WDNY Local news, Friday, March 19, 2019
Written by Jerry Lademan on March 15, 2019
Friday, March 15, 2019
Sunday is St. Patrick’s day and police will be looking for impaired drivers who have celebrated a bit too much. State police say they will be out in force this weekend as part of a stepped-up enforcement campaign. Local police will be taking part too with more patrols and sobriety checkpoints. St. Patrick’s day is one of the deadliest holidays on the roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety administration says from 2013 to 2017, 234 people died as a result of crashes involving a drunk driver. Police say they don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun, but that if you do choose to drink, you should also choose not to drive.
Two women from Rochester are facing drug charges after deputies responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle in the town of Avon. Deputies say 32-year-old Mary Anne Spitz and 35-year-old Jessica Zacari were arrested in a convenience store parking lot on Lakeville Road after their vehicle was searched. Officers say they found crack cocaine, pills and suspected
hallucinogenic mushrooms, along with drug paraphernalia. Both women were arraigned and their bond was set at $500.00
Voters head to the polls on Tuesday in local elections across the state. Five of the county’s 9 villages have contested races—including Dansville, where Republican incumbent mayor Pete Vogt is facing a challenge from Democrat and Dansville United party candidate Keith Petti, Also on the Dansville ballot—incumbent justice Joshua Weidman is looking for another term against Democrat and Danville United candidate Bevin Lynn—and four people are looking to fill two open Spots on the board of trustees. Those candidates are Republicans Dan Rittenhouse and Floyd Sick and Democrats Ron Hall and Rick Schwenzer. Also holding elections on Tuesday are the villages of Nunda, Mt Morris, Livonia, and Caledonia. Polls are open from noon to 9 PM—in Dansville, the location is the North Dansville Town Hall on Clara Barton Street. There is more information about Tuesdays voting on the Livingston county web page
Livingston County moviegoers will soon have a more comfortable way to watch their favorite films. The Geneseo Theaters on Lakeville road is getting some new seating with plush new chairs going in within the next couple weeks. The current seats are old, and so the theater has decided to upgrade to the kind of seats usually found in larger chain theaters. Theater manager Jason Yantz says the new seats will take up more space, so the capacity of the six screens will go down, but he says the trade-off is a more pleasant viewing experience for patrons.
There will be lots of green in Avon Saturday afternoon as Iris and non-Irish alike will gather for the annual Livingston County St. Patrick’s Day parade. The parade steps off at 1 PM and when it’s done there will be a family-friendly holiday themed party put on by local merchants at the Avon town hall.
State Budget director Robert Mujica is slamming the fiscal plan proposed by the state Senate. He says state senators want to increase spending by more than three billion dollars, but their budget doesn’t include any cuts or new revenues. Mujica says while the Assembly plan also calls for more money to be spent, new taxes have been proposed that could help pay for those additions. The end of the state’s fiscal year is March 31st. Governor Cuomo says he won’t sign off on any budget deal just to meet a deadline.