Joe Morelle

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Representative Joe Morelle acknowledged Tuesday that he contacted the Rochester Institute of Technology to complain about one of its employees, Monroe County Legislator Sabrina LaMar, participating in what he considered a campaign video for his challenger in the Democratic primary this year.

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A Monroe County legislator is calling for the resignation of Congressman Joe Morelle, alleging that he tried to get her fired from her job.

Legislator Sabrina LaMar, a Democrat who represents the city’s 19th Ward, lodged a complaint against Morelle with the House of Representatives’ Office of Congressional Ethics on Monday. In it, she alleged that Morelle threatened to pull federal funds from the Rochester Institute of Technology if LaMar was not fired.

We're joined by Congressman Joe Morelle for the hour. He discusses the latest on the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic and what to expect regarding support and direction for individuals and businesses moving into the next few months. The Congressman also answers our questions and yours.

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Longtime Rochester area Assemblyman David Gantt is being remembered for the devotion he showed to his district and the guidance he gave to many local political leaders. Gantt died earlier this month at the age of 78. He served nearly 37 years in the NY Assembly.

Congressman Joe Morelle joins us to discuss the coronavirus relief bill that passed both houses and was signed by the president. We also discuss how Rep. Morelle sees the ongoing crisis, and how to eventually reignite the economy.

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Holding a briefing at the public safety training facility, Congressman Joe Morelle, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello and the county’s health commissioner, Dr. Michael Mendoza, wanted to get across that they are closely monitoring the situation with the coronavirus and the need to make preparations. But they also note we’ve had no local cases so far.

On Sunday night, New York state officials confirmed the first person in the state to test positively for the coronavirus. A statement Sunday from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office says a woman in her late 30s contracted the virus while traveling in Iran. A state official says she is currently self-quarantined in her Manhattan home. The statement says she is not in serious condition.

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Congressman Joe Morelle says one-fifth of the constituent calls to his office are complaints about the Social Security program.

Among those who called Morelle’s office last year is Kathleen Leahy. She’s a retired teacher from Long Island who moved to Rochester to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. When Leahy’s husband died last fall, she had to file for death benefits from the Social Security Administration. 

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Local businessman and attorney George Mitris announced his bid for Congress on Monday morning. Mitris, a Republican, will be running for the 25th Congressional District seat, currently held by Democrat Joe Morelle. This will be Mitris' first run for public office.

Mitris said that mitigating the effects of lakeshore flooding is one of his top priorities.

Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

Each member of Congress gets to invite one guest to the State of the Union address, and this year, Democrat Joe Morelle is extending that honor to Deborah Hughes, president and CEO of the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House.

Hughes said she is humbled to have the chance to witness the moment in history.

She said those who are feeling defeated over today's bitter partisanship can take a lesson from the social rights activist and suffrage leader.

James Brown / WXXI

More than 100 seniors joined Rep. Joe Morelle at Temple B’rith Kodesh on Friday for a town hall discussion on issues facing older Americans. 

Several people expressed concerns about entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare. Patricia Thompson, a retired teacher from Rochester, is also worried about other issues, such as the environment.