posted on August 19, 2011 07:22
The Darien Lake roller coaster from which an Iraq war veteran fell to his death earlier this summer has been shut down for the rest of the season.
Darien Lake announced yesterday that the roller coaster known as the Ride of Steel will be shut down, one week after a mechanical failure stranded 32 passengers on a hill.
That incident came just over a month after Army Sgt. James Hackemer, a double amputee, was ejected from the ride on July 8th and fell to his death.
State Labor Department investigators blamed operator error for the sergeant’s death.
His family is now suing Darien Lake.
The park said they couldn’t get the custom parts needed to repair the ride before the season would be over.
A new face at Batavia City hall.
She is Julie Pacatte and she is the new Economic Development Coordfinator hired by the Batavia Development Corporation (BDC).
The BDC administers a low interest loan and grant program for new and expanding small business.
Pacatte worked in economic development in Schoharie County. She now lives in Clarence.
She will earn an annual salary of $60,000. Her position is funded by the BDC with a $10,000 contribution from the city.
Newly elected Congresswoman Kathy Hochul makes an official stop in Batavia.
She held a “Congress on your Corner” event yesterday, a sort of a Town Hall meeting.
Hochul told the two-dozen people attending that she supports spending cuts but, not in Social Security benefits.She suggested that "millionaires and billionaires" pay their fair share in to Social Security system to preserve benefits.
It was Hochul’s first official visit to Batavia since winning the seat in congress in a special election last May.
The search for a young Japanese student who was swept over the Horseshoe Falls last weekend has been scaled back. Niagara Parks police officials say the search will continue for the woman, though with limited resources as currents are too strong for divers to search.
A lifeguard on Long Island is suing the state park's department after he lost his job because he refused to wear a Speedo. Roy Lester tells the New York "Daily News" that "they were just trying to get rid of the older guys." Lester had been on the job 40 years when he tried to take a swim test in bike shorts instead of Speedos.