Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on July 27, 2022
Monroe County DA Sandra Doorley has recused herself from prosecuting the man who attacked gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin because she has ties to the campaign. Doorley has attended Zeldin campaign rallies and called Zeldin a friend in the past. She was also selected to Co-Chair the campaign in the spring but did not take the position because it conflicted with her duties as DA. However, Zeldin’s campaign listed her as Co-Chair on their website until Monday. Both Democrats and Republicans have taken issue with Zeldin’s attacker being out of jail within hours of the attack. Monroe County Sheriffs say they made the decision.
Governor Hochul announced the state’s approval of the Largest solar facility in New York State and it’s going in Oakfield and Elba. The new facility is expected to bring in around $30 million to the county, town, and school district and is additionally expected to bring in 495 jobs. Once the solar facility is completed, it is expected to generate enough energy to power over 125,000 homes and reduce nearly 462,000 tons of CO2 a year. The facility will be designed, constructed, and operated by Hecate Energy Cider Solar, LLC.
You may have seen or even used the rental scooters or bicycles found stationed around the city of Rochester. Now, you have the opportunity to rent a car at similar stations. The City of Rochester is now offering an electric vehicle car sharing program called Flower City Carshare or “FloShare” for short. The programs offers residents and visitors access to Chevrolet Volts that can be rented on an hourly or daily basis using the Miocar Networks smartphone app. The vehicles will be available 24/7 and parked at charging stations at St. Mary’s Medical Campus, the Rochester Public Market and Genesee Valley Park. It’s 5 dollars an hour or 40 for the whole day and yes, the vehicles are insured.
Invasive worms are eating the Beech Trees and they are spreading throughout the state. Called Beech Leaf Disease the worms can kill mature trees in 6 to 10 years and saplings in as few as 2 years. Beech Leaf Disease has now been detected in 35 counties across the state, with 2 cases recently popping up in Monroe County. Experts worry about the long-term impact on wildlife. The DEC began tracking Beech Leaf Disease in 2018 but a lot about it is still unknown, including how it spreads. However, according to the DEC symptoms to look for are: striping on the leaves in between the veins, a very dark band it raises up, leathery leaves and the outside of the leaves may curl a little, and substantial amounts of leaves falling off a tree. The state is now asking the public to look out for infected beech trees and report by downloading the iMapInvasives app.
They’re finally here. After numerous delays in the production and shipping, the Office for the Aging has received the rest of the Farmer’s Market Coupons. The delays were caused by problems that have been plaguing all businesses across the country and the Office for the Aging expressed thanks for the patience that has been shown while they waited to get the coupons in a press release. They also released when they are giving the coupons out. Office for the Aging staff will be handing them out at their office on Bank St from 8 to 4:30 and also at The Goose in Oakfield, Wednesday, the 27th from 9 to 10 a.m., 400 Towers, Thursday, July 28 from 9 to 11 a.m., Washington Towers, Thursday, July 28 from 2 to 4 p.m., the Genesee Country Farmers Market on Friday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the Le Roy Farmers Market on Saturday, July 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm.
Friday is GLOW with your hands day at Dwyer Stadium. GLOW With Your Hands is hosting a night at the ballpark with the Muckdogs at 7pm on the 29th to give businesses a chance to do activities that involve working with your hands. Alleghany Farms, Bricklayers and Allied Contractors Local #3, Summit Street Physical Therapy, Genesee Valley BOCES, and Transfer Virtual Reality will all be attending and offering information, giveaways and hands on activities during the game. This is a prelude to the larger GLOW With Your Hands event on September 27th at the Genesee County Fairgrounds.