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Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 12:44 pm

The myth of the 'brain drain' in Genesee County

post by Howard Owens in genesee county

A story in today's Buffalo News begins:

The decades-long brain drain among young people in the Buffalo Niagara region is turning into a brain gain.

There's some truth in the statement, according to data compiled by the University of Michigan, which created an online database tracking net migration rates on a county-by-county basis throughout the nation.

Erie County has been losing population in nearly all age groups going back to the 1960s, but Niagara County has had some success gaining population among adults 1990s and 2000s.

For us, the good news -- exploding a commonly held "brain drain" myth locally -- is that Genesee County has traditionally done well drawing in workers who are 25 years old and older, at least until people hit about 40 years old.

The chart below (larger version here) shows that for every decade since the 1950s, Genesee County has lost population in the teenage age group and college-age adults, but consistently seen gains in population for people in their 30s. Genesee County starts losing mid-career workers in their 40s (along with, apparently, their teenage children), suggesting -- if we can speculate on the point -- that there are insufficient job opportunities locally as people advance in their careers. In the past two decades, it looks like there is a trend toward retirees coming to Genesee County.

The chart reflects a gain or loss in an age bracket compared to that cohort a decade earlier. What it doesn't tell us is whether it's the same people coming or going from one decade to the next. For example, the thirtysomethings migrating to Genesee County may not have lived here in their younger years. Just as the data doesn't tell us where people are coming from, it also doesn't tell us where they're going to.

The chart for Erie County (larger version here) shows a much grimmer picture. Our neighbors to the west have been suffering population loss in all cohorts decade after decade since the close of the 1950s.

Niagara County (larger version here) has shown less decline than Erie County and some gains among people 35 to 50 in the 1990s and 2000s.

Wyoming and Orleans counties show migration patterns very similar to Genesee County.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Anti-Rabies Immunization Clinic at the Pembroke Highway Department

Genesee County Health Department is offering an anti-rabies immunization clinic on Thursday April 3, 2014 from 4pm until 7pm at the Pembroke Highway Department located on the NE corner of Route 77 and Route 5; at 1145 Main Road (Route 5), Pembroke, NY. Vaccination will be offered to dogs, cats and ferrets. There is no charge for the residents of Genesee County; out of county pet owners will be asked for a $5.00 donation. Please bring your pets with proper restraints; on leashes, in cages etc. Be prepared to supply pet owner information; name, address, telephone contact info, etc. There is no need to display any licensing information! Pets must be at least 3 months old to be effectively immunized. This is a free service offered by the Genesee County Health Department 585-344-2580.

Event Date and Time

April 3, 2014 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 11:08 am

Don't feed the animals!

post by Bea McManis in cropwalk, genesee county, poverty

A recent article in the Batavia Daily News telling about an upcoming fundraiser and awareness program gave some very disturbing statistics about Genesee County.  7114 people live below the poverty level.  6259 receive food stamps.  40% of our children qualify for free or reduced lunches.  6000 residents were helped by the food pantry.  Over 9000 meals were served by Stephen's table.  The numbers are alarming.  What I found more alarming was the one comment to the article, "Don't feed the animals.  They become dependent.".  That statement made me physically ill.  Have we, as a society, become that callous?  

Monday, March 17, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Results of County's tax lien auction

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Below are the results of the auction Saturday at Bontrager's of properties seized by Genesee County for non-payment of property taxes. Treasurer Scott German said the amount of taxes owed has been calculated not to include accrued interest, but the figure is still preliminary. The list of city properties sold is not yet available.

Address Type Acres Assessed Taxes Sale Price
6550 Alleghany Road, Alabama Single Fam. .48 $73,300 $14,773 $30,000
2725 Attica Road, Alexander Single Fam. .48 $72,800 $10,721 $23,000
3366 Dodgeson Road, Alexander Single Fam. 1.3 $69,000 $17,611 $44,000
3457 West Main Street Road, Batavia Single Fam. 3.8 $90,600 $11,643 $70,000
East Main Street Road, Batavia Vacant .4545 $100 0 $300
7573 South Lake Road, Bergen Single Fam. .4386 $70,000 $11,799 $51,000
5785 E. Bethany-Le Roy Rd, Bethany Single Fam. .5 $111,600 $15,136 $47,000
10474 Bethany Center Road, Bethany Single Fam. .28 $75,700 $12,661 $64,000
County Line Road Vacant Lot 4.5 $20,300 $3,320 $12,500
6920 Transit Road, Elba Vacant Lot 2.08 $4,400 $1,400 $8,000
6616 Snyder Road, Elba Single Fam. 1.11 $15,000 $5,799 $9,000
4973 Barrville Road, Elba Single Fam. .4 $29,000 $3,390 $18,000
East Main Road, Le Roy Vacant Lot .54 $800 $1,036 $300
Meiser Road, Pembroke Vacant Lot .45 $20,000 $3,284 $4,000
Sliker Road, Pembroke Vacant Lot 1 $34,000 $4,977 $10,000
866 Gabbey Road, Pembroke Single Fam. .41 $55,200 $5,867 $15,000
Angling Road, Pembroke Vacant Lot 1 $15,000 $2,517 $3,100
5762 Route 5, Stafford Restaurant 4.36 $284,000 $42,263 $70,000
3321 Church St., Alexander 3 Fam. .99 $124,800 $20,769 $48,000
West Main Street, Le Roy Vacant Lot 44.4 $50,000 $938 $42,500
106 Lake St., Le Roy 2 Fam. .53 $87,200 $25,604 $35,000
86 Wolcott St., Le Roy Single Fam. .24 $39,000 $6,576 $18,000
21 Lathrop, Le Roy Single Fam. .1894 $68,200 $11,109 $41,000
12 Maple Ave., Oakfield Vacant Lot .2055 $15,300 $21,552 $1,800


Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Former county legislator seriously hurt in Wyoming County crash that killed another person

post by Billie Owens in accident, genesee county

Former County Legislator Richard M. Rudolph of District #3 was seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident this afternoon in Warsaw which left another person dead.

State Police responded to the accident, which occurred on Route 98 just south of the intersection with Lindsey Road in the Town of Attica, at about 2:30. They determined a vehicle operated by Terry J. O'Neill, 54, of Varysburg, was southbound, rounding a curve in the highway. The roadway was partially covered with windblown snow.

She lost control of her 1998 Buick LeSabre and went broadside, crossing into the northbound lane. A second vehicle operated by 88-year-old Rudolph, now of Akron, was northbound and could not take evasive action in time before striking O'Neill's vehicle directly broadside on the passenger side.

Both vehicles continued off the highway and came to rest in a field on the east shoulder.

Rudolph was transported by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of chest abrasions and pain, but his injuries appear do not appear life threatening. O'Neill was transported to Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw by Attica Ambulance, suffering from severe head trauma and she succumbed to her injuries at approximately 4 p.m.

Troop A Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to assist with the investigation, which is continuing. Troopers were assisted by Attica and Varysburg Fire and Rescue personnel, Wyoming County Medic 80 and the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Photos: Sheriff's staff programming 520 new portable radios for firefighters

post by Howard Owens in genesee county

County personnel are in the midst of programming new Harris XG 25P radios for the new emergency communication system that is expected to begin operating by Feb. 12.

Each radio must be plugged into a computer and programmed to the proper frequencies. The programming takes seconds, the paperwork that goes with each radio takes a bit longer, said Keith Hunt.

Each radio is assigned its own IP address which must be documented. (An IP address is a numerical code used in Internet communications to identify computers on the network. The computer you're using now to read this story has an IP address.)

Russ Lang said there are 520 portable radios in this room, all of them earmarked for volunteer firefighters.

The county has already completed the installation of new radios in fire trucks and chiefs' vehicles -- 300 in all.

The countywide emergency communications upgrade is a more than $10 million expense, paid for largely by federal grants. It's part of a Homeland Security plan to have all communication systems in all counties on an interoperable emergency system.

The new system -- except for outgoing fire dispatch calls -- will be incompatible with any current scanners private citizens own. Uniden is releasing a new scanner this week that will be compatible with the new system. Locally, it can be purchased from G&G Communications in Le Roy.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11:34 pm

Public service approves items for county highway department

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County Highway Superintendent Tim Hens had a few items approved today by the Public Service Committee:

  • The sale of surplus property, specifically a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1/2 ton 4x4 pickup truck.
  • Authorizing the county to enter into a consultant agreement with C&S Engineering for the final design of a new terminal and maintenance hangar at the Genesee County Airport. The total design contract is $240,024, with $199,500 being previously approved. The increase includes $11,111 in new state aid and $29,913 in airport deferred revenue. 
  • An agreement to work with the Town of Batavia on reconstruction of the intersection at Powers Road and Pratt Road. The project will eliminate a hill and fill in a dip, improving visibility for drivers approaching the intersection. The total cost of the project is $400,000 and will be covered in part by a 90 percent federal grant.
  • Authorized purchase of a new 4x6 dump truck, wing, plow and harder sander for $205,918 from Beam Mack Sales in Rochester. The highway department runs six such trucks "nonstop" Hens said. The trucks haul snow, salt, dirt, tree stumps and other material that needs moved place to place. "These are workhorse vehicles," said County Manager Jay Gsell.
  • Authorized the purchase of six Ford Fusions, a Ford Escape and a 12-passenger van from Van Bortel Ford, East Rochester, at a price not to exceed $165,360.
Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Matt Landers appointed assistant county manager

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Press release:

After an extensive and time consuming national search that included 61 potential candidates. A short-list of 3 – 5 finalists was reviewed by County Management members and the best fit for both the County Manager’s Office and Genesee County government as we progress in this second decade of the 21st Century will be the appointment of Matthew Landers as the new Assistant County Manager effective February 1, 2014.

Matt, a native of Elba and presently a City of Batavia resident, brings his skills and enthusiasm and 10 years of experience as Deputy County Treasurer to his new role as a key operative in the Chief Administrative Office of Genesee County government and the recently revised duties and responsibilities of Assistant County Manager.

Matt is replacing Frank Ciaccia a 21+ year veteran of the Genesee County Manager’s Office who can now truly “retire” from active duty which he has very capably been doing since he announced his retirement in May 2012.

Matt and his wife, Melissa, are the proud parents of two children, Katie and Ben.

The transition from the County Treasurer’s Office to the County Manager’s Office has been and will be a joint collaboration between the two administrative arms of Genesee County government.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 9:37 am

Photos from 2013: A tribute to the firefighters who serve Genesee County

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A year ago today, two volunteer firefighters responding to a fire in Webster were ambushed, shot and killed. It was an unspeakable tragedy that resonated throughout the communities of Western New York.

Our firefighters face enough risks and challenges without being senselessly targeted.

Last year, we published a slideshow of the year's worth of photos of Genesee County's heroes, and to keep the tradition going, here are some of the photos from 2013 of both career and volunteer firefighters working, training and serving our community.

To learn how you can become a local hero by becoming a volunteer with a local fire department, visit ReadyGenesee.com.

Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 1:38 pm

A morning of digging out

post by Alecia Kaus in genesee county, snow

Ellicott Avenue snow


Many residents could be found digging out their driveways and clearing their cars of snow this morning.

After five straight days of snowfall, Genesee County will be getting a break today. There are no warnings, watches or advisories and temperatures will rise to the mid-20s. There is a chance of snow, but less than a half inch.

The seven-day forecast calls for rising temperatures and possibly 45 degrees by Friday.

Greg Lee uses his snowblower to clear his rental property on Richmond Avenue.

Pat Cavanaugh shovels out her driveway on Redfield Parkway.

Pat's neighbor gives her a hand.

After many days with temperatures below freezing, icicles have formed on Arby's front windows.

The McFollins brothers tried to go sledding at Centennial Park, but the snow was not good for sledding. So a snowball fight broke out on the way home. Pictured are Javin, 8, Ayden, 10, Mason, 12, and Carter, 8, of Batavia.

Plows were out clearing and salting the roads and streets seemed to be in better shape than yesterday.

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