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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.

New sexual harassment prevention guidelines are due

Oct 10, 2018

As of Tuesday, employers in New York, regardless of their size, needed to have sexual harassment prevention policies in place.

And they have a couple of options in regard to those regulations, according to Edward Steve, partner in Harter, Secrest and Emery's Labor and Employment Practice.

"The state issued a model policy, which employers could either adopt, or employers could have their policy, provided that it met the state's minimum requirements," he said.


As the federal and state investigation into Saturday’s limousine crash near Albany which killed 20 people continues, a local limo company owner agrees with Governor Cuomo’s assertion that the vehicle should not have been on the road.

Roger LeGault owns and operates LeGault Limousine in Rochester.

He says this was an example of the owner/operator not doing the right thing.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has accepted the ballot line of the liberal Working Families Party in next month's general election.

Cuomo said Friday through a spokeswoman that he would accept the ballot line of the party that earlier backed his Democratic primary opponent, actress Cynthia Nixon.

Working Families Party leaders said Wednesday they would offer the party's ballot line to Cuomo, a two-term incumbent.

Cuomo's acceptance means his name will appear on the November ballot under the Democratic, Independence and Working Families lines.

Monroe County Democratic Committee

The Monroe County Democratic Party has a new chairwoman.

On Wednesday night, Brittaney Wells accepted the nomination after what party officials say was an overwhelming vote by city and town Democratic Committee members.

Wells is the first African-American to hold the job locally, and said that Monroe County Democrats must embrace a spirit of unity in order to take full advantage of opportunity Democrats have to win the county executive’s race next year.


NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver can remain free a few more months while he appeals his bribery conviction, an appeals court decided Wednesday, two days before he was to report to prison .

Judge Jose A. Cabranes of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced the good news for the 74-year-old Democrat after hearing oral arguments along with two other judges. Silver was not in court.

WRVO Public Media

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times reported Tuesday that President Donald Trump received at least $413 million from his father over the decades, much of that through dubious tax dodges, including outright fraud.

The 15,000-word Times report contradicts Trump's portrayal of himself as a self-made billionaire who started with just a $1 million loan from his father.


The Catholic Family Center has received state and federal grants totaling nearly $2.4 million that will go to programs designed to help local immigrants and refugees gain citizenship and employment skills.

Vice President of Catholic Family Center's Family Services program, Jim Morris, says CFC's relationship with refugees goes back to its founding over a hundred years ago.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state agency that cares for the disabled has racked up hundreds of unpaid traffic tickets and thousands of dollars in fines.

According to a new audit released Monday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the Office for the Protection of People with Disabilities allowed seven staffers with suspended licenses to drive vehicles assigned to transport clients. Agency drivers received tickets for speeding through school zones more than 270 times between 2015 and this year. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is working to reduce maternal mortality and the racial disparities in the rate of maternal death.

A new state task force created earlier this year met for the first time last week in Albany.

The group is made up of state officials and medical and public health experts. It is tasked with studying the factors that lead to women dying in childbirth and recommending ways to address it.