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Newark man dies after being hit by train

ARCADIA — A Newark man died Sunday night after being struck by a train.

Around 9:50 p.m., deputies and Newark fire and ambulance responded to a report that Leon J. Wright had been struck by a train as it headed westbound on the main CSX tracks.

According to deputies, Wright, 55, of Tellier Road in Newark, was attempting to cross the tracks after an evening of fishing. The train, a full-size freight hauler, was traveling at 60 miles per hour.

Wright was treated at the scene by Newark-Arcadia ambulance and then transported to Newark-Wayne Hospital, where he later died, deputies said.

Deputies believe alcohol was involved, but the investigation is still ongoing.

2 Geneseo men killed in Webb crash

WEBB — After celebrating his 28th birthday at an Old Forge bar, a Geneseo man and his friend were killed early Sunday in a one-car crash on Route 28 north of the hamlet, Herkimer County Coroner Dan Rivet said.

John Curry Jr., whose birthday was Sunday, was killed, along with the vehicle’s driver, William Cook III, 27, Rivet said. Their friend, Thomas Albanese, survived and was able to flag down a passing motor vehicle for help, Webb police said.

All three were from Geneseo, police said. Geneseo is south of Rochester. They had come to visit Cook’s parents, who are renting a house in Old Forge, Rivet said. They were at Daiker’s Inn earlier in the night, he said.

Alcohol was “definitely” involved in the crash, said Rivet, who also is a paramedic with Old Forge Ambulance.

When Rivet arrived at the scene, he was able to speak to Curry.

“Curry stated he had been drinking,” Rivet said. “He said they had all been drinking.”

Cook was southbound about 2:45 a.m. on Route 28 when he went into the northbound lane because of excessive speed and poor visibility due to fog, police said. When he tried to get back in the lane, he lost control of the vehicle and skidded sideways into a power pole, police said.

Cook, who was pronounced dead at the scene, likely died on impact, Rivet said. He was wearing a seatbelt, Rivet said.

Front-seat passenger Curry died after arriving at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica, Rivet said.

Back-seat passenger Albanese also was taken to St. Elizabeth with a broken leg, police said. It could not be learned if Curry or Albanese were wearing seatbelts.

Webb police could not provide more information.

Linking up the sidewalks

WEBSTER — In the next few years, this village should be come more walkable.

At Thursday’s board meeting, Supervisor Ronald Nesbitt and other town officials agreed to have Costich Engineering draw up plans to install sidewalks along the southside of Ridge Road, from the village border to about where Webster Commons Boulevard is. Towne Center plaza with Target and Barnes & Noble is at that intersection.

Currently, there is a hodge podge of sidewalks in that area as businesses have come in and installed their own.

“We’ll be filling in the gaps where the sidewalks aren’t,” Nesbitt said. “This is going to be real good for the village because the people from the village will be able to walk down to Towne Center.”

The work is being done with a $50,000 state grant. Nesbitt expects the project to stay within those limits. He estimates the work will be done within the year.

Busy days at the library

HENRIETTA — Rain, humidity and gloomy skies — for many people this was not a great way to start the fourth of July weekend in Henrietta. For others, it was a perfect day.

 “A rainy day is a great day to read a book,” says 62-year-old Connie Bellanca. “And I love to read.”

Like many people trying to save a little extra cash, Connie, prefers to search for her next favorite Michael Crichton novel at the Henrietta Public Library rather than a bookstore or at

 It has been a long held belief by librarians that when the economy goes down, public library use goes up but that theory had always been hard to substantiate. However, the University of Illinois Library Research Center has results from a five-year study that concluded in 2002. The study found that beginning in March 2001, when the National Bureau of Economic Research pegged the start of the latest recession, library circulation increased significantly. It was found that circulation was 8.3 percent higher than what was predicted. After the events of Sept. 11, circulation exceeded the prediction by 11.3 percent.

 Locally, there has also been an increase in circulation. Alicia Reinhardt, local history and reference services librarian for the Henrietta Public Library, said that circulation at the library has increased by more than 2 percent from last year alone.

 “Any increase is good,” she said. “The library offers so many services that it’s hard not to believe that number will continue to grow. We already have a lot of people who come in several times a week, and all anyone needs to have a library card is a permanent address in Monroe County.

Currently at the Henrietta library, anyone with a Monroe County library card can borrow books, magazines, VHS tapes, DVDs, music CDs, books on cassette tape or CD, and have free access to the Internet.

Clinton attorney to lead state bar group

CLINTON — For only the second time in recent history, an Oneida County resident has been named president-elect of the New York State Bar Association.

Michael Getnick of Clinton took office last month after being elected earlier this year by his peers. The New York State Bar Association has an estimated 74,000 members, Getnick said.

He said he will work to coordinate with the association’s president Bernice Leber in achieving the goals of the group, including ensuring legal services for people who cannot afford them, even in civil proceedings, and supporting and speaking out for the state’s judges in regard to pay and other issues.

“We work to foster respect for lawyers and the legal profession,” he said.

Getnick, partner in the Getnick, Livingston, Atkinson, Gigliotti and Priore, LLP, will chair the House of Delegates and co-chair the President’s Committee on Access to Justice.

Getnick graduated from Cornell University Law School in 1969 and began his career as a legal aid attorney.

Getnick has many years of leadership experience. He served as president of the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York and as president of the Oneida County Bar Association in 1992. He is chair and legal counsel to the Town of Kirkland Zoning Board of Appeals, where he has served since 1975.

He was also the bar association’s secretary in 2006, a member-at-large on the executive committee from 2000 to 2003 and the vice president of the 5th Judicial District from 2004 to 2006.