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Charges have been reduced against a Rochester lawyer who allegedly creating a ruckus during a basketball game at GCC last December.
A charge of criminal trespass has been withdrawn against John Parinello and replaced with less serious violations.
Parinello was at GCC to watch his son play in a tournament game for Monroe Community College. Parinello , authorities said at the time, became unruly and had to be escorted from the game by state police.
Parinello appeared in Town of Batavia Court late yesterday. He was represented by a Batavia attorney, but did most of the talking himself. He said he plans to fight the violations and will be back in court in April.

Batavia City Council has managed to pare a projected tax rate increase.
Council last night made some changes in the budget, which result in a reduction of the tax rate increase from 1.6-percent to 1.39 percent.
The impact of the tax hike on the average Batavia Homeowner is now under $1 a month.
There is also an increase in water rates and fees. They average about $13 a year more for the average water customer.
A public hearing on the budget will be held February 14th, Valentine's Day, at City Hall.

The City of Batavia has had to dig into its financial reserves for unanticipated expenses.
Council last night approved $30,000 to buy more road salt.
City Manager Jason Molino said the city has already gone through its supply of salt for the entire winter.
Also approved was $25,000  to repair the roof over the fire station on Evans Street.

State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer has renewed his support for a state law that would prohibit bonuses for employees of public authorities.
Ranzenhofer tells WBTA he supports a bill authored by State Senator George Maziarz that would ban bonuses to employees of authorities such as industrial development agencies
Ranzenhofer said the bill would apply to an agency such as the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC). The GCEDC was raked over the coals  by a state watchdog for doling out $350,000 in employee bonuses over a five-year period.
A similar bill was introduced in the last legislative session but failed to win approval.



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