Evening News Briefing
Written by Dan Fischer on April 2, 2018
Just two weeks after disclosing “serious financial challenges” the Geensee County YWCA has announced it is ceasing all operations effective immediately.
“The cash position is such that we can’t continue to operate,” accordingf to Executive Director Millie Tomidy-Pepper.
All YWCA programs are going to cease immediately. Those include domestic violence, before and after school child care, courthouse daycare, a food reimbursement program for home daycare providers and crisis helpline services.
The move will mean the termination of 36 staff members. Tomidy-Pepper said it is not certain that the employees will receive unemployment benefits because payments to the unemployment insurance fund were not kept up top date.
Tomidy-Pepper has been executive director since Feb.5. During the interview process she said nothing was disclosed about the current fiscal condition of the agency. Tomidy Pepper said the agency’s financial records are in such disarray that an audit cannot be properly conducted.
Starting on April 2nd, 2018 the Batavia Police Department will be hosting two weeks of multi-agency Active Shooter Response Training with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Probation Department, Leroy Police and the k State Police. The training will be held at the New York State School for the Blind and will emphasize singlre and multi-officertactical responses used to make entry into buildings and address the threats.
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro’s campaign for governor is officially underway. Kicking his campaign off this morning in Tivoli, where he was elected the country’s youngest mayor in 1995, the Republican called for change in Albany, saying people have lost faith in their government. The 42-year-old Yonkers-born Molinaro also has a second event planned in Albany this afternoon. A primary is set for September ahead of the November 6th election.
Syracuse State Senator John DeFrancisco and lawyer Joe Holland are also seeking the Republican nomination, while, on the Democratic side, actress and activist Cynthia Nixon is challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is on the mend. Kelly went under the knife last week in New York City for oral cancer. This weekend his wife posted on Instagram that a cancerous tumor was removed and his entire upper jaw was reconstructed. Kelly is on a feeding tube and expected to be in the hospital for at least two weeks.