WDNY Local News, Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Written by Jerry Lademan on March 6, 2019
A Livingston County business is working to get back to normal after a major fire last weekend. The fire at Lakelands Concrete Products in Lima destroyed a building there but the company president says cleanup has been going on and he expects to resume normal operations as soon as today. Investigators say Saturday’s fire on East Main Street was accidental but so far they haven’t been able to pinpoint just where is started. It took crews from several surrounding communities about an hour to get the fire under control—nobody was hurt.
A woman from Lima is headed south to help out with last weekends deadly tornadoes in Alabama. Deb Thompson is a volunteer with the American Red Cross and this is the 8th time she has answered the call after a disaster. Her job in Alabama will be a spiritual one—providing non-denominational support for those affected by the storms. Thompson’s last trip with the Red Cross was to North Carolina after hurricane Florence but she also helps out closer to home too, working with the Red Cross to local emergency situations like house fires and floods.
An investigator from the Livingston County Sheriff’s office now has a new role as a special Deputy U S Marshall. Brad Schneider will help out with investigations into crimes against children as part of the FBI’s Child Exploitation task force. Its the first time a member of the Livingston County sheriff’s office has been involved with this kind of formal partnership with a federal law enforcement agency.
The Moose Lodge in Dansville is hoping to raise money to fix its roof and is hoping the community will help. They held a benefit over the weekend and are hoping to raise around $30,000 in total by June to do the roof repairs. Members say the group is like a second family to many and they hope that more young people will get involved in its activities—under a new roof.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is helping the governor and lawmakers with the framework of a state budget. He has announced a revenue projection 190-million dollars higher than Governor Cuomo’s estimate. The number was far below what the Legislature calculated. The comptroller had to step in after both sides couldn’t decide how much money the state has to spend for the next fiscal year. The deadline for a state budget is March 31st.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says the balance of powers in the Constitution is being “undone” by President Trump. The New York Democrat is imploring his Republican colleagues to vote against Trump’s national emergency declaration for border wall funding. Schumer called the declaration an “end-run” around Congress, a term that Democrats have used frequently. Enough Republicans are expected to vote with Democrats to disapprove the executive order