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Astacio removed from City Court judge office

The New York state Court of Appeals has removed Leticia Astacio from her office of City Court judge. In an opinion dated Tuesday, the court accepted the State Commission on Judicial Conduct’s recommendation that Astacio be removed from office. Astacio, who was convicted of driving while intoxicated in 2016, had appealed that, asking the court to reduce the sanction from removal to censure. The appeals court’s decision noted Astacio’s actions violated several sections of the rules governing...

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We sit down with Bharath Gopalaswamy, director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council. He’s in town as a guest of the Rochester chapter of the World Affairs Council.

We talk with Gopalaswamy about President Trump’s South Asia strategy, arms control, disarmament, international security, and more.

The City of Rochester has issued a new Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop a 2.8 acre site at the Port of Rochester. The RFP comes more than two years after a controversial plan to build a hotel and condominiums at the site faced major pushback from some residents. That plan fell through because the developer, Edgewater Resources, missed a deadline to provide the city with a detailed financial plan.

Last year, nearly 100 community members gathered at a charrette to brainstorm their priorities and goals for the area. The vision plan that resulted from that process is now included in the new RFP.

This hour, our guests discuss what they think will help make the Port a year round destination. In studio:

  • Molly Clifford, member of Rochester City Council
  • David Riley, planner and research associate at the Center for Governmental Research
  • Maria Furgiuele, executive director of the Community Design Center Rochester


The President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School has announced his retirement. Marvin McMickle became the 12th president of the school in 2011.

In a letter to the campus community, he said that he will retire as president effective June 30, 2019.

McMickle says that he has worked to re-establish CRCDS as a school with a national reputation for offering progressive theological education for women and men seeking careers in parish ministry, the non-profit sector, education and public service.

An official with the Association of Retired Xerox Employees ( ARXE ) says that thousands of former Xeroxers likely got the letters that started going out earlier this month.

The letter talks about returning Xerox to the forefront as a leading technology company, and it says that, “In  order to succeed, we must make some difficult, but necessary decisions.”

Authorities in Wayne County say that they have found skeletal remains they believe belong to the toddler who has been missing in the Sodus area since May.

At an afternoon news conference on Tuesday, Sheriff Barry Virts said that the investigation has never stopped since last May, after the body of 18 year old Selena Hidalgo-Calderon was discovered on a farm in Sodus.

Virts says that last week, searchers found skeletal remains about a quarter mile away from where Hidalgo-Calderon’s body had been found.

Fashion Week of Rochester 2018 kicked off last week showcasing the work and talent of local clothing designers. That “fashion week” concept, which is celebrated by cities around the globe, was first introduced by legendary fashion publicist the late Eleanor Lambert. Lambert is credited for putting American fashion on the global map. Renowned fashion historian, author, and lecturer, John A. Tiffany, beautifully captures Lambert’s story and legacy in his book Eleanor Lambert: Still Here. Tiffany stopped by Need to Know during a recent visit to Western New York to share Lambert’s story, give us a glimpse into his new work, and to explain the impact of clothing on our culture, our society, and our lives.

Images of protests and demonstrations from the contentious Supreme Court confirmation vote of Brett Kavanaugh can still be seen on just about every social media platform. But the photographs capture more than just moments in time - they also reveal a social movement in our nation that will likely go down in history.

Whose Streets? Our Streets! an exhibition now at RIT bears a familiar likeness to the types of imagery we’re seeing in the midst of our current political climate. This eye-opening exhibition features the work of a cohort of photographers who captured a myriad of social issues in New York City that led to marches, demonstrations, and protests in the late 20th Century and turn of the millennium.

So how does social documentary photography further democracy? That’s what the exhibit explores and what this edition of Need to Know examines with key figures involved in this unique display of work.

Town of Pittsford

Racist stickers are popping up in area suburbs, first in Brighton and now in Pittsford.

Pittsford town supervisor Bill Smith says some of the stickers were ambiguous, promoting a "European identity" but some were quite direct.

"We're not going to tolerate that sort of thing in Pittsford, it is an assault on the values that make us the community that we are."

Smith said the parks department has already taken the stickers down and it has been reported to the sheriff in an effort to combat future incidents


Research on gun violence from the Rochester Institute of Technology is helping to form a new program to cut retaliatory shootings in the area.

RIT’s Center for Public Safety Initiatives (CPSI) is forming a program - Community Engagement to Reduce Victimization - to determine whether a victim of street crime was involved in a dispute, and whether that dispute could escalate with gun violence.

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First hour: How can the Port of Rochester become a year-round destination?

Second hour: Discussing U.S.- South Asian foreign policy with Bharath Gopalaswamy



News from NPR

Chief Justice John Roberts, in his first remarks about the contentious appointment of new Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, sought to convince a law school audience that the court "does not serve one party or one interest, we serve one nation."

Speaking at the University of Minnesota Law School Tuesday, Roberts opened his remarks by saying that he wanted to discuss "events in Washington in recent weeks."

Updated at 8:23 p.m. ET

Florida residents still trying to piece together their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael are missing one much needed tool: reliable cellphone service.

Amid reports of ongoing and widespread outages, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, is calling for an investigation of the problem. He is also calling for wireless carriers to waive October bills of Florida customers in areas hit by the hurricane.

After four days at the helm, former California congresswoman Mary Bono, who was picked to lead USA Gymnastics, resigned Tuesday. She was appointed as interim president and chief executive officer of the troubled organization on Friday.

"My withdrawal comes in the wake of personal attacks that, left undefended, would have made my leading USAG a liability for the organization," Bono said in her resignation letter.

For the first time, a writer from Northern Ireland has won the prestigious Man Booker Award. The prize, given to works of fiction written in English and published in the U.K., was announced at a ceremony Tuesday evening in London.

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From the Inclusion Desk

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In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a local nonprofit is recognizing a long-time employee.

Young Kim is 37 years old. She's been working at Unistel Industries on Blossom Road in Rochester since 2002.

Unistel is a nonprofit that provides job training and placement for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Young and her colleagues work on assembly lines at the company, which is the country's number one supplier of spices for the U.S. military.

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You may have seen pictures of two local men go viral: a barber giving a man a haircut on the sidewalk because the shop wasn’t accessible by wheelchair.

But since the story went national, it’s raised questions about how people with disabilities are covered in the media.

Devin Hamilton is 30 years old. He's an engineer working in Webster, and he has cerebral palsy. He says one day, he decided to get a haircut at Joe's Upscale Barbershop, a few blocks from where he works. But when he rode his wheelchair over there, he didn't see a ramp.

We're joined by former Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, who authored the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Research shows that among similarly sized cities, Rochester is the single worst in the country when it comes to employment and poverty for people with disabilities. 

Harkin is the keynote speaker for the upcoming ROC EmployABILITY conference, which is focused on increasing employment opportunities and reducing poverty among people with disabilities. We preview that conference. In studio:


In Rochester, the graduation rate for students with disabilities is 22 percent* compared to 40 percent nationally.  The median individual earnings for those with disabilities is $14,450. This is $4,000 below the national median.  That means Rochester’s disabled community is the poorest in the nation when compared to the 75 largest metropolitan areas.

Despite the systemic challenges of educational segregation and stereotypes, adults with intellectual disabilities are challenging the perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce.

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