posted on February 28, 2012 07:18
It took over five years, but Batavia Police Officers finally have a new contract.
The City Council has approved a new labor agreement with the police union. It calls for a 2.25% pay raise, per year, retroactive to 2007. It also provides a one-time, $1,000 payment in lieu of a raise in the final year of the contract.
The City Council also last night took final action on a new budget.
The budget passed unanimously, and without comment. It increases city property taxes by 2.4%.
Council also approved a round of water rate increases estimated to cost the average water customer $13.50 more per year.
Governor Cuomo wants to raise the retirement age as part of his pension reform plan. Speaking in front of local mayors at the New York Conference of Mayors yesterday, Cuomo says the state could go bankrupt if they don't bump up the retirement age. Cuomo's plan calls for raising the retirement age from 62 to 65 for most employees, and having new hires contribute a percentage of their salaries to their pensions.
A Batavia man who admitted he cost another man his left eye, has been sentenced to prison – even after his victim asked the court for leniency.
18-year-old Christopher Preedom was sentenced to 12 years behind state bars.
His victim, Timothy Costanzo, appeared in court and asked Judge Robert Noonan to go easy on Preedom.
But Noonan said the crime was just too "horrendous" to do that.
Costanzo was caught up in a fight at Woodstock Garden apartments in Batavia last November.
Two other men have already been sentenced in the case.
The woman accused of punching a Wal-Mart employee on Christmas Eve now has a private lawyer who claims the punch was unintentional.
The lawyer for Jaquetta Simmons says when 70-year-old Grace Suozzi allegedly grabbed a receipt from Simmons hand, the punch that was thrown was just a "simple reflex."
Simmons is charged with assault against an elderly person.
Simmons lawyer, Earl Key, calls it a mis-application of the law.
The effects of the Kodak bankruptcy continue to swirl.
The company has announced it is filing a motion in federal bankruptcy court to end healthcare coverage for most Medicare-eligible retirees.
Kodak officials say they understand such a move will be difficult on former employees, but they say it’s an essential step to help the company ultimately emerge from Chapter Eleven bankruptcy.