WDNY Local News, Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Written by on June 20, 2017

Here are the top stories for Monday, June 19, 2017

A woman from Batavia is facing charges in Livingston county that she had sexual contact with a teenage boy. 30 year old Ashlee Mistretta is accused of committing that offense in January at the Highlands apartment complex on Meadow drive. The arrest came after an investigation from the county office of Child protective service. Mistretta had been charged last year with endangering the welfare of a child and violating an order of protection by having someone who was not allowed in her home.

A new youth center could soon be open in Mt Morris. The village board has approved a plan to turn a space attached to the fire hall into a place for youth activities. Local residents Josh and Kelly Bacon plan to rent that space and use it for the youth center that could eventually expand to include activities such as tutoring for local kids. The couple says they have heard a lot of interest in their idea. The location once served a similar purpose but has been vacant for at least the past 5 years.

A major grain operation in Livingston County officially reopens today. The CRC facility on Caledonia LeRoy Road was destroyed in a huge fire in November 2014 but its been rebuilt. Company officials say the new plant is actually an improvement over the old one.

The fire in 2014 was so big it could be seen for miles and took crews from four country several days to completely put out. The rebuilt facility has about 30 employees and it will serve farms and regional feed manufacturers.

Outgoing SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher is staying a little longer than expected. Zimpher was scheduled to step down at the end of the month but it was recently announced that she will stay on until September 5th. She will remain the head of the 64-campus system until her successor, Kristina Johnson, is able to start.

Several Finger Lakes Region farms are set to get some help from the state. Governor Cuomo announced that more than 200-thousand-dollars would be split among five farms stretching from Orleans to Seneca County. Cuomo said the funding helps the state economy by helping new farms grow which he says supports the expansion of businesses across the region.

Governor Cuomo says he wants to treat hemp like any other cash crop. This weekend Cuomo introduced an agricultural hemp bill that would include hemp as an acceptable crop seed. The bill ensures that the industrial hemp would have low levels of THC. One of the bill’s sponsors says the supports are there for New York to lead the way here.

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