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The inauguration of President Donald Trump spawned a local protest in downtown Rochester Friday and more are planned on Saturday.

On Friday night, about 50 people upset with policies they are concerned will be implemented with the new administration and Congress started marching from the Liberty Pole, heading down Main Street.

Police stopped traffic on East Main, as well as parts of South Avenue, Broad, and Chestnut Street as the protesters marched through the area. There were no other problems reported.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren hopes the city can take action soon to update a measure on the books that relates to so-called  'Sanctuary Cities.’  

Warren’s comments come after NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman this week issued guidance to local governments on how they can put laws and policies in place to limit their participation in federal immigration enforcement activities under President Donald Trump's new administration.

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The inauguration of President Donald Trump was the topic of conversation Friday at a lot of places around Rochester where people usually gather, and barbershops traditionally are  a place to share thoughts and comments.

At Changing Faces Barbershop in Irondequoit, one of the barbers, Kelvin Young, who was among those watching the ceremonies on the TV in the shop, said he hopes President Trump can deliver what he promised as a candidate.

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:

  • A local professor's trip to Iraqi Kurdistan and how she views oil as a human rights issue;
  • The dangers and realities of human trafficking;
  • SNAP and food options for people living in poverty;
  • The value of art.

One of the chief arguments over the state budget will be whether to renew an income tax surcharge on New York’s wealthiest.

The state is facing a $3.5 billion deficit, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to add a billion dollars to the state’s public schools. He also wants to offer free tuition at public colleges for families making less than $125,000 a year.

Cuomo said continuing the tax surcharge — known as the millionaires’ tax — is the simplest way to finance all that.

“Frankly we don’t have the resources to lose the millionaires’ revenue now,” Cuomo said.


NPR Politics is listening to President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural address and fact checking it below.



Keep tabs on everything happening this Inauguration day through our live blog from NPR News and NPR Politics.



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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is making $2 million available to local governments and non-profit groups to help in the fight against invasive species.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration announced the funding on Thursday. The grants will support projects which seek to detect, monitor and stop the spread of non-native plants and animals.

Cuomo, a Democrat, says the funding is vital to helping the state control and remove invasive species and prevent them from doing damage to the local environment.

The grants range in size from $11,000 to $100,000.

The race for Rochester’s next mayor kicks off as the first official contender enters the ring. On this edition of Need to Know we’ll learn what James Sheppard will bring to the table that he says Mayor Lovely Warren hasn’t.

The controversy over a development on Monroe Avenue in Brighton continues, with a statement released Thursday by Danny Daniele, whose family has been trying to develop a plaza on that road, near where their restaurant previously operated.

The Daniele family wants to put in a retail plaza there, and the proposal for a Whole Foods grocery store has resulted in pushback from some people in the area over traffic and other concerns.

Now, Danny Daniele says that the developers plan to remove the possibility of putting in a Chick-Fil-A restaurant from that plaza.