Morning News Brief
Written by Michael Baldwin on March 1, 2021
A large-scale COVID-19 vaccination clinic begins later this week at Genesee Community College. The clinic begins Friday and runs for seven days. Officials say there should be 500 daily doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Once sign-ups open, residents can call the state’s vaccination line for an appointment.
The Batavia School Board of Education is expected to appoint election inspectors when it meets tonight. The Board will also be asked to make a dozen appointments. Members will also receive an update on Richmond Memorial Library. The meeting begins at 6:30 and will be live-streamed.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an apology after a second former aide came forward with accusations of sexual harassment. In a statement, Gov. Cuomo said he “never intended to offend” or “harm.” He conceded he has “teased people about their personal lives” and said he now understands his interactions “may have been insensitive or too personal.” Cuomo’s statement, the fourth of the day issued from his office, said “I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that.” It follows 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett’s accusation in the New York Times that Cuomo asked repeatedly about her sex life and made her feel like he wanted to sleep with her. New York attorney general Letita James announced she plans to bring in an independent third-party to investigate these allegations against the governor.
Genesee County Human Resources has announced an open competitive examination for a firefighter in the City of Batavia. Starting salary is around $51,400. Everything you need to know is posted on the City’s home page.
The New York State COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped to the lowest rate since December 12th. There are around 5,200 people in hospitals with virus-related conditions. The number has dropped by nearly 200 in the past few days. Admissions to the ICU have also declines, but remain over 1,100. Eighty-five new COVID deaths have been reported statewide.
A Batavia man faces felony and other counts after city police responded to a domestic incident on South Main Street. Police said they arrested 57-year-old Terry Marvin Conrad. He was charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree menacing with a weapon. In a press release, police allege that Conrad menaced his son with a knife after becoming involved in a physical confrontation with him. He was released from custody after a court arraignment and will return to city court April 7th.
Batavia police arrested 35-year-old Cody Bush of Walnut Street. He was charged with felony grand larceny and lesser counts of assault and criminal mischief. Those charges were filed following a physical domestic dispute. Additional court action is pending.