Morning News Briefing

Written by on January 25, 2019

Alpina Food Facilities is said to be sold sooner than later.
Aaron Morgenstern, managing director of Harry Davis & Company, the firm handling the sale of the former Alpina Foods facility in Batavia is confident the site will sell relatively quickly.
Morgenstern has told our news partner the Batavian that some potential buyer of the recently shuttered yogurt producer in the Genesee Valley Ag Park is going to pick up an ultramodern dairy plant for a nice price.
Morgenstern said he would expect to find a buyer soon and that he will be surprised if people are still talking about who will buy the plant by July 4th.
In 2012 Alpina bought the plot of land and built the plant for $20 million.
Over the next six years, Alpina invested another $50 million in the purchase of more land and additional equipment.

The fully automated plant will help whoever steps as a buyer to control labor costs and at full capacity the plant could employ around 100 people.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance has announced that most recipients of SNAP benefits will receive their full February benefits early, due to the ongoing federal government shutdown.
Current food stamp recipients may have received their February benefits as early as last Thursday.
Director of Financial Services at the Genesee County Department of Social Services Carla Mindler…

Mindler added that some individuals will receive their benefits on February 1st because they were not processed before the cutoff last week.
According to Mindler her department has not heard any updates on whether Medicaid funding will be effected.
She did indicate that the funds for Medicaid come from a different source than SNAP benefits and at this moment they are not anticipating that the government shutdown will effect Medicaid.

Local Attorney announces run for City Court Judge.
Benjamin J. Bonarigo, Sr., a City of Batavia attorney has announced his candidacy for Batavia City Court Judge.
A life-long resident of Batavia, Bonarigo is seeking to be elected to the position being vacated at the end of the year by the retirement of the Hon. Robert Balbick, who will be reaching mandatory retirement age.
During his practice, Mr. Bonarigo has acted as the Attorney for: the City of Batavia, the Town of Batavia, the Village of Oakfield and the Village of Oakfield Central School District.

Winter Storm Warning going into effect this afternoon.
The National Weather Service issued the Winter Storm Warning for much of the region including Genesee and Wyoming Counties from one o’clock this afternoon until one Saturday afternoon.
Heavy lake effect snow expected with total snow accumulations of 7 to 14 inches and winds gusting as high as 40 mph.
Forecasters say to anticipate very difficult hazardous driving conditions during the morning or evening commute.

Currently our list of closures and cancellations is a short one with Attica Central School closed due to the snow and ice.


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