Morning News Briefing
Written by Dan Fischer on June 4, 2020
A Basom businessman has been selected to fill a vacant seat on the Genesee County Legislature. He is Chad Klotzbach.
He has been tapped to fill the District One seat held by John Hilchey who resigned The district includes the Towns of Oakfield and Alabama.
Klotzbach is expected to take his post on June 10th. His term will run until the end of the year.
State Police are investigating a crash on the Thruway in Genesee County involving three tractor trailers. It happened just after 5:30 yesterday afternoon in the town of Stafford.
One driver was seriously injured and taken to Strong hospital by Mercy Flight.
The impact created a fuel spill that took a couple hours to clean-up.
The coronavirus death toll in Orleans County goes up by two. Two more residents of the Orchard nursing home in Medina have passed away from COVID-19 related illness. A total of 40 people have died in Orleans County since the pandemic began.
Genesee County, with half again the population, has had five deaths.
For the first time in months, cash toll collections have resumed on the New York State Thruway.
Drivers without an E-Z Pass will once again need to get a ticket when they enter the Thruway then pay a toll collector when they exit.
Anyone with an E-Z Pass will continue to have cashless transactions.
The return of toll booth workers will only be for a few more months since the state will be switching to fully cashless tolling by the end of the year.
Starting today, restaurants Genesee County can once again offer outdoor dining.
Restaurants will have to follow several safety protocols including keeping tables six feet apart, staff must wear masks and customers also have to wear masks until they’re seated.
What is being called a peaceful rally is planned for this Sunday morning at Batavia City Hall.
The ad-hoc rally will begin at 8am with a march through the community slated for 11am.
The effort started out as a gathering in Williams Park on Saturday but plans were shelved when organizers could not get required city approval in time to use the park.
City Manager Dr. Martin Moore recognized the rally on Sunday, but cautions there is always a chance for outside agitators to turn the rally sideways.