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News for Friday, July 9
by: Wayne Fuller

A two-vehicle accident at the corner of route 33 and the Batavia Stafford Town Line Road resulted in one injury. Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies say a pick-up truck driven by 75-year-old Richard Satkowski of Blair Road in Medina failed to stop at the light and was struck by a car on route 33 driven by 59 year old Robert Frye of Lucinda Lane in Rochester. There were four passengers in the Frye vehicle.  One woman, 81-year-old Kathleen Alianell was taken to United Memorial Medical Center for treatment of injuries.  Deputies ticketed Satkowski for going through the light.

National Grid reporting a third consecutive day of record demand for electricity from its customers.  Between 3 and 4 yesterday afternoon, demand topped out a 6.915 megawatts and that was 47 mega watts more than the previous record set on Wednesday.
National Grid says their strong record for reliable service was maintained as no problems were reported.

The cost of a US passport and a passport card is going up next Tuesday.  The price of an adult passport will go up 35 dollars and a child’s passport increases 25 dollars.  The cost of a passport card goes up 10 dollars.
Genesee County Clerk Don Reed says the increase is because of the increased expenses incurred by the Passport Office, which must operate at a break-even level.  One of the increased expenses is the opening of new Passport Offices like the new one in Buffalo.

The New York State budget is officially 100 days late and counting.  Historically, the budget has passed the 100 days late mark five times with 2004 holding the record at 133 days past due.  During last week's special session the Assembly passed the complete budget package, while the Senate passed all the items in the budget except for the revenue bill.  Aside from the hanging revenue bill, officials say the amount of aid they're slated to receive for Medicare from Washington, D.C., is also preventing them from moving forward.  Decisions on a new tuition plan for SUNY and CUNY schools and property tax reform are also preventing a final budget from being passed.  

Firefighters are trying to determine what caused a massive blaze to rip through an historic building on Thursday.  Crews say they arrived at the "Cold Storage Building" on State Street in Gasport in Orleans County  late Thursday afternoon to find the building engulfed in flames.  The building was vacant, but being used to store fruit from local farmers.  No injuries were reported.

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