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‘We are light-years away from our potential’

Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy speaks optimistically and hopefully about the city's future, while acknowledging problems such as poverty, violence, low graduation rates in the Rochester City School District and a collective insecurity among residents.

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Cuomo proposal would eliminate pay to play

Legislation proposed by state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and backed by Senate Majority Conference Leader John Sampson would replace the sole trustee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund with a board of trustees. It also would eliminate “pay to play” in state public pension funds, Cuomo announced Thursday.

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Smith indicted, pleads not guilty

Former Monroe County Deputy County Executive James Smith was charged Wednesday with official misconduct in connection with the ongoing investigation into the Robutrad Corp. scandal.

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HUD gives millions for lead poisoning prevention

Monroe County’s Department of Public Health will receive some $3 million and the city of Rochester will receive nearly $2.2 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to prevent lead poisoning, officials said.

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Paterson tells agencies to cut spending by 11%

State agencies must cut some $500 million in spending, an across-the-board reduction of some 11 percent, during the current fiscal year, Gov. David Paterson said Tuesday.

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ITT’s Space Systems Division soars

Next week, a remote sensing satellite is scheduled to be launched into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Once deployed, the system will supply multispectral images of the Earth from almost 500 miles above the planet.  The satellite’s ...

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You, too, can speak health care: a primer on reform

Back to basics on health reform In a five-part series of weekly articles, Policy Wonk columnist Kent Gardner and guest co-author Jim Fatula will provide a framework for understanding the basics-and the big picture-of health care reform: what needs to ...

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Plurality picks Giuliani for 2010 governor’s race

If the 2010 gubernatorial race were held today, 43 percent of RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll respondents say they would vote for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo placed second with more than one-quarter of the vote.

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Only way out

Gov. David Paterson's approval rating is in a very deep hole. His biggest problem is the perception that he caves in the face of pressure from the Legislature.

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City, county support non-profit program for homeless

A group of non-profit organizations that came together to help Rochester’s homeless received a boost Tuesday when the city of Rochester and Monroe County partnered with the program to offer a range of services.

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Media executive named to ESD post

New York City media executive Peter Davidson has been appointed executive director of Empire State Development Corp. and will oversee the agency’s development at the Midtown Plaza site and others statewide.

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Paterson’s approval hits new low, poll shows

The approval rating for Gov. David Paterson is at an unprecedented low of 17 percent, but 62 percent of respondents to a Marist College Institute for Public Opinion poll released Thursday say President Barack Obama is wrong to suggest Paterson should not run for office in 2010.

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Appeals court allows Paterson to appoint Lt. Gov.

The State of New York Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed a lower-court decision and allowed Gov. David Paterson to appoint Richard Ravitch to the vacant position of lieutenant governor.

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Big gets bigger

On the first anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ collapse, President Barack Obama traveled to New York City this week to address Wall Street’s power players and make the case for "the most ambitious overhaul of the financial system since the Great ...

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Power firm inks $17.5M contract for FAA work

The reach of Perinton-based MaeTec Power Inc. now extends to 160 cities in 40 states, including a $17.5 million Federal Aviation Administration contract it secured last month.  The FAA hired MaeTec to replace battery strings-batteries strung together on a wire-at ...

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