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If any Batavia property owner had an objection to a 2.4 percent increase in taxes, they kept those thoughts to themselves.
Only one person spoke at a public hearing last night into the proposed city budget.
John Roach had a suggestion to re-direct $2,500 - for one year - from G0-Art to the Veteran's Memorial Fund. Council had no comment on Roach’s suggestion.
The budget is expected to be voted on February 17th.
No one spoke at a second public hearing into water rate increases. They will cost the average water customer in the city another 13-dollars and 50-cents per year.

A middle school basketball coach in Livingston County has been benched for comments made about the mysterious illness in LeRoy.
YNN is reporting York Central School Basketball Coach Mike Falk gathered his team for a post game cheer following a game in LeRoy…saying, quote: "one, two, three Tourettes."
His players did not follow the coach’s lead.
The coach was apparently referring to the tics and spasms affecting 15 LeRoy High School students.
Angry parents met with the York School Board last night. 
Falk continues on as an 8th grade math teacher.

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti has to decide whether or not to press charges against four people who attacked him and his wife at the Seneca Niagara Casino.  
Grisanti says his wife continues to recover from a concussion she suffered in the fracas.  
Three people have been arrested while a fourth is still being sought.  
Grisanti says in retrospect, he should have just walked away.

The race is on for New York teachers and school districts to come up with their own teacher evaluation system.  
Governor Andrew Cuomo says the two sides have until Thursday to reach a deal, otherwise the governor will propose his own teacher evaluation system.
Cuomo says the evaluation system is needed because without it the state is at risk of losing some $700-million in federal education funds.  
 

 

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