Here are the top stories for Monday, May 15,
It won’t be long until we’ll need the A-C and the state is stepping in to help people who have a critical need for cool air. The Home Energy Assistance Program has about 3 million dollars in federal grant money that it’s making available for those who have a documented medical need for air conditioners and applications for those grants are being taken at area social services agencies now. That help will be provided on a first come first served basis. Governor Cuomo says staying cool is a life and death matter for people with certain medical needs.
No let up for flooding along the shore of Lake Ontario. Forecasters say strong shifting winds and the already high water could even make things worse although the winds should die down later today. People in the parts or Ontario and Wayne counties spent the weekend sandbagging, trying to keep as much of their land as they could from going under.
Some first responders in the area are now more prepared to deal with mass casualty incidents after completing a 16 hour training drill that simulated a bus accident and heavy rescue. That training, which is part of the requirement for volunteers, was held at Livingston County Center for Emergency Operations and Training at Hamptons Corner,s involved personnel from York, East Avon, Springwater, Dansville, Livonia and Caledonia.
Cell phone service in Livonia could get a boost under a newly revised plan to put up a new tower there. Verizon’s original plans have been scaled back slightly to there’s no threat to nearby propane storage tanks at the site near Main and Washington Streets. The company says it needs the tower to improve phone coverage and make downloads faster . There will be a public hearing on the application May 22nd at the Town Hall starting at 7PM. If it goes up at 155 feet as planned, it would be the tallest structure in the village by far.
It’s graduation season, and hundreds of students are now alumni. SUNY Geneseo graduated its class of 2017 over the weekend handing out nearly 1,200 diplomas. Keynote speaker Molly Smith Meltzer–herself a 2000 graduate of the school–urged the grads to be ready for change and to write their own stories as they move on from campus life. Other area schools held graduations this weekend as well- Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva’s commencement ceremony set a new record attendance as more than 65-hundred people came to listen to former President Bill Clinton’s tell graduates that they need to relish differences, because he says diverse groups make better decisions than homogeneous ones.
New York Senator Chuck Schumer wants President Trump to quickly name a new director for the F B I, but he has some conditions he’d like other Democrats to agree to as well. Schumer told CNN On Sunday that the next FBI chief should be non partisan and fair–and that any nominee should only be approved if the senate also agrees to a special prosecutor to investigate possible Russian interference in the 2016
Flags around the region and around the country will be at half staff today in honor of the men and women of law enforcement who have died in the line of duty. This is national Peace Officers Memorial day, designated to remember the more than 21,000 officers in U S history who have fallen while serving their communities.