posted on March 30, 2014 08:38
The calendar may indicate it is spring, but apparently that has gone unnoticed by Mother Nature as another storm has dropped several inches of snow on our area. The snow began falling around 6 o’clock Saturday afternoon and continued all night. The heavy wet snow quickly accumulated on area roads and driving became treacherous.
Plows were slow to get on the highways and as a result large amounts of snow built up. Crews have been out this morning making driving a bit better. There is a winter weather advisory still in effect for much of Western New York including Genesee, Wyoming, Orleans, and Livingston counties. That advisory is scheduled to remain active until 6am Monday morning. In its initial stages the storm was responsible for several motor vehicle accidents as road became very slippery very quickly.
New York State has a tentative budget agreement. The negotiations went deep into Friday night, but budget bills have now been printed and they are expected to be voted on, on Monday. The budget includes 1.5 billion dollars in property tax relief, a priority for Cuomo, who is seeking re-election this year. There is also a renter’s credit for New York City residents totaling $170 million over two years. The budget provides funding for universal pre-kindergarten, a priority for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Governor Cuomo in his budget remarks said, “The state budget, number one, maintains the fiscal discipline that the state government has shown. It lives within the two percent spending cap that has been set”. "The all-funds budget, as it's called, is $137.9 billion."
The Batavia Home show concludes today at the Falleti Ice Arena on Evans Street. Hours today are 10am until 3 this afternoon. The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring this years event and organizers are happy with the large turnout both Friday night and Saturday.
An Oakfield man has been charged with possession of Marijuana. 26 year old Aaron Smith of Webber Avenue in Oakfield was arrested following a lawful search of his vehicle which was parked on Jackson Street. Batavia Police say they were requested to the area for a suspicious vehicle left unattended and running.
48 year old Cheryl Lyons of State Street in Batavia has been charged with Menacing with a displayed weapon and with endangering the welfare of a child, less than 17 years old. Batavia Police say the charges stem from an incident that occurred on State Street last Wednesday. Police say Lyons made threats to another individual while brandishing a stick and knife. A juvenile reportedly was also the target of the same threats. In apparently the same event, 24 year old Melissa Pizazza of State Street in Batavia has been charged with Reckless Endangerment. She was arrested after allegedly intentionally throwing a stick and striking a vehicle following the altercation.