Here are the top stories for Wednesday, May 10
Home sales in Livingston County are down–but prices are up. That’s according to the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors which says sales have dropped 8 percent since the first quarter of 2106–and that prices have increased by 5 percent over the same period. The group says that means ‘s it’s a sellers market right now. Association president Linda Wilson says homeowners who have been thinking of outing property on the market should take advantage of the conditions and that there have been more homes getting multiple offers and a higher percentage of asking price. In the quarter, there were 87 home sales in Livingston County–with an average price of $135,250.
Geneseo Central School’s budget is going up. Officials say that budget has been set at 20.1 million dollars–which is almost three percent more than last year. Voters will have their say on that spending plan on May 16th. Voting will be done at the school on Avon Road between 6am and 9pm.
A judge in Orleans county has sentenced a Dansville man to 1 to 3 years in prison for fraud. 48 year old Michael Oldfield admitted taking $30,000 from 3 people who had hired him to put up pole barns–that were never built. Oldfield was also ordered to pay back the money to the victims. Officials say Oldfield ran a business and advertised as polebarnesny.com and polebuilders.com–and that several earlier complaints had been filed against him.
The town of Lima is drafting new rules that officials say would limit large scale solar energy arrays. They say smaller residential solar projects are fine, but that larch tracts of solar panels could take up too much valuable farm land in the community.
Wegmans is tied for number one. A recently released survey conducted by Market Force Information said that Wegmans and Publix have tied for America’s favorite grocery store. This is the second year in a row that Wegmans has been the top grocery store, but the first that they’ve had to share the title. Trader Joe’s was one-percent short of making it a three way tie.
It looks like the Common Core is getting a new name. New York educators are replacing the name with Next Generation English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards. The name change is just one of a series of changes to the statewide tests. Education officials are set to vote to implement the changes next month
A top state court is upholding strict DWI policies. The Court of Appeals has ruled the DMV can permanently revoke the licenses for repeated DWI offenses. The policy dates back to 2012 when the state put in rules permanently ban drivers from the road for five or more DWI convictions in their life or three convictions in four years. Governor Cuomo says he is happy with the court ruling, saying this it will help prevent avoidable tragedies and protect New Yorkers.