WBTA Midday News Briefing

Written by on January 5, 2021

New York State motorists who can’t afford to pay your traffic fines all at once, don’t worry about it. You can use the installment plan, and don’t worry about your license being suspended either.
Governor Cuomo has signed The Driver’s License Suspension Reform Act.
The new law ends the practice of suspending the licenses of people who haven’t been able to pay their fines in full.
It will also allow people who currently have suspended licenses because of traffic debt to get them back.

Two more people have died from COVID-19 in Genesee County.
Both were over 65 and were residents of the LeRoy Village Green healthcare facility. This brings the county’s coronavirus death toll to 31 since the pandemic began.
Genesee County’s seven-day positivity rate is 12.4 percent.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo


In the Finger Lakes region, which includes Genesee County, the hospitalization rate is the highest in the state and the positivity rate is among the highest.
In his daily briefing late this morning the governor singled out our region:

A Corfu man now faces felony and other charges stemming from a serious vehicle crash last September in Elba.
Genesee County deputies have arrested 33-year-old Derek McQueen.
He was charged with felony vehicular assault and driving while ability impaired by drugs among other charges.

Republican Assemblyman Steve Hawley of Batavia is calling on the Legislature to reject an assembly bill which would give the Governor the authority to detain individuals determined to be a threat to public health. Hawley says he opposes this legislation and says he believes it is unconstitutional and in violation of the right to due process.

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