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Republican Carl Paladino took to the airwaves  last night in a 3 minute campaign ad.  In the address he called on Democatratic Gubertorial candidate Andrew Cuomo to debate.  Within a short time, Cuomo agreed.  That debate will be held on October 18th at Hofstra University on Long Island. 

Paladino also used the time to  address recent issues surrounding his campaign.  The Buffalo businessman discussed his recent shouting match with a reporter.  Paladino did not issue any apology, but explained his ten-year-old daughter that he fathered out of wedlock has been harassed for weeks. Paladino then asked whether his Democratic opponent, Andrew Cuomo, would receive the same treatment. Paladino says he will now focus on the issues of tax cuts and job creation, calling New York in a death spiral. The Cuomo campaign issued a statement that New Yorkers "have seen the real Carl and they know he is unfit to be Governor with his unstable outbursts, smears, and total lack of substance."

New York's former State Comptroller, who resigned in disgrace for using a state worker to chauffeur around his wife, has pleaded guilty to a corruptions charge. Former Comptroller Alan Hevesi was arraigned today in State Supreme Court on an Official Misconduct felony charge. He admitted to selling access to the state's $125-billion pension fund. Hevesi read a statement in which he admitted receiving more than a million dollars in gifts including free first class travel to Israel from a California money manager. In the statement, Hevesi apologized to the state, the court and his family. He resigned in 2006 after pleading guilty to defrauding the government in connection with using the state worker to cart around his wife. He was released in his own recognizance after surrendering his passport. He will be sentenced on December 16th and could receive up to four years in jail. But a minimum sentence would not require jail time. Hevesi is the highest-ranking state official to plead guilty in the investigation into the state's pension fund.      


Genesee County is one of 44 counties in the State to report problems with the new voting machines that were used for the first time in last month’s primary elections. Genesee County’s Board of Elections reported two problems, both with machines. Genesee County has 53 voting districts.
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli issued the report yesterday that covered the 57 counties outside of New York City. The problems found included the lack of privacy in the voting process, confusing or hard to read layouts of ballots, malfunctioning voting machines and delayed opening of the polls.  Orleans County reported no problems, Livingston County 2, and Wyoming County one. Albany County reported the most at 23 in their 345 districts.

The new Jerome Senior Apartments were dedicated yesterday. There are 37 spacious apartments for low to moderate income senior citizens. They occupy the top 4 floors of the former St. Jerome Hospital. The apartments cost $8-million and took four years to complete. $5-million came from stimulus money.

The Jerome Foundation and the United Memorial Medical Center Foundation are looking for nominations for the 26th annual Health and Humanitarian Award of Genesee County. That award recognizes outstanding men and women whose volunteer efforts have improved the emotional, physical, or spiritual well-being of the area. Organizations or individuals may submit nominations by obtaining a form the UMMC. The deadline for nominations is October 15th.

Monday is the official celebration of Columbus Day. It is a federal holiday in the United States, and it is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. All banks and post offices along with federal offices will be closed Monday. We had reported that the city would close its yard waste station on Law Street. We have been informed that the notice was sent out in error and the yard waste station will be open as usual on Monday from noon to 6pm.


A Batavia firefighter graduated yesterday from the Recruit Firefighter Training program in Montour Falls, New York. Firefighter Mark Sacheli was one of 15 graduating from the 11 week long, 450 hour intensive training course.

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