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A controversial bill passes the Legislature in Albany – and our local senator voted “Yes.”
The Senate Bill would allow school districts in Upstate New York to circumvent the new property tax cap and borrow money to fund teacher pensions. 
Repayment of the loans would be at taxpayer’s expense, without taxpayer approval.  
Critics are crying foul over the perceived flip-flop.
State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer, who represents Genesee County, voted in favor of the bill. He called it, "the lesser of two evils."
The Assembly also passed the bill, but local Assemblyman Steve Hawley was absent from the vote.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has promised to veto the bill.

There’s a new kid on the block running for office in Batavia.
23-year old Dan Jones announces he’s running for the Council seat from Ward 3, a seat now held by democrat Sam Barone. Barone is not seeking re-election. 
The endorsed democrat is Kathleen Balbick Bellamy. Jones says he’ll wage a primary.
He has the endorsement of the conservative party.

A new poll finds 64-percent of voters approve of the job New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is doing – just 19-percent disapprove.
The Quinnipiac survey data comes just days after Cuomo signed off on historic legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in New York. He also led the legislature to passage of a property tax cap, and new regulations for rent increases and college tuition rates in New York.

28-year-old Lendle Tucker of Batavia is scheduled for sentencing later today in Genesee County Court.
Tucker was accused of printing nearly a thousand dollars in U.S. Currency.
He was originally charged with 42 counts of Possession of a Forged Instrument.

An Oakfield man has been arrested on a felony Drunk Driving charge.
41-year-old Thomas Hendershott of Sunrise Parkway, Oakfield was stopped late Tuesday night on Stevens Street.
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