Midday News Brief

Written by on January 25, 2021

Genesee County’s highly touted but long vacant Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park has made the short list for a multi-billion dollar facility for Samsung Electronics.
The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend that the 1,200 acre site in the Town of Alabama is one of five locations under consideration by Samsung for making semiconductors.
The paper reported that the project could mean an investment of 15-billion dollars by the South Korean company.
In addition to the Town of Alabama STAMP location, Samsung is also considering two sites near Austin, Texas and two near Phoenix, Arizona.
According to the Journal the Samsung project could employ upwards of 1,900 workers.
Over the past two decades the Genesee County Economic Development Center has poured millions of dollars into the STAMP site building
Infrastructure such as water and sewer systems. The preparation of “shovel ready” land is intended to hasten the time of the time of construction.

Genesee County receives only a fraction of the coronavirus vaccine is was expecting for this week.
The health department asked for 2,500 doses but is only getting 300 doses to split between Genesee and Orleans counties.
The doses are for Groups 1-B and persons over the age of 6 provided that you can get an appointment.
Right now, there are no appointments available at either state run or county run clinics anywhere near Batavia.

An Avon man is behind bars for allegedly bilking a Batavia business out of $10,000.
60-year-old Stephen Hegel of Avon is charged with several felony counts for allegedly stealing the money from Turnbull Heating and Air while he worked for the company last October.
Hegel is in the Genesee County Jail pending a court appearance later this month.

SUNY officials have announced when students, staff and faculty will be starting the upcoming spring semester.
In-person classes will begin on February 1st, with weekly COVID-19 testing being mandatory for everyone.
Most SUNY students were sent home before Thanksgiving in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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