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8:25 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Judiciary Committee Takng Up Terrorism Lawsuit Bill

NEW YORK (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee is marking the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by focusing its attention on a long-deliberated bill that would allow victims to recover monetary damages from foreign sponsors of terrorism.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. says the committee will take up consideration of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act as the nation pauses  to remember the victims of the 2001 attacks.

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Government
11:37 am
Sat August 30, 2014

New "No Discharge" Zones Proposed

The state Department of Environmental Conservation wants to make Seneca and Cayuga Lakes No Discharge Zones.

That would make it illegal to discharge sewage from boats. Boaters would pump out at marinas.

The designation to add Seneca and Cayuga to a group that includes the Erie Canal and Lake Ontario is because of their connection to the state canal system.

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Government
11:26 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Road Work Suspended For Holiday

ALBANY (AP)  New York state is suspending non-emergency road work over the busy Labor Day weekend.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he directed state agencies to pull back on road construction until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The directive covers the Thruway Authority and the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

The Governor also asked the bi-state Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to review its construction schedule to minimize the impact on drivers.

Cuomo says he wants to prioritize the convenience of New Yorkers on the road this weekend.

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Government
12:32 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Rally to House the Homeless in Rochester

Rally for the homeless outside County Office Building
Credit Alex Crichton

Around two dozen people rallied in front of the Monroe County Office Building in downtown Rochester Friday morning to protest the lockout at the Civic Center Garage, which was home to about 30 people every night.

The demonstration was organized by Sister Grace Miller from the House of Mercy.

She says she brought several homeless to shelters downtown on the night the garage was locked, but they were refused.

Miller says under Article 17 in the State Constitution, Monroe County has a legal obligation to care for its street homeless.

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Connections
5:01 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Connections: Talking With Zephyr Teachout

Gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout stopped in Rochester today and spoke to supporters at Village Gate. After that, she was our guest on the first half of this hour to talk about her campaign. In the second part of this hour, we talk about the Teachout campaign with WXXI's Michelle Faust and Conor Skelding from Capital New York.

Government
3:00 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Teachout Criticizes Cuomo's Leadership on Fracking

Zephyr Teachout speaks to a group of supporters in Rochester
Credit Michelle Faust

Andrew Cuomo’s primary opponent says the Governor has failed to lead on the issue of hydraulic fracturing in New York State. Zephyr Teachout spoke to a crowd of 80 supporters Thursday at the Village Gate.

During the campaign visit, the democrat said the process of extracting natural gas from deep in the ground is has too many ecological risks.

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Government
7:50 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Changes In Juvenile Prosecutions Should Meet Teen’s Needs, Says Former Official

A former commissioner of New York prisons warns changes in the age of criminal responsibility should be coupled with a well-defined process.

New York is one of two states (North Carolina is the other) where 16 and 17-year-olds are automatically put in the adult criminal justice system. This June, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed a commission to make changes to that system.

One member of Governor’s Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice is Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director of the Correctional Association of New York.

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Government
7:27 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Energy Efficiency Programs Save Money for State, Local Governments

Credit innovativesolutionsforenergyefficiency.com

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Energy efficiency programs are leading to big savings for state and local governments in New York. 

The New York Power Authority reported Wednesday that $4 million has been saved in the first six months of 2014 after efficiency programs were implemented at 100 state and municipal facilities. 

The efficiency measures have also reduced greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 14,650 tons per year, which the authority says is the equivalent of 3,000 vehicles on the road. 

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Government
11:50 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

NY Times Endorses Timothy Wu For Lt. Governor In The Primary

Credit twitter.com

After The New York Times editorial board announced earlier this week that it will not endorse a candidate in the Democratic Primary for New York Governor between incumbent Andrew Cuomo and challenger Zephyr Teachout, it has now backed the primary election effort of Lt. Governor candidate, Tim Wu.

He is Teachout’s running mate and is up against the former Western New York Congresswoman Kathy Hochul on the Democratic Primary ballot on September 9th.

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Government
1:24 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Golf Course Operator Responds to State Audit

Durand-Eastman golf course
Credit monroecounty.gov

The operator of three Monroe County golf courses says he's working to regain his reputation after an audit performed by the State Comptroller's Office.

It stated that the operator, Jack Tindale, "pocketed" $246,000  that should've been spent on improving courses.

Attorney for Tindale, Mike Wolford, says that's false, and the Comptroller responded to a request for a retraction by changing the word "pocket" to "retain."

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