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The chair of the state’s Democratic Party, Jay Jacobs, says the outcome of several investigations into alleged bad behavior by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his top aides will help determine whether the party can back the governor for a fourth term in office.

“We have to look at what the actual determination is by these various investigations,” Jacobs said to Dan Clark from New York NOW. “And there isn’t just one, there have been multiple investigations.”

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The Community Health Fair is back on Saturday for its 10th year to provide underserved communities with the COVID-19 vaccine, along with health care information and screenings.

The Black Physicians Network and the Rochester Black Nurses Association partnered with the Rochester Jamaican Organization and the Rochester West Indian Festival Organization to host over 20 community organizations that will be providing the health resources. Organizers said this year's event has a focus on mental health.

Foodlink also will be distributing food.

The window of opportunity for victims of childhood sexual abuse to file a civil lawsuit against their alleged abuser ends Aug. 13.

Survivors say it’s not too late to file a claim, but some would like another legal window sometime in the near future to accommodate those who are not yet ready to come forward.

Aaron Winters

Rochester’s festivals are back, and with them comes a new batch of city dollars.

This week, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that employers need to bring workers back to the office by Labor Day. He said that remote work is not as creative or productive, and working from home harms other businesses -- lunch spots, coffee shops, etc.

But many workers have reported thriving during the pandemic with a remote schedule. How do they interpret the governor's comments? We find out with our guests:

  • Kristen Seversky, product manager who works remotely
  • Andrew Amato, remote worker
  • Andrew Brady, co-founder of the Rochester chapter for Conscious Capitalism and CEO of the XLR8 Team

What have local theaters learned from the pandemic? We talk with representatives from several local theaters about the challenges they've faced, the successes they've had, and how they think the industry may change in the future as a result of the pandemic. We also discuss what's on stage this season.

Our guests:

Vaccination rate in NY prisons at 46%; all inmates offered the vaccine

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All 32,000 people incarcerated in New York state prisons have been offered the COVID-19 vaccine and, to date, 46% have been vaccinated.

According to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, there have been vaccine clinics at each of the state's more than 50 prisons.

In an emailed statement, DOCCS said 15,195 vaccines have been administered to date and additional vaccine clinics have been scheduled. The vaccination rate among incarcerated people, at 46%, is much lower than the statewide average of 62%.

Geva Theatre

First hour: How will the live theater industry change as a result of the pandemic?

Second hour: Discussing the future of remote work

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As the Delta variant leads to increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases and some governments are starting to require their employees to get vaccinated, private employers are taking a closer look at such policies.

But something is standing in their way.

"What's holding them back is if they implement a vaccine mandate, people will quit or people won't apply," said Beth Cordello, a labor and employment attorney with Pullano and Farrow.

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During remarks at the city’s violence prevention summit at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Thursday, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren made her goal clear.

“We want to change violence in the city of Rochester permanently,” she said. “We don’t want this to be a one- or two-year thing. We want this to be a consistent reduction of violence in the city of Rochester until we no longer have violence in the city of Rochester.”

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