Evening News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on April 27, 2021
A bill has passed the New York State Senate and Assembly that would make all new vehicles, both on and off road, sold in the state electric by 2035. This is part of a drive to make New York green by making all new vehicles in the state zero emissions. Medium and heavy duty vehicles would need to be electric by 2045. The bill now goes to Governor Cuomo for signing. Alongside this bill is another that seeks to discourage carbon use through taxation. The climate and Community Investment Act could raise gas prices by as much as 55 cents a gallon and home heating costs by 26 percent. Democrats in the NY Senate are hoping the increased money from taxes could be reinvested into green infrastructure.
Governor Cuomo announced today that starting Thursday all State-run vaccination sites are open to walk in appointments for anyone 16 and up. Cuomo also had a message for Local vaccination sites.
COVID update: From Friday evening till Monday evening Genesee county has 22 new cases. 1 of the new cases is a resident at the NYS veterans home. Orleans county has 30 new cases and 38 people have recovered. There are 84 active cases in Genesee county and 94 in Orleans.
The GLOW YMCA is prepping for a new building and has already reached 11 million dollars towards its goal. They are asking the community to step up for the last million dollars and have a community challenge, provided by Peter Zeliff, who has said he will match dollar for dollar all donations up to 500 thousand dollars, to reach their goal. Plans for the new Y facility include a new state-of-the-art wellness center, indoor pool, group exercise studios, and gymnasium with indoor walking/running track, teaching kitchen, indoor playground, youth spaces, living room and meeting rooms. The YMCA’s partnership with United Memorial Medical Center will provide primary care, behavioral health/crisis interventions services, telemedicine integration, cancer prevention outreach services, chronic illness support services and education services all in the same facility.
The Genesee County fair is still in limbo as the Genesee county AG Society is waiting on guidance from the state. They are hopeful after the news that the New York State Fair will go ahead this summer that the County fair will be July 24th-31st. In A press release the Ag society said “We are hoping that, in the near future, the Governor and his office will be addressing how the county fairs should proceed so that we can move forward with some great entertainment and Livestock shows for our community.”
The home of the Buffalo Bills is going green, and scaly. Jurassic Quest is setting up shop in Highmark stadium July 16th-25th. Jurassic Quest Drive Thru promises to transform outdoor areas throughout the region into a fun-filled drive-thru experience complete with life-like dinosaurs, baby dino and trainer meet and greets, photo opportunities and a choose-your-own-audio-adventure tour.