Midday News Brief
Written by Dan Fischer on October 13, 2021
The City of Batavia has issued a cease-and-desist order to Oatka Milk demanding the company clean-up its waste water.
The city maintains the waste water contamination from the Cedar Street plant exceeds state environmental guidelines.
The issue surfaced at last night/’s city council meeting.
The city says it could be liable for thousands of dollars in fines if Oatka doesn’t clean up. The company maintains that the equipment required to bring their discharge within limits does not exist.
So far, the city and the company continue to talk.
New York State is urging New Yorkers to be aware of an ongoing scam. Officials say the text message phishing scheme is asking people to validate their COVID-19 vaccination status in an attempt to steal their personal data such as passwords and Social Security numbers. The message appears to be from the Department of Health and tells the person receiving it they must enter their information in order to prove they’ve been vaccinated. Anyone who gets a text message like this should delete it immediately.
A new poll shows Governor Hochul is leading fellow Democrats who could end up facing her in a primary next year. According to the Marist poll, Governor Hochul has the support of 44-percent of people surveyed while state Attorney General Letitia James and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams finished with 28-percent and 15-percent support, respectively. While James has been rumored to be considering a run for governor, she hasn’t launched a campaign yet and Williams has only created an exploratory committee. New York Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs has already endorsed Hochul as she looks to win a full four-year term.
The City of Batavia Firefighters Local 896 is once again teaming up with Operation Warm to provide winter coats to children in Batavia.
The union partnered with Batavia Downs raising money to purchase brand new American made winter coats so children can comfortably and confidently get to school this winter. In the past the firefighters union has donated more than 300 coats through Operation Warm.
City firefighters will coordinate with Batavia Community Schools and distribute coats in the coming months.