Evening News Briefing

Written by on January 22, 2020

Governor Cuomo has proposed an overhaul of the state’s Medicaid system in order to help close a 6-billion dollar state budget gap.

Part of the plan would require local governments, like Genesee County, to pay for any increase in Medicaid costs over 3-percent.
Batavia Republican Assemblyman Steve Hawley says there is a better way to reign in Medicaid costs – cut some of the Medicaid options…

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-Batavia)

Genesee County Manager Jay Gsell called the governor’s plan to shift more of Medicaid burden to local governments a quote, “Ponzi scheme.”


There’s another Republican hat in the ring for the 27th Congressional District. It’s the hat of Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw.
He joins attorney Beth Parlato and state senators Chris Jacobs and Rob Ortt seeking the GOP nod. The lone Democrat candidate is Nate McMurray. A special election to fill the seat vacated by Chris Collis has been scheduled for April 28th.


A new poll shows support for the state’s controversial bail reform law is declining.
The Siena Research Institute says only 37 percent of New Yorkers are behind the legislation, down from 55 percent last April. The law went into effect January 1st, eliminating pre-trial detention and cash bail for a large number of non-violent felony and misdemeanor cases.
Lawmakers have discussed making changes to the legislation, but that likely won’t happen for a few months.


Genesee County Democrats for looking for a few good people to fill some local elected offices this November.
Among the offices seeking a Democrat candidate are:
Genesee County Sheriff, Batavia City Council at-large and town justices in Batavia, Bergen and Byron.
Other offices looking for Democrat candidates are listed HERE

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