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Tri-County Farmers Eligible for Benefits

Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans are among dozens in New York that have been declared natural disaster areas after this summer’s drought damaged crops.

Farmers in the affected counties are eligible to apply for low-interest emergency disaster loans to mitigate cash flow problems that occurred after crops were lost.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 29 counties, including Orleans and Wyoming, as “primary natural disaster areas.” An additional 21 counties – including Genesee – have been declared “contiguous counties.”

Farmers in the 50 eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for assistance.

Cuomo Preparing for Hurricane Sandy

Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to closely monitor the progress of Hurricane Sandy and prepare for its potential storm impacts.

Cuomo says although the storm track is still uncertain, Hurricane Sandy has the potential to affect many parts of the Empire State early next week with a variety of threats, including heavy rain, high winds, flooding, tornadoes, coastal surges and widespread power outages. He's directed state agencies to begin preparations now for the potential impact and urges all New Yorkers to closely track the storm's path.

Locally, National Grid says it has already begun preparing for the possibility of power interruptions at the start of next week. Crew assignments are being developed and equipment readied in anticipation of severe weather.

WNY Man Arrested on Charges for Attempt to Defraud Facebook

 

A Western New York man has been charged in what authorities call a multibillion-dollar scheme to defraud Facebook and its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg.

Paul Ceglia was arrested Friday at his Wellsville home. He was scheduled to appear in federal court in Buffalo Friday afternoon.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan say Ceglia fabricated and destroyed evidence for a lawsuit that falsely claimed he had been promised a 50 percent share in Facebook.

Ceglia is accused of seeking a "quick payday based on a blatant forgery."

Prosecutors say Zuckerberg agreed in 2003 to perform programming work for Ceglia and his fax business when he was a HarvardUniversity student.

Man Arrested for Writing a Bad Check

George Garfield Phillips, of Rochester, was turned over to the Sheriff’s office by the Rochester City Police and was arrested on a warrant issued by the Le Roy Town Court for issuing a bad check.

Phillips, 46, allegedly wrote a bad check worth $2,400.00 on July 25, 2012.

 

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