Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on January 6, 2020
Fire crews were called at around 11 p.m. last night to report of a fire at a West Albion Street address in Holley that challenged crews due to lack of access to water.
When crews arrived they found the hydrant nearby was not working and so water tankers were brought to the scene according to Holley’s fire chief.
Unbeknownst to the department, a water main break had occurred the night before, which complicated their efforts.
In total 10 fire companies from 4 counties were called to action. Eleven people were displaced in the blaze, five children and six adults.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Batavia Woman busted for menacing with a weapon and endangerment.
35 year old Leah Kelly of Jackson Street is facing counts of Menacing with a Weapon, Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Endangering the Welfare of a Child following investigation into an alleged domestic disturbance that occurred early December at a lower apartment on Jackson Street.
Kelly used a knife unlawfully against another person or persons during the domestic incident according to Batavia Police.
Kelly was issued an appearance ticket for City Court on January 14th.
Residents should keep their cars locked, especially when parked overnight according to the Genesee county Sheriff’s Office says.
Deputies say they have received several complaints over the past week involving the theft of vehicles and articles left in vehicles parked in private driveways and lots.
The majority of the thefts have occurred in the overnight hours.
Starting today, employers will no longer be able to ask prospective or current employees about their salary history.
Governor Cuomo signed the legislation last year in hopes of bringing the state closer to closing the gender wage gap.
Employers can ask job seekers about their salary expectations for a position they’re applying for.
However, they can’t retaliate against anyone who refuses to reveal their salary history.
Anyone with questions or concerns about the new law can contact the Department of Labor’s Division of Labor Standards.
The halls of the state Capitol will be buzzing again this week as lawmakers return to Albany for their 2020 session.
One pressing issue they’ll need to address is a roughly six billion dollar budget gap that was mostly caused by four billion bucks in Medicaid overspending.
The governor’s office hasn’t said whether he’s in favor of raising taxes to cut the deficit.
Other items on the Legislature’s agenda are expected to be criminal justice reform, marijuana legalization, education and gun safety.
This year’s legislative session runs from Wednesday until June 2nd.
The news just keeps getting worse when it comes to the spread of the flu across New York.
According to the Department of Health, there were 92-hundred confirmed cases of the virus during the week ending December 28th. That’s a whopping 74-percent increase over the agency’s previous flu surveillance report. Nearly 14-hundred people were also hospitalized due to complications from the virus, a nearly 120-percent spike from the week before.