Morning News Briefing
Written by Alex Feig on November 22, 2018
McMurray claims possible irregularities with absentee ballots as he continues to trail Collins.
Democrat Nate McMurray still has his eyes on the 27th Congressional District seat even though it seems impossible for him to gain enough votes now two weeks after Election Day.
McMurray has narrowed Collins lead from around 3-thousand to within 13-hundred votes with most of the outstanding ballots in the 27th district counted, however it appears there are not enough ballots left to be counted for McMurray to overtake the federally indicted congressman.
Collins has already declared victory and remains confident he will be returning to Washington while McMurray has not conceded the race and said in a statement yesterday afternoon that he would continue the fight, claiming potential irregularities, especially pertaining to absentee ballots.
McMurray said he and his attorneys are discussing the situation and will decide what to do after Thanksgiving.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.
Orleans County Law Enforcement report on Joint DWI saturation patrol.
Last night from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m. the Albion Police Department hosted and supervised a multi-agency Orleans County Wide DWI Saturation Patrol.
This detail combined the Law Enforcement efforts from every Law Enforcement agency in the County along with State Parole, Orleans County Probation and the U.S. Border Patrol.
In total there were 91 traffic stops conducted, 18 tickets issued, and 2 DWI Arrests made over the course of the six hour saturation patrol.
This is the fifth year the patrol was conducted and the numbers indicate that less than 4% of the motorists stopped were intoxicated, whereas in previous years that number has been as high as 20%.
Local spirit shop is in the giving spirit for this Shop Small Saturday.
The Yngodess on Main Street in the city is hosting a benefit for the Sheriff’s Office K-9 fund and to honor the memory of “Destro,” as part of “Shop Small Saturday” in Downtown Batavia this weekend.
The Sheriff’s Office is currently looking at a narcotics sniffing dog to take the position left by Destro, but also have plans to acquire a second dog to be trained in explosives and tracking.
The funds have been flowing in however the Sheriff’s Office will now need to fund training for two new dogs and a new handler.
Yngodness owner Chris Crocker said the event at her shop Saturday will include tastings and specials to share.
K9 Destro’s handler Deputy Chris Erion will be at the shop from 5 to 7 p.m. for a meet-and-greet.
State Police cracking down on drunk and impaired drivers over the busiest travel time of the year.
State Troopers will be conducting a Thanksgiving holiday traffic enforcement running now through Sunday cracking down on impaired, distracted, aggressive or reckless driving.
Troopers will be highly visible during the enforcement effort, and drivers can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints and additional DWI patrols out and about.
The Batavia Blue Devils are getting ready this Thanksgiving for their historic run at the New York State Class B Football Championship.
The Blue Devils will take on the Glens Falls Indians this Saturday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
Kick-off is set for 12 Noon.
The 12 and 0 Blue Devils are going for their first state title in school history.
Batavia was ranked number one in the state back in 1991 when the state’s sports writers determined the top teams.
WBTA will cover all the action, live from Syracuse, with Bob Brown and John Vazquez.
Our pre-game show starts at 11:45.
You can hear the game on WBTA AM and FM and now, with special permission from the state high school athletic association, we will also stream our coverage at WBTAi-dot-com.