Projects in Livingston County are getting their share of more than 60-million-dollars of state money allocated for the region to jumpstart the economy. The money from the Regional Economic development council will go toward nine projects in Livingston county, totaling almost 4 million dollars. Among them- 1.5 million dollars for soy barley grain center at Howlett farms in in Avon, which which will be the first of its kind in Western New York. Other projects include $270,000 for a Livingston County Water Study to update plans to improve water and sewer service, while the Livingston County Development Corporation will get half a million dollars for street renovations in Avon and Leicester. There are 10 economic development councils statewide—and together they will get 755 million dollars from Albany.
Not everyone is happy with the Regional Development council. Assemblyman Joe Errigo says spending millions of dollars of state money is NOT the way to help the economy and that it’s time for the state to look seriously at lowering taxes, rather than adding more spending.
More protests against Representative Chris Collins and his support of the tax reform plan working its way though congress. Protesters outside Collins office in Livingston County say the tax plan will cost the middle class and give wealthy Americans more. Representative Collins has been among the key supports of the tax bill, saying it’s long overdue and will be a major shot in the arm to the economy.
Livingston County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man they say sexually abused a teenage girl during a horseback riding lesson. 66 year old William Hamilton of the Steuben County County town of Atlanta is accused of having sexual contact with the teen earlier this year in North Dansville. After his arrest, Hamilton was taken to the Livingston County Jail on $10,000 bond.
Two men have been charged with breaking into a shed in Nunda and taking an air compressor and paintball equipment. 26 year old Joseph Jeffords of Dalton and 25 year old Cammeron Velasquez are facing felony charges. Both men were taken to Livingston County Jail on $10,000 bond. Deputies say the stolen items were recovered.
Governor Cuomo says he wants to take guns away from those convicted of domestic violence. It’s already illegal for New Yorkers convicted of felonies related to domestic violence to own guns but the governor wants to make it illegal for those convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors too. The governor says said he’s going to push for bills that could allow their guns to be confiscated. He’s targeting all guns, not just handguns.