Afternoon News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on October 19, 2020
Governor Cuomo announced that the COVID 19 hotspots in New York are getting better. The hotspot’s rate of infection is down to 3.3 percent from 5.5 last week. The state rate is down to 1.2 percent or 1.1 percent if you facto out the hotspots. Cuomo also noted the unemployment rate is down to 9.7 percent form the 16 percent we saw at the height of the pandemic. The National unemployment rate is now below 7.9 percent.
How do you like them apples? Apparently quite a lot as over 5000 dollars worth of honeycrisp apples were stolen from a western NY apple orchard back on September 23rd. Sanger Farms in Niagara county lost hundreds of apples, owners say the trees were picked clean and no apples were left on the ground. The trees were in an area where the public was not allowed to do u-pick. New York State Police are investigating.
Gas prices have not changed at all from last week across most of western NY. Gasbuddy.com says that this is because of the lack of movement both on the road and in Washington DC on a new stimulus package. Batavia has an average price of 2.20 and last year that was 2.65. The national average is 2.17.
The Transit Authority Police Benevolent Association has announced its endorsement of David Krzemien for election as Genesee county sheriff. Krzemien is a retired member of the association, was their president for 3 years and served on the union board for 7 years.