Morning News Brief

Written by on August 6, 2021

Due to a recent bridge inspection the Colby Road bridge over the Murder Creek in the Town of Pembroke will need to be closed to all traffic immediately until further notice.  The bridge is located just south of the CSX Railroad Tracks that run alongside NYS Route 33. Genesee County will be assessing the bridge condition and we will reopen the bridge as soon as it is safe to do so.

The Genesee Valley BOCES School Library System has been awarded a National Leadership Grant for Libraries in response to the need to identify recommendations for effective post-COVID school library programs. This $150,000 grant will fund four virtual national forums on the future of school libraries. The first work in the grant project will be the convening of a national advisory panel.

The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that applications are currently being accepted for approximately 26 full-time positions in the DOT’s fleet administration and transportation maintenance disciplines in Central New York, including Syracuse, Ithaca, Oswego and the surrounding communities. Additional positions above and beyond these 26 spots are anticipated to be filled in the coming months. To be eligible, candidates must be at least 18 years old and pass a physical and drug test. Most positions also require a valid, clean Class A or B commercial driver license, and the ability to operate DOT heavy dump trucks within two weeks after start of employment.

After a one-day reprieve, positive cases of COVID-19 in New York are on the rise…again. Official now report the positivity rate has climbed to 2.77%. It was 2.57% the day before. Hospitalizations and ICU admissions have also increased. Five more ICU patients have been placed on ventilators.

Applications are now being accepted with anticipated move-in capability for December 1 for Liberty Square Apartments on East Main Street, Batavia. Liberty Square is a 28-unit program located at 554 East Main Street in Batavia that will serve homeless or unstably housed Veterans with disabilities in a Permanent Supportive Housing environment. The 28 units are integrated into a 55-unit, general occupancy community, being developed in partnership with Home Leasing, LLC. Applications for the Supportive Housing apartments are available at the Eagle Star Housing website.

New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker issued a special statement Thursday afternoon. He said…With the end of the state disaster emergency on June 25, school districts are reestablished as the controlling entity for schools. Schools and school districts should develop plans to open in-person in the fall as safely as possible, and he recommends following guidance from the CDC and local health departments.

Rochester Police are investigating after a body was found in a vehicle recovered Thursday from the Genesee River in Charlotte. Police could be seen Thursday evening on River Street, near the Genesee River. According to investigators, a vehicle was found by a SCUBA team in the area. After it was recovered, a body was reportedly found inside. Police say the matter is considered suspicious at this time, and that the Major Crimes Unit is investigating.

The New York State Assembly Judiciary Committee says it’s investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo is “nearing completion” and the governor’s counsel was also given a deadline to submit evidence. Cuomo’s lawyers were told to submit any new evidence in the sexual harassment case to the committee by next Friday.

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