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Cuomo celebrates COVID-19 milestone by lifting more mandates

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he’s lifting all remaining state COVID-19 restrictions, including requirements for masks and social distancing, and capacity limits at events, now that New York has reached the governor’s goal of 70% of adults receiving at least one dose of the vaccine. Cuomo, in a campaign style event held before a cheering crowd of union leaders and others at the World Trade Center, said the goal was reached sometime on Monday, according to numbers compiled by the Centers...

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Updated June 16, 2021 at 12:27 PM ET

President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Geneva Wednesday. Here's what you need to know:

  • The closed-door meeting, which began at about 7:45 a.m. ET, lasted 3 hours, 21 minutes, shorter than the White House had projected.

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Town of Irondequoit Supervisor Dave Seeley is stepping down before his term ends later this year.

Seeley said Wednesday that he has accepted a job opportunity that will not permit him to serve through the rest of this year. He will leave office on July 31.

Seeley announced in January that he would not be seeking another term. He was appointed supervisor in 2016, replacing Monroe County Executive Adam Bello, who was then appointed Monroe County Clerk. Seeley won a full term later that year. 

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After more than a year of the twists and turns of life in the coronavirus pandemic, Danny Deutsch decided he had to lay down the law. In mid-May, he declared that no one would be allowed in Abilene Bar & Lounge unless they had proof that they had been vaccinated against COVID-19.

He posted the new policy on the club’s website. And on Facebook.

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A divided Rochester City Council voted Tuesday by a margin of 5 to 4 to adopt a $561 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The spending plan, which would take effect July 1, reallocates funding from the Rochester Police Department, grants $5 million to Police Accountability Board, expands the city’s new Person in Crisis (PIC) team, and earmarks $1 million for implementing recommendations from the Commission on Racial and Structural Equity (RASE), among other things.

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Eastman Kodak’s CEO, Jim Continenza, will have to publicly testify on allegations of insider trading.

That word came from New York State Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday. James said that Continenza will have to testify on October 1, 2021 and Kodak General Counsel Roger Byrd will have to testify a week before that on September 24.

James said a State Supreme Court judge also ordered the company to produce relevant documents to the attorney general by June 30.

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The next time you visit the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial, things will look a little different. A $12 million, 4,500-square-foot expansion of the building, along with numerous renovations, were unveiled Tuesday. The renovations are part of the Roc the Riverway project, started in 2018, aimed to showcase waterfront property in Rochester. The arena renovations are the fourth project to be completed so far; dozens more are expected in the coming years, all backed by state funds. 

Governor Cuomo's office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he’s lifting all remaining state COVID-19 restrictions, including requirements for masks and social distancing, and capacity limits at events, now that New York has reached the governor’s goal of 70% of adults receiving at least one dose of the vaccine.

Cuomo, in a campaign style event held before a cheering crowd of union leaders and others at the World Trade Center, said the goal was reached sometime on Monday, according to numbers compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the Women of Color Network, approximately four out of every ten non-Hispanic Black women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner. Racial disparities in economics, education, criminal justice – as well as cultural factors – contribute to those rates. They also lead to challenges when it comes to victims seeking and accessing support services.

This hour, we discuss how racial disparities and social determinants affect rates of domestic violence, and our guests weigh in on what they would like to see in terms of support and resources. In studio:

Rochester City Council will vote on the proposed budget on Tuesday. Before they do, several members discuss the budget on Connections: how much money for policing? How large of a police force? How much money for the Police Accountability Board? What about the Person In Crisis teams, social services, community building, and more?

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After more than a year of the twists and turns of life in the coronavirus pandemic, Danny Deutsch decided he had to lay down the law. In mid-May, he declared that no one would be allowed in Abilene Bar & Lounge unless they had proof that they had been vaccinated against COVID-19.

He posted the new policy on the club’s website. And on Facebook.

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Dr. Leora Horwitz treats fewer and fewer COVID-19 patients at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Still, she thinks there are too many.

And, notably, the COVID-19 patients almost all have something in common.

"I've only had one patient who was vaccinated, and he was being treated for cancer with chemotherapy," she says, alluding to recent research on the vaccines' limited effectiveness for cancer patients.

Royal Caribbean's new megaship, Odyssey of the Seas, was supposed to hail the company's return to business as near-usual this summer. But the ship's launch is now delayed after eight crew members tested positive for the coronavirus. Its first scheduled trips are now canceled.

The Odyssey of the Seas had been slated to make its debut sail with paying passengers on July 3 — more than a year after the pandemic hobbled the cruise ship industry. Its first voyage is now delayed for four weeks, until July 31. By then, summer will be nearly halfway over.

Matt Lammers was completely alone the first time we met.

The cigarette butts and old ammunition cans clearly marked his apartment door. Camouflage netting blocked the Arizona sun, but it also sent a message: this guy was still in Iraq. I knocked on the door at 9 a.m. and woke him from the only hour of sleep he'd had all night.

He apologized. I apologized. And after a couple hours killing time around Tucson, I came back. Lammers rolled out his door for a smoke in a manual wheelchair, shirtless. Which saved questions –- scars and ink tell his story.

Jennifer Rocha wanted to hear the rustle of her black graduation gown against the bell pepper bushes in the California farm fields. She wanted to see the hem float above the dirt paths that she and her parents have spent years walking as a family while plucking heavy gallons of perfectly ripe fruits and vegetables that end up in America's grocery stores.

That's why she decided to take her college graduation photos in the same hot vegetable fields in Coachella, Calif., where she has worked with her parents since she was in high school.

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The Strong National Museum of Play already highlights a number of ways that people have fun, including toys and electronic and video games. Now you can add TV game shows to that mix.

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Did you get to see it? The Rochester area and much of the U.S. was treated to a partial solar eclipse at sunrise Thursday morning, when 78% of the sun was obscured by the moon, creating a crescent sunrise effect.

Astronomy fans gathered at several locations around greater Rochester to watch through eclipse glasses and filters.

Dan Schneiderman of the Rochester Museum & Science Center organized a viewing party at Martin Road Park in Henrietta that drew a surprisingly big crowd.

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In a rare positive reversal for concert plans during the pandemic, GrassRoots will present live music this summer at Trumansburg Fairgrounds after all.

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From the Inclusion Desk

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The pandemic has shed light on disparities within the Black community. In addition to systematic racism, lack of access to health information and health literacy, there are additional barriers that affect Black deaf people who are a minority in an already marginalized group.

When LeeAnne Valentine walks into a medical facility, she is hyper-aware of these barriers. Valentine is a deaf Black woman and communicates using American Sign Language.

State Senate OKs bills to help people with disabilities

May 28, 2021
New York State Senate

The state Senate this week passed a package of bills to boost individuals with disabilities.

Sen. John Mannion, who chairs the Senate Disabilities Committee, introduced legislation that would create an ombudsman program within the state Office of People With Developmental Disabilities to ensure that individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities receive coverage from managed care organizations.

He also sponsored bills that would reestablish OPWDD's care demonstration program and remove insensitive words from state law.

Heritage Christian Services

Six people, surrounded by their families, celebrated the completion of their new home on Jackson Road in Penfield on Wednesday.

The six-bedroom home, built to be fully accessible and customized to the people living there, will be staffed 24 hours a day by Heritage Christian Services, an organization that has built residential homes for people with disabilities for over three decades. The last home the organization built was in 2013.

 

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UPDATE: Early Monday evening, the New York State Office of Children & Family Services and the NYS Health Department issued a statement rolling back the mandate for young children to wear masks. The joint statement said in part:

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