NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is begging for mercy ahead of his sentencing next week, telling a judge he prays he will not die in prison.

The 74-year-old Democrat submitted a letter in Manhattan federal court late Friday, saying he and his wife "are both crumbling" since he was convicted in May during a retrial on corruption charges.

Prosecutors, in their own submission Friday, sought a sentence of well over 10 years in prison.

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Rochester fire officials have released a cause for the massive fire at a scrap yard on the west side of the city on Friday afternoon.

They say that an old fuel pump that had been crushed released vapors that ignited, sparking a fire that involved a rubbish pile of metal, with a number of stripped vehicles consumed in the flames.

The fire was at 80 Steel Street. It was reported just  before 4:30pm, and the billowing smoke was seen for miles.

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ROC Pride Week wraps up with two big events this weekend -- the annual Rochester Pride Parade and Pride Festival.

Out Alliance Communications Director Rowan Collins says they expect around 35,000 people to see the parade on Saturday this year, up from 30,000 last year.

"Our overarching theme for Pride this year has been "Stand Out: Live in Color." It really is about embracing authenticity.  Whoever you are at this moment is okay, and we want you to bring that person with you."

Sen. Gillibrand hosts town hall at MCC

Jul 20, 2018

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand took questions from some of her constituents in the Rochester area on Friday evening.

She made a stop at Monroe Community College for the first of several town hall meetings across the state. Dozens attended, and there were more questions than time allowed. Gillibrand took questions on topics ranging from healthcare to immigration.

A Rochester business owner has been accused of scheming to defraud the Rochester School Modernization Program and the Rochester Joint Schools Construction Board.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office on Friday announced that 53 year old Orville Dixon of Rochester faces a charge of wire fraud.

Dixon was president and owner of Journee Construction when he allegedly allowed contractors, who did not meet the requirements of a diversity plan to use his company as a pass-through agency, for a fee.

The tragic death of a city teen is causing a community to rethink how it assists families with autism. On this edition of Need to Know we learn about the work to bring support and crisis services to those in need.

Also on the show, it’s known as one of the least diverse professions in our nation. We’ll hear about efforts to diversify the local legal field.

And from a distance, her pieces look like landscape paintings. Up close, something else jumps out at you. Don’t miss the work of artist Victoria Connors.


First hour: Local Puerto Ricans discuss cultural pride, politics, and more

Second hour: Exploring the intersection of art, technology, and social justice

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • If we're alone in the universe, climate change, and more, with astrophysicist Adam Frank;
  • How to curb gun violence in Rochester;
  • If the American church has failed the poor.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development programs have been the subject of two federal corruption trials that ended with convictions for two of Cuomo’s former associates.

But some say problems with the $9 billion programs go beyond corruption and that the structure of the programs is flawed.

The Monroe County Board of Elections says that Robin Wilt, a Democrat from Brighton, remains a candidate on the ballot for New York State Assembly in the 136th District.

That’s after the board held a hearing Friday regarding challenges made to her petitions.

Among those challenges, one from the campaign manager for Democratic Assembly candidate Jaclyn Richard. Her campaign is challenging Wilt, claiming she does not meet a residency requirement to run for the Assembly because of some time she spent in the state of Washington in recent years.