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After weeks of at times contentious debate, the Batavia City Council is due to take final action tonight on a new city budget.
That budget actually reduces property taxes by more than 13-percent but it will require every property owner in the city, including not-for-profit organizations, to find and pay for their own trash collection.
The council will also vote on an increase in water rates.
The council meeting begins at 7PM in city hall.

A Brockport man was jailed for allegedly driving drunk and speeding along Naramore Drive when he lost control of his vehicle and became struck on someone’s lawn.
24-year-old Weston Johnson of Brockport was locked up Saturday night in lieu of $500 bail.

Batavia Police arrested a Pringle Avenue woman for allegedly threatening to hurt another person while shopping at Tops.
20-year-old Sarah Gioia was charged with harassment.

A memorial service will be held today in Springville for one-year-old Austin Smith, who was reportedly killed by his mother's 16-year-old boyfriend.  Police say Dylan Schumaker beat Austin to death because he was crying.  The family is still trying to raise funds for the baby's funeral.

Post Office workers are sending a message to their leaders that they want Saturday mail delivery to continue.  
Around 300 postal workers rallied outside the main post office in Henrietta Saturday in an effort to save six day mail deliveries.  
They also want postal customers to be able to send beer and wine through the mail as a way of raising revenues. They have also suggested having notary services available at post offices. 
The Henrietta location is home to the main Western New York mail sorting facility.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun control group is rolling out a new ad today that makes a push for background checks for gun buyers.  
The ad features a gun owner who says that background checks will keep guns out of the hands of criminals and mentally ill people.
The $12-million campaign by Mayors Against Illegal Guns targets U.S. senators in 13 states.  

The Senate is set to take up federal gun control legislation next month. 

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