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Regents Select Former Florida School Superintendent and WNY Native as Next Education Commissioner

New York State has a new education commissioner. The state board of Regents, after a lengthy closed door session, chose Mary Ellen Elia, a former Western New York school teacher who was most recently the superintendent of a large school district in Florida. Elia, a Lewiston, New York native who taught in public schools the Buffalo suburb of Amherst early in her career, says she is glad to be “coming home” after many years away. Elia was both praised and criticized in her most recent post as...
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  AARP is calling for New York lawmakers to establish a new, state-facilitated retirement fund to help people save money who don't have workplace access to one. 

The group says its recent surveys of 400 members of Generation X and an equal number of Baby Boomers shows many could benefit from such a fund that would have no ongoing taxpayer costs. 

Workers would contribute to that fund like others do to employer-sponsored 401K plans. 

Updated at 8:45 a.m. ET

Seven soccer officials from FIFA, the sport's international governing body, were arrested early Wednesday by police in Zurich, Switzerland. Charged with bribery and other crimes, they were taken from the Baur au Lac, the luxury hotel on Lake Zurich where they were staying.

The Hilton Superintendent of Schools is retiring. David Dimbleby, who has led the district since 2005 and spent more than 30 years working in the district will retire at the end of this year.

Dimbleby says that as superintendent, he has "had the privilege and good fortune to work with a progressive and supportive Board of Education, a high quality, student-centered administrative team, and a dedicated, collaborative group of teachers and staff who place the interest of students above their own."

Officials at the University of Rochester on Wednesday will dedicate the all-new, $145 million Golisano Children’s Hospital eight-story tower.

It is the largest capital project in the university’s history. 

It’s a 245,000 square foot  facility, which is adjacent to the current Strong Memorial Hospital lobby.

The Golisano Children’s Hospital provides care for more than 74,000 patients and their families each year, and officials say it was built with the needs of kids and families in mind.

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More than 10,000 runners and walkers from 421 companies took part in the 25th annual J.P. Morgan Corporate challenge on Tuesday evening at RIT.

The 3.5 mile road race saw David Bronfenbrenner with in the men’s division with a time of 18:23 and Morgan Burrows in the women’s division, finishing at 19:59. It was the third consecutive victory at the race for Burrows and her 4th overall at that event.

Both Bronfenbrenner and Burrows work for Corning.

The Greece School board has announced the selection of a new school superintendent.

She is Kathleen Graupman, who has worked in Greece as an administrative intern, an Assistant Principal, an Elementary Principal and most recently as the Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning and Support Services.

She has also worked for the Hilton School District as the Director of K-12 Learning and Staff Development.

The IRS says criminals gained access to the accounts of more than 100,000 taxpayers through its online service Get Transcript. The data stolen included taxpayers' Social Security information, when they were born and their street addresses.

At a news conference, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said criminals made about 200,000 attempts to access tax information; 100,000 of those attempts, made from February to mid-May, were successful.

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New York State has a new education commissioner. The state board of Regents, after a lengthy closed door session, chose Mary Ellen Elia, a former Western New York school teacher who was most recently the superintendent of a large school district in Florida.

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The University of Rochester says that the U.S. Department of Education will investigate a student's complaint about the way the university handled her allegation of sexual assault.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the university notes that the letter from the Education Department's Office of Civil Rights says that opening an investigation in no way implies the office has made a determination on the merits of the complaint. It is an attempt at fact finding in collecting and analyzing evidence.

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