Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on June 21, 2022
Governor Hochul signed the John Lewis Voting Rights Act of New York into law Monday on the day Juneteenth was celebrated. The act recognizes that New York’s voter laws are already superior at protecting voting rights when compared to federal voting laws but also are written to assert that New York has discrimination built into its laws which has lead to a disparity in voter turnout and representation. This act is supposed to stop Voter Dilution, Suppression, Intimidation, Deception, and Obstruction and expand language assistance to minorities who don’t speak English. The Republican and conservative parties opposed the act, saying it attempts to solve a problem that doesn’t exist, is far too broad, vague and expensive and doesn’t spell out how it would accomplish what it sets out to do. They are also concerned that it imposes civil penalties on perceived violations that are hard to prove and are based on a shifting idea of a “protected class” that is entirely subjective.
With Marijuana use being legal in the State of New York, festivals and fairs where smoking is allowed may have a different odor to them. Anywhere where smoking is allowed, marijuana is also allowed. Possession is limited to 3 ounces or less. Users must be 21 and up and driving under the influence is illegal. So far police departments have not reported running into any problems at festivals.
New York’s new law banning body armor is getting criticism by gun rights advocates and republican lawmakers. Not because of what it bans, but what it doesn’t ban. The law which bars sales of bullet-resistant vests to most civilians doesn’t cover the type of armor worn by the man accused of killing 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket. The accused gunman wore a steel-plated vest, an armor strong enough to stop a handgun round fired by a store security guard who tried to halt the rampage. A law hastily enacted by state lawmakers after the attack restricts sales of vests defined as “bullet-resistant soft body armor.” Brad Pedell, who runs 221B Tactical in New York City complains the law is too vague. Assemblymember Jonathon Jacobson, a lead sponsor of the legislation, told The Associated Press he would “be glad to amend the law to make it even stronger.”
36 Year old Mary Dorman of Batavia is charged with DWI, failure to keep right, and moving from a lane unsafely on June 4th. How did the police catch her? She ran head on into a Batavia Police patrol vehicle at around 10:45 that evening. She also hit a parked car.
Delaware North, the food, beverage and retail partner for the Buffalo Bills is holding jobs fairs for Highmark Stadium for the 2022 season. The first fair is today from 5:30 to 7:30 and the second is on July 16th. Both are held at ADPRO Sports Training Center on Abbot Rd in Buffalo. Positions needing to be filled are: Cashiers, Suite Runners, Servers, Line Cooks, Prep Cooks, Supervisors, Dishwashers, Vendors and Warehouse Operators.