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Written by on November 4, 2020

In a special election to fill an un-expired term on the Batavia City Council, incumbent GOP Councilman at-large Jeremy Karas defeated Democrat Samuel DiSalvo. Kevin Veazey appears to have won a seat on the Alabama Town Council. Meanwhile, James Cleveland unofficially has won his bid for Pavilion Highway Superintendent.

In results tabulated by Genesee County election officials, though still unofficial, incumbent Sheriff William Sheron beat his challenger by a more than 2-1 margin. With a more than 11,000 vote lead and too few absentee ballots left to count, Sheron said he felt comfortable declaring victory. Sheron said he was pleased with the results and thanked those who supported him.  Sheron vowed to continue the tradition in Genesee County of providing outstanding law enforcement to local residents.

Chris Jacobs looks like the winner in the 27th district congressional race. Unofficial results show he has a hefty lead over challenger Nate McMurray. Edward Rath also looks like he is headed to victory in the state senate and Steve Hawley handily won re-election.

Voters in Genesee County strongly support Donald Trump for President. While more than 3,000 absentee ballots remain to be counted, Trump won the county by a more than 2-1 margin.

The newest allocation of funding to the state from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) provides New York with an additional $88.6 million in emergency relief to the child care system. This includes $20 million in child care scholarships for children of essential workers that will run through December 31 or until funds are depleted. Essential workers using a regulated child care provider will receive a scholarship for the cost of care as long as the funds to support it are available.  All licensed and regulated providers who are caring for essential workers are able to participate in this new program.

Republicans who reside in the Town of Batavia and are interested in receiving GOP endorsement for Town Justice are asked to send a letter of interest and resume to Steve Hawley. Current Town of Batavia Court Judge Michael Cleveland has tendered his resignation effective Nov. 27. Those interest in the post should send their letter and resume to Hawley no later than Monday, Nov. 9. The Town of Batavia GOP Committee will be meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Town of Batavia Hall to discuss the matter. It is located at 3833 W. Main Street Road. All COVID-19 protocols will be followed including mandatory masks.

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