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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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Opponents of a proposed Finger Lakes waste-to-energy facility are increasing pressure on the New York State Legislature to pass legislation to ban the operation before the end of the legislative session next week.

"In Albany time we have all the time in the world, but with each passing day, the urgency increases,” said Will Ouweleen, owner of O-Neh-Da and Eagle Crest Vineyards in Conesus. “If the bill is not passed, there is going to be a complete outcry in the Finger Lakes because this project is completely inappropriate to site in the Finger Lakes area."

Incinerator company sues Finger Lakes resident, town boards

Jun 20, 2018

A Rochester company is suing the town of Romulus for the way it changed its zoning rules to ban trash incinerators. The lawsuit names the town council, the zoning board and one resident.

 


The company, Circular enerG, wants to build a trash incinerator near Seneca Lake in Romulus. They say the town violated state law when it made changes to its zoning code to prohibit incinerators like theirs.

It looks like Lake Ontario may have already reached its peak high for the season, which is good news for lakefront home owners and business owners.

The New York State Senate is experiencing its worst gridlock in nine years, with the two major factions tied at 31 members each. No legislation is moving through the chamber, but there’s lots of finger-pointing.

Tempers flared on the Senate floor as Democrat Michael Gianaris blamed the GOP for the stalemate.

“They don’t have the votes to pass a single thing in this chamber,” Gianaris shouted.

After two days of infighting, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan was frustrated.

Ginny Carter of New York Kitchen, Empire State Development's Howard Zemsky, and Governor Andrew Cuomo at the opening of the new Finger Lakes Welcome Center.
Greg Cotterill / Finger Lakes Public Radio


Governor Cuomo was in Geneva Wednesday for the official grand opening of the Finger Lakes Welcome Center on the lakefront. Last June, Cuomo announced the state’s $5-million investment to transform the existing Visitors Center into one of 11 welcome centers across the state.

The New York legislative session is due to end in three weeks, but some state lawmakers are talking about leaving a week early because they believe they will accomplish so little in that time. 

Political gridlock in the state Senate and worsening relations between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and majority-party Senate Republicans have led some lawmakers to say that perhaps they should end the session early.

But Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said his Democratic members are staying until at least June 20, the scheduled end of the session.

The search continues for 14-month old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon in Sodus after his mother was found dead last week. His mother’s boyfriend appeared in court today.

Joy Road is quiet, nothing but the wind rolling through orchards and the occasional roar of a distant car on a country road.

You wouldn’t know it, but behind the neat rows of peach trees and some dense woods, dozens of police officers are fanned out across acres and acres of farm land, looking for Owen

Authorities continue to search for a missing 14-month-old toddler on a Wayne County farm.

Sheriff Barry Virts says 173 people were involved in the search on Monday in Sodus for Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, after his mother 18-year-old Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, was found dead in a wooded area of the farm last Wednesday.

Virts says they are looking at a number of aspects to this case right now.

NY Green Party fills out ticket for November elections

May 31, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A longtime Albany activist is running as the Green Party's candidate for New York state comptroller, while an upstate lawyer is the party's nominee for attorney general.

Mark Dunlea and Michael Sussman were at the state Capitol Friday to discuss their campaigns for statewide office. Dunlea is the party's candidate for comptroller, and Sussman is running for attorney general.

Dunlea is an environmental and anti-poverty activist. He served as executive director of the Hunger Action Network of New York State for nearly 30 years.

Senator Chuck Schumer joined a chorus of local voices Friday to demand tighter restrictions around the sales and marketing of e-cigarettes. The New York Democrat and Senate Minority Leader visited Webster Schroeder High School and spoke with students and staff who say they’re concerned about the growing use of e-cigarettes among students.

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