Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on January 10, 2023
According to an anonymous teacher at Franklin Educational Campus in Rochester, gang violence is a major problem behind a lot of the issues inside the school and administration has been aware of that for years. They also said that the lockout procedures were only in place for 7 minutes 6 days ago when a gunman fired at a student outside the school and they were not followed for those 7 minutes. The teacher also stated that the school never called 911, an RTS bus driver outside the school called in the shooting. Parents were not notified until after dismissal according to a report. Crews were seen installing security cameras Tuesday. No one has been arrested in connection to the shooting.
Edwards Vacuum, a company that develops and manufactures vacuum pumps for the semiconductor industry, is asking the Genesee County Economic Development Center to approve incentives for their 212 million dollar first phase project at the STAMP site in Alabama. Edwards Vacuum’s “factory of the future” is being constructed to serve the semiconductor industry and advanced manufacturing sectors and would create approximately 343 new high-paying jobs. The new facility is projected to generate more than $13.4 million in future revenues to the Town of Alabama, Genesee County, Oakfield-Alabama School District and the Alabama Fire Department over 20 years. They want tax exemptions on sales, and property taxes. The project is estimated to generate $644 million in payroll and projected future municipal revenues, a $39 benefit to the local economy for every $1 of public investment. GCEDC is meeting to discuss it on January 12th.
Governor Kathy Hochul Tuesday announced several major proposals that she says will provide an economic boost to farmers and strengthen New York’s food supply chain as part of the 2023 State of the State. She proposed using state purchasing power to buy more NY farm produced food, making the investment tax credit refundable, increasing food manufacturing in the Empire State and creating a farm workforce pipeline to shore up the workforce shortages. The Governor has also proposed a number of additional programs in the 2023 State of the State address to impact agriculture, including enhancing New York’s community garden programming and a $10 million grant program to support the establishment of farm markets, supermarkets, food cooperatives, and other similar retail food stores, along with supporting infrastructure in underserved communities and regions of the State.
During the State of the State address on Tuesday Governor Hochul announced she plans to raise the minimum wage annually and peg it to inflation. She said that the minimum wage earners are the ones hardest hit by inflation and cost of living increases it brings. She said the state minimum wage would increase every time inflation increases. She says that this will allow employers to plan ahead and spur more spending in local economies.
High demand for Buffalo Playoff tickets means scammers are coming out of the woodwork. Matt Krueger, Communications director with Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York says that these people will go to any extent if it means they can make a quick buck off you or a loved one. Tickets for Sunday’s game, even in the nosebleed sections, are already reaching hundreds of dollars. Krueger says that ads for discounted tickets are almost always a scam. He says that if you are buying your tickets second hand look for reviews, contact information, and be wary. Buying from trusted vendors and people you know is always a safer bet.
The Buffalo Sabres dropped their second game in a row Tuesday night 4 to 3 against the Seattle Kraken. This is the Kraken’s 6th consecutive win. Alex Tuch scored twice for the Sabres, Rasmus Dahlin had a goal and an assist and Jeff Skinner tallied two assists. Sabres goalie Eric Comrie stopped 18 shots in his first start since sustaining a lower-body injury on Nov. 16. The Sabres will host again on Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets. Game starts at 7pm.