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A discount card for veterans has made its debut in Genesee County. The F.A.V.O.R cards, as they are called, are being used in many counties across the state. 
They provide discounts on goods and services.
Genesee County Clerk Don Read said eligible veterans can receive the $3.00 card in the County Clerk’s office. Vets need to show proper ID including a copy of their DD 214 (Discharge Papers).
Read said the program is a way for businesses to recognize  the service of our veterans. 
Veterans will receive a brochure listing all participating merchants when they sign up. 
FAVOR is an acronym for Find and Assist Vets of Record.

A last minute trip to the grocery store for a package of rolls proved to be a life changing moment for a LeRoy mother of two. 
57-year old Carol Pursel was on her way out of the LeRoyTops when she saw the new “Color of Money” $5 scratch-off ticket in the Lottery vending machine. 
Pursel will receive $50,000 a year for the next 20 years, which after taxes is $33,000 a year. 

Genesee County has taken in substantial increases in sales tax revenues over the past two years.
Tax proceeds from 2011 were almost $900,000 more than 2010 and  $1.2-million more than 2009.
One reason: consumers are shelling out more for gasoline.

Genesee County has a new Youth Bureau Director.
She is Jocelyn Sikorski. She has been with the youth bureau for 13 years
Sikowski, a mother of two young daughters, will earn 44-thousand dollars a year in her new post.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is not ruling out an increase in the state's minimum wage.  Cuomo says he’s concerned an increase could have an adverse effect on the state’s economy and possibly trigger layoffs. The governor says he may try to broker a deal on a possible minimum wage increase in the coming weeks.  His comments came after a poll this week found 78 percent of respondents think New York's minimum wage should be higher than the current seven dollars and 25 cents an hour.


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