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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Snow showers expected overnight

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Weather report from Mark McLean, weatherman for 13WHAM, The Batavian's news partner:

Ultimate Doppler HD shows that the intense lake snow band from Lake Erie is weakening and drifting to the north shore of the lake. This is away from the areas that got buried yesterday. Also note on the wider view that another storm system is headed our way now. This storm will deliver a general light snow in WNY late this afternoon and this evening.

Check out the snow accumulation on the futurecast. Snow amounts will be generally light with this afternoon’s storm system. A coating-2” will be possible by late evening in WNY. Much heavier snow will develop overnight southwest of Rochester once more as lake snow from Lake Erie cranks up again. Several feet of snow will be possible in sustained lake snow areas in Genesee and Wyoming counties tonight and Thursday with a solid 3-6” possible in northern Livingston County as well.

Currently it’s frigid in WNY. Many areas have temperatures in the upper teens or low 20s with single digit wind chills and that noticeable wind out of the south. Local spotters show temperatures in the low 20s at this point. The neighborhood forecast shows the light snow moving in late this afternoon, but the temperature won’t fall. We’ll see the readings stay in the mid-20s throughout the night. On the wider view, the futurecast finally shows this intense lake snow band breaking up early Friday morning southwest of Rochester. Closer to Rochester some lake snow from Lake Ontario will be possible Friday, but this snow will be much less intense than the snow observed in Buffalo yesterday.

The forecast for today shows increasing clouds at 3 p.m. with a temperature near 24 in Rochester. By 7 tonight we expect some snow showers. The temperature will be in the mid-20s. At 10pm the general light snow will taper, most areas will see a coating -2” of snow. Tonight’s low will be in the mid-20s with snow showers and flurries near Rochester. Areas south of the Thruway may find up to 12” of snow by sunrise, especially in Genesee and Wyoming counties.

The 7-day forecast does show some slow improvement by the weekend. Any lake effect snow Friday will taper heading into Saturday. Friday’s high will be near 30 with Saturday’s high near 40. A few rain showers will move in for Sunday and Monday, but the temperature will be dramatically warmer. Sunday’s high will be near 50 with Monday reaching 57. All signs point to another substantially colder air mass moving in for mid-late of next week.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 6:59 am

Today's Poll: How epic has this snow storm been?

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In a weather alert this morning, the National Weather Service called the storm "epic," hence, the question.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Closures and cancellations for Wednesday, Nov 19

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These are the closing and cancellations we've been notified about so far:

  • Leadership Genesee, We the People session
  • Alexander Central 
  • Batavia City Schools
  • Notre Dame and St. Joe's
  • Pembroke Central Schools
  • Pavilion Central Schools
  • Byron-Bergen Central Schools
  • DAV Transportation pickups From the Batavia VAMC
  • Oakfield-Alabama Central Schools
  • Le Roy Family Medical Care
  • Pembroke Diagnostics at 860 Main St. Road, Corfu
  • Le Roy Diagnostics at 8745 Lake St. Road, Le Roy
  • Tountas Family Care Center at 3 Tountas Ave., Le Roy
  • Dr. Marlin Salmon's office will be closed today at Batavia Pediatric office location, which is Dr. Brad Ecker's office
  • Lucky Ducky Daycare
  • Genesee ARC
  • Elba Central School District
  • GCC, Batavia campus
  • Le Roy Central School District
  • All courts in the county, including County Court and City Court
  • Pembroke Family Medicine, all three locations, Pembroke, Batavia, Alexander
  • Le Roy Federal Credit Union
  • Le Roy Curves
  • Grandma’s Luv’n Care Daycare
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Classic Optical
  • The City of Batavia Yard Waste Station
  • Mental Health Association
  • FoodLink Mobile Food Pantry, ​Batavia Assembly of God
  • The Cello Fury performance, scheduled for tomorrow evening at GCC, has been postponed until a later date, to be announced soon. Tickets previously purchased will be honored at that performance.
  • Dr. Basra's office
  • Corfu Village Court
  • The Law Offices of Bonarigo & McCutcheon
  • The Genesee County Animal Shelter will be closed for adoption hours between 1 and 3 p.m. and between 7 and 9 p.m. today.
  • CORRECTION to court closings. The announced closure does not effect town and village courts. Unless otherwise noted, town and village courts are open.
  • Genesee Co. 4-H ACES Club Meeting and 4-H Fur and Feather Club Meeting
  • Genesee Co. Master Gardener Training Orientation
  • The following meetings for tomorrow night, Nov. 20th: Genesee Co. 4-H Swine Club Meeting and 4-H Beef Club Meeting
  • United Pentecostal Church, Wednesday evening service.

Send closing and cancellations to [email protected].

REMINDER: E-mail snow pictures to [email protected].

UPDATE 6:40 a.m., Wednesday: People are writing to ask if the travel bans are still in effect. We've received no notification from the Sheriff's Office nor the County otherwise, so, yes. There are bans in effect for Pembroke, Darien, Alexander, Bethany, Pavilion and Le Roy. There are travel advisories in place for the rest of the county. The state of emergency has not been lifted at this time.

UPDATE 8:42 a.m.: Over the scanner, no official letter yet, the travel ban has been lifted for all parts of the county under the ban except Darien. Darien remains under a limited travel ban (secondary roads). No word on the travel advisory of state of emergency (which is just a matter of being eligible for state and federal aid). (Right after posting this, we received the letter.)

UPDATE 2:26 p.m.: The travel ban in Darien has been lifted. There are currently no travel bans in Genesee County.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm

If things get worse, National Guard may be needed in Genesee County

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County officials have declared a state of emergency.

That will primarily make Genesee County eligible for state and federal assistance, and that may be needed, according to Highway Superintendent Tim Hens.

"Depending on how things go tonight in Darien and Alexander, we may need to call in the National Guard," Hens said.

The guard could bring in heavy equipment to help move snow.

Darien, Alexander and Corfu has been hit by as much as five or six feet of snow, Hens said.

With people venturing out despite the travel bans, it's been difficult to plow roads. There have been extra plow trucks in those parts of the county provided by the county, state and towns and it's still not enough.

"The amount of snow is just phenomenal," Hens said. "You're talking five, six inches an hour. There are cars and trucks stranded, intersections plugged up. It's literally impossible for the plows to get around. There are roads in Darien that haven't seen a plow yet. That's no exaggeration. I wouldn't doubt it a bit. They're simply not able to keep up."

Members of the county's plow team have been on duty since 8 p.m. last night and most haven't had more than a two-hour break since then.

It's one of the largest storms Hens has ever seen.

The City of Batavia is approaching the 24-inch mark for 24 hours, which is considered a top 10, 10-year storm. 

The southwest parts of the county are well beyond that for storm totals.

Hens said there is the potential for 70 inches of snow in Darien.

And there's more snow coming tonight, light snow tomorrow and heavy snow predicted for Thursday.

The county may also bring in large snow blower trucks from Livingston and Wyoming counties.

"Those will be a sight to see," Hens said.

The emergency order was signed by County Legislature Chairman Ray Cianfrini. 

"It's a public safety matter," Cianfrini said. "We don't want people on the road who shouldn't be out there."

There are travel bans in effect for Darien, Pembroke, Alexander, Bethany and Pavilion, and a travel advisory in effect for the rest of the county.

The bans and state of emergency will remain in effect until further notice.

A lake effect snow warning is in place until Friday.

UPDATE 5:07 p.m.: The Red Cross has announced the opening of a shelter in Alexander, at the Alexander Fireman’s Recreation Hall, 10708 Alexander Road.

UPDATE 5:09 p.m.: There's now a travel ban in Le Roy.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Snow plow needed to reach CO poisoning victim on Route 20, Darien

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A person in a vehicle has reportedly suffered CO poisoning on Route 20 in Darien. The ambulance is unable to reach the location and a snow plow is requested to respond.

UPDATE 3:19 p.m.: We've heard no further updates on this situation.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Continued heavy snow predicted today, with another heavy band on Thursday

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Forecast for Genesee County by Mark McLean, weatherman for 13WHAM, official news partner of The Batavian:

Southern portions of Genesee County and northern portions of Wyoming County will likely see snowfall rates between 2 to 4 inches through the remainder of today. This will produce several more feet of snow in areas that have already had several feet of snow. The snow band (as of this writing) has lifted back to near Batavia, but will continue to oscillate over the same areas through the morning commute Wednesday.

A weak storm system will move into WNY on Wednesday and disrupt the lake snow by midday. This general light snow with this next storm system (less than 2 inches) will provide a clean-up break before the next round of very heavy lake snow Wednesday night and Thursday. The Lake Erie snow band on Thursday will produce similar snow rates and intensities with near zero visibility at times, snow rates over 2 inches an hour and treacherous to impossible driving conditions in portions of Genesee, Wyoming, and possibly western Monroe/Livingston counties.

All told, this will likely be a top 10 lake snow event for Lake Erie with many areas seeing more than 4 feet of snow by the end of the week.

UPDATE 3 p.m.: Added a couple of photos taken a little while ago on Harvester Avenue showing the heavy snow and low visibility conditions currently in the city.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Lots of snow so far, more to come for some parts of the county

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Much of Genesee County remains under a travel ban (Darien, Pembroke, Alexander, Bethany, Pavilion) and the rest of the area is under a travel advisory.

The weather service is calling for more lake effect snow, with up to four inches an hour hitting the western and southern parts of the county.

Here's some photos from around Batavia this morning.

Top: Heidi Urban cleans her driveway on North Street.

A Batavia Housing Authority employee blows snow outside 400 Towers.

Skyler Fronczak, 11, helped her family on Ross Street with snow clearing by spreading salt this morning.

Steve Hawley was keeping his walk clear this morning in front of his insurance office on Main Street.

The entrance to the Thruway in Batavia was closed.

A DOT plow truck downtown.

St. Mary's in the snow.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 11:43 am

County employee succumbs to heart attack after operating snow blower at Sheriff's Office

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In what county officials are classifying as a weather-related death, a county employee had a heart attack this morning while operating a snowblower in the back parking lot of the Sheriff's Office on Park Road.

A call for a man down came in a little before 7 a.m. this morning. CPR was administered at the scene, but 56-year-old Jack Boyce was pronounced dead later at UMMC.

Boyce worked in the facilities division of the county highway department for one year. Both a brother and a sister are longtime county employees.

Via The Batavian's news partner, WBTA.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 10:35 am

Fatal accident on Meadville Road overnight under investigation

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A person died in an accident that occurred on Meadville Road, Alabama, some time over night.

The circumstances of the accident remain under investigation, but neither the accident nor the death were weather related, according to Victor Morales, public information officer for Troop A, State Police.

The name of the deceased has not been released yet, pending family notifications.

Another person was injured. There's no information available yet on that person or the person's condition.

The accident was reported at about 6:30 a.m. in the area of 6686 Meadville Road.

Alabama fire responded to the scene.

A first responder reported the person was deceased when he arrived on scene.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 6:38 am

Law and Order: Alleged driving while license revoked lands Wyoming couple in trouble

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Christian J. Finkney, 26, of South Academy Street, Wyoming, is charged with 18 counts of criminal contempt, 2nd, aggravated unlicensed operation and unlicensed operation. Ashly N. Boatwright, 27, of South Academy Street, Wyoming, is charged with 18 counts of facilitating aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd, and one count of circumventing an interlock device. Finkney allegedly drove a vehicle 18 times in Genesee County while his license was revoked for an alcohol-related offense. Darien Town Court reportedly directed Finkney not to drive until his privileges were reinstated by the DMV. Finkney was arraigned in Batavia, Darien, Alexander, Pembroke and Bethany and jailed on $10,000 bail. Boatwright is accused of allowing Finkney to drive a vehicle registered to her on 18 occasions. She is also accused of blowing into an interlock device to circumvent the device.

Nathan Robert Arnold, 22, of Terry Street, Byron, is charged with criminal contempt, 1st. Arnold was allegedly involved in a fight with a person protected from him by court order. He was jailed on $5,000 bail.

Jamie Michelle Lauck, 27, of Spencer Court, Batavia, is charged with DWI, driving with a BAC of .18 and parking in the highway. The Sheriff's Office received a report at 12:51 a.m. Sunday on Colby Road, Darien. Lauck was allegedly located in a vehicle stopped in the roadway by Sgt. Thomas Sanfratello.

Louis James Stoller Jr., 22, of Erie Street, Le Roy, is charged with burglary, 2nd, and petit larceny. Stoller is accused of entering a residence on South Street Road, Le Roy, with the intent of taking the dog from the residence. He was jailed on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

Damian Christopher Woodruff, 32, of Walmore Road, Niagara Falls, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, 4th. Woodruff was stopped by Deputy Patrick Reeves on federal game lands on Sour Springs Road, Alabama. He was allegedly hunting without a permit. He allegedly was found in possession of a shotgun, in violation of the law barring convicted felons of possessing firearms. 

Nathaniel Michael Dickes, 21, of Broadway Street, Oakfield, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Dickes was allegedly involved in a fight at 9:57 pm., Saturday, at a location on Webber Avenue, Oakfield, in which Dickes allegedly pushed and grabbed another person and threw an object at that person.

Donald Ivan Manes, 58, of Lewiston Road, Basom, is charged with DWI, refusal to take breath test, misuse of dealer plate, speeding (74 in a 55 mph zone) and failure to keep right. Manes was stopped at 2:06 a.m. Sunday on Kelsey Road, Batavia, by Deputy Joseph Corona.

Kristen Irene Merriam, 33, of Summit Street, Batavia, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Merriam was charged following a traffic stop at 12:30 a.m. Saturday on Clinton Street Road, Stafford, by Deputy Joseph Corona.

Bryan D. Bates, 35, of Mill Street, Batavia, is charged with conspiracy, falsely reporting an incident to law enforcement and offering a false instrument, 1st. Bates allegedly reported an incident that did not occur and providing a false written statement. Bates is being held on a parole violation.

Tyler J. Warfle, 19, of Chapel Street, Elba, is charged with five counts of identify theft, 3rd. Warfle is accused of using the debit card of another person without permission.

Mark T. Zdrojewski, 61, of Meyer Road, Pendleton, is charged with issuing a bad check. Zdrojewski was arrested on a warrant. 

A 17-year-old resident of Liberty Street in Batavia was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear. He was taken into custody during an investigation of an unrelated complaint.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 6:33 am

Heavy snow overnight, some closures announced, travel advisory issued, plus weather/road updates

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Heavy snow hit parts of the county overnight. There were weather alerts during the early morning hours calling for bands of lake effect snow capable of dropping up to four inches of snow per hour.

Portions of Route 33 and Route 77 are closed.

The Sheriffs' Office has issued a travel advisory. The western part of the county, west of Batavia, has been particularly hard hit. The office is advising against any unnecessary travel this morning.

Here's a list of closures so far:

  • Batavia City Schools
  • Oakfield-Alabama Central School District, including all after school activities
  • Byron-Bergen Central School District
  • Elba Central School District
  • BOCES Batavia
  • Notre Dame and St. Joe's
  • Pembroke Central School District
  • All courts in Genesee County, including County Court and City Court, are closed. Jurors are advised to stay home.
  • Town of Pembroke
  • Batavia Town Hall
  • The Law Offices of Bonarigo & McCutcheon
  • UMMC medical offices on Summit and at Med-Tech
  • Desa Frias DDS
  • Pembroke Diagnostics, located at 860 Main Street Road, Corfu
  • Le Roy Central Schools
  • Pembroke Family Medicine
  • City of Batavia Yard Waste Station
  • Town of Darien
  • Genesee Urgent Care
  • En Garde Batavia, classes cancelled
  • OPEN! -- Dr. Michael Merrill, Medical Office at 229 Summit St., Batavia
  • Independent Living of Genesee Region, at noon
  • Mental Health Association
  • GCASA closed until 3 p.m.
  • NOTE: Regarding closure of medical offices in the Summit Street area, best to call ahead. Some are open, some aren't.
  • Pediatric Associates of Batavia
  • LeRoy Urgent Care is CLOSED today.
  • LeRoy Diagnostics is open until 4 pm.
  • Batavia Urgent Care at the Jerome Center is OPEN
  • The Geneseee County Animal Shelter is closed today, for both the public and volunteers.
  • The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership BSI Conference is cancelled for tomorrow, rescheduled to Dec.15.  Same time, same place. 
  • Batavia Tailors & Cleaners is closing at 3 p.m.
  • The town of Batavia Planning Board Meeting and Public Hearing scheduled for tonight - Tuesday, November 18th at 7:30 p.m. has been cancelled due to weather conditions.    The Public Hearing regarding an application for a Special Use Permit by 5069 East Main LLC will be held on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.  which is the next regularly scheduled Planning Board Meeting.  Kathleen Jasinski, Chairman, Town of Batavia Planning Board
  • Tountas Family Care
  • Richmond Memorial Library will be closing at 5 p.m.
  • Classic Optical - Closing at 2pm.
  • Sweet Pea's Cupcakery & Cafe - Closing at 2 p.m.
  • Mane Attraction Salon & Spa - Closing at 2 p.m.
  • Wendy's his canceling is "frozen" event. The restaurant will close early, probably about 8 p.m.
  • Planning and Development Committee meeting cancelled
  • Tonawanda Valley Federal Credit Union closed at 3 p.m.
  • Next Level Fitness
  • City Slickers
  • Showtime Theater
  • Olivers

Send closures to [email protected]. You can send weather photos to the same address.

UPDATE: The Thruway is shut down west of Henrietta. 

UPDATE 7 a.m.: The National Weather Service says continued heavy snowfall in the western half of the county will continue throughout the morning commute, with snowfall of up to 4 inches per hour in the most intense bands. Thunder and lightning are possible.

UPDATE 7:07 a.m.: Even though the Thruway is closed, people are still trying to get to it. Traffic is tied up on Oak Street.

UPDATE 7:12 a.m.: Top photo submitted by Ashleigh Dominiak showing Route 33 and Route 77 in Corfu at 4:45 a.m.

UPDATE 7:44 a.m.: Law enforcement is looking for information from dispatchers on whether the box stores can make parking lots available for stranded trucks. A plow opeator: "Traffic is just killing us right now. ... We can't get anywheres." There's too many cars on the road.

UPDATE 8:47 a.m.: One highway worker to another, there's a car buried on Colby Road. "Yeah, there's a couple of them. They're everywhere." We're hearing numerous reports of cars stranded on various roads.  

.UPDATE 9:07 a.m.: Travel bans issued for the towns of Pembroke and Darien. The Sheriff's Office is asking all drivers to stay out of those areas until conditions improve.

UPDATE 9:15 a.m.: Town of Batavia, all available manpower to fire stations.

UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: Pembroke, Indian Falls, and Corfu fire departments are told to shut down southbound Route 77.  Also, the travel ban now applies to Alexander, Bethany and Pavilion.

UPDATE 11:21 a.m.: Route 5 westbound at Route 77 is closed to all traffic.

UPDATES 11:36 a.m.: Bethany and Pavilion fire departments are asked to shut down all westbound traffic on Route 20, at the request of Alexander.

UPDATE 11:55 a.m.: A reader called about Route 5 being closed at Wortendyke.  He said the roadway appeared to be clear.  We e-mailed Sheriff Gary Maha about it and here is his response: 

I just talked to Dispatch.  They are now diverting westbound traffic north on RT 63 instead of letting them get as far as Wortendyke.  The problem is not on RT 5 but at Brickhouse Corners.  That area can not handle any more traffic until the mess is cleared up.  There is still a travel ban in effect for the Towns of Pembroke, Darien, Alexander, Bethany and Pavilion.  Highway crews are out working hard to clear these roads of stranded vehicles and plowing them and the travel ban will be lifted once this is completed. We don't need more traffic in these areas getting stuck and making matters worse.

Additional reader photos below.





A reader's car buried in Darien.

Bethany, about 8 a.m.


Two photos from Ken Laurer, Corfu.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 6:20 am

Motor-vehicle accident on Meadville Road, Alabama

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A motor-vehicle accident with injuries is reported in the area of 6686 Meadville Road, Alabama.

Alabama fire and Mercy EMS responding.

UPDATE 6:21 a.m.: Mercy Flight is grounded due to weather.

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Heavier than expected snow once again heading for Genesee County

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Earlier this evening, a heavier than expected band of lake effect snow hit Genesee County, particularly the southern portions of the county.

The National Weather Service just issued another alert of a band heading toward Batavia that is capable of dropping snow at a rate of 1 or 2 inches per hour.

The band may be accompanied by lightning and thunder.

Travel safety is advised.

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Weather causing problems for trucks traveling through Darien

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Tractor-trailers are finding it's tough going on Route 20 and on Route 77, Darien.

Several trucks are blocking Route 20 between Bowen Road and Darien Alexander Townline Road.

There are also trucks backed up on Route 77.

Darien Fire Police are requested to Route 20 to help with traffic control.

Salt trucks and plows are requested to both locations.

UPDATE 11:29 p.m.: Route 20 being reopened.

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 2:37 pm

CSX train leaking diesel fuel on mainline in Bergen

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A CSX train is reportedly leaking diesel fuel while stopped on the mainline between West Bergen Road and Dublin Road in Bergen.

Bergen fire dispatched.

UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: (on scene) West Bergen is blocked by stalled train. Unknown how much fuel has spilled. ESU team responding. 

UPDATE 4 p.m.: The housing on a brake broke and sent shards of metal into the fuel tank, causing two puncture points. An estimated 1,000 gallons of fuel leaked out, about 500 at the spot where the engine stopped. CSX a is bringing in a crane to lift the engine so the wheel can be replaced. CSX crews are cleaning up the spill, which is confined to the gravel track bedding, under the supervision of DEC. Bergen fire has cleared the scene. The crossing at West Bergen Road will be closed for several hours. 

Shredded wood at rail crossing on West Bergen, caused by the damaged brake cover.

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Accident reported on West Main Street

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A motor-vehicle accident is reported in the area of 306 W. Main St., Batavia.

Mercy EMS requested to the scene to evaluate a person complaining of chest pain, believed to be from a seat belt.

UPDATE 1:12 p.m.: City fire is back in service.

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Hawley says election shows deep Upstate and Downstate division

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Press release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia), in response to the deep divide between Upstate and Downstate New York revealed in the recent elections, is renewing his push for his “Two New Yorks” legislation, numbered A00391. This legislation would permit counties to place an initiative on the ballot to poll citizens on whether or not they want to see New York separated into two states. Hawley believes this is an important first step toward true representation for Upstate New York.

These recent elections have made one thing clear: New York City has a tight grip on the electoral politics of this state, and it is not working for Upstate New York. Longtime Upstate New Yorkers are being driven out of the state they were raised in because of oppressive taxes and the lack of well-paying jobs,” Hawley said. “I’ll be making my ‘Two New Yorks’ legislation a top priority to find out if Upstate New Yorkers want to take the step to separate from New York City and Downstate interests.”

The upstate/downstate divide was made abundantly clear in this year’s gubernatorial elections, where Gov. Cuomo’s entire margin of victory came from New York City alone. He won New York City by 569,278 votes, but only won the election by 480,605 votes. This means that without New York City, he would have lost and New York’s next governor would be someone more aligned with the Upstate priorities of lower taxes, a better business climate, and the restoration of Second Amendment rights.

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Photos: Mid-November snowfall in Batavia

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There's been steady snowfall in Batavia all morning. Wet snow. Just an inch or two.

There remains a lake effect snow warning in place for the region. The forecast for Genesee County is for five or six inches of snow through Wednesday. Portions of Erie County may be harder hit with up to two feet of snow.

Top photo: Ellicott Street

Centennial Park

Centennial Park

Ellicott Street from Court Street

County Building #1

Main Street

Monday, November 17, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Photos: Free coats from firefighters at Jackson School

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Fire Chief Jim Maxwell and Principal Diane Bonarigo help a student at Jackson School try on a new winter coat at the school this morning.  

IAFF Local 896 gave out about 90 winter coats to students at the school.

UPDATE: Here's some additional info about the coat distribution:

City of Batavia firefighters, Local 896 distributed 90 brand new 100-percent American Made winter coats to children grades K-1 at Jackson primary. This is the second year firefighters have partnered with the national not-for-profit Operation Warm. More than $3,600 was raised to provide the coats. Local 896 would like to thank all who supported this great program. It truly is more than a coat. The coats give children a sense of pride having something brand new and all their own. New coats also promote a healthy lifestyle for children during the winter months and having a positive impact on school attendance.

Firefighter Adam Palumbo

Firefighter Chuck Hammon stretches out his arms to show a student how to test the fit of his new coat.

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