A number of events are planned locally on Tuesday as part of World AIDS Day. The Rochester area efforts will include a colorful way to mark the battle to end that disease. 

For the first time since the start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s, several buildings in the city of Rochester will light up red in observance of World AIDS Day.

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Students at Ithaca College concluded a confidence vote on college president Tom Rochon on Monday. Rochon has faced criticism over his handling of recent racial incidents and accusations of top-down leadership.

A crowd of about 100 gathered in a ballroom on campus to hear student body president Dominick Recckio deliver the news.

“The results of the vote of no confidence are: 71.75 percent of respondents have no confidence in President Rochon,” Recckio declared. Breaking it down by race, 87 percent of respondents of color claimed “no confidence” in Rochon.

Gov. Cuomo released a statement following the conviction of former Speaker Sheldon Silver on corruption charges:

"Today, justice was served. Corruption was discovered, investigated, and prosecuted, and the jury has spoken. With the allegations proven, it is time for the Legislature to take seriously the need for reform. There will be zero tolerance for the violation of the public trust in New York."

NYS Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie released this statement:

Ex- Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been found guilty on all counts in a federal corruption trial.

NEW YORK (AP)  Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, formerly one of New York's most powerful politicians, was convicted Monday of charges that he traded favors to earn $5 million illegally and then lied about it. 

The Manhattan federal court jury returned the verdict after a three-week trial in which prosecutors claimed that the 71-year-old Democrat repeatedly promised the favors to enrich himself. The defense countered that the government was trying to criminalize the longtime routines of politics in Albany. 

Governor Cuomo is due to announce his choice for the state’s next chief judge on December 1st .

The list of nominees that Cuomo will choose from to lead the state’s highest court includes potentially the first African American chief judge of the Court of Appeals, as well as a former US Attorney who could be the state’s first Hispanic chief judge.

But the favorite is the Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore, who would be only the second  woman to lead the court.

NEW YORK (AP)  Deliberations in the corruption trial of New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver were halted briefly Monday when a juror asked to quit because his boss knows Silver, the second time in a week a juror has sought to leave the panel. 

The 69-year-old Bronx taxi driver sent Judge Valerie Caproni a note, saying he could no longer serve because of a conflict he learned about over the four-day holiday weekend. 

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Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York say they are confident in their ability to keep patients and staff safe.

After a gunman killed three people at a facility in Colorado last week, Spokesperson Erin Cabral says they don't want people to have fear or anxiety about coming in.

"Planned Parenthood is open for business. These doors do not close, and we are there for our patients and our communities. This is a safe space because we have appropriate security measures in place to ensure their safety."

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A woman will hold the No. 2 job at the New York State Police for the first time. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Monday that Patricia Groeber has been appointed first deputy superintendent at the State Police, making her the highest ranking woman in the division's 98-year history. 

Groeber joined the State Police in 1986 and two years ago was promoted to field commander, the third-highest position. She oversaw the operations of the uniformed officers, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the State Intelligence Center and the Office of Counter Terrorism. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York state will dedicate $200 million more to efforts to end the AIDS epidemic by 2020. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Monday, the day before World AIDS Day. 

The new funding is on top of $2.5 billion New York is already spending to encourage testing and prevention and support for those living with the disease. 

The new funding will expand housing assistance for people with HIV and enhance services at ``one-stop'' STD clinics in the city. 

The state's goal is to decrease the number of new infections to 750 per year by 2020.