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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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Republican Assemblyman Joe Errigo is facing bribery and wire fraud charges after he allegedly accepted bribes in order to move a development project forward in the Rochester area.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Watch the proceeding live. If the video hasn't started for you after 10 a.m., please refresh this page.

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WXXI News will bring you live coverage of the Brett Kavanaugh-Christine Blasey Ford Senate hearing in its entirety starting today at 10 a.m. on AM 1370, FM 107.5, and WXXINews.org.

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You can also watch on TV at WXXI-WORLD (21.2/cable 1275)

A replay of a previous Connections with Evan Dawson will be on WRUR FM 88.5 starting at Noon.

If the Senate hearing goes past 4 p.m., All Things Considered will air on WRUR FM 88.5.

(AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday blamed upstate weather for New York's continuing population decline, a day after his Republican challenger said Cuomo's economic policies had failed to stanch the flow of migrants heading to other states.

Cuomo told reporters Tuesday that while job losses and high taxes once drove people to leave New York, his administration has reversed that trend and improved the local economic situation.

The National Women’s Hall of Fame is looking to rehabilitate the 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill into its new home, and it’s hoping to win a grant to help with the costs.

The Hall of Fame is one of 20 finalists in the Partners in Preservation grant program, a collaboration among the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Main Street America, and American Express. The program will grant a total of $2 million according to the results of a public vote that is taking place at www.voteyourmainstreet.org.

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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.

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