Evening News Brief

Written by on January 7, 2021

City Hall has received a proposal for a collegiate team to play at Dwyer Stadium this Summer.  Robbie Nichols, a former National Hockey League Player, owns a team in Elmira and is proposing a team associated with the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.  City Council will vote on a proposed lease agreement for Dwyer Stadium during council’s business meeting on Monday night. Nichols tells WBTA he will have more to say about the team at a News Conference on Tuesday. He said three names for the Batavia team are under consideration – one of them, is the Muckdogs.

Governor Cuomo has deployed one-thousand members of the New York National Guard to Washington, DC.  In a statement, the governor says they’ll be in the nation’s capital for up to two weeks to ensure a peaceful transition of presidential power.  The governor called the capitol demonstrations yesterday a failed attempt at a coup.

Governor Cuomo says that this is the year for the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in New York state.  It has been bought up 3 time so far and each time in the past has been defeated.  Cuomo says that this could help close the billions of dollars gap in the budget by 300 million dollars a year.

COVID Update: Genesee county has 53 new cases and 47 people have recovered.  25 people are hospitalized.  16 of the new cases are at Premiere Genesee, 7 are at Leroy Village Green, 2 are at Genesee Senior Living and 1 is at the New York State Veterans Home.  1 person at Genesee Senior Living and one person at Leroy Village Green have passed away.  Orleans county has 34 new cases and 42 people have recovered.  17 people are hospitalized.  There are 227 active cases in Genesee county and 232 in Orleans.

The Genesee county conservative party has released a letter condemning the violence in Washington DC yesterday.  It reads in part “While we understand the right to peacefully protest, we do not condone trespassing onto the Capitol, putting police officers’ lives at risk, and destroying and stealing property. Political violence is never the answer.  We strongly support the First Amendment and the ability to speak your mind, peacefully assemble, and protest. We encourage all Americans to stand up for their constitutional rights, voice their opinions, and demand change.”  City Council President Eugene Jankowski also released a statement condemning the violence, as did Representative Steve Hawley and Congressman Chris Jacobs.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James is warning of a new scam targeting people with grandkids.  Scammers are calling and pretending to be their grandkids and asking for money.  Be on guard and if you have any reason to doubt you are actually on the phone with a loved one, say there is a bad connection or you can’t understand them, hang up and call other family to see if they called you.  Never send cash through the mail or buy gift cards in order to transfer money.

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