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2:29 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Rochester Completes Electric Car Charging Station Project

Credit cityofrochester.gov

Among the Earth Day events on Tuesday,  the unveiling of Rochester's new electric vehicle charging stations. The stations are part of a state-wide infrastructure to enhance driving ranges for electric cars. The project is partially funded by the “Charge New York initiative.”

There are now 24 charging  stations around Rochester, all free for use for the next year. Customers will need to sign up for a ChargePoint account and receive an access card in order to use the stations.

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Government
2:25 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Moreland Fallout Continues for Cuomo

A new poll finds that Governor Cuomo is still feeling the fallout from the demise of his Moreland Commission, a  panel that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Cuomo disbanded the commission as part of the state budget deal.

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Government
12:24 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Joe Morelle Stepping Down as MCDC Chair in the Fall

Joe Morelle making the announcement at MCDC headquarters
Credit Alex Crichton / WXXI

After nine years, Monroe County Democratic Committee Chair Joe Morelle says he won't seek re-election to the post this fall.

He says he needs to focus on his growing responsibilities as Majority Leader in the Assembly, and  as chair of the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee.

Morelle, at a Tuesday news conference, says he made the decision with a "heavy heart."

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Government
6:39 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Poll Shows Cuomo Vulnerable On The Left

Credit siena.edu

A new poll finds Governor Cuomo in a double digit lead against his Republican opponent for the fall elections. But the survey finds that ratio changes, if a progressive third party candidate emerges.

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Government
3:22 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Names Chosen For New Midtown Spaces

Rochester officials have picked the names to be used for a new street and plaza created as part of the Midtown Rising development.

Mayor Lovely Warren and a city committee have decided on “Midtown Commons” for the new open space; and “Andrew Langston Way”  for the new street.  They were chosen from among 328 suggestions submitted to City Hall.

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Government
2:18 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Schumer: "Spent Grain" Rule Hurts Brewers, Farmers

Sen. Schumer at Rohrbach's on Monday
Credit Alex Crichton / WXXI

Senator Chuck Schumer says a rule from the Food and Drug Administration will hurt New York brewers and farmers alike.

It would prevent brewers from selling or donating a by-product from the brewing process called "spent grain" without implement costly health safety measures.

Farmers use the grain to feed their livestock.

He says the rule is part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, and is designed to prevent food-borne illnesses in humans and animals.

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Government
12:34 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Study Finds New Yorkers Don't Want School Mergers

Credit NPR

Governor Cuomo and the legislature approved a plan in the state budget to encourage local governments and schools to merge and share services over the next few years, in an attempt to lower property taxes.  But according to a study by school administrators, attempts at school district mergers in recent years have failed, partly because the public doesn’t want them.

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Government
10:32 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Safety of "Spent" Grain at Issue

What happens to so-called spent grain? It's a natural byproduct of the brewing process. One New York Senator hopes to stop a new federal rule that would control its use.

Makers of specialty beers often sell or donate what's left of the grains used in the brewing process to feed farm animals. One business, C-B Craft Brewers in Honeoye, recently spent money on a new system so it could sell spent grain to nearby dairy farms.

Senator Charles Schumer says a proposed rule from the FDA could prevent these sales, increasing costs to farmers, and sending the grain to landfills.

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Government
6:39 am
Sat April 19, 2014

NYS May Get Tougher With Toll Evaders

Credit wnyc.org

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Motorists who repeatedly speed through New York state toll booths without paying would see their vehicle registrations suspended under legislation being considered by state lawmakers. 

Under current law, toll evaders are contacted by a collection agency and only face registration suspensions if they commit multiple violations within the same locality _ and then only after an order from a court or tribunal. 

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Government
12:37 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Documents Show Fracking Health Study On-Going, Group Claims

Cuomo's former health commissioner, Dr Nirav Shah, speaks with media after a budget hearing in February.
Credit Matt Ryan New York Now

Documents obtained by a group opposed to hydrofracking show that the Cuomo Administration’s is conducting a thorough and comprehensive health study on the controversial natural gas drilling process. The Finger Lakes based organization is wondering, why then, the review has been conducted almost entirely in secret.

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