WDNY Local News, Friday, March 8, 2019
Written by Jerry Lademan on March 8, 2019
The SUNY Geneseo Swim team has had a great season and has qualified for the NCAA Division 2 tournament in North Carolina, but they’re having a problem getting there. Under an executive order from the governor, state money can’t be spent to travel to North Carolina because of because of its ban on the use of same-sex bathrooms. State senator Patrick Galivan and Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrne want the governor to make an exception, saying it’s unfair to punish the students after their success this year. At the time the so-called bathroom bill was passed, the NCAA imposed a ban on any tournaments in the state, but that prohibition has since been lifted. For now, teams from SUNY Geneseo, along with swimmers from and SUNY Cortland, and SUNY Brockport who also made the tournament, will stay in Virginia at least an hour away from the pool in Greensboro, but the two lawmakers say that shouldn’t have to be.
A man from Mt Morris has been sentenced for running over and killing a three-year-old boy in Rochester last June. Prosecutors say Frank cassata was drunk and angry when he drove onto the sidewalk on Lyell Avenue trying to hit a man who had just been arguing with. Instead, Cassata strike 3-year-old Amir Pallet who was standing nearby. Cassata was convicted of second-degree murder and other charges and will now go to prison for 25 years to life. The DA in Monroe County says that sentence is appropriate given the facts in the case Cassata was already a convicted felon who had served more than ten years in prison for previous crimes including robbery and burglary—and had only been off parole for a few months before he hit the child.
Don’t forget to Spring forward this weekend as Daylight Saving Time begins. Area firefighters say the time change should also serve as a reminder to check the batteries in your smoke detectors. They also suggest replacing any alarms that you’ve had for ten years or more. Studies show three out of every five home fire deaths happen in residences without working smoke alarms
The state budget director says Governor Cuomo won’t sign a budget that’s fiscally irresponsible. Robert Mujica [moo-hika] says the governor wants to see a budget proposal from lawmakers with both a permanent tax cap and bail reform. Mujica also says the governor believes getting things right is more important than meeting a deadline. The state’s fiscal year ends March 31st.
There’s finally some good news to report involving the flu virus. According to the state health department, there were only 68-hundred new cases of the virus reported during the week ending March 2nd. That’s a nearly 28-percent drop from the week before. This season, nearly 70-thousand New Yorkers have been treated for the flu.