Morning News Briefing

Written by on July 18, 2019

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo has signed a new law allowing farm workers to unionize.
The Farm Laborers Fair Practices Act also mandates a 60-hour work week, sets overtime pay at one-and-a-half-times the normal rate, and guarantees farm workers at least one day off per week.
Western New York farmers and lawmakers were among those who lobbied against the legislation, citing the devastating impact it could have on family farms and agriculture, the primary economic driver of the region.
New York Farm Bureau president David Fisher said many of New York’s leaders dismissed the dignity and respect farm families have long provided to their workers adding that the legislation will lead to significant financial challenges for farmers and the continued erosion of our rural communities.
Cuomo was joined by his ex-wife Kerry Kennedy at yesterday’s bill signing.
The governor credited her for being a tireless advocate for collective bargaining rights.

A pair in Stafford busted for pot growing operation.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies responding to a reported domestic incident at an address on Seven Springs Road in Stafford last month ended up arresting two of the residents for growing pot.
29 year old Alexandra Lasky and 24 year old Alexander Scheg were both arrested for Unlawful Growing of Cannabis after deputies discovered a marijuana grow operation and Lasky was additionally charged for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance for allegedly possessing other drugs at the residence.
Both Lasky and Scheg were released with appearance tickets returnable to Batavia Town Court on August 13th.

Six injured in a two car crash in Darien.
Report came in at around quarter to 11 last night of a two car accident with serious injuries on Route 20 at Harlow Road in Darien.
There was initial report of entrapment with one person possibly laying in the roadway.
According to a source at the scene, a vehicle from Pennsylvania occupied by four women ages 18 to 20 was southbound on Route 20 when the driver allegedly ran a stop sign and was struck by a westbound Jeep.
The southbound driver was taken to ECMC via Mercy Flight while the front passenger was taken by ground ambulance along with all four occupants of the Jeep.
State Police said drinking or drugs did not play a role in the crash.

Folks in Orleans, Monroe and Livingston counties are really going to be feeling the heat the next few days.
The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch that will go into effect tomorrow afternoon and last into Saturday.
Forecasters are predicting the heat index in some locations could reach 110 degrees.
That could put anyone who spends time outside at risk of a heat-related illness.

The International Joint Commission has made an announcement involving its future.
The agency, which is responsible for managing Lake Ontario’s outflows, will be adding two new members.
One member will be from Canada while the other will be from the United States.
The IJC says the people selected will help fellow members look at the human and social impact of lakeshore flooding.

Today is Kid’s Day at the Genesee County Fair!
Midway ride wristbands will cost just $10 each and will be good to ride all of the rides at the Fair from noon until 10 p.m.

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