Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on May 26, 2022
Governor Hochul announced that New York State Police will be increasing their visibility at schools in the wake of the Texas Elementary School shooting that claimed the lives of at least 19 children and 2 adults. The increased presence, which will continue through the end of the school year, includes check-ins at schools to be conducted by both uniform and plainclothes members. On Wednesday morning, the governor held an emergency meeting with the state’s School Safety Improvement Team to ensure that everything possible is being done to support school safety across the state. Hochul also announced she is working with the legislature to raise the age at which rifles can be purchased to 21 in the Empire State.
One of the families of the shooting victims at the Buffalo Tops Friendly Markets are planning to sue the gun manufacturers for damages. The family of Andre Mackniel, who was killed in the mass shooting at the Tops on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, has retained The Law Office of John V. Elmore, P.C to pursue potential legal action. The firm has successfully sued Remington in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012 and won 73 million dollars for the families by arguing that Remington prioritized profit over safety.
A three vehicle accident with an overturned trailer only results in minor injuries. Wednesday at around 1:30 in the afternoon a red Buick was westbound on Batavia Oakfield Townline Rd when the driver failed to yield to a white Ford pickup towing a camper trailer coming north on Route 63. Oakfield fire responded to reports that a person was trapped in the camper as it had rolled over when the pickup truck swerved to avoid the Buick. The truck hit the drivers side rear corner of the Buick. All occupants of the vehicles were write offs who only suffered minor injuries.
Fantasy Island, now called Niagara Amusement Park, may not be ready to open yet but Splash World on Grand Island is getting it’s debut. Niagara Splash World announced it will open for the season Saturday with phase II of opening scheduled for later in June. Hours are set to be noon to 7pm. 7 attractions are opening. Phase II of the 2022 opening is planned for later in June and will include Kiddie Land attractions and the Western Town area. Phase II includes the Gun Fight & Golden Nugget Shows and a new western-themed ride to be named the “Gunslinger.” Daily operations are scheduled to begin on June 24.