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A delay in the process of consolidating the City and Town of Batavia.

It appears the question of consolidation will never make it onto this November’s ballot.
A number of steps needed to be taken in advance of a public vote.
One, was the approval of a proposed charter that would govern one Batavia.
While the City Council of Batavia supported the charter, the Town of Batavia did not vote on the charter.
Some board members were openly critical of the plan.
Charter Task Force Chairman Chad Zambito said informational meetings and public hearings on consolidation have been postponed indefinitely.

Assistant Genesee County manager Frank Ciacia is retiring at the end of this month, capping a 35-year career in government, the last 20 years in Genesee County.. 
Ciaccia says he’s excited to pursue some new challenges. 
This fall he will be teaching a graduate course in public administration at Buffalo State College. 

An academy award winning filmmaker has signed a movie deal with Batavia’s David Bellavia about his Iraq war experience. 
The Republican Congressional Candidate wrote of his accounts during the 2004 battle of Fallujah in his book titled “House to House.” 
Filmmaker Richard Middlemas is making the book into a feature film. 
Film-maker Middlemas won an Oscar for the documentary about a football team entitled “Undefeated.” 

New York lawmakers are cracking down on auto insurance fraud.  Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has joined an effort to push the Assembly to approve a package of bills that create stiffer penalties for those who stage accidents.  
Skelos emphasized that auto fraud accidents, where perpetrators typically stage an accident and deliberately feign injuries so they can collect thousands of dollars from insurance, not only claim the lives of innocent victims but drive up insurance premiums for all New York drivers.
 
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