Evening News Brief

Written by on November 1, 2021

Genesee County Manager Matt Landers has released his proposed county budget for next year. The budget proposes a tax rate increase of 2.16-percent. If you break that down, Landers say the budget – if approved in its present form – would increase the average homeowners property tax bill by $24.33.
The budget increase is due in part to water system improvements, new hires in the Public Defender’s Office, jail and highways departments. There has also been an increase in the health department’s budget for combatting COVID-19.
The budget now goes to the full legislature for consideration and final adoption.

The price of a gallon of regular gasoline in Batavia is up a penny from last week.
The Triple-A reports the current average in Batavia is $3.46 a gallon, that’s 21-cents a gallon higher than a month ago.
One year ago today: the average price for a gallon of regular in Batavia was only $2.20.

Tomorrow is Election Day.
In Genesee County polls are open from 6am to 9pm.
There are only a handful of contested races locally.
In the city of Batavia, there are four candidates running for three city council -at-large seats.
At the county level, there are elections for County Court Judge, District Attorney and all nine seats on the county legislature…all are Republicans and all are running unopposed.
There is a contested race for Bryon Town Supervisor: Peter Yasses the incumbent is opposed by Gerald Heins.
In LeRoy, five candidates are vying for two seats on the town board,
There is one seat to be decided for LeRoy Town Justice. Carol DeFrancisco is the endorsed Democrat while Tom Freely is conducting a write-in campaign.
Bethany will elect two Town justices from a field of four candidates.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is set to make a full comeback this year after being forced to comply with extensive COVID-19 regulations last year. Crowds will once again line the New York City parade route and human handlers will be used to pull along the giant helium balloons after vehicles were utilized in 2020. Last year, the route was contained to the front of Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan as a way to reduce crowds. When the parade steps off later this month, it will feature 28 floats, 36 inflatables, and 15 giant character balloons.


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