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01/09/2020
Batavia Daily News

A burst of winter returned to the region tonight. Thursday expects to be mostly sunny with temperatures in the mid- to upper-30s across the Genesee Valley. But "copious amounts of moisture" are expected to cause significant precipitation this weekend, according to the National Weather Service, with up to 2 inches of rain Friday and Saturday. By Sunday, it could be cold enough for that precipitation to return to a wintry mix.

Blustery conditions around 5 p.m. tonight in Le Roy as temperatures were on their way into the teens. Warmer temperatures are expected for Thursday, with showers possible Thursday night.

Friday brings another change, however, as a sharp frontal zone is expected to stall near the Lower Great Lakes Friday through Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Several waves of low pressure will move along this front and combine with copious amounts of moisture to produce heavy precipitation across Western and North Central New
York. This will result in periods of soaking rain, with rainfall
amounts possibly exceeding 1.5 to 2.0 inches. This may result in an increased potential for flooding, the Weather Service said.

There is a small chance that temperatures may get cold enough late Saturday night and early Sunday to change precipitation to a wintry mix, but at this time the majority of the precipitation is expected to fall as rain.

Batavia Daily News
01/08/2020

Batavia Daily News

Congratulations to our 2020 Cover Baby Contestants Sadie Mary, Arlo Michael, and Maddie Vivian (Nicholas & Natalie Bourgoine, Conesus)!! Nicholas & Natalie, The Daily News will be in touch shortly regarding your baby's photo shoot and prize!

U.S. District Judge Lawrence Vilardo, of the Western District of New York, wrote in his Dec. 31 decision the so-called F...
01/08/2020
Judge temporarily halts farm labor rights act

U.S. District Judge Lawrence Vilardo, of the Western District of New York, wrote in his Dec. 31 decision the so-called Farm Labor Rights Act would cause farmers to “suffer ‘irreparable harm’ should certain provision of the Act go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.” He ruled to temporarily restrain the law in order to preserve the status quo hearing while deliberating the merits of the case, at least until a Jan. 24 hearing.

BUFFALO — The new law that expands labor rights for farm workers will be delayed until the end of January, a federal judge ruled last week.

2019 marked the fourth consecutive year that assaults on corrections staff had increased, according to a union represent...
01/08/2020
Union: Assaults on correctional officers are ‘alarming trend’

2019 marked the fourth consecutive year that assaults on corrections staff had increased, according to a union representative.

COXSACKIE — An inmate assault on correctional officers that happened five days before Christmas is indicative of a larger issue, according to the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association.

Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes was among those welcoming Assemblyman Will Barclay to his new post as Assembly Minority Le...
01/08/2020
Barclay elected new Assembly minority leader

Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes was among those welcoming Assemblyman Will Barclay to his new post as Assembly Minority Leader.

ALBANY — Assemblyman Will Barclay, R-120, was unanimously elected new Assembly minority leader Tuesday.

TRAVEL ALERT: A section of Interstate 390 in Monroe County is scheduled to be closed for several hours on Sunday morning...
01/08/2020
Section of I-390 to close Sunday

TRAVEL ALERT: A section of Interstate 390 in Monroe County is scheduled to be closed for several hours on Sunday morning.

GATES – A section of Interstate 390 near the Rochester airport is scheduled to close for several hours on Sunday morning to accommodate utility work that includes replacing overhead power lines, the state Department of Transportation said in an advisory.

THIS WEEK'S FRONT PAGE: The work of municipal historians is profiled in a feature from Johanna Mohrs that was originally...
01/08/2020

THIS WEEK'S FRONT PAGE: The work of municipal historians is profiled in a feature from Johanna Mohrs that was originally written as part of a collaboration between The LCN and a SUNY Geneseo communications class; a Nunda justice resigns following an investigation by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct into the justice's handling of a DWI arrest; York's Dennis Bzduch is remembered as a coach, teacher, and much more; a Dansville optician comes to the aid of a Mount Morris Academy student. Also, Livingston County District Attorney Greg McCaffrey speaks out on the state's criminal justice reforms in a guest essay. In sports, Avon's boys' basketball team snaps Geneseo's 7-game winning streak, and two female wrestlers win regional titles. Pick up a copy in stores today.

Livingston County Veterans Services Director Jason Skinner, who also serves as executive director of the County Veterans...
01/08/2020
Could increased veterans services funding be among Cuomo’s State of the State announcements?

Livingston County Veterans Services Director Jason Skinner, who also serves as executive director of the County Veterans Service Officers Association of the State of New York, thinks it's possible, especially in light of the invitation extended to him by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office to attend his address this afternoon.

ALBANY – Jason Skinner, the director of Livingston County’s veterans services office, has been invited to attend Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address this afternoon in the state’s capital.

HOOPS GALORE: Winners Tuesday night included the Cal-Mum, Geneseo, Avon and Letcworth boys and the Hornell girls.
01/08/2020
TUESDAY’S ROUNDUP: O’Donoghue scores career high as Cal-Mum rolls; Reilly leads Geneseo past Perry; Avon, Letchworth both cruise.

HOOPS GALORE: Winners Tuesday night included the Cal-Mum, Geneseo, Avon and Letcworth boys and the Hornell girls.

CALEDONIA — Adam O’Donoghue had the hot hand Tuesday night for Cal-Mum as the senior guard opened things up with a three-pointer and never cooled off scoring a career high 23 points with seven, 3-pointers during the Red Raiders 75-45 victory over visiting Le Roy in LCAA crossover action.

“In a rush to reform our bail system, we have created a situation where some dangerous individuals, including some previ...
01/07/2020
Gallivan launches petition to reverse state’s new bail law

“In a rush to reform our bail system, we have created a situation where some dangerous individuals, including some previously convicted of violent crimes, are being released back to the streets,” said Gallivan, who voted against the bail changes during the legislature’s 2019 session. “As a former New York State Trooper and Sheriff of Erie County, I am concerned about these changes and urge my colleagues to re-visit this legislation to ensure the safety of our communities.”

ALBANY – Sen. Patrick Gallivan, R-Elma, has launched an online petition in an effort to convince New York’s Democratic-controlled legislature to make changes to the state’s new bail law, which went into effect Jan. 1.

Operation Nordwind, sometimes called “the other Battle of the Bulge” kicked off on New Year’s Eve 1944 in the Alsace reg...
01/07/2020
World War II+75: ‘Rainbow Division’ soldiers fought at ‘other Battle of the Bulge’

Operation Nordwind, sometimes called “the other Battle of the Bulge” kicked off on New Year’s Eve 1944 in the Alsace region of France. This week marks the 75th anniversary of some of the campaign's fiercest fighting, which involved soldiers from New York.

TROY (readMedia) – In the earliest days of 1945 the infantrymen of the 42nd Infantry Division, now a part of the New York Army National Guard, were locked in desperate combat against German tanks and paratroopers during Hitler’s final offensive in Western Europe.

Bail and discovery reform have gotten much attention among new laws that went into effect on Jan. 1. They are not the on...
01/07/2020
New laws taking effect in 2020

Bail and discovery reform have gotten much attention among new laws that went into effect on Jan. 1. They are not the only new laws. Among the others, adoptees can now access birth certificates and minimum-wage earners will see a 70 cent hourly increase in pay.

Columbia-Greene Media

Assemblyman Will Barclay, R-Pulaski, was named the new Assembly Minority Leader this afternoon. Here's more about the ni...
01/07/2020
Assemblyman Barclay poised to tackle new role as minority leader

Assemblyman Will Barclay, R-Pulaski, was named the new Assembly Minority Leader this afternoon. Here's more about the nine-term legislator from an interview conducted with a reporter from a sibling publication of The Livingston County News ...

PULASKI — With Republican Assemblyman Brian Kolb’s New Year’s Eve driving while intoxicated arrest and subsequent resignation as the state assembly’s minority leader, former deputy minority leader and nine-term Assemblyman

David LeFeber, the supervisor from Avon, has held the chairmanship since 2017 and was the only candidate nominated.
01/07/2020
Supervisors name LeFeber as chairman

David LeFeber, the supervisor from Avon, has held the chairmanship since 2017 and was the only candidate nominated.

GENESEO – David LeFeber will serve another year as chairman of the Livingston County Board of Supervisors after garnering the unanimous support of his fellow supervisors at the board’s Jan. 2 organizational meeting.

The New York State Assembly is expected to name a new Assembly Minority Leader today or tomorrow. It won't be Assemblyma...
01/07/2020
Hawley chooses not to run for Assembly minority leader

The New York State Assembly is expected to name a new Assembly Minority Leader today or tomorrow. It won't be Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia, though Assemblyman David DiPietro, whose district includes southern Wyoming County, says he wants consideration.

ALBANY — Assemblyman Steve Hawley, R-Batavia, said Sunday that he would not seek the leadership position vacated by Assemblyman Brian Kolb after Kolb was charged with Driving While Intoxicated.

Rascal Flatts has included Darien Lake among the stops on its “Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life is a Highway Tour.”
01/07/2020
Rascal Flatts announces farewell tour; stops include Darien Lake

Rascal Flatts has included Darien Lake among the stops on its “Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life is a Highway Tour.”

Rascal Flatts, which announced a farewell tour this morning, has included a September stop at Six Flags Darien Lake among its tour stops.

Batavia Daily News
01/07/2020
Batavia Daily News

Batavia Daily News

Borden is the second large dairy company to file for bankruptcy in the last two months.

James Mann Jr.’s resignation stems from an August 2016 traffic stop in Mount Morris during which Mann was accused of cal...
01/07/2020
Nunda justice resigns after thwarting 2016 DWI arrest

James Mann Jr.’s resignation stems from an August 2016 traffic stop in Mount Morris during which Mann was accused of calling the Mount Morris police chief and asking him to cut his former brother-in-law, a Nunda town councilman, “a break” after he failed field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer test and was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

NUNDA – James R. Mann Jr., a longtime town and village justice in Nunda, resigned his positions as part of an agreement with New York’s Commission on Judicial Conduct, which accused Mann of using his office to get his former brother-in-law out of a driving while intoxicated arrest in 2016.

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01/07/2020

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01/07/2020
Batavia Daily News - Sports

Batavia Daily News - Sports

#GirlsHSBB-FINALS:

Notre Dame 57 Lyndonville 31
Attica 46 Holley 30
Alexander 59 Albion 37
Oakfield-Alabama 35 Letchworth 29
Byron-Bergen 54 Cal-Mum 26
Pembroke 63 Medina 15
Dansville 58 Olean 41

Buffalo not only enters the offseason with a load of cap room, but have seemingly found a quarterback they can mold into...
01/07/2020
TRUST THE PROGRESS: Bills have long way to go, but sweeping improvement throughout organization has been apparent

Buffalo not only enters the offseason with a load of cap room, but have seemingly found a quarterback they can mold into their franchise guy, along with a solid pair of receivers, a young running back and a defense which is set up to be one of the top-units in the league for years to come.

Years from now, when Bills fans recall this season and all of the ups and downs that went with it, it’s tough to say what they’ll remember most.

"I’ve studied abroad, had numerous internships and even met Elon Musk. But speaking before my fellow graduates takes the...
01/06/2020
Caledonia native delivers graduate reflection at Georgia Tech commencement

"I’ve studied abroad, had numerous internships and even met Elon Musk. But speaking before my fellow graduates takes the cake,” Caledonia native Josh Ingersoll said in delivering the Graduate Reflection Speech during Georgia Tech's graduate commencement last month.

ATLANTA – Before Caledonia native Josh Ingersoll accepted his master’s degree from Georgia Tech’s Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, he had one final assignment: giving the Graduate Reflections Talk before an audience of his peers from across the institute.

The meaning of mindfulness often gets lost in the overuse of the word, but mindfulness is a natural human quality that w...
01/06/2020
Health Matters: Make the new year less stressful with mindfulness

The meaning of mindfulness often gets lost in the overuse of the word, but mindfulness is a natural human quality that we can draw upon at any time. Simply put, it is awareness — the capacity to see things as they are, rather than how we’d like them to be, writes Dr. Michael Krasner in our recent "Health Matters" column.

Prepping to make the holidays perfect can be a recipe for season-spoiling stress. Mindfulness expert Dr. Michael Krasner offers advice for approaching the season – and the coming new year – with intention, attention and an attitude that will help you make the most of what really matters at this ...

Heating is one of the leading causes of fires in the United States, and half of all home heating fires occur in December...
01/06/2020
FASNY: Heat your home safely this winter

Heating is one of the leading causes of fires in the United States, and half of all home heating fires occur in December, January and February, according to data from the National Fire Protection Association. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York shares these safety tips...

Winter is in full swing, bringing with it freezing temperatures and snow. As New Yorkers turn on their heat this winter and curl up next to their fireplaces, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York wants to remind everyone to follow some simple tips when preparing their homes for winter...

SUNY Geneseo senior guard Sara Ciotti scored 22 points while junior forward Kerrin Montgomery posted a 17-point, 15-rebo...
01/06/2020
BASKETBALL: SUNY Geneseo women use big fourth quarter to win Pearson Memorial Tournament

SUNY Geneseo senior guard Sara Ciotti scored 22 points while junior forward Kerrin Montgomery posted a 17-point, 15-rebound double-double this afternoon as the Knights won the Judy Pearson Memorial Tournament in Massachusetts.

BABSON PARK, Mass. - SUNY Geneseo senior guard Sara Ciotti scored 22 points while junior forward Kerrin Montgomery posted a 17-point, 15-rebound double-double as the Knights overcame a halftime deficit to defeat Wesleyan, 72-60, in the Judy Pearson Memorial Tournament Championship on Sunday afternoo...

Tyson Empey's second hat trick of the season led SUNY Geneseo's hockey team to its 10th victory of the season on Saturda...
01/06/2020
HOCKEY: Empey hat trick leads SUNY Geneseo past Neumann

Tyson Empey's second hat trick of the season led SUNY Geneseo's hockey team to its 10th victory of the season on Saturday afternoon.

GENESEO - SUNY Geneseo senior forward Tyson Empey netted a hat trick, scoring twice in the third period as the Knights pulled away from visiting Neumann for a 7-4 victory Saturday evening at Ira S. Wilson Arena.

Efforts are continuing tonight in Genesee County to restore power to the thousands of National Grid customers who experi...
01/06/2020
Power restoration efforts continue tonight

Efforts are continuing tonight in Genesee County to restore power to the thousands of National Grid customers who experienced an outage early this morning.

UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: The number of customers without power in Genesee County has been reduced to 137, with 114 of those customers in Byron and 23 in Bergen, according to National Grid’s outage map. Restoration estimated by 10:30 p.m.

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01/05/2020

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UPDATE: Power restoration in Genesee County could be as late as 10:30 p.m. As of 7:15 p.m., 136 customers in the county are affected, according to National Grid.

Vehicles make their way through the intersection at routes 5 and 19 in Le Roy this morning. National Grid reports that 5,478 customers in Genesee County are affected by the outage at this time.
There are 46 customers affected in Livingston County right now. Power should be restored by around 11:15 a.m. for both counties, National Grid says.

GENTLE SOUL: Beloved York girls basketball coach/teacher Dennis Bzduch passed away suddenly Jan. 4. “Please keep Dennis’...
01/05/2020

GENTLE SOUL: Beloved York girls basketball coach/teacher Dennis Bzduch passed away suddenly Jan. 4.
“Please keep Dennis’ family and our school community in your thoughts and prayers as we journey through this difficult time," York Central School Superintendent David Furletti said.

The LCN will be dedicating this year's sportsmanship award winner at the end of the school season in honor of Coach Bzduch.

Tom Brady and the Patriots fall to the Titans 20-13 in the wild card round. The Bills record of 4-straight Super Bowl ap...
01/05/2020

Tom Brady and the Patriots fall to the Titans 20-13 in the wild card round. The Bills record of 4-straight Super Bowl appearances is safe. Is this the end for Brady in New England?

This certainly isn’t a ‘sky is falling’ scenario, as Allen helped lead the Bills to their best campaign in two decades a...
01/05/2020
BRASKY: Bills’ postseason defeat proved Allen, Bills are not finished products

This certainly isn’t a ‘sky is falling’ scenario, as Allen helped lead the Bills to their best campaign in two decades and within yards of their first playoff win since 1995. However, the work is not finished for Allen, nor for the Bills.

HOUSTON, TX — For much of Saturday evening, Bills fans were happy, as their team had gotten out to a 16-0 lead midway through the third quarter of its 22-19 playoff loss to the Houston Texans. Throughout much of the first three quarters, Josh Allen was clicking, Devin Singletary was a workhorse an...

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