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4:40 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

James Sheppard Announces Candidacy for County Legislature

James Sheppard, surrounded by family and supporters, announces his candidacy for county legislature.
Credit Veronica Volk / WXXI

Former Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard is making the transition to public office.

"Our county is facing some tremendous problems, more then they have in the past 10 years."

Sheppard announced he's running as a Democrat for Monroe County Legislature. He says he was approached to replace Paul Haney, who is term limited, in the 23rd legislative district. Originally, Sheppard says he was opposed to the idea since he has no experience in politics.

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Government
11:34 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Group Rallies to Say Thanks to Governor's Fracking Ban

Credit foodandwaterwatch.org

One of the rallies expected in Albany today is definitely not a protest.

A group of around 60 anti-fracking activists boarded a bus this morning to attend the State of the State and Budget message, and say thanks to Governor Cuomo for his administration's ban on fracking.

Rita Yelda is Western New York organizer for the group Food and Water Watch.

She says with the fracking ban, the state's public health, water, air, farms, agriculture, tourism and much more are spared from being negatively impacted by a toxic drilling industry.

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Government
10:47 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Reports: Former RPD Chief Jim Sheppard To Run For County Leg.

Former Rochester Police Chief Jim Sheppard has scheduled a 2:00 p.m. news conference for what's called "important political developments," and media reports indicate Sheppard will announce he is running for a seat on the Monroe County Legislature.

Sheppard, who retired from the RPD in late 2013 just before Mayor Lovely Warren took office, reportedly will run for the 23rd District seat now held by Democrat Paul Haney. Haney is term-limited, so he can't run again this year.

All 29 seats in the legislature are up this year. Republicans currently have a 19 to 10 majority.

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Government
7:21 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Cuomo Gets Ready To Deliver State Of The State & Budget Message

Credit Executive Chamber

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the first State of the State address of his second term promises a ``robust'' series of measures to improve schools, invest in infrastructure and boost the economy. 

The Democratic governor will deliver his remarks Wednesday, the same day his administration unveils details of his proposed state budget. 

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Government
12:16 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Rochester City Council Votes To Expand Red Light Camera Study

Credit cityofrochester.gov

Rochester City Council voted Tuesday night  to expand the red light camera study. The results of the original study were released November of last year.

The council voted to spend up to $30,000 to take results from the initial study and try and determine why seven or eight intersections of the 32 with red light cameras are seeing an increase of violations and an increase in accidents.

The study will also help determine if the city can tie the red light cameras to the county’s traffic signal boxes which could reduce maintenance costs.

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Government
12:07 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Medina Voters Vote Against Dissolving The Village

Credit TWC News

Residents of Medina voted Tuesday to keep their village government by a nearly 2-to-1 margin.

According to the unofficial tally, 949 people voted No while 527 voted Yes.

The village of 6,000 residents is partially in both the towns of Ridgeway and Shelby.

If the plan had been approved, taxes for residents in the village were expected to drop, but residents of Ridgeway would have seen their town tax rate rise.

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Government
7:55 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Voters Want Cuomo Focused On Jobs & Education This Year

A new Siena College poll shows that voters want Governor Cuomo to  focus on jobs and education this year. Those are two issues that at least 40 percent of voters statewide say should be important priorities in 2015.

But there is some political split over the poll questions. Jobs and education are by far the most important two issues for Democrats, independents and New York City voters; Republicans see taxes and jobs as the two top priorities.

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Government
5:52 am
Tue January 20, 2015

"People's State Of The State" Address To Be Delivered

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Following a long-time tradition at the state Capitol, advocacy groups are planning the 25th annual "People's State of the State" rally the day before Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives his address to the Legislature.

The rally at noon Tuesday at the State Street entrance to the Capitol will focus on hunger, poverty and homelessness.

Key issues will include a hike in the welfare grant, a $15 minimum wage, progressive taxes, single-payer health care, rent control, education funding, and job creation.

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Government
4:45 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Raising The Age Of Criminal Responsibility

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A juvenile justice panel is recommending raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York from 16 to 18, shifting non-violent offenses for those under 18 to family court, and keeping young people out of adult jails. 

Those recommendations are part of a 200-page report presented to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday by his Commission on Youth, Public Safety and Justice. 

Cuomo said he will submit legislation to enact the recommendations. 

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Government
1:08 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Rich Funke To Deliver GOP Response To Cuomo's State Of The State

Credit facebook.com

State Senator Rich Funke, who is one of the seven freshmen who make up the new Senate Republican Majority, has been chosen to deliver the official GOP response to Governor Cuomo's State of the State and Budget address.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos says that Funke and the entire freshman class were instrumental in returning Republicans to the majority in the senate, and he says they will play a key role in helping implmenet an agenda which cuts taxes and encourages the private sector to create jobs.

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