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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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(AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pardoned 59 people for nonviolent crimes, including 18 immigrants whose years-old convictions put them at risk of deportation despite otherwise law-abiding lives.

The governor announced his latest clemency grants Wednesday.

Cuomo has issued several previous immigration-related pardons. They don't automatically end deportation proceedings but allow someone to petition for relief.

Wednesday's announcement also includes 39 “youth pardons” to clear the records of people who were 16 or 17 when convicted and have been crime-free since.

The facade of The Smith Opera House in downtown Geneva
Jason Rogers


The Smith Opera House in downtown Geneva is going to undertake some important renovations in the coming year. Executive Director Susie Monagan says these are important improvements in the 123-year-old space even if they won’t be immediately apparent to audiences.

2018 might finally be the year that Democrats regain control of the state Senate. But they face a number of obstacles, and Republicans aren’t ready to give up any time soon.

Two feuding factions of Democrats in the Senate have agreed to reunite later next year and perhaps rule the chamber, but it can happen only if a number of events occur first.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, under pressure from left-leaning Democrats to be a peace broker, last month called on the eight breakaway members of the Independent Democratic Conference to rejoin with the rest of the Democrats.

A report from the Center for an Urban Future shows that within three years, just 26% of community college students in the Finger Lakes graduate. This number is only slightly higher than the rest of the state, graduating at 25%.

Senior fellow for economic opportunity at the Center, Tom Hilliard, says these numbers are not good enough, but believes change can be made.

There are few regions in the world where you can make true "ice wine," a sweet, dessert-style vintage. You need warm summers to grow quality grapes. But the fruit must be picked and pressed when it's well below freezing. So you need frigid winters.

Most of the ice wine in the U.S. is imported from Canada or Germany. But a growing number of wineries in places like upstate New York, Michigan and Pennsylvania have started making their own, giving American consumers the option of buying domestically produced bottles.

There's a small chance that if Saturday Night Live hadn't been so mean to former New York Gov. David Paterson, Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand wouldn't be in the U.S. Senate.

In late 2008, Hillary Clinton was vacating her Senate seat for the State Department, and the New York governor was trying to decide who should fill it.

"It was the stereotypical Mr. Magoo, blind character who does everything wrong and in a sense is actually stupid in addition to being blind," Paterson, who is legally blind, recalls of the SNL skit.

Governor Cuomo, responding to the end to state and local tax deductions in the federal tax law, has issued an emergency order to allow New Yorkers who owe more than $10,000 in property taxes each year to pay them early to get around the new law.   

A City of Geneva winter parking restrictions sign
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio


The City of Geneva held a series of public meetings this year to ask residents what they think of parking in the City. City Manager Matt Horn says there’s a lot of frustration with regulations.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing an investment of $65 million into fighting algal blooms that have created an increasing number of problems across the state in recent years. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing early voting in New York as part of his State of the State message, due out Jan. 3. But a top aide to the governor said it might be awhile before the proposals could become law and take effect.

The proposal would require each county to set up at least one early voting poll site during the 12 days leading up to Election Day. The sites would be open for five hours a day on the two weekends leading up to elections, as well as eight hours a day on weekdays.

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