WDNY Local News, Friday, January 11, 2019

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Thursday, January 11WDNY Local news, 2019

A man from Lakeville is accused of possessing child pornography. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office and FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force say investigators discovered pornographic images on devices belonging to 20-year-old Ryan Horan—and that Horan had shared that material online.  He is now facing felony charges of possessing a sexual performance by a child and of promoting a sexual performance by a child. He was arraigned and his bond was set at $15,000.

A man from Conesus has been acquitted of the most serious charge of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl but has been convicted of a lesser charge. Prosecutors say they are satisfied by the decision in the case of 28-year-old Derek Getman who was found guilty of the violent felony of committing a first-degree sex act but found NOT guilty of the top charge of predatory sexual assault. It took the Livingston County jury of 7 men and 5 women about 3 hours over two days to reach its decision. DA Greg McCaffery says the conviction will still take Getman off the streets for a significant amount of time.. When he is sentenced in March, Getman will receive at least 8 years in prison—or anywhere from 10 years to life if he is judged as a persistent felon because of past convictions. The case dates back to late 2017, when the young victim, who is now 8. first told a family member that Getman had inappropriately touched her. She testified at the trial. He did not.

New York lawmakers are getting down to work after this week’s opening of the new session of the Legislature in Albany. Among them—newcomer Marjorie Byrnes of Caledonia, who now represents Livingston County, as well as parts of Monroe and Steuben Counties in the state’s 133rd assembly district. Byrnes says she excited by her new position and wants to focus on issues like lower taxes and old infrastructure. Also taking the oath of office this week, Senators Katherine Young and Patrick Galivan. Byrnes, Young, and Galivan will be in the minority since Democrats control both the house and senate for the first time in several years.

One issue facing lawmakers is the legalization of marijuana, and now there is organized opposition to the idea. A group representing local New York public health agencies s legal cannabis is NOT worth any additional revenue it could bring in. The director of the New York Association of County Health says that in other states where weed is legal, traffic deaths and emergency room visits have increased significantly.  Sarah Ravenhall also called marijuana a gateway drug and is concerned about protecting infants and children from unintentional exposure.  Governor Cuomo backs legal marijuana and legislation that would allow it will be introduced in the coming weeks. 

Governor Cuomo will be giving his budget address next week.  He’ll be laying out his fiscal plan at the Empire State Plaza in Albany Tuesday.  Cuomo says the speech will also serve as this year’s State of the State.  The budget has to be passed by March 31st, which is the end of the state’s fiscal year 

Senator Chuck Schumer is again urging President Trump to reopen the federal government.  On Twitter last night, Schumer raised concerns over the impact the partial shutdown is having on the FDA.  That agency inspects the food millions of Americans eat but has stopped doing routine safety inspections on food at high risk of contamination due to the shutdown.  President Trump has said he won’t agree to reopen the government until he gets funding for a border wall.  


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