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City Councilman Tim Buckley wants to help city employees find good homes in Batavia. At last night’s Council meeting, Buckley pointed out that over 60-percent of properties in Batavia are currently owned by landlords.

Buckley proposed that Batavia sell foreclosed properties at a minimum to young city employees who live outside the city limits. Rose Mary Christian has one problem with the plan.

City Manager Jason Molino suggested teaming up with the Batavia Housing Authority to offer such a plan. Council will discuss the issue further at its next Conference Meeting.
All council members agreed the idea is a good one.

Just when you thought all the state parks and historic sites that have been closed would re-open, there is a set back.  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is balking at the plan, which he says, now includes more than 100 million dollars in budget actions. Paterson had wanted to take six million dollars from the Environmental Protection Fund to allow the parks and sites to re-open.  In addition Environmental groups are now upset that the governor wants to divert money away from the protection fund in favor of the parks. State Senate Democrats also say the plan is part of a larger effort by the Governor to pass the state budget piecemeal, something they won’t do.

Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo is attempting to reach across the aisle and get some Republican support in his run for the governor's office.  Cuomo has announced he's picked several former Republican officials to help him reach out to the GOP. Former New York Republican State Party Chair Patrick Barrett and former State Senator Michael Balboni are among those who have joined the Cuomo campaign to help him gain some Republican support. In an interview on "Talk 1300" in Albany Monday, Cuomo said he wants to reach out to Republicans and Independents as he works to change Albany if he's elected.

A State Supreme Court judge has found 24 year old Michelle Crawford of Batavia guilty of only misdemeanor driving while impaired by alcohol and misdemeanor child endangerment.  Crawford was charged under the state’s new Leandra’s Law, which makes it a felony to be DWI with children under 16 year of age in the car. Crawford still faces up to a year in a local jail cell following the one-day non-jury trial. Sentencing is set for September 13th. She was arrested last December in the Town of Marilla after she was stopped for erratic driving.  She had three children in the car; ages 1, 3 and 4.

A veteran female teacher at Canandaigua Academy has been charged with having a sexual relationship with a male student. Authorities say 37-year-old Marla urecki-Haskins of Farmington, Ontario County allegedly engaged in a sexual act with a 17-year-old male student in the school, and used a cell phone and emails to try and convince three 16-year old boys to begin sexual relationships with her. Gurecki-Haskins has been put on administrative leave since the accusations surfaced in April. She faces a felony count of disseminating indecent material to a minor, as well as misdemeanor counts of official misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child.  The teacher has been in her post since 1995. She was released on her own recognizance.


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