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1:22 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Statements By Gov. Cuomo & Rochester Mayor Warren On NYC Officer Murders

Officers Ramos & Liu
Credit npr.org

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren on Sunday issued the following statement regarding the shooting deaths of 2 New York City Police Officers:

"Here in Rochester, we already know the pain of one of our police officers being killed. The situation in New York City is a reminder of that pain. We also know the pain of losing loved ones to acts of violence.  My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these brave officers. My prayers are also with the families that lose loved ones on our streets. These killings are senseless.

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Government
1:04 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

Will Thruway Tolls Rise?

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Thruway Authority's $2 billion budget plan for next year includes nearly $1 billion to keep building a new Tappan Zee Bridge in the lower Hudson Valley.

Executive Director Thomas Madison says by the end of 2015 the authority and Canal Corp. will reduce operating costs more than $200 million with personnel reductions and expense controls and refinance old debt to save $100 million. He says that will help "keep tolls as low as possible" while advancing the project.

Bridge expenses are nearly $750 million this year from new borrowing.

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Government
7:38 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Rochester Officials Ask Homeless To Leave Settlement

Credit City of Rochester

City of Rochester officials are asking homeless people who have camped out near South Avenue and the 490 Douglass-Anthony bridge to leave that space. A news release from City Hall on Friday says that on Thursday night, a tent caught fire at that encampment, putting people at risk and damaging the property.

Officials say ongoing open fires at the site creates a dangerous situation for everyone staying there and for first responders.

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Government
1:20 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Former Rochester Police Chief Gets White House Appointment

Credit WSB-TV

A former Rochester Police Chief has been named to a new Presidential task force on policing and community relations.

Cedric Alexander is among several people named by the White House to the task force which will examine how to strengthen public trust and foster strong relationships between police and the communities they serve.

The task force was formed in light of recent events in Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland and around the country.

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Government
6:22 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Siena Poll On Garner Death; Fracking; Politicians & Candidates

A new Siena College Poll shows that by almost a two-to-one margin, New Yorkers believe that the Staten Island grand jury was wrong to not have brought charges against the police officer in the death of Eric Garner. Siena says there were significant partisan, geographic and racial differences. With similar differences, voters favored having the federal government bring civil rights charges against the officer.

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Government
6:44 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Body Cameras Coming To RPD

Police Chief Ciminelli explains the police body camera plan.
Credit Veronica Volk / WXXI

Rochester Police are getting body cameras, according to an announcement by city officials. Mayor Lovely Warren joined Police Chief Michael Ciminelli in stressing the potential safety benefits for both police and citizens.

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Government
6:29 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Pataki "Very Seriously" Considering Run For President

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican George Pataki said he is "very seriously" considering a run for president in 2016, arguing that the nation needs a chief executive with the kind of experience he gained during three terms as New York's governor.

Pataki told the Daily News  that he will decide next year whether to run. He said he has received good responses from the ordinary citizens he has met on trips to states that include New Hampshire.

"I ran a big complex state government under very difficult circumstances, in my opinion very well," he said.

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Government
6:10 am
Wed December 17, 2014

NY Power Authority Approves Low-Cost Power Allocations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Power Authority board of trustees has approved another round of low-cost power allocations.

Thirty megawatts of cheaper power will be distributed among 59 businesses and one not-for-profit organization to support more than 10,300 jobs.

The cheaper power is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Recharge NY program. It's run by the NYPA and is designed to spur economic development throughout the state. Businesses and other entities that receive the cheaper energy agree to create or retain jobs.

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Government
2:49 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

East House Receives Grants To Help Former Rochester Psych Patients

East House, a local organization that provides services for adults in recovery from substance abuse and mental health disorders, has been awarded more than $500,000 in two state grants. The money will help people who are no longer being served by the Rochester Psychiatric Center and other inpatient psychiatric units.

The grants, administered through the Monroe County Office of Mental Health, will provide services to 116 people in a six-county area including Monroe, Wayne, Livingston, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties.

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Government
12:48 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

More Help For Domestic Violence Victims

Credit www.thegospelcoalition.org

More than six million dollars in federal grants will help 90 agencies, police and district attorney offices to better protect victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The funding will provide added support and justice for victims. The grants also pay for health care professionals who examine victims and collect evidence, for counselors, investigators and prosecutors.

The money comes from the federal Violence Against Women Act. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter was an original author.

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