Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on September 18, 2023
Police are investigating two isolated bomb threats one made against a church in Fairport and one made against a temple in Geneva on Sunday. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office evacuated the Mountain Rise United Church of Christ after receiving information about a bomb threat there. The Church hosts Jewish services on Saturdays in addition to its regular Sunday service that was going on as deputies arrived. Deputies evacuated the church out of an abundance of caution and searched the building with canine units. Law enforcement did not find any bombs at the temple in Geneva or the Mountain Rise United Church of Christ and they said there is no danger to the public. An investigation into that disturbance and the two bomb threats is ongoing.
If you signed up and were selected for an apartment in Ellicott Station there is bad news. Letters and emails went out on Friday telling those who were getting ready to move to Ellicott Station that the apartments were not going to be finished for the foreseeable future and residents should look elsewhere for housing. Since Savarino Construction Company declared bankruptcy and ceased all operations the site has been in unfinished limbo. City Manager Rachael Tabelski has said that developers have expressed interest in the property, but the city doesn’t own the property and has no say in how it proceeds from here. For those looking for an apartment with similar income qualifications of Ellicott Station, Genesee County has a website with subsidized housing. You can follow the link on wbtai.com for more information.
For the first time, law enforcement in Genesee County are getting vital training in dealing with mental health in crisis settings. 8 law enforcement officers graduated from the first Crisis Intervention training held at Genesee Community College. They were taught by Investigator David Moore with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, and Lynda Battaglia, Director of Mental Health and Community Services for Genesee County, who attended a Train the Trainer for Crisis Intervention training in early spring. According to Battaglia, a lot of law enforcement already have the skills needed during a crisis response, it’s just putting the situation into context. Police are usually the first ones on the scene when there is a mental health emergency and first responders are called.
New York employers are now required to include the minimum and maximum annual salary or hourly range for compensation in any job advertisement. The new law, which took effect Sunday, was signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul last year — and it applies to all employers who have four or more employees. As part of the Pay Transparency Law’s enforcement, NYSDOL holds the authority to ensure compliance, and individuals are encouraged to file complaints if job advertisements do not contain compensation ranges. NYSDOL is committed to a strong enforcement and penalty structure for those employers that refuse to comply. NYSDOL will create guidance to educate 500,000 businesses, workers, and job seekers as it conducts the public outreach campaign required by this new law.
Gas prices are increasing slightly at the pump but locals are paying less for gas than elsewhere. A gallon of regular gas in Batavia costs 3.84. That’s up 1 penny from last week and down by two cents since last month. A year ago it was 3.92. The state average is higher with 3.92. And nationally the average is 3.88. Experts are saying that the price of gas will dip as we head into fall and less people are traveling and needing to fill up.
Josh Allen bounced back in a big way against the Raiders. After 4 turnovers against the Jets he committed no turnovers while going 31-37 through the air for 274 yards and three touchdowns. The final score, Buffalo 38, Raiders 10. While Allen and the offense were great Sunday, it really was a team effort. The defense came up big, holding the Raiders to just 10 points and keeping Josh Jacobs to negative two rushing yards. On offense, James Cook had his first 100-yard rushing game.