WDNY Local News, Wednesday, January 9 2019

Written by on January 9, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A woman from Mt. Morris is facing welfare fraud charges. 23-year-old Yanira Colon-Figueroa is accused of applying for and getting benefits through the Livingston County Department of social services that she was not entitled to by not reporting her income. The benefits amounted to $1,700. The charges against her include felony welfare fraud and felony grand larceny. The Livingston County sheriff’s office the County’s DA’s office and the County department of social services investigated the case.

 Congressman Chris Collins and Congressman Tom Reed are showing their support for President Trump’s speech last night on border security.  The Republican lawmakers say the president delivered the right message to try to end the partial government shutdown.  Congressman Collins says it’s time for lawmakers to work together to increase security along the southern border.  Congressman Reed believes the issue of immigration at the border is as serious as President Trump said. 
The next court hearing has been set in Congressman Chris Collins’ case.  A judge says evidence hearings are scheduled for September.  Collins, who represents the 27th Congressional District, was arrested in August on insider trading charges.  He has pleaded not guilty and was re-elected in November to a fourth term in office.  His trial isn’t set to start until 2020.

Former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam are now behind bars.  The 70-year-old Republican and his son were found guilty of corruption at their re-trial last summer and sentenced to four years in prison.  Skelos will serve time at the Otisville, New York, a federal prison for using his power to get his son high paying no-show jobs.  Adam will be in a low-security prison in Danbury, Connecticut.

State lawmakers are kicking off their 2019 legislative session today.  There are a lot of important issues for them to consider including ethics reform, universal healthcare, recreational marijuana and gun control.  Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo also urged the legislature to pass the Reproductive Health Act and Contraceptive Care Act.  Those bills were never voted on by the Republican-controlled Senate last year but Democrats now have control of both houses in Albany. Among those ready to get to work as members of the minority party, 133rd assemblywoman Marjorie Byrne—and State senators Katherine Young and Patrick Galivan

Some student artists will have their work in the spotlight though next month. The Dansville Artworks Student showcase runs though February 23rd—with more than 75 submissions on display. Artworks board president Nicole Alioto says the display highlights the talents of young artists from Dansville, Wayland-Cohocton and York schools. This year there will be a cash prize for the top entries, which will be awarded at a special reception on Saturday, January 26th from 3 to 4 PM. The showcase is sponsored by the Dansville Festival of Balloons.

The fallout from a Rochester TV Meterorologist’s use of a racial slur on the air continues. Jeremy Kapell of NBC10 was fired but some community leaders don’t think the station acted quickly enough—and at least one sponsor has pulled its ads Kapell is sorry and that the use of the slur was a simple slip of the tongue.


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