Thursday, January 4
The Livingston County Board of Supervisors has picked a new chairman. Avon Town supervisor David LeFeber is the new leader of the board, selected earlier this week to replace Livonia supervisor Eric Gott. Gott decided not to seek the job again after allegations of sexual harassment against him—allegations he has denied, but were found credible by an independent investigator. LeFeber says he want to work together with other board members along with department heads and county employees to serve all constituents. LeFeber has picked North Dansville Supervisor Dan Mahus as vice chair.
Veterans who served between 1945 and 1991 will continue to get a tax break in Livingston County. The Board of Supervisors has voted to expend a property tax exemption —making permanent what was enacted for ten years back in 2008. The board vote was unanimous. State Senator Patrick Galivan, who sponsored the law enabling the exemption says it is a fitting way to honor those who served during the Cold War. 295 vets current get that relief.
A Long Island man is behind bars without bail facing charges that he harassed a SUNY Geneseo student Thomas Traficante is charged with harassing the woman he had dated by trying to frame her on adrug charge and, among other things, posting her information on a website for prostitutes. Traficante is due back in federal court later this month.
Propane suppliers say the winter weather is putting a strain on supplies and deliveries and wants those who use the fuel to be patient. The The New York Propane Gas Association says anyone who gets propane should check supplies and plan to wait a couple weeks for delivery. The organization blames what it calls a strained delivery system and near historic cold weather. Gas companies say customers can do their part by making sure all tanks and fill areas ares are clear and easy to get to.
The cold is also causing a seasonal phenomenon to grow. The fountain at Glen Iris Inn in Lechtworth State park keeps getting taller and taller and is drawing more and more visitors. The fountain flows year round and when the temperature gets and stays this cold the ice rises to impressive heights. In 2015 the ice volcano got national press and now it’s become a tourist draw as it continues to expand It could grow while too as temperatures are expected to stay below 32. A wind chill advisory remains in effect
Governor Cuomo has given his his yearly State of the State address and laid out his goals for New York this year. Cuomo listed a number of ambitious proposals including curbing sexual harassment in the workplace, criminal justice reform and boosting counterterrorism programs. He also said he plans to sue over the recent tax plan, which he calls unconstitutional.