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The Town of Byron has been chided by the State Comptroller’s Office for letting some parking tickets go unpaid.
The Comptroller found that the town did not provide enough evidence that annual audits were done of the town justices’ books and that justices did not always enforce unpaid tickets.
The state recommends that the town do a periodic review of the traffic ticket log and go through court records on an annual basis.
Republican State Assemblyman Steve Hawley from Batavia weighing in  on Governor Cuomo’s tough new gun control proposals.
Hawley tells WBTA says the importance of the Second Amendment should not be ignored:
“What we’re talking about here is a right to bear arms. Assault weapons are already banned in New York State and so are large rounds of ammunition. I think we need to take a look at this very carefully and be sure that we’re not looking at the Constitution differently.”
For now, a gun control deal in Albany remains elusive. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says lawmakers are "95 percent of the way there" on a gun control package that would include a new assault weapons ban.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says his plan to expand casino gambling in New York will not include any new gambling halls in the western part of the state.  Cuomo says the state will honor legal agreements that are in good standing, referring to the 2002 compact with the Seneca Nation.  That deal restricts the state from allowing any new casinos in the western part of the state, although the Senecas believe the state has violated it by allowing gambling operations in Hamburg and here in Batavia.
An Oakfield man is facing a felony sexual abuse charge.
41-year-old John Eastridge is charged with first-degree sexual abuse for allegedly having sexual contact with a person under the age of 11 in November 2002.
Eastridge was previously charged with sex abuse for allegedly having contact with a girl under the age of 11 back in September 2009.
Following his arraignment on the latest charge, Eastridge was released under supervision.
The number of confirmed flu cases around New York State has made a dramatic leap from last season.  Officials say there are over 19-thousand confirmed flu cases in New York, more than four times the amount of cases produced in all of last year.  Health officials continue to urge everyone to get a flu shot.


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