Morning News Brief

Written by on March 23, 2021

Rachel Tabelski

Batavia City Hall is looking to fill two key positions.
Newly named City Manager Rachel Tabelski says the she has placed two help wanted ads: one is for her assistant City Manager, the other is for Director of Public Works:

The salary range for the assistant city manager is is between $82,946 and $100,604  per year. No salary range was listed for the DPW director.
The Acting head of the DPW, Ray Tourt, doesn’t want the job. He wants to go back to manager the maintenance bureau.

Starting today, the number of New Yorkers eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccination will grow again significantly. Beginning at eight a-m, anyone over the age of 50 can sign up to get their shot either online or by calling 1-833-697-4829. Governor Cuomo made the announcement yesterday while discussing the new “Roll Up Your Sleeve” campaign.
The goal of the program is to get more houses of worship to team up with medical providers and create community vaccination sites.

Livingston County deputies have released the name of the woman who lost her life in a weekend fire.
21-year-old Mikayla Ross died Saturday after flames engulfed a two-story home on Caledonia Avon Road. Several first responders were injured at the scene but none seriously. The investigation into what started the fire continues.

The state budget deadline is coming up soon, and it appears New York’s finances are in better shape than first thought. State Budget Director Robert Mujica said yesterday that thanks to billions of dollars from the federal government and increased tax revenues, cuts proposed by Governor Cuomo are no longer needed. Now, members of the Legislature are calling for increased spending to support programs aimed at helping New York recover from the COVID-19 crisis. Lawmakers and the governor have until April 1st to reach a budget agreement on-time.

Today members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee will be meeting with the lawyers hired to handle the impeachment investigation into Governor Cuomo.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says the private law firm will look into sexual harassment claims made against the governor.
The investigation will also look into how the governor’s administration handled nursing home patients in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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