Morning News Brief
Written by Michael Baldwin on August 10, 2021
The impeachment investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo could be done by the end of August. For the remainder of the month the state Assembly Judiciary Committee will hold hearings to review evidence against Gov. Cuomo and hear expert testimony about sexual harassment and the standards for impeachment. Committee Chairman Charles Lavine said Cuomo has until Friday to submit evidence and he promised the committee would consider it. An impeachment process could likely start in early September.
At least one City of Batavia resident is fed up with the traffic jams at the Dunkin Donuts on West Main St. and ambulance sirens in the vicinity of Oak and Union streets. Speaking during the public comment portion of the City Council Conference Meeting, Michael Barrett urged council members to look into a way to alleviate both situations. The owner of Barrett’s Batavia Marine Sporting Goods reported that vehicles lined up for coffee and donuts are infringing upon his property and, moreover, said he is afraid that a major accident is just waiting to happen. He noted that there is a sign there that indicates no left hand turns, but it isn’t being heeded. Council members agreed with Barrett’s observations, with Council President Eugene Jankowski Jr. asking City Manager Rachael Tabelski to see if the ambulances could sometimes use a different route that could be just as fast and to study traffic patterns at Dunkin Donuts during its peak times.
Tonight is Batavia Police Community Night Out. Thirty-seven business, organizations and individuals have signed on to support the outreach, which is scheduled for 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the City Church’s St. Anthony’s campus at 114 Liberty Street. The event offers entertainment in the forms of a bounce house, balloon artist, games at vendor booths, and pony rides. Additionally, the police chief and his assistant chief have offered their services at the dunk tank, which will raise money for the K-9 fund.
Citing the “need for speed,” the Genesee County Legislature has approved a resolution to accept a pair of bids for the construction of a new water pump station along Golden Road in the Town of Chili to advance Phase 2 of the Countywide Water Project. Legislators awarded the general construction contract to C.P. Ward, Inc., of Scottsville, for an amount not to exceed $2.8 million and the electrical construction contract to Kaplan-Schmidt Electric, Inc., of Rochester, for an amount not to exceed $595,000.
According to the CDC COVID Data Tracker, Orleans County has increased to substantial level of community transmission. Genesee County is currently maintaining a moderate level of transmission for COVID-19.
Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.19, up one cent in the past week. One year ago, the price was $2.18. The New York State average is $3.21 – up one cent from last week. Batavia gas prices have edges up two cents over the last seven days. However, motorists report Triple-A prices are not correct…and that prices are much higher.