posted on March 30, 2011 07:03
There will be no artificial turf at Batavia’s VanDetta Stadium, at least not anytime soon.
Voters in the city school district cast a resounding “no” to spending 3.9-million dollars to upgrade the stadium and other athletic facilities.
The vote was 542 in favor, 982 against.
School officials said voter turnout was double that of typical budget votes.
The Veterans Administration will be in Genesee County today, scouting two potential sites for a national cemetery.
The V-A is scheduled to visit sites in LeRoy and East Bethany.
Senator Charles Schumer has been pushing the V-A to select and build a new V-A cemetery in Western New York.
According to Schumer, there are 200,000 veterans in the Buffalo-Rochester region who are not served by a national cemetery.
There are a total of six sites under consideration: three are in Alden, one is in Akron.
Opponents of the state budget plan to camp out overnight inside the state Capitol this week.
Hundreds of advocates will spend all night tonight into tomorrow in the halls of the statehouse to protest what they say are huge budget cuts for children, families, seniors and schools. Advocates plan to spend the night chanting, singing songs and eating marshmallows.
Unemployment rates are out for February.
Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties all showed lower jobless rates compared to one month and one year ago.
In Genesee County, the February unemployment rate was 8.7 percent, down from an even 9 percent in January. See chart of area rates HERE.
The prosecution has wrapped up its case in the Buffalo City Grill murders trial. Riccardo McCray is accused of shooting and killing four people and wounding four others outside the popular restaurant last August. McCray will not testify in his own defense. Summations in the case are scheduled for Thursday.
Court is not in session today.