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1:24 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Riders Get A Chance To Check Out The New RTS Transit Center

The new RTS Transit Center officially opened Friday.  A number of riders WXXI News spoke with  seem to like the new facility, even though it will take a while to get used to all the changes.

It's quite a change from waiting in the cold on Main Street...a heated, well-lit Transit Center with classical music playing in the background. That's what greeted the first riders using the $50 million facility, which takes buses off the main street stops downtown, and moves them within the block long Transit Center. It looks more like an airport terminal than a bus station, with various boarding gates and lighted signs with route information.

Among the riders happy with the changes, Robert Selznick of Rochester.

"Faster service, faster schedules and restrooms here, and the buses are not crowding up main street and be able to get to places faster."

And being in out of the cold was another reason Selznick and other riders like the new building.

RGRTA CEO Bill Carpenter realizes there will be some confusion at first, so they have extra staff on hand.

"We have an abundance of what we're calling ambassadors, so many customers need to learn where do I go, you can't just stand in a spot , wait for the bus, you need to go to the gate that the bus is at, just like an airport."

As an added incentive, people getting on at the new transit facility will get on the bus for free through the end of the year.

Local News
5:38 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Sharing Meals With Those In Need

Credit City of Rochester

Thanksgiving is a time of  full dinner tables but not everyone can share in the plenty, and that’s why a number of local organizations helped dish out turkey and all the trimmings on Thursday.

For the 63rd year, the Open Door Mission hosted a  Thanksgiving banquet for Rochester's most vulnerable citizens.

Executive Director Michael Hennessy says they expected to serve at least 350 meals.          

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Local News
6:37 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Main Post Office To Be Named For Fallen Soldier

Credit www.stripes.com

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter says that President Obama has signed legislation which designates the main post office on Jefferson Road in Henrietta as the “Specialist Theodore Matthew Glende Post Office."

Glende was killed in Afghanistan on July 27, 2012, at the age of 23, when his unit came under enemy fire.

The Rochester area man was killed while helping the unit’s medic and wounded comrades take shelter.

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Local News
4:57 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Rochester March To Mark The Ferguson Decision Is Canceled

Credit PBS.org

There will not be a march this coming Sunday in Rochester to protest the recent decision not to indict a white  police officer in Ferguson Missouri in the shooting death of a black man.

The march, which was going to go from the Liberty Pole to the Federal Building, was being organized by City Councilman Adam McFadden.

But he issued a statement saying that with emotions running high right now, he has concluded that Sunday is not the best time to hold such an event.

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Local News
11:38 am
Tue November 25, 2014

More Local Reaction To Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Jean Carroll, president and CEO, YWCA of Rochester/Monroe County
Credit ywcablog.com

"Thoughtful but disappointing," is how the president and CEO the YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County views a grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri.

The grand jury decided to not indict a police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black man.

YWCA president Jean Carroll, whose organization has initiated local discussions about race and racism, said views on this case depend on your personal experiences.

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Local News
4:55 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Preparing For Possible Evacuations In WNY

Credit TWC News

(AP & WXXI News) — Families are packing up their belongings in preparation for possible evacuations due to flooding.

Temperatures are expected to hit nearly 60 degrees in Buffalo on Monday, causing concern about runoff from melting snow, and overflowing creeks. There is a flood warning for parts of the Buffalo area as well as portions of Genesee and Wyoming Counties.

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Local News
2:26 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Thruway Fully Reopened After Snowstorm

Credit TWC News

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say the entire length of the New York State Thruway is open again following last week's snowstorm.

The last closed exit reopened Sunday. All Thruway service plazas are also open now.

More than 80 snowbound vehicles have been towed from the highway to three lots. Drivers can find out where to pick up their vehicles at the Thruway website (www.thruway.ny.gov ).

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Local News
12:42 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Rochester Crews Helping Clear Snow Return From Buffalo

A crew of Rochester workers and their heavy equipment returned from Buffalo on Sunday. That was one of the many instances of upstate cities sending help to the region that was slammed by lake effect snow.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and other city officials applauded, as the convoy of 20 trucks and personnel arrived back at the City Operations Building. They had been there since Friday morning, joining hundreds of workers from all over the state who helped people in Western New York dig out from several feet of snow.

Warren says this is the sort of thing that neighbor cities do for each other.

"We recognize and know that Buffalo would do the same for Rochester if we were in this situation and I'm excited at the fact that we were able to show our sister city some compassion at this time of Thanksgiving."

Mike Quattrone is Assistant Director of operations and parks for Rochester. He was out in Buffalo helping clear tons of snow off area streets.

As you go through your career as a public servant it's times like these that the employees really rally to get things done, did an awesome job, tremendous," Quattrone told WXXI News.

Quattrone and his crew worked 16 hour days while they were in Buffalo. Crews and equipment from Monroe County and other area communities were also in Buffalo over the weekend.

Local News
10:02 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Digging Out & Preparing For Flooding

Credit Eileen Buckley / WBFO

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo is making significant progress clearing streets still clogged from an epic storm left more than 7 feet of snow even as a flooding threat looms, the city's mayor said Sunday.

A ban on driving will continue in hard-hit South Buffalo as hundreds of dump trucks, loaders and other snow removal equipment continue to work around the clock, Mayor Byron Brown said.

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Local News
4:23 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

NYS Officials Outline Flood Plans

Credit governor.ny.gov

Governor Cuomo on Saturday  highlighted flood preparedness measures at New York State’s emergency response headquarters in Alden, Erie County.

He says with the region is experiencing rising temperatures following days of record-setting snowfall, there is a  strong possibility of significant flooding.

Cuomo has directed state agencies to redeploy resources to help communities in that area, including bringing in boats, high axle vehicles, and more than 176,000 sandbags.

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