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New York State mandated programs are sucking the lifeblood from county governments.
Genesee County Legislature Chairwoman Mary Pat Hancock issued her annual State of the County address last night. She recognized the accomplishments of individual county departments but questioned how long the county can continue to provide quality local service when 90 percent of the budget goes to fund state required programs.

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Read transcript of speech HERE

A LeRoy man has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges. 47-year-old Donald Vanelli of LeRoy admitted in federal court that he distributed large quantities of methamphetamines in Genesee and Monroe Counties over a six-year period. Vanelli was one of four suspects arrested last July. He is the first to be convicted.

The male half of last summer's frolic in Farrall Park has turned himself in to Batavia City Court.
Justin Amend, formerly of Oakfield, had pleaded guilty to a charge of public lewdness in connection with the caper that led to a similar charge against Batavia's Suzanne Corona.
But Amend moved to Florida and failed to show up in court for his original sentencing date.
By moving out of state, Amend negated the terms of a plea deal that guaranteed him no jail time. Amend could now face up to 90 days in jail.
His new sentencing date is next week.

A winter storm has left over a foot of snow in some areas of New York City.
Kennedy and Newark airports shut down overnight due to the intense snowstorm that hammered much of the Northeast last night into early this morning.  The FAA is reporting that Newark is on track to open at 9 a.m., while Kennedy Airport should be back in business at 10 a.m.
Most morning flights from Buffalo and Rochester to New York and Boston have been cancelled. As always, check with your airline if flying east out of Buffalo or Rochester this morning.

The murder trial of Buffalo TV executive Muzzammil Hassan continues with Hassan alleging that his estranged wife had sent him a death threat.  Hassan is on trial for killing and beheading his wife Aasiya inside the Orchard Park TV station the couple owned.  During his murder trial Wednesday, though, Hassan claimed Aasita had e-mailed him a death threat a month before her killing.

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