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The Batavia City Council has voted themselves a pay raise effective next year.
The pay raise takes council members from an annual salary of 2-thousand dollars to 35-hundred dollars.
The vote was 6 to 3.
New councilmen Brooks Hawley, Chris Doeringer and John Canale voted no.
It is council’s first pay raise in 20 years.
Council also last night approved a number of budget amendments which reduced the property tax increase from 4.3 percent down to 2.4 percent.
A public hearing on the budget will be held next Monday.

A New Jersey doctor, who examined almost half of the LeRoy High School students exhibiting unexplained tics, says he now has a working diagnosis.
Dr. Rosario Trifiletti says eight of the girls tested show evidence of infection associated with a PANDAS like illness.
PANDAS is most often associated with an infection from a vaccine but in the LeRoy case, Trifiletti said it was possible environmental agents could cause the infection.

Batavia Downs is cutting the ribbon today on an expansion of their gaming floor.
The Downs Casino is adding 40 more slot machines.
The expanded gaming space is located at the rear of the facility.
The ribbon cutting is set for 11 this morning.

The lab at UMMC has received a top seal of approval.
The hospital has announced that the laboratory has been awarded accreditation by the Joint Commission.
It means the local lab meets national standards for quality and safety.

A new state law seems to give Albany entire control over where wind turbines or solar panels can be built.  It’s called the “Power New York Act.” The main purpose of the law was to create a loan program so homeowners can make energy-efficient improvements.
But a little-known article buried within the bill, sets up state-appointed review committee to judge applications for large-scale clean energy projects like wind turbines.
Those committees have sole control over where, when and if clean energy projects are built – with no local vote in the matter. Genesee County Legislature Chair Mary Pat Hancock opposes the measure. Read our entire story HERE:
 
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