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11:59 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Thruway Authority Issues Advisory Due To Winter Storm

The NYS Thruway Authority has issued a travel advisory between Albany and NYC due to the impending storm.

According to the Thruway: The National Weather Service has issued a severe winter storm warning from Albany to the NYC line beginning today through Tuesday night. Heavy snow, high winds and poor visibility are expected. Motorists are encouraged to avoid travel if possible.

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5:35 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Sheldon Silver Expected To Temporarily Give Leadership Power To Group Of Legislators

Credit wnyc.org

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & NY Times) — The speaker of the New York state Assembly plans to temporarily cede power to a small group of top lawmakers as he fights federal corruption charges.

A spokesman for Speaker Sheldon Silver said the Manhattan Democrat plans to brief Democratic members of the Assembly on his intentions Monday.

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Government
8:53 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Schumer: New Runway Lights Needed

Credit Port Authority NY/NJ

ALBANY (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the Federal Aviation Administration to install a new runway lighting system at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports that he says will help prevent plane collisions.

The Democrat on Sunday says money for the automatic lighting systems has already been approved. He says he's written to the FAA to ask that the equipment be installed as soon as possible.

The system uses red lights embedded in the runway to warn pilots of another plane.

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Government
10:07 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Renewed Calls For NYS Ethics Reform

Credit Matt Ryan New York Now

ALBANY (AP) New York good government advocates are renewing calls for ethics reform at the state Capitol after the arrest of the Legislature's top Democrat.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested Thursday on charges that he collected nearly $4 million in bribes and kickbacks since 2002 and disguised it as legitimate income. Silver says he is confident he will be vindicated.

Reform groups are now calling for an overhaul of ethics oversight, more disclosure by lawmakers, stricter rules for lobbying and changes to the state's campaign finance system.

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Government
6:07 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

New Guidelines On Social Media Use At Rochester City Hall

Credit cityofrochester.gov

The City of Rochester is releasing some new guidelines for the use of social media by its employees. The action comes in the wake of unauthorized use of the mayor's Facebook page.

The city's new Communications Director James Smith announced the new policy in the wake of an incident in December when an unauthorized Facebook message from Mayor Lovely Warren was posted publicly. 

Warren asked Smith to look into the misuse of her Facebook account, but the city's I-T people told him that there is no way to identify who accessed that account and made the unauthorized post.

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Government
5:36 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Local State Assembly Leaders Have Different Views On Sheldon Silver

Joe Morelle & Brian Kolb

There are two lawmakers from the Rochester area who have leadership roles in the NYS Assembly, and they have a much different outlook on the situation involving Speaker Sheldon Silver, who has been accused of federal corruption charges.

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, an Irondequoit Democrat,  calls the arrest of Sheldon Silver a troubling day, but says he and Assembly Democrats are behind  Silver.

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Government
5:06 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Cheryl Dinolfo Running for County Executive

Dinolfo announces her candidacy
Credit Veronica Volk / WXXI

Cheryl Dinolfo is running for County Executive. She was formally endorsed by the Monroe County Republican Committee at their headquarters on Thursday. Dinolfo says she's already shown fiscal responsibility through her work as a county clerk.

"Through hard work and innovation, I have returned over 30 million dollars to county tax payers - a record surplus - to help keep property taxes stable."

Dinolfo says she would carry those values with her to the County Executive Office.

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Government
9:56 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Arrested On Corruption Charges

NEW YORK (AP) _ New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested Thursday on corruption charges and accused of using his position as one of the most powerful politicians in Albany to obtain millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income. 

The 70-year-old Silver was taken into custody around 8 a.m. at the FBI's New York City office, FBI spokesman Peter Donald confirmed. Silver faces five counts, including conspiracy and bribery, and the charges carry a potential penalty of 100 years in prison. 

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Government
9:15 am
Thu January 22, 2015

City Planners and Residents Discuss Parking Solutions Downtown

Kevin Kelley speaks at the city's parking summit
Credit Veronica Volk / WXXI

City planners are thinking outside the box when it comes to Downtown Rochester's parking issues. The city held a public meeting to discuss urban planning strategies for transportation infrastructure. Officials presented their ideas, and members of the community were invited to give their suggestions.

Kevin Kelley is the Senior Community Housing Planner. He says though Rochester has plenty of parking spaces available, they may not be convenient or appealing to residents. He's looking at progressive ways to address transportation issues.

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Government
4:58 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Cuomo Proposes $142 Billion Budget

Credit TWC News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for a property tax credit, a higher minimum wage and big investments in transportation for his 2015 agenda. 

The Democrat delivered his State of the State address Wednesday and unveiled a $142 billion state budget proposal. 

Cuomo proposes setting the wage at $11.50 in New York City and $10.50 in the rest of the state. He suggests cutting small-business taxes, providing relief to homeowners facing high property taxes and funneling $1.5 billion into upstate economic development. 

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