posted on September 14, 2011 06:46
One man is recovering from burns today after the propane business he works at in Mumford, Monroe County, exploded.
Burnwell Gas Company was rocked by a fiery blast around 3 :00pm yesterday. Reports indicate that multiple propane tanks blew up near the street the business sits on. Firefighters had to stay back for quite some time due to intensity of the flames.
The unidentified victim was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester for treatment.
LeRoy and Bergen firefighters were dispatched to the scene, along with 22 other fire companies from Monroe and Livingston counties. The cause of the blast is still under investigation.
Genesee County’s Democrats and Republicans are now set for this fall’s elections. Primary Day wrapped up at 9 o’clock last night. SEE THE RESULTS HERE
Batavia’s Democrats will head into November with Katie Balbick-Bellamy on the ticket for the Third Ward City Council seat. The young mother of two says she’ll be stepping up the campaign now.
"I will definitely be attending the Council meetings, as many as I can," she said. "I will be more active, and see if I can find a proactive way, along with the other Democratic candidates, to solve some problems in the City."
Her opponent, Dan Jones, is still eligible to run for City Council on the Conservative Party line, but he says he's still deciding whether or not he'll stay in the race.
There is growing public mistrust in the school system, following a public forum last night on the proposed building consolidation at Batavia City Schools.
The plan would re-align class structure, putting all grade levels together and eliminating the current neighborhood school model.
Perhaps the most surprising revelation at last night’s meeting was Superintendent Margaret Puzio, announcing that there there won’t be a public vote on the consolidation plan.
"Nobody knew about this," said parent Lisa MacDonough. Several parents wished the district would have notified them of the plan far sooner. The parents are worried about the quality of education, increased transportation costs and loss of community.
"Now they're saying they have to make a decision in two months," MacDonough said. "Even if they're willing to look at other options – what can you come up with in two months?"
Some, like Janell Marble, say no matter how bad the plan, action still needs to be taken.
"This is our economic reality now," she said. "This is going to happen one way or another, but we need to make our fiscal year."
There is another public forum tonight, at 6:30pm inside John Kennedy Elementary School.
The man who threatened to bomb Carl Paladino’s campaign office, will do time confined to his home.
63-year-old Miles Fisher of New York City was sentenced yesterday in federal court to six months home confinement and a year on probation. Fisher was originally charged in April, 2010 for calling the “Paladino for the People” headquarters and telling staffers he was going to, quote, “bomb all of you.” That phone call forced an evacuation of the entire Ellicott Square building in downtown Buffalo.
The pundits love to hate on Buffalo, but last year the Queen City did something even better than the federal government: growing the economy.
The City of Buffalo’s economy grew by 3% last year. That outpaced the United States, which grew only 2.5%. The numbers are based on Buffalo’s gross metropolitan product, compared to the United States gross domestic product.
Buffalo is ranked 54th in the nation in metropolitan economies. The other direction on the Thruway, Rochester is doing one better, ranked 53rd.