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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo's campaign reports raising $4 million over the past six months, having amassed $19 million toward a re-election effort that's still two years away.

The Cuomo 2018 campaign said Friday it had $16 million at the start of the six-month reporting period, collected $4 million in receipts and spent almost $1 million during the period.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration is paying a former federal prosecutor up to $450,000 for an internal review of the Buffalo Billion project, Cuomo's effort to revitalize the state's second largest city.

The Democratic governor's office on Friday released its contract with Bart Schwartz and his assistants. Schwartz was retained in April after Cuomo learned that two former aides were being investigated by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's office for possible conflicts of interest connected to the Buffalo Billion.

Rochester Police Protecting Soft Targets This Weekend

Jul 15, 2016

In the wake of the events in Nice, France, the Rochester Police Department says it is prepared heading into this weekend when thousands of people are expected at the Pride Parade, and at First Responders Day at Frontier Field.

Spokesperson, officer Jackie Shuman, says over 40 officers will be on hand for the parade, not including patrol officers who will also be answering calls for service.

But she says the public can also help keep everyone safe.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren says the city's deadline for developers to submit ideas for a key parcel for redevelopment in the center city has been pushed back.

Originally, the city issued a request for proposals for what is known as 'Parcel 5' with a deadline set for July 15th. Now, that date has been moved to September 9th.

Warren says some of the prospective developers for that former Midtown Plaza location have requested more time.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state will cover the citizenship application fee for an estimated 2,000 low-income immigrants.

The program announced Wednesday will select winners via a lottery. The drawing will be open to immigrants now in the state whose incomes are low, but just too high for federal assistance.

New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado says the existing $680 citizenship application fee is a burden for many immigrants. She says an estimated 160,000 immigrants will be eligible to participate.

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has been in Washington this week meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus to talk about ways to stop gun violence.

House Democrats have been pushing for some stricter measures like expanded background checks for gun purchases.

Warren told Time Warner Cable News her city is too often the victim of violence.

Now that the COMIDA board is up to full strength, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo is releasing a series of recommendations  for changes at that economic development agency.

They include training for new and existing COMIDA board members and staff;

--Businesses receiving benefits of more than a million dollars to be required to produce a 20 percent increase in jobs, double the current requirement.

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Local Donald Trump delegate, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, says she won't be attending the GOP convention in Cleveland next week.

Dinolfo, one of three local delegates, says she's in her first seven months in office, and is dealing with an aggressive agenda, so there is plenty of work to do here, instead.

"Given the amount of work we have ahead of us, the amount of work we're involved in currently, I thought that my time would be best spent serving the people here in Monroe County, making sure that we go forward with the work we have in front of us," she said.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Negotiations to save the FitzPatrick nuclear power plant from closure by selling it to the operators of a nearby nuclear plant on Lake Ontario are underway. 

Exelon said Wednesday it was in discussions to purchase Entergy Corp.'s FitzPatrick plant in Scriba, New York, which employs more than 600 people and produces enough electricity to power more than 800,000 homes.

The Rochester area is expected to have one of the hottest days we've seen in a while on Wednesday. The National Weather Service is forecasting a high in the mid-90s with humid conditions. 

The record temperature for the day is 98 degrees, set in 1952.  If we get up to 95, that would be the highest temp since July of 2012 when the high was 97.