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A suspected child molester is behind bars.
Batavia Police have arrested 56-year-old Gary E. Draper of Batavia-Stafford Townline Road and charged him with numerous counts of sexual abuse.
City Police say Draper abused children between August of 2008 and May, 2009.
No other details were released.
Draper is locked up in Genesee County Jail pending his arraignment later today.

Governor David Paterson has been busy signing off on nearly seven-thousand vetoes without a budget deal in place.  Governor Paterson says he is saving the state 500-million dollars by rejecting additional spending measures line-by-line. 
The governor says this is not a political stunt to bring state lawmakers back to the negotiating table.
The governor says state Legislative Leaders have yet to make a contingency plan should Washington not deliver one-billion dollars in Medicaid funding.

The man who wants to represent Genesee County in the New York State Senate has officially announced his candidacy.
Democrat Mark Coppola of Tonawanda made an appearance in Batavia last night.
He said New York State needs to simplify the rules for small business.
Coppola is seeking the State Senate seat now occupied by Republican Michael Ranzenhofer. Read more on this story HERE.

No changes on the Batavia City School Board.
The Board of Ed held their organizational meeting last night. Andrew Pedro was re-elected board president and Gail Stevens was renamed vice-president.
Sworn in for new three year terms were Steve Mountain and Patrick Burke.
For Burke, this marks the start of his 26th year on the city school board.

New Yorkers are flocking to their state parks in big numbers.  State officials say park attendance is up eleven-percent so far this summer.
Camping reservations at state parks for this upcoming holiday weekend have already reached 90-percent of capacity.  The New York State Office of Parks oversees 178 state parks.

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# Lisa Falkowski
Friday, July 02, 2010 8:27 AM
I'm crushed at the news of Mr. Draper's arrest. I do not know the man well, but am very familiar with this endless efforts to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. I hope that the investigation into this matter has been thorough, and that he is not being picked on because of his limitations.

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