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11:14 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Cuomo Declares Small Business Saturday

Governor Andrew Cuomo tells New Yorkers to shop locally this weekend.

The governor has proclaimed the Saturday after Thanksgiving “Small Business Saturday.”

The idea is for New Yorkers to visit local retailers.

Daniel Mejak is the operations manager at Parkleigh—a small business on Park Avenue.

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Local News
5:38 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Sharing Meals With Those In Need

Credit City of Rochester

Thanksgiving is a time of  full dinner tables but not everyone can share in the plenty, and that’s why a number of local organizations helped dish out turkey and all the trimmings on Thursday.

For the 63rd year, the Open Door Mission hosted a  Thanksgiving banquet for Rochester's most vulnerable citizens.

Executive Director Michael Hennessy says they expected to serve at least 350 meals.          

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Economy
1:28 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Area Shoppers & Stores Get Ready For Early Start To Black Friday

Credit www.technorati.com

A lot of people are looking forward to getting out and finding bargains on Black Friday, but that day may have lost some of its significance. That's partly due to the fact that more stores are opening on Thanksgiving, and at Eastview Mall, manager Mike Kauffman says the change began several years ago.

“It seems like it started 3 or 4 years ago and as time has gone on and the retailers have seen that they have success opening up on Thanksgiving evening, that word has spread, and we’re seeing more and more stores do it.”

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Local News
6:37 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Main Post Office To Be Named For Fallen Soldier

Credit www.stripes.com

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter says that President Obama has signed legislation which designates the main post office on Jefferson Road in Henrietta as the “Specialist Theodore Matthew Glende Post Office."

Glende was killed in Afghanistan on July 27, 2012, at the age of 23, when his unit came under enemy fire.

The Rochester area man was killed while helping the unit’s medic and wounded comrades take shelter.

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Economy
6:25 am
Thu November 27, 2014

A Reminder About Sales Tax On Clothing

 ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York tax officials are reminding shoppers and merchants that purchases of clothing and footwear for less than $110 are exempt from the state's 4 percent sales tax and from the local sales tax in New York City and eight counties.

The local taxes range from 3.5 percent to almost 5 percent.

Counties with exemptions are Chautauqua, Chenango, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Hamilton, Tioga and Wayne.

Tax Commissioner Thomas Mattox says the exemptions are in effect every day, but especially relevant heading into the holiday shopping season.

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Government
6:23 am
Thu November 27, 2014

State Pension Fund Falls In Recent Months

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's pension fund for government workers reports a decline to $178.3 billion following a negative return of less than 1 percent in its latest quarter.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the fund's trustee, says investor "challenges" in the quarter ending Sept. 30 followed a "robust" previous quarter when the fund reached a record $180.7 billion.

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Local News
4:57 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Rochester March To Mark The Ferguson Decision Is Canceled

Credit PBS.org

There will not be a march this coming Sunday in Rochester to protest the recent decision not to indict a white  police officer in Ferguson Missouri in the shooting death of a black man.

The march, which was going to go from the Liberty Pole to the Federal Building, was being organized by City Councilman Adam McFadden.

But he issued a statement saying that with emotions running high right now, he has concluded that Sunday is not the best time to hold such an event.

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Weather
4:49 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Storm Impacts Air Travelers; Hits Eastern NYS Hard

Credit npr.org

 (WXXI News & AP) A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington-to-Boston corridor. 

By early afternoon, more than 600 flights had been canceled, the bulk of them in the Northeast, during what is typically one of the busiest travel periods of the year. Thousands of flight delays were also expected as the snow from the nor'easter piled up. 

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Health
3:14 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Don't Be Afraid to Discuss End-of-Life at Thanksgiving

Credit stltoday.com

Health care professionals encourage Americans gathering with extended family for the holidays to have frank, honest conversations about their wishes in the event of a serious disease.

The Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York asks families to include palliative care in those discussions.

Palliative care emphases improving quality of life while a person copes with chronic and serious health conditions.

Michael Burgess, New York government relations director of the American Cancer Society, said the conversation is important enough NOT to put off.

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