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Cuomo Suggests Flexibility On Minimum Wage Hike

Governor Cuomo is showing some potential flexibility in his push for a minimum wage increase. 


Cuomo tells "Crain's" editorial board his pitch for a 20 percent hike in the state's minimum wage is a "starting point" for negotiations with the Legislature. 

Business groups have already complained about the plan to push the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75 an hour saying such a move would cripple small businesses.

 

UMMC Finalizing Details of Expanded Partnership with Rochester General Health Services

 

 

United Memorial Medical Center and Rochester General Health System announced today that they are finalizing details of an expanded affiliation.

 
“United Memorial and Rochester General have worked together on a number of projects,” spokesperson Colleen Flynn said, “a lot of times addressing specialty services and bringing those services right here to Genesee County for our residents so they don’t have to travel outside their home county to seek medical attention.”
 
The two healthcare institutions have partnered in the areas of pathology, urology, general surgery and GI since 2008.
 
In making its decision to affiliate with RGHS, the UMMC board cited the system’s national recognition and its comprehensive medical specialties that will enhance existing services available in the Batavia community.
 
“As a regional health care delivery system, a core element of our mission is to collaborate with smaller area healthcare providers to help them better serve their local communities,” said Mark C. Clement, president and CEO of Rochester General Health System via a news release.
 
Changes to health care law, including the Affordable Care Act, have made this kind of relationship beneficial.
 
“Changes in state and federal reimbursements along with regulations associated with national healthcare reform have shown that a partnership with a larger, regional healthcare center will be imperative to the success of continuing to provide quality care right at home. said Mark C. Schoell, President and CEO of UMMC via a news release. “Rochester General is a high quality organization with a depth of resources, well established physician organization and similar cultural ideals.”
 
 

WBTA Police Beat

 

 
Three Genesee County residents are facing underage drinking charges.
 
Keith Jackson, 18, of Slusser Road, Batavia, Corey Mooney, 19, of Lockport Road, Oakfield, and a 17-year-old Batavia girl were allegedly involved in an underage drinking party on Orchard Street in Oakfield on Saturday.
 
All three were issued appearance tickets for Town of Oakfield Court on Jan. 28.
 
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Two Tonawanda Indian Reservation residents are charged with second-degree harassment.
 
Heather Ground, 27, of Meadville Road, and Casey Jonathan, 35, of Skye Road, got into a physical altercation at a ceremony at the Longhouse on the Reservation.
 
Stay away orders of protection were issued to both subjects. Following their arraignment in Town of Alabama Court, both were released on their own recognizance.
 
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A 19-year-old Albion man is accused of robbing the Yellow Goose convenience store on North Main Street in the Village of Albion Wednesday.
 
Orlando Hernandez is facing a felony charge of third-degree robbery as well as menacing, and petit larceny. Hernandez allegedly entered the store with a bandana covering his face and demanded money from the cash register while intimating he possessed a hand gun.
 
Using the recent snowfall to track his whereabouts, Albion police -- with assistance from New York State Police and the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office -- located Hernandez hiding in a closet of a nearby apartment.
 
$287 was stolen and has been recovered. Hernandez was remanded to Orleans County Jail on $10,000 baill and is scheduled to return to Town Court on Jan. 28.
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