WDNY Local News, Monday, March 18, 2019

Written by on March 18, 2019

The Dansville Police officers association is endorsing two candidates for Livingston County Court Judge. The association says it believes Kevin Van Allen and Jennifer Noto are best qualified to fill the two openings on the bench in November. Van Allen and Noto are trying to fill the jobs that will be open because current judges Robert Wiggins and Dennis Cohen are reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70 this year. Both are Republicans. The democrats in the race are Margaret Linsner and Justin Hill.

There are elections in five Livingston County villages this week. Polls are open tomorrow from Noon to 9 PM in Dansville, Livonia, Mt. Morris, Nunda, and Caledonia. Voters in Dansville will select a mayor, a town justice and two people to serve on the board of trustees. Voting is at the North Dansville Town Hall on Clara Barton Street.

A former contracted athletic trainer who is facing federal child pornography charges has been released on bail and is under home confinement. 30-year-old Austin Pratt is also facing state charges that he had sex with a 16-year-old student at Geneseo Central School and exchanged explicit texts and pictures with her. Pratt was initially arrested on those state charges in January and the federal charges were filed last week. He was fired from his contracting job and no longer works in the Geneseo district

Gas prices in Livingston county continue their march higher. Since just last week, pump prices in the county have gone up on average 5 cents —to $2.60 a gallon. Triple A says increasing demand and decreasing supplies are behind the spike. Livingston County average prices are below the New York average 2.65 a gallon are among the 14 lowest county average in the state, according to the auto club. You can expect to pay more in the coming weeks as we get closer to summer.

A warning about another phone scam, this one targeting senior citizens. Someone has been calling people in the area, claiming to be with Social Security, warning that benefits are being cut off and asking for personal information to have them resorted. The calls are bogus. The real social security administration never make contact by phone and never asks for private information that way. The advice is to not answer if your caller ID shows a number you don’t know—or if you do answer, just hang up if the call sounds suspicious. There are also websites that can tell you if other people have received similar calls from the same number.

With just a couple of weeks until the state budget deadline, Governor Cuomo and lawmakers are still trying to hammer out a deal.   The Senate and Assembly released their own fiscal plans, but they didn’t include everything the governor says would be necessary for a final agreement. The Governor is also concerned about how much the Legislature wants to spend. The end of the fiscal year is March 31st.

It’s almost SPRING. The seasons change on Wednesday at 5:58 PM.

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