Morning News Briefing
Written by Alex Feig on December 21, 2018
Undersheriff Gregory Walker a 31-year veteran of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, is retiring effective December 29th.
Walker started his career in 1987, as a Deputy Sheriff, in 1993 was promoted to Investigator, and was promoted again in 1997 to Sergeant.
During his tenure, Walker earned several awards which include seven Meritorious Awards, three Commendations and Officer of the Year.
Additionally, he is a Drug Recognition Expert and Instructor, was Sergeant of the Drug Task Force and is highly involved with the Badge of Honor Association.
Sheriff William Sheron thanked Greg for his dedication and service to the Sheriff’s Office and the people of Genesee County.
Accused attacker of the Wyoming County Sheriff was reported to be uncooperative at his arraignment.
48 year old Lynn Hall of Castile was taken into custody last week after allegedly attacking the Sheriff and threatening to kill him while brandishing a knife.
Lynn appeared in Wyoming County Court yesterday on felony counts attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
Hall was reportedly not cooperative with authorities in court and did not respond to the Judge or to the public defender assigned to his case.
His defense entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf and he was committed back to the Wyoming County Jail on half a million dollars bail.
Hawley named Deputy Minority Leader.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley announced he will be the new Deputy Minority Leader for the 2019 Legislative Session.
In addition to this position, Hawley will serve on the Agriculture, Insurance, Rules, Veterans’ Affairs and Ways & Means committees.
Hawley said he looks forward to continuing to make a difference and is anxious to get back to Albany and back to work.
State Association of County Health Departments issues statement of concern over legal pot.
The New York State Association of County Health Officials has expressed serious concerns about the legalization of an adult-use regulated marijuana program, and called on lawmakers to approach legalization thoughtfully and with extreme caution.
The association maintains marijuana is a gate way drug, has harmful cogni-tive and academic effects and can lead to unintentional exposures to children and motor vehicle accidents.
While they remain in opposition to the recreational use of the drug they called on lawmakers to enact restrictions and other measures like research funding for the effects of pot if it is legalized.
The unemployment rate has hit a record low in New York.
The State Labor Department says the seasonally adjusted jobless rate hit three-point-nine percent in November.
That’s the lowest percentage since records began being kept in 1976.
In a statement, Governor Cuomo says his administration will continue driving economic growth statewide.
The Buffalo Bills are hitting the road this weekend to take on a longtime rival.
They’ll be visiting the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
The Patriots are still looking to clinch the AFC East title.
When the teams played earlier this year, New England won 25 to 6.
Kickoff is set for one o’clock Sunday afternoon.