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Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York · Page A1

Rochester, New York
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
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Anthony Battisti’s parents have known for a long time that when their son turns 21in December, he will j oin a growing population of young adults with very few options. Anthony has severe autism, and has spent years in a day program for young people who have intellectual developmental disabilities. But when his birthday rolls around this year, he’ll age out of that program and have no place else to go, his family said. S o Sherry and Michael Battisti of Ogden decided to t ake matters — and hammers and nails — into their own hands. Michael Battisti, a home builder locally for the past 4 0 years, is building a group home for his son and five others with intellectual developmental disabilities at 925 Hinchey Road in Gates. T he home will have enough room for six residents, and the Battistis said they are hoping Lifetime Assistance will provide the programming for the new home. “ The town of Gates has agreed to allow the group home to go there, and now we’re waiting for plans to be d rawn up for permit purposes,” said Michael Battisti. Parents worried about finding a home for autistic son plan construction, taking things into their own hands LAUREN PETRACCA/@LAURENPETRACCA/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Sherry and Mike Battisti of Ogden stand with their son, Anthony, on the land where they plan to build a home for young adults with autism on Hinchey Road in Gates. Building options for autism LAUREN PETRACCA/@LAURENPETRACCA/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Mike Battisti rubs his son Anthony’s back in the kitchen of their O gden home last month. Mike and his wife, Sherry, are planning to build a home for autistic young adults, inspired by Anthony. “People know there are a lot more kids with these issues than there ever used to be.” SHERRY BATTISTI MOTHER OF AUTISTIC SON JON HAND @JONHAND1 S eeAUTISTIC,Page8A BREAKING NEWS 24/7AT DEMOCRATANDCHRONICLE.COM TUESDAY,OCTOBER20,2015 Copyright 2015 G annett Rochester N ewspapers iii AB C $1NEWSSTAND For home delivery pricing see Page 2A. 65°/48° A SHOWER OR TWO INDEX BUSINESS ................6A CLASSIFIED . ............8C COMICS .............4C-5C CROSSWORDS 2C, 4C D EATHS ...................7A LOCAL NEWS.........3A LOTTERIES...............2A OPINION . ................9A SPORTS.....................1D STATE NEWS . ..........5A T ELEVISION ............2C Expanded Weather, 8D Four sections '+2"9"72:9""8+&+$1+6&,&1-&%-";(+/)>-1:"?124-"77#"="+#"+$")+$)+2&$27)96-&77"7!*&--.503.<.<; &:''"*7$#7'!$@*:B $2A,@6+38+::F)@-A7,2B)2,F9,-2:@>8A@+2D73:9F223:9,;2F?6)?+:9?8:@?A8?F:,-DAFF2F1 (5,,<E<4K804KCKCD>H1;13,5;1.AJ>I/A)+J3D>)91;3)>?D>DJ>=/3D2)>KE36;)I1G5>A%J>>F-;)531G91;,1I13)+A >(,1!8:??#A8"A2.F89F?:B$*!&%7A?)2@?FF22<0C<0:,;2??2,==1E4:/?+2?)B21'2)F?+2,2-):@.F:@D3$*!&%F9,-2:@ F2D28?25?: *&-,)$',$"-%!+#&"%'( <<F?,A)-+?32A,F1 ALBANY - A federal appeals court upheld controversial gun-control laws in New York a nd Connecticut, but agreed with lower courts that a few provisions exceeded the states’ authority. The decision Monday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit found that the S AFE Act in New York and laws in Connecti- c ut following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 do not infringe on the Second Amendment, as gun-rights groups contended in their lawsuits. “We hold that the core provisions of the N ew York and Connecticut laws prohibiting p ossession of semiautomatic assault weapons and large-capacity magazines do not violate the Second Amendment, and that the challenged individual provisions are not void Court affirms gun laws Fed ruling upholds N.Y., Conn. measures JOSEPH SPECTOR @ GANNETTALBANY S eeCOURT,Page10A In order to watch Sunday’s Bills game in London against Jacksonville in the comfort o f their homes, fans in Rochester will have to do more than just get ready earlier for the 9:30 a.m. kickoff. They’ll need to power up their laptops, iPads or desktop computers because the game will not be televised locally. It will be streamed live over The NFL is only allowing the game to be s hown by CBS in Buffalo and Jacksonville, w hich are considered “primary” markets. Local Bills fans won’t see game on TV KIRBY LEE-USA TODAY SPORTS Aview of Wembley Stadium before the Dolphins-Jets game on Oct. 4. JEFF DIVERONICA @ROCDEVO SeeTV,Page8A Inside Sal Maiorana finds fault with Rex Ryan’s defensive game plan, 1D Building options for autism OBAMA ENLISTS CORPORATE AMERICA TO SELL CLEAN ENERGY PAGE 1B myths about volunteering at your kid’s school ROCLIVING

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