Congressman Tom Reed (R-Corning)

As Congress works on a fourth phase of coronavirus relief, Republican Congressman Tom Reed said on Tuesday that there’s “tremendous” demand for recovery funds. 

Reed said that he sees direct assistance to most U.S. citizens and reopening the economy as crucial to this next round of legislation. 

“The economic devastation, every day we are shut down, continues to go up exponentially,” he said.

He wants to ensure that funds for local municipalities do not go to state governments, he said.

Monroe County Republicans designated candidates for local elections this year and at the top of their ticket for countywide candidates is county legislator Karla Boyce, who will run for county clerk. Boyce currently represents the 5th legislative district, which includes the towns of Rush, Mendon, and parts of Pittsford and Henrietta. She was first elected in 2011.

The United States lost a civil rights leader this week, with the passing of longtime Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings. We discuss does his legacy, as well as the importance of African American representation in government.

Our guests:

  • Larry Knox, political and community engagement coordinator for 1199 SEIU 
  • Michelle Daniels, super Democratic volunteer
  • Paul Hypolite, political strategist
  • Tianna Mañón, publicist, journalist, and political analyst
  • Robert Hoggard, doctoral student at the Warner School of Education, and development associate at Rochester Regional Health

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Democratic Rep. Joe Morelle announced Wednesday that he is taking action on climate change.

“There is no greater threat facing humanity, and there’s probably never been a greater threat ever to face humanity," Morelle said.

Morelle said he is sponsoring the Climate Emergency Resolution that Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced last month. He’s also endorsing multiple environmental bills.

Local members of Congress respond to Mueller report

Apr 18, 2019

Reaction from local congressional representatives was mixed after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report about Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Before the report was released, Attorney General William Barr held a news conference. He said Mueller detailed 10 "episodes" involving actions by Trump that might have constituted obstruction of justice, but the Justice Department has concluded they did not amount violations of the law.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, said in a statement that Barr’s news conference was "propaganda."

We continue our series of interviews with the candidates running to fill the Congressional seat of the late Louise Slaughter. This hour, we’re joined by GOP candidate Dr. Jim Maxwell.

The potential field of candidates considering a run for Congress in the 25th district is becoming more clear.

One of the most prominent names to surface on Sunday is that of Assembly Majority Leader, Joe Morelle (D-Irondequoit).  The D&C is quoting sources as saying Morelle will run for the seat left vacant with the recent death of longtime Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.


WASHINGTON (AP)  The House Ethics Committee said Thursday it was extending its review of Western NY Republican Rep. Chris Collins, whose stock market trades prompted an advocacy group to request an investigation for possible violation of insider trading or conflict of interest 

Collins, who has denied any wrongdoing, was the largest shareholder of Australia's Innate Immunotherapeutics Limited and sat on the company's board of directors. Advocacy groups had said Collins sponsored legislation that could potentially benefit the company. 

Congressman John Katko is our guest for the hour. The Republican is serving his second term in Congress after defeating Democrat Dan Maffei in 2014.

We discuss a wide range of topics: the GOP's next move on health care; what to do about Syria; refugees and immigration. The Congressman explains why he opposes cutting funding for public broadcasting, and we even talk about his love of Bruce Springsteen, if not all of The Boss' politics.

We sit down with Mark Assini, Gates town supervisor and the Republican candidate for Congress in the 25th district. Assini is hoping to defeat incumbent Louise Slaughter in November. We'll talk to him about his views on a wide range of issues, including the Affordable Care Act, the minimum wage, taxes, and foreign policy. It's part of our continuing effort to bring candidates for prominent offices to the show and allowing those listening live an opportunity to interact with them directly.