Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on January 17, 2018
Unpacking Cuomo’s $168-billion budget plan.
Governor Andrew Cuomo rolled out his $168 billion dollar state budget proposal with a vow to fight back against Washington Republicans and their recent tax reform.
In order to ease the transition of the new federal tax overhaul enacted by Republicans, Cuomo said he’ll urge lawmakers to consider restructuring the state tax system.
Republican Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia said he likes the reforms out of Washington
Hawley singled out Medicaid for the lion’s share of cuts.
Overall, Cuomo’s budget caps state spending increases at under 2 percent over last year’s budget.
Sex offender Marlek Holmes looking at life in prison after rejecting a sentencing deal.
Holmes was offered 25 years in prison to satisfy his remaining charges in the County as he appeared in Genesee County Court yesterday.
Holmes said he would “absolutely not” accept the deal offered by D A Lawrence Friedman…
Holmes used profane language against Friedman on at least two occasions in the proceedings, which went unaddressed by the court.
Holmes will now go to trial on the latest charges and also face a hearing to determine if he should be declared a “persistent violent felony offender.” Which could leave him locked up for life.
Facebook postings put an Adams Street man behind bars.
23 year old Ryan Bartholomew of Batavia was arrested and charged with Aggravated Harassment and Making a Terroristic Threat for something he shared on social media.
Bartholomew was accused of threatening serious physical harm toward law enforcement officials on Facebook.
He was arraigned in City Court and remanded to Jail without bail.
Another Batavia resident arrested for allegedly making a terrorist threat.
62 year old Joseph Misiak Jr. of Pratt Road allegedly called the sheriff’s office and left a voicemail threatening to harm a member of the sheriff’s office.
He reportedly threatened to damage property as well.
Misiak was released under supervision of Genesee Justice and an order of protection was put in place.
Michigan Street man jailed for a cache various controlled substances.
27 year old Pierre Humphrey of Batavia was subject to a traffic stop on Park Road in Batavia.
Deputies allegedly found Humphrey in possession of three various controlled substances along with a quantity of marijuana.
He was charged with multiple counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled substance including a count with Intent to Sell.
Humphrey was remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail and is due back in Town Court on February 13th.