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In New York, Democrat Andrew Cuomo and Republican Carl Paladino will face each other in a gubernatorial debate at Hofstra University this evening.  But the five minor party candidates who will also take part could be the spoilers.  They are the Green Party's Howie Hawkins; Libertarian Warren Redlich; Charles Barron of the Freedom Party; Jimmy McMillan, of the Rent Is 2 Damn High Party and former Eliot Spitzer madam Kristin Davis, of the Anti-Prohibition Party.  She wants to legalize pot and prostitution to fix the state's budget woes.
Experts say the five lesser-known contenders will use the televised 90-minute debate to raise their profile.  Cuomo, meanwhile, remains in the lead in the polls.  A "New York Times" poll shows him ahead 59 points to Paladino's 24 points.  Paladino's campaign has been marred by controversy including his recent comments on homosexuality and a fight with a "New York Post" reporter.  

A Batavia man arrested after police say he was found in possession of a stolen ATV. 37-year-old Shawn Wetmore of South Main St. Rd. is charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. Batavia Police say the All Terrain Vehicle was stolen from a home in the Town of Batavia.

From across the region:

A 21-year-old wounded Afghanistan war veteran survived a grenade attack overseas, but lost his life on the roads of Erie County over the weekend.  Police say alcohol may have played a role in Patrick Brown crossing the centerline on Broadway in Lancaster and hitting another car head on.  The Lancaster native was pronounced dead at Saint Joseph Hospital. 
Brown was discharged from the service eight months ago after being wounded by a grenade in Afghanistan.

A Livingston County car crash leaves four people injured. 
Authorities say 21-year-old Michael Dell of Henrietta allegedly rear-ended a car on Route 20A in Geneseo just after Noon yesterday.  The vehicle, driven by 85-year-old Sherwood Hanna, of Lakeville was pushed into oncoming traffic and hit.  Hanna suffered back and neck injuries.  His 79-year-old wife sustained head and neck injuries.  The driver of the oncoming vehicle, 59-year-old Mary Bailey of Avon, suffered an injured neck.  Police say Dell was treated at the scene.  He was ticketed for following too closely.  

WBTA Eye on Government:
The City School District Board of Education is meeting tonight.
The meeting is scheduled for 7pm…but the board normally scampers into private session before the public portion of the meeting begins around 8pm.
The School Board meets in the School Administration Building on Washington Avenue.

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