WDNY Local News, Monday, February 11, 2019

Written by on February 11, 2019

A man from Dansville has been convicted of sex abuse charges in Livingston County court. 60-year old Kenneth Mountzouros was found guilty of several charges after a four day trial in Livingston County Court. Prosecutors say the abuse took place in 2012 and 2013 in the village of Dansville—and they call Mountzouros a dangerous sexual predator. Mountzouros strongly denied the charges, saying they were motivated by his ex-wife after a divorce. He will be sentenced April 2nd and could get up to 7 years in prison. Until then, he is being held without bond at the Livingston County jail.

Enjoy the lower price of gas while you can because it looks like we’ll be paying more soon. Triple-A says in Livingston County the average price at the pump last week was 2.48—down from a week ago, but in Dansville, Leicester and Mt. Morris saw an upswing in the price toward the end of the week. Livingston county’s average price is about the same as the rest of the state but still 20 cents higher than the national average. Triple-A expects the trend to turn UP because demand was up and stockpiles were down. The demand might have been skewed however because a lot of people likely filled up in anticipation of the weather.

Some people who need kidney dialysis now have a new option in Livingston County. It took two years of planning and a joint effort between the county and Noyes Health, but today is the opening day for Dialysis clinic at the County Nursing home in Mt. Morris. Until now, patients from the home had to travel to Geneseo to get that treatment, which some require three times a week. County officials say the facility will improve the quality of life for people at the nursing center and meet a growing need in the community The arrangement is uncommon—there is only one other nursing home based dialysis clinic in New York State.

Eligible taxpayers in Livingston County will be able to get some help doing their taxes again this year. The Voluntary Tax assistance program –or VITA– will provide assistance to senior citizens, people with disabilities and people who make less than $54,000 a year. This month and next, those volunteers will be available at the Goodwill community Center ion Lakeville Road. VITA is a joint effort of the Livingston County office for the aging and SUNY Geneseo. If you’d like to find out more or make a reservation, you can call the office for the aging—and we have put that number on the local news page of our website. [585-243-7520]

Transportation planners from across the region will meet this week in Livingston County. The Genesee Transportation Council will have a regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, where they will discuss several its related to the transportation needs of 9 area counties, including Livingston. The meeting is at the Livingston County Highway Department on Gypsy Lane in Groveland. It’s open to the public.gtcmpo.org.  If you’d like more about the Council—and what they’ll be talking about, the website is gtcmpo.org

State Senator Patrick Gallivan would like to see a constitutional amendment to keep non-budgetary proposals OUT of the state budget. Galivan says the state spending plan is no place to advance a partisan political agenda. This year a number of controversial issues not directly related to spending, including legalization of marijuana, raising the minimum age for buying tobacco products, and others are included in the state budget. The senator says those issues need serious debate and don’t belong in multi-million dollar appropriations bill. The amendment would have to pass in two consecutive legislatures and then get the OK from voters.

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