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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The fate of upstate New York's nuclear power plants could be decided today. The state's Public Service Commission (PSC) will vote on a massive nuclear power subsidy program that several plant owners say they need to survive and what anti-nuclear forces call a wasteful investment in a dangerous power source.

NY state officials tout increase in SNAP eligibility

Jul 8, 2016
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State and local officials went to Rochester's Public Market Thursday to tout the fact that more New Yorkers are now eligible for nutritional benefits under the SNAP program, what used to be called food stamps.

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With the discussion surrounding a federal probe of contracts connected to the Buffalo Billion, there are concerns about possible effects on any related economic development projects throughout the upstate New York area.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in March that two companies would be coming to Rochester, creating hundreds of jobs as a result of the recent push into photonics, which involves the use of light in robotics, medical imaging and other fields.

Thousands attend Trump rally in Rochester

Apr 11, 2016
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made his first campaign visit to upstate New York in Rochester Sunday. But just how many people attended the rally is open to a bit of debate, with estimates ranging anywhere from 6,000 to about 9,000 people at an airport hangar.

But what was obvious was that the vast majority of those attending are true believers. From the opening speakers for the event -- including Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino -- to the main act itself, the crowd often broke into chants, that sometimes just included yelling "Trump, Trump" over and over again.

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New York's statewide poverty rate is 16 percent, but in upstate cities, that number doubles. In Syracuse, more than 1/3 of the residents live in poverty. Syracuse also ranks the highest nationwide for its concentration of minorities in poverty.

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Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) says terrorist organizations are using social media to recruit members, so the federal government must double down on its efforts to monitor their online recruiting methods.

He was in Rochester Tuesday to push for passage of the Combat Terrorist Use of Social Media Act, which has already passed the House.

Local counter-terrorism expert says ISIL's growing influence could be responsible for the alleged planned New Years Eve attack in Rochester.

Mark Concordia teaches Criminal Justice at Roberts Wesleyan College. He used to work with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, the same task force that thwarted the alleged plan.

"The public has no idea what it's like working these cases. They completely consume your life. Family obligations, free time, gives way to 24-7 surveillance, late nights, coordinated phone calls and frustrations."

Local counter-terrorism expert says ISIL's growing influence could be responsible for the alleged planned New Years Eve attack in Rochester.

Mark Concordia teaches Criminal Justice at Roberts Wesleyan College. He used to work with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, the same task force that thwarted the alleged plan.

"The public has no idea what it's like working these cases. They completely consume your life. Family obligations, free time, gives way to 24-7 surveillance, late nights, coordinated phone calls and frustrations."

Rochester man accused of New Year's Eve plot

Jan 1, 2016

Officials in Rochester canceled a New Year's Eve fireworks celebration following the arrest of a 25-year-old Rochester man, who is accused of trying to provide support to terrorists and help ISIS (also known as ISIL) kill innocent civilians on New Year's Eve at a restaurant-bar in the Rochester area.

Rochester man pleads guilty to terrorism

Dec 18, 2015

It could be the first plea of its kind in the U.S. fight against terrorism. A man who ran a pizza shop and convenience store in Rochester pleaded guilty Thursday. He admitted to helping ISIS.

Closed anti-poverty meeting held in Rochester

Aug 25, 2015
Veronica Volk / WXXI News

Members of the New York state Assembly are on a statewide tour to hear from people living in poverty and local elected officials who are trying to address the issue. The first stop was Rochester, which was given money in this year's budget to establish an anti-poverty task force.

The round table discussion was closed to press, but a statement says the meeting was an opportunity for leaders to discuss the impacts of poverty on the community.

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A $110 million federal grant will be matched with half a billion dollars in public and private investments in order to create a Photonics Research and Manufacturing Hub in Rochester.

Vice President Joe Biden, Under Secretary of Defense Frank Kendall, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo came together with Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-Rochester), Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren to make the announcement in Rochester.

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Rochester became the “Capital for a Day” on Thursday.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his cabinet visited the city to learn more about that part of western New York. New York's Secretary of State Cesar Perales sat on a panel that heard from people who work with the area’s immigrant and refugee communities.

The secretary of state says even though the legislature hasn’t passed the Dream Act — legislation that would assist children whose parents are in the country illegally go to college — the governor is committed to the proposed legislation.

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Many people with disabilities are limited in their housing options -- not just because of a lack of availability in desirable neighborhoods, but because of outdated standards of accessibility. And that can leave people feeling isolated and segregated.

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Outside Michelle Fridley's apartment building, mounds of snow line the perimeter of the parking lot. At least the curb ramp on her sidewalk is clear today, though that’s not always the case.

"For a week I was having a really hard time being about to leave here. It wasn't even just the snow. It was -- someone parked in my curb cut."

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In this year's State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the formation of an anti-poverty task force in Rochester, which has the highest child poverty rate in the state. The initiative just got started, and its efforts are being closely watched by other areas in the state like Syracuse that also have high poverty rates.

Fred Daniel serves food in the dining center of Asbury Methodist Church. He says being a member of that community helps him deal with being homeless.

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The mayor of Syracuse says her city’s high poverty rate is always on her mind, even if she didn’t mention it in her 2015 agenda.

A third of Syracuse residents live in poverty and half of Syracuse’s children are poor. That has ripple effects like a high school graduation rates that hovers around only 50 percent.

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Two New York state regional health information exchanges have been nationally accredited for the security of their systems. 

The Healthcare Information Xchange of New York and Rochester RHIO (Regional Health Information Organization) were recently accredited by the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission.

The commission evaluated the regional exchanges for the privacy, security, and confidentiality of a program that directly alerts primary care doctors when their patients have been treated, for example in an emergency room.

Rochester Police Department

The name of a Rochester police officer who was shot and killed last night while pursuing a suspect has been released.

Daryl Pierson, 32, served with the Rochester Police Department for eight years and was an Army National Guard veteran who served in Afghanistan. He leaves behind his wife and two young children. Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said last night that the city will not forget Pierson's sacrifice.

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Hospitals have been working for years to digitize patient medical records, but now New York state is expanding a system to centralize the record-keeping of multiple hospitals.

A patient’s medical history may be in the computer at their primary care doctor’s office. And their records may be digitized at the hospital they’ve been treated at, "however, many of those systems can’t easily or fluently communicate with one another," said Dr. Rainu Kaushal, who chairs the Weill Cornell Medical College’s healthcare policy program.

Keeping the craft of instrument making alive

May 10, 2014
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John Delmonico works at a small violin shop on East Avenue in Rochester, continuing a tradition that dates back to the 16th century.

"You know it's something we don't hear about that much anymore," said Delmonico, who began working at Sullivan Violins five years ago.

“Really, the story is I couldn't find a teaching job and I needed a job.”

He’s a classically-trained cellist with a background in music education. He started out as an office clerk at Sullivan’s, but soon took an interest in how the instruments were built and maintained.

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New York Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy has informed Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a letter that he is not running for a second term, and Cuomo has accepted his resignation from the ticket. Duffy will serve out the rest of his term, which ends in December.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have to pick a new running mate now that Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy has announced he won't seek a second term.

Duffy notified Cuomo of his intentions in a letter first reported by the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester. The 59-year-old former Rochester mayor cites the travel demands of his current job and a desire to spend more time with his family.

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New York state Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy spoke at a police memorial service this week, in what may be one of his last official acts in his role before Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces a new running mate for the 2014 elections.

Several Rochester news outlets are reporting that Duffy has already submitted notice to Cuomo, and will not run on the ticket in this year's election. Duffy, who’s publicly been Cuomo’s biggest cheerleader, privately may have become disenchanted with the job as New York’s number two elected official.

Cuomo to local governments: Cut spending

Apr 11, 2014
MIchelle Faust / WXXI

During a speech in Irondequoit Thursday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo kept up pressure on local governments to cut their budgets. 

Cuomo touted four consecutive fiscal years of on-time budgets, something he says hasn't happened since the Rockefeller era. He calls it his "grand slam" budget.

The governor highlighted state efforts to cut taxes, but focused on what he called "unsustainable property taxes" levied by municipalities.

Golisano Children's Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center

Young patients with spinal problems in upstate New York now have local access to imaging technology that substantially decreases their exposure to radiation.

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Three big roadways in upstate New York cities have made a top 10 list of freeways that should be torn down or filled in.

The Congress for New Urbanism says Syracuse’s Interstate 81, Rochester’s Inner Loop and Buffalo’s Skyway bridge are all roadways that do damage to the community and should be replaced. They’re also on the "Freeways Without a Future" list because there’s growing momentum to remove them.

The Chicago-based group advocates for more walkable cities and smart growth.

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In his State of the Union address President Barack Obama tapped Vice President Joe Biden to lead a reform of the country’s training programs to ensure the skills in the workforce match employers’ needs.

Biden traveled to upstate New York Wednesday promoting the President’s agenda. Speaking at Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester, he said community colleges are a vital part of the process of reinventing the nation’s workforce training.

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High school students in upstate New York watched as a rocket carrying one of their science experiments was launched Thursday. Its destination is the International Space Station orbiting the earth over 200 miles above us.

Vicki Aman and Cheyanne Jeffrey are in their senior year at Rochester Early College International High School (RECIHS). The team is hoping their research will contribute to our growing knowledge of life in space.

Somali Community in Western New York

The desire for familiar food, clothing, and other products from home is spurring refugee communities in upstate New York to start their own businesses. In response, a group in Rochester has organized a six-week startup business training course to help the Somali refugee community navigate the process.

“They can actually create their own little local economy where they can exchange, similar to what they had in Somalia,” says David Dey, president and CEO of the Institute for Social Entrepreneurship.

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