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November 16, 2015 - 9:46am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia, alexander, byron, Attica.
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 Abraham Martinez

Abraham R. Martinez, 31, of Alexander, is charged with assault, 2nd. Martinez was arrested by State Police following a month-long investigation into an incident in the Town of Orangeville. A female was struck in the mouth with a bottle, resulting in the need for dental surgery after she lost part of her front teeth. State Police were provided with the first and last name of a suspect but had no other information to go on. Troopers, with the assistance of Border Patrol agents, obtained information that indicated the suspect might be located at a farm in Alexander, where he had been employed for about two weeks. Martinez was located and arrested and processed in Warsaw. He was jailed on $10,000 bail.

Alicia Kimberly Urban, 30, of Main Street, Attica, is charged with petit larceny. Urban is accused of stealing $432.96 in merchandise from Kohl's.

Luke William Ritzenthaler, 32, of Route 237, Byron, is charged with aggravated family offense and criminal contempt, 2nd. Ritzenthaler allegedly had contact with a female by phone and letter in violation of a court order while incarcerated at the Genesee County Jail.

A 17-year-old resident of Exchange Street, Attica, is charged with petit larceny. The youth allegedly shoplifted at Walmart. The youth allegedly placed electronic merchandise in her purse and exited the store.

Kelvin B. Murphy, 42, of Ellicott Street, Batavia, is charged with harassment, 2nd, and endangering the welfare of a child. Murphy allegedly pushed another person at 3:47 a.m., Nov. 8., at an address on State Street.

Gregory S. Yark, 51, of Roosevelt Avenue, Batavia, is charged with criminal possession of stolen property. Yark was arrested on a warrant. He was jailed on $1,000 bail. Yark was also charged with possession of a hypodermic instrument and criminal use of drug paraphernalia. Yark was allegedly found in possession of these items at the time of his arrest.

November 16, 2015 - 9:25am

Changing times demand changing signs, says Jeremy Liles, owner of Oliver’s Candies.

City code doesn’t agree — at least not for now.

And so the Genesee County Planning Board on Thursday recommended disapproval of a permit that would allow “periodical change” of the digital reader board on Oliver’s Candies’ new electronic sign.

The city Planning and Development Committee is scheduled to review the permit request on Tuesday.

Oliver’s Candies replaced its longtime free-standing sign, at 211 W. Main St., with the digital version earlier this year.

City planners approved a permit for the new sign in December 2014. The permit was granted with the condition that the sign not contain “flashing, intermittent, rotating or moving lights.”

On Thursday, Liles said it makes good business sense to lift those conditions, at least a little bit.

“I could play full video on (my sign), but I’m not looking to do that — I don’t even want to change it every four seconds,” he told the Planning Board. “I was actually hoping for once an hour; that would be my ultimate goal.”

The lettering on a non-digital sign could be manually changed once an hour, with no legal ramifications, he said. “The only difference is this one is lit.”

In recommending disapproval, county Planning Department staff noted that the city and most municipalities prohibit periodically changing LED displays because they can distract drivers. Staff conceded electronic signs are becoming more popular, but the city has been consistent in not allowing signs that change more than once every 24 hours.

The county vote to disapprove means a majority-plus-one vote would be required for the city committee to approve the sign variance.

County Planning Director Felipe Oltramari told Liles his best course of action would be to persuade City Council to change city law.

“I guess what I’m looking to do is update the world a little bit,” Liles said. “If not the world, then the city of Batavia.”

In other business, the county Planning Board recommended:

— disapproval of a site plan and area variance for construction of a Dollar General store on the east side of Allegheny Road (Route 77), Pembroke.

Planning staff said the variances — including a 9,100-square-foot building, nearly twice the minimum allowed — “grossly exceed” the requirements of town zoning law.

The store would also be built on a half-acre parcel subdivided from farmland. That land is in active agriculture and enrolled in county Agriculture District No. 1. That would prohibit connections to existing water and sewer service.

The property was reenrolled in the Ag District this past January. A portion of the land cannot be removed by subdivision, according to Oltramari, who administers the Ag District program.

“Once you sign up for an Ag District, you’re in it for eight years,” Oltramari said. “And all the land that gets subdivided out of it, stays in for eight years.

“It doesn’t prevent them from building the building,” he added. “It just prevents them from hooking up sewer in water.”

Lowell Dewey, project engineer for C&S Co., of Buffalo, said Dollar General has enough space to accommodate a well and septic system. Adding those would require a site plan change.

— disapproval of an area variance allowing a sign for an insurance office at 10724 Alexander Road, Alexander. James Wright hopes to install a 33-square-foot sign; the maximum allowed is 6 square feet.

— approval of the subdivision of a multi-family residential parcel at 180 Pearl St., Batavia, into two parcels each with a two-family residence.

— approval, with modifications, of zoning text amendments to add review criteria for solar energy systems in the Town of Batavia. The required modification is that the town add mitigation provisions for solar-energy systems built on agricultural land. “Of particular concern are construction and restoration techniques, including maintenance and restoration of drainage patterns and improvements, stockpiling of topsoil, and soil decompaction after decommissioning of the project,” planning staff said.

— approval of a site plan allowing T-Mobile to exchange six panel antennas and add a new battery cabinet to a telecommunications tower at 5101 Broadway Road (Route 20), Bethany.

— approval of an area variance to subdivide a single-family home at 1711 Genesee St. (Route 33), Pembroke, from its rear acreage and accessory buildings.

— approval, with modifications, of a site plan to operate an electrician’s office and warehouse at 614 Main Road (Route 5), Stafford. The required modification is that landscaping buffers and fencing property be maintained or improved.

The property is being purchased by Art Nicometo, who plans to use it for storage and as an administrative office. No retail will be conducted.

November 16, 2015 - 9:15am
posted by Raymond Coniglio in Le Roy Country Club Historical Society.

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The Le Roy Country Club on Saturday hosted the annual Vintage Marketplace Sale & Show.

A variety of dealers offered vintage and antique items, Christmas decorations, jewelry, glassware and more.

The $3 admission benefits the Le Roy Historical Society and Jell-O Museum.

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Pictured are Loretta Dintruff of Le Roy (above) and Jed and Sandra Brady of Le Roy.

November 16, 2015 - 6:46am
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Darien.

A two-car accident with injuries is reported at the intersection of Colby and Sumner roads. Mercy Flight is called to the scene. Darien fire and Mercy medics are responding. Sheriff's deputies are on scene.

November 15, 2015 - 10:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia HS, football, sports.

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Cheektowaga's athletic playmakers and Batavia's inability to convert a couple of scoring opportunities in the first half were the big difference in the Blue Devils' second consecutive try at a Far West Regional Championship.

A win would have propelled Batavia into the state championship Class B semifinal. Instead, as happened last year, the team traveling to Syracuse is the Warriors.

Batavia led from the opening drive until nine minutes left in the game, when Cheektowaga tied it up at 36-36. When Batavia couldn't sustain a drive on the following possession, the Warriors moved the ball downfield effectively and scored on a four-yard by Tyr Willingalea with 1:36 left on the clock. A turnover with less than 20 seconds left in the game, and the score 43-36 gave Cheektowaga the championship.

"They played so well and they've been such tough kids," said Head Coach Brennan Briggs. "My heart breaks for them. I mean, right now, my heart's broken, really. These guys, I love them. We've got 18 seniors and it's going to be very tough saying goodbye to them."

Briggs felt coming into the game his team would be able to run on the Warriors and Dom Mogavero put together a great game. He rushed for 125 yards on 33 carries. He carried the ball in twice and scored another touchdown on defense with a fumble recovery. QB Greg Mruczek had four carries for 76 yards, including a long of 61 yards. Ray Leach carried the ball six times for 29 yards, and Jonathan Barber had two carries for 19 yards and a TD.

Mruczek was 7-20 passing, including two interceptions. 

Ryan Hogan caught four of those passes for 108 yards, including a long of 58 yards. 

Batavia scored easily on its first drive and scored again less than a minute later on an Adonis Davis interception, making the score 14-0. Cheektowaga struck back quickly on its next position, but from then on until the fourth quarter, Batavia always managed to keep the game out of reach of the Warriors. Or, the Warriors used their athletic weapons to keep the Blue Devils in reach.

Cheektowaga had the last three scores of the game, a 27-yard run by Willingelea that put the Warriors within eight, a five-yard run by Eric Bartnik and a two-point conversion that tied the score, and then the final TD that sealed Batavia's fate.

"They're an athletic team," Briggs said. "They've been known for it all year. They've been down and they've come back. Even when we were up two scores, I said it to my guys, 'They are the comeback kids. They did it last year and they did it this year. They're a good football team.' "

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Leach picking up a fumble that set up a Batavia TD.

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Terren Lorrie was defensive player of the game.

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To purchase prints of game photos, click here.

November 15, 2015 - 7:14pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Stafford.

A car vs. pole accident with air-bag deployment and possible injuries is reported by a passerby at 8122 Byron Road. Stafford Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 7:41 p.m.: The male driver is being transported to UMMC for injuries sustained after his vehicle struck the pole while going "approximately 50 miles an hour."

November 15, 2015 - 6:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in accident, Le Roy.

A car vs. deer accident with injuries is reported on the eastbound Thruway at mile marker 377.8. Le Roy fire and ambulance are responding.

UPDATE 6:29 p.m.: State troopers are also responding. The Thruway Authority spoke with the driver who told them they could not get out of the vehicle.

UPDATE 7:14 p.m.: The assignment is back in service. Le Roy medics went back in service without transporting anyone.

November 14, 2015 - 2:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, nanotechnology.

Press release:

"Timing is everything" according to pundits, politicians and song writers, and also from the officials at the New York State Education Department, who just approved Genesee Community College's Nanotechnology associate in Applied Science degree.

The approval of the new two-year degree continues the community-wide excitement following Governor Andrew Cuomo's visit to GCC's Batavia campus last month, and his announcement of the anchor tenant, 1366 Technologies for the new WNY Science and Technology Manufacturing Park (STAMP) projected to open in 2017 in Alabama.

Nanotechnology is the fascinating microscopic world seen at the atomic level and applied to an enormous variety of industries and new career opportunities. From biopharmaceuticals to biotechnology, electronics to semiconductor fabrication, material and environmental sciences to biochemistry, as well as information storage, medicine, security, and so much more -- today's nanotech students are at the cutting-edge of tomorrow's high-end careers.

GCC is not alone in preparing tomorrow's nanotechnology workforce. The four-semester Nanotechnology AAS program includes the first three semesters at GCC, and the fourth and final semester will be taken at Erie Community College's North Campus through a new GCC-ECC partnership that underscores the SUNY (State University of New York) seamless transfer initiative.

In addition, officials at area high schools are already excited about the prospects for their students, and in fact, a special Open House and announcement is planned on Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the WNY Tech Academy at the Byron-Bergen Junior and Senior High School at 6917 W. Bergen Road in Bergen. (Contact [email protected] for details.)

GCC's Nanotechnology students will study electronic device and circuit behavior, basic chemistry, biology and physics, as well as the fabrication techniques used to create micron and submicron scale structures. Techniques covered include reactive ion etching, metallization, thick and thin film deposition and photolithography. This skill set will lead nanotech graduates to jobs as technologists in biology, chemistry, electrical engineering, medical and clinical laboratories, and information technology.

They will have the option of working in private industry, public government agencies, the military, and aggressive young start-up companies. It is no surprise that 9,000 new jobs are estimated over the next 20 years at the new STAMP facility in Alabama.

"Rapid growth in nanotechnology is creating a strong demand for technicians with training in microscopic fabrication techniques with experience using clean room procedures. We will provide our students with necessary experience to succeed in this burgeoning new industry, and be ready for the new jobs that are nearly in our own backyards," said Rafael Alicea-Maldonado, Ph.D., dean of GCC's Math, Science and Career Education. "And of course, any student who wants to continue his or her education to the next level will have a globally recognized and highly transferrable SUNY degree."

November 14, 2015 - 1:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Williams Park, batavia, football, Turkey Bowl, sports.

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Photos from the finals of the annual Turkey Bowl at Williams Park. We expect to hear later who won.

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November 13, 2015 - 6:22pm
posted by Billie Owens in fire, Stafford.

Flames are reportedly coming from inside a house at 6524 Main Road, Stafford. The location is east of Roanoke Road. Stafford Fire Department is responding along with mutual aid from Le Roy and Pavilion.

UPDATE 6:36 p.m.: Command reports the fire is out. The house has been cleared. Now working to ventilate the structure.

November 13, 2015 - 1:20pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia.
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    Frank H. McEwan

An arrest has been made in a case involving two people who were assaulted by multiple people in the area of Harvester Avenue and East Main Street in the early morning hours of Oct. 25 after one of them had made a run to 7-Eleven from a Halloween costume party on Swan Street.

Charged with gang assault, 2nd, robbery, 1st, criminal possession of a weapon, 4th, and criminal use of a firearm and petit larceny is 16-year-old Frank H. McEwan, of 3 McKinley Ave., Batavia.

McEwan was arraigned in City Court and ordered held on $25,000 bail.

The alleged assault involved multiple people and there was possibly a handgun displayed. A victim's wallet was stolen. 

One victim was transported to UMMC and later transferred to ECMC with serious injuries. Det. Todd Crosset said the victim is doing medically fine and is recovering.

The Batavian exclusively reported on the alleged assault Oct. 28 and did a follow up two days ago reporting that an apparent lack of cooperation from witnesses was hampering that investigation. That story led to more calls to the police, which provided the break in the case leading to the arrest of McEwan, said Det. Eric Hill.

There remain other suspects at large, and the group of alleged attackers includes individuals described as black and as white.

A gang assault under New York penal code, means an assault perpetrated by three or more people. It does not necessarily mean the individuals involved have any sort of gang affiliation or would comprise a gang in the common use of the term.

The investigation is ongoing and police are still seeking witnesses or information from people who might know anything about the case. Those with information are asked to contact Det. Todd Crossett at (585) 345-6353.

November 13, 2015 - 1:08pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, batavia.

Wayne A DraperAn Albion man has been charged for alleged sexual conduct against a female at her Batavia residence while he was acting as an exterminator on Oct. 27. The victim in this investigation was unable to stop the conduct due to her medical condition(s).

Wayne A. Draper, 56, of Bacon Road, Albion, is charged with third-degree sexual abuse -- forcible touching, according to a press release issued this afternoon by Batavia PD.

He is in jail with $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

The defendant has been working on-and-off as an exterminator for various companies over the past 20 years. Due to the nature of the offenses, there is a concern that this may not be the first time a vulnerable female has been victimized in this manner. The defendant worked as an exterminator in Genesee, Orleans and Monroe counties during this time period. 

The Batavia Police Department is requesting any other person(s) who may have been abused to contact the department, their local law enforcement agency, or Det. Kevin Czora at 585-345-6311.    

The Batavia Police Department will not be releasing any information pertaining to the current or past employers of the defendant, nor any further victim information.

UPDATED Saturday, Nov. 14: The Batavia Police Department has learned that Wayne Draper had also worked in the Ontario County area.

November 13, 2015 - 12:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in crime, batavia, bergen.

Alfred B. Ranzenbach III was arrested Nov. 11 in Bergen by the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and charged with felony grand larceny, 3rd. No further information was released.

Macy Fay Paladino, 34, of Clay St., Le Roy, was arrested Nov. 11 at 2:22 p.m. and charged with petit larceny and criminally using drug paraphernalia, 2nd, following a shoplifting incident at Target. Paladino allegedly stole merchandise from Target and during her apprehension, she was allegedly found with narcotic paraphernalia in her possession. She was put in jail in lieu of $500 cash or $1,000 bond. She is to reappear in Town of Batavia Court on Nov. 30. The case was investigated by Sheriff's Deputy Michael Lute, assisted by Deputy Christopher Parker.

November 13, 2015 - 11:25am
posted by Howard B. Owens in crime, batavia.
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   Marlek Holmes

Press release:

The City of Batavia Police Department is looking for the communities help in locating a level 3 sex offender who has failed to change his address and appear at the police department for his 90 day verification. Marlek Holmes is a male black about 5’7”, 160 pounds with a shaved head.  If he is seen out, you are asked to call 9-1-1. If anyone has additional information on where he may be located you are asked to call the confidential tip line at 585-345-6370. If the media is looking for any further information please contact me at 585-345-6353.

November 13, 2015 - 11:13am
posted by Howard B. Owens in p.w. minor, batavia, business.

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Now you can design your own Batavia-made boots.

p.w. minor announced today the launch of their new product line and brand, the Abram Boot Company.

The new boots are the same p.w. minor quality, and made right here in Batavia, but you, the customer, design your own boots at abrambootcompany.com.

You can also visit p.w.'s local outlet store at Main and Jackson to try on boots and sit at an in-store computer to design your custom boots.

Customers can choose leather, sole, eyelets, speed hooks, toe type and laces to fashion the look they find most appealing.

Local customers are invited to use the promo code "Batavia Made" when ordering their boots online for $200 off the purchase price.

The new line is named after Abram Vorhees Minor, the younger brother of Peter Wycoff Minor. The brothers founded p.w. minor in Batavia 149 years ago.

More than a year ago, Pete Zeliff and Andrew Young purchased the company, which was about to be shut down, and saved it, investing substantially to expand production, modernize the plant and bring jobs back to Batava that had been transferred to China.

Top photo: Lisa Paul-Khan.

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Full press release after the jump:

November 13, 2015 - 8:53am
posted by Raymond Coniglio in Dunkin Donuts, batavia, business.

The fate of a proposed West Main Street Dunkin’ Donuts is back in the hands of city planners.

The Genesee County Planning Board took “no action” Thursday night, on dramatically revised plans for the project.

The county board voted 3 to 2 on a requested subdivision, special use permit, sign permits and area variances for a new drive-thru restaurant at West Main and River streets.

The city Planning & Development Committee can now vote to approve — or deny — the project by a simple majority vote.

“We’re happy with that,” said Kip Finley, project development manager for Indus Hospitality, told the county board.

Thursday was the fourth time Indus Hospitality has appeared before county planners since June 2014. The county took no action then and once again the following September, before recommending city disapproval this past August.

The city committee voted the project down in September 2014.

On Thursday, Finley told county planners he hoped “the fourth time’s the charm.”

“This time we’re back here because, I think, the city officials took pity on us because we weren’t quite getting it,” he said.

Indus Hospitality revised its plans — particularly for the design of the building — based on input from the city panel, Finley said.

Dunkin’ Donuts would be located on land between Five Star Bank and Barrett’s Batavia Marine. It would be owned by Mike Mikolajczyk, who also owns the Dunkin’ Donuts franchise at East Main Street and Ellicott Avenue.

The revised site plan now calls for a bigger building — enlarged from 1,700 square feet to 2,170 square feet — that is much closer to West Main Street. The entrance has been relocated to the west of the restaurant.

Those changes allow for a longer drive-thru queue off West Main, that would accommodate 12 vehicles instead of seven. A second “bypass lane” immediately adjacent to the west, would allow separate access to restaurant parking and the bank ATM.

That should alleviate concerns about backed-up drive-thru traffic blocking West Main Street during rush hour, Finley said.

Unchanged, is a proposed parking lot exit to the east of Dunkin’ Donuts. Parking and the drive-thru could also be accessed via River Street from existing driveways on either side Five Star Bank.

The restaurant was also redesigned, based on preferences shown by the city Planning & Development Committee, Finley said. It would have a gabled roof, and patio seating facing West Main.

“The architecture is now not at all prototype for Dunkin’,” Finley said. “It’s more fitting in with the residential character of the other buildings (in the neighborhood).”

The addition of landscaping, is intended to block the view of the parking lot from homes on Redfield Parkway.

County Planning Department staff recommended approval of Dunkin’ Donuts requests, with one modification: that a free-standing pylon sign facing West Main Street be replaced with an externally lit monument-style sign.

Finley said a raised sign is necessary for visibility, but said his firm is willing to consider a smaller, or even externally lit pylon sign.

The sign would be illuminated only during hours of operation, which would be from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Planning Board members Robert Bennet, Laraine Caton and Lucine Kauffman voted to approve. Ginny Adams and Tom Schubmehl voted against.

With only five of nine Planning Board members present, a recommendation for approval would have required five votes. A vote to disapprove, would have required a majority-plus-one vote for the city board to overturn the decision.

The city Planning & Development Committee’s Nov. 17 agenda includes a public hearing and possible vote on the Dunkin’ Donuts application.

Neighbors who spoke at Thursday’s meeting, said they have not changed their views on the project.

“I’ve been in favor of the project since the very beginning,” said Nelson Baker, of Redfield Parkway. “I can see the cars in the parking lot at Five Star Bank and they don’t bother me at all.”

But another Redfield Parkway resident, Donald Fryling, insisted the parcel is too small for Dunkin’ Donuts, and another drive-thru is too much for the community.

“I’m concerned about adding traffic to an area that’s already extremely congested and dangerous,” Fryling said. “Does a community our size really need a fourth doughnut shop (and) an 11th drive-thru?

“The community doesn’t want it there,” he said.

Nann Zorn, who lives on River Street, said the new site plan doesn’t change her concerns about traffic.

“Regardless of how beautiful the plans are for the building, none of the aesthetic changes will improve its location,” Zorn said. 

“Nobody’s addressing the overall issue,” she continued. “And the overall issue is the fact that this is the wrong place for this business.”

November 13, 2015 - 8:48am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, bergen, business.

Press release:

Town and village officials from Le Roy and Bergen, along with the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC), today announced the submission of a community revitalization plan for consideration as part of the second round of America’s Best Communities (ABC) $10 million prize competition.

Le Roy and Bergen are one of 50 communities that have submitted plans intended to stimulate economic revitalization in small towns and cities across the United States. As a quarter-finalist, the Le Roy and Bergen team was awarded $50,000 in June 2015 to develop a plan aimed at accelerating the revival of the local economies and quality of life in both towns and villages.

With the assistance of Saratoga-based firm Camoin Associates, Le Roy and Bergen developed a plan which includes a proposed budget and long-term vision for economic revitalization, highlighting objectives to expand the commercial and industrial base in both towns and villages while sustaining the continued vitality of the agricultural community.

If awarded funding, the plan budgets for the use of funds to: determine gas pipeline capacity infrastructure at the Le Roy Food & Technology Park and Apple Tree Acres Corporate Park in Bergen; conduct a survey of current broadband capabilities for residents and businesses in both municipalities; and identify opportunities to enhance workforce development initiatives. The plan also recognizes the importance of using incentives and existing programs to enhance residential and commercial mixed-use developments in the downtown areas in both villages.

Only 15 communities will be selected for the competition’s semi-finalist round to win $100,000, in which each semi-finalist will make a presentation to a panel of judges about why its community should receive funds to advance its revitalization plan. In addition, three grand prize winners will be selected to win top prizes of $3 million, $2 million and $1 million.

"Through the ABC challenge process, our communities have rediscovered optimism, volunteer spirit and community assets that are highly valued,” said Shelley Stein, Genesee County legislator. “We demonstrate being America's ‘Best Community’ daily in our rural community pride and livability corridors, and have this unique opportunity to improve our shared livelihood by adding basic gas mains and broadband to support our local businesses.”

Anna Marie Barclay, Village of Bergen mayor, said, "The ‘America’s Best Communities’ competition has given the towns and villages of Le Roy and Bergen the opportunity to do what we are committed to: dedicate our time and passion to value and honor our history; enhance the quality of life and sense of place to all who live and work with us; encourage our young people to join us with their families and businesses in our rural environment; support our agricultural resources; and create and maintain economic development in a way that builds on the quality and hometown essence of small town America."

"It has been a great experience working with the ABC team and Bergen and Genesee County officials on this project,” said Stephen Barbeau, Town of Le Roy supervisor. "Community support has been overwhelming and our town board remains very optimistic that we will be able to establish our commercial park, injecting some new, clean commercial growth to our tax base while not detracting from our residential neighborhoods and rural character."

The Genesee Gateway Local Development Corporation (GGLDC), an affiliate of GCEDC, is the entity which administered the grant dollars and oversaw the selection of the consultants used in the development of the revitalization plan.

“The submission of the community revitalization plan serves as a monumental step in moving on to the next stage of this prestigious nationwide competition,” said Thomas Felton, GGLDC chairman. “Every official and community leader involved in this process has played a critical role in making sure this plan comprehensively reflects the business and economic development needs of the Bergen and Le Roy communities.”

November 13, 2015 - 8:45am
posted by Howard B. Owens in byron-bergen, volleyball, sports.

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Byron-Bergen put themselves in a position to advance in the state tournament Thursday night, up 24-17 in the fifth set, but let the lead slip away, dropping the game 27-25 to Honeoye. The first four sets were 25-19 Byron-Bergen, 17-25 Honeoye, 25-14 Byron-Bergen and 14-25 Honeoye.

The match, played in Le Roy, was a consolidation round for the Class D1 and Class D2 champions in Section V.

Genesee County's other Section V champion, for Class C, was Le Roy, and the Oatkan Knights lost its state qualifier last night at Pioneer in Arcade to Eden, 25-15, 25-11 and 25-15.

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November 12, 2015 - 4:39pm
posted by Billie Owens in assemblyman steve hawley, minimum wage increase.

Statement from Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia):

“Gov. Cuomo’s decision to increase the state employee minimum wage to $15 per hour is misguided and wrong for New York. The minimum wage was never meant to be a living wage and by raising it over 50 percent we are essentially killing the motivation of state employees to work hard, take advantage of their opportunities and find better paying employment.

"In a state where our budget is already stretched thin and we have trouble providing funding for deteriorating upstate infrastructure and paying down the Gap Elimination Adjustment education cuts, we simply can’t afford this added expenditure. Our residents already pay the highest taxes in the nation and asking them to absorb more of a burden is wrong.

“It is autocratic and disconcerting to the democratic process for Gov. Cuomo to sidestep the Legislature and unilaterally pass this minimum wage increase. Just as the case with the increase for fast-food workers, all laws should go through an appropriate legislative process that includes vetting and discussion. Any other way is irresponsible governing.

"What we need is a more fertile business environment that provides better paying opportunities for state workers, not dependence on the state for higher wages.”

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PART TIME CHAUFFEUR position available immediately. Work involves responsibility for the safe and efficient operation and care of passenger vehicles, and the rendering of assistance in other appropriate ways, to augment the mobility of a wide array of clients. Does related work, as required. Must possess valid NYS Driver’s License. Please send resumes to: Genesee County Department of Social Services, Attn: Commissioner, 5130 East Main St. Rd., Batavia, NY 14020

2nd Floor 2 bedroom double

Beautiful 2 bedroom 1,000 square foot apartment for rent. In quite residential neighborhood, this is the only double on entire street! The second floor was previously refurbished & owner occupied. Newer Kitchen,bathroom & windows. Plenty of storage in attic. 1st Month & security deposit required. Reference from last landlord & current employee required. No pets, no smoking . $775 plus utilities. Includes water/sewer & garbage. Appliances include stove, fridge, washer & dryer

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