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Written by on February 17, 2020

The Buffalo-based company, Delaware North, has reportedly placed Nate McMurray on leave without pay, apparently with no explanation.
Delaware North is owned by the family of Chris Jacobs, McMurray’s opponent in the April 28 special election for the NY-27 District seat.
McMurray broke the story to our news partner the Batavian after he received the notice just two weeks ago claiming that previously there was no apparent problem with his employer during his time as supervisor in Grand Island and while he ran against Chris Collins in 2018.
After the initial report was published, Republican Political strategist and NY-27 resident Michael Caputo responded to McMurray’s claims saying that McMurray insulted his company and it’s owners numerous times on social media.
McMurray said he is currently living on vacation pay and an earned bonus, but the lack of income has not shaken McMurray’s commitment to the race.
For the more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

Batavia woman busted over twice the legal limit.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies took 28 year old Sarah Reynolds of Ganson Ave Batavia, into custody on felony counts of DWI and Aggravated DWI, after deputies responded to a vehicle off the roadway on Lewiston Road in Batavia just after midnight into Sunday morning.
Reynolds received an aggravated count of DWI for driving with a Blood Alcohol Content of .18% or more, along with infractions for speeding and moving from a lane unsafely.
Reynolds was ultimately released with appearance tickets for Batavia Town Court on February 27th.

Hawley works across the aisle to restore video lottery terminal aid for Batavia and Genesee County.
As budget negotiations in Albany intensify, Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia has written to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie requesting that Video Lottery Terminal Aid be restored in this year’s Enacted Budget due April 1.
The City of Batavia is slated to lose over $440-thousand; the Town of Batavia over $160- thousand and over $200-thousand to Genesee County as proposed by Gov. Cuomo in this year’s Executive Budget.
Hawley said the cuts will put a devastating financial hardship on our already overtaxed State citizens who continue to flee to other states.

Governor Cuomo has announced a plan he hopes will boost winter tourism in the Empire State.
A free snowmobiling weekend has been scheduled for March 14th and 15th.
Out-of-state and Canadian visitors with registered and insured snowmobiles will be able to travel the Snowmobile Trail System which spans across New York. Usually, tourists have to pay 100 dollars to register their snowmobiles.
The governor’s office says winter tourism provides a significant boost to the state’s economy each year.

The Buffalo Sabres are on a bit of a roll after winning four of their last five games.
Jack Eichel, Kyle Okposo, Johan Larsson, Conor Sheary and Jimmy Vesey all scored in Buffalo’s five-to-two win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at KeyBank Center last night.
With the victory, the Sabres have clawed within nine points of the Philadelphia Flyers for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
They’ll be hitting the road tomorrow to take on the Ottawa Senators.


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