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An audit of the way some western New York communities dispose of scrap metal has officials in at least three Genesee County municipalities scrambling for explanations.
Scrap metal sales In Elba, Pembroke and Oakfield were questioned.
Also examined was the City of Batavia, but auditors found all scrap metal sales to be accounted for. The auditor only recommended that the city put its procedure on paper.
In the Town of Elba, nearly $5,000 worth of scrap metal sales raised the eyebrows of the auditor.
The money ended up purchasing a High Def television, a coffee maker and a popcorn popper for the Elba Highway Department.
We contacted Elba supervisor Lucine Kaufman for comment, she declined saying she wanted to have her facts in front of her before making any statement.

Local lawmen still trying to track down the man who robbed the M&T Bank in Corfu.
The heist happened just before 2 p.m. yesterday at the M&T branch at the intersection of Routes 33 and 77.
The suspect apparently did not display a weapon at the bank, but did make off with some cash. Police never say how much.
The suspect ran off on foot, possibly to the north, and may have gotten in a vehicle and fled the scene.
The suspect is described as a white male, under 6 feet tall, with average build, late-20’s to late-30’s, wearing a gray-hooded sweatshirt and jeans.  Surveillance cameras at the bank are being studied along with footage taken from cameras across the street at the K&K Food Mart.
The Thruway was advised to be on the lookout for a silver four-door sedan, possibly a 1990’s model Pontiac.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is slashing his own paycheck.  The new Governor says he will give back five-percent of his 179-thousand dollar yearly salary.  Cuomo says Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy and other senior members of the Administration also plan to take similar salary reductions.  The move comes on Cuomo's third day in office.

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# Bob Harker
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 10:42 AM
So let me get this straight. The highway department scrapped metal originally bought with tax payer money so they can sit, eat popcorn, drink coffee, and watch a Hi Def TV while being paid by yet more tax money.

Nice gig.

Oh, I forgot. The TV is only used to watch the Weather Channel during winter storms, right?

These folks are still employed why?

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