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State Assemblyman Steve Hawley from Batavia has blasted the State Legislature for inaction on the new state budget.  Hawley says the legislature is slippingi nto its notorious routine of putting things off until tomorrow when they should be done today.  Hawley says for a second straight week the 2010-2011 State Budget was discussed behind closed doors and never brought to the Assembly floor for a vote, leaving rank and file members of the Assembly with less urgent legislation to address. Hawley adds that the budget process shows how broken New York State government really is.  Hawley says he will continue to push for greater budget transparency and fiscal responsibility in Albany.  Hawleyannounced on Thursday here in Batavia that he will seek another term in theAssembly this November.

An underage drinking party has left a Silver Springs woman in trouble. 24-year-old Lacey Ames of  North Cummings Avenue in Silver Springs has been charged with Criminal Nuisance after she was found to be the host of an underagedrinking party.  Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies became involved when they received the complaint of a loud party at the woman’s home.  Ames is scheduled to appear May 17th in Silver Springs court to answer to the charges.

President Barack Obama has declared six counties major disaster areas in wake of the March nor'easter.  The declaration means Richmond, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Orange, and Rockland residents (all downstate)  will have access to federal money to help recover from the torrential rain and wind that caused flooding and power outages in mid March.  Governor David Paterson says the money will go toward debris removal and repairs to public property.  Preliminary statewide estimates show 85-million dollars in damage.  Homeowners have claimed more than 45-million dollars in damage to their properties.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants the Obama administration to make a decision about where the 9-11 terror trials are going to be held.  Bloomberg and many other leaders in New York like Governor David Paterson have publicly voiced their opposition to having alleged 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four of his accused co-conspirators to be tried in Lower Manhattan Federal Court, citing ballooning police overtime costs.  On his weekly radio show on Newstalk Radio 710 WOR, Bloomberg said delaying the decision doesn't make the issue any easier.  Attorney General Eric Holder has said the administration is considering other locations for the trial, but has yet to rule out New York City.

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