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1:42 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

Cuomo Seeks To Reopen Casino Bidding Process

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Governor Cuomo is asking for the casino bidding process to be reopened.

According to Time Warner Cable News, in a letter to gaming regulators, he asked that they award a fourth license to the Southern Tier region. This comes after the governor's administration moved to ban hydrofracking, a process that could have created jobs in the Southern Tier.

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Government
8:26 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

Governors Cuomo & Christie Veto Bill Intended To Reform The Port Authority

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The governors of New York and New Jersey have vetoed legislation intended to clean up the troubled Port Authority.

The bill was designed to right an agency long known for dysfunction and scandals, including most recently the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge that ensnarled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration.

The bill would have created an office of inspector general and required annual audits of the agency. It also would have restricted lobbying and created a whistleblower protection program.

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Government
5:33 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

Rich Funke Swearing-In Ceremony For State Senate

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NY State Senator-elect Rich Funke took the oath of office on Saturday at the Monroe County Office Building.

More than 100 family, friends, and supporters were there including County Executive Maggie Brooks, and County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo, both fellow Republicans.

Funke is a former longtime news and sports anchor at WHEC-TV and his former co-anchor, Janet Lomax emceed the event.

Funke’s remarks included a call for more state aid for Rochester and echoed other themes he talked about during the campaign:

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Government
3:09 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

State Lawmakers To Discuss How To Spend $5 Billion Windfall

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers returning to Albany in January are expected to focus on financial matters such as how to spend New York's $5 billion bank settlements windfall.

The Assembly remains controlled by downstate Democrats, while the Senate is more firmly in the hands of upstate and Long Island Republicans.

That portends ongoing stalemates on social issues such as abortion rights, college tuition aid for students in the U.S. illegally, campaign finance reform and boosting the minimum wage further.

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Government
7:07 am
Thu December 25, 2014

NYS Approves Funds For Legal Bills Of Former Sen. Joe Bruno

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general has approved $2.4 million for the legal defense bills of a former state senate leader acquitted of federal fraud charges.

Retired Sen. Joe Bruno was eligible for the reimbursement because state law authorizes the payment of "reasonable" attorneys' fees for officials accused of criminal wrongdoing while acting within the scope of their duties.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office wrote in a letter Wednesday that the state has no choice but to reimburse Bruno.

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Government
6:57 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Rochester Mayor Meets With Homeless Advocates

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren says she met Tuesday with Sister Grace Miller and other homeless advocates and says the various parties agreed to take steps to address both short and long term solutions to serve the homeless population.

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Government
10:01 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Warren Taps James Smith as City Communications Director

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has named James Smith as the next Director of Communications for the City of Rochester. Smith is currently the Seneca County Manager and will start with the city on January 12, 2015. 

Smith served as Monroe County Communications Director in Jack Doyle's Administration, Executive Director of the Monroe County Water Authority, and Deputy Monroe County Executive.

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Government
1:46 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Fed. Government Declares Disaster After Last Month's Storm

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(AP) President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in upstate New York. That means Washington will chip in to help state, local and tribal government pay to clean up and rebuild after a last month's blockbuster storm that dumped more than 7 feet of snow across the region.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the storm had cost more than $46 million, well in excess of the government's $27.3 million threshold for federal emergency aid. 

More than 370 structures suffered roof damage from the snow and 38 structures were destroyed. 

The storm is blamed for 14 deaths. 

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Government
11:52 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Rochester Mayor Shuts Down Facbook Accounts

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Officials at Rochester City Hall say that both of Mayor Lovely Warren’s Facebook accounts have been taken down until further notice.

That’s because of a post made on the social media website that has been attributed to Warren, but which officials say did not come from her. Reportedly it had to do with people upset about the removal of the homeless encampment under the Douglass-Anthony Bridge on South Avenue.

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Government
6:12 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Call For Police Cars To Have Bullet Proof Glass

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Four state lawmakers are proposing that all police cars in New York state be retrofitted with bullet-proof glass after two New York City officers were gunned down in their car.

The bill is being drafted by Assembly members Jim Tedisco and Nicole Malliotakis and senators Phil Boyle and Marty Golden, all Republicans. According to a news release Sunday, the legislation to be introduced in the next session would have the bullet-proof glass installed over a phased-in period, starting with the New York Police Department.

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