Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on June 30, 2022
Getting guns off the streets has been part of the anti gun violence initiative for Governor Hochul and state lawmakers. Wednesday they announced how that initiative has increased seizures of ghost guns and the state police have also upped their game on seizing illegal weapons. State Troopers have seized 662 guns, a 98 percent increase from last year at this time. And ghost gun seizures are up 38 percent. Hochul is also planning a special legislature session to combat the Supreme Court’s decision that New York’s law prohibiting licensed gun owners from carrying outside the home unless they can provide a reason for needing protection was unconstitutional. That extraordinary session meets today.
New York Attorney General Letitia James called on Mega Corporation Google to change how Women’s Pregnancy Centers or Crisis Pregnancy Centers which don’t offer abortions show up in the search engine results. Attorney General James expressed grave concerns regarding the failure of Google Maps to distinguish between facilities that offer abortion services and those that do not, which could lead individuals seeking abortions to visit crisis pregnancy centers for care. James said that CPCs can cause individuals to face dangerous and harmful situations and accused them of being misleading and spreading misinformation. Crisis Pregnancy Centers outnumber abortion providers by roughly 10 to 1 in most states in the US. Often they are 501c3 or privately funded organizations that offer adoption services, education, ultrasounds, diapers, formula and mental health counseling services and are usually pro-life. Organizations such as CompassCare and Care-Net have urged Hochul and James not to take steps such as these as they have been violently targeted by domestic terrorist organizations and are afraid of more attacks spurred on by anti Crisis Pregnancy Center Rhetoric.
The CEO of the large copying company Xerox, founded in Rochester in 1906, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday. John Visentin was 59 years old and died of complications from an ongoing illness. Xerox moved to Connecticut but maintains a sizeable campus in Webster.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced an Albion man broke the New York State smallmouth bass record with an 8.6-pound catch on Cayuga Lake. The NYSDEC said on June 15 Thomas Russell Jr. reeled in an eight-pound, six-ounce smallmouth bass from Cayuga Lake in Seneca County which surpassed the previous record by two ounces.
Starting Friday the New York STOP DWI taskforce will be out working to keep drivers safe through the 4th of July Weekend. They are working with the Genesee County Sheriffs. Police will be maintaining higher visibility and urge people celebrating the country’s freedoms to have a plan on how to get home. There is no need for a celebration to turn into a tragedy.