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Western Region OTB, headquartered in Batavia, says the concerns of the New York Lottery over the operation of Batavia Downs,  is a lot to do about nothing.
OTB officials responded to a letter from the New York Lottery threatening to shut down the slots at Batavia Downs unless Western Region OTB cleans up its management.
Western Region OTB owns and operates Batavia Downs Race Track and Casino.
Yesterday, Richard Siebert from Batavia, Vice-Chairman of the OTB Board, told the Buffalo News that many of the concerns raised by the lottery are clerical misunderstandings. The local OTB has scheduled a special meeting for this Thursday.
 
The public gets their say tonight on the proposed Batavia City Budget and it’s water rate increase. The budget would hike property taxes by one and a half percent. Water rates will go by two and a half percent plus a capital improvement fee. A public hearing into the budget and the water increase is scheduled for 7 tonight at city hall.
 
The Batavia City School Board is meeting tonight. The Board of Ed is scheduled to meet at 7 this evening in the administration building on Washington Avenue.

Rochester is doing what it can to remind residents how important it is to take part in the 2010 census.  On April 1st, New York and the rest of the country will get an official population count.  The census impacts representation and also directs how billions of dollars in government spending will be allocated.

There's a new candidate for governor in New York, and she's sure to turn some heads.  The "Manhattan Madam" Kristin Davis has announced she plans to run for the office and is working with noted GOP strategist Roger Stone to get her name on the ballot.  Davis served nearly four months in jail on Rikers Island after being convicted of promoting prostitution by running her high-priced call-girl ring in Manhattan.  Her list of clients allegedly included former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who was brought down for doing business with a different prostitution ring, and Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.  Davis appears to be planning a run on the Libertarian ticket, and says she will push for the legalization of prostitution and marijuana, which she says could provide two-point-five billion dollars in revenue to help close New York's massive budget gap.

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