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A pair of City of Batavia firefighters accused of running an illegal gambling ring appeared for a routine court date Tuesday, but ran away from reporters who attempted to question and photograph them.

39-year-old Gregory Phillips and 43-year-old Brian Bordinaro appeared in Batavia City Court at about 2:00pm, with attorneys Lawrence Andolina and Thomas Keane, respectively. Judge Robert Balbick continued their case until April 17th, as well as the case of their co-defendant, 41-year-old Lance Engel, also of Batavia.

Outside the courtroom, Andolina spoke to reporters and only repeated that little had happened in court. Meanwhile, Phillips and Bordinaro s
lipped past the group of reporters, and began running across Elicott Street when pursued.

Both men are accused of operating an illegal sports book and making a profit. The Genesee County Sheriff's Department even accuses the men of taking bets via cell phone, while on-duty as city firefighters.

PHOTOS, inset: Gregory Phillips (top); Brian Bordinaro (bottom)

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