posted on March 19, 2011 07:00
Western New York Democrats are moving closer to picking their candidate for the 26th Congressional District Seat.
Genesee County Democratic Chairwoman Lorie Longhany has announced that final interviews in the search will be conducted today. There are seven candidates for the Democratic nomination to replace Chris Lee. Clarence Assemblywoman Jane Corwin has the GOP nomination.
All are being interviewed this morning and afternoon in Geneseo. Each of the Democratic chairs for the seven counties in the district are attending today.
The popular favorite for the Democratic nomination remains Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul.
A LeRoy man has been arrested in connection with a fatal hit and run accident last weekend in Rochester.
26-year-old Mathew Norstrand of Bacon Street, LeRoy is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Police say Norstrand was driving a car that struck and killed a Rochester pedestrian last Saturday.
Two men are behind bars for allegedly using their pick-ups trucks to block a woman from driving down North Byron Road.
William Grathouse and Edwin Roniger, both 37 and both from Holly, have been charged with a felony count of Criminal Mischief. Deputies say Grathouse drove his pick-up into the side of the victim’s vehicle and later pointed a gun at the woman.
Grathouse and Roniger are locked up in lieu of 10-thoiusand dollars bail.
A Pavilion man is facing criminal charges, one of them a felony, following a domestic incident.
25-year-old Daniel Ruffner of Telephone Road was arrested for smashing a flat screen TV and punching the other person in the dispute several times.
Ruffner has been released under the supervision of Genesee Justice.
Later today, a unique film festival comes to Batavia High School. The Sprout Film Festival is sponsored by the Genesee ARC. It features films about and starring the developmentally disabled among us.
The festival is the first and only of its kind, according to founder Anthony DiSalvo of New York City. DiSalvo travels with the Sprout Festival and will be in attendance for today’s viewings at Batavia High.
DiSalvo actually started Sprout as an organization that provided vacations to the developmentally disabled. One year, he ran a mini-film festival – and that was the beginning. Now he tours the country and Canada showing his ever-growing collection of work.
There are two showings of the Sprout Film Festival today, one at 2:30pm and one at 6:00pm. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.