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More and more, we’re seeing the effects of the new state property tax cap. It looks as though it’s going to hurt New Yorkers, both young and old.
The first example today is from the Batavia City School District, where the Board of Education last night voted to disallow the high school hockey team's annual tournament field trip. That's despite the fact that the hockey team already privately raised 100% of the money to fund the trip, at no cost to the district.
City School Board member Patrick Burk says the money they raise for trips, may soon be needed to fund the sports themselves.
"We've been given a directive to cut all of our athletics, as well as clubs and activities for students, by a large amount," Burk said. "So when you're looking at high-cost sports, in this case hockey – for that sport to even be in the district next year, they may be in a situation where they have to raise this amount of money just to save their program."
At the county level, the pain is far greater. Yesterday’s meeting of the Legislature Human Services committee revealed dire straits for the County Office for the Aging, now facing $134,000 in cuts.
Director Pam Whitmore says about $100,000 of that is reductions in state grant money. But an additional 5% budget cut mandated by the County Legislature is the final nail in the coffin.
"It was tough to meet after already taking grant losses," she said. "Most of our programs and services are still available, but there's less resources to provide them."
The Office for the Aging will cut staff members, social programs, in-home care and the Meals on Wheels program, all in an effort to just scrape by.

Some big-name area resignations in this difficult time:
Interim Genesee Justice Director Tiffany Szymanek is resigning effective October 15th. Szymanek has served the past year as replacement for Ed Minardo, who himself resigned from Genesee Justice in 2010 to save the program from elimination.
Former City School Board president Andy Pedro has announced his resignation from the board, effective November 1st. Pedro notified fellow board members in a memo read at last night’s meeting, which explained that his day-job has kept him from performing full duties to the board this year.
Pedro’s term on the board is up next June.The City School District is expected to announce in the next few days how they’ll go about filling that position.

A one-vehicle accident sends an Oakfield woman to ECMC.
34-year-old Maria Sanders of Farnsworth Avenue was westbound on Ledge Road around 8:00pm last night. She told deputies she was late for work and traveling too fast.
She said she lost control of her vehicle causing the car to roll over.
Her injuries were not life threatening.

An Elba man is being held in Wyoming County for his alleged role in an illegal drug ring.
33-year-old Adam McGill of Transit Road in Elba is accused of selling narcotic drugs to an undercover agent. He was arrested last Friday and is being held without bail.
Also arrested with McGill was 42-year-old Diane Gallagher of East Shelby. She is locked up in lieu of $15,000 bail also accused of selling narcotics.


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