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It looks like the state budget is going take even more time to pass.  After lawmakers spent most of yesterday working on a less-than-modest spending plan for the state, Governor David Paterson used his veto powers to reject large portions of it.  Paterson's veto deletes 69-hundred appropriations Senate and Assembly agreed on over the weekend and also drops nearly 420-million dollars in education spending that was recently added back into the budget.  Paterson says legislators were engaging in political self-interest with their budget measures and were not thinking about the people of New York State.  Governor Paterson blasts state lawmakers for not planning for a drop in federal funds for Medicaid.   

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says state lawmakers will draw up a contingency plan should federal government not provide Medicaid funding.

 

Batavia City Council wants to see the position of plumbing inspector filled.

The City’s Manager and Attorney say it’s not that simple – and right now, it’s not needed.

City resident David Pero last night made public comment that the city needs a master plumbing inspector, as a matter of public health. The position is currently filled by a code enforcement officer. Most of council echoed Pero’s sentiments.

But City Attorney George Van Nest says the public health is not at risk.

Council will again discuss the issue of city plumbing inspector at a later date.

 

Bill Cox is joining the Tea Party movement.

The City Councilman announced over the weekend he will leave the Republican party and join the Conservatives.

Cox says he likes what the Conservative Party stands for.

Cox says it’s hard to leave the GOP, but it’s time. Cox had been registered with the Republicans for 47 years.

 

A Seneca Nation member is hoping to have a new federal law banning the Post Office from delivering cigarettes extinguished.  Aaron Pierce of Irving is asking a federal judge to declare the measure unconstitutional, claiming it violates several rights and Indian treaties.  The law, signed by President Obama on March 31st, goes into effect today.  Lawmakers say they want to crackdown on untaxed Indian cigarette sales.

 

The Seneca Nation of Indians have teed off at the region's newest golf course.  The Nation's leaders took the ceremonial first shots Monday at the more than 25-million-dollar Hickory Stick Golf Course in Lewiston.  The greens will officially open to the public on Friday.  The 257-acre property off of Creek Road is the Senecas first development off reservation land.  The course sits about nine miles north of Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel.  While golfers will tee off this week, the clubhouse is not scheduled to be complete until August.

 

The area news media is being credited for help Batavia Police make an arrest of a Batavia man in connection with the theft of credit cards from vehicles. Police say WBTA, the Batavian, and the Daily News posted surveillance photographs, which led to several public reports in regards to the identity of the suspects.  Yesterday, 20-year-old Kyle Monroe of Washington Avenue was nabbed by police while hiding in the back yard area of 131 State Street.  He has been charged with Grand Larceny and is in jail with no bail set..  Additional charges are pending against Monroe and the Investigation is continuing into the possible arrests of other subjects.

 

If you think public education in New York State costs a lot, you're right.  New statistics from the Census Bureau indicate that New York spends the most per-student than any other state in the nation.  The data shows that the Empire State shells out more than 17-thousand dollars per student.  That's 67-percent more than the nationwide average.  The state's education spending has gone up by nearly seven-and-a-half percent between 2007 and 2008, the most recent years studied.

 

A car and tractor-trailer truck accident on the Royce Road in the Wyoming County Town of Orangeville has led to DWI charges against the driver of the car.  20-year-old Derek Kaleta was also charged with failure to keep right.  Sheriff’s deputies say Kaleta’s car struck the tire of the tractor-trailer, which was going in the opposite direction.  There were do injuries.

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