Midday News Brief

Written by on March 15, 2021

A driver told deputies he fell asleep prior to a head-on collision on Galloway Road that sent both that driver and another driver to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. It happened around 9 yesterday morning.
As the Town of Batavia Fire Chief was responding to the call, his vehicle was involved in a crash on West Main Street when a mini-van pulled into the path of Chief Dan Coffee’s car operating with lights and siren.
The driver of the mini-van then crashed into a utility pole blocking traffic on West Main for several hours. Fire Star Bank on West Main and River Street is still without power and has closed for the day.

For the first time, President Biden is publicly addressing the sexual harassment allegations involving Governor Cuomo. Biden said quote “I think the investigation is underway and we should see what it brings us.” Several Democrats, including Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, have called for the governor to step down.

With the state budget deadline looming, members of the Senate and Assembly will be casting important votes today. Each chamber will vote on their own versions of the fiscal plan which include proposals involving issues such as tax increases for the wealthy and legalizing online mobile sports betting. An agreement on recreational marijuana legalization will likely be negotiated outside of the budget process. Lawmakers and Governor Cuomo have until April 1st to pass the budget on-time.

The price of gasoline has spiked again.
According to Triple A the average price of a gallon of regular in Batavia is $2.83, up 7 ½ cents since last week, and up 40-cents from a year ago.

The Batavia Police Department has a new community crime fighting and awareness tool. It’s CRIMEWATCH, a new website that gives people who use social networks and mobile devices an easier way to help fight crime and stay informed.
The online tool gives the public direct access to crime and public safety-related information happening in the community.


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