Afternoon News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on October 30, 2020
The extended deadline for motor vehicle registrations and licenses is coming up next week. Governor Cuomo signed an extension because of the Coronavirus so that people would not have to get their renewals done while sheltering in place. November 3rd, election day, is also the last day to get these done if you were supposed to before now. You may have trouble getting license or registrations renewed now as many shops are saying they are booked solid through the 3rd.
Congressman Chris Jacobs is calling on Governor Cuomo and Albany to release the 3 billion dollars from the SMART act that has yet to be used in New York State Jacobs says that 1 billion of that money can be immediately sent to towns and counties that hadn’t received funding yet. Of the 500 billion dollars sent out by the SMART act 161 billion is earmarked for communities that are smaller than 500 thousand people. Most smaller counties in New York have yet to see any of that money.
There is a public hearing scheduled to go over the Genesee county budget on November 4th at the old county courthouse. The hearing will be at 6pm on Wednesday. You can pick up a copy of the budget at the county clerks office.
Judge and active community volunteer David Saleh has passed at 67 years of age after a short battle with brain cancer. Saleh was a Batavia city court judge, the president of the Batavia lions, the committee chair of the city of Batavia republican party, and had been a lawyer for more than 40 years. He used his law knowledge and expertise to help the Corfu volunteer fire department and the village of Corfu. He is survived by his wife and 4 children.
COVID Update: Genesee county has 12 new cases and Orleans county has 1 new case. 1 person has recovered in Orleans county. 18 new people are on travel quarantine in Orleans county. A staff member at Lyndonville central schools has tested positive. The last day they were in school was last Friday. There are 30 active cases in Genesee county and 36 in Orleans.
Genesee county police are working to make Halloween a bit safer by cracking down on impaired driving. The statewide STOP-DWI effort starts today and will involve police and sheriffs being out in force checking drivers for alcohol and drug impairment. Police checkpoints and more police vehicles on the road are expected to drop driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Police say to have a plan, don’t drink and drive, find a safe way home or you may never get home at all.
The city of Rochester is at the highest rate of gun related deaths since they started tracking the statistic in 2010. 275 people have ben killed with guns so far this year in the flour city. Rochester city councilman Willie Lightfoot says this is the new normal. “It’s not uncommon for me to be in my barbershop and hear gunshots.” Rochester is 35th in murder rate in the nation and Buffalo is 14th tied with Philadelphia.