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The Genesee County Legislature is holding a special meeting later today to act on one bill.
The measure would authorize the county to enter into an agreement with a private Michigan firm, Part D Advisors,Inc. to handle the paperwork for a new federal program designed to reimburse employers for healthcare costs of early retirees.
Under the federal program, a total of $5-billion is available, but it is on a first come, first serve basis. Genesee County Manager Jay Gsell hopes that by the county acting quickly, it may be able to secure some of the funding.

Keep some extra change in the car this morning if you’re traveling through Downtown Batavia.
Members of the Batavia Fire Department will be conducting their annual “Fill the Boot” campaign for Muscular Dystrophy.
The firefighter’s union sponsors the drive.
Local President Greg Ireland says the money supports children in Western New York.
The firemen will be posted at the intersections of Court and Main and Court and Ellicott after 9a.m. this morning.

On the political beat this morning:
Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino says he'll stay in the race for governor even though former Congressman Rick Lazzio won the GOP nomination.  Paladino says he'll spend his own money to fund a petition drive to get on the ballot. 
Paladino says Lazio is the wrong man for the job. 
Lazio was backed by more than 50-percent of the delegates to the GOP convention this week. Paladino, popular with the Tea Party movement, got less than 10 percent.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will need to wait until the end of summer to learn who she will run against this fall.  New York State Republicans are backing Bruce Blakeman, a former Nassau County legislator, to take on New York's junior Senator. 
But Blakeman must first face off in a September primary against former Bear Stearns chief economist David Malpass. 
Joseph DioGuardi, the father of "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi, plans to launch a petition drive to get on the ballot after failing to earn a spot at the state convention.  DioGuardi has the support of the State Conservative Party.

How would you like to host a Muckdog for the summer?
The Batavia Muckdogs are reaching out to area households, asking for homes for their players.
Muckdogs General Manager Travis Sick says you could host a future super star.
Sick also says the players will pay rent.
For more information, you can call the Batavia Muckdogs at 343-5454.

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