Weekend News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on October 30, 2021
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized the use of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, a move that will make the shots available to 28 million kids in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must sign off before shots can be distributed. It’s scheduled an advisory committee meeting to review the pediatric doses next week and is expected to swiftly clear them for public distribution immediately thereafter. The company said its low-dose vaccine for kids, which is a third of the dosage given to adults, is more than 90% effective in preventing symptomatic infection. It also said the shots were well tolerated in young children, producing side effects comparable with those seen in a study of people ages 16 to 25.
State Attorney General Letitia James has now officially announced her challenge to Governor Hochul in 2022’s Gubernatorial race. James will be running as a Democrat. James, 63, was born in Brooklyn and has served as Attorney General since 2019. The election for New York governor is November 8, 2022.
You want a bit more bass or buzz from your car when you press the accelerator? Don’t mess with the muffler. A new bill signed friday by governor Hochul increases the fines for illegally modifying the muffler or exhaust system of a motor vehicle. Fines are raised to 1 thousand dollars, and repair and inspection stations can lose their certificates if they install or fail to cite drivers for illegal systems. Hochul says this is to combat noisy vehicles making neighborhoods feel less safe.
Holland Land Office invites the public to the 20th annual Wonderland of Trees opening Gala Friday November 19th. This year’s theme to honor this milestone year is Through the Years. Visit the museum to see all the wonderfully decorated trees and displays by local businesses and organizations. This year’s opening gala will feature many great gift baskets to win and a Silent Auction. The night will also feature holiday music by the Genesee Symphony Orchestra and hors d’oeuvres provided by the D R Depot. Tickets for this event are on sale at the museum. Tickets are $15 per person/ $10 for museum members and $5 for children under 12. For more details contact the museum or visit www.hollandlandoffice.com. The exhibit will run through December 17th.