posted on May 17, 2013 08:21
Unemployment in New York State has dropped to 7.8 percent in April and that’s the lowest since 2009. The March rate was 8.2 percent, .4 tenths of a percent better in April. However the state still trails the national average of 7.5 percent. According to statistics issued by the New York State Department of Labor 23 thousand 800 private sector jobs were added in April. It appears New York City is keeping the statewide rate higher was the unemployment rate in New York City in April was at 8.4 percent.
The state Department of Labor says the Buffalo-Niagara region added 46-hundred jobs in April, representing the fastest job growth since last August. Much of the boost is coming from the hospitality industry, with restaurants and hotels reporting six-percent more employees on the books than a year ago.
Two rollover accidents this morning in Genesee County.
The first a car reportedly rolled over on route 63 near the Sheppard Road. Reports from the scene indicated the car wound up on its wheels along side the road. This accident happened at 630 this morning.
The second accident was a pick-up truck overturning on Broadway Road, route 20 between East Bethany Road and the Transit Road. Diesel from the truck reportedly is leaking and the driver is complaining of head and neck pain. One lane of route 20 was blocked by the accident.
Here’s a notice for motorists: Trumbull Parkway between Farwell Drive and North Street will be closed from 8AM until 7PM tonight. This will allow for pipeline repair. Residents of the area are asked not to park on the street during this period. All other motorists are asked to avoid the area and seek alternate routes.
In Livingston County yesterday, District Attorney Greg McCaffrey announced the arrest of 19 persons on drug related charges. The arrests climaxed a six month investigation conducted by the Livingston County’s Drug Task Force. McCaffrey said that some of the county’s worst drug offenders were arrested. He said many of the arrests stemmed from trips received from concerned residents.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued a threat to the operators of the Seneca Niagara Casinos in Western New York. He said those casinos could be closed in three years unless the Senecas begin paying around 600 million dollars. That money is part of the slot revenue sharing to the state. Cuomo says unless that money is paid there is not way heir compact will be renewed in 2016. The Senecas have help back payments because they say the state has violated their exclusive territory clause by allowing race tracks, like Batavia Downs, to have slot machines.
34 year old Clifford Regimbal of Webster, Massachusetts has been arrested in Massachusetts in connection with a crime committed on the Batavia-Oakfield Town Line Road in the Town of Oakfield last June. Regimbal was arrested in Webster Massachusetts on unrelated charges. He was returned to New York State with bail set at 20 thousand dollars. Regimbal is also named in other warrants from Corfu, Alabama, and the City of Rochester.
A barn in the town of Lockport is now destroyed after a grass fire spread and caught it on fire. The grass fire broke out yesterday afternoon along Bowen Road and quickly spread to the barn. Fire crews responded and were able to bring the fire under control, but not before the barn was destroyed. There were no injuries from the fire, and the cause remains under investigation.