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Batavia City Republicans have a new leader.
He is Matt Landers. He is the assistant treasurer for Genesee County.
Landers replaces Joe Gerace who resigned as city GOP chairman last month.
Landers says his focus is the November Batavia City Council election. Three at-large council seats will be decided.

Petitions will be available this coming Tuesday for persons wishing to run for one of two Batavia Board of Education seats. 
The election is May 21st.
The terms are for three years.
The seats are now held by Patrick Burk and Steve Mountain.

The Holley Central School District has hired new security officers for their elementary, middle and high school.
Officials say the officers will also be part of programs aimed at eliminating bullying. 
Security cameras have also been installed throughout the schools.

State officials are working to bring a new exam to New York that will replace the GED.  
The state has awarded an eight-point-four-million dollar, three-year contract to a unit of McGraw-Hill to create a new exam that would replace the GED as the State's main high school equivalency test. 

The Buffalo Sabres are expected to sign the deed for the Webster Block property across from First Niagara Center today.  
The land is going to be used for a $123-million development that will include two ice rinks, retail and restaurant space, a hotel and a parking garage.  
Officials say the hockey-themed development will create 15-hundred construction jobs and 350 full-time jobs once the facility opens.

A new report indicates that the Buffalo-Niagara region added 35-hundred jobs over the last year.  The New York Department of Labor says a burst in hiring by restaurants and hotels was able to offset the seasonal drop in construction jobs that usually occurs in January.  Of New York's 13 metropolitan areas, Buffalo finished in the middle of the pack in terms of job growth, coming in at less than one-percent growth over the previous year.  


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