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Former GCC Coach to Face Grand Jury

Former Genesee Community College softball coach Renee Smith will face a grand jury stemming from her alleged double dipping case.

The 28-year-old Livonia native was arrested on April 24 for charges of double dipping on her job with the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. 

She was allegedly paid for working as a recreational therapist at the same time she coached softball for GCC and at Livonia High School.

Smith admitted she was working for OPWDD at the same time she was in Myrtle Beach with the GCC softball team. 

The state Inspector General’s office completed the investigation into her employment and charges include 10 counts of first-degree offering of a false instrument for filing and one count of fourth-degree grand larceny, all felonies.

She was originally arraigned in Rochester City Court but was transferred to County Court because the case involved felony charges.

Smith resigned from GCC on the day she was arrested.

Hawley Applauds Restoration of Funds to OPWDD

Assemblyman Steve Hawley applauded the announcement of a tentative agreement to restore funding for the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

Under the terms of the deal, cuts from the state budget will be reversed, either through management efficiencies or an influx of cash.

“Many of the individuals who receive assistance through these programs are among the most vulnerable in our society, and we have a responsibility to provide them with the care and support they need,” said Hawley.

Hawley is a co-sponsor of the legislation to restore the funding. Under the tentative agreement, if the savings from a review of management efficiencies are short of $90 million, additional state funds will be used to make up the difference.

Pembroke named top Public School in County

Buffalo Business First – a weekly business publication – has been releasing its rankings of the best schools in Western New York. 

Today, it says Williamsville is the best school district.
The results are based on four years of test data from the state education department.

The publication ranks Pembroke the best school district in Genesee County at No. 22 overall. It’s followed by LeRoy, Pavilion and Oakfield-Alabama.

The Batavia City School District ranked No. 60, the lowest in the county.
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