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12:48 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Debate Focuses on Corruption, Fracking, Housing Discrimination Charges

Governor Cuomo shakes hands with challenger Rob Astorino before the debate

Four of the candidates for governor of New York faced off in an hour long debate Wednesday night, where they discussed a number of key issues, and the two major party candidates traded charges of lying,  and even racism.

Governor Cuomo , a Democrat, Republican Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and the Libertarian Party’s  Michael McDermott talked about hydro fracking,  legalizing marijuana and ,being in Buffalo- the Bills football team.

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11:49 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Local Voters React To The Gubernatorial Debate

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

Some of the people who watched the gubernatorial debate on TV at the WXXI studios say their minds generally weren't changed a whole lot by what they saw. 

The five voters who stopped by our studios are all people who responded to a recent Voice of the Voter poll. That survey will be released this coming weekend.

Taunja Isaac of Greece, a registered Democrat says the debate did help clarify some positions for her, but she was unhappy with the comments made by Rob Astorino.

"I think some of the stuff he comes out with, belittles his own character, instead of saying what he's going to do, he goes at Governor Cuomo too harsh and too destructive."

Susan Homsey of Irondequoit is a Green Party supporter, and she didn't like the way the two major party candidates conducted themselves.

"The sniping, just disgusting, they didn't answer the questions at times, just sniping back and forth"

Lonnie Slapar of Greece says the debate did give some more information about the candidates’ positions, but he also felt that Astorino and Cuomo spent too much time trying to score political points.

"People do have some ideas, and it seemed like they focused on those ideas and some of the rest of them didn't focus so much on the ideas, but saw it more as a political battle, I guess.”

Slapar did not want to give his political affiliation, but did express frustration with the tax structure in New York State.

10:52 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidates Debate In Buffalo

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News)  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican challenger traded insults and clashed over the economy and corruption during the only scheduled debate of the governor's race. 

The televised debate was sponsored by The Buffalo News, WNED-TV and WBFO-FM.  It was broadcast live on WXXI TV & Radio, and WXXI Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt was among the panelists.

During Wednesday's hour-long exchange Cuomo, a Democrat, cited his work to cut taxes and make government more efficient. He said Rob Astorino's views on abortion, immigration and housing desegregation make him too conservative to lead New York. 

Astorino, the Westchester County executive, criticized Cuomo over allegations that his administration meddled with an anti-corruption commission. He also said the governor hasn't helped energize the economy. 

Two third-party candidates also participated. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Michael McDermott.

McDermott criticized the major party candidates and urged voters to carefully consider their options.  ``Democrats and Republicans are the problem,'' he said. ``Just vote Libertarian, one time.'' 

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins voiced opposition to hydraulic fracturing and said the state needs to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. 

``I wish this was the first of several debates,'' Hawkins said. ``We've barely touched on the issues.'' 

Additional debates were proposed, but Wednesday's exchange was the only one that Cuomo and Astorino agreed to.

6:25 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Governor Candidates Debate Live Blog

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5:40 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Homeless Advocates To Take Down Tents In Washington Square Park

Credit TWC News

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and Sister Grace Miller of the House of Mercy issued a joint statement Wednesday afternoon saying that advocates for the homeless have agreed to take down the tents they pitched this week in Washington Square Park.

The tents went up because the advocates say they are not getting the help they need from the county. Monroe County officials maintain that they already work with 17 shelters and invest nearly $5 million toward helping the homeless.

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4:43 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Residents Voice Concerns With Rochester Housing Authority

Dorothy Tucker, Hudson-Ridge Tower Resident Council President, was one of 26 speakers in the call to the public at the beginning of Wednesday's Rochester Housing Authority Board Meeting.
Credit Michelle Faust

Attendants at Wednesday’s noon meeting of the Rochester Housing Authority spilled out into the hall—as nearly a hundred people turn up to voice their concerns.

At issue for many who spoke at a public forum that preceded the board meeting was the recent dismissal of former executive director Alex Castro.

With overwhelming turnout the comment period was extended to an hour—from the original 30 minutes allotted.

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3:34 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Local High Tech Company Adding Up To 25 Jobs

A local high tech company is getting a $450,000 federal grant to develop and commercialize an innovative method of producing solar power cells.

Intrinsiq Materials, which is based at the Eastman Business Park, will be working with RIT and SUNY to come up with solar cells that can be produced less expensively and also that are manufactured with a more environmentally-friendly process.

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2:21 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Connections: State Senator Ted O'Brien

State Senator Ted O'Brien is our guest for this hour.

Note: We've repeatedly invited O'Brien's opponent, Rich Funke, onto the program, and so far, Funke has not accepted our invitations.

2:18 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Connections: Why Kids Struggle at School

Blame the parents? We’re looking at why kids struggle in school – or why kids don’t graduate. And we’re looking at how parents can get more involved. We’ll even look at ways people can help improve urban districts, whether they have kids in the district or not. Our guests to discuss this issue:

1:34 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Plan to Restore Braddock Bay

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The public is invited to attend a meeting tonight to hear the results of the Braddock Bay Restoration Feasibility Study, performed by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

The ecosystem restoration plan, in conjunction with the US Environmental Protection Agency, State Department of Environmental Conservation and Town of Greece, addresses two main issues in the bay:  continual erosion of the existing emergent marsh, and a wetland plant, cattail, which has greatly expanded its reach in Braddock Bay.

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