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Issues await legislators following passage of state budget

State legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are on vacation after the state budget was approved in the early hours of the new fiscal year, but that doesn't mean everything is settled.

Sen. Patrick Gallivan says one issue neglected is ensuring the State University has enough money to fix up aging buildings.
"We have a concern in Western New York. We know that there are plans for moving the medical school to the Medical Campus," Gallivan said.

"UB has a plan for that, to try to do some things and move some things around at the Main Street, the Main and Bailey campus, and there's not money provided for that."

Gallivan says there doesn't seem to be enough attention paid to the overall issue of fixing up buildings, like Geneseo State in his district and other SUNY campuses.

Other issues remaining include potentially raising the minimum wage, changes in the juvenile justice system and a tax credit sought by parochial schools for those who donate to them.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.