ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Senate Republicans have introduced ethics legislation requiring state officials file financial disclosures for everyone they live with — a move that would affect Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo girlfriend and television chef Sandra Lee lives with the governor. The bill would expand existing annual disclosure beyond an official, spouse and dependent children.

Cuomo proposed last week to require detailed disclosure of officials' outside income, which would apply to many Senate Republicans who are lawyers.

The longtime leader of the Monroe County School Boards Association is retiring. Jody Siegle, who has been the association’s executive director since 2001, will retire at the end of July.

The association provides training and information to school board members and superintendents for 21 school districts.

Siegle says it’s been a privilege to lead the organization and association president Mark Kokanovich said that Siegle’s  “passionate devotion” to public education and to students is unparalleled.

A 19 year old man accused in the shooting death of his father in Pittsford earlier this month has now been indicted. A Monroe County grand jury has indicted Charles Tan on one count of Murder in the 2nd degree in the death of 49 year old  Liang "Jim" Tan.

The district attorney’s office says that Jim Tan was killed in their Coachside Lane home sometime between February 5th and February 9th. Deputies were called to the house on the evening of February 9th and found Jim Tan dead at that time.

Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, a major health insurer in Rochester and other parts of Upstate NY, says it posted net profits of .4 percent or $24 million last year on revenues of $5.9 billion.

The company says stronger than expected investment income produced positive net income despite an operating loss of $55 million.  The local Blues blame most of the losses due to its safety net lines of business such as Medicaid. Last year, Excellus dropped some of its Medicaid business in areas where it said it was losing too much money. 

Higher education is becoming a major economic driver in many areas, including here in Rochester, where the University of Rochester is now the largest employer (remember when Kodak was?). So what does this mean for economic growth across the country? What roles do higher education institutions play in communities. We discuss this with our guest, Laura Anglin, president of the Independent Commission on Colleges and Universities. 

It's called "Spread the Word to End the R-Word, " and it's a campaign to try and get people to stop using the word 'retarded'.  That campaign locally, organized by the Golisano Foundation is now in its fifth year and there are a number of activities over the next week to bring awareness to the issue and how the use of the word retarded is disparaging to people with intellectual disabilities.

Foundation director Ann Costello says this campaign really focuses on young people, so that the next generations will move away from using that word.

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Teachers have been holding rallies all around the state protesting Governor Cuomo’s education proposals, and hundreds are expected to converge on the Capitol late Monday to protest over reliance on standardized tests,   and other issues.

A state audit just released by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is critical of the compensation programs used for top executives at the Rochester Regional Transportation Authority.

Balloon Manor Officially Launched at Sibley Building

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It took a crew of about 75 people working for four days to complete the sixth "Ballon Manor: The

Amazing Air-Filled Undersea Adventure," at the Sibley Building downtown.

Ballon Manor is the creation of Larry Moss and Kelly Cheatle of Rochester's Arigami, or "the fine art of folding air."

The five-story high sculpture is on display at the Sibley Building until March 8th.

On March 6th, an "Enchantment Under the Sea Dance" will be held at the Sibley Atrium, then a

"Popping Party" will close out the exhibition on Sunday March 8th from 3 to 6 pm.

Rochester is on pace to break the record for the coldest month since record keeping began in 1871. 

Climatologist Jessica Spaccio of the Northeast Regional Climate Center says the current record was an average reading of 12.6 degrees, set back in February, 1934.                         

"If we're able to beat that, we'll take not just the record for February, but all-time coldest month," Spaccio said.