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The Batavia City Council will vote on a property sale tonight, for the third time.

At issue is a 15 acre site on Park Road.
The Town of Batavia has offered $125,000 for the land.
There have been various delays in the sale of the property which originally was supposed to be the site of a joint Town Courts facility.
Council meets at 7pm in City Hall.

Also from our Eye on Government: The Batavia City School Board meets tonight. The board is meeting at 7pm in the administration building on Washington Avenue.

Allens Inc, a food processing company with two plants in Genesee County, has sold those facilities to a privately held French firm.
Terms of the deal announced over the weekend were not released.
Allens operates plants in Oakfield and Bergen.
In a news release, Allens said proceeds from the sale will be used to reinvest in its canned food operations in three other states.
Allens bought the Oakfield and Bergen plants from Birds Eye five years ago.

A State Senate committee will vote this week on a bill that would eliminate finger imaging for New York state residents applying for food stamps.  
Proponents of eliminating the finger imaging called the law counter-productive because it deters eligible families from accessing the food stamp program.  
Governor Cuomo wants to end the practice, but New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg disagrees, saying it helps prevent fraud.  
New York and Arizona are the only states that require finger imaging.

Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard is being asked to address the county legislature after his department mistakenly released an inmate last week.  This is at least the fourth time in four years that the Erie County Sheriff's Office has released an inmate by mistake. 
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