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Voters in every Western New York Community except for Buffalo will be heading to the polls to vote on education issues tomorrow. By New York State law cities and town vote on education budgets on the third Tuesday of May and that is tomorrow. Here in Batavia a nearly 42 million dollar spending plan is up for a vote and that’s about 2 percent up this year. In addition there are two propositions, one for a nearly 4 million dollar capitol improvement project and another that will call for a change in the current transportation eligibility distance requirements. Patrick Burke and Peter Cecere are both running for the board and are unopposed.

Voting in Batavia is tomorrow from 7AM till 9PM at either John Kennedy Intermediate School or Batavia High School depending on where you live.

Residents in other school districts should check with their school system for voting details.

What may have been the biggest graduating class at Genesee Community College received their diplomas yesterday in the school’s 45th Commencement Exercises. 988 students received their diplomas and heard an address from State Senator Catherine Young, a native of Olean. Her district includes Livingston County, one of the counties home to a GCC campus. She told the graduates about growing up on a farm; facing challenges and then encouraged the students to remember that they can always overcome setbacks.

A probation officer discovered controlled substances inside a cigarette pack of one of his clients and that has led to the arrest of that client. 22 year old Nicholas Doell of the Lippold Road in Darien has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance not in its original container. Doell’s in jail with bail set at 500 dollars.

A two week seat belt crackdown is underway by State Police in Western New York. The “Click It or Ticket” campaign will focus on unrestrained passengers and drivers. Those found not complying will receive tickets. By New York State all, all front seat passengers and all back seat passengers under the age of 16 must wear seat belts while riding in a car.

The president of the Seneca Indian Nation is levying harsh criticism at Governor Cuomo. President Barry Snyder Senior said in a statement the governor is playing "bully tactics" in the wake of last week's announcement by Cuomo he'd reached a long-awaited land deal with the Oneida Nation. Snyder said even though Cuomo signed that, quote, "historic deal," the governor is prepared to walk away from a gaming deal with the Seneca in two years, which might force the closure of the Nation's three New York casinos.

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