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A Rochester man is in the Genesee County Jail today after being charged yesterday with Rape and A Criminal Sexual Act, both Class B Felonies.
Batavia City Police say the investigation began yesterday when they received a 911 hang up call from a city residence.  Police responded and a woman to them she had been assaulted.  Police arrested 27-year-old Lamar Anderson of Mead Street in Rochester who was still at the Batavia residence when Police arrived.  Anderson is locked up with no bail set. 

Once again this year Assemblyman Steve Hawley from Batavia will be hosting a Local Government Conference in Albany.  The Conference is a three-day affair with government officials from the 139th Assembly District coming to Albany for meetings, seminars and lectures presented by a number of state agencies.  The purpose of the conference is to help local government officials become more familiar with state government and state agencies in the Capitol. This year’s Conference will be this Sunday, May 16 through Tuesday the 18th.  Officials and representatives will be boarding trains in Buffalo and Rochester for the trip to Albany.

State workers plan to fight newly approved furloughs in court.  The Civil Service Employees Association is one union that has already filed legal action seeking a temporary restraining order with the federal court in Albany.  On Monday, state lawmakers gave the go-ahead to Governor Paterson's emergency spending bill that included the furloughs requiring thousands of state employees to take one day off every week without pay, until a deal is reached on the over month late budget. Governor Paterson calls the furloughs necessary to keep the state from going broke, saying the one-day furloughs will save the state 30-million dollars a week.  Lawmakers are still trying to figure out how to close an over nine-billion-dollar budget gap.  The head of the Civil Service Employees Association says the union will do everything it can to protect the rights of members and the services they provide to the people of New York.

One of the more than three dozen people injured in the Staten Island Ferry crash last weekend is planning to file a lawsuit against New York City. The passenger is expected to make the legal move known this afternoon. Federal investigators are ruling out human error in the preliminary investigation of Saturday's crash of the Andrew J. Barberi into a dock and are pointing to a mechanical failure as a possible cause. Investigators say it appears the crew was also operating under normal procedure at the time of the crash.  It could take months to determine the exact cause of the crash.

Can you imagine paying a 92-dollar bill with a check for 5.5 million dollars.  That’s what auditors for State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found when checking state payments.  The auditors stopped the check, and in all have stopped or uncovered approximately 81 million dollars in improper or fraudulent state payments.  DiNapoli’s office processed an average of 263 thousand payments a day in 2009.  The 5.5 million dollar payment would have come from the Uninsured Employees Fund managed by the Workers Compensation Board.  The auditors found there had been a typing error and the payment should only have been 92 dollars. That’s quite a typo.


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