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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York State could adopt its own version of net neutrality under legislation announced by state lawmakers.

The bill would require internet providers doing business with the state or its municipalities to certify that they don't interfere with web traffic or speed to favor certain sites or customers. Supporters say the state can protect consumers by using its lucrative IT contracts as leverage

Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, of Albany, and Sen. David Carlucci, of Clarkstown, detailed their proposal on Tuesday.


NEW YORK (AP) — The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will be open for visitors Monday, with New York state picking up the tab for the federal workers.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Sunday afternoon.

The two sites have been closed due to the federal government shutdown.

The Democratic Cuomo says the sites are vital to the state's tourism industry, so the state will spend about $65,000 per day for the federal employees who operate the sites. He says the revenue gained more than offsets the costs.

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Monroe County, along with Cayuga County, has been added to the Lake Ontario Disaster Declaration by FEMA. The amendment to the declaration will allow Monroe County to receive Public Assistance Grant Funding for repairs from the Lake Ontario Flooding that occurred over the summer.

The original disaster declaration didn’t include Monroe County; Governor Andrew Cuomo appealed the decision, ultimately leading to FEMA adding Monroe and Cayuga Counties.

Congressman Tom Reed says there is bipartisan agreement in Congress on improving the nation's infrastructure.

Reed is co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of 48 members of Congress with an equal number of Republicans and Democrats.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to fight back against Washington Republicans on Tuesday with a $168 billion state budget proposal that lays out spending on schools and mass transit while also confronting greater uncertainty in federal funding.

Cuomo said he'll urge lawmakers to consider restructuring the state tax system to soften the blow of the new federal tax overhaul enacted by Republicans. One idea is a new payroll tax which would largely replace the current income tax, an ambitious idea that already faces challenges with New York's Republican lawmakers.

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A Rochester neurosurgeon says he’s seeking the Republican nomination for Congress in the 25th district.

On Saturday, Dr. Jim Maxwell said that, “It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to know Congress is broken, but it just might take one to fix it.”

Maxwell, a lifelong Monroe County resident, has served as Chief of Neurosurgery at Rochester General Hospital since 1998. He started in Rochester as a neurosurgeon in 1982.

He says that he is disappointed by the status quo in Congress, “and the empty promises we’ve been given from our elected officials.”

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says President Donald Trump's use of a vulgar word to describe African nations were ugly, disgusting and repulsive.

After a public event Friday morning on Long Island, the Democrat said the vulgarity the Republican president used Thursday during a private meeting with lawmakers on immigration shows Trump "doesn't really understand what this country is all about."

He said generations and generations of hard-working immigrants like his grandparents are the story of America.


The City and Monroe County is recognizing a local group for its work to educate the community about human trafficking in the Rochester area.

Officials this week read a proclamation honoring the group, the Rochester regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking, or RRCAHT.

Chair Celia McIntosh says the group formed five years ago in response to the increase in the number of trafficking victims.

"Human trafficking is basically modern day slavery.  It effects children, women, men, worldwide.  They are exploited by force or coersion,"she says.

The Town of Greece has settled sexual harassment and misconduct claims against the town’s former Receiver of Taxes, Rick Antelli.

According to a statement from the town, officials say they got credible complaints from multiple female town employees that Antelli had engaged in sexual harassment and created a hostile work environment.

The statement says that the town had an employment attorney help investigate the complaints, and officials say the lawyer’s findings were corroborated by multiple employees. The Town says it reached full and fair settlements with the employees.


Governor Cuomo is directing state officials to offer assistance to the 16,000 Salvadorans who now live in New York State under a federal policy giving them temporary residency after a 2001 earthquake.

The Trump administration has decided to end Temporary Protected Status in 2019 to some 200,000 migrants nationwide.

Saint's Place in Rochester helps refugees, including those from El Salvador, with clothing, house hold items and tutoring.

Director Isabel Miller says the governor's directive could be helpful.