posted on May 17, 2012 07:24
Batavia Downs announced that another County has joined the ranks in support of full casino gaming at the Downs.
Wayne County is now the sixth County to support the casino.
OTB Genesee County Board member Richard Seibert told WBTA that it was unlikely that Batavia Downs would be considered as one of the seven along with Buffalo raceway in Hamburg.
Nolan says they are hoping County support will push lawmakers to include Batavia Downs.
The Downs is the only municipally owned casino in New York State.
The state’s September primary is going to be delayed by two days. The legislature has agreed to move the date from Tuesday September 11th to Thursday September 13th so that it won’t interfere with 9-11 remembrance events.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, whose district includes the World Trade Center site where the planes hit the towers on September 11th 2001, says moving primary day was the right thing to do.
There will also be a primary on June 26th for congressional and US Senate races, because the Senate and Assembly could not agree on one date for all of the primaries.
Over 300 hundred volunteers,the most ever, fanned out across Genesee County for the annual United Way Day of caring.
A man convicted of killing a young boy in Steuben County nearly 20 years ago has been denied parole for a sixth time. Eric Smith, now 32 years old, will spend the next two years in prison before he comes up for parole again. Smith was 13 years old when he lured four-year-old Derrick Robie into a wooded area near the boy's home in Savona in 1993 and murdered him. His lawyers had tried to say that Smith suffered from a mental disorder, but he was convicted and sentenced to nine years to life behind bars.
Governor Cuomo continues to insist that a minimum wage hike in New York State is unlikely to be approved during this legislative session. Senate Republicans have said they don't plan to support Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's bill that would hike the state minimum wage from seven dollars, 25 cents to eight dollar, 50 cents. However, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos continues to hint that a deal could be reached for some sort of increase, as long as the bill also found a way to help create jobs in the state.