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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Investigators still trying to determine how Batavia woman died Sunday evening

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Jackson Street

Investigators have yet to determine the cause of death of Summer Ogden, the 38-year-old Batavia woman who was found unresponsive Sunday evening on the steps of 131 Jackson St.

Batavia detectives attended an autopsy today at the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office, but Det. Eric Hill said, with tests still pending, there is nothing to report from the autopsy yet.

Hill said investigators have not determined exactly how much time elapsed from the moment Odgen collapsed until police were called, but they do not believe it was a long interval.

"It was a relative short time between the time a couple of witnesses saw her awake and OK and when they got back and saw her passed out," Hill said.

The call for an unresponsive female came in at about 7:19 p.m., Sunday.

Foul play has not been ruled out, but it's not considered a likely scenario, Hill said.

"We're certainly not closing that door, because we don't know what happened," Hill said. "It's something we're still keeping open, but it's not really an active aspect that we're definitively pursuing."

Ogden was well known to veteran police officers who had numerous encounters with her while intoxicated, Hill confirmed, but it's unclear what role, if any, alcohol may have had in Ogden's death.

"That's why we're sending everything out for tox," Hill said.

Ogden's boyfriend, Eric Duda, is one of the residents at 131 Jackson St. Hill said it's unknown if Ogden had been visiting or intended on visiting Duda on Sunday evening.

The couple have had mutual orders of protection in place and both had been previously charged with violating the orders.

Hill said the investigation is continuing and Ogden's death is receiving a full and complete investigation in an attempt to determine exactly what happened.

"Anybody who is in this situation is a victim," Hill said. "It doesn't matter if we've had contact with you in the past or we've had no contact with you. Ultimately, it comes down to the same level of service we offer to everyone. You could be suspect yesterday and a victim today. You still get he same level of service."

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Inmate at county jail found hanging by bed sheet, pronounced dead at the scene

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Genesee County Jail

Early this morning, an inmate was discovered hanging by a bed sheet inside his cell at the Genesee County Jail.

The 36-year-old victim was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Karen Lang.

The Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation into the death.

His name is not being released pending notification of relatives.

The inmate was found by a correctional officer at 12:34 a.m.

Attempts to revive the individual were unsuccessful.

City fire and Mercy EMS responded to the emergency. 

An autopsy will be performed by the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office.

The inmate was recently arrested on a felony charge and was being held on bail.

The investigation is continuing.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 11:32 am

Law and Order: Rochester man accused of stealing hedge trimmer from landscape truck

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, Darien

Jeffrey Cornell Nelson, 46, of Coretta Scott Crossing, Rochester, is charged with petit larceny. Nelson is accused of stealing a Stihl HS81T hedge trimmer from the rear of a landscape truck while the crew was working at ESL Credit Union. The alleged theft was reported at 11:32 a.m. Monday.

Paul Robert Benson, 33, of Sprucewood Terrace, Williamsville, is charged with felony DWI, felony driving with a BAC of .18 or greater, uninspected motor vehicle and following too closely. Benson was stopped at 11:46 p.m. July 2 on Genesee Street, Darien, by Deputy Kevin McCarthy.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 11:23 am

Local semi-pro football team may finish out season if new ownership is lined up

post by Howard B. Owens in football, Lyndonville Tigers, pembroke, sports

The season may not be over for the Lyndonville Tigers.

Then again, it might be.

One thing President of Football Operations Taylor McCabe is pretty confident about is the team is not done and there will be a team on the field next season.

The semi-pro football team plays its home games in Pembroke and there's been reports recently that the team has folded.

It's true, McCabe said, that owner Harold Suhr has pulled out, but there are other people ready to step into the ownership role. It's just a matter of whether the ownership situation can be straightened out before this Saturday's 5 p.m. game in Pembroke.

"Harold Suhr chose to close up shop and his involvement is coming to an end," McCabe said. "There are other interested parties, current players, current management, people who are going to stay involved if the interested parties pick up the ball and run with it. We may be able to play our next game. Worst case, we forfeit the rest of the season and re-emerge next year."

McCabe said contrary to some reports, the Tigers have not lost eight players to another team. They lost two. The team has enough players to finish the season if an owner or owners can be found.

Semi-pro teams survive primarily on fundraisers and donations, and this season the fundraising hasn't gone so well, which has meant Harold Suhr had to dig into his own pocket, as owner, to ensure refs were paid, insurance was paid, and other minor miscellaneous expenses were covered.

"This year, we were last in fundraising," McCabe said. "One of the big things with this league is everybody has family, kids, social lives, family and work obligations. It's not like anybody is doing this full time."

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 11:03 am

Molino given raise by council after discussion on whether raise was discussed enough

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Jason Molino

On a 5-3 vote, the City Council agreed Monday to give City Manager Jason Molino a 2.5 percent raise, retroactive to April 1.

It was a merit raise, said Councilman John Canale.

Councilman Eugene Jankowski expressed concern that the public hasn't been given adequate opportunity to hear from council members on why Molino deserves a raise and to voice their own opinions.

"At this point, we're limiting ourselves to only one discussion," Jankowski said. "It sends a message of some kind of exception being made and I don't think that's the case. It's just an oversight."

Councilwoman Rose Mary Christian also objected to the seeming lack of public discussion prior to the vote.

"This was all handled in executive session and never brought to the floor for any kind of discussion," Christian said. "You can't vote for spending public monies without a discussion, so we should have the discussion and take it from there."

City Attorney George Van Ness explained to council members that Molino's raise this time around is being handled no different than it's been handled in the past and no different from any other employees or any labor agreement.

The particulars are discussed in open session, a consensus is reached among council members, and then a vote is held at a business meeting, where more discussion can take place -- as was taking place Monday night -- before the vote.

"Matters related to the employment issues of a particular individual are appropriately discussed in an executive session," Van Ness said. "If it comes to a situation where there's a decision about the award of or wage adjustment, that's a matter that's presented for public discussion and a public vote. That's what's teed up here this evening."

Councilman John Deleo missed Monday's meeting because of another obligation, but provided Jankowski with a written statement on his behalf objecting to the raise and stating that the hiring of an assistant city manager was supposedly intended to lesson Molino's workload.

Councilman Kris Doeringer said he believed that was a misstatement of why an assistant city manager was hired.

"She was hired to do more work, not lesson Jason's workload," Doeringer said. "We were concerned about Jason's workload and everything he needs to get done and everything the city needs to get done to move forward."

Councilwoman Patti Pacino said the merit of the raise was discussed extensively over two executive sessions.

"We did talk at length," Pacino said. "We discussed whether we should give him a raise or not give him a raise, what did he do to deserve a raise. We really discussed it all. I understand we should bring it out in the open and people can say negative things as well, but we really did discuss this a lot."

Members Kathy Briggs, Jankowski and Christian all voted no on giving Molino a raise.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 10:30 am

City to appoint new members to Cable TV Advisory Board as Time Warner and Comcast prepare to merge

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Cable Television Advisory Board

With the pending acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Comcast, the City of Batavia will have an opportunity to comment on the merger as well as renegotiate its franchise agreement for cable television service in the city.

Typically, municipalities enter into franchise agreements with cable providers that determine infrastructure specifications as well as some services the provider might offer along with fees the cable operator pays to the city.

Currently, the city gets $200,000 a year from Time Warner, but the franchise agreement expired a decade ago and has just been automatically renewed without revision by the state's Public Service Commission.

"Time Warner is noncompliant with some franchise benefits," the City Manager told the council Monday night. "We haven't had negotiations since 1993. There are a number of improvements that need to be made."

Comcast contacted the city and expressed an interest in working with the city on a new agreement and gave notice that the city has 120 days to comment to the FCC on the proposed merger.

Both providing comment to the FCC and negotiating a new franchise agreement are specialized, complicated legal issues and the city will likely need to retain the services of an attorney who is expert in the field, Molino said.

The city must also appoint members to the Cable Television Advisory Board, which has been dominant so long, the terms for all the previous members have expired. The city will be inviting residents to apply for seats on the board.

The cable franchise agreement covers terms such as access to cable service throughout the city, franchise fees, construction standards, indemnification and insurance requirements, underground facilities, installation of services, operation and maintenance.

Among the services a municipality can require a cable operator to provide what is known as PEG channels (public, education, government), something that Time Warner hasn't fully provided to Batavia.

A public access channel, for example, would allow local residents to make their own TV shows in the cable operator's local studio. Schools could broadcast plays.  Politicians and the politically minded could host talk shows. Local bands could air concerts. Churches could broadcast their services. Pastors could conduct Bible studies. Historians could provide lectures. The whacky and insane could find an audience, too, as long as it wasn't profane.

Councilman Eugene Jankowski raised the issue during Monday's discussion in response to a question from a constituent. Molino said the topic is certainly one the city -- and the cable advisory board -- could address with Comcast. It would be one more point of negotiation.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 9:45 am

Photos: City honors recent retirees at council meeting

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia

Three of the city's recent retirees were honored by the City Council on Monday night with signed proclamations recognizing their years of service to the city.

Above, retired police Det. Pat Corona.

Retired Det. Chuck Dudek with Councilwoman Kathy Briggs.

Bill Ficarella, former Bureau of Maintenance supervisor, with Councilman John Canale.

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Car reportedly flipped over on Thruway near State Street Road

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, Thurway

A vehicle has reportedly flipped over on the Thruway near mile marker 389.9 in the eastbound lane.

No word on injuries.

Town of Batavia fire and Mercy EMS dispatched.

The location is just west of the State Street Road overpass.

UPDATE 10:21 p.m.: A first responder reports the vehicle is on the guard rail, inverted. One female trapped in the vehicle, though conscious and alert. The vehicle will need to be stablized before firefighters can get her out.

UPDATE: Photos submitted by Town of Batavia FD.

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Car hits store facade on Ellicott Street, Batavia

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, accident, Ellicott Street

A driver apparently hit the gas when she meant to hit the brake while parking outside the Southside Deli at 300 Ellicott St., Batavia, late this afternoon. Her car jumped the curb and hit the Olive Branch health food store. The driver was transported to UMMC for a precautionary exam.

Photos submitted by Frank Capuano.

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Meet the contestants for the 2014 Fair Queen and her court

post by Howard B. Owens in Genesee County Fair

Here are the contestants for the 2014 Genesee County Fair Queen and members of her court. The contest starts Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the entertainment tent. The queen will be crowned at 8 p.m., Wednesday.  The contestants will particpate in the fair parade, which is at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday.

I am Heather Dries, I currently am 17 years old and a junior in high school at Byron Bergen Central School. My Father’s name is Lenny Dries and my Mother’s name is Eileen Dries. I have a sister named Michelle she is 22 years old and graduated from Byron Bergen Central School and Bryant and Stratton College. I played volleyball back in 7th grade. I love to play with family and friends. I work on our family dairy farm, I help feed calves and do hay in the summer months. I am the President of Byron-Bergen’s Senior National Honor Society for the 2014-2015 school year. I have become an active volunteer for a local barn where I board my horse. My horse’s name is Trouble O Mine, he is a 12 year old paint quarter horse gelding who I compete with, and I have had him for five years. I would love to go to GCC for a business degree then continue with college in a 4 year school after that is done.

My name is Courtney Jones and I am eighteen years old. I have been a 4-H member since I was eight, and have participated in three clubs – the Shaggy Paws Dog Club, the Teen Leader Club, and the Rustic Riders Horse Club. I have been President of the Teen Leader Club, and I am in my second year of being Secretary for the Rustic Riders Horse Club. My parents are Diana Miller and Carl Jones, and I have two older siblings in college – Amanda and Kristopher.
I have just graduated from Batavia High School this past June. During my time at Batavia, I was a member of the Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Teams, competing in the Discus Throw and the Shot Put. I have been a member of National Honor Society, as well as National Art Honor Society, where I served as Public Relations Coordinator for two years. Through my involvement with NHS and NAHS, I have partaken in various community services, such as helping with Going Bad for Anna’s Wish, painting park benches, setting up for craft shows, assisting with Bingo nights at the Genesee County Nursing Home, and babysitting during parent nights at Jackson Primary School in Batavia. I have also attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference, commonly referred
to at HOBY.

Through 4-H, I have attended the State Teen Action Representatives Retreat for two years, as well as completing many hours of community service. I have helped with various Christmas events at the Salvation Army, cleaned the Genesee County Fairgrounds numerous times, and helped a local horse rescue prepare for the winter. On my own, I have spent a summer volunteering at the Holland Land Office Museum with their “History Heroes” summer program, spent two summers coaching youth cheerleading for the Batavia Youth Football and Cheerleading Program, and spent a spring serving soup at Soup and Scripture at Ascension Parish in Batavia.

My two greatest hobbies are riding horses and creating artwork – some would even consider them my two greatest talents. I started riding horses when I was eleven years old, and continue to have weekly lessons to this day. My summers are filled with competing in local horse shows, the county fair, and the state fair. This fair will be my second year showing a horse that I helped to train, which makes the shows even more rewarding. With my artwork, I have taken classes in painting, drawing, sculpture, and a class to help build my portfolio. I always create artwork that is meaningful to me or someone close to me. I have had my artwork displayed in two district art shows, where I have received the Principal's Choice Award, the Art Teacher’s Award, and the Superintendent’s Award. My artwork has also been displayed in the 2014 Congressional Art Show.

In the fall of 2014, I will be attending Niagara University, majoring in Early Childhood/Childhood Education. This program enables me to be certified to teach children from birth through grade six. If I am able to, I would like to become dual-certified to teach special education. I would also like to travel to Australia at some point, since it has been a dream of mine to do so. During my time at Niagara, I hope to be volunteering at a therapeutic riding center, since it will give me the chance to be around horses and to help children.

The master of ceremonies for the contest will be Corrin Stellakis, Miss New York Teen USA 2014.

Corrin Stellakis, the 16 year old, green eyed, brunette was crowned Miss New York Teen USA 2014 at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, New York on Sunday, January 19th. She will represent the Empire state in the upcoming Miss Teen USA 2014 pageant.

Although this was Corrin’s first attempt at the title, she is a natural born leader and competitor. She has been riding horses her entire life, and competed for the first time when she was eight years old on her first and favorite horse, Precious. Precious is now 23 years old and completely blind but Corrin still continues to ride her. She also rides on an Inner Scholastic Equestrian (IEA) team and absolutely loves it.

She has used her passion for horses and riding to begin an after-school program for elementary school children. Her program is called ‘A Horse Of Course’. Corrin teaches beginner basics and more importantly the love and respect for horses and all other animals. She has rescued horses at auctions from meat dealers and from neglectful owners. She truly does have a passion for all animals and would like to share this with others.

Corrin is also very devoted to her family. Over a four year time span her family fostered 14 children ranging in ages from 3 months old to 14 years of age. Accepting the children in to her life was the easy part. Watching them grow and improve in all aspects of their life was an amazing experience for her. She and her family gave each child the stability he or she needed to improve their health, and their developmental and social skills until they were able to return to their biological parents. Although seeing the children leave their family was hard, knowing she had positively impacted their future gave her strength.

In her spare time Corrin loves to play volleyball, athleticism comes naturally to her. As a sophomore she is a starter on her high school’s varsity team and is already being scouted by colleges and would love to play throughout her college career. With all of her extra-curricular activities, Corrin still keeps her main focus on her academics. She takes all advanced classes, she maintains an A average and her GPA is unweighted. She is a very diligent, determined student and is a member of the Junior Honor Society. Corrin would like to share her many aspirations with her peers throughout her year as a titleholder. She would like to teach the importance of setting goals and having a positive impact on the lives of others. Like every other goal Corrin has set, she plans to do her very best to bring Miss Teen USA title home to the state of New York.

The Princess and Little Miss contestants are after the jump:

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Law and Order: Keeney Road resident accused of grand larceny

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Alabama, alexander, crime, Darien, Le Roy, Oakfield

James Joseph Argento, 36, of Keeney Road, Le Roy, is charged with grand larceny, 3rd. Argento allegedly stole property with an approximate value of $5,000 from a location on Keeney Road, Le Roy. Argento was jailed on $10,000 bail.

Arlin Joselin Reyes, 31, of Townsend Avenue, Bronx, is charged with harassment, 2nd. Reyes was arrested on a warrant out of Darien Town Court. The incident was reported at 5:30 a.m., Nov. 24. Reyes was arraigned on the charged, entered a guilty plea, paid his fines and was released.

Abraham Lyn Rendon-Matadamas, 31, of Lewiston Road, Alabama, is charged with assault, 3rd. Rendon-Matadamas allegedly struck another person in the face. The alleged victim was treated at Medina Hospital. Rendon-Matadamas was arraigned in Town of Alabama Court and released on his own recognizance. He was also handed an order of protection. 

Devon Michael Husted, 16, of Broadway Road, Alexander, is charged with criminal sale of marijuana, 5th, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Husted allegedly sold marijuana while at Darien Lake Theme Park.

Michael Anthony King Jr., 16, of Oakfield, is charged with first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. King is accused of sexual contact with a child less than 11 years old. He was arraigned and released under supervision of Genesee Justice.

Derek G. Thomas, 37, of Bank Street, Batavia, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and menacing, 3rd. Thomas was allegedly involved in an incident at 9:30 p.m. July 6 on Lewis Place. He is accused of shoving one person and threatening another. 

Alicia May Lyons, 34, of State Street, Batavia, is charged with petit larceny. Lyons is accused of wrapping several items in her coat while at Tops Market and then proceeding out of the store without paying for the items.

Thomas C. McJury, 48, of Brooklyn Avenue, Batavia, is charged with deteriorated roof covering. McJury was arrested on a City Court warrant stemming from an alleged property maintenance code violation. McJury posted bail and was released.

Emily N. Indovina, 19, of Erie Street, Mt. Morris, is charged with trespass. Indovina is accused of going to a residence she was advised not to visit by a Batavia PD officer the day before.

Konstantin Logvinsky, 28, of Middlesex Road, Rochester, is charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd. Logvinsky was arrested on a warrant, posted bail and was released.

Alexandria C. Pisarek, 21, of Oakfield, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, 7th. Pisarek was arrested by State Police at 2:42 p.m. Saturday in the Town of Batavia on Route 33. No further details released.

Dominique D. Davis, 21, of Rochester, is charged with issuing a bad check. Davis was arrested by state police. No further details released.

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Local woman found dead on steps of residence on Jackson Street

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Jackson Street

Batavia PD is investigating the unattended death of a local woman who was found unresponsive of the porch steps of 131 Jackson St., Batavia.

The body of Summer Ogden, 38, was taken to the Monroe County Examiners Office for an autopsy.

Batavia PD released no information regarding any potential cause of death.

Ogden's name has come up frequently in arrest reports over the past four years, most often on charges of criminal contempt for violating stay away orders involving her boyfriend, Eric Duda.

Duda has faced the same charges for contacting Ogden.

Twice in 2011, both Ogden and Duda were arrested in Stafford when they were found together.

The Batavian's first encounter with Ogden and Duda was right before Christmas in 2010. Duda was manager of the Batavia Motel, 3768 W. Main St. Road, when he and the other residents were kicked out on 24-hours notice after the motel was condemned. The couple had a 10-month-old infant at the time.

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 11:15 am

Five arrests reported at Lynyrd Skynyrd concert at Darien Lake

post by Howard B. Owens in crime, Darien, darien lake performing arts center

The following people were arrested by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office during the Lynyrd Skynyrd/Bad Company concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Sunday.

Fawn Dockstader, 27, of Council House Road, Alabama, was charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly causing a disturbance at the concert venue. Dockstader was arraigned in Darien Town Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $350 bail.

Ryan J Faulhaber, 20, of Willardshire Road, Orchard Park, was charged with charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana.

Jessica K. Olewniczak, 18, of Briarwood Drive, Lancaster, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana.

Joseph M. Eck, 46, of Benson Avenue, West Seneca, was charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly fighting in the concert parking lot.

Patrick L. Eck, 50, of Eden Street, Buffalo, was charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly fighting in the concert parking lot.

Maxwell J. Cywinski, 18, of Lafayette Avenue, Buffalo, was issued a ticket for possession of a fictitious license after allegedly being found in possession of a fictitious Massachusetts license.

Henry J. Hager IV, 18, of Westgate Drive, East Aurora, was issued a ticket for possession of a fictitious license after allegedly being found in possession of a fictitious Massachusetts license.

Nicola I. Marcucci, 18, of Highland Avenue, Buffalo, was issued a ticket for possession of a fictitious license after allegedly being found in possession of a fictitious Massachusetts license.

UPDATE: There were three tickets issued for alleged under-age drinking.

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Second Annual Lite the Knight in Le Roy to benefit family of Deputy Frank Bordonaro

post by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, Lite the Knight

Press release:

It was just about one year ago when we learned of the tragic accident in Wheatland which killed three and seriously injured two members of the “Cal-Mum 5.” Le Roy Physical Therapy and Village Fitness were very proud to have sponsored the first “Lite the Knight 5K,” which with the overwhelming support and generosity of the Cal-Mum and Le Roy communities, raised more than $12,000 for the victims’' families.

Plans for the Second Annual Lite the Knight, to be held on Saturday Aug. 16 at Hartwood Park, have been under way for several weeks now. Our intent is to use the proceeds of this year’'s event to develop a Memorial Scholarship Fund.

We were incredibly saddened to learn of the untimely death of Frank Bordonaro earlier this week. Frank was a 19-year veteran of the Genesee County Sherriff’s Dept., a devoted husband and father, and a true pillar of the Le Roy community who will be sorely missed. At only 44 years of age, he leaves behind his wife, Robyn, and two sons Bryce, 14, and Chase, 12.

Therefore, it is with pride and sadness that I announce we’'ve selected the Bordonaro family as the recipient of this year'’s Memorial Scholarship, and ask the community to rally to support them through this event. All proceeds of the 2014 Lite the Knight 5K will be donated to the family.

More information about Lite the Knight is available at www.villagefit.com, or visit our Facebook page. In addition to the 5K run/walk on an illuminated course, this year’'s event also features a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, wellness fair, many free childrens' activities, a performance by Le Roy Marching Knights, a chicken barbeque by the Smokin' Eagle BBQ and Brew, and free live music by Flipside. A very special thanks goes out to the Le Roy, Stafford, Caledonia, and Pavilion fire departments who have volunteered their time and assistance in support of the event, and who will be setting up an interactive display of their fire engines for children and families to experience.

You may register yourself or your team for Lite the Knight at https://www.getentered.com/Register/groups/default.aspx?newgroup=true&event=28196. The registration page also offers the ability to make a donation or purchase a memorial luminary bag to light the course, whether or not you choose to participate in the run/walk.

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 9:35 pm

GCEDC approves USG project in Oakfield

post by Howard B. Owens in business, GCEDC, Oakfield, U.S. Gypsum

Press release:

The Board of Directors of the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) approved a final resolution for application for assistance from United States Gypsum Co. (USG) at the July 10, 2014, board meeting. 

United States Gypsum Company Co. (USG) is planning to upgrade its paper mill at 2750 Maple Ave. in Oakfield, NY. The project will include replacing and relocating equipment, stock cleaning and enhanced manila production to improve the safety, quality and efficiency of the facility.

The upgrades will consist of three phases and is expected to commence in 2016. The projected capital investment is approximately $23 million and the investment will retain 98 manufacturing jobs and create 12 new production jobs.

In other matters, Graham Corporation’s 2013 project with the GCEDC involved expansion of its operations on Harvester Avenue, Howard Street and Florence Streets, in the city of Batavia. There has been a longer than anticipated construction time on these projects and Graham Corporation is requesting a PILOT amendment in order to delay the commencement of the PILOT by one year. This amendment will not result in any additional incentives for the project.   

“The significant investments in businesses right here in our region is strongly reflective of the ongoing economic growth we continue to witness in all industry sectors,” said Wallace Hinchey, GCEDC Board chairman.

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 9:26 pm

GCEDC adopts new policy requiring local labor on incentive projects

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Press release:

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) Board of Directors unanimously voted to adopt a new local labor policy at the organization’s July board meeting. The new policy was developed by the GCEDC Governance and Nominating Committee.

According to the policy, at least 90 percent of non-management construction labor on projects in excess of $5 million construction costs that receive local incentives from the GCEDC must employ workers within the “Local Labor Area” which has been defined as individuals residing in Genesee, Orleans, Monroe, Wyoming, Livingston, Wayne, Ontario, Seneca, Yates, Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.

“I want to thank the members of the Governance and Nominating Committee for developing a fair and balanced local labor policy. We do not believe it is unreasonable to ask companies that receive incentives and benefits from our agency to hire locally,” said GCEDC Board Chairman Wolcott Hinchey. “In addition, the local labor area has been defined to include a large area of Western New York to be able to utilize our talented and productive workforce that is readily available to general contractors and subcontractors who work on these economic development projects.”

The policy will allow for companies that receive benefits from the GCEDC to request a waiver for exemption from the local policy in certain circumstances, including the installation of specialized equipment of materials where the manufacturer requires local installation by only approved installers; specialized construction where workers from the “Local Labor Area” are not available; but the company must provide documentation that there is a lack of those particular workers in the “Local Labor Area.”

Companies that receive incentives from the GCEDC will be required to file quarterly reports documenting that they are utilizing workers from the “Local Labor Area” based on the total construction job numbers. Failure to comply with the quarterly reports could result in a company’s incentives being rescinded by the GCEDC.

“This policy is not about meeting job numbers as there are always issues that are beyond a company’s control such as a downturn in the economy; the policy is simply about companies insisting that their contractors and subcontractors hire local laborers,” said Steve Hyde, president and CEO of the GCEDC. “The bottom line is that if companies are receiving local tax breaks, then they should be hiring local laborers.”

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 9:10 pm

State Police looking for information about ATV stolen from family on Old Creek Road

post by Howard B. Owens in alexander, crime

This little boy misses his parents' ATV (mom and dad miss it, too). It was stolen sometime after June 28. The location of the theft is Old Creek Road, Town of Alexander. It's a 2012 Honda Rancher 4x4 420 CC, green in color. It may have a camouflage duffle bag strapped to the rear rack. License plate, NY 17JF11.

The case is being investigated by Trooper Ryan Dulkiewicz. If you have information that can assist with the return of the ATV, call the Batavia Barracks of the State Police at (585) 343-2200 and tell the dispatcher you're calling about case #5760588.

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