WDNY Local News, Thursday, June 8, 2017
Written by Jerry Lademan on June 8, 2017
Here are the top stories for Thursday June 8, 2017
Mt Morris swill be decked out in red, white and blue this weekend. It’s “Francis Bellamy Glory Day” on Saturday–renamed this year, in honor of the man credited with writing the Pledge of Allegiance. It’s an all day event–starting at 10:30 with a fun run that starts at the Mt. Morris Library, and continues with a parade, food, vendors and other activities–and ends with a concert at 6:30 and fireworks at 9:30. There is information on the facebook page, GlorydayMountMorris.
The Geneseo Central School district will honor a long time district employee and former member of the school board. Board members and district leaders will be on hand for a ceremony to unveil a plaque remembering the life and service of Alfred Dietrich–who worked in the school business office for 17 year and later served 6 years on the school board. Dietrich died in 2016. Superintendent Tim hayes says Dietrich deserves the honor–because his knowledge of school finances–and because the respect he had in the community for his service on the board. That ceremony will be held June 12th beginning at 6:15 PM at the entrance of Geneseo Central School.
State police are cracking down on lead-foot drivers as part of “Speed Week.” Governor Cuomo says through June 13th, troopers will be using both marked and undercover cars to curb speeding and aggressive drivers. Speeding is listed as a factor in nearly one-third of all deadly crashes in New York. Last last summer’s speed week resulted in more than 20-thousand tickets.
Thousands of students are applying for New York’s new free college tuition program. More than three-thousand applications were filed hours after the Excelsior Scholarship plan went live yesterday. The program covers four-years of in-state tuition to SUNY schools for families that earn no more than 125-thousand-dollars a year. The deal generally requires students to stay in state for a period of time after graduation and doesn’t cover housing, meals or books.
A bill to raise the age of marriage in New York is going to the Assembly. Yesterday the state Senate passed the bill which would allow 17-year-olds to marry in the state, but only with a judge’s approval. Currently New York is one of the few states where children as young as 14 can be wed. Other states are taking up the issue as well–New Jersey lawmakers passed a bill banning any marriages under 18, but Governor Chris Christie vetoed it citing concerns about how it would effect some religious traditions of early marriage.
The Assembly is trying to extend the statute of limitation for child sex abuse cases. Yesterday they passed the Child Victims Act which would allow criminal prosecution of child sex abuse up to five years after the victim turns 23. Right now that clock starts at 18. The Senate is proposing a compromise bill.