MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York prosecutor says compliance with a state law to combat school bullying, harassment or intimidation is a "disaster."

Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas recently reviewed statewide reporting of the so-called "Dignity Act."

She noted 58 percent of all schools failed to report even one incident of bullying. And 82 percent had no incidents of cyberbullying.

She says the numbers reflect "serious problems" with the reporting.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is declining to report his outside income on a state disclosure form, citing federal charges that he collected nearly $4 million in kickbacks.

The Manhattan Democrat wrote on the disclosure forms that it would be "inappropriate" to detail his legal work or his non-governmental income in light of the charges. Silver says he will be exonerated.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York State Police are seeking the public's help in locating the owner of a backpack an escaped murderer was carrying when he was shot and wounded by a trooper near the Canadian border.

Police on Friday say 35-year-old David Sweat had a red and black TYR brand backpack. Officials have said Sweat was carrying maps, tools, Pop Tarts and other items in the backpack when he was caught June 28.

Troopers say the backpack is believed to have been stolen from a camp in neighboring Franklin or Clinton County.

RIT Professor Wins National Award

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RIT associate professor of chemistry Lea Vacca Michel has won a national award for inspiring women in the fields of science and technology.

Michel is director of an RIT program called WISE - for Women in Science.

The success of the program made her one of 100 women to win the national INSIGHT Into Diversity award, from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, for encouraging young women to consider STEM careers.


County Executive Maggie Brooks announced Ontario Beach Park is open for the season.

From now until the end of summer, if you call the Ontario Beach hotline (585-753-5887) after 9:00am, a recorded message will give you beach conditions, water temperature, and whether or not the beach is open that day.

Lifeguards are on duty from 11:00am-7:00pm, and people are invited to swim if the conditions allow it.

The American Red Cross anticipates a blood shortage this holiday season.

Spokeswoman Cara Noble says there are plenty of reasons donations drop off in the summer months: Not only do high schools and colleges with regular drives shut down, people go on vacation. She says more than 40 percent of blood and platelet donors will be away over the holiday.

"Right now we're asking eligible blood and platelet donors to make an appointment right now so we can help prevent summer shortages. Patients don't get a summer holiday or a vacation from needing blood or platelets."

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

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) — Police in New York state say they will be beefing up road patrols this holiday weekend.

State troopers say drivers this Fourth of July weekend can expect to see sobriety checkpoints and DWI patrols. Troopers say they also will be targeting the illegal sale of alcohol to minors.

State Police last year arrested more than 180 people for DWI during the holiday weekend and issued more than 10,200 tickets.

Authorities say the average drinking and driving arrest costs up to $10,000.

With July 4th coming on a Saturday this year, and many people off from work on Friday, there are Independence Day activities going on from Friday through Sunday.

The largest fireworks celebration is always in Downtown Rochester.  

That will be held Saturday night, with activities starting at 7:30 p.m. with a jazz performance on the Main St. Bridge by the Jimmie Highsmith Jr. Band.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state board studying whether to increase the minimum wage for fast-food workers is set to issue its recommendation this month.

A spokesman for the state Department of Labor says Thursday that the Wage Board plans to meet on July 13 to continue its deliberations ahead of a recommendation.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo convened the board to study whether to raise the wage, now $8.75 an hour, for workers in the fast-food industry only.