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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Gov. Andrew Cuomo says ongoing investigations in New York

state show President Donald Trump's legal jeopardy isn't over yet.

Speaking on WAMC public radio in Albany Monday morning, the Democrat said federal and state

probes into Trump, his associates and business dealings will proceed despite the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller's two-year investigation without new indictments.

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Senator Charles Schumer, speaking Monday at the University of Rochester Medical Center, called on his Congressional colleagues to pass legislation that would extend funding for a comprehensive opioid and mental health care services pilot program, which has treated thousands of patients in the region.

It's called the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic, or CCBHC.

Kelly Quinn, a recovery peer advocate for CCBHC and a recovering addict, says the clinic has a proven track record in tackling the opioid epidemic.

Monroe County

Monroe County’s Seneca Park Zoo is partnering with a program at the Cincinnati Zoo as part of a polar bear conservation project.

NEW YORK (AP)  President Donald Trump portrayed Robert Mueller as the bane of his existence, but even with the special counsel's Russia investigation wrapped up, he may still have to contend with state and federal investigators in New York.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan continue to pursue at least two known criminal inquiries involving Trump or people in his orbit, one involving his inaugural committee and another focused on the hush-money scandal that led his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to plead guilty last year to campaign finance violations.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State lawmakers in New York have voted to block plans for a massive trash incinerator proposed for the Finger Lakes region. 

By a unanimous vote, the state Senate passed legislation Wednesday that would prohibit the project from moving forward. 

The Assembly passed the bill last week. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already expressed objections to the project. 

Environmental groups and local residents had opposed plans for the incinerator between Seneca and Cayuga lakes, citing concerns about the environment, agriculture and tourism. 

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Zagster’s Senior Market Manager, Karl Alexander says the company is pleased with the growth they’ve seen with the program since it began.  He says last year, they saw more than 50-thousand trips taken on their bikes, which compares very favorably to other markets.

There was an issue that came up with missing or stolen bikes last year, but Alexander says they have implemented changes in their systems and technology that should greatly reduce that problem.

He says one of the focuses this year will be to get more people signing up for annual memberships.

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Dozens of people crowded Rochester City Council chambers on Tuesday night. They spoke for and against the proposed independent police accountability board.

City Council introduced its version of the board back in January. Rochester Police Locust Club President Mike Mazzeo is against that proposal as it stands now, and says that Council should restart the process.


UPDATE: Voters in the Village of Victor approved the referendum Tuesday, 210 - 94.


Voters in Victor head to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of their 215-year-old village fire department.

At issue is whether to dissolve the volunteer department run by the village and establish an independent joint fire district with the town.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Cuomo administration is launching a program aimed at increasing the diversity of the faculty in the State University of New York system.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the goal of the program called Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Growth is the hiring of 1,000 early to mid-career professors from minority groups by 2030. The Democrat says the program is being implemented at all 64 SUNY campuses.

(AP & WXXI News) New York lawmakers want the state to kick in some money to help local governments pay for the rollout of early voting. 

Lawmakers voted earlier this year to allow voters to cast a ballot starting 10 days before an election. That led to complaints from county officials who said they don't have the money to pay for the extra staff, training and record-keeping related to the change.