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As we reported earlier this week: it’s looking more and more like New York State will actually matter in the race for the Republican presidential primary, and that’s got local Republican leaders, thrilled. 
"Usually by the time it gets to New York, it's after Super Tuesdays and all that. It's like ok, and its a rubber stamp and whatever," says Dick Siebert, the Republican Party Chairman for Genesee County. "But, this time around it is what it is and its still up for grabs and every delegate counts and moment counts. So, New York is going to be a bigger player for sure."
Right now, the GOP presidential race features Mitt Romney squarely in the lead, but second-place candidate Rick Santorum with all the momentum. And Siebert advises local Republican voters: start thinking about who you want, now – the primary here, just over a month away on April 24th.

A 27-year-old Byron man is jailed this morning, after Sheriff’s deputies say he whacked another person’s car with a skateboard. Deputies say Jessie Lee Jackson of Byron-Holley Road, was jailed on $800 bail Thursday night. According to deputies, Jackson was at a house in Byron when he got into an argument with that other person. He then allegedly picked up a skateboard and smashed that person’s vehicle. Deputies say Jackson also punched the victim in the side of the head.He’s been charged with Criminal Mischief and Harassment. Jackson is due in court later this month.

An Erie County Assemblyman will now attempt to win the new district being vacated by 20-year veteran lawmaker, Daniel Burling. Kevin Smardz announced his candidacy for the seat yesterday, on the steps of the Wyoming County Government Center. Smardz told voters he welcomes the opportunity to represent the expanded 147th Assembly District, after Burling retires at the end of the year. Under state law, Smardz must move to get his residence inside the district. He currently resides in Erie County. Under the state’s new resdistricting lines, the 147th district will cover all of Wyoming County, as well as parts of Erie County and good portion of the southern tier of New York.

Staying active is now being linked to a longer life for senior citizens. A new study from the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found that the most active seniors have a lower risk of dying early than those who are couch potatoes. Researchers used a small device to measure the activity level of a number of seniors, and followed them for four years. The most-active seniors had a 25-percent lower chance of mortality. Scientists also point out that being active doesn't mean just going to the gym. Even notching up activity around the house can be helpful.

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