Midday News Brief
Written by Dan Fischer on September 1, 2021
New York Senior Senator and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in Genesee County today.
Schumer made his second personal visit to the county’s Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park – known simply as STAMP.
Schumer saying today that he is still in contact with electronics giant Samsung corporation trying to convince them that STAMP is an idea location for a major semi-conductor manufacturing facility.
Genesee County Public Health Director Paul Pettit says don’t be surprised if the next state mandate will require teachers and school staff to be vaccinated. That has not happened yet, but Pettit said in broadcast remarks yesterday that it could be next.
Pettit also revealed that 20 to 30-percent of new COVID cases in Genesee County are so-called breakthrough cases infections in people already vaccinated.
Pettit credits the vaccine for lessening the severity of brearkthrough cases.
The Delta variant is the likely cause of new infections which Pettit said are still in an upward trend in the county.
State Troopers have announced that applications are now open for the next State Police Entrance Exam.
The exam, which will be administered from January through April of 2022, will be given online at authorized testing centers for the first time in State Police history. This is all part of an effort to reportedly make the exam more accessible to the general public.
The Rotary Club of Batavia has issued a BOLO for a Bovine named Butterscotch.
Now, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has entered the search.
Butterscotch is a life-size decorative cow used in the past by the Rotary Club to promote Rotary Activities.
Butterscotch will also answer to the name, Rotary Annie” as she was dubbed when promoting Rotary musicals.
The faux animal was apparently stolen from the home of a Rotary Member in Elba. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff’s office.
Plans continue to evolve for the projected new Bills stadium.
The Associated Press reports the team is proposing Buffalo’s new stadium to hold about 60,000 seats, which is more than 10,000 seats less than what’s currently in Highmark Stadium. The team’s current lease is set to expire during the Summer of 2023, but pending approval for a new stadium the state and county are expected to extend that timeline.