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The City of Batavia wants to know  what you think about your city.
City Hall has contracted for a survey as part of its strategic planning process.
Consultant Gretchen Difante is being paid $8,500 to draft the plan.

Difante said the survey is the first step in the strategic planning process:

The survey should be ready in about two weeks. It will be an online survey available on the city’s website. Plans are in the works to provide computer access for those without a computer of their own.

A proposed grant application to help pay for repairs to Batavia’s aging police station has been shelved by City Council.
Since the PD is considered a historic building there were state funds available to help the city pay for repairs.
When council learned however that any grant money would have to be matched with local dollars, the police station suddenly didn’t look that bad.

The New York State Senate voted to avert an unprecedented shutdown of state government.
The democrat led Senate required the help of three members of the Republican minority that had been voting as a bloc against the bill.
Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, who represents Genesee County in the State Senate, remained loyal to the party and voted against the emergency spending bill.

Ranzenhofer explained his vote:

Failure to approve the funding bill would have shut down state government.

A campaign worker for Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino has been indicted on charges of allegedly stealing more than one million dollars from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  41-year-old John Haggerty allegedly created a phony Election Day poll watching service for which Bloomberg paid $1.1 million and didn’t know it. 
Haggerty has pleaded not guilty to grand larceny, money laundering and falsifying business records. 

A Lyndonville man is behind bars after allegedly violating an order of protection.
LeRoy Police arrested 35-year-old Chad Heideman early this morning at the home of a girlfriend he had been ordered to stay away from.
Heideman was locked up in lieu of one thousand dollars bail.

The Red Cross is sending out an urgent appeal for type O negative blood.  Officials say the supply has dropped to critically low levels.  Type O negative can be given to people of any blood type.  Donors must be healthy, at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.

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