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News Headlines for Fri p.m., Apr. 15, 2016

Young, Goodell discuss new state budget with county Chamber of Commerce...

Fear that the governor would use a wage board to arbitrarily increase New York's minimun wage to $15 an hour for all workers led to the final agreement in the state budget.  That from State Senator Cathy Young... who says the final agreement wasn't perfect... but, it slows the minimum wage growth in the upstate region.  Speaking at this morning's State Legislative Breakfast in Lakewood... hosted by the county's Chamber of Commerce... Young says it will be phased-in over 5-and-a-half years to $12.50 an hour.  However... an economic review panel will look it over after the third-year.  Young says the minmum wage provision made this the "most difficult budget to negotiate" in her 18 years in the state legislature.  Assemblyman Andy Goodell was also on hand.  He says the governor was very crafty in using the wage board to boost fast-food workers pay to $15 an hour... because he knew everyone else in the higher-skilled trades would soon be clamoring for a similar increase.

New documents show Silver was involved in at least two extramarital affairs, one a lobbiest...

In newly released documents... the government says former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had engaged in extramarital affairs with two women, one of whom lobbied him on a regular basis.  Manhattan federal Judge Valerie Caproni released the papers Friday.  Silver declined comment a day earlier.  The 72-year-old Democrat was convicted in November in a $5-million corruption case.  Prosecutors say he traded favors to enrich himself and then lied about it.  He is scheduled to be sentenced May 3rd.  Lawyers for The New York Times and WNBC-TV asked the judge to unseal documents pertaining to evidence excluded from trial.  Silver's lawyers had opposed the unsealing on grounds they could jeopardize a fair trial if Silver wins an appeal.

Ribbon cut on new Fairway Pointe Senior Village in Lakewood...

The Fairway Pointe Senior Village had its official ribbon cutting and grand opening Thursday.  The 116-unit facility on Southwestern Drive in Lakewood provides apartments for people 55 and over.  Marc Guizzo is the facilities manager for Calamar, the firm that built Fairway Pointe.  He says it's their sixth senior apartment community in Western New York, and explained their philosophy.  Guizzo says they are providing an "affordable option for seniors" that allows them to be independent, but, not have to pay the high costs for maintaining it.  About half the apartments in Fairway Pointe have already been rented.  Susan and Roy Lindahl of Jamestown are some of the first residents.  Roy Lindahl says it's "a fantastic place, and people here are like a family."  Calamar invested $12-million in Fairway Pointe.  Among the amenities are an exercise room, community meeting area, and garages.  Amanda Chase, the local manager, will give tours to those who call 489-3601.