Morning News Brief

Written by on January 4, 2022

The State of the State address from Governor Hochul is set to be given Wednesday and we already have one announcement that will be given.  Hochul will propose term limits and a ban on outside income for elected officials as part of her speech.  A release from the governor’s office says Hochul will introduce a constitutional amendment to set limits of two consecutive terms for statewide elected officials. The governor will also propose legislation to ban earned outside income for statewide elected officials, with an exception for academic positions that must receive ethics board approval.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch from this Wednesday Evening through Thursday evening.  The watch area includes all of Genesee and Wyoming Counties and most of Erie County.  Heavy lake effect snow is possible with accumulations of nine inches or more in the most persistent snows. Winds could gust as high as 40 miles per hour resulting in considerable blowing and drifting snow.  The weather service says travel could be very difficult to impossible.  These conditions could impact the Thursday morning or evening commute.

Monday was new Batavia city schools Superintendent Jason Smith’s first day on the job.  He isn’t a stranger though as he graduated from Batavia high before teaching in Albion and being the principal of Elba Middle and High school and being the superintendent for Lyndonville Central School District.  He lives in Batavia and says that his commute has gone from 40 minutes to 4.  Smith started that day at Batavia high by using the announcements time to tell the kids that he likes Bruce Springsteen, The Buffalo Bills, and is finishing up the 4th Season of Cobra Kai.  

The Bills game against the Jets coming up on Sunday has been rescheduled from 1pm to 4:25pm.  The Bills clinched a playoff spot for the  fourth time in five seasons with their win over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday combined with the loss by the Baltimore Ravens.  With a win over the Jets in Week 18 the Bills would secure the top spot in the AFC East.


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