posted on November 29, 2012 07:44
Genesee County government has a budget in place for next year.
The legislature approved the financial plan last night but not without a rare show of opposition.
Three of the nine county lawmakers voted no on the budget…a budget that calls for no increase in the tax rate.
The objection: a $213,000 subsidy for the county’s economic development agency.
Oakfield legislator Ray Cinafrini, a critic of the EDC’s annual management bonuses, reminded his fellow lawmakers of job cuts made in recent years just to balance the county budget...
"and these jobs resulted in the ruination of some of these families who now found it difficult to make ends meet because we cut their county job. And yet, we continue to fund the Genesee County Economic Development Center with taxpayer dollars so that a few privileged employees can share in the astronomical bonuses that the board of the GCEDC continues to award."
Batavia legislators Frank Ferrando and Marianne Clattenberg also voted “no” on the budget.
Clattenberg said that as public employees, EDC managers enjoy a generous salary and retirement...
"Every single person who works there (GCEDC) receives a New York State pension, so they are considered public employees. They will be receiving post employment benefits based on the salaries they make and for some of them, it will result in probably millions of dollars."
The budget adopted last night also calls for pay raises of one and a half percent for county department heads and elected officials excluding members of the legislature. They opted not to raise their own pay.
There has been a water main break near Ellicott Street Road (Route 63) near Shepard Road in the Town of Batavia.
Town officials say water customers along Route 63 near Townline Road will experience low water pressure this morning, while customers along Shepard and Putnam Roads will have no water at all until repairs are completed.
Town of Batavia crews are working on the repair right now but there is no estimate on when service will be restored.
A 24-year-old woman accused of causing a crash that killed a baby girl while driving drunk has a previous arrest for driving while intoxicated.
Danielle Kellogg was arrested in Chautauqua County three days ago and charged with DWI.
She paid a $500 fine and had to obtain a conditional driver's license. Her driving privileges were restored in 2010 and she had a valid license at the time of the crash Tuesday morning on the Seneca Cattaraugus reservation in Brant that killed seven-month-old Baylee Dion.
Renewing a snowmobile registration just got easier.
The DMV is now allowing snowmobile owners to renew registration online.
There is no additional charge for renewing online.
Officials say there are even more online services you can access by signing on to MyDMV at www.dmv.ny.gov.