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2:49 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Comptroller's Race Hampered by Failure of Public Campaign Finance Experiment

An experimental public campaign finance system for the state Comptroller’s race has fizzled, after the lone candidate who applied for the program failed to meet the minimum threshold to obtain the public monies.

The pilot public campaign financing program, limited to just the state Comptroller’s race as part of a state budget deal.

It was widely condemned at the time by reform groups as fatally flawed. Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group called it “cynical”.

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Government
4:34 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Attorney General Race Closest of All Statewide Races

The race for Attorney General is the closest of all the statewide contests.  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he wants another four years to continue what he says have been numerous successes,  while his opponent, John Cahill says  the incumbent has not been aggressive enough and too cozy with the political establishment in Albany.  

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Government
4:22 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

NYS Sets Aside Fuel Reserves

Rochester will be one of the communities to host fuel reserves in Upstate New York  in case of any possible emergencies.  The designation is being announced on the two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is announcing a total of six fuel reserves across upstate, that would make gasoline and diesel fuel available to emergency responders in case of a major event, such as a hurricane.

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Government
11:52 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Schneiderman says Moreland Commssion was the Governor's Show

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, commenting on the controversial Moreland Commission on anti corruption, which is now under federal investigation, says his opponent is wrongly trying to score “cheap political points” by pressing the issue.

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Government
6:02 am
Wed October 29, 2014

NYS Updates Proposed Rules for LNG Storage

Credit epd.gov.hk

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York regulators have revised their proposed liquefied natural gas storage rules to include size restrictions in response to public comments. 

The regulations would allow LNG fueling and storage facilities in New York for the first time since 1973, when the state imposed a moratorium following a Staten Island explosion that killed 40 workers. The regulations would make New York the only state to require a permit for LNG storage. 

The Department of Environmental Conservation says the main reason for the new rules is to allow fueling stations. 

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Government
5:16 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Breaking Ground For A New Train Station In Rochester

Artist's rendering of the new train station.
Credit NYSDOT

Federal and state officials gathered at Rochester's Amtrak station Tuesday to announce that construction is starting on a new station at that North Clinton Avenue location.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter says the station will replace a facility which is not meeting the needs of the 140,000 or more passengers that use that facility every year, especially those with disabilities.

"For all the people in this community who use wheelchairs and for babies in strollers we are finally going to be able to make it easier for them to ride. "

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Connections
3:11 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Connections: Is Border Patrol Going Beyond Borders?

What image comes to your mind when you hear the term "border patrol". In his new book, Border Patrol Nation, author Todd Miller shows that border patrol has spread to cities and states that you wouldn't expect, cities away from our international borders like Erie, Pennsylvania, and here in Rochester, NY. Why are they in these cities? Miller is on with us to discuss this and other topics from his book.

Government
2:38 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Cuomo Makes Case for Education Bond Act, Skeptics Remain

Credit NPR

The November 4 ballot includes an amendment to borrow $2 billion dollars to buy new technology for school children, like I-Pads and other tablets.  Fiscal watchdogs are against it, and the education community has been lukewarm. But with one week left to go before voting day, Governor Cuomo who came up with idea, has finally started to push for it.

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Government
5:50 am
Tue October 28, 2014

GOP Challenger Katko Now Leads Dem. Incumbent Maffei In Siena Poll

Credit siena.edu

A new poll from Siena college shows that Republican challenger John Katko leads the Democratic incumbent Congressman in the 24th district, Dan Maffei by 10 points. That's a change from five weeks ago, when Katko, a former federal prosecutor, was trailing by eight points. Katko now leads 52 to 42 percent.

Maffei continues his large lead in Syracuse, though the numbers are down a little. The Central-NY based district includes all of Wayne County.

Pollster Steve Greenberg says that Katko has increased his lead among Republicans and independents.

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Government
5:52 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Mayor Warren Wants McFadden To Step Down From The RHA

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren would like the Interim Director of the Rochester Housing Authority, Adam McFadden to resign that post and not seek a permanent appointment.

But it doesn’t appear that McFadden, who is also a Rochester City Councilman, is ready to do that.

In her statement issued on Monday afternoon, Warren talks about the complaints by many residents at a packed meeting of the housing authority board. She noted a lack of transparency in the hiring process in the effort to replace Executive Director Alex Castro who was fired last week.

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