WDNY Local News, Friday, May 5, 2017
Written by Jerry Lademan on May 5, 2017
Here are the top stories for Friday, May 5
A Livingston County grand jury has indicted a man from Nunda for felony Predatory Sexual Abuse of a Child. 34 year old Bryan Bailey has been in jail since he was arrested in march–on charges that he sexually abused a 13 year old girl. The D – A’s office say the indictment is a more serious charge that carried a prison term of ten years to life. Bail’s bail has been re-set at $25,000. The investigation into Bailey started with a tip to the school resource office at the Kesequa Central school–the alleged abuse is not believed to have occurred on school property
The election isn’t until November, but the Livingston County republican committee has voted unanimously to back incumbent Sheriff Thomas Dougherty for re-election. The sheriff says he is grateful for the support and that he plans to work hard to convince voters that he deserves another term. The committee also has decided to designate both Robert Waltman and Shannon Greise as candidates for coroner. . The election is November 7th.
Lake Ontario is less than a foot shy of the record high water level set 99 years ago. The flooding is affecting many waterfront properties and is only expected to get worse. Reports say that some homeowners are now worried about how this will affect their property value even if their homes aren’t flooded.
Some area schools are trying to keep fidget spinners out of classrooms. Fidget spinners are a hugely popular new toy that spins quickly between the user’s fingers, but some teachers say they’re a distraction. One school in is asking parents to keep them home and another has given teachers the authority to ban them from their classrooms. Some say the gadgets are helpful for students with attention issues.
A busy day Saturday at New York State parks–including Letchworth–as volunteers are scheduled to take part in “I love my park” Day. They will be doing some spring cleaning, planting trees and working on site improvements to get the parks ready for the summer season ahead. The Letchworth events include a $500 scholarship presentation to an area high school senior–and an interpretive program at the Humphrey Nature center. There is information on all of the goings-on at the website NYSparks.com.
Governor Cuomo says the American Health Care Act approved by the house might cost New York seven-billion dollars. The governor says the bill would devastate the state’s healthcare industry and he is is calling on the Senate to vote against the bill.