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The Batavia City Council hears nothing about proposed increases in water rates or property taxes.
No one showed last night for Public Hearings into both increases, which when combined, would cost the average Batavia homeowner about $25 a year more.
Council must act on the budget by the end of next month.

Questions about the $3.9-million capital project for Batavia City Schools are welcome tonight. The school district is holding a public information meeting into the project, which includes artificial turf for VanDetta Stadium. Tonight’s meeting is set for 7:15p.m. at Batavia High School auditorium. A vote on the project is scheduled for March 29th.

A Sienna College poll shows Governor Andrew Cuomo is backed by 77-percent of New York voters. 
That is the highest approval rating ever during the last six years the college has been polling. 
The poll also finds 74-percent support his budget even though it includes steep cuts to education and health care programs. 

For many New Yorkers, it seems like more and more state lawmakers are having to leave office for criminal and ethical misdeeds these days.  Now, a new report is out that verifies those feelings.  According to the government watchdog group Citizens Union, in the last six years, 13 legislators left office because of criminal charges or ethical misdeeds, three times the number who left office for similar reasons in the previous six-year period. 

The latest example in our area was at the federal level with the sudden resignation of Congressman Chris Lee.
The scramble was on, especially among Republicans, to find a candidate to replace Lee.
Now, it seems, they can’t drop out of the running fast enough.
Assemblymen Steve Hawley of Batavia and Dan Burling of Warsaw have dropped out, State Senator George Maziarz now says he’d rather stay in the State Senate.
Michael Ranzenhofer, who represents Genesee County in the State Senate, never threw his hat in the ring.
With all of the county favorite sons dropping out, the way is clear for Clarence
Assemblywoman Jane Corwin to win the endorsement. No date for a special election has been called.

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