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Monroe County Elections Commissioners are looking into a situation where more than two dozen voters in Rochester did not get the proper ballot when they went to cast their vote in Thursday's primaries.

It happened at the Rochester Academy of Medicine on East Avenue, and it involved 27 voters who were supposed to get ballots that had the candidates for the 136th Assembly District Democratic Primary on them.

That race features candidates Todd Grady, Jamie Romeo and Jaclyn Richard. There is no Republican candidate for that contest this November.

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Primary Day in New York state is Thursday for statewide and local races, and the polls are open in our region from noon to 9 p.m.

Besides the statewide races for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General, there are a number of local contests.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Indicted Republican Rep. Chris Collins said it was "the shock of all shocks" when he learned from two federal agents that he was under criminal investigation, and he acknowledged reports that he had rejected a plea deal.

Office of Governor Cuomo

NYACK, N.Y. (AP) — Engineers have recommended to the Thruway Authority that a span of a new bridge named after Gov. Andrew Cuomo's father can open for traffic Tuesday evening, weather permitting.

The second span of the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge over the Hudson River was supposed to open to traffic on Saturday, but workers disassembling the nearby Tappan Zee Bridge discovered it had destabilized and could fall, potentially hitting the new span.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state lawmaker is proposing new rules for the testing of lead in drinking water at schools and parks.

Democratic Sen. Michael Gianaris of Queens announced his proposal on Thursday, just as students returned for fall classes.

It would require all schools and public parks to test their drinking water for lead contamination every three years. Results would be posted online.

Under current law, schools must test every five years. Public parks currently have no such requirement.

Office of Governor Cuomo

NYACK, N.Y. (AP) — Saturday's planned opening of the second span of the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge over the Hudson River was delayed after a piece of the bridge it is replacing became destabilized and threatened to fall, officials said.

Matthew Driscoll, the executive director of the New York State Thruway Authority, said "a potentially dangerous situation" developed Friday when a piece of the old Tappan Zee Bridge became destabilized during the process of being disassembled.

Alex Crichton

A Boston attorney who is representing a number of people who allege they were abused by priests in the Rochester Roman Catholic Diocese, is praising New York's Attorney General for launching a civil investigation into the state's Catholic dioceses handling of such allegations.

Mitchell Garabedian says the investigation will reveal results that are similar to those found in Pennsylvania.

The Rochester Diocese has issued a statement saying it has a long standing policy of cooperating with law enforcement, and that will continue through this process.

Alex Crichton

A group of tenants who say they live in poor conditions and their landlord isn't addressing the problem, had a date in court today.

21 tenants of properties owned by Peter Hungerford and associates are facing eviction notices for failure to pay rent.

Member of the City Wide Tenant Union of Rochester, Ryan Acuff, says a rally was held in support of the tenants, and to call on the city to make reforms to the way they do code enforcement so people can live in safe, habitable conditions.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that it has resumed the removal of sediment in Braddock Bay  in Greece this week and expects to continue that operation throughout the rest of the month.

The sediment removal is part of the Corps of Engineers’ ecosystem restoration project currently underway at the bay. As part of the overall project, the Corps of Engineers has previously completed construction of a barrier beach and an emergent wetland.

Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

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.