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Written by on October 10, 2019

Plans to build a new $65 million jail facility have been put on hold following the latest meeting of the Genesee County Legislature.
Local lawmakers agreed to hold off on plans until Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs sales tax agreement legislation that is necessary for the county to fund a new facility.
The county and city came to a 40-year sales tax agreement that will generate the revenue to pay back loans that are needed for construction.
Speaking with our news partner The Batavian, Chairman Robert Bausch said that piece of legislation is waiting for the Governor to request it…

The entire process of approving a sales tax agreement would need to start from the beginning next year if the bill isn’t approved before December 31st.
Bausch said most of the planning phase has been completed and they are ready to move if the legislation is passed.
He is drafting a letter to the corrections commissioners informing them of the bind the county is in and asking if they can intervene with the governor’s office.
For more on the story check the video and article by our news partner The Batavian.

City School’s go on a temporary lock-out as a Batavia man is apprehended for strong-arm robbery.
The Batavia Police Department was informed of a strong-arm robbery at the Days Inn hotel on Oak St. late Sunday night.
44 year old Thomas Moynihan of State Street in the city was the prime suspect according to Batavia Police and he allegedly entered the hotel, demanded money from the front desk clerk and as Moynihan fled, he fought with the clerk.
The clerk was uninjured and Moynihan made off with less than $500.
He was spotted on Monday near the Batavia High School campus and as a precaution, the school was placed in lock-out, not allowing anyone in or out of the building until Moynihan was safely in custody.
He is facing counts of Robbery, Burglary and Harassment.

The Health Departments of Genesee and Orleans County have been awarded a grant for lead-hazard abatement in older homes.
Now Health Department Director Paul Petit is waiting on guidelines from the federal government on the $1.3 million grant.

The grants will be available to both homeowners and landlords of residences built prior to 1978.

New York State is taking the International Joint Commission to court.
State officials claim the agency didn’t do enough to regulate water levels on Lake Ontario this year.
As a result, folks living along the shoreline had to deal with severe flooding that caused extensive damage.
The lawsuit is asking for compensation for cleanup after the waters receded.
As a reminder, those affected by flooding can still apply for financial assistance through the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Flood Relief and Recovery program until October 31st.

The hot start to the season by the Buffalo Sabres continues, thanks to some overtime heroics.
Marcus Johansson scored a minute and 30 seconds into OT as the Sabres beat the Montreal Canadiens five-to-four at KeyBank Center last night.
Jack Eichel also had a pair of goals for the Sabres, who have won three of their first four contests.
They’ll be back on home ice tomorrow night to take on the Florida Panthers.


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