Morning News Briefing
Written by Michael Baldwin on November 3, 2020
A Batavia woman is now under court supervision following her arrest on drug-related charges. The Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force arrested 35-year-old Jennifer Moore of River Street. She was charged with two counts each of criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance. Those are class B felony crimes. Police allege that Moore sold crack cocaine to an agent of the Task Force on two separate occasions. Moore was arraigned and released under court supervision.
Even though New York voters have been casting ballots for a couple of weeks, today is the traditional in-person Election Day when everybody stands in line and complains…about the line. Polls in New York are open until 9 p.m. However, here’s the rub…if you think this is a normal year where you can stay up until midnight and get the answers, well, it probably won’t happen, no matter what any candidate says. Plenty of people this year voted by absentee ballot, and those won’t begin to be counted until sometime next week. The few likely almost guaranteed winners are those running unopposed in local races.
The Genesee County Legislature’s Human Services Committee has approved a proposal to end a longstanding agreement with the City of Batavia for the operation and funding of the City Youth Bureau. The full legislature could consider the measure November 11th. The move is expected to save the city money.
Genesee County officials are reporting six new COVID-19 cases. The new positive case resides in Batavia, Bergen, Elba, Le Roy, Oakfield and Pavilion. Sixteen new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states. Orleans County reports three new cases and Wyoming County reports six additional cases.
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Support has announced the launch of a new Alcohol Awareness campaign to caution people of the warning signs of excessive alcohol use, and where to go to get help. In addition to warning signs, the campaign will also help offer alternatives to using alcohol for stress management, at a time when the danger of excessive alcohol use is increased as a result of the pandemic. As New York State continues to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, excessive alcohol use may be especially risky to both mental and physical health. It can lead to or worsen existing depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Alcohol also may decrease immune function, which can increase susceptibility to illness.
The Genesee Society of Model Engineers announces the cancellation of the fall “Great Batavia Train Show” that was scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 15th, at the Call Arena at Genesee Community College in Batavia. The show that typically attracts 1,200 to 1,500 model railroad enthusiasts and railfans is the latest club event to become a casualty of COVID-19 restrictions. The next “Great Batavia Train Show” is scheduled for April 11.