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Local revenues from Batavia Downs' video lottery terminals will be ending as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget cuts. The city and town of Batavia along with Genesee County annually received $500,000 as a host community. Assemblyman Steve Hawley says Batavia "host money" is being cut, while a new casino in Yonkers will be getting $19-million to pump into its host communities. Hawley says members of this community understand the importance of cutting back, but will not stand idly by while the state continues to funnel money downstate and leave Western New York bankrupt. Hawley says he specifically asked Governor Cuomo to restore Genesee County’s VLT revenue sharing with localities.

Members of the Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task force have arrested a Rochester man. The arrest came as a result of a traffic stop in the City of Batavia. 29-year-old Kenyada Peterkin of Saxton Street in Rochester has been charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (crack cocaine) along with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.
In addition, Peterkin faces two vehicle and traffic law violations. He’s in jail with bail set at $1500.

Both of our area’s state senators have taken themselves out of the running for the now-vacant congressional seat previously held by Chris Lee. State Senator George Maziarz announced yesterday he will stay in Albany. Mariarz says he wants to continue to re-establish a strong voice for Upstate New York within state government. He says his now the third-ranking member in the Senate and the highest from Western New York.
Earlier yesterday, State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer said he would not be a congressional candidate.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley from Batavia has indicated he would be interested in running. Also Assemblywoman Jane Corwin from Clarence has also expressed a desire to run.
On the Democratic side, Erie County Clerk Kathleen Hochul’s name is being mentioned for the race.

A traffic stop by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies on Drake Street in Oakfield has led to an arrest. 18-year-old Jenna Kavanagh of Rochester was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. During the stop, Kavanagh was allegedly found to be in possession of the pot.

Would you believe that Buffalo is one of the top five most romantic cities in the United States? That pronouncement came from Red Box, the self-service movie rental company and was made on the percentage of romantic comedies rented at red box kiosks in different cities in 2010.
Buffalo was fourth in the rating. Greensboro, North Carolina was number one, La Crosse, Wisconsin second, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama third. The least romantic community: Laredo, Texas.

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