WDNY Local News, Monday, August 13, 2018
Written by Jerry Lademan on August 13, 2018
The political fallout continues into the new week, with congressman Chris Collins’ decision not to seek re election in the fall after he was indicted on insider trading charges. Republican Carl Paladino says he will run to replace Collins and try to get his name on the November ballot. As republicans look at replacement options, democrat Nate McMurray says Collins should resign now and not serve the rest of his term.
President trump is due in the state today., He is scheduled to speak at Camp Drum and sign the Defense Military authorization act allocating 716 billion dollars for our nation’s defense. Among other things, it gives service personnel a 3 percent raise, which is the biggest increase they have seen in the past nine years. It also includes funding for president trump’s military parade which is set for Veterans day. The president also has a scheduled appearance in Utica.
A road closure in the Town of Geneseo today. Lima Rd will be closed between Country Club Rd and #4359 to the east for roadwork. No traffic will be able to get through Monday or Tuesday.
Springwater-Wayland EMS is having a Family Fun Day, Sat Aug 18 starting at 10 am at Victory Park in Wayland. There will be Bounce houses, food vendors, crafts more. Kickball tournament, teams of all ages.
Sales tax revenue is up in Livingston County. The state says revenue has gone up over the first six months of 2018 by almost 10 percent—after two years of decline. Country administrator Ian Coyle says that’s good news—because the county’s budget was based on more conservative figures. The sales tax is the biggest chunk of the count’y income—worth some 31 point 9 million dollars in 2017
Workers at Tops markets have voted overwhelmingly to accept a change to their retirement plan as the company works its way though bankruptcy. The union members who voted have agreed to scrap their defined pension plan with a new 401a-k plan that the market says is necessary to stay in business. The union;s leaders had endorsed the change. Workers current pension money will go toward the new retirement plan.
New York is continuing efforts to being local produce to schools. The state says it will spend up to 1.5 million dollars more this school year on its farms to school program that Governor Cuomo says will bring farm fresh produce to thousands of school kids. Local districts can apply for grants of up to $100,000 to hire coordinators who will work with farmers to get those locally grown or made foods into school lunchrooms statewide
Time again for the Poag’s Hole Hill Climb in Dansville It is scheduled for Sun Aug 19. starting at at 9:00 am, racing starts at 12:30 pm. $20 admission, $5 to park, coolers welcome, no glass, no pets. Kids 10 and under free. Food merchandise vendors on site. The event takes place rain or shine. There is info at poagshole.com