Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on November 8, 2018
McMurray claims Congressional race is still too close to call.
Democrat Nate McMurray has requested a recount for the 27th Congressional District race.
There are over 18,000 votes that have not yet been counted, between absentee, emergency, and affidavit ballots.
McMurray said in a statement “With only 2,800 votes separating us, this race is too close to call. There are too many voters who have not yet had their say. We are fighting to make sure every vote is counted because every vote counts.”
McMurray said Tuesday night it looked like his campaign was going to fall short, which Congressman Collins took as a concession.
One of his campaign advisers said yesterday that Collins won most of the counties in the district and it’s time for McMurray to give up.
Woman seriously injured in a one car crash in Elba.
Report of a pick-up truck into a tree was called in by a passer-by at 5103 Elba Townline Road in Elba at around 12:20 this morning.
The driver was initially reported to be semi-alert however once Elba Fire and EMS arrived on scene the patient was said to be unconscious.
The female driver was extricated from the vehicle and flown via Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital.
She reportedly suffered a serious leg injury.
Investigation into the cause of the crash is on-going.
Batavia woman busted by LeRoy Police for Grand Larceny.
Police in LeRoy have arrested 21 year old Shante Johnson of Holland Ave in Batavia following complaint of a stolen wallet and credit card reported in September.
Johnson is accused of stealing the wallet from a fellow employee while working in LeRoy and then attempting to use it in Batavia.
Johnson was charged with a single count of Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree and issued an appearance ticket for LeRoy Town Court on December 3rd.
Orleans County man convicted of Defrauding New York State on Federally Funded Contracts.
47 year old Nathaniel Lorenz of Holley was found guilty of wire and mail fraud charges following a 7-day jury trial in federal court.
Lorenz’s company, ACME Powerwashing Inc. of Holley, was contracted by the New York State Department of Transportation in 2015 and 2016 to clean and seal the road portions of bridges, known as concrete bridge decks.
The State DOT paid ACME more than $1.1 million for the work which was never completed.
Lorenz faces up to 20 years in prison, up to a quarter million dollar fine and may also be ordered to pay restitution to one or more governmental agencies.
Sentencing is scheduled for February 14th of next year.
He may be starting a third term in January, but Governor Cuomo didn’t get a lot of support from Upstate New York Tuesday.
Data shows he won only 15 counties.
His biggest haul was in New York City and Long Island, where he received 62 percent of his votes.
Republican Marc Molinaro won the remaining 47 counties in the state.
Democrats are already laying out their agenda for when they take over the state Senate next year.
Leaders say they’ll focus on passing legislation protecting the rights of women, immigrants and members of the LGBTQ community.
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will likely make history as New York State’s first-ever female legislative leader.
It’ll be the first time Democrats have controlled the Senate in years.