posted on April 24, 2012 07:17
The public is getting its first look at the document that would govern a combined city and town of Batavia.
A draft city/town charter was presented to the Batavia City Council last night.
The charter divides the hypothetical combined City and Town of Batavia into four wards. They look nothing like the existing city wards.
A councilperson would be elected from each of the newly created wards and five Council people would be elected at large.
The draft charter also calls for the combined municipality to be administered by a city manager.
Backers of the consolidation hope the plan goes before voters in both the city and town on Election Day this November.
Batavia Police Chief Randy Baker officially retires this Friday. Last night, City Council presented Baker with a proclamation recognizing Baker for more than 30 years of service with the city police department, the past four years as chief.
City Manager Jason Molino tells WBTA be expects to name a new chief within the next two weeks. He said there are candidates for the job within and outside the department.
The National Prescription Drug Drop-Off program will be held this Saturday in Genesee County. The public can drop-off their unwanted or expired prescriptions, as-well as hyperemic needles.
The collection will be held from 10am until 2pm at the Batavia Police Department, LeRoy Police Department or the Pembroke Town Highway barn on Routes 5 and 77.
Drugs can be dropped off "no questions asked."
At the end of the day, the drugs are weighed to measure the success of the program then taken to Buffalo to be burned.
Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney is expected to cruise to several more primary victories today.
Voters will cast primary ballots in five states, including New York.
Even though former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum suspended his presidential run, his name will still appear on today’s ballot in New York.
Governor Andrew Cuomo remains mum over whether he will support a new push to raise New York's minimum wage.
The governor has questions whether its economically feasible to institute such a raise in the current economic climate.
Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been pushing the plan, but Senate Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos has said he is against the proposal, calling it a "job killer."