posted on May 17, 2010 07:21
School budgets go before voters tomorrow in New York State.
In many districts, the state budget crisis has created havoc with school budgets.
But in Genesee County, the two largest districts are putting budgets before voters that hold the tax increase either at, or near, zero.
For Batavia City Schools, the proposed tax rate increase is just over one-percent. In LeRoy, there is no increase in the tax rate.
Two Buffalo area men are behind Wyoming County bars this morning.
The pair is charged with burglary and grand larceny.
Deputies say 29-year-old Richard Dubie and 23-year-old Esteban Ramos-Cruz broke into a home Saturday on Lapp Road in the Town of Bennington.
A neighbor called and reported the burglary in progress.
That brought deputies from three counties, including Genesee, and the Erie County sheriff’s helicopter into the pursuit.
Ramos-Cruz was collared but Dubie managed to get away.
He was arrested on Sunday after an alert citizen saw him walk out of the woods.
Three four-wheel ATVs and a two-wheel dirt bike, believed stolen in the burglary, were recovered.
The University of Rochester has sent more than 26-hundred graduates into the real world. The 160th commencement ceremony was held Sunday for the college of arts, sciences and engineering, which included more than eleven hundred graduates. Danny Wegman, CEO of Wegmans Food Markets, delivered the commencement address.
Lawmakers from both parties agree oil giant BP needs to foot the bill for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but there is a split on how much money they should pay. On NBC's "Meet the Press,"
Senator Chuck Schumer of New York says BP must do what's necessary to clean up the spill.
Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky agreed with the need for better oversight, but did not sign on to repealing the cap on how much BP would have to pay.
Western New Yorkers will have fewer outdoor places to spend their leisure time this summer. That's thanks to 41 state parks closing today. The closures will include Long Point State Park in Chautauqua County and Allegany State Park in Cattaraugus County. State lawmakers approved the park shut downs as a way to handle budget issues. Many of the parks could re-open in the future thanks to 11-million dollars in funding being restored to the six-week late spending plan.