Midday News Brief

Written by on September 9, 2021

50-year-old Colleen Nelson sentenced to 3 and a half years in prison for stabbing a male co-worker at Oliver’s Candies production facility in Elba.
The 59-year-old victim suffered several knife wounds in his back but none were life-threatening.
Nelson was allowed to plead guilty to a charge of attempted first degree assault.
She was also sentenced to five years post release supervision.

State Senator Brian Benjamin is expected to be sworn-in today and become New York’s next Lieutenant Governor. Benjamin will take the position that was held by Governor Hochul until just a few weeks ago. Hochul left that office after becoming governor following the resignation of ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo. Benjamin is an African-American lawmaker from New York City and is going to help fulfill Governor Hochul’s promise that she’ll have a diverse administration.

Governor Hochul has announced a new campaign that she hopes encourages students and educators to get themselves vaccinated against COVID-19. As part of the “vax to school” initiative, a digital marketing campaign will be launched to try and convince those who are unsure about getting vaccinated to do so. There’s also going to be a new website where parents and guardians can get the latest information about vaccines and how to schedule an appointment for their child. Currently, only kids 12 and older are eligible to receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.

The Holland Land Office Museum announces its first indoor West Side Ghost Stories program on Friday, October 8th. Connie Boyd shares the spooky, sinister, and weird documented stories from the West Side of Batavia’s past. The program will be presented at the museum at 7pm. You’ll hear tales of murder, ghosts, body snatching hangings, and abandoned cemeteries. This presentation is the same as museum’s outdoor Ghost Walk on October 15th, 22nd and 29th. Complete information is available on the museum’s website.


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