WDNY Local News, Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Written by Jerry Lademan on August 16, 2017
Here are the top stories for Wednesday August 16th, 2017
The state commission on judicial misconduct says the town and village justice in Mt Morris has quit, ending an investigation into complaints about how he handled some cases and his demeanor on the bench .Judge James LaPaiana’s resignation is effective at the end of the month.. In resigning, the judge agreed never to be a judge again and so the commission decided to close the case. There is no official word from the village clerk’s office LaPiana has served as a Justice of the Mount Morris Town Court since 2006 and the Mount Morris Village Court since 2010.
Some changes are coming to bus service in Livingston County. RTS Livingston says it will offer four routes, down from the current 6, but that the new routes will offer more stops. Officials say the change will make it easier and more convenient for riders to get around. Two of the newly designed routes will run from east to west and two others will run from north to south. The changes take effect September 5th
Geneseo Republicans have picked their nominee to replace council member Jerry Wrubel, who is moving from the area. Committee Chairman Andrea Bailey will run to serve out the rest of Wrubel’s two year term and then run again in 2019. Bailey says she plans to focus on transparency and making sure taxpayers get what she calls a good return on their investment.
The Wyoming County fair has told a vendor to stop selling merchandise featuring the confederate flag. Fair officials say this is the first time they have had any complaints but in light of the current debate over civil war era symbolize, they asked the seller to pull the flags and other items. Other fairs, including the Steuben county fair and the say they discourage sales of the stars and bars and reserve the right to refuse to allow the sale of any potentially offensive merchandise.
The baby abandoned for more than three days in a trash bag in Chemung County is finally out of the hospital. Last week when baby Sabrina was found, she was reportedly a half hour from death. Elmira police confirmed yesterday that Sabrina is out of Strong Memorial Hospital and now with a foster family. Hariette Hoyt, Sabrina’s 17-year-old mother, is charged with attempted murder and faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
A 2018 retrial date has been set for former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver following the overturning of his corruption conviction. A federal judge says Silver is likely to be retried with jury selection starting April 16th. Silver wants his case to go before the U.S. Supreme Court. However, because of his charges being overturned last month, the case was sent back to a lower court for retrial.