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1:02 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

National Adoption Day in Rochester

Adoptees with their new families
Credit Alex Crichton

Four children were "officially" adopted by their new families during a National Adoption Day Ceremony at the Hall of Justice today.

National Adoption Day finalizes adoptions of children from foster care.

For Jason and Joy Kaminski, it meant the end of a year and a half long process that enabled them to adopt their son, Joshua.

They called it an awesome day.

Brandon Connor and his wife Teresa, adopted their second child, 7-year old Dominique.

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Government
7:39 am
Fri November 21, 2014

NY Medicaid Inspector General Steps Down

New York's inspector general for Medicaid, the state's largest annual expenditure, says he's leaving.  

In a message to staff, James Cox says they've done the job he set out to do, establishing 22 audit protocols that led to record recoveries, establishing solid standards and a productive relationship with medical providers.  

The office reported $1.73 billion in recoveries of improper expenses for health care for low-income New Yorkers in 2011-2013, up 34 percent from the prior three years.  

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Government
4:35 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Cancer Society say NYS Underspends on Anti Smoking Programs

On the anniversary of the Great American smoke out, a leading anti cancer group says Governor Cuomo’s Administration should be spending more to cut back on smoking.

The American Cancer Society’s Michael Burgess says while the Centers for Disease Control recommends New York State spend $200 million dollars a year on tobacco cessation programs, the current state budget has just under $40 million dollars allotted for it. Burgess says in the past, it’s been demonstrated that spending the money on things like a smokers quit line- works.

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Government
4:04 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Report Critical of Cuomo Adm Attempts to Get Clean Water Loan for Tappan Zee Bridge Project

digital illustration of the new Tappan Zee Bridge, currently under construction
Credit NYS Thruway Authority

An independent review board has found fault with the Cuomo Administration’s attempts to convert a federal clean water fund loan into construction work for the Thruway’s Tappan Zee Bridge.

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Government
3:09 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

AG Says WNY Weather More Evidence of Needed Action on Climate Change

Credit Megan in Lancaster

The State’s Attorney General says the Buffalo snowstorms are more evidence that climate change is happening, and that New York and the nation need to work harder to combat the causes of global warming.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says this week in Western New York is another example of weather patterns that are changing, and won’t go back to normal by themselves.

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Government
4:57 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Conference Examines State's Infrastructure Needs

Computer rendering of new Tappan Zee Bridge
Credit NYS Thruway Authority

State lawmakers say they want to act quickly to spend the state’s $5 billion dollar and growing surplus on an infrastructure fund to fix up roads and bridges, among other things. At a conference on the state’s infrastructure, sponsored by a think tank, participants said there are deep needs, and they warn lawmakers not to spend the money frivolously.  

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Government
6:29 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Cuomo Declares State Of Emergency In Several Counties

Credit Mike Desmond / WBFO

Governor Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for several counties hard hit by the winter storm in Western New York.

They include: Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Franklin, Genesee, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, Wyoming, and contiguous counties.

As part of the State of Emergency, Governor Cuomo deployed the National Guard to affected areas Tuesday afternoon and activated statewide Emergency Operations Centers on Monday night.

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Government
4:01 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Assembly Speaker says there are Reasons for Lawmakers to hold a December Session

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he doesn’t know yet if there will be a special December session of the legislature, but he says if it happens he’d like to raise the minimum wage and lawmakers’ pay, as well as act on some other measures.

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Government
3:24 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Minimum Wage Hike Supporters See Opportunity

Advocates of raising the minimum wage see hope in recent statements by the leader of the State Senate, and hope a deal can be struck by the end of the year.

Republican Senate Leader Dean Skelos, whose party will control the Senate in January, says while he thinks the state’s gradual increase of the state’s minimum wage to $9 an hour next year is good enough, he’s willing to at least discuss raising it even higher. Senator Skelos, after meeting with the Republican members ,says he also wants a pay raise for Senators.

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Government
4:35 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Schumer Wants CDC to Gather Data on Child Deaths

Credit Michelle Faust

Senator Charles Schumer was in Rochester—a city with a child mortality rate higher than most of the nation—to call on the Senate to pass the Sudden Infant Death Enhancement and Awareness Act.

Schumer was at the University of Rochester Monday to talk about the legislation that would standardize the reporting protocols for infants who die of unexplained causes. That data could then be researched to help prevent future deaths.

Schumer explains currently information from sudden unexplained infant death is not gathered and standardized anywhere in the country.

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