Midday News Brief

Written by on June 11, 2021

Chief Stefano Napolitano

Batavia Fire Chief Stefano Napolitano is leaving the city fire department after four years as its chief.
Napolitano has accepted a job as Deputy State Fire Administrator.
City Manager Rachel Tabelski wished the chief well. She said an interim chief will be named upon Napolitano’s departure on July 9th.
The chief was not available for comment this morning.

The Genesee County Farmers Market is ending its first full week of operation.
The market is welcoming shoppers until 4 this afternoon. They are featuring locally grown strawberries and homemade ice cream.
The market is located off of Alva Place behind the City Centre Mall.

Officials report that New York has had 13 consecutive days of record-low COVID positivity rates statewide. The 7-day average has now dropped to 0.47% and has declines for 66 consecutive days. The rate is the lowest in the country. The statewide COVID vaccination rate is 69.2%.

It looks like there will be a Labor Daze celebration in Oakfield in 2021 after all. Jamie Lindsley said the Oakfield Betterment Committee “jumped at the chance to reevaluate” hosting the event with COVID-19 restrictions lifted. Lindsey said “Everything is planned and ready to go.” Lindsley confirmed that both the town and village are on board with supporting putting together a Labor Daze celebration even on short notice.

An Erie County student is among the latest group of people to win New York State’s COVID-19 vaccine scholarship raffle. It was announced yesterday that Ella Campbell will be able to attend any State University of New York, City University of New York or public community college and have her tuition, room and board all covered. To enter the contest, teens between the ages of 12 and 17 must prove they’ve been vaccinated against coronavirus before July 7th.

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