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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer wants to close a loophole in state laws that allow convicted sex offenders to work with children.  The current law restricts sex offenders from working in public schools as teachers or coaches but does not cover many private institutions. 
Schumer says it’s dangerous to allow sex offenders to work with kids.
Schumer's proposal comes shortly after reports of sex offenders working as referees and karate coaches in New York.

From the weekend Police Blotters:

40-year-old Lucinda Barber of Tracy Avenue, Batavia:
She is locked up in the Genesee County Jail for allegedly boosting someone’s wallet while standing in line at a Wal-mart check-out.
Barber is charged with Grand Larceny.

27-year-old Robert Eppolito of Maple Street, Batavia:
He’s in jail on a charge of Endangering the welfare of a child.
Batavia Police say Eppolito allegedly pushed another person…while that person was holding…a baby.

27-year-old Theodore Cooper of Owego, NY has been charged Grand Larceny for allegedly ripping off an elderly Batavia woman.
Police say Cooper defrauded the woman out of 55-hundred dollars for a roofing job he did not do – nor was it needed since the woman’s roof was replaced by a reputable local contractor two years ago.

Governor David Paterson wants future governors to have more powers when it comes to solving budget and financial problems.  Under new legislation, Paterson wants the governor and legislators to legally certify that every budget is balanced.  If that is not done, Paterson's measure would ban the use of borrowing for deficits or operational costs.  The bill also would give sweeping new powers to the governor when red ink pops up mid-year. Paterson has complained that the governor's powers have been limited, as he has attempted to deal with billions of dollars in red ink and a Legislative body that has not passed a finalized budget this year.

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