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>After feeling faint on flight, Paterson goes back to N.Y.

Lt. Gov. David A. Paterson, who felt faint on a flight to Buffalo on Tuesday morning, left Erie County Medical Center on Tuesday evening and flew back to New York City. He thanked hospital staff for their assistance.

Doctors were unable to determine what caused his problem. Paterson received negative results from all the tests he was given at ECMC but will undergo further testing with his personal physician.

Paterson was ill for a few minutes just before his US Airways flight arrived at Buffalo Niagara International Airport from JFK International Airport at about 7:30 a.m.

Appearing on the waterfront Tuesday morning, Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer said his second-in-command began experiencing difficulty in the seat next to him as they neared Buffalo.

"He appeared to have a little bit of a fainting spell as we approached the airport," Spitzer said. "There was a doctor on board who gave him assistance, and the medics were there instantaneously . . . and took him over to ECMC."


>Jaycees invited to attend GCC anniversary tour

BATAVIA -- Past and present members of the Batavia Area Jaycees are invited to tour Genesee Community College at 1 p.m. Saturday as part of the college's 40th anniversary commemoration.

The Jaycees are singled out because of the part the service organization played in gaining public support for the Genesee County-sponsored college in the mid-1960s.

The tour will be followed by "Cruise at the College Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show," as well as a chicken barbecue and live music.


>Culvert work to close Route 78 in Java

JAVA -- There's a detour ahead for Wyoming County motorists who use Route 78 in the Town of Java. Beginning Monday, the road will be closed for about two weeks while crews replace a culvert, the state Department of Transportation reports.

Vehicles, except for local traffic, will be rerouted onto Route 98 to Route 20A to Route 77, officials say. Drivers are advised to use caution in the work zone and on the detour. For daily traffic reports, visit


>Funding increases set under state program

BATAVIA -- Batavia will receive funding increases over each of the next four years under the state's Aid and Incentive for Municipalities program, City Manager Jason R. Molino said Tuesday.

A 9.5 percent increase -- for a total of $158,671 -- is included for the city's current fiscal year.

The money is to be used for local property tax relief, economic development investments and cost-saving technology investments.

City property taxes increased 20 percent this year, with a similar rise predicted for next year.

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