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Leadership Rochester: Opening the City’s Eyes

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Kelly Mullaney

Rochester native Bob Duffy has been a busy and versatile man over his career, going from Rochester police chief and mayor, to lieutenant governor of New York state, and now head of the Rochester Business Alliance. Before all of that, however, Duffy was a graduate of Leadership Rochester, a program that gave him some useful perspective.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — With the return of the holiday shopping season New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning consumers to be on the look-out for charity scams, identity theft and offers that are just too good to be true.

More than 3,000 cases of identity theft were reported during last year's holidays in New York state.

Cuomo says shoppers need to be alert to criminals who seek to take advantage of the busy holiday shopping season.


If you’re spending Thanksgiving in Rochester, you’re in the right place. That according to a New York City-based research firm called “Onboard Informatics.

That website listed the 20 best cities in the U.S. to celebrate Thanksgiving, and Rochester ranked #1. (Syracuse was ranked #7, Buffalo #17).

The Al Sigl Community of Agencies is going to receive a $3 million gift from local philanthropist and entrepreneur Tom Golisano and the Golisano Foundation. That is the largest gift Al Sigl has ever received from a living donor.

Al Sigl is a network of organizations that serves more than 55,000 children and adults with special needs. Officials say that $3 million commitment will fund improvements to the Al Sigl campus on Elmwood Avenue.

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Over one hundred protesters gathered with signs and slogans outside Congresswoman Louise Slaughter's office.

The congresswoman recently signed a bill that would impose stricter screenings for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the country, and her support of the bill has earned her mixed reactions from the community.

Kristin Reisch is a co-organizer of the protests. She says she usually trusts the congresswoman's leadership, but thinks this bill is more about xenophobia than safety.

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The State Department is warning Americans to be alert to possible travel risks, especially during the holidays, following increased threats from militant groups around the world. 

A Rochester area travel agency says it has not noticed any decline in foreign travel since the latest terrorist attacks.

However, Rebecca Mineo, vice president of corporate travel and sales at Van Zile Travel says business travelers who book trips through her agency are more mindful when they are abroad.

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The message from the members of the interfaith community was clear: We do not condone terrorism, nor do we do not condone intolerance towards Muslims and refugees.

The Rt. Rev. Prince Singh says the purpose of their gathering was to talk about acceptance, like in a family.

"We have Thanksgiving coming up very soon and, we will meet with our family members and most families are dysfunctional. We have wonderful times, as well as times when we need to tolerate, etc. We are at a moment like that in the world."

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Several students suffered minor injuries after two school buses collided in Greece on Friday afternoon.

It happened just before 3pm on Latta Road, just west of Dewey Avenue. Police say one bus collided with the rear-end of another bus as both buses were headed eastbound.

Authorities say the driver of the bus that struck the other one became distracted while checking via the mirror on an unruly passenger.

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Rochester area churches are holding events today to remember the 23 transgender people who were killed in the United States this year.

The annual Transgender Day of Remembrance is a world-wide event that started fifteen years ago on the one-year anniversary of the still unsolved murder of a transgender Massachusetts woman, Rita Hester, in 1999.

Scott Fearing of the Gay Alliance says Rochester has a long history of being trans-inclusive in its city and corporate policies and community acceptance.

Wegmans has recalled some of its ‘Wegmans Italian Classics Butternut Squash Ravioli,' the 9oz. variety.