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Protesters in Geneva challenge separation of immigrant families

Protesters at Congressman Tom Reed’s office in Geneva called on the representative to take action against an immigration policy that is separating children from their families at the southern border. Gabriella Quintanilla was 13 years old when she and her younger sisters left El Salvador to meet their mother in the U.S. “We crossed the border on foot," she said, adding that it took nearly a month to complete the journey. To cross the Rio Grande, they had to move in the middle of the night....

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Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is entering the race for governor against incumbent Andrew Cuomo. The long time Democrat is the candidate for a newly formed political movement.

Miner, coming to the race relatively late, and with little money and name recognition outside of upstate New York, says she knows she faces an uphill battle.

“The challenges are clearly there,” said Miner, who said there is also an “opportunity” for a new message in what she says is a “toxic” political atmosphere.

Governor Cuomo says he plans within the next several days to file a lawsuit against the federal government over the treatment of immigrant children separated from their parents. He says around 70 children are being held at facilities in New York.

One day before the scheduled end of the legislative session, Governor Cuomo says he’s throwing in  the towel on remaining issues, saying Democrats and Republicans, who are evenly divided in the State Senate, are too dug in right now for compromise.

“I never expected a grand bargain,” said Cuomo.

Prosecutors and lawyers for the defense gave opening statements Monday in the bid rigging trial of a former associate of Governor Cuomo and two upstate  development firms, who are accused of fraudulently obtaining  lucrative taxpayer- funded state contracts.  

Meanwhile, Cuomo’s political opponents seized on the trial as evidence of what they say is corruption in the incumbent governor’s administration, while reform groups pressed for changes in New York’s laws.

New York looks to expand access to medical marijuana

Jun 20, 2018

The New York State Health Department plans to make medical marijuana available to more New Yorkers.  Opioid use will be the newest addition to the list of qualifying conditions under the state’s medical marijuana program.

The health department characterized the decision as a step toward curbing the opioid epidemic, saying that medical marijuana treats the pain that opioids are meant to address while also reducing the chance of addiction and eliminating the risk of a fatal overdose.

On Monday, prosecutors present the second of two corruption cases against former associates of Gov. Andrew Cuomo in federal district court in Manhattan.

Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, the former head of the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute and mastermind of the state’s high-tech development efforts, faces charges of bid-rigging and bribery. Three upstate developers are co-defendants.

Protesters at Congressman Tom Reed’s office in Geneva called on the representative to take action against an immigration policy that is separating children from their families at the southern border.

Gabriella Quintanilla was 13 years old when she and her younger sisters left El Salvador to meet their mother in the U.S.

“We crossed the border on foot," she said, adding that it took nearly a month to complete the journey.

A 150 year old horse chestnut tree that witnessed some remarkable times in Rochester history and American history was cut down outside the Susan B. Anthony House on Madison Street this morning.

"I'm sure if it could talk it would have some interesting stories about an American icon," said  Anthony Orphe, director of environmental services for the city of Rochester.

Despite efforts to preserve it in recent years, the fifty-foot tree had died, and Orphe said it was a safety hazard in the neighborhood.

  

A Siena poll finds Gov.  Andrew Cuomo is securely ahead of his challengers, Democrat Cynthia Nixon and Republican Marc Molinaro, in his re-election bid.

Meanwhile, Cuomo is using some of his $30 million campaign war chest to promote an anti-gun violence measure.

The poll finds Cuomo ahead of Nixon by about 35 points, at 61 to 26 percent, among Democrats who say they are likely to vote in the November election.

The state’s largest teachers union brought bagpipe players and a brass band to the Capitol to push for a bill to decouple teacher evaluations from the results of standardized tests.

As a brass band played the theme from the TV show “Jeopardy,” New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta said time is running out on a bill to sever the student standardized test results from teacher performance reviews.

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