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Text-to-9-1-1 now in Wayne County

Apr 24, 2019
Used with permission of the National Emergency Number Association

The Wayne County 911 Center is rolling out its new text-to-9-1-1 service.

Officials said the service allows community members to contact emergency responders by text messaging when it may not be possible to place a voice call.

Greg DeWolf is 911 Operations Manager for Wayne County


NEW YORK (AP)  The former head of a drug distributor has been indicted on what federal prosecutors say are the first criminal charges against a drug company executive to stem from the opioid crisis. 

The indictment unsealed Tuesday alleges former Rochester Drug Co-Operative CEO Laurence Doud III ordered subordinates to ignore red flags about certain pharmacy customers to maximize company revenues and his own pay, which more than doubled between 2012 and 2016 as the company's sales of drugs like oxycodone and fentanyl skyrocketed. 


Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren delivers her State of the City address on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.

The address, traditionally, is used to review recent accomplishments and the status of city operations as well as outline goals and plans for the future.

Warren was sworn-in to her second term as mayor in January 2018.

The State of the City address takes place at School 17, at 158 Orchard Street.  The preliminary ceremonies begin at 6:45 p.m.


Monday is Earth Day, and as part of that environmental observance, some area roads will get a thorough going-over by state and local workers .

And those  employees are volunteering their time. 

The New York State Department of Transportation says that workers from every region of the state will volunteer their time to collect and dispose of litter along various roads and highways.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York state lawmakers will hold hearings on a proposal to repeal an 80-year-old law that prevents farmworkers in the state from unionizing.

The proposal has long languished in Albany, but supporters are more hopeful now that Democrats control the entire Legislature.

New York's Senate is planning three days of hearings on legislation named the Farmworker Fair Labor Practice Act, which would grant farmworkers the right to organize to demand better wages or conditions.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed State Police to increase patrols around churches and houses of worship across the state in the wake of the bombings that killed more than 200 people in Sri Lanka at churches and hotels. Hundreds more were injured.

Cuomo issued a statement on Sunday, saying that "In the wake of these despicable acts of violence and out of an abundance of caution, I am directing State Police to increase patrols around churches and houses of worship across the state today.

The New York State Public Service Commission says it has started an enforcement action against several utilities in the state because of the way they dealt with major storms last year.

The PSC says its staff looked into the preparation and response of the state’s major utilities to five major storms in 2018, where each one of those storms left more than 100-thousand customers without power.

As a result of the investigation, the PSC says that the utilities’ shareholders could face possible storm related financial penalties.

NEW YORK (AP)  Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents looking to make arrests inside courthouses in New York can't do so without judicial warrants or orders.

That's according to a directive from the New York State Office of Court Administration that took effect Wednesday.

Immigrant advocates say courthouses in New York and elsewhere have increasingly become places where immigrants have been taken into federal immigration custody.

A report by the Immigrant Defense Project says there were 178 arrests in New York state courthouses last year, compared to 11 in 2016.


Rochester City Council has a new vice president. At-large Council member Willie J. Lightfoot was elevated to the post Tuesday night by a unanimous vote. His nomination was announced earlier this week.

“I am honored and humbled to serve our great city as the vice president of the City Council. I am grateful to my colleagues on City Council for selecting me and look forward to serving in this role,” said Lightfoot.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  The Cuomo administration has launched a survey to give New Yorkers an opportunity to provide feedback about online data privacy issues.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that information provided through an online consumer data privacy survey will help state regulators make policy decisions regarding the internet marketplace and how personal data is used by companies.