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The City of Batavia has agreed to take another look at how it enforces overnight parking in city owned lots.

Earlier this year, at the urging of the Batavia Business Improvement District (BID), the city stepped up enforcement of an existing permit system allowing cars to be parked between 2 and 6am.  
The city then doubled the fee for a permit from $50 to $100.
Don Berkel, Executive Director of the BID, said the BID Board did not favor raising fees, especially when the BID tries to encourage business and residency int he downtown area.
City Manager Jason Molino called it, “a balancing act,” weighing the needs of downtown residents and business owners, with the city’s responsibility to maintain the lots, especially in the winter.
Molino suggested the issue go back to the BID’s parking committee.
 
City Council also last night unanimously agreed to support,in concept, proposed legislation in Albany allowing municipal governments to place legal notices online.
Such legal notices have been the sole province of local newspapers and a significant source of their revenue.
Proponents argue that competition in the legal advertising field will lower cost to taxpayers.
 
There is a new Bishop of Buffalo.
He is the Bishop Richard Malone, who has been bishop of Portland, Maine for the past eight years.
Bishop Malone becomes the 14th Bishop of the Buffalo Diocese.
He takes over for retiring Bishop Edward Kimec on August 10th.

Legislation that would crack down on cyberbullies is being delayed in the State Assembly.
New York State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer proposed a bill that would make it a misdemeanor for people to repeatedly harass or antagonize others on the internet or by means of cell phone. 
The bill passed in the senate. 
Ranzenhofer says he’s hopeful that some type of legislation on cyberbullying will be passed by the end of the legislative session in mid-June.

The New York State Economic Development Council has named Steve Hyde as the developer of the year. 
Hyde is the President and CEO of the Genesee County’s Economic Development Center.  
The GCEDC is currently working on multiple projects at the Agri-business Park.  
At times, Hyde has been a lightening rod for criticism of hefty bonuses granted by the EDC board.

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders have reached an agreement regarding a bill that tackles those telemarketing calls many people find annoying.  Under the legislation, telemarketers would have to receive express consent from residents before calling their homes.  Many New Yorkers deem the dinner-time telemarketing calls borderline harassment.  Telemarketing companies that violate the law will be banned from doing business in New York.
 
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