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More layoffs are ahead for Eastman Kodak. The Rochester based imagining company has announced that another 140 positions will be eliminated. Kodak is currently going through Chapter Eleven bankruptcy and has cut about 500 jobs since the bankruptcy filing. The latest round of layoffs is expected to come by July 15th.

The Batavia area has received some good news from U.S, Senator Charles Schumer. The Agri-Business Park has received a grant of over 100 thousand dollars for water infrastructure upgrades. The location is the site of Pepsi’s Project Wave Yogurt Plant. Schumer says the money will also be used to upgrade the pump station. In addition to the Yogurt Plant, other businesses could be attracted to the Agri-Business Park. Another plant, Alpina, will also benefit.

What are you doing with all the money being saved at the pump? Gas prices have dropped to an average of about four dollars seven cents for regular. Here in Batavia that represents about a four cent per gallon saving. The figures for the area were released by Triple-A of Western New York. Experts say the current trend of falling prices should continue well into August.

Batavia High School sophomore, Siena Pullinzi, has won the congressional art competition. Her winning entry was a self portrait drawn with pencil, watercolor, and ink. Pullinzi’s artwork will be displayed in the capitol next year. Congresswoman Kathy Hocul says she’s proud of Pullinizi for her artistic creativity and her artwork. Over 800 residents of the 26th district voted in this year’s art competition.

An investigation by Batavia Police has resulted in the arrest of 25 year old Travis Weatherbee of Swan Street. He was found to be in possession of a hypodermic needle and a spoon. He’s been charged with Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia.

An arrest has been made in the burglary at the old Jell-O plant in LeRoy. 20 year old John O’Shea of Wolcott Street in LeRoy has been charged with burglary and grand larceny. The break-in occurred over the Easter Week-end.

 

A popular Buffalo watering hole abruptly shuts its doors.  The City Grill in downtown has closed for business.  Aside from a note on the front door, there has been no official explanation for the closing.  The restaurant was the site of a shooting two years ago that left four people dead and four others wounded.
 

 

 New York's Court of Appeals has turned down a challenge to the state's controversial redistricting plan.  The Court ruled Democrats failed to show alleged "unconstitutionality" of the plan, which adds a 63rd State Senate seat.  The redistricting plan that includes the new seat is seen by analysts as a victory for Senate Republicans who are holding a slim majority in the chamber and hoping to hold that majority through November.  Senate Democrats believe the redistricting plan is unfair and are hoping to use other legal challenges to have it overturned.

(Albany, NY)  --  Governor Cuomo doesn't expect to see a deal in Albany this legislative session regarding any potential raise of the state minimum wage.  Cuomo said Thursday any talk a minimum wage increase would pass this year is "dubious," considering such a move faces strong Republican opposition in the state Senate.  The governor, who says he has supported past increases, says he's not "exceptionally optimistic" an agreement on the issue can be reached in time to get a deal done this year.
 
(Albany, NY)  --  A second indictment has been handed up against former state Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno.  The Justice Department's new indictment comes after a federal appeals court earlier this week rejected the 83-year-old Bruno's request to not face another trial.  Last year, an appeals court threw out Bruno's conviction on two counts of theft of honest services relating to his use of private jets supplied by an upstate businessman.  The court ruled however there was a strong enough case for a second indictment on allegations he received some 440-thousand dollars in kickbacks in exchange for his influence on issues pending in the Legislature.
 
(Albany, NY)  --  A new poll finds Governor Andrew Cuomo may have good reason to not consider running for president in 2016.  In a poll commissioned by the "New York Daily News," Secretary of State and former First Lady Hillary Clinton crushes Cuomo 60 percent to 25 percent in a hypothetical 2016 New York Democratic presidential primary race.  Pollsters say the resounding victory by Clinton in such a hypothetical matchup is a reflection on the former New York senator's popularity in the Empire State.
 
 
 
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