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The City of Batavia has decided to ask for bids for the next trash collection contract.
The move puts in jeopardy 30 local jobs, 20 of them now held by persons with developmental disabilities.
The Genesee ARC has provided trash pick-up in the city for the past 28 years. 
The city wants to change the way trash is picked up and paid for.
These changes would require a significant financial investment by the not-for profit ARC.
Molino is suggesting that the city adopt a fee system to pay for trash collection. In theory, the fee would be offset by a corresponding reduction in property taxes.

Officials in New York State's court system are keeping a close eye on the fiscal cliff talks in Washington.  
If a deal is not put together before the January 1st deadline, the nation’s court system faces a $500-million cut. For New York's already congested court system, that likely means shorter hours of operation, longer case backlogs and potential worker furloughs.

Another concern regarding fiscal cliff talks involves milk. 
Senator Chuck Schumer warns that the cost could double -- reaching 6-dollars per gallon -- and dairy farmers could suffer if Washington does not reach an agreement. 
Schumer says Congress must approve a temporary return of the Milk Income Loss program that expired in September to protect more than 54-hundred dairy farmers in New York State. 

Congressman-elect Chris Collins has received his committee assignments.  Collins has announced that he will begin his congressional career serving on the House Agriculture and Small Business committees.  

Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to enjoy record high approval ratings.  A new Quinnipiac University poll finds Cuomo's approval rating at 74 percent.  The governor himself believes his approval rating is based on his handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is encouraging New Yorkers to consider investing in their children's college education this holiday season. 
 He's suggesting New Yorkers open or contribute to an existing 529 College Savings plan and take advantage of the tax write-off at the end of the year.  
The plan sponsored by the State of New York features a broad array of investment options, including three age-based investment options that automatically rebalance the assets in the portfolio to become more conservative as the child approaches college age.


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