Morning News Briefing
Written by Dan Fischer on June 9, 2020
COVID-19 has claimed four lives in Orleans County over the past 24 hours.
All four deaths have occurred in nursing homes.
Two died at the Village of Orleans in Albion and two passed at the Orchard rehab and nursing center in Medina.
In terms of new positive cases: there was one in Batavia, an individual in their 30’s and one new positive case in Orleans County, a person in their 50’s from Ridgeway.
It is school district Election Day today – but only by absentee ballot. Budgets, propositions and school board candidates will be voted on today.
All ballots must be mailed by 5pm today, or hand delivered by 5pm today to your school district office. The governor has extended until June 16th the time for mail in ballots to arrive. Batavia is voting on a 51.4-million dollar budget that will have no increase in property taxes. There are three candidates on the ballot for three board seats
The Batavia City Clerk’s office is open by appointment only.
The office will operate on Mondays and Thursdays. You need to call the clerk’s office to make an appointment.
If you need to pay a bill you can continue to use the mail, personal banking or the drop box located outside of city hall.
It looks like the Finger Lakes region is still on track to enter Phase Three of the state’s four-step reopening process.
The Finger Lakes region includes Genesee County.
Officials say so long as there’s not a spike in the number of infections or deaths due to coronavirus, the next phase should begin Friday. That means indoor seating would be allowed at restaurants and bars and personal care businesses could start offering more services.
State lawmakers will be getting back to work today passing a package of law enforcement reform bills. The Legislature yesterday approved a measure that would ban the use of choke holds by police.
Other items on their agenda include a repeal of a portion of the state Civil Rights Law called “50-a” which prevents the public from having access to the disciplinary records of officers.
Also, any police killings of unarmed people would be reviewed by the state Attorney General’s office instead of a local district attorney.