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The weather is not spring like this morning. A freeze watch is in effect for Western New York including Genesee County tonight through Tuesday morning. Over night lows are expected in the upper 20’s to lower 30’s. This is bad new for sensitive vegetation. Residents should protect any outdoor plants tonight.

Both Buffalo and Rochester reported a trace of snow yesterday. That tied a 1938 record in Buffalo. However it wasn’t a record in Rochester where the record was 1.1 inches set in 1996.

The average last freeze date in Buffalo is April 26th and the average last frost date is May 20th. The latest freeze date on record is on May 24th.

Batavia Police arrested a Liverpool man after his car nearly hit a Police car head on. 22 year old Joshua Banick has been charged with DWI and other vehicle and traffic charges. Police say Banick was pulling out of the 7-11 parking lot on East Main Street in Batavia. Police say he backed through the parking lot and over a concrete parking space bumper and came to a stop on the sidewalk near the front entrance.

21 year old Michael Carroll of Harvester avenue is in jail on 100 dollars bail after he was arrested by a Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy on a bench warrant. Carroll had been charged with possession of alcohol by a person under age 21and had failed to appear in court to answer to those charges.

An incident on Thomas Avenue last April 19th has led to the arrest of 20 year old Shaneeka Wroten of Central Avenue. She’s charged with Criminal Trespass and Harassment. An arreste warrant had been issued for Wroten and she turned herself in.

It will be a regular business session for Batavia City Council tonight. The meeting will be held in the Council Board Room on the second floor of the Batavia City Centre at 7PM. As usual the public may speak by signing in with the City Clerk prior to the start of the session.

Yet another round of revelations into New York lawmakers breaking the rules could be on the horizon in Albany. The "Times Union" says that's because lawmakers will file additional disclosure forms by Wednesday as required under an ethics initiative launched two-years ago. The rules require officials to report whatever income they earned from employment outside their job as elected official. For example Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos both reportedly earn income from New York law firms.

Bernard Tolbert is officially a candidate for the Democratic nomination for mayor of Buffalo. The former head of the Buffalo FBI office launched his challenge to incumbent Byron Brown during an event over the weekend. Tolbert will have a difficult challenge, as Brown has the power of incumbency and over a million-dollars in his campaign war chest. Tolbert says his only goal in running is to give back to his hometown and make it a better place to live.

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is using an outside public relations company to help craft their message. The authority has spent 90-thousand-dollars over the last 16 months to utilize Eric Mower and Associates to handle day to day communications matters. Some board members are questioning whether the agency designed to serve the poor should be spending money on services most other state housing authorities handle in house. The authority gave the PR firm a no-bid contract to perform the work.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will expand smoke-free zones at all state parks. The areas where people will be prohibited to smoke include picnic shelters, athletic facilities and at certain beaches and boardwalks. New York City parks are smoke-free already. Cuomo said the move brings New York one step closer to becoming a smoke-free state.

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