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Cuomo's former closest aide gets 6 years for bribery

Governor Cuomo’s former closest aide received a prison sentence today of six years after being convicted of illegally gaining over $300,000 in bribery schemes. Judge Valerie Caproni sided with the wishes of federal prosecutors, who sought five or more years in prison for Percoco , following his conviction on three counts of bribery for participating in two illegal schemes to enrich himself while offering illegal services to a power plant company and an Syracuse development firm. The judge,...

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the remark he made earlier in the week that America "was never that great" was "inartful."

Cuomo made the comment while criticizing President Trump's slogan "Make America Great Again."

It prompted Trump to tweet that Cuomo was having a "total meltdown."

In a conference call with reporters Friday, Cuomo emphasized that America has always been great, but where Trump is taking this country is the antithesis of American greatness.

(AP) — A three-day Phish music festival was scuttled by dirty water from torrential rains on Thursday, with health officials denying a permit just as the rock band was about to go onstage for its traditional sound check jam.

"We are still in shock," the band said in a statement on its website . "Our families are here, our gear is set, our tents are up. We keep waiting for someone to come over and tell us that there is a solution, and that the festival can go on. Unfortunately, it is not possible."

At Fifth Frame Brewing on St. Paul Street in downtown Rochester, Carolyn Stiles starts talking to me about her favorite beer.

"I really enjoy a good pilsner, like, a well brewed pilsner," she tells me.

Stiles is part of an ever-growing group of craft beer enthusiasts across the country.

Rochester alone has over a dozen breweries experimenting with different malts, hops, and yeasts to make hundreds of local beers. With this rapid growth, Stiles saw an opportunity to start a beer education and appreciation group – just for women.

New York Congressman from the Hudson Valley , Sean Patrick Maloney, who is also a candidate in the Democratic primary for attorney general, is weighing in on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial statement that America “was never that great.”

Cuomo took on President Donald Trump’s slogan “make America great again,” by saying there’s no need to do so because the country was “never that great.”  The governor, in a speech Wednesday, went on to say that the nation has not yet reached its full potential because of inequalities that exist.  

Residents of Seneca County are still reeling from the flash floods that downed trees, destroyed roadways, and flooded homes.

“It was flooding over, it was going over the banks, it was going over the road over here which has already gone down.”


Rep. Tom Reed and a protester outside his office on Exchange St. in downtown Geneva
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Congressman Tom Reed was in downtown Geneva Tuesday afternoon for a Tax Cuts Work rally. It was organized by the Job Creators Network, an organization funded in part by Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus. The event was billed as part of a campaign to publicize and amplify the positive impacts Americans are experiencing as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law in December. When Representative Reed arrived at his office on Exchange Street around 4 o’clock, a large crowd of protestors had gathered.



Reacation to the announcement that Rep. Chris Collins, a Western NY Republican, will suspend his campaign for re-election, but does plan to serve out the rest of his term this year:

Monroe County Republican Chairman Bill Reilich issued a statement on Saturday, saying  that he has been in contact with fellow County GOP Chairs from Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, and Ontario counties.

Saturday has turned out to be a big day for political news in Western New York.

Besides the word that Rep. Chris Collins will serve out his term but will suspend his campaign for re-election, we also were informed by the Monroe County Board of Elections that Governor Cuomo will issue a proclamation on Monday calling for a Special Election to fill the current vacancy in the 25th Congressional District.

Western New York Congressman Chris Collins is suspending his campaign for re-election. After his recent indictment on insider trading charges, on Saturday morning, he released this statement:

"Democrats are laser focused on taking back the House, electing Nancy Pelosi Speaker and then launching impeachment proceedings against President Trump. They would like nothing more than to elect an 'Impeach Trump' Democrat in this District, which is something that neither our country or my party can afford.

The news this week that Congressman Chris Collins is facing a federal indictment alleging that he was involved in insider trading, has put a new spin on the fall elections in Western New York.

One of Collins’ fellow House Republicans in this region, Tom Reed of the Southern Tier, says the allegations against Collins are serious, but he says any decision about his political future are up to Collins and the voters.

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