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6:14 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Lawmaker Wants To Re-Establish Trust Between Police & Minority Communities

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A longtime Brooklyn lawmaker says he'll again introduce three bills he calls "essential to re-establishing trust" between the police and minority communities.

Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, an attorney who since 1992 has chaired the Assembly Codes Committee that advances criminal justice measures, says he has introduced the bills for nearly a decade.

One would update New York law to give defendants access to prosecutors' information earlier, instead of the night before trial.

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4:48 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

D.A. Announces Party Switch

Members of the Monroe County Republican Committee applaud Sandra Doorley at her announcement.
Credit Veronica Volk / WXXI

Sandra Doorley announces she will run for reelection of Monroe County District Attorney as a Republican.

Doorley says she made the party switch for personal reasons, and that her values are more closely aligned with the Republican Party of Monroe County.

"I believe that this change allows me to focus on really what is truly important, and what is important is keeping your families safe, keeping your streets safe, in an environment where my work is valued and supported."

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Government
3:13 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Governor Announces Upstate Economic Revitalization Competition

Governor Cuomo answers questions for the press following the announcement.
Credit Veronica Volk / WXXI

Governor Cuomo invites Upstate New York regions to compete for $1.5 billion  in grants. As part of the Economic Revitalization Competition, three winning regions will be granted $500 million each.

Cuomo says the competition is an important aspect of the project.

"If I just gave you the money, you wouldn't do all the hard things you have to do to actually get the money. And the competition amongst yourselves -- I'm telling you -- brings up the performance of everybody."

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Government
2:28 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Beechwood Residents Protest City Allowing Mini Markets in their Neighborhood

Beechwood residents await Zoning Board meeting at City Hall
Credit Alex Crichton

Dozens of members of the Beechwood Neighborhood Association protested at the city's Zoning Board of Appeals meeting this morning at City Hall.

That's as Mayor Lovely Warren called for a temporary freeze on so-called high impact retail stores in the city.

Kyle Crandall is president of the neighborhood group.

He says the Zoning Board has ruled against the will of the neighborhood by recently approving two corner stores in the area.

Crandall says mini-markets that don't run a clean business become a magnet for crime.

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Government
7:53 am
Thu January 15, 2015

NYS Attorney General Wants Overhaul Of State's Data Security Law

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the state's data security law is weak and he wants an overhaul requiring businesses to protect the personal information of consumers and employees. 

He says in the event of a data breach or unauthorized disclosure, companies and employers are merely required to notify affected individuals if ``private information'' is compromised. 

That doesn't include email addresses and passwords, security questions, medical history and health insurance information. 

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Government
11:27 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Mayor Warren Calls For Freeze On Some Convenience Store Approvals

Credit cityofrochester.gov

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has asked for a temporary freeze on what she refers to as “high impact” retail store approvals until City Council has had a chance to review proposed changes to the city's laws governing such stores.  Those are stores that include those that sell alcohol and beer, such as some of the typical corner stores.

She asked for this freeze in a letter to Mitch Rowe, the City's Director of Planning and Zoning.

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Government
11:07 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Cuomo Comes To Rochester To Talk About Upstate Economic Development

Governor Cuomo will be in Rochester Thursday to talk about economic development. 

Cuomo is scheduled to speak at the Wegmans Conference Center in Gates, and he’ll be talking about his economic development agenda for upstate.

The Democrat & Chronicle reports Cuomo will detail his plans for $1.5 billion in state aid, called the Upstate Revitalization Fund.

Cuomo talked about that plan last year as a way of following up the effort called the Buffalo Billion, which involved a fund established in 2011 for that Western New York City.

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Government
11:49 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Carla Palumbo Won't Run For Re-election This Year

A well known area politician won't be running for re-election this year. Rochester Councilwoman Carla Palumbo says she won't seek a second term on the council.                

Palumbo was recently named President and CEO of The Legal Aid Society of Rochester and she says she wants to devote more time to that job as well as to statewide justice issues overall.

Before she joined City Council, Palumbo was a Monroe County legislator for six years.

On City Council, she represents the northwest neighborhood in Rochester

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Government
11:39 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Cuomo Announces Property Tax Relief Plan

Governor Cuomo today presented a $1.66 billion property tax credit program that he says will give relieve to homeowners and renters who need it most.

When fully phased-in, the plan would see more than 1.3 million state taxpayers get an average credit of $950. The proposal would create a property tax credit for households whose tax property burden exceeds six percent of their income.

Taxpayers with incomes below $250,000 would qualify for the credit and the maximum credit is $2,000

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Government
5:48 am
Wed January 14, 2015

New York Calls Attention To Human Trafficking

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials are calling attention to the trafficking of people for forced labor or sex and installing posters at 27 Thruway service plazas to promote a national hotline for reporting cases.

The toll-free call center at 1-888-373-7888 is operated by Polaris, a nonprofit that says it's operating around the clock and can provide help in more than 200 languages.

Polaris also says it launched a texting shortcode — BeFree or 233733 — where its call specialists can help victims plan escapes or connect to services.

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