Lead Stories


Thu October 30, 2014

Comptroller's race hampered by failure of public campaign finance experiment

An experimental public campaign finance system for the state Comptroller’s race has fizzled, after the lone candidate who applied for the program failed to meet the minimum threshold to obtain the public monies. 

The pilot public campaign financing program, was limited to just the state Comptroller’s race as part of a state budget deal.

It was widely condemned at the time by reform groups as fatally flawed. Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group called it “cynical”.

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Wed October 29, 2014

Attorney General race closest of all statewide races

Credit File Photo/WXXI


The race for attorney general is the closest of all the statewide contests.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he wants another four years to continue what he says have been numerous successes, while his opponent, John Cahill says the incumbent has not been aggressive enough and too cozy with the political establishment in Albany.  

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Wed October 29, 2014

Gillibrand wants plastic microbeads removed from personal care products

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 9:35 am

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) discusses the impact of microbeads on the environment. Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen (left) and Port of Oswego Board Chairman Terry Hammill (right) attended.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

They are in products people use every day to help get grime off their hands, keep their faces acne free and even make their teeth pearly white. But environmentalists and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) say plastic microbeads are polluting the country's lakes and streams.

While standing in front of Lake Ontario, Gillibrand announced her push to get companies to remove microbeads from personal care products like hand soap, facial scrubs and toothpaste, citing the harmful effects they have on the environment.

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Tue October 28, 2014

Implantable biosensor developed at upstate medical center

Credit Raland Therapeutics


Full interview with Spencer Rosero, UR Associate Professor of Medicine and creator the Living Biosensor System


A new device created at the University of Rochester could provide physicians with real time information about the health of their patients.

The implantable biosensor can be customized for each patient and the part of the body it is monitoring.

Spencer Rosero, Associate Professor of Medicine, created the device—about the size of a watch battery.

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Mon October 27, 2014

Through pen and paper, veterans find a way to cope

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 9:16 pm

Doug D'elia, who served in the Air Force in Vietnam, reads a writing prompt at a veterans writing group.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Andrew Miller had finished his second tour in Afghanistan for the U.S. Army, but he didn’t have a lot of time to think about it before being thrown back into the world, now labeled a veteran.

"Nobody gave us the time or the room to figure out what it meant to us," he said. "We caught planes, hipped and hopped and skipped and jumped. And the next thing we do, we were having a parade shoved down our throat."

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