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Small NY hamlet named Swastika keeps name, despite complaint


Created: Thu, 24 Sep 2020 21:49:00 EDT

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SWASTIKA, N.Y. (AP) — The rural upstate New York hamlet of Swastika is keeping its name, despite a complaint that it symbolizes the hate and intolerance of the Nazi regime. The unincorporated crossroads in the Adirondack Mountain town of Black Brook, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of the U.S.-Canada border, has been known as Swastika for more than a century. But town council members considered a name change after a visitor from New York City said it was offensive, and di...

Read more: Small NY hamlet named Swastika keeps name, despite complaint


Local attorney explains charges in Breonna Taylor case; calls for Ithaca police reform


Created: Thu, 24 Sep 2020 19:26:00 EDT

Author: Sarah Horbacewicz

Protestors are demanding further justice for Breonna Taylor today as yesterday's grand jury indictment doesn't hold anyone accountable for her death - but rather solely the bullets shot around her apartment. Yesterday's charges come amid months of black lives matter activism resulting in continuing protests today. Ithaca attorney Edward Kopko explains the nature of yesterday's grand jury indictment.

Read more: Local attorney explains charges in Breonna Taylor case; calls for Ithaca police reform


50,000 downloads since launch of COVID Alert PA app


Created: Thu, 24 Sep 2020 09:23:00 EDT

Author: Olivia Jaquith

Since the Tuesday launch of the COVID Alert PA app that can notify users if they may have been exposed to the coronavirus, 50,000 residents have hit the "download" button.

Read more: 50,000 downloads since launch of COVID Alert PA app


Marchers call for peace following mass shooting in Rochester


Created: Thu, 24 Sep 2020 08:59:00 EDT

Author: Olivia Jaquith

Just days after the mass shooting in Rochester that killed two and injured 14, members of the community are taking to the streets with an important message.

Read more: Marchers call for peace following mass shooting in Rochester


Saliva swab test for COVID-19 approved for emergency use


Created: Thu, 24 Sep 2020 07:48:00 EDT

Author: Jared Esposito

A saliva swab test for COVID-19 has been approved by the FDA for emergency use.

Read more: Saliva swab test for COVID-19 approved for emergency use


Sen. Gillibrand, Rep. Porter introduce the Stock Act 2.0


Created: Thu, 24 Sep 2020 07:43:00 EDT

Author: Jared Esposito

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Katie Porter are making a push to stop government officials from lining their pockets with taxpayer dollars.

Read more: Sen. Gillibrand, Rep. Porter introduce the Stock Act 2.0


Breonna Taylor grand jury decision spurs NYC protests


Created: Thu, 24 Sep 2020 04:03:00 EDT

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Demonstrators packed a New York City plaza Wednesday night to protest a Kentucky grand jury’s decision not to indict any police officers for the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. 

Read more: Breonna Taylor grand jury decision spurs NYC protests


NY Dept. of Health maintains immunization requirements for school year


Created: Thu, 24 Sep 2020 04:01:00 EDT

Author: Olivia Jaquith

The state Department of Health says guidelines for required immunization remain in effect this year, even as tens of thousands of New York students begin the school year remotely.

Read more: NY Dept. of Health maintains immunization requirements for school year


Bill To Ease Pa. Restaurant Restrictions Heads to Governor


Created: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:31:00 EDT

Author: Cody Carlson

A bill that would roll back some of the most recent bar and restaurant restrictions imposed by the Wolf Administration is on its way to the Governor’s desk. House Bill 2513 was passed by the House Wednesday afternoon after being amended and passed in the Senate on Tuesday.

Read more: Bill To Ease Pa. Restaurant Restrictions Heads to Governor


Attempt to Override Governor’s Veto of School Sports Spectator Bill Fails


Created: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:27:00 EDT

Author: Cody Carlson

A vote to override Governor Tom Wolf’s veto of House Bill 2787 has failed in the Pennsylvania House. It would have allowed local school districts to make their own decisions about how many spectators could attend high school sports games.

Read more: Attempt to Override Governor’s Veto of School Sports Spectator Bill Fails


NYS Office of the Aging launches new tool to determine COVID-19 risk


Created: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 13:35:00 EDT

Author: Isabel Garcia

Do you know your risk? There's now a tool which uses a questionnaire to determine your risks of getting COVID-19. 

Read more: NYS Office of the Aging launches new tool to determine COVID-19 risk


NY launches Empire Building Challenge to work toward carbon neutrality


Created: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 10:23:00 EDT

Author: Olivia Jaquith

During this Climate Week, New York is launching a $50 million initiative to transform existing buildings to reduce their carbon footprint.

Read more: NY launches Empire Building Challenge to work toward carbon neutrality


Sen. Gillibrand pushes extension of eviction moratorium


Created: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:13:00 EDT

Author: Jared Esposito

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on President Trump to extend the eviction moratorium for vulnerable renters during the pandemic.

Read more: Sen. Gillibrand pushes extension of eviction moratorium


NY offers free child seat checks during Child Passenger Safety Week


Created: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 04:41:00 EDT

Author: Olivia Jaquith

Free child car seat checks by certified child passenger safety technicians are available all across New York State this week.

Read more: NY offers free child seat checks during Child Passenger Safety Week


Free the People ROC will no longer occupy City Hall


Created: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 03:45:00 EDT

Author: Olivia Jaquith

A group of protesters says it will no longer occupy Rochester City Hall as part of its call for justice after the death of Daniel Prude. 

Read more: Free the People ROC will no longer occupy City Hall


NYSDOL: 'Unique reasons' for late Lost Wages Assistance program payments


Created: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 03:38:00 EDT

Author: Olivia Jaquith

Late payments through New York's Lost Wages Assistance program may be connected to what the Department of Labor says are "unique reasons" on claims.

Read more: NYSDOL: 'Unique reasons' for late Lost Wages Assistance program payments


PA Senate OKs bill to loosen virus limits on restaurants, bars


Created: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 00:26:00 EDT

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Legislation to loosen Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic restrictions on Pennsylvania’s bars and restaurants easily passed the state Senate. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 43 to 6 for a bill Tuesday that ends the requirement that customers buy food in order to purchase alcohol and permits patrons to be served drinks at the bar. It also permits taverns and restaurants to operate at 50% capacity, or more if they can meet state and federal social distan...

Read more: PA Senate OKs bill to loosen virus limits on restaurants, bars


COVID Alert PA Smartphone App Now Available For Download


Created: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 16:18:00 EDT

Author: Cody Carlson

There’s a new smartphone app available to Pennsylvania residents that state officials hope could help stop the spread of COVID-19. It’s called COVID Alert PA, and it uses Bluetooth technology to notify app users if they’ve been exposed to the novel Coronavirus.

Read more: COVID Alert PA Smartphone App Now Available For Download


Five states added to NYS COVID-19 travel advisory list


Created: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 10:56:00 EDT

Author: Ashley Cafaro

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo added five new states to the travel advisory list on Tuesday morning.  

Read more: Five states added to NYS COVID-19 travel advisory list


Pennsylvania launches new virus exposure notification app


Created: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 10:15:00 EDT

Author: Isabel Garcia

Pennsylvania’s new coronavirus exposure-notification app is now available on app stores.

Read more: Pennsylvania launches new virus exposure notification app


COVID-19 infections rise in the Southern Tier


Created: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 07:54:00 EDT

Author: Jared Esposito

The numbers in the Southern Tier had an increase from yesterday's report of 0.4% now up to 0.5%.

Read more: COVID-19 infections rise in the Southern Tier


Pennsylvania Lottery issues scam warning


Created: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 03:47:00 EDT

Author: Olivia Jaquith

Officials in the Keystone State are warning residents to be cautious of a lottery scam reported in recent weeks.

Read more: Pennsylvania Lottery issues scam warning


Rochester City Council files subpoenas related to investigation of Daniel Prude's death


Created: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 03:40:00 EDT

Author: Olivia Jaquith

The Rochester City Council has filed four subpoenas related to the independent investigation into the death of Daniel Prude and response from city officials.

Read more: Rochester City Council files subpoenas related to investigation of Daniel Prude's death


Ten victims released from hospital after mass shooting in Rochester


Created: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 03:33:00 EDT

Author: Olivia Jaquith

Ten of the 14 people injured in the mass shooting in Rochester this weekend have been released from the hospital.

Read more: Ten victims released from hospital after mass shooting in Rochester


Gov. Wolf vetoes school sports bill; override attempt planned


Created: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 19:43:00 EDT

Author: Renata Stiehl

HARRISBURG, PA (AP/WENY) -- Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed a bill that would give school districts the sole ability to make decisions on sports, including whether and how many spectators to allow. 

Read more: Gov. Wolf vetoes school sports bill; override attempt planned


Moratorium on COVID-related commercial evictions extended


Created: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 15:16:00 EDT

Author: Isabel Garcia

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an Executive Order which will extend the state's moratorium on COVID-related commercial evictions and foreclosures for another month, through October 20th. 

Read more: Moratorium on COVID-related commercial evictions extended


NY police issue 3,262 tickets for impaired driving during enforcement campaign


Created: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 03:47:00 EDT

Author: Olivia Jaquith

Law enforcement agencies throughout New York issued 3,262 tickets for impaired driving in the state's most recent STOP-DWI "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

Read more: NY police issue 3,262 tickets for impaired driving during enforcement campaign


Former SUNY Empire official arrested for alleged fraudulent spending of taxpayer dollars


Created: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 03:41:00 EDT

Author: Olivia Jaquith

The former Director of Facilities at SUNY Empire State College has been arrested on felony charges for allegedly spending more than $31,000 in taxpayer funds on unauthorized purchases.

Read more: Former SUNY Empire official arrested for alleged fraudulent spending of taxpayer dollars


Family of Daniel Prude to sue City of Rochester


Created: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 03:28:00 EDT

Author: Olivia Jaquith

Family members of Daniel Prude say they are suing the City of Rochester, following his death there in March.

Read more: Family of Daniel Prude to sue City of Rochester


NY AG moves to expedite release of police body cam footage


Created: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 03:10:00 EDT

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New York Attorney General Letitia James is promising to expedite the release of body camera footage in cases of alleged police misconduct that her office investigates.

Read more: NY AG moves to expedite release of police body cam footage


"Operation Nighthawk" ends with over 110 people arrested for DUI


Created: Sun, 20 Sep 2020 23:53:00 EDT

Author: Nicholas Phillips

The Pennsylvania State Police released some of the numbers from an initiative known as “Operation Nighthawk”. The initiative is focused on saving lives and deterring impaired driving through DUI enforcement and proactive patrols. Pennsylvania State Police teamed up with over 75 state and municipal officers to continue to work on decreasing DUI crashes, injuries, and fatal accidents. 

Read more: "Operation Nighthawk" ends with over 110 people arrested for DUI


Steuben County reporting 10 new COVID-19 cases


Created: Sun, 20 Sep 2020 16:01:00 EDT

Author: Nicholas Phillips

Bath, NY (WENY) -- The Steuben County Health Department is reporting ten new cases of COVID-19 Sunday afternoon, bringing the total number of active cases to 25, and total confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 366. A breakdown of the ten cases includes four in the City of Corning, two in the Town of Campbell, and a case in the Town of Fremont, Jasper, the Village of Hammondsport, and Savona. All of these people are currently in isolation and are being monitored. 

Read more: Steuben County reporting 10 new COVID-19 cases


New record high set for COVID-19 tests reported in the empire state


Created: Sun, 20 Sep 2020 09:09:00 EDT

Author: Vanessa Rizzitano

A new record high for COVID-19 tests has been reported in New York State.

Read more: New record high set for COVID-19 tests reported in the empire state


2 victims killed in Rochester shooting identified


Created: Sun, 20 Sep 2020 08:34:00 EDT

Author: Vanessa Rizzitano

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WENY) - At least two people are dead after a mass shooting in Rochester. 

Read more: 2 victims killed in Rochester shooting identified


Structure fire in Big Flats destroys garage, leaves home with smoke damage


Created: Sun, 20 Sep 2020 00:14:00 EDT

Author: Nicholas Phillips

Big Flats, NY (WENY) -- An investigation is underway to determine what caused a fire that destroyed a garage left smoke damage to a home's second floor and attic. Crews were dispatched to a home in the 100 block of Hillview Drive in the Town of Big Flats for a structure fire. The call came in just after 6:30 Saturday night. The arriving unit called for mutual aid and additional water as they worked to put out the flames. 

Read more: Structure fire in Big Flats destroys garage, leaves home with smoke damage


How a local Hillel celebrates a sweet, socially-distant, Jewish new year


Created: Sat, 19 Sep 2020 22:33:00 EDT

Author: Sarah Horbacewicz

On Rosh Hashana, you can typically count on a few staples to bring in the Jewish new year. The blowing of the shofar, apples and honey, and lots of togetherness; even if COVID-19 forced a few changes.

Read more: How a local Hillel celebrates a sweet, socially-distant, Jewish new year


Deadly shooting under investigation in Rochester, New York


Created: Sat, 19 Sep 2020 03:08:00 EDT

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Authorities in Rochester, New York, say a mass shooting has resulted in fatalities.

Read more: Deadly shooting under investigation in Rochester, New York


Tompkins County leaders host virtual session looks at ways to improve SR-13 corridor


Created: Sat, 19 Sep 2020 00:53:00 EDT

Author: Nicholas Phillips

Tompkins County, NY (WENY) -- Tompkins County is looking to improve a large section of State Route 13, north of Ithaca. This comes after community input from a survey on ways the route could be improved and made safer. County leaders held a live webinar that included a Q&A session. Part of the session included taking a closer look at a study of a specific part or corridor of Route 13.

Read more: Tompkins County leaders host virtual session looks at ways to improve SR-13 corridor


School buses roll out new safety precautions for in-person classes


Created: Fri, 18 Sep 2020 18:50:00 EDT

Author: Sarah Horbacewicz

Few people love their job more than Ithaca school bus driver Ronnie Diaz and he even dresses the part. "I do have a couple of yellow hoodies, and I do have one that says 'they see me rolling' with a school bus on it," Diaz said. But this year COVID 19 took away one of his favorite parts of the job. "I miss my kids and I'm pretty sure they miss me," Diaz added. But as schools start opening up for in person classes, he'll get some of that back, with new preca...

Read more: School buses roll out new safety precautions for in-person classes


Independent investigation into Daniel Prude death advances


Created: Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:26:00 EDT

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The Rochester City Council has authorized independent investigators to issue subpoenas to various city departments and others as they look into the suffocation death of Daniel Prude. 

Read more: Independent investigation into Daniel Prude death advances


NYS: DMV to expand online services


Created: Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:13:00 EDT

Author: Ashley Cafaro

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is expanding online services to help make it easier for New Yorkers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more: NYS: DMV to expand online services


Senators introduce Postal Banking Act


Created: Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:56:00 EDT

Author: Jared Esposito

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senator Bernie Sanders are reintroducing legislation to give financial services to those with a lack of access to banks.

Read more: Senators introduce Postal Banking Act


Rochester City Council to vote on further action regarding independent investigation


Created: Fri, 18 Sep 2020 05:45:00 EDT

Author: Olivia Jaquith

The Rochester City Council is set to hold a special meeting Friday regarding the independent investigation into the death of Daniel Prude. 

Read more: Rochester City Council to vote on further action regarding independent investigation


September aid spared for NY schools


Created: Fri, 18 Sep 2020 05:27:00 EDT

Author: Olivia Jaquith

School districts throughout the Empire State may be getting full funding after all. 

Read more: September aid spared for NY schools


New York State files charges against Johnson & Johnson, alleges leading role in opioid crisis


Created: Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:57:00 EDT

Author: Caitlin Murphy

The New York State Department of Financial Services has filed charges against Johnson & Johnson following an ongoing investigation into the “creators and perpetrators” of the opioid crisis. 

Read more: New York State files charges against Johnson & Johnson, alleges leading role in opioid crisis


PA Rep. Owlett’s Religious Freedom Protection Bill advances to Senate


Created: Wed, 16 Sep 2020 01:09:00 EDT

Author: Nick Quattrini

A Pennsylvania bill that would strengthen the Religious Freedom Protection Act, specifically during times of an emergency declaration like COVID-19, has been passed by the state House.

Read more: PA Rep. Owlett’s Religious Freedom Protection Bill advances to Senate


Rochester police chief out in fallout over Prude death


Created: Tue, 15 Sep 2020 00:31:00 EDT

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has fired the police chief.

Read more: Rochester police chief out in fallout over Prude death


Tompkins County airport adapts to passenger changes, mask requirements will stick around


Created: Wed, 9 Sep 2020 17:47:00 EDT

Author: Sarah Horbacewicz

While the doors are open to travel, airports like the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport are still only functioning at about 30% of what they’re used to according to the airport's director Mike Hall.

Read more: Tompkins County airport adapts to passenger changes, mask requirements will stick around


Strong Museum unveils 2020 National Toy Hall of Fame nominees


Created: Wed, 9 Sep 2020 13:23:00 EDT

Author: Caitlin Murphy

The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester has released the 12 toys nominated to be inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. 

Read more: Strong Museum unveils 2020 National Toy Hall of Fame nominees


Schumer, Gillibrand demand feds disclose what is being done to shore up the nearly 2,000 dams in New York


Created: Sat, 5 Sep 2020 08:33:00 EDT

Author: Jared Esposito

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are responding after incidents of dam failures in Michigan.

Read more: Schumer, Gillibrand demand feds disclose what is being done to shore up the nearly 2,000 dams in New York


Gov. Wolf looks to fill Veterans Commission Member-At-Large Positions


Created: Sat, 5 Sep 2020 08:23:00 EDT

Author: Jared Esposito

Yesterday Governor Wolf announced that the PA. Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is looking for veterans to apply for two member-at-large positions.

Read more: Gov. Wolf looks to fill Veterans Commission Member-At-Large Positions


WATCH: Interviews with Family of Children Killed in Daycare Fire


Created: Mon, 12 Aug 2019 15:53:00 EDT

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A fire ripped through the Harris Family Daycare on West 11th Street, killing five children Sunday.

Read more: WATCH: Interviews with Family of Children Killed in Daycare Fire


Mother of Two Year Old Who Died in Fire Shares Pictures


Created: Mon, 12 Aug 2019 14:26:00 EDT

Author: Lisa Adams

Mother shares photos of baby.

Read more: Mother of Two Year Old Who Died in Fire Shares Pictures


Pennsylvania DEP to Conduct Air Quality Sampling Near Erie Coke Plant


Created: Mon, 22 Jul 2019 12:21:00 EDT

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Thirteen monitors will be placed along the outside of the facility and at four locations in the community.

Read more: Pennsylvania DEP to Conduct Air Quality Sampling Near Erie Coke Plant


Copy-Closing arguments at trial of self-improvement group founder


Created: Mon, 17 Jun 2019 16:11:00 EDT

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A federal prosecutor says the former spiritual leader of a cult-like self-improvement group was a "con man" and a "crime boss."

Read more: Copy-Closing arguments at trial of self-improvement group founder


PA House's $2B no-new-taxes revenue plan could be thorny


Created: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:59:00 EDT

Author: Isabel Garcia

The thorny question of where to find $2 billion will dominate the upcoming weekend session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. House members were expected to reconvene in Harrisburg on Saturday amid a three-week budget stalemate with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Senate. 

Read more: PA House's $2B no-new-taxes revenue plan could be thorny


Tornado damage confirmed in western NY


Created: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:04:00 EDT

Author: Nick Quattrini

No injuries have been reported as severe storms ripped through the area Thursday, uprooting trees and knocking down power lines.

Read more: Tornado damage confirmed in western NY


Suspect in Times Square car crash that killed 1 is indicted


Created: Wed, 24 May 2017 16:03:00 EDT

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A man accused of intentionally mowing down pedestrians with his car on a Times Square sidewalk has been indicted by a grand jury.

Read more: Suspect in Times Square car crash that killed 1 is indicted

 
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