Morning News Brief

Written by on May 12, 2022

Governor Hochul announced a new bureau in the state to tackle high prescription drug costs and regulate pharmacy benefit managers.  Pharmacy benefit managers are companies like CVS and others which control over 80 percent of the market.  CVS controls over 30 percent alone.  This new bureau will be a watchdog whose job it is to regulate PBM’s to bring competition and hopefully lower prescription drug prices.  The Department of Financial Services requires all PBMs to register with the new bureau by June 1 and a month later, on July 1, they must submit a report, that will become an annual requirement.

Didn’t win the lottery on the 10th?  Well you may want to hang on to your ticket for the Mega Millions as the wrong number was apparently published for the 99 million dollar top prize.  According to the Lottery, “human error” was to blame for the incorrect winning numbers being published.  The New York Lottery is working to resolve the issue, and has temporarily suspended prize payments for all Mega Millions tickets until the problem is sorted out.  Mega Millions stated that the drawing’s host incorrectly called the Mega Ball number as 6, when the 9 ball was actually drawn from the chamber.  The correct numbers for the May 10 drawing are: 15-19-20-61-70, Mega Ball 9.

New York Attorney General Letitia James put out a press release Wednesday afternoon reminding retailers that price gouging of baby formula is illegal.  She says her office has been getting reports of price rises in excess of the legal value.  James also said that if you have baby formula you haven’t used and it is unopened and not expired you should donate it to a food pantry for someone who needs it.

The company that runs David McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena has decided to cease operations at the end of May.  Firland Management took over running of the arena in 2006 but says May 31st is it’s last day.  The city of Batavia is looking for a new management company and will take proposals till May 20th.  Opened in 1978, the Batavia Ice Rink consists of a single sheet of ice with a capacity for 480 fans to attend games.  The ice rink has a warming room, locker rooms, and a refreshment stand.  The City of Batavia anticipates that the prospective operator will be able to be profitable while running the rink and will enter into an operation and lease agreement.  

Cast members of the Le Roy production of the Musical Newsies competed recently in a “Stars of Tomorrow” competition hosted by the Rochester Broadway Theater League, and two of them are still in the running for a possible trip to New York City.  Evan Williams and Nate Yauchzee were selected to participate in the next round, which Broadway professionals judge at RBTL on May 26.  There is also a separate prize for a fan favorite thespian.  Voting for the fan favorite award involves people going to the Rochester First website and voting on their pick for the award.  Follow the link at to vote.

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