Morning News Briefing
Written by Dan Fischer on May 5, 2020
The city of Batavia has put a hiring freeze on all open positions.
It is part of a plan to offset a $2.5-million dollar shortfall in revenue.
Among the jobs that will not be filled are two firefighter positions. The summer recreation program has also been scrapped.
The annual Memorial Day Parade has been cancelled, not so much due to the expense, but the effort to maintain social distancing.
The city says it will find other ways to honor veterans with flags and flowers on their gravesites.
Just one new COVID-19 case reported in Genesee County, an individual living in the Town of Alabama. Two new cases reported in Orleans County. One of them at the Villages of Orleans Nursing home in Albion.
Governor Cuomo has announced the criteria regions across New York will need to achieve to reopen and says right now none of them have met all the required benchmarks. Those standards include several categories such as hospitalization rates, the number of available hospital beds, infection rates and coronavirus testing. Once a region is approved to reopen, it’ll happen in four phases starting with essential businesses that are considered low risk to spread the virus and ending with reopening things like entertainment venues and schools. New York has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country with over 300,000.
State Police have released the name of a Darien man who apparently drown on his own property
The body of 77 year old David Scott of Broadway Road was found by his daughter Saturday afternoon.
Troopers say Mr. Scott had gone out to set up a pump in a retention pond.
The NFL is expected release its 2020 schedule for all teams in the league on Thursday.
In addition to home and road games with their traditional AFC East rivals, the Buffalo Bills are scheduled to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.