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Month: December 2017

Perinton nips Tri County Midget icers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 December 2017 at 6:12 pm

Unable to build on a first period lead, the Tri County Midget hockey team dropped a narrow 2-1 decision to Perinton today at Brockport.

A goal by James Hapeman gave Tri County a 1-0 lead in the first period but Perinton answered with a pair of second period goals which proved to be just enough to claim the win.

Now at 1-7-2, Tri County next faces Perinton on Friday at Brockport.

Minimum wage goes up again beginning today

Posted 31 December 2017 at 6:07 pm

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the second increase toward a statewide $15 per hour minimum wage and the launch of the nation’s strongest paid family leave policy.

In 2016, the Governor signed landmark legislation to restore economic parity and social justice to working families in New York State. Building on seven years of championing progressive policies for New York, the Governor’s paid family leave policy is the strongest and most comprehensive package in the country and will help employees maintain financial stability, and the minimum wage increase will reestablish economic justice and fairness across the state.

“New York has made major strides in the fight for economic equality, social justice and workers’ rights and with the rollout of this historic minimum wage increase and the strongest paid family leave program in the country, we continue to protect the wallets of middle class New Yorkers,” Cuomo said. “New York believes in a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work and no family member should have to choose between caring for a loved one or losing their job – this victory will help restore fairness and equality to working families across New York.”

Middle Class Tax Cut

Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York continues to reduce state taxes to record lows for middle-class New Yorkers. These new lower state tax rates will save middle-class taxpayers nearly $6.6 billion in just the first four years, and annual savings are projected to reach $4.2 billion and benefit six million filers by 2025. As the new rates phase in, they will be the state’s lowest middle-class tax rates in more than 70 years. Across New York State, taxpayers will see an average state tax cut of $250 in 2018 and an average state tax cut of $698 when fully phased in in 2025.

Paid Family Leave

Beginning tomorrow, January 1, 2018, New York State will begin the strongest, most progressive and most comprehensive paid family leave policy in the nation. New Yorkers will be allowed to take job-protected paid time off to bond with a new child, care for a loved one with a serious health condition or help relieve family pressures when a loved one is called to active military service abroad. When fully phased in, New Yorkers will be eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid time off.

Those eligible for paid family leave include:

• Parents during the first 12 months following birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child;

• Caretakers for a sick spouse, domestic partner, child, stepchild, parent, stepparent, parent-in-law, grandparent or grandchild;

• Employees with a spouse, child, domestic partner or parent who has been notified of an order of active military service abroad.

Full-time employees with a regular schedule of 20 or more hours per week will be eligible for Paid Family Leave after 26 consecutive weeks of employment. Part-time employees with a regular schedule of less than 20 hours per week can apply for Paid Family Leave after working 175 days for their employer.

Additional information on New York State’s Paid Family Leave law, along with numerous resources for employers and workers, can be found on the Paid Family Leave website. The public is also encouraged to call the Paid Family Leave helpline at (844) 337-6303 with any questions. More details are available by clicking here.

$15 Minimum Wage

Minimum wage increases are calculated based on where an individual works, by industry, and, in some cases, the size business. It is estimated that more than 2.3 million people will be positively impacted by the increase in the minimum wage statewide.

Today, December 31, 2017, the minimum wage rates in Upstate New York will increase to $10.40 (up from $9.70) and $11.75 for fast food workers outside of NYC.

To help inform businesses and employees, the New York State Department of Labor has several tools available on its website (click here).

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A photo review of local sports in 2017

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 December 2017 at 1:34 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Here are a few favorite photos from 2017, by season, through this photog’s lens. Here Lyndonville’s Eric Neace drives in for a basket.

His facial expression tells it all as Medina’s Izaiah Rhim collides with an opponent on his drive to the basket.

The American flag is carried by one of the runners during the annual Mr. Ed’s race at Middlleport which again attracted a field of several hundred running enthusiasts.

Medina’s Je’ne Brown goes up for a block against Wilson’s Rachel Senek during the Mustangs loss to the Lakewomen in the Section VI Class B2 championship game at Buffalo State College.

Albion’s JaQuess Harrison puts the tag on Ben Schwab of Roy-Hart which went on to repeat at Niagara-Orleans League champions.

Winning pitcher Emily Kams, in center, and her teammates celebrate the Mustangs first ever Section VI softball championship after the narrow 5-4 win over top seeded Eden at Williamsville North.

Lyndonville’s Miranda Lembcke stretches to make a tag during the Lady Tigers Class D1 championship victory over Fillmore at Brockport.

Albion catcher Bryce Pritchard dives to make a tag on Somerset’s Jacob Hoffee during Midget ‘A’ League action.

Barre’s Tyler Gibson celebrates after driving in the winning run in the Albion Midget League playoff championship victory over Sandstone. In the foreground is Jason Conn who drove in the tying run.

Holley goalie Patrick Bower stretches to make a save.

Da’Ron Bellan hauls in a pass for Medina/Lyndonville during the Mustangs win at Tonawanda.

Holley’s Camron LaBarge stretches to put the ball over the goal line during the Hawks victory over visiting Notre Dame.

Mason Pecoraro spikes a return for the Lyndonville/Medina boys volleyball team.

In rivalry boys soccer action Kendall’s Nate Warters hurdles over Holley goalie Patrick Bower who made the save.

Albion quarterback Bryce Pritchard (8) and receiver Nate Moore (10) celebrate a touchdown during the Purple Eagles victory over rival Medina/Lyndonville.

In a marathon field hockey playoff game at Vets Park, Barker’s Ciara Gregoire scores a goal in the shootout. The Lady Raiders ended up with the victory over Eden in a sudden death overtime shootout.

The intensity on his face tells the story as Jeremy Browe works toward a pin for Holley-Kendall.

Vets Park renovation; softball sectional title highlighted Medina’s 2017 sports year

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 December 2017 at 10:11 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – Medina’s Veterans Memorial Park had a major face lift in 2017 with new artificial turf and scoreboard.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – The Medina softball team made history capturing its first ever sectional championship.

Phase 1 of a major renovation project at Veterans Memorial Park was a very visible highlight of 2017 in Medina.  The summer long project saw the installation of a new drainage system, new artificial turf and a large new video scoreboard. Unlike the previous turf, the new artificial surface completely covers the field including the baseball and softball infields. Phase 2, which is scheduled for the summer of 2018, will feature the installation of a new permanent grandstand on the south side of the field.

The Medina varsity softball team made school history by capturing its first ever sectional championship nipping top seeded Eden 5-4 in the Class B-2 title game after edging past No. 2 Fredonia 1-0 in the semifinals. However, the Mustangs bid for a spot in the playoffs was dashed when B-1 champ Depew topped Medina 6-1 for the overall B title. The Mustangs also ended a 12 year league title drought by earning a one-third share of the Niagara-Orleans championship with Akron and Roy-Hart at 9-3.

The Medina boys varsity basketball squad captured a second straight N-O title posting a 12-0 record. Junior Jalin Cooper scored a school record tying 458 points on the season. He also surpassed the 1,000 point career scoring milestone in late December.

Cooper, who accepted a Division 1 football scholarship from the University of Toledo in December, also had a big spring on the track as he successfully defended his Section VI titles in the 100 and 200 meter dashes and went on to place in the top four in both events at the state championships.

The Medina girls basketball squad had a strong postseason run advancing to the sectional finals for the first time since 1998 where the Mustangs bowed 60-33 to N-O champion Wilson for the B-2 title. Sophomore Je’ne Brown scored a school record 427 points. Sophomore Maddie Williams also set a school single game record with 54 points including a state record 16 threes.

The Medina volleyball team also advanced to the sectional finals for the first time since 1995 where the Mustangs lost to Alden in the B-2 finals three sets to one.

The Medina tennis team captured a second straight N-O title and the fifth in the last six years by going 12-0. Mustangs tennis Coach Chris Horgan also earned the state Coach of the Year award.

On the baseball diamond, Wilson downed Medina 11-5 in the inaugural Jeff Evoy Memorial Scholarship game at Vets Park.

The Medina golf team likewise went undefeated to claim the N-O championship as sophomore Ian Wagner won the N-O individual championship and went on to place third at the sectionals to earn a spot in the state championships.

Medina sophomore Melanie Green likewise had a big year on the links as she captured the Section VI championship, placed third at the state championships and won the Western New York Junior PGA title.

The Medina varsity lacrosse team had two players, senior Jake Cotter and junior Brendan Luthart, earn All-Western New York and All-State honors. Both signed Division 1 scholarships, Cotter to Canisius and Luthart to St. Bonaventure.

In Medina Women’s Softball League action, Bane’s Plumbing/Banes Machine Shop captured both the regular season and playoff ‘A’ Division titles downing Orleans Vets 12-8 in a tie breaker game for the regular season crown and Jr. Wlson 8-6 in the playoff final.

The Woodroe Realty Blue Jays captured the N-O Youth Baseball Minor Division playoff title.

Lyndonville had big 2017 diamond year

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 December 2017 at 9:55 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Aubrey Lewis and her Lyndonville softball teammates captured a Section V Class D1 championship.

The Lyndonville High varsity baseball and softball teams both captured Section VI Class D1 championships. The Tigers baseball squad also claimed a fourth straight Genesee Region League Division 2 title.

The Tigers baseball team, which went 17-3, defeated Fillmore 6-2 for the D1 title but then dropped a narrow 6-5 decision to Lima Christian for the Section V Class D berth in the state playoffs. Three members of the Tigers squad – Eric Neace, Michael Wells and Jacob Hoffee – earned All-State honors.

The Lady Tigers softball team likewise bested Alfred-Almond 10-1 in the D-1 title contest but then dropped a narrow 2-1 decision to G-R foe Elba for the Section VI Class D spot in the state playoffs.

Dawson Joy and his Lyndonville baseball teammates captured both Genesee Region League Division II and Section V Class D1 titles.

Lyndonville senior Jeff Gress Jr. placed fourth at the state wrestling championships. Gress and senior Dustin Hinckley both win Class B titles.

It was a busy year for Lyndonville native and pro Triathlete Scott Bradley whose schedule included competing in two events in Europe.

The Kendall girls win the G-R Division 2 soccer title. Senior Taylor ReQua earned first team Class D All-State honors.

At the Section V Class D track championships, Kendall’s Lyndsay Wright won the 100 Hurdles and 400 Hurdles and Alexis Payton the Pentathlon.

Holley senior pitcher Dylan Hillabush earned first team Class C All-State honors and also signed to play for Niagara University.

The newly merged Holley-Kendall wrestling squad won the G-R title.

Barker shared the Niagara-Orleans League field hockey title with Akron but later bowed to the Lady Tigers in the Section VI Class C finals.

Barker senior basketball player Nate Luckman topped the 1,000 point career scoring mark.

Raiders senior pitcher Eddie Wasnock earned second team All-State honors.

At the N-O All-League swim meets Barker’s Sara Gendrue was a double winner in the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Breaststroke and Collin Webb in the 50 Free and 100 Free.  Webb also teamed up with Andrew Jenks, Aaron Wagner and Collin Stevenor to win both the 200 Free and 400 Free relays.

In youth baseball, Orchard Park downed Somerset 8-2 in the Lockport Midget ‘A’  League playoff finals.

The Roy-Hart boys swim team went 10-0 to capture an 11th straight N-O championship.

The Roy-Hart baseball tram captured a second straight N-O title and the softball team earns a one-third share of the N-O crown with Akron and Medina.

Roy-Hart grad Matt McCauley took over as coach of the Barker/Roy-Hart wrestling squad.

Roy-Hart ended its seven year long football merger with Barker at the end of the season.

The newly formed Roy-Hart/Barker/Medina Club hockey team began its inaugural season in the Western New York Club League defeating Iroquois 4-2 in the debut contest.

Football, soccer highlight 2017 for Albion

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 December 2017 at 9:38 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Brilliance Johnson and his Albion teammates not only defeated rival Medina but also shared the B2 Division title and earned a berth in the sectionals.

The Albion varsity football squad had a big 2017 season defeating rival Medina 51-22, earning a share of a division title for the first time since 2006 and gaining a berth in the sectional playoffs for the first time since 2011.  Albion shared the Class B2 title with Dunkirk which also downed the Purple Eagles 25-7 in the quarterfinal round of the Section VI playoffs.

The Albion girls varsity soccer team made school history by advancing to the sectional finals for the first time. The Purple Eagles, which needed overtime to nip rival Medina 1-0 in the opening round, downed Alden 2-1 in the semifinals but then dropped a narrow 1-0 decision to Niagara-Orleans League champion Newfane in the Class B-1 final.

Kendall Derisley and her Albion teammates earned a berth in the sectional finals for the first time in the program’s history.

Albion senior Chanyce Powell repeated as the Section VI long jump champion and also placed third in the triple jump.

The Albion girls cross-country team placed second in the Section VI Class B2 race.

Albion golfer Nick Penna fired a school record round of 32 in a win over Barker.

The Albion duo of Blake Aina and Preston Flugel captured Section VI Class B wrestling titles.

Former long-time Albion football Coach Dick Diminuco was inducted into the Section VI Hall of Fame.

The Albion JV football team posted a perfect 8-0 record.

The Albion youth football Varsity Division team went 11-0 defeating Tri Town 40-6 in the playoff championship game.

The Albion U18 girls soccer team captured a Rochester District League title.

Barre nipped Sandstone 9-8 in the Albion Midget Baseball League playoff final to claim a third straight title.

The Barre Cubs won the U10 Midget League title edging Carlton 5-4.

All Smiles claimed the Orleans Girls Softball League title.

Retention of federal historic tax credits good news for renovation of old school in Holley

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 31 December 2017 at 9:28 am

File photo Tom Rivers: Developers want to convert the old Holley High School, which has been vacant for two decades, into apartments and offices.

HOLLEY – Village of Holley officials and leaders of the Orleans Economic Development Agency are breathing a little easier after federal historic tax credits were kept in the Tax Reform Bill.

Those credits have helped make the financial numbers work for rehabilitation projects of historic buildings, especially in the Buffalo area.

Home Leasing of Rochester is currently working to secure funding and tax incentives/credits in an effort to restore and repurpose the old Holley High School in the village into mixed-income apartments for seniors, new village office space, and restoration of the auditorium for public events.

“These types of historic rehabilitation projects require a variety of funding sources, tax credits, etc., and a wide array of cooperation from the community and at all levels of government to become a reality,” said Brian Sorochty, mayor of Holley. “For the Holley project, we are fortunate to have a great developer involved, widespread public and private support, and now with this funding source being preserved, we continue to feel we have a strong application and will be looking forward to the results in the spring of 2018.”

The historic tax credit (HTC) was threatened with elimination in the House version of the Tax Reform Bill, but the final version retained the Senate’s modification of the HTC.

The modifications mean that benefits of the tax break to restore and rehabilitate historic properties will now be spread over five years – instead of the first year the building is placed in service. That diminishes the value of the tax credit, the Landmark Society of Western New York said, but, “it is still a big win for preservation.”

The historic tax credit has been cited as the most effective tool to attract private capital into historic buildings.

According to published reports, the state’s historic credit matches the federal one, so it will also be spread over five years, beginning next year. Published reports also state the tax bill includes a grandfather clause which will allow properties purchased by the end of this year to be rehabilitated by 2019 under the old tax rules.

The old Holley High School sits in a prominent location at the intersection of Routes 237 and 31 in the village. The school was built in 1931 and closed in 1975. It was then used by a private manufacturing company, but has been vacant for about two decades.

Developers are seeking $7-8 million in tax incentives and $3 million in low interest loans for the $17 million renovation project.

The Orleans EDA said another project under consideration in the county also would benefit from the tax credits. The historic downtown districts also would likely be eligible for the credits if a developer pursued a project in the future.

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Retiring county treasurer is thankful for 40-year career on the Square

Posted 31 December 2017 at 9:06 am


On December 29th as I was pulling out of the parking lot at 34 E. Park Street for the final time, I looked up at the holiday decorated Courthouse dome. I love that dome.

I drove home feeling a great sense of loss. I didn’t cry, but my eyes felt kind of misty. When I say I grew up on the Courthouse Square, I’m not joking. I really did.

Starting on Flag Day in 1977, I came to know the people, the place, the offices, the boardroom, the court room, the spiral staircase in the Courthouse, the swinging saloon door bathroom stalls, the Coke machine with glass bottles, the marble and brick. I knew them all. I once ventured up to the top of the dome on a rickety walk way and I remember looking out over the village I grew up in.

I remember Kathryn Monacelli (my boss in the Village Clerk’s office) telling me to do whatever Mrs. (Mary) Basinait says, because she might be hard to work for. My interview with Mary Basinait started a career I didn’t see coming. The only rules she gave me were “no wearing jeans” and “no chewing gum.” I followed the rules.

The days, months and years went by. I owe a debt of gratitude to Kathryn Monacelli (and Jim Hancock, of the Summer Youth program), who sent me off to the County to work that summer. A great debt to Mary Basinait and Lois Klatt for teaching me the job, being my mentors and dear friends for life. My co-workers and staff. The Republican Committee, starting with George Herring to Ed Morgan, for their overwhelming support these past 24 years.

My drive home was filled with so many flashbacks…so many people crossed my mind. I will have wonderful memories in my old age, and stories to tell.

I have had many people ask me, “Why on earth did you run for Town Clerk?” On my way home Friday night, I knew why. I have to stay busy, I want to keep helping people, I have budgets to fix, accounts to straighten out, taxpayers to greet and knowledge to share.

Thank you, Orleans County voters. Thank you for allowing me 40 years on the Square.

With gratitude and love,

Susan M. Heard


Racers late surge nips Hawks for tourney title

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 December 2017 at 10:16 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Holley’s John Mounts drives around Rochester Academy’s Trevon Stringer during the host Hawks loss to the Racers this evening in the championship game of the Holley Tournament.

A late scoring burst earned Rochester Academy a 63-52 victory over the host Hawks this evening in the championship game of the Holley Tournament.

Trailing 51-50, the Racers closed with a 13-1 scoring surge over the final three minutes, including 6 by Jevonny Brown and 4 by Albert Tomlin, to claim the win and the title.

Brown, who was named the tourney’s MVP, finished with 20 as Tomlin, who was named to the All-Tournament team added 17, Spencer Burns 13 and Trevon Stringer 10.

Patrick Bower puts up a shot for Holley as Spencer Burns defends for Rochester Academy.

Patrick Bower scored a game high 24 points to lead Holley as Andrew Moseman added 9, Ryan Andrews 8, Braden Ferranti 6, John Mounts 3 and Nate Towne 2. Bower and Moseman were both named to the All-Tournament team.

Threes by Moseman, Andrews and Ferranti helped Holley jump out to a 13-8 first period lead.

The Hawks maintained a 28-24 advantage at the half as Moseman, Andrews and Mounts all hit threes in the second period.

Rochester Academy though rallied into a narrow 40-38 lead at the three-quarter mark as Tomlin scored 6 and Brown and Stringer 5 each in the third period.

Bower scored all 10 of Holley’s third period points to keep the Hawks close.

The lead then sea-sawed back and forth eight times in the wild fourth quarter before the Racers regained the upper hand for good by putting together the deciding 13-1 run to close.

Holley took its last lead at 51-50 on a three-point play by Bower who tallied 10 of the Hawks 14 final period points.

Geneseo nips Kendall in overtime

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 December 2017 at 9:56 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Kendall’s Hunter Menze puts up a shot as Jake Hamilton defends for Geneseo during the Eagles overtime loss to the Blue Devils this evening in the Holley Tournament.

A late comeback bid fell just short as Kendall dropped a narrow 56-53 overtime decision to Geneseo this evening in the consolation game of the Holley Tournament.

Trailing by 13, 47-34, early in the final period Kendall put together a key 10-0 run to get right back in the game. A three and a layup by Mickey Gardner and a layup off a turnover by Nate Warters highlighted that spurt which pulled the Eagles to within three, 47-44, with 4:50 remaining.

Nate Warters scores on a layup for Kendall with four seconds to go to send the contest into overtime.

Geneseo did go back up by six, 52-46, at Daniel Kaye hit a three but Kendall again came battling back.

This time the Eagles got three layups by Warters, the last coming with just four seconds remaining, to knot the contest at 52-52 and force overtime.

However, Kendall could not keep the momentum as the Blue Devils outpointed the Eagles 4-1 in the four minute overtime to claim the victory as Jake Hamilton had the winning basket.

Hamilton scored 20 and Kaye, who was named to the All-Tournament team, added 12 to lead Geneseo.

Warters scored 18, John Rath 15 and Gardner and Hunter Menze 10 each for Kendall. Menze was named to the All-Tournament team.

Geneseo held leads of 14-12 after one period, 31-25 at the half and 43-34 at the three-quarter mark. Rath scored 9 and Warters and Menze 8 each in the first half to keep the Eagles close.

Kendall though used a big 18-9 fourth period surge, including 10 by Warters and 6 by Gardner, to rally into a tie and send the contest into overtime.