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Is Batavia overrun with … cats?
City Councilwoman Rosemary Christian thinks so:
"its not the whole city, its certain areas OK? Drive down McKinley Ave. and you'll see 15 if not more cats. There is another area, on Garfield Ave, where there is an explosion of cats." more cats.
Christian says the city should consider restrictions on cats…similar to those on dogs. 
Her comments came during a brief discussion last night on the possibility of restoring the position of Animal Control Officer.
The city eliminated the position in a cost cutting move.
Right now, a parking enforcement officer deals only with dog related issues.
Residents of the city, who call 9-1-1 with a raccoon or skunk problem, are given the phone number of a private exterminator.
The cost must be borne by the resident.

City lawmakers heard a status report of city finances mid-way through its budget year.
City Manager Jason Molino gave a mostly positive report.
He did say the city’s state retirement contribution is higher than anticipated. He suggested the city use about $106,000 from reserves to cover the expense.

A Batavia woman will spend five years on probation for welfare fraud.
32-year-old Deborah Schramm of Hutchins Place pled guilty earlier this year to a single felony count of attempted grand larceny.
Her husband Michael was already sentenced to one-and-a-half to three years in prison for failing to report he was working full-time, while receiving benefits.
The couple has agreed pay back $17,000 to the Genesee County Social Services Department. 
The Schramms will be disqualified from receiving food stamp benefits and temporary assistance in the future.
To report suspected cases on welfare fraud, call the Genesee County department of social services fraud investigation unit at 344-2580, Extension 6417.  
All calls are confidential.

Where are the highest paid teachers in Upstate New York? According to Business First’s annual ratings of teachers’ pay the district of Remsen in Oneida County has the highest paid teachers with a median salary of almost 90-thousand dollars. 
Of the 430 districts studied, Byron-Bergen ranks the highest in Genesee County at 223, Batavia 258, Elba 401 and LeRoy number 406.

Governor Cuomo is speaking out about any connection his family has to the New York Yankees post-season failures.  A recent "New York Daily News" column suggested that having a Cuomo in the governor's office was basically a hex on the New York Yankees, with the paper noting that the Bronx Bombers have never made it to the World Series in any year that Andrew Cuomo or his father Mario was in office.  Cuomo dismissed such a hex Monday, saying "I think not playing well in the playoffs is the Yankees curse."  The governor also noted that while either he or his father was in office, the Mets won the World Series, the football Giants won three Super Bowls, and the Rangers and Islanders both won the Stanley Cup.


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