posted on August 17, 2012 07:20
Part of Route 63 in Oakfield is closed this morning.
Specifically, Route 63 has been shut down between Hutton and McCumber Roads.
The roadway has settled necessitating what the State DOT calls emergency repairs.
No word on how long it will be closed.
A detour has been posted from Lewiston Road to Route 77.
Add another voice of opposition to the proposed 45-percent toll hike for trucks on the New York State Thruway.
State Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia takes exception to the Thruway Authority’s assertion that the increase is "modest:"
“In my book and in most people’s books a 45% increase in anything is nothing short of extraordinary and anti-business. I’m not sure where the Authority is coming from with a statement that a 45% increase is modest, where I come from that’s not modest at all."
Hawley says the toll hike would slow job creation and increase costs for taxpayers to keep up the highways truckers would use as an alternative to the thruway.
Dr. James Corasanti will spend the next year at the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden. He was sentenced yesterday on a misdemeanor DWI charge in connection with the death of Alix Rice. Officials say if there are no behavior issues with Corasanti, he will likely be released after eight months, which is standard practice for good behavior.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is joining the push to keep the yogurt boom in the Empire State going. Schumer is asking New York dairy farmers to back legislation he's offered that would give farmers the financial tools to expand their operations to keep up with the demand from yogurt manufacturers. Schumer's "DAIRY Act" would allow farmers who buy cows to write off the animals as a capital expense, which would lower their taxes.
Batavia Downs is giving away the neon letters from their historic rooftop sign.
Two letters from the old sign were already donated to the Holland Land Office Museum.
Downs spokesman Ryan Hasenauer says there are six, 7-foot tall letters left and there is a waiting list started for those interested in obtaining one.
Anyone one interested is encouraged to get on the waiting list by calling Tom Balk at 343-3750.