Morning News Briefing
Written by Michael Baldwin on November 6, 2020
Ten new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Genesee County. Those newly infected live in Batavia, Bethany, Darien, Elba and Pembroke. The ages range from under 20 to over 80. The Health Department has been notified of a positive student at the Batavia High School. The student was not in school two days prior to testing positive, therefore no school impact. The individuals are on mandatory isolation until recovered. Contact tracing is in process for those who are considered close contacts and will be placed on mandatory quarantine for 14 days from the last contact with the positive individual.
Court action is pending for 35-year-old Jennifer M. Moore, 35, of River Street in Batavia. She is charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony; and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, also a Class B felony. It is alleged that Moore sold crack cocaine to an agent of the Genesee County Local Drug Task Force on two separate occasions. She was also allegedly in possession of crack cocaine at the time of her arrest. Moore was arraigned in Genesee County Court and released under supervision. The task force is comprised of law enforcement officers from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, the Batavia Police Department, and the Village of Le Roy Police Department. The task force was assisted by deputies and the District Attorney’s Office
Federal prosecutors say that 27-year-old Brandon Wilson of Buffalo was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with delay or destruction of mail. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He’s accused of failing to deliver 800 pieces of mail to include three absentee ballots. The complaint is the result of an investigation by the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General and other agencies.
New York State’s statewide COVID-19 positivity rate is 1.59 percent, according to a press release from Gov. Cuomo’s office. The positive testing rate in the state’s “focus zone” areas is 2.69 percent. The state’s positivity outside of all focus zones is 1.42 percent. There were 14 COVID-19 deaths in the state on Tuesday.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation to expand community school funding and ensure students, families, and communities have the resources needed for students to thrive. The Full-Service Community School Expansion Act of 2020 would help public k-12 schools serve students, families, and communities by investing more than $3 billion in public schools to be community hubs and provide integrated student supports, expanded and enriched learning opportunities, collaborative leadership, and family and community engagement – including medical, mental, and nutrition health services, mentoring and youth development programs, and continuing education courses.