WDNY Local News, Thursday, August 9, 2018

Written by on August 9, 2018

Thursday August 9, 2018

Congressman Chris Collins says he will stay in office and on the ballot after his indictment on charges of insider trading. The charges were announced in New York City, where he was arrested and arraigned. The indictment alleges that Collins got and passed on inside information from his position on the board of directors of Innate Immunotheraputics of Australia after he found out a drug the company was testing had disappointing results in clinical trials. He made a statement about the charges on Wednesday night in Buffalo, saying he will vigorously fight to defend his name and reputation. Collins 27th congressional district stretches from Rochester to Buffalo and includes Livingston County He was an early supporter of President Trump and is facing re election to a 4th term in November. He is due back in Court on October 11th.

Assemblyman Joe Errigo wants an investigation into a $20,000 payment made by his primary challenger to the chairman of the county conservative party weeks before the chairman endorsed Errigo’s opponent. Errigo says he wants the Livingston County DA’s office to look into whether that payment made by Marjorie Byrnes to Jason McGure violated any campaign laws. Byrnes has paid the money back.. D A Greg McCaffrey says he is referring the matter to an outside law enforcement agency to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest. McCaffrey himself was endorsed by the conservative part when he last ran for re-election in 2016. Errigo isn’t commenting on what laws he thinks might have been violated, but one of his advisors says the payment is suspicious. Errigo and Byrnes face off in the Republican primary, which is September 13th.

Livingston County sheriffs deputies have seized three dozen bags of heroin after a traffic stop on 390. Officers say 39 year old Sahara Ehrman of Angelica was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over as part of the department’s Safe Interstate initiative in the town of Lima. Ehrman is facing drug possession charges and was released on $200 bond after her arraignment.

Back to school time is almost here and a program in Mt Morris next week aims to make sure kids get a healthy start to the new year. A Back to School Health & Wellness Fair will be held Fri Aug 17 from 11:00 am -2:00 pm at Al Lorenz Park, Murray Hill Dr, Mt Morris. There will be health related activities and a dental hygiene checkup, plus a backpack giveaway while supplies last.. While the event is free, those attending are asked to a a non-expired food item for the KidStart Backpack program.

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