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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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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing new rules for online campaign ads to ensure voters know who is behind the content. 

The Democrat on Thursday said online ads should be held to the same scrutiny as traditional campaign advertisements for print, TV and radio. 

He wants lawmakers to approve rules requiring online ads to include the name of the group paying for the content. Additionally, platforms like Facebook would be directed to maintain a public file containing greater information about campaign ads. 

NYS population up slightly in latest Census figures

Dec 25, 2017

color:#333333">ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Census says New York state's population bumped up slightly to 19.85 million.

A possible change to school calendars would give districts more flexibility in scheduling.

A proposal made by the New York State Education Department would switch from a 'number of school days per year' guideline, to hours per year.

Right now, the department requires schools be in session 180 days a year, something that can easily get messed up by parent teacher conferences or snow days.

Spokesperson for the Rochester City School District Carlos Garcia says this would also help college prep students who attend some classes at MCC.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who’s vowed to lead a campaign against the state’s Republican Congressional representatives in the 2018 elections, has spent the final weeks of 2017 feuding with them over their votes on the federal tax overhaul bill.

Cuomo has been saying for weeks that the overhaul would be “devastating” to New York’s finances and to many of its taxpayers, and he’s called Republican House members who support the plan “traitors” and “Benedict Arnolds.” 

The tax overhaul plan passed Tuesday in the House of Representatives is drawing a mostly negative reaction from the state’s union and business leaders.  

The president of the state’s AFL-CIO, Mario Cilento, says the measure is a gift to the wealthy and corporations, and while some union members in New York may see a temporary increase in their paychecks, it will not equal the amount that they’ll lose when they can no longer deduct their state and local taxes from their federal tax payments.

HWS' Mosaic NY performing for Rural Migrant Ministry's Justice of Youth members
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio

In November, we reported on a group of high school students who are using theatre to confront prejudice. Justice of Youth worked with a Hobart and William Smith Colleges faculty member to develop their performance.


Mosaic New York is a theatre company of Hobart and William Smith students, but they don’t perform in the conventional sense.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has instituted a minimum wage increase for most workers in the state, now wants to extend that rate to tipped workers, including wait staff and car washers. That news is causing a backlash from restaurant owners and small business groups.

The current state minimum wage for tipped workers is $7.50 an hour. That’s lower than the minimum wage for non-tipped workers, which ranges from $9.70 an hour upstate in some industries to $12 an hour for fast-food workers in New York City.

With a projected multibillion-dollar deficit and looming federal changes that could cost the state billions more, the biggest obstacle in the upcoming 2018 legislative session will be balancing the state budget.

The second-highest-ranking Republican in the Senate, John DeFrancisco, said the budget will be “horrible” and the worst in at least seven years.

“I think it’s going to be very, very difficult,” DeFrancisco said. “Probably the most difficult budget year the governor has had since he’s been governor.” 

Comptroller: New York State debt to grow to $63.7B

Dec 19, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says that state-funded debt is projected to grow to $63.7 billion within months.

That works out to more than $3,100 per person in New York, or three times the median for all states.

The comptroller used his latest report on state debt to renew his call for reforms that include voter approval of borrowing and better capital planning for infrastructure projects.

New York's annual debt service payments are projected to exceed $8.2 billion by 2022.

NY attorney general will sue to stop net rules rollback

Dec 19, 2017

color:#333333">ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general says he'll lead a multi-state lawsuit to stop the rollback of "net neutrality" rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet.