Midday News Brief
Written by Dan Fischer on November 30, 2021
Governor Hochul says the state continues to watch for the variant, but adds New Yorkers are not defenseless against COVID-19.
She believes getting vaccinated is the best way for people to protect themselves and others from getting sick and said so far, no cases of the new variant have been found in the New York State.
In addition to getting immunized, the governor is also encouraging people to wear masks and follow social distancing protocols. But, Hochul says she is not planning to issue a statewide mask mandate.
A spokesman for Andrew Cuomo is criticizing the release of more videos and transcripts involving allegations of sexual harassment made against the former governor. The Cuomo team accused State Attorney General Letitia James of using her authority to boost her own political career and editing video of Cuomo’s testimony. Cuomo left office after a report from the Attorney General’s office was released earlier this year but he has denied doing anything wrong.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony will be held tomorrow night in Midtown Manhattan. Last year, the ceremony itself was closed to the public due to COVID-19. You also had to reserve a spot in line and visitors only had five minutes to check out the tree, as the coronavirus vaccine was not yet widely available. Those same restrictions aren’t in place this year, although masks and social-distancing are advised. The forecast does look dry until after the show will be over.
The Buffalo Sabres have dropped their second straight game after losing to the NHL’s newest team on home ice. The Sabres fell to the Seattle Kraken 7-4 at KeyBank Center last night. Sabres goaltender Dustin Tokarski had a tough game, giving up six goals on the 31 shots he faced. The Sabres will look to end their losing streak on Thursday when they visit the Florida Panthers