posted on August 09, 2013 07:38
Rep. Chris Collins is using the congressional recess to meet with small business owners.
The Western New York Republican, who represents Genesee County in Washington, met with a handful of small business owners in Batavia yesterday.
Collins says small business suffers from what he calls an uncertain American future.
Don Burkel is the Executive Director of the Batavia Business Improvement District. He says Collins, as a small businessman himself, should have an understanding of the problems small businesses face.
Collins says he would rather meet with his constituents face to face to get their views on the issues rather than rely on public opinion polls.
The number of small business loans issued in Western New York through a government guarantee program is on the rise. The number of Small Business Administration loans issued in the combined Rochester-Buffalo markets is up by more than eight-percent. The loans were approved through an SBA program that is designed to help start-ups and existing small businesses.
Its costing more money to keep female prisoners behind bars in Genesee County.
The County Legislature has approved a $205,000 increase in jail appropriations just for housing female inmates.
The jail averages 10-15 female inmates a day and more on weekends.
The county jail does not have separate holding areas so women have to be transported to jails in neighboring counties at Genesee County expense.
A Medina man charged with stealing a 46-inch LED T-V from K-Mart in Batavia.
52-year-old David Martin is facing a charge of petit larceny. He was jailed in lieu of $1,000 bail.
Deputies received a call about two men fleeing K-Mart in a black pick-up with the hot TV in the back.
The truck was stopped on Route 98 in Elba.
There is no information about the second suspect in the case.