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3:38 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

NYC Ban May Impact Company Here

Foam plastic containers and cups such as this will be banned in New York City beginning July 1.

The office of New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced Thursday it will ban the use of plastic foam cups or containers.

The ban drew an immediate reaction from Brad Braddon, whose father George founded Commodore Plastics 25 years ago. "The Federal government, the agency's in charge of food safety, say it's safe. So, you've got these people who aren't in charge of it, saying that it's not."

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Government
3:19 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Schumer Gets Review Of Need For More Airport Screening

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New York Sen. Charles Schumer wants daily federal screening of airport and airline workers for weapons, and he may get what he wants.

His proposal is a reaction to last month's arrests of five men accused of smuggling guns through the New York and Atlanta airports.

Late Thursday, the federal office of Homeland Security announced it would study the impact of such screening.

Michael Giardino, the director of the Rochester airport wants to hear more, "We haven't seen anything specific in the Senator's plan and would be interested to see those specifics."

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Government
9:45 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Chief Ciminelli Introduces New Captain of Clinton District Under Reorganization Plan

The Clinton Section, as per the RPD Reorganization Plan
Credit RPD

The Rochester Police Department Reorganization Plan splits the city into five different sections, as opposed to the current two-section model, with each section under the jurisdiction of its own captain.

Despite a snowstorm and temperatures in the single digits, residents came out to the Northeast Service Center to meet the new section captain of the Clinton Section.

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Government
12:36 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Schumer calls for daily federal screening for airport, airline workers

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for daily federal screening of airport and airline workers for weapons following last month's arrests of five men accused of smuggling guns through the New York and Atlanta airports.

The New York Democrat, joined by Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, is asking the Transportation Security Administration to immediately require all U.S. airports to screen staff when they start work.

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Mario Cuomo
1:30 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Three-Term Governor Mario Cuomo Farewelled in Manhattan Service

Credit Governor NY Live Stream

NEW YORK (AP) Draped in a New York state flag, former three-term Governor Mario Cuomo's casket has been carried into a church where dignitaries from both sides of the political aisle are remembering his progressive legacy.

His family - including son Governor Andrew Cuomo - arrived at a Manhattan church in a hearse Tuesday.

Mourners include Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democratic New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, state Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos and Republican-turned-independent former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Democratic State Assembly Speaker put off taking his seat before the funeral started, standing outside in the snow to await the hearse.

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Government
10:46 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Services Set, State of State Postponed

Credit Karen DeWitt

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has postponed his state-of-the-state address for two weeks until January 21 at the Empire State Convention Center in Albany.

The annual address describing initiatives for the coming year was scheduled for Wednesday. At his inaugural address Thursday, the governor said his agenda includes restoring public trust in the criminal justice system, creating a better education system and providing economic opportunity for everyone.

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Government
1:57 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

More Thruway Leaders Exit

Thomas Madison, NYSTA
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Two more Thruway Authority leaders are leaving.

Executive Director Thomas Madison and Chief Financial Officer John Bryan quit Wednesday without saying why publicly.

Chairman Howard Millstein stepped down at the beginning of last month.

The resignations come at a time when the Thruway Authority is under scrutiny for how it will fund the building of the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

Talk of toll increases have run rampant, though tolls so far have remained flat.

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Government
4:02 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Rochester Prepares for New Year's Eve Celebrations

Credit Veronica Volk / WXXI

Rochester’s New Year’s Eve downtown celebrations kick off at 5:30 Wednesday night, with indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family.

Kids and families skate free from 5:30-7:30 at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park Ice Rink, and adults can take over the rink at 8:30.

There are also bouncy houses, clowns, photo booths, a family DJ and more at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

Kara Osipovitch organizes special events for the city. She says these kinds of gatherings are essential for a healthy community.

"Having events downtown is incredibly important. We are encouraging people to continue their family traditions downtown and make new ones if they're new to the area. You know, we want to be a part of people's holiday tradition and offering these events is a way for us to ensure that happens."

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Government
7:26 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

State Senate Will Hold Hearings On The Safety Of Police Officers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers in New York State say they will hold public hearings on the safety of police officers following the deadly shooting of two New York City officers

The state Senate's Republican leaders announced the hearings Monday. Starting next month, the meetings will focus on the risks facing officers as well as their training and equipment. Lawmakers also expect to review police disability and death benefits, the effectiveness of community policing and the penalties for assaulting or threatening an officer.

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Government
1:27 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

State Money For Local Affordable Housing Projects

Artist's rendering for WedgePoint
Credit pathstone.org

A Rochester project is among several dividing more than $16 million in state funding for affordable housing projects.

Governor Cuomo says nearly $4 million has been allocated for the WedgePoint Apartments, which is being constructed by Pathstone Development. It's located at South Clinton and South Avenues, at the site of the former Downtown Motor Lodge.

That space in the South Wedge neighborhood has been has been vacant more more than ten years. There is some local investment in the project as well, which will cost about $15.4 million to build.

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