WDNY Local News, Thursday, April 11, 2019
Written by Jerry Lademan on April 11, 2019
It is down to the final three candidates for school superintendent in Geneseo. Sharon Smith, Brian D. Schmitt, and Cindy Flowers will each have a chance to meet with district officials later this month. Smith is a school principal from Orleans County, Schmitt is a current superintendent from Allegany County and Flowers is already in the district, as an administrator at the Geneseo Central School. School—and was also a principal at Wayland-Cohocton elementary school from 2005 to 2008. Board president Jennifer Melenbacher says all three have strong backgrounds and that it will be a challenge to pick the best leader for the distinct. Current superintendent Tim Hayes last day is June 30. He is retiring after 13 years on the jobs and the district hopes to have his replacement in place by the time he leaves.
State Flags are at half state for two soldiers from New York state who died this week in Afghanistan. 25-year-old corporal Robert Hendricks from Long Island and 43-year-old marine Staff sergeant Christopher Slutman of the Bronx were among the three marines who were killed when a roadside bomb blew up as they were on patrol nearby Sluitman was a marine reservist who had been a New York City firefighter for 15 years. The third marine was from York County Pennsylvania. The governor says the men’s deaths are a tragic reminder of the sacrifices made to protect the country.
A man from Canandaigua is accused of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old. Police say 56-year-old John Yarger was arrested after an investigation with child protective services and the Ontario County Children’s advocacy center. The felony charges could mean life in prison. Yarger is currently being held without bail.
The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says while union membership is down more than 3 percent since 2009, New York is among the status with the most unionized workers. Figures show almost 1.9 million workers in the state carry a union card. That’s 23 percent of all workers and more than twice the national percentage of 1.5 percent last year, Only Hawaii has a greater percentage of its workforce represented by a union. The lowest unionization rates were in the south, where both North and South Carolina had a representation rate of 2.7 percent.
Dansville Artworks is holding a popular painting event tomorrow night. The Friday Night Painting party is from 6 to 8 PM at the Artworks on Main Street. It is open to anyone over 21 and includes all supplies and wine. Registration is required. We have the artworks phone number is 335-4746