Morning News Briefing
Written by Alex Feig on November 5, 2019
Voters in Batavia will have a number of electoral races to decide as they head to the polls today, most notably the race for Batavia City Court Judge.
The seat is being sought by part-time Judge Durin Rogers on the Republican, Conservation and Independence Party lines and by Attorney Benjamin Bonarigo who is running along Democrat, Working Party and Green party lines.
Six ward councilmen are also being decided by city voters today, however only two have opposition. John Canale is challenged by Libertarian Deborah Kerr Rosenbeck, and Republican Kathy Briggs is being opposed by Democrat Sam DiSalvo in Ward 5.
At the County level all nine members of the Genesee County Legislature are up for election with Legislator Maryann Clattenberg facing the only opponent, Libertarian Colin McAllister.
There are various town elections as well.
Polls have opened in Genesee County and remain open until 9 tonight.
Follow the links for a full list of races and candidates in Genesee County along with maps to find polling places in all towns and the city of Batavia.
Three Genesee County Jail inmates busted with contraband.
Following investigation into alleged contraband in the jail facility, 30 year old Benjamin Santiago Jr. of South Lyon Street, 27 year old Morgan Cox of Hutchins Place and 55 year old Scott Hodgins of West Main Street Batavia were all arrested and charged.
Santiago was charged with Promoting Prison contraband, while Cox was hit with counts of Promoting Prison Contraband and Tampering with physical evidence.
Hodgins was charged with Possession of Contraband and all three are due back in Batavia City Court this morning.
The Batavia Development Corporation has named a new Executive Director.
Andrew Maguire will be succeeding Rachel Tabelski as head of the Economic Development Agency after Tabelski was moved into the role of Assistant City Manager for Batavia.
For the past five years Maguire has served as Clerk-Treasurer for the Village of Oakfield.
His new position starts on November 18th with the BDC.
New York State lawmakers are trying to figure out how to regulate vaping related products like e-cigarettes. State lawmakers held a hearing in Lower Manhattan yesterday on the matter.
The State health department testified that 27-percent of high schoolers use e-cigarettes and is recommending no one use them because they have been shown recently to be linked to lung illnesses.
The New York Association Of Convenience Stores cautioned lawmakers of an outright ban or ban on flavored e-cigs because the association feels the vaping products would then go to the black market.