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A bill to legalize Aid in Dying has been re-submitted in the New York legislature. 

A similar bill passed the Assembly health committee last year. Organizers are hoping to go further this year, and get a vote in the full Assembly.

Any action on the legislation would come despite opposition from the Catholic Church and some people with disabilities, like Emily Papperman at Ithaca's Finger Lakes Independence Center. Papperman is worried that legalizing aid in dying will leave people with disabilities open to coercion from doctors and family members.


With a new president and new Congress in place, a lot of municipal officials are probably wondering how that might impact federal aid for various programs.

Mayor Lovely Warren doesn't sound particularly negative about the prospect for continued funding of federal programs even though the president and both houses of Congress are now dominated by Republicans.

Warren is a Democrat in a traditionally ‘blue’ state,  but the mayor notes that one of  New York’s two U.S. Senators will be the Senate Minority Leader this year..

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers will soon begin several weeks of hearings on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $152 billion state budget proposal.

The first hearing Tuesday is likely to focus on Cuomo's call to make state tuition free for middle class students.

The second hearing, on Wednesday, will be dedicated to workforce development.

Future meetings will delve into taxes and state spending on public safety, economic development, health care and social services, education and the environment.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a plan to spend $2 billion to address water contamination and the state's aging, leaky pipes.

While that sounds like a lot of money, it's only a fraction of the $80 billion the state's own experts say will be needed in coming years.

The state has some of the oldest drinking water and sewer systems in the nation, and contaminants from decades of industrial activity pose another problem.

Matt Ryan New York Now

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday said he was requiring health insurance companies to cover medically necessary abortions and most forms of contraception at no cost to women, a move that further protects and safeguards coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act.

The state department of financial services is mandating that health insurers in New York provide for at least one form of FDA-approved contraception exceeding a month's supply at a time. And women must be provided medically necessary abortions without co-pays or deductibles.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren hopes the city can take action soon to update a measure on the books that relates to so-called  'Sanctuary Cities.’  

Warren’s comments come after NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman this week issued guidance to local governments on how they can put laws and policies in place to limit their participation in federal immigration enforcement activities under President Donald Trump's new administration.

Sasha-Ann Simons / WXXI News

The inauguration of President Donald Trump was the topic of conversation Friday at a lot of places around Rochester where people usually gather, and barbershops traditionally are  a place to share thoughts and comments.

At Changing Faces Barbershop in Irondequoit, one of the barbers, Kelvin Young, who was among those watching the ceremonies on the TV in the shop, said he hopes President Trump can deliver what he promised as a candidate.

(AP & WXXI News) The state's attorney general on Thursday issued guidance to local governments on how they can put laws and policies in place to limit their participation in federal immigration enforcement activities under Republican President-elect Donald Trump's administration. 


Governor Cuomo's budget does not include funding to help direct care workers achieve a living wage, and that could mean changes at organizations like the Arc of Monroe.

The coalition “bFair2DirectCare” has been pushing for $45 million dollars in funding to raise caregiver pay.

Barbara Wale is CEO and President Arc of Monroe.

She says his budget doesn't include funding for direct support professionals --they assist people with developmental disabilities with activities for daily living.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to tweak one of his signature economic development programs.

Under a proposal contained in Cuomo's state budget plan Start-Up NY would be renamed the Excelsior Business Program. It would also get new rules intended to make it more successful.

Start-Up was created to jumpstart new and innovative companies but has had only modest success so far. A report issued last year showed the program generated 408 new jobs in its first two years.