WDNY Local News, Thursday, May 23, 2019

Written by on May 23, 2019

Nothing like what has been happening in the center of the US but we could see some severe weather today. The national weather service storm prediction center says our area is on the map with a slight chance of strong storms

Livingston County leaders say they won’t sit still now that the state says it plans to close the Livingston County Correctional facility in the town of Groveland. The Board of Supervisors plans to issue a resolution opposing the closure and also want to know more about the reasons why the medium security prison has been singled out as one of two in the state that will be shut down. The prison is currently undergoing a major capital renovation project and officials wonder why the state is spending so much on a jail it is going to close. The correctional facility is almost full with more than 800 prisoners and more than 300 employees. Board of Supervisors chairman David LeFeber says Losing those good paying jobs could have a significant impact on the county economy

The Livingston County Sheriffs office has identified a tree service worker electrocuted as he was on the job in Mt. Morris. 21-year-old Cecil Beardsley-West of Perry was holding on to a chain while moving logs as a private residence on Ridge Road when the crane it was attached to hit a power line on Tuesday morning. The sheriff’s office, along with NYSEG and the federal occupational health and safety administration continue the investigation.

It’s almost memorial day and state police will be stressing safety on the road between now and then. Watch for more patrols and checkpoints looking for drunk drivers—and more enforcement of seat belt and text-while-driving laws. Today is expected to be very busy on major roads, especially the thruway and interstate.

Boaters spending memorial day weekend on part of Lake Ontario will have to slow down because of the high water levels. There is a “no wake” in effect for any boats within 1,000 feet of the shore as lakeside flooding continues to pose a threat to properties.

New York Lawmakers have just a few more weeks in this year’s session and there is still a lot on their plates. Among the issues still up for debate is limousine safety—in response to last years fatal crash near Albany that killed 20 people. One proposal law would be required on all long limos that carry at least 8 people and another would require mandatory drug and alcohol tests for drivers and allow police to impound limos they think are unsafe

A top local speller is moving on in the Scripps national spelling bee in Washington. Emily Mike is moving to the next round of the spell off and if she continues to know her words she could make it to the finals which are shown on ESPN.

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