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9:05 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Joe Morelle Talks About His Future As Majority Leader

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

Assembly Majority Leader  Joe Morelle says he's ready to move on with doing the business the legislature should be doing, now that it appears Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie will likely be named the next speaker of that body. Morelle returned to Irondequoit on Friday night, after having taken himself out of contention earlier in the day to try and be the next Speaker.

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Government
7:31 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Silver Announces Resignation As Speaker

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced his resignation as two lawmakers jockeyed for his position Friday following federal charges that the longtime leader took nearly $4 million in kickbacks. 

The Manhattan Democrat filed a letter with the clerk of the Assembly making his resignation effective as of 11:59 p.m. Monday, spokesman Michael Whyland said. Silver, who has said he expects to be exonerated, intends to keep his Assembly seat. 

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Connections
5:09 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Connections: Gender Based Oppression

We base our discussion around A Path Appears, the film that uncovers gender-based oppression here and around the world, searching for solutions. We'll have audio from our special presentation and community discussion at The Little this week. WXXI Reporter Michelle Faust helps lead the discussion.

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Connections
5:05 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Connections: The Impact Of Youth Sports

We start with a brief discussion of developing news about the NYS Assembly Speaker. 

Then we talk  why participation in youth sports is  declining, and what is the impact on at-risk children? Rochester  has a new effort to get kids age 7-15 involved in sports. Will it work? And spring leagues are already pushing membership, hoping to drive interest. They're also willing to work with families that can't afford fees and equipment.

Guests include: Craig Cypher and Sean Hanna, Southside Little League.

John Picone, City of Rochester director of athletics
 

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Science
4:51 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Slaughter Says Rochester Deserves Photonics Grant

Credit Eugene Kowaluk / University of Rochester

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter announced that a Rochester-based consortium is a finalist in a nation-wide photonics grant competition. The $110 million federal dollars, matched with non-federal grants, would go toward establishing an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute.

Slaughter says the group, headed by RIT, University of Rochester, and SUNY Polytechnic Institute is a shoo-in for the money because of Rochester's history of success in manufacturing and engineering.

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Capitol Bureau
4:41 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Morelle Out, Heastie Gains in Speaker's Race

The race to replace the disgraced Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver seems all but over, with the Assembly’s Majority Leader Joe Morelle ending his bid for the job and throwing his support to Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie. A vote could be held as early as next week.

 

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Government
4:19 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Proposal To Raise Wages For Tipped Workers

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Restaurant servers and other tipped workers in New York state would make $7.50 an hour before tips under a proposal recommended by a state wage board Friday.

The proposal from the state Wage Board would go into effect Dec. 31 if approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's labor commissioner. That looks likely to happen after Cuomo signaled his support Friday. 

``For far too long, wages for tipped workers in New York State have been too low,'' Cuomo said in a statement. ``Today the Wage Board has recommended a course that begins to rectify that.'' 

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Education
3:52 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Vargas Calls For A Community Solution To Downtown Violence Problems

The Rochester City School District needs the help of the entire community in addressing issues with fights that have broken out from time to time as city students change buses downtown.

That according to Superintendent Bolgen Vargas in response to the reaction by city officials to a Facebook video this week which showed students fighting near the new transit center on St. Paul Street.

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Government
1:59 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Kolb: Morelle Would've Done a Great Job

Joe Morelle has pulled out of contention for the job of Assembly Speaker, throwing his support behind Carl Heastie of the Bronx.

Assembly Minority Leader, Republican Brian Kolb of Canandaigua, says the chamber has lost a very viable candidate.

He says New York City assembly members tend to want to have their speaker come from New York City.

And there was political pressure amongst the boroughs to have someone from New York City to be speaker.

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Government
12:28 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Lucky Lottery Winners Thank Dad, Help Mom

New York Lottery's Gretchen Dizer introducing the latest Rochester winner, Susanne DiCesare
Credit Alex Crichton

82-year old Antoinette Falvo of Irondequoit won 100-thousand dollars on her birthday last year playing the New York Lottery at a machine at the Culver-Ridge Wegmans.

Then she bought at ticket the day after Thanksgiving at the same machine, and was a 3-million dollar winner.

Susanne DiCesare of Brighton, says her mother is very lucky in general, and the big winning ticket was bought around the time of her late father's birthday.

She says she and her family believe their father had a hand in leading their mother to the winning ticket.

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