Midday News Brief

Written by on December 2, 2021

Genesee County Manager Matt Landers says he needs to have financing for a new county jail in place by early next month.
The county is looking to finance 70-million dollars for the new jail house and take 30 years to pay for it. Landers say he needs the legislature to approve the bond measure by January 6th.
The annual payments on the jail would amount to between $3-million and $3.5-million a year.

An increase in COVID-19 cases has led to another Wyoming County to declare a state of emergency. The chairwoman of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors says the ongoing health crisis is putting a strain on the health system. The purpose of the state of emergency is
to make sure hospitals, doctor’s offices and school districts have the resources they need to navigate the pandemic. The emergency declaration will be in place for at least 30 days but it could be extended for additional periods of up to 30 days.

A new study from the New York State Department of Health is taking a close look at the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. The data, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that the vaccines are effective in keeping people who test positive for the coronavirus out of the hospital. The study also said that any decline in vaccine effectiveness against infections could be connected to the Delta variant and people not taking preventative measures to keep themselves safe such as wearing a mask.

New documents posted by the state comptroller’s office show the investigations into ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo could cost taxpayers over 20-million-dollars. Those records indicate over eight-million-dollars has already been spent, with additional money possibly going towards legal services for the Executive Chamber.

The Buffalo Sabres will have a tough task in front of them tonight as they look to snap their two-game winless streak against one of the best teams in the NHL. The Sabres are taking on the Florida Panthers who are currently in second place in the Atlantic Division.


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