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The budget for the Richard Memorial Library has been approved. The vote was 223 yes, 120 no. Dana Charters was re-elected to the library’s Board of Trustees.
The budget approval will cost the average homeowner in the Batavia School District another $2.55 a year.

The public had very little to say about next year’s proposed City School budget.
Only about a dozen people attended a hearing on the budget last night.
Only one person spoke and that was to complain about the salaries of administrators.
The proposed budget would increase school taxes by 5.75 percent.
School Business Manager Scott Rozanski says if the budget is rejected by voters, the school board could present another budget or adopt a Contingency Budget. Even a contingency budget, Rozanski said, would increase taxes by 5-percent.
The vote on the Batavia City School budget is May 17th.

City of Batavia Republicans have endorsed half their slate of candidates for this November’s City Council election.
All six Ward Council seats are up for election this fall.
The City GOP met last night and endorsed Kristopher Doeringer for Ward One, Patti Pacino in Ward 2 and Bob Bialkowski in Ward 4.
Pacino and Bialkowski are incumbents.
The city Republicans are still seeking candidates for Wards 3, 5 and 6.
Person interested in running should contact city GOP Chairman Joseph Gerace by May 20th.

An accident in Bergen claims the life of a Perry truck driver.
76-year-old Gerald Olin Jr. was killed yesterday morning when his milk tanker truck ran off of Route 19 and rolled over.
The cab of the truck was crushed in the accident.
Olin was trapped in the wreckage of his truck and pronounced dead at the scene.
Route 19 between Route 33 and Boveee Road was closed for five hours as the milk was pumped from the crippled tanker into another truck.  State Police are continuing to investigate.

The 26th Congressional District Tea Party candidate Jack Davis has made a strong 23-percent showing in a new Sienna College Poll. 
The same poll has Republican Jane Corwin leading Democrat Kathleen Hochul by five points.
A poll spokesman said Davis is hurting Corwin more than Hochul." 
The special election to fill the seat once held by Repubklican Chris Lee is May 24th.

State Lawmakers are trying to make it easier for police to give you a ticket for texting while driving. 
The current law states a driver can only be given a ticket for texting behind the wheel if police see another violation. 
The State Senate passed a bill yesterday to allow law enforcement to skip that precondition, making texting a primary offense. 
The bill now heads to the State Assembly.

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