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The Youth Bureau director for the City of Batavia is calling it quits.
Patrica Dieck will leave her post on March 3rd.
Dieck has been with the city for 23 years.
Recently, Dieck has had to defend the existence of her own department during city hall budget debates.
City Manager Jason Molino wants to take some time to review the programs of the Youth Bureau. In the interim, long-time youth coordinator Toni Funke will serve as acting Director of the bureau.

The driver of a UPS Delivery Truck was ticketed following an accident in Pembroke.
29-year-old Adam Stone of Spencer Court, Batavia, was westbound in his UPS truck on Akron Road and pulled into the path of an on-coming car.
Stone was charged with failure to yield the right of way.
The driver of the car, 56-year-old Kenneth Benware of Akron was taken to ECMC for treatment.

A new law goes into effect this Monday, requiring most New Yorkers to install carbon monoxide detectors in their homes.
“Amanda’s Law” stems from an incident just over a year ago, when 16-year-old Amanda Hansen of West Seneca was killed in her sleep by carbon monoxide poisoning.
Now, any home with gas-lit appliances, or any home with an attached garage, will need a carbon monoxide detector.
Genesee County Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Yaeger says it’s a move that "will save lives."
Homes with no potential hazards – such as electrically-heated houses or a house with an electric stove – are exempt from the law.

General Motors will be investing 425-million dollars into its Tonawanda engine plant, creating 470 jobs in the process. 
The plant will produce the next generation of fuel efficient, four cylinder ecotech engines.  The plant currently employs 650 people…around 300 are on indefinite layoff…they will get the first chance at the new jobs. Production of the new engines expected to begin by 2012.

The "New York Times" is putting out a second article, in what appears to be a series on the Paterson administration that had the Governor defending his reputation last week. 
The latest piece focuses on Governor Paterson's management of state affairs and lavish campaign spending, including weekends in the Hamptons and Florida and large tabs at high-end restaurants. 
The "Times" also reports Paterson has been unreachable in times of crisis.  It apparently took more than three hours to find Governor Paterson last year when Continental Express Flight 3407 went down in Clarence Center killing 50 people.

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