ALBANY (AP) An Albany man has an unusual idea for generating economic activity off of the city's long history of ethically challenged lawmakers. He wants to open a museum of political corruption.

Bruce Roter envisions a museum that would not only detail Albany's many political scandals but also offer some possible solutions to corruption.

The holidays carry a number of traditions, and in Rochester one is the Nutcracker ballet.

"When I heard that the Nutcracker was performed with live music and a world-class orchestra like the Rochester Philharmonic, I just knew it would be a perfect match," said Rochester Community Ballet Executive Director Nichole Gantshar.

She knows the Rochester Nutcracker is a unique Thanksgiving tradition here.

The Boys and Girls Club has long been known as a place for after-school programs, but for many children it is so much more.

The club’s Genesee Street location means that many of the youngsters who visit it come from needy families. Children from low-income families are also often left alone after school due to their parents, or single parent, having no choice but to work and having little to no support for costly at-home child care.

The new presidents of the Webster Parent Teacher Association think some money's missing.

Co-presidents Jennifer Swab DeGrace and Dorothy Petrie looked over the books, and determined the loss of money.

An accounting firm was hired to figure out how much.

A statement on the school district website indicates the new leadership is cooperating with police and regional and state PTA leaders.

ALBANY (AP) A new state law in New York will boost efforts to help the victims of child pornography and other sex crimes.

The legislation signed this month by Gov. Andrew Cuomo permits the state's Department of Health to create educational and outreach campaigns to spread the word about counseling and other support services available for victims.

Advocates say that victims of child pornography often don't know there are programs run by governments and non-profit organizations that can help them deal with the life-long consequences of such crimes.

Bills Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kyle Williams will not return this season. He tried to rehab his injured knee, but it did not respond to treatment. According to coach Rex Ryan, Williams will have knee surgery to repair a meniscus, and is likely to be placed on the injured reserve list, ending his season.

Williams was injured during the Bengals game in week 6 when a teammate rolled up on his leg.

Leadership Rochester: Opening the City’s Eyes

Nov 27, 2015
Kelly Mullaney

Rochester native Bob Duffy has been a busy and versatile man over his career, going from Rochester police chief and mayor, to lieutenant governor of New York state, and now head of the Rochester Business Alliance. Before all of that, however, Duffy was a graduate of Leadership Rochester, a program that gave him some useful perspective.

Black Friday used to mark the true start of the holiday shopping season, but now retailers begin offering discounts at the start of November.

Still, Mike Kauffman, manager at Eastview Mall says that doesn't mean Black Friday is merely symbolic.  It's a big day for stores, with 40 percent of all adults estimated to be shopping.

Eastview, Marketplace and the Mall at Greece Ridge all opened at 7 a.m. today.

Even Kauffman admits, though, the Black Friday crowds are not for everyone.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is setting aside $2 million to combat the spread of zebra mussels, the spiny waterflea and other aquatic invasive species that scientists say could wreak havoc on the state's waterway ecosystems.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says the grant money will go to projects around the state designed to reduce the number of such organisms as well as efforts to enlist boat owners in the fight.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state plans to mount a public awareness campaign about the risks and consequences of female genital mutilation, a practice that health officials say puts thousands of girls and young women in New York at risk.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation this month directing state health officials to conduct educational and outreach programs about the "physical, sexual and psychological" effects of the procedure, which is practiced in various cultures around the world.

The procedure carries the likelihood of life-long physical and psychological damage.