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COUNCIL TABLES MEASURE ON STATE BUDGET REFORM

BATAVIA -- The City Council backed off Monday from a resolution recommended by the Genesee Area Chamber of Commerce to support reform of the state's budgetary process.

At the same time, the Assembly Republican Conference, whose 47 members include Minority Leader Charles H. Nesbitt, R-Albion, and Daniel J. Burling, R-Castile, pledged their support for the same kind of legislative reforms. Both have parts of Genesee County in their districts.

Councilwoman Rose Mary Christian moved that the Council resolution be tabled, citing what she termed inconsistencies and a "lack of voter input" in the Brennan Center for Justice of the New York University School of Law report criticizing the New York legislative process as "the most dysfunctional in the nation."

Christian's tabling motion, which sent the Council resolution back to committee, was approved on a 7-2 vote. After the meeting, she cited several instances that she claimed needed more voter input.

The Assembly Republican Conference on Monday pledged support of the Brennan Center reforms and advocated additional measures to open up state government.

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