Morning News Briefing
Written by Dan Fischer on May 12, 2020
The Finger Lakes region has been given the green light to start reopening its economy…and the Finger Lakes region includes Batavia and Genesee County.
Governor Cuomo has announced that the area has reached all seven benchmarks required to allow some businesses to get back up and running again.
That process can begin once the governor’s “New York State on PAUSE” executive order expires on Friday.
All retail businesses will be able to perform curbside pickup and drop-off going forward.
Meanwhile, the state says it will allow low-risk professions such as landscaping, low-risk outdoor recreational activities and drive-in movie theaters to reopen.
The City of Batavia predicts a $2.5-million budget gap this year. Much of that shortfall due to a sharp decline in sales tax revenue.
The city has already imposed a hiring freeze, some part-time layoffs and cancellation of the summer youth program.
Now, City Manager Martin Moore has directed additional cuts in each department including the layoff of a crossing guard and a delay in vehicle purchases for the police department, the elimination of street light replacements and various other cuts in supplies.
No full time city employee layoffs have been announced so far.
Batavia Republican Assembly Steve Hawley is calling for Governor Cuomo’s emergency powers to come to an end. Hawley says it’s time to return to established state government operations and legislative powers.
The Batavia City Council has given the go-ahead to the Genesee County Farmers Market to begin operations on June 5th.
But not before a number of councilmen questioned whether or not food trucks should be part of the market.
Councilman John Canale, and others, cited complaints from existing downtown restaurants that the food trucks were drawing business away from them. Ultimately council dumped the issue back into the laps of the Business Improvement District which sponsors the farmers market and has a number of restaurants as members.