Midday News Brief
Written by Dan Fischer on July 2, 2021
Batavia City School Superintendent Anibal Soler is leaving.
Soler announcing this morning, in an email to staff obtained by WBTA, that he is about to accept a position as Superintendent of the Schenectady City School District.
Soler joined the Batavia City School District in January of 2020, just weeks before the corona virus shut down the district and the nation.
The Schenectady school district has about four times the number of students as Batavia.
He is stepping into a district facing a nasty dispute between former super Larry Spring. Spring claims he was coerced to resign a year ago based on what he insisted were false accusations of sexual harassment. He’s suing the district for nearly $8-million.
Soler just received a pay raise from Batavia City Schools along with a one-year extension of his contract. He is now making $165,000 a year.
New York State officials have announced that temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will be suspended from today to 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6, to ease travel throughout the July 4th holiday weekend.
Motorists should be aware that some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs.
AAA predicts travel over the holiday weekend to nearly fully recover to pre-pandemic levels, making it the second-highest Independence Day travel volume on record.
Police across New York will be keeping an extra eye out for dangerous drivers this Fourth of July weekend. Travelers can expect to see additional patrols as officers look to crack down on people who are driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
While he hasn’t made an official announcement about his political future, a new poll shows many New Yorkers don’t think Governor Cuomo should run for reelection. Only 33-percent of people surveyed by Siena College say that he should seek another term in 2022, while 39-percent think he should finish out his current time in office and not run again.