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Grant will fund expansion of United Memorial hospital

BATAVIA -- United Memorial Medical Center will receive $3 million from the state Department of Health to help with the impact of the merger that created the hospital eight years ago, hospital officials announced Wednesday. The medical center replaced the former Genesee Memorial and St. Jerome hospitals.

Officials said the grant will allow the hospital to proceed with its surgical expansion project, which is under review by the state Department of Health. The medical center wants to increase its number of operating rooms from three to five and make them bigger.

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Brown is re-elected as Republican chairman

FREDONIA -- Randall J. Brown, Republican chairman in the Town of Pomfret, was unanimously re-elected to another two-year term at the committee's reorganization meeting Tuesday night. Also elected officers were Pomfret Councilman Rodney Pennica as vice chairman, Jessica Snell as party secretary and Timothy Murphy as treasurer.

"The committee members called on me to continue," Brown said, "and I am committed to promoting candidates for public office who support a positive direction for our community."

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Ranzenhofer proposes state income tax cut

BATAVIA -- Speaking at the Harvester Center, where the business incubator concept was born in 1959, State Senate candidate Michael H. Ranzenhofer on Wednesday proposed a 10 percent state tax cut for middle-income residents.

The plan, according to Ranzenhofer, would cut state income taxes for those earning less than $200,000 a year, saving individual households an estimated $600 per year -- and returning more than $1 billion to taxpayers. Ranzenhofer said the tax cut would be made possible by his proposal to cut state spending by 15 percent.

Ranzenhofer, a Republican, faces Democrat Joe Mesi in a bid to assume the seat currently held by Mary Lou Rath, R-Williamsville. Ranzenhofer said his election would bring a "different mind-set to Albany when people are looking for fiscal discipline."

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