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Assemblyman says rumors about OTB are not true

BATAVIA -- A rumored state takeover of five regional Off-Track Betting Corporations that last week prompted a worried response from the Genesee County Legislature, is not true, Assemblyman Stephen M. Hawley said.

The County Legislature's protest was aimed at the possible loss of Western Regional OTB, which has headquarters in Batavia and is owner-operator of a local high-profile harness race track. The legislators unanimously passed a detailed resolution citing the "financial and operational relationship between the county and OTB."

Hawley, a Batavia Republican, is a member of the Assembly's Racing and Wagering Committee. He said legislation by both houses would be required to take over the state's five quasi-public corporations and nothing of that nature is being proposed or discussed.

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> EDUCATION

Olean schools get grant for preschool program

WASHINGTON -- The Olean City School District has won a $2.75 million three-year federal grant for an effort to teach preschoolers how to read.

In partnership with Cattaraugus County Head Start and St. Bonaventure University, the school district will create two "Early Reading First" centers aimed at teaching reading to 234 low-income, at-risk 3- and 4-year-olds.

Rep. Eric Massa, D-Corning, and Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., announced the grant.

The funding is part of President Obama's "Good Start, Grow Smart" initiative, which aims to boost preschool programs so they become centers of learning, especially for children from low-income families.

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