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August 11, 2020 - 10:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Alabama, news, notify, coronavirus, covid-19.

Alabama Town Supervisor Robert Crossen acknowledged Monday night that he should already have a draft budget for town board members to review but given the uncertainty over revenue streams, he isn't quite ready to present a budget that could require drastic cuts to services.

There is some hope that Congress will pass a new stimulus bill that will include aid to local governments, all the way down to the town and village level.

If that happens, the town could get $100,000 in aid, and if the county and the other municipalities get proportional aid from the Federal government, it could give the County Legislature enough leeway to share sales tax with towns and villages.

The Town of Alabama's typical share has been $450,000.

"We're not a very big town so when you take out $450,000, that's a lot of money," Crossen said. "That's people. That's things we're not going to be able to do."

That could mean, Crossen told the board, eliminating a town justice, not paving roads, eliminating part-time employees.

It's likely the town will need to raise property taxes in excess of the state limit and in preparation of that anticipating increase, the town board unanimously approved tax cap override legislation Monday night.

Crossen said county officials have been as cooperative as they can be while trying to negate the current financial crisis -- brought on by the  global coronavirus pandemic.

"They have bent over backward to say we're under a lot of pressure here and we're going to work this out together with you guys," Crossen said.

August 11, 2020 - 6:59pm
posted by Press Release in batavia, news, covid-19, coronavirus, notify.

Press release:

  • Genesee County received two new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • The new positive cases reside in Batavia.
    • One of the positive individuals is in their 50s and one of the positive individuals is in their 80s.
    • Both of the individuals were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Zero of the previous positive individuals have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
    • Fifteen new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • Two of the positive individuals are hospitalized.
       
  • Orleans County received zero new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • Eight new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
August 10, 2020 - 4:19pm
posted by Press Release in covid-19, coronavirus, news, notify.

Press release:

  • Genesee County received zero new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • Three of the previous positive individuals have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
    • Forty new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • One of the positive individuals is hospitalized.
       
  • Orleans County received two new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • The new positive cases reside in Carlton and Ridgeway.
    • One of the positive individuals is in their 40s and one of the positive individuals is in their 50s.
    • Four of the previous positive individuals have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
August 6, 2020 - 2:55pm

From City of Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch:

Effective Sept. 1, officers will begin ticketing vehicles parked overnight on City streets in accordance with section 178-13 of the City of Batavia Municipal Code:

§ 178-13 All-night parking.
The parking of vehicles is hereby prohibited on all highways within the City of Batavia between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Officers have been and will continue to issue warnings during the month of August in an effort to remind residents of the enforcement. The practice of issuing overnight parking tickets had been suspended during the coronavirus pandemic.

If you have a hardship and need to park a vehicle in the street overnight due to driveway paving, construction or similar issue you may contact the dispatch center at 345-6350 and ask to speak with the on-duty supervisor to discuss the hardship. If you have any questions regarding this policy please contact the on-duty supervisor.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

August 5, 2020 - 3:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in City Church, St. Anthony's, food distribution, covid-19, coronavirus.

City Church hosted another in a series of free, drive-thru food distributions at St. Anthony's this morning.

Video by Mo Schoen at Pixel Pro Video.

August 4, 2020 - 4:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news.

Press release:

  • Genesee County received one new positive case of COVID-19.
    • The new positive case resides in Batavia.
    • The positive individual is in their 50s.
    • The individual was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Thirteen new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • One of the individuals is hospitalized.
       
  • Orleans County received two new positive cases of COVID-19
    • The new positive cases reside in Murray and Kendall.
    • The individuals are in their 30s.
    • Both of the individuals were not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Six new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • One of the individuals is hospitalized.
August 3, 2020 - 5:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news, notify.

Press release:

  • Genesee County received five new positive case of COVID-19.
    • The new positive cases reside in Batavia, Elba and Pembroke.
    • One of the positive individuals is in their 20s, one is in their 40s, one is in their 50s, one is in their 60s, and one is in their 70s.
    • The individuals were not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Thirty-three new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • One of the individuals is hospitalized.
    • Five of the previous positive individuals have recovered and have been removed from mandatory isolation.
       
  • Orleans County received one new positive case of COVID-19.
    • The new positive case resides in Yates.
    • The individual is in their 50s.
    • The individual was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Twenty-seven new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • One of the individuals is hospitalized.
July 31, 2020 - 5:06pm
posted by Billie Owens in coronavirus, covid-19, news, notify.

Press release:

New Cases – As of 2 p.m. 

  • Genesee County received one new positive case of COVID-19.
    • The new positive case resides in Batavia.
    • The individual is in their 30s.
    • The individual was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Twenty-three new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • One of the individuals is hospitalized. 
       
  • Orleans County received one new positive case of COVID-19.
    • The new positive case resides in Shelby.
    • The individual is in their 60s.
    • The individual was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Twelve new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • One of the individuals is hospitalized.
       
July 30, 2020 - 6:01pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Downs, sports, batavia, video, covid-19, coronavirus.
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Press release:

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

The 2020 racing season got underway at Batavia downs on Wednesday (July 29) with owners only on hand to watch the action. But absent a crowd and the usual fanfare, the horses showed up and took full advantage of a lightning-fast track.

A pair of $10,000 Open events headlined the card and the winner of each took a new seasonal mark for their efforts.

In the Open I trot, Il Mago (Jim Morrill Jr.) proved he was the best on the grounds this week after making every step from gate to wire a winning one.

Morrill shot Il Mago off the gate and to the front and the race could have been called at that point. Trotting like a loose horse on the point, Il Mago went quarters of :28.1, :57.1 and 1:26 flat, while extending his lead at each station. With only Chuckabuck (Drew Monti) remotely close, Il Mago was up by 3-1/2 at the top of the stretch and rolled home in front by 4-1/4 in 1:56.3.

It was the third win in the last four starts at three different tracks for the classy Il Mago ($2.80) who now has 49 career wins and $869,373 in earnings. The son of Kadabra-Northern Style is owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama.

The fillies and mare Open I was also contested Wednesday and Julio’s Girl (Dave McNeight III) upset the apple cart for the second straight week.

HP Sissy ( Jim Morrill Jr.) left best and Lady London (Ray Fisher Jr.) followed while the rest of the field followed in post position order. After HP Sissy got to the half in :56.3, McNeight pulled Julio’s Girl first over entering the third turn and started the outside grind toward the leader. After a quarter-mile in the breeze, Julio’s Girl got even with HP Sissy at the top of the stretch and then paced clear down the lane to win by a length in 1:54.2, holding off a late rush from Protect Blue Chip (Billy Davis Jr.) and Gia’s Surreal (John Cummings Jr.) in the process.

After returning $33.60 in victory last week, Julio’s Girl blew up the tote board again in her seventh win of the year and rewarded her backers with $35.20 this week at Batavia. Julio’s Girl is owned by William Emmons and is trained by Jim Clouser Jr.

Jim Morrill Jr. had the hot hand in the bike on opening night, scoring a grand slam during the evening. Besides the already mentioned Il Mago, Morrill also won with Lyra (1:55.2, $4.90), Leaderofthepack (1:59.4, $4) and Edom Up Blue Boy (1:58.4, $2.30).

Dave McNeight III and Billy Davis Jr. also had productive nights, getting three wins each on the card.

Trainers Gerry Sarama and Jim Clouser Jr. led all conditioners with two wins apiece.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (July 31) with post time at 5 p.m.

July 30, 2020 - 4:56pm
posted by Billie Owens in coronavirus, news, covid-19, notify.

Press release:

New Cases – As of 2 p.m.

  • Genesee County received two new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • The new positive cases reside in Batavia and Le Roy.
    • One of the individuals is in their 40s and one of the individuals is in their 50s.
    • Neither of the individuals were on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Three new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • One of the individuals is hospitalized. 
       
    • Orleans County received one new positive case of COVID-19.
      • The new positive case resides in Gaines
      • The individual is in their 40s
      • The individual was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
      • One new individual is on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
      • One of the individuals is hospitalized.
July 29, 2020 - 4:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news.

Press release:

  • Genesee County received zero new positive cases of COVID-19, for a total of 253 positive cases.
    • Seventeen new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • One of the individuals is hospitalized.
       
  • Orleans County received zero new positive cases of COVID-19, maintaining a total of 274 positive cases.
    • Eleven new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • One of the individuals is hospitalized.
July 28, 2020 - 4:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news.

Press release:

  • Genesee County received zero new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • One of the previous community positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
    • Four new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • One of the individuals is hospitalized.
       
  • Orleans County received zero new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • Seven new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • One of the individuals is hospitalized.
July 27, 2020 - 4:43pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news.

Press release:

  • Genesee County received four new positive cases of COVID-19, for a total of 253 positive cases.
    • The positive individuals reside in Batavia and Le Roy.
    • Two of the positive individuals are in their 30s, one is in their 40s, and one is in their 80s.
    • The positive individuals were not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Five of the previous community positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
    • Six new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • One of the individuals is hospitalized.
       
  • Orleans County received one new positive case of COVID-19, for a total of 274 positive cases.
    • The positive individual resides in Ridgeway.
    • The positive individual is in their 20s.
    • The positive individual was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Two of the previous community positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
    • Sixteen new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • One of the individuals is hospitalized.
July 24, 2020 - 4:13pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news.

Press release:

  • Genesee County received three new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • The positive individuals reside in Batavia, Le Roy and Pembroke.
    • One of the positive individuals is less than 20 and two individuals are in their 50s
    • One of the positive individuals was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Zero of the previous community positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
    • Six new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • No individuals are hospitalized.
       
  • Orleans County received one new positive case of COVID-19.
    • The positive individual resides in Albion.
    • The positive individual is in their 50s.
    • The positive individual was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Zero of the previous community positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
    • Eight new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • No individuals are hospitalized.
July 23, 2020 - 4:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news.

Press release:

  • Genesee County received one new positive case of COVID-19.
    • The positive individual resides in Batavia.
    • The positive individual is in their 20s.
    • The positive individual was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Three of the previous community positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
    • Seventeen new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • No individuals are hospitalized.
  • Orleans County received zero new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • Zero of the previous community positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
    • Eleven new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • Two of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. Please note those in the hospital may be from the community or a state-regulated facility. We do not separate them out to protect their privacy.    
July 22, 2020 - 4:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news.

Press release:

  • Genesee County received one new positive case of COVID-19.
    • The positive individual resides in Darien.
    • The positive individual is in their 30s.
    • The positive individual was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Zero of the previous community positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
    • Nine new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • No individuals are hospitalized.
  • Orleans County received zero new positive cases of COVID-19.
    • One of the previous community positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
    • Nine new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • Two of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. Please note those in the hospital may be from the community or a state-regulated facility. We do not separate them out to protect their privacy.    
July 21, 2020 - 4:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news.

Press release:

  • Genesee County received one new positive case of COVID-19, for a total of 244 positive cases.
    • The positive individual resides in Batavia.
    • The positive individual is in their 70s.
    • The positive individual was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • Two of the previous community positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
    • Fifteen new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • No individuals are hospitalized.
  • Orleans County received one new positive case of COVID-19, for a total of 272 positive cases.
    • The positive individual resides in Clarendon.
    • The positive individual is in their 80s.
    • The positive individual was not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
  • One of the previous community positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
  • Forty-five new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
  • Two of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. Please note those in the hospital may be from the community or a state-regulated facility. We do not separate them out to protect their privacy.
July 20, 2020 - 4:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news, notify.

Press release:

  • Genesee County received three new positive cases of COVID-19, for a total of 243 positive cases.
    • The positive individuals reside in Batavia, Bergen and Corfu.
    • Two of the positive individuals are younger than 20 and one is in their 50s.
    • The positive individuals were not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
    • One of the previous community positive cases has recovered and has been released from mandatory isolation.
    • Fifty-one new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
    • No individuals are hospitalized.
  • Orleans County received two new positive cases of COVID-19, maintaining a total of 271 positive cases.
    • The positive individuals reside in Ridgeway and Murray.
    • Both of the positive individuals are in their 30s.
    • The positive individuals were not on mandatory quarantine prior to testing positive.
  • Two of the previous community positive cases have recovered and have been released from mandatory isolation.
  • Thirteen new individuals are on precautionary quarantine due to travel from restricted states.
  • Three of the total active positive cases are hospitalized. Please note those in the hospital may be from the community or a state-regulated facility. We do not separate them out to protect their privacy.
July 19, 2020 - 3:59pm

Press release:

A day before he heads back to Washington, D.C., to lead negotiations on the next coronavirus recovery bill, COVID-4, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer revealed that U.S. Post offices, including those across Upstate New York, could be forced to shut their doors unless they get an immediate infusion of funds and the personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies needed to keep workers and the mail-receiving public safe.

Schumer, citing the worry, made a vow, today, to fight for a critically needed $25 billion for the USPS so they can keep the doors open and the mail moving for all Americans.  

“All across Upstate New York, from Western and Central New York, to the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Capital District, Hudson Valley, or beyond, the USPS performs a lifeline service for countless Americans and the people of New York that must continue amid and beyond this pandemic,” said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.

“The fact is, the coronavirus has severely crippled USPS operations and their funds. Despite that, they have kept the doors open, the mail -- and really the economy -- moving, and now they need the help to sustain their pace. The fight to keep our post offices open by injecting the dollars needed to do the job and purchase the personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies required to keep everyone safe will begin tomorrow, and I am here to say: I vow to lead it."

Schumer explained the fight to keep post offices across the country open will begin this upcoming week. He said the services provided by USPS amount to lifelines for millions of Americans that cannot be replaced or easily replicated, especially in certain parts of the country.

Schumer detailed how the coronavirus pandemic has crippled our post offices and their operations as he stressed their relevance and importance to our larger economic recovery.

According to the Associated Press, mail volume is down by more than 30 percent from last year because of the coronavirus, and the Postal Service says losses will increase by more than $22 billion over the next 18 months.

Schumer added that the monumental costs of personal protective equipment (PPE) are also driving huge costs for the USPS. Those supplies are needed to keep workers and the mail-receiving public safe. Schumer said the USPS will need dollars to purchase the PPE it needs, in addition to funding to offset the aforementioned operational shortfalls delivered by the coronavirus.

“We are unable to predict the duration of COVID-19 business closures and the duration of the recession we are currently experiencing: however, this situation will materially damage our financial condition,” said USPS Chief Financial Officer Joseph Corbett.

“While we continue to conserve capital and reduce expenses in areas where volumes are declining, our ability to continue to serve the nation will require substantial finding from the federal government or other sources.”

“The bottom line here," added Schumer, "is that without the U.S. Postal Service in operation, we might as well stamp ‘Return to Sender’ on any economic recovery plan that is presented.”   

The U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation: 160 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations, according to the Service.

July 18, 2020 - 5:11pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in elba, video, covid-19, coronavirus.
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With a grant from GO ART! the Elba Betterment Committee host live music in the village park featuring the Jimmie Leggs Trio.

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