Here are the top stories for Thursday, June 29, 2017
Emmeline is back where she belongs, atop the fountain in Geneseo. Local leaders yesterday welcomed the 11 ton granite fountain and bear back to the village center. The fountain was damaged in April of last year when a milk truck smashed into the base. Geneseo leaders say it’s like having a member of the family come back home. A number of locals turned out to see the new fountain, the old bear, and get some pictures.
Police have charged a man from Danville with drunk driving after they say he sideswiped a state DEC vehicle. Andrew J. Murphy-Longhini is accused of leaving the scene of that crash on West Lake road where the DEC officer had pulled over for an investigation. When Murphy-Longhini was eventually stopped about a mile and a half away, he was charged with being impaired—and with having drugs. He was taken to jaIl on $2,500 bond.
Some Livingston county employees have been recognized for their service. The board of supervisors has thanked 34 worker for 10 or 25 years on the job. Board members say the 20th annual awards ceremony is a good way to take time to honor the men and women who county administrator Ian Coyle calls the backbone of the county. Among those getting an award—County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, who has been on the job as department head for 10 years
You can now get an Uber or Lyft car anywhere in New York. The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles has officially approved the company’s licenses, just a few hours before the ride sharing services were set to start– Uber and Lyft began offering rides across New York starting at midnight last night. State lawmakers in Albany said they wanted to allow the companies to start before July 1st, so people had plenty of time to plan for the Fourth of July—giving those who chose to drink another way to find a safe ride home.
It’s not clear if all 25 people arrested will face charges after protests at the Monroe County Republican headquarters. Rochester Police say they arrested just over two dozen people who refused to leave yesterday. Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli said the protesters asked to be charged in order to ‘strengthen their message.’ The protesters are furious with the latest Republican health care proposal that would allow states to trim their Medicaid programs.