posted on May 17, 2011 07:40
School budget votes go before voters today in all eight public school districts in Genesee County.
Seats on local Boards of Education will also be decided.
In the City of Batavia, a budget of $39.6-million would increase school taxes 5.75-percent.
Polls in the Batavia City School District open at Noon and remain open until 9p.m. tonight. Voting takes place at Batavia Middle School, Jackson Elementary and Robert Morris Elementary.
Polls are open from Noon until 9pm in the Elba, Oakfield-Alabama, Pavilion and Pembroke School Districts.
In Alexander, polls are open from 1p.m. to 9p.m., Byron-Bergen from 6a.m. to 9p.m. and in LeRoy polls are open from 7a.m. to 9p.m.
The Tonawanda Creek in Batavia is high but is not expected to reach Flood State,
This morning, the Tonawanda stands at 7 feet.
A level of 7 feet or higher is known as Action Stage.
Chief Meteorologist Tom Niziol explains that when the Tonawanda Creek reaches 7 ft., "we begin to see some agricultural flooding. This will just exacerbate what's already going on in farmer's fields."
There are no flood watches or warnings in effect for Genesee County. Peaviner Road and portions of Old Creek Road and Cookson Road in Alexander remain closed this morning due to high water.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has outlined his plans for a new pension system for the Empire State.
Speaking yesterday on Long Island Cuomo said the state, “just can’t afford the public pension system that we have" and said recent tax increases have been driven by the increase in public pensions. Under Cuomo's proposal, the retirement age for all public employees hired after the law was passed would become 65, and provisions would be put in place to keep public employees from using overtime pay and sick time to bloat their pensions.
Former Buffalo Sabres player Matthew Barnaby has pled not guilty in Amherst Town Court to charges in a domestic dispute incident involving his estranged wife.
Barnaby, who currently works as a hockey analyst for ESPN, was jailed overnight on Friday following an incident where police say he sent a threatening text message to a male friend of his estranged wife.
He's also accused of going to his former residence in Amherst and attempting to kick in the door, which did about $300 in damages.