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The 2010 election is one week away and the races are heating up.  One of those races, the race for Governor brought the Democratic Candidate to Western New York and Batavia yesterday.  Andrew Cuomo met with supporters yesterday at Larry’s Steakhouse on Main Street and afterwards answered a few questions.  One of the topics was local property taxes and Cuomo put the burden on local governments to keep spending down. Cuomo also told those in attendance he’s against the death penalty period, no exceptions.    Besides Batavia, Andrew Cuomo also made campaign stops in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Albion.


A poll of voters in Erie County shows they favor Republican Carl Paladino 48 to 29 percent over Andrew Cuomo.  Of course Paladino is from Buffalo, but that didn’t help him with the Buffalo News.  That paper on Sunday endorsed Andrew Cuomo for Governor. Statewide Cuomo has a big lead in the polls over Paladino.


A milestone at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia tomorrow afternoon.  The cornerstone for the new surgical expansion project will be placed in a brief ceremony at 5pm at the hospital.  The project is scheduled for completion on December 15th and will include 5 new technologically advanced operating suites, a treatment room and 19 recovery beds.  The cost of the project is 19.5 million dollars.


A Batavia man is in the Wyoming County Jail for receiving 33 hundred dollars in unemployment benefits.  Money he wasn’t entitled to receive.  25-year-old Robert Barnhart Junior of Main Street in Batavia has been charged with grand larceny.  The fraud allegedly occurred in 2009 while he was a resident of Silver Springs in Wyoming County.  Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies made the arrest and then turned Barnhart over to Wyoming County Authorities.  Bail has been set at 10 thousand dollars.


Last Thursday a bomb threat was found in a boy’s bathroom at Letchworth High School.  Now one person has been arrested for that threat.  18-year-old James Holbrook of South Main Street in Castile has been charged with falsely reporting an incident, a felony.  He’s in jail with bail set at 15 hundred dollars.


A Greece man is in big trouble for threatening the life of former President George W. Bush.  23 year old Ian Rotunno was arraigned yesterday before a U.S. Magistrate Judge on a charge of threatening to kill the president.  Rotunno made the threat while at work in Gates last October 7th.  He could get up to 10 years in prison and or a fine of 250 thousand dollars.


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