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New York State’s 2-percent property tax cap will have an adverse impact on services from county government. One of the most visible services: snow removal.
The Genesee County Legislature has directed all county departments to reduce their budgets by 5-percent. For the highway department, that could mean the loss of six workers.
Highway Superintendent Tim Hens says fewer workers means less effective snow and ice removal.
He said a 5-percent budget reduction is a definite risk to public safety.

More federal and state grants are flowing into the Alpina Foods yogurt factory project.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $58,000 to help build sewer lines to the proposed plant in the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park. Steve Hyde with the County Economic Development center says the money is needed to complete the agri-park’s water line system as well.
Alpina Foods expects to break ground this fall, and begin making yogurt in the town of Batavia by next spring.

Felony charges have now been placed against a Town of Batavia man accused of lunging at police with a sword.
51-year-old Jody Gillett has been indicted on two counts of Menacing a Police Officer. The charges stem from an incident in July at Gillett’s Pine Hollow Drive home.
Authorities said Gillett held police at bay for nearly two hours with knives and a sword and at one point lunged out a window at a police officer.
Gillett remains locked up in the Genesee County Jail.

An Oakfield man has been charged with a felony count of drunk driving.
Deputies said 27-year-old Adam Pentycofe of Coe Avenue was involved in a fight over the weekend on Lewiston Road and left the scene of that fracas in a pick-up truck.
Police collared him a short distance away and found him to be, allegedly, drunk.

Major crime in New York State has fallen to its lowest level in decades.  A new report found major crime in the state dipped 4.4-percent in the first six months of 2011 compared to the previous year, with declines in major crime areas such as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
 
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