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Cuomo Prepares For Budget Unveiling

Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting ready to unveil his budget for the upcoming fiscal year. 

 
The governor says New Yorkers shouldn't expect any major surprises in his budget plan, which will be announced during a presentation Tuesday.
 
Cuomo continues to refuse discussions about whether his budget plan will feature any mention of hydrofracking, which remains a hot topic around the state.
 

Politicians Working to Add Greek Yogurt to Federal Lunch Program

Politicians are working to get Greek yogurt onto the plates of America’s children which only bodes good news for Western New York dairy farmers.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Richard Hanna want to make Greek yogurt a part of the federal school lunch program due to its high protein content.

“It’s just one more opportunity for people to be able to enjoy and taste and reap the benefits of a healthy, delicious snack,” Steve Ammerman, a spokesperson for the New York Farm Bureau, said.

Greek yogurt – which has twice the protein as traditional yogurt – could also benefit school districts financially.

“What this (proposal) does is it reclassifies the nutrition guidelines that would allow school districts to purchase Greek yogurt in smaller quantities,” Ammerman said, “meaning it would be more affordable for them to offer as an alternative in their school lunches.”

Introducing young children to Greek yogurt at school, besides being a nutritious dairy option, would only help the industry because the exposure could make them consumers of the product for life, adding endurance for New York Greek yogurt producers.

70 percent of the nation’s Greek Yogurt is produced in the Empire State. Batavia and Genesee County have been at the forefront of Greek yogurt production in the state. Alpina and Muller/Quaker have moved into the Agri-business Park specifically to invest in and produce Greek yogurt to contribute to the growing popularity of the protein-rich yogurt.

Currently, Greek yogurt is not differentiated from traditional yogurt by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

NYS Police Looking for Man Impersonating Cop
 
State Police are looking for a man pretending to be a cop.
 
Troopers in Warsaw say a 21-year-old female driver was stopped this week along Route 98 in Albion by a man posing as a police officer.
 
The man was described as a white male, about 6-feet tall, and believed to be in his 30’s. He wore a blue uniform but no insignia.
 
He was driving a blue four-door sedan with blue lights on the windshield and some sort of police logo on the side of the vehicle.
 
If you have any information, you are asked to call state police at 344-6200.
 
Sheriff's Office Investigating Several Day-Time Burglaries That Occurred on Wednesday
 
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a number of day-time burglaries that occurred on Wednesday of this week.
 
The burglaries occurred along Ridge Road and Lockport Road in Elba, Ham Road in Alabama and Batavia-Oakfield Townline Road in Batavia.
 
Entry was gained through the forcible opening of locked rear or side doors. Property stolen consisted of jewelry and electronic devices.
 
The Sheriff’s Office reminds residents to report suspicious peopleand activity by calling 343-5000.

 

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