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Written by WBTA STAFF on January 22, 2019
State lawmakers plan to ban conversion therapy.
New York is set to join 14 other states, plus Washington, DC, in banning conversion therapy.
State lawmakers have passed a bill prohibiting mental health professionals from trying to change a teenager’s sexual orientation or gender orientation.
Another bill makes gender identity a protected class under state law.
Governor Cuomo says he’ll sign both bills, calling LGBTQ conversion therapy fraudulent and saying it’s done a lot of harm to young people.
Holley man arrested for DWI after driving into a house.
Troopers based out of Albion have arrested 44 year old Lawrence Lentz of Holley following an incident that occurred last Saturday on State Route 104 and State Route 237 in the Town of Murray.
Troopers responded to the intersection for a report of a vehicle that struck a house.
Officers interviewing Lentz report he was showing signs of being intoxicated and subsequently failed several standardized field sobriety tests at the scene.
Lentz was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and later recorded a Blood Alcohol Content of .11%.
Lentz was issued appearance tickets for Murray Town Court later this month.
Stafford man busted for drunk driving.
State Police have reported the arrest of 27 year old Juan Casarrubiasrendon following a traffic stop on Main Road in Stafford last Saturday afternoon.
He was allegedly caught driving without a license while drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle and was subsequently charged with DWI and several related counts.
Casarrubiasrendon was released with an appearance ticket for Stafford Town Court at a later date.
The City of Batavia Fire Department is asking fire hydrant adopters to clear their nearest hydrant due to the recent snowfall. .
For others clearing their own property of snow, the fire department asks that you to maintain clear access a hydrant on your property.
Several luxury transportation companies in New York are pushing back against Governor Cuomo’s plan to ban stretch limos.
The governor shared his idea last week, largely in response to the deadly limo crash in Schoharie that claimed 20 lives last October.
Now, several business owners are calling for better enforcement of existing laws, saying the industry would be devastated if all stretch limos were banned, despite the fact that some call the vehicles unsafe.