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Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo has named a new assistant county executive, and the name is familiar. William Napier has been named to the new post, while Brett Walsh has been appointed to the director of communications role.

Napier replaces Justin Roj, who resigned earlier this year following the COMIDA/I-Square controversy.

Napier was the county's director of communications and this will be the second time he will serve as assistant county executive. The first was during the administration of former County Executive Maggie Brooks.

After the death of Assemblyman Bill Nojay, Republican leadership throughout the 133rd Assembly urged voters to still vote for Nojay in Tuesday’s GOP primary. The voters responded.

Peter Vazquez and Bob Zinck will have to wait until Tuesday to see who gets a shot to pry the 138th Assembly District seat from Democratic hands.

Assemblyman Bill Nojay, 59, has died, four days before he faced a Republican primary for his 133rd Assembly District seat. Nojay took his own life at Riverside Cemetery on Lake Avenue in Rochester.

At a noon news conference, Rochester Police said that they were called out to the cemetery at 9:22 a.m. Friday to "check the welfare" of a person at the cemetery. Police confirmed later in the afternoon that the person was Nojay, and said the reporting officer saw Nojay shoot himself.

Assembly GOP Leader Brian Kolb, expressed sadness and shock.


The FBI says there are new leads in the deadly 2003 robbery of the former Xerox Federal Credit Union in Webster (now known as Xceed Federal Credit Union). At a press conference Monday, the FBI says that newly enhanced video of the robbery, which shows the suspect, has led to additional leads, and the FBI is ramping up their push for additional information.

Photos of the suspect will be distributed, and posted on digital billboards around Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Rochester.

Here’s what we know about the suspect:

-The suspect is a black male, around 43-45 years old

College Help For Impoverished

Nov 21, 2015
Olivia Lopez / St. John Fisher College

College students face worries over juggling homework, clubs, jobs, and their social lives. However, physically surviving isn’t a concern for most of them.

But it is for many other people in the Rochester area. According to ACT Rochester’s community indicators for the Greater Rochester Area, Monroe County has the greatest rate of homelessness among area counties. In 2014, the homeless rate for Monroe was at 11.2 homeless people per 10,000 residents.

HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — The friendly soccer game between Germany and the Netherlands was canceled at short notice due to the serious threat of an attack at the stadium on Tuesday.

"We had concrete evidence that someone wanted to set off an explosive device in the stadium," Hannover police chief Volker Kluwe told German TV.

Referring to another bomb threat about an hour beforehand that turned out to be a false alarm, Kluwe said, "After the first object turned out to be harmless, we got a tip that had to be taken seriously that an attack was being planned."

RPD Says Viral Video Doesn't Tell the Whole Story

Oct 29, 2015
Michelle Faust

Rochester Police say they’re investigating an incident that resulted in a 15-second viral video of 5 officers taking down a man in the middle of Main Street. RPD’s initial findings are that the officers’ actions were in line with their training.

Rochester Police Chief Mike Ciminelli says every use of force by an officer is reviewed and this case is still being looked at.

According to the department’s initial analysis, the man subdued by police on Tuesday behaved in a violent and threatening manner.

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Rochester City Councilman Adam McFadden knew one of the victims in Wednesday night's drive-by shooting  and spoke with Beth Adams this morning about the tragedy.

(WXXI News & AP) Some top NYS Democratic officials issued statements of support for Hillary Clinton after her presidential bid became official Sunday.