Evening News Briefing

Written by on February 1, 2018

An estimated $60,000 worth of wine and spirits spilled onto Lewiston Road in the Town of Alabama.
A tractor-trailer hauling the alcoholic beverages was apparently caught by a gust of wind and over turned yearly yesterday afternoon.
The cargo littered the highway. Traffic was blocked in each direction.
No one was injured and no charges were filed.

PHOTO: Lewiston Rd., Town of Alabama
Courtesy: The Batavian


Nearly 100-million-dollars in state grants are set to go to companies that provide internet across Western New York and the Finger Lakes.
Governor Cuomo has announced the next phase of the “New NY Broadband” program to give all New Yorkers access to high-speed internet. None of the dollars in this next phase, however, were earmarked for Genesee County.


Jay Gsell, Genesee County Manager


Genesee County, and counties across the state, are now left to deal with new rules for detaining youthful offenders.
County Manager Jay Gsell appeared says that under new state regulations, county governments have to provide youthful offenders a separate detention facility.
Speaking on WBTA’s Main and Center program Gsell said these new facilities are required as part of a law that changed the age limits of youthful offenders

Gsell said that the state expects counties to begin building such detention facilities by October of this year.
He said state regulations on such facilities are still not in place and building a new detention center within the time frame allowed is not realistic.


As a result of the decision by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to allow over 51,000 inmates statewide to use electronic tablets free of charge, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has written a letter to Gov. Cuomo and DOCCS demanding that the program be shut down immediately.
“This policy decision to reward and furnish luxury items like these tablets to prisoners is an affront to our law-abiding citizens,” Hawley wrote in the letter.

“We already have people moving to New York State for our lavish Medicaid programs and now criminals will also be moving here and if convicted and sent to a state prison will have access to luxuries not afforded in other out of state correctional facilities,” Hawley continued in the letter.

“I call on you to reconsider this misguided policy and urge JayP Inc. to work with our school system, libraries and veterans organizations to furnish tablets to law abiding citizens.”



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