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Written by on April 5, 2019

Million dollars in cuts along with state aid let City Schools keep tax levy under cap.
February’s draft budget for the Batavia City School District has seen more than $1.1 million in cuts from the initial proposed spending plan.
Those cuts in combination with an additional half million in state aid, has allowed officials to keep the proposed 2019-2020 tax levy below the state-mandated tax cap amount which will afford local homeowners their annual rebate checks.
In each of the past five years Batavia homeowners have received an average of $500,000 more in rebates than whatever increase in taxes the school district has initiated for the year.
Voters will be asked to approve the $50.5 million spending plan, which anticipates a tax levy of $19.5 million.

Traffic stop in Alabama ends with a Spencerport man behind bars.
State Police out of Batavia took 33 year old Eric Cleary of Spencerport into custody on Whittier Road in Alabama Sunday afternoon.
Following a roadside investigation he was charged with Felony counts of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and DWI with a prior offense within the past 10 years.
Cleary was ordered to be held in lieu of bail.

Basketball legend sends a special honor to a legend in the Genesee County community.
Ricky Palemero received the Major Donald Hollender Award last night from the Rochester Press-Radio Club.
Ricky’s award was presented in a surprise video by NBA legend Bill Walton.
Rick played three sports in high school. In 1981 a car crash left him with a serious spinal cord injury.
Palermo has spent his life since devoted to supporting spinal cord research.
His annual golf tournament, now in its 32nd year, has raised more than 1.4-million dollars.

Democrats in the state Senate say they want to hold a hearing on limo safety.
The announcement comes after new regulations were included in the state budget.
They include a new inspection fee and tougher penalties for illegal limo operators who try and get around state laws.
State Police and the DOT can also pull license plates from limos that have either failed inspection or aren’t state certified.
Limo safety has been a big issue at the Capitol since an October crash in Schoharie killed 20 people.
There’s no word on when a hearing could happen.

There’s some good news to report when it comes to the spread of the flu.
The state health department says there were only 52-hundred new cases reported during the week ending March 30th.
That’s a 21 percent drop from the week before.
Overall, 95-thousand New Yorkers have battled the flu virus this season.
Doctors are still urging folks to get vaccinated.

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