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It is Election Day 2011.
A total of 71 elected positions are up for grabs around Genesee County today. Out of those 71, there are 15 races being contested, including 2 on the Genesee County Legislature and 3 on the Batavia City Council.
First off: for the Legislature District 5 seat in LeRoy, Democratic nominee Jackie Whiting is up against Republican and Independent candidate Shelley Stein. And in Legislature District 7 for the City of Batavia, current city councilman and Republican Frank Ferrando will compete with Democratic and Conservative nominee John Deleo .

On the City Council slate of candidates, the Ward 1 seat will be a contest, between incumbent Conservative Bill Cox, and Republican challenger Kris Doeringer  The race for the seat in Ward 4 is between incumbent Republican Bob Bialkowski and Democratic challenger Pierluigi Cippolone . And the race to replace Sam Barone in the city’s 3rd Ward pits Republican and Independent candidate John Canale  against Democrat Kathryn Balbick-Bellamy. You’ll still see Conservative party candidate Daniel Jones on the ballot through technicality, but Jones has indicated his withdrawal and has endorsed Kathryn Balbick-Bellamy instead.

For complete election results from all around Genesee County, we have a user-friendly chart for you on our website now, at WBTA-i-dot-com. That will be updated with the complete official results for each locality, as those results are released tonight.
Again, that’s our complete election coverage at WBTA-i-dot-com, updated live tonight as the results come in.

The New York State Health Department is assisting in the investigation of what is being described as a cluster of students  in the LeRoy school district who have come down with symptoms similar to Tourette syndrome.  That’s the neurological disorder definded  by involuntary motor and vocal tics.  Peter Constaniakes, a spokesman for the health department,  says at this point it does not appear to be a risk for the general student population because Tourette syndrome is not a communicable disease.  LeRoy school district Superintendent Kim Cox issued a statement yesterday.  Officials are looking for a connection between medications  or dietary histories in survey’s conducted with the affected students. 

An accident last summer in Orleans County has led to a charge of criminally negligent Homicide and DWI against the driver. 18 year old Joseph Pearl entered a not guilty plea yesterday in Town of Ridgeway court to the charge. Pearl was the driver of a car last August 28th that went out of control in the tunnel under the Erie Canal on Culvert Road and struck a tree after exiting the tunnel. A passenger, 17 year old Terry Moyer Junior was thrown from the car when it hit the tree. He later died at the hospital 

A Niagara Falls man has been arrested after he was caught leaving K-Mart in Batavia with two bottles of 5 hour energy drinks. 20 year old Nathan Haag of Niagara Falls, NY was charged with petit larceny. He’s in jail with bail set at 500 dollars. 

The number of New Yorkers applying for and receiving food stamps is skyrocketing. According to new statistics from the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the amount of money handed out through the food-stamp program in July of this year was up 133 percent around the Empire State compared to July of 2007 when the recession began. Officials say nearly every county in New York has seen a double-digit percentage increase in the amount of people receiving food stamps between 2007 and 2011.

A Rochester police officer who was shot in the head two years ago has made a triumphant return to the force. Officer Anthony DiPonzio received a hero's welcome yesterday as he returned to work at the Public Safety Building. DiPonzio was shot in the back of the head and nearly died in January of 2009 as he answered a call about drug activity in a Rochester neighborhood. DiPonzio will be on desk duty for the time being but hopes one day to go back on road patrol.


 The number of children living in poverty in Buffalo continues to grow. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau found Buffalo is fourth in the nation for the number of children living below the poverty line. The National Center for Children in Poverty says the 46-point-seven-percent poverty rate for children is connected to the economy.


An inmate at the Wyoming Correction Facility has been arrested after he was found to be in possession of a weapon while in the prison. State Police have charged 22 year old Maruice Williams with criminal possession of a weapon and promoting prison contraband. Williams was found to have a knife in his possession. He is currently serving a sentence for a grand larceny conviction in Monroe County.


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