Joe Morelle

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.

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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.

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About 2,000 people braved bitterly cold temperatures and snow for a rally and march in Seneca Falls on Saturday.

The event was part of three days of activities designed to “inspire all Americans to take an active role in democracy," encourage eligible voters to get out the vote and honor the legacy of women in leadership.

Thousands gathered in cities across the country Saturday as part of the nationwide Women's March rallies that focused on issues such as climate change, pay equity, reproductive rights and immigration. 

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A federal grant aimed at helping Rochester’s children is coming to the region. 

Congressman Joe Morelle said Friday that the $1.5 million grant will help a local initiative called Grow Rochester, which focuses on children’s health issues.


The initiative currently offers screenings for 3-year-olds, and it plans to use this grant along with state, local, and private fundraising to expand their reach to children between the ages of 1 and 5. 

Morelle said the goal is to alert parents to medical, social/emotional and cognitive problems before they hamper a child’s development.

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Large majorities of Democrats and Republicans in the 25th Congressional District share ‘common ground’ on immigration issues.

The results of a survey conducted recently of 995 people in the 25th district helped demonstrate the goal of one of the sponsoring organizations behind Saturday’s discussion held at the Democrat and Chronicle downtown on Saturday.

Rep. Joe Morelle from Irondequoit is joining several other Democrats in calling for the House of Representatives to move forward with impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

More than a dozen Democrats have endorsed impeachment as they question whether Trump improperly used his office to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate political rival Joe Biden's family.

In a statement, Morelle says the "president's disturbing pattern of unlawful behavior is an offense to the very principles and ideals our nation was founded upon."