In the first meeting of the Rochester Anti-Poverty Task Force, members of the community provided a context justifying the existence of such a coalition. Leaders of institutions throughout the city, private and public, volunteer and for-profit, brought up some of the ugliest attributes of the city and laid out the barriers to prosperity faced by a third of Rochester residents every day.

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul was in Rochester on Thursday to attend the first meeting of the Rochester Anti-Poverty Task Force, which began discussions on how to advance plans to combat poverty and fight inequality in the Rochester area.

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The state budget might end up in court under some scenarios, as state lawmakers are discussing possible legal action against Governor Cuomo’s budget, and his proposal to link a number of unrelated items, like ethics reform and education changes, to the spending plan.

Stressful factors in childhood can greatly increase the risk of adult illness and premature mortality. 

Nearly 40 percent of Americans had one or more childhood experiences that negatively affected their adult health, according to the results of a recent poll commissioned by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Doctor Jeff Kaczorowski is a Pediatrician and the President of the Children’s Agenda. He explains many chronic conditions later in life have their roots in childhood toxic stress.

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  NEW YORK (AP & WXXI News)  Cardinal Edward Egan, the former archbishop of New York who oversaw a broad and sometimes unpopular financial overhaul of the archdiocese and played a prominent role in the city after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, died Thursday. He was 82. 

Egan died of cardiac arrest at a New York hospital, the archdiocese announced. He had survived polio as a child, which affected his health as an adult, and also used a pacemaker. 

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As part of his budget plan, Governor Cuomo wants to raise the minimum wage to $10.50 across the state and $11.50 in New York City. He says raising the minimum wage doesn't just help workers on a personal level, it will also immediately impact the economy.

"You know, when you raise the minimum wage, the workers who receive the raise spend it. Why? Because they need it. They're literally living paycheck to paycheck. So you raise the wage, and it will be an economic stimulus because three billion dollars is a significant amount in the state economy."

If all of Rochester reads the same book, Writers & Books says it will be The Age of Miracles. That’s their selection for their annual event. The author, Karen Thompson Walker, joins me by phone, and Writers & Books executive director Joe Flaherty in studio with us.

We take a dive into the Department of Justice's report on policing and court practices in Ferguson, Missouri. Our panel will give us some insight:

  • Marvin McMickle, president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
  • Marvin Stepherson, retired Rochester police officer and a professor at Roberts Wesleyan College who helped develop a curriculum for an Ethic and Social Diversity course at RWC in the Criminal Justice Administration program.
  • Mark Concordia, director of the Criminal Justice Administration Program at Roberts Wesleyan College. 


Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and New York State Fair officials have Gov. Andrew Cuomo squarely in their corner as they advance plans to make dramatic changes at the fairgrounds in Geddes.  


A 19-year-old Cornell University student accused in the shooting death of his father pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder at his arraignment Thursday in Rochester. And later in the afternoon, Charlie Tan posted the $50,000 bail the judge had set.

The  judge had earlier ordered that if Tan made bail, he resume his studies at Cornell. It’s not clear yet if Cornell would allow Tan to resume his studies there if he is released.