Morning News Brief

Written by on December 7, 2021

Governor Hochul announced yesterday that there is 539 million dollars set aside to help homeowners pay their mortgages and avoid delinquency, default, foreclosure, and displacement in a Homeowners Assistance Fund.  Applications for aid will be accepted beginning January 3rd.  Hochul says they will prioritize “vulnerable” areas and those who are already in litigation.  

Flags in New York are at half staff today to remember the day that will live forever in infamy, the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese military that entered the US into World War 2.  2400 civilians and service members lost their lives on that day 80 years ago.  

Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation Monday to protect seniors from fraudulent use of personal information.  The legislation incorporates identity theft into the definition of elder abuse to provide support services and programs for older people.  It allows the Office of the Aging and law enforcement to recognize identity theft as one of the many forms of elder abuse and take appropriate action to help seniors.  Hochul said that identity theft affects older New Yorkers worse than others.

There is little change on the price of Gas this week. Triple A reports today the average price of a gallon of regular in Batavia is $3.46 which is down a penny from yesterday but up from last week.  President Biden announced that his opening up the national fuel reserves had dropped the price of gas 2 cents.  Gas is up more than a dollar from when he took office.

There were a few power outages in Batavia yesterday due to the wind.  Areas of Stafford, East Bethany, Byron and GCC had their power knocked out for some time.  A wire was down on Sunset Terrace, and a tree fell across State Street near the Thruway.  All these issues have been cleared up for today.  

Buffalo bowed to the Patriots in a windy matchup yesterday.  The Bills lost to New England 14 to 10.  Winds reached 50 miles per hour during the game which may have influenced the Patriots decision to run the ball as often as they could.  Next week the Bills are headed for warmer climes.  They are the road to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tom Brady, and the NFL’s top-ranked passing offense on Sunday at 4:25 p.m.


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