WDNY Local News, Thursday, March 14, 2019

Written by on March 14, 2019

Thursday, February 14, 2019

A former athletic trainer from Conesus is facing new charges. 30-year-old Austin Pratt was charged in January with rape—and now he is facing federal charges of enticing a minor and production of child pornography. Pratt had worked as a contracted trainer in the Geneseo School district. State police began their investigation after parents complained about some explicit text messages between their daughter and Pratt was arrested in January. The new federal counts are related to the earlier investigation. Pratt is being held without bond until his next court appearance. The School district says Pratt worked for an outside company and his contact with the district was terminated when he was charged in January

The State Department of Agriculture is investigating several cases Equine Herpes Virus—including some in Livingston County. The horses at Leg Up stables in Geneseo have been quarantined, as have horses at another horse boarding facility in St Lawrence County. The illness is not a threat to people, but people can spread it between horses. The department says anyone who visited the stables between February 23 through March 10th should monitor their own horses and contact their vets and the Division of Animal Industry at the Ag department. The Leg Up stables are home to the SUNY Geneseo equestrian team and its owners are cooperating with the state in the investigation

People using the New York Thruway’s rest areas in the region will find it easier to continue their trip with fresh produce again this year. Taste NY farm markets will open for the season on April 1st and officer a selection of fresh locally grown produce and other items at service plazas in Clarence, Pembroke, Scottsville, and Ontario. State officials say the farm markets are a good way to showcase some of what the state has to offer—and also give local farmers another outlet for their products. There is more about the markets—and how farmers can take part—on the website thruway.NY.Gov.
 Governor Cuomo is making changes to his budget proposal after President Trump revealed his federal budget.  The president is calling for a 20 percent cut to federal health care spending.  The governor’s office said yesterday as a result, it’s working to revise his 174 billion dollar spending plan.  The state budget director says if any percentage of those health care cuts went into effect, it would damage New York health care.  The state’s fiscal year ends March 31st. 

State lawmakers have officially rejected Governor Cuomo’s proposed changes to New York’s limousine industry.  The governor originally called for things like a ban on stretch limousines and for inspecting agencies to have more power to take dangerous vehicles off the roads.  Cuomo says changes are needed after a deadly limo crash in Schoharie that left 20 people dead last October.  But, opponents say the proposals could have put limo companies that follow the rules out of business.  

Between now and next fall, the turf at the home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills is being replaced and one lawmaker in Erie County thinks he knows what to do with the old sod—auction it off, piece by piece for charity. County lawmaker will have to decide if that’s an option, but legislator Joseph Longo says auctioning the turf in small squares would be a great way to support organizations that help kids with special needs while giving die-hard fans a unique piece of team history.


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