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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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Joel Seligman has resigned as president and CEO of the University of Rochester, effective February 28, 2018. His resignation comes hours after an independent investigation found that while there was no evidence of a hostile work environment in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences department, there was inappropriate behavior by Professor Florian Jaeger. 

Geneva is the unofficial capital of the Finger Lakes, and one if the city's most successful managers is leaving. Matt Horn has been in the job for ten years, and has helped oversee a shift in Geneva's fortunes.

We talk to Matt, as well as the team that is temporarily replacing him, about the accomplishments, the occasional misses, and the top priorities going forward. In our WEOS studio:

  • Matt Horn, outgoing Geneva city manager
  • Sage Gerling, Doris Myers, Adam Blowers, interim Geneva city managers

A more than 200 page report was released on Thursday by former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White, who was commissioned by the University of Rochester to investigate claims of sexual harassment by Professor Florian Jaeger and allegations that some of those who brought those claims were retaliated against by the university.

The leader of the Independent Democrats in the Senate denies that he forcibly kissed a former staffer, and says he intends to remain as leader of the break away Democratic faction.

Klein and his colleague, Senator Diane Savino,  issued a pre emptive strike against an article in the Huffington Post, where the former female staffer says Klein forcibly kissed her on the sidewalk outside  an Albany bar on March 31, 2015, the night the state budget was approved.

The 2018 election season is beginning, but state Republicans are still trying to settle on a strong candidate to challenge Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has said he wants to seek a third term. 

Republican State Party Chair Ed Cox said the GOP will have a “good,” qualified and viable candidate.

Outgoing Geneva City Manager Matt Horn speaking to the crowd honoring him at Club 86
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Thursday night, the City of Geneva is hosted an event to honor departing City Manager Matt Horn. In December, Horn announced he would be leaving the Finger Lakes to join a consulting firm in Washington DC. In reflecting on his decade-long tenure with the City, Horn was especially proud of the $10-Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grant.

Republicans in the State Senate say that, despite the over

$4 billion dollar structural deficit, taxes need to be cut further and a property tax cap must be made permanent.

Senate GOP Majority Leader John Flanagan says the state needs to cut income taxes, property taxes and energy taxes, in the midst of a brutally cold winter. And he says some tax cuts for middle class New Yorkers that begin to take effect this year need to be speeded up.

“We actually want to accelerate the tax cuts,” Flanagan said.

The state’s Comptroller, Tom DiNapoli, warns of a “problematic” budget season, as the state faces a structural deficit, changes to the federal tax code, and uncertainty over continued funding from Washington.

DiNapoli, speaking at a forum sponsored by the Albany Times Union, says this year’s $4.4 billion dollar budget gap is on top of expected cuts from President Trump and the Republican led Congress.  

“On health care alone, we still stand to lose billions of dollars,” DiNapoli. “We really could be behind the eight ball.”

Monday was the first full day of session in the New York State legislature, and lawmakers have a lot to contend with, including a multi billion dollar budget deficit, as well as the beginning of an election year.

The state Assembly went first, with remarks by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. The speaker, a Star Trek fan, used one of his favorite quotes from the series as he offered a critique of what he calls “radical policies” by President Trump and the Republican Congress in Washington.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Rochester Monday announcing bipartisan legislation to expand the Small Business Administration’s microloan program, helping women and minority owned businesses succeed.

The Microloan Modernization Act will strengthen the current program, Gillibrand said, by raising the total limit on outstanding loans from intermediary lenders, which would allow for more loans to be made.  

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