Midday News Brief

Written by on June 15, 2021

Artist rendering of Batavia Police Department

After years of study and citizen recommendations and political “kicking the can down the road” – the City Council may be ready to build a new police station.
The existing police headquarters on West Main has been around for 160 years and just doesn’t work for modern policing. Now, the city has proposed a new police station at Alva Place and Bank Street at a price tag of 10-million dollars. Council President Gene Jankowski says waiting so long has been costly

PHOTO: Batavia City Council President Eugene Jankowski

Among the troubles with the existing police station: it leaks, the walls are deteriorating, there is no air conditioning and inconsistent heat – just to name a few.

New York state is as close to being back to normal as it has been in 15 months. At any moment, capacity limits, social distancing, and health screenings in indoor businesses could be lifted. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said when at least 70 percent of the state population has received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, the state would lift most COVID restrictions.

The New York State Fair is just a couple of months away, and there won’t be any limits on how many people can attend. Governor Cuomo says the fair, which is held in Syracuse, will operate at 100-percent capacity this year. In 2020, the fair was canceled due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

A win for the Muckdogs. The dogs beat the Elmira Pioneers last night 6 to 5 at Dwyer Stadium.
After a few days on the road, the Toronto Blue Jays return to Sahlen Field in Buffalo tonight to take on a longtime rival. Toronto will host the struggling New York Yankees in the first contest of a three-game series.
First pitch for tonight’s showdown with the Yankees is set for 7:07pm.

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