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State Police investigators have released new details about the accident that took the life of Geneseo State College Student Mary Kavanaugh early Tuesday morning.  State police say Kavanaugh from Sanborn in Niagara County, sent a text message at 1:37AM and didn’t open an incoming message received at 1:38 AM, but State Police say there will never be anyway to know for sure if she was texting at the time of the accident.  The victim was thrown from the car after it went out of control and flipped over.  She was not wearing a set belt.

For the first time in a long or perhaps ever, the Chief Judge of the State of New York will be making an appearance at the Genesee County Court House. The Honorable Jonathan Lippman is scheduled to make a presentation on April 23rd at 9:30AM.  His visit is part of Law Day Activities. 
County Court Judge Robert Noonan says no chief judge has ever visited Batavia in the 35 years that he, Noonan, has been back in Batavia.  Noonan says it’s quite possible that the is the first time ever that a Chief Judge has come to Batavia.  Lippman will be making remarks and is expected to answer questions in a Town Hall type format.

Batavia Police arrested a Rochester man during a traffic stop early Thursday morning on Clinton Street.  18-year-old Joshua Williams of Laura Street in Rochester was a passenger in the car.  During the investigation it was found he was named in three outstanding warrants issued by Batavia City Court.  He was also found to be in possession of a quantity of crack cocaine and marijuana.  He has been charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. He’s now residing in the Genesee County Jail with no bail set.

A bed check of cells at the Wyoming County Jail has resulted in new charges against an inmate.  26-year-old Alisha Lewandowski of Yorkshire was found to be in possession of a controlled Substance and has been charged with Possession and for Promoting Prison Contraband.  She’s still in jail with bail now set at 20 thousand dollars.

Governor Paterson is hitting two of New York's largest unions in the pocketbook with budget talks stalling in Albany.  Governor Paterson is planning to submit a second budget extender to keep state government running.  The governor is pushing back against state unions for criticizing his plans to delay a scheduled four-percent pay hike for state workers until a budget deal is reached.

The budget is now 9 days late and local State Senator Republic Mike Ranzenhofer says the budget process is all in secret just like last year, Three men in a room, all down state democrats.   There has been talk about borrowing money to balance the budget.  Ranzenhofer says that isn’t the answer Ranzenhofer says he expects the result of the negotiations to be a bad budget, with tax increases.

Do you have a lot of lawn waste that has built up over the winter?  Things like grass, leaves, and tree limbs.  If you do, then you will want to know that the Batavia City Yard Waste Station will be opening for the season next Monday.  It will be open Monday through Saturday from noon to 6PM every week of the season.  Residents are asked to enter and exit from Law Street.  The city also is pointing out that there is no spring curbside pick-up of these materials.

The state Parks Department is moving forward with plans to shutter 55 state parks and historic sites without a budget deal in place in Albany.  Parks Commissioner Carol Ash says the department is making the change administratively in the absence of an on-time budget.  Commissioner Ash says the parks department is also reducing service at other parks to cover funding cuts included in the governor's proposed budget package.

It will be off and running tonight at Batavia Downs.  No it won’t be live harness racing, but it will be 125 of the best handicappers in Western New York competing for the a trip to the Meadowlands Race Track and a chance to compete in the 2010 National Harness Handicapping Championship.   Each of Western Regional Off-Track betting branches hosted qualifiers during March.  700 persons entered, with 125 coming to Batavia tonight.  The 125 will do battle in a 10 race showdown in the Clubhouse at Batavia Downs Casio. 

Former Governor Eliot Spitzer isn't ready to give up politics just yet.  Two years after his resignation over a high-priced call-girl scandal, the disgraced Democrat says he's considering a comeback.  Spitzer told "Fortune" magazine he is frustrated and in, quote, "unceasing agony" over being out of the political arena.  Rumors that Spitzer might choose 2010 to run for New York state comptroller or the U.S. Senate have been swirling since last fall.  The ex-governor told the magazine it's unlikely he'll seek office this year, but added, quote, "I've never said I would never consider running for office again."  Spitzer also expressed deep regret for being unfaithful to his wife, Silda.



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