posted on October 24, 2012 07:18
The case against two former Batavia firemen charged with book making has been delayed, again.
Former firefighters Gregory Phillips and Brian Bordonaro appeared in Batavia City Court yesterday and had their cases adjourned until Dec 11th.
Lawyers for Phillips, Bordonaro and third defendant Lance Engel wanted more time to continue discussions with the District Attorney presumably over a plea deal.
The three were arrested in February and charged with running a sports betting operation. Some of that enterprise, according to police, took place while Phillips and Bondonaro were on the job at the city fire station.
Batavia City Hall has now confirmed that Phillips and Bordonaro are off the city payroll.
Orleans County has the highest unemployment rate in Western New York and the fourth highest in the state.
Figures released from the state department of labor show Orleans County with a jobless rate of 9.9 percent in September.
Tomkins County which includes Ithaca has the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 5.7 percent.
Genesee County’s September 2012 employment rate is 7.1 percent, unchanged from August.
The LeRoy School District is the most efficient in Genesee County.
That’s according to research from the newspaper, Business First.
It used data from the New York State Education department and evaluated each district’s spending per pupil, the ratio of students-to-administrative staffers, and the share of the district budget devoted to debt service.
LeRoy is ranked number 55 overall of 430 total Upstate Districts evaluated.
See a list of school districts ranked by efficiency HERE
The plan to build a stadium for the Buffalo Bills in downtown Buffalo continues to move forward, although some skepticism has been expressed.
The proposal for a 72,000 seat, retractable-roof stadium was presented to the Buffalo Common Council yesterday.
Supporters say the stadium would be the centerpiece of a one-point-four-billion dollar project on outer harbor land.
The plan was received like a Fitzpatrick interception at One Bills Drive. The team has shown no interest in the plan and a spokesman say the Bills are focused on renovating Ralph Wilson Stadium and getting a new lease with Erie County.
Orchard Park Police say they're determined to improve public safety and civility at Buffalo Bills games. They made about two dozen arrests before Sunday's game with the Tennessee Titans. Charges ranged from disorderly conduct to alcohol and marijuana possession. Nine people were charged with trademark counterfeiting, for selling unlicensed National Football League apparel.