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At first glance Batavia City Council found a lot to like in next year’s proposed city budget.

The financial plan authored by City Manager Jason Molino reduces the tax rate by 3-cents per thousand and focuses on neighborhood improvement and quality of life issues.
Some council members, however, were less than enthusiastic over Molino’s proposal to hire an Assistant City Manager, a position that was eliminated in cost cutting several years ago.
Molino wants the assistant manager to get the city into a Community Rating System for federal flood insurance. Molino said that could save millions in flood insurance premiums for local homeowners.

Jaquetta Simmons will go back to jail for the punch she threw at Batavia’s Grace Suozzi in a Walmart Checkout line Christmas Eve 2011.
Judge Robert Noonan yesterday, as directed by an appellate court, reduced Simmons sentence to one year in a county jail, less time served. The high court ruled that Noonan’s original sentence of five years was too harsh.
Simmons is also ordered to pay $2,000 as restitution to Grace Suozzi for medication she required after the attack.
With good behavior and the four weeks she has already served, Simmons may only serve about eight months of the one year sentence.

Former Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak has relieved some of the pressure on him by resigning from the legislature, but he still has a rough road ahead.  The Erie County Democrat still faces possible civil action by some or all of his seven former female staffers who say he sexually harassed them.  Gabryszak says he did not harass the women, saying they had engaged in mutual banter.  

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is looking to clear up some details of the incident last week where her driver was pulled over for speeding.  Warren says her uncle and head of security Reggie Hill was pulled over as he was driving her back from Albany last Wednesday.  The Albany Times Union reports that Hill was driving 97 miles per hour when they were pulled over about 50 miles outside of Albany.  Hill is a former State Police investigator, and he was not ticketed.
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