WDNY Local News Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Written by on March 12, 2019

Livingston County will see some road improvements as part of an additional 5 point 5 million dollars allocated for the region. The money will help fix roads that were damaged by hards winter weather in Livingston. Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties. Among the paving projects scheduled for later this year–1.3 dollars wilt go to million to resurface Route 436 from the Wyoming/Livingston County border to the Village of Nunda. Governor Cuomo’s office says more than 1,000 miles of road will be repaved at a cost of 178 million dollars statewide. The governor says its a wise investment to maintain those roads that were affected by the weather and will be a boost to communities across New York.

Three people are facing drug charges after a traffic stop on 390. The Livingston County Sheriffs office says 28-year-old Alissa Hall of Wayland, 26-year-old Oren Clark Schultz from Alfred and 25-year-old Michayla Welytok of Dansville had marijuana and paraphernalia in the possession when they were stopped.

Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrne says new state law about storing guns is too restrictive. The assembly and senate have passed a bill that requires gun owners to keep their weapons is in a locked cabinet or be equipped with a trigger-lock, where anyone younger than 16 is present.. Violating the law will be a misdemeanor. Byrne says the bill is unnecessary and adds a burden for responsible gun owners to bear. Opponents say firearms-related accidents are at an all-time low, but supporters say the state hasn’t done enough to protect children who might have access to the weapons.

The winter—and the snowmobiling season—are nearly over in the state and this season has been a deadly one on New York trails. Officials say 16 people have died in New York t so far this winter. compared to seven snowmobile-related deaths all last winter The State office of parks and recreation says while there are no numbers from this season yet, in the past, about a third of all fatal snowmobile crashes involved alcohol. The latest figures show there were more than 112 thousand snow machines registered In the state—with direct spending from owners pumping around 434 million dollars into the economy.

Governor Cuomo says legalization of recreational marijuana is unlikely to be part of this year’s state budget.  Cuomo acknowledged yesterday there are many issues that need to be resolved before it is set in stone.  His proposal is opposed by law enforcement and teachers’ groups around the state.  Some municipalities say they plan to pass their own legislation banning it in their cities, towns, and villages if it’s approved in Albany. 

Two people from Livingston County—including a woman from Dansville—are getting some statewide exposure as part of Developmental Disabilities Awareness month. Carolyn Howden along with Allen Van Voohis of Avon—will be featured in an online calendar from the state office of People With Developmental Disabilities this month. The office says that calendar is part of its awareness campaign called “one of a kind” and that Howden and Van Voohis are good examples of how people with disabilities are making a difference in their communities. Howden is a volunteer who works with animals at a local farm and at the town hall. She’ be in the spotlight in the calendar on Wednesday—while Van Voorhis—who works at several different jobs—with be part of the project on March 17th. You can find out more about them and see the calendar at the website opwdd.ny.gov


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