Morning News Brief

Written by on November 23, 2021

With covid cases on the rise again county Executive Mark Polancarz ahs reinstated the mandatory mask mandate for Erie County.  This means masks are now required in all indoor public settings across Erie county.  And this is just step 1.  Poloncarz says that if the numbers don’t decrease then the next step is mandating the COVID Vaccine for entry into all indoor dining, bars, and entertainment venues.  He says NYC already has this.  Next up would be instituting capacity restrictions and then shutting down businesses again.  Essentially lockdowns till the COVID numbers drop.  No threshold or exact numbers were given except the mask mandate is expected to go to the end of the year. As of now there are 249 COVId patients in hospitals across Erie county and the positivity rate is 9 percent.  

Visitation is back at the jail in Batavia. Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron, is reinstating visitation at the Genesee County Jail beginning noon today, for those incarcerated individuals who are NOT in quarantine.  The sheriff says in a press release, “We appreciate your understanding while this precautionary measure was in place in order to prevent the risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus to incarcerated individuals’ families and employees.”

The Batavia City Council voted on 1 resolution and put forward 2 others pertaining to the new Police station planned for the area of Alva Place and Bank Street.  The possible 10.8 million dollar construction project would relocate the police from the 10 west Main Brisbane Mansion which is over 160 years old and requires expensive restoration to a 1 story modern station.  The resolution that passed authorised 3250 to A Lancaster company, WM Schutt and Associates to conduct a land survey of the proposed area.  The 2 resolutions pushed to next month would engage a project manager and authorize a Bond for the cost of designing, engineering and architecture plans for the station.

A child predator caught and put away.  37 year old Michael Mullen of Oakfield, is charged with 10 counts of sex abuse in the first (contact with a person less than 11 years old), 10 counts of sexual conduct in the second with a child less than 11 years old, and 10 counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Mullen was arrested by State Police on Saturday. He was ordered held in jail.

The Sabres fell to the Blue Jackets Monday night 7 to 4.  This loss puts the Buffalo team at 7 and 9 and 2 in the season.  They will be back in Keybank Arena Wednesday to host the Bruins at 7pm.


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