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The City of Canandaigua has put water restrictions in place for municipalities and other entities who receive water from its water treatment plant due to low levels on Canandaigua Lake.

The restrictions include not using the water for irrigation, washing cars or filling swimming pools.

Also, all water users within the Canandaigua Water Treatment Plant service area are asked to reduce water usage as much as possible through common sense water conservative methods.


There’s been another twist in the upcoming general election for the 133rd State Assembly District seat previously held by Bill Nojay.

Conservative Party candidate Jason McGuire says he is asking the NYS Conservative Party to withdraw his name from consideration.

McGuire, who is also the Livingston County Conservative  Party Chairman, says he is concerned that if he remains on the ballot “ it greatly increases the likelihood that a candidate who does not represent the values of either the Conservative or Republican Parties would be elected.”

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The typically brilliant colors of fall may soon become the latest casualty of the severe drought affecting Rochester and other parts of Western and Central New York.

Plants cool when water evaporates from their leaves. When there is little or no rain, that process shuts down.


A primary challenger who lost his GOP contest Tuesday to Assemblyman Bill Nojay, who died by suicide last Friday, but remained on the ballot. now says that he is immediately withdrawing his name from consideration.

Rick Milne is also the Honeoye Falls Mayor, and he faced Nojay for the Republican Primary in the 133rd Assembly District which includes parts of Monroe, Livingston and Steuben Counties.


Officials with the Rochester Housing Authority want the community to be aware of search engine ads that can be misleading when people search for information on 'Section 8'  on Google.

RHA officials say they have become aware of ads that lead people to sites not related to the Rochester Housing Authority or any official Section 8 website. Those sites ask for personal information and charge fees for what appears to be a Section 8 application.

RHA has alerted Google to the issue hoping the company will take steps to remove the sites from Google Search.

Tuesday's primary election win by Assemblyman Bill Nojay just days after his death by suicide has drawn national attention.

But some local political observers say it is not surprising that a popular incumbent who was endorsed by his party even after his death won the race by a 60 to 39 percent margin.

"Probably many people before his death on Friday intended to vote for him, and probably did not know much about the other candidates," said Jeff Koch, chairman of the political science and international relations department at SUNY Geneseo. 

A new initiative at Roberts Wesleyan College aims to help local police departments attract a more diverse pool of applicants.

Mark Concordia, assistant professor of criminal justice, says a small survey of students shows why some may not be drawn to a career in law enforcement.

"They either had a negative contact with a police officer or the perception of the current crisis of trust between our community and the law enforcement sector," he said.

NY State Board of Elections

The 2016 local and state primaries saw some incumbents win, some races too close to call, and a very unusual contest.

The contest that has befuddled casual observers is the one for the 133rd State Assembly Republican Primary; that is the seat that had been held by Bill Nojay, who committed suicide last Friday. He was facing a primary against Honeoye Falls Mayor Rick Milne, and Nojay's name stayed on the ballot in that district which covers parts of Monroe, Livingston and Steuben Counties.


In the Republican primary for the 54th district State Senate race, it appears Canandaigua Town Supervisor Pam Helming is the victor. She was leading the four other challengers. 

With absentee ballots still to be counted, Helming was ahead of her closest rival, businessman Floyd Rayburn, by about 190 votes.

The seat is the one now held by longtime state senator Mike Nozzolio who is not running for re-election.  Helming realizes there is a legacy there.

Special Olympics is launching a worldwide award program called the Golisano Global Health Leadership Awards. The idea is to recognize the work of individuals and organizations who are improving the health of people with intellectual disabilities.

Ann Costello is executive director of the Golisano Foundation.  She says it's important to recognize health professionals and other people who are helping serve what is an underserved population.