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Thursday, May 26, 2022

News Briefs

Increased police presence at area schools in aftermath of Texas school shootings -- The Genesee and Livingston county sheriff’s offices are increasing their presence at area schools in the aftermath of Tuesday’s massacre at a Uvalde, Texas elementary school. The announcements arrived amid parental concerns as the U.S. suffered its second mass shooting in less than two weeks, and as the Buffalo region continues to feel agony from the Tops Market shootings on May 14. Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron said the patrols are in addition to the School Resource Officer already in place at most county districts. By MATT SURTEL, msurtel@batavianews.com

Program will help preserve historic barns -- A revitalized Historic Barn Rehabilitation Tax Credit program has been announced by the State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. The new program allows state taxpayers who rehabilitate their historic barns to earn a state income tax credit. “New York’s rural landscapes are characterized by historic barns, forming the identities of many communities,” said Commissioner Erik Kulleseid in a news release. “Retaining these historic structures, are among the state’s most threatened historic resources, contributes to heritage tourism and expands opportunities for the state’s agricultural economy. State Parks is pleased to add this program to its existing historic tax credit programs.” The amount of the tax credit is equal to 25% of the expenditures incurred to rehabilitate a historic barn. To qualify, a barn must have been built before 1946, and the work must be approved by the Division for Historic Preservation. Taxpayers can begin to claim the credit on their 2022 New York state taxes. Program information and staff contact information can be found on the Division for Historic Preservation’s website www.parks.ny.gov/shpo/tax-credit-programs/. Applications can be mailed to 1 Delaware Avenue North, Cohoes, 12047 for express mail services or to P.O. Box 189, Waterford, NY 12188 for USPS mail service.

Oversized load delivery backs up traffic on Route 98 -- New York State Police and other vehicles were escorting a vehicle trans-porting an oversized load north on Route 98 yesterday morning, causing a traffic backup behind the transport. No information about what was being transported or where it is going is available yet. There was reportedly no southbound traffic allowed on Route 98 while the escort was going through and power lines were being lifted up so the item being transported could pass under them. More information on what was being transported will be provided as it becomes available.

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