Morning News Brief
Written by Michael Baldwin on August 9, 2021
Promises that there will be a fair and impartial investigation into the first criminal complaint against Governor Cuomo, following a state probe that he sexual harassed multiple women, which he denies. Sheriff Craig Apple of Albany County at briefing said that the woman’s decision to come forward is likely “the hardest thing that she’s ever done in her life”…and he answered questions about possible charges. The criminal complainant is identified as “executive assistant number one,” in the New York attorney general’s report this week, which described her as somebody who endured a pattern of inappropriate conduct.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aide Melissa DeRosa has resigned. Her resignation comes at a time where the embattled governor is facing potential impeachment. Her name appears throughout the New York State Attorney General’s report released August 3 that found Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women. In a statement, she said “Personally, the past 2 years have been emotionally and mentally trying.” She said she was forever grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such talented and committed colleagues on behalf of the state.
Charges have been filed following a disturbance outside of Autozone in the Town of Batavia. Sheriff’s deputies arrested 27-year-old Joseph Dispenza of Lewiston Road. He was charged with two counts of harassment following a physical altercation with two people. Court action is pending.
A Stafford woman was taken into custody Sunday afternoon following a larceny complaint at Walmart in Batavia. Deputies arrested 21-year-old Brittany Bolton. She allegedly stole $293 in property from the store. She’ll responded to the charge in Batavia Town Court on September 21st.
New York’s COVID positivity rate has now increased to 3.06%. Hospitalizations and those admitted to Intensive Care have climbed again. Eleven new virus-related deaths have also been reported. The percentage of New Yorker’s who have received complete vaccinations has risen to 56%.