WDNY Local News, Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Written by on April 17, 2019

Felony drunk driving and unlicensed operation charges have been filed against a man from Dansville after he was pulled over in Livonia. The Livingston County sheriff’s office says the drunk driving charge is a felony because 49-year-old James Casey was driving with a license that had been revoked after a DWI conviction in 2013. Casey refused a blood-alcohol test and was taken to Livingston County jail where he is being held without bail.

A Historian from SUNY Geneseo says she expects the historic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris to be rebuilt. Yvonne Seale has written an article for the online magazine Vox, in which she says people in Paris are devastated by this week’s huge fire at the church because of its close ties to the lives of ordinary people there. Seale says the cathedral—which had stood for 850 years—was never a place for royalty alone and that the French people have always felt connected to Notre Dame which was a refuge during troubled times in the country’s History. Seale specializes in the study of Medieval France and religious institutions.

The state wants to know your opinions about data privacy. The Division of consumer protection has launched a new survey asking for residents to weigh in on data privacy so it can make policies about how privacy information should be used by tech companies like Facebook. In February, Governor Cuomo ordered a review of that policy after reports that Facebook and others may have misused what it collected from users. If you would like to take part, the website is ny.gov/DataPrivacySurvey.

The DEC says New Yorkers can do their part to help the environment be being careful when using fertilizer on their lawns. The department says that fertilizer should generally be phosphorous free—unless it is new grass or soil tests indicate a low phosphorous level. Fertilizers containing the additive must be kept separate in stores and must also have numerical labels that contain the number zero in the middle. Phosphorous runoff can cause water pollution and it is against the law to use it on land where it isn’t necessary or anywhere within 20 feet of any body of water. There is more information about the proper use of fertilizers on the DEC website.

A new poll shows most New Yorkers are against Governor Cuomo’s new pay raise.  According to the Siena Research Institute, 62 percent of registered voters are against the governor now making 200-thousand dollars a year, up from his previous pay of 179,000.  As for the new state budget, only 39 percent of those surveyed said it will be good for New York. 

This Sunday is Easter and a new survey says the religious holiday is big business. The national retail federation says 8 in 10 Americans observe it—and in the process spend about 18 billion dollars in total doing it. That includes sales of candies, chocolate, other food, clothes, and gifts. Easter is the biggest time of year for candy and chocolate—even bigger than Halloween, according to the retail group.

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