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The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Keuka College
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Keuka College to Hold Listening Event for MLK Speech

On June 16th, 1963 the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the Baccalaureate Address at Keuka College. A recording of that speech was uncovered recently and will be shared at a listening event tonight. A public discussion will follow led by Dr. James K. Evans of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. Dr. Evans believes the message of the speech resonates 55 years later in an increasingly polarized society.

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The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Keuka College
Keuka College

On June 16th, 1963 the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the Baccalaureate Address at Keuka College. A recording of that speech was uncovered recently and will be shared at a listening event tonight. A public discussion will follow led by Dr. James K. Evans of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. Dr. Evans believes the message of the speech resonates 55 years later in an increasingly polarized society.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget director said 30-day amendments to the governor’s spending plan, which is due out later this week, will include an overhaul of the state’s tax code. It will include plans to ease the effects of the loss of the state and local tax deductions in the new federal tax overhaul.

Robert Mujica said the governor will propose a payroll tax credit program that businesses could use instead of the state and local income tax system.

He said for workers who have to pay more in taxes under the federal overhaul, this could help make them whole. 

On Friday, Hobart and William Smith Colleges announced John Grotzinger, the mission leader and project scientist for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory, the speaker for the 2018 Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 13th. The student newspaper The Herald was the first with the story and Alex Kerai, the paper's Editor-in-Chief joins us in studio.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to call for special elections to be held April 24 to fill two empty Senate seats, according to a state official who confirmed the date. The news is fueling hopes among Senate Democrats that they can gain control of the chamber before the end of the session.

Xerox, the storied American company that has its roots in Rochester in the early 20th century, is getting a new owner.

Early Wednesday morning it was announced that Fujifilm Holdings, the company that Xerox has had a joint venture with for many years, will take a majority stake in the company. The new business will be called Fuji Xerox, and will be 50.1% owned by Fujifilm, while also keeping Xerox's listing on the NYSE.

A third Republican candidate has announced his intention to run for governor against Democrat Andrew Cuomo. Syracuse-area Sen. John DeFrancisco said he thinks it’s time for a change.

DeFrancisco, who is currently the deputy majority leader, said eight years of Andrew Cuomo is a long time, and someone new needs to take over.

“My real feeling is that enough is enough,” DeFrancisco said. “I’ve got the fire in my belly and I’m going to go for it.”

The head of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development programs said he doesn’t think federal corruption trials now taking place will have any effect on the projects.

Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco, is on trial in federal district court in Manhattan, charged with engineering two bribery schemes. One of the companies accused of participating in the crimes received funding through the state’s economic development programs. The two top leaders of COR Development are co-defendants in the trial.

New reports recommends changes to parole in NY, US

Feb 1, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Two new reports from Columbia University are raising questions about New York's probation and parole system - and offering suggestions for making it more effective.

The publications issued Monday were written by corrections experts from around the nation. They examine how inmates are often sent back to jail for technical violations of their parole, such as missing curfew or a meeting with a parole officer.

The prosecution and defense offered two very different versions of events in the trial of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide Joe Percoco and three business associates in Federal District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday.

Much of the prosecution’s case will hinge on the testimony of another former associate, Todd Howe, who pleaded guilty to several felonies and will be the government’s star witness.

A map of New York's 23rd Congressional District
nationalatlas.org


Tuesday, January 23rd, there will be a Democratic Candidates forum at The Smith Opera House in Geneva. The forum will bring together the seven announced candidates for U.S. House of Representatives in the 23rd congressional district. That’s the seat currently held by Tom Reed.

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