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Democrats in the State Senate and Assembly say they plan to pass revenue bills on Thursday and that would complete the state budget, which was due to be in effect April 1st, 91 days late.  It is not expected that Republicans will vote for the bills, even after several controversial items such as allowing same sex couples, married in other states to file a joint income return be taken out of the plan.


State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is siding with Governor David Paterson in the battle over the state budget.  The Democratic gubernatorial candidate for a second consecutive day blasted the state Legislature for packing additional spending into a spending plan.  The Attorney General is advising Governor Paterson to continue to veto expenses.  Cuomo says state Legislative leaders should have drawn up a contingency plan if the federal government does not provide one-billion dollars in Medicaid funding.


Police in LeRoy have arrested a man who used fraudulent ID to attempt to obtain a library card.  26-year-old Kelly Donoghue of School Street in LeRoy has been charged with Forgery, a felony, and attempted identity theft, a misdemeanor.  Police allege that Donoghue used a vehicle title from another person to attempt to obtain the card.  The card could have been used to removed videos and other property from the library and police say it could have been used elsewhere as a form of ID.  Donoghue was released under the supervision of the Genesee Justice Program.


A loaded handgun was found under the seat of a car that had been stopped early Tuesday  by Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputies.  A check found that the gun had been stolen from a Monroe County residence several months ago.  33-year-old Kevin Lupiani from West Henrietta, the driver of the car has been charged with several crimes including criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a weapon.  He is in the Livingston County Jail in Geneseo with no bail set. Marijuana and non-prescribed Xanax were also found in the vehicle. 


Batavia Police yesterday were required to arrest the same person twice on two separate incidents.  Police say 34-year-old Woodrow Horseman who has no permanent address was charged with two counts of harassment for allegedly verbally threatening two women on Thorpe Street yesterday afternoon.  He was arrested and given an appearance ticket.  Then about four hours later he was arrested again on another harassment charge for threatening another woman, this time at a residence on Lewis Place.  This time it wasn’t appearance ticket.  It was jail.  Bail was set at 750 dollars.


Round one in the battle to mail order cigarettes has gone to the Seneca Indians.  A federal judge issued a 14-day stay on a new law, which makes the shipping of cigarettes by US mail illegal. Seneca Smokeshop owner Aaron Pierce obtained the injunction saying the law is unconstitutional and overreaching.  The new law went into effect yesterday.  Both sides will be back in court on July 7th.


Convicted murderer Scott Doll was back in court yesterday.  He entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of promoting prison contraband.  Doll was charged with the crime after a white powder was found on his possession when he was being taken back into jail following his murder conviction.  That powder later turned out to be aspirin. Doll will re-appear in court on July 27th on the matter. Doll’s attorney says his client has no intention of changing his plea.   But he has bigger problems.  He is scheduled to be sentenced on the murder conviction this Friday. 

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