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Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York State will rebuild better and smarter in the wake of the devastation brought by Hurricane Sandy.  Cuomo says New York has to rethink how it builds its infrastructure and transportation, saying weather is getting more extreme.  
The governor didn't use the words "climate change," but did say, "Anyone who says there is not a dramatic change in weather patterns is denying reality."  

Genesee County and most of Western New York escaped the wrath of Sandy.
There were scattered power outages in the county yesterday along with a tree fire that ultimately closed schools in the city.
All schools are open today.
The nasty weather prompted many to ask about the observance of Halloween in the city.
The official word from City Hall is that Halloween is on…the hours for Trick or Treating tonight are from 6 to 9pm.
Batavia Police say they will be out watching for the safety of all children.

A Batavia man waiting to begin a sentence in state prison is arrested for allegedly stealing from a cell phone store earlier this month.
36-year-old Justin Smith of Hutchins Street is charged with burglary for allegedly taking five cell phones from the Sprint Wireless store on Veteran’s Drive.
By the time police completed their investigation, Smith was already in the Genesee County jail where he was awaiting transfer to state prison to begin a sentence for an unrelated burglary.

Two major East Coast airports closed by Hurricane Sandy are set to reopen today.  New York's JFK International and Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey will open at 7 a.m.  
A check with Buffalo and Rochester International Airports this morning shows morning flights TO the New York area are still cancelled, along with early flights to Washington, Boston and Philadelphia.
As always, check with your specific airline.

President Obama will be making a visit to New Jersey today to survey damage from Hurricane Sandy.  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the President made a similar offer to come to the Big Apple but he basically told him it is better if he goes across the Hudson River. 

Bloomberg says he told President Obama that while he appreciates the offer for a visit, the city has a lot to do in its recovery from the storm and the timing for a visit might not be the best right now. 

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