Morning News Briefing

Written by on January 6, 2018

Hochul in Batavia with a State of the State review.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was at GCC in Batavia yesterday to review Governor Cuomo’s State of the State speech.
After speaking about the progress in Batavia and Genesee County and giving the Buffalo Bills a cheer, Hochul touched on key elements of the speech, which outlines some of the issues the governor’s office will take on in 2018.

Cuomo announced this week that New York could be suing the federal government over the new tax law on claims that it is unconstitutional.
Some newer issues now at the forefront of his agenda include improving access to nutritious meals for kids, ending the state’s practice of suspending professional licenses for people who default on student loans, addressing workplace sexual harassment, and ethics reform for the Legislature.  For more on he story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Candidate for interim City Manager to be considered by Council.
Batavia’s Director of Public Works Matt Worth is being considered for the interim city manager post.
Current manager Jason Molino has only one week left on the job so City council will vote on Worth’s appointment at their Monday night business meeting.
The appointment of Worth will push back some public works projects until a new permanent city manager is hired. Worth has said he is not interested in the manager’s job on a permanent basis.

Henrietta man busted for drunk driving following crash in Pembroke.
23 year old Christopher Patino of Henrietta was arrested after investigation into a motor vehicle accident on Alleghany Road in Pembroke where he was allegedly following too closely and struck a vehicle from behind.
Patino was also found to be nearly three times the legal limit and in possession of pot according to authorities.
He was charged with Aggravated DWI, pot possession and released with an appearance ticket.

A misdemeanor charge has been filed against the father of a three year Wyoming County boy who accidentally shot himself last week.
42 year old Mathew Howell of Tooley Road, Bennington, was the registered owner of a 45-cal handgun left loaded in the living room of his home.
He has been charged with Endangering the welfare of a child.
Wyoming County Sheriff Greg Rudolph said “Although this was a terrible accident it was completely preventable.”
Howell’s three year old son has easy access to the weapon and shot himself in the chest.
The boy is still in Oishei Children’s Hospital Buffalo and reported to be doing well.

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