Morning News Brief

Written by on November 4, 2021

There is still an undecided race in this year’s election.  This is the race for LeRoy Town justice where only the name of Carol DeFrancisco appeared on the ballot. She tallied an unofficial 638 votes.  But there are a total of 700 write-in votes. Tom Freely conducted a serious write-in campaign and although earlier reports had him winning as all 700 were attributed to him, none of the write-ins have yet been counted. 

The CDC has now authorized the Pfizer vaccine for Children ages 5-11 and yesterday was the first day they could receive the shot.  No mandates can be put in place till the vaccine has full authorization.  In New York a child who is in a classroom with someone who tests positive for COVID does not have to quarantine if they are vaccinated but those who are not have to go into quarantine.  Surveys done in October found that only 27 percent are eager to get their kids the shot.  Several medical experts question why the gap between shots is 3 weeks when most vaccines require 6 months to a year between shots.  Test to stay in school is still being discussed.

Former Rochester Police Chief La’ron Singletary plans to run for congress.  The announcement came on a campaign website declaring his candidacy as a republican for congress in New York’s 25th District. The seat is currently held by Democrat Joe Morelle.  Singletary retired following the controversial death of Daniel Prude in March 2020 and two weeks before his retirement date he was fired by Rochester Mayor Warren who blamed him for poor communication in the case.

GCC is announcing their fundraising dinner and dance, Encore!  This event scheduled for December 4th from 6-10pm at the Richard Call Arena is a fundraiser for GCC’s scholarship program which awarded 120,000 dollars last year.  Tickets are on sale now at for dinner, drinks and dancing and a holiday concert by Nik and the Nice Guys.  

Former Team Captain for the Sabres Jack Eichel has been traded away to the Las Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for Alex Tuch.  The deal was announced this morning.  The Sabres drafted Eichel in the 2015 NHL Draft with the 2nd overall pick. In October of 2017, he signed an eight-year, $80M contract extension that began at the start of the 2018-19 season. Exactly a year after signing that contract extension, Eichel was named the team’s captain. He held that Captaincy until September 2021, in which General Manager Kevyn Adams took the letter ‘C’ away following an offseason of tension between Eichel and the Sabres over an injury and disagreements over which surgery he should have.  Eichel failed his pre-camp physical and has been on long-term injured reserve ever since.

The Buffalo Sabres are getting a dog, and they need your help choosing a name.  The choices for the name of the new team dog are based on things familiar to the team and their fans.  There are 5 choices, Bert, for Gilbert Perreault, Rick, for Rick Jeanneret, Audie, for the old arena, the Aud.  Punch, for George Punch Imlach.  And Puck, for that little black disc that gets hit back and forth on the ice.  Follow the link at to vote.

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