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Written by on November 13, 2019

City Council unanimously approved a 40-year water supply agreement with Genesee County that is being lauded as a “win-win” for both municipalities.
Public Works Director Matt Worth said the new pact equally benefits both entities at Batavia City Council meeting last night…

Worth estimated the cost of a new water plant would have cost the city approximately $35 million dollars.
The new agreement goes out to December 31st of 2059 and tacks on another 60-cent surcharge to the City.
Worth also said the agreement may possibly provide the opportunity to get water into other areas of the county.

Former Clarence Center Soccer Trainer faces prison sentence after pleading guilty to child porn charge.
41 year old Shelby Garigen of Clarence Center pleaded guilty to access with intent to view child pornography in federal court yesterday.
The Prosecutor in the case stated that Garigen communicated with two minors between November 2018 and February 2019 using the Snapchat app.
Garigen who reportedly knew both were minors received and viewed numerous sexually explicit images from the two victims.
Garigen is facing a maximum of 10 years, and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced on February 28th of next year.

Starting today, New Yorkers are going to have to be a bit older if they want to buy tobacco products.
The age to purchase those items is increasing from 18 to 21.
The change is due to the Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act that was signed into law by Governor Cuomo in July.
Supporters believe upping the purchase age will help lower teen smoking rates.
Any retailers caught breaking the law could face fines and the loss of their license to sell tobacco products.

Another candidate is throwing her name into the ring for the 27th Congressional District race.
Melodie Baker has announced she’ll challenge Nate McMurray for the Democratic nomination.
In order to get on the ballot, she’ll need the support of at least two Democratic organizations in the counties that make up the 27th District.
Right now, most of those groups have announced they are behind McMurray, who narrowly lost in 2018 to now ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins.
He resigned a few weeks ago after pleading guilty to federal insider trading charges.
A special election is set for sometime next year.

The Piano Man is coming to Western New York next summer for the first time in a decade.
Billy Joel will be performing at New Era Field on Saturday, August 15th.
Joel’s last visit to Buffalo was with Elton John in 2010, and his last concert at New Era Field was back in 1994.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 22nd through Ticketmaster and Live Nation.


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