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Veronica Volk

Great Lakes Reporter/Producer

Veronica Volk is the Great Lakes Reporter/Producer for WXXI News, exploring environmental and economic issues, water, and wildlife throughout the region for radio, television, and the web.

Previously, she worked general assignment for the newsroom, covering everything from medical marijuana dispensaries to the photonics industry. She is also producer and co-host of the true-crime podcast Finding Tammy Jo along with Gary Craig of the Democrat and Chronicle.

Veronica got her start as an enterprise reporter in the Bronx for WFUV Public Radio, and later became the senior producer of their weekly public affairs show Cityscape. She holds a B.A. in Communication and Media Studies from Fordham University and is originally from the Jersey Shore, which is nothing like how it is portrayed on MTV.

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Governor Cuomo signed legislation today that bans pet piercings and tattoos.

The bill was introduced by Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal after she noticed a woman selling pierced kittens on the internet. The Governor says he was happy to sign this common-sense legislation, and spare future pets any related pain and suffering.

The Bivona Child Advocacy Center begins renovations on its new location today.

The center is moving to the historic Old Stone Warehouse on One Mount Hope Avenue. The Rochester landmark is almost 200 years old, and poses some challenges to its renovation team.

Charlie Kelly is the owner of CP Kelly and Associates. His company was hired as the general contractor on the project. Kelly says despite the difficulty working on an old building like this one, he's excited to work on such an historic building, especially for Bivona.

Farmers and agriculture industry leaders are coming in from all over the state for the New York Farm Bureau’s 58th State Annual Meeting.

The Bureau kicked off its meeting by announcing they had broken their record for this year’s “Harvest for All,” a national farm donation program. In partnership with the Regional Food Bank Association and FoodLink, New York farmers have collectively donated 9.6 million pounds of produce.

FoodLink's Co-Executive Director Jeanette Batiste-Harrison says this particular program is especially valuable to the community.

"We've made an effort to not just make sure that they have enough food but to make sure that they have healthy food."

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Support organizations that work with immigrant farm workers are trying to understand how President Obama's executive action affects people in Upstate New York.

"We've won a small victory but we really have a huge fight in front of us."

Carly Fox is an organizer with the Worker Justice Center of New York. She describes her reaction to Obama's announcement as bittersweet.

Fox works with many individuals who won't qualify for deportation relief, and it turns out, that's not uncommon.

"The way the proposals are structured, New York State has a fairly high percentage of its population that would not be eligible for protections."

When Laurie LoMonaco decided to donate one of her kidneys in 2010, she had no idea just how many lives she was affecting.

"We share a very deep bond that will never be broken by time or distance."

Laurie says it was difficult to tell loved ones about her decision, but that her best friends Paul and Mary Guyette were inspired by her donation. Laurie recalls her friend Paul even telling her, "You rock."

Mark IV Enterprises

Local  developer Mark IV Enterprises has renovated a well-known building in the East End in Rochester. 300 Alexander was constructed as a theological seminary in the late 1800s. The new developer says the building had been neglected for a number of years.

Steve DiMarzo is the chief operating officer for Mark IV. He says this building is an important step in the rejuvenation of the area.                       

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