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 The month of March is over and for residents of Genesee County, it was a warm month. The aveage temperature for the month was 47 degrees, up from the 34 degrees last year. The Batavia area received point 96 inches of precipitation, about three inches less than last year and a total of 4.7 inches of snow, down from 15.1 last year.
The warmest temperature was 79 degrees on both the 21st and 22nd of March during a string of 15 days 60 degrees or warmer. The low temperature for the month was on March 5th when the mercury slid to 12 degrees. For today rain showers are likely possibly mixed with snow this morning and tapering off later in the afternoon. We can expect a high in the upper 40’s. The complete weather forecast will follow the news.


One teenager has been charged with arson for allegedly setting a fire at the Post Office in the Livingston County hamlet of Piffard. Firemen were called to the scene to extinguish the fire and saw 2 persons running away from the scene. After a search 16 year old Blayne Ippolito of Groveland was arrested on a charge of 5th degree Arson, a misdemeanor and released to his parent. The flames were quickly extinguished by the York Fire Department with the post office sustaining no damage. Ippolito was issued an appearance ticket and will be back in court at a later date.



Two persons from Warsaw were arrested Saturday after attempting to leave the Batavia K-Mart with merchandise that they didn’t pay for. 18 year old Gina Glor and 21 year old Kyle Mcnutt  both of route 238 in Warsaw have both been charged with Petit Larceny.  Genesee County Sheriff’s Officials say the merchandise totaled 24 dollars and 99 cents.  They will appear in Batavia Town Court on April 19 to answer to the charges.


An incident at the K-Mart Store in Batavia last Demember has led to the arrest of 29 year old Sandra Cassford of South Main Street in Castile.  Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies say Casssford was arrested on a Batavia Town Court warrant for failing to appear in court to answer to charges of Petit Larceny and unlawful Possession of Marijuana that occurred at the K-Mart.  She’s in jail with bail set at 200 dollars.


Congresswoman Kathy Hochul has arranged for her staff to meet with constituents in a series of Satellite Office Hours this month. Representatives of the congresswoman will be here in Batavia on
April 3rd, this Tuesday, and again on Tuesday April 17th from 10am to 1PM each day at the Batavia City Center. Congresswoman Hocul says “these satellite office hours give constituents the opportunity to meet with members of my staff and to work through difficult casework issues.” She goes on to encourage all members of the community who need help with a specific case to stop by one of these office hours to get the assistance they need.

The state budget has been passed and for the second year in a row it's on time.  Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the budget into law Friday  afternoon.  The spending plan is a one-point-nine percent increase from last year and it also closes a two billion dollar deficit.  Lawmakers increased school aid by four percent and the pension system has been reformed to lower pension costs at the local and state levels.   







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