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Despite the lack of winter weather, Mayor Lovely Warren and the City of Rochester announced their snow removal plans for this season.

New this year is the "Adopt-a-Hydrant" program, which Warren hopes will encourage citizens to play an active role in snow removal operations in their neighborhoods.

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AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) — The proposed Harriet Tubman National Historic Park in central New York still needs to overcome one final hurdle.

Legislation has already passed to pave the way for the park's creation in the city of Auburn, but the project still needs to be officially established under the National Park Service. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is urging the federal Department of the Interior to do so before year's end.

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Paychex founder and philanthropist Tom Golisano and the Golisano Foundation have been recognized among the 30 great givers and causes by Forbes magazine in their article on “Philanthropy’s Big Bets for Social Change."

A nonprofit advisory firm, The Bridgespan Group and Forbes Magazine teamed up to showcase some of the largest, most promising philanthropic gifts aimed at solving social problems in the U.S. and around the globe.

The head of the State Association of Chiefs of Police has written to Governor Andrew Cuomo requesting that he approve expansion of ride-sharing services in upstate New York to combat drunk driving. 

President of the Association and Cheektowaga Police Chief David Zack says despite many efforts to curb drunk driving, numbers in upstate New York are still high.

"66% of all DWI arrests in New York State come from upstate, despite that fact that we’re only 51% of the licensed drivers in New York State."

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As public housing authorities get ready to comply with a new federal ban on indoor smoking, the Rochester Housing Authority (RHA) has had a three-year head start.

The RHA implemented a ban on smoking at all of its approximately 2,400 housing units and administrative buildings in October 2013.

Executive director John Hill said the indoor smoking ban was just a suggestion from the federal government at the time, and RHA decided to put it into action.

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The Hilton School District is mourning the death of a 13 year old boy who died after being struck by a fire department vehicle on Sunday afternoon in the Town of Greece.

Greece police say it happened just after noon when the boy was walking  and entered Flynn Road when he was hit by a vehicle belonging to the Lakeshore Fire Department.

The young teen was pronounced dead at the hospital and circumstances surrounding the accident are still under investigation.

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department has made an arrest in connection with the death of a Rochester man in the town of York last month.

21 year old Danielle Allen of Livonia  is facing a 2nd degree manslaughter charge in the stabbing death of  22 year old Marcus Postell on November 21st.

Authorities say on that evening, Allen placed a call to 911, calling them to the Fowlerville Road home.

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With the help of volunteers and staff at Stokoe Farms in Scottsville Friday morning, about 250 live Christmas trees were shipped to United States Army posts in the south to help active-duty service members and their families celebrate the holidays.

The Christmas tree initiative at Stokoe began 12 years ago, as part of the national Trees for Troops program, to show support and appreciation for military service.

A Monroe County grand jury has indicted four people in connection with the death of a Penfield man whose body was later found in Yates County.

According to the district attorney’s office, the grand jury has indicted Craig Rideout’s estranged wife, 45 year old Laura Rideout, along with Craig and Laura’s sons, 19 year old Alexander and 23 year old Colin Rideout, and 50 year old Paul Tucci, Laura Rideout’s boyfriend.

All four face charges that include second degree murder and tampering with physical evidence.

Monroe County Deputies say  a Rochester man got a lot more than he bargained for when he allegedly tried to break into a Penfield pizzeria early Friday morning.

They say they got a call at about 3:45 a.m. to Penfield Road for a report of someone yelling. When they got there, they found a man yelling for help.   He was stuck in a vent on the roof of Pontillos Pizza at 1811 Penfield Road.

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