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GCC Athletics Update: Recognizing Athletes

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Genesee Athletes Collect Spring Recognition

BATAVIA, NY… As spring turns to summer, Genesee Athletics had a very successful spring semester both on the field and in the classroom as student-athletes from all 13 intercollegiate athletic programs were named to the Western New York Athletic Conference (WNYAC) Academic All-Conference team.
All honorees earned at least a 3.30 GPA and a minimum of 24 credit hours during the 2018-19 academic school year and participated in one season of a sport. This academic year saw 15 student-athletes earn a 3.75 GPA or better, 18 athletes earned at least a 3.50 GPA and 14 earned at least a 3.30 GPA. 47 student-athletes in total earned Academic All-Conference honors.

The Genesee men’s soccer team had 11 student-athletes made the Academic All-Conference team including Jose Manoel Cavalini, Rodrigo Albuquerque, Hiago Barros De Souza, Ross White, Jack Sharman-Dodd, Kyle McMillen, Philip Mello, Oliver Ardle, James Lighton, Hijiri Sano, and Leo Anthony. The women’s soccer team was represented by Autumn Jeffery, Madison Cummings, Miko Yamashita, Katline Cartwright, and Julie Kommer.

Six members of the women’s lacrosse team earned Academic All-Conference honors including Lauren Hull, Allison Becker, Mackenzie O’Brien, Diante Scheepers, Ashley Barclay, and Hannah Kirisits. The men’s lacrosse team representative was Collin Tolsma. The Cougars volleyball team members that earned Academic All-Conference were Alexis Eighmey, Lyndsey Rowland, Ana Carolina Cerezer Pinto, Grace Zandrowicz, and Kaitlyn VanSkiver.

The Genesee basketball programs was represented by Michaela Curletta, Rachel Meyer, Samuel Kesinro, and Brian Russell. The swimming and diving team had four members named Academic All-Conference including Elizabeth Richardson, Natalie Amico, Ethan Heim, and Ryan Mahaney. The golf team was represented by Matthew McCoy and Brandon Kowalski.

The softball team members that made the Academic All-Conference team were Erin Cappotelli, Carli Marino, Gillian Flint, Brittni Way, Maki Iwami, Emily Kams, and Taylor Stefaniak. John Faynor, Jayson Faynor, and Colin Noeth represented the Genesee baseball team.

Monti makes move to Massachusetts

(Photo courtesy of Steve Roth)

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By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA — Leading western New York harness racing driver Drew Monti is heading east to Massachusetts to become a regular in the driving colony at Plainridge Park.

Monti, who started driving at the age of 18, has put up some impressive numbers in his seven years campaigning at just about every track in New York State. From 8,427 lifetime starts he has 1,334 wins, 1,211 seconds and 1,179 thirds, has earned $7.7 million in purses and with a career Universal Driver Rating (UDR) of .300.

During his short career in Western New York, Monti has already won two dash driving titles at Batavia Downs in 2016 and 2018 and one at Buffalo Raceway, also in 2018.

However this is not Monti’s first foray outside of his home state to compete.

In the winter of 2017 the now 24-year-old headed to the Meadowlands and drove 163 starts that yielded 18 wins, 22 seconds and 18 thirds that earned his horse’s connections $193,675 in purses over the seven weeks he spent there.

In January of 2019, Monti went to Miami Valley to compete against 30 of the sport’s top reinsmen in the North American Drivers Championship and finished a close third behind winner Dan Noble and Brett Miller.

Monti has gotten support from several stables upon hearing of his move to the Ridge and one of them is Lindy Farms.

The President of Lindy Farms, Frank M. Antonacci has said that Lindy will support Drew’s move to Plainridge with drives from their stable. That in part is why Monti decided to come to Massachusetts.

“I had been watching Drew drive for the past couple years and know the ability he has. I think coming to Plainridge is going to help move his career forward and provide him the opportunity to drive stakes horses both here and beyond,” said Antonacci.

“Talent got him to where he is today and he seems like a good young man with a bright future. I look forward to having him drive for us.”

A 2016 graduate of Canisius College with a degree in finance, Monti recognized the opportunites ahead of him at Plainridge Park and felt it was a good time to make the move.

“I had heard a lot of good things about Plainridge, the people racing there and their great purse structure in place as a result of the state’s Horse Racing Development Fund and really look forward to racing there full time. It seems like a great place to compete,” said Monti.

“Massachusetts has a fast growing Sire Stake program, one that a lot of people outside the Commonwealth are talking about. I look forward to getting starts there as well and with Lindy Farms support, I am really excited about this opportunity.”

Monti has made a few trips to The Ridge this past week and already likes the track, and his four wins in 12 starts are evidence of that.

Morning News Briefing

Threats at an Orleans County School land a Batavia man in lock-up.
36 year old Eric Mcgill of Batavia has been arrested by Medina Police for allegedly threatening individuals at the Medina Central School District.
McGill allegedly called school officials last Thursday morning and threatened to cause a disturbance at the school and to cause physical harm to staff and school associates.
Multiple Law Enforcement arrived on scene and the School went into lockdown for approximately an hour.
McGill arrived in the school parking lot and initially complied with requests to leave the school grounds and with no further incident.
Mcgill was taken into custody Monday on a felony count of making a terroristic threat and disorderly conduct and was remanded to jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Mcgill is also prohibited from contacting school officials or returning to the school campus.

Grief counseling is being offered for Albion High School students following the death of a classmate.
State Police say 17-year-old Brennan Moody died yesterday after a car crash on Eagle Harbor Road in Albion.
Troopers say the vehicle Moody was in left the shoulder of the road and went into a ditch before going airborne and hitting a utility pole.
Other people in the car were also hurt but are expected to survive.
Police believe speed was a factor in the crash.

Batavia Police seek assistance in identifying suspected burglars.
The Batavia Police Department is investigating a burglary at a local business and is seeking assistance from the public in identifying several individuals caught on surveillance footage.
Please contact Detective Matthew Wojtaszczyk at 585-345-6357 with any additional information.

Lawmakers will be back at work in Albany today for the final scheduled day of this year’s legislative session.
One major issue that’s still unresolved is recreational marijuana legalization.
Democrats, who have the majority in the Senate and Assembly, are working hard to strike a last-minute deal.
Negotiations between lawmakers and the governor in recent days have focused on allowing communities to opt out of the potential law and debate over how to use the tax money generated from pot sales.
Governor Cuomo has said he’ll sign a bill if it gets to his desk.

It looks like a bill allowing casinos to accept sports wagers over the internet likely won’t pass before the end of the legislative session.
The measure cleared the Senate earlier this week, but isn’t scheduled to come up for a vote in the Assembly.
Opponents of the bill say the main issue is the constitutionality of internet sports wagering.
Gamblers will still be able to place their bets in person at casinos.

BPD Asks for Help Identifying Persons

The Batavia Police Department is investigating a burglary at a local business and is seeking assistance from the public in identifying the following individuals. Please contact Detective Matthew Wojtaszczyk at 585-345-6357 with any additional information.

 

Batavia Downs to Expand Ticket Giveaway Programs

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BATAVIA, NY – Today, members of Batavia Downs management announced their commitment to expand their ticket giveaway programs, collectively known as “Suitestakes”, at their gaming facility.

Batavia Downs plans to enter into a three-year agreement with Pegula Sports Entertainment for a suite at the Buffalo Football Stadium for events as part of Batavia Downs’ Ticket Promotion Program. Batavia Downs just finished the first year of a three-year agreement with Pegula Sports and Entertainment for a Suite at the Key Bank Center.

The “Suitestakes” promotion has been in place at Batavia Downs since 2014 and has expanded over the years. As part of Batavia Downs’ Marketing Plan, the purchase and use of all tickets is approved by the New York State Gaming Commission on an annual basis. The program did receive Gaming Commission approval for the 2019 year. The promotion was honored with the prestigious Diamond Romero Award by Raving Consulting for its success in generating revenue and enhancing patrons’ relationship with Batavia Downs. The award is judged by an independent group of Casino Marketing Professionals.

“Our Suitestakes program has and continues to help us achieve record results,” said Ryan Hasenauer, Director of Marketing of WROTB/Batavia Downs. “We will be expanding the number of times and methods with which we distribute the tickets to ensure future success. Revenues from the facility are distributed to the shareholders of Western OTB including the 15 Western and Central New York counties and 2 cities of Buffalo and Rochester. Our success means more money is given to those municipalities.”

As a public benefit corporation Batavia Downs competes daily with privately run casinos to attract customers. The environment is competitive and Batavia Downs is committed to continuing programs so residents of member municipalities don’t miss out on critical community development revenue.

“Recently, there has been speculation about the propriety of our promotional activities that benefit our customers and whether tickets for sporting events and concerts have been used properly,” said Henry Wojtaszek, President and CEO of WROTB/Batavia Downs. “After those reports, we invited the Gaming Commission to examine our records and interview WROTB officials regarding these allegations. Two Gaming inspectors accepted our invitation and we complied expeditiously. Following this review, the inspectors advised WROTB that they were pleased with our cooperation and fully satisfied that the records they reviewed and the interviews they conducted did not raise any issues of concern for the Gaming Commission.“

The board will consider the resolution pertaining to the Buffalo Stadium tickets at their June Meeting.

NYSP: Albion Senior killed in one car roll-over accident

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SP Albion- On June 18, 2019, at 12:13 A.M., Orleans County 911 dispatched Troopers to a rollover collision on Eagle Harbor Road in the town of Albion. Further investigation revealed that the 2008 Chevrolet Impala occupied by four males left the east shoulder going into the ditch becoming airborne, striking a utility pole with the roof. One of the passengers was pronounced at the scene, Brennan M. Moody, 17 of Kent, NY. The 18-year-old operator and front passenger were treated for injuries at Strong Memorial Hospital. Mercy Flight took the other 17-year-old rear passenger to Erie County Medical Center for serious injuries. Excessive speed believed to be a factor in this collision.

Moody is a senior at Albion High School. The School will contact families and provide grief sharing for students and families.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation, NYSP Collision Reconstruction Unit and the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office assisted in this investigation.

This is still an ongoing investigation.

HAWLEY WELCOMES VETERANS FROM ‘THE GREATEST GENERATION’ TO ALBANY

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) [center] introduces several veterans of World War II on the Assembly Floor late last week.

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Coinciding with the legislature’s celebration of Flag Day and the founding of the U.S. Army, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) had the honor of introducing many veterans of World War Two on the Assembly Floor on Friday.

“World War II veterans, ‘The Greatest Generation’ are an elite and special group and it is important to frequently recognize and cherish their role in defending America’s freedom,” Hawley said. “Many of these brave young men and women volunteered, sometimes lying about their age in order to answer the call of duty. Their courage and bravery helped shape and preserve American exceptionalism, and it was truly an honor to introduce and meet with them in Albany.”

Hawley, a veteran of the Ohio Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves, is the son of a World War II veteran himself, R. Stephen Hawley who fought in Burma as part of Merrill’s Marauders. Hawley also hosts an annual trip to Washington D.C. each September, the Patriot Trip, joining local veterans and their families on a tour of our nation’s military and political monuments.


Assemblyman Hawley presents an official Assembly Citation to Josephine Smith in Albany Friday as the legislature celebrated visiting World War II veterans.

LeRoy PD: Reminder to Lock Vehicles

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The LeRoy Police Department wishes to remind all citizens to lock their vehicles when not in use, especially during the overnight hours. This reminder comes as the LeRoy Police Department has seen an increase in Larcenies from unlocked cars in the overnight hours over these past two weekends. Larcenies have occurred on Wolcott Street, North Street and an Attempted Larceny occurred on Gilbert Street.

Anyone having information as to these larcenies or who has had a larceny but did not report it is asked to call the LeRoy Police Dispatch at 585-345-6350.

Senator Ranzenhofer: Statement on Senate Passage of Green Light Bill

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Albany, NY– The New York State Senate passed the “Green Light Bill.” State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst) voted against it.

Senator Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

“Today’s passage of the Green Light Bill is very troubling to me. I do not agree with granting driver’s licenses to those who enter the country illegally. This bill goes too far. It provides none of the protections or restrictions found in the twelve other states that issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. This is just another example of the misguided priorities of the Senate Majority.

“In my recent questionnaire, nearly 80% of residents opposed this radical bill. It is equally disturbing that Senate Democrats ignored concerns of the law enforcement community and local clerks.”

BPD: New Police Officers

Officer Peter Post

Officer Miah Stevens

Press Release:

The Police Department wishes to welcome Officer Miah Stevens and Officer Peter Post, Jr. to the Department. Both Officers recently completed their field training and have been assigned to the road patrol.

Officer Stevens is a 2013 graduate of Pembroke High School and then attended GCC and SUNY Brockport where she majored in Criminal Justice. She completed her Basic Police Academy at Niagara University having graduated this past February. Officer Stevens’ step-father works for the City of Batavia in the Water Department, she has three brothers and sisters.

Officer Post attended GCC after earning his High School Diploma in 2015. He is a 2018 graduate of the Rural Police Training Academy at GCC. Officer Post then began his career with the Villages of Perry and Warsaw Police Department’s as a part-time police officer. His father is a retired Police Detective and his mother a retired New York State Trooper. Officer Post has three brothers and sisters.

“We wish to welcome Officer Stevens and Officer Post to the City of Batavia and the Police Department.”, stated Chief Shawn Heubusch, “They are both wonderful additions to the Police force and extremely community oriented.”

Morning News Briefing

Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies apprehended a Buffalo woman and her alleged co-conspirator after responding to Veteran’s Memorial Drive in Batavia for a shoplifting complaint in progress at Kohl’s.
37 year old Nicole Andrews of Boone Street Buffalo was taken into custody along with a one Jacquiline Ross who was accused of conspiring with Andrews to steal merchandise from the Department Store.
Ross was charged with Attempted Petit Larceny and Conspiracy and was released with appearance tickets while Andrews was charged with Burglary, Possession of Burglar Tools, Criminal Tampering, Attempted Petit Larceny and Conspiracy and then committed to the Genesee County Jail without bail.

Local Drug Task Force takes down an accused drug dealer.
54 year old Carlos Samol also known as “Sinbad” of Elm Street in the City was arrested and charged with 2 felony counts each of Criminal Possession and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance following a 6 month long investigation into crack cocaine sales around Batavia.
Samol was taken into custody Saturday on a warrant after he allegedly sold a quantity of the drug to a task force agent on two separate occasions.
He was committed to the County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Medina man arrested for threats to a Batavia resident.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies apprehended 27 year old Morgan Cox Jr. of Bates Road Medina following investigation into alleged threats he made to a Pearl Street Road resident in Batavia in the early morning hours last Friday.
Cox is accused of threatening to burn the person’s house down over the phone and was subsequently charged with Aggravated Harassment.
He was issued an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on June 24th.

Alleged Harassment on Holland Ave ends in arrest for a Raymond Ave resident.
25 year old Herbert Gennis of Batavia was arrested following an alleged disturbance on Holland Ave Saturday afternoon.
Gennis was charged with Harassment and Endangering the Welfare of a Child and was then released with appearance tickets for City Court on June 25th.

A bill allowing illegal immigrants to receive New York driver’s licenses has been signed by Governor Cuomo.
The measure cleared its final hurdle in the Legislature last night when the state Senate approved it by a final vote of 33 to 29.
Supporters say the measure, known as the “Green Light Bill”, will increase driving safety, allow illegal immigrants to get to work and medical appointments and also create revenue for the state.
Illegal immigrants will now be able to apply for licenses in 180 days.

Cashless tolls on the New York State Thruway are a step closer to becoming a reality.
The Thruway Authority has approved a 355-million dollar contract to move the project forward.
The cashless system will charge a driver’s EZ Pass account or mail a bill to the address associated with their vehicle’s license plate.
The system must be online statewide by the end of 2020.
The move is designed to help improve traffic for the roughly 267-million drivers who use the highway every year.

Evening News Briefing

Gasoline prices have taken a slight fall in Batavia and Western New York.
The Triple A reports that the price of a gallon of regular in Batavia is now at an average of $2.80/gal, down 3-cents a gallon from last week.
The lowest price for a gallon of regular we found today is $2.69 for cash at the Valero station at the corner of West Main and Dellinger.
On the reservation we found a price of $2.40 a gallon.

A bill that would give illegal immigrants the right to apply for driver’s licenses may clear another legislative hurdle this week.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the Senate will vote on the measure this week. The bill already cleared the Assembly last week.
Governor Cuomo says he’d sign the bill if it gets to his desk.
A recent poll showed 53 percent of New Yorkers are against illegal immigrants applying for licenses.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports nine arrests at the Zac Brown concert at Darien Lake on Saturday. A Rochester man was charged with harassment and resisting arrest after pushing and shoving a deputy. The 18 year old was jailed in lieu of 500-dollars bail.
The other eight arrests were for re-entering the concert after being ejected and told not to return.

On the Bad Boys report this afternoon:
54 year old Carlos Samol of Elm St., Batavia, has been charged with two felony drug counts. The Genesee County Local Drug Task Force said Samol, aka as “Sinbad” allegedly sold crack cocaine to a task force agent on two separate occasions. Samol was jailed in lieu of $15,000 bail.

This afternoon’s notes from the campaign trail:
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Employees Association has endorsed part-time City Court Judge Durin Rogers in next week’s primary.
The union cited what they termed Rogers “extensive experience” on the bench.
Meanwhile, the Batavia City Democratic Committee chair chided Rogers for alleged statements on gun laws. Erica O’Donnell says such statements are inappropriate and possibly unethical.

Muckdogs to Complete Suspended Game on Wednesday

The Batavia Muckdogs will complete Saturday’s suspended game vs. Auburn as part of a doubleheader this Wednesday, June 19th. First pitch of the suspended game is set for 4:05pm. The regularly scheduled 7:05 game will commence 30 minutes after the completion of the suspended game and will be a seven inning contest.

Wednesday will be a single admission ticket. Fans holding tickets from Saturday’s game may exchange them in person for Wednesday or any 2019 regular season home game at the Dwyer Stadium ticket office. The ticket office is open from 10am-5pm Monday through Friday and until the 7th inning on game nights.

In addition, Wednesday will be a Sahlen’s Dollar Dog Night and Turnbull Heating and Cooling Little League night. Fans can enjoy $1.00 Sahlen’s hot dogs for both games and all area youth baseball players 12 and under will receive free admission to the game when they wear their team jersey.

The doubleheader will be broadcast over WBTA FM & AM and streamed online at WBTAi.com. Tyler Helvin and Pete Zahler call the game.

City of Batavia Democratic Committee Chair Statement on City Judge Campaign

Press Release:

Statements from Judicial Campaign Regarding Political Issues are Inappropriate

Unlike that of other elected officials, the campaigns and elections of judges are required to be non-political. Judges can not and do not run on issues, but instead run on their resumes and records.

Recent statements by the Rogers campaign and his supporters regarding Mr. Rogers stance on gun laws are inappropriate at best and unethical at worst.

The judicial system only works when our judges are unbiased and held to the highest ethical standards and that is exactly what The City of Batavia deserves in it’s judges.

Erica O’Donnell
Chair, City of Batavia Democratic Committee

JUDGE DURIN ROGERS’ DEDICATION AND JUDICIAL TEMPERAMENT CITED IN CRUCIAL ENDORSEMENT BY THE GENESEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION

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Sheriff’s Employees urge support for Rogers’ effort to be elected Batavia’s next Full-Time City Court Judge

BATAVIA, NY-The Association representing Genesee County’s Corrections officers and other Sheriff’s employees has enthusiastically endorsed Republican Judge Durin Rogers to become Batavia’s next full-time City Court Judge.

Genesee County Sheriff’s Employees Association (GCSEA) President Kevin Wolff, cited several reasons supporting the decision to endorse Judge Rogers. “Judge Rogers’ enthusiasm and dedication to the bench, his family and our community is evident” Wolff said, “[he] has extensive experience on the bench handling thousands of cases as a Batavia City Court Judge and has a proven track record. Judge Rogers’ multi-faceted experience and steadfast integrity make him the obvious choice to be the next full-time City Court Judge…Our endorsement also acknowledges Judge Rogers’ …ready availability to law enforcement day and night, seven days a week for after-hours arraignments and warrants…Judge Rogers is a shining example of what all citizens of Batavia should strive to be.”

The endorsements Judge Rogers’ has received have caught the attention of many local Republicans according to local attorney and City Republican Chair David Saleh. “I’ve been contacted by many Republicans from Batavia and around the county who have been very impressed by the support Judge Rogers’ is receiving” Saleh said.

“He’s been endorsed by an impressive group of people including our County Sheriff, our Commissioner of Social Services, the head of Genesee Justice, the Genesee County Attorney, the President of our City Council and now the Association representing so many of the employees of our Sheriff’s Department. This all shows that Judge Rogers has proven himself as a fantastic lawyer and Judge and he is the ONLY candidate who can complete the full ten-year term. He has definitely earned the support of Batavia’s Republicans as our endorsed Republican Candidate for the upcoming June 25th primary.”

City of Batavia Bureau of Maintenance: Naramore Drive – Travel Advisory

Press Release:

Subject: Naramore Drive – Travel Advisory

After weather delays last week, the paving work along Naramore Drive will continue on Monday, June 17, 2019 from 7 AM until 5 PM. Motorist can expect temporary lane restrictions and stoppages as the paving operation moves along Naramore Drive. If at all possible any through traffic should seek alternate routes.

Thank you for your cooperation in advance.

Sincerely,
Raymond Tourt
Superintendent of Maintenance

Morning News Briefing

A Genesee County Grand Jury has issued an Indictment including 10 felony count against 23 year old Guillermo Torres-Acevedo of Batavia for his relationship and alleged abduction of an underage girl from her home in Bergen last fall.
The local Grand Jury Indictment against is includes four violent felony counts of second-degree rape, for engaging in sexual intercourse with a person under 15 in multiple places around the county from October through November of last year.
He is also facing three violent felony counts of criminal sexual act in the second degree, along with a Class B violent felony for second-degree kidnapping.
He is additionally accused of criminal contempt, acting in a manner likely to be injurious to a child less than 17, custodial interference and lastly unauthorized use of a vehicle for allegedly taking a 2012 Dodge Journey without the owner’s consent.
In April Torres Acevedo was brought up on a federal charge of transporting a minor across state lines for sexual activity.
The federal charge alone carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and $250,000 fine.

Cheektowaga man arrested for hitting a women in Darien.
23 year old Edward Leddick was taken into custody by Genesee County Deputies following report of an argument late last night at an address on Fargo Road in Darien.
Leddick was accused of striking a women in the nose and pushing her to the ground in the incident and was charged with second degree harassment.
He was given an appearance ticket for Darien Town Court on July 7th.

An Albion woman busted for driving on drugs in Elba.
Sheriff’s Deputies report the arrest of 36 year old Krystle Hughson of Heritage Estates Albion on counts of DWAI by Drugs, Operating a Motor Vehicle While Using a Cell Phone and a traffic violation for Driving to the Left of Pavement Markings.
Hughson was stopped on Main Street in Elba Friday afternoon and was ultimately released with an appearance ticket for August 7th in Elba Town Court.

Water levels are still high on Lake Ontario and that’s presenting challenges to boaters.
State Park Police say there are potential hazards below surface, including debris, logs and tree branches.
They’re urging folks who may not be familiar with the area to keep a close eye on what’s happening near their vessels.
Police are also cracking down on boaters who speed near the shore.

A bill that would give illegal immigrants the right to apply for driver’s licenses may clear another legislative hurdle this week.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the Senate will vote on the measure this week.
The bill already cleared the Assembly last week.
Governor Cuomo says he’d sign the bill if it gets to his desk.
A recent poll showed 53 percent of New Yorkers are against illegal immigrants applying for licenses.

Weekend News Briefing

Illegal immigrant in Warsaw takes plea deal on drug and immigration charges.
27 year old Giovani Ramirez-Soto, a citizen of Mexico, pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to possession and distribution of one kilogram or more of heroin.
Soto also pled guilty to being a removed alien unlawfully found in United States.
State Police stopped a vehicle with Alabama plates driving on Route 20A in the Town of Warsaw in July of last year.
The trooper approached the vehicle, which was being driven by co-defendant Humberto Martinez-Vega with Ramirez-Soto as a passenger.
Martinez-Vega gave the trooper an expired Georgia identification card, and told the trooper he was looking for work.
A subsequent search of the vehicle recovered 1,200 grams of suspected heroin, and approximately 421 grams of suspected methamphetamine hidden behind the front dashboard of the vehicle.
Further investigation determined that the defendants were illegally present in the United States.
Charges remain pending against Martinez-Vega.
Soto is looking at a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10,000,000 fine when he is sentenced on September 25th.

Police identify suspicious man who approached young girls in LeRoy.
According to LeRoy PD, no charges will be filed against 31 year old Kenneth Stasiw of Gates in a case where he allegedly asked a couple of school aged girls to take photos of their piercings in LeRoy.
Stasiw is said to have approached two girls near Wolcott School last Saturday and the incident appears to be an error in judgment on his part however nothing that warrants criminal charges according to investigators.
He was apparently developing a portfolio of piercing photos and was in LeRoy to photograph the replica of the Statue of Liberty and the Oatka Creek.
He was fully cooperative with police and allowed investigators to examine all of the electronic devices along with his websites and other electronic data and no concerning photos or other data were found.
The LeRoy Central School District has been thoroughly briefed on the investigation according to LeRoy PD.

Congressman Chris Collins Recognizes Batavia Man as His ‘Veteran of the Month’.
Congressman Chris Collins recognized U.S. Army Air Corps Technical Sergeant Ronald R. “Cappy” Cappiello of Batavia, as his office’s ‘Veteran of the Month’ at the Muckdogs home opener Friday night.
Mr. Cappiello threw out the first pitch at Dwyer Stadium to kick off the Muckdogs 80th season with their game against the Auburn Doubledays.
Collins presented Mr. Cappiello with an American Flag that was flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. and a Congressional Certificate of Commendation.
Batavia came out with a two-to-nothing win over the Doubledays and host the team again Saturday night.
You can hear the action right here on WBTA beginning with a first pitch at 7:05 pm.

A new home for the local Boy Scouts Council has apparently been found.
They are about to purchase a building on S. Main Street in Oakfield most recently occupied by a consignment shop, All About You’sd.
The site will become home to the Iroquois Trail Council which has been located in the Go-Art building downtown.

Evening News BriefingIt’s opening night for professional baseball in Batavia.
The Muckdogs open their 2019 season tonight against the Auburn Double Days.
A big crowd is expected tonight for the 80th year of professional baseball in Batavia.
First pitch is 7:05 pm.
All Muckdogs home games can be heard right here all season long on WBTA.

A new home for the local Boy Scouts Council has apparently been found.
They are about to purchase a building on S. Main Street in Oakfield most recently occupied by a consignment shop, All About You’sd.
The site will become home to the Iroquois Trail Council which has been located in the Go-Art building downtown.

New York State is doing away with the religious exemption for vaccines. The legislature has voted to remove all non-medical exemptions for immunizations. The measure was passed by both the Assembly and Senate yesterday and was quickly signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The move comes as New York continues to grapple with one of the biggest measles outbreaks in decades.

Genesee County Judge provides little leniency for a convicted burglar.
25 year old Christopher Sprague of Batavia appeared before Judge Charles Zambito yesterday for sentencing after admitting to burglarizing several businesses in Batavia in December.
Sprague will serve at least three and a half years in state prison and could serve as much as seven, under the terms of his sentence.
Sprague did avoid a possible 15 years in prison if the judge had decided to make his sentences consecutive.

NYS Association of County Health Officials on passage of Immunization law

Press Release:

(Albany, New York. June 13, 2019) The New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO) representing the 58 Local Health Departments in New York State applauds and congratulates Governor Cuomo, the New York State Assembly and Senate for voting in favor of Assembly bill A2371 and Senate bill 2994-A, repealing certain provisions relating to non-medical exemptions from vaccination. We are grateful for the leadership of Assembly member Jeffrey Dinowitz and Senator Brad Hoylman who sponsored this legislation in their respective houses, and were champions behind its passage. Governor Cuomo took swift action to sign this bill into law immediately following its passage in both houses, demonstrating a monumental commitment to public health policy and eliminating vaccine preventable disease in New York State.

A number of communities in New York State are now facing the health consequences of non-medical exemptions from vaccinations. These exemptions, while well-intended, brought about a resurgence of preventable communicable diseases, resulting in numerous and ongoing transmission of diseases in our communities. Decades of scientific research underpin the effectiveness and safety of vaccines. The passage of this bill will strengthen herd immunity thereby protecting those individuals, who for medical reasons, are unable to receive vaccinations.

“As public health professionals, and as policymakers, we routinely weigh the ethical balance of protecting individual rights against protecting our communities at large.” said Daniel J. Stapleton, NYSACHO President and Public Health Director in Niagara County “Both statute and case law have continually upheld that the weight of this choice must lean towards protecting the community at large when personal choice puts the lives of others at risk.”

NYSACHO applauds New York State, for enacting this important public health policy into law, and in so doing will return us to a time where measles, and other vaccine-preventable diseases, are a footnote from the past and not a risk to our children’s and our futures.

Morning News Briefing

Religious exemption for vaccines is being done away with in New York State as legislators voted to remove all non-medical exemptions for immunizations.
The measure was passed by both the Assembly and Senate and was quickly signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The move comes as New York continues to grapple with the one of the biggest measles outbreaks in decades.
According to the CDC there were just over one-thousand cases of measles reported across the country since January of this year with the most recent measles death occurring in 2015.
Most of the confirmed cases have been found in Orthodox Jewish communities in Rockland County and Brooklyn.
Opponents of the measure protested in Albany ahead of the vote and are vowing to challenge the new law in court.

Genesee County Judge provides little leniency for a convicted burglar.
25 year old Christopher Sprague of Batavia appeared before Judge Charles Zambito yesterday for sentencing after admitting to burglarizing several businesses in Batavia in December.
Sprague who has prior burglary convictions didn’t get much of a break on his sentence and will serve at least three and a half years in state prison and could serve as much as seven, under the terms of his sentence.
Sprague did avoid a possible 15 years in prison if Zambito had decided to make his sentences consecutive. For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Fight at Thruway toll in Batavia ends in arrest for two.
State Police report the arrest of 43 year old Ann Claybourn, of West Seneca, on counts of Harassment and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. and 47 year old Scott Claybourn, of Rochester who was also arrested on charges of Assault, Criminal Mischief, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child following a domestic dispute at the Batavia Thruway tolls.
Investigation into the incident revealed that Ann Claybourn was at the Tolls for a child exchange with her ex-husband, and during the exchange, a fight broke out.
Ann allegedly punched her ex-husband multiple times and he is accused of kicking her vehicle and striking her as well, causing a laceration to her face all in front of their 15 year old daughter.
Both were released with appearance tickets for Batavia Town Court on separate dates later this month.

The International Joint Commission is expected to hold a conference call today on water levels in Lake Ontario.
According to WHAM, members will be discussing Plan 2014, which manages water levels but allows greater fluctuations within them.
If the plan is suspended or changed, any action would need the consensus of both American and Canadian officials.
Some have said Plan 2014 is responsible for devastating flooding along the shoreline.

The National Weather Service says a Lakeshore Flood Warning will be in effect for two Western New York counties today.
The advisory in Monroe and Wayne counties goes from ten this morning until ten this evening.
Forecasters say strong winds combined with high water levels in Lake
Ontario could increase the risk of lakeshore flooding on the shoreline.
Folks living in the affected areas are being urged to keep an eye on the conditions.

Evening News Briefing

The New York State Senate is considering a bill that would end the state’s religious exemption for vaccines. It’s a measure some lawmakers have come to support in response to the ongoing measles outbreak that’s greatly affected parts of Rockland County and Brooklyn, especially in Orthodox Jewish communities. Experts say in order for a population to maintain “herd immunity” and protect the most vulnerable, healthy people must be properly vaccinated. Opponents of the bill say it should be their decision whether or not to vaccinate their kids, with some comparing it to the abortion debate, using the “my body my choice” terminology.

R. Stephen Hawley (R-Batavia)

Batavia Assemblyman Steve Hawley critical of his colleagues for voting in favor of the so-called Green Light Bill.
That’s the measure allowing illegal immigrants to get drivers licenses in New York.
Hawley said, quote: “Felons get pay raises, illegals get driver’s licenses and sex offenders get voting rights.”
Hawley concluded that “this is a step toward allowing illegals to vote in our elections.”
Governor Cuomo says he’d sign the legislation if it gets to his desk.

New York State lawmakers are one step closer to ending the so-called “Pink Tax.” The Assembly has passed a bill that would prevent businesses for charging different prices for similar products that are branded separately for men and women.
This would include products like razors and shampoo.
The legislation now heads to the Senate with the legislative session ending next week. Supporters of the bill call the “pink tax” discriminatory.

The International Joint Commission has delayed a meeting on the future of water levels in Lake Ontario. The Buffalo News reports officials considered holding the meeting yesterday, but are now looking to discuss the issue in the coming days. Members are expected to talk about the future of Plan 2014, which manages water levels but allows greater fluctuations within them. Some have said the plan is responsible for devastating flooding along the shoreline.

Morning News Briefing

New jobs in Batavia with a company’s Million Dollar investment.
A new million dollar investment into the Tompkins Metal Finishing facility on Apollo Drive in Batavia has been announced, with news of new employment opportunities.
According to the Empire State Development, which announced the investment yesterday, a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment and recycling system has been installed by the industrial plating company into their facility.
The new equipment will allow the company to add another shift, create up to 10 new jobs while retaining the 100 employee it currently has on the job in Batavia.

A traffic stop in Livingston County ends in drug and sex abuse charges for an Orleans County man.
Deputies report that 21 year old Adam Stetzel of Holley was initially found in possession of pot after being stopped on Maple Beach Road in Groveland.
According to investigators he gave some of the marijuana to a 16 year old passenger and further investigation revealed he allegedly had sexual contact with the minor in Livonia in January of this year.
Stetzel is facing counts of Criminal Sale of Marijuana, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and Sexual Abuse.
He was committed to jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.

Voters for the so-called Green Light Bill are being blasted by Hawley.
The State Legislature has passed a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to have New York State driver’s licenses by a final vote of 86 to 47 yesterday.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley who is opposed to the legislation is speaking out against fellow Assembly members who approved the legislation after being blocked for years in the Senate when Republicans had the majority.
Hawley said “Downstate politicians continue to peddle handouts and shortcuts for everyone but the middle class.” Hawley continued saying “Felons get pay raises, illegals get driver’s licenses and sex offenders get voting rights.”
Hawley concluded that “this is a step toward allowing illegals to vote in our elections.”
Governor Cuomo says he’d sign the legislation if it gets to his desk.

Two Genesee County Jail inmates arrested for assault.
40 year old Kelly Rhim and 23 year old Daniel Lewis were both arrested and charged with second degree assault for allegedly assaulting another inmate while they were incarcerated in the county jail.
Both Rhim and Lewis were remanded back to jail in lieu of $2,500 bail a piece.

The International Joint Commission has delayed a meeting on the future of water levels in Lake Ontario.
The Buffalo News reports officials considered holding the meeting yesterday, but are now looking to discuss the issue in the coming days.
Members are expected to talk about the future of Plan 2014, which manages water levels but allows greater fluctuations within them.
Some have said the plan is responsible for devastating flooding along the shoreline.

New York State lawmakers are one step closer to ending the so-called “Pink Tax.”
The Assembly has passed a bill that would prevent businesses for charging different prices for similar products that are branded separately for men and women.
This would include products like razors and shampoo.
The legislation now heads to the Senate with the session ending next week.
Supporters of the bill call the “pink tax” discriminatory.

Evening News Briefing

Tompkins Metal Finishing, an industrial plating Company on Apollo Drive in Batavia, is investing $1-million in their facility.
The investment, announced today by the Empire State Development, says the company has installed a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment and recycling system. The new equipment will allow the company to add another shift and create up to 10 new jobs and keep the 100 employee it has on the job in Batavia.

A nursing home resident has been arrested for allegedly ramming his wheelchair into another resident.
Batavia Police say the fracas on wheels happened last Friday night at the Premiere Genesee Nursing Home on Bank Street, former the county home.
Police said 39 year old Jose Fuentes rammed his wheelchair into another person. He has been charged with Harassment and given an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court.

A Pavilion woman has been arrested for allegedly skipping out on a motel bill.
Police said 28 year old Jessica Horton of Telephone Road checked in at the Days Inn Motel on Oak Street last month and left without paying.
Horton was jailed in lieu of 500-dollars bail. The charge: theft of services.

A pair of Genesee County Jail inmates are in trouble with the law again.
23 year old Daniel Lewis and 40 year old Kelly Rhim got into a fracas last night.
Both Lewis and Rhim are charged with assault and staying right where they were, apparently in separate cells.

New Investment in Tompkins Metal Finishing

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced its investment in the continued growth of Tompkins Metal Finishing, Inc. located in Batavia, Genesee County. As part of the industrial plating company’s modernization project, it has installed a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment and recycling system at its Apollo Drive Location. The updated system will reduce water usage by as much at 80 percent. The facility upgrade will allow the company to add another shift, resulting in the creation of up to 10 new jobs; 100 jobs will be retained, 30 of which had been at risk.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Tompkins Metal Finishing’s decision to continue its expansion in Genesee County reflects the success of our strategic support for growing and revitalizing the Upstate economy, especially by adding jobs and opportunity.”

To help ensure Tompkins Metal Finishing Inc. continued success, ESD is providing the company with up to $150,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Program in exchange for job creation commitments. Tompkins Metal Finishing, Inc. is investing $900,000 in the facility upgrade which they expect to be completed by the end of 2019.

Tompkins Metal Finishing Inc. President Allen Tompkins said, “Without this tax credit it would have been much more difficult to invest the $ 900,000 in our state- of-the-art wastewater treatment and water recycling system. This new system and the investment from ESD will allow us to continue our growth in Genesee County and will allow us to recycle our water for years to come.”

Established in 1955, Tompkins Metal Finishing, Inc. is operating in a new state-of- the-art 65,000 square foot facility. In addition to offering its customers high-quality products, Tompkins Metal Finishing, Inc. owns a fleet of trucks, allowing them to deliver those products efficiently to customers throughout Western New York. They service clients in the aerospace, communications, transportation, electronics, optical, medical, machine, defense and protype fields.

Morning News Briefing

Batavia’s highly decorated vet shares is war story.
David Bellavia, a highly decorated Veteran in Batavia, spoke about his experience for the first time since the White House announced he will receive the Medal of Honor.
Bellavia was awarded the Silver Star for action during Operation Iraqi Freedom which has recently been elevated to the military’s highest honor.
While speaking with our news partner The Batavian yesterday morning, Bellavia indicated he doesn’t wish to glorify war for the next generation…

Bellavia will receive the Medal of Honor during a white House ceremony on June 25th.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Holland Ave woman busted for trying to withdraw from another person’s bank account.
21 year old Cassidy Hackett of Batavia was arrested and charged with Attempted Grand Larceny for allegedly attempting to withdraw $1,500 from an individual’s account.
Hacket was released with an appearance ticket for June 24th in Batavia Town Court.

Bank Street resident charged with harassment for a wheelchair incident.
City Police took 39 year old Jose Fuentes into custody on Friday following investigation into a harassment complaint at Genesee Senior Living on Bank Street.
Fuentes was accused of ramming his wheelchair into another resident and was ultimately issued an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court.

A Pavilion woman jailed for staying in a hotel without paying.
Batavia Police report the arrest of 29 year old Jessica Horton of Telephone Road on a count of Theft of Services.
Horton is accused of staying at hotel on Oak Street in Batavia last month and leaving without paying.
She was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Governor Cuomo is hinting that the state Assembly could be a roadblock towards changing the state’s surrogacy law.
The governor has pushed for the state’s law banning surrogacy agreements between women and couples to be overturned.
He says with just days left in this year’s legislative session, now is the time to prove that New York is the progressive capital of the world.
The state Senate has already approved the legislation.

The summer concert season is about to kick into high gear, and state officials say they’ll be cracking down on underage drinking.
Officials say investigators will be heading out to venues like Canalside in Buffalo in the coming weeks as part of Operation Prevent.
The focus will be on trying to find fake ID’s that people could use to buy alcohol at concerts or bars.
Anyone caught breaking the law risks having their license revoked for at least 90 days.

Evening News Briefing

Western New York and the nation heard today from Batavian David Bellavia for the first time since the White House announced he will receive the Medal of Honor.
Bellavia was awarded the Silver Star for action during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
His Silver Star has now been elevated to the military’s highest honor.
This morning, Bellavia said he was humbled by the support he has received from residents of Western New York

Bellavia will receive the Medal of Honor during a white House ceremony on June 25th.
The Department of Defense has released a video today of Bellavia describing the action in Fallujah that led to his nomination.
Watch the video HERE.

The Batavia City Council has given its approval to a local Pride Month parade and picnic in support of the LBGTQ community.
The local group holding the event is called, Go Out and is led by Go Art Executive Director Gregory Hallock.
The parade is scheduled for June 28th from 6:30 until 10 starting at Austin Park and ending near the Go Art Building on Bank Street.
The permit for the parade was approved unanimously by council.

Governor Cuomo says he would like to run for a fourth term, but a new poll finds New Yorkers don’t want him staying around that long. The Siena College survey found 58 percent of New Yorkers don’t want Cuomo back in the governor’s mansion. Thirty-seven percent polled would be okay with a Cuomo fourth term.
The next governor’s race is still three years away.

David Bellavia Grateful for Support from Western New York

Batavia’s David Bellavia, recently announced recipient of the Medal of Honor, tells Western New York he is grateful for the love and support  shown to him over the past 72 hours.  “It has touched my heart. I never expected this much love, support and kindness.”

Bellavia, who will be awarded the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony on June 25th spoke for 25 minutes at a news conference in Cheektowaga earlier today.

Listen to Bellavia’s comments and answers to reporters questions in their entirety:

Bellavia shares his war story

Local Veteran David Bellavia shares his war story that earned him a Medal of Honor.

The Department of Defense released a video today of Batavia resident David Bellavia discussion the fight with insurgents in Fallujah that led to his nomination for a Medal of Honor.

Bellivia will be honored in a White House ceremony on June 25th.

Click here for a link to the army’s feature on Bellavia and his battle with the enemy.

Beiber and Cruise invited to Throwdown at the Downs 2.0

 

Press Release: June 11th, 2019

Ground Force Fights & Batavia Downs Gaming Formally Invite Justin Beiber and Tom Cruise to Settle Their Differences at Throwdown at the Downs 2.0

BATAVIA, NY – Representatives from Batavia Downs and Ground Force Fights today announced they will be holding a spot in Saturday’s MMA card at Batavia Downs for the Canadian Pop Star and American Movie Star to settle their differences in the cage.

On June 9th, Beiber Tweeted; “I wanna challenge Tom Cruise to fight in the octagon. Tom if you don’t take this fight your scared and you will never live it down. Who is willing to put on the fight?”

“We would welcome both Justin and Tom to compete at Throwdown at the Downs 2.0,” said Richard Mitchell, Owner of Ground Force Fights. “Fights begin at 6pm and we’d be happy to fit them onto the card whenever it’s convenient for them, given their busy schedules.”

It is unknown at this time why the 25 year old Beiber decided to challenge the 56 year old Cruise to the bout.

“Mr. Beiber hails from London, Ontario while Mr. Cruise was born in Syracuse, New York,” said Ryan Hasenauer, Director of Marketing for Batavia Downs. “Batavia is a perfect place for them to meet in the middle to settle whatever this beef is about. Batavia has an airport where both celebrities and any entourages can fly in. If they call ahead we can even send our Batavia Downs Shuttle Bus to pick them up.”

Regardless of whether Beiber and Cruise make an appearance, tickets are on sale now for Throwdown at the Downs 2.0 at bataviaconcerts.com. Doors open at 4:30pm, Event starts at 6pm. Tickets are $35 for General Admission and $55 for VIP seats closer to the cage. Lawn chairs (which are normally permitted for other Batavia Downs events) are NOT permitted for this event. There will be limited chairs and bleacher seating available. Each concert ticket is also redeemable once at Player’s Club in the three days following the event for $15 Free Play to be used on one of Batavia Downs Gaming’s 800+ gaming machines.

Morning News Briefing

City Council supports Pride Parade with little objection.
In conjunction with Pride Month, Batavia will be hosting an LGBTQ+ Pride Parade and picnic following the approval of City Council.
The GO OUT! parade was presented to council by GO ART! Executive director and leader of the GO OUT! group Gregory Hallock, who filed the application for the event, which will run June 28th from 6:30 to 10 p.m. to promote LGBTQ+ causes.
Batavia resident and local church leader Rev. Henry Pokrywa challenged the validity of the event before council members approved the item.
Pokryawa, who is the pastor of Faith Community Chapel on Rose Road, addressed the board during last night’s Council meeting requesting that they deny the license for the permit.
The Reverend said that he doesn’t feel that public streets should be used to display anyone’s sexuality, whatever that may be.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Drug Task Force busts a Rochester resident for crack cocaine sales.
51 year old Lorenzo Terry of Rochester was apprehended by members of the Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force following investigation into the sale of crack cocaine in and around Genesee County.
He allegedly sold a quantity of the drug to a task force agent on three separate occasions and was charged with three counts of Criminal Sale and three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Terry was remanded to the County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Batavia woman charged with endangerment for shoplifting with kids.
28 year old Jessica Weiss of West Main Street Road was arrested and charged with Petit Larceny and Endangering the Welfare of a Child for allegedly stealing merchandise from Walmart while she was accompanied by her 8 month old son and 3 year old daughter.
She was issued an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on June 27th.

Governor Cuomo has laid out a plan he hopes prevents future flooding issues involving Lake Ontario.
In Rochester yesterday, the governor unveiled the Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, which calls for up to 300-million dollars in spending.
The governor says the idea is to develop plans to reduce risk to infrastructure along the lake’s waterfront while strengthening the region’s local economies.
New York State has committed more than 100-million dollars to rebuild communities along the Lake Ontario shoreline that were devastated by flooding in 2017.

The push to legalize recreational marijuana is picking up more support.
The New York Farm Bureau said yesterday it is getting behind the legislation.
Officials say they recognize the potential boost to the agriculture industry if cannabis is allowed to be cultivated.
Lawmakers are still trying to work out an agreement on a final bill before the legislative session ends June 19th.

A new poll shows New Yorkers are against a fourth term for Governor Andrew Cuomo.
According to a Siena College survey, 58-percent of New Yorkers oppose another term for the governor.
Just 37-percent say they want another four years of Cuomo.
He’s already told voters that he plans to run again in 2022.
The poll shows 52-percent of New Yorkers have a favorable view of Cuomo, while 42-percent have an unfavorable view of him.

President Donald J. Trump to Award the Medal of Honor to local Vet

Press Release:

Issued on: June 10, 2019

On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, President Donald J. Trump will award the Medal of Honor to David G. Bellavia for conspicuous gallantry while serving as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army.

Then-Staff Sergeant David G. Bellavia will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions on November 10, 2004, while serving as a squad leader in support of Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah, Iraq. Then-Staff Sergeant Bellavia was clearing a block of houses when his platoon became pinned down. He quickly exchanged an M16 rifle for an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, entered the house where his squad was trapped, and engaged insurgents, providing cover fire so that he and his fellow soldiers could exit safely. A Bradley Fighting Vehicle arrived to help suppress the enemy, but it could not fire directly into the house. Then-Staff Sergeant Bellavia re-entered the house, armed with an M16, and assaulted insurgents who were firing rocket-propelled grenades. He proceeded to kill one insurgent and wound another, who then ran to another part of the house. Then-Staff Sergeant Bellavia was soon engaged by another insurgent rushing down the stairs when the previously wounded insurgent reemerged to engage him as well. Then-Staff Sergeant Bellavia returned fire, killing both attackers. He then took enemy fire from an insurgent who had appeared from a closet across the room. He pursued him up the stairs and killed him. Soon thereafter, he moved to the roof where he engaged and wounded a fifth insurgent, who fell from the roof of the building. That remarkable day, then-Staff Sergeant Bellavia rescued an entire squad, cleared an insurgent strongpoint, and saved many members of his platoon from imminent threat.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND:
David Bellavia enlisted in the United States Army in 1999. After previously serving in Kosovo, he deployed to Iraq in 2004 with Company A, Task Force 2-2, 1st Infantry Division. He was released from duty on August 16, 2005. David now has his own daily radio talk show for WBEN in Buffalo, New York. He continues to serve the military and veteran communities through a number of philanthropic organizations.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
THE MEDAL OF HONOR:
The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their own lives above and beyond the call of duty while:

engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
The meritorious conduct must involve great personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. There must be incontestable proof of the performance of the meritorious conduct, and each recommendation for the award must be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.

City Bureau of Maintenance: Resurfacing Postponed/Rain Delay

Press Release:

Date: 6/10/19

Subject: Resurfacing Clinton Park, Fordham Drive, Eugene Street and Holmes Avenue – Postponed due to rain on June 10th. This has pushed the contractor back a day on other scheduled work. The work on these streets will begin on Wednesday June 12th.

Clinton Park, Fordham Drive, Eugene Street and Holmes Avenue will experience a road closures to all through traffic on Wednesday, June 12 from 7 AM to 5 PM for the installation of an intermediate reinforced pavement layer.

On Friday, June 14 between 7 AM and 5 PM these streets will be closed to all through traffic for the installation of the wearing surface layer.

Residents of Clinton Park, Fordham Drive, Eugene Street and Holmes Avenue will be able to access their properties but may experience delays as paving operations progress up and down the streets.

All residents within the work area are asked not to park on the roadway during the day.

This is weather dependent work. If work is postponed it shall progress next work day.

Please, plan accordingly and contact the Bureau of Maintenance with any questions.

Thank you for your cooperation in advance.

Sincerely,
Raymond Tourt
Superintendent of Maintenance

 

Press Release:

Date: 6/10/19

Subject: Naramore Drive – Resurfacing – Rain Delay

The work originally scheduled to start June 10th will be postponed due to the forecasted weather and will begin tomorrow.

Naramore Drive will experience a road closure to all through traffic on TUESDAY, JUNE 11 from 7 AM to 5 PM for the installation of an intermediate reinforced pavement layer.

On THURSDAY, JUNE 13 between 7 AM and 5 PM Naramore Drive will be closed to all through traffic for the installation of the wearing surface layer.

Residents of Naramore Drive will be able to access their properties but may experience delays as paving operations progress up and down the street.

All residents within the work area are asked not to park on the roadway during the day.

This is weather dependent work. If work is postponed it shall progress next work day.

Please, plan accordingly and contact the Bureau of Maintenance with any questions.

Thank you for your cooperation in advance.

Sincerely,
Raymond Tourt
Superintendent of Maintenance

LOCAL LEADER JANKOWSKI BACKS DURIN ROGERS FOR CITY COURT

Screenshot of Judge Durin Rogers and Eugene Jankowski Jr. from endorsement video 

Press Release:

Batavia, NY—Batavia City Council President, retired Batavia Police Lieutenant, and competitive shooter Eugene Jankowski Jr. recently announced his strong endorsement of Judge Durin Rogers for City Court Judge.

In an endorsement video filmed at a local shooting range that was released today, Jankowski stated, “I’m a retired police officer as well as a sponsored competitive shooter. Public safety as well as the US Constitution are very important to me. I’ve known Judge Durin Rogers for many years and he’s always been very thorough and very judicious when it comes to the rule of law. I fully endorse him for City of Batavia Court Judge.”

Eugene Jankowski has been a life-long local public servant, retiring as a Lieutenant from the Batavia City Police Department after 34 years of service to the community. Jankowski continues his dedication to Batavia currently serving as the City Council President.
Judge Rogers has already earned the endorsements of the current and former County Social Services Commissioners, the current and former County Sheriff, the current program coordinator and former Director of Genesee Justice, the City of Batavia Republican Committee, the Genesee County Conservative Committee, and many other citizens and businesses.

Click here to view endorsement video

Morning News Briefing

Suspicious man on LeRoy school grounds under investigation.
Police are investigating an individual who was involved in suspicious activity around the elementary school in the Village of LeRoy.
An unknown white male holding a camera approached young girls in the area of the Wolcott Street School on Saturday Afternoon asking if they had any piercings and then requesting permission to photograph the piercings claiming he was going to post the pictures on a website.
After the interaction the man was reportedly picked up by another unknown subject in a burgundy colored sedan.
According to Police, as of yesterday the person was identified and has been in contact with law enforcement.
Currently no charges have been filed and the investigation is on-going.

Batavia man accused of providing alcohol and forcibly touching a co-worker.
33 year old Sean Madigan of Collegeview Drive was taken into custody by City Police following investigation into alleged misconduct at a local restaurant.
Madigan was accused of providing alcohol and subjecting an employee under 21 years old to unwanted physical contact while working at a restaurant on West Main Street Road in Batavia.
He was charged with counts of Forcible Touching and Unlawfully Dealing with a Child and was issued an appearance ticket for next Tuesday in City Court.

Screams of sexual obscenities and threats to law enforcement ends in arrest for a Batavia resident.
31 year old John Saddler, who is listed with an unknown address in Batavia, was allegedly seen screaming sexual obscenities and making sexual gestures toward the public on Jerome Place Friday.
He was initially arrested for a count of Disorderly Conduct w obscene sexual language and gestures however as officers came to speak with him he began to threaten officers saying he was going to shoot them.
Saddler was then charged with Harassment and was subsequently issued appearance tickets for tomorrow in City Court.

Town of Batavia resident arrested for fighting with police.
24 year old Carlton Beardsley of West Main Street Road was arrested and charged with Obstruction of Governmental Administration for allegedly fighting with police who were investigating a reported assault on West Main Street.
Beardsley was issued an appearance ticket for next Tuesday in Batavia City Court.

The New York State Assembly Majority Leader is continuing to push for legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.
Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, who represents parts of Erie County, spoke on the topic at the annual NAACP dinner in Buffalo.
She was the keynote speaker.
Peoples-Stokes argues that legalizing pot use would generate money for the state.
She also believes it would lower the number of people arrested for minor drug offenses.
The legislation is struggling to get enough votes in the state Senate.

Weekend News Briefing

Batavia resident and radio personality to receive nation’s highest honor
David Bellavia of Batavia will become the only living veteran of the Iraq War to receive our nation’s highest honor when President Donald Trump drapes the Medal of Honor around him on June 25th.
Bellavia, who co-hosts a news talk show on WBEN, is already a Silver Star recipient for his single-handed battle against a group of insurgents during the Second Battle of Fallujah.
He’s also received the Bronze Star, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, and the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross.
The award ceremony is being held at the White House on June 25.

Inmate held without bail for clogging a toilet.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports that 31 year old Kevin Waleski of Batavia, currently an inmate of the county jail, plugged the toilet in his holding cell, causing a flood that shorted out the electronics of the inmate phone system.
Waleski has been charged with Criminal Mischief and was already being held on unrelated charges however now he’s being held without bail.

 

Fill The Boot campaign stomps past their fundraising goal.
According to Batavia City Firefighter and local event organizer Chris Morasco the grand total for Friday’s boot drive was $11,646.84.
Last year over $9,100 was raised with this year’s goal set to raise $10,000 for muscular dystrophy.
Nationally Fill the Boot has been a strong fire fighter tradition for more than 65 years, and raised $20 million in last years’ campaign.

Upcoming road closures to report.
Clinton Park, Fordham Drive, Eugene Street and Holmes Avenue will have road closures to all through traffic on Tuesday, June 11 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the installation of an intermediate reinforced pavement layer.
On Thursday, June 13 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. these streets will be closed to all through traffic for the installation of the wearing surface layer.
Residents will be able to access their properties but may experience delays and all residents in the work area are asked not to park on the roadway during the day.

As this year’s legislative session winds down, Governor Cuomo is continuing to criticize members of the State Senate.
The governor says Democrats, who have the majority in the chamber, aren’t doing enough to pass progressive policy items like extending drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants and recreational marijuana legalization.
A spokesman for the governor’s office says negotiations are ongoing.

County Health Dept. Warns of Rabies

News Release

Summertime is right around the corner. The anticipation of vacations, warm long days, and relaxation are just ahead. As we prepare to spend more time outside, Paul Pettit, Public Health Director of Genesee and Orleans Counties, would like to share a message with the community. “This is a good time to remind folks about the dangers of rabies and how to pre-vent humans and domestic pets from contracting this deadly disease. When spending time outdoors this summer, it is important not to feed, touch or adopt wild animals, stray dogs or cats. Rabies is almost always fatal but the good news is that it’s 100% preventable.”

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). The virus is usually transmitted through a bite or scratch of an infected animal. Rabies is most often seen among wild animals such as raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes, but any mammal (human/ warm-blooded animal) can be infected with rabies. Pets and livestock can also get rabies if they are not vaccinated to protect them against the infection.

In Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties, there have been 37 animal specimens tested for rabies thus far in 2019. Of the 37 animals, 3 raccoons and 1 horse tested positive for rabies in Orleans County and 3 raccoons tested positive for rabies in Wyoming County. No animals have tested positive for the virus in Genesee County.

Although you cannot tell if an animal has rabies just by looking at it, you may notice the animal acting strange. Sarah Balduf, Environmental Health Director of Genesee and Orleans Counties, shares what the common signs of rabies appear to be in animals. “Animals with rabies may show a variety of signs, including fearful-ness, aggression, affection, excessive drooling, difficulty swallowing, staggering, paralysis and seizures. Animals with rabies may lose their natural fear of humans, and display unusual behavior – for example, an animal that is usually only seen at night may be seen wandering in the daytime.” There is no treatment once the clinical signs of rabies appear. Infected animals usually die within one week after showing signs of rabies. Rabies infection of an animal can only be confirmed after death, through microscopic examination of the animal’s brain.

In humans, rabies may take up to three months to fully develop. The virus presents itself as flulike symptoms such as a fever, headache, muscle aches, loss of appetite, nausea, and tiredness. Tingling, prickling, or itching around the bite area is also common. After a few days, neurological (brain/ nerve) symptoms develop including agitation, anxiety, confusion, hyperactivity, difficulty swallowing, excessive salivation, hydrophobia (fear of water), hallucinations, insomnia, and partial paralysis.

If you are bitten, scratched or have contact with an animal you believe to be rabid, immediately wash the wound, seek medical attention and report the incident to your local county health department. A doctor or health department officials will determine if vaccination with rabies post-exposure prophylaxis (RPEP) is necessary. A person who is exposed and has never been vaccinated against rabies should get 4 doses of rabies vaccine; one dose right away, and additional doses on the 3rd, 7th, and 14th days. People who have weakened immune systems may require a fifth dose of vaccine, as determined by their doctor.

Once symptoms of the disease develop, rabies is fatal. There is no cure, only prevention. Review these tips on how to keep you, your family, and your pets safe from rabies:
• Do not feed, touch or adopt wild animals, stray dogs or cats. This includes baby animals.
• Be sure your pet dogs, cats and ferrets as well as horses and valuable livestock animals are up-to- date on their rabies vaccinations. Vaccination protects pets if they are exposed to rabid animals. Pets too young (less than 3 months) to be vaccinated should be kept indoors and allowed outside only under direct observation. • Keep family pets indoors at night. Don’t leave them outside unattended or let them roam free.
• Don’t attract wild animals to your home or yard. Keep your property free of stored bird seed or other foods that may attract wild animals and tightly cap or put away garbage cans.
• Board up any openings to your attic, basement, porch or garage. Cap your chimney with screens.
• Be aware that bats have small, sharp teeth and in certain situations people can be bitten and not know it. Do not release a bat when found in a room with a person or pet sleeping or unable to speak. If you are able to safely capture the bat, bring it to your county health department where it will be transferred to the state for rabies testing.

Click here to watch a video on how to safely capture a bat.

• Teach children not to touch any animal they do not know and to tell an adult immediately if they are scratched or bitten by any animal.
• If a wild animal is on your property, let it wander away. Bring children and pets indoors and alert neighbors who are outside. If possible, try to contain the wild animal.
• Anyone who has been bitten by any animal or who otherwise may have been exposed to rabies, needs to Capture and Call. If you can do so safely, being careful to not damage the head/brain, cap ture the animal and call your local health department or a doctor to report the incident. Capturing the animal is vital in order for it to be tested for rabies.

To protect your pets from rabies, please visit one of our upcoming anti-rabies clinics: • Genesee County: Thursday, August 15, 2019: Genesee County Fair Grounds, 5031 East Main Road, Batavia, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. • Orleans County: Saturday, August 24, 2019: Town of Shelby Highway Building, 4062 Salt Works Road, Medina, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. • Wyoming County: Thursday June, 13, 2019: Arcade Town Highway Department, 7340 NY-98, Arcade, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

For information about this article or health department services contact: • Genesee County Health Department: 344-2580 ext. 5555 or visit their website.

Evening News Briefing

The Genesee County Farmers Market opened today.
The market is located in the parking lot off of Bank Street and Alva Place.
The market through the end of October on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am – 4pm and Fridays 9am to 5pm.
Read more on this story HERE.

There’s some good news for folks who live along the shoreline of Lake Ontario.
The International Joint Commission says it believes record-high water levels may have peaked.
They also expect those levels to decrease soon due to near-record outflows from the lake and the dry weather that’s in the forecast.

The State Senate has given the green light to several new limousine safety laws.
The measures are aimed at preventing a tragedy similar to the one in Schoharie last October that left 20 people dead.
If approved, drivers would have to undergo drug and alcohol testing, seatbelts would be required in all stretch limos with nine or more passengers.
A state hotline, website and app would also have to be set up so people can file complaints against potentially dangerous limousines.
The legislation must still be approved by the Assembly and signed by the governor to take effect.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports today that a county jail inmate has been charged with Criminal Mischief.
The sheriff says that 31 year old Kevin Waleski of Batavia plugged the toilet in his holding cell, causing a flood that shorted out the electronics of the inmate phone system. Waleski continues to be held in jail, this time, without bail.

The Genesee Country Farmer’s Market kicks off today

The Market has sprouted up in the parking lot off of Bank Street and Alva Place with many excited venders ready to share their products and stories.

Nando of Nando’s Italian Pizzelle, who is returning to his second year at the market, was eager to share the history of his unique treats…

Market Manager Mike Bakos said they are still receiving applications from vendors wishing to get in on the action…

The Market is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 4 pm and Bakos says that on Fridays some venders will be sticking around until 5 pm to serve customers who are just getting out of work.

The Market runs through the summer season up until the end of October.

Responding to Crime – City Commits to Action

Press Release:

In response to the senseless criminal actions over the past weekend, the City offers its condolences to victims, thanks those who responded, and commits to decisive action.

“The City shares in the grief felt by the families and friends of the victims, acknowledge selfless acts by our citizens, appreciate the tireless work of Batavia’s finest, and thank those who aided in the quick identity and arrest of criminal suspects this past weekend. Out of respect for those who gave their lives, and work so tirelessly, we commit to decisive action that will aid community crime prevention,” said Martin Moore, City of Batavia Manager.

“The City will implement effective ideas, expand on successful neighborhood actions, and continue ongoing efforts to promote and ensure the safety of our community. We will continue to work cooperatively with community leaders, law enforcement, criminal justice officials, media representatives, neighborhood groups and business leaders to target criminals,” said Moore.

“Criminal violence and the loss of life is never acceptable and my sincere condolences go out to all those in the community that were impacted. It was encouraging to see people come forward and help the police quickly apprehend those believed to be responsible. To prevent violent acts in the future we must stay involved. If you see suspicious activity please report it to the police so that they can intervene and possibly prevent a serious crime from occurring. Over the next few weeks City Council will be reviewing ways to assist our first responders and strengthen our public safety. Together we can make a difference,” said Eugene Jankowski Jr. City of Batavia of Council President.

“The City of Batavia Police Department would like to thank the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Genesee County Dispatch Center, New York State Police, Genesee County Local Drug Task Force, City of Rochester Police Department, City of Batavia Fire Department, Mercy EMS, the Staff in the ER at UMMC and Police Chaplain Don Shirk for the assistance over this past weekend with the major crimes that took place in the City of Batavia. Because of the support received the Police Department as able to quickly identify and arrest both parties responsible for these senseless crimes,” said Shawn Heubusch, City of Batavia Police Chief.

“The City extends its gratitude to witnesses that helped us to locate, identify and subsequently arrest both individuals involved in last weekend crime. With witness accounts our job is much easier and we are heartened to see the public’s cooperation and willingness to get involved when crime like this occurs in their neighborhood,” said Chief Heubusch.

“The Fire Department appreciates the opportunity to partner with City Police and assist in a support capacity. We were pleased to share specialized equipment and department personnel to aid in the investigative process, and acknowledge the outstanding work of the City of Batavia Police Department during these (last weekend’s) unfortunate events,” said Stefano Napolitano, City of Batavia Fire Chief.

Ongoing community safety is the first priority of the City of Batavia. All of the City’s departments are committed to keeping our City a healthy, violence free place where our families can live, work and enjoy our City.

Morning News Briefing

City responds to recent rash of criminal activity.
The City of Batavia issued a statement of condolences and appreciation in response to the senseless criminal actions over the past weekend, offering sympathy to the victims and thankfulness for those who responded.
City Manager Martin Moore said the City will implement effective ideas, expand on successful neighborhood actions, and continue ongoing efforts to promote and ensure the safety of our community.
Moore continued in the statement to say it was encouraging to see people come forward and help the police quickly apprehend suspects.
Moore stressed that to prevent violent acts in the future we must stay involved reminding residents that if they see suspicious activity please report it to the police.
City of Batavia of Council President Eugene Jankowski Jr. said that over the next few weeks City Council will be reviewing ways to assist first responders and strengthen our public safety.

A home in Stafford is left uninhabitable after extensive fire damage.
A fire broke out at a home on Horseshoe Lake Road in Stafford yesterday morning with investigators initially looking at a faulty space heater, as the source of the blaze.
Stafford’s Assistant Fire Chief Mark Dougherty spoke with our news partner The Batavian on scene reporting that one woman was home at the time…

The occupant was treated at the scene for a minor injury.
One cat perished in the fire and another managed to evacuate.
The home was declared uninhabitable and the resident is staying with family.

There’s some good news for folks who live along the shoreline of Lake Ontario.
The International Joint Commission said yesterday that it believes record-high water levels may have peaked.
They also expect those levels to decrease soon due to near-record outflows from the lake and the dry weather that’s in the forecast.
People living in communities near the lake are still being urged to keep an eye on the conditions.

As this year’s legislative session winds down, Governor Cuomo is continuing to criticize members of the State Senate.
The governor says Democrats, who have the majority in the chamber, aren’t doing enough to pass progressive policy items like extending drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants and recreational marijuana legalization.
A spokesman for the governor’s office says negotiations are ongoing.
This year’s legislative session is set to end June 19th.

Upcoming road closures to report.
Clinton Park, Fordham Drive, Eugene Street and Holmes Avenue will have road closures to all through traffic on Tuesday, June 11 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the installation of an intermediate reinforced pavement layer.
On Thursday, June 13 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. these streets will be closed to all through traffic for the installation of the wearing surface layer.
Residents of Clinton Park, Fordham Drive, Eugene Street and Holmes Avenue will be able to access their properties but may experience delays as paving operations progress up and down the streets.
All residents within the work area are asked not to park on the roadway during the day.

Evening News Briefing

Fire, believed caused by a faulty space heater, damages a home this morning on Horseshoe Lake Road in Stafford.

Assistant Stafford Fire Chief Mark Dougherty said one woman was home at the time:

The occupant was treated at the scene for a minor injury.
A cat perished in the fire, another is unaccounted for.
The home was declared uninhabitable. The resident is staying with family.

Governor Cuomo says his heart is broken by the tragic deadly training crash at West Point this morning. Cuomo put out a statement saying we pray for a speedy recovery for those involved. A West Point Cadet was killed, 20 other cadets and two active members of the military were injured when an armored military truck flipped over. This happened around 6:45 this morning during a summer training exercise on Route 293 and the Camp Natural Bridge, the training site for cadets.

State Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia is fighting driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.
Hawley of Batavia calls the bill granting driver’s licenses to undocumented individuals dangerous and unpopular with state residents.
Hawley said when polled, the issue is opposed by 61 percent of the public statewide.

The Buffalo Sabres have formally introduced the 19th coach in franchise history.
59 year old Ralph Krueger said he’s already exchanged messages with several players and is in the process of putting his staff together.
Krueger hasn’t coached in the NHL since leading the Edmonton Oilers during the 2012-2013 season.
The Sabres are in the midst of a long playoff drought.

GENESEE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTING WORKSHOP ON DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

Press Release:

“Disaster Preparedness” will be the subject of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Workshop on June 13.

“Disasters happen. How can business owners plan appropriately,” asks Tom Turnbull, president of the Chamber. “It doesn’t have to be a tornado or earthquake, it can be as simple as losing power for an extended period. How can a business owner handle that?

That question and more will be answered at this workshop. Greg Lindberg of the Small Business Administration and Paul Gister of National Grid will conduct the workshop.

This is the one of a series of business workshops held in conjunction with the United States Small Business Administration and the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. The workshops are open to all Chamber and non-Chamber businesses and their employees and will offer expert advice from experienced professionals designed to help small businesses succeed and grow.

The workshop will be held at the Chamber of Commerce office, 8276 Park Rd., Batavia. The session will run from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and includes a question and answer period. Cost for non-Chamber members is $10 for each attendee. Chamber members and Batavia Business Improvement District members may attend all small business workshops free of charge but should make reservations to insure space.

To reserve a seat in any workshop or for more information, contact Kelly Bermingham at 585-343-7440 or by email at kbermingham@geneseeny.com.

HAWLEY CELEBRATES DAIRY DAY IN ALBANY

Assemblyman Steve Hawley [right] poses with Assemblyman Will Barclay [left] showing an Assembly Proclamation honoring June 5 as Dairy Day in New York.

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) proudly celebrated Dairy Day today in Albany, along with colleagues from both sides of the aisle, activists, advocates and farmers from around the state. Hawley, a longtime member of the Assembly Agriculture Committee, is the former owner and operator of Hawley Farms located in Batavia.

“This marks one of my favorite days of the year in Albany as we come together, putting party and differences aside, to celebrate New York’s spectacular dairy industry,” Hawley said. “I believe we have one of the premier dairy operations in the entire country as our milk is used in yogurt, cheese and ice cream and eventually shipped and sold across the United States. I take pride in being a strong advocate for dairy farmers and will continue to support their efforts in our state.”

Hawley addresses activists, supporters and legislators at Dairy Day in Albany on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

HAWLEY FIGHTS DOWNSTATE PUSH TO ALLOW DRIVER’S LICENSES FOR ILLEGALS

Press Release:

A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) on the Assembly Transportation Committee’s passage of a bill granting driver’s licenses to undocumented individuals

“This is a dangerous proposal that diminishes the responsibility and efforts of those here legally to play by the rules, obey our laws and obtain a driver’s license.

“This creates myriad issues for law enforcement and illegal drivers obtaining insurance, not to mention the safety issue posed on our roads that will be faced by other drivers unsure if the person next to them is familiar with traffic procedures and laws that keep us all safe.

“For the Majority to waste time on legislation that, when polled, is opposed by 61 percent of the public statewide, is a total waste of time and insulting to the struggling middle class who need our help in these waning days of session.

“Whether this is a political stand against President Trump, or an effort to score points with their radical base. We should never reward those with handouts who have already proved to break the law.”

Morning News Briefing

Suspect pulls an apparent handgun on City Police as a heroic citizen steps-in to help.
City Police are thanking the efforts of an unnamed citizen who literally stepped-in to stop the escalation of an altercation between a suspect and an officer that could have ended badly.
Officer Darryle Streeter conducted a traffic stop early yesterday morning on Cedar Street near Ellicott in which he spotted passenger, a trespassing suspect, 32 year old Brandon Fogg of Liberty Street.
Fogg attempted to flee and the officer took him to the ground at which point Fogg began to fight then pulled a black handgun from his pocket, pointing it toward the officer.
When the altercation broke out an employee of a local business came to help, stepping on Fogg’s wrist, making him loose his grip on the gun which was later identified as a BB pistol.
There were no injured reported and Fogg is jailed without bail charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Obstructing Governmental Administration and Trespassing.

Holley man accused of dealing fatal drug doses to a Clarendon man.
28 year old Logan DiPilato of Holley has been arrested by Orleans County Sheriff’s Deputies on charges of Criminally Negligent Homicide, Criminal Possession and Criminal sale of a Controlled Substance in connection with an overdose death in Clarendon.
Deputies responded to a Town of Clarendon residence Saturday to investigate the apparent unattended death of Mark Kinsey.
DiPilato is accused of selling four bags of Fentanyl to Kinsey which led to his overdose death.
DiPilato was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail and is expected to reappear on the count of Criminally Negligent Homicide in Clarendon Town Court on June 10th. Lawmen say additional charges are forthcoming.

Batavia woman charged with endangerment for leaving children alone.
28 year old Jessica Weiss of Main Street Road was arrested by Batavia Police yesterday afternoon following complaint from a local motel that Weiss had allegedly left her young children alone in their residence for a long period of time.
She was charged with two counts of Endangering The Welfare of Child and was given an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on July 1st.

Illegal immigrants are one step closer to being able to get a New York State driver’s license.
The proposal cleared the Assembly Transportation Committee yesterday, and a vote in the full chamber could happen in the coming days.
The matter was blocked for years in the Senate when Republicans had the majority, but even though Democrats are in control now, there’s no guarantee a bill will pass.
Governor Cuomo has made passing the legislation one of his top priorities before lawmakers leave Albany June 19th.

The Buffalo Sabres have formally introduced the 19th coach in franchise history.
Ralph Krueger took questions from the media yesterday at KeyBank Center.
The 59 year old said he’s already exchanged messages with several players and is in the process of putting his staff together.
Krueger hasn’t coached in the NHL since leading the Edmonton Oilers during the 2012-2013 season.
The Sabres are in the midst of a long playoff drought.

Evening News Briefing

Brandon Fogg

A Batavia Police Officer was facing a dangerous situation but thanks to a citizen, willing to help, no one was injured.
Police say that Officer Darryle Streeter stopped a trespassing suspect early this morning on Cedar Street near Ellicott.
The suspect, later identified as 32 year old Brandon Fogg of Liberty Street, tried to flee. Officer Streeter took him to the ground and Fogg began to fight. The suspect then pulled a black handgun from his pocket, pointing it toward the officer.
An employee of a local business saw the fracas and came to the aid of the officer, stepping on the wrist of the suspect, making him loose his grip on the gun. It later turned out to be a BB pistol.
Fogg is jailed without bail, facing a number of charges.
BPD issued a statement of gratitude to the civilian for getting involved.

A bill banning cat declawing is on its way to Governor Cuomo’s desk. State lawmakers passed it on Tuesday, putting New York on the verge of becoming the first state in the country to outlaw the practice which involves amputating a cat’s toes back to the first knuckle. Supporters say it’s barbaric but the state Veterinarian Medical Society lobbied against the ban, saying declawing should remain legal if the pet owner has a weakened immune system and is at greater risk of infection from a cat scratch. If Cuomo signs the bill, vets face a $1,000r fine for performing declawing.

The Assembly transportation committee is expected to vote today on a measure that would allow illegal immigrants to get a state driver’s license. If it clears that hurdle, a vote in the full Assembly could happen soon.
The matter was blocked for years in the Senate when Republicans had the majority, but even though Democrats are in control now, there’s no guarantee a bill will pass.
Governor Cuomo has made passing the legislation one of his top priorities before lawmakers leave Albany June 19th.

Genesee Cancer Assistance, headquartered in Batavia, is holding its 25th Annual Golf and Bocce Tournament on June 28.
The tournament will be held at Batavia Country Club. We have full details on the local news page of our website.
Genesee Cancer Assistance provides direct financial help to cancer patients in Genesee County.

25th Annual Golf & Bocce Tournament to Benefit Genesee Cancer Assistance

News Release

On June 28 Genesee Cancer Assistance will be hosting its 25th Annual Golf & Bocce Tournament at Batavia
Country Club (7909 Batavia Byron Road). Golf registration ($100.00/player) begins at 10:30 am. Bocce registration
($60.00/player) at 12 pm.

You can also register in advance; online HERE or call the office at
(585) 345-0417.

Golf and Bocce teams will compete for a variety of prizes and awards. A steak dinner and raffles, including a “Dine & Sail”
silent auction, will follow the games.
Sponsors are welcome. Seven sponsorship levels with various perks are available. Contact GCA for information. All
proceeds will benefit Genesee Cancer Assistance.

Bobby Aquino

This year’s honorary chair person is Bobby Aquino. Bobby has been a dedicated volunteer for GCA since its founding. He
has been—and continues to be—an invaluable asset to the GCA team and the patients they serve. Bobby is an integral
contributor to events preparation and setup—always ready to roll up his sleeves and do whatever is needed. Genesee Cancer
Assistance is also exceedingly grateful for Mr. Aquino’s generous financial support.

Genesee Cancer Assistance, co-founded in 1993 by Mrs. Dorothy Schlaggel & Mr. Russ Romano, is a community-based,
volunteer organization through which cancer patients and their families living in Genesee County have access to financial
aid and a variety of support services. Since its founding, Genesee Cancer Assistance has been fortunate to aid thousands of
individuals; hundreds of patients each year.

Citizen Aids Police in Armed Take-down of Suspect

Brandon Fogg

News Release

The Batavia Police Department was requested to an address on Ellicott St at approximately 11:22 PM on 06/04/2019 for a trespass. Brandon Fogg, 32, of Liberty St, Batavia, NY, allegedly was on the complainant’s property and banging on the door, against the complainant’s wishes. Fogg left the scene prior to patrols arrival.

At approximately 12:29 AM, Officer Darryle Streeter observed Fogg in the passenger seat of a vehicle being operated with an illegal tire. Officer Streeter conducted a traffic stop with the vehicle on Cedar St near Ellicott St and attempted to speak with Fogg. Fogg allegedly opened the door to the vehicle and attempted to flee. Officer Streeter was able to take Fogg to the ground, where Fogg allegedly began to fight with Officer Streeter.

Fogg allegedly removed a black handgun from his pocket and tried to turn it toward Officer Streeter. An employee of a local business observed the struggle and was able to step on the wrist of Fogg which made him lose his grip on the gun. Officer Streeter was then able to take Fogg into custody. The gun was later found to be a BB pistol.

Fogg was arrested for Menacing 1st, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th, and Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd and Trespass. Fogg was arraigned in Batavia City Court and held with no bail. Fogg is to re-appear in Batavia City Court on tomorrow at 11:00 AM.

The City of Batavia Police Department would like to thank the citizen for their assistance. The citizen’s name is not being released at this time as we have not received permission from the individual to provide it.

Morning News Briefing

Potential child abduction from a Batavia Church ends in arrest for one.
Investigation into the potential abduction of a child during church services has led to the arrest of 71 year old Bruce Sattleberg.
According to City Police Sattelberg was attending church services at Everpresent Church on Sunday when he left his seat, plucked a one year old child from the nursery and returned, sitting only a few aisles away from the child’s parents.
The father approached Sattelberg, took back the infant and then Sattelberg left the service.
Sattelberg was located and taken into custody without incident then issued an appearance ticket for Unlawful Imprisonment on June 18th in Batavia City Court.
He has also been barred from Everpresnt Church and all its functions.

An Ellicott Street man jailed without bail for repeated family offences.
61 year old Ernest Lane of Batavia was apprehended by City Police for allegedly violating a complete stay away order of protection twice since April.
Lane is charged with two counts each of Criminal Contempt and Aggravated Family Offense.
After arraignment he was committed to the county click without bail and is slated to reappear in Batavia City Court this morning.

Pringle Ave residents arrested for fighting and an act of public lewdness.
According to Police 47 year old Edward Freida and 30 year old Rebecca Mann were taken into custody after they were seen engaging in fight on Pringle Ave.
Reportedly Frieda exposed himself to several individuals during the altercation and was subsequently charged with Disorderly Conduct and Public Lewdness while Mann was hit with a count of Disorderly Conduct.
Mann was released with an appearance ticket while Frieda was ordered to be held in lieu of bail.

An Oakfield man jailed after harassment and resisting responding officers.
31 year old Kevin Waleski of Orchard Street in Oakfield was taken into custody following report of a physical altercation at a West Main Street address in Batavia.
Waleski was accused of trying to illegally enter the residence and was charged with Attempted Criminal Trespassing and Harassment.
As he was being transported to the United Memorial Medical Center he allegedly began resisting officers and was additionally charged with Obstruction of Governmental Administration.
Waleski was ultimately jailed in lieu of $2,500 bail.

The Assembly transportation committee is expected to vote today on a measure that would allow illegal immigrants to get a state driver’s license.
If it clears that hurdle, a vote in the full Assembly could happen soon.
The matter was blocked for years in the Senate when Republicans had the majority, but even though Democrats are in control now, there’s no guarantee a bill will pass.
Governor Cuomo has made passing the legislation one of his top priorities before lawmakers leave Albany June 19th.

New York is one step closer to becoming the first state to ban cat declawing.
A bill banning the practice has passed the state legislature and now goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk for his signature.
The state Veterinary Medical Society says declawing should remain legal if the pet owner has a weakened immune system and is at greater risk of infection.
If the bill passes, people could be fined $1,000 for having a cat declawed.

Evening News Briefing

Bruce Sattleberg

A 71 year old man has been arrested for the suspected abduction of a baby from a Batavia church.
Bruce Sattelberg has been charged with Unlawful Imprisonment and given an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court later this month.
Sattelberg was attending the Everpresent Church service on Sunday sitting only a few aisles away from the child’s parent. Sattelberg left his seat, and picked up the in the church nursery, and returned to his seat holding the baby.
The child’s father noticed this, took his child back, and Settelberg then left.
He was later located by police and taken into custody without incident

The International Joint Commission says water levels in Lake Ontario have exceeded what they were two years ago.
And, officials say they’re concerned those levels will continue to rise and trigger flooding along the shoreline in Ontario and Niagara counties.
A spokesperson for the agency says outflows from the lake are being increased, but water is coming in faster than it can be let out.

New York could become the first state to ban cat declawing. Albany lawmakers are considering a bill today that would outlaw the surgery. Supporters say it’s barbaric because it involves amputating a cat’s toes back to the first knuckle. But the state’s Veterinary Medical Society opposes the bill, saying it should be allowed as a last resort if the pet owner has a weakened immune system or the cat won’t stop scratching people or furniture. If the bill passes, you could be fined one-thousand-dollars for having a cat declawed.

Governor Cuomo is casting doubt on whether a recreational marijuana bill will pass before the end of this year’s legislative session.
The governor said he doesn’t believe there are enough votes for a bill to pass the Senate.
Cuomo also believes New Jersey’s failure to pass legislation made the issue more complicated in New York.

Road Work in Batavia Closes Some Roads

News Release

Clinton Park, Fordham Drive, Eugene Street and Holmes Avenue will experience a road closures to all
through traffic on Tuesday, June 11 from 7 AM to 5 PM for the installation of an intermediate
reinforced pavement layer.

On Thursday, June 13 between 7 AM and 5 PM these streets will be closed to all through traffic for
the installation of the wearing surface layer.

Residents of Clinton Park, Fordham Drive, Eugene Street and Holmes Avenue will be able to access
their properties but may experience delays as paving operations progress up and down the streets.
All residents within the work area are asked not to park on the roadway during the day.
This is weather dependent work. If work is postponed it shall progress next work day.

Naramore Drive will experience a road closure to all through traffic on Monday, June 10 from 7 AM to
5 PM for the installation of an intermediate reinforced pavement layer.

On Wednesday, June 12 between 7 AM and 5 PM Naramore Drive will be closed to all through traffic
for the installation of the wearing surface layer.

Residents of Naramore Drive will be able to access their properties but may experience delays as paving
operations progress up and down the street.

All residents within the work area are asked not to park on the roadway during the day.
This is weather dependent work. If work is postponed it shall progress next work day.

BPD: Potential Child Abduction at Everpresent Church in Batavia

Press Release:

Everpresent Church – Batavia

The Batavia Police Department investigated the potential abduction of a child during church services.

On Sunday, June 2, 2019 at or about 12:31PM, it was reported that a white male, later identified as Bruce Sattelberg (DOB:07/03/1947) was attending church services at Everpresent Church. During the service, Sattelberg got up from where he was sitting and left the sanctuary. Approximately 5 minutes later Sattelberg returned to the sanctuary with an approximately 1-year old child. The parents of the child were sitting in the sanctuary attending the service a few aisles away. Upon noticing Sattelberg holding the child, the father approached Sattelberg and took custody of his child. Sattelberg then vacated the service.

The Batavia Police Department worked diligently, investigating every lead to locate Sattelberg. Sattelberg was taken in to custody without incident and was issued an appearance ticket for Unlawful Imprisonment in the 2nd Degree. Sattelberg is scheduled to appear in Batavia City Court on June 18, 2019 at 1:30PM. Sattelberg has been barred from Everpresnt Church and its functions.

We would like to thank the community and its citizens for all the assistance with locating Sattelberg.

The Batavia Police Department would like to remind everyone to be observant of your surroundings and contact the Batavia Police Department if you see or notice something suspicious.

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: Lacrosse Prospect Heads to Rutgers

Mat Anderson (35) has committed to NCAA Division I Rutgers University

Press Release:

Genesee’s Anderson Heading to Rutgers

BATAVIA, NY… (June 4, 2019) Genesee men’s lacrosse player Mat Anderson has committed to continue his academic and lacrosse career at NCAA Division I Rutgers University. Anderson will make an impact for the Scarlet Knights when he arrives to Piscataway, NJ this upcoming fall semester.

The defensemen/long stick midfielder from Gorham, Maine was fourth on the team in ground balls with 40 and help led the Cougars to the program’s eighth Region III championship in 2019. Anderson started in all 25 games he appeared in wearing the blue and gold. Anderson has scored three career goals.
Anderson was named to the NJCAA Region III All-Region 1st team in 2019 and was named to the All-Region 2nd team in 2018.

The 2019 Genesee men’s lacrosse program finished the season with a record of 8-5, losing in overtime in the opening round of the NJCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships.

HAWLEY MEETS WITH GOV. CUOMO, ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS ON LAKE ONTARIO FLOODING

A photo taken by Assemblyman Hawley during a meeting with Gov. Cuomo and administration officials regarding Lake Ontario water levels

Press Release:

Click Here for an .mp4 video following Hawley’s meeting

In light of record-high water levels reported today on Lake Ontario, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) met with Gov. Cuomo, head of Economic Development, Howard Zemsky, members of the administration and state senators and assemblymembers who represent districts along the shoreline to discuss a solution.

Hawley wrote to President Trump last week asking him to renegotiate Plan 2014.

“We had a productive meeting today in Albany in order find a solution to the uncontrollable flooding of Lake Ontario,” Hawley said. “Gov. Cuomo reiterated his new task force to study the situation and come up with solutions, including long-term economic development strategies that include local government support. Permits for residents and businesses are being expedited and I will continue to update residents as we quickly work toward a relief package in Albany.”

JUDGE DURIN ROGERS’ KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITY LAUDED IN LATEST ENDORSEMENTS SUPPORTING HIS CITY COURT CANDIDACY

Press Release:

BATAVIA, NY-Current County Department of Social Services Commissioner David Rumsey and his predecessor Eileen Kirkpatrick have joined the group of local dignitaries supporting Judge Durin Rogers’ bid to become Batavia’s next full time City Court Judge. Both have worked directly with Rogers who is also Deputy Genesee County Attorney, representing the Department in countless court proceedings, many involving the protection of the youth and families of Genesee County. Both Rumsey and Kirkpatrick praised Judge Rogers’ diligence and legal knowledge in giving their endorsement.

“Judge Rogers is an intelligent and motivated individual. The work he does representing the County and the Department of Social Services is meticulous. He demonstrates a firmness, but fairness in his work ethic…His knowledge of the law is superior.” Rumsey said. Rumsey summed up his respect for Judge Rogers as a Judge, an attorney and an individual when he said: “One page cannot adequately sum up everything that Judge Rogers means to Genesee County and this community. Elect him and you will see. I highly recommend Judge Durin B. Rogers be elected as the next full time Batavia City Court Judge.”

Commenting on her many years working closely with Judge Rogers prior to her retirement in 2017, Kirkpatrick said “Judge Rogers’ attention to detail and his consideration of all aspects of each case were impartial and comprehensive. While he established a clear record of holding offenders accountable, he never wavered in considering how the resolution of each case would impact the victim, offender, families and our community.” Ms. Kirkpatrick also emphasized Judge Rogers’ judicial experience as a key factor supporting her endorsement. “The deciding factor…is that Judge Rogers has already spent the last four years as your part time judge. He has already overcome and surpassed the learning curve necessary to perform the job and to conduct court on time as a fair and balanced judge.”

Morning News Briefing

Two car crash in Batavia lands two in the hospital “under evaluation”.
A distracted driver has been deemed the cause of a two car crash in Batavia that landed both drivers in the hospital according to report from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.
Dispatchers were notified of the accident on West Main Street Road in Batavia at around 10 after 11 yesterday morning.
According to the accident report 63 year old William Gibbs of West Main Street Road, Corfu reportedly “became distracted by moving his phone” while eastbound in his 2011 Ford sedan on Route 5 causing him to cross into the westbound lane.
He collided with a westbound 2012 Chevy SUV operated by 35 year old Patricia Bunk, of Graham Road, Elba.
Both were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, Bunk by Mercy EMS and Gibbs via Mercy Flight, with both patients were listed as “under evaluation” at last report.

An Ellicott Street man is hospitalized after being beaten at his home.
According to City Police 34 year old Mark Collier of Ellicott Street was beaten Sunday night with a blunt object for refusing to make a so-called charitable donation to his attacker.
30 year old Benjamin Santiago of Jackson Street is accused of beating Collier and has since been arrested and charged with felony counts of assault and robbery.
According to authorities, Collier had given money to Santiago before but refused before being assaulted.
Santiago fled to Rochester in a stolen vehicle from Batavia and was collard by Rochester Police then brought back to Genesee County and Jailed.

Pair found sleeping with stolen items, drugs and a weapon in Pavilion.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to report of a disabled or abandoned vehicle on Peoria Road in Pavilion on Memorial Day.
Lawmen discovered 21 year old Stormy Watts of Stafford and 22 year old Daniel Lewis of North Chili sleeping in the back seat and upon further investigation officers located a firearm, drugs and numerous stolen items in their possession.
Watts and Lewis were remanded to the Genesee County Jail on charges including Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and Unlawful Possession of Pot with Lewis facing counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Destroying Evidence.
Deputies say they are still looking for victims to claim all their items after seizing numerous vehicle electronics, hand bags and wallets.

The arraignment of 31 year old Quinton Edmonds of Rochester was cancelled yesterday.
Edmonds is charged with 2nd degree murder for stabbing 43 year old Michael Paladino of Ross Street to death over the weekend. Court officials say Edmonds arrangement was postponed because he does not yet have a lawyer.

Lawmakers could take a big step today towards making New York the first state to make declawing cats illegal.
The legislature is expected to vote on the issue as part of Animal Advocacy Day at the Capitol.
Supporters of the ban say declawing is a cruel and unnecessary surgical procedure that causes severe pain.
A veterinarian caught breaking the law could face a one-thousand dollar penalty.

And this from the Genesee County Highway Department. Ham Road, between Knowlesville Road and Gorton Road will be closed for a bridge replacement for approximately two months.
The department said they will notify residents once the road is reopened.

Evening News Briefing

Benjamin Santiago

An Ellicott Street man is hospitalized at Strong Memorial today after a beating at his home.
Batavia Police say 34 year old Mark Collier of Ellicott Street was beaten last night with a blunt object for refusing to make a so-called charitable donation to his attacker. Police identified his assailant as 30 year old Benjamin Santiago of Jackson St.
Authorities said Collier had made donations to Santiago before but last night he refused.
Santiago fled to Rochester in a vehicle stolen from a home in the Town of Batavia. Rochester Police arrested him and was brought back to Genesee County and charged with felony counts of assault and robbery.

 

Quinton Edwards

The arraignment of 31 year old Quinton Edwards of Rochester was cancelled this afternoon. Edwards is charged with 2nd degree murder in the knife slaying of 43 year old Michael Paladino of Ross Street over the weekend. Court officials say Edmonds arrangement was postponed because he does not yet have a lawyer.

Governor Cuomo is pushing state lawmakers to pass a package of bills that would strengthen women’s rights across the state. Cuomo say his four point plan would make gender a protected right in the state constitution. It would toughen sexual harassment laws, ensure pay equity and extend the statute of limitation on certain rape cases. Some lawmakers wonder if all this can be done with just a little over two weeks to go until lawmakers go on their summer break.

State lawmakers who support legalizing marijuana in New York have just a few more weeks to get detractors onboard. The legislative session ends on June 19th, and right now it looks like a marijuana legalization bill would fail in the State Senate. One of the big stumbling blocks is how New York would spend the money generated from marijuana sales.

This note for Town of Alabama motorists:
Effective today, Ham Road, between Knowlesville Road and Gorton Road will be closed for a bridge replacement.
The county highway department reports Ham Road will be closed for approximately two months.

Space Still Available in Batavia Universal Pre-K Program

News Release

The Batavia City School District (BCSD) is continuing to offer the Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) Program for young students in the 2019-2020 school year. UPK provides an opportunity for four-year-old children, at no cost to their families, to be involved in developmentally appropriate educational classes that, following the regular school calendar, meet Monday through Friday during the school year. Since its implementation, the District has provided a half-day program, with a choice of either morning or afternoon sessions.

Children who are residents of the District and who are four (4) years of age on or before December 1, 2018, are eligible to apply. Applications are available at the District Business Office in the administrative wing of Batavia High School (260 State Street). They also can be downloaded from the District’s website, www.bataviacsd.org, where, under the “Parents” tab, there is a link labeled “Registering Your Child For School.” That page contains general information as well as a link, in the left column, specifically for UPK registration.  The application should be returned as soon as possible to secure your child’s spot!

If you have questions about the UPK program please call the Curriculum and Instruction Office at 585-343-2480 x 1003.

Genesee County Highway Department: Ham Road Closure for Bridge Replacement

Road Closure reported by the Genesee County Highway Department.

Effective today, Ham Road, between Knowlesville Road and Gorton Road will be closed for a bridge replacement and will remain closed for approximately 2 months.

Residents will be notified when the road is reopened.

GCC Athletics Update: Hinkson Signs Letter of Intent

Alecia Hinkson (C) signs her Letter of Intent with Genesee volleyball and softball. Joining her are her parents along with volleyball head coach Emilee Piechocki (Back L) and softball head coach Taylor Maurer (Back R)

Press Release:

Alecia Hinkson Signs LOI with Genesee Volleyball and Softball

BATAVIA, NY… Genesee Community College volleyball coach Emilee Piechocki and softball coach Taylor Maurer have signed two-sport athlete Alecia Hinkson to the Cougar Pride.

Alecia Hinkson is coming to Genesee from LA Webber High School in Lyndonville. Hinkson is a two-sport athlete as she will also be on the Cougars’ softball team. At LA Webber, Hinkson also played basketball as well as softball and volleyball. She was MVP for volleyball, a three year varsity starter and was an All-Star her senior year for softball as well as two years for volleyball. Her favorite moments include team bonding and winning Sectionals her sophomore year in softball. Her role model is volleyball coach Katlyn Draper as Draper made Alecia the athlete that she is today. Her favorite pregame meal is spaghetti. She will be a Physical Education major at Genesee in pursuits of becoming a Physical Education teacher.

The 2018 Cougars volleyball team finished the season with a record of 15-11 and competed at both the Western New York Athletic Conference Tournament and the NJCAA Region III Tournament. For more information regarding the volleyball program at Genesee, contact head coach Emilee Piechocki at erpiechocki@genesee.edu or call (585) 343-0055 ext. 6242.

The 2019 softball program competed in the NJCAA Region III Championships and had an overall record of 15-20. For more information regarding the softball program at Genesee, contact head coach Taylor Maurer at tnmaurer@genesee.edu or call (585) 343-0055 ext. 6524.

GCSO: Memorial Day Arrest in Pavilion

Deputies bust a young pair of alleged thieves found sleeping with stolen items in Pavilion.

Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to report of a disabled or abandoned vehicle on Peoria Road in Pavilion on Memorial Day.

Lawmen discovered 21 year old Stormy Watts of Stafford and 22 year old Daniel Lewis of North Chili sleeping in the back seat and upon further investigation officers located a firearm, drugs and numerous stolen items in their possession.

Both were charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and Unlawful Possession of Pot while Lewis was additionally charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and a felony count of Destroying Evidence.

Deputies say they are still looking for victims to claim all their items after seizing numerous vehicle electronics, hand bags and wallets. Please Contact Deputy Young at the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office if you have yet to report a theft from your vehicle that potentially occurred between March and Memorial Day in either Monroe, Livingston or Genesee County.

Watts and Lewis were remanded to jail in lieu of bail and are to appear tomorrow in Pavilion Town Court.

BPD: Assault on Ellicott

Press Release:

Assault – Ellicott St.

The Batavia Police Department is investigating the assault of Mark E. Collier (02/11/1984).

On Sunday, June 2, 2019 at or about 9:15 PM, it was reported that a Hispanic male, later identified as Benjamin J. Santiago Jr. (DOB:02/28/1989), responded to 216 Ellicott St. to demand money from the resident, Mark Collier. Collier has given charitable donations to Santiago in the past. Last night, Collier denied Santiago’s request. Santiago became upset and struck Collier several times with a blunt instrument, causing significant injuries. Santiago stole additional items of value from the residence then immediately fled the scene.

Collier was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy EMS. Collier suffered serious injuries and is listed in stable condition.

Santiago fled through the City of Batavia, stealing a bicycle and then stealing a vehicle from a residence in the Town of Batavia. A short while later the stolen vehicle was recovered and Santiago was apprehended by the Rochester Police Department in the City of Rochester.

Santiago was turned over to Batavia Police and arraigned in Batavia City Court. Santiago was remanded to the Genesee County Jail without bail. Santiago is scheduled to re-appear in Batavia City Court at 1:30 PM. Santiago is being charged with Assault in the 1st Degree (Class B Felony) and Robbery in the 1st Degree (Class B Felony).

This is an on-going investigation. Members of the Batavia Police Department will be in the area between State St. and Ross St. attempting to locate additional evidence. If anyone observes any items that appear suspicious or may be of evidentiary value, please do not touch or move them. Contact the Batavia Police Department at (585) 345-6350 to inform them of the item. A member of our Department will respond to investigate the item.

We would like to thank the City of Batavia Fire Department, Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Rochester Police Department, New York State Troopers – Troop A, and Mercy EMS for their assistance with this investigation.

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

Morning News Briefing

Ross Street murder suspect slated for court today.
The Rochester man accused of a deadly stabbing on Ross Street in the City is scheduled to appear in court today.
Police report that 31 year old Quinton Edmonds of Rochester has been charged with the murder of 43 year old Michael Paladino.
Edmonds was taken into custody after fleeing the scene on foot and remains in the Genesee County Jail charged with murder.
Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch indicated that Edmonds, a former parolee from Rochester, is well known to police.
Heubusch said it appears that Paladino, came out of his apartment to assist a woman after hearing Edmonds fighting with and striking her.
Edmonds and Paladino began fighting when Edmonds allegedly fatally stabbed or cut Paladino several times with a sharp instrument.
The weapon has not yet been recovered and the case remains under investigation.

Choking and child endangerment ends in arrest for a Batavia man.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 38 year old Wesley Thigpen of West Main Street Road Saturday following a complaint from an Oakfield resident.
Thigpen was charged with Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Harassment for allegedly having a physical altercation with a female in front of her child less than 17 years of age.
Thigpen was released with an appearance ticket for June 10th in Oakfield Town Court.

Burglary in Batavia leads to lock up for an Oak Street man.
32 year old Daniel Mooney was taken into custody by City Police after investigating a burglary complaint from a Jackson Street address.
Mooney was accused of forcing his way into the dwelling and damaging property and was charged with counts of Criminal Mischief and Burglary.
He was committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

A Hart Street resident busted for exposing himself in Kibbe Park.
35 year old Michael Jamil of Batavia was apprehend by Police on a count of Public Lewdness following investigation into a harassment complaint at Kibbe Park.
Jamil allegedly removed his pants while at the park several times exposing both his buttocks and genitals to another person in the area.
He was later released with an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court.

We’re heading into the last few weeks of this year’s legislative session, and it’s still unclear if lawmakers will be voting on a recreational marijuana bill.
There’s still debate over things like taxes and the possible public health risks if legislation is passed.
Counting today, there are just 11 days where members of the Senate and Assembly will be in session before they leave Albany June 19th.
A bill would likely have enough support to pass the Assembly, but its fate in the Senate is still unclear.

Murder on Ross Street

News Release

The Batavia Police Department is investigating the murder of Michael R. Paladino Jr., 43, of Batavia.

On Saturday, June 1, 2019 at or about 12:45a.m., it was reported that a black male, Quinton J. Edmonds, 31, of Rochester, was involved in a physical altercation with a female on the sidewalk near 5 & 7 Ross St. An un-involved party, Michael Paladino, heard the argument and attempted to intervene. A physical altercation ensued between Paladino and Edmonds. During the altercation Paladino sustained life-threatening injuries. Edmonds was then observed leaving the scene.

Responding Officers located Paladino bleeding on the floor of the entry way in the apartment building. Responding Officers attempted to render first aid to Paladino until Mercy EMS arrived. Paladino was transported to UMMC by Mercy EMS, and later succumbed to his injuries. Genesee County Coroner, Donald Coleman was notified and responded to UMMC
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Prior to the initial dispatch, a Batavia Police Officer was conducting a traffic stop on an erratic vehicle in the area of Ross St. at E. Main St. The occupants of the vehicle informed the Officer of the altercation which had just occurred on Ross St. During the traffic stop, Edmonds was approaching the Officer on foot. The occupants identified Edmonds as the suspect. Edmonds was detained.

Edmonds is being charged with Murder in the Second Degree and will be arraigned later this morning.
Quinton Edmonds’last known address is 106 Elba St. Rochester NY, 14106, but has been known to frequent the City of Batavia.
Mr. Paladino’s body was transported to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The autopsy will be performed later today.

We would like to thank the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia Fire Department, and Mercy EMS for their assistance at the scene. We would also like to thank Police Chaplain Shirk for offering his assistance, and tending to the needs of the family.

This is an on-going investigation, anyone with information is asked to contact the Batavia Police Department at 585-345-6350, the confidential tip line at 585-345-6370 or online HERE

Weekend News Briefing

Report of stabbing on Ross Street with suspect in custody
Batavia police say they have one suspect in custody after responding to a reported disturbance involving a person with a knife on Ross Street.
The call came in around quarter to one Saturday morning with reports of a large black male subject who was said to be armed with a knife and a victim with significant stab wound in his side.
Our News Partner The Batavian spoke with Batavia Police Sgt. Dan Coffey on the scene

Currently police have not identified the suspect that was apprehended and there has not yet been an update on the condition of the victim.

Batavia man busted for fentanyl sale in the City.
Members of the Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force took 29 year old Jarett Locicero of West Main Street into custody following investigation into the sale of fentanyl in and around the City of Batavia.
Locicero was accused of selling a quantity of the dangerous drug to a task force agent and was also found in possession of an illegal knife, a crack cocaine pipe and suboxone at the time of his arrest.
He was charged with felony counts of Criminal Sale and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance along with Criminal Possession of a Weapon and is being held in the Genesee County Jail on a warrant.

Hawley requests shoreline funding from Governor Cuomo and asks for President Trump to renegotiate Plan 2014.
Following another tour of the flooding along much of Lake Ontario’s shoreline, Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia has joined a delegation of assembly members in writing to Gov. Cuomo asking for a relief package to be implemented before the end of session.
Hawley noted that the lake levels are a foot and a half higher than they were this time last year and urged the governor to act now to secure a relief package for homeowners and businesses.
Hawley also asked President Trump to renegotiate Plan 2014 that many believe is the root cause of much of the lake’s flooding.
The treaty was originally signed into law by President Obama only a short time before he left office.

Wyoming County Sheriff Updates Sheldon Crash that Killed Three

Sheriff Gregory Rudolph reports: On May 26, 2019 at 6:32 a.m., the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received calls of a crash with multiple ejections and injuries on Route 20A at Maxon Road in the Town of Sheldon. The initial investigation by Deputies has revealed a seven passenger Kia Sedona with a family of nine from New Jersey were westbound on Route 20A when a southbound Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck on Maxon Road went through the intersection without stopping at the stop sign and struck the Kia Sedona in a “T-Bone” type collision. The Kia Sedona had one adult male, three adult females and five children (ages: 14, 10, 4, 4, 4). Two adult women were ejected and pronounced dead at the scene by Wyoming County Coroner Jennifer Prutsman-Pfeiffer. They have been identified as Ondina Castro De La Cruz- age 47 and Mayelin Brito-Castro- age 32. Kyara Hernandez-Brito, age 4, was taken by Bennington Ambulance to the Wyoming County Community Hospital (WCCH) for head injuries and died at 8: 29 a.m.

Additionally from the Sedona:
1. The adult male, Reyes Rodriguez- age 55, was taken by Warsaw Ambulance to WCCH and was later released.
2. An adult female, Maria Brito-Castro- age 26, was taken by Monroe Ambulance to ECMC for a lacerated liver, broken ribs and broken arm and has been discharged.
3. Mayelin’s son, age 14, was taken by Attica Ambulance to WCCH for lacerations and bruising and later transferred to Oishie Children’s Hospital and has been discharged.
4. Maria’s daughter, age 10, was taken by Varysburg Ambulance to Oishie Children’s Hospital for a facial fractures, lacerations and a broken leg and has been discharged.
5. Maria’s daughter, age 4, was taken by North Java Ambulance to Oishie Children’s Hospital for a head injury and is still in critical condition and in intensive care.
6. Maria’s daughter, age 4, was taken by Mercy EMS to Oishie Children’s Hospital for a broken arm, broken clavicle and lacerations and has been discharged.

Kia Sedona in which three people died and six others injured

We are releasing the injury and conditions with permission of the family, but they have requested us to not release the names of the other children. The family is still in the Buffalo area due to the child in critical condition. They all reside together in the Perth Amboy, NJ area. It is our understanding; they were on their way to Niagara Falls, Canada. They were going to spend the night and then drive back to New Jersey. The family dynamic is as follows: Reyes Rodriguez and Ondina Castro De La Cruz were married and parents to Mayelin Brito-Castro and Maria Brito-Castro. Mayelin Brito-Castro had two children: the involved 14 year old son and Kyara Hernandez-Brito. Maria Brito-Castro is mother to the other three children in the crash, two of which are twins. Not to minimize anyone’s tragic loss in this family, but to put it into perspective, the 14 year old boy lost his little sister, mother and grandmother in this crash and Reyes lost his wife, daughter and granddaughter.

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office is still obtaining statements, crash data and details to determine seating positions, but it is clear not everyone was wearing a seat belt and car seats were not found. We believe six, possibly seven were ejected from the car in the crash.

Dodge Ram driven by Richard Sawicki

The driver of the Dodge truck was identified as Richard SAWICKI- age 20 of Lackawanna, NY. He was transported by the Strykersville Ambulance to ECMC and discharged. He was arrested by the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office for Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving.

Richard Sawicki

SAWICKI was arraigned in front of Justice Fusani of the Town of Warsaw Court with District Attorney Donald O’Geen present and Michael Stivers of the Public Defender’s Office representing SAWICKI. SAWICKI was remanded to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond and his driver’s license was suspended. He is to return to Court on June 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Mr. SAWICKI has not posted bail or bond and is in Jail. Our investigation has lead us to believe SAWICKI was coming from a local bon fire type party from the night before and was on his way to a local convenient store in Sheldon and then home. The homeowners and persons at the party have greatly cooperated and contributed to this investigation. We have obtained evidence SAWICKI purchased his alcohol with an out of state fake ID at a convenient store in Attica the night before the accident. There is no indication of anyone other than SAWICKI committing crimes that lead to this tragedy whether the day of the crash or before. Additionally, most of you have reported SAWICKI’s dad is a police officer with the Lackawanna Police Department. Our investigators had contact with him at ECMC as he was there, off duty, as a Dad with his son and he was present at the public arraignment. He was cooperative and professional with our personnel and at no time interfered with any aspect of this investigation. Our investigation is continuing and will likely take days or weeks. Blood evidence from SAWICKI was obtained and we are awaiting toxicology results. Additional charges against SAWICKI are expected and will likely come after District Attorney Donald O’Geen’s Grand Jury proceedings.

I can tell you this incident has struck a chord in our entire Office and particularly to those who took the call, responded to the scene and have subsequently investigated these horrible events. I would like to offer our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to Reyes, Maria and the children as we all wish you recovery in every way to the unimaginable anguish you have suffered.

Sheriff Gregory J. Rudolph

Collins Addresses Visa Program and Impact on Farmers

Press Release:

Clarence – Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced his new legislation to address the crisis local farmers are facing due to the current H-2A visa program at a press conference at the Boxler Dairy Farm in Varysburg. The Helping Labor Personnel (HELP) Farms Act requires the Secretary of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Secretary of State and Secretary of Labor, grant temporary work authorization forms for nonseasonal agriculture workers. This legislation will provide a short-term, one time fix, to help the non-seasonal agriculture workforce.

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

The Collins bill calls for a non-seasonal agriculture worker to be sponsored by a United States farm where they have worked in the past for at least two years. Once the application gets approved, the alien worker will be granted work authorization for two years with his/her spouse and children. Additionally, protections are included for the sponsoring employer to ensure there will be no consequences for employing an alien workforce due to the outdated and flawed H-2A visa program.

“Our dairy farmers should not be punished because the current H-2A visa program has become outdated and flawed. Each day that passes is another opportunity for a dairy farmer to lose all of his or her workforce making this a true crisis,” added Collins.

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

HAWLEY REQUESTS SHORELINE FUNDING FROM GOV. CUOMO, ASKS PRESIDENT TRUMP TO RENEGOTIATE PLAN 2014


Increasing waves crash over a flood barrier during Hawley’s Tuesday tour of the Lake Ontario Shore

Press Release:

Following another tour of the flooding along much of Lake Ontario’s southern shore Tuesday, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has joined a delegation of assemblymembers who represent communities impacted by flooding in writing to Gov. Cuomo asking for a relief package to be implemented before the end of session.

“The lake levels are a foot and a half higher than they were last year at this time…Like Hurricane Sandy destroyed downstate property, the continuous Lake Ontario devastation deserves the same response of funding and assistance,” Hawley wrote to Gov. Cuomo.

“As we witnessed firsthand on Tuesday, flooding along the shoreline is reaching disastrous proportions and we need to act now to secure a relief package for our homeowners and businesses,” Hawley said. “I applaud state leaders for taking prelimary steps to mitigate flood damage, but the reality is that the lake will likely exceed 2017 water levels in the near future and sandbags and barricades are becoming useless. Securing a flood relief package is my top priority in these last few weeks of session.”

In addition to efforts at the state level, Hawley has asked President Trump to renegotiate Plan 2014 that many believe is the root cause of much of the lake’s flooding. The treaty was signed into law by President Obama only a short time before he left office.

“I am writing, once again, imploring you to renegotiate Plan 2014 and also make available mitigation assistance funding for residents, businesses and municipalities…I repeatedly fought the IJC’s Plan 2014 believing that it would threaten property…I am deeply disheartened, seeing first-hand, another year of destruction of homes, businesses and property, due in no small part to the IJC’s Plan 2014,” Hawley wrote in the letter to President Trump.

“Plan 2014 is a debacle that has perpetuated much of Lake Ontario’s disastrous flooding, and I have written to President Trump asking him to renegotiate this plan immediately. This was signed into law by President Obama during the waning days of his presidency and we need to address the root cause of flooding to prevent these conditions from occurring in future years,” Hawley concluded.

Morning News Briefing

Batavia man pleads guilty to gun charge in federal court.
40 year old Charles Williams of Batavia faces a possible 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in federal court yesterday.
In July of 2017, after being stopped by Genesee County Sheriffs Drug Task Force Officers, Williams was apprehended on an active arrest warrant.
As officers searched his vehicle, they discovered on the front passenger seat a black nylon bag, which contained a loaded handgun along with a cigarette box concealing two small plastic bags containing cocaine.
Williams was prohibited from possessing the weapon as he had already spent two and half years behind bars on a drug possession conviction.
Williams is scheduled for sentencing on August 29th.

Hawley requests shoreline funding from Governor Cuomo and asks for President Trump to renegotiate Plan 2014.
Following another tour of the flooding along much of Lake Ontario’s shoreline Tuesday, Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia has joined a delegation of assembly members in writing to Gov. Cuomo asking for a relief package to be implemented before the end of session.
Hawley noted that the lake levels are a foot and a half higher than they were this time last year and urged the governor to act now to secure a relief package for homeowners and businesses.
Hawley also asked President Trump to renegotiate Plan 2014 that many believe is the root cause of much of the lake’s flooding.
The treaty was originally signed into law by President Obama only a short time before he left office.

New dean appointment announced at GCC.
The Genesee Community College has announced that Elba resident Timothy Tomczak has officially been appointed as the College’s Dean of Human Communications and Behavior effective July 1.
Tomczak’s history with GCC began in 1987 and is full of honors.
He is a three-time SUNY Chancellor Award honoree and as recent as last year, Tomczak received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.

The Niagara County man accused of running over his ex-wife with a truck has been caught.
Niagara County deputies and the U.S. Marshal Service brought 40 year old Shane Hescox into custody yesterday in Rochester.
Before his capture, law enforcement officials alerted local residents that he may have been hiding in either Batavia or Albion as he had known ties to the area.
Police say Hescox ran his ex-wife over several times back on May 17th in Wheatfield.
The victim is still recovering from serious injuries.

A new bill has been introduced at the state Capitol that would protect pets from extreme weather conditions.
The legislation would require them to be brought indoors if the state issues warnings involving hot or cold temperatures.
Anyone caught breaking the law would face a $500 fine for the first offense. Repeat violations could lead to the animal being seized.
The proposal would also create an alert system letting pet owners know when it’s not safe to have their animals outside.

TOWN of Batavia: TRAVEL ADVISORY

News Release:

June 3, 2019 thru JUNE 28, 2019

ROAD WORK

NYS Route 98 (Walnut Street) in the City of Batavia between 65 Walnut Street and 25 Walnut Street will be reduced to alternating one way traffic controlled by temporary traffic signals Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm to allow for the construction of the Ellicott Trail Project.

For further information contact:
Tom Lichtenthal
Town of Batavia
Asst. Town Engineer

U.S. Airman from Churchville graduates basic training

Press Release:

U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class James Cullen graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Cullen is the son of Scott and Theresa Cullen of Churchville, New York.

He is a 2016 graduate of Churchville-Chili Senior High School, Churchville.

Morning News Briefing

Plea deal for a former star athlete in Batavia turned burglar.
20 year old TeeSean Ayala, once a promising basketball player for Batavia High School now faces serous prison time after accepting a plea deal regarding a number of burglaries in Genesee County.
Ayala pleaded guilty to a count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the second degree in County Court yesterday morning, admitting to possessing and then ditching a handgun in an incident from last November on Washington Ave.
In the incident Ayala reportedly pulled into the driveway of County Manager Jay Gsell’s home to drop a weapon while being chased by law enforcement.
His plea satisfied numerous other charges and pending burglary cases while Ayala now looks at a possible 3 and a half to 15 years in state prison.
He is scheduled for sentencing on August 1st.

A Liberty Street man arrested for destroying property.
City Police took 53 year old Vincent Sanfratello into custody last Friday night after he allegedly destroyed someone else’s property at a Liberty Street address.
Sanfratello was charged with a count of Criminal Mischief with intent to damage property and was released with an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court.

County Jail Research Committee recommends 200-bed facility.
Committee members tasked with researching and developing plans for new county jail echoed the findings of a joint architect/consultant study yesterday afternoon asking Genesee County legislators to consider a 200-bed incarceration facility to replace the current County Jail on West Main St.
Sheriff William Sheron who is heading the 12-member steering committee along with County Assistant Manager Matthew Landers said the suggestion is coming from the experts at SMRT architect and CRS Inc.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley announces his annual electronics recycling event.
The E-Waste Recycling Event is occurring this Saturday, June 1st from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot on 5130 East Main Street in Batavia.
They will accept items like Cell Phones, Computers, Monitors, and Televisions however there is a limit of 2 Tube Televisions per car.

The Business Council of New York State is throwing its support behind a bill to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.
The council’s president said yesterday the organization is supporting the initiative because it sends a message to Washington that immigration reform is a necessary business issue and the right thing to do.
Governor Cuomo says he’d like to see lawmakers take action on the legislation before leaving Albany next month.
If approved, an estimated 265-thousand people would be able to get their licenses.

Evening News Briefing

TeeSean Ayala

TeeSean Ayala is looking at spending the next 3 and a half to 15 years in state prison.
The 20 year old Ayala, once a standout on the BHS basketball court, pled guilty today to an incident last November on Washington Ave.
Prosecutors said Ayala pulled into the driveway of Genesee County Manager Jay Gsell’s home to ditch a handgun while being pursued by police.
Ayala’s plea settled several other charges including several pending burglary cases. Ayala will be sentenced August 1st.

State Police say they are still conducting an active investigation into a school bus fire in Wyoming County.
Early yesterday morning 17 students were evacuated from their school bus on Maxon Road when the driver noticed smoke coming from the engine compartment. No one was hurt. The bus later became engulfed in flames and as destroyed.

City officials are focusing attention today on crosswalk awareness.
Heavy foot traffic and some close calls at the Bank Street Crosswalk has prompted city hall to promote safety procedures for both pedestrians and motorists.

City Manager Dr. Martin Moore:

At two different times today city police, fire and other employees were out on Bank Street safety vests to draw attention to the crosswalk opposite the senior center.

The Batavia Concert Band returns this summer with their 94 season of concerts in Centennial Park.
The concerts begin Wednesday evening, June 26th at 7 and continue every Wednesday until August 7th.
The concerts are free. In case of rain, the concert is moved to the GCC’s Stuart Steiner Theatre.
WBTA is proud to be back this year as the Concert Band’s official media sponsor.

Morning News Briefing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo announces run for a fourth term as Governor.
Governor Cuomo will be the incumbent candidate to beat for New York State in 2022 as he announces his plans to run for a fourth term.
Cuomo, who is now 61 year old, easily won reelection last year and said yesterday he’d like to continue to serve the Empire State.
As Governor, he’s had an aggressive and sometimes controversial agenda, signing a same-sex marriage bill, pushing through a fifteen-dollar an hour minimum wage, and passing some of the strictest gun-laws in the country.

Troopers investigate a bus fire in Wyoming County.
Troopers out of Warsaw responded to a bus fire on Maxon Road off of County Route 20A yesterday morning where they located a thirty foot-long bus transporting seventeen students.
The bus operator reportedly saw smoke coming from the engine compartment and noticed a burning smell.
Students were evacuated off the bus at a residence on Maxon Road before the bus became fully engulfed with flames.
There were no injuries reported in the incident and lawmen say it is still an active investigation.

State Police net three arrests in shoplifting complaint.
Troopers out of Batavia were called to a reported larceny at the Walmart in Batavia on Sunday afternoon.
Officers apprehended 27 year old Christopher Usselman of Albion along with 27 year old Shaqueita Irvin and 19 year old Emerald Hatcher both of Batavia.
All three were charged with Class A Misdemeanor counts of Petit Larceny and were given appearance tickets for Batavia Town Court.

The Batavia Concert Band will be returning for their 94th season of public concerts in Batavia’s Centennial Park.
Concerts will be held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on June 26, July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31 and Aug. 7, as well as the ever-popular July 4th Picnic in the Park sponsored by GO ART!.
In case of rain the venue will move to the Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee Community College.

Concerns over flooding have led to a State of Emergency being declared in Monroe County.
The order by County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo is in effect for the entire Lake Ontario shoreline inland to Lake Road, Lakeshore Boulevard and the Lake Ontario State Parkway.
Several roads have already been closed and a no wake zone order remains in place for boaters.
Folks who live along the shoreline are being urged to keep an eye out for flooding.

The halls of the state Capitol will be busy again today as the Legislature gets back to work.
Governor Cuomo says the legalization of recreational marijuana should be a major focus of state lawmakers.
Supporters amended their proposal last week to lower the amount of pot a person could legally have and raise taxes on marijuana.
The governor made marijuana legalization part of his state budget, but it wasn’t included in the final agreement.
This year’s legislative session ends June 19th.

Evening News Briefing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo says he plans on running for a fourth term in 2022. The 61-year-old, who easily won reelection to a third term in 2018 told a New York City radio station that he would like to continue to serve. Cuomo’s had an aggressive agenda as Governor, signing a same-sex marriage bill, getting through a fifteen dollar an hour minimum wage, and passing some of the strictest gun-laws in the country.

State lawmakers return to work in Albany tomorrow and they have a lot on their plate before the end of the legislative session.
A bill legalizing marijuana has been tweaked but it’s unclear if it will have enough support by the end of the session June 19th.
There’s a bill that would allow sports betting on phones and electronic devices but there’s questions as to whether it violates the state constitution.
A bill allowing illegal immigrants to get driver licenses appears to have enough support in the Assembly but it’s not clear if the senate will pass it.

A Lakeshore Flood Warning in effect today for the Lake Ontario shore in Orleans County.
The National Weather Service says the advisory will last until early this evening.
Forecasters say the wind combined with higher than usual water levels could lead to some flooding.
People living in the affected areas are asked to keep a close eye on conditions.

For the first time in over 25 years Genesee County’s unemployment rate has fallen below 4-percent.
The jobless rate for April was 3.6 percent.
In Orleans County, the unemployment rate was an even 4-percent.
Wyoming County’s jobless rate for April also came in at 4-percent.

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Soccer

Women’s soccer team in a huddle before a game vs Herkimer last season

Press Release:

Genesee Women’s Soccer to Host Three Camps

BATAVIA, NY – The Genesee Community College women’s soccer team and head coach Jeff Reyngoudt will be hosting their player and team development camps throughout the summer.

Goal Keeper camp will be held on Sundays starting June 16 and going through July 14 from 3:00-4:30pm at the Turf Field. The camp is an individualized camp for keepers specifically. Each camp participant will have one-on-one time with the Genesee coaching staff as they go over the basics of goal keeping and higher level skills as well, such as, catching, throwing, punting/goal kicks, diving, agility and speed training, and more. Registration costs $75.

The 6th grade and under camp will focus on all fundamental skills. The staff will go over dribbling, passing, general ball skills, and communication, all while playing games. Although this is a learning experience, the kids will have a tremendous amount of fun with the fundamental skills and mini games combination. Dates for the 6th grade and under camp run every Monday-Wednesday-Friday from July 8-19 and then July 29, August 1 and 2. Times for this camp will be from 1pm-3pm and registration costs $100.

The team camp involves going over game-like situations any one team may experience throughout a game or a season. The team camp dates and times are flexible to fit your team’s schedule. The team camp registration costs $2,000 per team or $100 per player. The team camp will last five sessions at two hours per session.

Registration forms and checks should be sent to Genesee Community College attn. Athletics, 1 College Road Batavia, NY 14020 and made payable to Genesee Women’s Soccer. Registration forms are available online by going to www.geneseeathletics.com/recreation/sportscamps

Morning News Briefing

Richard Sawicki

Triple fatal accident in Wyoming County remains under investigation.
A Lackawanna man remains behind bars and three people are dead following a two vehicle crash on Route 20A at Maxon Road in the Town of Sheldon Sunday morning.
According to the Wyoming County Sheriff Office a westbound SUV on Route 20A with a family of nine from Perth Amboy New Jersey were T-boned by a southbound pickup truck operated by 20 year old Richard Sawicki of Lackawanna after he blew through the stop sign on Maxon Road.
47 year old Ondina Castro De La Cruz and 32 year old Mayelin Brito Castro were ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene.
A four year old child also died from an apparent head injury around an hour later after being taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital.
Investigators say not everyone in the van was properly restrained and there were no child or booster seats in the vehicle.
Sawicki was arrested and charged with Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, DWI and Reckless Driving and was committed in lieu of $100,000 bail to the Wyoming County Jail where he currently remains.
Additional charges are expected and the investigation remains on-going which lawmen say will likely take days or weeks to conclude.

An accident in Batavia leads to drug arrest for a Corfu resident.
Following investigation into a property damage accident on Main Street Saturday afternoon City Police took 32 year old Jamie Edenholm of Gabbey Road Corfu into custody.
Edenholm was charged with DWAI by Drugs, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlicensed Operator along with following too closely and was given an appearance ticket for June 5th in Batavia City Court.

City Police bust a Watson Street woman for violating a court order.
48 year old Angela Flowers was arrested for allegedly pushing an individual who had an order of protection in place in an incident on Pearl Street Sunday night.
Flowers is now facing charges of first degree Criminal Contempt and second degree Harassment and was released under supervision of Genesee Justice with an appearance ticket for today in City Court.

A Lakeshore Flood Warning will be in effect today for communities along the shoreline in Monroe and Orleans counties.
The National Weather Service says the advisory goes into effect at seven a-m and will last until five this afternoon.
Forecasters say the wind combined with higher-than-usual water levels could lead to some minor flooding.
Folks living in the affected areas are asked to keep an eye on the conditions.

Changes have been made to a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in New York.
Supporters have filed an amendment bill that would lower the amount of pot a person could legally have.
Under the proposal, taxes on marijuana would also be higher, and the state would spend millions of dollars to teach police how to spot drivers who are under the influence of drugs.
Governor Cuomo made marijuana legalization a part of his state budget, but it wasn’t included in the final agreement.

Morning News Briefing

Fatal crash in Wyoming County ends with three dead and a Lackawanna man behind bars.
According to report from Wyoming County Sheriff Gregory Rudolph, three people were killed as the result of a two vehicle crash on Route 20A at Maxon Road in the Town of Sheldon Sunday morning.
The initial investigation by Deputies has revealed a SUV with a family of nine from New Jersey were westbound on Route 20A when a southbound pickup truck on Maxon Road went through the intersection without stopping at the stop sign and struck the SUV.
The SUV had one adult male, three adult females and five children ages 4 through 14.
Two adult women were ejected and pronounced dead at the scene and one of the four year old children was taken to the Wyoming County Community Hospital for head injuries and died about an hour later.
The identities and injuries of the family members are being withheld pending family notifications.
The driver of the pickup was identified as 20 year old Richard Sawicki of Lackawanna.
After being transported to ECMC and later released Sawicki was arrested by Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies for Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving.
He was remanded to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail and his driver’s license was suspended.
Sawicki is expected back in court on June 10th and investigation into the crash is continuing with further charges expected.

Six people busted at Chris Young Concert this weekend.
During the Chris Young Concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Friday Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies made 6 arrests of individuals nearly all from the buffalo area or surrounding region.
Two were busted after being ejected and trying to reenter, two were arrested for harassment after allegedly pushing and punching security guards and two were taken into custody for DWI.
All six were issued appearance tickets for Darien Court on June 11th.

Lawmen in Warsaw bust two for DWAI in holiday enforcement.
State Police, Warsaw Police and Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a sobriety checkpoint on State Route 20A in the Village of Warsaw Friday.
During the detail they arrested 37 year old Jennifer Irish of Warsaw, for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, 34 year old Katy O’Brien of Warsaw for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Criminal Possession of Marihuana and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and 26 year old Stephenie Lee of Cleveland on counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.
672 vehicles traveled through the checkpoint and in addition to the 2 DWAI arrests 13 traffic tickets were issued for various violations of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.

Memorial Day parades and observances are scheduled throughout Genesee County today. The City of Batavia Memorial Day parade steps off from the East Town Plaza at 9:45 the morning of Memorial Day. We have a complete list of Memorial Day activities on the local news page of our website.

 

Weekend News Briefing

Niagara County man wanted for running his ex-wife over, may be in Batavia.
U.S. Marshalls are looking for Shane Hescox of Wheatfield and they think he could be in Batavia or Albion. Hescox is accused of running over his ex-wife multiple times with his truck.
The woman suffered serious injuries in the May 17th incident. Hescox is known to have ties to Batavia and Albion.
Police say he has a violent criminal history, is known to carry weapons and citizens should not try to apprehend him.
Anyone with information that could lead authorities to locate him should call Crime Stoppers at (716) 867-6161 or call 9-1-1.

Two drug arrests during NET detail traffic stop in Batavia.
25 year old Germayne Sessions and 18 year old Shakerra Walker both of Rochester taken into custody in Thursday nights’ Neighborhood Enforcement Team traffic detail.
Sessions was arrested for a litany of charges including Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to sell, Promoting Prison Contraband, Falsifying Business Records, Criminal Impersonation, and Driving Without a License, while Walker was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to sell.
According to Officers Session was found in possession of crack cocaine and marihuana and then he was found to be in possession of 9 bags of heroin as he was transported to the County Jail. The other charges stem from Sessions giving a false name.
Walker was found to be in possession of 35 individually packaged bags of crack cocaine according to law enforcement.
Both Sessions and Walker were remanded to the Genesee County Jail with no bail set.

Youth Detective Rich Schauf retired today after 32 years of dedicated service to the City of Batavia and City of Batavia Police Department.
Rich started his law enforcement career in June of 1983 as a Jailor at the Genesee County Jail. Rich was hired by the City of Batavia Police Department on January 25, 1987 and promoted to Youth Detective on October 20, 2003. Rich spent the majority of career dedicated to the youth of the City. Rich was an integral part in the creation of several organizations designed to provide support services to the youth of the community.
A luncheon was held at City Hall to honor Rich’s 32 years of service and to wish him well in his retirement.
For more pictures go the City of Batavia Police Department’s Facebook page.

Memorial Day parades and observances are scheduled throughout Genesee County this Monday.
The City of Batavia Memorial Day parade steps off from the East Town Plaza at 9:45 Monday morning. We have a complete list of Memorial Day activities on the local news page of our website.

Memorial Day Observances Listed

The Genesee County Veteran’s Services Office has issued this list of  Memorial Day Ceremonies, Parades and Observances May 27, 2019:

ALEXANDER: Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Alexander High School and travels to the cemetery on Railroad Avenue with a ceremony to take place at the cemetery following the parade.

BATAVIA: Parade starting at 9:45 a.m. beginning at the East Town Plaza traveling west along Main Street and ending at Alva Place.

BERGEN: Parade at 9:00 a.m. beginning at the Fire Hall (Rts. 19 & Hunter Street), traveling south on Rt. 19 to Hickory Park with ceremony to take place at the park
immediately following the parade.

BYRON: Parade at 11:00 a.m. from Terry Street to Swamp Road with a ceremony immediately following at Byron Cemetery.

CORFU: Parade at 12:00 p.m. from Corfu Fire hall on Rt. 33 to the Intermediate School on Rt. 77. Ceremony immediately following the parade

ELBA: Ceremony at Maple Lawn Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. NO Parade. The Elba Historical Society Museum will be open for tours after the ceremony

LEROY: Parade at 10:30 a.m. from the American Legion to Trigon Park with a ceremony at Trigon Park at 11:00 a.m. following the parade.

OAKFIELD: Parade at 11:00 a.m. from the Oakfield Fire Dept. to Triangle Park with ceremony to be held at Triangle Park.

PAVILION: Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. at the Town Park at intersection of Rts. 63 and 19. NO Parade.

2019 MEMORIAL DAY SCHEDULE OF CEREMONIES

7:00 AM Genesee County Park – Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVA#193)

8:00 AM Williams Park W.W.I Memorial (wreath laying, rifle salute & Taps)

8:30 AM Batavia VA Medical Center

8:45 AM NYS Veterans Home

9:30 AM Harvester Ave. Plot (wreath laying, rifle salute & Taps)

10:00 AM Upton Monument (wreath laying, rifle salute & Taps)

10:30 AM UMMC – Jerome Center – (Memorial Day ceremonies: Invocation;
National Anthem w/ Batavia Concert Band; G.A.R. Order of the Day;
Veterans Service Organizations Commemorations; Wreath laying w/
Gold Star Mothers; Honor Roll w/ drum roll; Rifle Salute; Taps;
Benediction; “God Bless America”)

11:30 AM GLENN S. LOOMIS GRAVE – Elmwood Cemetery (legion #193)

12:00 PM Hansen Bros. Grave – Grandview Cemetery (MCL #951)

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS

Veness-Strollo Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1602

Glenn S. Loomis American Legion Post #332

Disabled American Veterans Chapter #166

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #193

Hansen Brothers Marine Corps League Detachment

Man wanted for assault with a truck may be in Batavia


According to the U.S. Marshall’s Office a man accused of running over his ex-wife multiple times with his truck and seriously injuring her last week could be in the Batavia or Albion area.

Crime Stoppers Buffalo is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of Shane Hescox.

He is 5’ 11”, 190-pounds, white with neck tattoos and tattoos on his fingers.

Hescox has known ties to Batavia and Albion according to investigators along with a violent criminal history.

He is wanted by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and the Marshall’s Service and is facing a charge of second degree Assault.

Anyone with information that could lead authorities to locate him should call Crime Stoppers at (716) 867-6161 or call 9-1-1.

Authorities remind citizens that they should not attempt to apprehend him but to call law enforcement immediately.

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

HAWLEY COMMEMORATES MEMORIAL DAY

Press Release:

A statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia)

“Today, I join millions of Americans who honor the sacrifice paid by fallen soldiers and their families. Generation after generation, beginning with the American Revolution, soldiers have stood ready to defend their country, freedoms and civil liberties with their lives. As a result of that sacrifice, our nation has been free, prosperous and the envy of the world throughout its history.

“Americans owe a special debt of gratitude to our fallen soldiers and gold star families. I am especially grateful that my colleagues in the state Assembly finally joined an effort I have long championed to grant the dependents of fallen soldiers free college tuition. I am also proud to continue the tradition of Patriot trips to Washington D.C., the annual trip I take with veterans and their families to visit the Capitol of our country, which they fought so hard to protect.

“As the son of a World War II veteran and a veteran of the military myself, standing up for veterans is a duty I will never overlook. That is why I cherish my position on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee in the Assembly. In the coming weeks, I look forward to continuing my fight for legislation to exempt honorably-discharged veterans from thruway tolls, veterans over 85 years old from paying state income tax and extending state benefits to promote veteran-owned businesses.

“Nevertheless, on this Memorial Day I want to extend a special salute to our fallen soldiers and all of our nation’s gold star families. As a nation, we must never forget their extraordinary service and patriotism.”

Morning News Briefing

Deadline approaches to register for upcoming primaries.
As the June 25th primary quickly approaches the last day to register as a voter in person is even closer with a deadline of May 31st.
Mail registration forms must be received by the Board of Elections by June 5th with a postmark of May 31st.
The primary for Batavia City Court judge is heating up between Benjamin Bonarigo and Durin Rogers who are seeking the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party line.
Part-time City Court Judge Durin Rogers just recently announced endorsements from Genesee Justice coordinator Catherine Uhly and her predecessor Ed Minardo.
GOP Primaries for Town Clerk will be held in Alexander and Bergen, Republican primaries for Town Justice in Bethany and Pembroke along with a Conservative Party primary for Byron Highway Superintendent.

Batavia Man receives probation and weekends for sex crimes against a child.
36 year old David Somerton of Kelsey road in Batavia appeared in Genesee County Court this week for sentencing on a count of attempted use of a child in a sexual performance.
Somerton pleaded guilty to the count in March after initially being charged with 5 felony 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.
Somerton was arrested in November of last year following investigation into sex offenses against a 13 year old.
He avoided a potential 2-7 years with the plea and was sentenced to 10 years’ probation with four months of weekends in jail.
Somerton will also have to register as a sex offender.

Walnut Street resident accused of a string of burglaries in Batavia.
20 year old Teesean Ayala has been arrested by Sheriff’s Deputies on three counts of Burglary, and five counts of Grand Larceny following investigation into a series of burglaries in the Towns of Batavia and Stafford last fall.
Ayala was arraigned in Batavia Town Court and remains in custody in the Genesee County Jail on unrelated charges.

An Illegal Alien sentenced for illegal gun possession out of Orleans County.
A native of Mexico living in Lyndonville, convicted of being an alien in possession of a firearm, was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison.
The native of Mexico with no lawful status in the US was arrested following a search of his residence on Alps Road in Lyndonville in March of last year where Task Force and ICE officers, recovered two 20 gauge shotguns; a rifle; a .22 caliber revolver; 207 rounds of ammunition; shotgun slugs; and 15 rounds of shotgun shells.
Investigators also recovered a counterfeit Social Security card and a fraudulent Permanent Resident Card in the defendant’s name.

There’s some great news to report on the health of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly.
His wife says the Hall of Famer’s recent scans have come back clear and he remains cancer free.
Kelly has been battling oral cancer in recent years. He has said since his diagnosis that he refuses to let the disease get the best of him.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Cattaraugus-Allegany-Livingston-Southern Erie-Wyoming-Orleans-Genesee-Niagara-Monroe-Northern Erie-
1056 AM EDT Thu May 23 2019

…A LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL AFFECT WYOMING…EASTERN CATTARAUGUS…EASTERN ERIE…LIVINGSTON…NORTHEASTERN NIAGARA…
ORLEANS…ALLEGANY…MONROE AND GENESEE COUNTIES…

At 1055 AM EDT, radar indicated strong thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Middleport to Allegany. Movement was east at 55 mph.

Winds in excess of 40 mph are possible with these storms along with brief, heavy downpours.

Locations impacted include…
Rochester, Greece, Chili, Batavia, Olean, Brockport, Geneseo, Medina, Albion, Hilton, Dansville, Wellsville, Brighton, Gates-North Gates, Hamlin Beach State Park, Darien Lakes State Park, Letchworth State Park, Henrietta, Marilla and Le Roy.

This includes the following highways…
Interstate 390 between exits 4 and 12.
Interstate 90 between exits 48A and 46.
Interstate 86 between exits 24 and 33.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 200 PM EDT for western New York.

PSA: Election Deadlines & Local Primaries

Press Release:

Primary Election Registration Absentee Deadlines, and Jurisdictions of Local Primaries

Election law changes have resulted in an earlier Primary Election date. The Primary Election will be held on June 25th. Because of these calendar changes the following deadlines for registering to vote, if eligible, are the following:

May 31, 2019 is the last day to register in person at the Genesee County Board of Elections, which is located on the 3rd floor of County Building #1, 15 Main St., Batavia, NY for the June 25, 2019.

Mail registration forms must be postmarked by May 31, 2019 and received at Board of Elections no later than June 5, 2019.

Applications for absentee ballots must be postmarked by June 18, 2019. June 24, 2019 is the last day to apply in person at the Board of Elections for a Primary Election ballot. June 25, 2019 (Primary Election Day) is the last day to deliver a local Primary Election ballot in person to the County Board of Elections, by close of polls (9:00 PM). The Primary election will be held from 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

There will be a Primary Election on June 25th in the following jurisdictions;

• City of Batavia for City Court Judge on the Republican, Conservative and Independence line.
• Town of Alexander for Town Clerk on the Republican line.
• Town of Bergen for Town Clerk on the Republican line.
• Town of Bethany for Town Justice on the Republican line.
• Town of Byron for Highway Superintendent on the Conservative line (opportunity to ballot)
• Town of Pembroke Town Justice on the Republican line.

There are no other Primaries in any other jurisdictions. You must be a registered party member to be eligible to vote in any of these local primaries.

Special Weather Statement: Severe Thunderstorms

Niagara-Orleans-Monroe-Northern Erie-Genesee-Wyoming-Livingston- Chautauqua-Cattaraugus-Allegany-Southern Erie- Including the cities of Niagara Falls, Medina, Rochester, Buffalo, Batavia, Warsaw, Geneseo, Jamestown, Olean, Wellsville, Orchard Park, and Springville
851 AM EDT Thu May 23 2019

…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE LATE THIS MORNING THROUGH EARLY THIS AFTERNOON…

A line of strong to severe thunderstorms over southern Ontario, Lake Erie, and northeast Ohio will move into Western NY late this morning, then move east to the Genesee Valley by midday or early afternoon. If this line of storms maintains intensity, it may produce strong winds and some wind damage as it moves across the area.

Be prepared to seek shelter if thunderstorms approach.

Morning News Briefing

Mark Dibble

Missing Indian Falls man found safe.
Mark Dibble who went missing two days ago has been found alive and well.
Genesee County Emergency Management Services Coordinator Tim Yaeger made the announcement yesterday evening at around 5:30 p.m.
He was found sitting under a tree about 270 yards south of the Totem Pole Smoke Shop on Ledge Road in Basom.
Our news partner The Batavian spoke with Mark’s Sister Valerie Tomaszewski who was part of the search party when Mark was found…

The 58 year old Indian Falls resident was reported missing late Tuesday afternoon after he failed to show up at work and no one had heard from him.
Up to 70 firefighters, law enforcement personnel, volunteers and family members scoured the area for nearly two days to locate him.

Perry man accused of sexual abuse while another case of child abuse is pending against him.
43 year old Robert Hopkins was arrested by Perry Police early Wednesday morning on charges of first degree Sexual Abuse and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Hopkins allegedly sexually abused a 10 year old child while they slept at his home.
He was committed to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Hopkins was arrested while facing charges of sexual abuse and course of sexual conduct against a child for another case out of Warsaw.
He is expected back in court on June 11th.

Batavia man jailed for Harassment and obstruction of breathing.
21 year old Kaleb Bobzien of Dellinger Ave was arrested following investigation into a domestic incident at a Dellinger Ave address Friday morning.
He was charged with Coercion, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and Harassment and after arraignment was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of 5-thousand dollars bail.

A Batavia woman busted for child endangerment in a Bank Street brawl.
City Police took 25 year old Laqueasha Taylor of Bank Street into custody on counts of Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Harassment following investigation into an incident in the City.
Taylor was allegedly involved in a fight with another person at the Northside Meadows on Saturday evening.
She was issued an appearance ticket for City Court for next Tuesday.

New York State Police are set to increase patrols throughout the Memorial Day weekend. Governor Cuomo says drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols Friday through Monday by officers in both marked and unmarked vehicles. They’ll also be checking for motorists who are texting on their phones.

Missing Indian Falls Man Found Alive

Mark Dibble

The search for 58 year old Mark Dibble is over.
Mr. Dibble has been found alive. He was located in an area off of Ledge Road behind the Totem Pole Smoke Shop and Gas Station in the Town of Basom.
Mr. Dibble was located around 5:30 this evening.
Initially, Dibble was said to be breathing but unresponsive. Later, he was described as alert and able to wait to a waiting ambulance.
Dibble was last seen early yesterday morning leaving his mother’s home on Alleghany Road.
He was later identified in surveillance video walking on property owned by Sunrise Farm in Basom.

At various times during the search, upwards of 70 lawmen, firemen and members of Dibble’s family combed the area between Indian Falls and Basom.

Two local Airmen Graduate Basic Training

Press Releases:

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chelsey M. Selapack graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Selapack is the daughter of Michael Territo of Chaffee, N.Y., and Marcy L. Mundorff of North Java, N.Y., step-daughter of James H. Mundorff of North Java, N.Y., and Tracy A. Territo of Chaffee, N.Y., and wife of Kirsty R. Selapack of Hamburg, N.Y.
She is a 2012 graduate of Attica High School, Attica, N.Y.

U.S. Air Force Airman Matthew J. Roach graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Roach is the son of Heidi D. Urban of Batavia, N.Y., and James J. Roach of Bemus Point, N.Y., and cousin of Gabriel J. Bledsoe of Todd, N.C.
He is a 2016 graduate of Maple Grove Jr. Sr. High School, Bemus Point, N.Y.

United Way Day of Caring in Downtown

Today is the United Way Day of Caring in Genesee County.

There are 419 volunteers mostly donning black t-shirts working at 39 sites around the county with 39 Genesee County Companies involved for today’s Day of Caring.

Volunteers in downtown echoed a theme of giving back when asked what the Day of Caring means to them…

Volunteers kicked off early this morning with several work sites right around the WBTA studio’s including Adam Miller Toy and Bike, who repair bikes for children in need, and at Go Art where volunteers are beautifying the landscape and utilizing their artistic skills to chalk the sidewalks down Main and Bank Streets.

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Results: School Budget Votes

 

2019 – 2020 School Budget Results

GENESEE COUNTY

 

 

Alexander Central

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

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

Batavia City School District

Budget: Yes – 378 No 112

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

Byron-Bergen Central School District

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

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

Elba Central School

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

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

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

LeRoy Central School

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

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

Oakfield Alabama Central 

Prop 1 Budget: Yes 169   No 25

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

Pavilion Central

Budget: Yes 117 No 20

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

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

Pembroke Central

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

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

WYOMING COUNTY

Attica Central School

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

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

Evening News Briefing

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

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

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

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

John Hodgins Dies at 87

A prominent printer and artist in Batavia has passed.

John Jay Hodgins of Batavia passed away this morning.

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Hodgins was 87.

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evening News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

HAWLEY REITERATES CALLS FOR ASSEMBLY HEARINGS ON FARM WORKER UNIONIZATION

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Press Release:

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

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

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

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE CONFIRMATION OF IJC MEMBERS FOLLOWING WHITE HOUSE TALKS

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

Weekend News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evening News Briefing

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

 

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

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

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

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

Warsaw Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Porn

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

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evening News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

News Release

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

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

Rogers Endorsed by Sheriff and Former Sheriff for City Court

News Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Judge Rogers lives with his wife, Paula, and their four children in the City of Batavia. His family has been longtime residents of the City and are proud to call Batavia their home. Judge Rogers is committed to the community and has volunteered his time to assist youth sports; mock trial; United Way; GCBA; and many other civic boards. Rogers is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Law; and received his Juris Doctor legal degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio.

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

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

A copy of the bill can be found here.

KENDALL STUDENTS VISIT ALBANY, GIVEN RESOUNDING FLOOR INTRODUCTION

Press Release:

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

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

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

GCC Athletics Update: Martinez to Swim at Saint Peters

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

Press Release:

Ferran Martinez to Swim at Saint Peters

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

Wilder, Kleinhans to host NYSS NOC at Batavia Downs

(Wilder photo credit USTA, Kleinhans photo credit Meadowlands)

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John P. Cummings Sr., 73, dies

Press Release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

GCC Athletics Update: Cougar Baseball

Cougars Split Regular Season Finale; Heads to Region III Playoffs

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Richard G. Ensman Served GCC for Nearly 30 Years

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunset of the Adirondacks taken by Mr. Ensman

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

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


The Adirondack Mountains taken by Mr. Ensman

Sunset of the Adirondacks taken by Mr. Ensman

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evening News Briefing

Richard Ensman

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

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

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

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

BATAVIA ROTARY CLUB HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL TOURNAMENT SATURDAY AT DWYER STADIUM

Press Release:

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

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

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

GENESEE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HOST SPEED NETWORKING EVENT

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

GCC’s Rick Ensman has passed

Message from the President:

May 9, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

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

Thank you.

Jim Sunser
President

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

New Dialysis Center to Open in Batavia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evening News Briefing

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

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

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

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

Public Information Session regarding Jail Construction Project on May 16th

Press Release:

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

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

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

Summer Hours at the Genesee County DMV

Press Release:

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

Evening News Briefing

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

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

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

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

GCSO: Active Arrest Warrants May 7th 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Public Meetings Scheduled for the Smart Growth Plan 2019 Review

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

Jennifer Urvizu-Hanlon

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

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

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

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

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

 

Evening News Briefing

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

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

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

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

Western Regional OTB Posts Derby Day Handle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Four arrested for Endangering the Welfare of Children in LeRoy

Press Release:   May 04, 2019

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

Weekend News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evening News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

GCEDC APPROVES PILOT REASSIGNMENT FOR UPSTATE NIAGARA COOPERATIVE

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Lacrosse

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

Press Release:

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

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

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

HAWLEY CONDEMNS DRIVER’S LICENSES FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

Press Release:

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

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

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

Morning News Briefing

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

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

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

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

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

Evening News Briefing

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

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

Plush Dozier

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

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

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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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