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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 Reverend Norvel Goff Sr. speaking at the Geneva Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service
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A large crowd of marchers braved bitterly cold temperatures for Geneva’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Service Monday. They filled the First United Methodist Church downtown where keynote speaker the Reverend Dr. Norvel Goff Sr. observed that it is a challenging time for those who carry on the legacy of Dr. King.

 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his first public comments since a key Senate leader was accused of sexual harassment, said he wants investigations to play out before he makes any judgments.

Senate Independent Democratic Leader Jeff Klein, a Cuomo ally, has been accused of forcibly kissing a former staffer, a charge Klein adamantly denies.

The senator has asked the state’s ethics commission to investigate, saying he’s willing to cooperate. Cuomo, speaking on Long Island, said he’s also waiting for the results of that inquiry.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his budget Tuesday, and the news is not expected to be good.

The state faces an over $4.4 billion budget gap, as well as funding cuts and policy changes from Washington that could cost New York and some of its taxpayers billions of dollars.

The governor set the tone in his State of the State speech earlier this month, saying, “2018 may be the toughest year New York has faced in modern history.”

“We have unprecedented challenges ahead on every level,” Cuomo said. 

Just a day after University of Rochester President Joel Seligman announced he’ll be stepping down at the end of February, the university has announced the appointment of an interim president.

The announcement came from board chair Danny Wegman, who says that Professor Richard Feldman, who served as Dean of the College from 2006 until last year will take that role.

Feldman has been involved with the university for more than 40 years, and his tasks included serving as co-chair of the 2016 Presidential Commission on Race and Diversity.

In his first interview since announcing his resignation, University of Rochester President Joel Seligman covered a wide range of topics with WXXI News.

And they include the reasons for his stepping down.

Celeste Kidd, a professor in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department at the University of Rochester, says she does not regret the fact that she did not participate in a three month investigation into sexual misconduct and harassment claims she and other current and former faculty members made about professor Florian Jaeger.   

University of Rochester Professor Florian Jaeger, has released a statement through his lawyers, responding to the 200+ page report from an independent investigation into the allegations of sexual harassment against him and the university's response to those allegations. Jaeger has been on administrative leave from his post in the Brain & Cognitive Sciences Dept. since that time.

This is his statement in its entirety:

Two students who were active in calling for reform in the way the University of Rochester handled the sexual harassment allegations against Professor Florian Jaeger spoke to WXXI about their reaction to the just-released report that was put together by an outside law firm.

Lindsay Wrobel  felt so strong about the issue that at one point last year, she went on a hunger strike.

She feels the report released Thursday doesn’t take the complaints of those who made the accusations seriously.

Following the release of an independent investigation on Thursday about the handling of sexual harassment allegations against University of Rochester Professor Florian Jaeger, those who had filed the complaint with a federal agency expressed disappointment, frustration and anger.

Shortly after sexual harassment allegations against Senate Independent Democratic Leader Jeff Klein emerged, numerous people started calling for an independent investigation. But under current law, there are few avenues available for launching a probe.

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