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11:22 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Food Pantry Sees Increase in Demand This Season

Credit foodlinkny.org

In the month of November, one of the area's most active food pantries saw an even greater demand for meals.

Dom Lucisano, director of the Hope Food Pantry in Greece, said they served about 30 percent more families than they did last November.

Lucisano says food insecurity can be a middle class, suburban problem as well as an inner city problem.  "There are fast food restaurants and coffee shops open anywhere. You can get a minimum wage job just about anywhere. Where are you going on minimum wage?"

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Local News
9:03 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Rochester Ranks 3rd in Volunteering

A report released by the Corporation for National Community Service shows Rochester ranks among the top cities for volunteering across the nation.

Wendy Spencer is the group's president. She says last year, almost 300,000 residents participated in volunteering activities, from traditional community service to helping out the neighbors. That's over 30% of the city's residents, a higher percentage that almost every other city in the country.

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Government
6:29 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Pataki "Very Seriously" Considering Run For President

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican George Pataki said he is "very seriously" considering a run for president in 2016, arguing that the nation needs a chief executive with the kind of experience he gained during three terms as New York's governor.

Pataki told the Daily News  that he will decide next year whether to run. He said he has received good responses from the ordinary citizens he has met on trips to states that include New Hampshire.

"I ran a big complex state government under very difficult circumstances, in my opinion very well," he said.

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Education
6:17 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Boces Project Gets Overwhelming Approval

Voters have approved the Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES capital project.

The measure on Tuesday passed by  a vote of 607 to 99. The $29.2 million project involves  upgrades to the main campus on Big Ridge Road in Spencerport. 

Officials say the project  will increase classroom capacity to accommodate growth in enrollment in career and technical education programs and add space for professional development for teachers and administrators from around the region.

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Government
6:10 am
Wed December 17, 2014

NY Power Authority Approves Low-Cost Power Allocations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Power Authority board of trustees has approved another round of low-cost power allocations.

Thirty megawatts of cheaper power will be distributed among 59 businesses and one not-for-profit organization to support more than 10,300 jobs.

The cheaper power is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Recharge NY program. It's run by the NYPA and is designed to spur economic development throughout the state. Businesses and other entities that receive the cheaper energy agree to create or retain jobs.

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Capitol Bureau
5:26 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Report Finds Local Votes on Fracking Resulted in Apparent Conflicts of Interest

NYPIRG's Blair Horner and Russ Haven brief journalists at the Capitol on their report on local lobbying and votes on fracking

A reform group studied votes taken by local governments across the state on whether to allow hydro fracking, and found numerous potential conflicts of interest that they say could have tainted the outcome of the votes.

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Connections
4:04 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Connections: Lying To Kids...Even About Santa

Is it wrong to lie to kids about Santa? What about Elf on the Shelf? Yes, seriously. Author Sam Harris wrote a book called Lying, in which he says there is no justification for just about any lie, ever. The single biggest question from readers was, "Wait, what about Santa?" To which Harris replies, "Especially Santa. Don't lie." Our panel will look at how to build trust, whether they agree with Harris, and more. They are:

  • Jodi Aman, counselor and relationship coach
  • Dr. Craig Cypher, psychologist
  • Katherine Sargent, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
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Government
2:49 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

East House Receives Grants To Help Former Rochester Psych Patients

East House, a local organization that provides services for adults in recovery from substance abuse and mental health disorders, has been awarded more than $500,000 in two state grants. The money will help people who are no longer being served by the Rochester Psychiatric Center and other inpatient psychiatric units.

The grants, administered through the Monroe County Office of Mental Health, will provide services to 116 people in a six-county area including Monroe, Wayne, Livingston, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties.

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Local News
2:34 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Three Die In Ontario County Accident

Credit Greg Cotterill / WXXI News

Three people were killed in a three-vehicle crash in Ontario County on Tuesday morning. It happened in the Town of Phelps on State Route 14 at Bostwick Road.

State Police say the driver of a car going westbound on Bostwick Road failed to stop at a stop sign and struck an SUV that was traveling north on Route 14. That collision forced the SUV into a pickup truck that was traveling  south on the state highway.

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Government
12:48 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

More Help For Domestic Violence Victims

Credit www.thegospelcoalition.org

More than six million dollars in federal grants will help 90 agencies, police and district attorney offices to better protect victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The funding will provide added support and justice for victims. The grants also pay for health care professionals who examine victims and collect evidence, for counselors, investigators and prosecutors.

The money comes from the federal Violence Against Women Act. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter was an original author.

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