Morning News Briefing
Written by Michael Baldwin on August 11, 2021
Embattled governor Andrew Cuomo announced he will be stepping down as leader of New York effective in 14 days…this decision came in the wake of last week’s Attorney General bombshell report detailing sexual harassment allegations against him. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will take over the reins. She will be the first female governor in the state’s history, and the first governor from Buffalo since Grover Cleveland became president in 1885.
A LeRoy Town Court justice has resigned. The State Commission on Judicial Conduct says the resignation comes as that judge was under investigation. John Duyssen submitted his resignation in June and left office on July 8. He has agreed not to seek judicial office in the future. Duyssen served as a judge for LeRoy Town Court since 2018, and his current term was set to run through the end of the year. In January, the Commission said it was investigating complaints stemming from the judge’s arrest for child endangerment and harassment.
Batavia police say they arrested Nateeka M. Gibson. She is charged with burglary 2nd, sex abuse 1st, robbery 3rd, grand larceny 4th, criminal mischief 4th, and prostitution. Officers say they were aware of four active arrest warrants against Gibson from City Court and Town of Batavia Court. She was also a suspect in an ongoing investigation where charges are still pending. Gibson was placed under arrest after an alleged brief struggle inside the residence. Gibson was arraigned in City Court and ordered held without bail. Police suspect Gibson of stealing money from the victim on two occasions and prevented the male from calling 9-1-1.
40-year-old Brooke Kimberley Tubbins of Ellicott Street in Batavia has been arrested and charged with grand larceny 3rd and three counts of offering a false instrument for filing. Tubbins allegedly failed to report income on two applications for SNAP benefits and as a result, received $6,215 in benefits she was not qualified. Tubbins was arraigned in Town of Batavia Court and released on her own recognizance.
The remains found in the Genesee River last week have been identified. Members of the Rochester Police Department scuba team discovered Tammy Greer’s body inside a vehicle in the Genesee River on Aug. 5. They did so during a training exercise. When the vehicle was pulled out of the river, the remains were found. Greer is from Pennsylvania and believed to have moved to Rochester in 2018 or 2019. She has no local family, according to police. They believe the vehicle entered the river sometime after May 2019. Police continue to investigate how and why the vehicle went into the river and how Greer died, though they do not suspect foul play.