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Republican Congressional candidate David Bellavia is answering questions regarding his personal finances. According to the Buffalo News, public records show Bellavia was late in paying school taxes and water and sewer fees on his Batavia home. Bellavia told the Buffalo news he acknowledges the late payments, but points out that in each case penalties and interest charges were paid in full. It was recently revealed that Bellavia's campaign has been scrutinized by the Federal Elections Commission for failing to explain certain expenditures. Bellavia is challenging former Erie County Executive Chris Collins in the Republican Congressional Primary.The winner faces Congresswoman Kathy Hochul in the November election.

Three state troopers are suspended for allegedly helping transport Canadian prostitutes into Western New York. The lead suspect Trooper Titus Taggart of Buffalo an 18 year veteran assigned to the Thruway division. State Police Spokesman Sergeant Kern Swoboda said Taggert has been suspended without pay.

“This is the result of an internal investigation that was initiated back in December of 2011. Trooper Taggart is alleged to have organized parties that may have involved the promotion of prostitution while in an off-duty status," said Swoboda.

Two additional troopers have been suspended without pay in connection with the case 34-year-old Jeremy Smith and 33-year-old Michael Petritz.


Governor Cuomo has put himself at odds with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg over the disclosure of teacher evaluations. Cuomo says he is against "total disclosure" of evaluations that would allow the general public to get look at how teachers are being graded around the state. The governor says he supports parents of students being allowed to view the evaluations, and he believes such an agreement will likely be put in place before lawmakers leave Albany in June. Bloomberg says he believes teacher evaluations should be made available to the general public.

24-year old Stacy Maholick of Alexander is charged with 1 count of falsifying business records and petit larceny. Maholick is accused of completing 11 false merchandise returns and taking cash for the returns while employed at Radio Shack on Veterans Memorial Drive in Batavia. She will answer to the charges in Batavia town court on May 17th.

An Erie County man is accused of displaying his hand gun in the parking lot of Tully's in Batavia. 56-year old Steven Mogle of Lancaster is charged with 2-counts of menacing after he allegedly displayed the weapon to another motorist during an argument. Mogle did have a permit for the weapon. He was arrested and will appear in court on May 1st.

 

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