Friday, December 29
Get ready for already arctic weather to get worse. Forecasters say we’re safe from subzero temperatures today, but we can expect highs in the mid-teens. Looking forward, on New Year’s Eve the thermometer could dip as low as two degrees. Folks heading out to celebrate should bundle up because it’s going to feel even colder with wind chill.
The cold weather has led to the re-appearance of a unique phenomenon in Livingston County. The fountain outside the Glen Iris in at Lechworth State park has grown into what seems to be an ice volcano—similar to the one that drew national attention and lots of sightseers back in 2015. Its not quite as big this time around—only about 10 feet tall-but with the current cold snap expected to last, the volcano could grow .
The race for chairmanship of the Livingston County Board of Supervisors is on. Current chairman Eric Gott is not seeking reappointment after an independent investigation found what it alls credible evidence of sexual harassment charges against him. Gott denies he did anything wrong and will stay on as supervisor from Livonia. Will Wadsworth, supervisor of the town of Geneseo, and David LeFeber, supervisor of the town of Avon both now say they would like the top job. The board will make its choice at it’s organizational meeting on Tuesday.,
New York is easing up on its medical marijuana rules. As of this week, dispensaries are allowed to sell patches, lotions, ointments, lozenges and certain chewables to eligible patients. This is a move to encourage participation in the state’s medical marijuana program. Doctor-prescribed smokable marijuana is still banned in New York.
New York and seven other eastern states are suing the Environmental Protection Agency over air pollution. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says millions of New Yorkers are forced to breathe unhealthy air because of smog wafting over state lines. He’s challenging the EPA’s refusal to impose anti-pollution standards on coal-dependent states.
Governor Cuomo is tackling lunch shaming in New York. He says said that as part of his state of the state agenda, he’ll try to pass a law to stop any type of humiliation for students who get free lunch. He said some students from low-income families are currently singled out or offered cheaper lunch alternatives.