Here are the top stories for Thursday , May 4
Livingston County public Health officials say a property on Wrights road in the town of Springwater has to be cleaned up. People near that land have complained for years about the conditions there including reports of dead animals and garbage piled high and the country says it has run out of options. Now, the board of health says it has no choice but to demand that the property owners do something about the mess by officially declaring the situation a public health nuisance.
Change at the top–and a new name–for the Geneseo Merchants Association. That group, which promotes Main Street and its businesses , will now be called Geneseo Community Main Street and be led by business owner Josh Williams, The two founded the association, Spring Morrow and Angel Barry, say its time to pass the torch, 7 years after they decided to do something about the conditions there. Williams says the new name is more inclusive, and that Community Main Street will expand beyond just merchants to bring new events and focus to the area.
Recognition for two public safety programs in Livingston County. Officials say the Sheriff’s office anti drug H.E.R.O program and its Emergency Communications Plan have been honored by the The National Association of Counties. The Livingston County board of supervisors says that award shows that the county is takes it commitment to public safety very seriously. The national group says it wants to recognize innovative local programs that address county problems.
The search is narrowing for a new superintendent in the Letchworth Central School District. There are now two finalists for the position–Letchworth High Principal Matthew Wilkins and Wayland Elementary School Principal D. Todd Campbell. Letchworth school board president Richard Wilcox says the search drew a lot of qualified candidates and the Wilkins and Campbell are well qualified to lead the district. The finalists will meet with the board one more time this week and the person selected will start July 3rd. Whoever gets the job will replace current superintendent Julia Reed, who is retiring.
Several counties affected by lake flooding are officially disaster emergencies. Governor Cuomo has signed an executive order declaring Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, and Wayne Counties disasters. The governor is directing state agencies to take action to protect state property, and to help local governments and individuals. The order expires June second. Some places hit hard by the flooding will be seeing more rain today. Forecasters say starting this afternoon through about dawn tomorrow we’ll be in for some downpours. Lake Ontario is holding at its current, record high levels, but if there is any good news, its that winds will be blowing waves away from the shore.