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Batavia Police Investigating Three Residential Burglaries

The Batavia Police Department is investigating three reported residential burglaries.

They occurred during the day to early evening hours Thursday, Dec. 20 on Pearl Street, Madison Avenue and South Main Street.

Entry to the residences was gained through unsecured doors. The suspects took a laptop computer, Kindle tablet, telephone, an XBOX game system, jewelry, cash and medication.  

Anyone who observes suspicious activity or has information about these robberies is asked to contact the Batavia Police Department at 345-6350. You can also access the Confidential Tip Line at 345-6370.

New York Politicians Looking to Limit Gun Violence

More than 60 Democratic New York State legislators are urging action on a unified plan to reduce gun violence

The lawmakers proposed legislation including universal background checks on all gun sales, regulating the sale of ammunition and requiring that gun licenses be renewed every five years.

Governor Cuomo is engaged in discussions with state legislators that could also expand the state's assault weapons ban to include all firearms with clips of more then seven rounds and stiffen the penalties for gun crimes, including longer jail sentences for carrying a firearm onto school grounds.

Bills, County and State Reach 10-year Lease Agreement

Are the Bills staying in Buffalo? According to a new lease agreement, they are at least for the next seven years.

The Bills, Erie County and the state have agreed to a 10-year deal to keep the team in Buffalo that includes a $400 million relocation fee. However, in the seventh year of the deal, there is a window where the relocation fee becomes only a $28 million penalty. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says despite the clause, this is a 10-year deal.

“Last year they could have left this community for $2 million based on the prior lease,” Poloncarz said. “I know we have a strong commitment from (owner) Mr. (Ralph) Wilson and the Bills organization. As Russ (Brandon) noted, if they wanted to leave, they could have left for peanuts in the last few years. But they’ve been committed to this community and they continue to be committed to this community through the life of this agreement.”

The deal calls for a $130 million investment in renovations to 40-year-old Ralph Wilson Stadium, $35 million of which comes from the Bills.

“We are putting together a team to analyze whether a new stadium should be built and where the stadium would be, what size, what’s the perfect location,” Poloncarz said, further detailing the agreement. “In years eight, nine and ten, the county and the state has the opportunity to start taking…half of the money we would normally spend for Ralph Wilson Stadium upgrades can be put into a segregated account to be used for design and construction of a brand new stadium.”

The Bills’ current lease expires July 31. The deal comes after months of negotiations among team representatives and government officials. Owner Ralph Wilson is 94 years old and was not present today. There are no current succession plans for the franchise.

“I focus on the here-and-now and Ralph Wilson is the Hall Of Fame owner of the Buffalo Bills,” Bills’ CEO Russ Brandon said. “The question becomes tiresome. I understand it, but it becomes tiresome. Mr. Wilson’s loyalty is unmatched from any owner in professional sports. And I think we should be here today to applaud him”

Governor Andrew Cuomo has made keeping the Bills in Western New York a priority. He was not able to attend the press conference this morning due to weather complications, but he expressed his support for the Bills and the region.

“What’s most important is we get this deal done and we move forward for the people of Buffalo,” Governor Cuomo said via video conference. “I’m going to be signing now. I am on the team. Go Bills, go Buffalo, go Western New York! Congratulations to all involved and thank you all involved for making this transaction possible.”


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