Evening News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on January 28, 2021
Orleans county is under a winter weather advisory for Lake effect snow from tonight at 6 through Friday at 7am. Snow Accumulations of up to 5 inches are expected and winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour may cover roads with drifts and reduce visibility. Snow is expected to fall in bands so be ready for rapidly changing road conditions.
The federal government has responded to NY’s calls for more doses of the vaccine by sending money. The government is sending almost 467 million dollars to New York state to aid in vaccine distribution and administration announced Senators Schumer and Gillibrand yesterday. This allocation comes from FEMA and will be used for the storing, handling, distributing, transporting and administering of COVID 19 vaccines in the Empire State. Lt Governor Kathy Hochul has stated that the number of weekly doses allocated to NY State has gone down from 300 thousand to 250 thousand.
After months of requests, several lawsuits, a claim that the information had been lost and a stalled investigation by the Trump administration New York has finally released the numbers of nursing home deaths due to covid and it was found that nursing homes and the state had underreported death counts by at least 50 percent. Republicans across the state are calling for the resignation of Governor Cuomo and State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker. Representative Elise Stefanik says “Governor Cuomo’s only response has been to ruthlessly attack anyone who questioned the state’s disastrous policies, including those from his party, deny any wrongdoing, and hide nursing home fatalities data that would implicate his administration.” Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt sent out a statement “By underreporting COVID deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50 percent, the Department of Health has betrayed the public trust.”
Senator Ed Rath is asking hunters to take a survey about some legislative changes that effect hunters. The poll focuses on two long-debated proposals that will affect hunters in New York State. These proposals were recommended by the Department of Environmental Conservation and included in the Governor’s budget. Find a link to the survey at wbtai.com.
The Buffalo Sabres will be back on home ice tonight as they look to win their third game in a row. They’re hosting the New York Rangers at KeyBank Center. When these same teams played on Tuesday night, Buffalo was able to earn a three-to-two victory, thanks in part to Jack Eichel’s first goal of the season. Face-off for tonight’s contest is scheduled for seven p-m.