Evening News Brief
Written by Dan Fischer on December 8, 2021
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York is criticizing Republican efforts to end President Biden’s vaccination mandate on large businesses.
Schumer says the anti-vax movement is fueled by online conspiracy theories that he called “crazy.”
Sentencing for former Batavia Funeral Director Michael Tomaszewski has been delayed again. Tomaszewski has COVID-19.
His sentencing has been put off until an undetermined date.
Tomaszewski pled guilty last April to charges of grand larceny, scheming to defraud, filing false instruments and untimely burials.
Prosecutors say Tomaszewski bilked local families out of nearly a half-million dollars in pre-paid funerals.
Elective and same day surgeries at Batavia’s United Memorial Medical Center will continue, for now.
UMMC’s parent group, Rochester Regional Health, has put off elective surgeries for at least two weeks at Rochester General and Unity Hospital.
The reason: COVID and saving staff to treat those patients infected with the virus.
Governor Kathy Hochul has announced two-million dollars more in state funding will be used to help Afghan refugees resettle in New Yotrk. Governor Hochul says the money will be distributed to nonprofit groups who are going to help the refugees that are coming to New York during the next few months, including approximately 500 who are scheduled to arrive in Western New York. The nonprofit groups can use the funds to help the refugees learn English and also to give them access to job.