WDNY Local news, Thursday, March 21, 2019

Written by on March 21, 2019

A man from Nunda has admitted that he stole and then illegally sold a loaded gun and will go to prison for several years. 32-year-old Joseph Blizzard’s pleaded guilty in Livingston County Court to a felony weapons possession charge. He’ll be sentenced in May and is expected to be sent to state prison for 3 ½ years. Prosecutors say Blizzard too the weapon from a residence in Nunda, then sold it to 44-year-old Timothy Harrington in the Village of Dansville last fall. Harrington has already been sentenced to 2 to 4 years. DA Greg McCaffery says the crimes were dangerous and presented an immediate danger to the community. McCaffery also says the case took a handgun that could have been used for serious crime off the street.

The village of Dansville Mayor Pete Vogt says he is thankful that he has been re-elected, but he says his upcoming third term will be his last. Vogt beat challenger Keith Petti on Tuesday by an unofficial total of 364 to 323. Vogt says once his four-year term is up, it will be time for new blood to take over the mayor’s job. Vogt also says he is glad the election is over to he can focus on serving the people of the village. Petti is congratulating the mayor and says he has no plans to run again the next time around.

A new report says SUNY Geneseo isn’t doing a good job when it comes to being transparent. The Buffalo-Niagara Coalition for Open Government says the school a zero in the group’s grading of how much of the school’s publicly available information about how meetings and other decisions were available online. The coalition says it is important for all institutions to be open when it comes to those documents. The report says Geneseo’s lack of availability of those records is—in its words—unacceptable, The school disagrees with the findings but will use the report to look at how it complies with open records laws.

Some SUNY Geneseo athletes have made it to the pool in North Carolina to compete in the NCCA Division three swimming championships There has been some controversy of them getting to North Carolina because New York bans state-sponsored travel to the North Carolina because of its stand on gay rights. That means the students have had to stay in Virginia, at least an hour away from the competition. The 13 students don’t think that’s fair and had asked for an exemption from the ban, but state officials wouldn’t back down. So far, it hasn’t affected at least some of the students who have moved on in the tournament.

A new report suggests the state may not be ready for a possible economic downturn.  The Citizens Budget Commission wants lawmakers to take steps now so the Empire State can withstand a recession.  They’re recommending over a billion dollars in cuts to Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget.  That money would be set aside for emergency purposes.

  A bill is now in the hands of the state Senate that could deter drivers from illegally passing school buses.  The legislation calls for cameras to be installed on the “stop arms” which are displayed when a bus stops to let kids get off or on.  They’d be used to record the license plates of drivers who go around the buses.  Right now, lawbreakers can only be ticketed if a police officer catches them in the act.  The legislation has already passed the Assembly. 

And it’s prime time for maple sugar-making, and several local maple farms are hosting events this weekend and next to showcase the season Y Among the those taking part—Lagom Landing on Reeds Corners Road in Dansville which is hosting a maple sugaring and pancake breakfast tomorrow at 10. There is information on the Lagom Landing facebook page.

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