Weekend News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on June 25, 2022
With the Supreme Court striking down the 1973 case of Roe V Wade and the 1992 case of Planned Parenthood v Casey on Friday several groups took to the street in Western NY to either protest or celebrate. In Batavia GLOW4Babies along with several people from the Ascension and Resurrection Parishes came together in front of Planned Parenthood holding signs saying Choose Life, Love Will End Abortion and signs commemorating the overturning of Roe V Wade. Governor Hochul pledges to fight the ruling and keep New York a haven for abortion. Michele Sterlace Executive Director of Feminists Choose Life of New York, says she hopes to be able to help those traveling to New York look into alternatives before they make it to an abortion clinic. The group Jane’s Revenge which claimed responsibility for the vandalism and firebombing of the Amherst Women’s Pregnancy Center Compasscare, said that they were readying a night of rage where more violence would be done across the country in response to the court ruling.
Governor Hochul signed a new law into effect that is designed to make schools a little bit safer from School Shooters. Alyssa’s Law makes it so public schools have to consider adding a silent alarm system for the school as part of their school safety plan. School districts such as Niagara Falls are taking it further than just a silent alarm, Niagara Falls City School District Superintendent Mark Laurrie says Alyssa’s Law is a step forward but they are adding vestibules in every school so there is a 2 step process to enter the building and a door alarm that rings if doors are propped open more than a few seconds.
Buffalo Police are investigating vandalism at St Margaret’s Roman Catholic Church on Hertel Ave in Buffalo. Someone smashed statues and broke garden pots at the back of the church between 10pm on Wednesday and 9am on Thursday. The heads of several statues were broken off and put at the feet of the statue.
Do you wanna go fishing but don’t have a license? All weekend fishing is free in the State of New York. During designated free fishing days, New Yorkers and visitors to the state are permitted to fish for free without a fishing license. Upcoming free fishing days in 2022 include National Hunting and Fishing Day on September 24 and Veterans Day on November 11.
Seneca Park Zoo has announced it is offering 1 dollar entry to the zoo for low income families. This comes after Monroe County Executive Adam Bello signed legislation reducing prices for income eligible families as part of a national program called Museums For All. In order to get the reduced price, individuals and families have to show a SNAP or EBT card along with a valid ID. The George Eastman House Museum and the Rochester Museum and Science Center are also part of this program.