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Volunteer fire company to get funds from homeland security

PEMBROKE -- The Pembroke Volunteer Fire Company will receive $29,574 from a U.S. Department of Homeland Security assistance to firefighters program.

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Innovative bracelets OK'd as DWI monitors

BATAVIA -- Genesee County will become one of the first in the nation to use electronic bracelets that detect alcohol consumption under a STOP-DWI budget adopted Wednesday by the County Legislature.

The $313,000 spending plan, financed through fines levied in alcohol-related driving cases, includes $34,000 to allow the Probation Department to rent 10 bracelets.

Frank V. Ciaccia, assistant county manager who coordinates the STOP-DWI program, said the instruments will be used for repeat offenders barred by courts from consuming alcohol.

Ciaccia said the bracelets respond to perspiration and when alcohol is detected emit a satellite signal that will prompt an investigation. Removing them also causes a signal.

The Legislature, which hasn't met in a month, also voted to accept $3.06 million from refinancing long-term bonds in the tobacco lawsuit settlement. Lower interest rates prompted several counties to refinance their share of the state settlement with tobacco companies. Genesee's increased revenue will be used to pay for a new sheriff's administration building and work on water lines in the city.

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