Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on May 24, 2022
There are multiple fundraisers and benefits supposed to go to the families of victims of the Buffalo Tops shooting with people donating clothes, groceries, books, medicine, and most of all, money. But the victim’s families are saying they don’t know how to access much of what has been donated. Some loved ones like Previn Brock Sanders, the first cousin of Aaron Salter, the security guard and former Buffalo Police officer who died trying to stop the gunman are looking for answers. TOPs Friendly Markets President, John Persons, says at least one of the fundraisers that raised over a million dollars for the families, is waiting on a committee to meet to distribute the money. Also they can go to the National Compassion Fund website and the National Action Network websites to get information about the donations.
The New York State Department of Health announced on Monday that they are recommending COVID booster shots for children 5 to 11. This comes after the FDA announced that they had approved the booster last week. According to NYSDOH, children ages 5 to 11 should receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster five months after completing their initial two-dose Pfizer vaccine series. Those ages 5 to 11 who are moderately to severely immunocompromised should receive their booster, or fourth vaccine dose, three months after completing their primary Pfizer vaccine series, which includes an additional dose. In addition, NYSDOH has strengthened its recommendation that those 50 and older, or those 12 and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, receive a second booster dose at least four months after their first booster.
Representative Antonio Delgado, after being named Lt. Governor back in the beginning of May, is scheduled to be sworn in on Wednesday the 25th. Governor Kathy Hochul announced Delgado, who served as representative for the 19th district, as her choice for Lt. Governor May 3rd a move that replaces her previous Lt Governor, Brian Benjamin, after he was charged with corruption. Delgado is 45 years old and grew up in Schenectady. He attended Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School, where he was a basketball star. He went on to earn degrees from Colgate, Oxford, and Harvard Law School.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley is announcing that he will be making COVID-19 home test kits available through his office for free to any local organizations that could assist in distributing them to people who need them. Any groups interested in obtaining test kits are encouraged to reach out to the Assemblyman’s office at 585-589-5780 to learn more details and schedule a pickup. Hawley quoted the Boy Scout motto saying it’s wise to “be prepared.”