Morning News Briefing
Written by Alex Feig on January 10, 2020
The immediate resignation of First District Attorney Melissa Cianfrini was announced in a memo issued by District Attorney Lawrence Friedman to members of the local legal community yesterday.
The departmental memo said that First Assistant District Attorney Melissa Cianfrini has made the difficult decision to resign her position with the Genesee County District Attorney’s Office effective immediately and that she has other opportunities that she would like to pursue.
An Oakfield resident and wife of County Clerk Michael Cianfrini, Melissa joined the DA’s office in 2009 being promoted to first district attorney in 2017.
Before her resignation, Cianfrini appeared to be heir apparent to the DA post as Friedman is planning to retire at the end of his current term.
Her resignation comes at a time when the DA’s office is adjusting to an increased caseload, with additional staff, because of new, more rigorous, discovery rules in New York. Photo provided by our news partner The Batavian.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for the entire GLOW region starting Saturday afternoon lasting through Sunday afternoon.
Total rainfall may reach up to 2.5 inches.
Hazardous flooding conditions may be caused due to significant snowmelt and runoff combined with the rainfall.
Gates man arrested for attempting to have sex with a 13 year old.
24 year old Gates resident Michael Greco was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with online enticement of a minor.
Greco allegedly engaged in online conversations with an undercover New York State Police investigator posing as a “mother” engaged in the prostitution of her 13 year old daughter.
Greco agreed to pay $100 in order to have sex with the child during the conversations earlier this month.
On Tuesday, Greco arrived at a pre-arranged meeting place for sex but, was instead met by State police and Homeland Security Investigations, who took him into custody.
Greco was found in possession of $100, condoms, and candy, which he intended to give the child as a gift.
He is being held pending a detention hearing.
Office for the Aging names new director as current office head prepares for retirement next Friday.
After 25 years with the agency and the past 5 as director, Ruth Spink has decided it’s time to retire.
Her successor Diana Fox of Clarendon has been named as the next Office for the Aging Director and is taking up her new post on January 17th
Spink said she is looking forward to travelling and spending more time with family.
County Legislature names new chairwoman.
The Genesee County Legislature held its organizational meeting Wednesday evening where Shelly Stein was sworn in as the new chairwoman.
Also during the meeting, Christian Yunker was sworn in as the newest member of the legislature, Marianne Clattenburg was sworn in as vice-chair and Andrew Young as second vice-chair.