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WBFO Brief Dec. 21, 2021

There are new calls to reform the state’s ethics commission, after a back-and-forth approval of former Gov. Cuomo’s book on COVID. The state program to help those facing foreclosure is ramping up., as COIVD rises in rural areas.

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  • A protest of deaths at the Anglican Church's Native American residential schools in Canada, and news from Albany on some changes to state nursing home staffing laws, which union members are saying are ineffective. Also Buffalo Schools Chief Financial Officer has resigned and COVID restrictions that kept Americans from just crossing into Canada without testing or vaccinations, are gone.
  • Today we have details on a flood watch for Erie and Chautauqua counties, and a look at delayed money that Kaleida Health needs in state aid, as it heads into contract talks with two labor unions that have already authorized a strike. Also, Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports on a nit of a pushback from Republican Lee Zeldin, responding to Gov. Hochul's charges that he wants to roll back abortion protections in New York State. And from Toronto, Dan Karpenchuk reports on the changes at the border that are expected today to eliminate vaccination requirements and use of the ArriveCan app.
  • If it's Friday, it's Theater Talk- today with Anthony and Peter looking at this past week's season opener "Curtain Up" event. Also, WBFO's Jay Moran has an in depth look a the Buffalo Humanities Fest and Karen Dewitt reports on a debate in Albany over Gov. Kathy Hochul pledge's to be involved in only one debate this year, while Republican opponent Lee Zeldin wants many. And hear about Buffalo's first-in-the-nation memorial monument for African American Veterans, the move to have parents drive kids to school, and another nurses union is in contract talks
  • A plan to pay parent's to drive their children to school as a way of dealing with a driver shortage, is hitting some fresh opposition. And Kleinhan's Music Hall is getting some renovations.
  • A look at how the bus driver shortage has a spin-off effect for a community center in Buffalo. AlsoCanada is expected to announce an end to the vaccine requirement for entry into that country, the West Side Bazaar is closed indefinitely after yesterday's fire there, and eminent domain proceedings are underway to preserve two buildings in the Cobblestone District.
  • Reflections on Queen Elizabeth II and her visit to the Shaw Festival in Niagara On The Lake in1973. Also, the rise of right wing extremism in Canada, and outgoing Republican Cong. Chris Jacobs has submitted a bill to start discussion on requiring licensing for all semi-automatic weapons.
  • Today, we hear the latest on a new STEM program adopted by Buffalo Public Schools , in association with Apple computer co-founder Steve Wozniak. Also, what an ongoing drought in NYS means for Fall foliage, The FAA hangs tough on the pilot experience requirements enacted after lobbying by local family members who lost loved ones in the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence, and One News Plaza near Canalside is sold to a developer.
  • If it's Friday, It's Theater Talk, today Anthony and Peter preview "Curtain Up!", talk about lingering COVID, and touch on the Stratford Festival's season. We also have the latest news after Kaleida Health workers in SEIU 1199 have voted to authorize a strike, should contract talks stall.
  • A recap of Vice President Kamala Harris's meeting in Buffalo with Garnell Whitfield Jr., who lost his mother Ruth in the Tops shooting. Also a lawsuit against former Governor Andrew Cuomo has been filed by one of his sexual harassment accusers.
  • The Commodore Perry housing projects will face a major rehabilitation, instead of demolition. Former Governor Andrew Cuomo has filed an ethics complaint against Attorney General Letitia James, who produced the report outlining sexual harassment charges against him that ultimately led to his resignation. And a preview of Vice President Kamala Harris's visit to Buffalo today, tou tout the president's inflation reduction act.