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Written by on October 8, 2020

A Monroe County man faces multiple felony charges stemming from an incident in the Town of Bergen. Batavia-based Troopers arrested 33-year-old Shamir Aslam of Mendon. He was charged with aggravated family offense and first-degree criminal contempt, both class E felonies. He was also charged with aggravated harassment. He was initially detained pending action by the court.

Genesee County is dealing with two more COVID-19 cases. In both cases, the infected people live in Elba and are under the age of 20. The county has had a total of 326 confirmed cases to date. One of the individuals who tested positive is in the hospital. Meanwhile, Orleans County reports three new cases.

The Wyoming County Public Health Administrator says COVID-19 cases are increasing in Wyoming County and community transmission is occurring. With weather changing, gatherings are moving indoors where it may be more difficult to maintain social distance. Fall is the beginning of traditional cold and flu season and the Wyoming County Health Department is reminding everyone to maintain social distance, wear a face covering, practice good hand hygiene and stay away from sick people. One new positive case has been reported, bringing the total to 147.

Former state Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, who presided over the chamber for 14 years, died Tuesday. He was 91. He ruled at a time when Republicans had a stronghold on the state Senate across upstate New York, giving them extraordinary power to control legislation and control hundreds of millions of dollars in state money to dole out to pet projects in their districts.

Genesee County Job Development Bureau is hosting a Virtual Job Fair via Zoom on Thursday, Oct. 15th from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Register by Oct. 14th at (585) 344-2042. Whether you are hoping to find a fresh start, a better job, or a new career direction; job seekers will find some exciting opportunities at the Virtual Job Fair. Local employers will be in attendance, eager to hire for immediate openings in a range of occupations. The job fair is open to the entire community.

Genesee Community College will host two virtual Open House events this fall for students and families to learn all about what the College has to offer. The first event will take place online from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, where participants will be able to listen to and watch presentations from all types of areas of the College including various Academic Departments, the Admissions team, Athletics, Financial Aid, Student Success, Student Engagement and Inclusion, and more. These special Virtual Open House events will also give virtual attendees an opportunity to ask questions and get answers. Register now at to attend either GCC Fall Virtual Open House on Saturday, Oct. 17 or Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Employee’s Association, the Sheriff Office’s largest union, announces its endorsement for William A. Sheron Jr. for Sheriff. A press releases says…In these trying times of misinformation and anti-law enforcement, we need a Sheriff with strong leadership, knowledge, experience, and integrity. Sheron checks off all these boxes. He has worked in all aspects of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and has served in multiple supervisory capacities throughout his 43 years within the department, including 21 years as Undersheriff. He is also a lifetime resident of Genesee County.

National Fuel Gas says it is fully prepared for the winter heating season, and based on potential weather conditions and modest increases in natural gas commodity pricing, the utility anticipates a slim increase in customer bills during the winter heating season months – November through March – of slightly less than $10 per month when compared to last year’s unseasonably warm winter. While last winter may be difficult to remember with everything else that has taken place, temperatures were 10.8% warmer than the usual Western New York winter. While the season started fast and furious with an early November snowstorm and frigid temperatures, November 2019 was the only month of last winter that finished colder than normal.

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