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A committee of the Genesee County Legislature is recommending a consultant to review options over the future of the county owned nursing home.
The Human Services Committee recommends the Center for Governmental Research (CGR) to serve as a consultant.
The CGR, according to County Manager Jay Gsell, has no vested interest in the outcome of its research.

Howard Owens, from WBTA News partner The Batavian, talked with Gsell about the selection of CGR and whether or not this is a prelude to the eventual sale of the nursing home:

The recommendation of CGR as the consultant for the nursing home will next go the legislature’s Ways and means Committee before moving on to the full legislature.

The race for New York Governor is about to get a little more interesting.  Upstate New York businessman Carl Paladino is tossing his hat into the crowded Republican field. 
The Buffalo-area developer plans to cut taxes and lower the state debt, which he says has doubled since Governor Pataki left office four years ago. 

The New York Post is reporting that Andrew Cuomo is considering Republican Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks as a possible running mate.
Cuomo has yet to formally announce his candidacy for governor.
The Post also reports that other sources deny Brooks is a possible running mate. She has already endorsed Republican Rick Lazio in his bid for governor.

Two state prison guards in Orleans County are on the wrong side of the law.  Authorities say 56-year-old David Lundin of Albion and 41-year-old Lee Salmon of Wolcottsville are accused of selling drugs.  The two serve as guards in the Orleans Correctional Facility in Albion.  Authorities say the arrests are the result of a seven-month investigation.  Police say search warrants at the officer’s homes turned up prescription medication, marijuana, a handgun as well as a scale and other drug paraphernalia.

One of Batavia’s most popular pizzeria’s is scheduled to re-open today after have been shuttered for almost a year.
Pontillo’s at Main and Harvester expects to open at 11 this morning.
Owner Sam Pontillo says that eatery has been redecorated, new equipment installed, but the menu and management remains virtually unchanged.
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