posted on March 03, 2011 17:52
Apparently, Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy was in Batavia last week to meet with City Manager Jason Molino and some of his staff.
But Ward 6 Councilwoman Rosemary Christian was able to catch the former Rochester mayor on her weekend trip to Albany , for a personal talk.
"I had a conversation with him on the VLT's (video lottery terminals)," says Christian. Though Batavia Downs was the first upstate horse racing track to install the video slots, our area had been stonewalled from the funding they generate, as most of it was funneled downstate.
"We finally got a couple rounds of that money coming in - and financially it really helped the city," says Christian. But apparently, that cash flow is going away again. "And I wanted to know if he had an answer as to why the governor has decided to eliminate us from the share of the VLT's," she says.
Christian says Duffy did not give her an answer - she's still waiting for it. Despite that, she feels he will be a great voice for Upstate, as advertised.
"Absolutely - he made mention of it in his speech," she says. "Upstate, downstate - he didn't care. It's just that we all have to work together.
"And we have to reduce the spending. There is no doubt in anyone's mind that budgets are out of control."