posted on March 28, 2011 07:47
A budget deal has been reached in Albany.
Once again, the deal was struck by three men in a room.
Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos say they have reached agreement on a framework budget.
The $132-billion spending plan is a two-percent reduction from last year and includes restoration of $272-million in school aid the governor had originally cut. Some state prisons will be closed.
The final budget will need to be passed before the end of the week.
WBTA’s Eye on Local Government: The Batavia City Council is meeting tonight.
City lawmakers will discuss a potential new lease agreement with Firland Management, the operator of the Faletti ice Arena.
No binding votes are taken during Conference Meetings.
Public comments are invited. If you wish to speak, you should sign in with the city clerk just prior to the start of the meeting.
An Elba man has landed behind bars and without bail following a disturbance early Sunday morning in the city.
23-year-old David Burr of Elba was charged with Criminal Mischief after police say he intentionally damaged the entrance doors to T.F. Browns Restaurant.
A group of students resumed a ground search for missing RIT student George Delany.
The RIT students teamed up with community volunteers to canvass the area in Wayland, Steuben County, where Delay’s car was located.
The 21-year-old from Maryland has been missing since March 12th.
The investigation continues today into the death of a New York State Police trooper, killed in the line of duty.
Trooper Kevin Dobson was handing out a speeding ticket on the Youngman Highway in Tonawanda Saturday morning when he was hit by a passing motorist in a pickup truck.
The 43-year-old Dobson was a 14-year veteran of the State Police.
He was the father of three.
The 71-year-old driver of the pickup has not been charged.