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Genesee County has the 6th lowest unemployment rate in New York State.
Numbers from the state labor department show the unemployment rate in Genesee County at 5-point-1 percent for July.
Wyoming County is a shade under 6 percent and the unemployment rate in Orleans County is 7-point-4 percent.

Xerox is planning on laying off over 100 of its employees.  The company filed a notice with the New York State Department of Labor on Monday.  According to the documents, 121 employees at the Webster plant will be laid off in November.

A big blow for jobs in a small central New York town.
Arms manufacturer Remington is laying off 105 workers at its facility in Ilion, Herkimer County.
While more than a-thousand workers remains at the facility, local leaders say the SAFE Act played a big role.
The Ilion facility is almost 200 years old—the country’s second-oldest gun manufacturing plant.

A former Wyoming County police officer has been sentenced to six months in jail for the shooting death of his son.
61-year-old Michael leach pleaded guilty to a charge of criminally negligent homicide in the shooting death of his 37 year old son Mathew.
Leach shot Mathew as the younger man walked into his father’s motel room in Old Forge while the two were on a motorcycle trip.
Michael Leach was a part-time police officer in Perry and a retired Rochester police captain.

Authorities in Wyoming County today announce a candle was responsible for a fire over the weekend that destroyed a home.
The blaze, on Route 39 in the Town of Eagle, caused an estimated $200,000 damage. There were no injuries.
The Willy Weber family is now staying with relatives.

The grandfather and mother of a toddler are facing charges in Livingston County after authorities say the three-year-old went missing, and no one notified authorities.
About an hour after the little girl was located by police, wondering along a road in the Town of Lima, a deputy found the grandfather, 53-year-old Melvin Hotchkiss Jr. of Avon.
Deputies said Melvin provided a false name because he believed there was a warrant out for his arrest.
The mother, 28-year-old Helen Hotchkiss of Avon, told deputies they were camping in the area and that the child walked away from a tent after being put to bed.
Deputies say she never called 911 for help, even when after the child went missing.
She was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and her father was charged with criminal impersonation. The girl was turned over to her father, who was not involved in the incident.

New York State is cracking down on the sale of children’s clothing with drawstrings.
The state attorney general’s office says they’re a safety hazard for kids because they can get caught on the playground or in doors.
It’s sending 46 cease-and-desist letters to thrift shops across the state, banning them from selling clothing with drawstrings attached.
The sale of children’s clothing with drawstring has been illegal in the state for a decade.

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