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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Nearly two-thirds of New York residents are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to the latest federal statistics.

About 12.7 million of New York's 20 million residents are fully vaccinated, according to data released Saturday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That's the seventh highest percentage of any state — below Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello and other local government officials gathered at the Seneca Park Zoo on Saturday to talk about plans for allocating $144 million in federal stimulus dollars.

The funding is part of the American Rescue Plan Act, also known as ARPA.

Bello said the effort to revamp the comprehensive plan will build on research and feedback that has already been collected over a number of years.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Eric M. Smith, who was 13 when he killed a 4-year-old boy with a rock in western New York, has been granted parole, according to corrections officials.

Smith, now 41, appeared for the 11th time before the Board of Parole on October 5 and was granted release as early as Nov. 17, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said in an emailed statement Saturday.

Transcripts of the hearing were not immediately released.

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Rochester firefighters called a 2nd alarm on Friday night after a fire broke out in a kitchen at the Strathallan Hotel on East Avenue near Goodman St.

Firefighters say there was heavy black smoke coming from some outside duct work when they got there at about 10pm, and flames coming from a hood inside the kitchen area.

A second alarm was called because of the size of the building and the number of hotel guests and restaurant patrons. 

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Monroe County officials have some good news for parents needing COVID-19 PCR testing for their children to return to school.

“Pediatric PCR testing is now available at the Monroe County Fleet Center on Paul Road,” said County Executive Adam Bello during a COVID briefing on Friday.

Bello said testing is only available for children ages 4-19 who are enrolled in a K-12 school and are not under quarantine by the Department of Health.

He said kids must also be symptom and fever-free without medication for 24 hours.

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Ecologists are sounding an early alert for Monroe County about the spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect that’s relatively new to New York and that presents a threat to agriculture.

Local children's health advocates say they are increasingly concerned about the mental and behavioral health needs among the community's kids. They say the pandemic, violence in schools and the community, and the stressors of living in poverty have left many children -- especially those from disadvantaged communities -- with unmet needs.

This hour, our guests examine the gaps in services and make their recommendations for how to increase access to care. Our guests:

Voters in New York will see five proposals on the ballot this Election Day. Two relate to voting rights and one pertains to clean air and water. What do voters need to know? And what impact would the proposals have, if passed?

We discuss these questions with our guests:

First hour: Discussing NYS ballot proposals 2, 3, and 4

Second hour: How to increase access to mental health services for children in need

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Upward of $53 million is expected to be paid out to counties in the Finger Lakes region under settlements reached to end state lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies and distributors.