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The National Weather Service has confirmed that three tornadoes ripped through the Southern Tier over the weekend.  Twisters were spotted Saturday in Mayville, Chautauqua County, as well as Allegany and Randolph in Cattaraugus County.  Although there was plenty of damage, no injuries were reported.  The tornadoes packed winds well over 110 miles per hour.  The funnel-clouds tore through trees and power lines and shredded tops of homes.  A state of emergency is in effect for Randolph where authorities say the downtown area could be without power for days. 

State lawmakers will be back in Albany on Wednesday night after Governor Paterson ordered their return.  The Governor wants the Senate and Assembly to finish the long overdue state budget.  The final piece of the budget puzzle is a revenue bill, which needs Senate approval.  That measure includes some hotly debate topics including a property tax cap, a tax on sugary drinks and allowing grocery stores to sell wine. 

A domestic dispute leads to a jail cell for a Batavia man.
45-year-old Timothy Baker of Ellicott Street has been locked up for harassment.
Batavia Police say Becker allegedly pushed the other half of the dispute, causing that person to fall down a flight of stairs.

In Livingston County, two arrests over the weekend for violations of "Leandra’s Law," that’s the tough new DWI law charging a felony for drunk driving with a child in the car.
46-year-old Stephen Krebbeks of Lima was arrested after deputies charged him with DWI with his 11-year old child in the car.
32-year-old Sarah Courneen of Livonia was also arrested for allegedly driving drunk with her 11-year-old in the car.
Both Krebbeks and Courneen were jailed in lieu of $2,500 bail.

The City of Batavia’s online citizen survey hasn’t seen many citizens.
At least 1,200 more city residents are needed in order to gather adequate results from the survey.
The city urges you to log on to Batavia-New-York-dot-com and click on the red “Eight Minutes Til Eight” logo. That will take you to the 8-question survey. It takes approximately 8 minutes to complete.
If you do not have access to a computer, the Richmond Memorial Library is offering its computers to city residents. You must be a library member to use a computer there. The library’s hours are Monday thru Thursday, 9am to 9pm, and Friday-Saturday 9 to 5.

From WBTA’s Eye on Government:
The Batavia City School District Board of Education Audit Committee will meet at 5pm on Monday at the Administration Building on Washington Avenue. Also, the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education is scheduled to follow at 7pm, same location. The public is welcome to attend both meetings.


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