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New York State is on alert for any possible retaliatory attacks following the killing of Osama bin Laden. 
Governor Andrew Cuomo said while there is reason to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden, it is also a time for reflection and tears for those who died at his hand.

An impromptu rally in downtown Batavia drew a couple dozen flag waving, self-described patriots praising the US military’s take down of Osama Bin Laden.
Victor Thomas of Batavia made the sign left at the Upton Monument yesterday morning. The red, while and blue painted sign read simply, "Osama got Obama’d."
Genesee County Manager Jay Gsell ordered the sign removed, saying it was "inappropriate" for a veteran’s monument. See photo and read full story HERE.

There is a vote today in Batavia. Voters in the Batavia City School District are eligible to cast ballots on the budget for the Richmond Memorial Library. The library has proposed a budget calling for a 2-percent library tax increase. It will cost the average school district homeowner another $2.55 per year.

Two public hearings are on tap for today:
The first is this afternoon.
It is a hearing into the tax incentive package offered to Alpina Foods, the company that plans to build a yogurt factory in the Town of Batavia.
The Bogata, Columbia based company has proposed to build a $15-million plant in the Genesee County Agri-Business Park near the County Fairgounds.
The total incentive package offered by the Genesee County Economic Development Center amounts to $767,000. Today’s hearing is scheduled for 4pm in the Batavia Town Hall.

The Batavia City School district is holding a hearing into its 2011-2012 school budget.
The hearing will be held tonight at 7 in Jackson School.
The $39.6-million budget would increase taxes by 5.75-percent, costing the average school district homeowner about $90 more per year.

A bill to suspend the state's gas tax goes before lawmakers today in Albany.  The tax suspension would be effective on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day weekends.  The elimination of the state tax could save consumers 33-cents-per-gallon of gasoline.


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