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Open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act is entering another day.  New York is telling people to be patient and wait for the "bugs" to be worked out of online systems.  The state insurance exchange is New York State of Health – the official Health Plan Marketplace.
It is estimated that 5 to 6 thousand Genesee County residents will take advantage of the program.
Local sources of information include:
  • The Office for the Aging
  • Department of Social Services
  • and the County Health Department.
Designated as "navigator" programs to actually assist residents in making a decision are: 
  • Community Action on Clinton St. Road
  • and the Lake Plains Community Care at  575 E. Main St Rd., Aldi's Plaza (correction from earlier post)
This is a link to the New York State of Health website,  but be advised, the system has been down most of this morning for maintenance.

Western New York Congressman Chris Collins – who represents Genesee County - is refusing to be paid while the federal government shutdown is ongoing.  
Collins has written to House leaders and told them he would not accept pay until the situation is resolved.  
Collins has also furloughed ten of his 14 staff members, and closed his satellite office in Geneseo.

Four people are facing charges following a long investigation into the illegal sale and distribution of narcotic pills in Orleans County.  Officials say Theresa Nichols and her sons David and Joshua Nichols were arrested during a raid at their home on North Main Street in Albion.  Also arrested at the scene was Serena Weber of Oakfield.  Theresa and David Nichols were both ordered held without bail because of their criminal histories.  All four are due in court Friday.

Batavia’s St. Joseph’s School announces that John Dwyer is this year’s outstanding Alumnus.
Dwyer will be recognized at the schools 54th annual popcorn ball to be held on October 26th.

Dwyer is a 1946 graduate of St. Joe’s and former president of Thomas and Dwyer Shoe Stores. 


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# Stephen Lay
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 9:17 AM
How noble of Congressman Collins to refuse his paycheck while the government shutdown is in effect. I hope his sacrifice will be put in perspective considering the fact that he has estimated his own net worth at between $25 and $112 MILLION DOLLARS. Fortunately for him the 27th Amendment to the Constitution doesn't allow him, or any other members of the US Senate or Congress, to make any "pay adjustments" until after the next Congressional election and that any loss in pay will be corrected retroactively after "the smoke clears". Unfortunately for his furloughed staff, retroactive pay for them, (many of whom are living "paycheck to paycheck") will have to be voted on (and could be refused). If Congressman Collins wants to impress his constituents he should accept his paychecks during the shutdown and donate the money to his staff who are out of jobs.
# John Rob
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 3:03 PM
Right it takes no pay like he is a marter, but won't even participate in a domestic violence walk. What a joke. Can't even keep a promise

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