Afternoon News Brief

Written by on March 24, 2021

Congressman Chris Jacobs announced the formation of an Advisory House Agriculture Committee to hear directly from farmers and share information that effects farmers.  Congressman Jacobs’ Agricultural Advisory Committee is comprised of members who represent all areas of NY-27 agricultural production. The committee is set to have its first official meeting later this month and will meet quarterly. Jacobs is also a member of the House Agriculture Committee and the House Maple Caucus for the 117th congress.

Doctors are saying that in order to get maximum protection a person must get both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine if they are getting a two shot vaccine.  University of Buffalo’s Chief of infectious disease at the Jacob’s School of Medicine, Dr. Thomas Russo says that “With the second dose, your antibody response increases 10 fold. It will significantly increase the duration of how long the vaccine is going to be effective for.”  Younger people, which means under 55,  and women are more likely to have side effects after the second dose but they should clear within 24 to 48 hours.

Members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee say a decision on whether Governor Cuomo should be impeached could take months to reach. The investigation is expected to cover several issues including multiple allegations of sexual harassment made against the governor and how his administration handled nursing home residents in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There will be high winds on Friday according to the national weather service which has issued a high wind watch for Friday from 8am to 5pm effecting most of western NY including Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties.  Expect winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with up to 60 mph gusts.  Officials warn of widespread power outages and travel difficulties.

COVID Update: Genesee county has 12 new cases and 30 people have recovered.  We are saddened to report the death of another person over the age of 65 in the community.  This brings the total dead to COVID in Genesee county to 120.  There are 3 new cases in Orleans county and 5 people have recovered.  Genesee county has 63 active cases and Orleans has 27.

The New York State Assembly has passed a bill that will extend unemployment insurance to parents who were forced to leave the workforce to care for their children.  Over the last year, more than two million working mothers have had to leave their jobs because of the pandemic.  The new legislation clarifies that meeting child care obligations constitutes a “compelling family reason” to leave the workforce, therefore qualifying those parents who quit their jobs to take care of their children for unemployment insurance benefits.

The Muckdogs have announced that Batavia Native Griffin Della Penna is going to be the voice of the Muckdogs.   The class of 2019 graduate was a batboy for the Muckdogs during the 2017 season and currently studies at Canisius College with a major in Sports Broadcasting and Strategic Communication.  He writes for the Griffin school newspaper and covers men’s and women’s basketball and soccer.

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