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From the Editor, 9/1/21

Governor Hochul Calls A Special Session of NY Legislature

The first female New York Governor in history has been working hard after just a week on the job. She has called members of the Assembly and Senate back to Albany for a special session to solve some important pending issues. As Morgan McKay of Spectrum News tweeted earlier:

“Agenda: – will be extending the eviction moratorium to January 15. – Expand the open meetings law, so meetings can continue remotely. – Cannabis Control Board appointments will be confirmed.”

Read more details about the special session here

New Bills Stadium In Orchard Park Has A $1.4 Billion Dollar Price Tag

The Pegula empire has provided NYS and Erie county officials with a proposal to replace the current Highmark Stadium in south Buffalo NY. The project has been widely criticized for relying almost entirely on the taxpayer to fund the construction. The owners of the Buffalo Bills, and Buffalo Sabres, Terry and Kim Pegula are well-known business minds and sports lovers. The current Highmark Stadium is aging rapidly and is the third oldest stadium facility in the nation to host NFL events. Should the project meet approval and move forward, completion of the new stadium will be 2027 at the latest. Read the whole scoop in the Buffalo News

Stolen Decorative Cow

The iconic life-size decorated cow statute in Elba NY yesterday. Theives stole “Butterscotch,” right from her home

Anyone with information regarding the theft or knowledge of “Butterscotch’s” location is being asked to contact the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office at (585)343-5000.

Syracuse-area Will Be Welcoming 200 Afghani Refugees

Thousands of refugees fleeing life under Taliban rule have been resettling in the United States, many in upstate New York. In many cases, they didn’t just jump on the last plane out of Kabul. This story from highlights the unknown logistics involved in actually being able to leave Afghanistan an come to the United States. Read that important story here.

Pandemic-Related New York State Unemployment Benefits Will Expire September 5th

The federal and state programs that have been providing unprecedented benefits to 1.6 million New Yorkers end next week, September 5th. For those who lost work or had to quit a job to stay home with school age children, the assistance has been essential. Critics of the increased dole site the number of people who simply stopped working in order to receive the “free money,” causing an acute labor shortage nationwide. In NY the majority of those impacted are the almost 1 million non-traditional workers, aka gig workers, who have been receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA. Read the full scoop here.

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