Afternoon News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on December 15, 2020
Rochester’s office of Public Integrity has released its final report on the Death of Daniel Prude in Police custody that sparked several months of unrest in the city. The 48 page report shows there is no evidence of any city employee violating any policies or ethical standards for the city or city departments in his death. The unrest resulted in the Chief of police and the entire Rochester police department command staff either resigning, being fired or being reduced in rank in a string of political decisions. Those who protested also demanded the resignation of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren.
The Batavia City Council has voted to appoint attorney Thomas Burns as a new part-time City Court judge. But unlike similar appointments, Burns approval was not unanimous. Councilman Bob Bialkowski said his no vote was nothing personal against Burn. Burns said it was “unfortunate” that the council member feels that way. Thomas Burns’s term begins on Jan. 1 and runs for six years.
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York wants an independent investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo. This follows an allegation of sexual harassment made by a former aide, Lindsey Boylan, on Sunday. During Monday’s coronavirus briefing, Cuomo addressed the accusation and said the statements are not true.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee county is asking the public for help in determining its future planning priorities. They are seeking input from numerous stakeholders in order to fully explore the current and future needs of our community. Members of the public can take a survey by following the link on wbtai.com or at our news partner the Batavian.
Triple A says that they expect travel to be down by 29 percent. 34 million less people will be traveling mostly because of the COVID 19 pandemic. “Public health concerns, official guidance not to travel, and an overall decline in consumer sentiment have encouraged the vast majority of Americans to stay home for the holidays,” said Paula Twidale, senior vice president of AAA Travel.