WDNY Local News, Friday, March 1, 2019

Written by on March 1, 2019

Friday, March 1, 2019

Republican State Senator Catherine Young is stepping down. Young, whose district includes part of Livingston County including Dansville is taking a new job as head of the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech. Young says her new job will allow her to continue her work to expand the state Agriculture Industry—and that the decision to move on was not easy and bittersweet. She has been in the Senate since 2005 and before that was in the assembly starting in 1999. There will be a special election to fill her seat and the winner will serve until the next election in 2020. Young’s resignation is effective March 10th.

Three people are facing drug charges after a stop on 390 by the Livingston County sheriff’s office. Deputies say 37-year-old Tracy Griffin of Chautauqua County, 17-year-old Maelyn Ordway of Cattaraugus County and 29-year-old Preston Blackshear of Rochester are all facing several charges after Blackshear was pulled over. The charges against Griffin include evidence tapering because deputies say she tried to hide 10 grams of crack cocaine inside her body before she was arrested. She remains in jail on $10,000 bond.

The flu is continuing to spread across New York.  According to the state Health Department, there were more than 93-hundred new cases of the virus reported during the week ending February 16th.   That brings the total number of people treated for the flu this season to over 53-thousand.   Doctors say it’s never too late to get your flu shot. 

If New York allows recreational marijuana, the state’s counties want to make sure they get a cut of any tax revenue it brings. The New York Association of Counties says Governor Cuomo’s p[lan to send back 2 percent is too low and would like to see a 4 percent payback to pay for what they think would be higher costs associated with legal cannabis. Under the proposal, counties would have the option of saying “no” to sales within their borders.

Reports say Governor Cuomo has gone to the top of the company to get Amazon to reconsider its decision to pull out of plans to built one of it’s two new headquarters in New York. The New York Times says the Governor spoke directly with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos trying to get him to reverse the course and build in New York. The company said last month it was abandoning plans for the so-called HQ2 because of local opposition. The governor says he will take personal responsibility for getting the huge project approved if Amazon changes its mind,m but so far there is no indication Amazon will reverse course

State lawmakers have passed a law that could land someone in jail for up to a year for posting so-called revenge porn.  Governor Cuomo says revenge porn is something that can follow victims for their entire lives.  The crime happens when someone posts intimate pictures or video of an ex or partner to social media without permission and with the intention to cause harm.  When the law is signed, New York will join dozens of states with similar laws.

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