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Firefighters in Medina on Friday resonded to a fire in an industrial oven at the BMP Plant on Maple Ridge Road in Medina.  Upon their arrival they found a large quantity of smoke coming from the building.  The fire was found in a large industrial oven, which was quickly extinguished.  Fire damage was confined to the oven.  BMP is a worldwide manufacturing company specializing in the manufacture and conversion of technical, non-woven textiles. Fire crews remained at the scene for about two hours evacuating smoke from the building.  There were no injuries 


A federal judge has tossed out Hiram Monserrate's attempt to stay in office.  The judge is denying the former Queens state Senator's request to block a special election next month to select his replacement.  The Senate expelled Monserrate following his conviction for assaulting his girlfriend.  Monserrate's lawyer, Normal Siegel, says he is reviewing the verdict before deciding to appeal.  State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo praises the ruling, quote, "This time for changing the culture of Albany is long past due.  Today's ruling is a step in that direction."


A new law goes into effect on Monday, mandating New Yorkers install a carbon monoxide detector in most homes.  The law requires all homes using an appliance or furnace emitting the colorless, odorless gas put in a CO detector.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports 170 deaths each year are linked to carbon monoxide.

From WBTA’s Eye on Government:


Batavia City Council meets in regular session on Monday. Council is expected to take a final vote on the city budget, which would increase the property tax rate by 1-and-a-half percent.

Council members will also vote on the proposed water rate increase of 2.5 percent per year over the next five years, with a dollar-per-quarter capital improvement fee that would also increase over the five year plan.

City Council meets at 7pm Monday in the Council Board Room at Batavia City Centre.


Governor Paterson will launch his bid for governor this morning in his childhood hometown of Hempstead.  The governor will begin his quest for his first four year term from the campus of Hofstra University.  Paterson is a graduate of Hofstra Law and Hempstead High School.  The governor will kick off a two-day state tour that will end near his adult home in Harlem.  Paterson is ignoring low poll numbers that have dropped since taking over for former Governor Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in disgrace two years ago.  The Paterson campaign plans to take hold of the underdog theme in stressing the governor fighting for residents over powerful state unions. 



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