Morning News Briefing
Written by Michael Baldwin on January 25, 2021
Buffalo…is not headed to the Super Bowl. The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Bills 38-24 in the AFC Championship game. The final call from Kansas City (final call). Bills QB Josh Allen finished the day going 28-for-48 for 287 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The Bills finish their best season in recent memory that consisted of a 13-3 regular season record and their first AFC East title since 1995-96.
The Batavia City School Board expects to make several staffing appointments when it meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. Some of the appointments include substitute teachers, a long-term Special Ed teacher and a districtwide groundskeeper.
The Batavia City Council will receive a police reform presentation when it meets tonight at 7 p.m. Two local laws will be introduced. One amends the municipal code to establish new water rates, meter fees and a capital improvement fee; the second proposes to amend the Business Improvement District Plan. Public hearings will also be scheduled. Several budget work sessions will also be scheduled.
New York reported 160 COVID deaths statewide on Saturday. Gov. Cuomo said he remains confident that NY can defeat this and rebuild stronger than ever before. Until that day comes, he encourages all New Yorkers to keep fighting the good fight together – wear a mask, social distance and avoid gatherings. The Finger Lakes region currently reports 692 patients are hospitalized. 397 people in the region are in an intensive care unit.
Governor Andrew Cuomo updated New Yorkers on the state’s vaccination program. The total week 6 federal allocation of vaccine delivery to providers was completed Sunday. Delivery of the week 7 allocation from the federal government does not begin until the middle of this week. As of 11am yesterday, New York’s health care distribution sites have received 1.3 million first doses and administered 88 percent first dose vaccinations. In the Finger Lakes Region, 80,150 first doses were received with 95% administered.
Chuck Schumer says…one of the Senate’s most pressing agenda items…is putting two thousand dollar checks into the hands of Americans. The Senate Majority Leader…speaking Sunday in New York City…said…Democrats are looking to bump up the recent six-hundred-dollar payments to an even two thousand….and he’s hopeful his colleagues from the other side of the aisle…will sign on. Senator Schumer promised…if the G-O-P won’t agree…Democrats will use tools at their disposal to push the bigger checks through.