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The City Council reversed itself Monday night and agreed by a 5-3 vote to urge support for the $1.75 billion environmental bond act, a state-wide proposition on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Even though the act could help fund two municipal projects, the council last month voted 6-3 against Gov. Pataki's "clean air clean water" referendum. Council President George A. Spinnegan, who apparently lobbied to get the resolution back on a council agenda, said the money could be used to offset costs of Batavia's new water-treatment plant as well as financing cleanups of local landfills.

Voting again against support were Rose Mary Christian and Franklin J. Battaglia, who called it an "environmental pork barrel." Councilman David E. Klein also voted no.

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