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UPDATE: Amber Alert canceled on Thursday night; State Police say the child was located safely.  


An AMBER Alert has been activated after a child abduction in Schuyler County.


New York State Police say they are looking for an infant who was reportedly taken from a home in Montour Falls around 5 a.m. Thursday. The infant, Gionna Harter, is a black female, approximately 1 month old with short black hair and brown eyes. She is approximately 18 inches long and weighs around 9 pounds.


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(AP) Police are promising a bigger security detail than ever before at the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square.

New York Police Department officials say that while there are no specific or credible threats against the city, they're taking no chances.

More people visited the 2017 edition of the New York State Fair in Geddes than any other. 1,161,912 million visitors came to the fair during its 13-day run, breaking the overall attendance record set last year. 

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A state audit has found more problems including “squalid'' conditions at some hotels and motels used to house homeless people in New York.

The report issued by state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli on Tuesday. The audit is a follow up to a 2016 report that found problems at several hotels and motels used as shelters around the state.

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The comeback of the American bald eagle is a success story across the Great Lakes region, and keeping them safe is a high priority for many environmental professionals. But one serious threat to the great raptor is lead poisoning.

In New York, environmental officials are closely monitoring the problem. Biologists and researchers have noticed a disturbing trend: an increase in lead-related deaths.

“It’s definitely something we should keep an eye on,” said Kevin Hynes, a biologist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

WXXI News contacted the City of Rochester, and other towns and villages across Monroe County for their plans on brush pickup. Here are their responses as of Friday, March 10. For specific information, call your department of public works.

-    Out with chipper trucks
-    Going through the city and taking care of any of the storm of damage


-   Will begin picking up storm debris Saturday. Please leave debris on grass; not in street.

Monroe County, the City of Rochester, RG&E and National Grid have been updating storm recovery, resources for help, and power restoration efforts.  Here’s the key information you’ll need to know:

On Saturday evening, Monroe County Exec. Cheryl Dinolfo said there's a website that collects a lot of the local info.  It is:



MCC will provide emergency shelter in the Athletic Building.

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.