Evening News Briefing

Written by on December 26, 2017

Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman announces today that his upcoming 6th term in office will be his last.
Friedman will be sworn in for his 6th four-year term this Thursday.
Friedman used the announcement of his swearing in to say it will be his last term as Genesee County’s top law enforcement officer.

Gas in Western New York is up this holiday season. Even though fuel prices are down from last month, a website that tracks gas prices reports that travel this holiday season will be more expensive than it has been in three years. The average cost of a gallon of gas in the Rochester metro area is about two-dollars and 50-cents compared to two-35 last year and around two-20 the year before that.

An Attica woman gets six years in state prison for selling drugs out of her home.
44 year old Kara Baker of Lincoln Avenue in Attica could have received nine years behind bars.
She was arrested last September after police conducted a raid at her home.

Governor Cuomo is giving New Yorkers some shelter from the new tax plan. Under the newly passed plan, the amount of state and local taxes New Yorkers can deduct from federal returns will be limited to $10,000. On Friday Cuomo signed an executive order allowing property owners to pay some or all of their 2018 property taxes early. The governor urges folks to pay their local taxes while the current tax plan is still in place. Payments have to be postmarked or submitted online by December 31st.
Genesee County Treasurer Scott German issued a statement on Monday afternoon regarding the pre-pqayment issue. German wrote:

“The new Federal Income Tax Law will only affect an estimated 10-15% of the population in Genesee County as far as the SALT deduction. The law allows taxpayers to deduct up to $10,000 a year in a combined New York State income tax and property taxes. So if your deduction of those taxes are less than the $10,000.00, it probably doesn’t make sense to pay your 2018 taxes early. For example, if your 2018 town/county, school and village taxes are $2,500.00 and your total New York State taxes paid will be $3,500.00 = $6,000.00. Total taxes paid are $6,000.00 which is less than the maximum $10,000.00 allowed; therefore your taxes would still be deductible on your 2018 tax return.”

 

The Batavia DPW says it will pick-up Christmas Trees during the month of January as weather permits.
Only real trees will be picked up.
Trees should be placed in the parkway near the cub and be clear of sidewalks.


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