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No vote on a same-sex marriage bill in New York.  Lawmakers in Albany worked well into the night, but a vote on gay marriage did not happen.  Hundreds of supporters and opponents of the legislation were on hand in anticipation of the bill reaching the Senate floor yesterday.  At one point, state troopers had to be called in to separate the two sides, but no major altercations were reported and no arrests were made. 

Voters in the Batavia City School District return to the ballot box today to decide the fate of next year’s school budget.
The revised $39-million dollar spending plan results in a tax rate increase of 4.1-percent…about a point and a half lower than the budget defeated last month.
Polls are open today from Noon until 9pm at Jackson and Robert Morris Elementary schools and Batavia Middle School.

An Albion man has pled guilty to charges that he posed as a lawyer and bilked an elderly woman out of several thousand dollars.
James Mays pled guilty yesterday to charges of grand larceny and practicing law without a license. 
Mays admitted that he told the elderly mother of a longtime friend that he was a lawyer, and then charged her $7,800 in so-called legal fees over a 10 year period. 
Mays could receive up to two years in state prison when he is sentenced in September.

Unemployment in Genesee County fell to 7.1 percent for May 2011, down from April's figure of 8.0, and lower than a year ago when unemployment was 7.6.

The NHL season is barely over, but already odds are out on just who is the favorite to win the Stanley Cup next season.  The gambling website has the Buffalo Sabres as 25-to-1 to hoist the Cup next year.  The Vancouver Canucks, though they fell to the Boston Bruins in this year's Stanley Cup Finals, are the current favorites next season at 5-to-1.

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