WDNY Local News, Friday, April 28, 2017

Written by on April 28, 2017

The way the Village of Geneseo bills for sewage use is in dispute after a court has indicated it will will rule in favor of a village property owner who has challenged the process. Rental property company Genesee Valley rentals is challenging village rules that say single family homes with several tenants has to pay a sewer fee fee for each individual rental unit. The company says that’s not fair to renters and if the judge eventually agrees, there could be a recalculation for other single home apartment property owners. There’s no comment on the issue from the village.

Livingston County employees have broken a record with a donation to the United Way., Those workers together raised almost $41,000 for the combined charity, which the most they have ever raised in the annual pledge drive. That passes the goal of $39,000, and the previous record as well. Leaders of the drive say it shows the dedication that the dedication the county workers have for the communities they serve. The united way says the money will be put to good use by the 20 agencies that it funds.

Walmart says it is rolling out a new program in Geneseo that will let shoppers order groceries online and pick them up at the store later. The service will be free–and available through the Walmart online app. Store manager Sam Fichera says it’s a lot like ordering ahead from a restaurant–and will make shopping more convenient and flexible for a customer’s schedule. The program is also being started at two other stores in Macedon and Spencerport.

Wegmans is giving a strange reason for recalling hash browns. The Rochester based supermarket chain issued a recall for hash browns over concerns that they may contain “golf ball material.” The company said they’re recalling O’Brien Hash Browns with a best by date of October 2017. Wegmans says the hash browns can be brought in for a full refund.

Some New York lawmakers are trying to close a loophole that could allow low level sex offenders to drive for ridesharing companies like Uber upstate. High and medium level sex offenders are barred permanently and so are low level offenders for seven years after their conviction. As Uber and Lyft are preparing to launch this summer, several lawmakers are working to amend the law to prevent customers from being driven around by a sex offender.

New York is putting more resources into fighting the heroin and opioid crisis. Yesterday state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the SURGE initiative that targets upstate and suburban gangs that deal opioids. This is in response to the ever growing New York opiate epidemic. Schneiderman said they broke up a Syracuse based drug ring yesterday and arrested more than 50 people involved.

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