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The candidates for Monroe County Clerk debate Monday night. Democrat Adam Bello faces off against Republican Cheryl Rozzi.

Bello, the former Irondequoit Town Supervisor,  was appointed to the post earlier this year by Governor Andrew Cuomo, after a vacancy occurred because Republican Cheryl Dinolfo was elected as Monroe County Executive.

Rozzi is the Greece Town Clerk, and previously was the clerk for the county legislature.


In an election fraught with claims of rigging and fraud, Donald Trump’s latest call to action is for his supporters to "monitor" polls on Election Day.

While poll monitoring isn’t itself a new act, some wonder if Trump’s tone and rhetoric will inspire fear and intimidation at polling places.

Speaking with voters at the Islamic Center of Rochester, many had heard about these claims, but were not intimidated by them.

Sareer Fazili is the President of the Islamic Center and said at this point, these comments were no surprise.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An investigation of state employees stealing from developmentally disabled people in their care has prompted a call for better oversight by the agency overseeing group homes for the disabled.

New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott says Thursday that her investigation found a widespread pattern of "preying on a vulnerable population by those charged with their care."

Monroe County officials say after flooding that caused problems over the weekend, two county parks, Powder Mills Park; also Ellison Park and the dog park are now open.

They reopened on Sunday.

Park Road in Powder Mills Park had been closed on Saturday and Ellison Park was also closed on Saturday.


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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Several natural gas and coal-fired power plant owners sued New York state energy regulators Wednesday over the state's approval of billions of dollars in subsidies for aging nuclear plants. That includes the Ginna nuclear plant in Wayne County.

The suit filed in Manhattan federal court argues the bailout represents an illegal interference with the federal government's role in regulating electric rates, and will unfairly burden the ratepayers who will pay for the subsidies, which could cost nearly $8 billion over 12 years. 

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Some people who need a service or emotional support animal have been denied housing.

That's according to the Commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights, Helen Diane Foster.

She says such animals are a protected class and denying housing on that basis is discrimination.

State officials joined local advocates at a forum today at the Strong in Rochester.

Foster says in regard to housing, 'no pet' clauses don't pertain to a support animal.

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Town of Pittsford residents have voted to approve $9.3 million in bond financing for the Town’s Spiegel Community Center upgrade, remodel and expansion project in a referendum held on Tuesday.  The unofficial vote count was 1,650 Yes (69%) and 739 No (31%).   

Pittsford Town Supervisor Bill Smith said that Pittsford has “now resolved one of the longest-standing pieces of unfinished business on Pittsford's municipal agenda.  We can create a one-of-a-kind community center in an outstanding historic landmark, to serve Pittsford for decades to come.” 

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A wide-ranging debate between the candidates for the 25th Congressional District on Tuesday night showed a lot of differences between the longtime Democratic incumbent, Louise Slaughter, and Republican Town of Gates Supervisor Mark Assini.

It’s the second go-round for this matchup, with Assini losing by less than 900 votes two years ago.

The debate was sponsored by the League of Women Voters and News 8 - WROC-TV.


Senator Chuck Schumer made an appearance at Coast Professional, Inc. in Geneseo on Tuesday afternoon, announcing an expansion that will nearly double the size of the student loan debt company.

More than 200 jobs will allow Coast to bounce back after its pending 5-year contract with the Department of Education was terminated in February 2015. The Department cited that Coast and other student loan contractors had high rates of performance violations.