Morning News Briefing

Written by on June 11, 2019

City Council supports Pride Parade with little objection.
In conjunction with Pride Month, Batavia will be hosting an LGBTQ+ Pride Parade and picnic following the approval of City Council.
The GO OUT! parade was presented to council by GO ART! Executive director and leader of the GO OUT! group Gregory Hallock, who filed the application for the event, which will run June 28th from 6:30 to 10 p.m. to promote LGBTQ+ causes.
Batavia resident and local church leader Rev. Henry Pokrywa challenged the validity of the event before council members approved the item.
Pokryawa, who is the pastor of Faith Community Chapel on Rose Road, addressed the board during last night’s Council meeting requesting that they deny the license for the permit.
The Reverend said that he doesn’t feel that public streets should be used to display anyone’s sexuality, whatever that may be.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Drug Task Force busts a Rochester resident for crack cocaine sales.
51 year old Lorenzo Terry of Rochester was apprehended by members of the Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force following investigation into the sale of crack cocaine in and around Genesee County.
He allegedly sold a quantity of the drug to a task force agent on three separate occasions and was charged with three counts of Criminal Sale and three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Terry was remanded to the County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Batavia woman charged with endangerment for shoplifting with kids.
28 year old Jessica Weiss of West Main Street Road was arrested and charged with Petit Larceny and Endangering the Welfare of a Child for allegedly stealing merchandise from Walmart while she was accompanied by her 8 month old son and 3 year old daughter.
She was issued an appearance ticket for Batavia Town Court on June 27th.

Governor Cuomo has laid out a plan he hopes prevents future flooding issues involving Lake Ontario.
In Rochester yesterday, the governor unveiled the Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, which calls for up to 300-million dollars in spending.
The governor says the idea is to develop plans to reduce risk to infrastructure along the lake’s waterfront while strengthening the region’s local economies.
New York State has committed more than 100-million dollars to rebuild communities along the Lake Ontario shoreline that were devastated by flooding in 2017.

The push to legalize recreational marijuana is picking up more support.
The New York Farm Bureau said yesterday it is getting behind the legislation.
Officials say they recognize the potential boost to the agriculture industry if cannabis is allowed to be cultivated.
Lawmakers are still trying to work out an agreement on a final bill before the legislative session ends June 19th.

A new poll shows New Yorkers are against a fourth term for Governor Andrew Cuomo.
According to a Siena College survey, 58-percent of New Yorkers oppose another term for the governor.
Just 37-percent say they want another four years of Cuomo.
He’s already told voters that he plans to run again in 2022.
The poll shows 52-percent of New Yorkers have a favorable view of Cuomo, while 42-percent have an unfavorable view of him.

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