Weekend News Brief

Written by on December 26, 2020

Funeral Home owner Michael Tomaszewski has had his initial arraignment and had charges laid out against him.  The charging document is 101 pages long.  Tomaszewski is accused of taking money people used to prepay for funerals and instead of depositing the money in appreciate bank accounts then using the money for other purposes.  Tomaszewski is charged with 67 counts of third-degree grand larceny; 28 counts of fourth-degree grand larceny; four counts of falsifying business records; 93 counts of failure to deposit; seven counts of petit larceny; and counts of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree; and scheme to defraud.  The majority of customers lost from more than $2,000 up to $15,500 each.  The attorneys discussed a plea deal.

Governor Cuomo has signed the New York State Small Business Truth in Lending Act which requires all lenders to have clear and comprehensive disclosures on any loans.  Linda MacFarlane, chair of the NYS CDFI Coalition and executive director of Community Loan Fund of Capital Region says “Unfortunately, some lenders have made it hard for small businesses to compare the true cost of their offers. CDFI Coalition members around the state are pleased to see that this measure will require lenders to disclose annual percentage rate (APR) and repayment terms.” It is estimated that this act could save businesses as much as 370 million dollars annually unnecessary finance charges.

COVID Update: From Thursday, Genesee county has 123 new cases and 38 people have recovered.  29 people are hospitalized.  13 of the new cases are at the Leroy Village Green, 23 are at Genesee senior Living and 7 are at the Veterans Home.  Orleans county has 26 new cases and 19 people have recovered.  8 people are hospitalized.  There are 243 Active cases in Genesee County and 164 in Orleans.  Tully’s had a person with COVID there from 12 to 1:30pm on December 13th and Fortunes has someone with COVID there from 3 to 8pm on the 13th.  If you were at either of these locations during these times please monitor yourself for symptoms.

The Genesee county office for the aging has been delivering hot home meals to the elderly and disabled five days a week and thanks to a donation by a local dentist and his wife, and employees of the county government, the recipients also received a gift bag with their meal this week.  The Office For the aging wants to thank the community for their support in meeting the increased demand for meals during the pandemic.


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