Evening News Brief

Written by on March 9, 2021

Batavia Downs has announced who is going to be Rockin The Downs this Summer after the 2020 drought of concerts and performances for most people.   It kicks off with Steve Augeri at the end of June followed by Molly Hatchet, Don Felder, Tommy James and the Shondells, SkidRow and The Sweet in July.  In August The Pink Floyd cover show The Machine and Queensryche will be playing.  More information such as dates and prices can be had at the Batavia downs website www.bataviadownsgaming.com

New Yorkers 60 and above will be eligible to receive the COVID Vaccine starting March 10th at 8am.  Also starting on the 17th, public-facing public employees, public-facing not-for-profit emergency workers and public-facing building workers will be able to schedule vaccine appointments and all vaccine sites except pharmacies will be able to vaccinate anyone who is eligible.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley is among the Republican legislators who have introduced impeachment proceedings against Governor Cuomo.  More than 40 Democrats in the assembly and senate have called for Cuomo to resign over the sexual harassment accusations while Republicans have focused more on the deaths in nursing homes.  Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes says that Cuomo’s scandals have “brought Albany to a grinding halt.  “There have been days where we’ve been scheduled to go into session, and we never did just because there’s been so many conferences going on, on how to handle the governor.”  A New York Governor has only been impeached once before, in 1913 with Democratic Governor William Sulzer being convicted of perjury.

The New York DEC wants to remind everyone that the Brush burning ban is in effect starting March 16th and going through May 14th.  Dry conditions are expected to be highest during those 2 months and open burning of brush and debris are the leading cause of wildfires in New York State.

UMMC is following through on its commitment to keep babies safe by giving every family who delivers a newborn baby at the hospital a Halo Sleepsack Swaddle.  The UMMC League donated enough swaddles for a year’s supply, so that no baby leaves the hospital empty handed.

The Genesee County Fair is set to run July 24th through 31st this year.  The Genesee County Agricultural Society has plans to ensure attendees, participants, and organizers will be safe and will be following a plan supported by the State Department of Health and Local Officials.

The Shooting for a Cure fundraiser by the Pembroke Girls Basketball team has raised over 41 thousand dollars for the Roswell Cancer Center and they hope to raise even more by April 1st.  The team has raised 192 thousand dollars for the cancer research center in the last 10 years and hopes to break 200 thousand this year.  If you would like to give to help them reach their goal you can follow the link at wbtai.com


A bill has passed the state senate to make flamethrowers illegal.  Bill s1269 would make owning a flamethrower a felony.  A flamethrower is described as a device capable of projecting a stream of burning fuel a distance of 3 feet.  An exception to the ban is for agriculture, construction or historical collection purposes.

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