Morning News Briefing

Written by on May 20, 2020

The Batavia city schools have a budget in place for the coming school year.
It is a 51.4-million dollar spending that does not raise property taxes but calls for over a million and a half dollars’ worth of spending cuts.
The budget includes the reduction of 30 full and part-time positions, delaying equipment and supply purchases and putting off the hiring of a second school resource officer. The public will get a chance to weigh in on the budget during a public hearing on June 2nd. A vote by paper ballot will be held on June 9th.

A Town of Alabama man under arrest for allegedly pulling a knife on a guy. 44 year old Marcus Bennett of Bloomingdale Road is charged with attempted assault and menacing. Deputies said Bennett gave them a false name during his arrest, and was charged that too along with several parole violations.

Governor Cuomo says the number of new coronavirus-related deaths is falling across the state.
The highest one-day death toll was reported in April, but that number has been consistently dropping ever since.
The governor says while things are improving, if people let their guard down against the virus, those numbers could shoot up again in just a matter of days.
Locally, only one new positive case of COVID-19 was reported late yesterday in Genesee County.

Memorial Day weekend is coming up and New York State has laid out guidelines for how our country’s veterans can be honored.
Remembrance ceremonies are allowed, but only if 10 people or less are in attendance. Also, vehicle parades can take place in lieu of more traditional parades so folks can follow proper social distancing protocols.

In Genesee County, the annual Memorial Day Parade has been canceled but ceremonies will be held throughout the area – without members of the general public. This will include the annual ceremony at the Veterans Monument on the UMMC Jerome Campus. Again, no members of the general public are allowed to attend.

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