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Written by on December 8, 2021

Michael Tomaszewski, the funeral director who was charged with over a hundred crimes and plead guilty to grand larceny, scheme to defraud, offering a false instrument for filing and untimely burial, has had his sentencing delayed again.  This time it is because he has tested positive for COVID.  County Court Judge Charles Zambito ordered Tomaszewski to the Genesee County Jail where he was tested again.  That test, according to district Attorney Friedman, was also positive.  Tomaszewski will have to quarantine.

The Genesee Orleans county health department has released that there were 236 new COVID cases over the last week in Genesee county.  250 people have recovered and been released from isolation.  35 people are hospitalized with COVID and 2 people passed away.  In Genesee county there have been 302 deaths attributed to COVID since March of 2020.  As for vaccination, 30,551 Genesee County residents are fully vaccinated, or just shy of 56 percent of the population.

Erie County is 9th in the country in COVID cases over the past month.  There were 17 thousand 484 cases over the last 28 days.  Higher than Erie were Maricopa Arizona, Cook Illinois, LA California, Wayne Michigan, Oakland Michigan, Hennepin Minnesota, Macomb Michigan and Cuyahoga Ohio.  Maricopa county had 60 thousand cases.  

As part of the COVID response strategy and the new mandate that went into effect December 3rd Rochester Regional Health is postponing elective inpatient, 23 hour and same day hospital surgeries at Rochester General and Unity hospital starting Thursday.  UMMC is not effected.  Office based procedures and ambulatory surgery centers are not impacted.

After the disappointment of losing the business of Samsung at the STAMP facility in Alabama Senator Schumer is calling on Israel based company Tower Semiconductor to build in New York.  Schumer says that Tower is considering the location, or somewhere in New York for their 5 billion dollar semiconductor fabrication plant.  If they moved in the plant would bring over a thousand jobs to the area.  Samsung decided to build in Texas after many months of looking at several sites including STAMP.

The Buffalo Sabres couldn’t top the Ducks on Tuesday night and were shut out 2 to 0.  One goal was a trick shot where Trevor Zergas of the Anaheim team flipped the puck over the goal and then Sunny Milano tipped it in.  Zergas said after the game, “I can’t believe it worked.”  Buffalo has lost 5 in a row and stays home to face the New York Rangers Friday night at 7pm.


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