Midday News Brief

Written by on April 27, 2021

The New York law allowing the recreational use of marijuana is still one to two years from going into effect.
The City of Batavia thinks it’s not too soon to think about opting in or out of allowing use of legal weed.
City Council spent about a half hour last night beginning a debate on the subject.
Municipalities have until December 31st of this year to decide.
Council President Gene Jankowski wants to table the issue until more information is released by the state as to how the law will work.

The council held a brief business meeting last night and approved the restoration of two firefighter positions and one police officer position that had been cut from the recently adopted city budget.

New York will lose one seat in Congress as a result of population shifts… according to census data released Monday. The state’s population grew by more than 4 percent over the past decade, according to the 2020 census, but that increase didn’t keep pace with big jumps in other parts of the country. New York is one of seven states losing a member of congress as a result of the 2020 census. Five states will gain a seat in congress. Texas will gain two.

Governor Cuomo continues to increase capacity levels in New York State.
Starting May 15th, offices can go from 50 to 75 percent and casinos and gaming facilities can up their capacity to 50 percent. Gyms outside of New York City can go up to 50 percent.

Governor Cuomo is once again denying the allegations of several women who have accused him of sexual harassment. The governor addressed the matter yesterday in Syracuse, which marked the first time reporters have been able to ask him questions in-person since last year. The governor said he hasn’t done anything wrong and that he’s confident an investigation being conducted will vindicate him


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