WDNY Local News, Friday, December 28, 2018

Written by on December 28, 2018

Friday, December 28, 2018

Assemblywoman-elect Marjorie Byrnes is being sworn in today when she takes the oath of office at noon at the Livingston County Courthouse. Byrne was elected in November to the 133 district seat that covers all of Livingston County and parts of Monroe and Steuben Counties. She already knows her committee assignments—she will be a member of the Children and Families committee which oversees bills affecting child welfare, juvenile justice, and Family court and will also serve on the Health, Housing, Judiciary and Small Business Committees. Byrnes says while she is a Republican in the Democratic-controlled assembly, she’ll fight for the communities she was elected to represent, regardless of party affiliation,

The Genesee Valley Conservancy has acquired some land along Mill Creek in Wayland that the conservancy says is an important spawning ground for trout. It’s the first property owned by the Conservancy in the Wayland-Dansville area. The group says it will spend the next few months creating a management plan for the land and working on bringing new educational and recreational opportunities for the surrounding communities.

The flu season is here—with reports coming in from all parts of the state and a sharp increase in the number of people getting ill. Livingston county department of health says it has reported two cases—and the time for a flu shot is now. The flu is likely to peak in February but doctors say cases can happen at any time. Last year was a particularity nasty season with more than 700 cases in Livingston County alone. There is no indication yet if this year will be as severe. In addition to getting a shot, you can prevent the flu by remembering the basics of hygiene like frequent hand washing and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

New York’s minimum wage is going up on Monday. Upstate, it will rise to $11.10 from the current $10.40. That rate is higher in some parts of the state and will eventually hit $15.00 an hour everywhere in New York. State officials say they will be watching for businesses that fail to comply with the new higher minimum.

Senator Chuck Schumer hasn’t had much to say in recent days as the partial government shutdown continues The Senate was briefly in session yesterday, but the New York lawmaker didn’t make any public comment.  Since the partial shutdown began last week, Schumer has placed the blame for it on President Trump. He has said all along the president won’t get the billions of dollars he’s requesting to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico

There’s a giant lottery jackpot up for grabs tonight Mega Millions is now sitting at 348 million dollars after no one won Tuesday night. Mega Millions hasn’t had a winner since late October when a single ticket sold in South Carolina matched all six numbers No one has come forward yet to claim that one-point-six billion dollar prize. That winner—or winners—have six months to come forward, otherwise, South Carolina gets a big return to its budget.

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