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New York State is about to eliminate a major part of its economic development process.
The Empire Zone program will be eliminated and replaced by a scaled down program offering less benefits and a shorter life span.
The Empire Zone offered tax breaks for businesses locating or expanding in certain targeted areas.
Critics of the program argued it was too expensive for the benefits and the number of jobs created was often over-stated.
The Empire Zone program will end June 30th. Companies already in the program will continue to receive benefits until their contracts expire.

Governor David Paterson is calling on lawmakers to pass a state budget by June 28th. 
Paterson says the budget, now 77 days late, needs to be finalized for the sake of school districts, hospitals, local governments and other groups that are waiting to hear how much financial support they're getting from the state.
Governor Paterson says even though his emergency appropriation bills have achieved huge savings for the state and kept it operating, it's not the most favorable process. 

18-year-old Michael Witkop of Ross St., Batavia has been charged with sexual misconduct. Batavia Police say Witkop had relations with a girl under 17, who by law is deemed incapable of consent due to her age.

The Downtown Batavia Public Market opens later this morning.
The market will be located at the corner of Ellicott and Center Streets.
Hours will be 9:30a.m. until 4:30p.m.
For opening day today, local police will be conducting child safety seat inspections.

New York lawmakers are turning to the octagon to help solve the state's budget crisis.  The state Senate approved a measure to lift the state's ban on mixed martial arts.
New York is one of only six states that have banned ultimate fighting matches.  The measure moves to the state Assembly for consideration.  Governor Paterson has said ultimate fighting could bring in two-million dollars in tax revenue.

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