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10:19 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Rochester & RPD Union Reach Agreement On A New Contract

Rochester and the Locust Club, the union representing city police have agreed on a new contract.

The contract was approved last Thursday by a vote of 485 to 58.

Mayor Lovely Warren says the three year pact represents the first contract settlemen between the city and the Locust Club in nearly 20 years.  

Under the agreement, officers will get a 3 percent raise retroactive over the last year. They will also get a 2 percent raise in the second year and a 3 percent raise in the third year.

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Government
3:29 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

More Than 34,000 NYers Listed As Being Too Unstable To Own A Handgun

Credit wamu.org

NEW YORK (AP) — A news report finds 34,500 people are now listed as too mentally unstable to have guns in New York state, under a 19-month-old law that is one of the nation's toughest concerning mental health and firearms.

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Government
10:01 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Schumer Wants Law Against GPS Tracking Without Permission

Credit mobiledevicemanager.com

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Sen. Charles Schumer wants to make it illegal to track a person's movements by placing a GPS tracker on their car without their permission. 

The New York Democrat says Sunday that covert GPS tracking of a person's vehicle amounts to an invasion of privacy and could pose a significant risk to domestic violence victims, ex-spouses or others. 

Small GPS devices can be easily attached to a vehicle without the owners' knowledge. Its movements can then be monitored online. 

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Government
7:04 am
Sat October 18, 2014

State Officials Warn Of Tax Scam Calls

Credit bbb.org

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state officials are warning people to beware of scam phone calls claiming back taxes are owed.

State tax officials say the scammers claim to work for an attorney and attempt to convince people to send money to settle an outstanding state tax debt. Tax officials say they never call without first mailing the taxpayer an official notice.

People who have been targeted by this scam are advised to file a consumer complaint online with the New York state attorney general's office or to call the office's hotline at (800) 771-7755.

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Government
2:48 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

RTS To Offer A Month's Worth Of Free Rides At The New Transit Center

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

Dedication ceremonies for the new RTS transit center in downtown Rochester are coming up on Monday, but Senator Charles Schumer and other officials were at the facility off Mortimer Street on Friday to talk about a special promotion to help promote the facility's opening, which happens in late November.

RTS will offer free bus rides from November 28th through the end of the year for anyone who catches a bus at the transit center.

CEO Bill Carpenter says one reason for the offer is to encourage people who use buses downtown to get use to the new facility.

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Government
2:44 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Cuomo Light on Details for Next Four Years

Credit Matt Ryan New York Now

In the final weeks before elections, Governor Cuomo has been promoting his memoir, and has announced travel plans to Puerto Rico. One thing he hasn’t been doing is running a typical campaign. And he’s said little about what he’ll do in the next four years.

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Government
1:51 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Sheriff's Deputies Could Soon Be Armed with Body Cameras

Credit npr.org

The Monroe County Sheriff's Department's traffic unit is looking to take a test drive with body cameras.

County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn says they're awaiting approval from the Monroe County Legislature to accept a 30 thousand dollar state grant to buy the devices.

10 to 15 units will be used by the traffic unit, according to O'Flynn, and from there, they'll determine if the cameras are effective in supporting investigations, and then look to see if expanding the use of body cameras is logical and cost effective.

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Government
1:09 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Watchdog Warns Against Ed Bond Act

The November ballot includes a proposal for the state to borrow $2 billion dollars to spend on technology for school children, like computer tables.  A fiscal watchdog group says it’s not a good way to finance the purchase of I-Pads.

The bond act would give New York State permission to borrow $2 billion dollars, primarily to invest in new technology for students in elementary and secondary schools, including I-Pads and other tablets.  It would also include money for building more classrooms for expanded pre kindergarten.

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Government
6:45 am
Fri October 17, 2014

NYS to Seal Court Records of Human Trafficking Victims

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York State will begin sealing the court records of minors who are the victims of human trafficking to protect their privacy. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law Thursday. It creates new rules that ensure any court records of young victims are kept secret so they don't have to explain their victimization to future employers. The court records could only be unsealed for use in prosecuting traffickers. 

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Connections
4:49 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Connections: Howie Hawkins

In studio this hour is Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins.

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