posted on March 02, 2012 07:45
It’s going to windy in the area tonight and Saturday. The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a high wind warning for Genesee County along with Niagara, Orleans and Northern Erie counties. Southwest winds 30 to 40 miles per hour are expected with gusts up to 70 miles per hour. The warning is in effect from Midnight tonight until Saturday night at 10 o’clock. The weather service says such high winds will result in power outages and the downing of some tree and limbs. Property damage is also likely including minor roof and siding damage. Elsewhere in Western New York the warning starts at 7pm and calls for gusts up to only 65 miles per hour.
The victim of Wednesday night’s fatal pedestrian accident has been identified. He’s 31 year old Richard Webster of Holley. He was struck by a pick-up truck while walking in the eastbound lanes of route 31-A in the Orleans County Town of Clarendon. The accident remains under investigation. The driver of the pickup truck 20 year old Henry Maier of Spencerport has not been charged.
A Genesee County Court Jury has returned a guilty verdict against 46 year old Michele Case of the North Bergen Road in Bergen. She was found guilty of third-degree grand larceny for submitting false mileage and time sheets while working for Homecare and Hospice . The sum of money totaled 14 thousand dollars. Case could receive up to seven years in prison when she is sentenced in April.
More problems at Eastman Kodak company in Rochester. That company is laying off 91 workers this week including 70 at a Manitou Road production facility and another 11 from the corporate offices. Those layoffs the result of Kodak ending its digital camera business.
At its peak in the 1980’s, the photo giant had more than 60 thousand employees in the Rochester area. That total is now about 5 thousand.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says don't expect any kind of quick deal when it comes to redistricting. Speaking Thursday, Cuomo says he's learned enough from his time in Albany that if the state legislative maps don't have to be done by March 15th, there likely won't be a deal until March 15th. The governor says he believes state redistricting will take a back seat now to creating new Congressional lines.
The congressional redistricting maps released this week would have big consequences for Monroe County. If they're approved, the district currently covered by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter would no longer stretch between Rochester and Buffalo along the shoreline of Lake Ontario. Instead, the Senate Republicans' map places that district entirely within Monroe County. The Assembly Democrats' map puts a large portion of Ontario County into that district.
The Rochester Institute of Technology continues to get high marks for its video game design programs. New annual rankings from "The Princeton Review" have RIT finishing second among graduate schools offering game design programs and sixth in undergraduate game design. RIT's game design program saw 100 percent of its 2011 graduates land jobs in the industry.
The leaders of the state Assembly and Senate have met to discuss a wide-range of topics. Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos were mostly tight-lipped about what was talking about between the pair during Thursday's closed-door meeting. Skelos joked the pair talked about their golf scores. On a more serious note, the Majority Leader say he and Silver talked about a variety of general issues, including getting the budget ready early and closing out the legislative session on time.
A new bill is making its way through Albany that would prevent police from seizing condoms from alleged prostitutes as evidence. Supporters of the bill say police confiscate condoms when making a prostitution arrest so they can be used as evidence, but most times when the prostitutes are released from jail they go right back to "working" without protection. A similar bill has been introduced every year in Albany since 1999, but has consistently failed to make it out of committee.