NEW YORK (AP)  The former New York Senate leader and his son have been indicted on corruption charges in Manhattan federal court. 

The indictment was returned Thursday against 67-year-old Dean Skelos and his 32-year-old son, Adam. 

The Long Island men were released on bail earlier this month. 

Dean Skelos was New York state's most powerful Republican when he was arrested on conspiracy and extortion charges. He was accused by prosecutors of taking official actions so his son could receive more than $200,000. 

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday for the "new" Golisano Children's Hospital.

The 8-story, $145 million project is the largest capital project in the University of Rochester's history. It includes state of the art patient care technology, and living space for parents so they can be with their children during their hospital stay.

The WXXI News staff checks newspapers and websites to help keep tabs on what's happening in communities across New York state.

It was 76 years ago this week - May 27, 1939 - when the German transatlantic ocean liner St. Louis arrived from Hamburg, Germany to Havana, Cuba.

On board were 937 passengers; almost all of them Jews seeking refuge from Nazi control.

The majority of the Jewish passengers had applied for US visas and wanted to stay in Cuba only until they could enter the U.S.

The Cuban government admitted just 28 passengers.  The remaining 908 sailed north until they could see the lights of Miami.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York state has awarded $1.34 million to 13 programs from around the state that aim to help foster children live with relatives as an alternative to the traditional foster care system. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding Wednesday. 

The groups receiving the money are involved in what's called kinship care, which involves placing a child with a relative or close family friend when they cannot live with their immediate family. 

West Webster Fire Department

Local Congresswoman Louise Slaughter says the West Webster Fire Department has received a $305,000 grant  from FEMA.

She says the money will help that department improve the quality of its communication equipment, to buy portable radios and repeater equipment. That will allow the installation of the radio repeaters on all of their vehicles.

Slaughter notes that the grant will help a fire department that faced unimaginable tragedy.

Coming up on Connections: Thursday, May 28th

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BUFFALO (AP) A lawsuit challenging the way New York state funds its charter schools has survived a legal challenge.

A state Supreme Court judge Wednesday denied the state's motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by charter school parents in Rochester and Buffalo and the Northeast Charter Schools Network.

State officials had argued to have the suit thrown out, but Judge Donna Siwek decided the charter proponents had made enough of a case to continue.

Sutherland Global Services is looking to fill more than 200 positions in Rochester. Because of that, the provider of business process and technology management services will be holding a recruitment event on Thursday.

It will be held at MCC's Brighton campus from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Sutherland is partnering with the NYS Labor Department for this job fair.

The positions available include customer service and technical support specialists as well as sales consultants.

We’re talking Farm to Fork in Rochester with a new collaboration among the Public Market, the Westside Market, and the South Wedge Market. The goal is to promote the markets – and local food – more directly surrounding the markets. Ideally, this brings in more people of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. We'll dive into this new collaboration with our guests: