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Juan Vazquez

Juan's is responsible for digital audience engagement and digital strategies for WXXI News. As a life-long Western New Yorker, Juan has had extensive experience in broadcasting, audience engagement, and promotion.

Juan was Director of Marketing and Public Affairs at World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara where he developed project and event management experience, budget creation and monitoring, and fundraising/ sponsorship planning and solicitation and serving as a representative on the Binational Economic Developers Association.   

Juan's broadcasting experience includes stints at his hometown of Dunkirk, NY along with Batavia, NY where he handled morning shows, news reporting, operations, and sports play-by-play.  Juan has a B.S. in Communications from the SUNY Fredonia and an M.B.A. from SUNY Empire State.

(AP) New York students will sit for the first round of annual Common Core testing this week.

English language arts assessments for public school students in grades 3-8 starts on Wednesday.  Math testing is next month.

The state has reduced the number of testing days for each subject from three days to two and made other changes in response to opposition that's led large numbers of students to opt out of the high-stakes assessments in recent years.

The unemployment rate in New York State edged slightly downward in December 2017. New York had a 4.6 percent unemployment rate, down a tenth of a percent from the previous month.

The New York State Department of Labor says that the private sector job count in the state rose by 111,700 or 1.4 percent.

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. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo gives his State of the State address on Wednesday (on WXXI Radio & TV at 1 p.m.), with one of his proposals aimed at making sure students are well-nourished.

Cuomo revealed his “No Student Goes Hungry” program on Wednesday and it has five ways that the Governor wants to help the nearly 1 million kids from kindergarten to college that the state says don’t have consistent access to nutritious food.

(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.

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) - Three new upstate New York casinos have so far failed to generate the big payoffs they projected, meaning less money shared with towns, cities and counties.

 

Slot machine and table game revenue from casinos in the Finger Lakes, the Southern Tier and Schenectady have fallen short of the rosy revenue projections operators produced when applying for licenses. For instance, Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady had gambling revenues of $105 million after nine months, putting it on track to finish short of its minimum $181 million projection.

New U.S. Census data released today show that the Finger Lakes region has a lower uninsured rate than the state and national averages.

The lower rate means the region has more people with health insurance than other parts of the state and nation.