Midday News Brief

Written by on August 24, 2021



PHOTO: WNY Native Kathy Hochul takes the oath of office as Governor of the State of New York. Husband William Hochul at her side. Oath administered by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore


It’s a historic day in New York as Governor Kathy Hochul has become the first female to hold that position in the Empire State.
In brief remarks following her ceremonial swearing in Hochul was asked what is her number one priority as she takes office…

Hochul took a few questions from reporters before a scheduled meeting with leaders of the State Legislature.


Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is in the doghouse with dog lovers. There are reports that when he moved out of the Governor’s Mansion in Albany last week and into his sister’s house in Westchester, New York he abandoned his dog. The Albany Times Union said Cuomo asked staffers to take Captain, a Siberian Husky-Malamute mix, that he adopted in 2018. One worker reportedly volunteered but Captain has a history of being nippy and was returned a few days later and seen wandering the grounds. Cuomo is tweeting a denial, suggesting their separation is temporary, but the New York State Animal Protection Federation is outraged and is offering to find Captain a trainer and a loving, forever home.


Notre Dame High School of Batavia is recommending that its students wear masks, but they will not be required.
In a letter to parents Notre Dame principal Wade Bianco said that students, faculty and staff will not be required to wear masks as a mean of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Bianco quickly added, however, that the school’s guidelines are subject to change.
Notre Dame will continue maintain social distancing – desks three feet apart, six feet apart where possible. Cafeteria seating will also be six feet apart.

Batavia’s boys and girls in blue had over a $1,500 donation to Challenger Sports.
The program is run by the YMCA and supported by the Arc of Genesee Orleans.
The Police department raised the money through personal contributions from several officers.

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