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The House Ethics Committee will investigate allegations against Rep. Tom Reed.

The brief statement released by the committee on Friday said that it is aware of public allegations that Reed may have engaged in sexual misconduct, in violation of House Rules, laws, or other standards of conduct.

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Malik Evans, a Rochester City Council member who is challenging Mayor Lovely Warren in the Democratic primary in a bid to unseat her, has secured the endorsement of the Working Families Party, guaranteeing him a spot on the November ballot.

Party officials announced their support of Evans on Thursday, citing Warren’s handling of the death of Daniel Prude and what they described as a “longstanding pattern of police brutality” in Rochester that has continued under her administration.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A staffer who has accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of groping her at the executive mansion said he slammed the door of his office and told her "I don't care" when she protested, according to an interview published Wednesday.

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NEW YORK (AP & WXXI)  New Yorkers 16 years of age and older can sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations starting Tuesday, a major expansion of eligibility as the state seeks to immunize as many people as possible.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo expanded eligibility to 30 and over  last week and announced that people aged 16 to 29 would be eligible starting April 6.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Some New York state troopers will begin wearing body cameras on patrol, phasing in their use years after cameras were adopted by many other state and local law enforcement agencies.

Body-worn cameras will be introduced to Troop G in the Albany area this month and be expanded on a rolling basis, with statewide deployment expected by the end of the year. The rollout of 3,000 cameras at a cost of $7.6 million a year is the result of a law signed in June, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.


New York will legalize marijuana for adult, recreational use after Democrats struck a deal on the issue Saturday, with a vote expected in the next week from the state Legislature.

The agreement is the result of years of negotiations between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature in New York, which will become the 16th state to approve legalization.

Lead sponsors Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, D-Buffalo, and State Sen. Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, cheered the agreement in statements Saturday evening.


A former longtime Rochester City Councilmember has died. He was 92.

Bob Stevenson, a Democrat who represented the Northwest District for 20 years from 1987 to 2007, died Friday.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Relatives of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and others with connections to him received special access to coronavirus tests a year ago when testing was scarce, according to published reports in newspapers.

Members of Cuomo's family including his brother, CNN journalist Chris Cuomo, his mother and at least one of his sisters were tested by top health department officials, some of them several times, according to the Times Union  of Albany.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York lawmakers are finalizing an agreement to legalize recreational marijuana sales to adults over the age of 21, a state legislative leader said Wednesday.

Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, the second-highest ranking Democrat in the chamber, said the bill is being drafted and will likely be brought up for a vote next week.

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The Irondequoit Public Library is closing the book on charging fines for overdue materials geared toward children and teenagers, becoming the first suburban library in Monroe County to follow a trend sweeping libraries nationwide.

The reprieve, which is to begin Monday, is a two-year pilot program that the library expects to make permanent in time. The program would do away with late fees of 35 cents a day, but patrons would still be responsible for replacing items deemed lost.