at each stop on the tour. Please RSVP to bev@mancusogroup.com

HAWLEY CONDEMNS PROGRESSIVE POLITICIANS’ BILL TO PAROLE MORE HARDENED CRIMINALS

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has strongly condemned the Assembly Majority’s proposal (A.4319) to automatically consider parole of prisoners once they turn 55 years old, regardless of their crimes or imposed sentence.

“Making time in prison easier has become the platform of New York’s big-city progressive politicians,” Hawley said.

“First it was free computer tablets and pay raises for inmates, then it was pardons and voting rights for violent felons as they go on parole and now shorter sentences no matter how horrific the crime – abhorrent,” Hawley continued. “If adopted, this bill could result in violent criminals being released from prison before their prison sentence is fully served. Judith Clark and Herman Bell living among us, one who murdered police officers and another who helped murder police officers, would become the new normal in New York.”

Hawley has opposed many of the soft on crime measures enacted in Albany this legislative session. Chief among these is the closure of three state prisons, terminating hundreds of jobs and jeopardizing the safety of constituents.

“This is an outrageous proposal that jeopardizes the public at large and insults crime victims across the state. I will do everything in my power to not allow New York to become a hotbed for progressive social experiments and I am committed to continuing my fight against these dangerous proposals,” Hawley concluded.

Morning News Briefing

Former Batavia resident sentenced to jail for animal abuse.
23 year old Brandon Joseph Welch, the former Batavia resident convicted of torturing an animal last October will be spending the next 60 days behind bars.
Welch appeared for sentencing in Batavia City Court yesterday after reportedly flying in from his parent’s home in Florida.
He had pleaded guilty to falsely reporting an incident and torturing an animal earlier in the year and Judge Robert Balbick sentenced Welch to immediately begin serving two months in Genesee County Jail, and a total of three years’ probation.
The dog Welch admitted to starving and mistreating “Opal” as she has been named by Volunteers For Animals at the shelter is a pitbull mix weighed only 9.2 pounds when rescued on Oct. 4th.
Opal was nursed back to health while in foster care and was later adopted. For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Batavia Police want to get in the federal line for a new police K-9.
It’s been nearly 20 years since BPD has had a police dog and Chief Shawn Heubusch made his case before City Council Monday night asking council to apply for federal Homeland Security funds to cover the cost of the dog and training.
The Police Chief said a patrol dog is different than other department dogs in the region

The total cost of securing and training a new department dog is estimated to be $15,000.
The federal money isn’t exactly flowing in for as currently Homeland Security funds are being diverted to build the southern border wall.

UMMC’s Jerome Center clinic was evacuated this afternoon following a telephoned bomb threat. Police spokesman Marc Lawrence

The building was searched and no device was found.

The City of Batavia is expected to reject all three bids it received for roof repair work on the City Centre Mall because they all came in over budget.
Public Works Director Matt Worth thinks the city can do better by revising the bid specifications and attracting smaller contractors to the job.
The work on the roof is part of the lawsuit settlement agreement with the Mall Merchants Association.
A new modified bid package will be released at a later date. For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day Being Held this Saturday in Genesee County.
On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Genesee County law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring your pills for disposal to either Sheriff’s Deputies at the Pembroke Town Hall at Rt. 5 and 77 in Pembroke, to Police at the rear parking lot of the Batavia Police Department on Main St. or to the LeRoy Police Department on Main St. in LeRoy.
The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.

Evening News Briefing

Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch

Batavia Police would like to put a K-9 back on their roster.
It’s been nearly 20 years since BPD has had a police dog.
Chief Shawn Heubusch has asked city council to a request federal Homeland Security funds to cover the estimated $15,000 cost of the dog and training.
Chief Heubusch made his case before City Council on Monday night:

It could be quite a wait for the federal funds. Right now Homeland Security funds are being diverted to build the southern border wall.

UMMC’s Jerome Center clinic was evacuated this afternoon following a telephoned bomb threat.
Police spokesman Marc Lawrence


The building was searched and no device was found.Bank St. between Main and Washington was closed for two hours.

The Batavia man who admitted to watching child porn on a computer at the Richmond Library has been arrested for trespassing.
55 year old Robert Richmond of Columbia Ave. was accused of trying to use a restroom at UMMC after he was told to stay clear of the hospital.
Richmond plead guilty to the porn charge last week. He has yet to be sentenced in that case.

A Tony Award winning play will kick off its run in Rochester tonight.
The first performance of “Hamilton” takes to the stage of Auditorium Theatre. There will be a total of 24 shows. Ticket prices range from $44 to $222 each.

Wegmans says it’s getting rid of getting rid of plastic bags by the end of the year.
The grocery store chain wants to help customers transition to reusable bags before a new state law kicks in next March.
Of course, there are no Wegman’s stores in Genesee County – many local shoppers head to Wegmans in Brockport or Erie County.

Drug Take Back Day Saturday

News Release

On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Genesee County law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for disposal to:

Pembroke Town Hall, Rt. 5 at Rt. 77 Pembroke
– received by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies

Batavia Police Department Headquarters, 10 W. Main St. (rear parking lot) – Batavia
– received by Batavia Police Officers

LeRoy Police Department Headquarters, 3 W. Main St. – LeRoy
– received by LeRoy Police Officers

Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites—liquids and needles or other sharps will not be accepted. The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards

GCC Athletics Update: Jonathan Signs with Genesee Softball

Skyler Jonathan is joined by her mom (R) and Genesee Head Coach Taylor Maurer (L) after Jonathan Signs her Letter of Intent with Genesee softball

Press Release:

Jonathan Signs Letter of Intent with Genesee Softball

BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee Community College softball team is pleased to announce that Skyler Jonathan has signed her Letter of Intent to attend and play softball at Genesee Community College.

The Akron, NY native is a three-sport athlete at Akron, playing volleyball and basketball along with softball. She won the sportsmanship awards in both basketball and volleyball. Skyler will be joining cousin Neely Abrams at Genesee this coming fall. Jonathan will be in the Liberal Arts program at Genesee in hopes to become a lawyer.

Away from the field, Skyler enjoys sleeping and practicing whatever sport is in season. Her favorite pregame meal is trail mix. Her role model is her mom because “she showed me that you can do anything you set your mind and heart to.”

The 2019 softball team is in the middle of their NJCAA Region III season. For the complete schedule and all the up to date news and information about the program, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com.

Morning News Briefing

Chestnut Street man jailed without bail for alleged drug use and choking.
Batavia Police report the arrest of 45 year old Robert Gerety of Chestnut Street in the city after he was picked up on warrant out of City Court.
Gerety failed to appear earlier this month on vehicle and traffic charges and was initially collard last Thursday following investigation into a disturbance at a Chestnut Street address.
Following investigation into the incident Gerety was accused of violating an order of protection and choking a female acquaintance.
He was charged with Criminal Contempt and Obstruction of Breathing and upon his arrest he was allegedly found in possession of a crack pipe and was additionally charged with Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia.
He was ultimately jailed without bail and is expected back in Batavia City Court on May 9th.

Vine Street woman jailed without bail for assaulting someone with a knife.
City Police have arrested 33 year old Latoya Jackson of Vine Street following investigation into a physical disturbance call at an upper apartment at a Vine Street address.
Jackson was accused of cutting a male subject with a knife and was charged with Assault and Criminal Possession of a Weapon.
She was remanded to the Genesee County Jail without bail to await her next court appearance.

Batavia man convicted of viewing child porn at a public library is arrested for trespassing.
55 year old Robert Richmond of Columbia Ave has been arrested and charged with a trespassing violation for allegedly entering the United Memorial Medical Center to use their restroom after he was previously advised that he was not welcome on the property.
Last week Richmond pleaded guilty in federal court to access with intent to view child pornography after he was caught viewing child porn at the Richmond Memorial Library.
He was processed and released with an appearance ticket for City Court on April 30th.

Governor Cuomo has signed off on legislation banning single-use plastic bags in New York.
The new law will go into effect starting in March of 2020 and counties or cities will also be permitted to charge a five-cent fee for single-use paper bags.
Cuomo says it’s a significant step to reduce pollution and protect fish and wildlife.
New York joins California and Hawaii as the only states where single-use plastic bags are banned.

Wegmans says it’s getting rid of getting rid of plastic bags by the end of the year.
The popular grocery store chain wants to help customers transition to reusable bags before a new state law kicks in next March.
Wegmans says the change could end up eliminating a lot of plastic packaging waste in the coming years.
It has also started a “Zero Waste” program in several stores to help the environment.

Evening News Briefing

Governor Cuomo is signing off on legislation this Earth Day that bans the sale of single-use plastic bags in New York.
The ban will go into effect starting in March of 2020.
Counties or cities will also be permitted to charge a five-cent fee for single-use paper bags.
Cuomo says New York joins California and Hawaii as the only states where single-use plastic bags are banned.

A Batavia woman facing a charge of attempted Grand Larceny.
29 year old Kayla Twardowski of Spencer Court is accused of depositing two fraudulent checks into her bank.
Those checks totaled over $3,000.
Twardowski was issued a court appearance ticket.

A National Trade Association office for a Genesee County public servant.
Highway Superintendent Tim Hens has been installed as President of the National Association of County Engineers.
Hens will serve in the post until next April.
The association represents more than 2,400 highway officials in the U.S. and Canada.

Western New York drivers are digging deeper into their wallets to pay for gas.
According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is now $2.82 That’s a 3-cent increase in the last week and a 14-cent jump in the last month.
Gas Buddy-dot-com reports today the average price of a gallon of regular in Batavia is $2.80.

It looks like the worst of the flu season may finally be over. The latest data from the state health department shows there were only 33-hundred new cases of the virus reported during the week ending April 13th. That’s a nearly 26 percent drop from the week before.

GCC Athletics Update: Athletes of the Week

Jason Chiodo (L) from Men’s Lacrosse and Emily Kams (R) from Softball were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the Week of April 22

Press Release:

Chiodo and Kams Named Genesee Athletes of the Week

BATAVIA, NY… Men’s lacrosse player Jason Chiodo and softball pitcher Emily Kams were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the week of April 22.

Jason Chiodo recorded seven points in Genesee’s 14-2 victory over Herkimer College Saturday. On the season, Chiodo has 29 goals and 32 assists for 61 points. Genesee concludes their 2019 NJCAA Lacrosse regular season at Jefferson CC on Saturday.

Emily Kams threw a complete game, striking out four and giving up one run on six hits to earn the win, her sixth of the season in Genesee’s game one victory against Monroe CC. She would strike out five Niagara County Community College Thunderwolves in their 12-8 victory during the week. Genesee will travel to Corning Community College Tuesday, before hosting Tompkins Cortland CC Saturday at 1pm and SUNY Broome on Sunday at 1pm.

Morning News Briefing

Traffic issues over the Easter weekend including crashes and DWI arrests.
A Motor vehicle accident involving as many as four cars was reported on the westbound lane of the Thruway in Batavia.
The call came in shortly before 11 o’clock last night for the multivehicle crash near mile marker 391.
Town of Batavia Fire and Mercy EMS were dispatched to the scene and the westbound lane was closed with all traffic rerouted off of Exit 48.
First responders called saying a liquid clean-up was required with both lanes blocked.
At last report there was one patient who was being transported for their injuries and the westbound lane was reopened by 11:20 p.m..
There’s currently no word on whether charges are pending in the matter.

A LeRoy resident busted for drunk driving in Batavia.
38 year old Ar-Rahmaan Jones of East Ave LeRoy was arrested and charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol and having an Open Container of Alcohol in his vehicle after Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies were called for to check the welfare of a motorist parked roadside on East Main Street Road in Batavia.
Jones was allegedly under the influence and behind the wheel while the motor was running when he was taken into custody.
He was released with an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on May 20th.

Thomas Ave man arrested over twice the legal limit.
Batavia resident, 50 year old Gary Rynkowski was subject to a traffic stop on West Main Street in Batavia for reportedly having an inadequate plate lamp.
After a roadside investigation Sheriff’s Deputies too Rynkowski into custody on charges of DWI and Open Container and he recorded a Blood Alcohol Content over .18% which is over twice the legal limit.
Rynkowski is expected to reappear in Batavia City Court on May 15th to answer to the charges.

The state legislature is on break this week, but when lawmakers come back, there will be new security measures in place at the Capitol.
State Police say they’re going to triple the number of security checkpoint lanes.
There will also be extra staff on hand for days when there may be a larger number of visitors.
The changes will take effect April 29th.

It looks like the worst of the flu season may finally be over.
The latest data from the state health department shows there were only 33,000 new cases of the virus reported during the week ending April 13th.
That’s a nearly 26 percent drop from the week before.
Overall, 103,000 New Yorkers have battled the flu this season.

Weekend News Briefing

Sheriff’s Office Release their latest list of wanted suspects.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has sent out their latest round of suspects they are looking to round up on arrest warrants.
The most recent list includes 32 year old Robert Boggs with a last known address in Johnson City, Tennessee who is wanted on a bench warrant for assault along with 30 year old Lawrence Boggs, also of Johnson City, Tennessee who is wanted for DWI and DWI with drugs out of Batavia Town Court.
To view the complete list of the six wanted suspects check the article on our website at WBTAi.com.
The Sheriff’s Office asks that if you locate one of these suspects, do not approach them and to call the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies bust a Batavia man for stealing tools from his employer.
59 year old Willis Floyd Miller Jr. of West Main Street has been arrested and charged with petit larceny.
He was apprehended Thursday and arraigned in Pembroke Town Court for allegedly stealing tools belonging to his former employer on Genesee Street in Pembroke back in December of last year.
He was released with an appearance ticket for April 30th in Pembroke Town Court.

Two Hamburg residents face charges of child endangerment and conspiracy following an incident in Alabama.
39 year old Matthew Oakes and 24 year old Kailyn Oakes were arrested by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies after investigation into several incidents of theft from the Two Eagles Smoke Shop on Bloomingdale Road in Alabama.
The couple was accused of stealing several cartons of cigarettes on three separate occasions while they had their small child accompany them.
Both are facing three counts each of Petit Larceny, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Conspiracy and both were given appearance tickets for Alabama Town Court on May 8th.

An Akron man arrested over twice the legal limit after crashing in Pembroke.
51 year old Michael Vanburen of Akron is facing counts of Aggravated DWI, Moving from a Lane Unsafely and Speeding following investigation into a motor vehicle crash on Knapp Road in Pembroke.
Vanburen recorded a blood alcohol content over .18% which is more than twice the legal limit.
He was released with an appearance ticket for May 14th in Pembroke Town Court.

Congressman Chris Collins has released his latest fundraising report.
It shows he raised five-thousand dollars between January and March.
All of the money was donated by Republican campaign committees.
Collins hasn’t said yet if he’ll run for another term in office next year.
He’s currently awaiting trial after being arrested on insider trading charges.

Sheriff’s Office Active Warrants

Press Release:

Katelyn M. Bennett, AKA Katelyn Orozco, age 29, white female, 5’5” 180 lbs., brown hair, blue eyes, LKA Dyson Street, Rochester, NY
Bench warrant for violation of probation CPL 410.40 (felony) Genesee County Court DOW 3/19/19

Robert W. Blankenberg, age 35, white male, 6’6” 260 lbs., brown hair, hazel eyes, LKA Union Street, Le Roy, NY
Arrest warrant for grand larceny 4th PL 155.30-1 (felony) Le Roy Town Court DOW 3/23/19

Lawrence D. Boggs, age 30, white male, 6’0” 200 lbs., blond hair, hazel eyes, LKA Embreville Road, Johnson City, TN
Bench warrant for DWI and DWI drugs VTL 1192-3, VTL 1192-4 (misdemeanors) Batavia Town Court DOW 9/23/13

Robert A. Boggs, age 32, white male, 6’0” 200 lbs., brown hair, brown eyes, LKA Reeser Road, Johnson City, TN
Bench warrant for assault 3rd PL 120.00-1 (misdemeanor) Batavia Town Court DOW 9/23/13

Richard J. Burdick, age 41, white male, 6’1” 190 lbs., brown hair, brown eyes, LKA Summit Street, Batavia, NY
Arrest warrant for petit larceny PL 155.25 (misdemeanor) Batavia Town Court DOW 3/27/19

Benjamin G. Evans, age 30, white male, 6’1” 180 lbs., brown hair, brown eyes, LKA West Main Street Road, Batavia, NY
Bench warrant for petit larceny PL 155.25 (misdemeanor) Batavia Town Court DOW 3/12/19

 

If you are able to assist the Sheriff’s Office in locating these people, the Sheriff’s Office asks that you do not approach these people and that you call (585) 343-5000 with information that may assist in locating the suspects.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Lacrosse

The men’s lacrosse sophomore class of 2019

Press Release:

Genesee Rolls on Sophomore Day

BATAVIA, NY… The no.8 Genesee Community College men’s lacrosse team earned their third home victory of the season after a 20-2 victory over the Tompkins Cortland Community College Panthers Thursday afternoon.

Austin Palmer led the way for Genesee with five goals on the afternoon. Samuel Koczwara scored four goals. Jason Chiodo scored three goals. Darcey Redeye scored twice. Other goal scorers for Genesee include Kyle Isaacs, Henry Reber, Timothy Martino and Zach Wade.

Lincoln Potter, Brandon Moore, Max Henchbarger, Cody Chanthavong and Jalen Lee all split time between the pipes for Genesee.

The Cougars (5-4) are back on the field Saturday afternoon at 1pm as they travel to Herkimer College and play the Generals.

For more information, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com and follow on social media by using #cougarPRIDE

GCC Athletics Update: Cougars Baseball

Genesee Head Coach Skip Sherman talking to his players before taking on Erie Community College

Press Release:

Cougars Comeback Falls Short; Erie Sweeps Genesee

BATAVIA, NY – Genesee Community College baseball dropped two games to Erie Community College, 16-0 and 13-9 Thursday afternoon. With the loss, GCC is 19-13 overall and 7-6 in the West Division while ECC is now 17-15 and 9-4 in Region III West Division play.

In the second game, ECC took a 10-5 lead, but GCC battled back as Elizam De Jesus blasted a 3-run home run to center field and Gabe Diaz, Bryant Fontanez and Briann Castillo (RBI double) cut the lead to 10-9. However, ECC’s Jerseley Cicilia hit a 3-run home run in the seventh to give ECC the breathing room.Eli Martinez (run), and Deion Rosalia (run) each had two hits while Castillo had three hits and two runs and De Jesus had two hits.

Colin Noeth (Byron-Bergen) went four innings while Tyler Prospero (Notre Dame) had struck out three in two innings of work.

In the first game, ECC’s Zach Mather tossed a one-hitter, giving up a two-out single to Martinez.
Genesee hosts Niagara County Community College on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
For more information, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com and use #cougarPRIDE while posting on social media.

CountryMax opens new location in Batavia

Press release:

CountryMax announces the opening of its new Batavia store located at 4160 Veterans Memorial Drive. The new Batavia location is the 17th store operated by the local, Western New York family-owned business.

The 23,000-square-foot store showcases multiple custom-built, wood-themed interior elements reflecting local history, as well as climate-controlled small pet rooms, a wild bird center, and over 2,000 square feet of premium, healthy foods for dogs, cats, and pets of all shapes and sizes.

In addition to the massive selection of healthy pet options, the new location features a large selection of barn and stable feed and supplies, as well as expansive lawn and garden offerings for all seasons.

Additional features include “Scrub House” self-serve dog wash, a “Ship” Fish Room, special events room, and a custom-built wood lodge filled with homesteading products; beer, wine, cider, and cheese making kits; housewares; gifts and novelty items.

CountryMax is celebrating 35 years in 2019. It has grown by being known as the neighborhood store that can compete with competition both big and small, with prices and selection consumers have come to demand, as well as a customer service experience that goes above and beyond traditional expectations of today’s retail stores, such as their full carry-out service for purchases big and small.

“I think anyone who shopped with us in the past knows we have a huge, unique selection of products that fits the Batavia area,” said Brad Payne, director of Sales, “and they are going to be thrilled to see the amount of time, effort, and work that has gone into creating the new CountryMax store experience.”

Grand Opening Celebration

A Grand Opening Celebration is being planned for the weekend of May 18 and 19. Vendors will be on hand, along with experienced CountryMax team members to provide valuable product information, free samples, and demonstrations to benefit customers. FREE CountryMax Tote Bags full of “goodies” will be handed out to the first 250 people both Saturday and Sunday.

Bring the whole family and enjoy face painting, bounce house, games, prizes, food and fun!

Pets are welcome, too! Details will be available at www.countrymax.com.

Batavia new store hours are Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Genesee County Board of Elections consider increase in cyber security.
Concerns that local elections could be influenced or tampered with by cyber sophisticate foreign agents has prompted the State government to push for added measures to prevent interference.
According to County IT Director Steve Zimmer New York State has presented a computer security system that could cost local taxpayers at least $20,000…

Zimmer expects that the state is likely to at least order counties to completely separate elections computers from the main county computer network.

Stabbing in Batavia lands a Rochester resident behind bars.
40 year old Kelly Rhim was apprehended by Batavia Police following investigation into a stabbing in the parking lot outside of TF Browns early Saturday morning.
The stabbing victim was taken to the hospital, treated and released and Police have said they will not be releasing any further information on the case at this time.
Rhim was jailed on counts of Attempted Assault in the first degree and Assault in the second with his bail set at $25,000.
He is scheduled to appear on May 2nd in Batavia City Court.

Possible life in prison for a Lockport man after pleading guilty to Sex Trafficking.
51 year old Oliver Kimmons appeared in a federal court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to five counts of sex trafficking.
Kimmons is said to have coerced young drug-addicted women, into prostitution in exchange for drugs.
He reportedly drove the victims to Western New York farms, dairies, and Indian reservations where they engaged in sex acts with paying customers in return for heroin.
Kimmons is scheduled sentencing for August 26th where he faces a minimum of 15 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $250,000 fine.

CountryMax is now open in Batavia.
The 23,000 square-foot store on Veterans Memorial Drive showcases multiple custom-built, wood-themed interior elements reflecting local history, a “Scrub House” self-serve dog wash, as well as climate-controlled small pet rooms, a wild bird center, and healthy feed for pets of all shapes and sizes.
The new Batavia location is the 17th store operated by the local, Western New York family-owned business which is celebrating 35 years of business this year. A Grand Opening Celebration is being planned for the weekend of May 18th and 19th.

Congressman Chris Collins has released his latest fundraising report.
It shows he raised $5,000 between January and March. All of the money was donated by Republican campaign committees.
Collins hasn’t said yet if he’ll run for another term in office next year.
He’s currently awaiting trial after being arrested on insider trading charges.

Suspect Charged in Batavia Stabbing

Kelly J Rhim

A Rochester man has been arrested in connection with a Batavia stabbing.
BPD collared 40 year old Kelly J. Rhim and charged him with Attempted Assault 1st Degree and Assault 2nd Degree.
Police say Rhim stabbed another person in the parking lot outside of T F Brown’s last Saturday.
Rhim turned himself in and is now jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in Batavia City Court on May 2.

Evening News Briefing

There is no evidence that Russia, or any other foreign government, has tried to interfere with Genesee County Elections.
However, New York State has suggested a computer security scheme that could cost local taxpayers at least 20-thousand dollars.
County IT Director Steve Zimmer

Zimmer says that at a minimum the state is likely to order counties to completely separate elections computers from the main county computer network.

25 year old Brandon Matteson of Ellicott Street Road in Pavilion has been arrested on child endangerment charges. The arrest of Matteson came following a reported domestic incident at his home.

 

“Penny”

“Princess”

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office reporting that two dogs from the county animal shelter have graduated from the Canine Training Program.
That program teams inmates from the Albion Correctional Facility with dogs that may not have been prime candidates for adoption without the training.
The two dogs that graduated this week, named Princess and Penny, are available for adoption at the Orleans County Animal Shelter.
Undersheriff Chris Bourke described the program as a win for the animals and the inmates.

The NFL has released the 2019 regular season schedule for the Buffalo Bills.
The team will play its first two games on the road against the New York Jets and New York Giants.
Their home opener will be on September 22nd against the Cincinnati Bengals.
And for the first time since 1994, the Bills will play on Thanksgiving when they travel to take on the Dallas Cowboys.

Canine Commencement in Orleans County

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that on April 17th, 2019, two dogs from the Orleans County Sheriff’s Animal Shelter have graduated from the Canine Training Program at the Albion Correctional Facility.

Undersheriff Christopher Bourke reports that the partnership between agencies has had a positive effect on everyone involved. Two teams, consisting of three handlers each, work as a team to live with, train and care for each of the dogs in the facility program for approximately 14 weeks.      One of the results of this amazing program is the benefit to the shelter dog. Penny and Princess have learned through obedience training and living in the facility to socialize with people and other dogs along with receiving love and attention. This program allows them to become excellent candidates for adoption from our shelter. The second benefit of the program is the positive effect on the inmates participating. The handlers learn new skills in handling and caring for animals. As they work through the program, they can see the results of their hard work, love and dedication as the dog makes progress.

After meeting the handlers, you can see the positive effect this program has had on them. Many of the handlers and staff were teary eyed as the dogs were preparing to return to the shelter for adoption.

“We feel this is a win-win situation.  The handlers and the dogs are getting a second chance in life and we at the Sheriff’s Office are proud to be a part of his program.”

 

Staff & Canine Handlers

“Princess”

“Penny”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morning News Briefing

Batavia man pleads guilty to viewing child porn at the local library.
After being accused of viewing images of child porn on a computer at the Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia, 55 year old Robert Roy Richmond has pleaded guilty in federal court to access with intent to view child pornography.
Richmond was observed by staff at the public library in January of 2017 viewing a pornographic image of a child on a library computer.
The computer was seized by law enforcement after Richmond he had left the library, and investigators discovered seven child porn images on the device following a forensic examination.
He is now looking at up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the charge.
His sentencing is scheduled for August 27th.

Child Endangerment charges land a Pavilion man in lock up.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 25 year old Brandon Matteson of Ellicott Street Road Pavilion after being called to a domestic incident at his address.
Matteson was jailed in lieu of bail on charges of Second degree Harassment and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
He is expected to reappear on May 7th in Pavilion Town Court.

Hawley thanks Cuomo for Gold Star Families Scholarship expansion.
Governor Cuomo is broadening the interpretation of educational scholarships for military families.
Under the new directive, college tuition and related costs will be covered for all children and spouses of members of the U.S. military who die, are lost or become disabled while serving.
Cuomo said he wants to make sure that Gold Star families have the support they need when it comes to high-quality education.
The MERIT scholarship was created in 2003, just after the start of the Iraq War.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia who led the statewide bipartisan effort thanked the governor for doing “the right thing”.

The New York court system is looking to cut back on the power of federal immigration officials to arrest immigrants in state courthouses without a warrant.
The new rules put out Wednesday require ICE agents to show a federal judicial warrant to a state judge or court attorney before an arrest.
Before now, agents have depended largely on warrants issued by ICE itself rather than by a judge.
Critics of the arrests say they discourage immigrants from reporting crimes.

The NFL has released the 2019 regular season schedule for the Buffalo Bills.
The team will play its first two games on the road against the New York Jets and New York Giants.
Their home opener will be on September 22nd against the Cincinnati Bengals.
And for the first time since 1994, the Bills will play on Thanksgiving when they travel to take on the Dallas Cowboys.

Batavia Man Pleads Guilty to Watching Child Porn at Richmond Library

U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Robert Roy Richmond, 55, of Batavia, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to access with intent to view child pornography. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who is handling the case, stated that on January 20, 2017, the defendant was observed by staff at a public library in Batavia, NY, utilizing a library computer to access the internet and view a child pornographic image. After Richmond left the library, the computer he used was seized by law enforcement. A forensic examination revealed that there were seven images on the computer which met the definition of child pornography.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert, and the Batavia Police Department, under the direction of Chief Shawn Heubusch.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 27, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. before Judge Wolford.

Genesee County Sheriff’s Office Promotions

Press Release:

Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr., is pleased to announce the following promotions within the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.

Sergeant Brian M. Frieday – promoted to Chief Deputy of Road Patrol, overseeing the operations of Road Patrol, Courts Security and Animal Control. Chief Deputy Frieday is a 23-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office who began his career as a Deputy Sheriff-Road Patrol in 1996 and was promoted to Sergeant in May of 2005. Chief Deputy Frieday’s appointment was effective April 13, 2019.

Chief Deputy Joseph M. Graff has moved from overseeing the Road Patrol operations to Chief Deputy of the Criminal Investigative Division. Chief Deputy Graff is a 15-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office who began his career as a Deputy Sheriff-Road Patrol, was promoted to Investigator in 2015, and to Chief Deputy – Road Patrol in 2017. Chief Deputy Graff assumed his new duties on April 13, 2019.

Emergency Services Dispatcher Francis A. Riccobono – promoted to the new position of Assistant Director of Emergency Communications/Operations where he will oversee the operations of the Genesee County’s 9-1-1 Emergency Services Dispatch Center. Assistant Director Riccobono has over 28 years of experience in emergency dispatching, having begun his dispatching career with the City of Batavia Police Department in 1991, and transitioning to the Genesee County consolidated dispatch center in 2008. Assistant Director Riccobono assumed his new duties on April 1, 2019.

Investigator James M. Diehl – promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Criminal Investigative Division. Sergeant Diehl began his career with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office in 2008 as a Deputy Sheriff – Road Patrol and was promoted to Investigator in 2016. Sergeant Diehl’s promotion was effective March 30, 2019.

Deputy Sheriff Michael J. Lute has been promoted to Sergeant with the Road Patrol Division. Sergeant Lute joined the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office in 2015 as Deputy Sheriff – Road Patrol, having previously served with the Village of Akron and Village of Corfu Police Departments. Sergeant Lute’s promotion was effective April 13, 2019.

Morning News Briefing

Genesee County Sheriff’s Office announces numerous promotions.
A number of recent promotions within the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office have been announced.
Sheriff William Sheron has announced that Sergeant Brian Frieday, a 23-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office was promoted to Chief Deputy of Road Patrol where he will oversee the operations of Road Patrol, Courts Security and Animal Control.
15-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, Chief Deputy Joseph Graff has been named Chief Deputy of the Criminal Investigative Division.
Emergency Services Dispatcher Francis Riccobono was promoted to the new position of Assistant Director of Emergency Communications/Operations.
Investigator James Diehl was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Criminal Investigative Division and Deputy Sheriff Michael Lute has been promoted to Sergeant with the Road Patrol Division.
All of the promotions have already went into as of last Saturday.

The Genesee County Legislature is slated to accept more than $2.5 million in federal grants pay for the majority of two bridge replacement projects.
The federal aid will cover up to 80 percent of the cost of the bridge replacement projects in Pembroke and Alabama.
In Pembroke, The Pratt Road Bridge over the Tonawanda Creek will be removed and replaced at a cost of $2,033,050 with the county pitching in over $9,550.
In Alabama, the county will replace the Judge Road Bridge over Whitney Creek to the tune of $1,183,000.
Local sale tax revenue will provided $59,150 to the replacement.
Both bridges are more than 40 years old.

Hawley continues to fight for Gold Star Families Bill.
Following statewide and national support for his legislation that would expand MERIT scholarships to protect spouses and dependents of military members who lose their lives in the line of duty and provide them free college tuition and room and board, Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia is continuing his push for the legislation to become law this year and has launched a national petition to garner support.
State Democrats defeated Hawley’s proposal in the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee due to the perceived cost it would impose outside of usual March budget negotiations.
Hawley notes that while his bill was unapproved Assembly Democrats passed a $27 million package giving free college aid to the children of illegal immigrants in late January of this year.
A link to Hawley’s petition calling for the Gold Star families’ bill to become law that can be found by clicking here.

The Brockport Central School District says it has fired a volunteer track coach.
The announcement comes following misconduct allegations against the unnamed former employee.
The school says it worked with Monroe County deputies to investigate the case.
No charges have been filed.

A substitute teacher in the Cheektowaga-Sloan school district is facing a child porn charge.
The FBI says 33 year old Steven Gasiorek allegedly tried to get naked photos of underage boys.
They say he posed as a young girl to try and exploit a teen in Virginia, and they believe he also targeted boys in Western New York.
Gasiorek worked as both a teacher and coach at John F. Kennedy Middle School and police encourage anyone who may have come in contact with him to call police.

HAWLEY CONTINUES FIGHT FOR GOLD STAR FAMILIES BILL FOLLOWING WAVE OF SUPPORT

Press Release:

Following statewide and national support for his legislation that would expand MERIT scholarships to protect spouses and dependents of military members who lose their lives in the line of duty and provide them free college tuition and room and board, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is continuing his push for the legislation to become law this year and has launched a national petition to garner support.

“Gold Star families have heard the herald of bipartisan support from state lawmakers in both parties, along with Gov. Cuomo and even President Trump, following the defeat of my bill in committee last week,” Hawley said. “I will continue leading the effort to see that our military receive the benefits they deserve as they carry the tremendous sacrifice of losing a loved one in the line of duty. I am confident we can get this legislation passed this year and hopeful that this is the beginning of an era where veterans’ issues transcend political divides and we all can play a part in honoring our brave service members and veterans.”

To sign the petition calling for Hawley’s Gold Star families bill to become law please use the link here: http://bit.ly/HelpGoldStarFamilies

State Democrats defeated Hawley’s proposal (A.2991) in the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee due to the perceived cost it would impose outside of usual March budget negotiations. Assembly Democrats passed a $27 million package giving free college aid to the children of illegal immigrants in late January of this year.

GCC Athletics Update: Athletes of the Week

Austin Palmer (L) from men’s lacrosse and Bri Heers (R) from women’s lacrosse have been named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the week of April 15

Press Release:

Palmer and Heers named Genesee Athletes of the Week

BATAVIA, NY… Men’s lacrosse player Austin Palmer and women’s lacrosse player Bri Heers were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the week of April 15.

Austin Palmer of the nationally-ranked men’s lacrosse team tied a school record with 10 goals in a single game, in Genesee’s 27-6 victory at Finger Lakes Community College. So far this season, the Hamburg, NY native has scored 23 goals and added seven assists. The Cougars (4-4) play Tompkins Cortland Community College Thursday afternoon in their regular season home finale at 4pm.

Bri Heers has scored seven goals and added two assists in the last two games for Genesee, both victories over North Country CC. Saturday against the Saints, the Newfane, NY native scored three goals, including the tying goal to force overtime, and then assisted on the game-winning goal. Sunday against North Country, Bri scored four goals and assisted on one. The women (4-4) are in action this week on Friday, April 19 as they host Harford Community College at 2pm.

For more information regarding Genesee Athletics, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com and follow along on social media by using #cougarPRIDE.

Morning News Briefing

Photo by our news partner The Batavian

Rolling domestic leads to car crash into house in Batavia.
County Lawmen say that a car crash into a house on Oak Orchard Road in the Town of Batavia was caused by an apparent rolling domestic incident between two Elba residents.
Deputies responded to the vacant residence owned by Offhaus farms after call came in for the crash at around quarter after 3 yesterday afternoon.
The 2014 Chevy Cruze operated by Rodney Harmon Jr. reportedly crossed over the center line, off the east shoulder of the Route 98 and traveled another 200 feet before striking the home.
Both Harmon and the passenger Josette Harmon were believed to have been engaged in a domestic altercation leading up to the accident and both were transported via ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital for their injuries.
The crash remains under investigation with possible charges pending.

Investigation into stolen drugs leads to arrest for a former Corrections Officer in Batavia.
30 year old Justin Gugel was accused of stealing medication prescribed and allotted to an inmate while he was employed as a Correctional Officer in the Genesee County Jail in January of this year.
He was taken into custody after investigation into missing pills from the Jail and is facing charges of Petit Larceny and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
Gugel was released with appearance tickets for May 7th in City Court.

The City of Batavia is proud to announce that the Government Finance Officers Association of United States and Canada has announced that the City of Batavia has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting – Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) Award for the second year in a row.
The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.

State officials have launched a campaign to slow the spread of synthetic cannabinoids.
The drugs, commonly referred to as K-2 or Spice, have been known to cause severe health problems including hallucinations, respiratory problems and even death.
The new initiative will focus on education, treatment and prevention.
Synthetic cannabinoids were banned by Governor Cuomo back in 2012.

Family members of those killed in the crash of Flight 3407 are heading to Washington, DC this week.
They’ll be meeting with Congressman Chris Collins and Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao tomorrow.
The group is expected to ask that anyone who operates an aircraft be required to put information into a pilot records database.
Right now, that database is being tested.

Governor Cuomo has released his 2018 tax returns to the public.
The returns show his adjusted gross income was roughly $211,000.
The governor also paid $51,000 in taxes, down from $54,000 the year before.
Cuomo also doesn’t pay property taxes since he splits time living at the Governor’s Mansion and the home of his girlfriend Sandra Lee.

Morning News Briefing

Re-election run is uncertain for Congressman Chris Collins.
The political future of Congressman Chris Collins is unclear following a recent appearance and interview in Batavia.
Collins informed our news partner The Batavian that he hasn’t decided if he’ll run for another term in 2020 as he attended the annual Congressional Art Competition awards at GCC’s Batavia campus…

The indicted Congressman is scheduled to go to trial next year to answer to insider trading charges involving an alleged tip to his son to pull stock from a medical drug company.
The fourth-term incumbent narrowly won re-election in the 27th District last November over Democrat Nate McMurray.

Batavia Sex Offender jailed for multiple felony counts of failing to report.
City Police have arrested 29 year old Eric Dawson of North Spruce Street Batavia on 4 felony counts of Failing to Register as a Sex Offender.
Dawson who is a Level 2 Sex Offender was being held in the Genesee County Jail on a parole violation when he was arrested on the most recent charges.
After being arraigned Dawson was remanded back to jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.
He is expected to reappear in City Court on May 9th.

A hit and run accident in Batavia ends in arrest for a Corfu man.
49 year old Jerrol Newell of East Main Street Corfu was apprehended by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies after he had allegedly struck another car with his pickup on Peart Street Road near Wortendyke Road in Batavia Saturday afternoon.
Newell reportedly did not stop after the accident and continued down Route 33 as the driver he had struck followed behind and called 911.
Newell was ultimately stopped and charged with DWI, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident and Unlicensed Operation.
He was released with appearance tickets for Batavia Town Court on May 16th.

A state lawmaker is proposing a bill that would automatically enroll New Yorkers as organ donors.
Western New York Assemblyman Pat Burke says anyone 18 or older would be added to the registry unless they choose to opt out.
Anyone 16 or 17 years old who wants to become organ donors would have to opt in.
Burke says New York has the third-highest need for organ donors.

Drivers in Batavia are still feeling pain at the pump.
According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is now $2.80 in Batavia.
That price has jumped 18 cents in the last month.
The state average is sitting at $2.83 while nationally it’s $2.82.

Congressman Chris Collins Recognized with U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Spirit of Enterprise Award

Press Release:

Clarence, NY – Today Congressman Chris Collins was presented with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual Spirit of Enterprise Award. This award was presented to Congressman Collins in recognition of his support of pro-growth policies in the second session of the 115th Congress.

“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce works tirelessly to ensure Congress is supporting policies that will help grow our economy and create more jobs here in America,” said Congressman Collins. “I am honored to once again receive the Spirit of Enterprise Award and I want to thank the Chamber for its continued advocacy on behalf of over 3 million U.S. businesses.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Enterprise Award is given annually to members of Congress based on their votes on critical business and job legislation, as outlined in the Chamber’s annual scorecard. Members of Congress were scored on votes related to access to capital for small business, ensuring our workforce has the skills necessary for the jobs of tomorrow, and helping American manufacturers compete in a global economy.

After supporting legislation such as the “Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018” and the “Medical Device Tax Repeal,” Congressman Collins received a “92% 2018 Score” by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Please click here to view additional pro-growth policies that Congressman Collins supported in the second session of the 115th Congress.

For more information about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Enterprise Award, please visit: https://www.uschamber.com/press-release/us-chamber-recognizes-318-members-of-congress-pro-business-votes

Weekend News Briefing

Perry resident arrested on child porn charges.
Livingston County Lawmen report the arrest of a former Village of Avon resident following a joint investigation with the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force.
37 year old Robert Menard currently a resident of Perry was arrested and charged with felony counts of both Promoting and Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child.
Federal agents executed a search warrant at Menard’s Avon residence in January to seize electronic devices and Menard was arrested after forensic examinations of those devices allegedly revealed he was in possession of child porn.
As he was being detained before arraignment The District Attorney’s Office recommended bail be set at $2,000.
At arraignment, Town of Geneseo Justice Kathleen Houston went against the recommendation of the District Attorney’s Office and released Menard on his own recognizance.

An Oakfield man jailed for a domestic dispute in Alabama.
State Police based out of Batavia report the arrest 51 year old Douglas Sprague of Oakfield after being called to a Town of Alabama residence Tuesday morning for a reported domestic incident.
Sprague was charged with a felony count of Criminal Contempt for having prior offenses and Harassment in the second degree with physical contact.
He was ordered to be held pending his next court appearance.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has submitted 123 vetoes in accordance with Article 7 of the State Constitution to eliminate pages of so-called unnecessary language from the 2020 Enacted Budget.
The vetoes include 51 appropriations pertaining to state agency operations. 26 appropriations are more than seven years old and have had no disbursements over the most recent seven-year period.
25 appropriations are fully expended and one due to fiscal impacts.
6 appropriations are vetoed on constitutional grounds, 6 are duplicative of other reappropriations for the same purpose, and 8 were previously vetoed.
It remains uncertain how much and if any of the vetoes will reduce the overall budget amount.

A household survey is being conducted by the City of Batavia to support a grant opportunity.
The City is considering applying for Federal grant assistance to help income eligible owner-occupied single-family homeowners with essential home improvements.
Grant funds would enable homeowners to make home repairs with grant and deferred-loan funding.
If you own a single-family home in need of repairs please download the survey from the City’s website at www.batavianewyork.com or pick up a survey in the City Manager’s office at City Hall.
Please complete and mail in or drop off the surveys to: City Manager’s Office, One Batavia City Centre.
The deadline to submit surveys to the City Manager is April 19.

Evening News Briefing

Two well-known and long serving members of local law enforcement retired today.
Jerome Brewster, Chief Investigator for the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, left his job after 44 years with the sheriff’s office.
For the past 24 years, Jerry Brewster investigated some of the most notorious local cases.
In remarks delivered this afternoon Brewster said that while he never enjoyed investigating child abuse cases he “became pretty good” at securing confessions in most of those cases. He noted that by doing so it saved a child from being traumatized a second by having to testify in a trial.
Also retiring today was Batavia Police Office Frank Klimjack. He has been on the job in the city for 20 years. Klimjack says he and his wife plan to move to Tennessee.

A household survey is being conducted by the City of Batavia to support a grant opportunity.
The City is considering applying for Federal grant assistance to help income eligible owner-occupied single-family homeowners with essential home improvements.
Grant funds would enable homeowners to make home repairs with grant and deferred-loan funding.
If you own a single-family home in need of repairs download the survey from the City’s “Useful Links” tab on the City’s website.
The deadline to submit surveys to the City Manager is April 19.

Voters overwhelmingly vote”no” on a Darien Water District Proposal.
The result of Wednesday’s mandatory referendum on the establishment of Water District No. 6 in the Town of Darien was 684 no, 183 yes.

It looks like the worst of the flu season may finally be over. The state health department says there were only 4,500 reported cases of the virus during the week ending April 6th. That’s a nearly 14 percent decline from the week before. Nearly 100-thousand New Yorkers have battled the flu this season.
It looks like the worst of the flu season may finally be over. The state health department says there were only 45-hundred reported cases of the virus during the week ending April 6th. That’s a nearly 14 percent decline from the week before. Nearly 100,000 New Yorkers have battled the flu this season.

Nominations sought for O-A Alumni Hall of Fame

Press release:

Nominations are currently being accepted for this year’s induction class of the Oakfield-Alabama Alumni Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding OACS alumni who have achieved distinction in their lives and chosen field after high school through significant contributions to their career, community or through personal achievements.

If you know a person who meets the following criteria, please consider nominating him/her for this prestigious honor:

  1. Nominees must be graduates of OACS or one of its predecessors, or have been active in school classes and activities during their senior year. (Nominees who left school while in good standing to perform military service are also eligible. Deceased alumni are not eligible for induction until the fifth anniversary of the year of their death.)
  2. Nominees must have graduated prior to 2004.
  3. Selection is based on achievement after leaving OACS which includes a worthy record in more than one, and exemplary achievement in at least one of the following:
  • Job-related achievements
  • Professional honors and awards, professional affiliations, publications
  • Civic or community involvement
  • Personal achievements/accomplishments
  • Positive impact on the communities in the Oakfield-Alabama school district

Anyone may submit a nomination for any person meeting the criteria stated above. Nominations must be made during the nomination period only — March 1 – May 31st — by using the Online Nomination Form or the PDF Nomination Form (see link below). Electronically submitted nominations are strongly preferred over mailed-in, hardcopy nominations.

Access the Online Nomination Form here.

 

Morning News Briefing

Hunting accident in Darien with reported gunshot wound.
Dispatchers received report of an adult male who suffered a gunshot wound to the leg while hunting in Darien yesterday morning.
The incident was reported at around 10:40 a.m. with the man initially said to be in a field near Broadway Road, between Darien-Alexander Townline Road and Smithley Road.
The man was reportedly conscious and alert, and was making his way toward a house.
A dispatcher said it sounded like the wound was from bird shot ammunition.
Mercy Flight was put on ground standby while Darien Fire Department responded along with its ambulance.
According to a first responder the man suffered wounds in both legs describing it as a scattered shotgun pattern, probably a dozen pellets with minor bleeding.

City seeks cooperation with household survey to support a grant application.
The City is considering applying for Federal grant assistance to help income eligible owner-occupied single-family homeowners with essential home improvements.
Grant funds would enable homeowners to make home repairs with grant and deferred-loan funding.
Any single-family homeowner is encouraged to apply. The City of Batavia is requesting your full cooperation to help obtain housing rehabilitation grant funding.
If you own a single-family home in need of repairs please download the survey from the City’s website at www.batavianewyork.com.
Click on Residential Rehabilitation Survey or pick up a survey in the City Manager’s office at City Hall.
Please complete and mail in or drop off the surveys to the City Manager’s Office at One Batavia City Centre.
The deadline to submit surveys to the City Manager is April 19.

Voters overwhelmingly vote against Darien Water District Proposal.
The result of Wednesday’s mandatory referendum on the establishment of Water District No. 6 in the Town of Darien was a resounding no from Darien residents.
684 votes were counted against and 183 were in favor with one Affidavit vote still pending validation.
According to Supervisor David Hagelberger, while the vote count remains unofficial, the result of the referendum will not change and the Town is proceeding to file the required documents to close out this action.

It looks like the worst of the flu season may finally be over.
The state health department says there were only 4,500 reported cases of the virus during the week ending April 6th.
That’s a nearly 14 percent decline from the week before. Nearly 100,000 New Yorkers have battled the flu this season.

Evening News Briefing

A Batavia man accused of abducting a teenager last year is now facing a federal charge.
Prosecutors say Guillermo Torres-Acevedo illegally took a minor over state lines.
The disappearance of the 14-year-old girl from Bergen triggered an AMBER Alert. Both Torres-Acevedo and the girl were later found in Pennsylvania.
If convicted on the federal charges, Torres-Acevedo could spend at least ten years in prison.

The former Chief of Police in the Erie County Community of Kenmore has been sentenced to one-year probation.
A judge sentenced 68-year-old Peter Breitnauer for taking hydrocodone from the drug drop-off box at the Kenmore police station.
Breitnauer admitted to stealing the painkiller for personal use.
In addition to probation, he’ll also be paying a one-thousand dollar fine.

Batavia Downs has announced it is hosting Ground Force Fight’s “Throwdown at the Downs 2-point-Oh” on Saturday, June 15th.
Batavia Downs Gaming President Henry Wojtaszek made the announcement yesterday…
This is the second event being put on at Batavia Downs by Ground Force Fights and its second ever outdoor event.
Tickets are on sale now at bataviaconcerts.com.

A state senator from Queens is making the rounds in Genesee County today getting an earful from local farmers.
Senator Jessica Ramos has sponsored a bill in Albany that local farmers say could have a devastation impact on the agricultural economy.
The bill extends the state’s overtime regulations to farm workers and reduce the number of hours they can work in a week.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Lacrosse

Team in a huddle after their 15-3 victory at Erie

Press Release:

Offense Powers Women’s Lacrosse to Road Win

BUFFALO, NY – The Genesee Community College women’s lacrosse team earned their second consecutive win of the season Wednesday afternoon, defeating the Erie Community College Kats 15-3.

The Cougars (2-2) got on the board quickly and often throughout their contest at West Herr Stadium in Orchard Park. For the second straight game, Lancaster native Hannah Kirisits led the way offensively for Genesee with five goals and two assists. Rachel Ladd (Mexico) scored four goals on the day with an assist. Churchville’s Ashley Barclay scored two goals as did Bri Heers (Newfane). Leah Czechowski (Akron) scored a goal and added an assist and Riley Marconi (Rochester) also found the back of the net. Jenny Yuhnke (Pavilion) had an assist. Ryley O’Mara (Holley) made eight save on 11 Kats shots.

Genesee returns home this weekend for a pair of contests against North Country Community College on Saturday and Sunday. Faceoff will be at noon both days and both games will be streamed live on www.geneseeathletics.com.

Forum Player’s Children’s Theater production at GCC

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY (04/10/2019) The Genesee Center for the Arts at Genesee Community College announced today it has added a special sensory-friendly performance of the Forum Player’s Children’s Theater production of “The Lamp is the Moon” to take place on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 11 a.m. in GCC’s Stuart Steiner Theatre at the Batavia campus.

This special performance is open to all but has been customized for children and other attendees who require a managed degree of sensory stimuli.

“This play, in particular, really speaks to children’s natural curiosity, their desire to learn and to enjoy that learning. Launched by Director of Fine and Performing Arts Maryanne Arena, our annual focus on children’s theatre involves reaching out with fresh plays to intrigue and inspire children,” said Norm Gayford, supervising director and professor of English at GCC. “When presented with the opportunity to approach one performance in the context of “sensory friendliness,” our ensemble was enthusiastic about making the creative modifications for a sensory-friendly performance. Director Rob Reiss and I are proud to work with this talented, aware ensemble.”

“The Lamp is the Moon” 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 declares.

Tickets for “The Lamp is the Moon” 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.

“The Lamp is the Moon” will also be performed on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in GCC’s Stuart Steiner Theatre at the Batavia campus. This performance will not be sensory-friendly.

The final performance of the 2019 spring season will be a 20-piece modern dance showcase entitled, “Freedom: A Modern Dance Show About Your Rights” artfully directed by GCC Adjunct Professor Tara Pocock, on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stuart Steiner Theatre.

WESTERN NEW YORK FARMERS STRESS IMPORTANCE OF HAVING VIABLE FARMS AND LOCAL JOBS

Press Release:

Leroy, NY – New York Farm Bureau members spoke today about the positive work happening on their farms to support their employees and the need to have a viable farm economy. They also voiced concerns about the expected financial impacts of the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act (S. 2837/A. 2750) proposed in the New York State Legislature. They shared their thoughts during a press conference today at Stein Farms in Leroy.

This event is in advance of an important opportunity to speak directly to lawmakers who will be voting on legislation that could profoundly affect New York agriculture. Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-Amherst) has invited the chair of the Senate Labor Committee and the bill’s sponsor, Senator Jessica Ramos (D-Queens), to attend a round table discussion on the farm labor bill tomorrow at Genesee Community College.

The farmers are welcoming Senator Ramos to western New York and appreciate her time speaking with their fellow farmers and valued employees. Beginning late last year, New York Farm Bureau encouraged downstate lawmakers to hold upstate events on this issue. It is imperative urban lawmakers understand rural issues and the reality that exists on farms for farmworkers before they vote on the legislation.

Farmers and farmworkers were also encouraged to sign up to testify at three scheduled Senate Hearings on the bill. They will take place April 25 at SUNY Morrisville, April 26 on Long Island and May 2 at SUNY Sullivan.

The bill includes allowing for collective bargaining with the ability for farmworkers to strike at any time, including at critical times throughout the growing and harvest seasons or when animals need cared for. It also would require overtime on farms, not only above a 40-hour work week, but also any hours beyond an eight-hour day. Farm Credit East estimates this will increase labor costs, on average, by 17-percent or nearly $300 million statewide.

New York’s labor costs are already among the highest in the country, and this increase will it make more difficult to compete to sell food and farm products. Other states and nearby Canada have lower wage rates and fewer labor regulations, thereby allowing them to offer their goods at cheaper prices. New York producers just can’t increase their prices to recoup the increased labor costs and expect to stay in the market.

“We as a family, treat our employees as family. We can’t do this without them. When a person enjoys working for you, they do a better job,” said Dale Stein, a dairy farmer who hosted the event on his farm, Stein Farms. He also spoke of the challenges of the farm economy and how overtime would dramatically increase labor costs on his farm. “It doesn’t matter how much you want to do something, if you can’t pay for it. This could be the single, most devastating thing to happen to agriculture in this state.”

Other participants included Jeff Toussaint, a crop producer and fruit farmer in Medina, NY.

“The jobs we do and the tasks we perform are time sensitive and affected by the weather. We estimate labor costs on our farm would increase dramatically, by 15%. This would be extremely difficult to digest because we can’t just walk into the grocery store and demand more money for what we produce. This is because we work in a global market and must compete against other apple growing states and countries whose costs of production are dramatically lower than those of us in New York State,” said Toussaint.

Toussaint added reducing hours will make his current employees unhappy and make it difficult to attract and retain additional employees.

“We will sit down and evaluate what we do and what we grow. At a minimum, right now, we would reduce our production of fruits because the increased costs would make it unprofitable. This would result in fewer jobs. Worse case scenario, if apple production becomes unprofitable, we would exit the business, bulldoze our apple orchards and revert the ground back to field production which is highly mechanized and requires much less labor,” he said.

Jim Starowitz, a vegetable farmer in Byron, echoed similar concerns and spoke about the competitive wages and benefits, including health insurance, retirement accounts, paid sick time and end of year bonuses that they offer to their employees. He said new overtime costs would mean an additional $200,000 a year in costs to his farm and these are costs that they will not be able to pass along in a competitive market. He believes they too would move to a row crop business or close their doors, losing 16 jobs.

“The local community is also losing. They will not have that money put back into the local community. Our local ag retailers would also be forced to cut jobs. We also need to think of the processing facilities that buy our products. There will be a damaging ripple effect throughout the supply chain,” said Starowitz. “I understand the intention of this bill and truly respect the ideas. However, it seems there is not a true understanding of agriculture in New York State. I believe in paying employees their true worth and taking care of them, but we still must be economically viable.”

GCC Athletics Update: Hall Commits to Chowan University

Sam Hall (R ) is joined by Genesee Athletic Director Kristen Schuth as he commits to D-II Chowan University for the fall

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Genesee’s Hall Commits to D-II Chowan University

BATAVIA, NY… Genesee men’s soccer player Sam Hall is continuing his soccer and academic career as he will be attending Chowan University in the fall.

Hall will be heading to a NCAA Division II Hawks program that finished the 2018 season with a record of 11-4-2, and went to the conference championship game. Sam was a member of the NJCAA Region III All-Region First Team and was named an NJCAA Soccer First Team All-American.

The 6’3 defender from Leicester, England played in 15 games his freshman season scoring 10 goals, including two game-winners. His sophomore season, Hall started 17 of the 19 games he played in wearing the blue and gold, scoring eight goals and adding 4 assists. Three of his eight goals were game-winners.

Hall was part of the 2017 NJCAA Division II Men’s Soccer National Championship team and this past season, reached the NJCAA Division II Men’s Soccer National Semifinals.

GCC Athletics Update: Genesee stand-out named NJCAA All-American

Jarett Haines (0) in action vs Erie CC this season (Lauren Hull)

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Genesee’s Haines Named NJCAA All-American

BATAVIA, NY… Jarett Haines was recently named NJCAA Basketball All-American. Haines was selected as a Third-Team All-American.

The Bronx, NY native started 29 games this season for the Cougars, averaging 19.6 points per game and shooting nearly 40% from behind the 3-PT line. This season, Haines also averaged nearly three assists, and over four rebounds per game. Jarett has an 80% average from the free throw line in his Genesee career.

Men’s basketball finished the season with a record of 15-14 and fell in the NJCAA Region III semi-finals to eventual Region III champion Erie Community College.

For more information on Genesee Athletics, check out www.geneseeathletics.com and use #cougarPRIDE while posting on social media.

BATAVIA DOWNS ANNOUNCES GROUND FORCE FIGHT’S THROWDOWN AT THE DOWNS 2.0 MMA EVENT FOR JUNE 15th.

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BATAVIA – Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel has announced that Ground Force Fight’s “Throwdown at the Downs 2.0” event will take place on Saturday, June 15th. This is the second event being put on at Batavia Downs by Ground Force after last year’s original event.

“We are excited to have Ground Force Fights back at Batavia Downs,” said Henry Wojtaszek, CEO/President at Batavia Downs Gaming. “After the success of last year’s event, we began talks almost immediately on putting together another event here in June of 2019. We’re looking forward to another great night of fights that will entertain the passionate MMA fans of Western New York.”

Bouts include Quentin Marozzi in a 135 Title fight, Brad Vargasson in a 185 Title Fight, as well as Peter Flanagan, Jim Pearl, Steven Kleckler, Vince Capozzi with more bouts to be announced.

“Last year’s event was a huge success and we’re excited to showcase local MMA fighters once again at Batavia Downs,’ said Richard Mitchell, Owner of Ground Force Fights. “We invite the public to come root on the many local fighters at our 2nd ever outdoor event.”

Tickets are on sale now at bataviaconcerts.com. Doors open at 4:30pm, Event starts at 6pm. Tickets are $35 for General Admission and $55 for VIP seats closer to the cage. Lawn chairs (which are normally permitted for other Batavia Downs events) are NOT permitted for this event. There will be limited chairs and bleacher seating available. Each concert ticket is also redeemable once at Player’s Club in the three days following the event for $15 Free Play to be used on one of Batavia Downs Gaming’s 800+ gaming machines.

Three Vehicle Accident on Main & Center

A three motor vehicle accident occurred in front of the WBTA Studios at the intersection of Main and Center just before 8 o’clock this morning.

Sheriff’s Deputies made a rapid response arriving on the scene within minutes of the crash. It appears that the “CAP” service van was westbound on Main Street as the pick-up truck and mini-van were preparing to turn eastbound from Bank onto Main.

The officer on scene reported no injuries and the vehicles are currently being cleared.

 

Morning News Briefing

Batavia man faces a new federal charge for taking a minor across state lines.
A Batavia man accused of abducting a teenager last year is now facing a federal charge.
Prosecutors have charged 23 year old Guillermo Torres-Acevedo with transporting a minor across state lines for sexual activity.
The disappearance of the 14 year old victim from her Bergen home last November triggered an AMBER Alert for the missing girl.
The pair were found the next morning in the parking lot of a retail store in Pennsylvania.
According to prosecutors only three days prior to the alleged abduction Torres-Acevedo was arrested and charged by State Police with Rape and Criminal Sex Act both in the second degree and an Order of Protection was also put in place barring him contact from the girl.
If convicted on the new federal charge Torres-Acevedo could be looking at a minimum of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $250,000 fine.

LeRoy Police crack a two year old Burglary case with a mix of classic and current investigation techniques.
Police have arrested and charged 25 year old Patrick Gonzales of LeRoy with felony counts of burglary and grand larceny for allegedly entering a Lake Street address in the village and taking a safe.
Police began investigation following the break-in back in March of 2017.
Police were led to the wrong address because of an apparent alarm error however during the investigation, they spotted Gonzales but had no reason to stop him.
Officers say they tracked footprints in the snow which led them to the safe and a jacket that had been buried nearby.
Investigators were ultimately able to build their case with the help of DNA analysis on the jacket which led to the arrest of Gonzales.

Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel has announced that Ground Force Fight’s “Throwdown at the Downs 2.0” event will take place on Saturday, June 15th.
President at Batavia Downs Gaming Henry Wojtaszek made the announcement yesterday…

This is the second event being put on at Batavia Downs by Ground Force Fights and the second ever outdoor event for Ground Force.
Tickets are on sale now at bataviaconcerts.com.

Governor Cuomo says he wants a decision on the future of the Buffalo Skyway to be made in the next six months.
The governor made the request during a talk with The Buffalo News editorial board yesterday.
Several ideas have been pitched, including tearing the Skyway down.
Earlier this year, Cuomo announced a design competition to come up with an alternative to the Skyway.
The winner will receive $100,000.

Evening News Briefing

LeRoy Police say high-tech and old-fashioned police work has cracked a two year old Burglary case.

25 year old Patrick Gonzales of LeRoy has been charged with felony counts of burglary and grand larceny.
Police said the heist took place two years ago on Lake Street in the village. Gonzales is suspected of entering a building and taking a safe.

An alarm error led police to the wrong address but during the investigation, they spotted Gonzales but had no cause to stop him. They tracked footprints in the snow which led them to the safe and a jacket that had been buried nearby.

Eventually LeRoy PD was able to build their case with the help of DNA analysis on the jacket and led to the arrest of Gonzales.

Police say the THC oil seized from a Niagara Falls man during an Orleans County traffic stop had a street value of over $5,000.
31 year old Tyrell Lynch of the Falls is charged with the sale and distribution of the oil. The stuff is a highly concentrated form of pot used to make marijuana edibles.
Lynch was jailed in lieu of $1,000 bail. Lawmen say more arrests are pending.

The last day on the job for Genesee County Chief Investigator Jerome Brewster is this Friday. Brewster announced on WBTA last month that he was retiring after 44 years with the sheriff’s office.
In a lengthy interview with our news partner, The Batavian, Brewster says coaxing confessions out of criminals was one of the most satisfying parts of his job.
Deputy Joe Graff will take over as chief of the Investigations Division

Batavia Assemblyman Steve Hawley is calling out majority members of the assembly for blocking college assistance for families of veterans.
Democrats on the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee have voted to block legislation, introduced by Hawley, offering discounted college tuition, room and board for the dependents of New York military service-members who have died in the line of duty.
In a prepared statement Hawley wrote: “Downstate politicians have no shame’ in throwing tax dollars at illegal aliens for their college expenses, but when it comes to family members veterans they turn their backs and vote no”.

Buffalo sports fans are among the most miserable in the nation. That’s the word from ESPN, which has just released its updated Sports Misery Index. Bills fans are tops among NFL fans for being most miserable with Buffalo missing the playoffs 18 of the last 19 years. Sabres fans are also miserable, ranking second in the NHL just behind fans of the Florida Panthers.

Congressman Chris Collins Re-Introduces Legislation To Address 9-1-1 Fee Diversion

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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) and Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) re-introduced legislation that prevents states from diverting fees collected from consumers on their phone bills, which are meant to be used to improve 9-1-1 emergency communications systems. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has found that New York diverts at least 41% of 9-1-1 fees that are collected for non-public safety related purposes. Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) co-lead on the bill has also seen 9-1-1 fee diversion in California.

“It is completely unacceptable that states, like New York, continue to rob our emergency response systems of important and necessary resources by diverting funds,” said Collins.“Diverting these fees puts lives in danger, especially in rural areas. I thank Congresswoman Eshoo for her support once again of this legislation and her commitment to making sure all communities across the nation can achieve the highest level of safety.”

“State and local governments charge citizens 9-1-1 fees on their phone bills to support emergency services, but some states divert this revenue to other government projects unrelated to improving public safety,” Rep. Eshoo said. “In fact, nearly $285 million in 9-1-1 fees collected by states were diverted for non-9-1-1 purposes in 2017, taking away valuable resources from already strapped public safety budgets. This bipartisan legislation directs the FCC to crack down on this practice to ensure taxpayer dollars collected for emergency services are actually invested in emergency services.”

Passage of this bill will direct the FCC, in consultation with public safety organizations, and state, local and tribal governments, to determine the appropriate use of funds collected from consumers. Currently, states are able to set their own definition of what is a covered cost for 9-1-1 fees, which has allowed them to divert fees.

Last April, Collins toured the Niagara County 9-1-1 call center with FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly where they called on the state of New York to stop diverting fees. Unfortunately, fee diversion continues in New York, California and other states around the country.

ASSEMBLY MAJORITY VOTES TO BLOCK COLLEGE ASSISTANCE FOR VETERANS’ FAMILIES

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New York City politicians on the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee have voted to block legislation, introduced by Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia), offering discounted college tuition, room and board for the dependents of New York military service-members who have died in the line of duty.

The measure, supported by both Democrats and Republicans, would apply to students attending SUNY or CUNY institutions.

“Downstate politicians have no shame in throwing tax dollars at illegal aliens for their college expenses, but when it comes to family members of our nation’s heroes they turn their backs and vote no,” Hawley said. “The priorities of the Assembly Majority become more confusing and hypocritical by the day and to turn their backs on our veterans is disgraceful.

“It’s truly a disservice to this state and, most importantly, our brave veterans that power brokers in Albany kill truly bipartisan legislation with noble causes,” Hawley continued. “Inmates get Ipads, parolees get pardons and criminal illegals get lawyers but the Assembly Majority cries broke when it comes to our valiant veterans – mindboggling.”

Morning News Briefing

Orleans County Task Force takes down a THC oil dealer in Medina.
Members of the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force arrested 31 year old Tyrell Lynch of Niagara Falls following investigation into the sale and distribution of THC oil in Medina
Lynch was stopped by Medina Police at the corner of South Main and North Ave in the Village where officers seized 32 ounces of the THC oil, over $500 in cash and other drug paraphernalia.
The reported street value of the drug, which is a highly potent pot concentrate used to make marijuana edibles, was over five grand.
Lynch was charged with two counts of Criminal Sale and three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, which are all class D felonies and was remanded to the Orleans County Jail in lieu of one-thousand dollars bail.
Officers say more arrests and charges are pending in the matter.

Deputies bust a North Tonawanda woman for shoplifting and child endangerment.
47 year old Leanne Tucker of Shawnee Road North Tonawanda was taken into custody on counts of Petit Larceny and Endangering the Welfare of a Child following an incident at a department store on Veterans Memorial Drive in Batavia last night.
Tucker was accused of stealing merchandise from the store while in the presence of a child.
She was issued an appearance ticket for May 6th in Batavia Town Court.

Hawley calls attention to majority vote blocking college assistance for veterans’ families.
New York City politicians on the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee have voted to block legislation, introduced by Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia, offering discounted college tuition, room and board for the dependents of New York military service-members who have died in the line of duty.
Hawley said in a statement “Downstate politicians have no shame in throwing tax dollars at illegal aliens for their college expenses, but when it comes to family members of our nation’s heroes they turn their backs and vote no”.
The bi-partisan measure would apply to students attending SUNY or CUNY institutions.

Chief Deputy Jerry Brewster is retiring this Friday after a 44 year career with Genesee County Sheriff’s office.
Brewster said getting confessions is one of the most satisfying parts of being a criminal investigator, a job he’s held since 1988 in his career spanning over four decades with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office that ends this week.
Joseph Graff will be succeeding Brewster in the position of Chief Deputy.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

GENESEE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND MERCY FLIGHT HOSTING “STOP THE BLEED” WORKSHOP

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The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce and Mercy Flight are teaming up to host “Stop the Bleed”, a workshop to be held April 17 at Mercy Flight’s new headquarters, 8050 Call Parkway, Batavia.

The course includes a formal presentation and hands-on practice of direct pressure application, wound packing, and use of a tourniquet. The course was developed for a nonmedical audience to address the needs of the immediate responder to control life-threatening bleeding until help arrives.

“The unavoidable can happen and we need to be prepared”, said Tom Turnbull, president of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. “Learning some life-saving tips from professionals can give us the one up we need. Mercy Flight will be giving us first-hand experience and will also allow us to tour their new facility.”

In April 2013, just a few months after the active shooter disaster at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, a committee was formed to create a protocol for a national policy to enhance survivability from active shooter and intentional mass casualty events. The goal of this committee was to turn bystanders into immediate responders at the scene of wounding before first responders arrived. This step would improve the survivability of victims with severe bleeding. As soon as the area became safe, these immediate responders could act to stop bleeding if they were properly trained in the bleeding control techniques.

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

Morning News Briefing

South Main Street man jailed without bail for drunk driving and drugs.
City Police took 41 year old Jerry Riley the third of South Main Street Batavia into custody following a traffic stop on Pringle Ave.
Riley was accused of being intoxicated, driving without a license and in possession of drugs in the early Saturday morning stop.
He was charged with DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Failure to keep right.
Riley was ordered to be held without bail.

Fight on State Street ends in arrest for a Batavia resident.
53 year old Ronald Jackson of Liberty Street was arrested by Batavia Police after they were called to a disturbance at a State Street address yesterday afternoon.
Jackson was charged with Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and Harassment in the second degree for allegedly pushing another person and choking them during the physical altercation.
He was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $1,500 bail and is expected back in Batavia City Court today.

Two arrested in a Maple Street mix-up.
Batavia Police responded to a Maple Street apartment early yesterday morning following report of a domestic dispute where they took 30 year old Amanda Webb and 34 year old Bobby Mobley both of Maple Street into custody.
Further investigation revealed that Webb allegedly threw a knife at a man while he was leaving the residence and officers found Mobley in possession of a criminal amount of marijuana.
Webb was charged with Reckless Endangerment and Mobley with Criminal Possession of Marijuana.
Both were released with appearance tickets for City Court later this month.

Governor Cuomo is supporting a push by lawmakers to get President Trump’s New York tax returns made public.
Last night, his office said the governor would get behind a new bill allowing the state tax department to release any state tax return requested by leaders of three congressional committees.
But, that request would need to have a quote “specified and legitimate legislative purpose.”
The governor’s office also says the new law would have to apply to everyone.

Members of New York State United Teachers are calling for changes in the way tests are given to kids in grades three through eight.
Computer issues caused trouble with the English Language Arts exam last week.
Officials are blaming Questar Assessment for the problem since the company apparently didn’t have enough server memory to handle the large number of tests being sent in online.
The state education commissioner says she’s “disgusted” with Questar.

Evening News Briefing

The price at the pump is up again in Batavia.
Triple-A says the average prices for a gallon of regular in the Batavia area is up 7-cents from a week ago to $2.72.
GasBuddy.com found a gallon of regular at $2.71 at the Citgo on Clinton Street.
The website reports the Totem Pole on the reservation in Basom is selling a gallon of regular for $2.40.

The Buffalo Sabres say good-bye to Phil Housley. Housley was fired following two losing seasons.
The Sabres have gone eight consecutive seasons without making the playoffs.

From the bad girls report this afternoon:
41 year old Andrea Gray of West Main Street Road – Andrea was arrested for allegedly getting into a fracas with a man at the county courthouse last week.

29 year old Krystal Frye of West Main Street Road – Krystal was collared for allegedly stealing a wallet from a Maple Street apartment on April Fool’s Day.
She’s been charged with Grand Larceny.

Congratulations to our news partner The Batavian.
Publisher Howard Owns won three awards from the New York Press Association.
Howard won first place for spot news photography and education coverage and second place for political coverage.

GCC Athletics Update: Athletes of the Week

Jakob MacLeod (L) from baseball and Hannah Kirisits (R) from women’s lacrosse were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the Week of April 8

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MacLeod and Kirisits named Genesee Athletes of the Week

BATAVIA, NY… Baseball player Jakob MacLeod and women’s lacrosse player Hannah Kirisits were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the week of April 8.

Jakob MacLeod was one hit away from completing the cycle in the Cougars road win at Corning. MacLeod only needed a single to complete the cycle. On the mound this week against the Red Barons, the Toronto, Ontario native threw a complete game, three hitter while striking out nine. Baseball is at Finger Lakes Tuesday afternoon, home to the Lakers Thursday afternoon, and home on Saturday against Jamestown CC.

Hannah Kirisits scored four goals in the Cougars’ 22-3 win at Mohawk Valley CC this past Saturday. The Lancaster, NY native assisted on the lone goal in their game at nationally-ranked Onondaga Community College. Women’s lacrosse is in action this week on Wednesday (April 10) at Erie Community College, followed by back to back home games vs North Country Community College Saturday April 13 and Sunday April 14 starting at 12 noon.

For more information regarding Genesee Athletics, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com and follow along on social media by using #cougarPRIDE.

Record purses highlight Batavia Downs 2019 championship meet

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By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY — Even though live racing at Batavia Downs doesn’t begin for another three months, track officials have announced that when the summer/fall meet begins on Wednesday (July 24) it will be the most lucrative session of Standardbred competition ever offered in Western New York.

With the equine competition once again highlighted by eight legs of the lucrative New York Sire Stakes (NYSS), this year Batavia Downs will also be host to the $1.8 million NYSS Night of Champions finals and $50,000 Kane Memorial Pace that will both be held on Saturday (Sept. 14).

And where the stake action garners most of the attention, the overnight races make up the bulk of the meet. And that is where good news for horsemen choosing to race at Batavia Downs this year comes in.

Track officials have announced that purses will be raised 10 percent across the board on opening night and remain that way for the duration of the meet.

With the increases in place, the Open I events on both gaits (with a minimum of six starters) will compete for $12,500, Open II for $11,000 and Open III for $10,000. Claiming races will be positively affected as well and at all levels. For example, a $25,000 claimer will go for a $10,500 purse, a $10,000 claimer will go for $8,500 and a $5,000 claimer will go for $5,700.

As a result, Batavia Downs will pay out over $8 million in prize money during the 65-night meeting.

“This is big news, make no mistake about it. Racing in Western New York has never been better and this will be the year to compete at Batavia” said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Racing at Batavia Downs. “We are already making preparations to get the meet underway and are looking forward to having the best horses in the state competing here all year.”

Haight explained the bigger purses are a result of fewer races last year and a robust gaming floor feeding the purse account.

“We simply weren’t able to card as many races as we had hoped in 2018 and as a result, all the money sitting in the purse account was not paid out. Plus the Batavia Downs Gaming floor has been registering record numbers all winter and is coming off the best month we have ever had. That translates to a very healthy purse account that we will be distributing to everyone participating at the meet this year,” said Haight.

This is the second purse increase at Batavia Downs since October of 2018 when they were also raised by 10 percent.

There are several things to note for horsemen who plan to race at Batavia this year.

Management has hired track consultant Kim Crawford to oversee a complete resurfacing of the Batavia oval, including freshly banking the turns. This will ensure a fast and safe racing surface that will provide more competitive races and much sounder horses.

As a result of polling local horsemen, the track will once again offer a traditional condition sheet and will not utilize the ABC System. Trainers will enter their horses by earnings or for a claiming price, and will be classified as such.

The track has also announced there will be another claiming series this year with several legs for both gaits and a final for the top finishers. More details about this will be available closer to the meet.

Batavia Downs will also switch to the USTA Electronic Draw System to determine post position this year.

“The 2019 championship meet at Batavia Downs is a great opportunity for overnight horsemen to join the racing colony here and take advantage of everything we have to offer. Stall applications will be available on the Batavia Downs website on Saturday (June 1) and we would love to see new stables ship in for the meet,” Haight concluded.

For more information about racing at Batavia Downs in 2019, log onto www.bataviadownsgaming.com and access the live racing link.

STATEMENT FROM NYSACHO PRESIDENT PAUL PETTIT

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(Albany, New York. April 4, 2019) “The Senate’s recent passage of Tobacco 21 legislation is another criti-cal and historic step in our fight to prevent millions of New Yorkers from developing tobacco related ill-nesses. Both houses have now passed the bill and the governor has announced that he plans to sign it into law. We enthusiastically await his action and thank him for his support of this lifesaving measure.

“We are grateful for the leadership of Senator Diane Savino and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal who sponsored this legislation in their respective houses, and who worked tirelessly to ensure its passage.

“NYSACHO and our members will continue to provide expertise and support to help lawmakers craft pol-icy that protects and improves pubic health, and we look forward to more public health victories in the re-mainder of the legislative session.”

Paul Pettit is the President of NYSACHO, which represents all 58 of New York State’s local health depart-ments. He also serves as Public Health Director for the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments.

GCC Athletics Update: Cougar Baseball

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Genesee Splits Cayuga

AUBURN, NY – After dropping game one of a doubleheader, 11-1. the Genesee Community College baseball team bounced back behind strong pitching to defeat the Cayuga Community College Spartans, 10-2. Genesee improves to 14-8 on the season and 5-1 in NJCAA Region III Division III play.

Jayson Faynor (Lima Christian) got the win, striking out six in five innings with just one walk while middle reliever Anthony Kanaval (Dansville) recorded his third hold of the season with a strikeout and Parker Cole (Bolivar-Richburg) struck out two in the seventh.

At the plate, Deion Rosalia (double, 2 RBI’s), Gabe Diaz (double, RBI, run), Bryant Fontanez (2 RBI’s, run) and Eliel Martinez (2 RBI’s, run stolen base) all had two hits.
Jordi Agosto (two runs), Jon Faynor (run, stolen base), Frankie Santiago (run) and Briann Castillo (stolen base) all had a hit and Elizam De Jesus scored twice.
In the first game, Jon Faynor, Fontanez (double) and Martinez had hits.

“Cayuga came to play in game 1, they were aggressive at the plate and put a nice game together with pitching and defense,” said Genesee head coach Skip Sherman. “We had a better approach in the second game, but it really started with Jason Faynor. He had command of all four of his pitches and it was fun to watch him on the mound hitting his spots.”

The Cougars return home on Sunday, April 7 at 1pm as they host the Alfred State Pioneers JV.
For more information, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com and use #cougarPRIDE while posting on social media.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Lacrosse

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Genesee Falls at Nationally-Ranked Dragons

COLUMBIA, MD. – A strong opening quarter had the Genesee men’s lacrosse team in the lead, but the Cougars were unable to keep the lead as the host Howard Community College Dragons would win their NJCAA Lacrosse contest 12-6 Saturday afternoon.

The Cougars (3-4) enjoyed a 3-1 lead after the first quarter with a pair of goals from Kyle Isaacs within the first three minutes of the game, and from Samuel Koczwara. Austin Palmer would score early in the second quarter with a Jason Chiodo assist to have the Cougars enjoy a 4-1 lead. Zach Wade scored for a three-goal Cougars lead halfway through the second quarter, then the host Dragons would score the next three to tie the game at 5 at intermission.

Howard would score the next six goals to go up 11-5 at the end of the third quarter. Austin Palmer would score his second of the game five minutes in the fourth quarter but that would be all that the Cougars could muster. Lincoln Potter made 18 saves between the pipes for Genesee.

Genesee is back in action on Saturday morning as they travel to Finger Lakes Community College. Opening faceoff from Canandaigua is scheduled for 11am.

For more information, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com and follow on social media by using #cougarPRIDE.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Lacrosse

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Genesee Picks Up Road Win at Mohawk Valley

UTICA, NY – The Genesee Community College women’s lacrosse team earned their first win of the season Saturday afternoon, defeating the Mohawk Valley Community College Hawks 22-3.

The Cougars (1-2) got on the board quickly and often throughout their contest at Proctor Stadium in Utica. Hannah Kirisits led the way offensively for Genesee with four goals and two assists. Ashley Barclay continued her strong play with recording a hat trick and adding four assists. Bri Heers, Riley Marconi, Leah Czechowski, and Rachel Ladd all recorded hat tricks. Olivia Clingerman scored a goal and an assist as did Lauren Hull. Allison Becker also scored a goal. Jenny Yuhnke dished out three assists.

Ryley O’Mara made four saves in net for Genesee. Solid defensive play by the Cougars made it troublesome for the Hawks to have offensive pressure.

Genesee is back in action on Wednesday afternoon at Erie Community College. Faceoff is scheduled for 4pm.

GCC Athletics Update: Cougars Baseball

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Cougars Baseball Sweeps Alfred State JV

BATAVIA, NY – Three local pitchers and three home runs helped spark Genesee Community College to a 13-3 and 11-1 sweep of Alfred State College Pioneers JV Sunday afternoon. With the wins, GCC improves to 16-8 on the season, and remain perfect on their home field.

Colin Noeth (Byron-Bergen) improved to 3-1 on the season as he struck out seven in four innings, scattering three hits in the first game. Anthony Kanaval, who is 2-0 on the season, threw the final two innings, striking out four and allowing one hit.

In the second game, Niagara-University-bound Tyler Prospero (Batavia Notre Dame) improved to 4-1 on the season with a complete game two-hitter, striking out eight.

At the plate for GCC, John Faynor, who entered the game hitting .500, went 3-for-5 with a double and stolen base while Bryan Fontanez had five hits in two games with a double, 3 RBI’s and stole two bases.

Eliel Martinez-Viera blasted a solo home run to start the second game and had four hits, scored five runs, doubled and stole three bases. Briann Castillo also hit a solo home run for the Cougars while Deion Rosalia had a two-run home run, doubled and drove in five runs. Elizam De Jesus had two doubles and 2 RBI’s, Frankie Santiago (Franklin) had three hits, four stolen bases, drive in three runs and scored three times while Christian Torres had two hits.

“The pitching was outstanding, and the hitters were prepared and ready to play today which made the difference,” said Genesee head coach Skip Sherman. “We have very tough conference games the rest of the way.”

The Cougars return to NJCAA Region III Division III action Tuesday afternoon at Finger Lakes Community College. First pitch from Canandaigua, NY is scheduled for 2pm.

For more information, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com and use #cougarPRIDE while posting on social media.

Morning News Briefing

Batavia Burglary lands a Lockport man in lock-up.
54 year old Heyward Clark Jr. of Locust Street Lockport has been apprehended by Batavia Police on two separate Batavia City Court Arrest Warrants.
Clark was located and taken into custody after being identified as a passenger in a vehicle during a traffic stop in Batavia.
He was accused of committing a burglary at a School Street address in the city in October of 2016.
Clark was sent to the Genesee County Jail without bail on charges of Burglary, Petit Larceny and Criminal Mischief.
He is expected to reappear in City Court at a later date.

Batavia woman busted for fighting at the County Courthouse.
41 year old Andrea Gray of West Main Street Road was arrested by Genesee County Deputies on a count of second degree Harassment following an incident at the Genesee County Courts Facility last Thursday afternoon.
Gray was accused of engaging in a physical altercation with a male subject at the courthouse.
She was released on her own recognizance and is due back in City Court at a later date.

Rollover crash in LeRoy ends in arrest for a Rochester resident.
30 year old Daniel Carpenter was taken into custody Saturday morning by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies following investigation into a one vehicle rollover crash on Route 19 in LeRoy.
Carpenter was charged with DWI, Moving from a Lane Unsafely and Possessing an Open Container of Alcohol in a motor vehicle.
He suffered minor injuries in the accident and was ultimately released with appearance tickets for May 7th in LeRoy Town Court.

City Police bust a Batavia woman for Grand Larceny.
29 year old Krystal Frye of West Main Street Road was arrested by Police in Batavia following investigation into a stolen wallet from a Maple Street apartment on April Fools’ Day.
Frye was charged with Grand Larceny in the fourth degree for stealing a credit card and was subsequently released with an appearance ticket for tomorrow afternoon in Batavia City Court.

Congratulations go out to The Batavian as it wins 3 awards from the NY press association.
Howard Owens, publisher of The Batavian, received three awards in the annual Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the New York Press Association.
Owens won first place for spot news photography and education coverage and second place for elections/politics coverage.

The Buffalo Sabres are cutting ties with head coach Phil Housley.
The team fired him yesterday after missing the playoffs for the eighth season in a row.
The leadership change comes after the Sabres had a 10 game winning streak and the most points of any NHL team back in November.
Housley had just said at a press conference Saturday that he expected to be the coach of the Sabres next season.

Weekend News Briefing

The Superintendent for Batavia City School is leaving the district.
Batavia City School Superintendent Christopher Daily is resigning.
Daily took to Twitter Friday afternoon to announce that he has taken a job as Superintendent of Schools for Gates Chili.
Daily starts his new job on July 1st.
Daily’s announcement comes at the end of the week where the school board adopted a budget with a tax levy increase of 2.9 percent.
This is just below the state mandated tax cap to insure property taxpayers continue to receive state rebate checks.
Daily has been the superintendent of Batavia City Schools for the past six years.

A Resident of the Rez arrested for allegedly flinging feces.
45 year old Paul Doctor Jr. of Council House Road on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation was taken into custody by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies following an incident on Bloomingdale Road on the Rez.
Doctor was accused of throwing a bag of feces onto someone’s vehicle causing a substantial inconvenience.
He was charged with Criminal Tampering in the third degree and was released with an appearance ticket for Alabama Town Court on April 24th.

Grand Island man busted in Bethany for drunk driving.
30 year old Jonathan Schutrum of Grand Island was arrested after being stopped Thursday night in Bethany.
State Police based out of Batavia were called to assist at the scene and ended up charging Schutrum with Class E Felony counts of DWI for having a previous conviction within the past 10 years and also Aggravated DWI.
There’s been no report on whether he was held or released on the charges.

Sheriff’s Office celebrates their latest Deputy retirement.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputy Dana Richardson is retiring after 27 years with the Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Richardson spoke with our news partner The Batavian about what he will miss the most…

Richardson started his law enforcement career as a corrections officer in the Genesee County Jail but soon transferred to road patrol and during his career, he received two Commendation awards, a Meritorious Service Award, and the Officer of the Year award from the Kiwanis Club of Batavia.
Sheriff Bill Sheron said Deputy Richardson has been a source of pride for the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.

A New York man is under arrest for allegedly making death threats against Representative Ilhan Omar.
Officials say 55 year old Patrick W. Carlineo, of Addison, was arrested yesterday morning after calling into Omar’s office and threatening to “put a bullet” in her head.
Carlineo gave the office his name and phone number, which the FBI later used to track him down.
He told authorities he was a Donald Trump-loving patriot who hates radical Muslims in the government.
He is being charged by criminal complaint with threatening to assault and murder a United States official.

Dailey Resigns as BCSD Superintendent

Batavia City School Superintendent Christopher Daily is resigning.

Dailey took to Twitter this afternoon to announce that he has taken a job as Superintendent of Schools for Gates-Chili.

Dailey starts his new job on July 1st.

Dailey’s announcement comes at the end of the week where the school board adopted a budget with a tax levy increase of 2.9 percent,

This is just below the state mandated tax cap to insures property taxpayers continue to receive state rebate checks.

Daiely has been the superintendent of Batavia City Schools for the past six years.

Morning News Briefing

Million dollars in cuts along with state aid let City Schools keep tax levy under cap.
February’s draft budget for the Batavia City School District has seen more than $1.1 million in cuts from the initial proposed spending plan.
Those cuts in combination with an additional half million in state aid, has allowed officials to keep the proposed 2019-2020 tax levy below the state-mandated tax cap amount which will afford local homeowners their annual rebate checks.
In each of the past five years Batavia homeowners have received an average of $500,000 more in rebates than whatever increase in taxes the school district has initiated for the year.
Voters will be asked to approve the $50.5 million spending plan, which anticipates a tax levy of $19.5 million.

Traffic stop in Alabama ends with a Spencerport man behind bars.
State Police out of Batavia took 33 year old Eric Cleary of Spencerport into custody on Whittier Road in Alabama Sunday afternoon.
Following a roadside investigation he was charged with Felony counts of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and DWI with a prior offense within the past 10 years.
Cleary was ordered to be held in lieu of bail.

Basketball legend sends a special honor to a legend in the Genesee County community.
Ricky Palemero received the Major Donald Hollender Award last night from the Rochester Press-Radio Club.
Ricky’s award was presented in a surprise video by NBA legend Bill Walton.
Rick played three sports in high school. In 1981 a car crash left him with a serious spinal cord injury.
Palermo has spent his life since devoted to supporting spinal cord research.
His annual golf tournament, now in its 32nd year, has raised more than 1.4-million dollars.

Democrats in the state Senate say they want to hold a hearing on limo safety.
The announcement comes after new regulations were included in the state budget.
They include a new inspection fee and tougher penalties for illegal limo operators who try and get around state laws.
State Police and the DOT can also pull license plates from limos that have either failed inspection or aren’t state certified.
Limo safety has been a big issue at the Capitol since an October crash in Schoharie killed 20 people.
There’s no word on when a hearing could happen.

There’s some good news to report when it comes to the spread of the flu.
The state health department says there were only 52-hundred new cases reported during the week ending March 30th.
That’s a 21 percent drop from the week before.
Overall, 95-thousand New Yorkers have battled the flu virus this season.
Doctors are still urging folks to get vaccinated.

Evening News Briefing

The past owner of the Batavia Nursing Home has been sent to jail for a year and a half.
62 year old Marc Korn of East Amherst has been ordered to pay 2 and a half million dollars in fraudulent bank loans and back taxes.
The investigation by the FBI and IRS had been ongoing since 2009.
The former Batavia Nursing Home operates under new ownership and a new name.

On the Bad Girls’ Report this afternoon: 51 year old Paula Cipro of Tracy Avenue:
Paula is accused of using a stolen credit card last month at the Northside Deli.
She was released from custody with a court appearance ticket.

Batavia Assemblyman Steve Hawley has come out against Governor Cuomo’s plan to close three state prisons.
Hawley fears the closings could create over-crowded conditions at the remaining prisons and lead to an increase in violent attacks against prison guards.
Cuomo plans to close two prisons in the next 90 days. He has not said which ones.

A high honor bestowed on a Genesee County native son.
Ricky Palermo received the Major Donald Holleder Award last night from the Rochester Press-Radio Club.
Ricky’s award was presented in a surprise video by NBA Bill Walton.
Rick played three sports in high school. In 1981 a car crash left him with a serious spinal cord injury.
Palermo has spent his life since devoted to supporting spinal cord research.
His annual golf tournament, now in its 32nd year, has raised more than $1.4-million.

Morning News Briefing

Prison time for the former owner of Batavia Nursing Home.
The former owner of the Batavia Nursing Home and the Fairchild Manor Nursing Home in Lewiston has been sentenced to prison.
62 year old Marc Korn of East Amherst was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution to three different private entities to the tune of $2,500,000 along with approximately $850,000 to the Internal Revenue Service.
After failing to pay employment taxes on his nursing homes over three quarters in 2009 and fraudulently mishandling funds from a credit card and loan from Fifth Third Bank, Korn was convicted of bank theft and willful failure to pay tax.
The investigation by the FBI and IRS had been ongoing since 2009 and resulted in the loss of both the Batavia Nursing home and Fairchild manor in Lewiston.

Investigation into stolen credit card leads to arrest for a Tracy Ave woman.
City Police took 51 year old Paula Cipro of Batavia into custody following an investigation into the use of a stolen credit card at Northside Deli last month.
Cipro is charged with criminal possession of stolen property, use of a stolen credit card, and petit larceny and was released with an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court on April 9th.

Local Assemblyman calls out Cuomo’s Prison Closure Initiative.
Governor Cuomo’s authorization to close three state prisons, including two within 90 days of the recently passed state budget has received sharp criticism from Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia.
According to Hawley the closures are a threat to public safety across the state and will create a cloud of uncertainty for prison employees.
The Assemblyman said overcrowded prisons complicate the job’s of correctional officers and could lead to an increase in violent attacks against these public servants.
Hawley pledged to his continue his fight against prison closures.

President Trump’s top economic adviser says a ten-thousand dollar cap on state and local tax deductions likely won’t be revised.
Experts say Lawrence Kudlow’s announcement could mean a large federal tax hike for Empire State homeowners in the middle and upper classes. Governor Cuomo met with President Trump earlier this year to see if he’d be open to revising the cap.
The governor is blaming the deduction limit for a big drop in state revenues.

A judge will decide today if the case against former Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio will be dismissed.
The request was made by her lawyer after the prosecution finished up presenting its case yesterday.
Prosecutors say she tried to buy a shotgun at a sporting goods store last year while she was on probation.
Her attorney says the gun wasn’t loaded and wasn’t a dangerous weapon.
The case is being tried in Onondaga County after Astacio’s lawyer argued she couldn’t get a fair trial in Monroe County.

Evening News Briefing

We are under a high wind advisory for this afternoon.
The National Weather Service is forecasting out of the west at 25 to 35 miles an hour with possible gusts to 50mph.
The advisory extends to Orleans and Wyoming counties and remains in effect until 6PM this evening.

Now that the state budget has been passed, lawmakers are turning their attention to the rest of this year’s legislative agenda.
The main item is legalizing recreational marijuana, which was supposed to be part of the budget.
Governor Cuomo said earlier this week he’s optimistic a law can be passed before lawmakers leave Albany in June.
Another item under consideration includes a way for undocumented immigrants to apply for drivers’ licenses.

On the bad boys report this afternoon:
25 year old Ryan Wetsell: he was arrested for a fracas last week at a hotel on Federal Drive. Deputies say Wetsell grabbed another person and hit them in the face.

34 year old Dorsie McGill of Quaker Hill Road: he’s accused of kicking in the door to a family member’s home.
McGill was charged with Criminal Mischief and Trespassing and jailed in lieu of $1,500 bail.

Today we invite you to take a look at a new feature from our news partner, The Batavian and the advertising people at WBTA.
It’s called Batavia’s Best Businesses, a periodic documentary style series profiling the most successful local retailers and service businesses in Batavia and Genesee County.
Watch it HERE

New Feature: Batavia’s Best Businesses

Today we’re excited to debut a new video series exclusive to Genesee County: Batavia’s Best Businesses.

We are producing this series in partnership with WBTA AM/FM. The series offers local businesses an opportunity to promote themselves through a short documentary about their business hosted by Nici Johnson.

Our goal is to make short videos about a business that both informs and entertains local viewers and further encourages them to support all of the great locally owned businesses we have in Genesee County. The videos will be distributed on The Batavian, WBTA, YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and Twitter.

Businesses owners can also download a copy of the video to distribute their own social media channels. Soon, we will also have a website dedicated to Batavia’s Best Businesses (bataviasbestbusinesses.com, of course).

Local business owners interested in more information: Call Lorne Way or Jim Ernst at WBTA at: (585) 344-1490

Watch our sample HERE featuring Charles Man’s Shop

Children’s Theatre Production of The Lamp is the Moon

Press Release:

What: Children’s Theatre Production of The Lamp is the Moon

When: Friday, April 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College, Stuart Steiner Theatre

Batavia Campus, One College Road, Batavia NY 1420

Who: All are invited and welcome!

Background: On Friday, April 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. GCC’s Forum Players will present the Children’s Theatre production, “The Lamp is the Moon,” written by Kirk Lynn.

“The Lamp is the Moon” 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 and is entertainment for all ages.

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.

For further information and photographs, contact Donna Rae Sutherland, associate director of Marketing Communications at (585) 343-0055 x 6616 or dsutherland@genesee.edu.

2019 Orleans County Heritage Heroes Announced

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

The Heritage Heroes Awards will be bestowed upon the 2019 winners at a special ceremony on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Genesee Community College’s Medina Campus Center in Medina, NY. The awards are co-sponsored by SUNY GCC and the Orleans Hub. The entire community is invited to come and help honor these important individuals.

The 2019 Orleans County Heritage Heroes are:

Harriette Greaser – Harriette Greaser and her late husband Philip restored two grand homes in Orleans County, including a prominent house in Albion’s historic Courthouse Square, earning them the Landmark Society of Western New York Historic Home award in 2002. That house was built in 1893 at the corner of East State and Platt streets as the manse for the First Presbyterian Church in Albion. It had been the church manse, the home for the pastor, since the house was built in 1893. The house was designed by acclaimed Rochester architect Andrew Jackson Warner, and was constructed in the Queen Anne style. The house was in rough shape when the Greasers bought it, and they completely transformed it, scraping away old paint, bringing back original woodwork, planting trees, hedges and a big garden of flowers and vegetables. In addition to her restoration efforts, Mrs. Greaser has been the organist for Holy Family Parish/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church since 1987.

Lynn Menz – Lynne Menz is a strong supporter of making historical artifacts and local heritage preservation an attractive destination for young and old in Orleans County. Her direct assistance with GCC’s Civil War Initiative (2013 – 2015) and her leadership on the event committee for the Orleans County Heritage Festival (2017-2018) were instrumental in highlighting the noteworthy history of Orleans county people, places and things. In 2018, Lynne orchestrated the screening of “Pieced Together” – the first film documentary about the American quilt square trail movement – at Kendall High School which featured filmmaker Julianne Donofrio and Orleans County Barn Quilt Trail organizer Lora Partyka. Her recent efforts are culminating in a labor of love started by her father, Bill Menz, to honor Orleans veterans who mustered to go to war through the Medina Armory (now the YMCA) with the installation and dedication of a seven-foot bronze World War I soldier on the grounds of the YMCA this fall.

Tom Taber – Tom Taber has devoted several years to chronicling local connections to the Civil War.

In 2003 he completed his first book, “Hard Breathing Days-The Civil War Letters of Cora Beach Benton.” Tom transcribed, edited and researched 160 Civil War period letters of historical and genealogical interest from the Orleans County wife of a soldier. Tom followed that effort in 2012 with a 320-page book, “Orleans Battery – A History of the 17th New York Light Artillery in the War of Rebellion.” The book details the service of 240 men from Orleans County who served in the war. Tom, an Albion resident, worked dutifully for 15 years to track down stories about Orleans County men who fought in the war. Tom feels like he has adopted the soldiers from the 17th, many of whom returned from the war and led distinguished lives.

Receiving the Bill Lattin Municipal Historian Award – Todd Bensley – Todd Bensley has worked as the Medina village historian since 2004. Prior to that he was president of the Medina Historical Society. He has led numerous historical tours of Medina, engaged students in local history and written a book about the community’s historic cemetery. Through his role as a teacher at Medina High School, Todd leads student and new teacher tours of Medina and assists his students with a local history project each year. He teamed up with the Medina Sandstone Society to establish the John Ryan School of Historical Excellence in 2015. In 2014, he worked with the State Historic Preservation Office to designate Boxwood Cemetery on the National Register of Historic Places. That effort led to more research on the cemetery, which culminated with his book, “Boxwood Cemetery: Where the Past is Present.” Proceeds from the book are donated to Friends of Boxwood Cemetery.

Receiving the Bob Waters Lifetime Achievement Award – Neil Johnson – Neil Johnson has been the Albion village historian since 1980. He wrote a weekly column, “Albion, Oh Albion,” in the Albion Advertiser for 26 years, compiling more than 1,300 columns about village history, often highlighting regular folks in the community. He has written books about the history of Swan Library and the Orleans County 4-H Fair. He teamed with historian Bill Lattin to do an inventory of all the historical markers in the county. They are included in a book in 2001. Johnson was critical to the effort in 2000 for the establishment of a monument at Mount Albion Cemetery for at least 50 pioneer black residents in the county. Neil also has been honored by the Cornell Cooperative Extension with the Legacy Award for serving as a 4-H leader for a rabbit club for more than 40 years. Johnson worked as an archeologist and taught anthropology at The SUNY College at Brockport. He continues to do monthly lectures – “Take a Bite Out Of History” – about local history.

The keynote speaker for the awards ceremony will be Dr. Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer. Dr. Bailleul-LeSuer is currently the historian of the Western Monroe Historical Society, whose headquarters are at the Morgan-Manning House in Brockport, NY. However, she is first and foremost an Egyptologist and she continues her research on birds in ancient Egypt. To get a better understanding of the various ways that birds were incorporated into the daily life of ancient Egyptians, she especially studies the bird mummies now held in museum collections. In 2012-13, she was guest curator of the Oriental Institute Museum special exhibit entitled “Between Heaven and Earth: Birds in Ancient Egypt.” She is now working on the publication of a monograph entitled “From Marshes to Farmyard: Aviculture and Poultry Husbandry in Pharaonic Egypt.”

The award ceremony on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 7 p.m. will be held in GCC’s Medina Campus Center located at 11470 Maple Ridge Rd, Medina, NY 14103. The event is free to attend and open to the public, but seating is limited. A reception will follow the ceremony featuring light refreshments.

For more information on the awards or the ceremony, contact Jim Simon at simon@genesee.edu or Prof. Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu or by calling the Medina Campus Center at 585-798-1688.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Baseball

Jakob MacLeod connects on one of his five hits on the day as Genesee swept Corning in baseball on Tuesday.

Press Release:

Cougars Sweep Red Barons

CORNING, NY – The Genesee Community College baseball team came out and swept the Corning Community College Red Barons 15-3 and 6-0 on Tuesday afternoon. With the win, Genesee now sits at .500 in NJCAA Region III action.

Jakob MacLeod led the Cougars bats in both contests as he collected five hits and was a single away from hitting for the cycle. The Toronto, Ontario native wears number 2, like his favorite player Derek Jeter did for the New York Yankees. In the first game, GCC led 1-0 in the third when MacLeod’s bat came alive, as he doubled in the fourth, tripled in the fifth then crushed a solo home run to start the sixth. In the seventh, MacLeod needed a single for the cycle but worked a walk on four pitches. He finished the first game 3-for-4 with four runs and 4 RBI’s and in game two went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI’s.
“I tried to be aggressive at the plate and looked for fastballs early in the count,” said MacLeod. “When I had a chance at the cycle I was just thinking to get a good swing on a pitch, but I didn’t see one.”

In the first game, Parker Cole (Bolivar-Richburg) picked up the win throwing five innings striking out six and gave up two hits. Tyler Prospero (Batavia Notre Dame) threw two innings striking out three.
In the second game, Colin Noeth (Byron-Bergen) went five innings for the win, striking out five and one walk in just 62 pitches. Jonathon Toro (Aruba) tossed a scoreless sixth and Ryan Voss (Barker) closed the game with a scoreless seventh and a strikeout.

“Our pitchers had a great day, they spotted pitches and went after batters,” said Genesee head coach Skip Sherman. “Parker Cole threw a first-pitch strike to the first nine batters of the game and he was carrying a no-hitter into the third when it was a one-run game and our hitters came alive. Our pitching staff gives us a chance to win every game.”

At the plate for GCC (11-7), Franklin Santiago went 6-for-8 with a double, 3 RBI’s and four stolen bases, Eliel Martinez had four hits, 2 RBI’s and stole three bases and Jordi Agosto (East) had four hits, 2 RBI’s, scored twice and stole two bases. Also, for the Cougars, Deion Rosalio had five hits, doubled and drove in three runs, Rodolfo Rodriguez had a 2 RBI double and three hits and Christian Torres had a RBI double, scored and stole a base.

The Cougars (11-7) and Red Barons (3-9) battle again on Thursday in Genesee’s home opener for a doubleheader at 2pm and 4pm.

For more information, log online to www.geneseeathletics.com and follow on social media by using #cougarPRIDE.

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES APRIL OFFICE HOURS

Press Release:

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

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

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

Assemblyman Steve Hawley
April Office Hours:

Monroe County:
Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Genesee County:
Genesee Community College
Conable Technology Building, Room T124
Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley Drive (1 College Road), Batavia
Friday, April 12, 2019
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Genesee Community College
Conable Technology Building, Room T124
Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley Drive (1 College Road), Batavia
Friday, April 26, 2019
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

LeRoy man remains hospitalized after falling from a moving vehicle.
According to LeRoy Police, LeRoy resident 48 year old Shawn Cross was the man who was seriously injured after reportedly falling out of a moving vehicle on Lake Street in the Village.
Cross sustained a severe head injury in an incident late Saturday afternoon in which he reportedly exited a moving vehicle, lost his balance and fell, striking the pavement.
57 year old Lorie Litolff of Craigie Street LeRoy was reportedly driving at the time and has since been arrested on a felony count of leaving the scene of a serious injury accident along with a count of DWI and failure to submit to a breath test.
Litolff and Cross were apparently engaged in a verbal argument prior to him exiting the vehicle according to several witnesses at the scene.
Cross remains in critical condition at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester while Litolff was jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Hotel harassment ends in arrest for a Batavia man.
25 year old Ryan Wetsell was apprehended by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies following an alleged incident at a hotel on Federal Drive in Batavia last Thursday night.
Wetsell was charged with second degree Harassment after according to deputies he grabbed and struck another person in the face.
He was released with an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on April 22nd.

Disturbance in Batavia lands an Elba man in lock-up.
Batavia Police took 34 year old Dorsie McGill Jr. of Quaker Hill Road into custody after responding to an address on North Spruce Street Sunday afternoon.
McGill was accused of kicking in the front door of a family member’s home and entering without permission.
He was charged with Criminal Mischief and Trespassing and remanded to the county clink in lieu of $1,500 bail.

Now that the state budget has been passed, Albany lawmakers are turning their attention to the rest of this year’s legislative agenda.
The main item is legalizing recreational marijuana, which was supposed to be part of the budget.
Governor Cuomo said earlier this week he’s optimistic a law can be passed before lawmakers leave Albany in June.
Other items under consideration include new rent regulations and a way for undocumented immigrants to apply for drivers’ licenses.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says a plan by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act is a bad idea.
The New York Democrat said yesterday he believes the GOP is playing with people’s lives and health.
Schumer also said his party will fight with everything it has to keep the Affordable Care Act intact.
President Trump says he’s planning to make health care a part of his 2020 re-election platform.

Columbia Ave in the city will be undergoing water service repair today.
The City of Batavia Water Department will be repairing a water leak on Columbia Avenue this morning.
The water will be turned off from North Street to Ellsworth Avenue and crews will attempt to keep water service interruption to a minimum.

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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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