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Genesee County lawmakers cut back on STOP-DWI funding

BATAVIA – The Genesee County Legislature on Monday adopted a STOP-DWI budget that cuts expenses for the program by 40 percent because of a drop in drunken driving arrests on county roads.

The appropriation of $151,500 for next year is $63,500 less than the current year.

The money for the program comes from court fines for DWI. Arrests have dropped significantly in the last three years and this year will total fewer than 200.

Longtime Assistant County Manager Frank V. Ciaccia heads the program, which finances enforcement, prosecution and education. It will spend $42,670 for police overtime on special enforcement stops, $37,500 for prosecutions through the District Attorney’s Office, and $9,300 for education programs.

Genesee Justice, an alternative to jail time, will receive $28,350 for a first-offender program. Administration fees are pegged at $28,000.

Legislators joined Ciaccia in praising a program that has seen a welcome decline in DWI offenses in recent years.

In other business, the legislators:

• Named Anita Cleveland of Oakfield as the county’s new human services director. Cleveland, now a deputy in the department, will succeed Karen Marchese, who retired. The salary is in the low $60,000 range.

• Agreed to hire Frontier Communications Equipment of Rochester for next generation 911 equipment, engineering and other services at a cost of $803,000. The money comes from the county’s Sheriff’s Office MHz Radio System Upgrade Capital Project for updating a countywide emergency response system.

• Authorized the Sheriff’s Office to spend $4,409 from its uniform account for body armor vests, vest covers and trauma plates.