Morning News Briefing

Written by on January 17, 2020

The growing divide between so-called down state politics and upstate values is starting to show in some of the Offices of Genesee County Officials, specifically regarding two new pieces of legislation.
The Genesee County Manager, County Sheriff and Local ICE Field Director spoke to the challenges presented by the new bail reform and the so-called green light law on WBTA’s Main and Center yesterday morning.
Also joining the County heads was County Clerk Michael Cianfrini who attacked the green light law, a measure that allows illegal immigrants to get a driver’s license.
Cianfrini says an illegal immigrant can show nearly any document from a foreign country and receive a license…

Because the new process includes voter registration for non-citizens, Cianfrini believes the ultimate goal of the legislation is to get illegals to vote.

The line-up for the fourth annual Rockin’ the Downs summer Concert Series was announced at Batavia Downs yesterday.
The eight Friday night shows kick off in June and run through August.
This year’s line-up includes Skid Row, Molly Hatchet, Don Felder formerly of the Eagles and the return of Puddle of Mudd just to name a few.
Tickets start at 10-dollars for general admission, with VIP seats at $25 and can go on sale at Bataviaconcerts.com beginning at 10 this morning.
Check the article for a complete list of acts.

Hawley decides against Congressional run.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley made a statement yesterday saying that “After much consideration with my friends and family, I have decided not to seek the Republican nomination for the open 27th Congressional seat in Congress at this time.
Hawley added that “Serving the residents of the 139th District in the State Assembly has been one of the highest honors of my life and our state faces a host of pressing challenges that cannot be ignored.

Former 27th District Congressman Chris Collins will find out today if he’ll be spending time in prison.
The Republican pleaded guilty last year to federal insider trading charges and faces a maximum of 57 months behind bars.
The U.S Probation Office is recommending Collins be sentenced to a year and a day in custody, while his lawyers believe he should remain free since he’s not a danger to society.
Collins’ Congressional seat has been open since his resignation and a special election to fill it will likely happen in April.

Forecasters are calling for as much as six inches of snow for Genesee County this weekend as a storm is expected to pass through the northeast.
The storm is predicted to hit Western New York after 7 a.m., tomorrow morning.


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