WDNY Local News Wednesday, May 2019

Written by on May 15, 2019

Flags are at half staff today to remind people of law enforcement officers who have died on the job. This is National Peace Officers Memorial Day and it is one of the two days a year that federal law requires flags to be lowered—including flags outside homes and businesses. Last year there were 158 line-of-duty deaths. One of then was state trooper Nicholas Clark from Steuben County, who was shot when responding to a domestic violence call last July. His name is now etched in the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington—along with more than 21,000 other men and women in US History known to have served – and died doing it

New York State is in the middle of the pack of places where you’d want to live, at least according to numbers crunched by US News and World Report. The publication used statistics on what it says matters more to people—things like health care, crime, natural environment—to put New York at 25th. That’s slightly better than Hawaii—number 24—and Rhode Island, number 26. The only category where the state cracks the top 10—crime and corrections—and it is 47 out of 50 when ranked for opportunity. The top places to live according to the study— are Washington state, followed by New Hampshire and Minnesota, while Mississippi, Alabama, and Lousiana are the lowest rated

One of the Buffalo Bills biggest fans has died. Ezra Castro was called “Pancho Billa” died of cancer on Wednesday. He was 39. The team says Casto will be missed and that memories of him will live on.

Dansville’s Dogwood Festival is continuing today. The Festival swings into high gear tomorrow, with the opening of the carnival in Babcock Park at 5 pm and a Pet Parade there at 6. The festival continues through the weekend with things like an arts and crafts sale Friday at Church Park, a concert Friday night at the William Park Gazebo and several other events on Saturday and Sunday. There is a complete lineup on the website dansvillechamber.com. The festival has been an annual happening in Dansville since 1967

It will be a step back in time this weekend in Livingston County as civil war reenactors gather at Letchworth State Park. The Fire at Genesee Civil War encampment takes place at the HighBanks recreation area on Friday and Saturday. There be a camp set up from 9:30 to 4:30 both days—while Union and Confederate soldiers will fight mock battles—also both days at 1:30. The event is free. Contact information [585-493-3600]

Governor Andrew Cuomo says his personal life is just that—personal. But now, his longtime girlfriend is going public to say she and the governor are still together after 14 years. Sandra Lee is denying reports that the two are splitting up. She went on Facebook to say that all is well—and that the home they share near New York City is for sale—but only because the Governors three daughters are adults now and have moved out.

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