Our Summer of Food series continues with a conversation about...food! If you've ever taken a trip on the New York State Thruway, you know your dining options are rather limited at those Thruway rest stops.

Our well-traveled guests have explored cities and towns along the Thruway from Albany to Buffalo, looking for the best places to grab a bite, within minutes from the road. They say some cities are entering a period of revitalization, with new restaurants, coffee shops, and more. Will they be successful? How much will tourism and Thruway traffic impact potential success? We "visit" some of those cities with our guests:

Three candidates are vying for two seats on the Rochester City School Board. Mental health expert Melanie Funchess and health worker Beatriz LeBron were appointed to the board in January, following the departure of Malik Evans and Mary Adams. Now, they must run again to fill the remainder of the terms, and they have some competition. Reverend Judith Davis is also on the primary ballot.

This hour, we hear from the three candidates about their platforms and their priorities for the Rochester City School District. We discuss teacher evaluations, testing, how to address student and parent needs, and their thoughts on a number of changes proposed for the district. It's an opportunity for you to ask them your questions before the primary on September 13. In studio:

Arian Horbovetz / The Urban Phoenix

First hour: Candidates for the Rochester City School Board

Second hour: Summer of Food - Where to grab a bite off the NYS Thruway

Xerox says a number of employees including some in Webster were notified Thursday that they are being laid off.

The company says the notices went out to some employees in Webster, Canada and throughout the U.S.

No specific numbers were released, but the layoffs in New York State were below threshold levels required by the labor department when those numbers must be reported.


A key figure in Rochester’s northeast neighborhood has died. Father Laurence Tracy, who has ministered to the North Clinton neighborhood, and is revered by many in the Hispanic community there, died early Thursday morning after a battle with ALS.  He was 78.

Father Tracy was ordained a priest in 1966 and served at a variety of venues, most recently at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, before retiring in 2006.

In 1968, Father Tracy helped found Ibero-American Action League, a dual language human services agency.

Rochester Housing Authority

The Rochester Housing Authority is opening a property that will serve as the regions first dedicated emergency housing for families affected by fire damage.

Interim Executive Director of the Rochester Housing Authority, Shawn Burr said this project started earlier this year, when he got a call from a board member on a Saturday morning. A family, a single mother Rachael and her two children Maddie and Aiden, had reached out asking RHA if they had any housing available, after they lost everything in a fire.

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(AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has mobilized state resources to help areas of upstate New York recover from severe flash floods that swept through several communities earlier this week.

The Democrat says Wednesday that transportation department damage assessment teams will survey infrastructure in four counties, while environmental protection and financial services teams are conducting flood response services.

Governor Cuomo's office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo stirred some controversy Wednesday when he told an audience at a bill-signing ceremony in Manhattan that America “was never that great.” 

“We’re not going to make America great again, it was never that great,” Cuomo said as some in the audience gasped in surprise.

It gained him sharp criticism from the Republican candidate for governor, Marc Molinaro, who said it was “shocking” and that Cuomo “owes the nation an apology.”

The governor also received critiques on social media.

Residents in the Finger Lakes have been frustrated this summer by harmful blue-green algal blooms in the area's lakes. Beaches have been closed for swimming as scientists study the chemistry of the algae, which may cause toxins to be released into the water. It has been a problem in the Finger Lakes for many years, and with the impact of climate change, it could get worse.

This hour, our guests discuss the science behind the algae, the types of regulations and watershed plans they'd like to see developed to minimize the issue, and what the blooms mean for people living in the area. In studio:

  • Jim Howe, director of the Nature Conservancy in Central and Western New York
  • Tim Sellers, Ph.D., associate provost for academic innovation, professor of biology and environmental science, and director of the Center for Aquatic Research at Keuka College

Eve campaign

Leecia Eve, one of four candidates running in the Sept. 13 Democratic primary for state attorney general, believes her background makes her more qualified to hold the office than her opponents.

Eve is not well-known in a race where 40 percent of potential Democratic primary voters still don’t know the candidates. A recent Siena College survey puts her support at just 4 percent.