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For some candidates today marks the end of months of campaigning.

It is Election Day.
Polls opened at 6 this morning and will remain open until 9 tonight.
There are six statewide propositions on today’s ballot.
The only one that has garnered much attention is Proposition One which calls for creation of up to seven new casinos downstate.
In Genesee County, the three at-large seats on the Batavia City Council will be decided from a field of nine candidates, there are elections in all 13 towns in the county and all nine members of the county legislature will be decided.
Many of the races on today’s local ballot are uncontested.
WBTA will count up the votes tonight. Our coverage of election returns begins at 9 both on-air and on-line.

The state's Gaming Commission has new regulations to ban racinos in western New York from advertising themselves as a casino.  The state's three video lottery terminal centers located in the Seneca Indian Nation territory, including Batavia Downs, must stop using the word "casino" in all its future marketing efforts.  The move is part of Governor Cuomo's summertime pact with the Seneca Nation. 

New charges against three Rochester men accused of stealing more than 2-thosuand dollars from the Batavia Wal-mart.
53-year-old Eric Strong, 50-year-old Michael Dawson and 43-year-old Keith Barney are now facing charges of third degree grand larceny.
Deputies say that upon further review the same three men were spotted on surveillance video boosting merchandise two days before their original arrest.

This year’s Health and Humanitarian award winner has been announced.
She is Judith Ridley of LeRoy.
She has been recognized for her volunteer efforts with the LeRoy Pantry and Help Fund, the LeRoy Volunteer Ambulance, Red Cross and Friendship Club at the Greens of LeRoy.
The award is sponsored by the Jerome Foundation and the UMMC foundation and will be presented to Judith Ridley during an awards luncheon on December 6th.

A Niagara Falls man will be spending the next decade in prison for the shooting of a two-year-old girl Last November.  Police say Willie Scott was trying to shoot a man who was inside a parked car when the bullet struck the child.  The bullet went through the girl's nose. She has undergone three surgeries with other operations needed in the future.  The bullet remains lodged in the girl's face, and her mother said after court that she feels the sentence was too lenient.
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