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August 10, 2016 - 10:54am

The Genesee County Republican Party Committee on Tuesday recommended Batavian Kevin Earl for the position of Genesee County Attorney, replacing Charles Zambito, who will be taking over as Genesee County Court Judge on Jan. 1.

Earl, a lawyer for 38 years and former mayor of the Village of Le Roy, was selected over Mark Boylan of Le Roy at a meeting of the County GOP at the Old County Courthouse.

"Both were impressive and qualified candidates," said Richard Siebert, County GOP chairman, noting that Earl's willingness to relinquish his private practice and responsibilities for the towns of Batavia, Elba, Stafford and Oakfield likely swung the vote in his direction.

The Genesee County Legislature made the position a full-time one last year, setting the annual salary at $124,000. According to Legislature Chairman Raymond Cianfrini, the panel is expected to take action on the recommendation at its Sept. 14th meeting.

Earl, 64, said he has done a lot of work for the Republican Party over the years.

"I am grateful for the support of the Republican Party Committee, and am looking forward to working for the Legislature," he said.

A Batavia High School graduate, Earl went on to receive degrees from Cornell University and the University of Buffalo. He and his wife, Cathleen, are lifelong Batavians.

In another development, Siebert said the GOP appointed Genesee County Clerk Michael Cianfrini to serve the remaining year of the New York State Committee term vacated by LeRoyan John Rizzo. Barbara Eddy, of Alexander, is the other GOP representative from the 139th Assembly District on the NYS Committee.

September 15, 2015 - 1:13pm

Rochelle (Shelly) Stein, Genesee County Legislator, will be honored next week by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) for graduating from the NYSAC Pelletier County Government Institute. The ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the 2015 NYSAC Fall Seminar in Lake Placid.

The NYSAC County Government Institute is an educational program established in conjunction with Cornell University. The Institute provides an educational program for county elected and appointed officials, to enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of county officials. For more information, visit www.nysac.org.

Stein has served two terms as a Genesee County legislator, representing the Town and Village of Le Roy. She serves on the Human Services Committee and is highly engaged in the business of agriculture in the county and region. She seeks innovative ways to reduce the cost of government to local residents through collaboration and cooperation in all levels of government.

“The Institute’s vigorous curriculum prepares county leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the increasing demands of local government leadership in 2015 and beyond,” said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario.

Anthony Picente, president of NYSAC and Oneida County executive, agrees. “The County Government Institute equips county officials with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to address the challenges and opportunities of leadership, and to engage in civil dialogue with constituents as well as fellow leaders.”

The County Government Institute's comprehensive curriculum includes extensive course work on government ethics, building consensus in a political environment, principles of county budget and finance, and public sector labor/management relations. The courses are supplemented with electives, training sessions, and continuing education courses designed to support county leaders in serving their constituents.

“The Pelletier Institute gave me the opportunity to build on my previous local government experience, learning other styles of government and finding a path toward reducing conflict while providing necessary services at an affordable cost,” Stein said.

The New York State Association of Counties is a bipartisan municipal association serving the counties of New York State including the City of New York. Organized in 1925, NYSAC’s mission is to represent, educate and advocate for Member Counties and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials who serve the public.

September 23, 2014 - 8:12pm

Genesee County Deputy Frank Bordonaro, as demonstrated by his funeral, was an exceptional cop.  He was also a dad and husband who did it all.  Coached several youth sports, managed the household during the day and somehow kept it all afloat.  I worked for over 20 years directly and indirectly with his wife Robin at Eastman Kodak Company.  They were a team and have raised two exceptional young men in Bryce and Chase.

Frank’s passing could never have been expected.  A physical specimen, a fit and well groomed guy.  Who would have guessed?  Frank gave everything he had to his career.  I saw him in action at a serious fire in our neighborhood.  He was the consummate professional.  His day was never done.  It often leaked beyond his normal quit time which would delay Robin’s morning departure and arrival to Kodak.  He was dedicated to the nth degree to his career and to Genesee County.

Any unexpected passing creates colossal disruption to those closest to the deceased.  Shock, dismay, frustration, sadness, the words can go on and on.  This gnaws on both the emotional and less obviously the financial side of the family unit.  Tasks that need to be done, bills to be paid, life goes on yet with one income. 

Frank Bordonaro had built up through his years with Genesee County the maximum number of sick days.  This equal to one year of pay.  The funds for this are accrued or “banked” by the county in a fund for those times when the deputy needs them for health reasons.  Frank also had 19 years of active time with the County.  This one year short of making him “retirement eligible”.  I don’t think Frank, with two adolescent sons, was going to retire anytime soon but he was a year from being eligible.

Shortly after Frank’s passing, the Genesee County Sheriffs voted to not hold the county contractually responsible and encouraged the County Legislature to pay some portion of Frank’s sick time. This to possibly assist in Healthcare or for services covered by Frank’s compensation package in the past. 

And now the purpose of this editorial.  Our County Legislature elected not to pay this, even a percentage less than full.  Not one penny.  Shame on our County Legislature.  This is money sitting in a fund.  A great thanks and message of appreciation to one of their most dedicated servants taken way too soon.  Not a great demonstration of heart, compassion and appreciation.  Possibly some potential, large, retail chain needed tax relief.  So sacrifice a dedicated servant’s family?  Now I understand…..

Tom Frew


November 2, 2013 - 11:35am
posted by Robert Brown in genesee county legislature.
On November 5th, Genesee County residents will have the opportunity to elect the entire County Legislature body.  Of the 9 seats that are up for election, only 4 are contested.  It's disappointing to have the majority of our County representatives ushered into office without choice, not because those 5 people are unqualified or will do a poor job, but because we are missing out on the free discussion of ideas between a diverse base of candidates.  Options bring out the best of us and choices for voters make us stronger.  For the remaining 4 seats, we have 2 candidates each for Districts 5, 6, & 9 and 3 candidates for District 8 (City of Batavia Wards 2 & 3).
I am proud to be one of the 3 choices for District 8.  It humbled me to receive an endorsement from the Genesee County Libertarian Party when I decided to run for office as a group of people I had only known since January (save one person whom I had not seen since high school) had learned enough about me in the few short months it took for our party to form, organize, and hold a convention to put their trust and faith in me.  Those who saw me work as the initial Membership Committee Chair and currently as the Elections Committee Chair understand what I bring to the table in terms of dedication, drive, organization, and communications.  As a County Legislator I will leverage my 30+ years of professional experience to represent the citizens in District 8 with a commitment to fiscally responsible decision making and fairness.
We all know Genesee County is not treated fairly by the state.  We are taxed yet not equally supported.  What is imposed on us is not fully funded.  Despite our deep-seated belief in the Constitution we are squashed with rules and regulations like the S.A.F.E. Act.  However, what things are in our control we need to do a far better job of managing and our local government must first and foremost represent our citizens fairly.  What we cannot control locally, our elected local officials must actively fight for by relentlessly addressing concerns to our elected state officials.  Our local officials and government employees must not complain to the taxpayers about how mandates are crippling us, sigh, then invoke higher taxes.  Instead, we must represent those hardworking people and approach our assemblymen and senators, demand action, report on commitments and objectives, and call them out when there is no response.  The fight should not be left up to the every citizen to undertake alone.  As a County Legislator I will be committed to take Albany to task by engaging our state representatives on every possible occasion through every possible avenue to address our concerns.
The items under our immediate control are not insignificant.  The County Legislature instituted an additional 1% sales tax in 1994 to pay down debt.  Here we are 19 years later and we're not only still paying down debt, we're taking on new debt while the added tax lingers.  Sales tax revenue has increased over the last 10 years, but so have prices (most notably gasoline which has risen about $2/gallon over that period while influencing many other price points) and that simply adds to the burden on taxpayers who are paying more for less.  The County has a roughly $20M fund balance to bridge revenue gaps with an additional $9M in unallocated funds while carrying $14.5M in debt costing taxpayers $600K in interest payments in 2013 alone.  The County has borrowed millions to spend on infrastructure that only a few hundred of our 60,000+ citizens will ever use.  The County is losing over $1M annually on the County Nursing Home while the majority of our long-term care citizens have their needs met through privately run facilities in the county.  Band-aids will not stop the hemorrhaging.  The County has plans/commitments to spend millions on leasing space over the next decade.  Unemployment at or slightly below the state average is great, but it's been that way for years.  More telling is Genesee County's per capita income which is annually $4K-$5K below the state average.  The County annually funds the GCEDC with over $200K in cash plus pays one of the highest IDA salary and benefits packages in the state to their personnel who then waive millions in taxes for corporations who pay them 1% of every deal.  The jobs created under this model are often not full-time positions or able to raise the bar on per capita income.  The County implemented a local surcharge for auto registration, but what's the value add, especially to people who rarely drive?  To top it off, we're now facing a 2.22% increase in property taxes that will be enacted right after the election.
How is any of this fair to Genesee County taxpayers?  All of it has come to fruition through local decisions.
We need to make better choices and we need to change our approach.  We can learn from the folks at Independent Living of Genesee Region (ILGR) whose website (www.wnyil.org/ilgr) reads:
"ILGR is an agency dedicated to the idea the people deserve the right to live their life the way they choose.  Our philosophy is not to do things for you, but to give you the skills and resources to do it for yourself.  That’s the true meaning of independence."
Some of our most challenged citizens do not want handouts - they want to be educated, empowered to make their own choices, and treated with equality.  Long ago, I learned one of the keys to successful management is to break down barriers and provide the necessary tools for employees to get their jobs done.  Government needs to foster that for all of us.  Stop trying to do everything and instead start enabling.  Where we must offer services, we must do so with extreme efficiency.  We are not doing so today.
I continue to be available by phone, E-Mail, and social media.  Please take the opportunity to contact me with questions, concerns, and ideas.  I look forward to representing you and doing what I can to make Genesee County the most attractive and affordable place to live, shop, and do business in WNY.
Thank you for your consideration on November 5th.  Whatever your choice, please vote - you matter!


October 4, 2011 - 12:45am

For every department in Genesee County, this year’s mandated budget cuts are hard to swallow. The county legislature is forcing 5-percent cuts across the board, in order to fit the county budget under New York State’s new 2-property tax cap.

Nowhere is the hurt more apparent than at the County Office for the Aging. Director Pamela Whitmore had already lost $102,000 in annual state grant money this year – a significant blow to her 2012 budget. With the mandated 5-percent cut on top, the Office for the Aging will now have to eliminate over $134,000 in spending.

Whitmore likened the 5-percent cut to that proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.

“People are not going to get the level of service that they’ve gotten in the past,” Whitmore told the legislature’s Human Service Committee on Monday night.

She announced a planned $5,000 reduction to “Meals on Wheels,” which will now be on a three day-per-week delivery schedule if her budget goes according to plan. There are also pending staff cuts, social program reductions and fewer hours available for in-home services.

“Less staff means less time to do that face-to-face information and assistance – which is really the majority of what we do,” Whitmore said after the meeting.

Her message is further highlighted by this year’s census report, which shows a 16-percent increase in the over-60-year-old population in Genesee County. The census bureau also estimates that the population over 85-years-old, which is the most expensive to serve, has jumped by 33 percent in Genesee County the past decade (official numbers are not yet available for that category).

“It’d be one thing if the grant losses were just taking one program away…but most of our losses just took parts of each grant away,” Whitmore said. “So in essence, most of our services are still available, but there (are fewer) resources to provide them.”

In another Human Services report Monday, Chris Kuehl from the county nursing home told committee members that the home was able to reduce five positions to just three by consolidating some worker duties. That will save the nursing home $47,233 this year, and $104,439 in 2012, if the cuts are approved by the full legislature.

Also at the Human Services Committee, members approved the nomination of David Whitcroft as the interim public health director for Genesee County. Whitcroft's nomination comes on the heels of Randy Garney's abrupt retirement a week-and-a-half ago. Whitcroft will be paid $65,106 plus $600 in longevity pay. He officially takes over on Wednesday, if approved by the full legislature.

January 31, 2011 - 7:19pm
posted by Lorie Longhany in GCEDC, genesee county legislature.

I don't think many would disagree that we all want a robust and aggressive job-creating engine in Genesee County. We also can agree that unfair tax burdens created the need for IDAs with their enticements and tax incentives in the first place.

In the big picture, we all want our county to be chosen as the next home to companies like: Barilla Pasta, Google, Yahoo or Geico -- and without an IDA we don't compete at all.

Even the smaller companies with a vision to produce a new product or service can help make our county vibrant and offer those vitally important, but few and far between, living wage job opportunities. Jobs that can lift our median income and bring some of our citizens their own little piece of prosperity-- the kind that bring money to other businesses by circulating it around our communities.

The jury is still out on how I perceive the GCEDC's, or any IDA's  performance. But I do firmly believe that more stringent oversight on pay rates and elimination of performance bonuses needs to swiftly be put in place by the Legislature to restore the public's trust. I'm also curious about the $500 bonus given to a consultant.

January 2, 2010 - 2:30pm

What is your opinion about the potential sale of the Genesee County Nursing home? Keep in mind that this is all preliminary, but it certainly appears that the county has begun the process. Take a look at this article:


As always, thank you for your time and consideration. Please don't forget to take a look at my blog considering a Women's Caucus as well.

October 30, 2009 - 1:24pm
posted by Chris Charvella in politics, Voting, genesee county legislature, Chris Charvella.

Dear Friends and Neighbors of the 8th District,

We are nearing the end of the campaign season and by Election Day I’ll have knocked on every door in the 8th District.  It has been a long and interesting road but meeting and talking with you has made it all worth the effort. 

Over the course of the campaign we have discussed balance, oversight and transparency as being the essential ingredients to an efficient and open government and it is plain to see how much you and I really believe in them.  So, today, I would like to put all of the campaign talking points and issues discussions aside and let you know what your vote means to me.

September 5, 2009 - 10:50am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, government, genesee county legislature.

The Genesee County Legislature meets Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the Old Courthouse.

Agenda (PDF)

Resolutions (PDF)

August 13, 2009 - 12:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in genesee county legislature.

The Genesee County Legislature plowed through a 39-item agenda last night, taking vote after vote on a series of resolutions with little discussion of the items.

(The legislature confines most of its discussion and fact finding on proposed resolutions to its committee meetings.)

Among the items approved:

  • Authorization for the Sheriff's Office to accept a $23,000 grant to buy Tasers.
  • Approved $59,100 allocation (part of the funds coming from a Homeland Security grant) for a rapid-response vehicle for the Sheriff's Office. The vehicle will be used in SWAT actions.
  • In order to facilitate the merger of the Le Roy dispatch center with the Genesee County dispatch center, purchase of a $7,200 upgrade to the New World Systems software that powers the dispatch center.
  • Appointed Cheryl Pfund of Batavia to the Mental Health Community Service Board.
  • Authorization of communication tower construction by ITT at the Genesee County Airport. The tower will be a 46-foot high monopole and require .015 acres of land. The FAA is requiring installation of Automatic Dependence Surveillance-Broadcast technology at the airport.
  • Renewed the county's extra 1-percent sales tax for another two years. The tax generates about $8 million annually for the county.

PDF: Download copies of all resolutions passed.

June 10, 2009 - 9:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in genesee county legislature.

County Legislators received a memo from County Manager Jay Gsell this evening suggesting that the legislature appoint a volunteer committee to review the idea of changing legislative terms from two years to four and to stagger the terms of the nine members.

The suggestion comes from the imposingly-long titled "Genesee County Comprehensive Plan Government Administration Focus Group," a committee of 11 administrators and community leaders.

The group met May 19.

The consensus was a larger group of volunteers who fairly represent the community should study the idea further and seek broad community input before fashioning a ballot proposal for the 2010 election.

"It is suggested that this volunteer focus/study group be carefully constructed to represent all aspects of the county; i.e., geographical, agriculture, business, construction, municipalities, political, health care, etc., and perhaps each Legislator could propose one group member with the Chair then submitting additional members to represent the various constituencies that should be involved" the memo reads. "There should be careful consideration of selecting a chair for the focus/study group who would provide, as far as possible, an impartial administrative-oriented position to the process."

A 2010 election is preferable, the memo states, to give the proposal a more deliberative process and ensure no changes are made prior to the 2010 census.

Participating in the May 19 meeting were Gsell, Frank Ciaccia, Lorie Cleveland, Susan Conklin, Scott German, Chester Kaleta, Lucine Kauffman, Ester Leadley, Karen Marchese, Don Read and John Rizzo.

June 10, 2009 - 7:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in dairy, genesee county legislature.


County Legislator Charles Zambito, Elba, presents a proclamation in honor of dairy month to Dairy Princes Mackenzie Reynolds and Eric Zuber.  Following the proclamation, ice cream sandwiches, an annual tradition, were handed out to every person in the chamber. Um, good.

June 10, 2009 - 9:38am
posted by Howard B. Owens in politics, Democrats, genesee county legislature.

Press release from County Democratic Chair Lorie Longhany:

The Genesee County Democratic Committee voted to endorse all announced candidates  unanimously for the Genesee County Legislature tonight at their regularly scheduled meeting on June 9th at the Elks Home.  Incumbent legislator, Ed DeJaneiro, who represents  district 9, is joined by city councilman  Rosemary Christian in district 7 and Chris Charvella in District 8.  These candidates represent a combination of strength and experience along with natural leadership and a new perspective on county government. The Committee is looking forward to an exciting election season and all of us are eager to get behind our endorsed candidates to help them move Genesee County in a new direction."

UPDATE: Russ Stresing submitted this statement on behalf of Rosemary Christian:

I am pleased and honored to recieve the Genesee County Democratic Committee's  endorsement.  Having the committee's enthusiastic support means a great deal as the campaign moves forward and I'm very enthusiastic about working with Chris Charvella and Ed DeJaneiro to try to bring balance, oversight and  transparency to county government.  So much more can be accomplished when people come together as a group than one person can do on her own and its exciting to be part of a real effort to help Genesee County move in a new direction.

UDPATE: Chris Charvella sends along the following statement:

It is with great honor and gratitude that I welcome the endorsement from the Genesee County Democratic committee.  I appreciate their enthusiastic and unanimous support as I continue to address the issues and concerns of the voters in the 8th District in the City of Batavia.  I'm looking forward to being a part of the team with Ed DeJaneiro and Rosemary Christian that can help bring balance, oversight and transparency to county government as we  chart a new course towards the future.

May 27, 2009 - 3:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in politics, election, genesee county legislature.

We just received this as a press release:

Dear Neighbor;

My name is Christopher Charvella and I would like to take this  opportunity to announce my candidacy for Genesee County Legislature in the  8th District. I grew up in Genesee County and after serving our country for  six years in the United States Air Force I decided to bring my wife back to  Batavia so we could begin our life together in the place I love so much. We  recently had our first child, a girl, and it is my goal to make Genesee 
County a place where she can grow and flourish.

Sadly, our area is in decline. We are facing a multitude of problems: empty  storefronts on Main Street, an unemployment rate at nearly 9% and climbing,  and a local government that seems incapable of coming up with real solutions.  We have watched businesses close their doors or leave town. We have seen  County bids and purchases go to companies that aren’t even based in New  York State and our stagnant Legislature has been a part of the problem  instead of being a part of the solution. It is time for us to change the way  we do business at a local level.

I pledge to bring balance, oversight and transparency to our local  government. When elected I will immediately offer legislation that will open  the County bid process to all qualified local contractors and distributors,  set up a County website that tracks exactly where your tax dollars go and  make County Legislature and Committee meetings accessible to working people.  Together we can bring an end to the ‘rubber stamp’ legislative  environment that has plagued us for so long.

I’m looking forward to meeting you in person as I walk the District over  the next few months. Feel free to stop me on the street and let me know how I  can make Genesee County a better place for you and your family. I am  committed to working hard for the 8th District and all of Genesee County and  I am looking forward to earning your vote and working for you over the next  two years.


Christopher M. Charvella

April 10, 2009 - 1:58pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, genesee county legislature, ways and means.

PRESENT: Chair Zambito, Legislators Hancock, Leadley and Grasso.  County Manager Gsell. Also Present: Planning Director Duval, Emergency Management Coordinator Yaeger, Purchasing Director Kaleta, Emergency Communications Coordinator Sharpe, Personnel Officer Marchese, Youth Bureau Representative Frank, IT Director Zimmer, Interim Public Health Director Garney, Sheriff Maha, Mental Health Director Reaves, County Treasurer German, Deputy County Treasurer Landers, Concerned Citizen Steve Ferry, Legislator DeJaneiro, Daily News Reporter Mruzak, and Legislature Clerk Pratt.

Chair Zambito called the meeting to order at 4PM in the Legislature Conference Room. The minutes of the March 18 meeting were approved upon motion of Legislator Leadley seconded by Legislator Grasso.


April 9, 2009 - 9:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, genesee county legislature.

To read the draft minutes of Monday's Genesee County Legislature meeting, download the PDF of the minutes here.

March 12, 2009 - 8:14am

The upcoming major construction project at Genesee Community College received a boost as the Genesee County Legislature authorized borrowing $2.05 million through bonds, in addition to the $4.1 million that was approved last year.

The decision Wednesday will help fund a major overhaul of athletic facilities at the Batavia campus, according to The Buffalo News.

GCC will be installing a synthetic turf soccer field, expanding other fields and refurbishing the gym and locker rooms.

March 2, 2009 - 5:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Announcements, genesee county legislature.

Batavia, New York
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
    The Genesee County Legislature will meet in Regular Session on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 7PM in the Old Courthouse, 7 Main Street, Batavia, New York.  Prayer will be offered by Legislator Hancock, followed by the Pledge to the Flag.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES- February 11, 2009





  • Budget Transfer-Highway-Road Machinery Fund-Approval Of
  • Agreement-Airport-C&S Engineers-T-Hangar Access Taxiway/Apron-Phase II Project Design-Approval Of
  • **Land Lease-County Airport-Approval Of
  • Special Event-Parks/DeWitt Recreation Area-American Austin Bantam Car Club-Approval Of
  • Reappointments-Parks, Recreation and Forestry Advisory Committee-Approval Of
  • Memorandum of Understanding-Soil and Water/Environmental Educator-Approval Of
  • Reappointments-Genesee County Soil and Water Conservation Board-Approval Of
  • Reappointments-Oak Orchard Small Watershed Protection District Administrative Board-Approval Of
  • Contract-Public Defender-Unified Court System-Approval Of
  • 2009 New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation/Home Rehab Program Application Support-Approval Of
  • 2009 New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation/Homeownership Program Application Support-Approval Of
  • Support of Governor Paterson’s Proposed Fix to the Chronic Issues Counties Face with the Indigent Legal Services Fund Maintenance of Effort Provision
  • Audit

**Reso #3- Recommendation to return to committee pending SEQR and NEPA application.


December 12, 2008 - 1:44pm

Here in Orleans County, we have quite a dilemma on our hands. Last year, the Orleans County Legislature notified the public that we needed a new jail. The jail we have now is crowded and needs to expand. But due to our jail being landlocked (right now, the jail sits in downtown Albion next our courthouse, meaning there is no room for expansion) and the jail having serious wear and tear, we are in the market for a new jail.

The county has formed a Jail Advisory Committee to address issues surrounding the construction of a new jail. However, the Orleans County Legislature decided a few months ago to pursue a study (which, according to news reports, the Genesee County Legislature agreed to) that would look into a regional jail shared between the two counties.

For some in Orleans County, this looks to be a great deal. The cost to build a jail in Orleans County has been projected to be between $20 million to $30 million, although the Legislature has not always been united on the cost. So sharing that burden with Genesee County might not be such a bad thing on the surface.

But I worry about this for a few reasons:

(1) Our jail was officially opened in the early 1970's. The Genesee County Jail, according to its website, was built in 1985. That tells me the two counties are at different points. Again, I'm not sure how necessary it is for Genesee County to build a new jail or join in with Orleans County on plans for a regional jail. That is why I'm writing this to get feedback from the citizens (and hopefully members of county government) in Genesee County.

(2) Would Genesee County be in the financial position to pick up its end of the deal? The reason I ask is because Orleans County would be in a tough bind with the jail project, whether it is a shared sacrifice or not. Such a project would raise taxes (without question) and it would prove to be a long-term burden to pay off. One can assume that if it would cost Orleans County to build a larger facility (projected at one time to be a 120-bed facility), then a regional jail will cost at least slightly more.

(3) Is it worth conducting this study to see if a regional jail would be viable? At last check, the study itself would cost $40,000. That's a big gamble to take if the study comes back and says that such a venture would not be viable.

As a resident of Orleans County, I feel its safe to say that myself and several other citizens are worried about the jail project. If this regional jail doesn't come to fruition, we will need to build a facility sooner rather than later. That burden will fall on us and it will be a tremendous burden to take on.

However, I'm turning to the people of Genesee County and I hope some of the leaders in Genesee County (I'm looking at you Jay Grasso) are reading this. Are you in the market for a new jail or a regional jail? Are you in the financial position to make such an investment? And is this something Genesee County would want?

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