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Longtime local lawmaker Paul Haney has died at the age of 78. The Democrat and Chronicle says he died Sunday at Strong Memorial Hospital of complications from a fall.

Haney’s experience in public government included having served as Monroe County’s finance director, as well as stints on both Rochester City Council and on the Monroe County Legislature.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York has become the first state to ban the declawing of cats. 

The measure was signed into law Monday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo after lawmakers passed it in the spring. 

Animal welfare advocates and many veterinarians say the once-common operation is unnecessary and cruel. It involves slicing through bone to amputate the first segment of a cat's toes. 

New York's largest veterinary organization had opposed the bill. It argued that declawing should remain a last resort for cats that won't stop scratching furniture or humans. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) An audit finds that New York's Office of Mental Health isn't complying with a state law requiring notifications to parents or guardians when a patient is injured or mistreated in a state-regulated institution.

The report released Friday by the office of Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli examined eight mental health facilities and determined officials aren't doing enough to ensure facilities notify loved ones and often fail to provide requested information to parents or guardians in a timely manner.

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Antonino Hernandez-Bautista left for work Tuesday morning. He would not be coming back.

About 8 a.m. Tuesday, a calm summer day with clear skies in Albion, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers pulled over and arrested Hernandez-Bautista and took him to a federal detention facility in Batavia, about 20 minutes away.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York is the latest state to raise its smoking age from 18 to 21 in an effort to discourage teens from getting hooked. 

The change was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and will take effect in 120 days.

It applies to traditional cigarettes as well as electronic cigarettes and vaporizers. Cuomo says raising the age will help discourage an ``entire generation'' from taking up a potentially deadly habit. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state has expanded laws against racial bias to include hairstyles and hair texture.

The bill aims to ensure no employee can be fired or passed over for a job because of racially biased criticism of their hair.

The change to the state's human rights law, approved by lawmakers this year, was signed into law Friday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Supporters say minorities often face discrimination that's couched in criticism of their hair texture or style.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A judge in New York has refused to block a state law repealing a religious exemption to vaccine mandates.

Lawyers representing 55 families in New York filed a lawsuit this week hoping to restore the exemption, which lawmakers eliminated this year in the face of the nation's worst measles outbreak in decades.

Plaintiffs who argued they have a right to a religious exemption had asked a judge to temporarily block the repeal while their lawsuit proceeds.

The public boat launch at the Irondequoit Bay Outlet in Sea Breeze has opened for the season.

That’s according to Town Supervisor Dave Seeley, who says that while much of the dock is still under water due to flooding, crews from the town’s public works department installed temporary elevated ramps this week to provide access to the launch dock.

He says that boaters should still observe the no-wake regulation in the bay and within 500 feet of the lake shore.

DEC: Great time for fishing on Lake Ontario

Jul 11, 2019

State officials are encouraging residents and visitors to explore the great fishing opportunities that are available on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

The Department of Environmental Conservation reports "record-breaking" fishing continues on those bodies of water, with the potential to catch huge fish from a wide variety of species.

Great Lakes Fisheries section head for the DEC, Steve LaPan, says Lake Ontario is one of the best places to fish in North America -- or even the world.

The Monroe County Legislature on Tuesday night voted 17 – 10 authorizing County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo to sue New York State over the new ‘Green Light Law’ which allows driver's licenses to be issued to undocumented immigrants.

Dinolfo says the county’s pending lawsuit will assert, among other claims, that the new law violates the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by putting citizens and non-citizens on unequal footing under the law.