Weekend News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on October 10, 2020
Governor Cuomo announced Friday that rapid COVID testing will be available across all of New York State. Starting with 400 thousand tests which will be distributed to local health departments, hospitals and primary care providers for free these tests can have results within 15 minutes instead of the normal 48 hour tests most providers have right now. Under the new rules for schools in areas having a spike, areas designated yellow zones will have to test 20 percent of students faculty and staff once weekly beginning next Friday. These tests will make getting results from that testing much faster.
As COVID cases are on the rise in New York some businesses were never allowed to open and are starting to use their empty properties to fight against Governor Cuomo. Movie Theaters across New York state are using their Marquees to post messages asking the governor to allow them to reopen. Regal theaters, which closed all US locations again on October 5th, is posting the message “48 states have reopened theaters so far. Why not New York, Gov. Cuomo?” on their fronts and on the sidewalks in front of the theaters. “We are owed an answer. We’ve answered every question. He said theaters would be next, but that was almost a month ago. And then crickets,” said Joseph Marsher, president of the New York chapter of the National Association of Theatre Owners. Also all Broadway theaters will be closed until at least may costing New York up to 13 billion dollars.
The Genesee county planning board sent a request to the Byron town board to ensure that property values of land near the new solar farms will not drop once the farms are in place. The Byron solar farm projects have come under fire from Byron residents for using up prime farm land and lowering property values. Byron town board members have defended the projects as opening up Byron to money that it would otherwise have no way to receive.
COVID Update: As of 4 o clock Friday Genesee county had 1 new case and 16 new people are on travel quarantine. Orleans county has 1 new case and 2 new people are on travel quarantine. There are a total of 27 active cases in Genesee county and 9 in Orleans.
45 year old Buddy Moore Jr of Leroy has plead guilty to charges of sexual contact with a child under 13. He was arrested after a victim came forward saying that Moore had committed the crimes against them from 2003 to 2011. Moore is sentenced to 15 years in prison and 5 years post release supervision starting in December.
St Paul Lutheran church and school is holding a fundraiser Chicken BBQ Sunday the 11th from 11:30AM till its gone. Tickets are 12 dollars a dinner which includes chicken, potato salad mac salad and a roll with butter. The event will be drive through.