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10:21 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Proposal to Ban Cat Declawing in New York State

Credit Beth Adams WXXI

It's banned in eight California cities, in Europe and other parts of the world. And now a state assemblywoman wants New York to become the first state to make it illegal to declaw a cat.

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8:46 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Siena Survey: More New Yorkers Say Race Relations Are Only Fair Or Poor

Credit siena.edu

A new survey released on Martin Luther King Jr. Day by Siena College shows that two-thirds of the state residents polled feel that race relations in New York State are only fair or poor. Those numbers got worse compared to last year, when 51 percent of New Yorkers felt the same way.

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Government
12:20 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Five Star Bank Reaches Settlement Over Redlining Claims

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general has reached agreement with Five Star Bank requiring it stop excluding predominantly minority neighborhoods in Rochester from mortgage lending.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says an investigation showed the New York-chartered bank left those neighborhoods out of its lending area, deemed loans there "undesirable" and excluded borrowers seeking mortgages of $75,000 or less, effectively making many of its loans unavailable there.

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Government
5:50 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul Brings Cuomo's Anti-Poverty Message To Rochester

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

Governor Cuomo is announcing the creation of an Anti-Poverty Task Force in Rochester. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul came to the city on Sunday to outline some of its goals.

Hochul was joined at the Hillside Family of Agencies  by a host of local leaders from government, academia and area non-profit organizations to talk about the new task force.  With recent studies showing that Rochester has among the highest poverty and child poverty rates in the country, Hochul says the task force will better coordinate services that are already available.

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Government
11:25 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Parking Survey Deadline Nears

Rochester's Civic Center Garage
Credit www.mapcoparking.com

You only have a couple more days to help the City of Rochester improve public parking downtown through an online survey.

The city wants to hear from people who live, work and visit downtown.

Parking is a concern for everyone: long term or short term.

Do you have any suggestions to create more parking, cheaper parking or to encourage carpooling or the use of mass transit?

Speak up, using the survey, which closes Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the city will hold two planning sessions at Penthouse on the 11th floor at One East Avenue.

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Government
11:08 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Schumer: Outlaw Homemade Bomb Building

ALBANY (AP)  U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says he is introducing legislation to make it illegal to build homemade bombs.

The New York Democrat said Sunday that current federal rules could potentially allow someone to make homemade explosives without breaking the law.

He says that the Boston Marathon bombing and the publication by terrorist groups of recipes for homemade bombs show the need to criminalize the activity.

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Government
6:21 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Cuomo Plans Trade Mission To Cuba

Credit npr.org

NEW YORK (AP) — Just a month after the federal government announced that travel restrictions would be eased, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is planning a trip to Cuba.

Spokeswoman Melissa DeRosa said in an email Saturday that Cuomo plans to lead a trade mission to the island nation to promote New York. She did not say when the governor would travel, adding that details would be announced later.

On Dec. 17, Cuba and the United States announced that the U.S. embargo on Cuba would be eased and diplomatic relations would be normalized.

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Government
11:12 am
Sat January 17, 2015

NYS Invests In Reducing Farm Runoff

Credit Dairy Farmers of America

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is putting $12 million toward efforts to help farmers protect the state's water quality.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding on Friday. It comes from the state's Environmental Protection Fund and will be dedicated to programs designed to prevent farm runoff from polluting the water and soil.

Successful strategies include less harmful types of fertilizers and the planting of vegetation near streams to prevent runoff contaminated by fertilizers, insecticides or livestock.

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Government
12:11 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Effort To Increase Broadband Access In NYS

Credit innovationtrail.org

(AP)  The Cuomo administration wants to give every corner of New York access to broadband Internet by 2019. 

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the proposal Friday in Lake Placid. 

If approved by state lawmakers the expansion plan would set aside $500 million to go to private broadband providers who invest a matching amount. Priority would be given to providers who guarantee faster Internet speeds. 

The state money would come from a $5 billion windfall from settlements with financial institutions. 

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Government
8:11 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Molly Clifford To Run For City Council

Longtime local Democratic Party activist and city official Molly Clifford is running for City Council.

Clifford is announcing on Friday that she is running for the Northwest City Council seat that Carla Palumbo has held.

Palumbo, who is now CEO of Legal Aid in Rochester, has decided not to seek another term due to her job responsibilities.

Clifford's bio includes a stint as chair of the Monroe County Democratic Committee, and she also worked in the City Hall administrations of Mayors Bob Duffy and Tom Richards.

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