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Working families across the country are figuring out how to provide care for their children with remote and hybrid schooling this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Katy Briggs, a physician’s assistant and single mother, said that she’s struggled to balance telemedicine calls, her children’s education, and everything else.

“It’s very hard to do my full-time job and help educate my children and be a mom,” said Briggs. “I was experiencing such a high level of burnout at the end of the school year.”

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The Revitalize Rochester Fund is seeking entrepreneurs to apply for grants and loans to bring business and co-working spaces to underserved areas in Rochester.

The more than $13 million fund is available for people seeking to build businesses and worker cooperatives in neighborhoods like Bull's Head, where Mayor Lovely Warren and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul spoke on Tuesday.

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A pardon from President Donald Trump on Tuesday on behalf of famed suffragist Susan B. Anthony is being criticized in the city where she lived for many years.

The president announced he will pardon Anthony on the day that is also the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which helped guarantee women the right to vote.

Anthony was arrested in 1872 for violating the law that allowed only men to vote at that time.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand renewed her call for $50 billion in federal funding to stabilize childcare during a visit to Ibero-American Action League’s Early Childhood Services Center Friday.

Gillibrand says that along with the Childcare is Essential Act, which would provide critical support for child care providers, she will also support the Child Care for Working Families Act to provide a long-term solution to childcare access.

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This past weekend marked the annual Convention Days in Seneca Falls, which highlights the Women’s Rights Convention held in that community in 1848.

But, with COVID-19, most of this year’s activities had to be handled online. There was a significant outdoor event on Saturday when four women, who are part of a professional skydiving team, landed near the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

This year also marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which helped women secure the right to vote.

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More than a half-million dollars in federal grant money is on its way to the Rochester area to help fight the opioid epidemic, New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday.

The money is focused on workforce development, which Hochul said the state is approaching from two angles.

The first is to help people in recovery from addiction find stable jobs. Hochul said that’s necessary to keep people feeling fulfilled and working toward a drug-free goal.


There’s some speculation about whether Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo might be a candidate for Lt. Governor this year.

13WHAM News on Friday says it has learned that Dinolfo is a top choice for Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro.

Dinolfo is already heading up Molinaro’s search committee for Lieutenant Governor.

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People participating in marches in the United States and around the world walked in support of female empowerment and denounced President Donald Trump's views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights and women's rights on the anniversary of his inauguration.

That included the location often referred to as the birthplace of the women’s rights movement, Seneca Falls, where a large crowd marched Saturday by the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, and the National Women’s Hall of Fame, among other landmarks.

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul joins us for the first part of the program to talk upstate economic development, sexual assault legislation and a few other topics.

Then, we talk with Maggie Garrett, national legislative director with Citizens United for the Separation of Church and State.


Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul was in Rochester on Thursday to attend the first meeting of the Rochester Anti-Poverty Task Force, which began discussions on how to advance plans to combat poverty and fight inequality in the Rochester area.