Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers an update on the state's COVID-19 response at approximately 11:30 a.m. 

University of Rochester

First hour: Answering questions related to COVID-19 vaccine allergies 

Second hour: Discussing the state of accessible housing for people with disabilities

CITY File Photo

Liz Pritchard has been working from home during the pandemic in a home office surrounded by her favorite things: posters of the comics she creates, original artwork, collectibles, and costumes she’s worn to Comic Con over the years.

Pritchard calls herself an autistic artist and advocate. While comic books are her primary focus, she’s also a painter, a poet, and a teacher.

And she’s always teaching.

“It’s good to surround yourself with things that make you feel good,” she said over Zoom. “Create an awesome environment for you to create.”

Carla Coots

Brian Lindsay has known for a long time how to write a song that goes straight to the heart.

There was “East Side of the River,” from his 2004 album “The Crossing.” A lament of unrequited love -- her family thinks he’s not good enough for her -- wrapped in Springsteen-like wailing harmonica, drama-drenched guitar and the two banks of the Genesee River as metaphor: “You and I worlds apart, with a river in between.”

And “King of the Mountain,” from his 2009 album “Esperanza,” a coming-of-age yowl with echoes of Steve Earle.

PAB launching probe into RPD protest response

16 hours ago
Max Schulte / CITY/WXXI

The Rochester Police Accountability Board announced Tuesday that it is launching its first formal investigation, targeting the Rochester Police Department’s response to the Black Lives Matter protests of last year.

The board is looking to evaluate RPD’s current policy on crowd control and how force was utilized in the protests, as well as past crowd control efforts at events like the Puerto Rican Festival.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The numbers released on Tuesday for COVID-19 in Monroe County show another 279 cases of the virus.

There were nine new deaths. Those deaths occurred from Jan. 11 to Jan. 21. The total number of deaths is 902 to date.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 315 new cases per day. The seven-day rolling average positivity rate for Monroe County is 4.7%.

The infection rate for the Finger Lakes region is at 5.01%.   Of the ten regions in the state, that is the eighth lowest positivity rate. Only Central New York and the Southern Tier are lower.

James Brown / WXXI News

The Republican president of the Monroe County Legislature said the county health department should handle vaccine distribution itself. Currently each state is leading the charge in the rollout. 

Dr. Joe Carbone said on Tuesday that the state’s vaccine hotline is confusing residents and sometimes there is not enough vaccine for each appointment scheduled. 

One aspect of President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus plan is focused on helping people with disabilities. If passed, the American Rescue Plan would end the subminimum wage for people with disabilities. The decades-old option allowed employers to pay workers with disabilities less than minimum wage; in some states, they were paid as little as $2.13 an hour. Biden’s plan would also provide stimulus payments for adults with disabilities who are considered dependents; those individuals were excluded from previous stimulus packages.

This hour, we discuss the plan with our guests, who weigh in on the impact it may have and what it may be missing. We also discuss their “to-do” list for the Biden/Harris administration when it comes to disability rights. Our guests: 

This conversation is part of Dialogue on Disability Week, a partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies, in conjunction with the Herman and Margaret Schwartz Community Series.

What can be done to promote unity in this country? One idea being floated is requiring some kind of community service when people turn 18. What do you think?

We talk about what this kind of service could look like, if it should be volunteer or paid work, mandatory or optional. Our guests:

  • Matt Kelly, independent journalist, co-owner of Hunt Country Vineyards, and volunteer EMT and firefighter
  • Shanterra Randle-Mitchum, educator in the Rochester City School District, and project coordinator for the Youth History Ambassador Project at Teen Empowerment
  • Andrew Hollister, small business owner and community activist

RPO taps veteran maestro Andreas Delfs as music director

Jan 26, 2021
Jacob Walsh / CITY

Andreas Delfs, the seasoned maestro who the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra named Tuesday as its new music director, is a conventional choice to lead the organization into its centennial year. But there will be something unconventional waiting in the wings of each concert.

“After a long performance, a beer very much revitalizes and re-energizes me,” he said. “I normally have a deal with the stagehand to have one ready for me right when I come offstage. I haven’t established that rapport here yet.”