Wedesday, January 10
A man from West Sparta who was already on probation is in trouble again. Livingston County sheriff’s deputies say they have arrested 54 year old Edgardo Maldonado after a routing check found that he had a controlled substance that he didn’t have a prescription for. Maldonado was on probation for twice driving without a license. Now, he; face drug charges in addition to charges that he violated his probation.
The Livingston County Sherriff’s office has retained its state accreditation—something that only a quarter of all departments statewide can boast about That certification from the The New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Program is something the county sheriff’s office has received since 1997. The group says Livingston County meets the highest professional standards for law enforcement and credits Sheriff Thomas Dougherty with dedicating the staff and resources needed to maintain them. The department says it’s staff gets an average of 92 hours a year of in service training.
Several local school districts, including Dansville and Mt Morris, are trying to teach employees how to eat healthier foods. The schools are taking part in the regional Jumpstart Your Health Challenge, which runs until January 17th. The program stresses plant based foods and targets diet based illnesses like heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Finger Lakes Area School Health Plan, which has organized the challenge, says more than 1,300 people are taking part in 35 school districts.
Child safety seats are the law—and save lives, but only if they are installed properly. To help parents get it right, two two child passenger safety check events have been scheduled for Livingston County. Those events will be held at the Geneseo-Lakeville Department of Transportation 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 20 and Feb. 17. The checks are part of an ongoing effort by law enforcement and other groups across Livingston County to make sure all children are safe passengers, For more information, you can contact the Cornell Cooperative Extension or your local police department
Two New York representatives are trying to restore state and local tax deductions. Yesterday Democrat Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Republican Congressman Peter King introduced bipartisan legislation to try to bring back SALT deductions. King said it will be a long fight and the bill likely won’t even make the House floor for now He said they might try to put it in with other legislation when given the opportunity.
Kodak is diving into the fast-growing cryptocurrency economy. Yesterday Kodak announced its digital currency KodakCoin with the intention to help democratize photography and make licensing fair for artists. The news caused Kodak’s stock price to skyrocket by nearly 200-percent in a day. The company is launching the sale of KodakCoin January 31st with an initial coin offering, or ICO.