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Tops Friendly Markets finding the grocery market is not to friendly these days.
According to Bloomberg, one of the nation’s leading financial news organizations, Tops markets is ready to file bankruptcy.
The announcement could come as early as this month.
Tops operates the largest stand-alone grocery store in Batavia.
With low margins and increasing competition the grocery business has always been challenging.
With additional competition from non-traditional grocers like Walmart, and on-line groceries like Amazon, traditional chains like Tops are threatened.
Tops is headquartered in Williamsville. The company has had no comment.

 

Pastor Allen Werk

Active shooter training draws a big response in Batavia.
St. Paul Lutheran Church on Washington Avenue hosted the training yesterday with deputies from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.
Over 100 people attended.
St. Paul’s Pastor Allen Werk

Audio Courtesy: 13WHAM

A similar class is planned at Grace Baptist Church on Vine Street in Batavia on February 25th.

The case of convicted child molester Marlek Holmes seems like a never ending saga.
In his last court appearance on Friday, Holmes tried to back out of a sentencing deal again.
That deal would dismiss remaining charges against him in return for a sentencing cap of 25 years.
After a half-hour of talk with his lawyer, Holmes decided to stick with the original offer.
D-A Lawrence Friedman said it’s possible Holmes could back out again but his deal will not get better.

A Batavia man suffered burns to his arms in a fire on Porter Avenue.
The fire was reported in a garage at 17 Porter last night.
Batavia firemen said damage was minor and the fire was nearly out when they arrived on scene.
The unidentified burn victim was treated at UMMC.

GCC Athletics: Men Swimmers

Ferran Martinez (fourth from left) and Nathan Richardson (third from left) finished 1-2 in the 200 IM at NJCAA Regionals

Press Release:

Men Swimmers Shatter Two School Relay Records in First Day of Regionals

After the first of three days of National Junior College Athletics Association Region-III and Northeast District competition complete, the Genesee Community College men’s team is second with 131 points and the Cougar women’s team is fourth with 76 points after 11 events.

Ten different individual swimmers qualified for final competition and both men’s and women’s relay teams also advanced.

The highlight of the day was two new school relay records recorded by the men in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:32.05 and the 400-yard medley with a 3:42.06 time.

Ferran Martinez, Joan Ferrer and Brandon Brown were a part of both record-setting relays. Ryan Mahaney was the fourth member of the 200-yard freestyle, while Nathan Richardson was part of the 400-yard medley.

The best finish individually came at the 200-yard individual medley where two members of the men’s team took first and second. Martinez won the event handily with a 2:00.59 time, while Richardson was second at 2:05.08.

The men’s team did almost as well in the 500-yard freestyle after taking first and third. Matthew Langerman posted a winning time of 5:06.58, while third-place went to Brown with a time of 5:15.08.

Also notching a third-place finish was Mahaney in the 50-yard freestyle with a 23.55 time.

The women’s team had a pair of top-three finishes in individual competition with Angel Priest finishing as runner-up in the 200-yard individual medley with a 2:26.02 time, and Natalie Amico finishing third in the 500-yard freestyle at 6:07.37.

Both the men’s and women’s relay teams finished in the top-three in the 200-yard freestyle with the men at second and women in third (1:50.78) with the latter foursome comprised of Zulwena Alberto, Nanako Shiozawa, Priest and Amico.

Day two begins with preliminaries at 10 a.m. tomorrow – Feb. 17 – and finals again scheduled for 6 p.m. at host Monroe Community College.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Saturday News Briefing

Batavia Sex Offender attempts to back out of sentencing deal.
A pattern of delay tactics and appeal attempts is becoming evident in the numerous cases brought against convicted child sex predator Marlek Holmes.
Holmes was scheduled to appear in Genesee County Court yesterday after sending a letter to appeals attorney Timothy Murphey stating that he had changed his mind on the sentencing deal that capped his sentence to 25 years satisfying all remaining charges in Genesee County.
Holmes was transported from the Correctional Facility in Auburn to Batavia where after 30 minutes talking with attorneys, Holmes decided to stick with the original deal.
District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said it’s possible Holmes could back out on the agreement again, however he will not be afforded a better deal.
Friedman said he would pursue convictions on remaining sex offender violation charges and a persistent violent felony offender status for Holmes that would potentially lock him up for life.

Henrietta Swim Coach cat-fished by Police pretending to be teen girl.
37 Matthew Lincoln of Henrietta was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity.
Lincoln who was the head coach for the Golden Comets Swim Club was accused of engaging in sexually explicit online conversations with a child believed to be 16 years old.
After allegedly sending nude pictures of himself to the child he set up a meeting to engage in sexual activity.
Unbeknownst to Lincoln, the child was actually an undercover Brighton Police Investigator and he was arrested.
The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years, a maximum of life, a $250,000 fine, or both.

An Erie County contractor will spend weekends in jail for the next four months.
24 year old Mathew Hardesty of Blasdell was accused of taking money to build a fence for a Batavia customer and never doing the job.
Hardesty made restitution but only after facing a longer jail term.
D-A Lawrence Friedman described Hardesty as a con-artist.

St. Paul Lutheran Church in Batavia is holding special Active Shooter training for leaders of local congregations.
St. Paul Pastor Allen Werk says the training will address what individuals and groups can do to be prepared for the worst.
He said one issue the training will not address is whether parishioners are safer with guns in church

The training will be offered this morning at 10 at St. Paul’s Church on Washington Avenue.

Evening News Briefing

An Attica woman is accused of using a stolen credit card to run up almost 300-dollars in charges.

The Genesee county Grand Jury has indicted Leah Wimmer of Attica on two felony counts.

Authorities say Wimmer used the stolen credit card at the Rite Aid on Prospect Avenue in Attica back in September.

 

An Erie County contractor will spend weekends in jail for the next four months.

24 year old Mathew Hardesty of Blasdell was accused of taking money to build a fence for a Batavia customer and never doing the job.

Hardesty made restitution but only after facing a longer jail term.

Genesee County District Attorney  Lawrence Friedman described Hardesty as, ” a con-artist.”

 

 

Pastor Allen Werk

St. Paul Lutheran Church in Batavia is holding special Active Shooter training for leaders of local congregations.

St. Paul Pastor Allen Werk says the training will address what individuals and groups can do to be prepared for the worst.

He said one issue the training will not address is whether parishioners are safer with guns in church

The training will be offered tomorrow morning at 10 at St. Paul’s Church on Washington Avenue.

 

Governor Cuomo is boosting security at schools around New York State following a pair of copycat threats in the aftermath of the Florida school shooting.

Cuomo says there were two incidents this morning in Western New York where students threatened violence and said they would bring guns to schools.

He says the threats, involving the Chautauqua Lake School District and the Randolph Academy in Cattaraugus County, are under control and that both students are in custody.

Troopers make two arrests in school violence threats

Press Release:

On February 16, 2018 at 9:05 a.m., Troopers and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) responded to Chautauqua Lake School for a threat of violence reported to school staff. The school initiated a lockout while State Police investigated.

The investigation revealed that a possible threat of violence could exist at Ashville BOCES. Ashville also went into lockout and additional Troopers and BCI responded. During this investigation, a 17-year-old student at Chautauqua Lake and a 15-year-old student from Ashville BOCES were taken into custody under the state’s mental hygiene law. Subsequently, the lockouts at both schools were lifted.

Both students were transported to hospitals for evaluation, and this investigation is continuing.

Active Shooter Training Offered in Batavia

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office was invited by St. Paul Lutheran Church leadership to present Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events training or ‘CRASE’ for short, to address what individuals and groups can do to be prepared for the worst.

St. Paul Lutheran Church Pastor Allen Werk has been the Chaplin for the Sheriff’s Office for the past 5 years.

He was taught on administering the CRASE training after completing it along with other local deputies.

The training will focus on how to avoid, deny access, and potentially defend yourself against the threat of a shooter.

One hot button issue the training doesn’t address is whether congregants are safer with guns in church.

The Pastor said that is a decision better left to the congregation.

St. Paul Lutheran Church will be hosting the special training event for community congregation leaders tomorrow, February 17th at 10 a.m.

Turn 27 Blue Endorses Nate McMurray for Congress

Nate McMurray

Press Release:

Turn 27 Blue proudly endorses Nate McMurray for Congress. For the first time in a generation, Democratic leaders, who normally endorse, have joined ranks with grassroots activists to make a strong endorsement in this year’s congressional race. We believe that Nate has what it takes to represent the people of Western New York. His impassioned and energizing campaign is already gathering the momentum and support it needs to win in November.

Nate McMurray is an experienced businessman, dedicated public servant, and Western New York native, who believes that families should have access to quality healthcare and education, that full-time work should come with a decent paycheck, and that elected representatives should represent their constituents, not their donors.

Turn 27 Blue brings together voices from the county Democratic Chairs and from many of the district’s dedicated activist groups. We endorse Nate because of his demonstrated ability to work across the aisle as Town Supervisor of deep red Grand Island, NY and his dedication to improving the lives of hardworking Americans. “I’m honored to receive the endorsement of this group of county Democratic Chairs and grassroots leaders. I’m confident we are going to turn the 27th District blue, and I’m eager to take this fight to Chris Collins,” Nate said, in response to the news.

Michelle Johnston Schoeneman, a resistance leader in the 27th and member of Turn 27 Blue, said “we were incredibly impressed with Nate’s passion for Western New York, his platform for bringing jobs and prosperity to the area, and his ability to persuade people who have never voted for a Democrat that he’s the person for the job.”

Over the past several months, Turn 27 Blue has hosted public forums, meetings, and interviews with the several talented and dedicated individuals running. “From the start, our goal was simple: identify the best candidate to beat Chris Collins,” said Judith Hunter, Chair of the Livingston County Democratic Committee, “and create the best possible conditions for victory in November. Each of the five announced candidates has something to offer, and we are grateful that they volunteered to serve. We are extremely proud to conclude our process by supporting Nate McMurray for the Democratic nomination.”

As the candidates traversed the 27th and met residents from every county in the district, one thing was clear: “from the pending ethics investigation against him to his decision to ignore his district in favor of his wealthy donors, people were fed up with Chris Collins and his cronies,” said Jeremy Zellner, Chair of the Erie County Democratic Committee. Chris Collins’s arrogant disregard for his constituents and his support for extreme policies that directly hurt New Yorkers has remade NY-27 into a competitive district.

Jamie Romeo, Chair of the Monroe County Democratic Committee added, “we urge everyone who cares more about Western New York’s economy than tax cuts for the rich, who cares more about affordable healthcare for our families than favors for donors, and who cares more about a true representative of the people than a talking head who rushes onto cable news to talk about anything but the needs of his constituents, to support Nate McMurray for Congress.”

GCASA Foundation announces scholarship

Press Release:

Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Foundation will award two $1,000 scholarships, one to a Genesee County student and one to an Orleans County student.

GCASA Foundation supports the work of GCASA and other non-profit organizations in Genesee and Orleans Counties. Several organizations have received mini-grants to help sustain the crucial work they do in our community. Now, individuals pursuing a degree in health sciences or human services can apply for scholarship money that will help them pay for college.

The board of directors of both GCASA and GCASA Foundation are committed to providing quality services. Educated, skilled employees and board members are the necessary for effective service delivery. GCASA Foundation Board President Brian Paris states, “GCASA is excited to once again be providing scholarship funding to Genesee and Orleans County residents. We are dedicated to supporting our mission and this creates a strong alignment in this regard. It is our goal to produce positive community change and we understand this begins with the commitment and education of future generations.” GCASA Foundation has been pleased to honor some exceptional students in the past.

Individuals whose primary residence is in Orleans or Genesee County and who have been accepted at an accredited college in an eligible program such as social work, nursing, health science or human services are encouraged to apply. Scholarship criteria and applications are available in high school counseling offices throughout both counties and on-line by visiting www.gcasa.net.

Warsaw Man Accused of Taking Peeping Pics

45 year old Douglas Uberty of North Main Street in Warsaw was arrested and charged with Unlawful Surveillance in the second degree following investigation into an alleged incident at Walmart in Batavia in June of last year.

Uberty is accused of using a cell phone to take photos under the clothes of a person while at the store.

He was issued an appearance ticket for March 1st in Batavia Town Court.

St. Paul Lutheran Church to Host CRASE Training

Press Release:

St. Paul Lutheran Church will be hosting a special training event for community congregation leaders tomorrow, February 17, at 10:00am, to assist in preparations should an active shooter situation occur in their church.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office was invited to present Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training, which addresses individual responses and actions as well as group preparations. The training has been developed in partnership with Texas State University and is funded in part by the United States Department of Justice. “We are pleased to assist Pastor Werk in educating congregation leaders on the appropriate actions to take should an active shooter situation arise,” stated Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr.

“This training affords congregation leaders the opportunity to come together to talk about ideas they may want to implement in their own churches should the unthinkable occur. We pray this will help all our churches be better prepared if the inconceivable happens,” stated Pastor Allen Werk.

For More Information, Contact: Pastor Allen Werk 585-721-4218

GCC Athletics Update

Rosalyn Sealey (Oakland park, Fla.) and Brian Fobbs (Rochester, N.Y)

Cougar Athletes of the Week Announced

The Genesee Community College’s athletes of the week for the period ending Feb. 10 are Rosalyn Sealey (Oakland park, Fla.) from the women’s basketball team and Brian Fobbs (Rochester, N.Y) from the men’s basketball team.

Rosalyn was the Cougars’ leading scorer in both Genesee contests last week having scored 31 points against Mercyhurst North East Feb. 7 and 16 points against Jamestown Community College Feb. 10. For the week, the sophomore shot 53 percent from the floor in going 19-for-36, 58 percent from the free-throw line with seven charity-strip points and 44 percent from outside the arc with a dozen points. In addition, she added 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals collectively in both games. Of the two contests, she was most impressive in the game against Mercyhurst, where Rosalyn attributed for more than half of the entire point total of the team.

In addition to being GCC’s Male Athlete of the Week, Brian was also selected as the National Junior College Athletic Association D-II Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, as well as NJCAA Region-III Male Athlete of the Week. Brian set a GCC record for points in a game with 46 and moved into sole possession of eighth in scoring in GCC history. Helping the Cougars to a pair of wins, Brian averaged 38 points per game and 15.5 rebounds per game last week, which were both higher than his nation-leading totals in both those categories. His point total average from last week was almost 11 points higher than his nation-leading average. Currently, Fobbs is the top NJCAA Division-II scorer at 27.2 ppg and 13.5 rpg. Last week, the sophomore scored 76 points with 31 boards in recording back-to-back double-double performances with a combined shooting percentage from the floor at 72 percent that included 71 percent from outside the arc and also 88 percent from the free-throw line, with 30 points coming from the latter two categories.

Men’s Lacrosse Team Names Captains and Comes in at No. 3 in First 2018 NJCAA Poll

The Genesee Community College men’s lacrosse team enters the season at No. 3 in the first National Junior College Athletic Association Poll for 2018 by coaches.

The Cougars will look to return as national champions from two seasons ago after losing a heartbreaking one-goal game last season in the Final Four to Howard Community College 14-13.

This year’s national championship will again be in Syracuse with the Final Four competing May 12-13.

The GCC men’s lacrosse coaching staff announced its four captains for the 2018 season that include Mathew Anderson, Samuel Koczwara, Alex Mack, and Patrick Shea.

Mathew Anderson is a defender, who has been a four-year varsity letterman and a two- time, first team all-state and all-conference defender from Groham, Maine.

Samuel Koczwara, a midfielder from Mount Hawthorn, Australia, was on the Australian National Team for the U19 World Championships in 2016, and has captained many teams overseas.

Alex Mack started all 14 games at attack last year and was selected as a NJCAA Region-III second team selection after scoring 67 points from 49 goals and 18 assists.

Patrick Shea will help lead the defensive unit as he returns from injury that allowed him limited action last season.

Genesee is a member of the Western New York Athletic Conference (WNYAC) and NJCAA Region III. This year’s schedule is highlighted with games against Howard CC, CCBC- Essex, Nassau CC, and Onondaga CC.

A link to the NJCAA National Poll can be found at: http://njcaa.org/sports/mlax/polls

Cougars Run into Hot-Shooting Kats Team

The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team ran into a hot-shooting Erie Community College Feb. 14. Erie shot almost 59 percent from the field and added 39 points from threes at a shooting percentage of 50 to score 110 points to Genesee’s 70.

Genesee held its last lead at 10-9 early in the first half before the Kats poured it on and re-took the lead for the rest of the contest.

National Junior College Athletic Association D-II Player of the Week Brian Fobbs led the Cougars with 22 points and 15 rebounds in recording another double-double performance.

Two other Genesee players registered double-digit points with Caylen Williams scoring 14 and Rahmel Thompson adding 10. Williams also had a team-high six assists for the Cougars.

Genesee will now need some help to secure one of the two playoff byes as they fell to third in Western New York Athletic Conference standings.

Lady Cougars’ Rally Falls Short Against Erie

The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team rallied several times in the second and third quarters, but couldn’t muster a fourth-quarter rally and dropped to host Erie 81-71 Feb. 14.

The Kats got out to a 7-0 start, but Genesee pulled within two by the end of the first at 18-16. Rosalyn Sealey opened the scoring in the second quarter to finally get the Cougars even at 18, and it wasn’t until a Reika Murota three gave Genesee its first lead of the game at 23-22 almost three minutes into the second quarter.

After trailing 33-30 at the half, Sealey gave Genesee a 45-43 lead with just three minutes left in the third before Erie re-took the lead by the end of the quarter at 53-47.

TaLia Burgess led the Cougars with 19 points and was one of five Genesee players to hit double-digits. Sealey netted 15, Kierra Perl had 14, Murota scored 11 and Jasmine Holmes finished with 10.

Burgess also hauled down a team-high 10 rebounds to secure the double-double. Holmes registered a season-high seven blocks to go with eight rebounds, while Sealey added a half-dozen assists.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Morning News Briefing

Photo by Michelle Pohl via WBTA News Partner 13WHAM 

Two railroad personnel were taken to the Erie County Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries following a train derailment in Attica.
Emergency Communications received a call just after 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon reporting a train derailment near the East Main Road intersection in the Town of Attica.
The Attica Fire Department was the first to respond to the scene with their Fire Chief reporting there were two engines and approximately ten railroad cars derailed of the Norfolk Southern Railroad.
The railroad cars were carrying new cars as cargo.
Alexander, Varysburg and Bennington Fire Department assisted at the scene, along with mutual aid from both the Wyoming and Genesee County Emergency Services and Hazmat Teams and State Police.
The Wyoming County Sheriff Office conducted an initial investigation and then turned it over to the Norfolk South Railroad Police and the Federal Railroad Administration.
They have yet to determine the cause of the crash and the long term cleanup of the damaged engines and rail cars is expected to take days.

The lineup at the Downs second summer concert series has been announced.
The Money man himself, Eddie Money makes his return to kick off the Friday night concert series beginning on June 22nd followed by Grand Funk Railroad the following week.
This year’s concert series has expanded due to the success of last summer’s series according to Downs’ President Henry Wojtaszek…

The lineup also includes Fleetwood Mac tribute band Rumours, 60’s rock band, Three Dog Night and country music star Lee Ann Womack.
Also appearing are Blue Oyster Cult, Rik Emmett of Triumph and Puddle of Mudd.

UMMC Urgent Care facility in LeRoy is moving to a new location.
The clinic will move to 3 Tountas Avenue by this spring.
The Urgent Care facility currently located on Lake Street in LeRoy is closing today, although diagnostic services will continue.
Patients can use the UMMC’s Urgent Care on Bank Street in Batavia during the transition in LeRoy.

The first ever teen law enforcement academy in Genesee County is being offered by Sheriff’s Office this summer.
It’s for local teenagers interested in a career as a police officer.
The academy will run for one week at Byron-Bergen Central School.
It is the idea of veteran deputy Matt Butler

This year’s academy will run from July 23rd to the 27th.

Congressman Chris Collins says there isn’t an easy solution to tragedies like the school shooting in Florida on Wednesday.
The Western New York Republican says this isn’t about gun control.
Central New York Congressman John Katko says Washington’s inaction on mass shootings is unacceptable and called for both parties to work together to better address this.

Train Derails in Attica

A Norfolk and Southern freight train has dereailed near East Main Road in Attica late this afternoon.
Preliminary reports at the scene indicate that no hazzardous material was being hauiled by the train.
At least one person, believed to be a crew member of the train, has been taken to the hospital with a leg injury and head laceration.
Attica and Alexander Fire Departments were the first to respond to the scene around 4pm.
The derailment occurred in a wooded area.

Continuing Coverage on 13WHAM

Photos by Michelle Pohl via WBTA News Partner 13WHAM 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evening News Briefing

Batavia Downs has announced the headliners for its Friday night concert series this summer.
The concerts begin on June 22nd when Eddie Money makes a return appearance followed by Grand Funk Railroad the following week.
Downs’ President Henry Wojtaszek says the success of last summer’s concerts has allowed for the expansion of this year’s series:

 

Read complete Batavia Downs News Release here

 

The lineup also includes a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, 60’s rock band, Three Dog Night and country music star Lee Ann Womack.
Also appearing Blue Oyster Cult, Rik Emmett of Triumph and Puddle of Mudd.

UMMC is moving its LeRoy Urgent Care facility.
The clinic will move to 3 Tountas Avenue by this spring.
The existing UMMC Urgent Care on Lake Street in LeRoy will close tomorrow, although diagnostic services will continue.
UMMC’s Urgent Care on Bank Street in Batavia will be available during the transition in LeRoy.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office will offer a La Enforcement Academy this summer.
It’s for teenagers interested in a career as a police officer.
The academy will run for one and be held at Byron-Bergen Central School.
It is the idea of veteran deputy Matt Butler:

The academy will run from July 23rd to the 27th.
We have all information on how to apply on the local news page of our website.

Craft beer is becoming big business in New York. The state now has 400 breweries, which Governor Cuomo says makes New York the leader in the nation’s craft beer industry. You can find breweries throughout the state but the Hudson Valley has the most with 63.
The Eli Fish Brewing Company is opening on Main Street in Batavia next month.
Resurgence Brewing has also proposed a tavern on Ellicott Street.

Big Names to Show Up at the Downs

 Henry Wojtaszek President of Batavia Downs Gaming making the announcement with Michael Nolan VP of WROTBC

Batavia Downs has announced the headliners for its second summer concert series.

President of Batavia Downs Gaming Henry Wojtaszek said the success of last year’s series has allowed them to expand for this season…

The money man himself, Eddie Money returns to kick off the summer concert series on June 22nd.

Then Grand Funk Rail Road rolls into the Downs on June 29th.

Need more cowbell, how about Blue Oyster Cult on July 6th followed by Rik Emmett of Triumph with Carl Dixon on July 13th.

Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band – Rumours starts off the second half of the series on July 20th followed by Puddle of Mudd on July 27th.

Then it’s Legendary Rock Band Three Dog Night bringing Joy to the World on August 3rd and Country Superstar Lee Ann Womack rounding out the series on August 10th.

An added bonus that will be auctioned off at the final event will be a diner at the Downs with Lee Ann Womack.

Wojtaszek said the concerts were very successful last summer and in turn have brought in even more players to the gaming floor.

 

 

Sheriff Recruiting Teens for Law Enforcement Academy

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office will be offering its first annual Teen Academy July 23 – 27 at the Byron-Bergen Central School.

Deputy Matthew Butler, who presented the idea to the Sheriff’s Office appeared as a featured guest on WBTA’s Main and Center program this morning…

The one-week academy is a structured program designed to provide students an introduction to law enforcement training and gain an understanding of law enforcement’s role in their community
There is no charge to attend the academy and the application deadline is March 30th.

For more information, contact Deputy Matthew Butler at (585) 345-3000 ext. 3252
or (585) 494-1220 ext. 2304 or via e-mail at matthew.butler@co.genesee.ny.us

Visit http://www.co.genesee.ny.us/departments/sheriff/index.php or https://www.facebook.com/geneseecountysheriff/ to learn more and download an application.

Teen Academy Brochure July 2018 FINAL

Original posting of Press Release

 

Downs Reveals 2nd Summer Concert Series Lineup

News Release

Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel has announced the lineup for their 2nd annual Rockin’ the Downs concert series, with 8 consecutive Friday dates, an increase over last year’s 6 shows.

Kicking off the series on Friday, June 22nd is return of the money man, Eddie Money. With over 28 million records sold, Eddie rocked the Downs last summer with massive hits including Baby Hold On, Two Tickets to Paradise, Think I’m in Love, Shakin’, Take Me Home Tonight, and I Wanna Go Back.

Next up, on Friday, June 29th are rock band Grand Funk Railroad. Originating from Flint, Michigan in 1969, GFR has now accumulated 13 gold and 10 platinum records with record sales in excess of 25 million copies sold worldwide. Original Band Members Don Brewer and Mel Schacher have been delighting fans with hits like An American Band and Some Kind of Wonderful for over 40 years.

Friday, July 6th sees Blue Oyster Cult make their Batavia Downs debut. Known for their songs, (Don’t Fear) The Reaper and Burnin’ for You, this rock band will cure you if you’ve got a fever for more cowbell.

A pair of Canadian Rock Legends hit the stage on Friday, July 13th with Rik Emmett of the Band Triumph along with Carl Dixon of Coney Hatch. Emmett helped pen such legendary songs as Lay it on the Line and Somebody’s Out There. Dixon co-wrote hits like Hey Operator and Devil’s Deck.

Rumours – a Fleetwood Mac Tribute performs on Friday, July 20th. Hailing from Atlanta, GA, Rumours captures the energy of Fleetwood Mac at the height of their career by blending perfect harmonies, precise instrumentation, and a visually engaging stage show. Playing to sold out audiences all over the country, Rumours has earned its place as one of the top tribute bands around today.

Friday, July 27th sees American Alternative Rock Band, Puddle of Mudd at the Downs. The post-grunge band from Kansas City Missouri has sold over 7 million albums. Concert goers will be sure to hear hits such as She Hates Me, Blurry and Control.

Legendary Rock Band Three Dog Night will rock the Downs on Friday, August 3rd. Founding member Danny Hutton takes pride in performing their hit filled concerts with songs like Mama Told Me Not to Come, Joy to the World, and Old Fashioned Love Song. Concert goers will be sure to see and hear why the band has had 21 consecutive Top 40 hits with tens of millions of records sold.

Closing out the series is Grammy Award winning Country Artist Lee Ann Womack. Known for her Number #1 hit, I Hope You Dance, as well as A Little Past Little Rock and I May Hate Myself in the Morning, Womack had delighted audiences for over 20 years and sold over 6 Million albums worldwide.

Tickets for all eight concerts will be available at www.BataviaConcerts.com beginning at 10am on Friday, February 16th. Individual tickets to each concert will remain at $10 for General Admission while VIP tickets will again be $25. Tickets can also be purchased in-person at Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel at their “Lucky Treasures” Gift Shop located in the lobby. New this year is a “Season Pass” that includes a single ticket good for each concert for a discounted rate. Prices are $60 for General Admission and $150 for VIP.

“We are excited to again host a concert series in the region with another great lineup of musical legends,” said Henry Wojtaszek, CEO/President at Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel. “With all the great feedback from our patrons, we decided to keep General Admission ticket prices at just $10 to ensure that that local music enthusiasts are able to enjoy a concert without breaking the bank.”

Hotel room/ticket packages will be available for each concert. Purchase of a Hotel Room on the night of a concert using the code includes 2 VIP tickets to the show. Each concert ticket is also redeemable once at Player’s Club in the three days following the concert for $10 Free Play to be used on one of Batavia Downs Gaming’s 800+ gaming machines. Additional information may be found at www.BataviaDownsGaming.com.

About Batavia Downs/WROTB
Owned and operated by 15 Western New York counties and the cities of Rochester and Buffalo, Western Region Off-Track Betting Corporation is a public benefit corporation with headquarters in Batavia, NY. WROTB owns and operates 29 branches, as well as Batavia Downs Gaming, a standard bred racetrack and gaming facility. Since its inception, Western Region OTB has generated over $215 million in operating and surcharge revenues to the taxpayers of those participating municipalities.

UMMC Urgent Care to get Make-over in LeRoy

News Release

United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) is relocating its urgent care services in LeRoy from 8745 Lake Street Road to 3 Tountas Avenue. The move is part of Rochester Regional Health’s plan to expand primary care, diagnostic and urgent care services in the area. After a renovation project at the 3 Tountas Avenue location, residents will have more timely access to care in a convenient, modern and comfortable setting.

“It is important we remain focused on patient-centered care and acknowledge the needs of the community. Centrally locating these services will enhance access, operations, communication and patient engagement,” stated Jennifer Dunivent, United Memorial Medical Center’s director of operations, outpatient services.

To accommodate the project, Urgent Care services in LeRoy will temporarily close effective Friday, February 16 until the project is finished in the spring of 2018.

During this transitional period, patients can visit UMMC’s urgent care location at 16 Bank Street in Batavia. The urgent care in Batavia will have additional staff, expanded hours and onsite laboratory and radiology services. The location is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 9 pm and Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 7 pm.

Diagnostic services at the 8745 Lake Street Road location in LeRoy will not be affected and will remain open Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4 pm.

This latest project reflects the organization’s ongoing commitment to ensuring patients have local access to the care and services they need; all while staying connected to emergency room services and a team of highly skilled specialists when patients need them.

Morning News Briefing

Batavia’s City Fire Chief Steve Napolitano reports the department has an 11.4 percent spending reduction over last year.
He says now that the department is fully staffed with six new recruits, they are not having to pay overtime or training costs.
Napolitano is looking down the road to replace fire engine 12 that is 15 years old, however his next priority is replacing old turnout gear…

The Chief said the replacement program helps ease what could be a large expense for the city.
The total budget for the City Fire Department is around $3.6 Million.

Rochester resident arrested for taking a car in Batavia with four active warrants elsewhere.
Following report of a stolen vehicle from a Willow Street address in Batavia Police arrested 33 year old Thomas Wolcott a Rochester resident with no permanent address listed.
He was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle for allegedly taking a vehicle from the residence without the owner’s permission and driving on a revoked license with eleven suspensions.
Further investigation found that Wolcott was wanted on active warrants out the State Police Troop A, Rochester, Ogden and Gates Police Police Departments.
He was ordered to be held in the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $1,500 bail.

Domestic dispute leads to lock up for a Batavia woman.
Following investigation into a domestic incident on Saturday 23 year old Stephanie Pelkey of Masse Place was arrested and charged with Unlawful Imprisonment, Reckless Endangerment of Property, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Resisting Arrest.
She was accused of restricting the movement of a subject inside the residence, throwing property outside and resisting arrest all in the presence of a child.
Pelkey was remanded in lieu of $1,500 bail to the Genesee County Jail.

Flood Watch going into effect this afternoon.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for a portion of Western New York including the Genesee and Wyoming Counties.
The combination of snow melt from warm temperatures today and possible rainfall tonight may result in flooding on some area creeks and rivers.
It is issued for 3 o’clock this afternoon through Friday afternoon.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is cosponsoring a bill to end federal prohibition of marijuana.
Yesterday, she and New Jersey Senator Corey Booker announced their support for the Marijuana Justice Act.
This would remove marijuana from the schedule of controlled substances and expunge related convictions.
Gillibrand says the country knows how unfair and damaging the current laws are.

Evening News Briefing

Batavia Fire Chief Stefano Napolitano

The Batavia City Fire Department is now fully staffed with the addition of six new recruits.
Fire Chief Steve Napolitano says full staffing reduces overtime and results in an overall budget saving of 11 percent.
During the first of City Council’s budget review sessions last night, the fire chief said he wants to begin an on-going replacement program for firefighter’s turnout gear

The annual budget for the city’s fire department is about $3.6-million.

 Eugene Jankowski

Several search firms want the job of finding Batavia’s next city manager.
Council president gene Jankowski says seven companies have responded:

The cost of a search firm is estimated at $20,000.

A Batavia woman is accused of driving drunk to pick up a man arrested for suspect DWI.
State Police arrested Jay Markle on Monday after he failed field sobriety tests on Route 33 in Bergen. Police say Markle called Darlene Martaus to pick him up at State Police headquarters.
But when Martaus turned up, troopers said she was legally drunk and charged her with felony DWI.

Interim City Manager Matt Worth

The once popular Batavia Softball league is gaining traction again with the help of Michael Jamil and his ball playing friends.
Jamil has headed up the League for the past three years growing it to 33 teams.
He has approached City Council on a number of occasions for their support and financial assistance in maintaining the ball field at Kibbe Park, but the message never hit home.
Interim City Manager Matt Worth shed some more light on where the city stands on the field…

Council was provided a list of requested material and equipment costs but will reserve making any funding commitments until budget workshops are underway.

City FD Saving Money with Full Staffing

Fire Chief Stefano Napolitano

Batavia’s City Fire Chief Steve Napolitano says the department has an 11.4 percent spending reduction over last year.
He says that now that the department is fully staffed with six new recruits, they are not having to pay overtime and training costs.
Napolitano is looking down the road to replace fire Engine 12 that is 15 years old, however his next priority is replacing old turnout gear…

The Chief said the replacement program helps ease what could be a large expense by the city.
The total budget for Batavia’s City Fire Department is around $3.6 million.

City of Batavia FD Engine 12

Genesee Community College Welcomes Lindsay Gerhardt

Lindsay A. Gerhardt, GCC’s new assistant dean of Admissions and Recruitment

Press Release:

Genesee Community College is pleased to announce the appointment of Lindsay A. Gerhardt as the new assistant dean of Admissions and Recruitment. Gerhardt will be responsible for the administration of college admissions and recruitment efforts, overseeing a team of recruitment specialists who travel extensively across the Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming County region, as well as to Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, New York City area, and occasionally internationally.

Gerhardt comes to GCC after eleven years of service at SUNY Geneseo in progressively more demanding admissions roles, culminating as the associate director. She served on numerous committees at Geneseo, among them: President’s Commission on Diversity and Community; Enrollment Marketing Strategy Team, Equity Scorecard; and the Scholarship Committee. She also worked Alfred University as an admissions counselor, where she was recognized as the #1 Recruiter in 2005-2006.

“Lindsay is a solid addition to our already fantastic Admissions and Recruitment team,” Dr. Virginia (Ginny) Taylor, vice president of Student and Enrollment Services said. “Her professional experience and obvious dedication to student success aligns perfectly with our student success coaching model and with GCC’s student-centered philosophy to higher education.”

Gerhardt first cultivated her love of education during her four years as a teacher in Rochester. Since 2007, she has been very involved in the New York State Transfer and Articulation Association – a non-profit professional organization dedicated to the promotion and mobility of transfer students in higher education. She has served as a member of the NYSTAA executive board, newsletter committee and annual conference co-chair. In 2014, she received the New York State Transfer and Articulation Association Distinguished Service Award.

Gerhardt earned her M.S. Ed. in Literary Education from Nazareth College of Rochester in 2006, and her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Mercyhurst University in 2002. A Rochester native, Gerhardt currently resides in North Chili with her family.

 

Girls Fastpitch Registration Day at Dicks

Press Release:

Registration for Girls Fastpitch Softball this Saturday, February 17th 2018

Batavia, NY, February 13, 2018: After a successful inaugural season in 2017, Batavia Girls Fastpitch Softball (also known as the Batavia Stingers) is excited to announce that we will be hosting a registration day at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Batavia. The registration will take place on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 10 am – 2 pm. Sign-ups will be for teams in the 10u, 12u and 15u divisions. Registration is open to girls that live in the City or Town of Batavia or who attend school in Batavia. Board members and coaches will be present to answer questions. The registration fee of $75 is not due until April 1, 2018. The 10u and 12u teams begin practice in April with games beginning in May. The 15u seaon will begin in June and games will be held from July to the beginning of August.

If you are unable to attend our registration event please email us at bataviagfs@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page (Batavia Girls Fastpitch Softball) in order to download a registration form. Batavia Girls Fastpitch Softball welcomes players of all skill levels including those new to the sport. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Coach Stan Kaus at 585-370-9861.

HAWLEY PROPOSES SAFEGUARD AGAINST HASTE PASSAGE OF CONTROVERSIAL LEGISLATION

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) rises to introduce a reform on Messages of Necessity in the Assembly Chamber.

Click Here for an .mp4 video of Hawley speaking on the Assembly Floor

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) proposed a measure on the Assembly floor today that would require a two-thirds vote of the house for Messages of Necessity to be accepted when issued by the governor.

“Too often, controversial measures are rushed through the legislative process in the middle of the night without adhering to the constitutionally-mandated, three-day ‘aging’ process,” Hawley said. “This is the people’s government and they have a right to know what bills are being passed with a high level of transparency.”

Legislation is usually subject to an “aging” period of three days before it can be voted on. However, Messages of Necessity are issued by the governor to forgo this process and rush a vote on important and/or controversial legislation, as was done with the SAFE Act.

“Messages of Necessity rob the public of the right to know what’s in a bill as was the case when the unconstitutional SAFE Act was rammed through the Legislature leaving many lawmakers no time to actually read the legislation that was to be voted upon,” Hawley continued. “I am disappointed that this and over a dozen other common-sense ethics reforms were voted down by New York City Democrats. Our citizens deserve better.”

Morning News Briefing

Batavia Players moving their act into the mall downtown.
The Batavia Players are moving from their headquarters in the Harvester 56 theatre on Harvester Ave to the City Centre in downtown Batavia.
Batavia City Council has approved a lease with the Community Theatre allowing them to re-locate in the City Centre Mall by an overwhelming vote of 7 – 1.
Councilman at-large Bob Bialkowski was the only member opposed to the lease.
He did not feel it is the right business for the city to be in and said there were too many inaccuracies in the lease.
Councilwoman Patti Pacino was optimistic that the Batavia Players Theatre would be an attraction to bring people downtown…

According to the lease for the first six months Batavia players would only pay rent of $1 per sq. ft., then $2 per sq. ft. for the next six months and $4 per sq. ft. after that.
The location was most recently occupied by the Dent Neurological Clinic.

 

Two Batavia residents busted for DWI, with one accused of driving drunk to the State Police Barracks.

Jay Markle

Darlene Martaus

State Police stopped 60 year old Jay Markle of Batavia for speeding on State Route 33 in Bergen on Monday.
After failing field sobriety tests he was arrested for DWI.
After being released with appearance tickets, Markle contacted 58 year old Darlene Martaus, also of Batavia, to come pick him up at the barracks.
Troopers could detect the odor of alcohol on her breath when she arrived at the barracks.
After performing field sobriety tests Martaus was arrested for felony DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, Operating a Vehicle Without an Interlock Device, and other Vehicle and Traffic infractions.
She was committed to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of bail.

 

 

Fraudulent vehicle purchase in Batavia leads to the arrest of Holley woman.
59 year old Linda Feeley of Hulberton Road in Holley was accused of conspiring with her boyfriend and a car salesman to facilitate a sale by forging her mother’s name on documentation to purchase a vehicle.
Following investigation into the alleged incident last March Feeley was arrested and charged with a litany of felony charges including counts of Grand Larceny, Identity theft, Forgery and Conspiracy.
She was issued an order of protection and was released with appearance tickets for March 13th in Batavia Town Court.

 

A Promise from P.W. Minors new owner to keep jobs in Batavia.
Hundley Elliotte, the new CEO of P.W. Minor is not looking at layoffs at P.W. Minor but implementing a process of production that eliminates waste and increases productivity.
Elliotte plans on growing Batavia’s oldest company by making the production process as efficient as possible.
Elliotte is a partner with Tidewater and Associates, the investment company that acquired P.W. Minor from Pete Zeliff earlier this month.

Evening News Briefing

The Batavia Players community theatre will have a new location in downtown Batavia
The Batavia City Council, by a 7 – 1 vote, has approved a lease with the troupe allowing them to re-locate in the City Centre Mall.
The company had been staging their performances in the Harvester 56 theatre on Harvester Ave.
Only Councilman at-large Bob Bialkowski voted no to the lease.
He said there were too many inaccuracies in the lease. He also did not feel it is the right business for the city to be in.

Patti Pacino

 

Ward 2 Councilwoman Patti Pacino said the Batavia Players Theatre would be a magnet to bring people downtown

Batavia players would pay rent of $1 per sq. ft. for the first six months, $2 per sq. ft. for the next six months and $4 per sq. ft. after that.
The space was most recently occupied by the Dent Neurological Clinic.

The Chief of Police in the Livingston County community of Nunda calls it the worst case of child abuse he’s ever seen.
35 year old Brock Hyde of Nunda, has been charged with beating his two month old son.
Nunda Police Chief Jeff Wilcox said the child suffered a fractured skull, broken ribs and a broken foot.
Hyde of is charged with felony counts of Assault and Reckless Assault of a Child for the alleged abuse.
The child was released to foster care.

Two Batavia men arrested for possession of suspect heroin suspected heroin in Wyoming County.
32 year old Ian Leblanc-Chatt and his passenger in his car, 39 year old Jason Giuliani, both of Batavia, were stopped on Route 19 in Middlebury.
Deputies say found Giuliani was in possession of 60 bags of heroin and Leblanc-Chatt had of two bags of heroin,
Leblanc-Chatt was also accused of driving while ability impaired by a combination of drugs.
Giuliani was arrested on a felony drug charge and jailed in lieu of 25- thousand dollars bail.

Governor Cuomo is trying to help low-income kids get the flu shot.
He has proposed legislation that encourages pharmacists to enroll in the state’s vaccine for children program.
If passed, children older than two-years-old and younger than 19 who meet certain criteria would be eligible for a free flu shot.
The state’s commissioner of health says more folks are taking this flu season seriously this year and getting the shot.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is introducing a new member to his administration. The Governor welcomed a 14-week-old Siberian Shepherd puppy to the Capital this week. His name is Captain, although Cuomo says he originally wanted to name the dog Excelsior, after the state motto. Cuomo’s daughter is to thank for making the strong suggestion of an administration mascot.

Saying Good-bye to Wayne

Members of Wayne Fuller’s three distinct families bid final farewell to the man who touched the lives of so many throughout Western New York.

Wayne was remembered by close friends from his background in sports, broadcasting and mass transit.

Fuller, 70, died last Friday after a long illness.

Memories of Wayne were shared by his former co-workers in radio, Batavia Muckdogs baseball and Trailways Bus of which shaped the life of this popular Batavia native.

It was Wayne’s wish that his casket be carried aboard a Trailways bus to his final resting place next to his parents in East Bethany Cemetery. Dozens of mourners rode the same bus to the grave site.

Council OKs Batavia Players Lease

The Batavia City Council has approved a new lease with Batavia Players providing a new home for the community theatre company in the City Centre Mall.
The lease was approved 7 to 1.

Bob Bialkowski

 

Only Councilman at-large Bob Bialkowski voted no.
He said there were too many inaccuracies in the lease. He also did not feel it is the right business for the city to be in:

Patti Pacino

 

But Bialkowski was over-ruled.
Ward 2 Councilwoman Patti Pacino said the Batavia Players Theatre would be a magnet to bring people downtown:

Batavia players would pay rent of a dollar per square foot for the first six months, 2-dollars a square foot for the next six months and 4-dollars a square foot after that.
The space was most recently occupied by the Dent Neurological Clinic.

HAWLEY TO HOST OPEN COMMUNITY FORUM IN PAVILION

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced today that he will be hosting a free community forum open to the public on Thursday, February 15 at 7 p.m. at the Hollwedel Memorial Library located at 5 Woodrow Dr. in Pavilion. Hawley will provide an update on the happenings of Albany and will answer questions from the audience. The event is sponsored by the Women’s Group “RAP.”

“I enjoy these open community forums as a channel of communication between the residents I represent and the inner-workings of state government,” Hawley said. “We have a responsibility as public representatives to be open and accountable, and that is what forums like these are all about. I encourage everyone who is able to attend and I look forward to seeing you there.”

Hawley is Assistant Minority Leader of the Assembly Republican Conference and currently serves on the Agriculture, Ways & Means, Rules, Insurance and Racing & Wagering committees.

WHO: Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia)

WHAT: Open Community Forum

WHERE: Hollwedel Memorial Library
5 Woodrow Dr., Pavilion

WHEN: Thursday, February 15, 7 p.m.

Morning News Briefing

Nunda Police report a chilling case of child abuse against an infant.
Investigators from the Nunda Police Department in Livingston County are calling it “a horrific case of child abuse” referring to a two month old baby boy who was allegedly beaten severely by his father.
35 year old Brock Hyde of Nunda, has been arrested and charged with felony counts of Assault and Reckless Assault of a Child for the alleged abuse.
Nunda Police Chief Jeff Wilcox,

The child also sustained dual eye retinal hemorrhages, fluid and swelling on the brain along with a broken bone in their foot.
The child was released to foster care.
Hyde who is a parolee from August of 2014 was committed to the Livingston County jail pending arraignment this morning.

Two Batavia men busted with drugs Wyoming County.
Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies stopped 32 year old Ian Leblanc-Chatt and his passenger 39 year old Jason Giuliani, both of Batavia, on State Route 19 in Middlebury Sunday.
Deputies allegedly found Giuliani in possession of 60 bags of heroin and Leblanc-Chatt in possession of two bags of heroin, Suboxone and three hypodermic syringes.
Leblanc-Chatt was also accused of driving while ability impaired by a combination of drugs.
Giuliani was arrested on a felony drug count and jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Leblanc-Chatt was charged with DWAI by drugs and was released to a family member.
Both men are due back in court on March 26th.

Livingston County Woman accused of taking benefits from a cancer patient.
32 year old Patty Wilkins of Nunda was arrested and charged with 4 counts of Petit Larceny during an investigation into a Scheme to Defraud case stemming from a benefit last November.
Wilkins allegedly set up a benefit for a cancer victim in Nunda and pocketed a few hundred dollars from the event after promising to give out prizes to winners which she never did.
She was released with appearance tickets.

Governor Cuomo is trying to help low-income kids get the flu shot.
Yesterday he proposed legislation that encourages pharmacists to enroll in the state’s vaccine for children program.
If passed, those older than two-years-old and younger than 19 who meet certain criteria would be eligible for a free flu shot.
The state’s commissioner of health says more folks are taking this flu season seriously this year and getting the shot.

Inaugural STEM Grads on Track to Earn GCC Degree Alongside High School Diploma

Front row: Trevor Fitzgibbon (Alden), Carrie Hathaway (Geneseo), Justina Pruski (Oakfield-Alabama), Triton Adamski (Pembroke) Back row: Kiara Santiago (Pembroke), Tara Jagodzinski (Pavilion), Chloe Schrier (Pavilion), Jacob McQueen (Attica), Nicholas Ventola (Pembroke) Not pictured: Shaun LoVerdi (Byron-Bergen), Taylor Nusstein (Attica)

Press Release:

Eleven extraordinary students are on track to finish high school while earning an associate degree from Genesee Community College this summer. Triton Adamski (Pembroke), Carrie Hathaway (Geneseo), Trevor Fitzgibbon (Alden), Tara Jagodzinski (Pavilion), Shaun LoVerdi (Byron-Bergen), Jacob McQueen (Attica), Taylor Nusstein (Attica), Justina Pruski (Oakfield-Alabama), Kiara Santiago (Pembroke), Chloe Schrier (Pavilion) and Nicholas Ventola (Pembroke) finished the fall 2017 semester on track to complete an associate degree shortly after they graduate from high school this summer. While all of the graduating students have performed extraordinarily well in their college courses, Triton, Carrie, Justina and Kiara have maintained perfect 4.0 averages throughout the entire multi-year Math Science Preparatory / Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (MSP/STEM) program.

Since middle school, these extraordinary students have been immersed in college level coursework, and GCC is currently inviting the next cohort of students to join the MSP/STEM program that provides this pathway to exciting opportunities.

Each year, all Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming County region middle schools are invited to nominate their top 6th and 7th grade students for GCC’s MSP/STEM enrichment program. The affordable two-year preparatory program was developed for the unique needs of gifted students and is staffed by GCC’s full-time math and science faculty. The MSP Program offers an opportunity for middle school students to earn up to 10 college credits before they enter high school and at one-third the usual tuition cost.

Middle schools have already begun distributing invitations to students and placement testing reservations are currently underway, however, there is still time to apply. All interested parents and students are encouraged to request information about the nomination process and program through GCC’s ACE Program or with their school counselor.

For more information contact: Karlyn M. Finucane, program specialist with the ACE Programs (585) 343-0055 ext. 6320 or email kmfinucane@genesee.edu. The ACE website is http://www.genesee.edu/home/ace/.

GCC’s Fashion Business Speaker Series Presents Batavia’s Own: Kristine McCarthy

Kristine McCarthy, photo courtesy of GCC

Press Release:

On March 7, 2018, Kristine McCarthy will be part of Genesee Community College’s Fashion Business Speaker Series sharing her inspiring story of dedication, hard work and success. McCarthy currently serves as a senior vice president, operations lead at P.W. Minor. P.W. Minor has been making shoes in America since 1867 and operates the second oldest shoe factory in the country.

McCarthy’s presentation will take place in room T102 of GCC’s Conable Technology Building at the Batavia Campus from 1 – 2:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; however seating is limited. Those wishing to attend can RSVP by calling (585)345-6830 in advance. If you are unable to attend the event, McCarthy’s presentation will also be streamed live at www.genesee.edu/home/event-streaming/.

For the past decade McCarthy has led product development teams at Coach, Inc. and Ann, Inc. working with and managing the development process from design conceptualization to supply chain management and product profitability. McCarthy’s learning and experience has taken her to New York City and China, and she now enjoys working in her hometown of Batavia, NY.

McCarthy said, “Believing that anything is possible and not backing down from any challenge, I have delivered consistent results throughout my career on a global scale and I am proud of the work I do every day.”

McCarthy graduated from GCC in 2001 with an Associate Degree in Fashion Merchandising and then transferred to Buffalo State College to earn her Bachelor of Science in Fashion Textile Technology in 2003. After 12 years in NYC, McCarthy currently lives in Batavia with her husband Brian McCarthy (also a 2001 GCC graduate) and their two sons, Jack and Ronan.

For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

Last Chance to Register for SAT Prep Course at GCC in Warsaw

Press Release:

What: Last Chance to Register for SAT Prep Course at GCC in Warsaw

Registration Deadline: Thursday, February 22, 2018

Course Schedule: Thursdays, March 1 through April 12, 2018 (no class April 5) from 6 – 9 p.m.

Note: Date change

Where: GCC’s Warsaw Campus Center

115 Linwood Avenue, Warsaw NY 14569

Who: Anyone planning to take the SAT Exam

Background: The BEST (Business and Employee Skills Training) Center at Genesee Community College will host the first of only three SAT Prep courses in Warsaw and the registration deadline is February 22, 2018. The SAT Prep course is designed to prepare students for the English and Math components of the SAT exam. The course familiarizes students with the format of the exam and provides practice using questions similar to those that will appear on the SAT. In preparation for the English component, course participants will practice critical reading, sentence completion, grammar usage and writing. The Math component practice will focus on pre-algebra, algebra and geometry.

The SAT Prep course consists of six sessions totaling 18 hours and costs $149.00 per participant which includes the course prep textbook. Participants are required to bring their own calculators.

The first SAT Prep course session will be at GCC’s Warsaw Campus Center – 115 Linwood Ave, Warsaw, NY. The course will run on Thursday evenings beginning March 1, 2018 through April 12, 2018 from 6 – 9 p.m. (no class on April 5). Participants MUST register by February 22, 2018 to attend.

The BEST Center will also offer the SAT Prep course at:

GCC’s Lima Campus Center – 7285 Gale Road, Lima, NY
Tuesday evenings beginning March 20, 2018 through May 1, 2018 from 6 – 9 p.m. (No class on April 3). Register for this session by
March 13, 2018.

GCC’s Dansville Campus Center – 31 Clara Barton Street, Dansville, NY

Thursday evenings beginning April 26, 2018 through May 31, 2018 from 6 – 9 p.m. Register for this session by April 19, 2018.

To register for any of the SAT Prep courses, please visit www.bestcenter.org or call (585) 345-6868.

Additional Details: http://news.genesee.edu/news/2018/01/19/gcc-offers-sat-prep-course

College Entry Help Sessions at GCC in February and March

Press Release:

What: College Entry Help Sessions at GCC in February and March

When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College ~ Room T121 ~ Conable Technology Building ~ One College Road, Batavia NY

Who: Anyone looking for some help enrolling in college!

Background: The Adult Educational Opportunity Center (AEOC) is continuing its year-long schedule of open monthly sessions designed to get anyone started on their way to a college degree!

As with all AEOC services, these sessions are FREE and available both by appointment and walk-in! During these sessions, the AEOC’s outreach specialists will help potential college applicants with a variety of services, including:

Financial Aid Counseling: help completing the FAFSA, understanding various financial aid options including student loans and Pell grants, retrieving transcripts, and assistance with special circumstance applications.

Enrollment Assistance: completing college applications or enrollment forms, ACT Test registration and completing Entrance Exam Prep through Accuplacer.

Veterans Services: AEOC outreach specialists are trained to assist any veteran in navigating services available for higher education.

Both appointment and walk-in sessions will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 and Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Appointments are also available on additional dates by request. To schedule any appointment, please email AEOC@genesee.edu or contact Adult Education Director Kate Trombley, M.S. at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6285.

It is important to note that these College Entry Point Sessions are not limited to students attending or planning to attend GCC. Anyone interested in attending any college or in need of assistance in getting started can participate. Information regarding GCC and all other area colleges will be available at these sessions.

Additional details and a list of the session dates for all of 2018 is available at: http://news.genesee.edu/news/2018/01/05/ready-enroll-college-looking-some-help

Two Batavia men arrested with quantity of drugs in Wyoming County

Jason Giuliani                                                                             Ian Leblanc-Chatt  

Traffic stop in Wyoming County leads to the arrest of two Batavia residents.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a traffic stop on State Route 19 at Main Street in the Village of Middlebury yesterday.

The driver was identified as 32 year old Ian Leblanc-Chatt and the passenger as 39 year old Jason Giuliani both of Batavia.

Deputies allegedly found Giulani in possession of 60 bags of heroin and Leblanc-Chatt was allegedly in possession of two bags of heroin, Suboxone and three hypodermic syringes.

Following a drug evaluation Leblanc-Chatt was also accused of driving while ability impaired by a combination of drugs.

Giuliani was subsequently arrested and charged with a felony count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to sell it and jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Leblanc-Chatt was charged with DWAI by drugs, along with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and of a Hypodermic Instrument along with traffic infractions.

He was released to a family member and both men are due back in court on March 26th.

Welcome Coach Frappa

Press Release:

Notre Dame announces the hiring of Tim Frappa of Orchard Park as their new Varsity Softball Coach. He places Michelle Panepento who decided not to return in order to spend more time with her family. His impressive resume, love of teaching the game of softball and his personality led to his selection from an impressive group of applicants.

Tim has been an extremely successful travel softball coach in the Buffalo area for the past 10 years. For the last three seasons, he coached the NY Inferno 16U and 18U college showcase teams where he has helped players realize their goal of playing college softball. He is recognized as an excellent teacher of fundamentals and is especially strong in the development of pitchers including two daughters who went on to pitch in college.

Coach Frappa, Who is the Founder and President of Torino Mosaic Flooring, is excited about the opportunity to coach the young ladies of Notre Dame softball and is looking forward to the challenge of building on the success the program has enjoyed in recent years.

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s/Women’s Basketball

 Brian Fobbs – photo credit:GCC Athletics/Glenn Holmes

 

Press Release:

Second Half Surge Powers Men’s Basketball Team over Jamestown

The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team improved their shooting percentage from the floor by almost 20 percent in the second half and in the process out-scored visiting Jamestown Community College after the intermission by a 51-40 margin for the Western New York Athletic Conference victory.

After holding just a single point lead after the first half at 43-42, Genesee turned it up in the second half and when the horn sounded Caylen Williams and Brian Fobbs both had points totals in the 30s.

Jamestown took an early lead in the second half and the two teams exchanged leads with the Jayhawks’ last lead at 59-58 about seven minutes into the second half. From that point the Cougars went on a 12-3 run that put them ahead 70-62 midway through the second and Jamestown never got within five points from that point until the end of the game.

Williams had a season-high 35 points and also led the team in steals with three, while adding six assists and four boards. Fobbs recorded yet another double-double with 30 points and 10 boards.

Fobbs was able to obtain sole possession of eighth place on the team’s all-time scoring list with his performance that padded his career-point total to 1,138 and three more than Brian Jackson’s 1,135.

Fobbs also continues to dominate national statistics among all National Junior College Athletic Association D-II players in points-per-game with 27.2 and rebounds-per-game with 13.5. Only one other player – from Lake County – is ranked with Fobbs in the top-10 of the two aforementioned categories.

Lady Cougars Rally with Three Solid Quarters against Jayhawks

The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team played visiting Jamestown Community College within a pair of scores during the game’s final three quarters, but Jamestown’s early explosiveness allowed the Jayhawks to take the contest at 87-56 Feb. 10.

Genesee out-scored the Jayhawks in the final quarter making the contest a 54-48 game for the final three quarters. Three Cougars hit double-digits that included Rosalyn Sealey, Kierra Perl and Reika Murota.

Sealey led the team with 16 points and also had a team-high in assists with four. Perl added 14 points to go with seven boards, while Murota got 12 of her 14 points from threes with three boards and three assists.

TaLia Burgess was the team leader in rebounds with 10 and also added seven points. Rachel Meyer rounded out the scoring with a half-dozen points and three assists.

Jamestown was hot out of the gate and their 25-point lead after the first quarter carried them the rest of the contest.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Morning News Briefing

P.W. Minor the historic shoe manufacturer in Batavia, is being taken over by a Delaware investment company.
The 150 year old shoemaking business was sold to Tidewater Associates, of Newark, Delaware.
Batavia businessman Peter Zeliff was credited with saving P.W. Minor around four years ago when he took over the fledgling business on the brink of closure.
Zeliff was integral in returning jobs to Batavia that had been outsourced to China, and Under Zeliff’s leadership P.W. Minor was able to expand the brand to offer a variety of high quality footwear.
Zeliff will have a seat on the board of Tidewater but will give up his role as CEO.
The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce named P. W. Minor the Business of the Year for 2015.

Alleged assault in Byron lands a Perry man in lock up.
36 year old Nicholas Stefaniak of Westview Drive in Perry was arrested after allegedly assaulting another individual causing serious physical injury and damaging their property during an incident last Thursday night.
The disturbance was reported at a Byron Holley Road residence in Byron.
After being arraigned in Stafford Town Court Stefaniak was remanded in lieu $5,000 bail to the Genesee County Jail.

Buffalo man behind bars following a one car crash in Wyoming County.
42 year old Isaac Caver, Jr. of Buffalo was arrested following a single motor vehicle accident on State Route 20A in Orangeville Friday.
Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene where they allegedly found Caver to be intoxicated and driving on 18 active suspensions.
Caver was charged with Felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, DWI, along with traffic infractions.
He was ordered to be held in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail and is due back in court on February 28th.

There is a new executive director at Batavia’s YWCA.
She is Millie Tomidy-Pepper, formerly the exec director of the Mental Health Association.
Tomidy-Pepper takes from Jeanne Walton who left the YWCA after six years with the agency.

Buffalo Sabres star Jack Eichel is out for an injury.
Eichel was injured during Saturday’s game against the Bruins.
Yesterday the team announced that he will be out indefinitely for a high ankle sprain.
The Sabres won that game four to two but they lost yesterday to the Colorado Avalanche five to four without Eichel.

WBTA Sunday News

Batavia’s P. W. Minor has been sold to a Delaware investment firm.
The 150 year old shoemaker has been taken over by Tidewater Associates of Newark, Delaware.
Batavia businessman Peter Zeliff stepped in four years ago and saved the company from closing.
Zeliff will have a seat on the board of Tidewater but will give up his role as CEO.
Under Zeliff’s ownership, P W Minor returned jobs to Batavia that had been moved to China.
The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce named P. W. Minor its Business of the Year for 2015.

The Batavia City Council will held a business meeting tomorrow night.
Council is scheduled to meet at 7pm in City Hall.
Council is expected to set February 26th as the date for a public hearing into the 2018-2019 city budget.
That budget calls for a property tax rate decrease.

There is a new executive director at Batavia’s YWCA.
She is Millie Tomidy-Pepper, formerly the exec director of the Mental Health Association.
Tomidy-Pepper takes from Jeanne Walton who left the YW after six years with the agency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Genesee Sno Packers Snowmobile Club holds their annual Bikini Rally in Oakfield.
19 scantily clad snowmobilers braved the cold and snow to raise money for breast cancer patients.
The Bikini rally has raised more than $14,000 over its four year history.

More photos from our News Partner The Batavian

P.W. Minor Sold to Out of State Investment Firm

A Delaware based investment company, Tidewater + Associates,  has announced is has acquired Batavia based shoe manufacturer P.W. Minor.

According  to a statement issued by Tidewater on February 1 and made available locally today, the Newark, Delaware based firm wrote in a news release:

Tidewater + Associates has completed its investment in shoe manufacturer P.W. Minor. The current CEO, Peter Zeliff, will transition from CEO to board member. Hundley Elliotte, a member of Tidewater’s leadership team, will step in as managing CEO.

Founded in 1867, P.W. Minor is the country’s second oldest shoe manufacturer. It currently operates three key brands: P.W. Minor, Abram Boot Company and the Batavia Boot & Shoe Company. Its subsidiary, Minor Brothers Boot and Shoe Manufacturer develops and manufactures product for several of the country’s leading brands.

Three and a half years ago, P.W. Minor began a comprehensive process of overhauling its manufacturing capabilities with state of the art machinery and equipment to increase efficiency and reduce environmental impact. This change has enabled the company to compete on the global stage, without losing touch with its history of craftsmanship and its concern for the environment.

“As an organization, Tidewater + Associates charter is to ‘Grow Good.’ We believe there are significant opportunities to scale P.W. Minor’s social and environmental benefits through its current core brands and to embark on new brand developments. The organization’s legacy of craftsmanship and capabilities to deliver product sustainably can be leveraged to expand and grow the brand base. There is extraordinary potential to create comfortable and protective product while also being a champion for sustainability in the footwear world,” said Hundley Elliotte.

On handing the reigns to Tidewater + Associates, Peter Zeliff remarked, “We have made significant progress turning this business around, I now feel that it is the right time to step away from my day to day involvement and I’m extremely confident in Tidewater’s ability to guide this business to the next level of success.”

Tidewater + Associates makes majority investments in brands that have potential for positive social and environmental impact. We believe there is an under developed demand for good. Our mission is to meet this demand making a positive impact for people and minimizing impact on the planet.

Tidewater has offices in Delaware and California. By focusing on small cap brands and businesses, Tidewater applies its unique loyalty businesses model and 80+ years of operational expertise to accelerate and scale brands for growth.

GCC Athletics Media Release: Malkischer Commits to GCC Lacrosse

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Malkischer Commits to GCC Lacrosse

Genesee Community College women’s lacrosse coach Jeff Reyngoudt will let no geographic boundary come between himself and improvement of his program. Reyngoudt traveled nearly the length of the state to add Juila Malkischer to his future roster.

The attacker currently competes for Arlington High School in LaGrangeville in Section I of the New York Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) in girls lacrosse that features some of the largest demographic teams from Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester counties.

While the Arlington varsity girls lacrosse program has only been in existence for a little over a decade, it has recently come to prominence having recorded nearly 40 wins over the past four seasons that includes one Conference I-A title, as well as one Conference I-B title.

In addition, 30-plus alumni have moved on to the college ranks in lacrosse with Malkischer becoming the most recent by signing her letter of intent to attend GCC this week.

The Arlington Girls Lacrosse Program started as an after school intramural club in 2006 and went varsity in the spring of 2007. In 2008 the varsity secured their first winning record and their first trip to sectionals. The team won their first league championship in 2014.

The program has made multiple trips to the sectional quarterfinals since 2012 including 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2015 the varsity won their second consecutive league championship.

In 2014, the Arlington girls lacrosse program won the Section I and NYSPHSAA Community Challenge Award for their commitment to Angelo Mastandrea and the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

First Annual Genesee County Sheriff’s Office Teen Academy

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Sheriff William A. Sheron, Jr. is pleased to announce the First Annual Genesee County Sheriff’s Office Teen Academy

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office will be offering its first annual Teen Academy July 23 – July 27, 2018, at the Byron-Bergen Central School.

“The Teen Academy is a one-week structured program which consists of instructional classes designed to provide high-school-aged students within our community an introduction to law enforcement training and gain an understanding of law enforcement’s role in their community. It is our hope that teens will build confidence while learning good decision-making and leadership skills,” stated Sheriff Sheron.

Academy instructors are experienced Deputy Sheriffs who will discuss day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Office. Participants will also:

• visit the Jail, 911 Emergency Communications Dispatch Center, and Sheriff’s Office
• observe displays of the Emergency Response Team (ERT), Hostage Negotiation, SCUBA Team, K-9 Unit and Evidence Recovery
• be provided insight into motor vehicle accident reconstruction
• participate in daily physical fitness runs, defensive tactics and team-building exercises
• participate in a classroom setting and learn about the NYS Penal Laws and Vehicle & Traffic Laws
• participate in mock traffic stops and DWI procedures

Qualified candidates will be selected for an interview screening process if they meet the following requirements:

 must be entering grades 10-12
 must be in good academic standing with little to no disciplinary issues
 must be able to participate in physical fitness activities
 must have a positive attitude
 must have their parent’s permission

“This is a unique and forward-thinking opportunity offered by Genesee County Sheriff Sheron and Department. Teens are invited to immerse and be exposed to the real law enforcement experience. More than imagining, the academy opportunity is live, in-the-minute learning about today’s community policing needs of an exciting career in law enforcement. Students are encouraged to ‘try on’ a law enforcement career role,” stated Chair of the Public Service Committee.

There is no charge to attend the academy. Application deadline is March 30, 2018.

For more information, contact Deputy Matthew Butler at (585) 345-3000 ext. 3252
or (585) 494-1220 ext. 2304 or via e-mail at matthew.butler@co.genesee.ny.us

Visit http://www.co.genesee.ny.us/departments/sheriff/index.php or https://www.facebook.com/geneseecountysheriff/ to learn more and download an application.

Teen Academy Brochure July 2018 FINAL

Saturday News Briefing

Wayne Fuller a former WBTA personality and sports announcer has died.
Wayne passed away yesterday morning at Strong Memorial Hospital following a long illness.
Wayne was also well known as the Dwyer Stadium announcer for the Batavia Muckdogs.
Vice President of the Genesee County Baseball Club Bill Kauffman,

In an interview last year on Genesee Life, Wayne talked with our Lucine Kauffman about how he got his start on WBTA

Calling hours for Wayne Fuller will be this Monday from 4 until 7pm at H E Turner Funeral Home on East Main Street, where services will held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30.

Illegal alien with felony conviction picked up in Clarence.
35 year old Cesar Cruz-Perez of Mexico was convicted of being a removed alien found in the United States subsequent to a conviction for an aggravated felony.
Cruz-Perez was located in Clarence in August of last year after being previously removed to Mexico on two separate occasions in 2007.
He admitted to law enforcement that he was illegally in the US and a subsequent record check determined that in 2004, he was convicted in New Jersey of possessing a Controlled Dangerous Substance on school property, a felony offense.
Cruz-Perez was sentenced to 21 months in prison.

Rochester doctor sentenced for distributing drugs.
68 year old Dr. Clifford Jacobson of Rochester faced sentencing yesterday after being convicted of illegally distributing a controlled substance.
As a practicing psychiatrist he sold prescriptions for controlled substances, to undercover agents and patients who had no medical need for the drug charging his patients $120 for each for the illegal prescription.
Jacobson was sentenced to one year probation to include four months of home confinement and he is required to surrender his license to practice medicine and pay to $75,000 in fines.

The people have had their say about how $10-million should be spent in downtown Batavia.
The local planning committee working on the award asked for a straw poll among the 60 or so members of the public who attended a meeting thursday night.
The remodeling of the old Carrs Building, a permanent public market and a new home for the YMCA were the top choices.
New York State has the final say.

There is a new executive director for the Genesee County YWCA.
She is Millie Tomidy-Pepper, the former exec-director of the Mental Health Association.
She takes over from Jeanne Walton who left the post after 6 and a half years.

Evening News Briefing

Former WBTA air personality and sports announcer Wayne Fuller has died.
Wayne passed away this morning at Strong Memorial Hospital following a long illness.
In addition to his on-air work at WBTA Wayne was also well known as the Dwyer Stadium announcer for the Batavia Muckdogs.
In an interview last year on Genesee Life, Wayne talked with Lucine Kauffman about how he got his start on WBTA:

Calling hours for Wayne Fuller will be this Monday from 4 until 7pm at H E Turner Funeral Home on East Main Street, where services will held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30.

The people have had their say about how $10-million should be spent in downtown Batavia.
The local planning committee working on the award asked for a straw poll among the 60 or so members of the public who attended a meeting last night.
The remodeling of the old Carrs Building, a permanent public market and a new home for the YMCA were the top choices.
New York State has the final say.

Jeanne Walton

There is a new executive director for the Genesee County YWCA.
She is Millie Tomidy-Pepper, the former exec-director of the Mental Health Association.
She takes over from Jeanne Walton who left the post after 6 and a half years.

 

 

A Winter Weather Advisory back in effect for Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties through tomorrow morning.
Forecasters are calling for total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches.
They caution for slipper travel and reduced visibility.

Walton Leaves YWCA

Jeanne Walton

Jeanne Walton

Timing is everything, and now is the time to leave as executive director of YWCA of Genesee County after six and a half years, Jeanne Walton says.
“I have been fortunate to work with a lot of people and take the organization to a new level,” Walton said. “And we’re at a point where a lot of things need to be addressed and we need a person with a different skill set to work on them.”

When Walton took the position in July 2011, her goals were to work with staff to increase exposure and awareness of YWCA, its offerings and mission to empower women and families and eliminate racism. That tall order was achieved with the addition of the Care+Crisis Helpline in 2015, a total renovation of the My Sister’s Closet thrift shop, expanding the agency’s awards event into a nationally aligned Women of Distinction function and increased devotion to serving the needs of domestic violence victims and child care families.

“Being here has taught me a lot about the need for these services in the community. I was not aware, especially, for the need of crisis services,” Walton said. “We’ve worked hard to change things in the domestic violence department to provide services we hope will urge clients to make significant transformations in their lives. For the past four years we’ve really brought some significant change to the lives of people, especially those who have gone into our Safe House; some have completely turned their lives around. And the Care+Crisis Helpline has filled a huge void.”

Although some ventures have come and gone, such as the Artisans at North Street and a teen youth program, they have all been important “to the process and to our learning development,” Walton said. She is proud of the agency’s more recent and ongoing programs and events, which have also included the Stiletto & Sneaker 5K, a Healthy Relationships course taught in local schools, peace and justice vigils, support groups and the You Engaging Success transition program for domestic violence victims. They all prove that the agency’s vision can be interpreted in a variety of ways, she said.
“I’m appreciative of the continuous support the community has offered to me, but more importantly, to YWCA as a whole in supporting new ventures we’ve undertaken,” she said.

Millie Tomidy-Pepper has begun her new role as executive director and looks forward to working on agency initiatives to eliminate racism and empower women. As a former executive director of the Mental Health Association in Genesee County, Tomidy-Pepper brings several years of experience and a background in nonprofit management, including the oversight of fiscal stability and growth, employee and facility management, advocating for clients at a national, state and local level and strategic planning to reach fiscal stability, quality service and enhanced community awareness.

Remembering a Man Behind the Mic

Wayne Fuller, former WBTA on-air personality and voice of the Muckdogs, has died.

Following a number of recent health problems Wayne passed away this morning  at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was 70 years old.

In addition to his decades of announcing on WBTA, Wayne was the Dwyer Stadium voice of the NYP League Batavia Muckdogs and long time announcer for Batavia High School basketball.

WBTA President Dan Fischer:

“Wayne was a unique on-air personality. He had a perfect voice for AM radio, clear and distinctive. That voice served him well for his public address work as the stadium announcer for the Muckdogs and in the gymnasium for BHS basketball.

Wayne could weave a story in such great detail. He knew what the weather was on the day his story was set, he could tell you what song was popular on that day. He had a passion for trains and memorized schedules and could describe railroad stations along most any route.

He was a great friend and a wonderful and talented employee who will be missed by his colleagues and fans alike.”

Bill Kauffman is Vice President of the Genesee County Baseball Club:

Wayne was also the voice of Batavia High School Basketball. Batavia’s Athletic Director Mike Bromley:

Wayne was instrumental in modernizing the bus industry according to his long-time friend and co-worker Jack Barker, V.P. of  NY Trailways:

Calling hours will be form 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday at the H.E. Turner and o. Funeral Home, 403 East Main St., Batavia, where services will be held on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Wayne will be laid to rest in East Bethany Cemetery.

View Wayne’s complete obituary here.

The BEST Center Offers Healthcare Professional Trainings

Press Release:

With a projected 18% growth in job opportunities in the next five years, it is an exciting time to be in or entering the medical profession. To meet the workforce demand, The BEST Center at Genesee Community College is offering three exciting professional training opportunities with tuition scholarships available! With registration deadlines just two weeks away, interested applicants should apply today!

Patient Access & Registration Professional – This 90-hour comprehensive program prepares students for patient intake and healthcare experience coordination including patient confidentiality, medical ethics and law, medical terminology, insurance billing and coding basics, appointment scheduling, medical records management and much more! This course costs $1,950 which includes required textbooks. Registration deadline is February 26, 2018, and the course runs Mondays and Wednesdays, March 5 through May 14, 2018!

Clinical Medical Assistant – This 140-hour course includes an optional 160-hour clinical externship. During the course, students will train to assist physicians by preparing patients for exams and treatments, routine laboratory procedures and diagnostic testing. Students will review technical aspects of phlebotomy, pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper lead placements and the legal aspects of healthcare. This course costs $2,599 which includes required textbooks. The optional externship costs an additional $350 which includes CPR Certification, background check, immunizations, drug screening, uniforms and more. Registration deadline is February 26, 2018, and the course runs March 5 through June 11, 2018!

Phlebotomy Technician – This 90-hour hands-on program prepares students to collect blood specimens for laboratory analysis. Classroom and lab work includes coverage of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, blood collection procedures, and skills and techniques for performing puncture methods. This course costs $1,799 which includes required textbooks. Registration deadline is February 27, 2018, and the course runs Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 6 through May 6, 2018!

All of these training programs take place at GCC’s Batavia Campus located at One College Road in Batavia, NY. Registration for these programs requires a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. Additional information on each of these programs is available at www.genesee.edu/cms/best/development/certificate-programs/healthcare-certificate-programs/. All participants can register under “View our classes now” at www.genesee.edu/best.

Those who are underemployed, unemployed and under skilled may be eligible for tuition scholarships through NY INSPIRE. GCC is part of the state-wide program that focuses on training qualified candidates for high demand growing industries in the areas healthcare, advanced manufacturing and information technology. The $20,000 grant to GCC will help offset tuition costs qualified recipients in this year’s healthcare training programs. Scholarships are designated for those who are over 17 years of age and do not exceed the income threshold of $40,000 per year. Don’t delay! Contact The BEST Center at (585) 343-6868 or visit www.genesee.edu/best to find out if you are eligible!

GCC’s BEST Center Takes Supply Chain Managers to the Next Level

Press Release:

The BEST Center at Genesee Community College is constantly developing new certificate programs and training opportunities to support the ever-changing needs of the local and global workforce. With the explosion of online marketplaces many have found themselves in supply-chain management roles.

The BEST Center’s Supply Chain for Managers Certificate program has been geared specifically to take the seasoned supply-chain manager to the next level. The 30-hour program is taught by experienced instructors with a detailed, working knowledge of the entire supply chain management process which impacts every industry-from healthcare to agriculture, manufacturing to the military, IT to retail and beyond.

The course costs $995 and takes place on 10 Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., March 1 through May 3, 2018 at GCC’s Batavia Campus. Registration deadline is February 22, 2018!

The Supply Chain for Managers Certificate Program will focus on various key aspects of the supply-chain manager’s responsibilities:

Logistics – This module will encompass warehousing, transportation management, organizational and managerial issues and information technology systems.
Inventory and Purchasing – Focused on inventory control, forecasting, international purchasing, vendor management and product seasonality, this module builds on the manager’s knowledge and experience.
Operations – In addition to product and purchasing, the supply-chain manager needs to manage his or her team. This module covers making changes, staff and production performance measurement, and employee motivation.
Quality – This module covers the necessary quality-control measures including LEAN, Six Sigma and TQM.
Strategic Management – Critical to the supply-chain manager’s role is the ability to manage through changes. This module covers communication and project management for change, customer service, sustainability and more.

The certificate program concludes with a capstone project designed to demonstrate the application of the skills, techniques and practices learned during the course. This project could be connected to an actual workplace challenge.

There are no prerequisites for this course, however, it is recommended for seasoned supply-chain managers. Additional information is available at https://www.genesee.edu/cms/best/development/certificate-programs/supply-chain-for-managers-certificate/. All participants can register under “View our classes now” at www.genesee.edu/best.

NEWLY ELECTED COUNTY LEGISLATORS ATTEND TRAINING

Press Release:

Newly elected Genesee County Legislators Gordon Dibble (District 3, Towns of Pembroke & Darien), John Hilchey (District 1, Towns of Alabama & Oakfield), and Gary T. Maha (District 9, Wards 4 & 5, City of Batavia) attended an Orientation Program for Newly Elected and Appointed County Officials sponsored by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) at their annual Legislative Conference held in Albany, New York January 29-31, 2018.

Topics of discussion and presentations included an overview of the New York State Association of Counties; New York State Open Government Laws; Major Policy Issues Affecting Counties; Introduction to County Finance and Budget Issues; County Government Structure in New York State; Ethics in Government; Adopting Local Laws; and Role of the Clerks of Legislative Boards.

Approximately 70 newly elected and appointed county officials attended the training program, and upon completion were awarded Certificates of Achievement by NYSAC’s County Government Institute and Cornell University.

An irreplaceable WBTA personality has passed

Wayne Fuller a former announcer on WBTA has passed.

Wayne passed away this morning while at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester following a number of recent health problems.

He worked on and off at WBTA beginning in 1967 and was a permanent fixture on WBTA for the past two decades.

While talking with Lucine Kauffman on WBTA’s Genesee Life Program Wayne remembers how he got started at WBTA way back in 1967…

He was 70 years old.

Announcements were entrusted to H.E. Turner and Company Funeral Home in Batavia.

Morning News Briefing

The people’s choice awards are in for Downtown Revitalization.
Members of the community had an opportunity to weigh in and show support from a number of proposed projects looking to revitalize downtown Batavia.
Around 60 people showed for Batavia’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative meeting last night with attendees helping whittle down the most popular proposals.
By using colored stickers attendees voted for projects they supported.
It was the second public open house for the DRI and the last time for public input.
Batavia’s DRI Coordinator Ed Flynn explains what happens next…

Flynn said the $15 million worth of projects submitted by the Local Planning Committee will be cut down to $10 million during the final approval process by the State.
The most popular projects from last night included a remodeling of the former Carrs building, construction of a permanent downtown public market, a healthy living campus with a new YMCA, a new home for the Batavia Players in the mall and a remodel of the Batavia Showtime Theater.
According to Flynn the earliest groundbreaking on any approved project would not be until the spring of 2019.

Kicking off the weekend with a Winter Weather Advisory.
Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties are all included in the advisory issued by The National Weather Service.
The weather advisory is going into effect at 10 o’clock this morning and will remain in effect until Saturday at 6 AM.
Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches are expected.
Plan on slippery road conditions and limited visibilities, especially for the evening commute today.
Slow down and use caution while driving.

Drug Task Force takes a Walnut Street woman in for drugs.
Following investigation by the Genesee County Local Drug Task Force they arrested 27 year old Jaylinn Oneil of Walnut Street in Batavia.
She was allegedly found with a quantity of cocaine, drug packaging materials and hypodermic needles.
Oneil was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
She was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

New York’s flu season is getting worse.
The newest numbers show confirmed flu cases are up 35-percent statewide from the week before.
Western New York still has some of the highest flu rates in the state.
Governor Cuomo is trying to get emergency funding to make flu shots more accessible and slow the virus.

Western New York counties are getting some much needed funding to upgrade their 9-1-1 systems.
This week, Governor Cuomo announced a more than 50-million-dollar statewide initiative for next level emergency communications.
All Western New York counties will get at least 350-thousand-dollars.
Cuomo said this will help first responders have the best equipment to get them where they’re needed faster.

Evening News briefing

Ed Flynn, County Consultant

A new government study shows a real need for market-rate housing in Genesee County.
There is also a shortage of housing for families with annual incomes of 100 to 150-thosuand dollars.
Ed Flynn is a consultant hired by the county to do a study of local housing availability and trends

Flynn says what people want in their housing of the future is housing that is ADA-accessible, with sidewalks and trails and access to alternate forms of transportation.

A Pembroke crash ends with arrest of a Batavia man.
Deputies say 48 year old Paul Fields Jr. of Pearl Street Road was driving at an unreasonable speed on Indian Falls and crashed when he attempted to change lanes.
Fields was charged with DWI and criminal possession of drugs.

The city’s plans for that $10-million downtown development award is the topic of a meeting tonight at city hall.
The planning committee for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative is holding the second public open house tonight starting at 7 pm.
A review of the proposed projects will be presented.

Governor Cuomo is directing the New York State Department of Health to authorize emergency funding for counties across the state to help combat the flu. The funding will provide enhanced reimbursement and expand efforts to promote and increase access to flu vaccines.
Genesee County just reported another 100 confirmed cases of the flu bring the total local cases to 250 since the flu season started September 1st,
There were only 53 total cases reported during last years flu season in Genesee count.

GCC is the Place to Be!

Press Release:

Ready to begin your college experience? Not sure where to start? GCC is truly the place to be! At Genesee Community College, our admissions team and student success coaches, know how daunting it can be to pursue a degree or even certificate program. So, we’re here to help!

To get started, attend a Spring Open House! The first will be on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. If evenings are difficult for you, then join us on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

“During both Open House sessions, prospective students and their families will experience all GCC has to offer,” said GCC’s Assistant Dean for Admissions and Recruitment Lindsay Gerhardt. “You can tour campus, get all your financial aid questions answered, learn about student services and get a real taste for campus life at Genesee Community College!”

Representatives from GCC’s student services offices will be on hand to answer questions about admissions, career and transfer services, student activities, athletics and you can even sign up for a financial aid session. Tours of the campus will be available, including the new Student Success Center, Richard C. Call Arena and College Village – GCC’s apartment-style residential housing.

To register for either Open House visit www.genesee.edu/openhouse or call 1-866-CALL-GCC!

Can’t make it to either session? Consider attending a Friday Visit Day! You can learn about GCC’s simple application and admissions processes, financial aid opportunities, take a campus tour, and even sit in on a college class! Friday Visits Days begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon on the following dates:

March 2, 2018

March 23, 2018

April 20, 2018

May 4, 2018

Genesee Community College is located at One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020. You can also visit www.genesee.edu/VT for a virtual campus tour!

Dedicated to student success and accessibility, GCC offers a totally FREE application process, FREE career counseling, FREE tutoring and FREE parking! With over 100 courses available online every semester and 15 degrees that can be earned completely online, GCC is more convenient than ever allowing students the flexibility to set their own schedule to accommodate employment or family obligations while earning their degrees. GCC’s Campus Centers located in Albion, Arcade, Dansville, Lima, Medina and Warsaw provide additional options to attend class close to home.

GCC offers a comprehensive selection of over 70 degree and certificate programs including courses in the areas of Nanotechnology, Creative Arts, Health Care, Sleep Technology, Criminal Justice, Paralegal Studies, Food Processing Technology and a Business Administration concentration in Marketing and Social Media and so many more!

GCC’s new student success coaching provides efficient enrollment and student services through a new level of intentional engagement that fosters students’ academic and personal success. The College’s team of professionally trained success coaches are assigned students in areas of targeted academic interest and demographic populations. They then follow their students from the first stages of admissions, through advisement, enrollment and registration right through to graduation and commencement.

For more information about the Open House, contact GCC’s Admissions Office at 585-345-6800 or email Admissions@genesee.edu. For online, door-to-door driving directions go to:
http://www.genesee.edu/about/visit/maps/.

GCC Athletics Media Release: Lady Cougars Lose Heartbreaker to Saints

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Lady Cougars Lose Heartbreaker to Saints

The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team rallied from an 11-0 deficit and maintained control of almost the entire game before a pair of free throws by visiting Mercyhurst North East in the game’s dying seconds snatched victory away from the Cougars, 62-61 in Western New York Athletic Conference action Feb. 7.

After trailing 11-0, the Cougars finished the first quarter with a 12-3 run to pull within two at 14-12.

Rosalyn Sealey scored Genesee’s next 10 points to open the second quarter and in the process put the Cougars in front 22-17. Genesee would extend that lead to nine points at 30-21, before the Saints closed the gap at 33-29 at the intermission.

With the exception of a very brief 39-37 lead by Mercyhurst, the Cougars held the edge the rest of the way with a lead as high as eight points midway through the final quarter.

It wasn’t until the game’s final minute that the Saints managed to get the lead at 60-59, but a Sealey jumper put Genesee back on top 61-60 with 45 seconds left. Ultimately a pair of late fouls led to the Cougar’s demise with the game-winning free throw scored with less than a second remaining on the clock.

Sealey finished the game with more than 50 percent of the team’s points with 31. Kierra Perl hit double-digits with a dozen points, while TaLia Burgess added nine. The latter pair co-led the Cougars with nine boards each.

Rachel Meyer wasn’t far behind with eight rebounds, while adding three blocks and a team-high five assists.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

GCC Athletics Media Release: Fobbs Sets Single-Game Scoring Record in MNE Victory

Press Release:

Fobbs Sets Single-Game Scoring Record in MNE Victory

Genesee Community College’s Brian Fobbs set a school record for points in a game with 46 in leading the Cougars to a 90-82 win over visiting Mercyhurst North East in a Western New York Athletic Conference matchup Feb. 7.

In addition to accounting for more than 50 percent of the Cougars’ total points on the night, Fobbs also added 21 rebounds, five assists, and three steals while going a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line. Fobbs ended the day with a 76 percent shooting percentage from the field by sinking 16-of-21.

Mercyhurst came out of the gate and built a seven-point lead at 9-2 before a pair of Fobbs free throws gave the Cougars their first lead of the game at 20-18 midway through the first half.

The Saints responded by building an even bigger lead – at eight points – at 30-22, but Fobbs restored the Cougar lead with just five minutes left in the first at 35-34. The go-ahead basket began a string of seven-consecutive points for the sophomore that put Genesee in front 40-34.

After being down by eight at 30-22, the Cougars finished the half on a 25-8 run for a 47-38 halftime lead that they wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way.

The Saints attempted to go-ahead several times and tied the game on four separate occasions in the second half, but were ultimately never able to pull in front. Mercyhurst tied the game at 56, 60, 67 and 69, with the latter being the last time with just under seven minutes to go.

Two other Cougars recorded double-digit point performances with Rahmel Thompson scoring 23 and Tyrese Cherry adding 10. Cherry finished behind Fobbs in rebounds with eight and had a pair of blocks, while Brandon Peters had a team-high seven assists.

Fobbs now needs 28 points to move into eighth place on the Cougars all-time scoring list. Currently, Brian Jackson is at No. 8 with 1,135 career points and Fobbs now has 1,108. The previous single game points record that Fobbs surpassed in the win belonged to Avery Oliver at 42 during the 2003-04 season.

In addition to accounting for more than 50 percent of the Cougars’ total points on the night, Fobbs also added 21 rebounds, five assists, and three steals while going a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line. Fobbs ended the day with a 76 percent shooting percentage from the field by sinking 16-of-21.

Mercyhurst came out of the gate and built a seven-point lead at 9-2 before a pair of Fobbs free throws gave the Cougars their first lead of the game at 20-18 midway through the first half.

The Saints responded by building an even bigger lead – at eight points – at 30-22, but Fobbs restored the Cougar lead with just five minutes left in the first at 35-34. The go-ahead basket began a string of seven-consecutive points for the sophomore that put Genesee in front 40-34.

After being down by eight at 30-22, the Cougars finished the half on a 25-8 run for a 47-38 halftime lead that they wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way.

The Saints attempted to go-ahead several times and tied the game on four separate occasions in the second half, but were ultimately never able to pull in front. Mercyhurst tied the game at 56, 60, 67 and 69, with the latter being the last time with just under seven minutes to go.

Two other Cougars recorded double-digit point performances with Rahmel Thompson scoring 23 and Tyrese Cherry adding 10. Cherry finished behind Fobbs in rebounds with eight and had a pair of blocks, while Brandon Peters had a team-high seven assists.

Fobbs now needs 28 points to move into eighth place on the Cougars all-time scoring list. Currently, Brian Jackson is at No. 8 with 1,135 career points and Fobbs now has 1,108. The previous single game points record that Fobbs surpassed in the win belonged to Avery Oliver at 42 during the 2003-04 season.

Story Link: http://www.geneseeathletics.com/sports/mbkb/2017-18/releases/20180207y2x2rt

Mark jagord
GCC Sports Information

Much needed repairs planned for the Batavia City Centre Mall

According to Interim City Manager and Director of Public Works in Batavia Matt Worth, overdue repairs to the City Centre in Downtown Batavia are right around the corner.

Worth appeared on WBTA’s Main and Center program this morning where he spoke about the repair process moving forward.

Worth also touched on the proposed projects being presented to the city’s planning committee in response to the 10 million dollar Downtown Revitalization Initiative funds awarded to Batavia by the State last year.

The planning committee for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative is holding the second public open house tonight in city hall starting at 7 pm.

A review of the proposed projects will be presented.

ARC of Genesee Orleans Art Show & Film Festival Celebrates Abilities

Press Release:

The Arc of Genesee Orleans is planning an Art Show and Film Festival in celebration of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March. The free event will be held Saturday, March 17 at the Stuart Steiner Theatre on the Batavia campus of Genesee Community College.

There will be a collection of art work created by individuals served at the Arc of Genesee Orleans on display in the foyer at Stuart Steiner Theatre and an opportunity to meet and talk with the some of the artists beginning at 12:30 p.m. The film festival gets underway at 1:00 p.m. All of the films are from the New York City based Sprout Touring Film Festival and feature works written by or starring individuals with intellectual or other developmental disabilities.

Everyone who attends will have the opportunity to enter to win a beautiful framed work of art courtesy of an artist served by the Arc of Genesee Orleans.

For info contact Shelley Falitico (585) 343-4203 ext. 222 or sfalitico@geneseearc.org

Morning News Briefing

Genesee County flu cases still cropping up this season.
According to the county health department another 100 confirmed flu cases have been reported in Genesee County.
Since the beginning of the flu season on September 1st the County has recorded 250 flu cases.
That is nearly five times as many as the 53 confirmed flu cases recorded locally just last year.
The county health department is continuing to encourage people to get a flu shot if you have not done so, since some protection is better than none at all.

Crash in Pembroke leads to charges for a Batavia man.
Following investigation into a single motor vehicle accident on Indian Falls Road in Pembroke late last night deputies arrested 48 year old Paul Fields Jr. of Pearl Street Road in Batavia.
He was allegedly driving too fast for the poor road conditions and moved from a lane unsafely before crashing.
Deputies allegedly found Fields under the influence and in possession of a controlled substance.
He was charged with DWI, criminal drug possession and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation along with traffic infractions.
Fields was released with an appearance ticket for March 27th in Pembroke Town Court.

Alleged armed robbery in Avon lands a Rochester man behind bars without bail.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office released pictures of the alleged suspect and his vehicle, seeking public assistance in his apprehension.
Yesterday Livingston County Deputies tracked down 30 year old John Washburn of Rochester and took him into custody for allegedly robbing the Dutch Hollow Market in East Avon last Saturday.
The clerk told deputies that the suspect walked in and demanded money from the cash register and then threatened to shoot him if he called the cops.
Washburn was arrested  and jailed without bail due to prior felony convictions in the state of Arizona.

GCC Goes for the Gold with Club Fair Speaker.
Cathy Turner a two time Olympic Gold Medalist in short track speed skating will be speaking at the GCC Club fair next Tuesday.
Turner is a native of Hilton and won gold in the 1992 and 1994 Olympics.
Turner will be sharing her motivational story encouraging students to go for the gold.
She will also be on hand to sign autographs and meet and greet students.

A defense attorney is attacking the credibility of a star prosecution witness in the trial of Joe Percoco, a former top aide to Governor Cuomo.
Percoco’s lawyer targeted former lobbyist Todd Howe’s history of lying and said he couldn’t be trusted to tell the truth about alleged bribery schemes.
Prosecutors say Howe conspired with Percoco to solicit bribes from wealthy developers doing business with New York state.
On the stand yesterday, Howe said he altered emails to make it seem like Percoco was having more conversations with the governor than he actually was.

Evening news Briefing

Another 100 cases of the flu have been reported in Genesee County.
The flu season started September 1st. The latest cases brings the season total to 250.
The county health department says last year, total flu cases locally numbered only 53.
The department continues to urge those who have not received a flu shot to get one, since some protection is better than none at all.

 

John W Washburn III

A Rochester man arrested for a robbery in Avon and threatening to shoot the store clerk if he called police.
Livingston County Deputies have collared 30 year old John Washburn of Rochester for allegedly robbing the Dutch Hollow Market in east Avon last Saturday.
The clerk told deputies that the suspect walked in and demanded money from the cash register. The clerk also said the suspect threatened to shoot him if he called the cops.
Washburn was arrested yesterday and jailed without bail due to prior felony convictions in the state of Arizona.

 

 

 

Ismael Laffosse

An Akron man is behind bars for allegedly slugging a guy with a baseball bat in Batavia.
Police say 31 year old Ismael Laffosse of Fisk Road in Akron struck used a bat to beat a man during a fracas late last month on Apollo Drive.
Laffosse was also charged with damaging his victim’s property.

 

 

 

Ticket prices are going up for Buffalo Bills season ticket holders.
The Bills say they increased season ticket prices by an average of three-percent.
The Bills claim their season tickets are still some of the best-priced in the NFL.

Suspect Arrested in Avon Robbery

AVON: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Rochester man after the investigation of a Robbery at the Dutch Hollow Market in East Avon.

On Saturday February 3, 2018 at approximately 5:35 pm, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Dutch Hollow Market for a Robbery that had just occurred. The store employee reported that a white male with facial hair and wearing a hooded sweatshirt came into the store and approached the register. The clerk further reported that the suspect told the employee that he was being robbed and demanded money from the cash register and told the employee that he would shoot him if he called the police.

Members form the Sheriff’s Office Command Staff, Criminal Investigations Division, Road Patrol Division, and Forensic Identification Unit conducted the investigation at the scene which included the recovery of video surveillance of the suspect and vehicle used in the crime.

John W Washburn III

Members of the Criminal Investigations Division conducted the follow up investigation and on February 6th the images of the robbery were released to the public to assist with identifying the suspect and vehicle. After numerous leads were followed up, the suspect was identified as 30 year old John W. Washburn III of Rochester.

On February 7th, Sheriff’s Investigators took Washburn into custody on Lexington Ave in Rochester. Washburn was arrested and charged with Robbery in the First Degree, a class B felony.

Wasburn was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail on the matter and advised Washburn will be held without the chance of bail due to having prior felony convictions in the state of Arizona.

Chamber to Host Workshop on New Tax laws

“The New Tax Laws – How It Affects You and Your Business” will be the subject of a small business workshop to be hosted the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce on February 14.

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 business professionals designed to help small businesses succeed and grow.

“2018 ushers in the most sweeping changes in our tax laws in recent history,” said Tom Turnbull, Chamber President. “What will that mean for you and your business? Samantha Shafer and Jonathan Herdlein of The Bonadio Group will answer those questions and give an overview of these still evolving tax law changes.”

The workshops are held at the Chamber of Commerce office, 8276 Park Rd., Batavia. The sessions will run from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and includes a question and answer period. Businesses may attend any one or all of the workshops. Cost for non-Chamber members is $10 for each attendee. Chamber members and Batavia Business Improvement District members may attend all sessions 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

GCC’s Historical Horizons Series Adds March Lecture

Ely S. Parker

Press Release:

Genesee Community College’s history club is excited to announce the addition of Jeff Donohue’s discussion on “Ely Parker: A Man of Two Worlds” to its Historical Horizon’s Lecture Series.

Independent historian and former director of the Holland Land Office and Museum, Jeff Donahue will be at GCC’s Batavia Campus on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 7 p.m. in room T102 if the Conable Technology Building.

Donohue’s talk will examine the challenges Parker faced living in two worlds. During the Civil War, Ely Samuel Parker, a Seneca chief, struggled against prevailing prejudices to make his mark. He was so successful that he would become the man entrusted to copy the terms of surrender at Appomattox Court House.

For further information visit https://gcchistoricalhorizons.wordpress.com, or contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

BPD: Services Offered to Landlords

Press Release:

Services Offered to Landlords by the City of Batavia Police Department

As part of our continued community partnership, the Batavia Police Department offers the following services to landlords in an effort to help them choose the best possible tenants and evaluate police responses to their properties. These services were developed in direct response to feedback the department received from landlords and directly address the concerns they had. Below are the listed services and information on both programs.

Property Owner FOIL (Freedom Of Information Law) Request – This service will tell landlords how many times the Batavia Police Department has responded to a property within the time frame requested. After the initial request, we will provide a monthly contact summary every month on the second Tuesday of the month. Landlords can have the information emailed to them at no cost. For a hard copy, a charge of $.25 per page will be assessed. Copies of actual reports will not be provided.

Tenant Background Check – This service will show landlords the times a potential tenant has been arrested. This information will only show arrests and not how many times the potential tenant has had police contact. The information provided will include arrests from the Batavia Police Department ONLY and will cover the previous 5 years. The potential tenant will have to submit the background check form, in person, as we must verify their identity. Cost for this service is $10 which will need to be collected from the potential tenant at the time the form is turned in. The background form cannot be turned in by the landlord.

Copies of the above request forms can be found under the “Police Department” section on the City of Batavia’s website located at http://www.batavianewyork.com/Files. Forms can also be provided via email, US Mail or by stopping at Batavia Police Headquarters located at 10 W. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020. Results can be sent via email, US Mail or in person.

Landlords who have questions or desire further information on the programs can contact the Batavia Police Department, Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM at 585-345-6356.

Morning News Briefing

Proposal for new Batavia Town Fire Substation on Stringham Drive has little objection.
Plans for the construction of a new $3.2 million 10,000 square foot substation were outlined by Town of Batavia Fire Department officials.
The planned substation on Stringham Drive is complete with a dormitory wing for “resident” firefighters.
Gary Diegelman Chair of the department’s building committee, said the dorm would be available for honorable members ready to respond…

Around 30 people attended the public informational meeting at the Batavia Town Hall last night with many of the attendees residing near the proposed location of the new fire hall on Stringham Drive.  No one objected to the plans, however some residents were concerned about excess runoff leading to more standing water and the loss of green-space with fire hall backing up to their homes.  For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Genesee County is now under a Winter Weather Advisory.
The National Weather Service issued the advisory which is in effect until early tomorrow morning with total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches expected.
They released a special weather statement saying a large area of snow will move north into the area this morning, for the morning commute.
Snowfall rates will approach an inch per hour after 8 am, so expect scattered slick spots and reduced visibilities.
Allow extra time to reach your destination this morning.

An Akron man jailed for assault with a baseball bat in Batavia.
31 year old Ismael Laffosse of Fisk Road in Akron was arrested and charged with Attempted Assault, Menacing, Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Criminal Mischief following an alleged incident at an Apollo Drive address in Batavia.
Laffosse was accused of striking another individual with a baseball bat and then damaging their property during an incident last month.
He was remanded without bail to the Genesee County Jail.

Medina man jailed without bail for alleged illegal gun sale.
50 year old Dino Callara of Slade Road in Medina was arrested following an investigation alleging that he possessed and sold a gun in November of last year.
Callara is barred from possessing firearms due to being a two time convicted felon and was charged with Criminal Sale of a Firearm.
He was additionally charged with Grand Larceny for a separate incident in October where Callara allegedly sold a vehicle as scrap that he was hired to install a transmission on without the owner’s consent.
He was jailed without bail and is expected back in Shelby Town Court on Thursday.

Ticket prices are going up for Buffalo Bills season ticket holders.
The Bills this week said they’re increasing season ticket prices by an average of three-percent.
The Bills’ president apologized, saying he doesn’t take this lightly but their season tickets are still some of the best-priced in the NFL.

A research team at the University of Rochester Medical Center is working to create the perfect flu shot.
Researchers are trying to collect information on variations of the virus to focus on what doesn’t mutate as much instead of trying to predict future mutations.
The goal is to make a universal flu shot that protects against all strains for five years.
This spring, URMC is paying around one to four-thousand-dollars to participants in an intensive bird flu vaccine study.

Evening News Briefing

The National Weather Service has now issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Genesee County.
The advisory takes effect early tomorrow morning until early Thursday morning.
The advisory warns of heavy snow and difficult travel conditions especially during the morning commute.
Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected.

A state senator is calling for a law that will force companies to better package laundry detergent pods after a trend of young people eating the toxic item. It’s expected to be talked about by lawmakers today in Albany. Senator Brad Hoylman says it’s outrageous that Proctor and Gamble still hasn’t made Tide pods safer. Hoylman points out on Twitter that there’ve been thousands of incidents with children nationally and a growing trend called the Tide pod challenge where teens intentionally put them in their mouths sometimes leading to hospitalization.

 

Victoria Young

An Attica woman sits in jail without bail this afternoon charged with using a four year old child in a pornographic video.
23 year old Victoria Young was arrested last month and charged with first degree sexual abuse and use of a child in a sexual performance.
Young has plead not guilty to the charges.
Police have said that Young is related to the child but they did not say how.
A stay away order has been issued barring Young from any contact with the child.

 

 

A Medina man jailed without bail for an alleged illegal gun sale.
50 year old Dino Callara of Slade Road in Medina was arrested following an investigation that he illegally possessed and sold a gun in last November. Callara is barred from possessing firearms because he is a two time felony offender.

A Darien man accused of dozing off on drugs while driving in Elba.
Deputies received a report of an illegally parked vehicle on Batavia Elba Townline Road. The driver was apparently passed out behind the wheel.
He was identified as 19 year old Nicholas Schafer of Broadway Road in Darien.
He was arrested and charged with driving while impaired by drugs.

A SUNY Geneseo employee and his daughter are record winners on an TV game show.
Last night on “The Wall,” Kirk and Brooke Spangler won more than one-point-four-million-dollars. Kirk is an associate director at SUNY Geneseo, but the two are originally from Allegheny County.

LCSO: Credit Cards Compromised

Press Release:

AVON-LIMA-LIVONIA: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports that the Sheriff’s Office has received over 20 complaints from Livonia, Avon, and Lima residents reporting that their credit cards have been fraudulently used at various Walmart stores throughout New York State since December 14, 2017.

The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is currently conducting the investigation into where the credit cards were compromised and the suspects responsible for using the credit card information.

It is believed that most, if not all, of the cards were compromised at a gas pump where a skimming device captured the user’s credit card information. Sheriff’s Investigators are attempting to find a common source for the victims of the theft and are working with area gas stations to ensure their gas pumps have not been compromised.

Sheriff Dougherty urges residents to check their credit card activity for any suspicious activity and to alert their bank and contact the Sheriff’s Office at 243-7100 if any unauthorized activity has occurred.

Some tips on how to avoid falling victim if credit card skimming:

– Paying in cash is the most effective defense against skimmers.
– Use a credit card, not a debit card, since credit cards have better fraud protection, and the money is not deducted immediately from an account.
– If using a debit card at a pump, choose to run it as a credit card rather than punch in a PIN number.
– Check to make sure the gas pump dispenser cabinet is closed and shows no signs of tampering.
– Choose the pump closest to the station’s clerk. Thieves often place skimmers at pumps farther away from the store.

GCC Athletics Media Release: Cougar Athletes of the Week Announced

Nanako Shizawa (Chiba, Japan) and Joan Ferrer (Vinaros, Spain)

Press Release:

Cougar Athletes of the Week Announced

The Genesee Community College’s athletes of the week for the period ending Feb. 3 are Nanako Shizawa (Chiba, Japan) from the women’s swimming team and Joan Ferrer (Vinaros, Spain) from the men’s swimming team.

Nanako was part of eight wins in two events for the Genesee Community College women’s swim team last week. Individually, she won five events and was a part of another three team wins. At Jamestown CC, Nanako captured the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard freestyle in solo competition, and helped the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relay teams to victory. Against Herkimer just three days later Feb. 3, Nanako won three individual events in varying events and distances that ranged from 100 yards (butterfly), 200 yards (individual medley) and 500 yards (freestyle). After a trio of individual wins, she then helped the 200-yard medley relay team to victory as well.

Joan was the most productive men’s swimmer for Genesee last week when he either won or was a part of three winning events to propel the Cougars over Jamestown Jan. 31 in their final scoring meet of the season before region championships. Individually, Joan captured the 100-yard butterfly and 50-yard freestyle races before joining three teammates in taking the 200-yard medley relay race. In the team’s last non-scoring meet, Joan was even better against visiting Herkimer Feb. 3 with a pair of individual wins at 100 yards (butterfly and freestyle) and a pair of relay wins at 200- (medley) and 400-yards (freestyle).

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

LCSO: Dutch Hollow Market Robbery-Request for Assistance

Press Release:

EAST AVON: The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance in attempting to identify a Robbery suspect.

On Saturday February 3rd, 2018 at approximately 5:35pm the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Dutch Hollow Market on East Avon Lima Road (Rt. 5&20) in the Town of Avon for a Robbery that had just occurred.

The suspect pulled into the parking lot in a silver or gray 4 door sedan, believed to be a KIA Optima. The suspect then entered the store and threatened the clerk with the use of a firearm and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

If you have any information regarding the identity of the suspect please contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office at 585-243-7100 or 1-844-LCSO-TIP.

THE FORGOTTEN MIDDLE CLASS

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) issues a statement on the recent priorities of state leaders

“This week continues state leader’s assault on law-abiding, middle-class families. Last night was free college tuition for illegal aliens pushed by New York City liberals – a $27 million expense on the backs of taxpayers.

“Last week, Gov. Cuomo’s administration rolled out free tablets for prison inmates, – a luxury we should be working to provide for school children and libraries before convicts.

“While downstate liberal elites are fighting for convicts and illegals, I’ll be fighting even harder for the middle-class. These are the hardworking men and women we should be working to protect, not illegal aliens and criminals.”

HAWLEY TO HOST ‘THINK DIFFERENTLY’ FORUM WITH DUTCHESS COUNTY EXECUTIVE MARC MOLINARO

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) will be hosting a special roundtable discussion with Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro called ‘Think Differently’ which offers different perspectives on how our businesses, organizations and individuals can better treat our residents with special needs. The event will take place at the ARC of Genesee Orleans Community Center located at 38 Woodrow Rd. in Batavia beginning at 1 p.m.

“I am pleased to host this important roundtable discussion with County Executive Molinaro, and I look forward to bringing in community stakeholders to talk about ways to foster a more inclusive and welcoming environment for our residents with special needs,” Hawley said. “I am hopeful we can implement many of the ideas and solutions that are part of this program, and I am eager to have a productive discussion.”

WHO: Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia)
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

WHAT: ‘Think Differently’ Roundtable

WHEN: Wednesday, February 7
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE: ARC of Genesee Orleans Community Center
38 Woodrow Rd., Batavia, NY

Medina man jailed without bail for alleged illegal gun sale

50 year old Dino Callara of Slade Road in Medina was arrested following an investigation alleging that he possessed and sold a gun in November of last year.

Callara is barred from possessing firearms due to being a two time convicted felon and was charged with Criminal Sale of a Firearm.

He was additionally charged with Grand Larceny for a separate incident in October where Callara allegedly sold a vehicle as scrap that he was hired to install a transmission on without the owner’s consent.

He was jailed without bail and is expected back in Shelby Town Court on Thursday.

State Police stop an armed fugitive of Indiana in LeRoy

Troopers on the State Thruway in LeRoy stopped a car for speeding on Sunday.

The driver was identified as 23 year old Albert Santos of Louisville Kentucky.

Not only did Troopers discover Santos was driving on an invalid license but a search of the vehicle revealed he was in possession of a loaded 9mm handgun and a quantity of marijuana.

Further investigation determined the gun was stolen and Santos was wanted in Indiana.

He was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Stolen Property along with pot possession and traffic infractions.

Santos was committed in lieu of $50,000 bail to the Genesee County Jail.

Morning News Briefing

Wyoming County woman pleads not guilty to sexually abusing a young child.
23 year old Victoria Young is accused of sending a video to someone showing a sexual act by a four year old child she’s related to.
She was arrested by Attica police last month and yesterday she pleaded not guilty to the charges in court.
Young has been barred contact with the child and is being held on $100,000 bail.

Another round of winter weather is ready to rock the region.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for much of Western New York including Livingston and Wyoming Counties
The Watch is going into effect tomorrow across the region with forecasters predicting a possible foot of snow and ice.
Peak snowfalls could make the afternoon drive particularly difficult with snow fall expected to drop at the rate of up to an inch an hour.

Darien man accused of dozing off on drugs while driving in Elba.
Dispatchers received a report of vehicle illegally parked on Batavia Elba Townline Road in Elba in which the driver was apparently passed out behind the wheel.
Deputies located the vehicle and identified the driver as 19 year old Nicholas Schafer of Broadway Road in Darien.
He was arrested and charged with DWI, DWAI by a combination of Drugs, Operating a Motor Vehicle Impaired by Drugs and a Parking violation.
Schafer was issued an appearance ticket for Elba Town Court on March 21st.

Damaging domestic incident in LeRoy lands a Greece man in lock up.
Deputies were called to respond to a reported domestic disturbance at a Main Road address in LeRoy were they arrested 23 year old Armando Carrion-Rojas of Greece.
During the domestic incident Carrion –Rojas was reportedly locked out of his girlfriend’s home, that’s when he allegedly broke the driver’s side mirror off her vehicle and damaged the door frame to the residence after discovering it was locked.
He was charged with Criminal Mischief and committed to the Genesee County Jail in Lieu of $500 bail.
He is expected back in LeRoy Town Court on March 13th.

Governor Cuomo is calling for the state Senate to pass the Dream Act.
Yesterday the Assembly overwhelmingly passed legislation trying to give the children of undocumented immigrant’s financial aid for college.
Cuomo says it’s important that New York protects immigrants when Washington isn’t.

A SUNY Geneseo employee and his daughter are record winners on an NBC game show.
Last night on “The Wall,” Kirk and Brooke Spangler won more than $1.4 million.
Kirk is an associate director at SUNY Geneseo, but the two are originally from Allegheny County.

Evening News Briefing

The Eli Fish Brewing Company hopes to tap its first keg on March 1st.
Co-owner Matt Gray said today construction inside the old Newberry Building on Main Street is now complete.
He says he’s just waiting for furniture and kitchenware.
The completely renovated site features a tavern on the first floor with the basement brewery visible from the bar area.
Two two restaurant incubators and a common seating area to service all three operations. The restaurants have yet to be named. They were determined in what was known as a Fresh Lab competition. They are expected to be open by April 1st.
The building also has four apartments on the second floor.
There is space for three more apartments on the third floor.

A Winter Storm Watch has been posted for Wyoming and Livingston counties for later this week.
The National Weather Service is forecasting moderately heavy snow from Wednesday morning through late Wednesday night.
So far, the Watch does not include Gensee County.

 

Sen Charles Schumer (D-NY)

 

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is urging the IRS to honor prepayments of 2018 property taxes.

The so-called Trump Tax Plan caps state and local deductions $10,000.
Homeowners in New York’s pricier communities flooded their towns’ tax offices last December to prepay property and school taxes before the end of the year.
The IRS has said those taxes are deductible only if you were billed beforehand.

Brockport Grad Graduates Basic Training

Reserve Airman 1st Class Margo N. Westcott

Press Release:

U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Margo N. Westcott 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.

Westcott earned distinction as an honor graduate.

She is the daughter of Tracey and Mark Westcott of Brockport, N.Y. Westcott is also the sister of Candice Westcott and Brittney Westcott.

The airman is a 2007 graduate of Brockport High School, Brockport, N.Y.

Buffalo woman accused of possessing drugs in Pembroke traffic stop

28 year old Jacqueline Kobee of Buffalo was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, possessing a Controlled Substance in a non- original container, Unlawful Pot Possession and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

State Troopers stopped Kobee Saturday afternoon on Route 77 in Pavilion.

She was ordered to be held in lieu of bail.

Batavia resident busted for drugged driving in Pavilion

68 year old Michael Morasco of Batavia was stopped by State Police on Route 63 in Pavilion for allegedly moving from a lane unsafely.

Morasco was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs along with a traffic infraction.

He was issued an appearance ticket.

Morning News Briefing

Rochester resident jailed without bail for alleged drug sales in the city.
Following investigation into a disturbance in Batavia, police arrested 27 year old Torrence Greene of Rochester.
Police were called to a disturbance on Walnut Street last Friday where they allegedly found Greene in possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell it.
He was hit with two felony counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and was remanded without bail to the Genesee County Jail.

Accident in Alexander leads to felony DWI for a LeRoy woman.
36 year old Michelle Condidorio of South Street in LeRoy was arrested early Saturday morning following an accident on Telephone Road in Alexander.
Deputies charged her with felony DWI due to a previous drunk driving conviction within the past 10 years.

Pratt Road man accused of threatening a member of Law Enforcement.
62 year old Joseph Misiak of Prat Road in Batavia was arrested and charged with Aggravated Harassment following an incident last month.
Misiak is accused of calling a member of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office with the intent to threaten and alarm them.
He allegedly left a voicemail threatening violence against the individual.
Misiak was issued an appearance ticket for city court on February 22nd.

Country Max is closing in Batavia.
The pet and garden supply store on East Main Street is closing on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14th.
Owner Don Payne said local employees are being offered jobs in either Geneseo or Brockport.
After seven years the business was not able to grow enough to sustain itself according to Payne.

Rite Aid Employee faces felony for allegedly stealing funds.
46 year old Darcia Golda of West Main Street in Batavia is accused of stealing more than $31,000 from the Rite Aid Pharmacy on West Main Street Road.
She reportedly stole the funds while working at the drug store between October of 2016 and September of last year.
She was arrested and charged with a felony count of grand larceny.

Governor Cuomo says he’s preventing state entities from doing business with companies that tolerate discrimination.
Yesterday he signed an executive order that bans state agencies and authorities from doing business that tolerate or promote discrimination.
Cuomo said this includes sex, gender identity and national origin.
The governor also wants to prevent the use of something called the gay panic defense in court for those who attack someone after learning of the victim’s gender or sexual orientation.

WBTA Sunday News

A LeRoy woman is charged with a felony count of drunk driving following an accident on Telephone Road in Alexander.
36 year old Michelle Condidorio of South Street in LeRoy was arrested early yesterday morning.
Deputies charged her with felony DWI due to a previous drunk driving conviction withint he past 10 years.

 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s “ashamed” that this country failed to help Puerto Rico recover faster from last year’s hurricane.

Cuomo made the remarks yesterday during a rally in the Bronx with Puerto Rico’s Governor.
Cuomo said the Trump administration showed what he called “disrespect” toward the people of Puerto Rico for not helping out more after Hurricane Maria.

Country Max is closing in Batavia.
The pet and garden supply store on East Main Street is closing on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14th.
Owner Don Payne said local employees are being offered jobs in either Geneseo or Brockport.
After seven years the business was not able to grow enough to sustain itself according to Payne.

46 year old Darcia Golda of West Main Street in Batavia is facing a felony count of grand larceny for allegedly stealing more than 31-thousand dollars from the Rite Aid Pharmacy.
She reportedly stole the funds while working at the drug store on West Main Street Road.
Deputies say the thefts occurred between October of 2016 and September of last year.

HAWLEY CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF ‘I LOVE NY SIGNS’ AFTER HEAVY FINE LEVIED ON CUOMO PROJECT

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has once again called for the removal of the infamous blue and white ‘I Love NY Signs’ that have been erected along the New York State Thruway and highways all over the state at a cost of $8.1 million to taxpayers.

“We know the governor’s hubris has gotten our state into trouble, but now it has cost taxpayers another $14 million in federal fines – totaling $22 million,” Hawley said. “It is unconscionable to think Gov. Cuomo knew the signs were illegal since the Obama administration, then used $8.1 million in taxpayer money and an out of state company to design and build them anyway. Furthermore, after many were destroyed by harsh winds in Western New York last year, he used more public money to rebuild and replace them.

“Many of the signs were built downstate by an Arkansas-based company with many manufactured out of state. The Cuomo administration has ignored federal warnings for years that the signs were illegal and must be taken down.

“I am calling for Gov. Cuomo to immediately take down all ‘I Love NY Signs’ and adhere to federal law before more of New York’s money is washed down the drain.”

TICKETS ON SALE FOR 11TH ANNUAL PRIDE OF WYOMING COUNTY AGRICULTURE DINNER SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 3, 2018

Press Release:

WARSAW, NY – The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for the 11th annual “Pride of Wyoming County Agriculture Dinner,” sponsored by Cole Building Solutions, LLC, is scheduled for Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the North Java Fire Hall from 6:00PM – 10:00PM.

The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism office partners annually with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County, Wyoming County Farm Bureau, Wyoming County Soil and Water and members of the agriculture community including farms and agri-businesses. The exciting sell-out event celebrates and recognizes the important impact of agriculture in Wyoming County.

“The Pride of Agriculture dinner is a true celebration of everything good and prosperous about agriculture in Wyoming County,” said Chamber & Tourism President Scott Gardner. “We are excited to be celebrating 11 years of this great recognition event, and are very fortunate to have a strong agricultural sector recognized as a leader in New York and the nation. We can all take great pride in their hard work that provides jobs and value to the nation’s food supply.”

The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism office will present the Agri-Business of the Year award to a local agri-business and will make the announcement in the coming weeks. The event also features the presentation of the Pride of Agriculture – Good Neighbor, and the Friend of Agriculture awards which are joint awards given by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County and the Wyoming County Farm Bureau. The awardees are always a closely held secret until the night of the dinner. Nomination forms for the award are available and people are encouraged to nominate a farm, agriculture business or person that truly exemplifies the qualities of a good neighbor. Nominations will be accepted until February 9th. Please contact Joan Petzen at Cooperative Extension at 786-2251 for a nomination form or online at www.wyoming.cce.cornell.edu.

The Pride of Wyoming County Agriculture Dinner is open to the public and is a sell-out event. Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased through the Wyoming County Chamber. Please call 786-0307 for more information or to make a reservation. You can also reserve tickets online at www.wycochamber.org

Cole Building Solutions, LLC is the 2018 presenting sponsor of the event. Additional sponsors include: Arc of Livingston-Wyoming; Attica Auto & Hardware; Bank of Castile; Batavia Daily News; Brad Veley Masonry; Byrncliff Golf Resort & Banquets; Caledonia Diesel LLC; Carolina Eastern-Crocker LLC; Castile Agway Service; Clark Patterson Lee; Cole Building Solutions LLC; Complete Payroll; Creative Food Ingredients; Creekside Convenience; Dairy Farmers of America (DFA); Dziedzic Farms; Elitsac Lumber & Rental Center; Everlast Roofing, Inc.; Farm Credit East, ACA; Farm Family Insurance Company; Five Star Bank; Foote & Meyer, PLLC; Freed Maxick CPAs; Gary Swede Farms, Inc; Gary Swede, Ind. DeKalb/Asgrow Dealer; George & Swede Sales & Service, Inc; Glen Iris Inn; Gramco, Inc.; Growmark FS; Hubner Seed Co.; Kelly’s Garage; Koike Aronson; Lamb & Webster; LandPro Equipment; Lincoln Agribusiness Services; McCormick Farms; Morton Salt; NYSEG/RG&E; NAPA Auto Parts; Ortel Supply Inc.; OXBO International; Perry Vet Clinic; Pioneer Credit Recovery; R&R Lumberyard Restaurant LLC; R&R Precision Construction; Reisdorf Brothers, Inc.; Royce Electric; Sedam Tire, Inc.; Senator Patrick Gallivan; Shur-Gain USA; SJF Construction, Inc.; Solar Liberty Energy Systems, Inc.; Steuben Trust Company; Table Rock Farms; Tompkins Insurance Agencies; Upstate Auto Group; Upstate Milk Cooperative; Upstate Door; Vasile’s Catering & Anastassia Events; WCJW Radio; WNY Crop Management; Ward & Kutzuba; Warsaw’s Country Courier; Warsaw Penny Saver; William Kent, Inc.; Wyoming County Ag and Farmland Protection Board; Wyoming County Community Health Systems; Wyoming County IDA; Wyoming County Soil & Water Conservation District; Zimmer Auto Parts/Zimmer Footwear.

GCC Athletics Update

Press Release:

Genesee Community College Athletics Hall of Fame Accepting Nominees

The athletics department of Genesee Community College will be accepting GCC Athletics Hall of Fame nominees until April 1, 2018 for the next enshrinement class that includes not only former athletes, but also teams and individuals who have made a noteworthy contribution to GCC athletics.

While selection as a contributor can be considered in a multitude of ways that may include either growth, development and/or success of the athletics department; the criteria for former student-athletes has certain parameters in place before consideration can begin.

Among that criteria for past GCC athletes is: a minimum of 30 credit hours having been earned at GCC, having been graduated or no longer enrolled for five years, and having achieved a level of academic excellence and community service.

Criteria for team nominations begins with a level of championship success; whether regional or national, along with a distinguishable significance through the school and/or community.
Completed nomination applications should be returned to the athletics department at the Richard C. Call Arena, and nomination applications can be downloaded from geneseeathletics.com where hall of fame information can be found under the “Inside Athletics” tab.

Inclusion in the Athletics Hall of Fame is the highest athletic honor that GCC can bestow on its alumni and supporters. Inductees are honored at Homecoming each year a class is enshrined. Since the Hall’s inception in 2010, 23 members have been enshrined to date with three selections being teams.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports information

State Police to increase DWI enforcement during Super Bowl Weekend

Press Release:

The New York State Police will join local law enforcement agencies across the state in an effort to crack down on impaired driving during Super Bowl weekend. The STOP-DWI campaign will include underage drinker enforcement, increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints to deter, identify and arrest impaired drivers. The campaign runs from Saturday February 3, until 3 a.m. on Monday, February 5.

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the number of drinking and driving fatalities, too many lives continue to be lost due to crashes caused by impaired drivers. During the 2017 Super Bowl campaign, State Police arrest 110 people for impaired driving and issued more than 4,098 tickets. The enforcement crackdown is funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “Make the winning decision on Super Bowl weekend and don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. Driving while impaired can result in tragic consequences for you, your passengers and others on the road. State Police will be visible this weekend looking for impaired and distracted drivers. Those celebrating the big game this weekend should do so safely by planning ahead or driving sober. Together, we can save lives and prevent serious injuries.”

An impaired driving conviction carries a maximum fine of $10,000, up to 7 years in prison and license revocation.

Saturday News Briefing

Pharmacy Employee in Batavia facing felony for stealing thousands from her workplace.
46 year old Darcia Golda of West Main Street in Batavia is facing a felony count of grand larceny for allegedly stealing more than 31-thousand dollars from the Rite Aid Pharmacy.
She reportedly stole the funds while working at the drug store on West Main Street Road.
Deputies say the thefts occurred between October of 2016 and September of last year.

A Corfu woman is facing three felony counts for allegedly torching her ex-boyfriend’s hog.
52 year old Jacqueline Saeli of North Lake Road is accused of intentionally setting fire to a shed on her property.
Inside the shed was her former boyfriend’s Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Both the shed and the bike were destroyed.
Saeli is charged with arson and criminal mischief and was released under the supervision of Genesee Justice.

Police pursuit ends with a Batavia man’s arrest.
41 year old Maurice Leach was finally stopped by state police Thursday night at Bank Street and Hawley Drive in the Town of Batavia.
Leach was charged with possession of pot, driving without a license, reckless driving and resisting arrest.

An Oakfield woman accused of DWI after crashing in Batavia.
Following investigation into a motor vehicle crash on Downey Road in Batavia deputies arrested 38 year old Jennifer Davis of Webber Ave in Oakfield.
She was charged with DWI, speeding and for having an uninspected vehicle.
Davis was issued an appearance ticket for April 19th in Batavia Town Court.

Country Max Closing in Batavia.
The pet and garden supply store on East Main Street is closing with the last day of business less than two weeks away on February 14th.
Owner Don Payne said local employees are being offered jobs in either Geneseo or Brockport.
After seven years the business was not able to grow enough to sustain itself according to Payne.
None of the regional chain’s other 15 stores are closing.

Evening News Briefing

A Batavia woman is facing a felony count of grand larceny for allegedly stealing more than $31,o00 from the Rite Aid Pharmacy.
46 year old Darcia Golda worked at the drug store on West Main Street Road.
Deputies say theft thefts occurred while Golda was employed at the store between October of 2016 and September of last year.

 

Jacqueline Saeli

A Corfu woman is facing two felony charges for allegedly torching her ex-boyfriend’s hog.
Deputies say 52 year old Jacqueline Saeli of North Lake Road intentionally set fire to a shed on her property. Inside the shed was her former boyfriend’s Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
The bike was destroyed.
Saeli is charged with arson and criminal mischief. She was released under the supervision of Genesee Justice.

 

 

A Batavia man is facing charges for allegedly leading lawmen on a chase.
41 year old Maurice Leach was finally stopped by state police last night at Bank Street and Hawley Drive in the Town of Batavia.
Leach was charged with possession of pot, driving without a license, reckless driving and resisting arrest.

 

With flu cases up 50-percent in New York since last week, Governor Cuomo is urging all New Yorkers to get vaccinated. He’s calling the flu outbreak an epidemic with more than eleven-thousand confirmed cases and more than 22-hundred people hospitalized just last week. That’s the highest weekly total in New York since record-keeping began in 2004. A new Canadian study shows the vaccine is just 17-percent effective against the most dominant flu strain but the CDC says you should still get vaccinated because if you get the flu, the symptoms won’t be as severe.

 

The popular Pennsylvania prognosticator reports his predictions.
Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous groundhog in America, has seen his shadow which – as the story goes – means we’re in for six more weeks of winter.

Teenager in Holley accused of sex crimes in Pavilion

An unnamed 18 year old male in Holley is accused of committing a number of sex crimes against a child.

The teen was arrested yesterday and charged with three felonies related to the use of a child under 17 in an obscene sexual performance.

The alleged incident occurred last October in Pavilion and the teenagers’ name has been withheld due to his age.

Car chase ends with a Batavia man behind bars

41 year old Maurice Leach of Batavia is accused of leading police on a car chase before being apprehended around the intersection of Stephen Hawley Drive and Bank Street in Batavia.

The police pursuit occurred last night where Leach was allegedly found in possession of pot and was accused of driving on a license with a number of suspensions.

He was hit with a litany of charges including Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, Acting in a Manner Injurious to a Child less than 17, Fleeing an Officer in a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving and Resisting Arrest.

Leach was jailed in lieu of bail.

Holley man hit with felony charges for tainted truck transaction in Batavia

56 year old David Gurgir of Hulberton Road in Holley was accused of conspiring with two other individuals to purchase a truck and fill out the associated paperwork under false pretenses.

The incident allegedly occurred last March in the Target parking lot in Batavia.

He was arrested and charged with six counts of Conspiracy, two felonies and four misdemeanors.

Gugir was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to reappear in Batavia Town Court on February 13th.

HAWLEY ANNOUNCES BROWNFIELD REVITALIZATION GRANT AWARDED TO HOLLEY

Press Release:

As part of the state’s Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant program which seeks to revitalize 13 communities around the state, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced today that the Village of Holley has been awarded a $165,600 grant for revitalization funding.

“Many times, rehabilitation and rebirth of these types of properties are hindered by contamination or environmental concerns, and this is a great opportunity to turn once dilapidated properties into proud parts of our community,” Hawley said. “I am pleased to see Holley receive this important state aid, and I look forward to witnessing its progress first hand.”

The funds will be used to transform 813 total acres containing 55 potential sites. The scope of the project includes improved housing and income opportunities for residents, formulating potential design guidelines for the public square, better utilization of the Erie Canal, reducing commercial vacancies and identifying opportunities surrounding the former high school in the downtown core.

Batavia woman accused of stealing tens of thousands from her employer

46 year old Darcia Golda of Wast Main Street in the city was arrested and charged with a felony count of Grand Larceny.

Golda was accused of stealing over $31,000 while working as an employee at Rite Aid on West Main Street Road in Batavia.

She allegedly stole the funds from October 2016 through September of last year.

GCEDC SHARES ECONOMIC IMPACT RESULTS FOR 2017

Press Release:

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) today shared its 2017 economic performance results. The 16 projects included providing assistance and incentives to businesses in the food and beverage, life sciences, community development, tourism, distribution and construction sectors.

These projects generated $240 million in pledged capital investment in addition to commitments to create 288 jobs. Since 2003, the GCEDC has provided similar assistance and incentives for 449 projects which have generated $1.3 billion in capital investment and the creation and/or retention of approximately 4,528 jobs.

Projects that worked with the GCEDC and closed in 2017 included:

• Arby’s
• Batavia Brewing Company
• Bonduelle (in conjunction with Empire State Development)
• Darien Lake Theme Park Resort
• HP Hood
• Junior’s Maple
• Manning Squires Hennig – 2017
• Mercy Flight
• WNY STAMP National Grid Marketing Grant
• O-AT-KA Milk Products
• Resurgence Brewing Co. (in conjunction with Empire State Development)
• First Light Creamery
• Ten Car
• GVT Rail
• Liberti, Valvo & Associates, LLC.

“The goal of the GCEDC is to bring new businesses and opportunities to our area by highlighting all of the amazing resources Genesee County has to offer,” said Paul Battaglia, chair of the GCEDC board. “It was a very exciting year in 2017 for Genesee County and we are energized to continue building on this momentum for 2018.”

“Through strong leadership demonstrated by our board and staff, we have proved through the years that Genesee County is a place where businesses can prosper and grow,” said Steve Hyde, president of the GCEDC. “From our proximity to densely populated areas to business incentives to industry specific shovel-ready sites, both local and out of state businesses are continuing to invest in Genesee County.”

Alexander Grad, Graduates Basic Training as U.S. Airman

Airman Hope Goodenbury

Press Release:

U.S. Air Force Airman Hope M. Goodenbury 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.

Goodenbury is a 2017 graduate of Alexander Central High School, Alexander, N.Y.

Morning News Briefing

Tractor Trailer accident in Alabama leads to broken spirits and mixed drinks
No one was injured, however many spirits were broken in an accident on Lewiston Road in Alabama, approximately 60-thousand dollars’ worth.
A tractor-trailer with a cargo load of wine and spirits over turned spilling much of its contents after apparently catching a gust of wind early yesterday afternoon.
Bottles of booze were scattered over the roadway blocking traffic in each direction.
No charges were filed in the incident.

Corfu woman facing felony counts for roasting her ex’s hog.
52 year old Jacqueline Saeli of North Lake Road was arrested and charged with two felony counts of Third degree Arson and a single felony count of Criminal Mischief.
She is accused of intentionally setting fire to an unattached shed on her property burning down the structure and destroying her ex-boyfriend’s Harley Davidson Motorcycle.
Saeli was issued an order of protection and was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.
She is expected back in Pembroke Town Court on March 1st.

The flu season in New York doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
Yesterday, the state health department released the latest week’s numbers showing a 50-percent jump in confirmed flu cases over the week before.
Western New York has some of the highest flu rates in the state.
The CDC says flu shots protect against all flu viruses and can reduce the severity of the flu if you get it.
You can find a place to get one at vaccinefinder.org.

Following new State law, counties are dealing with new rules for detaining youthful offenders.
County Manager Jay Gsell says that under new state regulations, county governments have to provide youthful offenders a separate detention facility.
Speaking on WBTA’s Main and Center program Gsell said these new facilities are required as part of a law that changed the age limits of youthful offenders

Gsell said that the state expects counties to begin building such detention facilities by October of this year.
He said state regulations on such facilities are still not in place and building a new detention center within the time frame allowed is not realistic.

Washington is not loving “I Love New York” signs.
New York State is being docked $14 million in highway funds by the federal government for installing more than 500 I Love NY road signs.
The signs violate both federal highway rules and state law.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has spent over $8 million installing the illegal signs, after being specially ordered not to do so in 2013.
The move marks the strongest penalty imposed by the Federal Highway Administration in attempting to have the blue-and-white signs removed.

Evening News Briefing

An estimated $60,000 worth of wine and spirits spilled onto Lewiston Road in the Town of Alabama.
A tractor-trailer hauling the alcoholic beverages was apparently caught by a gust of wind and over turned yearly yesterday afternoon.
The cargo littered the highway. Traffic was blocked in each direction.
No one was injured and no charges were filed.

PHOTO: Lewiston Rd., Town of Alabama
Courtesy: The Batavian

 

Nearly 100-million-dollars in state grants are set to go to companies that provide internet across Western New York and the Finger Lakes.
Governor Cuomo has announced the next phase of the “New NY Broadband” program to give all New Yorkers access to high-speed internet. None of the dollars in this next phase, however, were earmarked for Genesee County.

 

Jay Gsell, Genesee County Manager

 

Genesee County, and counties across the state, are now left to deal with new rules for detaining youthful offenders.
County Manager Jay Gsell appeared says that under new state regulations, county governments have to provide youthful offenders a separate detention facility.
Speaking on WBTA’s Main and Center program Gsell said these new facilities are required as part of a law that changed the age limits of youthful offenders

Gsell said that the state expects counties to begin building such detention facilities by October of this year.
He said state regulations on such facilities are still not in place and building a new detention center within the time frame allowed is not realistic.

 

As a result of the decision by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to allow over 51,000 inmates statewide to use electronic tablets free of charge, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has written a letter to Gov. Cuomo and DOCCS demanding that the program be shut down immediately.
“This policy decision to reward and furnish luxury items like these tablets to prisoners is an affront to our law-abiding citizens,” Hawley wrote in the letter.

“We already have people moving to New York State for our lavish Medicaid programs and now criminals will also be moving here and if convicted and sent to a state prison will have access to luxuries not afforded in other out of state correctional facilities,” Hawley continued in the letter.

“I call on you to reconsider this misguided policy and urge JayP Inc. to work with our school system, libraries and veterans organizations to furnish tablets to law abiding citizens.”

 

 

Truck Loaded with Liquor Spills in Town of Alabama

Photo Courtesy: The Batavian

An estimated $60,000 worth of wine and spirits spilled onto Lewiston Road this afternoon.
A tractor-trailer hauling the alcoholic beverages was apparently caught by a gust of wind and overturned.
The cargo littered the highway and blocked traffic in both directions.
Most bottles and boxes remained intact. Some bottles broke.
No one was injured and no charges were filed.

County Gov. dealing with details of detaining youthful offenders

County Manager Jay Gsell appeared on WBTA’s Main and Center program this morning where he spoke about the County’s responsibility to house newly classified youthful offenders in a separate detention facility following legislation passed last year that raised the age of juvenile defenders to 18.

Gsell said that the state expects counties to begin building such detention facilities by October of this year.

He said state regulations on such facilities are still not in place and building a new detention center within the time frame is not realistic.

Gsell said officials from the GLOW region are already discussing using existing sites as shared facilities to house the handful of youthful offenders arrested every year.

Muckdogs new Manager wants more interaction with fans

The newly hired General Manager of the Muckdogs, Dave Chase appeared as featured guest on WBTA’s Main and Center program this morning.

He said he is going to encourage more engagement and interaction between the players and fans.

Chase said players are obligated by contract to attend promotional events…

One of his ideas is to implement a Muckdogs Monday where players would interact with fans, greeting and signing merchandise weekly during the season.

GCC Athletics Update: Cougar Swim Teams

Press Release:

Cougar Swim Teams Combine to Take 19 of 22 Events at JCC

The Genesee Community College swimming teams dominated host Jamestown Community College Jan. 31 with the men’s team winning 129-8, and the women’s team winning 78-39.

There were 11 events for each team. The men’s team won all 11 and the women’s team captured eight of the 11.

Three men’s team members won multiple individual events that included Joan Ferrer, Ferran Martinez and Matthew Langerman.

Ferrer won the 100-yard butterfly and the 50-yard freestyle. Martinez won the 1,650-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke, while Langerman captured a pair of freestyle events at 200 and 500 yards.

Natalie Amico and Nanako Shiozawa also won a pair of events, but for the women’s team. Amico captured the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke, while Shiozawa won the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard freestyle.

Rounding out the rest of the winners for the women’s team were Mady Roth (100-yard backstroke) and Angel Priest (500-yard freestyle).

Rounding out the rest of the winners for the men’s team were Nathan Richardson (200-yard individual medley), Benjamin Vacanti (100-yard breaststroke) and Brandon Brown (100-yard freestyle).

In relay competition, the Cougars won all four events with the men’s and women’s teams each capturing 200-yard medleys and 400-yard freestyles.

The Cougars will host their last meet of the season this Saturday, Feb. 3 at Genesee’s Last Chance Invitational at 1 p.m.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

GCC Athletics Update: Men’s / Women’s Basketball

Press Release:

Men’s Basketball Team’s Strong First Half Not Enough to Contain No. 15 MCC

The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team traveled to Rochester to face the nation’s No. 15 National Junior College Athletic Association D-II team and although the Cougars didn’t upset the Tribunes they rallied twice – once in each half – with the first rally resulting in a four-point 39-35 half-time lead.

Another impressive second-half rally got the Cougars within a pair of scores late in the contest before falling 90-84 to No. 15 Monroe, who have been as high as No. 8 in recent national polls.

The nationally-ranked Tribunes were fast out of the gate and built a six-point lead, but Genesee was undaunted and quickly turned the tables from being down a pair of scores to leading by a pair.

Brian Fobbs sank a three to give the Cougars its first lead at 11-10 and Rahmel Thompson repeated the feat for a 14-10 lead and the Cougars never trailed the rest of the first half in building a lead as high as six points before intermission.

Genesee restored its game-high six-point lead with the second half’s opening score, but the Tribunes responded and showed why they are a nationally-ranked team with an 11-0 run that resulted in a reverse in leads that found the Cougars down by three scores.

The Cougar deficit got as high as 16 in the game’s final minutes, but a late 14-4 Genesee run brought the contest within two scores at 86-80 before the last points of the game favored MCC 6-4.

Thompson finished the contest as the team’s leader in points with 26, while Fobbs was not far behind with 21 and had the team’s only double-double performance with a team-high 14 rebounds.

Brandon Peters also hit double-digits with 16 points, while adding a team-high seven assists.

Lady Cougars Drop to No. 1 MCC

The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team traveled to Rochester to face the nation’s No. 1 National Junior College Athletic Association D-II team and although the Cougars didn’t upset the Tribunes they did close out the final quarter by a one-score deficit at 24-22.

The Tribunes displayed why they are the top team in the country by shooting nearly 52 percent from the field in a 124-59 final.

Rosalyn Sealey scored a team-high 16 points as one of four double-digit scorers for the Cougars. Jasmine Holmes and Reika Murota each scored a dozen points with Holmes also registering team highs in rebounds with eight and blocks with four.

Kierra Perl scored 11 points, while Rachel Meyer pulled down seven boards.

The Cougars next host Mercyhurst North East in Western New York Athletic Conference action on Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

HAWLEY ISSUES STATEMENT ON FREE TABLETS FOR INMATES

Press Release:

A Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) on the decision by DOCCS to allow inmates the use of free tablets while in prison

“New York state’s paradigm of pampering those who break the law or are here illegally never ceases to amaze me. The average middle-class taxpayer must scrape and save to afford a luxury such as a computer tablet, and now the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) is allowing them to be given out like candy to hardened criminals.

“If it’s this easy to encourage vendors to provide free tablets to inmates, why aren’t they being provided to our students in disadvantaged school districts or to libraries across the state as a community resource? I suppose crime does pay, especially if you live in New York.”

Morning News Briefing

Aborted Bergen burglaries have lawmen on the lookout.
Would be burglars apparently abandoned attempts to break into two Bergen residents.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating an attempted burglary at a Gibson Place apartment and another at a single family home on Creamery Road.
Deputies said in both cases the potential intruders failed to make entry.
Lawmen remind residents to lock their doors and windows and be on the lookout for suspicious activity.

Albion man picked up in Oakfield after passing out in a parking lot.
23 year old Christopher Allison of Gaines Waterport Road was taken into custody on charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Using Drug Paraphernalia and pot possession.
Allison was arrested after Genesee County Deputies responded to the 7 Eleven in Oakfield yesterday afternoon for a report of an unconscious male in a vehicle in the parking lot.
After being identified Allison was allegedly found in possession of drugs and paraphernalia.
He was issued an appearance ticket for Oakfield Town Court in March.

Batavia woman arrested for pocketing phony refunds from her employer.
41 year old Shannon Klinkbeil of Liberty Street is accused of making fraudulent return refunds as an employee at a business on Main Street in the City and then stealing the refunded money.
Klinkbiel was arrested and charged with Falsifying Business Records and Petit Larceny.
She was given an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court on February 6th.

Batavia man brought in on Bench Warrant allegedly found with a needle.
Police were called to a reported disturbance at a West Main Street address in the City where they located 22 year old Devin Hofert of Hutchins Street Batavia.
Hofert was wanted on a bench warrant out of City Court and officers allegedly found him in possession of a hypodermic needle.
He was ordered to be held in lieu of $5,000 bail in the Genesee County Jail.

Grace’s Kitchen in LeRoy closed two years ago, ending its free community meal service.
Now, the LeRoy Rotary Club, the Masons and other organizations want to re-start the program.
LeRoy Rotarian Tracy Ford says the need right now is manpower,

Organizers hope to begin serving by the end of March at the Masonic Hall on Bank Street in LeRoy.

The Bills could be losing as many as three of their five team captains.
“The Buffalo News” reported yesterday that the team could be looking at a serious leadership void next season.
Eric Wood has a career ending injury, the team is expected to move on from quarterback Tyrod Taylor and 34-year-old defensive tackle Kyle Williams’ may not be resigning.
The Bills GM said they’re going to try their best to fill the void on the field and in the locker room.

Evening News Brfiefing

Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies investigate two attempted break-ins in Bergen. Both were reported last week.
One attempted burglary was of an apartment on Gibson Place, the other was a home on Creamery Road.
Deputies said in both cases the would-be intruders failed to make entry.
Lawmen remind residents to lock their doors and windows and be on the lookout for suspicious activity.

Tracy Ford

It’s been two years since Grace’s Kitchen closed in LeRoy, ending its free community meal service.
Now, the LeRoy Rotary Club, the Masons and other organizations want to re-start the program.

LeRoy Rotarian Tracy Ford says the need right now is manpower:

Organizers say the big need is for volunteers to prepare and serve the meals. They hope to begin serving by the end of March at the Masonic Hall on Bank Street in LeRoy.

A new report indicates a spike in deadly construction accidents throughout New York state. The Committee for Occupational Safety and Health say 71 people died on job sites in 2016, which represents a 14 year high. Fifty-five people had died in accidents the previous year. However, in New York City construction related deaths went down during the same period, decreasing from 25 to 21 between 2015 and 2016. Experts attribute those results to a crackdown on unsafe workplaces.

Some New York politicians are reacting to President Trump’s State of the Union address. Trump called for strength and unity between the parties. Congressman Chris Collins applauded the speech, saying America is on the right track. Governor Cuomo, however, accused Trump of paying lip service to the idea of unity, saying this has been one of the most divisive years in memory.

Three New York Republicans now are trying to run against Governor Cuomo.
State Senator John DeFrancisco of Syracuse has announced his campaign for governor.
DeFrancisco is throwing his hat into the ring with former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb of Canandaigua.

New Community Meal Program in LeRoy

It’s been two years since Grace’s Kitchen closed in LeRoy, ending its free community meal service.
Now, the LeRoy Rotary Club, the Masons and other organizations want to re-start the program.

 

LeRoy Rotarian Tracy Ford said the need is real:

Grace’s Kitchen operated for five years and served 100 to 125 people regularly, about 70 percent of those individuals were elderly.
Much of the food will be provided by Foodlink. Ford said local restaurants said they will assist with meals.
Organizers say the big need is for volunteers to prepare and serve the meals. They hope to begin serving by the end of March at the Masonic Hall on Bank Street in LeRoy.

Kevin Pawlak Presents “The Jewels of War” at GCC

What: Kevin Pawlak Presents “The Jewels of War” at GCC

When: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College ~ Batavia Campus ~ Conable Technology Building, Room T102,

Who: All are welcome.

Background:

Kevin R. Pawlak, Licensed Battlefield Guide at Antietam National Battlefield, will be presenting “The Jewels of War: Robert E. Lee, George B. McClellan and the Battle of Antietam” as part of GCC’s Historical Horizons Lecture Series on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

The Battle of Antietam is America’s Bloodiest single day. In totality, twelve hours of fighting on Wednesday, September 17, 1862 left approximately 23,000 casualties. During this lecture, Pawlak will assess the dramatic events of the battle from the unique perspective of the commanders on the field.

Pawlak also serves as the director of education for the Mosby Heritage Area Association in Virginia and is the author of “Shepardstown in the Civil War: One Vast Confederate Hospital” and “The Heaviest Blow Yet Given the Confederacy: The Emancipation Proclamation Changes the Civil War.”

Pawlak’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in room T102 of the Conable Technology Building. All lectures are free and open to the public.

For further information visit https://gcchistoricalhorizons.wordpress.com or contact Donna Rae Sutherland, associate director of Marketing Communications at (585) 343-0055 x 6616 or dsutherland@genesee.edu.

Additional Details: http://news.genesee.edu/news/2018/01/03/gcc-announces-historical-horizons-spring-2018-lecture-series

LCSO: K9 Kane Ceremony

From L TO R: Undersheriff Matthew Bean, Deputy Matthew Moran, K9 Kane, Mary Jane Kane-daughter to Sheriff Kane and Sheriff Tom Dougherty

Press Release:

Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty is pleased to announce that the Sheriff’s Office held a name recognition ceremony for the Sheriff’s newest K9, “Kane.”

On January 19, 2018 a ceremony was held at the afternoon patrol briefing formally recognizing Sheriff’s K9 Kane. K9 Kane was named in honor of Sheriff Richard “Dick” Kane.

Sheriff Kane’s family was in attendance for the ceremony. They were able to meet Kane and his handler and were presented photos of K9 Kane.

Sheriff Kane’s daughter, Mary Jane, spoke at the ceremony and highlighted her father’s soft spot for dogs, his passion for police work and his love for the Sheriff’s Office.

K9 Kane’s handler Deputy Matt Moran, K9 Trainer and Supervisor to the Sheriff’s K9 teams Sergeant Chad Draper, as well as the administrator of the K9 teams Chief Deputy Jason Yasso all spoke at the ceremony of the benefits of our K9 teams and specifically about Kane’s personality and the challenges he faced to become certified as a Police K9 in New York State.

Sheriff Dougherty read the following:

“I would like to thank the Kane family for attending this very special day. Sheriff Richard Kane was a determined man who climbed through the ranks, adding to his legacy as Sheriff.Deputy Richard “Dick” Kane was hired as a part time Deputy in 1961, became a full time Deputy Sheriff in 1962. Deputy Kane became Sergeant Kane in 1965, Chief Deputy in 1969 and Undersheriff in 1971.

Sheriff Kane was sheriff for thirteen years, from 1976 to 1989, God Bless him and his family! During his term a new more efficient jail was built, housing maximum and medium security
inmates. Sheriff Kane increased staff from 15 to 59 staff members, making his office more able to reach the community and better serve the needs of the people he served.

An interesting fact, Sheriff Kane was one of the first Deputies assigned to motorcycle patrol. Even more exciting in light of today’s ceremony is Sheriff Kane was the first known Livingston County Deputy K9 handler. Partnered with K9 King.

In April 1989 a twenty-one year old Geneseo student drowned in the Genesee River after the car she was in drove off a river bank. I myself know what Sheriff Kane had to deal with, the heartache and how it affects the soul. Doing his best to deal with a grieving family, making sure his first responders are well, all while continuing to run his Office. It is a tough job and Sheriff Kane did it well for thirteen years.

Sheriff Kane was an honorable man and community minded. He was a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, the youngest Assistant Fire Chief and a member of the Cuylerville Fire Company, a member of the Kiwanis Club as well as Cuylerville Gun Club.

It is a privilege and honor to introduce to you K9 Kane. Who, like Sheriff Kane, exhibits a strong work ethic and loyalty to his partner and this Office. I have no doubt that K9 Kane will excel in all areas.

K9 Kane was certified in Nitrate Detection in May of 2017 and Patrol/Tracking in August of 2017. In K9 Kane’s short time partnered with Deputy Moran, they have compiled 876 hours of training, 19 nitrate searches, 3 tracks and 3 community policing events.

The name “Kane” was selected by the Student Council at Keshequa Central School. The name contest was handled by School Resource Officer Deputy Ross Gerace who is the KCS SRO. Keshequa Central was picked for the naming contest as Deputy Moran is a graduate of KCS.

We thank the Kane family in attendance today for allowing us to use their name in honoring and remembering Sheriff Dick Kane.

HAWLEY HONORED AS ONE OF ASSEMBLY’S MOST CONSERVATIVE LEGISLATORS IN 2017

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced today that he has been honored as one of the Assembly’s most conservative legislators; being awarded a 92 percent ranking, according to the Conservative Party of New York State. The legislation considered for the award covers a wide array of topics, including: spending, pro-life issues, crime, education and big-government issues, among others.

“Public service and representation are about channeling the thoughts, ideas and desires of one’s constituency into an effective legislative platform,” Hawley said. “Frequently traveling around the district and holding weekly office hours allow me to best represent my neighbors in Albany and this award is a reflection of their feelings toward state government. I am proud and honored to accept this distinction and will continue to fervently represent residents in my district in an accurate and robust manner.”

Morning News Briefing

Overdose Death leads to lock up for a Pavilion Man.
Members of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office arrested 38 year old Steven Rigoni of Pavilion following an investigation into the death of a 34 year old Geneseo man that occurred this past June.
Investigators discovered that Rigoni had allegedly provided heroin to the man before he died.
Rigoni was charged with a Class B Felony count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance.
He was committed to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

 

Client Misconduct lands an Albion Attorney behind bars.
31 year old Kevin Allen of Gaines Basin Road was arrested by Orleans County Sheriff’s Deputies for allegedly defrauding at least two of his clients.
In one case Allen was allegedly paid to commence divorce proceedings for a client which he never even started.
Another client allegedly paid Allen $57,000 to file civil case against certain companies.
He allegedly took the payment without rendering any legal services.
Allen is facing charges of Grand Larceny and scheming to defraud and he is being held in the Orleans County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

The Livingston County sheriff’s office is being sued over an inmate who died behind bars.
Last November, Noel Colon was found dead in his jail cell less than one day after being arrested. His body was found surrounded by bags of fentanyl.
The sheriff’s office is accused of gross negligence.
An internal investigation into Colon’s death continues.

Some New York politicians are reacting to President Trump’s State of the Union address.
Last night, Trump called for strength and unity between the parties.
Congressman Chris Collins applauded the speech, saying America is on the right track.
Governor Cuomo, however, accused Trump of paying lip service to the idea of unity, saying this has been one of the most divisive years in memory.

Three New York Republicans now are trying to run against Governor Cuomo.
Yesterday, state Senator John DeFrancisco of Syracuse announced his campaign for governor.
DeFrancisco is throwing his hat into the ring with former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb of Canandaigua.

A Pearl Street Road resident picked up for snacking without paying.
24 year old Randy Heslor of Batavia was arrested by LeRoy Police and charged with petit larceny following a complaint from a store on West Main Street.
Heslor was accused of taking a deli sandwich, eating it and leaving the store without paying.
He was issued an appearance ticket for a later date in LeRoy Town Court.

Evening News Briefing

Kevin Allen

An Albion lawyer is accused of defrauding at least two clients by taking payments for legal services and not delivering.
31 year old Kevin Allen of Gains Basin Road is charged with Grand Larceny and scheming to defraud.
Sheriff’s investigators say that in once instance, Allen accepted payment from a client to begin divorce proceedings. Allen later said that was divorce was final when in fact, lawmen said, Allen had not even started the process.
In another case, a client allegedly paid Allen 57-thosuand dollars in fees to bring a civil case against certain companies only to learn nothing had been done on behalf of the client.
Allen has been jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail.

A lawsuit has been filed against The Livingston County sheriff’s office over an inmate who died behind bars.
Last November, Noel Colon was found dead in his jail cell less than one day after being arrested. His body was found surrounded by bags of fentanyl.
The sheriff’s office is accused of gross negligence.
An internal investigation into Colon’s death continues.

Monroe County is reporting eight flu related deaths this season. The Monroe County Department of Health confirmed the fatalities today. Health officials say all of the deaths occurred in people over the age of 50.
As a result, many elderly facilities in the area are reducing group activities and warning patients to avoid others.

LeRoy Police collar a Batavia man for allegedly chowing down a sandwich at a LeRoy deli without paying for it.
24 year old Randy Heslor of Pearl Street Road, Batavia, was charged with one count of Petit Larceny.

Muckdogs’ new GM is energized for Batavia Baseball

The New General Manager of the Muckdogs is hoping the community comes out to support Baseball in Batavia this coming season.

David Chase was hired by the New York Penn League to run operations for the minor league team.

Chase along with Commissioner of the New York Penn League Ben Hayes held a press conference at the Quality Inn and Suites in Batavia yesterday to address changes in the franchise and its future in Batavia.

General Manager David Chase,

The primary concern for Chase is making sure the ball field and clubhouses at Dwyer stadium are in shape for the Miami Marlins farm players.

Commissioner Ben Hayes said the League doesn’t want to take the ball club out of Batavia however he questions whether the community is supporting it enough to survive on its own.

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

GCC Athletics: Women’s Soccer Update

Press Release:

Women’s Soccer Team Adds Willette to Cougar Roster

The Genesee Community College women’s soccer team inked Payton Willette to its 2018 roster as the Eastridge High School senior becomes the fourth recent addition by head coach Jeff Reyngoudt.

All four have defensive skills that will make it difficult for any other region team to beat the Cougars next season, especially at home on one of the finest new turf fields adjacent to the Richard C. Call Arena.

Willette caught the eye of many recruiters after an outstanding Senior Game. She helped lead her team to a division title and along the way was acknowledged as an all-county selection for Monroe.

Willette plans to study physical education at GCC in pursuing a career as a physical education teacher as well as a soccer coach.

Reyngoudt looks to improve upon last season with returning National Junior College Athletic Association All-American Miko Yamashita. The 2017 GCC women’s soccer team went unbeaten in its first 10 games against D-III opponents and climbed to a national ranking of No. 1 along the way.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Author Kevin Pawlak at GCC in Medina

Press Release:

What: Author Kevin Pawlak at GCC in Medina

To Present “Shepherdstown in the Civil War: One Vast Confederate Hospital”

When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7:00pm

Where: Genesee Community College, Medina Campus

11470 Maple Ridge Road, Medina NY 

Who: All are welcome.

Background:

Author Kevin R. Pawlak will be at GCC’s Medina Campus to discuss his book “Shepherdstown in the Civil War: One Vast Confederate Hospital” on Tuesday, February 6, 2018.

Due to its location, during the Civil War the small town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia was suddenly flooded with Confederate soldiers wounded in battle. Homes and churches transformed into triage centers and the town, into “one vast hospital.”

Join us as Pawlak shares this unique story from our nation’s history. Pawlak’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. at GCC’s Medina Campus. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Pawlak serves as the director of education for the Mosby Heritage Area Association in Virginia and is also the author of “The Heaviest Blow Yet Given the Confederacy: The Emancipation Proclamation Changes the Civil War.”

For further information visit https://gcchistoricalhorizons.wordpress.com or contact Donna Rae Sutherland, associate director of Marketing Communications at (585) 343-0055 x 6616 or dsutherland@genesee.edu.

Additional Details: http://news.genesee.edu/news/2018/01/03/gcc-announces-historical-horizons-spring-2018-lecture-series

Polite Ink – Sketch and Improv Comedy Show at GCC

Press Release:

What: Polite Ink – Sketch and Improv Comedy Show at GCC

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College ~ Batavia Campus ~ Stuart Steiner Theatre

Who: Everyone looking for a LAUGH OUT LOUD Saturday night!

Background: Genesee Community College is excited to welcome Rochester’s own, Polite Ink on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.!

Polite Ink is a co-ed comedy team of six individuals with over 35 combined years of improv experience. The team writes and performs their own original scenes and improv games powered by audience participation.

The ensemble includes Director Karen Kraft from Fairport, Bolan Graham from Rochester, Corrie Spike Carter from Fairport, Don Beechner from Spencerport, Michael Anthony from Rochester and Reuben Tapp from Rochester.

Get your tickets now for this LAUGH OUT LOUD evening! Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (55+) and GCC faculty/staff. Students and children are $3, and GCC alumni with ID will receive a $2 discount on an adult ticket. To reserve seats, contact the GCC box office at boxoffice@genesee.edu or (585) 345-6814.

In addition, a special interactive improv and comedy workshop will be held on February 1, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. led by Corrie Spike Carter and Don Beechner. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to boxoffice@genesee.edu or (585) 345-6814.

Additional Details: http://news.genesee.edu/news/2018/01/17/polite-ink-crushin-it-genesee-community-college

Clyde Bianchi to be inducted into Byron-Bergen High School’s Athletic Wall of Fame

Byron-Bergen High School’s 2018 Athletic Wall of Fame honoree Clyde Bianchi.

Press Release:

Bergen, NY ~ This year, Byron-Bergen High School’s athletic department will recognize an alumnus who has demonstrated not only athletic achievement but also character, citizenship, success, and leadership during and after their time at the school. The department is proud to announce that this honor will be awarded to Clyde Bianchi in a ceremony on Feb. 9, 2018 at 6:15 p.m. during the scheduled JV and Varsity basketball games at the Jr./Sr. High School gymnasium.

Bianchi, a 1987 graduate of the school, was an exceptional multisport athlete. He played on the varsity teams for basketball, baseball, and soccer, and was named to the Genesee Region All-Star Teams for all three sports during a stellar high school career.

In 1985, a motor vehicle accident left the promising young athlete paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.

His spirit and perseverance continued to propel Bianchi forward, however. He graduated with a Regents degree in math and art, and worked full time to pay for higher education at Genesee Community College and The College at Brockport where he earned his undergraduate degree in business, math, and economics. He attended the Rochester Institute of Technology from 1997-2000, studying information technology.

From 1994-96, Bianchi played professional basketball with the Rochester Wheels, winning the 3-on-3 Wheelchair Basketball Rochester Championship for all three years. He is also a professional power lifter, a billiards champion, and plays football.

Bianchi had a very successful career as a computer engineer, advancing to director of technology, a position he held for 10 years. Since 2013, he has been the CEO and president of the largest animal boarding facility in the Rochester area, Howlywood. Located in Bloomfield, the company is owned and operated by Bianchi and his family, including his wife and business partner Kelly.

“Clyde Bianchi is an inspiring role model for our student athletes and for everyone at our school,” said Athletic Director Rich Hannan. “He set the bar on his life high and never compromised. He has always made sports and competitive principles an important part of his life and he has made significant contributions to his community. We are absolutely honored and proud to recognize his achievements, and add his name to our Athletic Wall of Fame.”

HAWLEY URGES RESIDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY

Press Release:

In support of National Wear Red Day this Friday, February 2, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) is encouraging residents to join him in wearing red to support women’s cardiac health. Heart Disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.

“National Wear Red Day is an important event that raises awareness for cardiac health and helps encourage individuals to live a healthy lifestyle,” Hawley said. “Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States, but education and action are integral parts of changing that statistic. I will be wearing red on Friday, and I encourage my fellow residents to show your support and do the same.”

Total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI) are important numbers to be aware of and monitor for optimal cardiac health. For more information, or to join the conversation and show your support, please visit https://www.goredforwomen.org/.

Morning News Briefing

Attorney in Albion jailed for misconduct.
31 year old Kevin Allen of Gaines Basin Road in Albion was arrested following a two week long investigation by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office into alleged misconduct including fraud and grand larceny.
Allen who works as an attorney in Albion is accused of taking money from clients without actually providing any legal services.
One client payed to commence divorce proceedings which Allen had never actually started, and a second client paid him more than $57,000 to file a civil law suit for them which was not completed either.
Allen was charged with Grand Larceny and Scheme to Defraud and was remanded to the Orleans County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
He is expected in Albion Town Court on March 14th.

Much of Western New York is under a winter weather advisory this morning.
Forecasters say that heavy snowfall could cause visibility issues for drivers today.
Up to six inches is expected across much of the GLOW region and several surrounding counties.
The advisory expires at one o’clock this afternoon.
Accused Craigslist scammer arrested for possessing a weapon.

Lawsuit against The Livingston County sheriff over an inmate who died behind bars.
A notice of claim was filed yesterday saying in November, Noel Colon was found dead in his jail cell less than one day after being arrested, surrounded by bags of fentanyl.
The sheriff’s office is accused of gross negligence and wrongful death, with the suit saying he shouldn’t have had access to drugs in jail.
An internal investigation into Colon’s death is still ongoing.

Craigslist scamming suspect in Batavia hit with a weapons charge.
23 year old Jaequele Tomlin of Central Avenue, Batavia, is charged with criminal possession of a blunt force weapon.
Police say Tomlin was in possession of a realistic looking BB gun pistol while waiting for a potential buyer for his phony pick-up truck advertised on Craigslist.
Tomlin was jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail and is expected in City Court on February 15th.

Some are calling for safe injection sites in the Capital Region.
Yesterday the End Overdose New York Coalition held a rally in Albany calling for supervised injection sites.
Proponents say this will allow IV drug users who are going to use, do so under medical supervision.
They say this could help lower casualties of the growing opioid epidemic.
These sites are still illegal in the United States but some are working to try to change that.

A Buffalo Bills team Captain may be retiring soon.
On Friday Offensive Center Eric Wood tweeted that a post season physical found he suffered a career ending neck injury.
At a press conference yesterday however he read a statement thanking the Bills but not officially retiring.
It appears that Bills might not be able to take the salary cap hit of retiring or releasing Wood so they’re keeping him on the roster for now.

Evening News Briefing

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until tomorrow afternoon.
The National Weather Service is predicting snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches.
The weather service advises motorists to be prepared for reduced visibility especially during tomorrow morning’s commute.

A weapons charge has now been placed against one of the defendants in a Craigslist scam.
23 year old Jaequele Tomlin of Central Avenue, Batavia, is charged with criminal possession of a blunt force weapon.
Police say Tomlin had a realistic BB gun pistol when a would-be buyer went to answer a Craigslist ad.
Tomlin is also facing charges of conspiracy.

Adams Street man accused of damaging jail property.
23 year old Ryan Bartholomew of Batavia allegedly caused over 470 dollars’ worth of damage to an isolation cell door in the Genesee County Jail after kicking it.
He was arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief and released with an appearance ticket for February 8th in City Court.

Batavia Teen arrested for alleged Incident with a knife.
A 16 year old male in Batavia was charged with Menacing and Endangering the Welfare of a Child following an alleged incident last week.
The teenager was accused of threatening another male with a knife during an altercation.
The 16 year old was and given an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court.
Police have withheld the suspect’s name due to his age.

Governor Cuomo is warning New Yorkers to be wary of potential scams when filing their taxes.
The New York State Tax Department has free tax assistance sites available to help ward off potential issues.
Cuomo says folks need to be careful when tax preparers offer “instant refunds” or “no up-front cost.”
In addition, the governor says not to be fooled by threatening phone calls or phishing emails, and to carefully protect your personal information.

Winter Weather Advisory issued for Genesee County

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Genesee County.

Forecasters are calling for snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches which will make for slippery road conditions for commuters tomorrow morning.

The Advisory will go into effect at 4 this afternoon lasting until 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Morning News Briefing

Craigslist scammer jailed on weapons charge.
It was the third arrest in less than three weeks for 23 year old Jaequele Tomlin of Central Ave.
Tomlin and an alleged co-conspirator from Stafford were initially arrested and charged earlier this month with Conspiracy for setting up the fake craigslist ad for a pickup truck.
They were initially reported to have realistic BB guns in their possession however following investigation into the incident Tomlin was recently charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon.
He was allegedly in possession of a blunt force weapon with the intent to use it against a potential robbery victim.
Tomlin was also picked up on a warrant for Assault stemming from a domestic incident last November.
He was remanded to the Genesee County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
He is due back in City Court on February 15th.

Batavia Teen arrested for incident with a knife.
A 16 year old male in Batavia was arrested last week following an altercation in which they allegedly threatened another male with a knife.
The 16 year old was charged with Menacing and Endangering the Welfare of a Child and given an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court.
Police have withheld the suspects name due to his age.

Winter returns to Wyoming County.
A Winter Weather Advisory will be going into effect this afternoon for Wyoming and several other Counties to the south.
The National Weather Service is calling for snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches making for slippery road conditions on tomorrow mornings commute.
The Advisory will be in effect from 4 this afternoon until tomorrow at 1 p.m.

As the flu continues to sicken New Yorkers throughout the state, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is calling for federal help.
The Senate minority leader said yesterday a special CDC flu-surveillance team should be dispatched to the state.
New York hospitals have recorded a surge of influenza cases lately.
Schumer says the CDC team would help track individual strains, identify the most effective treatments, and map out a plan of attack.

A couple of star Bills players helped the AFC win the Pro Bowl.
Yesterday The AFC beat the NFC 24 to 23 in Orlando.
LeSean McCoy carried three times and scored one touchdown.
Left Guard Ritchie Incognito was active in 33 plays.
The broadcasters didn’t touch on his investigation for alleged racist comments.
“The Buffalo News” reports that all players on the AFC team earned $64,000 for the win.

County law enforcement cracking down on drunk driving over Super Bowl weekend.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia and Village of LeRoy Police will participate in the special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.
The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown runs from February 2nd through February 5th.

WBTA Sunday News

New York pharmacists are now being allowed to administer flu shots to kids. It’s the main feature of an executive order signed yesterday by Governor Cuomo to combat the flu epidemic. There were nearly eight-thousand confirmed cases across the state last week, the highest number the state’s seen since it began reporting flu cases in 2004. Cuomo says with pharmacists giving flu shots to kids ages two to 18, parents are more likely to get their kids vaccinated because of improved access and convenience.

With the flu epidemic widespread across the country, many people are concerned over what they should do if they become sick with the virus.
Dr. Susan Rehm with the Cleveland Clinic recommends first looking for specific symptoms to make sure you have the flu.

Doctors recommend if you start to feel these symptoms, get home, get plenty of rest and drink a lot of fluids to avoid being dehydrated.
The Cleveland Clinic recommends anyone who hasn’t gotten a flu shot to get one, since any protection is better than none at all.

Dave Chase is the new general manager of the Batavia Muckdogs.
Chase has a career in baseball that spans over four decades including stints with six minor league baseball teams, work in a baseball broadcast booth and a term as commissioner of the Prospect League.
Chase said the fact that an experienced manager like himself was hired to run the local ball team shows the NYPL’s commitment to Batavia.
He steps in to run a team that has had an uncertain future for more than a decade, however Chase said his primary focus is to take care of the Miami Marlins players and make sure they have a quality experience in Batavia and to re-establish the team in the mind of the fans.

A traffic stop in Corfu finds a Rochester resident with a record of 27 license suspensions.
64 year old Louis Warren was stopped for speeding on Alleghany Road in Corfu.
A license check revealed that Warren had a whopping 27 suspensions.
Warren was arrested and charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and given an appearance ticket for Corfu Village Court.

County law enforcement cracking down on drunk driving over Super Bowl weekend.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia and Village of LeRoy Police will participate in the special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.
The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown runs from February 2nd through February 5th.

Saturday News Briefing

Muckdogs New General Manager is optimistic about Batavia Baseball.
Dave Chase is the new general manager of the Batavia Muckdogs.
Chase has a career in baseball that spans over four decades including stints with six minor league baseball teams, work in a baseball broadcast booth and a term as commissioner of the Prospect League.
Chase said the fact that an experienced manager like himself was hired to run the local ball team shows the NYPL’s commitment to Batavia.
He steps in to run a team that has had an uncertain future for more than a decade, however Chase said his primary focus is to take care of the Miami Marlins players and make sure they have a quality experience in Batavia and to re-establish the team in the mind of the fans.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Corfu crash leads to drunk driving charge for a village resident.
51 year old Richard Wahl Jr. of West Main Street in Corfu was allegedly involved in a motor vehicle accident not far from his address on West Main.
Corfu police allegedly found Wahl to be intoxicated and he was arrested for Aggravated DWI along with vehicle and traffic violations.
He is expected in Corfu Village Court on February 5th.

Rochester resident stopped in Corfu on staggering amount of suspensions.
64 year old Louis Warren was stopped for speeding on Alleghany Road in Corfu.
A license check revealed that Warren had a whopping 27 suspensions.
Warren was arrested and charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and given an appearance ticket for Corfu Village Court.

Cuomo joins other governors to challenge the Trump Tax Bill
Calling the Trump Tax Bill “misleading labeling” by saying it benefits the middle class, Governor Andrew Cuomo today joined the Governors of New Jersey and Connecticut to challenge the legality of the new law.
The governor’s say they will argue the bill is a violation of states’ rights because 12 states, which all happen to be Democratic, are bearing the brunt of the new ten-thousand-dollar limit on state and local tax deductibility.

County law enforcement cracking down on drunk driving over Super Bowl weekend.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia and Village of LeRoy Police will participate in the special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.
The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown runs from February 2nd through February 5th.

Evening News Briefing

Calling the Trump Tax Bill “misleading labeling” by saying it benefits the middle class, Governor Andrew Cuomo today joined the Governors of New Jersey and Connecticut to challenge the legality of the new law.
The governor’s say they will argue the bill is a violation of states’ rights because 12 states, which all happen to be Democratic, are bearing the brunt of the new ten-thousand-dollar limit on state and local tax deductibility.

New York pharmacists are now being allowed to administer flu shots to kids. It’s the main feature of an executive order signed yesterday by Governor Cuomo to combat the flu epidemic. There were nearly eight-thousand confirmed cases across the state last week, the highest number the state’s seen since it began reporting flu cases in 2004. Cuomo says with pharmacists giving flu shots to kids ages two to 18, parents are more likely to get their kids vaccinated because of improved access and convenience.

Rachael Tabelski

 

The Eli Fish Brewing Company is getting ready to open.
The craft brewery has been under construction in the old Newberry Building on Main Street.

The Genesee County Economic Development Center and the Batavia Development Corporation have been supporting the project.
In addition to craft brews, the project will also feature food vendors in what’s called a fresh lab

Rachael Tabelski, with the GCECD, on WBTA’s “Main & Center” program:

The fresh lab incubator is designed to help start-up restaurants get a foothold in business.

County law enforcement cracking down on drunk driving over Super Bowl weekend.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia and Village of LeRoy Police will participate in the special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.
The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown runs from February 2nd through February 5th.

GCC Announces Fifth Annual Creativity Conference

2017 Conference, courtesy of Genesee Community College

Press Release:

Attention all creative thinkers, small business entrepreneurs, and undiscovered inventors – Genesee Community College will host the fifth annual Creativity Conference: Creativity in the Entrepreneurial Zone on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at the Batavia Campus.

This year, the conference will bring together entrepreneurial leaders from our region to share stories of their own startups, answer audience questions, and inspire the next generation of great new ideas. The conference cost is $49 which includes a continental breakfast and delicious lunch. For GCC students, faculty and staff, the conference cost is $25. Seating is limited, so register today at www.genesee.edu/best/. GCC faculty and staff are encouraged to contact The BEST to register. Students are asked to work through their instructor.

Erica Swiatek

The event will feature keynote speaker, Erica Swiatek of Innovate Faster and 3600 Escape. Then, join Swiatek as she takes participants on a special three-hour “escape room” experience right here at GCC! Participants will work in small groups to look for clues, propose hypothesis and race against other teams to solve the problem first. At the end of the session, Swiatek will breakdown the skills and tools used by each personality type to help participants better understand their individual problem solving strengths. This special breakout session costs an additional $15 per person and is limited to 30 participants, so sign up quick!

GCC has collaborated with the Startup Genesee Committee to put together an agenda full of learning and networking opportunities, inspirational stories and education. Among the supporters of GCC’s “Year of Entrepreneurship” program is the Ain Center at the University of Rochester. The “Year of Entrepreneurship” began last fall with the series of speakers.

Behind every great business is a great idea! Let GCC be a resource for your idea and your path to success! GCC offers both an Associates Degree and a Certificate program on Entrepreneurship. Check out the options at https://www.genesee.edu/academics/programs/business/entrepreneurship/.

GCC Athletics: Men’s/Women’s Basketball

Press Release:

Fobbs’ Buzzer-beating Three Sinks Thunderwolves

Brian Fobbs of the Genesee Community College men’s basketball team broke a tie game at 84 points with a buzzer-beating three to propel the Cougars to an 87-84 win over host Niagara County Community College Jan. 24.

In the team’s 18th game of the season, Fobbs entered the contest needing just 19 points to join Genesee’s elite 1,000-point club and finished with 29 for a career total of 1,010 and counting. The sophomore has been particularly sharp as of late averaging 30 points in his last seven contests and currently leads all National Junior College Athletic Association D-II scorers with a 26.1 average as of Jan. 24.

Fobbs now has 470 points this season and ranks 12th in Cougar all-time scoring. The sophomore needs 21 more points to leapfrog over two other scorers and into 10th overall all-time, and is 466 points away from tying Ervin Mitchell – the all-time leader with 1,476 points from 2013-15.

Fobbs amassed 540 points in his freshman year through 32 games with a single 30-point performance. This season he has hit 30 points or better in four of his last seven games. To date, Fobbs has scored 20 or more points 27 times in 50 career games as a Cougar and has scored double-digits in 48 of those 50. This season his lowest total is 16 and he has a single-game high of 36, while netting 20 or more points in 17 of 18 games. Fobbs also leads all rebounders nationally with a 13.2 average as the Cougars continue to appear in the national polls for the second week in a row.

Against Niagara, Fobbs finished with eight rebounds, two assists and one steal while going 3-for-5 from three-point land that included the game-winning bucket. Rahmel Thompson finished behind Fobbs with 20 points, eight rebounds, and a pair of assists and steals. Brandon Peters got 12 of his 14 points by going 12-for-14 at the free-throw line, while adding a team-high six assists to round out Genesee’s top players.

The Cougars had a tremendous first half and built an 11-point lead heading into the intermission at 39-28, but had to hold off a Thunderwolves second-half attack that produced 56 points.

Lady Cougars Get Two Solid Quarters of Play at NCCC

The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team traveled to Sanborn for a key Western New York Athletic Conference matchup against the Niagara County Community College Thunderwolves. The Cougars had a solid showing in quarters two and four, but it wasn’t enough to carry them past the host Thunderwolves in a 72-53 loss.

Genesee out-scored Niagara 19-15 in the second quarter and played even ball with the Thunderwolves in the final quarter with each team scoring 17.

Rosalyn Sealey led the Cougars with 18 points and also added six rebounds. Kierra Perl also had a double-digit scoring game with 11, while grabbing six boards and a team-high four steals.

TaLia Burgess hauled down a team-high 11 rebounds and also had three steals and seven points, while Reika Murota added nine points.

Jasmine Holmes contributed six points and eight rebounds and Rachel Meyer had a team-high three assists to go with six rebounds and a pair of points.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Morning News Briefing

Sentencing deal reached for a Sex Offender looking at possible life behind bars.
Convicted Sexual Predator Marlek Holmes of Batavia has agreed to a deal that will leave him locked up for 25 years.
The Level Three Sex Offender received two consecutive five-year terms for his assault convictions as part of the deal.
Holmes had to drop current his appeals and waive his right of appeal as well.
Per the agreement charges of failing to register his change of address as a sex offender in Genesee County were dismissed.
According to Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman Holmes is considered one of the most hardened criminals he has ever prosecuted.

Holmes latest trial was scheduled to start Monday however a metal object was detected in his body by Auburn Prison Officials before he was to be transported to court.
Holmes had to “clear” the object, before he was moved.  By accepting the deal Holmes avoided a hearing to declare him a persistent violent felony offender, which could have led to a life sentence.

Drones have been added to the crime fighting arsenal for Troopers in Batavia.
State Police housed at Troop A headquarters in Batavia have been provided two new two high-tech drones which will be put to use throughout Troop A’s jurisdiction in Western New York.
The drones are not going to violate anyone’s right to privacy according to Captain Scott Reichel.

16 such drones have been purchased for use across the state. They cost about $7,000 each.

Batavia Police announce joining the SafeTrade initiative.
SafeTrade is a simple program for police and sheriff’s departments to encourage transactions at their facilities.
The announcement comes after the arrest of two local men accused of setting up a phony Craigslist ad to lure in robbery victims.
Online sellers or buyers can insist on using SafeTrade by conducting their transactions only at a local police or sheriff’s office.
The Batavia Police Department have designated a spot at the rear of the Department in the vestibule. This area is marked with a SafeTrade sign, and is under 24 hour video surveillance.

The flu season in New York is getting worse.
The state department of health just released their latest report showing a record number of confirmed flu cases and related hospitalizations.
Western New York still has one of the highest flu rates in the state.
Governor Cuomo signed an executive order yesterday allowing pharmacists to give flu shots to minors as young as two-years-old.

County law enforcement cracking down on drunk driving during the big game.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, City of Batavia and Village of LeRoy Police Departments will participate in the special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.
The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on Super Bowl Weekend from February 2nd through February 5th.

Evening News Briefing

Marlek Holmes

Sexual predator Marlek Holmes agrees to a deal that will send him to prison for 25 years.

Holmes agreed to drop all of his appeals in exchange for consecutive five year terms on his assault convictions and dismissal of an indictment that accused him of failing to register his change of address.

Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman considers Holmes one of the most hardened criminals he has ever prosecuted:

Holmes was to have appeared in court on Monday but officials at Auburn Prison, where he was being held, detected a metal object in his body.
A hearing to declare Holmes a persistent violent felony offender was canceled when he accepted the sentencing deal.

State Police have added a new tool to their crime fighting arsenal.
Troop A headquarters in Batavia has obtained two high-tech drones which will be available throughout the eight Western New York counties that fall under Troop A’s jurisdiction.
Captain Scott Reichel said the drones will not circumvent anyone’s right to privacy:

Photo Courtesy: The Batavian

A total of 16 drones have been purchased for use across the state. The Troopers Foundation, a private charitable organization, purchased all but two of the drones. They cost about $7,000 each.

Governor Cuomo has signed an executive order to combat the flu epidemic. The order will allow pharmacists to give flu vaccines to children as young as two. That will increase access and convenience for New Yorkers trying to get the flu shot. There were nearly eight thousand confirmed cases across the state this past week. That is the highest of any weekly number the state has seen since reporting began in 2004.

Governor Cuomo is moving to protect net neutrality in New York. He’s signed an executive order aimed at Verizon, Spectrum, Sprint, AT&T and other Internet service providers. If they want to do business with state government, they’ll first have to agree to keep the Internet free and open to all users. Cuomo’s order comes just weeks after the FCC abolished net neutrality regulations barring providers from blocking or slowing down Web traffic.

Batavia PD Joins Safe Trade

News Release: Batavia Police Dept.

The Batavia Police Department joins SafeTrade – a national safety initiative for completing online transactions safely when meeting in person.

The Batavia Police Department today announced it has joined the SafeTrade initiative for safer completion of online transactions.

SafeTrade is a simple program for police and sheriff’s departments to encourage transactions at their facilities; for classified sites to strengthen their safety and security initiatives, and for users to insist on “SafeTrade” by conducting their transactions only at a local police or sheriff’s office.

The Batavia Police Department is excited to partner with SafeTrade to provide a safe location for the residents of Batavia when conducting online transactions. Our goal is to make Batavia a safe community, and to provide unique services to attain that goal. Partnering with SafeTrade is one of those programs.

The SafeTrade logo can be used (without charge) on any ads posted; by classified websites, newspapers and publications to promote safety and security, and by police departments to indicate they are hosting SafeTrade online transactions.

In the past few months, a number of U.S. police departments have offered to host online transactions, most of them referring to Craigslist as the reason. Participating police departments can now post banners or use logos referring to their facilities as SafeTrade Stations. Additional information is available at www.safetradestations.com.
Those wishing to utilize the Batavia Police Department for a location of transactions, may do so at any time. The area suggested is at the rear of the Department (north side) in the vestibule. This area is marked with a SafeTrade sign, and is under 24 hour video surveillance.

The Batavia Police Department is located at 10 West Main St., Batavia. If you should have any questions regarding this service, please contact 345-6350.

GCC: Cougar Athletes of the Week Announced


Press Release:

The Genesee Community College’s athletes of the week for the period ending Jan. 20 are TaLia Burgess from the women’s basketball team and Ferran Martinez from the men’s swimming team.

TaLia scored 31 points in a pair of games last week and led the Cougars to a 1-1- record. Her 20-point performance helped the Cougars reach their second-highest point total in a single game this season at 78 in a win against Herkimer. TaLia also added 21 rebounds, six assists, five steals and two blocks.

Ferran captured three first places that helped the Cougar men’s swimming team to a second-place finish at Alfred State College Jan. 20 with wins in the 200-yard butterfly, the 200-yard breaststroke and the 400-yard individual medley. Not only did those three wins allow Ferran to have the most wins amongst the entire men’s field of five teams at the event, but it also led to his being named CollegeSwimming.com’s NJCAA National Swimmer of the Week. It was the third time this season Ferran captured a trio of wins with the previous two occurring at invitationals at JCC and NCCC.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Perry Police arrest a Warsaw man for stalking

29 year old Nathanael Parkhurst of Warsaw was arrested yesterday on charges of Aggravated Harassment and Stalking.

Parkhurst was accused of stalking and harassing his ex-girlfriend.

He was ordered to be held in lieu of one thousand dollars bail in the Wyoming County Jail and is due back in Perry Village Court on January 30th.

Mount Morris man sentenced to prison for making meth

27 year old Zackery Billings of Mount Morris was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture, possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine.

According to prosecutors Billings conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine from January through October of 2011.

In order to avoid restrictions and detection Billings engaged in the practice of “smurfing” or buying small quantities of a drug used in meth making at local pharmacies.

Billings was sentenced to three years in state prison.

Nick Stankevich: Why I am running progressive in the reddest congressional district in New York State

Press Release:

Why I am running progressive in the reddest congressional district in New York State

By Nick Stankevich

 

It was December 2016 and my father was released from the hospital for the fourth time that year. I didn’t know if my dad had two weeks or 10 years left on his heart. Fortunately, my career allowed me to move back home to be with my father and to help run our family business, the Genesee Country Inn Bed and Breakfast.

I was born and raised in rural Western NY. Early in my professional development, my career took me away from my hometown to places all over our great country, like Florida, Arkansas, and California. There, I gained business and leadership skills that allowed me to create businesses and organizations that helped add value in my community. When I decided to return home, not only did I see the economic struggles that originally pushed me away from Western New York but also the corrupt leadership that has been systemic in this area. My family, friends, and neighbors all deserve much better and this is why I’m running for congress.

Located between Buffalo and Rochester, the 27th Congressional District of New York like so many around the country was drawn up in such a way to guarantee Republican Party dominance and that its constituents could be taken for granted to support the ambitions of party bosses in Washington, often at the expense of the community. Our two previous Republican Congressmen were forced out of office by scandal, and now a third, Chris Collins, is presently under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for possible insider trading and conflict of interest violations.

Known nationally for being the very first member of the House of Representatives to endorse (February 24th, 2016) the candidacy of Donald Trump, Rep. Collins would later vote to spitefully destroy the Affordable Care Act to prove his partisan loyalties despite how it would have devastated our rural hospitals and leave tens of thousands of his constituents without health insurance in this economically depressed area. Simply put, corporate health insurance policies do not grow on trees in rural agricultural districts. The ACA at first, because of partisan disinformation, manipulation, and fear mongering was an unwelcome and under-appreciated Godsend to our community, but people are starting to see things differently now. For example, in 2011 when the Republican candidate Jane Corwin spoke glowingly of Paul Ryan’s ideas about cutting Medicare during a special election (we were the 26th District at the time) to replace the scandal-plagued Chris Lee, Kathy Hochul suddenly became the first Democrat to be elected in a generation, and only lost her reelection by 5,001 votes.

Rep. Chris Collins is also famous for candidly confessing to reporters, without a wisp of self- awareness, that he felt an urgency to vote for and pass the GOP tax bill (the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”) because his donors told him to pass it or “don’t ever call again.” And he did so despite that the tax bill unjustly targeted states like New York for higher taxes. I would love to ask Chris, ‘since when is paying new taxes on taxes less taxes?’ But Rep. Collins enthusiastically cared much more about giving President Trump a ‘win’ than he did his constituents while forcing us to yet again subsidize debtor states whom unlike us will continue to receive much, much more money from the federal government than they contribute. But, of course, Rep. Collins’ donors have been well taken care of.

I am running to take back our future and end the crony-capitalism that epitomizes Chris Collins and his donors he claims to represent. As a candidate who lives in rural America, I only want to represent the best interests of the 27th District as a whole. I am a fiscally responsible rural progressive with an economic agenda and a heart to match. Here are some of the campaign issues I am running on

1. Economic Security with fair economic development and enforcement of our antitrust laws to fix our broken economy.

2. Healthcare for All, single payer-system, which is fiscally responsible and morally correct.

3. Debt-Free College and Trade School so our citizens can meet the job demands of tomorrow.

4. Rural Infrastructure, Rural Jobs, Rural Internet, which will keep our rural communities competitive by attracting talent and innovative businesses.

5. Conserving and investing in our Environment by transitioning into a 100% renewable economy, which equals jobs

People are fed up and ready to listen. If I can get my message out of “Putting People First”, I will win. Resources are limited for a candidate running as a “Rural Progressive Democrat” in the NY- 27th. If you’re looking to adopt a district that can be flipped, please know that we are worthy.

Sincerely yours,

Nick Stankevich
Candidate for Congress, NY-27

nickforny27.com

Batavia Police designate secure space for completing online transactions

Following the arrest of two local men accused of setting up a phony Craigslist ad to lure in robbery victims, the Batavia police have established a secure location looking to prevent potentially dangerous transactions.

Featured guest on WBTA’s Main and Center program this morning, Police Chief Shawn Heubusch said the safe space is located in the back vestibule of the Police Station.

Chief Heubusch also announced Batavia’s SafeCam Program, which allows city residents to register their own security cameras with police.

The cameras will be added to a database that will assist police in crime prevention and investigation.

The program does not give police any control over privately owned cameras but simply is a reference for law enforcement to see who may have captured a crime on video.

A link to the SafeCam Program submission form can be found here.

 

Morning News Briefing

Illegal Aliens brought to Batavia after Immigration bust in Caledonia.
Ecuadorian National, Segundo Francisco Caguana was arrested following investigation by ICE and Homeland Security Investigators regarding the harboring of possible illegal aliens.
The Caledonia Police Department provided information to ICE officers that there were possible illegal aliens staying at a North Street address in Caledonia and working for Sunset Roofing Corp.
ICE officers arrested seven illegal aliens and brought them to the Batavia Detention Facility for processing.
Caguana is facing charges of harboring aliens, encouraging illegal aliens to reside in the U.S., and hiring or recruiting unauthorized aliens for employment.
Caguana and his wife are reportedly authorized to work in the U.S. but remain nationals of Ecuador and are currently involved in immigration proceedings themselves.
The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine.

Genesee County Flu cases skyrocket.
The County is experiencing nearly four times the amount confirmed flu cases recorded during the same period of time last year.
According to Health Department Director Paul Petit there have been 149 confirmed cases of the flu in the County this season as opposed to just 38 cases recorded last year.
Petit says the local rates reflect similar increases in flu cases seen across the State and the nation.

Pearl Street man drives to Probation on a revoked license.
40 year old Brad Ohlson of Batavia was arrested and charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle following an alleged incident yesterday afternoon.
A Probation Officer allegedly observed Ohlson driving to the Genesee County Probation Department at 15 Main Street in the city on a revoked license.
Ohlson apparently had three or more open suspensions or revocations on three separate dates.
He was issued an appearance ticket for January 30th in City Court.

Governor Cuomo is trying to strengthen net neutrality protections in the state.
Yesterday, he signed an executive order banning the state government from entering into contracts with internet service providers that don’t follow the principals of net neutrality.
Axios reports that this might not hold up because the FCC included a provision to prevent state and local governments from enforcing their own Obama-era-like net-neutrality rules.

Sir Elton John will be dropping by Upstate New York a couple of times during his massive farewell tour.
The “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” tour kicks off September in Pennsylvania, where the 70 year old musician will begin his three-year, 300 date global tour.
One of Elton John’s first stops will be the Key Bank Center in Buffalo this September and he also plays the Times Union Center in Albany early next year.
Tickets go on sale a week from tomorrow.

Evening News Briefing

The number of flu cases in Genesee County this season is nearly four times the number of confirmed cases a year ago.
Health Department Director Paul Petit says there have been 149 confirmed cases of the flu in Genesee County this so far this season.
Last year at this time the number of confirmed cases was just 38.
Petit says the local increase parallels the increase in the flu across New York State and the nation.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-Batavia)

 

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) releases a report with recommendations to combat domestic violence.
In his recent travels around the state, Hawley said he heard stories straight from the victims…

The woman said she had experienced domestic violence throughout her life, with her parents while she was a child and with two failed marriages as an adult.
A complete report of the domestic violence forums and the legislative recommendations is available HERE.

 

The corruption trial of a top aide to Governor Cuomo resumes today in Manhattan Federal Court. Westchester Democrat, Joe Percoco, is accused of extortion and bribery in exchange for political favors. John Koehny of Reinvent New York says it was impossible to say “no” to Percoco because a call from him was considered the same as getting a call from the Governor. His lawyers told jurors that calls Percoco made on behalf of donors were procedural and that money he and his wife got from Upstate developers was legitimate and was reported.

Kids as young as 12 could soon hunt deer with a rifle..
The state Senate has passed the bill which would require 12 year olds to be supervised while handling a firearm.
Senators Rob Ortt and Michael Ranzenhofer co-sponsored the bill which is being heavily criticized.
The bill still has to make it through the Democrat controlled Assembly.

GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER TO PROTECT AND STRENGTHEN NEUTRALITY IN NEW YORK

Press Release:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed an executive order to protect and strengthen net neutrality in New York. New York State’s government is directed through this Executive Order not to enter into any contracts for internet service unless the ISPs agree to follow net neutrality principles.

“The FCC’s dangerous ruling goes against the core values of our democracy, and New York will do everything in our power to protect net neutrality and the free exchange of ideas,” Governor Cuomo said. “With this executive order, we reaffirm our commitment to freedom and democracy and help ensure that the internet remains free and open to all.”

The signed executive order is available here and the text is below.

No. 175

E X E C U T I V E  O R D E R

ENSURING NET NEUTRALITY PROTECTIONS FOR NEW YORKERS

WHEREAS, the internet is an essential service that should be available to all New Yorkers;
WHEREAS, the free exchange of information, including the ability to access the content of their choosing secured with net neutrality protections is expected and relied upon by all New Yorkers;
WHEREAS, New York businesses need the ability to reach new markets, compete in an increasingly global economy, and attract new talent through a free and open internet;
WHEREAS, New York students rely on a free and open internet to learn and access information far beyond their physical reach;
WHEREAS, educational institutions throughout New York rely on a free and open internet to teach and help their students grow;
WHEREAS, New York State employees need access to a free and open internet to conduct business on behalf of the people of New York State;
WHEREAS, New Yorkers rely on a free and open internet to communicate with family and friends, participate in the democratic process, research important family and personal decisions, and learn and be entertained;
WHEREAS, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently chose to do away with free and open internet protections in order to satisfy corporate interests that are not aligned with those of New Yorkers;
WHEREAS, the FCC has opined that violations of net neutrality principles are best viewed through the lens of state and federal trade and business practice laws, which can be enforced by state governments;
WHEREAS, many of the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) serving New Yorkers have made public pledges to continue to abide by the principles of a free and open internet despite the FCC’s actions;
WHEREAS, New York State is a significant purchaser of internet and broadband services;
WHEREAS, New York State has a responsibility to ensure the efficient procurement of goods and services for the State of New York and its political subdivisions and the principles of net neutrality are inherently tied to the provision of high quality, high speed broadband internet service for the State;
WHEREAS, because many New York State government services are available only via the internet, and throttling or paid prioritization would limit the ability of many of the most vulnerable New Yorkers to access the internet; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, ANDREW M. CUOMO, Governor of the State of New York, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of New York do hereby order and direct New York State’s government, through this Executive Order, not to enter into any contracts for internet service unless the ISPs agree to adhere to net neutrality principles. The Office of General Services or any other governmental entity of New York State, as defined herein, is directed to incorporate into the State’s procurement process for internet, data, and telecommunications services criteria requiring that recipients of state contracts adhere to internet neutrality principles as follows:
A. Definitions

1. As used herein, “net neutrality” means ISPs will not block, throttle, or prioritize internet content or applications or require that end users pay different or higher rates to access specific types of content or applications.

2. As used herein, “Affected State Entities” means (i) all agencies and departments over which the Governor has Executive Authority; and (ii) all public-benefit corporations, public authorities and commissions, for which the Governor appoints the Chair, the Chief Executive, or the majority of Board Members, except for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

B. Agency Responsibilities

1. Affected State Entities are hereby directed to amend their procurement procedures to ensure that Affected State Entities only enter into contracts with ISPs that adhere to net neutrality principles and to ensure that internet services provided to Affected State Entities, include net neutrality protections, and specifically state that ISPs may not block lawful content, applications, services, non-harmful devices, or applications that compete with other services provided by the ISP. Any contract or contract renewal entered into by Affected State Entities for internet services on or after March 1, 2018, shall include a binding agreement consistent with the foregoing, and Affected State Entities shall not enter into a contract with any ISPs, agents therefor, or other entity offering to or procuring on behalf of any Affected State Entity internet services, without such a binding agreement.

2. The Department of Public Service is directed to evaluate potential actions to promote net neutrality in order to protect New Yorkers’ access to a free and open internet.

G I V E N under my hand and the Privy Seal of the State in the City of Albany this twenty-fourth day of January in the year two thousand eighteen.

BY THE GOVERNOR

Secretary to the Governor

NEW YORK FARM BUREAU RELEASES 2018 STATE LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

Press Release:

New York Farm Bureau released its 2018 state legislative priorities today that seek to address a significant loss in farm income across the state. Many of the legislative goals this year will also focus on how the state can invest more in critical farm programs, expand market share in local schools and expand its focus on research needs.

New York’s farms continue to suffer from low milk and commodity prices. The value of agriculture products in New York have dropped yet again to five billion dollars in 2016, according to USDA’s Economic Research Service. That is more than a billion dollars less than it was in 2014. Net farm income took an even steeper dive. In 2016, the most recent numbers available, farms earned $568 million. That is about a third of where net farm income stood in 2013. Moreover, with continued low prices and higher production costs, 2017 numbers are not expected to be any better when they are released next year.

“This is why we need to continue to find ways for the state to make necessary investments, reduce the cost of doing business and improve market opportunities for our farmers,” said David Fisher, New York Farm Bureau President, in a press conference call with reporters this morning.

The first priority for the organization is to double the minimum wage tax credit for farms, from $30 million to $60 million. The second step of the wage hike climbed at the beginning of the year on its way to $15 for farms on Long Island and $12.50 for upstate farmers. New York Farm Bureau has long opposed this hike, but it was successful in securing a tax credit per employee during the rollout. However, that tax credit only covers a fraction of what it is costing family farms to implement the wage hike. New York Farm Bureau would like to see that tax credit doubled from $300 this year to $600 per employee. By 2021, the final year of the roll out, the $600 tax credit would double to $1,200.

Keep in mind, the minimum wage increase has pushed up all wages up across the board, including for those who currently make well above the minimum. The average farm wage in New York is around is around $13/hour, according to labor statistics.

“Farmers cannot just increase prices to absorb these added labor expenses like most businesses. They are at the mercy of market prices. If the state is going to force a higher wage on farms, they should be prepared to offer greater assistance to offset the costs, especially at such a challenging time for farmers,” said Fisher.

Securing State funding for critical farm programs is also a top priority for New York Farm Bureau. The Governor included a number of positive things in his budget plan, which will be beneficial to agriculture. This includes strong funding for the Environmental Protection Fund, which will assist farms with water quality, conservation and farmland protection programs. However, many of the programs funded last year received no allocations in the Executive Budget, as is typical in the budget process. This money supports research, technical assistance and promotion for many of the diverse commodities grown and produced by New York farmers.

“We know this will be a tough budget year as the state grapples with a potentially $4 billion deficit, but New York Farm Bureau will work with the legislature and Governor to restore this important funding,” said Fisher.

In fact, research money is essential for farmers in this state. It is becoming increasingly competitive for the state’s land grant university, Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, to maintain and recruit experts in their fields. New York Farm Bureau is advocating for an additional $2 million in the state budget to serve as seed funding to help attract much needed faculty and research. In addition, the organization is supporting efforts to secure $3 million dollars in state investment to go towards a capital fund at Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. This would update critical infrastructure to allow important research and extension work to continue.

“This support is vital for our agricultural community. The information and expertise that comes out of Cornell to our farms helps us plan for the future, implement best practices on our farms and address pressing pest and weather related challenges that can be harmful to farms that aren’t prepared,” said President Fisher.

New York Farm Bureau is pleased to see that Governor Cuomo continues to make strides in state procurement efforts and support for marketing programs like Taste NY. His latest budget ask includes $10 million in the education budget to expand the school lunch reimbursement program for districts who purchase at least 30% of their food that is grown, produced or processed in New York. The lunch reimbursement rate would jump from six-cents per meal to 25-cents.

“We will advocate for this funding in the legislature so it makes it in the final budget. Not only would this provide a new market opportunity for farmers, but it will also support students across the state who will have more fresh, healthy food to eat,” said Jeff Williams, New York Farm Bureau’s public policy director.

Finally, at New York Farm Bureau’s State Annual Meeting last month, farmer members put forth new policy to support efforts to combat tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease. New York Farm Bureau is supportive of increasing funding for both enhanced detection of tick-borne illnesses as well as for vaccine development. The Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick Borne Diseases put forth a series of recommendations last year to address these needs and we will be advocating for support during the legislative session.

“Anecdotally, our farmers are telling us that they have seen more ticks and cases of Lyme moving from eastern New York into the western part of the state. It has become a major public health issues for the general public, and especially for farmers and their employees who work outside and are more likely to come into contact with ticks,” said Williams.

New York Farm Bureau will advocate for these and other issues during the current legislative session. This effort will include hundreds of farmers who will visit the Capitol in Albany to meet with legislators during the organization’s annual Taste of New York Reception and Lobby Day, March 5-6, 2018.

New York Farm Bureau establishes its priorities every year. Members of 52 county Farm Bureaus voice their opinions and vote on public policy resolutions at the county level. Those make their way to the State Annual Meeting each December where farmer delegates cast their votes that determine the organization’s positions on legislative issues. The State Board of Directors then establishes the priorities for the year.

Corfu woman arrested for DWI in Darien crash

24 year old Brandi Schmiedicker of Genesee Street in Corfu was arrested following investigation into a motor vehicle accident in Darien.

The crash reportedly occurred shortly after 1 o’clock this morning.

Deputies took Schmiedicker into custody on charges of Driving While Intoxicated, along with speeding and moving from a lane unsafely.

She was released with an appearance ticket returnable to Darien Town Court on March 20th.

HAWLEY INTRODUCES LEGISLATIVE SOLUTIONS TO COMBAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) speaks on preventing domestic violence at a press conference in Albany Tuesday

Press Release:

As a result of a series of statewide regional forums hosted by members of the Assembly Republican Conference, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today spoke at a press conference in Albany on legislative solutions to combat domestic violence. The full report and all its recommendations have been made public. The full report, A Safe Haven: Helping Abuse Victims and Enhancing Protections, can be found here.

“Domestic violence is a grave issue that has irrevocable consequences for families and society as a whole,” Hawley said. “I had the opportunity to host one of our conference’s forums in Batavia, and the testimony and information we received was both concerning and valuable. This is a complex issue, but after talking with law enforcement, advocates, victims and those on the frontlines around the state, I believe these recommendations will go very far in preventing domestic violence and helping victims feel safe again.”

Some of the recommendations outlined in the report include:

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

 

Morning News Briefing

Byron Teen accused of sex abuse with State Police seeking other potential victims.
18 year old Anthony Miraglia of Byron was arrested by State Police based in Batavia after an investigation into multiple alleged incidents of sexual abuse against children.
Miraglia allegedly abused children between the ages of 15 and 17 during multiple incidents from May 2016 through July of last year according to investigators.
Miraglia was apparently acquainted with the victims.
On Monday he was arrested and charged with Unlawful Imprisonment, Forcible Touching, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Sexual Abuse.
He was released on his own recognizance and is expected back in Bergen Town Court next month.
Investigators believe there may be other victims of Miraglia and encourage anyone with information to contact the New York State Police at 585-344-6200.

Geek Squad Scam reported by Attica Police.
The Attica Police Department released a report detailing an interaction in which a resident received a call from a person claiming to be from the well-known computer repair service, the Geek Squad.
The caller said the resident was in line for a $300 refund and he allowed the caller access to his computer and bank account.
After becoming suspicious the resident called Key Bank and the accounts were closed before any money was stolen.
Police warn customers to be alert about potential scammers claiming to be from a company you have done business with, because they are not always legitimate.

A Caledonia man behind bars accused of growing a lot of pot.
55 year old David Cohen of Caledonia was arrested by members of The Livingston County Drug Task Force after they executed a search warrant at his residence.
Officers seized more than 10 pounds of marijuana plants in the raid.
Cohen was charged with Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the First Degree a Class C Felony and with Unlawfully Growing of Cannabis.
Cohen was remanded to the custody of the Livingston County Sheriff on $15,000 cash bail.

 

Hawley talks about solutions to combat domestic violence.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia spoke at a press conference in Albany on legislative solutions to combat domestic violence following a series of statewide regional forums on the issue.
Hawley said he heard from victims first hand,

A full report of the domestic violence forums and all the recommendations can be found in here.

Kids as young as 12 years old could soon rifle hunt deer.
The state Senate passed the bill yesterday which would require youngsters be supervised while handling a firearm.
Senators Rob Ortt and Michael Ranzenhofer co-sponsored the bill which is being heavily criticized.
The bill still has to make it through the Democrat controlled Assembly.

Evening News Briefing

Genesee County’s unemployment rate went up almost a half point from last year. The December jobless rate for 2017 was 5.3 percent, up from 4.9 percent a year earlier.
Wyoming County’s unemployment rate dropped by a tenth of a percent.
Orleans County’s rate rose three-tenths of a point.

A Byron teenager has been arrested for allegedly abusing two younger teens.
18 year old Anthony Miarglia (mir-ag-lee-ah is charged with Unlawful Imprisonment, Forcible Touching, Sexual Abuse and Endangering the welfare of a child.
State Police said the investigation involved multiple suspected incidents from May of 2016 through July 2017.
Troopers said the victims knew Miraglia. They ranged in age from 15 to 17 at the time of the alleged abuse.
State Police said there is a possibility of other victims. If you have any further information related to the case you are asked to call State Police Batavia.

Attica Police report a computer scam by someone purporting to be from the Geek Squad.
According to Attica P-D, a resident received a call from a person claiming to represent the Geek Squad, a computer repair service that operates legitimately through Best Buy, a well-known electronics retailer.
The caller went into a lengthy spiel claiming an error had been made in the resident’s account.
Before the resident sensed something was wrong, he had allowed the caller access to his computer and his bank account.
The resident eventually called Key Bank, got police involved, and the accounts were closed before any money was stolen.
Police said just because someone claims to be from a company you have done business with that does not mean the caller is legit.

Professional baseball will be played at Dwyer Stadium this summer.
The Batavia City Council voiced no objection to leasing Dwyer Stadium directly to the New York Penn League which has taken over the Batavia Muckdogs management from the Rochester Red Wings.
The league is trying to sell the franchise as soon as possible.

Attica Police report Geek Squad Scam

Press Release:

Date of Incident: 01-20-2018  Time of Incident: 8:30 am
Today’s Date: 01-23-2018
Location: Attica NY

Occasion: COMPUTER SCAM Involving GEEK SQUAD.

Incident Description: Over the weekend an attempted scam of an elderly resident was avoided due to the quick actions of the resident and the Attica Branch of Key Bank.

The resident received a call from a reported representative of the well-known and respected internet based computer service company of GEEK SQUAD. The resident had utilized and signed up for services from GEEK SQUAD and had an account. The caller, identified himself as “Mark” with an Indian/Hindu accent advised that the resident could get a $300.00 refund due to an error on his last contact with GEEK SQUAD. The caller requested access to the victims computer and to update his account information. This was allowed due to the victim had an active account. At this time the caller requested the victim to check his bank account to see if the $300.00 had been deposited, upon checking the victim found a $3000.00 deposit. When the victim advised of the error the caller told the victim that a terrible mistake had occurred which needs to be corrected immediately or else the caller could lose his job. The caller wanted the victim to take $2700.00 out of his checking account and purchase the identical amount of gift cards from a retail store.

The Victim being alert to possible scams advised the caller he would have to check with his bank before doing anything. The caller attempted to convince the victim that would not be necessary and needed to immediately purchase the gift cards. The victim, not being persuaded contacted his bank on Monday to find that once the caller obtained access to is computer, obtained his banking information and account numbers, then transferred $2000.00 from the victims savings account to the checking account. This was an attempt to lead the victim to believe he had excess funds in his checking account. The victim with the assistance of the employees at the Attica Branch of Key Bank has since closed all his accounts and avoided a financial disaster. The victim who lives on his monthly social security would have been financially wiped out.

If contacted by any company who you have had previous contact with does not mean that the caller is legit representative. Be always suspicious and alert if they ask for financial information, request information to “update” account information they should already have and NEVER allow anyone remote access to your personal computer without a high degree of confirmation and trust. If any doubt/suspicion is perceived terminate the request and make contact with that entity from the contact information you have when you set up an account to confirm the call.

ALWAYS be alert and question everything. Even when you think you have the right information check again. Protect yourself, your family and your hard earned financial future.

Register now for Universal Pre-K and Kindergarten at Byron-Bergen Elementary School

Press Release:

Bergen, NY ~ The 2018-19 school year is fast approaching. Byron-Bergen families with children who have turned 4 or 5 years of age by Dec. 1, 2018 should register them for Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) or Kindergarten as soon as possible.

1. Universal PreK Registration

The Byron-Bergen School District hopes to once again offer a half-day Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) program for the 2018-19 school year. The class will be held at the Byron-Bergen Elementary School which is located at 6971 West Bergen Road, Bergen, NY 14416.

Students eligible for the program must have turned 4 years of age by Dec. 1, 2018. If you have a child eligible and are interested in having him/her attend our UPK program, please send a letter of interest with your child’s name, parents’ names, address, phone number, and date of birth to: Brian Meister, Elementary School Principal, 6971 West Bergen Rd., Bergen, NY 14416, by Friday, April 6, 2018. Parents who have already contacted the Elementary School by phone will still need to send in a letter to be eligible for UPK. Please note that if we receive more than our allowed capacity, we will select students using a lottery system.

What are the program goals of UPK at Byron-Bergen?
• To meet the NYS learning standards by using a curriculum that is thematically-based and supported using literature, songs, and exploration.
• To foster an environment that promotes happy, confident children who are willing to take risks, make independent choices, and ask questions.
• To create an inclusive community that builds upon the student’s strengths and accommodates his/her needs.

Philosophy of UPK
The UPK program at Byron-Bergen is focused on socialization, learning through play, and self-exploration. Children learn through a hands-on learning environment that includes activities, learning centers, concrete materials, and manipulatives. Students learn through a nurturing environment that is enriching, challenging, and developmentally appropriate.

2. Kindergarten Registration

Children who are 5 years of age, on or before Dec. 1, 2018, are eligible for entrance to Kindergarten in September of 2018. New families in the school district should notify the school if they have a child that will enter Kindergarten in September of 2018. Parents may contact the Byron-Bergen Elementary School Office by calling 494-1220, ext. 1301. Information may also be sent to the Byron-Bergen Elementary School, 6971 West Bergen Road, Bergen, New York 14416.

All children registering for Kindergarten will be scheduled for a screening appointment this summer. The results of this screening will be used to plan for the 2018-19 Kindergarten Program.

The following items are necessary to complete the registration process:

1. Your child’s Birth Certificate
2. Certificate of Immunization—New York State law requires that every child entering school must have received a minimum of five doses of diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine (DPT) and four doses of polio (IPV) vaccine, two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), three doses of Hepatitis B, and two doses of varicella (chickenpox). Those children born on or after 1/1/2008 must have four doses of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV). Their immunizations must be completed prior to entering school.
3. Proof of Residency—If this is the first time you have a child entering Byron-Bergen Central School District, please bring proof of residency to your screening appointment. This can be a copy of your mortgage statement, rental/lease agreement or a copy of your tax bill.

Byron Teen arrested for unwanted sexual contact

The Bureau of Criminal Investigations out of the State Police Troop in Batavia have arrested 18 year old Anthony Miraglia of Byron following investigation into multiple alleged incidents around Genesee County.

He was arrested yesterday on charges of Unlawful Imprisonment, Forcible Touching, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Sexual Abuse.

According to investigators Miraglia abused at least two victims between the ages of 15 and 17 during multiple incidents from May 2016 through July of last year.

Miraglia was arrested and arraigned in the Town of Bergen then released on his own recognizance.

He is ordered to return to Bergen Town Court in February.

Investigators believe there may be other victims of Miraglia and encourage anyone with information to contact the New York State Police at 585-344-6200.

Elba man faces prison time in plea deal for Grand Larceny

30 year old Matt Williams originally of Batavia, now an Elba resident, appeared in Genesee County Court this morning where he accepted a plea agreement in regards to incidents that occurred in September of last year.

Williams was facing charges of Falsifying Business Records and Grand Larceny for allegedly stealing from a business in Bergen.

He admitted to stealing a vehicle in the incident and pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Fourth degree.

Under terms of the deal Williams will face 1 and 1/3 – 3 years in prison as a Second Felony Offender when he is sentenced on March 26th.

Morning News Briefing

Batavia City Council unanimously passed a resolution that authorizes handing the Dwyer Stadium lease over to the New York-Penn League and its subsidiary the Batavia Muckdogs.
The League has already taken over the Short Season Class A team, which for the past decade was operated by the Rochester Red Wings.
In November the league ended the agreement between the Red Wings and the Genesee County Baseball Club.
City Attorney George Van Nest said that Penn League officials expressed a desire to stay in Batavia for 2018 during several conversations last fall.
Van Nest said extending the lease and sublease is time a sensitive issue since the New York Penn League hopes to begin assessing Dwyer Stadium later this month.

City Council members also agreed to consider a proposal to back a building project by Habitat for Humanity planned in the flood zone on the City’s south side.
The organization is looking for $17,395 grant from the City to cover the design costs included in building a flood-compliant home at 116 Swan Street.
Mike Fahey, Habitat for Humanity board president,

Fahey said because the property is in the 100-year flood zone, a complete demolition of the existing home is the only way the project will work for the organization.

Court Violation lands a Hutchins Street man in lock up.
22 year old Winston Lockhart Sr. of Batavia allegedly violated an order of protection and assaulted the protected person during a reported incident on Holland Ave in the city before leaving the address.
Lockhart was located and taken into custody on charges of Assault with intent to cause physical injury, Aggravated Criminal Contempt, Burglary and Strangulation.
He was jailed without bail.

Accused Craigslist scammer jailed for Assault.
23 year old Jaequele Tomlin of Central Ave in Batavia was arrested last week along with a Stafford man for allegedly setting up a craigslist scam to lure in potential robbery victims.
The pair was jailed without bail for Conspiracy.
Tomlin was recently arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief and Assault for a domestic incident that occurred last November.
He was accused of fighting someone and damaging their property.
Tomlin was remanded back to jail to await arraignment.

The three-day government shutdown is over.
President Trump signed a bill extending government funding to February 8th after passage by the Senate and House.
The latest temporary funding measure is the fourth continuing resolution, or CR, since September.
The impasse broke when Senate Democrats ended a filibuster over immigration.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took a shot at President Trump saying while he was negotiating all weekend to end the shutdown, the great deal making president sat on the sidelines.

Most of Western New York is under a flood watch.
According to The National Weather Service folks living near creeks and rivers prone to flooding should have an emergency plan ready just in case.
The flood watch ends at seven o’clock tonight.

Hawley Announces $5.5 Million Available In New Grants For Farmers

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today announced $5.5 million is now available to farmers and agricultural producers as part of two new grant programs. The awards are aimed toward farmland conservation, assisting farmers in identifying available land and ensuring that arable land is permanently protected from development and non-farm uses.

“Farming is one of the cornerstones of our community and extremely important to our local economy, traditions and way of life,” Hawley said. “Too often, farmers lose the ability to work the land due to environmental concerns or development, and these new grants will help protect our producers and ensure that family farms remain family businesses. I remain committed to giving our farmers a voice in Albany, and I look forward to advocating their concerns as we progress through this year’s session.”

More information can be found on the state’s Agriculture and Markets site and interested applicants can access grant information here. Applications will be processed until all funding for the program has been exhausted.

Hawley is the former owner/operator of Hawley Farms in Batavia and sits on the Assembly’s Agriculture Committee.

Sex Offender trial is delayed over transportation issue

The latest trial against convicted level three Sex Offender Marlek Holmes was stalled due to the criminal’s absence.

There was an apparent issue with his transportation from Wende Correctional Facility where he is currently being held and his jury selection process which was staled to begin this morning had to be delayed.

According to District Attorney Lawrence Friedman they will attempt to begin the trial tomorrow and again on Wednesday however Holmes must be present to proceed.

Friedman said he could not comment on why Holmes was not transported.

Holmes is already serving a 15 year prison sentence for attempted criminal sexual act and is also facing a hearing that could label him a persistent violent felony offender.

He could be looking a life in prison if the prosecution is successful with their declaration.

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

Funds needed for Motorcycle crash victims in Wyoming County

Dave and Minerva Stefanski were permanently crippled by a motorcycle crash in Orangeville last July and have been dealing with surmounting medical costs ever since.

The crash occurred on Route 20 while the couple was riding a pair of motorcycles with family members George McGann and Tomasa Martinez

29 year old Joshua Huntress of Chautauqua County was impaired by a combination of drugs when he drove his vehicle into the two motorcycles killing Tomasa and seriously injuring the others.

Months later and the couple are now dealing with disabilities and are unable to work.

There is a GoFundMe account that has been set up for the family with a goal of raising $200,000 for medical expenses.

A link to the donation page can be found here.

GCC Athletics: Cougar Soccer Quartet Recognized by USC

 

Press Release:

USC Concludes Philadelphia Convention with Recognition of Cougar Quartet

Four members of the Genesee Community College men’s soccer team family were recognized this past weekend at the 71st United Soccer Coaches Convention at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pa. as the USC concludes its festivities today.

Cougar head coach Ken Gavin accepted an award on behalf of his award-winning staff, while Cougar captain Glenn Holmes led a host of player recognitions with teammates Charlie Livesey and Ben Wattis.

The near week-long gathering brought together leaders, teachers and facilitators of the game that concluded with an awards banquet honoring the Cougar quartet.

Of the trio of Cougar sophomore players recognized, Holmes was honored twice – once as an all-American player and once as an all-American scholar.

The 2017 National Junior College Athletic Association National Champion Cougars were co-captained by Holmes, who hails from Kildare, Ireland. The sports management major was just one of four overall junior college players who were recognized as first-team selections both on the field and in the classroom by the USC. At the junior college division-three level, he was just one of two to achieve the feat and the lone defensive player in the country.

Although known more for his stealth defensive play, Holmes’ offensive numbers were quite astonishing. He led all NJCAA defenders in points with 32 and goals with 13. In addition, the Genesee sophomore was the catalyst behind the team’s amazing run that ended with a 10-game winning streak and a 20-game unbeaten streak in bringing the Cougars its first national championship in soccer.

Joining Holmes as a USC First Team All-American was GCC forward Livesey (Sandbach, UK), who set a single-season school record for assists with 26. That total was seven more than anyone else in the nation at D-III and the most in the country among all NJCAA players (D-I and D-III) for 2017. Livesey led the Cougars in goals, assists and points and his totals ranked him nationally No. 4 in points with 60 and tied for No. 16 in goals with 17 in addition to his No. 1 ranking in helpers.

Wattis (Langley, UK), who scored the team’s first goal in the Cougars’ national championship semifinal game to help them advance to the championship game, was named as a USC Second Team All-American as a defender.

Genesee Community College was also recognized as the Junior College D-III Staff of the Year for the men’s division and was led by Gavin and assistant coach Josh Carpenter, with the pair leading the 2017 GCC men’s soccer team to its first national title in Herkimer, N.Y. in November. An often overlooked but vital part of Genesee’s staff is its athletic trainers, who assisted the coaches and players throughout their championship run and include Amber Nichols and Jeff Engels.

The United Soccer Coaches (formerly known as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America / NSCAA) is an organization of American soccer coaches founded in 1941. It is the largest soccer coach’s organization in the world, with more than 30,000 members and recognizes youth, high school and college men’s and women’s players, coaches and teams. The NSCAA was rebranded as United Soccer Coaches about four months ago in early August and is based out of Kansas City, Mo.

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

GCC Athletics: Cougar Swim Team

Press Release:

Cougar Swimmers are Officially Back

It’s been six weeks since the last time the Genesee Community College swimmers have officially competed and if there was an event that signaled that their swimming strokes had returned back to form, it was the backstroke.

Genesee captured every backstroke event in the Pioneer Invitational hosted by Alfred State College Jan. 20 on their way to a second-place finish for the men and a third-place finish for the women.

Aside from relay and diving events, the Cougars registered first-place finishes in more than half of the remaining 24 individual events. The men’s team finished first 10 times, while the women’s team captured a trio of firsts for 13 total.

Four of those 13 wins came in the backstroke. Nathan Richardson and Angel Priest captured a pair of backstroke wins apiece at 100- and 200-yards.

Ferran Martinez captured the most first places with three that included: the 200-yard butterfly, the 200-yard breaststroke and the 400-yrad individual medley.

Matthew Langerman and Joan Ferrer each recorded a pair of wins with the former taking two freestyle events (500-yard and 1650-yard) and the latter taking one freestyle (50-yard) and one butterfly (100-yard).

Rounding out the winners were Nanako Shiozawa (100-yard butterfly) and Benjamin Vacanti (100-yard breaststroke).

Alfred State finished atop both the men’s and women’s scores with a combined 1057 points for the four-year school. The GCC men’s team was 100 points behind the Pioneers with 381, but had more points than the third, fourth and fifth teams combined that included SUNY Delhi, Roberts Wesleyan College and Herkimer County Community College, respectively.

The GCC women’s team finished behind ASC and Roberts Wesleyan, but ahead of Herkimer and SUNY Delhi. The Lady Cougars amassed 123 points and were 127 points behind the runner-up Redhawks.

Complete ASC Pioneer Invitational results can be found at: http://www.geneseeathletics.com/sports/swimdive/2017-18/files/Pioneer_Invitational_results.pdf

Mark Jagord
GCC Sports Information

Batavia Morning News

Police interrupted a potentially dangerous online deal resulting in the arrest of two local men

They allegedly posted a phony Craigslist ad to lure potential victims to be robbed.

23 year old Jaequele Tomlin of Central Avenue and 19 year old Quamane Santiago of Main Road in Stafford were both charged with Conspiracy.

The pair posted an ad on Craigslist to sell a truck, however, there was no truck.

According to Batavia Police two men answered the ad and once they arrived one of the men noticed the butt of a gun in the suspects pocket, so he made an excuse that he would have to leave to go pick up the cash.

They then notified police and officers set up a meeting with pair and took them into custody.

Both men were found with realistic looking BB guns and were committed to jail without bail.

 

Students facing charges for fake bomb threat at Livonia.

The school received a voice message last week warning of a bomb hidden in the school that would go off the following day.

A sweep of the school with bomb sniffing dog cleared the facility and investigators tracked down three teenagers allegedly responsible.

Investigators charged two 15 year olds and a 16 year old student with felony counts of Falsely Reporting an Incident.

The names of the suspects are being withheld due to their ages.

 

The blame game continues for state and federal legislators.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is blaming Republicans for the government shutdown.

On Friday Senate Democrats blocked a short term spending plan to keep the government open because it didn’t include legal protections for Dreamers.

Schumer said the White House and Congress are responsible for finding a compromise and only President Trump can end this shutdown.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is blaming the Democrats for the government shutdown.

This weekend she told “The Post Star” she was disappointed in Senators Schumer and Gillibrand for not supporting the bill that would have staved off a government shutdown.

Stefanik accused the Senators from New York of playing political games with peoples’ lives and called for an end to this.

 

Western New York could be in for more flooding.

A warm front moving in today will cause unseasonably warm weather for several days this week leading the National Weather Service to issue a Flood Watch for the GLOW region and several surrounding counties.

The Watch will be in effect from early this afternoon until Tomorrow evening.

It’s expected to be warm and rainy today and tomorrow which could spell ice jam flooding for areas along creeks and rivers.

The National Weather Service has issued also a Dense Fog Advisory for the entire GLOW region, which is in effect until 10 this morning.

Dense fog will create poor visibilities of quarter mile or less, resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

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