Morning News Briefing

Written by on February 11, 2020

City Council members voted to schedule three public hearings to address the 2020-21 budget ordinance during their business meeting last night.
The meetings are to focus on a possible 7.5 percent property tax increase overriding the state’s property tax cap along with spending cuts to close a projected $700,000 gap in the City’s budget.
Most of the projected gap came from the Governor’s tentative state budget which looked to take approximately $440,000 in Video Lottery Terminal money from Batavia Downs Gaming which usually goes to the City.
According to Council President Eugene Jankowski the local legislature is not just dealing with the potential loss of the Video Lottery Terminal funds but also was anticipating to spend more on items related to bail reform…

If adopted, the tax rate would go from $8.92 to $9.60 per thousand assessed valuation
The public hearings have been scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday Feb. 24 at City Hall.

An Oakfield man facing charges across three Towns after leading officers on County wide car chase.
37 year old Jonathan Suggs of Lewiston Road Oakfield was arrested after he allegedly fled from Deputies trying to stop him for an expired registration in Batavia leading officers on a car chase through Oakfield that ended on Lewiston Road in Alabama at around 1:30 this morning.
Suggs was charged with Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer in a motor vehicle, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and Speeding in the Town of Oakfield as well as additional vehicle and traffic infractions outs of both the Town of Batavia and Alabama.
He was ultimately released with appearance tickets for the three separate town courts in March.

Governor Cuomo has officially set the date for a special election in the 27th Congressional District.
As expected, it’ll be Tuesday, April 28th, which is the same day as New York’s presidential primary.
Republicans have criticized that decision, saying the large number of Democrats expected to arrive at polling places that day could affect the final result.
The Democrats will be represented by Nate McMurray, while the GOP has nominated State Senator Chris Jacobs.
The seat has been open since ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins stepped down last year after pleading guilty to federal insider trading charges.

Spectrum customers affected by this weekend’s service outage will be able to get a credit on a future bill.
A company spokeswoman says the credit will be offered to folks who call the customer service line and ask for one.
The credit amount will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Customers in Upstate New York and New England were affected by the outage, which was caused by weather-related damage to fiber-optic lines.
The number to call for a credit is 855-707-7328.

The Buffalo Sabres will look to start putting an end to their recent struggles tonight.
They’ll be hosting the Detroit Red Wings at KeyBank Center.
The two teams last squared off last Thursday, with the Red Wings winning four-to-three in a shootout.
Faceoff for tonight’s contest is set for 7:00 p.m.

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