posted on March 16, 2012 07:46
The expansion of Batavia Downs may be a long shot.
WBTA News has learned that the New York State legislature has agreed upon a new bill that would allow expanded casino gambling in New York State, including table games like poker and roulette.
But, there’s a catch. There are 9 raceway-casinos in New York State, including Batavia Downs. And lawmakers have only approved 7 of them to expand gaming.
That means the futures of 2 raceway-casinos, now hang in the balance.
Richard Seibert, Genesee County's representative on the Western region OTB Board, is concerned that the Western New York racino's may be prohibited from expanding as a concession to the Seneca Indian Nation which operates three casinos in the region.
A Batavia man has been charged with felony counts of Welfare fraud.
35-year-old Lee Heckman of Fairmont Avenue is accused of collecting $1,576 in Temporary Assistance and another $600 in Food Stamp benefits he was not entitled to.
Social Services investigators say Heckman was self employed as a scrap recycler as he was receiving benefits.
Heckman is in the county jail this morning without bail.
A missing teenager from Albion has been found, and she is OK.
Ashley Deskins was located in the Town of Greece.
The Albion Police Department said tips from the public healped to locate Ashley.
Governor Cuomo has received the pension reform he was pushing for from Albany lawmakers. As part of this morning's large-scale deal with the state Legislature, a new "Tier Six" will be created for the state's pension plan. The biggest changes include requiring new hires to contribute more to their pensions, and it raises the retirement age from 62 to 63.