Thursday April 5, 2018
Crews are out in force working to restore power knocked off by the wind. The highest number of outages—reported in the town and village of Avon, where at one point more than 1,000 homes were dark. Some customers may not be back on until later today. As of early this morning, there were still around 50-thousand National Grid customers without power. There were gusts as high as 65 miles per hour in Rochester—and some unofficial reports of gusts of 75.
The Department of Transportation is working to fix a misspelled sign on I-390 in Livingston County The sign put up this week for exit seven spelled Letch-worth Letch-wroth. The DOT confirmed the error, saying a contractor installed the exit sign containing the typo in Mount Morris. They say it’ll be fixed this week at the contractor’s expense.
Some new signs going up in Livingston County will honor those who have received the purple heart for their military service. The county highway department hopes to put up about two dozen signs that drivers will see as they enter the county. The county board of supervisors has voted to designate the county as a “Purple Heart County”–which will be the focus of the signs. Officials say the cost of the displays will be minimal because the work is being done by the County Highway department.
The village of Dansville is warning restaurants about dumping grease down the drain. While it may not sound like a big deal, officials are worried that grease could clog sewer lines and potentially damage the village’s 13 million dollar treatment plan. Restaurants that don’t dispose of their grease properly could be fined—or even shut down. One restaurant has already been given a 30 day notice to change it’s ways
The Livingston County Board of elections says turnout in last month’s municipal elections was poor. There were 6 elections in the county, with about 10,200 people eligible to vote. The board says of that number only 1,116 people showed up – or about 11 percent. Republican elections commissioner Rebbecca Schroeder says turnout was especially poor on the SUNY Geneseo Campus—where just 27 voters of the total 696 cast their ballots in the municipal election that saw long time Mayor Richard Hatheway go down to defeat
Democrats in the New York State Senate are getting back together after a seven year breakup. For the past seven years, a group of moderate Democrats broke away and conferenced with Republicans instead. While the Democrats are reuniting, they are still in the minority in the senate unless they can pick up two more seats in upcoming special elections.