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New York State Exposed Education: Super salaries

As taxpayers get ready to vote on local school district budgets next month, many parents are wondering if they're getting what they pay for especially when it comes to salaries paid to top administrators.

School superintendents are among the highest paid public officials in the state but are they worth their six figure salaries?

We've obtained the base salaries for all 18 public school district superintendents in Monroe County from the largest, the Rochester City School District, to the smallest, Wheatland-Chili, and all of them make between $158,000-$221,000 a year.

Supporters of those salaries argue superintendents are like CEOs running multi-million dollar operations that require specialized skills but with declining enrollments in most all districts and growing budget constraints, others argue the hefty salaries are becoming unsustainable.

Newark woman charged with misuse of food stamps

A Newark woman has been arrested for misuse of food stamps.

Sheriff’s deputies in Wayne County say 41-year-old Michelle Brown used food stamps/SNAP benefits that belonged to two other people.

Brown is currently being held in the Wayne County Jail in lieu of bail.
 

Fairport man charged with grand larceny

A 53-year-old Fairport man was arrested on a warrant from the Town of Victor while he was at the Wayne County Jail.

Joseph Maroccia is charged with grand larceny.

Sheriff’s deputies say Maroccia and his brother stole $1,000 worth of property from a company in Victor.

Maroccia was arraigned on the charge and is being held in the Ontario County Jail.
 

Local unemployment rate drops in March

More people are finding jobs in the greater Rochester area. The New York State Labor Department released preliminary unemployment numbers for March. The Greater Rochester area unemployment rate is 6.7%, which is down from 7.7% a year ago. 

The unemployment rate in February 2014 was 7.2%

Follow-Up: Why were dozens of animals left to live in deplorable conditions for so long?

Neighbors say they've complained about it for years. So why were dozens of animals left to live in deplorable conditions for so long? 

More than a dozen animals have been rescued from a home in Sodus. Many have serious problems including broken bones. Two dead horses were also found on the property.

On Monday, an arrest warrant was issued for the owner. Neighbors want to know why their complaints about how these animals were being treated have been ignored for years.

Neighbors of 53-year-old Cindy Denninger say they’ve reported her countless times to the authorities on suspicion of animal abuse, but nothing was ever done until last week. Officials from Lollypop Farm say seizing animals isn’t always easy especially if a property owner doesn’t allow you on their land.

Palmyra man charged with burglary, petit larceny

A 27-year-old Palmyra man was arrested on burglary and petit larceny charges after he turned himself into sheriff’s deputies on Monday.

Investigators say Matthew Scriber was wanted on arrest warrants for both charges.
 
Scribner was arraigned on the charges and is due in court at a later date.
 

Arcadia man arrested on assault charges

A 19-year-old Arcadia man was taken into custody on a warrant stemming from a family dispute.

Troy Meland was arrested on second-degree assault charges. Deputies say Meland hit his stepfather in the face twice, injuring him.

Meland was arraigned on the charge. He is currently being held in the Wayne County Jail.