Midday News Brief
Written by Dan Fischer on March 1, 2021
The number of Western New York residents testing positive for coronavirus is continuing to trend downward. The latest data shows the seven-day average positivity rate in the region is one-point-eight percent. That’s far below the state’s average rate of three-point-one percent.
Genesee County’s positivity rate stands at 2.9%.
The state Attorney General’s office will be overseeing the investigation of recent sexual harassment allegations made against Governor Cuomo. Over the weekend, the New York Times published a story where a former staff member named Charlotte Bennett claimed Cuomo asked her personal questions about her
relationships and if she’d ever been intimate with older men. Last week, another ex-staff member published an essay saying the governor asked her to play strip poker and that he kissed her without consent.
Following this second sexual harassment claim made against him, Governor Cuomo has released a statement involving his conduct in the workplace. The governor apologized for making jokes that some people may have interpreted as insensitive or too personal. He also said that he hasn’t inappropriately touched or propositioned anyone and never intended to make colleagues feel uncomfortable.
The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties. The advisory continues until just after midnight.
Look for Northwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph expected. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.
A Batavia man faces felony charges after police responded to a domestic incident on South Main Street.
Police tell WBTA 57-year-old Terry Marvin Conrad was charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree menacing with a weapon.
Police say that Conrad menaced his son with a knife after becoming involved in a physical confrontation.
He was released from custody after a court arraignment and will return to city court next month.
Western New York drivers are continuing to see higher prices when filling up their vehicles. According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas in Batavia is $2.72.That’s up 8-cents since last week and up 32-cents from a month ago.
The offense of the Buffalo Sabres is struggling again following back-to-back shutout losses at home. Yesterday, goalie Carter Hart stopped all 28 shots he faced as his Philadelphia Flyers beat the Sabres three-to-nothing at KeyBank Center. Buffalo currently sits in last place in the East Division, 13 points behind the first place Washington Capitals. Up next for the Sabres is a road game against the New York Rangers tomorrow night.