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Snap Poll: Strong support for NY’s vaping ban (access required)

Display of e-liquid at Webster's Village Vape and Smoke.

Starting Friday, New York will ban the sale of flavored e-cigarette liquids, cartridges and devices for 90 days in response to the nationwide outbreak of lung injury and deaths linked to vaping. Gov. Andrew Cuomo cited the health questions about ...

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Snap Poll: Little support for ‘Green Light’ bill (access required)

Illustration of driver's license front and back

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new law Monday that will enable undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. The state Senate passed the bill, which the Assembly passed last week, on Monday and Cuomo quickly signed it into law. ...

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Snap Poll: Jazz Fest again the favorite festival (access required)


The weather forecast may not show any signs of summer, but the festival schedule does. The summer festival season kicks off with the start of the Rochester Lilac Festival on Friday. From now through September, Rochesterians will have dozens of ...

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Snap Poll: Majority back strengthening WARN Act (access required)

Sen. Charles Schumer with former Friendly's employees on Monday, April 22.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-NY, visited Rochester on Monday to call for changes in the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act after Friendly’s locations across upstate New York closed with almost no notice for employees. The WARN Act ...

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Snap Poll: Majority not worried about recession (access required)


In a recent interview with the Rochester Business Journal, JPMorgan Chase’s Jim Glassman, head economist for commercial banking, and Bob McArdle, Western New York executive director for commercial banking, discussed the economy and where it’s heading. In response to a ...

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Snap Poll: Few support dumping Obamacare without replacement (access required)

Magnifying glass over Affordable Care Act policy and piggy bank

The Trump administration on Monday called for the entire Affordable Care Act to be struck down in a filing with a federal appeals court in New Orleans. The Justice Department, which stopped defending key parts of the law in June, ...

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Snap Poll: Majority sees need for downtown grocer (access required)


Hart’s Local Grocers announced on Monday that it will be closing on March 24. The grocery store will hold a close-out sale the week of March 18. Hart’s opened in 2014 as the first full-service grocery store downtown in more ...

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Readers split on gun storage law (access required)

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The New York state Legislature passed legislation Monday that makes it a misdemeanor offense to fail to securely store a rifle, shotgun or other firearm or render it incapable of being fired when a child is in a home. Sponsored ...

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Snap Poll: Majority opposes vaccination exemptions (access required)


As communities across the country deal with measles outbreaks, discussions have increased about whether “philosophical” exemptions to childhood vaccinations should be allowed. In New York, a measure to drop an exemption due to religious beliefs that Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, D-Bronx, ...

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Snap Poll: Majority opposes Police Accountability Board (access required)

Police Accountability Board Members Ted Forsyth (left) and Pastor Wanda Wilson.

Rochester City Council held a public forum Monday on the council draft for a Police Accountability Board that would significantly change how police misconduct is investigated. Plans for a Police Accountability Board have been hotly debated, with the PAB Alliance—an ...

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Majority say shutdown doesn’t affect them (access required)


The government shutdown stretched past the one-month mark this week, and it has already had a number of effects. Hundreds of thousands of federal employees have not been paid, though some of them are still working. Limited or no staffing ...

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Snap poll: Majority favor banning tobacco sales at pharmacies (access required)


Starting Tuesday, New York City pharmacies will not be allowed to sell cigarettes or other tobacco products. The ban includes businesses that contain pharmacies, such as supermarkets and big-box stores. The new rules follow a ban on electronic cigarette sales ...

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Snap Poll: Majority opposes pay raise


A committee created earlier this year to issue a report on increasing pay for New York lawmakers released its final recommendations Monday. The committee recommended significantly increasing the salaries for legislators and other state lawmakers while also drastically limiting stipends ...

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Snap Poll: Majority opposes social media check proposal (access required)


State Sen. Kevin Parker, D-Brooklyn, has proposed a bill that would require the police to check the social media activity and online searches of handgun license applicants and deny anyone who has published violent or hateful posts. Handgun applicants would ...

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More optimism for Bausch than Kodak (access required)


Two of Rochester’s former Big Three manufacturers—Eastman Kodak Co. and Bausch Health Cos. Inc.—announced promising news this week. Kodak announced Monday that it sold its Flexographic Packaging Division for an estimated $390 million. The acquisition is expected to close in ...

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