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Ethics Reform Hopes Fade in Albany

It’s just over three weeks until the legislative session is scheduled to end, and hopes for reform are fading, during an unprecedented level of corruption in state government. Both former leaders of the legislature have been sentenced to prison terms. The U.S. Attorney is investigating a close associate and former top staffer of Governor Cuomo, as well as the New York City Mayor’s office. A new coalition of unions, progressive leaning groups and reform advocates has formed to demand a clean...
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Utility regulators say delivery rates for National Grid's 1.7 million electric and natural gas customers in upstate New York will remain frozen through March 2018.

Public Service Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman says Monday the decision will have a significant economic benefit to National Grid's commercial and residential customers and preserve base rate stability while allowing the company to borrow more than $2 billion and continue modernizing its systems.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A dozen New York lawmakers have introduced legislation to codify Gov. Andrew Cuomo's goal of eliminating human-produced greenhouse gas emissions statewide by 2050, replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy.

The bill would direct the Department of Environmental Conservation within a year to issue regulations requiring reporting of annual emissions from major sources and establish a registry and reporting system measured in tons of carbon dioxide equivalents.

Voters in the Village of Brockport go to the polls on Tuesday to consider whether the village government should be dissolved.  It's the 2nd time they've had this on the ballot; In 2010, a similar proposal was rejected.

The backers of the movement to dissolve feel that consolidating the village with the Town of Sweden will save tax dollars.

But opponents are concerned about a loss of services, including the village police department. If the town did not want to start its own police force, coverage would be taken over by the Monroe County Sheriff's Department.

The President of the Monroe County Legislature says the business of COMIDA will go on, despite the recent controversy that caused four of the seven board members to resign in recent days.

Ethics Reform Hopes Fade in Albany

13 hours ago

It’s just over three weeks until the legislative session is scheduled to end, and hopes for reform are fading,   

during an unprecedented level of corruption in state government.

Why is peace between Israel and Palestine so difficult to achieve? We discuss that question with David Makovsky, who served as a senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and was a member of the Israel-Palestinian peace team in 2013 and 2014.

Makovsky will be in Rochester as a guest of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, but first he joins us on Connections. Our guests:

Democratic Monroe County Legislator James Sheppard has written to the State Attorney General and State Comptroller, asking for a formal investigation into the I-Square controversy.

He wants the state to investigate the conduct of COMIDA, the county administration, and Greece Town Supervisor and Republican Chair Bill Reilich.

He told WXXI that  his questions to local officials have gone unanswered.

A Penfield resident decided she had seen enough cookie-cutter subdivisions springing up, and she stepped in to make sure 18 acres of green space wouldn't become another. Mindy MacLaren bought the land across from Rothfuss Park, and soon it will be turned over to the Genesee Land Trust. What will they do with it? Should we be more concerned about preserving natural spaces?

This nature preserve will be named for Irene Gossin, the first woman elected to an executive political office in Monroe County history, and one of the first prominent local environmentalists. Gossin is 97, and we talk to her about the honor, and her history of environmental advocacy. Our guests:

  • Mindy MacLaren, Penfield resident
  • Gay Mills, executive director of The Genesee Land Trust
  • Kate McArdle, current leader of the Penfield Democratic Committee

Gates Open at St. Joseph's Park Downtown

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Alex Crichton

The Landmark Society has reopened the gates at a downtown park in Rochester.

St. Joseph's Park at North Clinton Avenue and Pleasant Street was originally a church.

But it burned down in 1974 and the Landmark Society stepped in and  and saved the facade, and the site was made into a public park.

Executive Director Wayne Goodman says to date, the Landmark Society has spent $50,000 to $60,000 on this project.

He says the next step for the site is to do some restoration work on the clock tower and relight the tower once again.

J.P. Morgan Chase

Thousands of people from businesses and organizations all over the Rochester area are getting ready to run, or walk, and in general just have a good time on Tuesday night for the annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge.

There are more than 10,000 people from about 400 companies registered to take part in the event which is over 3.5 mile course at RIT's Henrietta campus.

It's not so much a race as it is a chance for people to network and enjoy meeting new people.  Among them is Tyler Burke, he's a design engineer at Bergmann Associates and also captain of his company's team.

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