posted on January 18, 2010 07:43
Those two Batavia missionaries, in Haiti at the time of last week’s horrific earthquake, are safe at home this morning. Sharon Wolf and Zach Ashley arrived at the Buffalo Airport yesterday afternoon. Sharon and Zack were among a dozen other members of the Western New York Lutheran Church group who were working at an orphanage in Les Cayes, Haiti, about 120 miles from Port au Prince.
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A Buffalo man is dead after rolling his SUV on the Thruway in Pembroke over the weekend. Police say 53-year-old Mark Deacon was ejected from the vehicle just before 9 Saturday night. Investigators say Deacon was driving westbound when he crossed onto the left shoulder. Police say he over corrected the steering and flipped the SUV. Deacon was taken to Erie County Medical Center but died from serious head injuries.
Today is a federal holiday, Martin Luther King Junior Day. Schools and banks are closed today, along with government offices. There will be no mail delivery today.
The Batavia City Council is meeting tomorrow night in a work session to review next year’s proposed budget.
Council will meet at 7 tomorrow night at City Hall to begin a department by department review of the tentative budget. That spending plan, as it stands now, will increase the property tax rate in the city by 3 percent.
Assembly Republicans are hoping New Yorkers will help them find examples of government waste. A new website has been established called, "stopgovernmentwasteny.com."
Republicans say the site will seek the direct input of taxpayers and state workers, who can anonymously report waste they've either seen first hand or have learned about.