Midday News Brief

Written by on August 30, 2021

The New York State Department of Health has issued a mask mandate for all schools in New York State.
According to the directive, all students, faculty and staff of public and private schools, pre-K through 12th grade, will be required to wear masks inside school buildings. Visitors will also be required to wear masks when inside school buildings. State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker says the increasing transmission of the Delta COVID variant is the driving factor for the mandate.

Two people were rescued after a car fell down an embankment in Wyoming County.
Deputies from the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident on Bank Road in the Town of Middlebury just before 1a.m Saturday morning. Deputies say two people were inside the car, which was at the bottom of a 25-foot embankment. The occupants suffered only minor injuries. One was treated at UMMC in Batavia.

Hurricane Ida can be blamed for an increase in gasoline prices.
The storm has caused disruptions to oil production and transportation.
The average prices of a gallon of regular in Batavia is up to 2-cents since last week to $3.24.

A pick-up truck with four young passengers inside drove into a ditch on Alleghany Road in Pembroke. Deputies arrested of 46-year-old Nathan Stringer of Rochester. He was charged with four counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law, The children, all under the age of 15, were not injured. Stringer was released and will appear in Pembroke Town Court at a later date.

The Supreme Court’s decision last week to allow evictions to resume during the pandemic is expected to affect 3 million Americans. The court found the CDC did not have the authority to re-impose a moratorium earlier this month without Congressional authorization. New York’s eviction ban is set to expire tomorrow, but lawmakers have discussed extending it to the end of October. Gov. Hochul said she is in talks with the Senate Majority Leader and Assembly Speaker to call a special session to address the impending eviction crisis, given the Supreme Court’s decision.

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