We examine the debate over Uber and Lyft, and whether it's time for the state to allow them to operate across New York.

For now, these transportation providers can only operate in New York City, but advocates say lawmakers should open it up. Opponents say that Uber and Lyft could sink the taxi cab industry, which tends to pay drivers better wages. We hear from all sides. Our guests:

Donald Trump has won a state. Will he win New York in April? Will he march to the nomination? Were the naysayers wrong?

Our panel looks at where the GOP goes next. Our guests:

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging federal regulators to reject KeyCorp's $4.1 billion deal to buy First Niagara Financial Group and create the 13th largest commercial bank in the United States.

The New York Democrat says the proposed acquisition of Buffalo-based First Niagara by Cleveland-based KeyCorp would reduce retail banking competition in upstate New York, limit consumer access, and eliminate jobs.

Cuomo is asking the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Justice Department's Antitrust Division to block it.

Matt Ryan New York Now

Governor Cuomo’s Administration has released a report that it says shows the benefits of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next few years.    Business groups charge the study is biased.

Cuomo has been pushing hard for a phased in $15 an hour minimum wage,  putting the proposal into his state budget and campaigning for the measure with Vice President Joe Biden.

“Every working man and woman in the state of New York deserves $15 an hour as a minimum wage,” Cuomo shouted at rally last fall.

The Monroe County Democratic Committee is asking the Monroe County Republican Committee to refund or donate stolen funds contributed by convicted businessman Dan Lynch.

Lynch this week pleaded guilty to four charges as part of a plea agreement involving allegations of bid rigging.  The Democratic Committee says that Lynch confessed to directing tens of thousands of dollars from inflated county contracts to the county Republicans and a campaign committee for former Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks.

Watch Need to Know with host Hélène Biandudi Hofer Thursdays at 8pm on WXXI-TV, Channel 21.1 and Cable 11 or 1221.

Push is on for the Rochester Craft Beverage Trail

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Alex Crichton

State lawmakers gathered at Swiftwater Brewing Company on Mount Hope Avenue to announce bipartisan support for legislation that would designate parts of area highways as the "Rochester Craft Beverage Trail."

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle is introducing the bill in the Assembly while Rich Funke is introducing it in the Senate.

Morelle notes that through the creation of the trail, we can continue to support the growth of local craft brewers like Swiftwater. Linder

Members of a Penfield family are recalling their adventures at sea when their cruise ship was battered about by hurricane-force winds in the Atlantic over the weekend.

The Royal Caribbean's "Anthem of the Seas" is scheduled to dock in New Jersey tonight.

More than 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members left Saturday on a 7-day cruise to the Bahamas. But the ship sailed into a major winter storm with waves as high as 30 feet tossing the 1,141-foot vessel around.

Veronica Volk / WXXI News

The Rochester Police Department hosted a career day for sixth graders from Eugenio Maria De Hostos Charter School. Over thirty students met representatives from different units in the department at the Public Safety Building in Rochester.

Jackie Shuman is an Investigator and Public Information Officer with the RPD. She says she loves bringing the students in to interact with officers, and the response is always positive, though certain units within the RPD are more popular that others.


First hour: What's next for the GOP?

Second hour: The debate over Uber and Lyft