Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on December 29, 2021
Genesee county is planning to host a free KN95 mask distribution today from 2 to 6pm at the Alva Place parking lot at the corner of Alva Place and Bank Street. Additional KN95 masks will be available to the public during normal business hours at the Genesee County Clerk’s Office in County Building 1 at 15 Main St, Batavia, and the Genesee County Department of Social Services at 5130 East Main St, Batavia, while supplies last. The free masks are provided by New York State.
Governor Kathy Hochul says she has no intention to shut down schools in New York even with rising COVID numbers. Instead the state is promising to send testing kits home with students. The state is planning on distributing the kits to BOCES districts which will distribute them to the schools with enough for every student in New York. Gov. Hochul said the tests likely won’t be delivered in time for students to be tested before returning from winter break, but she hopes they will be in by early next week.
Attorneys for victims of Michael Tomaszewski have filed a motion to have his and his wife’s tax refunds turned over to pay some of the debts from his many crimes. Tomaszewski was sentenced to 2 to 6 years in prison for defrauding at least 91 people using his Funeral Home. According to the motion, Michael and Valerie Tomaszewski have jointly claimed refunds of $27,121 for their 2019 and 2020 income tax filings. The motion asks the court to order Valerie to turn over $13,560 to the court. In bankruptcy filings, Tomaszewski lists $1,094,346 in assets against $3,242,390 in liabilities. The bankruptcy judge, Robert H. Jackson, has not yet responded to the motion.
The ban on Styrofoam containers and packing peanuts goes into effect January 1st. Instead of the cheap containers restaurants have become accustomed to using for takeout needs more expensive biodegradable containers are needed. This is part of New York’s effort to cut down on single use containers and waste. Some restaurants are complaining that this will increase their price on containers by over 300 percent.
The Buffalo Sabres are recalling players from their Rochester Team the Americans to cover for players who are out on COVID protocol. Peyton Krebs, Artuu Ruotsalainen and JJ Peterka are being brought back to be ready for the end of the holiday break tonight at 7 against the New Jersey Devils.