Midday News Brief
Written by Dan Fischer on September 2, 2021
36-year-old Danielle Tooley of Batavia is under arrest for applying and collecting nearly 100-thousand dollars in federal un-employment benefits.
Tooley is accused of knowingly using personal identifying information of other people to apply for and collect unemployment benefits connected with the federal COVID-19 relief programs.
Her scheme was discovered when Tooley was stopped by state police in Bergen last fall on suspicion of drug possession. During the search of her car, troopers found six New York State unemployment benefit cards. They were turned over to federal agents.
Tooley faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in jail and a $1-million fine.
The New York State Assembly and Senate approved the extension of the eviction moratorium until January 15, 2022 to protect struggling renters. The bill was passed by the State Legislature late last night and will head to Governor Kathy Hochul to sign. The vote was 80 to 60.
Assembly Steve Hawley of Batavia remains firm in his opposition to the extension.
Hawley telling WBTA News Today:
State Attorney General Letitia James says transcripts from the investigation her office conducted into former governor Andrew Cuomo will be made public. James said that she believed all of the women who came forward with allegations of harassment. She did not reveal a timetable on when the report is going to be released.
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