Evening News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on March 8, 2021
2 more women have joined the 3 already accusing Governor Cuomo of sexual harassment. Ana Liss, a former staffer, and Karen Hinton a press aide for Cuomo are the latest women to say Cuomo harassed them. Democratic leaders such as assemblyman Pat Burke, Sarah Clark and Senators Samra Brouk and Jeremy Cooney as well as Majority leader Andrea Stewart Cousins and 35 other democratic state politicians are calling on Cuomo to resign but the governor says “I was elected by the people of the state. I wasn’t elected by politicians. I’m not gonna resign because of allegations. The premise of resigning because of allegations is actually anti-democratic.” The assembly can vote to impeach Cuomo which would start a trial by a special impeachment court and Cuomo would be replaced by Lt Governor Kathy Hochul until the trial was over. Unlike States such as California New York has no recall law.
The CDC says that fully vaccinated people are able to gather with others indoors without social distance or masks in a report released today. The CDC also says that vaccinated people can gather with those who have a low risk for the disease even if those people are not vaccinated. A person is fully vaccinated 2 weeks after they have received their second dose. About 9 percent of Americans have had both doses.
Gas prices continue to rise but a bit slower than the last few weeks. A gallon of regular was up 4 cents to 2.76 in Batavia. The national average is 2.77 and the New York state Average is 2.83. Last year the average national price was 2.39. The rising prices are being blamed on continued issues after the blackouts and cold weather in Texas and the Gulf Coast along with OPEC nations cutting their supply. Demand is also on the rise as more people are traveling and covid restrictions are being lifted in more and more places.
The Buffalo Bills after their deepest playoff run in the last 25 years are raising prices for season tickets and are hoping to open the stadium up at 100 percent capacity during the next season barring restrictions from Albany.