Here are the top stories for Friday August 11th, 2017
A state report is slamming Livingston County’s probation department for the way it handles court ordered fees and fines. An audit by the The State Comptrollers office found what it called pervasive deficiencies in how the department accounts for the $250,000 or so a year it collects from people convicted of crime. The audit says a lot of that money goes uncollected, meaning victims of crime don’t always get the compensation they have been awarded. It blames an aging computer system and a lack of oversight over open cases—some of which go back as far as 1985. County administrator Ian Coyle says collection those fees and fines is a challenge because many of the people who owe them don’t have the ability to pay—and that the department is not set up to run as a collection agency. He also says the county will use the report to look at the county collection processes as a whole.
The state has awarded a $315,000 grant to the town of Lima to boost the expansion plan of a local business. Bristol ID technologies is planning to add 8,000 square feet to its current location to increase its capacity, something the town will create new jobs and pump at least 5.3 million dollars into the area economy. Mayor Pete Yendell says the state money is a good investment for both his community and all of Livingston County.
New York is spending millions of dollars to upgrade aging drinking and wastewater systems in the Finger Lakes Region. Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced the state would be providing about ten-million-dollars in grants and no-interest loans for projects in Geneseo and Naples. This is part of a more than 60-million-dollar statewide infrastructure initiative. Cuomo said this funding is critical to protect public health and preserving our natural resources.
A man from Avon is accused of firing a BB Gun at the Geneseo WalMart, breaking a window of the store. 23 year old Robert santos allegedsly fired that gun from the parking lot and then took off. He was later arrested and arraigned in Village court, where he was relased on his own recognizance.
Democrats in Livonia have chosen their candidate for town supervisor. Marty Hughes will take on incumbent Eric Gott—who has the endorsement of the republican and conservative parties. Gott had also sought the Democratic backing, but party members voted to limit that endorsement to registered democrats only.. Hughes says he is looking forward to the campaign between now and the November election.
Medical marijuana chewable tablets, lotions and patches could be available in New York soon. Yesterday state health regulators proposed loosening rules to help the state’s medical marijuana program which is reportedly struggling due to the strict ban on smokeable medical marijuana. The new rules could take effect next month and will also try to make it easier to certify doctors to prescribe medical cannabis.