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The operation of the Genesee County Nursing home will continue to put a strain on local taxpayers. In her annual State of the County address last night, County legislature Chair Mary Pat Hancock said the estimated tax payer subsidy required to keep the nursing home in business, will swell to 4.4 million dollars by 20-14. The cost to local taxpayers keeps going up, she said, because state reimbursements fall short


Hancock’s 42-minute speech highlighted accomplishments of every county department last year. A transcript of Hancock’s address can be downloaded  HERE.

A drifter with a criminal history stretching over a half-century has been convicted in Genesee County of Grand Larceny. 69-year-old Louis Reed, also known as Yusuf Hassem, was found guilty yesterday following a three-day trial. Reed was accused of bilking a woman out of $2,000 in front of the Tonawanda Valley Federal Credit Union last April. He posed as an African immigrant. Reed is also facing similar charges in Albany and Schenectady.

A suspect wanted in connection with a drug provoked melee on Myrtle Street in LeRoy has turned himself in. 30-year-old James Santiago of 31 Myrtle Street surrendered to LeRoy Police yesterday. His lawyer was with him. Santiago is charged with third degree robbery for allegedly stealing two-ounces of marijuana from another man back on January 22nd. That set off a fracas involving more than a half-dozen people, three of them suffered stab wounds.

You may not see as much lake effect snow now that Lake Erie has iced over almost completely. The ice provides a cover, preventing the moisture from being picked up by cold air and deposited on Western New York in the form of snow. Weather experts say the cold air passing over the ice can still create snow, but not nearly as much as earlier in the season.

A new poll is bad news for Governor Paterson. After seeing his approval rating climb to 31-percent, it is back down to just 26-percent. Statewide, 60-percent of those questioned say they do not want Paterson to run for election this fall.

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