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The Batavia City Council took final action last night on matters that have been pending for several weeks.

The Council voted 9-0 last night to approve a local law expanding a property tax exemption program for homeowners who improve their property resulting in a higher assessment.

Council also approved a $220,000 contract with Erdman Anthony Engineers for the design and engineering of the Cedar Street reconstruction project. That work will completely rebuild Cedar from East Main to Ellicott. The construction is slated for 2012.

City lawmakers approved a technical accounting measure establishing a repair and reserve fund for Dwyer Stadium in the amount of $60,000. The measure simply moved existing dollars from a general reserve to a specific reserve fund for the stadium. No additional dollars were appropriated.

And Council agreed to a settlement with National Grid. Basically, the utility has agreed to drop its attempt to collect a tax refund from the city as long as the city agreed to drop a counter claim.


A four-car crash at the intersection of Route 98 and the Batavia-Elba Towline Road in the Town of Elba on Tuesday afternoon injured 3 persons. Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies say a car driven by 20-year-old Joseph Mattison of the Merriman Road in Byron pulled into Route 98 and was struck by a pick-up truck driven by 39-year-old Bob Rathman of Heritage Estates in Albion. The collision resulted in Mattison’s car striking a northbound car driven by 49-year-old Susanne Quackenbush of Gillett Road in Byron, and Rathman’s pick-up striking an eastbound car driven by 84-year-old Benny Giambrone of Farnsworth Avenue in Oakfield. Mattison, Rathman and a pssenger in the Quckenbush car, 17-year-old Crystal Bush, were taken to UMMC for treatment of injuries. Mattison was given a ticket for pulling in front of the Rathman vehicle.

An incident in September at a home on Lockport Road in Oakfield has resulted in an arrest. 47-year-old Glenn Reuben of Sandhill Road in Alabama has been charged with burglary. He allegedly entered the home of a female and assaulted  the female and her friend. The woman required medical treatment for her injuries. Reuben is in jail. Bail has been set at $10,000.

It will be four months to be served intermittently for Tracy Smith of Bergen. She was sentenced yesterday in Genesee County Court after pleading guilty to fraud and forgery charges. Those crimes occurred while she was working as a teller at the Bank of Castile in LeRoy. A total of $45,000 was skimmed. Smith will also be on probation for five years.

Families of victims of the crash of Continental Flight 3407 that crashed in Clarence Center in February of 2009 are quite upset following a recommendation by an FAA committee. That committee wants to cut the number of flight hours for new co-pilots from 1500 to 500. Congress recently passed a law increasing the number of required flight hours from 250 to 1500. Scott Foose, the vice president for safety at the Regional Airline Association, headed the panel that drew up the recommendations.

Buffalo Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino issued a formal apology about comments he'd made concerning gays and lesbians over the weekend. On Sunday Paladino had said that he didn't want children "brainwashed" into thinking homosexuality is an "equally valid and successful option." On Monday Paladino stated that gay pride was disgusting. Paladino issued a statement on Tuesday saying he's 100-percent in favor of gay rights. Paladino's campaign is now focusing on fiscal reductions.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand from New York State wants yesterday’s ruling by a federal judge to stand.  That judge ruled that the 17-year-old “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” law is unconstitutional. Gillibrand has called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder not to appeal the decision.

New York State now has no-fault divorce. The new law, which was signed into law by Governor Paterson last August, took effect yesterday. Couples who want to get divorced in New York State no longer have to wait a year to do so, or cite reasons like adultery or cruel treatment to get a divorce.

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