WDNY Local News, Friday, May 31, 2019

Written by on May 31, 2019

It is deadline day to sign up to vote in the June primary elections in New York. Mailed in applications have to be postmarked today and be in the elections office by Wednesday. If you sign up in person the office or the DMW, you have to get there before they close. The election is June 25th,

One election this year in Livingston County is getting expensive. The five candidates for two spots on the Livingston County court have between them raised almost half a million dollars according to the latest finance reports. Raising the most is Geneseo Attorney Kevin Van Allen whose campaign reports bringing in almost $195,000, $75,000 of that in a loan he made to his own campaign and has paid back. Other candidates have raised less..Assistant county DA Justin Hill reports his campaign has raised only $14,000 The other candidates are Jeannie Michalski, Jennifer Noto, and Margaret Graf Linsner. Noto, Michalski, an Van Allen are seeking the Republican nomination; Michalski, Noto, Van Allen and t Graf Linsner, are seeking the Conservative nomination and all five candidates, including Hill, are seeking the Independence Party nomination. Voters in those parties will pick two of them for the November election in the June Primary. The Judge’s jobs are opening because current justices Dennis Cohen and Robert Wiggins reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 this year

Livingston County government workers have once again met—and exceeded-a goal for contributions to the United Way. The goal set when the campaign was announced in the fall was $40,000—and when the final numbers came in, they showed employees topped that—by almost $3,000. The co-chair of the drive says every bit helps and that once again, those who serve the county at work have stepped up to help. Most of the money comes from employed who opt to have donations come directly out of their checks, but some also come from sponsored events like dress down das at the office, raffles, and barbeques. The United Way of Livingston County allocated if funds to a variety of community organizations that help people in need. If you would like more information, the website is uwlivingston.org.

One of the top issues during this year’s legislative session in Albany has been making limos safer after last year’s deadly crash near Albany that killed 20 people. Some bills to do that are moving forward in the Senate after a committee approved measures that would require seatbelts in all altered vehicles, such as stretch limos like the one involved in that crash Another would let authorities impound vehicles they think aren’t road-worthy, while another bill would force drivers to take drug and alcohol tests.

It could soon be against the law to keep in your pets in dangerous weather. A bill up for discussion in the legislature would require pet owners to bring in their animals in extreme cold and heat. It would allow fines up to 500 dollars for a first offense—the seizure of pets belonging to repeat offenders. In addition, the state would set up an alert system to let people know when it’s not safe to have dogs, cats and other animals outside.

Emily Mike of Mt Morris didn’t quite make the finals of the Scrips national spelling bee this year but she says it was an amazing experience even so. The 8th grader made it through the first three rounds, but just missed going further by coming tied for 51st on a written test to determine out of the top 50 spellers to move on. She and her family say the bee was a tremendous opportunity to grow, find new friends and learn how to handle pressure—like spelling big words most of us have never ever HEARD—let alone SPELL in front of an audience on live national TV. Way to go Emily!

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