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Campaign season often brings out the big bucks from the government’s pork barrel.
Today, New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos travels to Genesee County with $2-million in hand.
The money is earmarked for the Science, Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Park – known as STAMP – in the Town of Alabama.
The funding will be used for design and infrastructure work on the 13-hundred acre site.
Skelos will be accompanied by Republican State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer. Skelos will attend a re-election fundraiser for Ranzenhofer tonight in Erie County.

Proposed changes in how New York State deals with juvenile offenders, could end up costing Genesee County taxpayers big money.
County lawyers told the legislature’s Ways and Means committee last night that proposed laws pertaining to juvenile offenders could cost the county over a million dollars a year.
The proposed law would extend the age limit for juvenile offers to include 16 and 17 years olds, except in cases of violent crime.
County Attorney Charles Zambito says a whole new youth court would be created with no money to pay for it. 
“The problem that I have with it is that it’s another example of an unfunded mandate. It’s an idea they have and then they implement it and they don’t consider the real cost of doing that. If they’re willing to pay for it then fine.” 
New York and North Carolina are the only states in the nation that still try 16 and 17 year olds as adults for crimes such as petit larceny and criminal mischief. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared some Western New York counties as disaster areas. 
Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming, Erie and Monroe Counties were among the many named by the USDA that are now eligible to receive federal reimbursement for crops destroyed by the freezing temperatures in March. 
Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) said anyone who wants to know how they can receive disaster relief funds for their farm can call his Albion District Office at 585-589-5780 or his Albany Office at 518-455-5811 for more information.

The parents of Alexandria Rice want the public to send letters to the judge who will sentence an Amherst doctor in the teenager’s death.  A jury acquitted Dr. James Corasanti of manslaughter and other felony charges last week, but did convict him of DWI in the accident in Getzville last summer.  
Alexandrai’s parents have taken to Facebook to ask the community to send letters to the judge pushing for a tough sentencing for Corasanti.  
Corasanti faces up to a year behind bars.

Authorities are investigating a possible hate crime in the southern Erie County Town of Irving.  
State Police say a 20-foot-tall fiberglass statue of an Indian Chief was toppled early yesterday near the Big Indian Smoke Shop.  
The statue is easily visible from the Thruway.
Officials believe vandals entered the property and vandalized the statue, which weighs over one thousand pounds.


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