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A new Siena College poll shows that Republican incumbent John Katko has widened his lead in the 24th Congressional district race against Democrat Colleen Deacon.

According to the survey, he now has a 54 to 31 percent advantage over Deacon, compared to a 53 to 34 percent in a previous Siena poll in early October.


The Landmark Society of Western New York says the Rochester region is at the tipping point of a crisis because of a shortage of workers skilled in the traditional trades.

Carpenters, masons, painters, and professionals who work with stained glass and metal are in short supply as veteran practitioners approach retirement. These are the skills needed to rehabilitate historic buildings in the region.

"This could be an opportunity for jobs and job training for folks in the community," said Landmark Society preservation planner Caitlin Meives.

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The leader of Xerox Corporation was apparently on the short list of names being compiled for  Hillary Clinton earlier this year when she was considering candidates for vice president.

Xerox Chairman & CEO Ursula Burns was on a list of more than 30 names on an email dated last March. It was revealed by WikiLeaks, which indicates the email came from campaign manager John Podesta and was described as “a first cut of people worth considering.”

Xerox declined comment when asked by WXXI News about the email.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says hackers have targeted the voter registration systems of more than 20 states in recent months.

With concerns about the security of the upcoming presidential election, officials at the Monroe County Board of Elections say they are working actively to prevent any security breaches.

Democratic county elections commissioner Tom Ferrarese says the online voter file is updated daily, and voting machines are programmed from a closed system.                    

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Voters in Pittsford consider a referendum Tuesday on a proposal to spend $9.3 million to finance the complete renovation and expansion of the Spiegel Community Center.

Town Supervisor Bill Smith says the town board has recommended the plan as a reasonable way forward, somewhere between a band-aid fix for the current building and putting up an entirely new building.

He says the proposal would give residents a first-class community center that would accommodate reasonable growth over time.


The City of Rochester has achieved the highest ranking available in the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, which assesses LGBTQ equality in more than 500 cities across the country.

The top score of 100 marks the 3rd year in a row the city received that ranking from the advocacy group.

Mayor Lovely Warren says Rochester has a long history of being a diverse and welcoming city.

A local collection agency is adding jobs. ConServe, which has operations in Fairport, Henrietta and the Buffalo area, plans to add about 100 jobs in its call centers in  the Rochester area, and another 40 to 50 positions in Buffalo.

The company is holding a job fair Tuesday from 10am to 2pm and again from 4 to 6pm at its Fairport headquarters at the Cross Keys Office Park.

Employees at the Monroe County Board of Elections are working 12 hour days to process thousands of voter registration forms that have come in over the last several days.

Friday was the deadline to register for those who want to vote in the November election.

As of late Monday morning, the number of voters registered in Monroe County has surpassed the previous record of 442,771 set in 2008.


Scientists and engineers from around the world will be gathering in Rochester this week for the annual meeting of the Optical Society of America.

One symposium is focusing on the special challenges faced by women in the STEM fields.

"We are bringing women into the field, but they are not growing through the field," said Jie Qiao, an RIT associate professor, who founded and chairs the group Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship (WiSTEE).

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Thousands showed up decked out in pink to the 21st annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk outside Frontier Field.

Amongst those were "Laps for Lisa," a group who were walking to support Lisa Mietelski, a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed last fall.

She attended the walk as a way to honor those who helped her.

"Give them the support back that they gave to me. It was such tremendous support for me so I just want to give back."