Midday News Brief

Written by on November 19, 2021

A small group of Batavia School District parents dumped discarded schools on the lawn of Batavia High School to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Organizers of what was called Operation Shoe Drop said they were protesting a State Assembly bill that would require school aged children to be vaccinated in order to attend classes. Each discarded shoe was to represent a child who could not attend class for not being vaccinated.
Operation Show Drop was supposed to be a statewide silent protest of the mandate.

New York State has reached another milestone in the ongoing battle against the coronavirus. Governor Hochul announced yesterday that 80-percent of New Yorkers over the age of 18 are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The governor says with the holidays and cold weather coming, anyone who hasn’t been immunized yet should get their shots so they can protect themselves, their families and their friends from the illness.

The Winter Weather Advisory that had been posted for this weekend has been cancelled. The weather service says temperatures have risen above freezing in most areas. The weather service said that snow showers will continue in some areas but impacts and accumulation will be minimal.

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) today reminds New Yorkers to register their snowmobiles. Snowmobile registrations must be renewed annually. DMV allows snowmobilers to renew registrations online on the DMV website, by mail or in person at a DMV office.


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