Morning News Briefing

Written by on June 7, 2019

City responds to recent rash of criminal activity.
The City of Batavia issued a statement of condolences and appreciation in response to the senseless criminal actions over the past weekend, offering sympathy to the victims and thankfulness for those who responded.
City Manager Martin Moore said the City will implement effective ideas, expand on successful neighborhood actions, and continue ongoing efforts to promote and ensure the safety of our community.
Moore continued in the statement to say it was encouraging to see people come forward and help the police quickly apprehend suspects.
Moore stressed that to prevent violent acts in the future we must stay involved reminding residents that if they see suspicious activity please report it to the police.
City of Batavia of Council President Eugene Jankowski Jr. said that over the next few weeks City Council will be reviewing ways to assist first responders and strengthen our public safety.

A home in Stafford is left uninhabitable after extensive fire damage.
A fire broke out at a home on Horseshoe Lake Road in Stafford yesterday morning with investigators initially looking at a faulty space heater, as the source of the blaze.
Stafford’s Assistant Fire Chief Mark Dougherty spoke with our news partner The Batavian on scene reporting that one woman was home at the time…

The occupant was treated at the scene for a minor injury.
One cat perished in the fire and another managed to evacuate.
The home was declared uninhabitable and the resident is staying with family.

There’s some good news for folks who live along the shoreline of Lake Ontario.
The International Joint Commission said yesterday that it believes record-high water levels may have peaked.
They also expect those levels to decrease soon due to near-record outflows from the lake and the dry weather that’s in the forecast.
People living in communities near the lake are still being urged to keep an eye on the conditions.

As this year’s legislative session winds down, Governor Cuomo is continuing to criticize members of the State Senate.
The governor says Democrats, who have the majority in the chamber, aren’t doing enough to pass progressive policy items like extending drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants and recreational marijuana legalization.
A spokesman for the governor’s office says negotiations are ongoing.
This year’s legislative session is set to end June 19th.

Upcoming road closures to report.
Clinton Park, Fordham Drive, Eugene Street and Holmes Avenue will have road closures to all through traffic on Tuesday, June 11 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the installation of an intermediate reinforced pavement layer.
On Thursday, June 13 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. these streets will be closed to all through traffic for the installation of the wearing surface layer.
Residents of Clinton Park, Fordham Drive, Eugene Street and Holmes Avenue will be able to access their properties but may experience delays as paving operations progress up and down the streets.
All residents within the work area are asked not to park on the roadway during the day.

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