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There’s some good news on the job situation in Western New York. Figures released this morning by the State Labor Department show that the unemployment rate in Western New York has dropped in August to 7.3%. It had been 7.7% in July.
Here in Genesee County, the news is also good. The unemployment rate dropped from 6.4% in July to 6% in August. Neighboring counties also saw the jobless rate decline. Wyoming County stands at 7%, Livingston at 6.6%, and Orleans at 8.4%.

According to Buffalo Business First, Genesee County has Western New York's lowest housing vacancy rate - and the sixth-lowest among all 62 counties across the state.
A new "On Numbers" report says that 5% of all single-family homes, townhouses and apartments in Genesee County are vacant. The state's lowest vacancy rate belongs to Putnam County, which is north of New York City. Only 4% of its homes are unoccupied.
Niagara County has the worst vacancy rate in Western New York, 9.8%.

On Stringham Drive in the Town of Batavia, the issue of government-funded housing has residents up in arms, again. But a Rochester developer proposing to build federally-funded homes says the neighbors can’t do anything about it.
Residents main concern is the “quality of people” who would move into the cheap houses – and they voiced that concern to the Town Planning Board last night.
But while it’s true that a $6-million federal grant would fund the homes – that doesn’t mean the Planning Board can stop it.
The Town Planning Board will now submit its scoping document to Nathaniel Development by October 6th. That document will outline the Board’s final list of concerns over the project.

State Police have put 21-year-old Ryan Schumacher of Wyoming behind bars. Schumacher was arrested on charges of Criminal Contempt, a felony, Attempted Assault, Attempted Criminal Mischief and Violation of Probation. State Police say Schumacher allegedly violated a current order of protection by engaging the protected party in a physical altercation. The incident happened at a home on the Starr Road in the Wyoming County Town of Middlebury. Bail for Schumacher has been set at $15,000.

If you live on the north side of the City of Batavia, you may see discoloration of your water today. The Batavia City Fire Department will begin flushing hydrants at 9:00am. The streets affected are Oak Street, Pickthorn Drive, Redfield Parkway, Burke Drive, Bogue Avenue, Gateway Drive, Noonan Drive and Richmond Avenue.
The process is expected to last until 3 this afternoon. Residents are advised not to wash any clothing if your water appears discolored.
 

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