posted on March 01, 2012 07:27
A pick-up truck struck a pedestrian last night resulting in the death of the pedestrian. It happened along Route 31-A in the Orleans County town of Clarendon. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and has been taken to the Monroe County Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy and positive identification. The driver of the pick-up truck has been identified as 20-year-old Henry Maier of Spencerport. Sheriff’s Deputies say alcohol, drugs, weather, or speed were not factors in the crash. It’s believed the victim was walking eastbound in the traffic lane when he was struck by the pick-up truck. The investigation is continuing.
Also in Orleans County, 24-year-old Adam Gulbranson of Johnny Cake Lane in Barre has been arrested on burglary charges. It’s alleged that Gulbranson broke into the home of his neighbor, 22-year-old Elizabeth Landis also of Johnny Cake Lane. Landis heard her dog bark and then found a man running out the back door and across the yard. An investigation by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Deputies and the use of the K-9 patrol led them to Gulbranson. He is jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000bond.
A Batavia woman has been arrested after violating an Order of Protection. 23-year-old Michele DiFalco of Walnut Street is in jail with bail set at $10,000. She was allegedly found to be at the same residence as the person she was supposed to stay away from.
The state legislature eliminated the STAR rebate check program in the 2009-2010 state budget, but now that program is a step closer to returning. State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer tells WBTA News that the bill to reinstate the STAR rebate check program for seniors has been voted out of the Senate Aging Committee and has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is protesting cuts to the Air National Guard. Cuomo has sent a personal letter of objection to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta over the issue. The governor says as many as 800 people could lose their jobs if the Air Force follows through on plans to eliminate the 107th Airlift Wing at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Cuomo wants to see the Niagara base be assigned "an alternative or emerging mission" to save jobs.
Governor Cuomo says he's unwilling to remove the controversial new pension tier from the pension reform portion of his proposed budget. The governor has said pension reform is much needed in the EmpireState, and his proposed Tier Six would save $83-billion over a 30 year period. Cuomo says ever-increasing pension costs end up driving up taxes all across the state. Tier Six has come under fire from public employee unions and some lawmakers as being unfair.
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli wants to help not-for-profit groups detect fraud. He's out with a new training program that he says will strengthen such groups' financial management practices as they contract with the state and other local governments to provide crucial services to New York families. The program taught by state forensic auditors includes case studies of actual fraud uncovered by state auditors and simple fraud detection tools to assist not-for-profits of all sizes.
New congressional redistricting plans filed yesterday in Brooklyn could give two area representatives more local voters. The competing plans by the Democratic Assembly and the Republican House would move Representative Louise Slaughter's district further east. As a result, Amherst Democrat Kathleen Hochul would pick up territory in Niagara County, while Buffalo Democrat Brian Higgins would gain some East Buffalo neighborhoods. A federal court must decide what plan will be put in place to reduce New York's current congressional districts from 29 to 27.