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Two new laws take effect today in New York State.
One requires carbon monoxide detectors in most homes, the other imposes new restrictions on teenage drivers.
The carbon monoxide law, dubbed, Amanda’s law for a West Seneca girl killed last year when overcome by carbon monoxide, requies detectors to be placed in any residential building which has a carbon monoxide producing appliance. These would include a gas furnace, stove or hot water heater, or a home with an attached garage.
All electric homes would be exempt.
Local municipalities will enforce the new law.

New laws intended to reduce highway injuries and deaths caused by teenage drivers take effect today. The new laws increases the number of training hours teenage drivers, prohibits teens from getting their licenses in less than six months after applying for a learner’s permit, and reduces to one the number of non-family teenage passengers permitted in a car driven by a teenager.
The number one cause of death of people 16 to 20, are car crashes.

The appliance rebate program has been extended in New York. The program was scheduled to end yesterday but there is still money left in the pot, so it will continue until the money is gone. The program provides cash rebates for the purchase of energy efficient appliances.

Final action is due to be taken tonight on next year’s Batavia city budget.
The financial plan increases city property taxes by one and a half percent.
The city council is also expected to approve a package of water rates increases. The bill hikes rates by two and a half percent and imposes a one-dollar per quarter capital improvement fee on water customers.
The water rate increase and fee is estimated to cost the average city homeowner about 10-dollars a year.

Governor David Paterson admitted that one rumor is true; that he is running for a full term.  The Governor kicked off his campaign this weekend with a stop in West Seneca. 
Only about 200 supporters showed up for the rally and Western New York’s political big wigs were noticeably absent including Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. 
Paterson vowed to continue fighting special interests while making what he called unpopular but necessary decisions in a time of recession. 
Many political observers expect Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to challenge Paterson in a primary.

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