Evening News Briefing
Written by Dan Fischer on March 20, 2018
A priest who once served as the pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Batavia was removed from his position here amid allegations of sexually abusing children.
Father Donald Becker was named on a list of 41 other priests, living and dead, named by the Buffalo Diocese today.
Becker served as pastor of St. Mary’s at the time of his sudden departure in 2002. At the time the church said Father Becker left for medical reasons.
The Buffalo News has reported at least three men accused Becker of molesting them as children.
Becker has denied the allegation in the Buffalo News article.
He is now retired and living in Florida.
A State Street woman is accused of stabbing another person witgh a steak knife.
27 year old Elizabeth Grattan is charged with Second Degree Assault for allegedly knifing another person during a flight Friday night at a home on Lewis Place.
The Village of Albion is holding an election for mayor today.
There are three candidates:
The current deputy mayor Eileen Banker is the Republican candidate;
Joyce Riley is the democrat and Kevin Doherty is running on an independent line.
Incumbent Albion Mayor Dean Landon is not seeking re-election.
Actress Cynthia Nixon is entering the race to be New York’s next governor:
Challenging the incumbent Andrew Cuomo by name, the “Sex and the City” star blasted New York City’s failing schools and widening income gap. Nixon spoke in Brooklyn, where she promised to be a candidate for all, aiming to make the state fair and prosperous.
The University at Buffalo women’s basketball team is advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.
The 11th seed team beat 3rd seed Florida State last night 86-to-65.
They now take on last year’s National Champions, 2nd seed South Carolina on Saturday in Albany.