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Juan Vazquez

Digital Engagement Facilitator

Juan is responsible for digital audience engagement and digital strategies for WXXI News. He also fills in for Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

As a life-long Western New Yorker, Juan has had extensive experience in broadcasting, audience engagement, and promotion.

Juan was Director of Marketing and Public Affairs at World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara where he developed project and event management experience, budget creation and monitoring, and fundraising/sponsorship planning and solicitation and serving as a representative on the Binational Economic Developers Association.   

Juan's broadcasting experience includes stints at his hometown of Dunkirk, NY along with Batavia, NY where he handled morning shows, news reporting, operations, and sports play-by-play.  Juan has a B.S. in Communications from the SUNY Fredonia and an M.B.A. from SUNY Empire State.

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Former Congressman Chris Collins will spend 26 months in jail for insider trading charges. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Vernon S. Broderick in Manhattan on Friday.

Collins broke down in court and apologized to his family and his former constituents and colleagues.

“I stand here today as a disgraced former member of Congress,” he said. “My life has been shattered.”

Collins' lawyers had argued he was sorry and should face no prison time. Prosecutors, however, argued he should go to prison for nearly five years.

As WXXI looks back at the events and people that made news in 2019, there were some notable citizens that we lost. WXXI's Juan Vazquez remembers some of those who left us this year.

Sen. Rich Funke's office / YouTube

Republican State Sen. Rich Funke announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election to the 55th State Senate District.

Funke made the announcement on YouTube, saying he wanted to decide when it was time to leave office.

"I also believe in term limits, so I will end my time in elected office next year on my own terms," Funke said in a YouTube video released Tuesday morning.

In the latest WXXI Business Report, a new national survey ranks the Rochester real estate market pretty high, but a local realtor says there are still some big challenges.

Plus, investor Carl Icahn is facing a legal challenge over a proposal about a possible acquisition of HP by Xerox, plus Wegmans expands its distribution capabilities in the southern U.S. 

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The snowstorm that started Monday dropped nearly a foot of snow in some areas. The Rochester Airport had 10.9 inches of snow as of Noon Tuesday, with Spencerport reporting 10.5 inches, 9 inches in Greece, and 9 in Batavia. The largest totals were near Buffalo; Lockport had 11.5 inches of snow, the Buffalo Airport in Cheektowaga had 11.2.

Check out photos of the snow from around the area.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’s willing to help with whatever is needed to fix the Rochester City School District’s financial mess. But, he says, City Council and the state education department need to stop pointing fingers and come up with a plan.

NPR and WXXI News will recap the news around President Donald Trump's dealing with Ukraine, and the impeachment inquiry during a one-hour special Wednesday night at 8 p.m. 

Ari Shapiro and Audie Cornish will be joined by a team of political correspondents, reporters, and editors. 

Listen on AM 1370, FM 107.5, WXXINews.org, your smart speaker, and on the WXXI app.

Ariel Zambelich / NPR

Programming note: we have moved this special to Thursday, September 26 at 8 p.m. 

WXXI News and NPR will reflect on the career of Cokie Roberts with a special broadcast, "A Remembrance of Cokie Roberts," on Thursday, September 26 at 8 p.m. The special will air on AM 1370, FM 107.5, online at WXXINews.org, the WXXI mobile app, and on your smart speaker.

Michel Martin will host this special that will feature friends of Cokie’s, as well as audio of her reports and commentary over the years.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's office

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday that extends the statute of limitations for cases of rape and other sexual assaults.

The new law extends the statute of limitations for the following crimes:

Fake letters demanding payment for an outstanding tax debt are circulating around the state. The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance wants you to be on the lookout for these scam letters and to let the tax department know if you receive one.

The fake letters say that the tax department will take away our driver license and passport if you don’t respond. The letter also demands full payment by a specific date and has an 888 number to call. You can see one of the fake letters here.

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