WDNY Local News, Thursday, August 17, 2017

Written by on August 17, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The state says Livingston county is collecting more sates taxes. The state department of Taxation and Finance says the county is collecting more taxes this year than it did last year by this time and is also doing better that New York as a whole which County administrator Ian Coyle says is a positive sign for the local economy. State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli agrees, but also cautions that sales tax revenue can be volatile and that local officials should remain careful with spending. From January to June this year, the county took in 15. 1 million dollars, compared to 14.2 million for the first six months of 2016.

Livingston county has been honored by a group that keeps an eye on how county budgets are presented across the country. The county was one of just four cited by theGovernment Finance Officers Association for how it presented its spending plan to the public. Administrator Ian Coyle says it shows how the county is making the budget process as easy and transparent as possible for county residents, which is something he thinks is vital for local government. The award is based on how well the budget is presented to residents as both a financial plan and a reflection of county policy.

The Livingston county sheriff’s office says a woman from Nunda is facing charges that she got $3,300 of welfare benefits she wasn’t entitled to. 25 year old Amber Garwood got those benefits, but investigators say she never reported income she was getting from a job at the time. She is accused of felony Grand Larceny felony Welfare Fraud , and felony Misuse of Food Stamps. Garwood was taken to the county jail on $2,000 bond.

A man from Hornell is charged with having six bag of crack cocaine in after a traffic stop on 390. Police say Keith Drury was driving withouot a license and had no insurance when he was pulled over in the town of Geneseoand that a search turned up the drugs his vehicle. Drury was arraigned and taken to Livingston County Jail on $2,000 bond. The stop was part of the county sheriff’s office ongoing Operation Safe Interstate initiative.

A Honeoye Falls man is receiving death threats after being identified in a picture holding a torch and protesting at the University of Virginia. Flyers singling out Jarrod Kuhn at the Charlottesville march last weekend were widely distributed near where he lives in Honeoye Falls. The flyers lead with “No Nazis In Our Neighborhood” and identify Kuhn by name. Kuhn told the “Democrat and Chronicle” that he’s right wing politically but not racist or affiliated with any Nazi group.

You’ve undoubtedly heard about Monday’s solar eclipse. We’ll miss out on the TOTAL eclipse here this time around, but on April 8th 2024, we will be dead center of the NEXT total blackout of the sun. Local astronomers are already planning ahead for that total eclipse visible in the U S, which will travel a swath of the country from Texas to Maine and hope to learn from how it went down this time around. Monday’s skyshow will blot out around 75 percent of the sun here around 2:30. That’s enough to darken the sky but NOT enough to look directly at the sun.

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