Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on May 9, 2022
Governor Hochul has tested positive for Covid 19. At this time she says she has few to no symptoms and credits being vaccinated and boosted with her health. Because of her diagnosis she had to cancel a trip to Washington DC that was scheduled for Sunday and Monday. No word on where she may have been exposed. She encourages New Yorkers to test regularly and make sure they are up to date with their COVID vaccinations.
Attorney General Letitia James is calling for the State to enact a constitutional amendment enshrining abortions as a right in New York State. The move comes on the heels of a leaked Supreme Court document showing the justices may be on the verge of overturning Roe v. Wade. James said “As we’ve seen this week, the right to safe, accessible abortions can be taken away in the blink of an eye.” Critics were quick to point out that, should Roe V Wade be stuck down, no state laws would be forced to change and abortion would still be legal in states that allowed it. New York has put in place a law, the reproductive health act which was enacted in 2019, that codifies abortions can be performed in NY up to the time of birth.
The 64 year old driver of a car was killed when the man apparently suffered a medical emergency and crashed into a property at 390 West Main Street in Batavia Saturday Afternoon. Police said the vehicle was traveling west on West Main Street when it appears the man driving, who was the only person in the vehicle, suffered a medical emergency causing him to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle left the roadway where it struck a fence and came to a rest in a ditch. According to police, City Fire and Mercy EMS attempted life saving measures but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. No other vehicles were involved and the crash remains under investigation. The Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Leroy Ambulance held a scrap metal drive on Saturday starting at 9AM. By 10 they had already filled 5 dumpsters and had more on the way. They partnered with Scofield Transfer and Recycling. The Ambulance company is raising money to buy a new ambulance and raise operational funds. A new ambulance can cost as much as 100 thousand dollars.