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Snappy Sunrise, by Mel Hunt

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Hospital capacity issues, Town refuses to mask up, Five kilos of cocaine, Omicron, Marijuana investors eye small NY counties, Batman in Rochester

A new state of emergency was declared in the Empire State Friday as already strained healthcare facilities brace for a post-Thanksgiving Covid-19 surge. In an effort to manage the capacity of hospitals, Gov. Hochul announced new executive action Friday.

In Erie County, where a new indoor mask mandate has been instituted county-wide, one town has drawn a red line. The Town of Marilla has unified to resist the indoor mask mandate. Town Supervisor Earl Gingerich, Jr. has notified county officials at the town will not comply and will be taking a stand to defend its businesses. Erie County Executive Marc Poloncarz was not impressed and his office responded:

“It’s a shame when an elected official values political posturing over protecting the health and safety of their constituents. Earlier today we heard from a Marilla business owner who said that he and other business owners were never consulted before this announcement was made, and they plan to comply with the mask mandate and not be grouped into whatever the Supervisor is doing. With virus cases on the rise and new strains of the virus being identified, it’s more important than ever to protect ourselves and others and masking is an important step.”

Moving east across the state, Wyoming County Sheriff Deputies reported a large cocaine interdiction during a traffic stop which resulted in the arrest of a Jamestown NY man. After seizing nearly a quarter million dollars in drugs, the man was arrested for the most serious drug felony charges possible in NY and remanded to jail, without bail. Read the whole story:

In superhero related news, Batman has arrived in Rochester NY. This nationally known advocate for the homeless comes to Rochester from California in an effort to travel into the city’s homeless population with supplies and support. Known as, “Batman from San Jose,” this local hero is a student at the Rochester Institute for Technology. His mission is clear, to bring needed supplies, first aid if necessary, and humanity to those who need it most.

In the Capital region of the state, Washington County(Lake George) is witnessing what many investors have dubbed, “The Green Rush.” An Oregon based cannabis firm has purchased an vacant manufacturing facility after meeting with local officials. The 3.2 million dollar project was met with enthusiasm by the pro-business local government. The White Creek Town Supervisor was thrilled to announce that he expects at least thirty-five new jobs in the community of about 3500 residents. Read the full article here:

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