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The Batavia City Council has re-created a job at City Hall that it voted to eliminate just four years ago.
Council last night approved spending $90,000, most of it from a pool of low interest loan funds intended to spur new business, to hire an Economic Development Coordinator.
City Councilman Sam Barone cast one of two no votes.
He said there are existing agencies, such as the Batavia Business Improvement District, than can and should provide the same service.
Rosemary Christian cast the other no vote.
This new position has a two-year sunset provision. If the goals of the position are not met, the funding for it will cease.
Council also last night awarded a $543,000 contract to Tom Greenauer Development of Elma, NY to replace sewer line along North and Ross Streets. The work should begin by the middle of next month and take 120 days to complete.

Fire in the nearby Livingston County community of Avon.
Flames swept through the former West Crushing Plant on Lakeville Road yesterday afternoon. No one was injured…the building destroyed. One person in the building at the time safely escaped.
The suspected cause: an electrical malfunction.

A LeRoy woman who embezzled over $6,200 from a nursery school where she worked, has been sentenced in Genesee County Court.
29-year-old Jennifer Riggi of Lake Street was sentenced yesterday to five-years probation and 60-days of community service.
Riggi was the treasurer of the nursery school located in LeRoy.
Authorities said she used the school’s ATM card to make purchases and cash withdrawals for her own use.

Governor Cuomo announced that he intends to collect tobacco taxes from Indian retailers. 
His remarks were made just hours after a federal appeals court lifted a stay on a tobacco tax law that was to have taken effect last year.  Wholesalers will now be required to charge the state's four-dollar 35-cents-per-pack excise tax on every pack of cigarettes they sell to Indian retailers.

The Bank of Castile’s parent company, Tompkins Financial Corporation, has come in for some national recognition.
Tompkins has made the Top 10 list of the nation’s best performing banks.
The April edition of the American Banker’s Association ranked Tompkins at Number 9 on their Top 10 list.
The ranking is based on the bank’s return on average shareholder equity.

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# Cathy DeJaneiro
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 8:17 AM
Batavia City Council: Talk about stepping backwards!!! Talk about duplication of services!!!

To recreate an unnecessary position is a total waste of taxpayer dollars. There are agencies in place to attract business to Batavia; to spend money on this duplication of services makes no sense.

November is coming; anyone unhappy with this decision should remember this when they go to the polls to vote. I, for one, do not intend to vote for anyone that spends my money foolishly.

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