posted on June 05, 2012 07:43
A former member of State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer’s staff has filed an ethics complaint against the senator claiming that she was fired for political activity not of Ranzenhofer’s liking.
45-year-old Michelle McCulloch of Attica says she was fired for supporting the congressional campaign of David Bellavia.
McCulluch says Ranzenhofer staffers were directed to collect petitions in support of the Chris Collins congressional campaign.
Bellavia and Collins square off in a GOP primary later this month.
Ranzenhofer declined comment on the specifics of McCulloch’s complaint. He said he would fully cooperate with the Ethics panel should it begin a formal investigation.
A man from Wichita, Kansas has been convicted in Federal Court of receiving sexually explicit pictures from two Batavia teenagers.
26-year old Shane McClelland was found guilty of enticing the two girls, under the age of 16, into sending him the photos.
The investigation began two years ago after parents complained that the girls were chatting on the internet with a man who was a registered sex offender.
McClelland faces a minimum sentence of 25 years to a maximum sentence of life in prison. .
Business First’s is out with its annual ranking of teacher salaries. The business paper ranks teacher pay in 98 school districts across Western New York.
All the schools in Genesee County ranked in the lower portion of the list.
The Byron-Bergen school district has the highest paid teachers in the County coming in at number 50.
Pembroke’s teachers were ranked at 51.
Oakfield-Alabama at 55.
The Batavia School district at 56.
Pavilion schools at 83.
Elba at 91
The LeRoy school districts teachers are paid the lowest in the County, they came in at 93.
The Genesee ARC is not quite ready to begin Meals on Wheels services. The county legislature’s Human Services committee has voted to extend the contract with the Red Cross in Rochester to continue supplying meals for the program for one more month.
County Manager Jay Gsell says the ARC needed more time to gear up for the program.
When the ARC does take over Meals on Wheels, the program will return to a five day a week service.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing for lower the penalties for those caught in public with small amounts of marijuana in the State.
Cuomo wants to lower the current punishment for those caught with 25 grams or less of marijuana from a Class B misdemeanor to a violation.
The governor says his plan creates "fairness and consistency" in the laws regarding marijuana possession.
He says lowering the charges will help young people who make dumb mistakes regarding drugs.