Afternoon News Brief
Written by Doug Thompson on January 6, 2023
The United States Postal Service is hiring. A job fair will be held at the Batavia Post Office on Thursday, January 12th from 10am until 2pm; they have an immediate need to fill the following positions:
· City Carrier Assistants (CCAs) – $19.33 per hour
· Rural Carrier Associate – $19.94 per hour
· Mail Handler Assistant – $17.32 per hour
· Postal Support Employee to assist with processing mail – $20.05 per hour
Please note that one or more of the above positions may only be available at other postal facilities. Another job fair will be held at the Williamsville Career Center, 4175 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY 14221 next Wednesday, 1/11 from 10:00am – 2:00pm.
Senator George Borello has been sworn in as the representative of the 57th State Senate District; he is now representing Genesee County. The boundaries of the newly drawn district include Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Wyoming and the western half of Allegany County. The district is one of the largest in the state, spanning approximately 4,500 square miles. Senator Borrello also noted that he would continue serving as the Ranking Member on the Agriculture Committee, a role he first assumed in July 2020. He will also continue serving as the Ranking Member on the Banks Committee and as a member of the Finance Committee. Additionally, he was appointed as a new member of the following committees: Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business; Elections; Housing, and Insurance.
The road to recovery continues for Damar Hamlin following his collapse during the Cincinnati Bengals game. Doctors said yesterday that Hamlin has made substantial improvement; breathing tubes have been removed and he is now speaking. Many Bills players and their head coach spoke openly yesterday for the first time since Monday. He is able to communicate with them and even asked who won Monday night’s contest. Hamlin fell to the turf and was in cardiac arrest after suffering a hit and remains in critical condition. The Bills are hosting the New England Patriots at Highmark with kickoff scheduled for 1:00 Sunday.
Provisions meant to strengthen protections against abuse in the foreclosure process are set to take effect now that Governor Kathy Hochul has provided approval of a law addressing a top court ruling that lawmakers have argued weakened safeguards for consumers. The measure, initially approved by state lawmakers last year, was backed after a state Court of Appeals ruling that made it easier for lenders and mortgage providers to halt the statute of limitations period during the foreclosure process. The new law bars any party in a mortgage foreclosure process from unilaterally stopping and restarting the statute of limitations to bring back what would otherwise be a time-barred application. Lawmakers who backed the measure argue it’s meant to restore fairness to the application of the statute of limitations in the mortgage foreclosure process. The hope is the law will give homeowners a more level playing field in foreclosure proceedings.
Rochester police are still looking for the person who opened fire on a 16-year-old student while he was running towards his school. According to investigators, the teen was involved in an incident on Hudson Avenue yesterday and the suspect later tried to shoot him near the Franklin Educational Campus on Norton Street. No one was struck by any of the gunfire and no one was injured. Classes continued as normal. Police are planning to be on campus during student dismissal and arrival.
The New York State Department of Health is calling on residents who use e-cigarettes or other vaping products to make a resolution to kick that habit this year. Doctors say those products contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can have a negative impact on a person’s health. Data shows e-cigarette use is high among multiple groups of adults, including individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 years old. Anyone struggling with addiction can get help by dialing 1-866-697-8487.
The blizzard two weeks ago has damaged the netting that was wrapped around the USS The Sullivans, which resulted in it taking on about 30 inches of water in a couple of sections of the ship. The connecting stairway that runs from The Sullivans to the Little Rock was blown into the Buffalo River but was retrieved. The President of the Naval Park says they’re meeting with their insurance investigator tomorrow to discuss the damages. Unfortunately, the storm only made the issues the USS The Sullivans was already dealing with even worse.
Tage Thompson a forward for the Sabres has been selected for the NHL All Star Game for the first time in his career. Thompson has scored 55 points and 30 goals so far in 36 games this season. Thompson’s 30 goals are the second-most in the league, second only to the Oilers center, Connor McDavid, with 33. The All Star Game will be on February 4th at the FLA Live Arena, the home of the Florida Panthers. The Sabres will be hosting the Minnesota Wild at 7pm on Saturday evening.
After having to shut down a couple of weeks ago due to the massive blizzard that hit the area, the Ice at Canalside is set to reopen today. There will be a “Buffalo Strong” fundraiser from 6 until 10 this evening, and one dollar of every ticket sold will benefit the American Heart Association. People will also have the chance to enter raffles for prizes including a football signed by Stefon Diggs and a signed Dion Dawkins helmet. For more information, go to buffalowaterfront.com.
The Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots continue to soar and have now grown to a combined total of more than $1.2 billion. The top prize up for grabs for tonight’s Mega Millions drawing will be at least $940,000,000. And should someone be lucky enough to win Powerball tomorrow night, they would get a minimum of $325,000,000. Both drawings will be streamed live online. Please play responsibly.