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New York finally passed a state budget that's over four-months late.  The state Senate gave final approval to a revenue bill, the last piece of Governor David Paterson's fiscal package. 
State Legislative leaders struck a deal over a plan allowing SUNY colleges and universities to set their own tuition rates. 
The state budget is 125-days late, the second longest delay in modern state history.

An accused drug dealer pleads guilty in Genesee County Court.
20-year-old Dyllon Soccio of Tracy Avenue admitted yesterday that he sold cocaine to an undercover Drug Task Force agent in 2009.
Soccio could get up to two and half years in state prison.

Two local people arrested on drug charges stemming from a search warrant five months ago.
Lawmen say charges had been pending against 32-year-old Eric Johnston and 37-year-old Lisa Rugh.
Johnston was arrested at the county jail where he’s an inmate. Lisa was collared outside of court.
The Genesee County Local Drug Task searched a home on Hutchins Street last March and found Eric and Lisa in possession of suspected Cocaine and Pot. Lab results just recently confirmed the drugs.

The City of Batavia still needs another 600 people to take its citizen survey.
The city has extended the deadline until August 15th.
You can take the 8-question survey, HERE
It you have no internet access, you can pick-up a paper copy of the survey, along with a postage paid return envelope, at the city manager’s office.
They will even send you a copy if you call.

Buffalo businessman and gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is gaining ground in the latest polls against Republican Rick Lazio.  According to a Quinnipiac University poll, Paladino trails Lazio by a margin of 39 to 23-percent, with 33-percent still undecided.  That is an improvement for Paladino from June when he trailed 46 to 17-percent.


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