posted on March 02, 2011 07:23
The Batavia City Council approving the 2011-2012 city budget by a vote of 7-2.
The budget increases the city property tax by 1.4-percent.
Council last night also approved increases in water rates and fees by an average of 13-dollars per household per year.
The night was not without dissention.
Council members Rose Mary Christian and Sam Barone both took issue with the added costs to taxpayers. Both voted "no" on the budget and the water rates.
The council also approved a 2-year strategic plan for the city.
At least one school superintendent in Genesee County may see a significant pay cut, under a new proposal from Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The governor has announced a plan to cap the salary of all school superintendents outside of New York City.
The cap would be based on school district enrollment.
By that measure, most superintendents in Genesee County would be capped at $145,000 a year.
The only superintendent whose salary would be cut is Pembroke’s Gary Mix, the highest paid local superintendent at $232,300 per year.
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A federal TSA agent has been arrested on charges that she helped drug dealers smuggle weed through the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport. FBI officials say the female Homeland Security employee, whose name has not been released, assisted in screening passengers at the airport. They say the agent allegedly "assisted known drug traffickers" with information on how to get through airport security checkpoints.
19-year-old William Webster of Warsaw has pleaded guilty to stealing long guns from a Java Center gun shop last summer, and then shortening the barrel of two of them. He could get up to 10 years in prison when sentenced this July.
39-year-old Joseph Bortle of Oakfield was stopped on Bank Street in the City and charged with Driving while drugs impaired his ability. He was also busted for allegedly being in possession of three controlled substances that were not medically prescribed to him.
It’s been almost two months since someone pulled off a robbery at Corfu’s M&T Bank. But Genesee County Sheriff’s Investigators are still trying to figure out who that someone was.
The heist happened on January 3rd, when a hooded man walked into the bank, handed over a note demanding cash and fled with an undisclosed amount of money.
A search of the area that day turned up nothing.
Chief Investigator Jerome Brewster is in charge of the case for the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office
He said a search of cell phone records turned up thousands of calls and phone numbers but trying to extract one suspect number is hit or miss process.
If you have any information on the January 3rd Corfu bank robbery, you’re asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 345-3000.
Western New York has received a dubious distinction from Forbes.com. The site ranked Buffalo in second place with Rochester as the worst markets for job seekers in America. Forbes cited a job data study from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Riverside, California, ranked number on the list.