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Longtime Rochester Councilwoman Elaine Spaull announced early Wednesday evening that she will not be seeking re-election this November for the East District City Council seat that she has held for the past 11 years. Her term will end December 31, 2019.  

Spaull is also executive director for the Center for Youth in Rochester.

She released this statement:


If you’re a federal employee willing to open up your home to visitors, Airbnb wants to help you make some extra cash.

Any executive branch employees who share their home for three nights, anytime over the next three months will get paid an extra night from Airbnb, up to $110.

This also applies to people who host “experiences” which are things like tours of the city, hikes, shopping trips and more.

Liz DeBold Fusco is the Northeast Press Secretary at Airbnb.


Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is pleased with some initiatives and budget plans outlined  by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday.

Cuomo is proposing another $25 million in state aid toward anti-poverty efforts in Rochester.

That includes $10 million for the Rochester Revitalization Fund, which the mayor says will help support entrepreneurship in the city.

Rewatch the 2019 State of the State and budget address delivered by Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday in Albany, courtesy of New York Now

Two important pieces of legislation for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers passed Tuesday in the state Senate.

GENDA, or the Gender Expression Non Discrimination Act,  has officially passed and will increase protections for transgender and gender non-conforming New York citizens.

Tamara Leigh, communications director at the Out Alliance, said that up until now, there was no New York state law that explicitly protected this group of people from harassment and discrimination in areas like employment and housing.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A new poll finds Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Democrat-controlled state Legislature are viewed favorably by a majority of registered New York voters, but salary raises state leaders and lawmakers recently received are not.

The Siena College survey released Monday shows Cuomo with a 51-43 percent favorability rating. That compares to a negative 45-49 percent rating in early November, when the Democrat won a third term.

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WASHINGTON (AP)  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is expected to move toward launching a 2020 presidential campaign within days by forming an exploratory committee, according to several people familiar with her plans.

The New York Democrat will likely announce her intentions ahead of a trip to Iowa this weekend, one person said. She will be a guest Tuesday night on CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."

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How should police misconduct be investigated in Rochester? That’s the question facing City Hall in recent weeks.

Rochester City Council believes it has a model that could change the way communities ‘police the police.’

City Council President Loretta Scott, Vice President Adam McFadden, and councilmembers Mitch Gruber and Willie Lightfoot introduced their proposal for an independent Police Accountability board on Monday afternoon.

Officials stressing safety for snowmobile season

Jan 11, 2019

Trails for snowmobilers around Monroe County will open soon, and after three fatalities in December in the North Country, officials are stressing safety for riders.

State Park Police Sgt. Philip Nesbitt says it's important snowmobilers know exactly where they are going when they head out, and let others know of your plans because sometimes cell phones fail in the extreme cold.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to extend the background check waiting period for firearm purchase from three days to 10 days.

The Democrat announced the proposal on Thursday. It's just one of several bills relating to firearm regulations that Cuomo says he'll ask the Legislature to pass within the first 100 days of the 2019 session.