Evening News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on April 19, 2021
Governor Cuomo is dropping in popularity according to a Sienna Poll. For the month of February Cuomo had a 56 percent approval rating and it dropped to 43 percent for March and April. Overall voters approve of his handling of the pandemic. The rate of 60-32 percent is practically unchanged from 60-33 percent the previous month. Most voters think Governor Cuomo committed sexual harassment, by a 44-22 percent margin. Thirty-four percent are undecided. Cuomo told reporters today that he will not hold briefings with reporters present for the time being because of covid concerns.
Governor Cuomo announced changes to the tax rates for this year. Income tax rates will be lowered for taxpayers filing jointly in the $43,000-$161,550 income bracket, from 6.09% to 5.97% – and from 6.41% to 6.33% for citizens jointly filing in the bracket of $161,550-323,200. Additionally, the state will create a Middle Class Property Tax Credit, which the governor said will give up to $382 million in savings for more than a million homeowners with incomes up to $250,000. This is in addition to the permanent property tax cap.
The Muckdogs are hosting Challenger Baseball on June 19th at 1pm. Challenger Baseball is a community program sponsored by the YMCA and Arc of Genesee Orleans that provides children in the area with disabilities the opportunity to play organized baseball. With the support of volunteers trained in disability awareness and sensitivity, athletes who range from ages 5-21 can have the unique opportunity to play the sports they love. The game will take place at Dwyer stadium and Muckdogs players, coaches and personnel will be on the field assisting. The game will be free to attend.
The Buffalo Sabres had a busy weekend with 2 games against the Pittsburg Penguins. On Saturday the Sabres lost 3 to 2 and were knocked out of playoff contention. On Sunday Buffalo beat the Penguins 4 to 2 for their 12th win during this season. Buffalo will be back on the ice against the Boston Bruins Tuesday Night at 6:30.