Here are the top stories for Thursday, June 22, 2017
The fire department in Hemlock is getting some new safety equipment thanks for an $83,000 federal grant. The department will use the money for 14 air packs that will let firefighters have enough air when fighting fires and heavy smoke. The grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security—and congressman Chris Collins says it’s an important way for the federal government to show its commitment to the local volunteers who sign up to go into harms way to help their communities. The Hemlock department says it could not have afforded that vital gear without the grant.
The town of Springwater is considering a new law officials say will strengthen the rules about mobile homes there. The ordinance would sent minimum standards for those homes that would require them be up to the same standards as other dwellings in the community. The public will have a chance to weigh in on the proposal at a meeting on August 7th
The Avon Free Library is looking for help from the community to pay for part of its planned renovation. The project will cost $344,000 and there is already a state commitment of 227,000, so now the library is starting a campaign to come up with the rest. The head of the library board says the expansion will help the library adjust to the changing ways people use the library—and make it a more welcoming space for the community. [INFO: AvonFreeLibrary.org or (585) 226-8461]
It took two years but police say they have nabbed a man who skipped out on a court appearance for a traffic stop—who is now facing felony forgery changes. The Livingston county sheriff’s office says 31 year old Eduardo Bonilla was stopped for unlicensed driving and possession of stolen property on 390 back in 2015—but gave officers a different name. Now, he’s been arrested after a fingerprint match from a recent case in Monroe County revealed his actual identity. In addition to those 2015 charges, he is facing felony accusations of forgery.
State Troopers say they are serious about keeping area drivers in check. Governor Cuomo has announced the results of a weeklong crackdown on speeding and aggressive driving—which show there were more than two-thousand people ticketed locally for various offenses during this month’s crackdown. Cuomo is applauding troopers for working to keep roads safe.
Most New York lawmakers are going home for the year. Several bills were passed as lawmakers stayed into the night to try to finish up. Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said late last night that it wasn’t possible to tie up everything nicely like they wanted. He said that unless a special session is called, they plan on returning to Albany in January 2018.