The presumptive Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Cuomo has chosen a
running mate. Cuomo is tapping Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy as his Lieutenant
Governor for the ballot this November. The Cuomo-Duffy ticket is the first
all-white statewide Democratic ticket in New York in 20-years. Senate Conference Leader John Sampson says a Cuomo-Duffy ticket is a winning
combination and that Ethnic background is not important. Cuomo is expected to receive the party's backing at the state Democratic
Convention in Westchester on Thursday.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will not face a primary as she seeks to win a full
term in office. Delegates at the state Democratic Convention in Westchester
designated her as the party's candidate. Senator Gillibrand was appointed last
year to serve out Hillary Clinton's Senate term. The former upstate
Congresswoman, along with the help of the White House and Senator Chuck Schumer,
has been able disrupt any potential primary challenger from emerging. Senator
Gillibrand is confident New Yorkers will head to the polls this November,
knowing she has been on their side. Republicans have not settled on a strong candidate to challenge Gillibrand this fall. Democrats also endorsed Senator Schumer to run for re-election this
Governor David Paterson and state legislative leaders are getting closer to
hammering out an agreement that would open state parks for the Memorial Day
weekend. State lawmakers initially rejected the governor's proposal to provide
funding to reopen 55 shuttered parks and historic sites. State lawmakers are
working with the governor on a tentative agreement to keep state parks open
until a state budget is passed.
The teenager that was the subject of a police dragnet last month is headed to
jail. 17-year-old Christopher Laird was handed a 1 to 3 year state prison term
by Judge Robert Noonan yesterday. Laird became the object of the manhunt after
missing several probationary meetings and them evading authorities.
50-year-old Grace Stewart of the Pratt Road in the Town of Batavia has been
arrested by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies. Stewart has been charged with
grand larceny for allegedly stealing mover two thousand dollars in merchandise
from the Batavia Home Depot store. Those thefts allegedly occurred while she
was employed at the store.
Two accidents in the area Tuesday resulted in injuries and arrests…
21-year-old Sarah Scott of Oatka Trail in Leroy allegedly failed to stop at a
stop sign at the intersection of the Ledge Road and Route 77 in Alabama. Her
car struck a vehicle on Route 77 driven by 53 year old Maryann Ander of Eagle
Street in Medna. Scott was taken to UMMC for treatment of injuries. She was
also given a ticket for failing to stop at a stop sign.
Two teenagers were injured in a head on crash on the Durfee Road in the Wyoming
County Town of Middlebury. Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies say 18-year-old
Patric Wellman of Wyoming was attempting to pass another car when he struck a
vehicle driven by 17 year old Darin Buckenmeyer of Alexander head-on. Both
Wellman and Buckenmeyer were treated for minor injuries. Wellman was charged
with unsafe passing, failure to keep right and for not wearing a seatbelt.
It'll be time to get out the Kiss makeup this summer, as the legendary rock band
has announced a tour stop in Darien Lake. Kiss will perform on August 13th at
the Performing Arts Center as part of their "Hottest Show On Earth Tour." A
sale date for tickets has not yet been announced. It is not the original
lineup. The band these days goes without founding members Ace Frehley and Peter
Criss. The Kiss summer tour will run from July 23rd through September 24th.