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Two restaurants in city planning to reopen

BATAVIA -- Two restaurants -- one a landmark and the other the city's newest -- will reopen in mid-April if the owners' current plans continue on schedule.

Pontillo's Pizzeria, on East Main Street since 1947, is getting help from the Genesee Economic Development Center after having been closed for the past two years.

Legal and financial problems among family members shuttered the popular hangout.

Sam Pontillo, a son of original owners Sam and Betty Pontillo, is getting financial help from BP Properties of Rochester. He also operates a Pontillo's in
Le Roy.

South Beach, a South Florida-themed downtown restaurant, has a new owner in Kenneth R. Mistler. The restaurant, created in 2008 by Alex Giuliani, a local restaurateur, closed unexpectedly last February.

Mistler -- downtown Batavia's major landlord, with a half-dozen storefronts and a new coffee shop and health club in a former store is renovating South Beach with a new entrance and booths replacing a lounge area.

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Basile takes oath as head of district court security

Damiano N.C. "Nick" Basile promised to uphold "the trust placed in me" as he took the oath of office Monday as the new head of court security for the state's Buffalo-based Eighth Judicial District.

With Basile's wife, Wendy, holding the Bible, Justice Paula A. Feroleto administered the oath during a ceremony in the second-floor ceremonial courtroom of old Erie County Hall.

Basile, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, was head of court security in the state's Rochester-based Seventh Judicial District when he was selected to succeed the recently retired John J. Moslow Jr. after a statewide search.

He will oversee the work of 196 state court officers in Erie and Niagara counties.

He also will coordinate court security with police and sheriff's offices in the six other Western New York counties that make up the eight-county district but don't have state court officers.

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Taxpayers reminded of March 31 deadline

LITTLE VALLEY Cattaraugus County Treasurer Joseph G. Keller is reminding taxpayers they have until March 31 to pay their current town and county taxes at their local collector's office.

After March 31, the taxes will be returned to the treasurer's office for collection, and a 5 percent fee will be added.
Also after that date, interest will be charged at the rate of 1 percent per month.

"Taxpayers owing taxes for the year 2008 or 2009 should be aware that if these taxes are not paid to the county treasurer by March 31, the 2010 taxes will have to be paid before payment on the previous year's taxes can be accepted," Keller said.

"Also any taxpayer who purchased property in the county after March 31, 2009, and didn't receive a tax bill in January should contact their local tax collector in the area where the property is located to find out where the tax bill was sent," Keller said.

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