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Written by on November 15, 2021

A man from Allegany County remains jailed after a deadly vehicle crash in Pavilion. 20-year-old Brennan Dean of Bolivar has been charged with Manslaughter, Vehicular Manslaughter, possessing a stolen vehicle, leaving the scene of a fatal crash and more. Troopers said Dean was southbound at a high rate of speed on Starr Road when he lost control and struck a utility pole. A passenger was ejected and died at the scene. Dean took off but was captured a short time later. Dean was arraigned at the town of Pavilion court and remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond. The vehicle involved in this incident was reported stolen from North Tonawanda. The passenger has not been identified at this time. This is still an ongoing criminal investigation.

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has released an audit that found the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) cannot assure the critical cybersecurity support they are providing to state agencies, local governments, and public authorities. The recent passage of the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act underscores how critical strengthening cybersecurity is across New York. The legislation will provide much needed funding for local governments to modernize and protect their networks against future cyberattacks. In New York, cyberattacks have impacted public entities large and small, including reported attacks at state agencies and 911 systems.

Genesee County Deputies report the arrest of 33-year-old Jeffrey Johnson of Lake Street in LeRoy. She was pulled over and charged with driving while impaired and driving to the left of pavement markings. He was released on appearance tickets and will appear in Stafford Town Court December 7th.

According to the Associated Press…President Joe Biden’s $1.85 trillion social spending bill includes a provision that, if it becomes law, would mark the first time the federal government has offered targeted support in response to the decline of local news. The help would come in the form of a payroll tax credit for companies that employ eligible local journalists. The measure would allow newspapers, digital news outlets and radio and television stations to claim a tax credit of $25,000 the first year and $15,000 the next four years for up to 1,500 journalists. It’s a response to growing alarm that the elimination of newsroom jobs is leaving communities without access to critical information.

The Buffalo Bills trashed the New York Jets in Sunday’s 45-17 win. The Bills now hold the season at 6-2.
After a year’s delay of celebrating the 25-year existence of Genesee Cancer Assistance — which means founders, board members, patients and volunteers — the nonprofit will finally have its day. The organization’s dinner celebration is at 5 p.m. Saturday at Batavia Downs Gaming on Park Road, Batavia.

Governor Kathy Hochul has announced that the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation Board of Directors has approved more than $83 million for drinking water and wastewater projects across New York State. The Village of Bergen has received $256,000 and $393,875 short-term, interest-free financing, and $393,875 short-term market-rate financing for the planning, design, and construction of a collection system and wastewater treatment plant improvements.

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