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Super Bowl

Genesee County’s own connection to the Super Bowl – got the same start as one of the big coaches in the Big Game.

Batavia’s own Russ Romano joined us earlier. Russ is a local man who got his professional start as an assistant club football coach in Rochester – way back in 1970.
And his head coach? None other than Tom Coughlin, now coach of the New York Giants and leading his team into the Super Bowl this Sunday.

Russ says in over 40 years, and after huge success – Tom Coughlin has still, never once, refused a to take a phone call from Russ. And Russ says that, is special.



You hear plenty from the Genesee County Legislature about the lack of state mandate relief, usually around budget time – now are you willing to join their cause?

The Legislature is asking for your help, signing a petition to send to Albany and beg the state for Medicaid mandate relief. Currently, mandated Medicaid costs are the biggest cost driver for the county – 18-cents of every Genesee County tax dollar, is going to Medicaid.

To sign a petition asking the state to relieve that mandate, you can go to any local town or village office.
We’ve also got directions on how to get a petition e-mailed right to your home. That’s at our website, WBTA-i-dot-com.


WBTA'S Eye on Government

Another Monday, another Batavia City Council meeting ahead.
The Council is getting together for another budget session this coming Monday, as they continue to try and knock down the proposed city tax increase for the coming fiscal year.
We may also hear more about Councilwoman Rosemary Christian’s proposal to raise City Council’s pay.

Council meets at 7:30pm.
Also Monday, the Batavia City School Board meets, at 7:00pm on Washington Avenue, at the administration building. The public, welcome to attend both of these meetings.



A Batavia couple has been sentenced to jail in a welfare fraud case.
34-year-old Joshua Carney and his 29-year old wife Holly pleaded guilty last November to one count of filing a false instrument.

Joshua will serve 4-months of intermittent jail time, then 3 years of probation.
Holly will serve 3 years probation, no jail time.
The Genesee County Social Services Department said the two took the county for 14-thousand dollars in benefits they were not entitled to.
They have also been ordered to pay the money back.



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