Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on April 17, 2019
Genesee County Sheriff’s Office announces numerous promotions.
A number of recent promotions within the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office have been announced.
Sheriff William Sheron has announced that Sergeant Brian Frieday, a 23-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office was promoted to Chief Deputy of Road Patrol where he will oversee the operations of Road Patrol, Courts Security and Animal Control.
15-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, Chief Deputy Joseph Graff has been named Chief Deputy of the Criminal Investigative Division.
Emergency Services Dispatcher Francis Riccobono was promoted to the new position of Assistant Director of Emergency Communications/Operations.
Investigator James Diehl was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Criminal Investigative Division and Deputy Sheriff Michael Lute has been promoted to Sergeant with the Road Patrol Division.
All of the promotions have already went into as of last Saturday.
The Genesee County Legislature is slated to accept more than $2.5 million in federal grants pay for the majority of two bridge replacement projects.
The federal aid will cover up to 80 percent of the cost of the bridge replacement projects in Pembroke and Alabama.
In Pembroke, The Pratt Road Bridge over the Tonawanda Creek will be removed and replaced at a cost of $2,033,050 with the county pitching in over $9,550.
In Alabama, the county will replace the Judge Road Bridge over Whitney Creek to the tune of $1,183,000.
Local sale tax revenue will provided $59,150 to the replacement.
Both bridges are more than 40 years old.
Hawley continues to fight for Gold Star Families Bill.
Following statewide and national support for his legislation that would expand MERIT scholarships to protect spouses and dependents of military members who lose their lives in the line of duty and provide them free college tuition and room and board, Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia is continuing his push for the legislation to become law this year and has launched a national petition to garner support.
State Democrats defeated Hawley’s proposal in the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee due to the perceived cost it would impose outside of usual March budget negotiations.
Hawley notes that while his bill was unapproved Assembly Democrats passed a $27 million package giving free college aid to the children of illegal immigrants in late January of this year.
A link to Hawley’s petition calling for the Gold Star families’ bill to become law that can be found by clicking here.
The Brockport Central School District says it has fired a volunteer track coach.
The announcement comes following misconduct allegations against the unnamed former employee.
The school says it worked with Monroe County deputies to investigate the case.
No charges have been filed.
A substitute teacher in the Cheektowaga-Sloan school district is facing a child porn charge.
The FBI says 33 year old Steven Gasiorek allegedly tried to get naked photos of underage boys.
They say he posed as a young girl to try and exploit a teen in Virginia, and they believe he also targeted boys in Western New York.
Gasiorek worked as both a teacher and coach at John F. Kennedy Middle School and police encourage anyone who may have come in contact with him to call police.