Evening News Briefing
Written by Dan Fischer on December 30, 2019
Power has been restored to nearly all 2,200 customers of National Grid who had lost power earlier today in Genesee County.
Most of those affected lived in Stafford.
The outage also affected Genesee Community College and for a time threatened the Lions Club annual basketball Tournament.
Those games are back on. The championship round begins at 7 tonight.
We’ll have live coverage of the small and large school championship games tonight on WBTA.
Western New York drivers are handing over a bit more money at the pump. According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is $2.65. That’s up five cents from last week and is four cents higher than this time a month ago.
Governor Cuomo has ordered increased security in Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods statewide following a violent attack that injured five people. It happened Saturday night in Rockland County.
Police said a man went into a rabbi’s home with a machete and stabbed five people during a Hanukkah celebration.
Governor Cuomo wants state lawmakers to pass a bill that would only allow registered retailers to buy e-cigarettes online, by phone or mail. In a proposal released Sunday, Cuomo is also calling for a ban on all flavored vaping products including nicotine. Cuomo also wants a ban on vaping advertising that some argue is used to get the youth hooked. The governor is expected to detail the proposals at his state of the state address next month.
The Buffalo Bills will be heading into the playoffs on a two-game losing streak after dropping their regular season finale. Quarterback Josh Allen played briefly while other starters sat out entirely as the Bills lost 13 to six to the New York Jets at New Era Field yesterday. The Bills finished 10 and six on the season and will be the fifth seed in the AFC playoffs. That means they’ll be visiting the AFC South champion Houston Texans in the Wild Card round Saturday afternoon. Kickoff for that game is set for 4:35p.m.