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City officials and business owners celebrated the completion of the Edge of the Wedge redevelopment. The Buckingham Properties project turned the old Ward Supply Company Warehouse into a mixed-use facility for both businesses and residents.

The project was started under the late Larry Glazer. His son Ken says he's proud to have been a part of it.

"This is one of the projects that we feel at home doing. What we do best is probably take these older buildings and take them apart and put them back together."

The Monroe County Treatment Court Graduation is not a typical commencement ceremony. For one, it's in Courtroom 404 at the Monroe County Hall of Justice.

The graduates are not typical either. Take Mark Kaplin for example. He's in his fifties, and this long journey all began with a back injury.

"It started with just taking pain killers, and then opiate abuse over several years that led up to an arrest."

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legislators in New York are taking a look at the state of mental health care for children.

The state Assembly plans to hold a public hearing in Buffalo on Friday focusing on the availability of services specifically in western New York.

Lawmakers on the panel conducting the hearing plan to examine an ongoing effort to consolidate and merge state mental health programs. They'll also look at the impact of the potential closure of the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center.

Start Up New York's Executive Vice President Leslie Whatley is on a public relations campaign they're calling the Opportunity Tour that recently brought her to Rochester.

The city seems like a good place to boast the potential of the program. The first business created is right downtown, on Franklin Street. Datto, the cloud computing company, currently employs over 40 full-time staff.

Leaders of Start Up NY report over a hundred businesses have come out of the program since it started last year, 12 of them in the Finger Lakes region.

NEW YORK (AP)  The former New York Senate leader and his son have been indicted on corruption charges in Manhattan federal court. 

The indictment was returned Thursday against 67-year-old Dean Skelos and his 32-year-old son, Adam. 

The Long Island men were released on bail earlier this month. 

Dean Skelos was New York state's most powerful Republican when he was arrested on conspiracy and extortion charges. He was accused by prosecutors of taking official actions so his son could receive more than $200,000. 

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The Henrietta Ethics Board has ruled it will take no action against town supervisor Jack Moore. This comes a week after Moore apologized for making allegedly racist remarks that were recorded by a town employee during a meeting last month.

The employee who recorded the remarks filed a complaint with the Board of Ethics trying to get Moore removed from office. In a meeting on Wednesday, the board ruled that removal of Moore is outside their jurisdiction and has no authority to rule on the matter.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  AARP is calling for New York lawmakers to establish a new, state-facilitated retirement fund to help people save money who don't have workplace access to one. 

The group says its recent surveys of 400 members of Generation X and an equal number of Baby Boomers shows many could benefit from such a fund that would have no ongoing taxpayer costs. 

Workers would contribute to that fund like others do to employer-sponsored 401K plans. 

Representatives from the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative gathered to announce their new Director. Leonard Brock is currently a Director of the Children's Agenda and an Adjunct Professor at Keuka College. 

NYS Canal Corp.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York auditors say the State Canal Corp. hasn't done required in-depth inspections on various structures for years, increasing the risk to the 524-mile canal system, boaters and nearby residents.

The corporation operating the system, which includes the Erie Canal, is a subsidiary of the Thruway Authority.

Auditors say the Canal Corp. performs routine operational and reliability checks of the 2,065 structures it's required to inspect, including 747 considered critical like dams and locks.

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Members of the Assembly Minority Conference joined other GOP lawmakers in calling for more money for infrastructure in New York.

They spoke near the 390 bridge over Trolley Boulevard in Gates.

It's a bridge that a New York State Certified Bridge Inspector identified as a potential threat to motorists and pedestrians, according to Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini.