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ALBANY (AP) Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is being honored in Albany this weekend.

The chancellor of The City University of New York presented a distinguished alumni award to Warren on Saturday as the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus met this weekend near the state Capitol.

The award was presented at a CUNY luncheon.

Warren attended John Jay College and was elected mayor of Rochester in 2013.

A Rochester city court judge was charged Saturday morning with DWI, according to Time Warner Cable News.

Time Warner Cable News cites the New York State Police in reporting that Judge Leticia Astacio was ticketed after troopers were called to I-490 and Mt. Read Blvd. around 8 o'clock Saturday morning.

Monroe County Deputies say one person suffered serious injuries after a crash early Saturday morning in Henrietta when a pedestrian was struck by two vehicles.

Deputies say it happened at about 2:45 a.m.  at Bailey Road and John Street.

ALBANY (AP) The Adirondack Park Agency has signed off on a proposal to divide a state-owned rail corridor, with rails upgraded from Big Moose north to Tupper Lake and removed to establish a trail from Tupper to Lake Placid.

The 34-mile trail could be used in the winter by snowmobilers and skiers. It could be used by bicyclists and others the rest of the year.

Track upgrades from Big Moose to Tupper Lake would extend the excursion rail service by 45 miles.

The bitter Arctic blast ramped up Friday night and will last through a good park of the weekend for the Rochester area and much of upstate NY.

lake snow advisory for counties including Monroe and Wayne Counties has now been extended until 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, with several inches of snow possible in the heavier snow bands.

The high temperature on Sunday is expected to be only around 10 degrees with below zero wind chills again.

But the organizer of the annual Polar Plunge on Lake Ontario doesn’t think that will keep people away. In fact, Sam Gerbino  says it seems that the colder it is, the more people that turn out, and this Sunday he’s expecting more than two thousand people to show up at Ontario Beach Park.

He tells WXXI News you don’t even have to jump all the way into the water. 

Gates Police have charged a Rochester man in connection with an incident last October where they say a 74 year old woman was abducted and pushed into the Genesee River.

On Friday they arrested 62 year old Franklin Leonard on charges that include attempted murder, attempted robbery, and kidnapping.

Police say that last October 21st, Leonard is accused of entering a business on Chili Avenue, and pointing a gun at an employee, and then abducting the 74 year old woman. He allegedly drove her car to the river, took her from the vehicle, and pushed her into the Genesee.

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:

  • The FAFSA form and the cost of higher education;
  • The debate over bringing ridesharing services like Uber to Rochester;
  • Rochester's lead problem;
  • The possible end of tipping in restaurants;
  • The RPO's 2016-2017 season.

High schoolers in Hoosick Falls say they are tired of the slow response by the adults in the community, and government, to toxic substance PFOA which has infiltrated the village water system and made it unsafe to drink.  They took matters into their own hands, holding a press conference and  calling on Governor Cuomo personally to act.

“The adults have done a lot of talking,” said Anna Wysocki , senior class historian. “Now it’s our turn.”

We gear up for Monday’s Grammy Awards with a conversation about the future of audio recording. We explore how audio engineering is an art, a science, and a business. What is it like to navigate the egos and creative differences among members of a band? Why are many composers leaning toward jobs in film and gaming? How does the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences select Grammy winners? Our guests give us an inside look at this changing industry. In studio:

  • Stephen Roessner, Grammy Award-winning recording engineer, musician, and producer, and instructor of audio and music engineering at the University of Rochester Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Dave Rivello, assistant professor of jazz studies and contemporary media, and director of the New Jazz Ensemble, Eastman School of Music