Morning News Briefing

Written by on March 12, 2019

City Manager is optimistic after passing a budget with no tax increase.
Batavia’s City Manager Martin Moore said that Batavia “is open for business” after passing the municipality’s 2019-20 spending plan that includes zero tax increase.
Moore spoke with our news partner The Batavian about what his biggest takeaway from this year’s $27.4 million budget is other than holding the taxes flat…

City Council voted 8 to 1 in favor with Council Woman Rose Mary Christian casting the only opposing vote.
The budget calls for $5.2 million to be raised by taxes, but keeps the property tax rate at $8.96 per thousand of assessed valuation – the same as last year’s rate.
For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Medina man faced additional charges after police pursuit through Alabama.
32 year old Jessy Miller of Medina has been charged with felony counts of Reckless Endangerment and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle along with a misdemeanor count of Fleeing a Police Officer in a motor vehicle.
Miller was accused of taking lawmen from Orleans County on a car chase that passed through Alabama in Genesee County earlier this month.
A woman was reportedly struck on Judge Road during the police pursuit.
Miller was held in lieu of bail as the investigation is pending.

Crews will be back at Hamlin Beach State Park today to continue searching for a missing woman.
Monroe County deputies say 47 year old Margaret DeGraff was last seen Wednesday at the Villa of Hope in Rochester where she works.
Officials say they discovered a note that indicated DeGraff was upset when she entered the park.
If you have any information on her disappearance, police want to hear from you.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says while he still strongly supports the legalization of recreational marijuana, it’s unlikely to be instituted in the 2019-2020 budget.
Speaking at a press conference in Albany, Cuomo said there are too many details that need to be hammered out and the budget deadline is just a few weeks away.

The budget deadline is April 1st. Cuomo’s proposal has been met with opposition by law enforcement and teachers’ groups around the state.
In addition, some municipalities say they plan to pass their own legislation banning it in their cities, towns and villages, if it’s approved in Albany.

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