WDNY Local News, Friday, November 9, 2018
Written by Jerry Lademan on November 9, 2018
Congressman Chris Collins is opening up about his future in Washington, DC. In an interview with WIVB, the 27th District representative expressed confidence he can still serve his constituents while also preparing to defend himself from federal charges. He’s currently scheduled to go on trial in 2020. Collins says he believes he’ll be exonerated
Livingston County Sheriffs deputies say a man from Addison has been arrested and charged with possession of crack cocaine after a stop on 390. 64-year old Robert Desandro was pulled over as part of the department’s operation safe interstate. He is charged with drug possession and was released on his own recognizance after his arraignment by Village of Dansville Justice Scott Kenney.
Livingston County sheriff’s deputies have charged an 18-year-old from LeRoy with driving while impaired after a rollover crash in Caledonia. They say Hunter M. Passage was high on marijuana when he rolled his vehicle on Route 5—after he was spotted driving erratically by others on the road. Passage wasn’t hurt. He was arraigned at the Livingston County jail and later released on his own recognizance
We can put a wrap on another fall foliage season. The state says foliage has officially past its peak in almost all of New York, including Livingston and Steuben Counties, there may be a few peak spots left in parts of the Finger Lakes and in the Hudson Valley and downstate, but for the rest of the state, the season is over. Winter isn’t too far off to—there is a winter weather advisory to the wets, including Wyoming County—though Saturday.
The state calls its crackdown on places that sell alcohol to minors a success. State Liquor Authority and the Department of Motor Vehicles says it cited 141 establishments statewide during its three-month operation that ended in October. Undercover underage decoys tried to buy alcohol at 506 different places including restaurants, bars, grocery stores, convenience stores, and liquor stores. They were successful at 4 in Steuben counties and those establishments are facing penalties. 271 people were also arrested across New York for trying to use fake ID’s. State officials say they want to make sure that places that sell alcohol understand their responsibility to make sure nobody under 21 can buy liquor.
Governor Cuomo is promising to take quick action on gun control measures once the legislature returns in January. The governor announced the plan in the aftermath of the shooting in a California bar that left several people dead. He says the Senate and Assembly, soon to be controlled by Democrats, will focus on strengthening New York’s already tough gun laws. Among the ideas: raising the firearm purchase age from 18 to 21 and extending the waiting period for gun purchases. That action would only happen if red flags are raised during a federal background check.
One question the Assembly will have to answer come January is who will be the next majority leader. Joseph Morelle will no longer have the position after being elected to serve in Congress Tuesday. Democratic sources say three possible candidates have emerged. They are Crystal Peoples-Stokes of Buffalo, Bill Magnarelli from Syracuse and Donna Lupardo of the Southern Tier. The majority leader’s job description includes running the day-to-day business of the chamber.