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Batavia Teen sentenced to prison for shooting a murderer.
18 year old Samuel Blackshear of Batavia has been denied youthful offender status and was sentenced to state prison for shooting Nathaniel Wilson on Central Avenue last May.
Blackshear was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in state prison followed by 2 1/2 years on parole, which is the mandatory sentence for a conviction on a count of criminal possession of a weapon.
Defense attorney James Hinman contended that Blackshear was acting in self-defense however Judge Charles Zambito determined the teen was exercising “street justice” and that he believed there was a prior dispute between Blackshear and Wilson.
Samuel’s father Billy Blackshear spoke with our news partner The Batavian…

As for the teenager’s criminal record and conduct, Blackshear had been arrested and granted youthful offender status once, and was on probation at the time of the May 17 incident.
Local law enforcement reported 26 negative contacts with Blackshear in the past two years and the teen had been accused of shooting another person with a BB gun.
Judge Zambito said at sentencing that Blackshear put at risk an entire neighborhood while attempting to execute street justice on Wilson.
The Judge concluded by saying if Blackshear doesn’t change is mentality then he could end up dead like Terry Toote.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

North Tonawanda man busted for bringing drugs into the Genesee County Jail.
47 year old Keith White was arrested and charged with Introducing Dangerous Contraband, Criminal Solicitation and Conspiracy along with 76 counts of Falsifying Business Records, 16 of which were felony counts.
White was accused of having a birthday card that contained a controlled substance inside.
He was remanded back to jail without bail to await his next day in court on April 4th.
According to deputies more charges are pending in the case.

A Batavia resident jailed on 9 counts of Grand Larceny.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies report the arrest of 43 year old Woodrow Horseman of Porter Ave Batavia on 9 counts of Grand Larceny and a single count of Petit Larceny.
He was accused of stealing a wallet containing 9 credit cards and other personal documents last month.
Horseman was committed to the county clink in lieu of $2,500 bail and is expected back in Batavia Town Court on April 9th.

GCC is hosting a first of its kind Drag Show as an LGBTQ Scholarship Fundraiser.
Earlier this month the SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Acceptance) Student Club at Genesee Community College announced it would host the its first-ever drag show, The Battle in Batavia, on Saturday, March 30, 2019 in the Batavia Campus’s Stuart Steiner Theatre.
The first of its kind on the Batavia campus, the show will feature a drag queen and king competition where professional drag artists from Buffalo and Rochester will skirmish amongst amateur drag kings and queens from the campus community.
All proceeds from the event will fund the College’s first and only LGBTQ Scholarship which will provide financial assistance to eligible students of the LGBTQ community at GCC facing emergency situations, or financial hardships.
The scholarship is the first of its kind.

Evening News Briefing

 

A Batavia man admits to sex crimes against a 13 year old girl.
36 year old David Somerton of Kelsey Road is accused of attempting to use the child in a sexual performance. He also charged with possession of child porn.
Somerton is free under the supervision of Genesee Justice until his sentencing in May. He could get 2 to 7 years in state prison.

A Batavia woman is behind bars for allegedly stealing credit cards. 33 year old Amanda Bowles of State Street is accused of using various stolen credit cards to make purchases around town.
She’s charged with forgery, identity theft and possession of stolen property.
Amanda is being held without bail.

A new report is shedding light on the dangers of riding a snowmobile.
The State Snowmobile Association says 20 people have been killed on those machines this season compared to seven last season.
Experts aren’t sure what’s responsible for the spike since weather conditions have been similar.
The state parks office says the most common factors in the snowmobile fatalities are alcohol and speeding.

New information shows the flu is spreading again in New York State.
The Health Department says there were over 7,100 new cases of the flu reported during the week ending March 16th.
That’s a ten percent increase from the week before.
Doctors say it’s never too late to get your flu shot.

Oh what a night at Batavia High School. The annual Mr. Batavia contest was held last night. BHS Senior Terrelle Spinks won the contest. Half of the proceeds from the show will go to Terrelle’s chosen charity, Volunteers for Animals.
The second place finisher was Sam Rigerman, third place went to Griffen Della Penna. Their chosen charities will edach receive 25-pcent of the proceeds.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Baseball

Press Release:

Genesee men’s Baseball Splits with Monroe

It was a homecoming for a few Rochester-area GCC players, and they put on a show. John Faynor (Lima Christian) went 4-for-6 on the day with an RBI while his brother Jason Faynor pitched a scoreless inning in the first game.

In the win, Frankie Santiago (Franklin) delivered a two-strike, two-out RBI single to give GCC a 4-2 lead in the fifth. GCC shortstop Jordi Agosto (East High) had two hits and two stolen bases.

On the mound in the second game, Jakob MacLeod struck out three and scattered four hits as he worked into the fourth. Anthony Kanaval (Dansville) improved to 2-0 on the season. He entered a 3-2 game with runners on base and got two outs to keep the Cougar lead.

Jonathon Toro then pitched three strong innings of one-hit ball with a strikeout to get the save.
Gabe Diaz went 3-for-4 while Deion Rosalio had two hits and scored two runs for GCC, Elizam De Jesus had two hits and scored and Eliel Martinez had a hit, stole a base and caught eight balls in center field for outs.

In the first game, Ryan Voss (Barker) went 5.1 innings with five strikeouts and one walk.
Briann Castillo tripled and scored on a Martinez RBI single. Rodriguez, Santiago and Agosto also had hits.

“I was pleased with 19 hits in two games, but we need more timely hitting with runners in scoring position,” said GCC coach Skip Sherman. “Our pitching staff continues to put us in a position to win every single time we take the field.” Genesee has lost four games by a total of six runs.

The Cougars are back in action at MCC on Sunday for a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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

Morning News Briefing

Batavia resident pleads guilty to sex crimes against a 13 year old.
36 year old David Somerton of Kelsey road Batavia has waived his right to a grand jury proceeding and pleaded guilty to attempted use of a child in a sexual performance.
Somerton appeared in Genesee County Court on Monday where he admitted to sex offenses involving a 13 year old child.
Somerton was initially charged with multiple counts of disseminating indecent material to a minor, possession of obscene sexual performance by a child, and use of a child in a sexual performance after being arrested in November.
Investigation began when the child’s parents found communication with Somerton on their phone.
Somerton is under supervision of Genesee Justice until his sentencing scheduled for May 21st.
He could spend 2 to 7 years in prison on the charge.

State Street woman jailed for Forgery and Identity Theft.
City Police have arrested 33 year old Amanda Bowles of State Street in Batavia following investigation into multiple stolen credit cards.
Bowles was accused of using various stolen credit cards at multiple locations around the city and allegedly completed some of the transactions by forging signatures.
She was ultimately charged with four counts of Forgery and five counts of both Identity Theft and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property.
Bowles was arraigned in Batavia City Court yesterday where she was remanded without bail to the Genesee County Jail.

The Chief Deputy in Genesee County law enforcement is heading for retirement.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster announced his retirement yesterday morning as he was a featured guest on WBTA’s “Main & Center”.
Brewster ran down the start of his 44 year career as a lawmen…

Brewster heads up the investigation division for the sheriff’s office.
His last day on the job will be April 12th.

An Attica man arrested under Leandra’s Law.
31 year old Cody Landin was apprehended Wednesday night in Stafford by State Police based out of Batavia.
He was charged with a felony count of Aggravated DWI for allegedly driving drunk with a child in the car.
He was additionally charged with refusing a breath test and Obstructing Governmental Administration and was released with appearance tickets.

A new report is shedding light on the dangers of riding a snowmobile.
The New York State Snowmobile Association says 20 people have been killed on those machines this season.
Only seven people lost their lives during last season.
Experts aren’t sure what’s responsible for the spike since weather conditions have been similar to last year.
The state parks office says the most common factors in these tragedies are alcohol and speeding.

New data shows the flu is spreading again statewide.
According to the health department, there were over 71-hundred new cases reported during the week ending March 16th.
That’s a ten percent increase from the week before.
There have been over 83-thousand cases of the flu reported this season.
Doctors say it’s never too late to get your flu shot.

Evening News Briefing

Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster

 

Genesee County Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster has announced his retirement.
Speaking on WBTA’s “Main & Center” this morning, Brewster summed up his 44 year career:

Brewster heads up the investigation division for the sheriff’s office.
His last day on the job will be April 12th.

An Attica man facing a felony DWI charge under Leandra’s Law.
31 year old Cody Landin was collared last night in Stafford and charged with allegedly driving drunk with a child in the car.

A popular l fundraiser takes to the Batavia High School stage tonight.
The annual Mr. Batavia contest is tonight at 7.
A dozen BHS senior’s to show off their talents.
Tickets are $8 and available at the door. All proceeds go the winner’s charity of choise.

A bill is now in the hands of the state Senate that could deter drivers from illegally passing school buses. The legislation calls for cameras to be installed on the “stop arms” which are displayed when a bus stops to let kids get off or on.
They’d be used to record the license plates of drivers who go around the buses. Right now, lawbreakers can only be ticketed if a police officer catches them in the act. The legislation has already passed the Assembly

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is bringing her White House campaign out west today. She’ll be in Nevada to hold a meet and greet event with voters and visit an immigration clinic. The New York Democrat has spent the last couple of days in Iowa after officially launching her 2020 presidential bid.

Morning News Briefing

Rollover crash ends in charges for a Warsaw man.
A crash in Warsaw involving an off-road vehicle has ended in charges for one.
According to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office 49 year old Bulmaro Perez Perez of Warsaw allegedly sideswiped a passing vehicle as he was southbound on Buck Road operating a side by side off road utility vehicle while another southbound vehicle legally passed.
The crash was reported last Wednesday after Perez Perez is said to have suddenly turned left across the roadway hitting the passing vehicle and ending with his vehicle overturned and the other in a ditch.
Perez Perez who was ejected was treated for a head injury after being flown to ECMC via Mercy Flight where he has since been released.
The other driver was treated and released for minor injuries.
Perez Perez was issued traffic citations for an unregistered motor vehicle and operating without insurance and is expected in Warsaw Town Court at a later date.

Twelve Batavia Senior’s will be strutting their stuff for a good cause tonight.
The 7th annual Mr. Batavia contest is set to start at 7 p.m. tonight in the High School Auditorium.
WBTA correspondent Persephone Hudzinski has the details…

The show is $8 to attend and all the proceeds go to the winner’s charity of choice.

A man police say set his ex-girlfriend on fire will remain in custody.
A judge denied 28 year old Jonathon White’s bail request yesterday.
Prosecutors say White severely burned 25 year old Jessica Cameron outside a Tim Horton’s restaurant in Tonawanda last December.
Cameron is still recovering from severe burns.
White is due back in court next month.

A bill is now in the hands of the state Senate that could deter drivers from illegally passing school buses.
The legislation calls for cameras to be installed on the “stop arms” which are displayed when a bus stops to let kids get off or on.
They’d be used to record the license plates of drivers who go around the buses.
Right now, lawbreakers can only be ticketed if a police officer catches them in the act.
The legislation has already passed the Assembly.

A new report suggests the state may not be ready for a possible economic downturn.
The Citizens Budget Commission wants lawmakers to take steps now so the Empire State can withstand a recession.
They’re recommending over a billion dollars in cuts to Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget.
That money would be set aside for emergency purposes.

Evening News Briefing

Genesee County’s overall health ranking is in the lower third of the 62 counties in New York State.
Figures released this week by the health department show that smoking is a factor. Genesee County records 20-percent of adults smoke, compared to a state average of 14-percent.
Genesee County’s obesity rate is 10-percent higher than the state average and we have 30-percent less access to exercise.
It’s not all bad news: in social and economic factors the number of children in poverty is 5-percent less than the rest of the state and the county high school graduation rate is 91-percent compared to the state average of 82-percent.
You can read the entire report HERE

Governor Cuomo is waving the white flag on getting marijuana into the upcoming budget.
Cuomo has not been optimistic about getting the legalization of marijuana passed in time for the budget and now he says he’s dropping his proposal. Cuomo was hoping to use some of the tax revenue from marijuana sales to help plug a three billion dollar budget deficit.

Lottery fever is hitting the tri-state with the Powerball jackpot climbing to $550-million dollars for tonight’s drawing. No one picked all six numbers in Saturday night’s drawing. It’s the eighth largest Powerball drawing

The New York State Amateur Hockey Association will be holding a hearing after video of a player being taunted went viral. Footage from the January game involving the Cheektowaga Warriors 18-and-under hockey team showed an African American player on the opposing team being harassed with racial slurs. Two Cheektowaga players and an assistant coach have been suspended.

BATAVIA DOWNS ANNOUNCES DERBY DAY PLANS FOR MAY 4TH

Press Release:

Parties, Beverage Sampling and Prize Drawings Highlight the Day

(Batavia, NY) — Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel announced today their plans for a second Kentucky Derby party to be held on Saturday, May 4th, 2019. Three parties total will take place onsite.

The party announced today will run from 11:30 am until 7 pm, will take place in the Batavia Downs Gaming Park Place event center, formerly known as the Paddock Room. This party has seen over 600 attendees for several years in a row. New this year is the Superfecta Deal. Patrons will receive their choice of a variety of meals, $15 in Free Play once one point is earned on the gaming floor, a $5 wager on the Derby and program, and a commemorative Kentucky Derby glass, all for just $20.

There will be $5 Mint Juleps specials which includes Derby glass and samplings from Black Button Distilling as well as Angry Orchard Rose. Many big screen televisions will show the races and there will be mutuel clerks available to take wagers.

The 2nd Annual Derby Gala will take place in the Batavia Downs Gaming Grandstands Banquet Room on the 2nd floor. Tickets went on sale in February at Bataviaconcerts.com and at the Lucky Treasures Gift Shop. Half of the tickets have already been sold. Admission for the Derby Gala at the Downs is $75 per person and proper attire is required. Patrons will receive an open bar from 4:30 pm to 7 pm, grazing stations, a $10 wager on the Derby, $25 in Free Play and a Free Derby Program.

The Gala also includes a best dressed contest and best hat contest which will take place with prizes from the Hotel at Batavia Downs and Four Roses Bourbon.

The third party, taking place inside 34 Rush, will have Woodford Reserve Bourbon sampling along with sampling from Blue Moon. Patrons may place Derby wagers using self-service terminals. The $5 Mint Julep special will also be available which includes a Derby commemorative glass.

Wagering will also be available at the 2nd floor Downs Simulcast center. Prize drawings for Derby t-shirts and glasses will take place there beginning at 10:00 am.

The hotel at Batavia Downs is already sold out, but other local hotels do have availability and a shuttle will be running that day to take patrons from those hotels over to Batavia Downs beginning at 3 pm instead of the usual 5 pm.

“We’re looking forward to another great day of parties surrounding our Kentucky Derby events, “ said Todd Haight, General Manager of Racing at Batavia Downs Gaming. “The success of the Derby Gala last year adds to the already tremendous day of wagering and entertainment that our guests have come to expect from Batavia Downs. Based on the recent Kentucky Derby prep races, this year’s Run for the Roses seems more wide open than ever.”

GCC Athletics Update: Softball Signs Szwaczkowski to LOI

Emily Szwaczkowski joined by her mom (L) and Genesee Softball Head Coach Taylor Maurer (R) after Emily signed her Letter of Intent with GCC

Press Release:

Szwaczkowski Signs Letter of Intent with Genesee Softball

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

The Perry, NY native plays catcher for Perry Yellow Jackets, who competes in Section V, part of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYPHSAA). She is captain of her team and has earned most improved accolades. Emily is also a member of the Yellow Jackets basketball team. She will be majoring in the Nursing program at Genesee as she inspires to be a nurse practitioner.

In the classroom, Emily is in the top 20 of her class, a member of National Honor Society, and a member of the Roberts Wesleyan Honors Choir. Emily’s role model is her mom because of how she helps anyone who needs it. She likes to sing outside of playing softball and she also enjoys hanging out with her friends and family.
The 2019 softball team (1-7) will host Onondaga Community College on Thursday, March 28 at 3pm in their 2019 home opener.

L.B. Grand Grand Re-opening

 

L.B. Grand celebrated their grand re-opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a traditional Saint Joseph’s Day feast on March 19th

Press Release:

The LB Grand came to be in 1983 as a result of the extraordinary efforts of Ron and Dolly Piazza. In the subsequent decades, the Piazza family fed and imbibed two generations of LeRoyans, Genesee County residents, friends, neighbors, and lovers of homemade Italian food. In 2017 the Piazzas “passed the torch” to the Farmer family.

Admittedly, when the Piazzas approached the Farmer family, the timing wasn’t ideal. With the restoration of Farmer’s Creekside Tavern & Inn well underway, the thought of opening two restaurants simultaneously seemed challenging. However, after touring the facility, Bill Farmer, proprietor, remarked, “We saw something” mentioning that the building had a sort of “Mystique” that he was drawn to. He added that his Italian heritage added a nostalgic pull as well. Executive Chef Sean Wolf said that he was all for the idea and that he saw the LB Grand as “the spot” for the community, noting that the size of the building and history associated with it made the LB Grand a real gem within the community that was worth maintaining.

After the purchase, the Farmer family decided to keep the name that the Piazza family had built and continued operations while working towards exposing the character of the building. Bill noted that “Things that take longer often yield a better result,” and for the past two years has worked in conjunction with his team to fine tune the interior, exterior and overall operations. “As with any business, it’s still a work in process but we’re proud of where it’s come and are excited to celebrate with the community.”

Chef Wolf reassures that the menu will still include favorites such as tripe, fish fry and of course, Dolly’s famous sauce, but guests can also expect to find new Italian American selections as well as an updated bread program that includes house-made sourdough. On March 19, guests will have the option to order a ‘St. Joe’s Plate’ with traditional St. Joseph’s Day selections including the customary anise-flavored bread and Italian cookies. Fish Frys will be available Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the Lent season.

For more information visit LBGrand.com or call to reserve a table 585-768-6707.

Morning News Briefing

County looks at lack of funding to fix bridge infrastructure.
Speaking at the county’s Public Service Committee meeting this week County Highway Superintendent Tim Hens told members there is lack of funds to keep on pace fixing Genesee County’s aging bridge infrastructure.
Hens said at their Monday meeting that the average bridge in Genesee County is nearing or passed its expected life span as most were built 50 years ago.
The county has been on pace to replace about two per year but now that replacement schedule is down to about one per year following cuts in federal aid.
Hens said the county may have to rely on sales taxes to pay for the replacement program.
Hens also pointed out that Genesee is one of only three counties in the state that assumes responsibility for all bridges and culverts within the county.

Troopers in Batavia bust a LeRoy resident over twice the legal limit.
State Police out of Batavia took 25 year old Jacob Harvey of LeRoy into custody following a traffic stop on Oak St early St. Patrick’s Day morning.
Harvey was stopped for allegedly crossing hazard markings after recording a Blood Alcohol Content of .2% he was arrested and charged with Aggravated DWI and other vehicle and traffic infractions.
Harvey was issued traffic tickets returnable to Batavia City Court for later this month.

State Police arrest a Perry man for drugged driving.
45 year old Kenneth Bagg of Perry was arrested by Troopers out of Warsaw for Driving while ability impaired by drugs and alcohol.
Officers had initiated a traffic stop for an unregistered vehicle on Silver Lake Road in Perry and after administering Standard Field Sobriety Tests they determined Bagg was impaired by both drugs and alcohol.
Bagg was released on appearance tickets for Perry Town Court on March 27th.

The New York State Amateur Hockey Association will be holding a hearing after video of a player being taunted went viral.
Footage from the January game involving the Cheektowaga Warriors 18 and under hockey team showed an African American player on the opposing team being harassed with racial slurs.
Two Cheektowaga players and an assistant coach have been suspended.
A hearing will take place in the next ten days.

A community development meeting on the topic will be held next Tuesday.
Negotiations continue at the State Capitol as this year’s budget deadline gets closer.
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced marijuana legalization won’t be part of the final plan approved by himself and the Legislature.
The governor says the issue could be debated again before lawmakers finish their session in June.
Cuomo urged lawmakers to make marijuana legalization part of the budget to try and fill a three-billion-dollar budget gap.

Evening News Briefing

The average bridge in Genesee County was built 50 years ago.
And 50 years is considered the average life span, for as span.
So, the county has a replacement program for aging bridges – replacing about two per years.
But with cuts in federal aid, that replacement schedule is down to about one per year.
County Highway Superintendent Tim Hens tells members of the county legislature that due to federal cuts the county may have to rely on sales taxes to bridge the funding gap.
Hens also pointed out that Genesee is one of only three counties in the state that assumes responsibility for all bridges and culverts within the county.
Elsewhere, towns and villages maintain and replace old bridges.

Genesee County officials have revised a proposed law aimed at helping law enforcement solve property thefts.
The first draft of the law was introduced last November.
It met with opposition from some lawmakers and business owners that the proposed statute went too far and could become a burden on business.
The bill is intended to target pawn shops and requires detailed record keeping in order to help trace down stolen property.

Genesee and Orleans Counties are among the unhealthiest counties in New York State.
According to rankings released today, out of the 62 counties in New York State, Genesee ranks 42 and Orleans County ranks 52.
Both counties loose points based on the number of people who smoke and the number considered obese.
View the entire report HERE.

Health Rankings Released: Genesee & Orleans Near Bottom of List

News Release:

According to the 2019 County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) the Genesee and Orleans Counties rank 42nd and 52nd respectively in overall Health Outcomes. The Rankings are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

“As Chief Health Strategists, we use the County Health Rankings to help us identify factors that are important for residents to live long and healthy lives and understand how we compare to other counties in the state. With this knowledge, we can take steps to improve the health of our residents,” stated Paul Pettit, Director of the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. “The county with the lowest score (best health) gets a rank of #1 for that state and the county with the highest score (worst health) is assigned a rank corresponding to the number of total counties ranked in each state. New York State has 62 counties.”

The rankings are broken into to two main categories, Health Outcomes which include length of life and quality of life and Health Factors which include health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment. Genesee County ranked 42 out of 62 counties for Health Outcomes and 29 in Health Factors. Orleans County ranked 52 in Health Outcomes and 54 in Health Factors.

“The County Health Rankings show us that where people live plays a key role in how long and how well they live,” stated Pettit. “The Rankings allow local leaders to clearly see and prioritize the challenges they face — whether it’s rising premature death rates or the growing drug overdose epidemic — so they can bring community leaders and residents together to find solutions.”

According to the 2019 Rankings, the five healthiest counties in New York State (NYS) starting with most healthy are Rockland, followed by Nassau, Westchester, Saratoga, and New York. The five counties in the poorest health, starting with least healthy are Bronx, Sullivan, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Niagara.

What’s new for 2019? This year’s Rankings explore severe housing cost burden and health. The 2019 Key Findings Report highlights the link between housing and health that the RWJF and the UWPHI are seeing across the nation. As housing costs have outpaced local incomes, many families not only struggle to acquire and maintain adequate shelter, but also face difficult trade-offs in meeting other basic needs. Did you know that across counties increases in the share of households that are severely housing cost burdened are linked to more children in poverty and more people facing food insecurity? New measures this year that help to illustrate how counties are fairing including Severe Housing Cost Burden, Homeownership, and Life Expectancy.

A new ranked measure included this year is Flu Vaccinations. In addition, an updated data source for the ranked measures of Preventable Hospital Stays and Mammography Screening are being used.

“The County Health Rankings show how Genesee and Orleans Counties rank on factors that influence its overall health ranking,” said Pettit. For example, Genesee County has an improved Clinical Care ranking, scoring 40 this year as compared to 57 out of 62 counties five years ago. This improvement can be attributed to a lower uninsured population (under age 65) than the NYS average, as well as an increasing number of mental health providers available although still far behind the state average. A similar trend can be found in Orleans County in regards to these two ranked measures. Additional strengths in Genesee County include a lower percentage of children living in poverty, which is 15% as compared to the state average of 20%. As well, the high school graduation rate in Genesee County (91%) and Orleans County (89%) in 2019 is higher than the state average of 82%. The rankings of Social Associations, Severe Housing Problems, and Long Commute-Driving Alone are also fairing well in both counties compared to the NYS averages.

Orleans County has also improved in the Physical Environment and Health Factors rankings, by 11 points (21 out of 62) and 2 points (54 out of 62) compared to 2018. Even with the above mentioned positive trends, both counties continue to have challenge areas and are still struggling with health factors specifically with adult smoking (Genesee – 20% / Orleans – 22%), adult obesity (Genesee – 35% / Orleans – 36%), physical inactivity (Genesee –29% / Orleans – 31%), access to exercise opportunities (Genesee – 61% / Orleans – 70%), driving alone to work (Genesee – 84% / Orleans – 80%), and access to clinical care for primary care physicians, dentists and mental health providers.

Orleans County is also ranked as having a higher percentage of children living in poverty (24%) as compared to the state average mentioned earlier.

The Rankings have become an important tool for communities that want to improve health for all. Working collaboratively with community partners, Genesee and Orleans counties have a number of initiatives to expand health opportunities for residents, including providing the National Diabetes Prevention Program (Prevent T2), a lifestyle change program to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes; the Get Fit! Program, an 8-week family-friendly physical activity and nutrition focused program; a tri-county Opioid Task Force; decrease smoking/nicotine usage through referrals and increase cancer screenings. “The Rankings data will be used in conjunction with additional local sources, such as the Community Health Assessment (CHA) Surveys and Community Conversations that are being collected and occurring now, to inform the 2019-2024 Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming (GOW) Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) which will be submitted to the NYS Department of Health this December, stated Pettit.

The CHA survey is available online in English and Spanish until March 31, 2019. Paper copies are also available at various locations in each county. The survey is anonymous and only takes about 15 minutes to complete and focuses on the health of the person taking it. If you are younger than 18, be sure to receive permission to take the survey from your parent(s) or guardian(s).

To access the GOW CHA survey visit.

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GOWCHA2019

Spanish: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GOWCHA2019Spanish

The GOW Health Departments are also seeking to schedule Community Conversations with willing groups to learn what they feel are the greatest health concerns or issues in their community and thoughts on how they can be improved. Responses from the confidential surveys and conversations will help identify services that are working, need improving, or to be created. The more members of the public who participate, the larger and stronger the “building block” of these plans will be!

To participate in a community conversation, obtain hard copies of the survey, or have any questions about the County Health Rankings please contact your local health department.

 

Morning News Briefing

North Spruce Street man apprehended on multiple warrants.
29 year old Justin Gladney of Batavia was arrested by City Police on three separate warrants out of City Court for a bench warrant and failing to appear along with Criminal Impersonation and Falsifying Business Records.
The warrants stem from two petit larceny charges and after Gladney allegedly provided police with a false name while he was being processed into the Genesee County Jail.
Gladney was ultimately remanded to the County clink in lieu of $15,000 bail to await his next court appearance.

The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for the region.
An area of snow will continue to move across the Genesee Valley and western Finger Lakes early this morning according to the weather service.
Bursts of snow may greatly reduce visibility and although accumulations will be limited to around an inch it will result in slippery travel for the morning commute.

Warsaw man busted for drugged driving with possession.
Troopers out of Warsaw initiated a traffic stop for failing to use a turn signal within 100 feet on State Route 19, in Middlebury.
The driver was identified as 52 Shane Vasile of Warsaw and was arrested for Driving while ability impaired by drugs and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.
During the roadside investigation Troopers seized Marijuana, crack cocaine and hydrocodone pills from the vehicle.
Vasile was remanded to Wyoming County jail and is scheduled to return to the Town of Warsaw court on April 15th.

Deputies arrest a Darien man accused of harassment.
64 year old Lee Ezzell of Genesee Street in Darien was arrested the night of St. Patrick’s Day for allegedly striking the back of someone’s head at a Genesee Street address.
Ezzell was charged with second degree Harassment and issued an appearance ticket for Darien Town Court on April 2nd.

A Kent resident picked up by lawmen following a disturbance in the Walmart parking lot.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 29 year old Richard Neal of Roosevelt Highway in Kent on a count of Criminal Mischief.
Neal was accused of damaging another person’s vehicle while in the parking lot of the Walmart in Batavia.
He was issued an appearance ticket for April 1st in Batavia Town Court.

The state School Boards Association is sharing its thoughts on the potential legalization of recreational marijuana.
Officials want lawmakers to debate the issue outside of the ongoing state budget process.
They believe that would allow time to address important questions and closely look at the impact legislation could have on school kids.
The association isn’t saying if it’s for or against recreational marijuana legalization.
A new Siena poll shows 53 percent of New Yorkers support the idea.

The number of deaths from flu-related cases is on the rise in Monroe County.
Health officials say 10 people have now lost their lives, up from nine earlier this month.
As of March 9th, there have been 33-hundred confirmed cases of the virus this season.
At this time last year, 13 people had died from the flu and over 53-hundred confirmed cases had been reported.

GCC Athletics Update: Athletes of the Week

Rodolfo Rodriguez (L) from Baseball and Taylor Stefaniak (R) from Softball were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the week of March 18

Press Release:

Rodriguez and Stefaniak named Genesee Athletes of the Week

BATAVIA, NY… Baseball player Rodolfo Rodriguez and softball player Taylor Stefaniak were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the week of March 18.

Rodolfo Rodriguez had key hits propelling Genesee’s offense to wins against CCBC Dundalk and Frederick Community College this past weekend. He is hitting .286 on the season with a .714 slugging percentage. Baseball will open Region III play on Thursday as they travel to Monroe Community College.

Taylor Stefaniak has led Genesee’s offense so far in this early part of the season. With her four hits so far, Taylor has also scored a run while having a .364 batting average to begin the year. Softball looks to get on the winning track as they open up regional play on March 28 as Onondaga Community College comes to Batavia.
Genesee Community College athletics program endeavors to provide a quality and competitive intercollegiate

EDGE FACTOR LIVE COMING TO BATAVIA HIGH SCHOOL

Press Release:

WHO: Jeremy Bout, CEO, Edge Factor
Larissa Hoffman, Vice President, Edge Factor
Chris Suozzi, Vice President of Business & Workforce Development, Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC)

WHAT: Edge Factor’s Jeremy Bout will give an interactive presentation to the students of Batavia High School detailing the innovative web video platform rolling out at Genesee County schools.

WHEN: Wednesday March 20, 2019
Media availability: 3 p.m.
Event: 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Batavia High School, 260 State St, Batavia, NY

The GCEDC has teamed up with the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (GVEP), Cyprus Creek Renewables, and Edge Factor to make significant progress in addressing the workforce development challenges faced by Western New York’s companies, schools and families.

By bringing Edge Factor’s innovative web platform of high-energy videos and interactive tools to schools in Genesee County, the GCEDC is building a connection between students, parents, teachers, counselors, and businesses that aligns the needs of each stakeholder with in-demand career pathways found across the region.

14 school districts in the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership have signed up for Edge Factor, which will provide a unified method of connecting students to STEM and skilled trades careers through Edge Factor’s streaming video platform, which is stocked with videos and interactive tools filmed and produced by Edge Factor, including inspirational content and soft skills training.

Morning News Briefing

Former Corrections Officer from Batavia pleads guilty to sexual abuse.
Batavia resident and former Corrections Officer 43 year old Adam Brokaw of Northern Boulevard pleaded guilty in Genesee Count Court this week to one count of sexual abuse for abusing a woman deemed to be incapable of giving consent.
Brokaw now faces six months in jail and up to 10 years on probation on the conviction.
According to investigators the incident took place in the early morning hours of November 11th following a party at his residence.
Brokaw was employed as a corrections officer at the Albion Correctional Facility when he was arrested in July.
He is scheduled for sentencing on April 26.

A State Street resident attempts a clean get away.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies apprehended 28 year old Joey Evans of Batavia on a count of Petit Larceny after he was allegedly caught stealing two Dyson V6 vacuums from Walmart on Veterans Memorial Drive.
Evans was released on his own recognizance with an appearance ticket for April 9th in Batavia Town Court.

Lawmen investigate an unknown couch surfer.
Law enforcement was called to a Clinton Crossing Apartment on Clinton Street Road in Batavia Saturday morning after a woman reported there was an unknown male subject is laying on her couch.
The male, described as white with blond hair and a blond beard and wearing a “black hood” left the apartment and was walking toward Route 33.
At last report law enforcement had located the man and were investigating the incident.

Brockport police have charged a man with DWI after he crashed his vehicle into a liquor store.
They say 39 year old Adam Foss slammed into the CanalSide Liquors and Wine store Saturday night.
There were people inside at the time, but none of them were hurt.
The business suffered extensive damage but will remain open while repairs are made.

With just a couple of weeks until the state budget deadline, Governor Cuomo and lawmakers are still trying to hammer out a deal.
Last week, the Senate and Assembly released their own fiscal plans, but they didn’t include everything the governor says would be necessary for a final agreement.
Cuomo is also concerned about how much the Legislature wants to spend.
The end of the fiscal year is March 31st.

Weekend News Briefing

The Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force has busted a Batavia woman for drug sales.
39 year old Leona Polk of West Main Street Road was taken into custody on two felony counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance.
Leona is accused of selling methadone to Task Force agents on two separate occasions.
She was ultimately released on her own recognizance.

Two Batavia residents are among a dozen arrested on drug charges in Wyoming County.
22 year old Kendra Kenyon and 23 year old Dominic Beck agreed to sell Suboxone to an individual in the Village of Attica.
When they arrived, they were met by lawmen and charged with conspiracy and criminal sale of a controlled substance.
Kendra is in the Wyoming County Jail while Beck has been released on bail.
Ten other suspects were arrested since December on various charges.
We have all the names and charges posted on our website.

Liberty Street woman jailed after being picked up on multiple warrants.
Lawmen in Erie County apprehended 36 year old Tonya Lee Buzzell of Batavia on four separate arrest warrants.
Buzzell was turned over to Deputies in Genesee County where she appeared in both County and then City Court for arraignment proceedings.
Buzzell is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Impersonation and Bail Jumping.
She was jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail and additional charges may be pending.

Police across New York will be cracking down on drunk driving this weekend.
Saint Patrick’s Day weekend patrols are running through Monday.
Travelers can expect to see more sobriety checkpoints as police look to get unsafe drivers off the road.
Last year, 243 people were arrested for drunk driving during Saint Patrick’s Day weekend.

Evening News Briefing

Kendra Kenyon

Dominic Beck

Two Batavia residents are among a dozen arrested on drug charges in Wyoming County.
22 year old Kendra Kenyon and 23 year old Dominic Beck agreed to sell Suboxone to an individual in the Village of Attica.
When they arrived, they were met by lawmen and charged with conspirarcy and criminal sale of a controlled substance.
Kendra is in the Wyoming County Jail while Beck has been released on bail.
Ten other suspects were arrested since December on various charges.
Read our detailed story HERE.

Veteran first responders say they had never seen a crash like this.
A Lexus NX2 slams head-on into a tractor trailer.
The driver of the Lexus, 54 year old Wayne Striewing of Pembroke, killed instantly.
The crash happened yesterday afternoon on Route 5. For Indian Falls
The driver of the tractor trailer, from Winona, Missouri, was treated for minor injuries at UMMC.

A High Wind Advisory remains in effect for Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans Counties. Winds out of the southwest are forecast at 20 to 30 miles per hour, gusting to 50. The advisory expires at eight tonight.

From this afternoon’s police blotter:
39 year old Leona Polk of West Main Street Road:
Drug Task Force agents say Leona sold them methadone on two separate occasions…she’s been released on her recognizance…

36 year old Tonya Lee Buzzell of Liberty Street is off to county jail on a variety of suspected offenses. Deputies say Tonya Lee is facing a drug charge, criminal impersonation and bail jumping.

Police across New York will be cracking down on drunk driving this weekend.
Saint Patrick’s Day weekend patrols begin today and run through Monday.
Travelers can expect to see more sobriety checkpoints as police look to get unsafe drivers off the road.
Last year, 243 people were arrested for drunk driving during Saint Patrick’s Day weekend.

The number of flu cases is continuing to drop across New York. Health officials say there were only 64-hundred new cases of the virus reported during the week ending March 9th. That’s a nearly 6% decline from the week before.
Statewide, there have been over 75,000 people treated for the flu this season.

A Dozen Drug Suspects Arrested in Wyoming County

News Release

Members of the Wyoming County Drug Task Force announce the arrest of twelve individuals accused of selling and or manufacturing drugs throughout Wyoming County over the past year.

On March 13 Danielle BALBICK, age 38, of Warsaw was arrested and charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 4th degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree. BALBICK is accused of selling Suboxone in the Village of Warsaw in October of 2018. She was committed to the Wyoming County Jail without bail.

On the same day James LIDDY, age 33, of Warsaw was arrested and charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 4th degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree. LIDDY is accused of selling Suboxone in the Village of Warsaw in September of 2018. He was committed to the Wyoming County Jail without bail and additional charges are likely in the near future.

Kendra Kenyon

Dominic Beck

Also on Marc 13 Kendra KENYON, age 22, of Batavia was arrested and charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 4th degree and Conspiracy in the 4th degree.
KENYON and Dominic BECK, age 23, also of Batavia, agreed to sell Suboxone to an individual in the Village of Attica on 02/08/19. Both traveled to Attica with the intentions of selling the drug to another subject at which time they were arrested by Task Force Members and Wyoming County Probation Officers who were waiting for them when they arrived to sell the drugs. KENYON is currently in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail, while BECK who was arrested on March 7, has since posted bail.

On March 7 Carlos DIAZ-SILVA, age 35, of Mount Morris, was arrested and charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree. DIAZ-SILVA is accused of selling Dihydrocodeinone in April of 2017 while in the Village of Perry. Subject is being held in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.

On February 7 Kenneth PLEACE, age 41, of Youngers Road, Arcade, was arrested and charged after a “Meth Lab” was discovered within his residence. He was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 2nd degree (Class “A” Felony), for possessing Methamphetamine, Unlawful Manufacturing of Meth, Unlawful Disposal of Meth Laboratory Material, Criminal Possession of Precursors of Meth, Criminal Possession Meth Manufacturing Material, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, and Criminal Possession of a firearm. Sheriff Deputies had responded to a report of an “incident” that had allegedly occurred at PLEACE’S residence a few days prior. When Deputies went to arrest him on charges from that incident, he was found to be in possession of suspected Meth. A subsequent search, via a search warrant, located the above mentioned items along with an ATV and a firearm that had both been reported stolen out of Allegany County. PLEACE is being held in the Wyoming County Jail without bail. The New York State Police C-CERT team assisted with decontamination of the scene as well as assistance from the Drug Task Force and Probation Department.

Alisia WOOD, age 45, also of Youngers Road, Arcade, was charged the same as Pleace as she had been residing with PLEACE when this alleged incident occurred. She is currently being held in the Wyoming County Jail without bail.
On 01/10/19, Noah GREGG, age 36, of Arcade, was charged with Petit Larceny and Selling an imitation drug. In May of 2018 in the Village of Arcade, GREGG agreed to sell Narcotics and instead sold a fake substance to an agent of the task force. GREGG was released following his arrest.

On Dec 26, 2018 Darryl TOLIVER, age 22, of Buffalo, was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree and 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree. TOLIVER is accused of selling Crack Cocaine in the Village of Perry in August of 2018 and in the Village of Warsaw in October of 2018. TOLIVER is still being held on these charges.

On Dec 20, 2018 Christopher SOUTER, age 38, of Arcade, was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 4th degree, and 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree. During May of 2018, SOUTER is accused of selling Suboxone on 2 different occasions while in the Village of Arcade. SOUTER has since been released pending future court appearances.

On Dec 19, Joseph DIOGUARDI, age 35, of Perry, was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree, and 1 count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 4th and 5th degrees. DIOGUARDI is accused of selling Cocaine in June of 2017 and selling Suboxone in January of 2018, both while in the Village of Perry. Subject has since been released from custody.

On Dec 19, 2018,Patricia WEST, age 48, of Warsaw, was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree and 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree. WEST is accused of selling Amphetamines on 2 occasions in July and December 2018, while in the Village of Warsaw. WEST has since been released from custody.

The Wyoming County Drug Task Force is a multi-agency unit with members from the Sheriff’s Office, Warsaw, Perry, Attica, and Arcade Police Departments, which all participate.
Anonymous tips may be left 24/7 on the confidential drug tip line by calling (585)786-8965.

GCSO identify man killed in Pembroke crash

According to deputies a 2017 Lexus NX2 operated by 54 year old Wayne Striewing of Pembroke was heading west on Main Road in Pembroke yesterday when his SUV crossed the center line, entering the eastbound lane.

Striewing hit an eastbound tractor trailer operated by 56 year old Raymond Bennett of Winona Missouri head on.

The accident was reported at 3:06 p.m.

Striewing, died at the scene and Bennett was treated for minor injuries.

Officials are awaiting autopsy results as the investigation continues.

Morning News Briefing

Photo provided by our news partner The Batavian

Genesee County deputies are investigating a deadly crash in Pembroke.
According to deputies an SUV driver heading west on Main Road in Pembroke yesterday hit a tractor trailer head on at around 3:30 in the afternoon.
Sargent Andrew Hale of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office…

The man who is said to be from the Pembroke area, died at the scene and authorities are withholding from identifying him at this time.
The tractor-trailer driver was treated for minor injuries.
Officials are now waiting for autopsy results to continue their investigation.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Sentencing delayed for teen who shot a killer.
Samuel Blackshear the Batavia teenager who shot murderer Nathaniel Wilson in the leg after Wilson fatally stabbed a man on Central Avenue last summer, had his sentencing delayed again yesterday because his attorney received information that could effect Blackshear’s eligibility for youthful offender status.
Blackshear entered a guilty plea in November to a single count of criminal possession of a weapon and could still face up to four years in prison even if his youthful offender status is granted.
Defense attorney James Hinman has maintained that Blackshear acted defensively to protect others at the scene of the May 17th murder.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

A Medina woman jailed under Leandra’s Law.
27 year old Sharnice Gibson of Frank Street Medina was arrested by Genesee County Deputies on Alleghany Road in Alabama following complaint of an erratic driver just before noon yesterday.
She was hit with counts of Aggravated DWI for having a child passenger less than 16, along with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and a violation for having a loud exhaust.
Gibson was jailed in lieu of $2,500 bail and is slated to appear on April 4th in Alabama Town Court.

A High Wind Advisory in effect today for Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans Counties.
According to the National Weather Service out of Buffalo the advisory is in effect through 8 p.m. tonight.
Forecasters are calling for winds out of the southwest at 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 50.

State Budget director Robert Mujica is slamming the fiscal plan proposed by the state Senate.
He says lawmakers in that chamber want to increase spending by more than three billion dollars, but their budget doesn’t include any cuts or new revenues.
Mujica says while the Assembly plan also calls for more money to be spent, new taxes have been proposed that could help pay for those additions.
The end of the state’s fiscal year is March 31st.

Police across New York will be cracking down on drunk driving this weekend.
Their Saint Patrick’s Day weekend patrols begin today and run through Monday.
Travelers can expect to see more sobriety checkpoints as police look to get unsafe drivers off the road.
Last year, 243 people were arrested for drunk driving during Saint Patrick’s Day weekend.

Evening News Briefing

A Genesee County manslaughter case may be in jeopardy over the actions of a Grand Jury stenographer.
48 year old Jennifer Serrano of Irving is accused in a fatal hit and run last summer in the Town of Darien.
Police say Serrano was driving home from the Jason Aldean concert at Darien Lake when she struck and killed 18 year old Connor Lynsky.
Defense lawyers for Serrano said the stenographer covering the grand jury proceedings made an audio recording of the testimony which is not allowed. They want the case dismissed.
District Attorney Lawrence Friedman learned of the recording, notified the defense. Friedman believes, however, the recording will not jeopardize the case.

There’s a High Wind Advisory posted for tomorrow in Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans Counties.
The advisory runs from 6 tomorrow morning through 8 tomorrow night.
The National Weather Service forecasts winds out of the southwest at 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 50.

A school athletic trainer in Conesus is facing federal charges of enticing a young girl into child porn.
Police Say it all started with text messages between the girl and trainer over an injury the girl suffered. The texts eventually led to nude pictures and eventually to sexual contact.
The school trainer has been identified as 30 year old Austin Pratt of Conesus. He faces 15 to 40 years in prison.
He was previously arrested on state charges of rape.

18 year old Lucas Birkby of Darien might just be the strongest teenager in New York State and one of the strongest in the country.
Lucas won five medals in a Strongman powerlifting competition over the weekend. He performed an 18-in deadlift of 700 pounds. In June Birkby will compete in national completion in in Columbus, Ohio.

Albion Middle School Emergency Drill

News Release

On March 12, 2019 at 9:00am The Albion Police Department conducted a Full Scale Exercise at the Albion Middle School. The exercise was conducted to evaluate the preparedness, response, tactical, and decision-making abilities of Law Enforcement, Fire and Ems Responders. The exercise was designed to simulate high-stress conditions and to incorporate as much realism as possible.

A committee of top level responders and commanders was formed to organize the drill. The U.S. Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) was utilized in the drill planning. Through the use of HSEEP, exercise program managers were able to develop, execute, and evaluate the exercise that addressed the priorities established by the committee.

Objectives were established to evaluate the response and mitigation to an Active Shooter at the Albion Middle School by Law Enforcement, Fire/EMS, Command, Dispatch and School Staff. Several Exercise Controllers and Evaluators were utilized to record the exercise and evaluate the response. The Controllers and Evaluators used were from agencies inside and outside of Orleans County whom held advanced specialties in the areas they were assigned to evaluate.

The Responders and School Staff Role players were given no previous direction or instruction as to make the exercise as real as possible. In an effort to simulate realism Police, Fire and EMS units were staged and were not allowed to respond to the school until they were dispatched and then held until the appropriate times had passed to simulate actual real times.
The exercise began when role players acting as suspicious persons were observed inside the school causing school staff to alert the 911 center which initiated a Police Response. As Law Enforcement arrived on scene gunfire occurred inside the school prompting a full multi agency Law Enforcement response.

Command was established and additional Police, Fire and EMS resources were called to the scene to deal with multiple suspects and 18 injured persons with high and low levels of injuries.

The exercise plan called for over 24 Objectives to be evaluated using the HSEEP Exercise Evaluation Guide. These evaluations along with the Feedback Forms completed by over 400 Exercise Participants ranging from Commanders, Responders, Role Players, Controllers, Facilitators and Evaluators will be compiled and an Exercise After Action Report will be produced.
The After Action Report will help responders build on the skills they tested during this exercise to make an effective and efficient response even better in the future.

No matter how good we do during an exercise, there is always a need to evaluate and perform at a higher level, regardless of what discipline you are in during an Incident of this magnitude. We are much better today thanks to this exercise and the hard work of many involved with it.

This exercise would not have been possible without the assistance of many individuals from many agencies. Below is a list of agencies involved in the exercise as both responders and exercise support staff that assisted as Controllers, Facilitators, Evaluators and Technical Advisers.

Photographs provided by Albion Police Dept.

   

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Lacrosse

Cougars players celebrating goal in win vs Monroe Wednesday night

Press Release:

Genesee Doubles Monroe for First Win of 2019

BATAVIA, NY… The no.5 ranked Genesee Community College men’s lacrosse team opened up their 2019 NJCAA Region III/WNYAC play and defeated the no.11 ranked Monroe Community College Tribunes 18-9 Wednesday evening.

The Cougars jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead over the Tribunes at the end of the first quarter. Genesee would increase their lead and would take a 10-3 lead into the locker room. Genesee continued their dominate play offensively as they would go on and defeat the Tribunes 18-9 to earn their first victory of the season. Jason Chiodo led the way offensively for Genesee scoring six goals on the night.

The Cougars (1-1) will be on the road on St. Patrick’s Day Sunday afternoon as they play the number one ranked team in the country, the Nassau Community College Lions at Hofstra University in Garden City, NY, with opening face-off at 1pm. Fans can use #cougarPRIDE while posting on social media.

Morgan-Manning House hosts Generals Grant and Sherman

Derek Maxfield as Grant and Tracy Ford as Sherman

Press Release:

What: Morgan-Manning House hosts Generals Grant and Sherman

When: Friday, March 22, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Where: The Morgan-Manning House

151 Main Street
Brockport, NY 14420

Who: All are invited and welcome – arrive early for the best seats!

Background: On Friday, March 22, 2019 at 7 p.m. Rudely Stamp’d, will perform “Now We Stand by Each Other Always” at the Victorian mansion called the Morgan-Manning House in Brockport.

The audience will enjoy hearing a conversation between Union Civil War generals Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman, which actually took place at City Point, VA, in March 1865 – near the end of the Civil War. This play shows the famous cigar-chomping pair considering how best to close out the war as Sherman regales his chief with his exploits in Georgia.

“Now we stand by each other always” is written and directed by Genesee Community College professor of history Derek Maxfield and is performed by him as Grant and colleague Tracy Ford, professor of English, as Gen. William T. Sherman. Maxfield and Ford are collectively known as Rudely Stamp’d.

The performance is free and open to the public. Donations to the historical society are encouraged. For more information contact Prof. Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu or the Morgan-Manning House business office at (585) 637-3645. The performance is expected to bring a full house – pun intended – so guests are encouraged to arrive early for the best seats!

For further information and photographs, contact Donna Rae Sutherland, associate director of Marketing Communications at (585) 343-0055 x 6616 or dsutherland@genesee.edu.

Additional Details: https://rudelystampd.wordpress.com/

HAWLEY FIGHTS $5.7 BILLION NEW YORK CITY PROPOSED TAX HIKE

Press Release:

A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) on the Assembly Majority’s one-house budget wish-list

“While I do support restoring the governor’s cuts to municipalities and funding of the Extreme Winter Recovery infrastructure program, I will not stand for a $5.7 billion tax increase as was proposed by New York City politicians today.

“There was no mention of unfunded mandate relief or breaks for small businesses, and even through all those taxes, Assembly leadership still chose to gut counseling services for veterans – an awful decision.

“Included was also an additional tax on rental cars which disproportionately affects upstate as many in New York City use public transit to travel.

It’s ironic that downstate politicians want to further tax rental cars – that may be the last and final tax many families pay as they are leaving our state for the last time.”

Medina Awarded Skatepark Grant!

Photo by: Tom Rivers courtesy of OrleansHub.com

Press Release:

MEDINA, NY – The Village of Medina in Orleans County has been awarded a Built-To-Play Skatepark Grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation & Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation to build a brand new concrete skatepark in Medina by spring of 2021.

The matching grant provides between $50,000 and $250,000 towards the construction of a new public skatepark.

The grant is one of, if not the largest funding opportunities for the construction of new professional quality skateparks and is specifically available to only 16 underserved counties in the Eastern Michigan and Western New York areas. During this particular grant round Medina was the only municipality to be awarded a grant in New York.

Members of the local skatepark advocate group the Medina Skate Society (M.S.S.) have pursued the grant on behalf of the Village of Medina and will be the integral fundraising entity in charge of raising the majority of the funds.

The Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc. is acting as the pass-through agency for the skatepark funds and currently is holding $12,000 of donations for the skatepark project.

The grant deadline for fundraising is in March of 2020 and the Tony Hawk Foundation wants to see construction of the final skatepark completed by March of 2021.

Essentially the M.S.S. and Village of Medina have a year to raise the matching amount between $50,000 and $250,000 and then another year to build the park using professional skatepark design and construction firms.

There will be many opportunities to donate and every dollar spent will be doubled now that Medina has been awarded this amazing grant opportunity!

For starters the M.S.S. has set up a GoFundMe account to raise the initial amount to receive the match and encourage anyone wishing to donate a large amount over $100 to contact the Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc. or Medina Skate Society directly.

Morning News Briefing

Court stenographer recording may lead to dismissal of a manslaughter case in Genesee County.
The actions of a grand jury stenographer may have jeopardized the criminal case against 48 year old Jennifer Serrano who is accused of a fatal hit and run in Darien last summer.
The attorneys for Serrano have filed a motion seeking that the second-degree vehicular manslaughter charge is dismissed against their client after they were made aware that the court stenographer was allegedly recording audio of the grand jury proceedings, which isn’t legally permissible.
Serrano was arrested following the August 11th Jason Aldean concert in Darien where she allegedly struck and killed 18 year old Connor Lynskey.
According to District Attorney Lawrence Friedman he was only made aware of the recordings recently and then notified the defense attorneys in the case.
Friedman said he doesn’t believe the case is jeopardized by the recordings.

Serious prison time possible for a school athletic trainer in Conesus accused of having relations with an underage girl.
30 year old Austin Pratt of Conesus was charged by criminal complaint with enticement of a minor and production of child pornography.
The parents of the minor female victim notified State Police in January that they found a large amount of text messages on their daughter’s phone from her school athletic trainer.
According to investigators simple texts regarding an injury the victim suffered led to nude photographs being exchanged on Instagram and eventual sexual intercourse between the two.
Pratt faces a minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, with a maximum of 40 years, and a $250,000 fine if he is found guilty.

A Walnut Street woman arrested for stealing a wallet from Batavia’s waterpark.
39 year old Jamie Ayala has been arrested and charged with Grand Larceny and Petit Larceny following investigation into a stolen wallet.
Ayala was accused of stealing and preventing the return of a the wallet containing credit cards, money and other personal documents while at the Palm Island Indoor Water Park last month.
She was released with an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on April 4th.

Darien resident Lucas Birkby won five medals from a powerlifting competition in Mamaroneck sponsored by United States Strongman Inc. over the weekend.
Birkby set official state records for the axle clean and press at 320 pounds, the 18-inch deadlift at 700 pounds, deadlift at 650 pounds, the log press at 310 pounds, and the atlas stone, at 360 pounds.
The axle clean and the 18-inch deadlift are also national records for the heavyweight teen division.
Birkby has qualified to compete at the nationals in June in Columbus, Ohio.

State lawmakers have officially rejected Governor Cuomo’s proposed changes to New York’s limousine industry.
The governor originally called for things like a ban on stretch limousines and for inspecting agencies to have more power to take dangerous vehicles off the roads.
Cuomo says changes are needed after a deadly limo crash in Schoharie that left 20 people dead last October.
But, opponents say the proposals could have put limo companies that follow the rules out of business.

Evening News Briefing

A Batavia couple busted for allegedly smoking weed in front of their kids.
A visit by Child Protective Services led to the arrest of 41 year old Timothy Eastridge and 30 year old Stephanie Hartgrove of Chestnut Street.
Timothy was accused of smoking the weed, Stephanie charged with allowing it.
Both have appearance tickets for city court.

A Canadian man has been charged with vehicular manslaughter in connection with a fatal crash in LeRoy.
LeRoy Police say 22 year old Andray Bair of Thorold, Ontario was drunk when his car struck a house at 79 Clay Street last month.
A passenger in Bair’s vehicle, 22 year old Handel Jamal Love also of Canada was killed. Bair is now in county jail.

Batavia Police say:  beware of some bogus bills.
The funny money looks real enough but read the fine print near the bottom of Alexander Hamilton’s head – it says, “this is a replica.”

The body of a woman found along the Lake Ontario shore at Hamlin Beach is believed to be that of a missing town of Sweden woman.
47 year old Margaret DeGraff has been missing since last Wednesday.
Police found a note and described DeGraff as very upset.
Foul play is not suspected. An autopsy is being performed to confirm her identity.

 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

 

Governor Cuomo says he will not sign a new budget if it does not include a permanent property tax cap of two-percent.

He’s urging state lawmakers to include the permanent tax cap in the budget due April 1st.

City Ward Meetings

Press Release:

Please be advised there will be a Ward meeting for Councilperson Viele (1st Ward), Councilperson McGinnis (4th Ward) and Councilperson Briggs (5th Ward) on Saturday, March 16th at 10:00 a.m. at the Holland Land Office. The City Manager will be in attendance for any questions.

Dated: March 7, 2019

Morning News Briefing

Body found at Hamlin Beach.
Police have yet to identify a body found at Hamlin Beach State Park.
Lawmen were in the area yesterday on the lookout for 47 year old Margaret DeGraff who went missing last Wednesday.
She was last seen at her workplace, Villa of Hope in Rochester.
Police say they are waiting for autopsy results to find out if DeGraff is the individual they found.
Investigators are said to likely rule out foul play in the person’s death.

A Canadian man has been charged in connection with a fatal crash in LeRoy.
22 year old Andray P. Bair of Thorold, Ontario is facing a charge of Vehicular Manslaughter.
Police say Bair was drunk at the time he struck a house at 79 Clay Street.
A passenger in Bair’s vehicle, 22 year old Handel Jamal Love also of Canada was killed.
Bair is now in the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

CPS visit leads to arrest for a couple on Chestnut Street.
41 year old Timothy Eastridge and 30 year old Stephanie Hartgrove both of Chestnit Street in the city were arrested following a home visit by Child Protective Services last Friday.
Eastridge was accused of smoking pot and illegally possessing a 22 caliber rifle while in close proximity to his children while Hartgrove allowed him to do drugs in-front of their kids.
City Police took both into custody on counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Eastridge was also charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.
Both were issued appearance tickets returnable to Batavia City Court.

A Boston resident busted for drunk driving after an accident on the thruway.
47 year old Josselyn Scott of Back Creek Road in Boston New York was taken into custody by City Police on a felony count of DWI for having a prior conviction within the past ten years along with Drinking Alcohol in a motor vehicle.
Scott was reportedly apprehended on Oak Street as she was observed sitting in a parking lot with her vehicle running.
She had allegedly left the scene of a motor vehicle accident on the Thruway.
Scott was remanded without bail to the Genesee County Jail to await her next court appearance.

City Police alert local business owners of counterfeit currency making the rounds.
Batavia Police have had reports of some counterfeit bills showing up throughout the city.
They encourage business owners to check the bills.
These bills look good but have “This is a replica” listed toward the bottom of Alexander Hamilton’s head and also on the reverse side toward the bottom of the US Treasury Building.
Check the article on our website for photos of the funny money.

Lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly have laid out their positions on this year’s state budget.
Plans revealed yesterday show they’re divided with Governor Cuomo on issues like recreational marijuana legalization, a ban on single-use plastic bags and taxing opioids.
They also rejected the criminal justice reforms the governor is demanding be part of any final agreement.
The end of the state’s fiscal year is March 31st.

Evening News Briefing

Dr. Martin Moore Batavia City Manager

There will be no increase in City of Batavia property taxes.
The City Council voted 8 to 1 last night to adopt the first budget prepared by City Manager Marty Moore.

Moore hopes the zero increase budget sends a signal seen beyond the city limits:

Only perennial budget nay-sayer Rose Mary Christian voted against the financial plan. She also cast the only no vote on increases in water rates.

A Canadian man has been charged in connection with a fatal crash in LeRoy. 22 year old Andray P. Bair of Thorold, Ontario is facing a charge of Vehicular Manslaughter. Police say Bair was drunk at the time he struck a house at 79 Clay Street. A passenger in Bair’s vehicle, 22 year old Handel Jamal Love also of Canada was killed.
Bair is now in the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $25-thousand dollars bail.

Crews will be back at Hamlin Beach State Park today to continue searching for a missing woman.
Monroe County deputies say 47 year old Margaret DeGraff was last seen Wednesday at the Villa of Hope in Rochester where she works.
Officials say they discovered a note that indicated DeGraff was upset when she entered the park.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says while he still strongly supports the legalization of recreational marijuana, it’s unlikely to be part of the 2019-2020 budget.
The budget deadline is April 1st. Cuomo’s proposal has been met with opposition by law enforcement and teachers’ groups around the state. Some municipalities say they plan to pass their own legislation banning pleasure pot it in their cities, towns and villages, if it’s approved in Albany.

Unemployment rates show a sharp improvement in the region.
Genesee County’s jobless rate improved from 6.4 percent in January 2018 to and even 5 percent this January. Similar improvements were recorded in Orleans and Wyoming Counties.

GCC Athletic’s Update: Baseball Game Recap

Press Release:

Genesee Leaves Sunshine State with Winning Record

KISSIMMEE, FL – The Genesee Community College baseball team had a successful spring trip to open the 2019 season, leaving Florida with a 5-3 record.

On Monday, GCC dropped a 3-2 game to NJCAA Division II Southeastern CC (14-3) and a 12-0 contest to Heartland CC (5-1), the No. 6 ranked team in the county.

In the first game, Parker Cole (Bolivar-Richburg) pitched 4.2 innings of 1-hit ball and struck out 10 while walking three. Anthony Kanaval (Dansville) continued his lights-out relief pitching, coaxing his third double-play ball in relief with runners on of the season. Zack Zinck tossed two innings, giving up one hit and striking out two.

For GCC on offense, Deion Rosalia had a RBI single, John Faynor (Lima Christian) had a RBI single Bryant Fontenez singled and Eliel Martinez had two hits, stole two bases and scored both runs
In the second game, Jakob MacLeod struck out four in relief, and Colin Noeth struck out two.
At the plate, in the second game Martinez was 2-for-3 with a stolen base, Jordi Agosto had a RBI single Briann Castillo singled.

Genesee is back in action this weekend with four games in Maryland.

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

Morning News Briefing

City Manager is optimistic after passing a budget with no tax increase.
Batavia’s City Manager Martin Moore said that Batavia “is open for business” after passing the municipality’s 2019-20 spending plan that includes zero tax increase.
Moore spoke with our news partner The Batavian about what his biggest takeaway from this year’s $27.4 million budget is other than holding the taxes flat…

City Council voted 8 to 1 in favor with Council Woman Rose Mary Christian casting the only opposing vote.
The budget calls for $5.2 million to be raised by taxes, but keeps the property tax rate at $8.96 per thousand of assessed valuation – the same as last year’s rate.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Medina man faced additional charges after police pursuit through Alabama.
32 year old Jessy Miller of Medina has been charged with felony counts of Reckless Endangerment and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle along with a misdemeanor count of Fleeing a Police Officer in a motor vehicle.
Miller was accused of taking lawmen from Orleans County on a car chase that passed through Alabama in Genesee County earlier this month.
A woman was reportedly struck on Judge Road during the police pursuit.
Miller was held in lieu of bail as the investigation is pending.

Crews will be back at Hamlin Beach State Park today to continue searching for a missing woman.
Monroe County deputies say 47 year old Margaret DeGraff was last seen Wednesday at the Villa of Hope in Rochester where she works.
Officials say they discovered a note that indicated DeGraff was upset when she entered the park.
If you have any information on her disappearance, police want to hear from you.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says while he still strongly supports the legalization of recreational marijuana, it’s unlikely to be instituted in the 2019-2020 budget.
Speaking at a press conference in Albany, Cuomo said there are too many details that need to be hammered out and the budget deadline is just a few weeks away.

The budget deadline is April 1st. Cuomo’s proposal has been met with opposition by law enforcement and teachers’ groups around the state.
In addition, some municipalities say they plan to pass their own legislation banning it in their cities, towns and villages, if it’s approved in Albany.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Soccer Hosts Varsity Tournament

Empire United 2019 – Varsity Tournament Champions

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY… The Genesee Community College women’s soccer team hosted their annual Varsity Tournament over the weekend with teams from throughout the region participating. At the end of the tournament, it was Empire United coming away with the Tournament Championship.

“The teams that were competing were some of the strongest teams we have seen compete at our tournament”, comments Genesee Head Coach Jeff Reyngoudt. “It’s great to see that girls’ soccer is regaining its strength again and the teams in the area are proving to be strong competition”, Reyngoudt added. Both Jeff and assistant coach Macy Reyngoudt were overly impressed with the strength of the teams and the class that they all showed throughout the tournament.

After the round-robin style of play, Soccer Academy and Genesee received byes into the tournament semi-finals where they played against Stormers SC and Empire United respectively. Also competing were two teams from Lyndonville.

Tournament Results
FINALS: #3 Empire United defeats #1 Soccer Academy 2-0
SEMI FINALS: #3 Empire United defeats #2 Genesee 2-0
#1 Soccer Academy defeats #4 Stormers SC 1-0
QUARTER FINALS: #4 Stormers SC defeats #5 Lyndonville2 2-0
#3 Empire United defeats #6 Lyndonville1 5-0

Genesee coaches Jeff and Macy Reyngoudt use the varsity tournament as a recruiting tool for the nationally-ranked Genesee women’s soccer program. Both coaches are excited about what’s to come in the next few years, not only with the women’s soccer program at Genesee, but as the sport of soccer in the region.
For more information about the women’s soccer program at Genesee Community College, or interested in playing for the nationally-ranked Cougars, please contact Head Coach Jeff Reyngoudt at jcreyngoudt@genesee.edu or check out www.geneseeathletics.com

Morning News Briefing

Baseball bat Assault lands a Swan Street man in lock-up.
48 year old Shane Zimblis of South Swan Street Batavia has been arrested by City Police on counts of Assault and injury with a weapon, Criminal Possession of a Weapon with intent to use it, Harassment and Criminal Mischief.
Zimblis turned himself in on a City Court arrest warrant following investigation into a violent incident on February 19th where he was accused of injuring another person and damaging property with a baseball bat at a South Swan Street address.
Zimblis was committed to the Genesee County Jail.

An easy DWI arrest parked at the doorstep for Genesee County Deputies.
37 year old Douglas Spencer of Park Road Batavia was taken into custody by Sheriff’s Deputies Friday night and charged with DWI, Open container and Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
Spencer was arrested after he was found sitting in his vehicle in the middle of the sheriff’s office parking lot with an open container of alcohol.
He was released with appearance tickets returnable to Batavia City Court on April 3rd.

City Police have released their latest list of wanted persons.
Batavia Police have identified 6 suspects wanted for a variety of counts out of City Court.
The suspects include 72 year old Robert Jordan also known as Jackson wanted on a count of Petit Larceny, 35 year old Shante Williams for Resisting Arrest and 26 year old Jason Raffel Jr. who is wanted for Obstruction of Governmental Administration.
Check the article on our website for the full list and photos of the suspects.
Police say do not attempt to apprehend any of these wanted individuals but to contact police immediately if you have information on their whereabouts.

State lawmakers are set to introduce a bill that could let teens get vaccinated without their parents’ consent.
The legislation would let anyone under 14 get shots to prevent diseases like measles, HPV and meningitis.
The proposal comes as the state is dealing with one of its worst measles outbreaks in recent memory with over 200 cases reported.
Right now, New York allows parents to skip vaccinating their kids for medical and religious reasons.

A reminder to motorists that today between 4 and 10 p.m. Ellicott Avenue between West Main St. and Mix Pl. will experience a road closure.
National Grid will be replacing infrastructure that requires closing the entire stretch of road to all through traffic.
National Grid anticipates three properties to experience an outage and they have already been notified.
This work is also weather dependent.

Senator Chuck Schumer wants e-cigarettes aimed at kids and teens banned.
The New York Democrat is calling attention to the issue with Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb departing soon.
Schumer says Gottlieb needs to make sure e-cigs with fruit and candy flavors are prohibited before he leaves the post.
According to the CDC, the number of high school students using electronic cigarettes or “vaping” nearly doubled from 2017 to 2018.
Senator Schumer argues that getting rid of these “kid-friendly” smoking products would curb teen use.

BPD: Six Suspects Wanted 3/10/2019

Local Girls Basketball Teams Out of State Tournament

The hard wood of Buffalo State College was not kind to the girls from Genesee County.

The Oakfield-Alabama Hornets and Elba Lady Lancers ended their seasons Saturday afternoon in hard fought contests against their Section VI counterparts.

In the Class D Far West Regional Franklinville defeated Elba 42 to 39.

In the Class C Far West Regional Maple Grove defeated Oakfield-Alabama 44 to 38.

Both Elba and Oakfield-Alabama won their Section V titles.

Weekend News Briefing

Warmer temperature comes with a High Wind Warning.
The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a High Wind Warning going into effect this weekend for the region including Orleans and Genesee counties.
The warning is in effect from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.
Southwest winds from 20 to 30 mph are expected with gusts up to 60 mph.
High winds of 58 mph or greater will make driving difficult and could result in property damage, including downed trees and power lines.
Scattered power outages are expected and home owners should secure loose objects.

A water main break reported on North Street in LeRoy.
Call came in for a water main break with significant flooding shortly after 6 o’clock Friday with all available manpower from LeRoy Fire Department dispatched to the scene.
The flooding resulted in a cellar pump detail requested for a North Street residence and the triggering of water flow alarms at two businesses in the area.

Seven people are behind bars following a string of drug raids by the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force and Homeland Security in the Village of Medina.
Lawmen executed three search warrants at various locations in the village of Medina Thursday where they seized both crack and powder cocaine, drug paraphernalia and $4,000 cash.
All seven were remanded to the Orleans County Jail with more charges and additional arrests pending.

The GCEDC approved tax incentives for Gateway GS, LLC and Tenney Coin Laundry at their board meeting Thursday.
Gateway GS, LLC will receive tax exemptions totaling approximately $206,000 for their plans to invest $450,000 into building out the interior of an existing spec building at the Gateway II Corporate Park in the Town of Batavia.
The project will create 5 new jobs.
Tenney Coin Laundry, on Ellicott Street Batavia, is purchasing $197,896 in new equipment and was approved for a sales tax abatement of approximately $15,832.

A Mount Morris man will be spending at least the next 25 years behind bars.
A judge sentenced 48 year old Frank Cassata yesterday for hitting and killing a three year old Rochester boy.
Cassata was drunk when he purposely went off the road on Lyell Avenue back in June and killed Amir Pallet.
Police say Cassata was trying to hit another man at the time.

A reminder to motorists that on Monday, March 11th, between 4 and 10 p.m. Ellicott Avenue between West Main St. and Mix Pl. will experience a road closure.
National Grid will be replacing infrastructure that requires closing the entire stretch of road to all through traffic.
National Grid anticipates three properties to experience an outage and they have already been notified.
This work is also weather dependent.

Evening News Briefing

Genesee County’s Economic Development Center helps out a local small business.
Tenney Laundry has been granted $15,832 in sales tax breaks in return for its $197,896 investment in new equipment.
Tenney has also applied to the city’s development corporation for a grant to repair its façade.
The GCEDC also approved tax breaks of $206,000 for Gateway GS to build out the interior of a building its already owns in the Gateway 2 Corporate Park in the Town of Batavia. The $450,000 project is expected to create five jobs.

This note for Batavia motorists: on Monday afternoon, Ellicott Ave will be closed between West Main and Mix Place.
National Grid is working on its infrastructure.
Arrangements have been made for local residents to reach their homes.

Lawmen in Medina snag seven people on drug charges.
Police seized crack and powdered cocaine, scales, packaging and $4,000 in cash.
Authorities say more arrests are pending.

A Geneseo man is behind bars for allegedly hurting a baby.
Police say 25 year old Brandon Augsbury injured a three month old he was caring for in his home.
The baby suffered substantial bruising and broken ribs.
Augsbury is charged with felony assault and child endangerment.

A Mount Morris man will be spending at least the next 25 years behind bars.
48-year-old Frank Cassata was convicted of hitting and killing a three-year-old Rochester boy.
Cassata was drunk when he purposely went off the road on Lyell Avenue last June and killed the boy Cassata said he was trying to hit someone else.

The Sound of Music fills Batavia High School auditorium this weekend.
The BHS Production Club presents legendary play tonight and tomorrow night at 7PM and Sunday afternoon at 2PM.

Scheduled closing on Ellicott Avenue

Press Release:

SCHEDULED ROAD CLOSURE

On Monday, March 11, 2019 between the hours of 4 PM to 10 PM Ellicott Avenue (between West Main St. and Mix Pl.) will experience a road closure. National Grid will be replacing infrastructure that will necessitate the road to be closed. The road will be closed to all through traffic.

Residents of Ellicott Avenue are asked to access Ellicott Avenue during this work from either Mix Place, Washington Avenue, Park Avenue or Richmond Avenue. Residents of Ellicott Avenue south of Mix Place will be permitted to access their property by entering/ exiting from the north side of Ellicott Avenue.
National Grid anticipates three properties to experience an outage and they have already been notified.

This work is weather dependent.

Thank you for your cooperation in advance

GCC Athletics Update: Cougars Baseball vs Hibbing College

Press Release:

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – After giving up nine runs in two games to start the season, Genesee Community College head baseball coach Skip Sherman went to experience on Thursday. Sherman handed the ball to sophomore Zack Zinck who went out and threw a 1-hitter over six innings with 10 strikeouts in an 8-0 win over Hibbing Community College (Minn.).

Zinck, who is from Bridgewater, Canada and went 4-3 last season, gave up a walk to the first batter of the game and a single in the fifth. He struck out five in a row at one point. Tyler Prospero (Batavia Notre Dame) shut the door with a perfect seventh striking out two.
“Not only did Zack have all of his pitches working, had had his spots perfect, in and out of the strike zone,” said Sherman. “Zack and Tyler threw a total of 97 pitches for the game and their performance was something our freshmen pitchers had a chance to learn from.”

At the plate for Genesee (2-1), shortstop Jordi Agosto was 3-for-3 with an RBI, Jacob MacLeod went 2-for-3 with a double and drove in four runs while John Faynor (Northstar) had a RBI double, Gabe Diaz (run), Deion Rosalia, Frankie Santiago and Rodolfo Rodriguez all singled.

Genesee takes on Mesabi Ridge CC and Vermillion CC on Friday.

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

GCEDC APPROVES INCENTIVES FOR GATEWAY GS, LLC AND TENNEY COIN LAUNDRY IN CITY OF BATVIA

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY – The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) approved incentives for two projects at the organization’s March 7, 2019 board meeting.

Gateway GS, LLC plans to invest $450,000 to build out the interior of an existing 27,000 sq. ft. spec building that the company constructed in 2018 at the Gateway II Corporate Park in the Town of Batavia. The project will create 5 new jobs.

Gateway GS, LLC will receive sales, mortgage and property tax exemptions totaling approximately $206,000. For every dollar of public benefit, the company will invest approximately $12.60 into the local economy.

Gateway GS, LLC intends to lease the space for various uses, including warehouse, distribution, light manufacturing, technology and commercial operations. The company has already lined up tenants for the improved facility, and plans to construct four additional buildings in the near future.

Tenney Coin Laundry, which located on Ellicott Street in the City of Batavia, is purchasing $197,896 in new equipment and was approved for a sales tax abatement of approximately $15,832. For every dollar of public benefit, Tenney Coin Laundry is investing $56.70 into the local economy.

Tenney Coin Laundry also has submitted a grant request to the Downtown Revitalization Initiative’s (DRI) building improvement fund for repairs to the facility’s facade as well as structural improvements. Funding through the DRI is administered by the Batavia Development Corporation.

Morning News Briefing

Drug Raid in Medina ends with seven under arrest.
The Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force and Homeland Security executed three separate search warrants throughout the village of Medina following investigation into crack and powder cocaine sales in the Village.
Seven people were arrested in total during yesterday’s raid.
19 year old Isaiah Casanova, 22 year old Quincy Casanova, Dakota Hunt, 24, Brittany Osby Turner, 28, Shentelle Gagnon, 29, Ronald Powell, 37, and 28 year old Kayla Rowling were all taken into custody.
Police seized crack and powder cocaine, along with $4,000 cash, scales, packaging, and other drug-related items.
All seven were committed to the Orleans County Jail.
Five were given bail however no bail was afforded to Powell and Gagnon due to prior criminal history.
More charges in the investigation and additional arrests are pending.

A Geneseo man is behind bars for allegedly injuring a young infant.
Members of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, Geneseo Police Department and Livingston County CPS responded to Strong Memorial Hospital Monday to investigate injuries to a three month old child.
Investigators alleged that 25 year old Brandon Augsbury caused substantial bruising and broken ribs to the three month old child while in his care at a residence in Geneseo and previously in the Town of York.
Sheriff’s Investigators arrested and charged Augsbury with felony Assault in the 2nd Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
In addition, the Geneseo Police Department has charged Augsbury with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Harassment.
He was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $10,000 bail and Child Protective Services is continuing with their investigation.

A Lockport man arrested for car damage at his exes home in Pembroke.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies report the arrest of 32 year of Axel Antongiorgi-Colon of Lockport after he was accused of damaging a vehicle in the parking lot of his ex-girlfriend’s residence on Main Road in Pembroke in December of last year.
He was charged with Criminal Mischief and issued an appearance ticket for March 21st in Pembroke Town Court.

Deputies bust a LeRoy resident for a Batavia larceny.
35 year old Nicole Albrecht of Pleasant Street LeRoy was arrested and charged with Petit Larceny after she allegedly stole a television from the Target on Veterans Memorial Drive in Batavia.
Albrecht was released with an appearance ticket for next Thursday in Batavia Town Court.

Governor Cuomo won’t sign a budget that’s fiscally irresponsible.
That’s the word from state budget director Robert Mujica.
He says the governor wants to see a budget proposal from lawmakers with both a permanent tax cap and bail reform.
Mujica also stressed that the governor believes getting things right is more important than meeting a deadline.
The state’s fiscal year ends March 31st.

Evening News Briefing

New York State lawmakers are thinking about increasing the legal age to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21.
The law – which has already passed the State Assembly – applies to tobacco and e-cigarettes. The measure now goes to the State Senate.
The governor has pledged to sign it, part of his campaign to reduce the number of smokers in New York State.

Goart! is doing better financially.
Exec Director Gregory Hallock, says new programs and fundraisers put the organization 40-thousand dollars in the black for last year. The Celebrity Bartender program was a big hit and was credited with bringing younger people into Goart!
Hallock spoke to the county legislature’s Human Services Committee.

Wegman’s is once again topping a national quality list.
This time Wegman’s has been singled out for having one of the best corporate reputations in the country.
Wegman’s ranked number one in the ranking by the Harris Poll, beating out runner up Amazon.

A big Saturday afternoon for high school girls basketball.
The Elba Lady Lancers take on Franklinville at 1pm this Saturday at Buff State College.
At 3pm, Oakfield-Alabama Hornets play Section 6 Maple Grove.
John Vazquez calls all the action for both games this Saturday afternoon on WBTA FM and AM and WBTAi.com.

Morning News Briefing

State lawmakers are pushing through a new bill to raise the age for tobacco purchases.
A new bill has passed through the State Assembly and is now heading to the Senate that would increase the age restriction for those making tobacco and e-cigarette purchases.
The law would raise the minimum age from 18 to 21.
The proposal is in-line Governor Cuomo’s continued push to cut the number of smokers in New York State.
Cuomo says if it passes in the Senate he’ll sign it into law.

GO ART is growing under leadership of their latest director.
Since starting the job in July of 2017 GOART! Director Gregory Hallock has pulled the organization back into the black.
Members of the Human Services Committee appeared to be satisfied with the job Hallock has done at their latest meeting.
Hallock has started a number of new programs and profitable fundraisers, expanded gallery shows, acquired a liquor license for beer and wine sales at Seymore Place since his promotion.
GO ART! has taken in more money than it has spent in previous years however depreciation on their headquarters at Seymore Place ended in a financial loss for the organization at least until last year, when GO ART! reported to be $40,000 in the black.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Rally to fairly fund Upstate roads and bridges joined by Hawley.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia joined legislators, highway superintendents and members of road repair crews from across the state yesterday to call for a $150 million increase to the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program also known as CHIPS.
They also want restoration of $65 million in Extreme Winter Recovery funds that Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to axe from this year’s budget.

Wegmans has found itself on top of a national list.
The supermarket chain was ranked number one for having the best corporate reputation in the Harris Poll Reputation Quotient Study.
Wegmans scored 83 out of 100 points, which was slightly higher than runner-up Amazon.
Companies were evaluated on factors like trust and business trajectory.
Patagonia, L.L. Bean and Walt Disney rounded out the top five.

Democrats in the state Senate say they’re still moving forward with plans to increase education spending in this year’s budget.
The news comes after Comptroller Tom DiNapoli released a revenue projection lower than what some lawmakers were expecting.
If the Legislature wants schools to get more funding using DiNapoli’s estimate, they’d need to take money from other areas or raise taxes.
Education is one of the biggest spending areas in the state budget.

As We “Spring Forward,” It’s Time for a Change!

Press Release:

Three of every five home fire deaths occur in a home without a working smoke alarm

New 10-Year Smoke Alarm Law Takes Effect on April 1, 2019

(NEW YORK – March 5, 2019) Daylight Savings Time will begin on March 10, signaling the unofficial start of spring. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York is urging New Yorkers to replace all aging, removeable battery-powered smoke alarms with newer models while testing any other units currently in use to ensure they are in working order. Any smoke alarm over 10 years of age should be replaced, as the sensors begin to decay after a decade of use.

FASNY specifically encourages New Yorkers to install smoke alarms equipped with sealed-in, non-removable batteries that last for 10 years. These alarms do not require any battery changes during their lifespan and are nearly impossible to disable. Beginning on April 1, 2019, this will be the only type of battery-powered smoke alarm permitted to be sold in New York, the result of legislation universally supported by the State’s fire service and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo in December of 2015.

The passage and implementation of this legislation will save lives. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three of every five home fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms or working smoke alarms. Firefighters frequently encounter smoke alarms with missing or dead batteries, meaning these homes are defenseless against fire. The beginning of Daylight Savings Time is an excellent opportunity for residents and homeowners to update their fire protection technologies. FASNY also encourages the installation of home fire sprinklers, which dramatically reduce civilian fire deaths and injuries, as well as protecting the responding firefighters.

Most fatal fires happen between midnight and 8AM and it takes only a few moments for fire to spread through a house. Occupants of a burning home may only have minutes to escape before being overcome by the smoke and flames. Working smoke alarms help ensure that people are awakened and able to take advantage of those precious minutes. Furthermore, NFPA research shows the presence of fire sprinklers lowers the civilian death rate by 81 percent, and the firefighter injury rate by nearly 80 percent.

Though it is only March, New York State has already experienced many tragic, civilian fire deaths this year. According to the US Fire Administration (as of March 5, 2019), there have been 34 home fire deaths in New York since the beginning of 2019. This leads the nation by a significant margin, with eight more than Pennsylvania, the state with the second-most number of deaths.

“Another tragic year is underway in New York State and FASNY believes it is time for a change,” said FASNY President Steven E. Klein. “Working smoke alarms, quite simply, save lives. We urge all New Yorkers to install smoke alarms equipped with non-removeable batteries, ensuring that their home and families are never left defenseless against fire. This is the single most important fire protection measure that people can take. Taking a few minutes to inspect and install smoke alarms now could be the difference between tragedy and survival. We applaud Governor Cuomo and the Legislature for banning the sale of smoke alarms with removeable batteries and are eager for the law to be implemented this spring.”

Smoke Alarm Tips from the NFPA and FASNY

• Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and near all sleeping areas.
• Test smoke alarms monthly to make sure they’re working. Replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old.
• Interconnect your smoke alarms so that when one smoke alarm sounds, they all do.
• If you have an alarm with a removable battery, be sure to check the batteries every six months, and change the batteries every year. If a battery is starting to lose its power, the unit will usually chirp to warn you. Do NOT disable the unit.
• Vacuum or blow out any dust that might have accumulated in the unit.
• NEVER borrow a battery from an alarm to use somewhere else.
• NEVER paint a smoke or CO alarm.
• Smoke alarms should not be installed near a window because drafts could interfere with their operation.
• Families should also develop and practice a home fire escape plan.
• Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for testing smoke alarms and replacing the batteries.

For more information visit www.NFPA.org.

 

Morning News Briefing

Perry man jailed for drug sales that led to an overdose.
32 year old Eric Martin of Perry has been arrested by Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies for allegedly selling heroin and a needle to the victim of a drug overdose.
Investigation began last month following a heroin overdose that occurred in the Town of Castile.
The overdose victim received medical treatment and survived the incident.
Martin was also accused of accepting payment for the drugs by unlawfully using another person’s debit card.
He is charged with felony counts of Criminal Sale and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument, Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia, a felony count of Grand Larceny and Criminal Possession of Personal Identification.
Martin was committed in lieu of $5,000 bail to Wyoming County Jail.

A Bergen woman busted on multiple arrest warrants.
43 year old Cythnia Owens of Rochester Street Bergen was arrested on three separate outstanding bench warrants out of Batavia City Court and was additionally charged with three counts of Bail Jumping.
She was taken into custody Monday morning in Rochester and remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $15,000 with her combined bail amounts.
Owens is expected back in City Court tomorrow.

Welfare fraud leads to arrest for a Wyoming County woman.
48 year old Rachel Hare of Gainesville was charged with a felony counts of Welfare Fraud, Offering a False Instrument to File and Grand Larceny following an investigation by the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Social Services.
Hare allegedly failed to report she had been married since 2014 and exceeded the resource limit for a married couple by receiving a total of nearly 24-thousand dollars in county taxpayer and Social Security benefits which she was not entitled to.
Hare is scheduled to appear on March 25th in Warsaw Town Court.

Underfunded State Health Programs causing an unexpected county expense according to officials.
According to Paul Pettit, Director of Health Services for Genesee County New York’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year includes several public health policy changes that health officials support, however the changes don’t necessarily come with flexible or increased funding to help pay for the program and could create new unfunded mandates for the county.
Pettit explained the issue to the Human Services Committee during a department review Monday noting that providers for the Early Intervention Program haven’t received a raise in 20 years and the governor’s budget includes a 5-percent increase in the reimbursement rate and it seems the burden for the additional expense will fall largely on the county.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Governor Cuomo is expected to sign a new gun control measure into law requiring gun owners to lock away their weapons when children are present.
The legislation passed by the Democrat-controlled state legislature states that anytime someone under 16 is in the home a gun owners would be required to keep firearms in a locked cabinet or equipped with a trigger-locking device.
The Assembly and Senate passed the legislation Monday, five weeks after lawmakers approved a package of other gun-control measures.
Assembly and Senate Republicans who voted against the measure said it’s an infringement on Second Amendment rights to bear arms and could leave a gun owner defenseless against intruders.

Former Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio may be running for office again.
This week, she talked with officials about possibly becoming a candidate for Rochester City Council or the Rochester City Court.
The state Court of Appeals removed her from the bench last year after several run-ins with the law.
But, Astacio could still run for City Council if she gets enough signatures to be on the ballot.

Congressman Chris Collins Recognizes Pendleton Woman as ‘Veteran of the Month’

Press Release:

Clarence, NY – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today recognized U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Laura Norwood of Pendleton, NY as his office’s “Veteran on the Month.”

“It was an honor to present Laura with a small gesture of gratitude for her service,” said Congressman Collins. “Laura has spent her entire life devoted to taking care of those who need it the most, and she represents the veterans here in NY-27 who have served their country with honor. My office will continue to recognize a local ‘Veteran of the Month’ to ensure our communities never forget these patriotic men and women who have selflessly served our country.”

Laura Norwood joined the United States Army Reserve as a registered nurse and served from November 6, 1980 to July 5, 2005. After accepting a position as a Nurse Administrator at the Gowanda Psychiatric Center, her unit was called for active duty to serve in both Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. When Laura returned home from Desert Storm, she transferred to the AMEDD Augmentation Detachment, a program that places certain medical personnel with army units where they are needed. Laura participated in monthly drills for the Buffalo Veteran Administration Hospital Operating Room, while serving on active duty which relocated her to other medical facilities throughout the country. Laura retired from the United States Army Reserve with 23 years of creditable service and earned the Armed Service Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, and 2 Bronze Service Stars.

Amongst friends and family, Laura 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

Woman struck by a vehicle during police pursuit through Alabama.
A police chase that stretched across two counties ended with a woman in the hospital after she was struck by a vehicle on Judge Road.
The pursuit which began and ended in Orleans County made a pass through the Alabama area when a woman was reportedly struck.
The accident was first reported at around quarter to midnight last night with Alabama Fire and Mercy EMS called to Judge Road for the female victim.
The pursuit concluded just before midnight as the vehicle reportedly left Genesee County was briefly lost by Orleans County Patrols and then ultimately located.
State Police reportedly had the vehicle impounded and at last report the woman was transported to Erie County Medical Center.
No word on her condition as of this morning.

Governor Cuomo’s gun control measures continue as a new gun safety bill awaits his signature.
Yesterday state legislators passed a measure that will require people to keep their guns locked up if a child under the age of 16 is in their home.
Anyone caught breaking the law will be charged with a misdemeanor.
Safely stored guns are only required if someone in a home is federally banned from owning one under the current state law.

Dangerous driving lands a Corfu man behind bars.
30 year old Brian Wilson of Corfu was arrested after allegedly driving without headlights on two separate occasions early Monday morning on Route 104 and Lake Avenue in Williamson according to Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputies.
Lawmen allege he was driving at a high rate of speed on Lake Avenue and in both incidents before sunrise, during snowy weather conditions.
Wilson was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment and remanded to Wayne County Jail in lieu of bail.

The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership has celebrated the graduation of 23 students from its School of Practical Nursing program.
Of these 23 students, 18 students graduated with high honors which is a 90 percent or above.
Students took part in the 12-month, 12-hundred hour program that is certified by the New York State Education Department and designed to prepare graduates for their examination to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will be getting involved in this year’s state budget process.
Today, he’s expected to announce a binding revenue estimate for state lawmakers and the governor to work with as they try and strike a deal.
Both sides are trying to figure out how much money will go towards things like health care and education.
The end of the fiscal year is March 31st.

Hillary Clinton is making it official, saying she will not run for president in 2020.
She tells News 12 Westchester that she is ruling out another presidential bid and instead plans to take an “active role” by working with fellow Democratic candidates who are running.
The former New York Senator, First Lady and Secretary of State vowed to do everything she can to help Democrats win back the White House.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s lacrosse

Women’s lacrosse action from last season (Genesee Athletics)

Press Release:

Genesee Women’s Lacrosse Announces 2019 Schedule

BATAVIA, NY… Genesee women’s lacrosse head coach Jeff Reyngoudt is announcing the 2019 schedule for the Genesee Community College Cougars. “We are looking forward to having a very competitive season”, comments Genesee Head Coach Jeff Reyngoudt, who is entering his third full season leading the women’s lacrosse program, which is entering its ninth season.

The 2019 season opener will take place at home on Saturday, March 30 as they take on CCBC-Essex.

The month of April will see Genesee have two home games on their home field as they host Harford Community College on Friday, April 19 at 2:00pm, followed by a noon game vs Howard Community College on April 27. The Cougars’ heavy-road schedule will see Genesee travel to Onondaga (April 3), Mohawk Valley (April 6), Erie Community College (April 10), two games at North Country Community College (April 13, April 14), Monroe Community College (April 17), and at Jefferson Community College (April 24).

Genesee’s home finale will take place on Thursday, May 2 at 4:00pm vs Jefferson Community College.
Postseason play will begin the weekend of May 11-12 at the Region III Final Four, hosted at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY. The NJCAA National Tournament will take place the following weekend in Arnold, Maryland.

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

GCC Athletics Update: White and Anthony Commit sign to Schools

Leo Anthony (L) and Ross White (R) joined by Genesee Athletics Director Kristen Schuth as they sign their commitments to 4-year universities

Press Release:

Genesee’s White and Anthony Commit to Four-Year Schools

BATAVIA, NY… Genesee men’s soccer players Ross White and Leo Anthony are both continuing with their soccer careers. White will be attending Harding University and Anthony will be attending Cincinnati Christian University this coming fall.

Ross White will be majoring in Sport Management while attending Harding University. “I wish everyone the best in whatever they want to do after Genesee”, White said. The Harrogate, England native will be making an impact for the Bisons, an NCAA Division II program that competes in the Great American Conference. This season, White scored four goals and added two assists, and served as the team captain.

Leo Anthony will be attending NAIA Division I Cincinnati Christian University in Ohio, majoring in Sport Management. “I am forever grateful for the help and opportunities that Genesee has given me. The staff and students always treated me well and I have made friends for life and memories I will always have”, Anthony said. Anthony scored three goals and added four assists this season for the Cougars.

Both White and Anthony were part of the Cougars’ 2017 NJCAA Division II Men’s Soccer National Championship team and this past season, reached the NJCAA Division II Men’s Soccer National Semifinals.

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES MARCH OFFICE HOURS

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is holding his next round of office hours for Genesee and Monroe county residents starting this 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
March Office Hours:

Monroe County:

Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ellwanger Room
Seymour Library
161 East Avenue, Brockport
Wednesday, March 20, 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, March 15, 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, March 29, 2019
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

GCC Athletics Update: Athletes of the Week

Molly Buck (L) and Jamir Cheek (R) from Genesee’s basketball programs were named Athletes of the Week for the Week of March 4

Press Release:

Cheek and Buck Named Genesee Athletes of the Week

BATAVIA, NY… Basketball players Jamir Cheek and Molly Buck were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the week of March 4.

Jamir Cheek scored 19 points, collected five rebounds and dished out a team-high two assists in Genesee’s 109-73 loss in the WNYAC/NJCAA Region III Division II semi-finals to the eventual Region and Conference champion Erie CC Kats. The men’s basketball team finished the 2018-19 season with an overall record of 15-14.

Molly Buck led Genesee’s offense with 18 points and collecting six rebounds in the WNYAC/NJCAA Region III Division II semifinal contest against the Monroe Community College Tribunes, a game in which the Cougars and Tribunes traded the lead several times throughout, until MCC pulled away to earn a 80-64 victory. The Cougars finish the season with a record of 17-11.

Morning News Briefing

The Alpina Foods plant in Batavia is set to be sold to Upstate Niagara Cooperative Inc.
According to CEO of Upstate Niagara Larry Webster, the Buffalo based dairy producer has signed a purchase agreement to buy the former yogurt plant in Batavia.
The news was announced at the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce awards ceremony at Quality Inn & Suites in Batavia.
The Alpina plant is located in the Genesee Valley Agri-business Park on Ag Park Drive West.
Alpina closed their yogurt making operations at the plant in January.

Pembroke resident jailed for Assault that allegedly endangered children.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies report the arrest of 42 year old Philip Severino, of Pratt Road in Pembroke for Assault in the second degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child less than 17 years old.
Severino was taken into custody following investigation into a domestic incident late last month at a Pratt Road residence.
He was remanded to the Genesee County Jail on two-thousand dollars bail and is expected to reappear in Pembroke Town Court next Tuesday.

An Ellicott Ave resident busted for Bail Jumping.
City Police have apprehended 20 year old Ahdeosun Aiken of Batavia on a City Court Arrest Warrant after he was observed walking down Thorp Street in Batavia.
Aiken was wanted on a Petit Larceny charge from January of this year as well as for Bail Jumping in September in last year.
Aiken was committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Near head-on collision ends in arrest for a LeRoy resident.
59 year old Derrick Pickard of Genesee Street, Le Roy was arrested Friday by LeRoy Police after an off-duty Patrol reported that they had almost been struck head on and had the operator of the vehicle detained.
Pickard is accused of failing to maintain his lane and nearly causing an accident.
Following a brief investigation he was taken into custody and charged with Driving Impaired by Drugs, Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle and Failure to Keep Right.
Pickard was issued tickets returnable to LeRoy Town Court on March 14th.

Police in LeRoy report a felony arrest after finding a Rochester resident asleep at the wheel.
LeRoy Police took 37 year old Ronald Besemer-McLean of Rochester into custody on felony counts of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and Tampering with Physical Evidence, along with a misdemeanor count of Resisting Arrest after he was allegedly found asleep in the driver’s seat on State Route 19 Saturday.
According to police Besemer-McLean struggled with officers up his arrest and swallowed evidence that would have likely ended in another charge.
He was ultimately placed under arrest and remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.
Besemer-McLean is to return to the Le Roy Town Court on March 5th.

Some state lawmakers will be holding a press conference in Albany today.
They’ll be requesting funding for the Student Loan Consumer Assistance Program.
It would offer assistance to borrowers across New York who are dealing with deceptive student loan industry practices.
After this morning’s event, there will be a public hearing in the Senate on student loan debt.

The Alexander Happy Agers meeting has been cancelled for today Monday March 4th.

Congressman Chris Collins Announces $40,000 in Federal Funding For The Genesee County Office For the Aging

Press Release:

Clarence, NY – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $40,000 in federal funding for The Genesee County Office For the Aging. This grant was awarded through the Senior Corps RSVP from The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a program that leverages the skills and experience of seniors from across the country to serve in a variety of volunteering activities.

The Senior Corps RSVP is one of the largest volunteering networks in the nation that engages Americans 55 or older in citizen service to address problems that our country faces. These services can range from fighting the opioid epidemic, connecting veterans to jobs and benefits, and ensuring seniors age dependently and with dignity.

“ As we get older it is important we keep ourselves active,” said Congressman Collins. “The Senior Corps program is a great way to get involved in our community while helping others.”

The Genesee County Office for the Aging offers a variety of programs and services to all county residents who are the age of 60 and over. Their mission is to provide information, support, and advocacy to their residents while promoting independence to improve the quality of life.

The Senior Corps engages approximately 220,000 Americans at 25,000 locations across the nation through its Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, and RSVP programs.

Ranzenhofer Backs Plan to Re-Open New York For Business

Press Release:

Sensible tax and economic development reforms present clear alternatives to irresponsible policies of radical New York City Democrats

Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer is advocating for a new set of common-sense solutions to address New York’s ailing business climate so that more hard-working families can live, work and thrive in Western New York. The Re-Open New York for Business Plan is in response to Senate Democrats outright rejection of the Amazon HQ2 project, costing New Yorkers 25,000 new jobs and $27.5 billion in revenue.

The new plan would help reinvigorate the state economy and establish countless job opportunities for middle-class workers, while beginning to undo some of the damage Senate Democrats have done by stopping the Amazon HQ2 project.

“When Senate Democrats turned down 25,000 new jobs, they sent a clear message to job-creators across the nation that New York is closed for business,” said Ranzenhofer. “That is why I am fighting to re-open New York for business by enacting each one of these sensible tax and economic development reforms.”

The comprehensive jobs plan includes:

Fighting for Meaningful Tax Cuts for Small Businesses, including a $495 million income tax exemption for Small Businesses & Farmers, as well as a STAR program for Small Businesses, achieving another $275 million in savings;
Fighting to Cut Burdensome Energy Taxes, including elimination of the 18-A Regulatory Assessment, and building upon the successful elimination of the Senate Democrats’ 18-A surcharge;
Making the Property Tax Cap Permanent, currently a temporary measure which has saved taxpayers $37 billion since its inception;
Opposing any new taxes to balance the budget, including the Governor’s plan to impose new taxes on internet purchases and prescription drugs, among other fees in the Executive Budget proposal;
Pushing for much-needed needed reform of the Public Authorities Control Board, so one person can never again misuse their vote to impede job growth and progress for New York; and
Calling upon the Governor and Legislature to enact comprehensive regulatory reform for small businesses across the state this year.

Weekend News Briefing

A Batavia woman busted after being found asleep at the wheel.
39 year old Elizabeth Johnson of Batavia was discovered by Deputies asleep in her vehicle with her motor running on Indian Falls Road in Pembroke early Saturday morning.
Following a roadside investigation Johnson was placed under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated and for Drinking Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle on a Highway.
She was ultimately released with an appearance ticket for Pembroke Town Court on March 21st.

An Oakfield resident arrested for reconnecting to the village water line.
36 year old Brian Falk of Irving Parkway in Oakfield was arrested and charged with Criminal Tampering following investigation into a larceny complaint from the Village of Oakfield Water Department.
Falk was accused of reconnecting to the Village’s waterline after the connection was previously terminated.
He was issued an appearance ticket for Monday in Oakfield Town Court.

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services has announced that more than $5.1 million in funding has been awarded to establish 14 new recovery community centers across New York State, and expand services at two existing recovery centers.
The Genesee Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc. also known as GCASA in Genesee County has received $260,000 for their new recovery center.

New School Resource Officers in Albion and Oakfield-Alabama.
Albion Police Officer Christopher Glogowski was officially appointed to the School Resource Officer position for the Albion Central School District.
Officer Glogowski has been a Law Enforcement Officer for about 3 years
Deputy Howard Wilson, V has been selected by the Oakfield-Alabama Central School District as its School Resource Officer.
Deputy Wilson is a 5-year veteran of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.

Art, Film and Comedy Highlight Arc Festival

News Release

BATAVIA – Arc of Genesee Orleans annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month celebration includes an art show and comedy-themed film festival. The community is invited to attend the Saturday, March 9 event at Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee Community College. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. for the art show that features work by individuals served at the local disability service provider.

Anthony “Laughing Jack” Oliver

Agency Director of Development Shelley Falitico said kicking off the films at 1:00 p.m. will be Anthony Oliver, aka “Laughing Jack!!” in a fifteen minute standup routine. “Laughing Jack is a natural entertainer and we are happy he’s making his debut at our Art Show & Film Festival,” she said.

All of the films are from the New York City-based Sprout collection. “Sprout films are produced by or feature individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities – the work is amazing,” Ms. Falitico said, “And this year – very funny!”

The Art Show & Film Festival is free and open to the public.

GCSO: Newest School Resource Officer Assignment

Press Release:

Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr. Announces Newest School Resource Officer Assignment

Genesee County Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr. is pleased to announce that as a result of the collaboration between the Genesee County Legislature, Oakfield-Alabama Central School Board and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, the assignment of a School Resource Officer has been approved.

Deputy Howard O. Wilson, V has been selected by the Oakfield-Alabama Central School District as its School Resource Officer. Deputy Wilson is a 5-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office. He was hired as a Correction Officer in 2014 and then appointed to Deputy Sheriff in 2016. During his tenure, he has earned three Commendations.

“The Oakfield-Alabama School District and Board are proud to have Deputy Sheriff Howard Wilson serve as our School Resource Officer. We look forward in creating a positive working relationship with him as he will serve to help and assist our students and community in many different facets. Thank you to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office for this agreement,” stated Superintendent John Fisgus.

Sheriff Sheron indicated that his goal has always been to establish a School Resource Officer in all county schools to ensure the safety and protection of the students and faculty. “With the assignment of Deputy Wilson in the Oakfield-Alabama Schools, we are that much closer to our goal. Although the cost associated with placing a School Resource Officer in the schools is significant, I believe the safety and security of our children should be of the utmost precedence.”

APD: Albion School Resource Officer Announced

Press Release:

The Albion Police Department is pleased to announce the recent advancement in the relationship between the Albion Central School District and the Albion Police Department, with the official installment of an on-duty School Resource Officer.

Albion Police Officer Christopher Glogowski was officially appointed to the School Resource Officer position after officials from the Albion Central School District and the Albion Police Department came to an agreement regarding the funding and normal every day duties withheld by the School Resource Officer. Officer Glogowski has been a Law Enforcement Officer for about 3 years after graduating from the Rural Police Training Academy in 2016, and was appointed to the School Resource Officer position after an interview process involving Albion Police Chief Roland Nenni, School Superintendent Michael Bonnewell as well as other Police Department and School staff. At any given time, Officer Glogowski will be present in and around all of the Albion Central Schools, Monday through Friday as well as a number of after school events and activities.

The Albion Police Department looks forward to the growing relationship with Students, parents and school staff. The addition of Officer Glogowski is expected to be an expansion of positive police presence in the Albion schools as well as an overall asset to the Albion Community.

Authority: Roland D. Nenni III
Chief of Police

EDGE FACTOR FOUNDER & CEO JEREMY BOUT ANNOUNCED AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR GCEDC’S ANNUAL MEETING

Press Release:

Annual Meeting takes place March 8 at Batavia Downs

BATAVIA, NY – The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) announced today that founder and CEO of Edge Factor, Jeremy Bout will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Annual Meeting.

Bout is an award-winning storyteller and director, public speaker, and entrepreneur. His creative passion and energy, and desire to challenge perceptions and spotlight amazing people and technology enables communities to strengthen connections between schools, students and parents with companies and industries.

Edge Factor provides an innovative web platform of high-quality videos and interactive tools for students, parents, teachers, counselors, and businesses that help introduce the stakeholders across the county to STEM career pathways that align with the career paths currently in demand across the region. The GCEDC and the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (GVEP), the 2019 Partner of the Year, teamed to bring Edge Factor to Genesee County schools.

“When students, teachers, and parents experience Edge Factor stories, hope is sparked, ideas are formed, messages are conveyed, and follow-up action is taken,” Bout said. “In Genesee County, economic development and educational leaders are connecting students and parents with local businesses and educational pathways to careers available right in their own backyard.”

“Jeremy’s work with Edge Factor has paved the way for career opportunities for young people all over the country and we are thrilled to not only bring the program to Genesee County, but to hear his remarks at our Annual Meeting,” said President and CEO of GCEDC, Steve Hyde.

14 school districts in the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership have signed up for Edge Factor, which will provide a unified method of connecting students to STEAM and skilled trades careers through Edge Factor’s streaming video platform, which is stocked with videos and interactive tools filmed and produced by Edge Factor, including inspirational content and soft skills training.

Morning News Briefing

An Albion man arrested for possessing child porn.
32 year old Andrew Campbell of Albion has been arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession of child pornography.
Investigation began last July when a witness contacted the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office after discovering a disturbing video on Campbell’s computer.
The witness reportedly lived with Campbell who was kicked out of the residence last summer at which time the witness turned over the computer and other devices to the police.
Forensic investigators discovered over 100 images and 20 videos containing child pornography on the devices.
Campbell now faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine if he is found guilty on the child porn charge.

An Irondequiot resident busted for drunk driving in Batavia.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies apprehended 47 year old Jason Forte on West Main Street Road in the Town of Batavia last night following a motor vehicle crash.
Following a roadside investigation Forte was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and for failing to yield the right of way while entering the roadway.
He is expected to appear in Batavia Town Court on March 21st.

An Irving man arrested for an incident on the Rez.
66 year old Lawrence Isaaz of Brant Reservation Road in Irving was taken into custody on a count of Harassment with Physical Contact following an alleged incident on Bloomingdale Road on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation earlier this month.
Isaac was accused of shoving an individual while at the Community Center on the Rez.
He was arraigned in Alabama Town Court yesterday and is scheduled to reappear in Court on March 7th.

State lawmakers have passed a revenge porn law that could land someone in jail for up to a year.
Governor Cuomo says revenge porn is disgusting behavior which can follow victims for their entire lives.
The crime happens when someone posts intimate pictures or video of an ex or partner to social media without permission and with intention to cause harm.
When the law is signed, New York will join dozens of states with revenge porn legislation on the books.

Governor Cuomo is pushing lawmakers to make the state’s property tax cap permanent.
The governor says he’s fully committed to seeing that the cap is part of the upcoming state budget.
Yesterday, Cuomo spoke of the difficulties families face with high property taxes, noting some people pay less on their mortgage than on taxes.
Since 2011, property tax increases have been capped at two-percent per year.

Morning News Briefing

Parolee picked up for a gas station robbery in the City.
A Batavia man already on parole for a prior robbery is now accused of robbing the Speedway gas station on West Main Street.
According to Batavia Police the Speedway was robbed just before 10 Tuesday night.
Police have arrested 37 year old Daryl Leach of State Street in the incident.
Leach was taken into custody at a home on Swamp Road in Bergen.
Police did not report any injuries in the heist and say that Leach made off with an undetermined amount of cash.
Leach was on parole until 2023 for a prior robbery with assault and had just been released from prison last July.

Electrical issues lead to fire in Attica.
A house fire was reported at a Washington Street address in the Village of Attica yesterday afternoon just before 4:30 p.m.
In total seven fire companies responded.
The six residents made it out of the apartment house without any injuries reported and all six were being assisted by the Red Cross.
The home is considered a total loss with $85,000 in estimated damages.
Investigators identified an overheated extension cord plugged into a space heater as the source of the blaze.

As recreational marijuana appears to be an eventual reality in New York Counties across the State are seeking to increase the Governor’s proposed local marijuana tax.
The New York State Association of Counties says the Governor’s proposed 2% local sales tax is not enough and are asking for the local sales tax for pot to be increased to 4%.
They say county costs associated with legalization of recreational pot would be offset from the increase in revenue.

The state budget is due in a few weeks, and Assembly Republicans know what they want to be included.
GOP members are calling for a two-percent property tax cap to be permanent.
They’d also like to provide living wages for direct-care workers.
Lawmakers also want small businesses to get a boost and an initiative put in place to help lower student debt.
The end of the state’s fiscal year is March 31st.

The Buffalo Bills are hiring for a rather unique position.
The team is looking for someone to become the next Billy Buffalo mascot.
Whoever gets hired will have to don the costume and pump fans up before home games at New Era Field and represent the team during select events.
The deadline to apply is March 5th.
More information is available online.

Evening News Briefing

The Speedway gas station on West Main Street was robbed, allegedly by a Batavia man already on parole for another crime.
Batavia Police tell us the Speedway was robbed last night just before 10.
Charged in connection with the caper is 37 year old Daryl Leach of State Street. Leach was collared at a home on Swamp Road in Bergen.
No one was hurt in the heist. Police say Leach made off with an undetermined amount of cash.

 

Donald Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, says Trump inflated his net worth by four-billion dollars to try and buy The Buffalo Bills

Speaking today before the House Oversight Committee, Michael Cohen filed financial documents that Trump submitted during his 2014 attempt to buy the Bills. Cohen said Trump inflated and deflated his total assets when it “served his purposes.”

There is another Winter Weather Advisory posted for us.
The advisory is posted for Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties until 10 tonight.
The National Weather Service and 13-Wham forecasts new snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches most in the late afternoon and early evening.

Governor Cuomo wants to expand a program that cracks down on people who abuse and defraud the state’s STAR school tax relief program.
Cuomo is calling for anyone caught giving false information to be banned from getting STAR benefits for six years.

Three executives with Pegula Sports and Entertainment have left their positions.
President and CEO Kim Pegula says chief operating officer Bruce Popko and two other officials are no longer with the company. Their replacements haven’t been announced. Pegula Sports operates the Buffalo Bills and Sabres.

Speedway in Batavia Robbed

News Release

The Batavia Police Department investigated a robbery at Speedway Gas Station located at 204 W. Main St, Batavia, NY. The robbery occurred on 02/26/2019 at approximately 9:55 PM. No weapon was displayed and no one was hurt.

Through the investigation, Daryl Leach, age 37, of State St., Batavia, NY, was identified as the suspect of the robbery. Leach allegedly made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. Leach is currently on parole.

Leach was located and taken into custody at an address on Swamp Rd. in Bergen by NYS Parole, assisted by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. There are no other suspect(s) as it appeared Leach acted alone.

GCC Athletics Update: Genesee Defeats Mercyhurst

Genesee Defeats Mercyhurst; Advances to Region III Final Four

Press Release:

The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team defeated the Mercyhurst Northeast Saints 71-59 in the WNYAC/NJCAA Region III Division II Sub-Regional game Tuesday night.

With the victory, Genesee advances to the Final Four, and will play Erie Community College in the semifinals Saturday afternoon.

While the Cougars trailed for much of the opening half and was down as many as nine points, Genesee clawed their way back into the game behind strong play from Jamir Cheek and Kevin Major. Key blocks from Alpha Camara and strong play off the glass from Brandon Speller carried Genesee to the victory.

Major led the way in scoring for Genesee with 24 points. Jarett Haines scored 13 points and five assists. Jamir Cheek scored eight points and added seven assists. Alpha Camara scored eight points with three blocks. Brandon Speller scored nine points, collected seven rebounds and dished out three assists.

Genesee advances to the Region III Tournament Final Four. Genesee will play Erie Community College Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm. The game will take place at the Burt Flickinger Center in Downtown Buffalo, NY.

Morning News Briefing

Snow fall continues with a Winter Weather Advisory posted.
There’s more snow in the forecast as a Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect for today.
Most of the region including Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming and Livingston counties are now under the weather advisory according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo.
Forecasters are calling for 4 to 7 inches of total snow accumulations by the end of the day.
The advisory is set to expire at 10 o’clock tonight.
Morning and evening commuters are encouraged to use caution as travel could be difficult dealing with hazardous conditions.

A Wanted man in Batavia placed behind bars.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies apprehended 38 year old Michael Jackson, who has no address listed by lawmen, and turned him over to the Batavia Police Department where he was arrested on multiple warrants out of city court.
Jackson had arrest warrants out for failing to appear in Batavia City Court after being charged in two separate incidents that occurred in December of last year.
Jackson was arrested and charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in one occurrence at the City Centre and also for Petit Larceny from an Ellicott Street address.
He was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of bail and is expected to appear on Thursday in Batavia City Court.

Deputies bust a Rochester resident driving with drugs without a license in Stafford.
19 year old Othello Garwo was subject to a traffic stop on Route 33 in Stafford early yesterday morning by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies for allegedly having an obstructed view.
Officers discovered that Garwo was allegedly driving on a suspended registration, without a license and in possession of pot.
He was hit with four counts including Unlicensed Operator and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and was released with an appearance ticket for Stafford Town Court next month.

The state Senate Health Committee will vote today on a bill that could lead to a ban on the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies.
If approved, pharmacies would have one year to follow the ban or face a two-thousand dollar fine for each violation.
Supporters say the legislation would be a big step towards limiting exposure to potentially dangerous products.
Tobacco companies say they’re worried about the impact on their business.

Governor Cuomo wants to expand a program that cracks down on people who abuse and defraud the state’s STAR school tax relief program.
The governor says some folks will lie to get their hands on a portion of the money given out each year.
He’s calling for anyone caught giving false information to be banned from getting STAR benefits for six years.
The program is for homeowners who make less than $500,000.

Morning News Briefing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo signs Red Flag Bill aimed at the mentally ill.
According to a new law in New York State, residents who are considered mentally ill by a judge can now have their second amendment rights taken away.
Governor Cuomo signed the Red Flag Bill yesterday which allows teachers and family members who suspect someone poses harm to report it to a judge.
The judge can then evaluate and determine whether the person’s guns should be confiscated.

The governor pointed to several school shootings where teachers say there were signs prior to the shooting that the shooter may have posed a risk.
Opponents to the bill argue that the legislation will allow people to easily strip gun owners of their rights.

Batavia City Council was embroiled in another emotion filled evening as the abortion issue continued to be debated at their Monday night meeting.
Seventeen speakers made public comments to council before they proceeded with their conference meeting, fifteen staunchly anti-abortion and two Pro-Choice.
Council ultimately decided by an 8 to 1 vote not to consider a resolution drafted by Council member Rose Mary Christian opposing the recently-passed New York Reproductive Health Act.
Christian cast the only vote to move the resolution to the board’s next Business meeting.
A visibly disappointed majority of the 125 people in attendance in council chambers began to file out after several people were kicked out for speaking out of turn.

National grid has been diligent with repairs and response due to the high winds that damaged power lines in the area.
Currently there are less than 5 customers still waiting for power restoration in Batavia with the remainder of the county back online.

A bill that could lead to a ban on the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies will start making its way through the state legislature this week.
Supporters say it’d be a big step towards limiting exposure to those products which have been known to cause serious health problems.
Data shows 25-thousand New Yorkers die from tobacco-related issues each year.
If approved, pharmacies would have one year to follow the ban or face a two-thousand dollar fine for each violation.

State lawmakers will be back in Albany after having the last several days off.
Their focus is expected to be on passing the state budget which is due in a few weeks.
One item that won’t be in the fiscal plan is a proposed ban on stretch limousines.
Governor Cuomo pitched the idea during his budget address in response to a deadly limo crash in Schoharie that killed 20 people.
Limo companies hit back at the governor after he announced the measure, arguing that it would cripple business

NYS DOT: TRAVELER ADVISORY

Press Release:

TRAVELER ADVISORY

The New York State Department of Transportation reminds motorists to treat dark traffic signals as all-way stops. In the event a traffic signal is malfunctioning or completely out of service due to a power outage, motorists should come to a complete stop and then take turns proceeding through the intersection.

In the event of a closed or blocked roadway due to downed power lines or trees, motorists are reminded to exercise caution and obey all signs or barricades, regardless of whether a roadway looks clear. These traffic control devices are for the safety of the traveling public and should be taken seriously.

NYSDOT signal crews will work cooperatively with local energy providers to restore power as quickly and efficiently as is safely possible.

For real-time travel information, call 511 or visit www.511ny.org. Find NYSDOT on the web at www.dot.ny.gov, and on Twitter at @NYSDOT.

GCC Athletics Update: Athletes of the Week

Genesee Athletes of the Week Kevin Major (L) and Erina Ishiguro (R)

Press Release:

Major and Ishiguro named Genesee Athletes of the Week

Basketball players Kevin Major and Erina Ishiguro were named Genesee Athletes of the Week for the week of February 25.

Kevin Major led the Cougars men’s basketball team in scoring in their last two contests, both key conference wins against the Jamestown Community College Jayhawks and the Mercyhurst Northeast Saints. Major scored a game-high 17 points off the Cougars bench against the Jayhawks, and then scoring 29 points on 11-14 shooting from the field against the Saints on Sophomore Day.

Erina (Ellie) Ishiguro led Genesee in scoring in their WNYAC contests this week against Jamestown Community College and Mercyhurst Northeast. Ishiguro scored 10 points and collected four rebounds against the Jamestown CC Jayhawks and then scored 23 points off the bench in the Cougars win vs the Mercyhurst Northeast Saints.

Women’s basketball has advanced to the NJCAA Region III Division II Basketball Tournament this coming weekend at Niagara County Community College. The Cougars will be in the semi-finals on Saturday afternoon. Men’s basketball will host Jamestown Community College on Tuesday night at 5:00pm in the NJCAA Region III Division II Basketball Tournament sub-regionals.

High Wind Warning Cancelled/Wind Advisory in Effect

Press Release:

Niagara-Orleans-Northern Erie-Genesee-Chautauqua-Southern Erie- Including the cities of Niagara Falls, Medina, Buffalo, Batavia, Jamestown, Orchard Park, and Springville

949 AM EST Mon Feb 25 2019

…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON…
…HIGH WIND WARNING IS CANCELLED…

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect until 4 PM EST this afternoon. The High Wind Warning has been cancelled.

* LOCATIONS…Niagara, Orleans, Erie, Genesee, and Chautauqua counties.

* TIMING…Through late this afternoon.

* WINDS…West 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

* IMPACTS…Strong wind gusts will bring down trees and power lines and result in numerous power outages. Shallow rooted pines will be particularly vulnerable. Minor property damage is also possible, especially to roofs and siding. Travel in high profile vehicles will be very difficult at times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Strong wind gusts of up to 57 mph will make driving difficult and could result in minor property damage. Home owners should secure personal property.

BPD: Six Suspects Wanted

Morning News Briefing

Power Outages being assessed as High Wind Warning continues.
A high wind warning remains in effect this morning for much of the region including Genesee and Orleans Counties.
The National Weather Service has issued the warning until 10 a.m. this morning with westerly winds expected from 30 to 40 mph with gusts reaching up to 65.
Travel advisories are in effect in Monroe, Livingston, Orleans and Yates Counties until further notice.
Drivers can still be on the road but are being urged to use caution.
Some early morning flights out of Greater Rochester International Airport have also been delayed or canceled.
This same storm is responsible for extensive damage and power outages in other parts of Western New York.
According to National Grid there are approximately 1,400 customers without power in Genesee County as of this morning.
Workers are currently assessing the conditions in much of the county and they expect power to be restored to over 400 customers in Alabama by 6 p.m. tonight and around 200 in Batavia by 4 p.m. this afternoon.
Power in LeRoy, Byron and Stafford is not expected to be restored until 7 p.m.

A Canadian man is killed in a crash in LeRoy.
According to LeRoy Police a vehicle traveling north on Route 19 Sunday morning apparently failed to negotiate a curve at Clay and Wolcott streets and hit a concrete island before going airborne and crashing into a house on Clay street.
The backseat passenger of the vehicle, 22 year old Jamel Love, of Thorold, Ontario was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The other two occupants were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital – one by Mercy Flight and one by ambulance.
They are in critical condition and their identities have not yet been released.
The crash remains under investigation.

Pratt Road resident busted for shoplifting and drug paraphernalia.
24 year old Michael Weichman of Batavia was arrested and charged with Petit Larceny and Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument following a reported incident of Shoplifting at the Tops Markets in Batavia.
Weichman was accused of trying to steal a full cart of items without paying for them and was additionally found with a hypodermic instrument upon his arrest.
He is expected to appear in City Court tomorrow.

The Buffalo Sabres have made a trade they hope helps booster their defense.
They’ve acquired Brandon Montour from the Anaheim Ducks.
In exchange, the Ducks receive defenseman Brendan Guhle and a first-round draft pick.
Montour has five goals and 20 assists in 62 games played this season.
The Sabres will be on the road tonight when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Click here for a full list of school and business closings for today.

High Wind Warning and Winter Weather Advisory in Effect

From the National Weather Service:

DANGEROUS WINDS AND FLASH FREEZE LATE THIS EVENING

Very strong and damaging winds will continue this evening from
the Lake Erie shore northeastward across the Niagara Frontier
and Genesee Valley. Peak wind gusts will reach 75 mph at
times.

Winds of this magnitude will result in extensive damage to trees
and power lines, widespread power outages, and property damage to
roofs and siding. Buildings which are under construction and older
deteriorating buildings may experience significant damage or even
collapse.

This is a particularly dangerous situation! If you must travel be
prepared for extensive damage and downed power lines. Always
assume power lines are live. Falling trees and power lines will
create a very dangerous environment to be outside in, including in
vehicles. Seek shelter in a substantial building until the
strongest of the winds begin to subside.

In addition to the very strong winds, temperatures will also fall
below freezing as we progress through the late afternoon and
early evening hours. This will result in the rapid freezing up of
water on untreated roadways, leading to areas of ice that could
make travel hazardous, particularly on bridges and overpasses. If
you must travel, be sure to slow down and exercise caution.

 

From WBTA News:

At early Sunday evening winds at the Genesee County Airport were out of the Southwest at 32mph.
A Peak Gust was recorded at 63mph.

Numerous tree limbs and wires have been reported down throughout Genesee County.

National Gid reported 4,600 customers with power in the county, half in the City and Town of Batavia.  The utility’s website says that an estimated time of power restoration is being assessed.

Weekend News Briefing

Photo provided by The Batavian

Next Level Fitness is now closing in Batavia.
A decade in business is coming to an end for Next Level Fitness.
Owner Ken Mistler has announced that the gym at the corner of Main and Jackson is closing for good.
The three-level fitness center opened in January of 2009.
Mistler spoke with our news partner The Batavian and expressed his appreciation for all the support…

Mistler says he has an opportunity to sell the building to a local investor, however it is too early for him to say what type of business will be brought in or if the building will be subdivided.
He said the recent opening of the franchised Planet Fitness on Veterans Memorial Drive had nothing to do with the closing of his gym.

The Local Drug Task Force nets three arrests in a Hutchins Street raid.
59 year old Lynda Harris and 25 year old Jenna Morrill both of Hutchins Street in the city along with 27 year old Darius Jones also known as “D” from Dewey Ave in Rochester were all taken into custody on counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Members of the Genesee County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a Hutchins Street address where all three were allegedly found with crack cocaine and Jones was also accused of possessing fentanyl.
Morrill was released with an appearance ticket, Harris was released under supervision of Genesee Justice and Jones was jailed without bail.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning in effect from 7 a.m. Sunday through 10 a.m. Monday for much of the region including Orleans and Genesee Counties.
Winds will be out of the west between 35 to 45 mph with gusts reaching up to 75 mph.
Strong winds will bring down trees, power lines and may result in power outages in the area for many days.
Home owners are encouraged to secure loose objects.
The City’s Police, Fire and Department of Public Works would like to remind residents that in the event of an extended power outage it may disrupt the community and the economy by hindering communications, water and transportation.
Officials have offered tips like using social media to let others know you are ok, maintaining food supplies that do not require refrigeration and to check on neighbors who may be especially vulnerable to extreme temperatures.
For a full list of preparatory measures click here.

Batavia blows past Livonia in Class B1 sectional with a stand-out performance from Stefaniak.
The Lady Blue Devils’ scored a 78 to 43 victory over Livonia in one of the Section 5 Class B1 girls’ basketball second round match-ups Friday night.
At her final home game of her career Batavia High Senior point guard Ryann Stefaniak, scored 35 points, including eight three-pointers.
The top ranked team in Batavia now moves on to face No.4 Palmyra-Macedon in the second game of a doubleheader Monday night at Caledonia-Mumford.

HAWLEY CALLS FOR STATE PRISONS TO REMAIN OPEN AMID GOV.’S SHUTDOWN EFFORT

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is calling for all state prisons to remain open and operating today amid a subtle announcement by the governor late Friday to close three unspecified state prisons. The plan was buried in a release of Gov. Cuomo’s 30-Day Amendments as changes to his Executive Budget proposal.

“Closing any state prisons would have dire consequences for public safety and the brave correctional officers who work with our incarcerated population,” Hawley said. “By consolidating the prison population, we run the risk of double bunking inmates and exacerbate the high number of violent attacks against corrections officers we have seen in recent years. This is not about a declining prison population, this is about the governor scrambling to save money to cover up his $2.3 billion budget shortfall – a terrible solution for an even worse self-inflicted problem.”

Morning News Briefing

Four drug related arrests out of Medina raid and traffic stop.
Following an investigation into drug sales in and around the Village of Medina, Orleans County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested four people and seized thousands of dollars’ worth of high-grade marijuana and vape cartridges containing THC.
Numerous marijuana related drug products and paraphernalia were discovered by deputies after they executed a search warrant at a residence on East Center Street and stopped a vehicle on Maple Ridge Road Wednesday.
22 year olds Kaitlyn Albone and Joshua Cuadrado were charged with counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and are both being held in lieu of bail.
22 year old Bennie Coger and 58 year old Doreene Casselman are facing counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Coger was also held in lieu of bail and Cassleman was released with appearance tickets for next month.

Batavia woman busted for stolen credit cards.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies apprehended 29 year old Kayleigh Perez of Cone Street Batavia following investigation into stolen credit cards.
Perez was arrested yesterday evening for allegedly stealing a debit card from Walmart in Batavia last month and using it at several locations.
She was also accused of stealing a credit card from a Main Street address in Oakfield.
Perez is facing two separate counts of Grand Larceny in the 4th degree and has appearance tickets for both Batavia Town and Oakfield Town Courts in March.

Batavia Police locate missing woman in Greece.
The missing adult previously reported by the Batavia Police Department, Jessica Deridder, was located in Greece.
Jessica was located unharmed and is okay and he missing person alert has been rescinded.
The Batavia Police Department would like to thank everyone for their assistance.

A High Wind Warning is now going into effect for the region later this weekend.
The National Weather Service has issued the Wind Warning for areas including Orleans and Genesee counties to be in effect from Sunday morning until mid-morning Monday.
Winds out of the west are expected from 35 to 45 mph gusting up to 75 mph.
Driving will be difficult in high winds of 58 mph or greater and could result in property damage, including downed trees and power lines.
Scattered power outages are expected and home owners are encouraged to secure loose objects.

Governor Cuomo is pushing for drivers to face stiffer penalties for putting the lives of highway workers at risk.
He’s calling for people caught breaking the law to face up to three months in jail and a $500 fine.
The state Department of Transportation says between 2014 and 2017, there were over 600 unauthorized intrusions into active work zones.
The governor says the state has no tolerance for those who threaten the safety of transportation employees.

RYAN HOMES BREAKS GROUND AT OAKWOOD HILLS LOCATION

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY – The Genesee County Economic Development Center is pleased by the announcement today that Ryan Homes has officially broken ground on its new residential project in Oakwood Hills in Batavia.

Ryan Homes broke ground on the first of 56 new homes which vary in size ranging from 1,483 square feet to 2,190 square feet. Affordably priced and located conveniently to all Genesee County has to offer, these new sites will sell quickly.

The Oakwood Hills project will provide single-tenant living along with homes containing up to five bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and a basement. All of the homes are designed with an open floor plan that places an emphasis on allowing natural light to come into the homes. The homes will be affordably priced from the $190’s.

“The growth happening within Batavia is undeniable, so it is extremely satisfying for us to be a part of fostering that growth by building more housing options for both residents and newcomers alike,” said Shawn Benzer, Regional Sales and Marketing Manager of Ryan Homes.

The Oakwood Hills development is located within a community experiencing significant business activity. Food and beverage manufacturing companies have invested nearly $500 million into the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park, and the next phases of development at the 1,250-acre WNY STAMP campus and Batavia’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative are catalyzing future growth.

“More people will be moving to Batavia and Genesee County as new opportunities and businesses open up, which means we need more housing options,” said Steve Hyde, President and CEO of the Genesee County Economic Development Center. “Batavia is filled with so many incredible people and providing both current and future residents with beautiful places to call home is a strong asset in our continued economic growth.”

The new construction by Ryan Homes also supports Genesee County’s Smart Growth development plan and the need identified in county’s 2018 market analysis for new single-family homes. The analysis projects a housing demand for over 1,100 new single-family homes by 2040 in a mid-range growth scenario for Genesee County.

“As we recently learned from our housing needs assessment, the rise of new businesses and attractions locating in Genesee County over the next 20 years will lead to a rapidly growing demand for new housing options,” said Felipe Oltramari, director of the Genesee County Planning Department. “Targeted new home construction in Batavia helps meet our housing needs as our county continues to grow, and supports Genesee County’s Smart Growth development plan.”

Ryan Homes encourages interested prospective tenants to join a VIP list at RyanHomes.com to be the first to get information on the community and exclusive access to VIP-only offers like special pricing and incentives for the early birds.

For more information regarding the houses, visit to OakwoodHills.co.

Morning News Briefing

Sex Offender jailed without bail after parole violation in Batavia.
41 year old Jeremy Eaton of Ellicott Street in the City, a Level 2 Sex Offender has been jailed following an incident in which he was accused of violating his parole.
As Eaton was being held in the Genesee County Jail he was also arrested and charged for Failing to Register within 10 days to the State’s Sex Offender Registry, of which he has a prior offense.
He was ordered to be held in the County clink without bail after appearing before Judge Robert Balbick in Batavia City Court.
Eaton is expected to reappear in City Court on March 21st.

Deputies in Livingston County in collaboration with the FBI execute drug related search warrants in Mount Morris.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is expected to release more information today on search warrants executed in Mount Morris.
The operation happened last night and involved the county drug task force as well as the FBI.
There’s no word if anyone was arrested.
But, officials say there’s no reason for the public to be alarmed.

Local budgets may be the target of cuts in State money.
A proposal to reduce funding from the state for towns and villages, known as AIM (Aid and Incentives for Municipalities) could wind up as just another cost burden for Genesee County, According to County Manager Jay Gsell.
Gsell told the Ways and Means Committee at its meeting Wednesday that if the funding cut goes through, the County might be on the line to make up the $230,000 difference for towns and villages from its own revenue.
Gsell said the governor’s office is being somewhat disingenuous about how cuts are being presented to municipalities.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Oakfield Alabama Schools are adding a Sheriff’s Deputy as a Resource Office.
The Oakfield-Alabama Central School District has reached an agreement with the Sheriff’s Office to provide a school resource officer on the district’s campuses for the remainder of the school year.
Deputy Howard Wilson is expected to serve as the new SRO and Wilson’s road patrol position will be filled by a new hire.

More funding for the Genesee County Airport.
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office announced yesterday $23.6 million in funding for 31 airports across the state, including $656,000 for a new aircraft hangar at the Genesee County Airport.

Public hearings are being planned as state officials look ahead to the 2020 census.
The discussions will mostly focus on how to make sure everyone is counted.
There will also be talks about how to encourage people to take part in the census.
There are concerns New York could lose congressional seats if the state’s population isn’t accurately represented. The first hearing is set to take place next month.

The Buffalo Bills will have some new turf to play on this season.
The playing surface is being replaced at New Era Field for the first time since 2011.
The cost of the project will be covered by Erie County, the Bills and New York State.
The Bills can opt out of their lease in 2020, but say they have no plans to do that.

Evening News Briefing

A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect for Genesee and Orleans Counties.
The advisory remains in effect until 10 tonight.
The National Weather Service predicts mixed precipitation with a trace of ice accumulation.
Plan on slipper road conditions with periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain.

Buffalo has the highest amount of snowfall in Upstate New York.
It passed the 100-inch mark following Monday’s snow storm.
That’s more than two-feet above average for this time of year.
Syracuse comes in second place with roughly 85 inches of snowfall.

A proposed bill in the New York Legislature would allow felons to serve on juries.
The bill has already passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee and could be voted on by the full Senate as early as this month.
It also reportedly has strong support in the Assembly.
If passed, New York would become the third state in the nation to allow convicted felons who’ve served their time to be jurors.

A Batavia woman arrested for allegedly jumping bail.
34 year old Erica Raphael of Pratt Road, Batavia on two warrants on two warrants for Bail Jumping and Petit Larceny following an incident in October of last year.
Raphael was taken into custody while trying to visit an inmate at the Orleans County Correctional Facility on Monday.

A group of 23 co-workers on Long Island are splitting the largest jackpot in New York lottery history. The winning Mega Millions ticket worth 437-million dollars was bought at the Brookville Auto Center in Glen Head for a New Year’s Day drawing. The co-workers at a small Long Island business chose not to be named. Lotto officials say most of the employees will continue working because they view themselves as family.

City of Batavia: Licensed Plumbers List

Press Release:

The following is the list of City of Batavia Plumbers who have obtained their 2019 Plumbing Renewal License to do plumbing in the City of Batavia, NY.

Arthur Allen
2927 Main St.
Leicester, NY 14481

Richard Biegasiewicz
2 Burke Dr.
Batavia, NY 14020
344-0051

Jason Brownlie
100 Nassau St.
Rochester, NY 14605
325-1290

Anthony Cellino
631 Bullis Rd.
Elma, NY 14059
716-683-5874

Henry H. Cook, Inc.
3508 Rose Rd.
Batavia, NY 14020
345-0915 or 762-8064

Christopher Cook
3508 Rose Rd.
Batavia, NY 14020
345-0915 or 762-8064

James J. DeWald
JW Danforth
300 Colvin Woods Pkwy.
Tonawanda, NY 14150
(716) 832-1940

Diegelman Plumbing LLC
4995 Ellicott St.
Batavia, New York 14020
356-3438

Michael Dollendorf
140 Cooper Ave.
Tonawanda, NY 44150
(716) 873-5000

James Ficarella
19 Warren St.
Batavia, NY 14020
409-5256

Timothy Fortin
JW Danforth
300 Colvin Woods Pkwy.
Tonawanda, NY 14150
(716) 832-1940

Joseph Grasso
2690 Wilson-Cambria Rd
Wilson, NY 14172

Ricky Hale
28 Swan St.
Batavia, NY 14020
343-3805

Warren Herdic
5769 Herman Hill Rd.
Hamburg, NY 14075
716-913-5721

Daniel Johnston
PO Box 533
Batavia, NY 14021

Matthew Kandefer
2215 Broadway
Buffalo, NY 14212
716-893-8376

Richard Lovria
150 Ross St.
Batavia, NY 14020
343-4852

Michael Mager
8939 Alexander Rd.
Batavia, NY 14020
343-2678

Robert Marvin
Tradestar Mechanical
764Flower City Pk.
Rochester, NY 14615

Patrick McBride
6110 Lake Ave.
Wolcott, NY 15490

Carl McQuillen
8171 E. Main Rd.
LeRoy, NY 14482
768-2322

Fredrick Mruczek
1 Valle Dr.
Batavia, New York

Thomas Mruczek
3 Valle Dr.
Batavia, New York

Dave Muskopf
3198 Union Rd.
Orchard Park, NY 14227
716-681-6997

Mark Napoleon
44 Morrow Ave.
Batavia, NY 14020
409-9961

William Penepent
7182 Kenyon Ave.
Basom, NY 14013
762-8687

David Pero
Charles R. Pero & Sons
121 Trumbull Pkwy.
Batavia, NY 14020
343-7011

John Pestillo
8486 Seven Springs Rd.
Batavia, NY 14020

Erich K. Postler
615 South Ave.
Rochester, NY 14620
546-7450

Alfred Rosemark
27 West Ave.
Elba, NY 14058
757-9291

David Salway
7100 Quinlan Rd.
LeRoy, NY 14482

Gabriel Sepi, Jr.
25 Ganson Ave.
Batavia, NY 14020

Walter Szczesny
24 Wood St.
Batavia, NY 14020
345-1697

Mark Taylor
8734 Stahley Rd.
East Amherst, NY 14051
716-913-2023

Larry W. Toal
3670 South Main St. Rd.
Batavia, NY 14020
344-3839

Ryan Toal
3670 South Main St. Rd.
Batavia, NY 14020
344-3839

Joel Tucciarone
202 Roosevelt St.
Tonawanda, NY 14150
716-696-6122

Francis Willett
180 Genesee St.
Corfu, NY 14036

BDC BOARD REVIEWS 2018 RESULTS AND SETS 2019 GOALS

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY – The Batavia Development Corporation (BDC) Board of Directors reviewed the agency’s 2018 results and set goals for 2019 at their last board meeting. In 2018 the BDC assisted 8 projects that invested $3.5 million and pledged to create 38 new jobs. The JJ Newberry Building, award winner of the Robert Macon Award from the Community Design Center of Rochester, was the signature project opening its doors in February of 2018.

“The BDC is positioned to help small businesses and building owners in the City advance their projects,” said Pier Cipollone, President of the Batavia Development Corporation. “We are also working to advance the Batavia Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) sites including Ellicott Station, Creek Park, City Centre, the Medical Corridor and the Harvester Campus.”

Other planning efforts guiding the BDC’s work include the recently updated Comprehensive Plan and Downtown Revitalization Investment (DRI) Strategy.
“The BOA, Comprehensive Plan and DRI Plan were created through a civic engagement model that allowed input and direction from the community to create a road map for land use and economic development in the City,” said Martin Moore, City of Batavia Manager. “The plans identify some of the most pressing issues in the City including blighted, contaminated and underutilized sites, housing issues and recommendations to reverse these trends.”

With the DRI award of $10 million the BDC plays a critical role in overseeing and advancing DRI projects. Currently the BDC is working with all of the DRI project owners and multiple state agencies to coordinate and assist projects. The BDC successfully launched the $600,000 Batavia DRI Building Improvement Fund and is in the process of working with applicants before final selections are made.

“The momentum and excitement of the DRI has attracted new businesses and developers across the City,” said Rachael Tabelski, Director of Economic Development for the Batavia Development Corporation. “We will start to see scaffolding and construction starting in 2019.”

BDC Board approved 2019 goals:

1. Secure capital/ business commitments of $5 million.
2. Secure business pledges to create 25 jobs.
3. Secure a micro-enterprise grant/ loan program for the City of Batavia to foster new start-up businesses.
4. Achieve the BDC’s 2019-2020 budget.
5. Successfully administer and implement the Batavia DRI Building Improvement program.
6. Encourage, enable and incentivize downtown building owners to add new upper floor apartments and new residential living in the City of Batavia.
7. Participate in the City’s environmental investigation and planning around the BOA Creek Park site.
8. Continue to enhance the BDC’s value and build strong relationships with the City of Batavia government, schools, businesses and residents, and other economic development organizations.

Morning News Briefing

Another Winter Weather Advisory going into effect this afternoon.
The National Weather Service has posted a Winter Weather Advisory for the region for this afternoon into the evening.
The Advisory includes Orleans and Genesee Counties and is expected to be in effect from 1 p.m. this afternoon to 10 this evening.
Forecasters are calling for mixed precipitation with total ice accumulations of a few hundredths of an inch and less than an inch of snow.
Winds will be a factor with gusts reaching as high as 40 mph.
Plan on slippery road conditions that could impact the evening commute.

Pratt Road resident arrested on multiple warrants.
34 year old Erica Raphael was arrested by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies on two warrants for Bail Jumping and Petit Larceny stemming from an incident in October of last year.
According to City Police Raphael was attempting to visit an inmate at the Orleans County Correctional Facility on Monday when she was taken into custody.
She was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of bail.

A Batavian Man busted for drunk driving.
65 year old Mark Skeet of Batavia Oakfield Townline Road was arrested for DWI following a report of a disturbance on State Street in the City Monday afternoon.
He was released with appearance tickets for City Court in March.

A proposed bill in the New York Legislature would allow felons to serve on juries.
The bill has already passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee and could be voted on by the full Senate as early as this month.
It also reportedly has strong support in the Assembly.
If passed, New York would become the third state in the nation to allow felons who’ve served their time to be jurors.

Go Art receives a $3000 grant.
The NY State council on the arts along with the preservation league of NY state and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area announced the grant for Go Art among other recipients.
The Technical Assistance Grant is a competitive historic preservation grant established in 2012 as a partnership between NY State council of the arts and the preservation league of NY state.

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to require everyone in a car to buckle up.
Currently state law only requires back seat passengers under the age of 16 to use seat belts.
Cuomo announced a plan to expand the law last week.
A 2016 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found only about 72 percent of people wear a seat belt while riding in the back seat.

The flu is moving through New York.
The New York State Department of Health says cases of the flu are up more than 23 percent from last week.
Officials say there were about 600 reported cases of the flu in the Capital Region last week.
Across the state there have been more than 85-hundred cases of the flu this season.

Downs Makes Plans for Derby Day

News Release

Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel announced part of their onsite plans for the upcoming Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4th, 2019. Multiple parties will take place onsite.

The 2nd Annual Derby Gala will take place in the Batavia Downs Gaming Grandstands Banquet Room on the 2nd floor. Admission for the Derby Gala at the Downs is $75 per person and proper attire is required. Guests MUST be 21 Years of age or older to attend. Guests will receive an open bar from 4:30pm to 7pm, grazing stations, a $10 wager on the Derby, $25 in Free Play and a Free Derby Program. There will also be televisions showing the days’ races and mutuel clerks for patrons to place wagers. A best dressed contest and best hat contest will take place with prizes from the Hotel at Batavia Downs and Four Roses Bourbon. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 at 10am on Bataviaconcerts.com and at the Lucky Treasures Gift Shop. Tickets are very limited.

The hotel at Batavia Downs will be offering a special VIP rate for those who wish to add an overnight stay to their Derby experience. Use promo code KD5419. Tickets to the event and a hotel room are to be purchased separately.

“We’re looking forward to another great day of events surrounding the Run for the Roses, “said Henry Wojtaszek, President and CEO of Batavia Downs Gaming. “The success of the Derby Gala last year adds to the already tremendous day of wagering and entertainment that our guests have come to expect from Batavia Downs.”

Details on the other two, non-ticketed parties on Derby day will be announced at a later time.

Get Pumped Up About Heart Health

News Release:

The Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming County Health Departments are encouraging county residents to “Choose Health.” By taking small steps in our day-to-day living and making positive health choices, people have the ability to change their future health for the better.

During an average lifespan, the heart beats more than two billion times. The heart is vital to your health and without it blood wouldn’t be able to move through your body. February is American Heart Month, a time to remember how important this muscle is and educate ourselves on how to take better care of it since it is the reason we are alive.

According to the New York State Department of Health, more people die of cardiovascular diseases than all other causes of death combined. In fact, approximately 610,000 people die in the United States every year from heart disease, making the disease accountable for 1 in every 4 deaths. In 2015, Genesee County had 201 deaths from cardiovascular disease, Orleans County had 144 deaths, and Wyoming County had 120 deaths. The most common cardiovascular disease is coronary heart disease (CHD), killing an average of 370,000 people every year. This disease occurs when the small blood vessels that carry oxygen and blood to our hearts get very narrow. Coronary heart disease is usually caused by a condition called atherosclerosis, which occurs when fatty material and a substance called plaque builds up on the walls of your arteries. Plaque is a waxy substance that forms in the artery wall made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium and other substances. The buildup forces the arteries to become narrow, slowing down or completely stopping the blood flow to the heart. Narrowing of the arteries can lead to chest pains (stable angina), shortness of breath, or even heart attack.

Heart disease has a close relationship to lifestyle choices. This is why it is so important that you make healthy decisions, participate in physical activity, and eat healthy. The New York State Department of Health recommends people of all ages engage in physical activity for at least 30 minutes on all or most days of the week. If you do not exercise at all, start slow and discuss with your doctor steps you should take to get active and help improve your heart health. This may include going to the gym, getting involved in a sport, or even walking the mall with a friend. You can even break the exercise up and do 10 minutes three times a day building up to 30 minutes a day, if 30 minutes all at once seems to be too overwhelming. By repeating these small changes daily, they are likely to turn into a habit and your heart will thank you for it in the long run.

It is also important when focusing on heart health to pay close attention to nutrition. Poor nutrition can lead to many health problems, including high blood cholesterol levels, obesity, and diabetes. Consuming food high in saturated fat (whole milk, butter, and red meats), trans fats (foods with hydrogenated oils like boxed cookies, crackers, and doughnuts) or sodium (found in many processed foods) can increase your risk of getting heart disease. To improve you’re eating habits and lower risks of heart disease you can eat more fruits and vegetables, limit processed foods, eat foods high in fiber, reduce your sodium intake and limit trans fats, saturated fats, and cholesterol. When choosing to eat meats avoid red meats and go for lean meat instead, these would include meats such as lean ground turkey, fish, and skinless chicken. “Staying on track when it comes to eating healthy can be a difficult thing to do but is extremely necessary to stay healthy and prevent cardiovascular disease,” states Paul Pettit, Public Health Director for Genesee and Orleans Counties.

Although poor nutrition and lack of exercise are linked to an increased risk of heart disease, the single largest risk factor is smoking. Smokers are twice as likely to have a heart attack as nonsmokers are, and are between two and four times more likely to die suddenly from heart disease. This is due to the nicotine in cigarettes raising blood pressure and the carbon monoxide limiting the amount of oxygen that can be carried by your blood. Although you may not smoke, exposure to smoke in the home and workplace has also been shown to increase risk from the second hand smoke. Talk with family members about quitting smoking or discuss designated smoke areas to reduce second hand smoke. The New York State Smoker’s Quitline is a great resource for free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and support services. Call 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) or visit www.nysmokefree.com.

There are also other factors that increase your risk for heart disease. Unfortunately some of those factors may be out of your control. One factor happens to be gender. For example, men in their 40’s have a higher risk of heart disease than women. However, as women get older, their risk increases so that it is almost equal to a man’s risk. Secondly, genetics can play a role in developing heart disease. If someone in your family has had heart disease, especially before age fifty, your own risk increases as you age. It is especially important that precautions are taken and healthy habits are made in order to decrease risk of developing heart disease.

So how do I know if I am having a heart attack? Well, here are some signs:

 Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and then comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or just pain
 Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. This can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach
 Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
 Breaking into a cold sweat
 Nausea
 Lightheadedness
 Palpitations (feeling like your heart is pounding or beating fast)

It is important to understand that men and women often have different signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Women are more likely to experience the less known symptoms of the jaw and back pain, nausea and vomiting. Unfortunately, many people are unsure of what is happening to their body and wait to seek help instead of going in right away to find out what is wrong. It is important to learn the signs, but also remember that even if you are not sure if it is a heart attack, to tell a doctor about your symptoms. Just one call to the doctors, explaining your symptoms could save your life. Minutes matter! If you think you are having a heart attack, do not wait more than five minutes to call 9-1-1.

For additional information, contact your local health department,
 Genesee County Health Department at: 344-2580 ext. 5555 or visit their website. Visit Facebook at: Genesee & Orleans County Health Departments and Twitter: @GoHealthNY.
 Orleans County Health Department at: 589-3278 or check out our website. Visit Facebook at: Genesee & Orleans County Health Departments and Twitter: @GoHealthNY.
 Wyoming County Health Department at: 786-8890 or visit their web site. Visit Facebook at: Wyoming County Health Department.

GCC Athletics Update: Genesee Baseball

Genesee baseball players showing a camp attendee the fundamentals of bunting

Press Release:

Genesee Baseball Hosts Upcoming Skills Camps

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

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

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

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

GCC Athletics Update: Genesee Athletes of the Week

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

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Martinez and Richardson named Genesee Athletes of the Week

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

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

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

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

Social Issues Anthology on Stage at GCC

The cast during rehearsals, courtesy of Genesee Community College

Press Release:

What: Social Issues Anthology on Stage at GCC

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

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

Who: All are invited and welcome!

Background:

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

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

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

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

City Democrats endorse Bonarigo for City Court Judge

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Genesee Has Two Top-Five Finishes at Region 3 Championships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Press Release:

Genesee Loses Non-Conference Game to Bobcats

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

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

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

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Basketball at Monroe CC

Cougars Drop Rematch with Tribunes

Press Release:

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

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

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

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Basketball at Monroe

Cougars Drop Conference Game to Tribunes

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Collins Announces Application Period for (SAFER) Grant Program

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

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

Weekend News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

Evening News Briefing

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

 

Jessica Deridder

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

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

 

 

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

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

Batavia Muckdogs name Hernandez as new manager for 2019

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

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

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

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

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

BPD: Missing Person – Jessica Deridder

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

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

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Basketball at Niagara

Press Release:

Genesee Loses Tough Contest at Niagara

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

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

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

Hawley Suggests Amazon Consider STAMP Site

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

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

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

GCC Athletics Update: WBB at Niagara County CC

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Cougars Fall to Nationally-Ranked Thunderwolves

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

Evening News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

The student council presents the check Photo credit: Gretchen Spittler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

Evening News Briefing

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

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

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

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

Downs Announces Tribute to Woodstock

News Release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrate three of the Harvester Centers hometown business heroes

Press Release:

Hometown Business Success Stories

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

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

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evening News Briefing

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

Kathy Stefani

 

Batavia resident Kathy Stefani was one of them:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Travel Advisory issued for Livingston County

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BPD: Six People Wanted by City Police

Press Release:

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


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

GCEDC TO CONDUCT ANNUAL MEETING AND UNVEIL 2018 REPORT

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

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

GCC Athletics Update: Genesee Athletes of the Week

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

Speller and McComb named Genesee Athletes of the Week

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

TAX EXEMPTIONS MOTIVATE INVESTMENT IN THE CITY OF BATAVIA

Carrs Warehouse Before & After

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

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

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GCC Athletics Update: Swimming and Diving

Cougars Compete at WNYAC Tri-Meet

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

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

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

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

GCC Athletics Update: MBB vs Erie CC

Genesee Comes Up Short vs Kats

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

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

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

GCC Athletics Update: Game Recap WBB vs Erie CC

Balanced Scoring Propels Cougars to Home Win vs Kats

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

Weekend News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evening News Briefing

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

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

Ribbon cutting for the new Gatsby Bar at Batavia Downs Gaming

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

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

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

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

Rogers Gets GOP Endorsement

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

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

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

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

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

Batavia Downs Opens New Gatsby Bar

Ribbon Cutting opening the Gatsby Bar at Batavia Downs

News Release

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

FAR-LEFT CONTINUES COURTING CONVICTS WITH PAY RAISE

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

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

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

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

Congressman Chris Collins Re-Introduces Legislation Overturning SAFE Act

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

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

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

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

GCEDC ACCEPTS APPLICATIONS FROM GRAHAM MANUFACTURING AND GATEWAY GS, LLC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Henry Wojtaszek, CEO/President of Batavia Downs Gaming

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evening News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

Winter Weather Advisory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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

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

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

Travel Advisory in Orleans County

Press Release:

2-6-2019 @ 10:00AM

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

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

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

Thank you for your cooperation

Sheriff Randall Bower

Congressman Collins on State of the Union Address

Press Release:

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s Basketball

Genesee Has Tough Conference Loss to Thunderwolves

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

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

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

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Basketball

Cougars Fall to Unbeaten Thunderwolves

Press Release:

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

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

GCC Athletics Update: Softball 2019 Schedule

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

Genesee Softball Announces 2019 Schedule

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

HOPE THE NEW BRIDGE WAS WORTH IT, GOVERNOR

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evening News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

GCEDC to consider Tax Incentives for Graham

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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