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City hall was buzzing Tuesday evening as applicants lined up to apply for jobs at del Lago Resort and Casino's job fair.

Mayor Lovely Warren said the city was excited to partner with the gaming facility to give residents the access to stable jobs.

She said even though the resort its self isn’t in Rochester, these jobs will have a positive impact on the city.

Transportation's role in transforming the future of the city was the topic of a panel discussion at Rochester Rotary's first meeting Tuesday afternoon.

A number of guest speakers discussed ways to increase and enhance transportation services, suggesting more buses, faster routes and introducing van pool and ride-share services.

Demographics were discussed by RGRTA CEO Bill Carpenter, mainly how to get younger people to use buses more.

Congressman Tom Reed (R-Corning)

Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed did not join his Republican colleagues in their vote to eviscerate the independent ethics office that investigates allegations of misconduct by lawmakers. 

The 119-74 vote prompted angry outcries from Democrats and government watchdog groups.

House Republicans on Tuesday dropped plans to gut the independent ethics office after widespread criticism and questions from President-elect Donald Trump about GOP priorities.   

The police chief in the Village of Brockport has scheduled a forum this week to help find ways to fight a problem stemming from illegal drug use.

Chief Dan Varrenti readily admits he doesn't have all the answers...but he feels the need to communicate with Brockport residents about recent home invasion robberies, since the majority of them have been related to drug use.

Varrenti says Brockport is certainly not alone in dealing with an issue that is plaguing communities across the country.

New York was one of the first states in the country to pass legislation giving women the right to vote 1917, three years before the 19th amendment was passed.

Deborah Hughes is the executive director of the Susan B Anthony house and says the centennial is not only exciting because of the state’s history, but also because of its local ties.

"Rochester has such a fascinating history related to women’s suffrage because this was really the home and headquarters for the National American Women’s Suffrage Association when Susan B Anthony was the president."

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An electrical fire in the basement of the University of Rochester's Eastman Dental brought a number of firefighters to Elmwood Avenue early Monday morning.

Fire officials say that a U of R security person on routine patrol at about 2:30 a.m. smelled smoke in the basement of the dental school and then found heavy smoke.

When firefighters got there they upgraded it to a second alarm to make sure they could get additional resources. The fire was in an area where there is electrical equipment in the basement of the dental center. 

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A large crowd gathered in Downtown Rochester Saturday night to welcome in the new year.

It was billed as a family-friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration which included activities at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Main Street.

The festivities included free open skating at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park Ice Rink.

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The City of Rochester will usher in 2017 by hosting a free,  family-friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Main Street on Saturday evening.

The festivities will kick off with free open skating at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park Ice Rink.

A Family Skate will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by an Adult Skate (over 16 years old) from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Limited skate rentals will be available for $3 per person with a valid NYS license.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren says  that the city is launching a program to help the unemployed and under-employed get jobs in the environmental construction industry.

The Rochester Environmental Job Training Program will help train city residents for full-time jobs with environmental construction and cleanup companies.

Warren says the program will give people the skills they need to earn a living in a growing industry and also help clean up contaminated properties around the city.

This program is being funded through a federal grant.

Seneca White Deer Inc.

(WXXI News & AP) There are some changes in the plans for re-developing the former Seneca Army Depot in the new year.

Plans for giving title to the old army depot  to a new owner have been delayed because of assessment questions regarding the land. 

The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency will remain the owner of the 7,000 acres, home to a rare herd of white deer.