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Juan Vazquez

Digital Engagement Facilitator

Juan is responsible for digital audience engagement and digital strategies for WXXI News. He also fills in for Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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.

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(AP) New York state will soon make it illegal to finance the purchase of dogs, cats or other companion animals through lease-to-own schemes.

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation taking effect in 90 days that will ban the practice of using a pet as security for financing agreements with pet dealers.

Junior League of Rochester

With 50 percent of children in Rochester living in poverty, one necessity that may get overlooked for the youngest of these children is diapers.

The Junior League of Rochester is one group that has been trying to curb the need, with Rochester’s only diaper bank. With this week being National Diaper Awareness Week, they want the community to pitch in and help.

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New York state is hosting three public listening sessions this week in New York City to gather input on proposals to legalize recreational marijuana.

Two years ago, after the death of Bill Nojay, Joe Errigo was thrust into running for the 133rd Assembly District seat. He won, beating Democrat Barbara Baer.

Baer is running again. It's uncertain whether Errigo will still try to win on a 3rd party line.

Marjorie Byrnes, a former Rochester City Court Judge, and former Assistant District Attorney, defeated the incumbent Errigo on Thursday in the Republican primary for the 133rd District. She will now face Baer in November’s general election.

Beatriz LeBron will remain on the Rochester City School Board, and Judith Davis will join it after they finished as the top two vote-getters in the Democratic primary. Melanie Funchess finished third.

LeBron and Funchess were appointed to the board in early January after Malik Evans was elected to Rochester City Council and Mary Adams left the board.

The wins by LeBron and Davis means they will serve until the end of 2019, the remainder of Evans’ and Adams’ terms. They can run for four-year terms of their own in November 2019.

David Gantt will continue to represent the 137th Assembly District after his Democratic win over challenger Ann C. Lewis on Thursday. Gantt is the fourth-longest serving Assemblyperson in Albany, winning his first election in 1982. There is no Republican candidate challenging Gantt in November.

He currently is the chairman of the Assembly standing committee on transportation.

Gantt’s district includes the northeastern and southwestern sections of the city of Rochester and the town of Gates.

For the first time since 1990, someone other than Joe Morelle will represent the 136th Assembly District, and it will be Jamie Romeo.

The chairwoman of the Monroe County Democratic Committee fended off bids by Todd Grady and Jaclyn Richard, and with no Republican challenger in November, she will assume the seat on Jan. 2.

The 136th Assembly District includes Irondequoit, Brighton, and the east side of Rochester.

Supporters cheered on Romeo as soon as the race was called from Murph's Pub in Irondequoit.

Thursday is primary election day in New York State with polls open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

When the polls close, turn to WXXI News for results, commentary, and analysis starting at 9 p.m. on AM 1370, FM 107.5, WXXINews.org, the WXXI app, or tell your smart speaker to play WXXI News.

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is set to face a second round of questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. He's expected to be questioned about his views on previous Supreme Court cases, as well as a range of policy issues. Kavanaugh is also likely to be questioned about his work on Ken Starr's independent counsel investigation of former President Bill Clinton, and his time working in the White House under former President George W. Bush.

Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

After a sometimes raucous day of opening statements on Tuesday, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is facing his first round of questioning from Senators on Wednesday. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee want to know about Kavanaugh's position on a range of issues including abortion, healthcare and presidential power. The nominee also faces questions about his time working in the Bush administration and his time working under independent counsel Ken Starr.

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