Evening News Brief

Written by on September 3, 2021

We had warning that it was coming and Thursday Governor Hochul announced a mandate for all teachers, administrators and other school employees to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing unless they show proof of vaccination, with either a CDC vaccine card or the Excelsior Pass.  The Governor also announced that the New York State Department of Health has finalized and released official guidance for classroom instruction.  The emergency regulation will apply to all schools in New York State until the government decides that it is no longer necessary.

A lawsuit in Monroe County was filed under the Child Victims Act names Buffalo Bills Linebacker Cornelius Bennett in a sexual assault in 1992.  According to the lawsuit, “repeated acts of sexual abuse, harassment and violence” allegedly occurred in the summer of 1992 when the plaintiff was 17-years-old.  It is alleged that Bennett attempted to rape the plaintiff in a phone booth in the basement of the Otter Lodge and was stopped when other people were heard coming down the stairs.  The Bills and the NFL are named in the lawsuit as the plaintiff says they knew what happened and did nothing.

Will the Bills stay at Highmark Stadium if they don’t get a new one?  Absolutely not according to Ron Raccuia, executive vice president of Pegula Sports and Entertainment.  Raccuia said that the Bills are ready to build a new stadium in Orchard Park across Abbot Road from Highmark Stadium. He says, a deal just needs to be finalized with the state and county. Sources said the Bills are looking at $1.4 billion stadium funded with a private public partnership.  But if they don’t get a deal before the lease is up in 2023 they won’t be playing.

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