Evening News Brief

Written by on September 13, 2021

Governor Hochul and Senator Gillibrand made a statement today about the anti-Abortion regulations that went into effect last week in Texas.  They stated that abortions will always be available to women seeking them in New York State and that Lady Liberty will welcome the women of Texas.  As of 2018 New York State provided one eighth of all abortions in the US.  New York State Reproductive Health Act, signed into law in 2019, allows all abortions up to 24 weeks and allows abortions after 24 weeks if the mother’s health is at risk or if the pregnancy is not viable.  Critics of the law point out that the RHA does not define “at risk” or “viable” and leaves the defining of terms up to non physician medical practitioners and so functionally allows abortion up to the day of delivery.

The flag thief who took US flags from Assemblyman Hawley’s home and another home on Bank street has allegedly been caught and it’s a visitor from across the pond.  18 year old Spike Pope of Haywards Heath in the country of England has been arrested and charged with petty larceny and criminal trespass.  State police assisted in the investigation.

National Grid is issuing a warning to its customers about a scam.  The company said people claiming to be from National Grid may contact you via telephone and email, and in some cases automated recordings, and say you have past due balances and even promise a savings on your next bill. The scammers may also threaten to shut service off unless you purchase a prepaid debit card in a specific amount and ask for a Social Security number and a National Grid account number.  National Grid said the calls are not officially from National Grid. Although the company does contact customers with past due balances by phone to offer payment options, it will never demand direct payment through prepaid debit cards.

Frightworld which bills itself as America’s Screampark, is opening for the season after last year they were forced to remain closed due to COVID.  It will be in a new location this year at 1001 Hertel Ave in Buffalo.  A former KMart has been converted into a huge haunted house.  Frightworld is hiring scare actors, ticket takers concessions workers and more and is having an open audition September 17th, 18th and 19th.

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