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1:20 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Former Rochester Police Chief Gets White House Appointment

Credit WSB-TV

A former Rochester Police Chief has been named to a new Presidential task force on policing and community relations.

Cedric Alexander is among several people named by the White House to the task force which will examine how to strengthen public trust and foster strong relationships between police and the communities they serve.

The task force was formed in light of recent events in Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland and around the country.

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Government
6:22 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Siena Poll On Garner Death; Fracking; Politicians & Candidates

A new Siena College Poll shows that by almost a two-to-one margin, New Yorkers believe that the Staten Island grand jury was wrong to not have brought charges against the police officer in the death of Eric Garner. Siena says there were significant partisan, geographic and racial differences. With similar differences, voters favored having the federal government bring civil rights charges against the officer.

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Government
6:44 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Body Cameras Coming To RPD

Police Chief Ciminelli explains the police body camera plan.
Credit Veronica Volk / WXXI

Rochester Police are getting body cameras, according to an announcement by city officials. Mayor Lovely Warren joined Police Chief Michael Ciminelli in stressing the potential safety benefits for both police and citizens.

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Government
6:29 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Pataki "Very Seriously" Considering Run For President

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican George Pataki said he is "very seriously" considering a run for president in 2016, arguing that the nation needs a chief executive with the kind of experience he gained during three terms as New York's governor.

Pataki told the Daily News  that he will decide next year whether to run. He said he has received good responses from the ordinary citizens he has met on trips to states that include New Hampshire.

"I ran a big complex state government under very difficult circumstances, in my opinion very well," he said.

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Government
6:10 am
Wed December 17, 2014

NY Power Authority Approves Low-Cost Power Allocations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Power Authority board of trustees has approved another round of low-cost power allocations.

Thirty megawatts of cheaper power will be distributed among 59 businesses and one not-for-profit organization to support more than 10,300 jobs.

The cheaper power is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Recharge NY program. It's run by the NYPA and is designed to spur economic development throughout the state. Businesses and other entities that receive the cheaper energy agree to create or retain jobs.

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Government
2:49 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

East House Receives Grants To Help Former Rochester Psych Patients

East House, a local organization that provides services for adults in recovery from substance abuse and mental health disorders, has been awarded more than $500,000 in two state grants. The money will help people who are no longer being served by the Rochester Psychiatric Center and other inpatient psychiatric units.

The grants, administered through the Monroe County Office of Mental Health, will provide services to 116 people in a six-county area including Monroe, Wayne, Livingston, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties.

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Government
12:48 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

More Help For Domestic Violence Victims

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More than six million dollars in federal grants will help 90 agencies, police and district attorney offices to better protect victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The funding will provide added support and justice for victims. The grants also pay for health care professionals who examine victims and collect evidence, for counselors, investigators and prosecutors.

The money comes from the federal Violence Against Women Act. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter was an original author.

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Government
8:55 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Rochester To Get Bloomberg Grant For Anti-Poverty Efforts

Credit PBS.org

The city of Rochester has been dealing with a high poverty rate.  Now, thanks to a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, a staff seven will focus on strategies to fight poverty. Called the "i-team,' its goals are modest - a one-percent improvement is a win.

City Neighborhood and Business Development Commissioner Del Smith says the new Office of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives  will focus on this issue.           

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Government
6:12 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Governor Signs Pet Piercing Bill into Law

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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.

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Government
2:49 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

New York To Ban The Tattooing Of Pets

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Body art is not for animals, at least not in New York. 

It will soon be a crime to pierce or tattoo your companion animal anywhere in the state. 

The new law signed Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo takes effect in 120 days. 

Assembly member Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat who sponsored the legislation, says the practice is simply cruel. 

There's an exception in the law for is marking done under a veterinarian's supervision for a medical reason or identification. 

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