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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York has spent $8.1 million to install hundreds of "I Love NY" highway signs that are the subject of a dispute with the federal government.

Federal and state officials are working to resolve a dispute over the legality of the signs.

Federal highway officials say the signs don't comply with federal regulations.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration argues they give an important boost to the state's tourism industry by highlighting local products and sites.

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NORTH HARMONY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) — Republican Rep. Tom Reed was greeted by dozens of boisterous protesters at a town hall held in Chautauqua County this weekend.

The crowd at a senior center in North Harmony was so large that Reed's meeting was moved outside on a sunny Saturday morning. Many in the crowd held signs opposing Donald Trump's presidency.

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ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Members of the Catholic Worker Movement who staged a sit-in at an office of a New York congressman who supports President Donald Trump have ended their protest after the Republican lawmaker showed up to speak with them.


Rochester is among cities across the country that  are backing a lawsuit which seeks to continue blocking the travel ban President Trump issued last month.

That executive order has been stayed in the courts and this week the president said he will roll  out a new immigration executive order next week.

The cities signing on to the federal lawsuit say they would be impacted by the immigration order previously imposed because of their sizeable immigrant and refugee populations.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York State will soon have new rules intended to protect bank and insurance customers from hacking. 

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that new regulations will take effect March 1 that require financial institutions to create and maintain cyber security programs intended to prevent illegal access to sensitive personal information. 

Many banks and insurers already have cyber security programs in place but the new regulation would make them mandatory. 

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New York's Attorney General is encouraging state residents to test their internet speeds and let his office know if they are not living up to the performance promised by their internet provider.

The suggestion by Eric Schneiderman comes after his office filed suit earlier this month against Charter Communications and its subsidiary Spectrum, formerly known as Time Warner.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter is introducing legislation that would move Election Day in an effort to increase turnout.

The Fairport Democrat says the ‘Weekend Voting Act’ would move Election Day from the first Tuesday in November to the first Saturday and Sunday after the first Friday in November.

Slaughter introduced the bill on Susan B. Anthony’s birthday, “In honor of Rochester’s trailblazing activist who dedicated her life to ensuring everyone had equal access to the ballot box,” said Rep. Slaughter.

A change is coming to a refund policy from the Monroe County Clerk’s office that will impact you if you’re buying or selling a home.

Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello announced that his office will now issue full refunds for overpayments on deed and mortgage recordings. This reverses a former policy that capped the refund to taxpayers at $5, while the county pocketed the rest of the refund as revenue. Bello says that the County collected an average of $15,000 a year in overpayments since 2010, which is when the County started tracking the revenue.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Child advocates say New York's marriage law that allows children as young as 14 years old to wed can trap minors in sexual abuse and domestic violence. 

Democratic Assemblywoman Amy Paulin on Tuesday introduced a bill to raise the minimum age for marriage to 17. 

New York is one of three states that allow 14-year-olds to marry with parental and judicial consent. Twenty-seven states have no minimum age in state statute. 

Funeral Mass for Tom Frey

Feb 14, 2017
Alex Crichton

A funeral mass was held Tuesday for former Monroe County Executive Tom Frey, who passed away over the weekend after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Services were held at St. Michael’s Church on North Clinton Avenue.

Friends spoke of Frey’s many accomplishments in his political years.

He served on the Rochester School Board, State Assembly and Board of Regents. 

Frey was Monroe County Executive from 1987 to 1991.

Former Mayor Bill Johnson said he benefited greatly from Frey's counsel when Johnson became mayor.