Rep. Joe Morelle

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Local and regional political officials are reacting to Tuesday’s announcement by presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden that he is choosing California U.S. Senator Kamala Harris as his Vice Presidential running mate.

“As a black woman; Democrat; attorney; Mayor of the city of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass; and a daughter of the West Indies, I am beyond thrilled to congratulate U.S. Senator Kamala Harris on her historic selection to be the Vice President of the United States of America," Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said in a statement.

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.

Our guest:

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand made a stop in Rochester Friday, joining local Congressman Joe Morelle in front of the Federal Building on State Street to talk about the need for direct aid to local governments to help deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two Democratic lawmakers are pushing for the Republican-controlled Senate to follow up on a bill passed by the House which calls for an additional $3 trillion  in aid.

Gillibrand said the pandemic has sharply reduced sales tax and other revenues to local governments.