posted on December 31, 2010 07:13
Record dollars at Batavia Downs.
The casino gambling operation Park Road has set a record this year by collecting $35-million in revenue. That’s enough to offset not only Batavia Downs’ losses on horse racing – but it also offsets the losses of 30 other OTB parlors in Western New York as well.
The $35-million will be shared with the state. Some of it will be diverted into the Batavia Downs reserve fund and dedicated toward an expansion project planned for the years ahead.
Starting at midnight, you’ll need to pay more attention when you see those flashing lights on emergency vehicles.
The Ambrose-Searles “Move Over” Act takes effect January 1st, 2011 - that's tomorrow. It requires that all drivers move into the opposite lane when they pass by a parked, stopped, or standing emergency vehicle on the side of the road, with lights flashing. Consequences for not obeying the new law include heavy fines and points against the driver’s license.
The law is named after State Trooper Robert Ambrose and Onondaga County Deputy Sheriff Glenn Searles. Both were killed in the line of duty by motorists who struck their standing patrol vehicles on the side of the road.
As Andrew Cuomo is on his way into the governor’s office, David Paterson is moving out.
The partial-term governor will end his time in office tonight without fanfare. Paterson took office back in 2008 after a disgraced Eliot Spitzer resigned over a prostitution scandal.
Paterson is best known for some of his worst failures, including a political coup in the Senate that brought Albany to a halt in 2009.
But Paterson has defended himself in recent weeks, reminding pundits that he increased the governor’s role in government. Paterson used emergency extender bills this past summer to force his budget through; and he also made an unprecedented move by appointing Richard Ravitch as Lieutenant Governor in 2009.
Paterson says future plans may include teaching political college courses.
A California company is recalling thousands of packages of organic ground beef because of possible E. coli contamination. First Class Foods Incorporated issued the recall Thursday after a sampling of the meat tested positive for the bacteria. The recall affects over 34-thousand packages produced between December 7th and the 16th. The packages bear the establishment number "EST. 18895" on them and were shipped to New York, among other states.
A nail-biter finish to the Lions Club Holiday Basketball Tournament. Batavia comes away with their sixth straight championship, defeating C.G. Finney of Rochester by a score of 53-50.
Both Andrew Hoy and Justin Washington made the all-tournament team for Batavia. Hoy made 10 straight free throws in the final minutes – including two off a technical foul on Finney – to give Batavia the lead and the win.
Batavia wins their tenth tournament title in their past 11 tries.
In the consolation game, it was Notre Dame the winner over Dansville, 70-45.