posted on November 21, 2012 07:23
In a rare display of dissent in the ranks, the Genesee County Legislature has approved funding its Economic Development Center for another year.
The legislature voted 5 to 3 last night to approve a taxpayer subsidy of 215-thousand dollars to fund the agency next year.
One of the no votes came from Oakfield Legislator Ray Cianfrini.
His primary objection: the amount of money paid to EDC employees in the form of incentive bonuses.
"and so the question arises, do you need our taxpayer dollars for fund your operation? My feeling is, if you have that $175,000 already set aside to pay those incentives, why are we giving you $215,000?
Joining Cianfrini in opposition to the EDC subsidy were Batavia legislators Marianne Clattenberg and Frank Ferrando.
Legislature Chairwoman Mary pat Hancock continued her staunch defense of the EDC. She said the county subsidy of the EDC sends a signal to prospective businesses that the legislature supports the economic development effort by putting, "skin in the game."
Tim Horton's is moving forward with plans for a new location in Batavia.
The company has cleared another regulatory hurdle.
The Town of Batavia Zoning Board unanimously approved a set-back variance for the proposed restaurant at Lewiston Road near West
Main Street. It allows the structure to be located about 15 feet from the property line.
A D-O-T traffic study for the proposed site has already been ordered and the town's planning board will take up that issue at their next meeting December 4th.
If the project is approved, construction would start in March or April.
The number of people working in Genesee County in October is higher than in 2011, but so is the unemployment rate, according to figures released today by the Department of Labor.
There are 30-thousand, 2-hundred people working in the county which is up 500 from a year ago.
However, the unemployment rate went up from 6.8% last October to percent to 7.2% this year.
The state counts 2,300 unemployed people in the county for October of this year, 100 more than last year.
Another drug arrest in Batavia.
35-year-old Randy Wilmet of Franklin Street, Batavia is facing a felony count for allegedly selling illegal drugs to an agent of the Genesee County local Drug Enforcement Task Force.
Wilmet was jailed without bail.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has indicated that he would rather not see any toll increases on the New York State Thruway. Cuomo says toll increases would be detrimental, and avoiding any increases should be the goal. The Thruway Authority board has been considering a 45-percent increase on tolls for trucks, with the goal of raising 90-million-dollars in new revenue. The authority promised investors that a toll increase was coming last year when it borrowed one-billion-dollars, raising concerns that no increase could hurt the agency's credit rating.