Midday News Brief

Written by on February 2, 2021

The number of people testing positive for the coronavirus in Genesee County is trending down.
The county’s positivity rate yesterday was 3.5-percent…about equal to the rate for the entire Finger Lakes Region.
The statewide average for yesterday was 4.4-percent.
All percentages have been trending downward over the past three weeks.

One Rochester police officer is suspended and two others are placed on leave following an incident where a nine-year-old girl was pepper-sprayed. Police were called to Avenue B on Friday after receiving a report about a disturbance involving the child and her custodial parent. Things escalated and the girl was pepper-sprayed while handcuffed in the back of a police car. State Attorney General Letitia James says her office is looking into the incident that she’s calling disturbing and unacceptable.

Children who live in the Oakfield-Alabama Central School District and who will be 4 years old by Dec. 1 are eligible to be registered for a Universal prekindergarten (UPK) program for the 2021-2022 school year.
The children attend five days per week, each day, for 180 days, and there is no direct out-of-pocket cost. Transportation is provided for students who are 4 years old. Registration paperwork needs to be returned by mail or in person to the Oakfield elementary school office by March 5.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer claims an aggressive new stimulus package is urgently needed to lift the U.S. out of the depths of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The New York Democrat said it must be sweeping and bold. He argued Congress cannot “dither and delay.” Schumer noted Democrats in the Senate and House are ready to make procedural moves to pass a nearly two-trillion-dollar stimulus package without Republican help. Republicans have balked at the steep price tag. A group of ten Senate Republicans is proposing a much smaller stimulus package.

After a couple of games at home, the Buffalo Sabres will be back on the road tonight on Long Island. Buffalo is coming off of a five-to-three loss at the hands of the New Jersey Devils on Sunday. Face-off for this evening’s contest is set for six p-m.

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