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The Batavia City Council, with some reservation, approved spending 85-hundred dollars to plot a strategic plan for the city. The money will fund a contract with the GCC Best center to facilitate the plan.
Some councilmen expressed concern that this new strategic plan could run into the same dead end as the last project six years ago.  That plan created a number of Citizen Action Teams, or CAT panels, whose recommendations were largely ignored. The contract with GCC was approved last night by a vote of 8 to 1. Ward 3 Councilman Sam Barone voted “no.”

It was indeed cold overnight, but maybe not as cold as expected.  Rochester had a low of 33 and Buffalo is 36..Of course that’s at the airport and not too many people live at the airport. Here in Batavia our low was 32 degrees at the State School for the Blind.  Wellsville in Allegheny County reported a low of 29 and Watertown, usually a lot cooler, came in at 26.  A Freeze warning was posted for Genesee County and most of Western New York until 8 this morning.

Authorities in Livingston County are calling it a case of murder.  The body found near Chautauqua Hollow Road in the Town of Nunda last week has been identified.  The Livingston County Sheriff’s says 37-year-old Deanna L. Dudek of Rochester was the victim of a homicide.
The Sheriff’s Office is working with the Monroe County Medical Examiner.
No further information has been made public.

Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a Batavia man after a domestic incident on Overlook Drive in the Town of Batavia this morning. 26-year-old Joshua Martaus has been charged with arassment, possession of a hypodermic instrument and possession of a controlled substance not in its original container.  Martaus allegedly grabbed a female by the hair and dragged her down a hallway.

If you are a resident of the Oakfield-Alabama School District and you have questions about the proposed budget for next year, then tonight is your night. The district will be holding their annual budget and public meeting to discuss the proposed 17.4 million dollar spending plan for the 2010-11 school year.  The budget calls for a tax levy increase of 2.36 percent.  The vote is a week from today.  Tonight’s informational meeting begins at 7PM in the High School/Middle School Community Room.

Batavia Police and Fire officials are continuing to investigate the cause of Saturday’s fire in the old Waird Plow building.  Lt. James Steinbrenner of the fire department is conducting an ongoing investigation into the cause and origin of the blaze, which heavily damaged the structure. At this time the cause of the fire is being listed as suspicious

Thousands of state workers will soon feel the pain of New York's budget woes. The state Legislature is approving Governor Paterson's emergency budget plan that requires state employees to take one unpaid workday.  Governor Paterson calls the furloughs necessary to keep the state from going broke until a budget deal is reached.  State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson reluctantly supported the furloughs, but will support the legal challenges.  State unions plan to take Governor Paterson to court over the unpaid work days.  The governor says the one-day furloughs will save the state 30-million dollars a week. New York faces a nine-point-two-billion-dollar budget gap.

President Obama is reportedly going to stop at a Buffalo manufacturing company when he visits on Thursday.  "The Buffalo News" reports that Mr. Obama will talk about the economy to workers at Industrial Support Inc. on the city's East Side. The president's official schedule has not yet been released by the White House.  The company makes various items including supermarket displays and salad bars.


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