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Caitlin Whyte

Weekend Edition Host

Caitlin joins WXXI after working down the street at Stephens Media Group where, she co hosted a children's radio show, "Saturday Morning CarTunes" on WARM 101.3 and worked as a traffic reporter for various affiliates.

Prior to that, she lived in Western Alaska where she worked for KNOM in Nome.  When she was not engrossed in all things Iditarod, Caitlin served as the community and education spot producer and hosted the weekday morning program.

Originally from Rochester, Caitlin graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a B.S in Audio/Radio Production and Broadcast Management. She is excited to make the jump to public radio and host Weekend Edition.

 

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No policy should be built on the backs and hearts of children. That was Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s response to the immigration policies running under the Trump administration.

Gillibrand says the practices currently being used on the southern border are inhumane and immoral, and not how America works.

"We have the Statue of Liberty standing in our state. It is in New York Harbor. And that statue says we will take all those who are poor, hungry, destitute, who need our protection."

A protest Tuesday evening is calling for bail reform.

Ashley Gantt is an organizer and says since Tuesday is Juneteenth, a day that recognizes the abolition of slavery, they wanted issue a call for another emancipation.

"We're doing it in commemoration and saying now emancipate our jails. Because even though Juneteenth happened and there was this emancipation of slavery, we believe that slavery was just reinvented in the form of mass incarceration."

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Proposed legislation would raise the age someone could buy cigarettes and tobacco products, from 18 to 21 years old.

In Monroe County, that is getting the push from Legislator LaShay Harris, who says it’s a small step to protect our young people.

She says the issue also hits close to home.

"There are many people in my family that have been smoking since they were in their teens. 13, 14, years old and many of them have suffered long disease, lung damage, cancer because of it."

Harris says this would protect our young people from starting to smoke earlier.

The Children's Agenda

A local independent group is urging the city of Rochester to put more funding into the future of children and youth.

The Children’s Agenda recently released its analysis of the proposed 2018-2019 city budget.

The group notes the city is playing a significant role in a number of initiatives and commends the allocations for developmental screening, full time librarians and expanded community engagement, yet it recommends that the city should do more for its youngest residents.

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A drive thru prayer service in the northeast section of the city was giving out water bottles and prayers to anyone who needed either this weekend.

For anyone who has driven around the Rochester Public Market on a Saturday morning, you know it can be a nightmare. I was leaving another interview in that area, trying to find some sort secret back route, which didn’t end up happening. 

I was driving down Scio Street when I saw a bunch of kids and adults standing at an intersection holding up poster board. "Oh, a car wash," I thought. That’s cute my car could use one.

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The assessment on Tom Golisano's South Bristol home will not change, according to the town’s assessment board.

South Bristol Assessor Valary Muscarella says that decision was made May 31st and a notice was mailed to the Paychex founder and philanthropist.

Golisano has been battling the town in recent months, saying his lakeside property's tax assessment was unfair due to the excessive amount of geese on his lawn.

He says the problem has lowered the value of his property.

The Monroe County Office Building plans to raise a pride flag during Rochester’s Pride Week this summer.

A spokesperson for the county confirmed Wednesday that they will be flying a pride flag July 14th through the 22nd.

It is believed to be the first time the county building is officially flying the rainbow flag.

Rowan Collins, Communications Director with the Out Alliance says they are thrilled to hear the news.

Collins says they’ve always had state and city support, and that it’s great to now have it from the county.

Pittsford Schools

A new Inclusivity Advisory Committee is coming to the Pittsford Central School District.

Superintendent Michael Pero says they received around 70 applications for the all-volunteer committee.

"What a better way to approach it than have a group of caring people come together that have expertise in certain areas, and help guide us with recommendations relative to bringing that diverse population together."

Hilton School District

The Hilton School District is thinking about bringing armed security guards onto their campus, as school shootings nationwide have been on the rise in recent months.

The school board was supposed to vote on Tuesday on whether or not to approve what they're calling "Armed Youth Assistants." But that vote has been postponed now due to the community asking for more discussion around the issue.

The planned board vote drew a lot of comments on social media, with some people posting on Facebook expressing concerns about how the process has been handled. 

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Algal blooms are beginning to pop up in area lakes.

Recently added to the DEC’s weekly list of harmful algal blooms was Honeoye Lake.

Mary Beer is the Public Health Director for Ontario County and says they come and go, so people using the lake for recreation just need to be aware and to avoid swimming, boating or letting pets near them.

She says blooms have nothing to do with the seasons, they dependent on a number of factors.

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