Employees at the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant have taken the facility offline to begin the refueling process, a reality that seemed almost impossible one year ago. FitzPatrick was rescued from closure last summer when Exelon agreed to buy it after New York state approved a massive nuclear subsidy program.  

RIT is continuing its involvement in working to help American manufacturers work more efficiently. The local university is part of a new effort aimed at using advanced robotics in industry.

RIT is a core academic partner in this new consortium, which is led by Carnegie Mellon University and includes more than 220 partners in industry, academia, government and the non-profit sector.

A local grocer is one of only a handful of retailers in the country picked for a new federal program designed to make SNAP benefits available online.

It’s a two-year pilot program for people who get benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Hart’s Local Grocers has been selected, along with companies like Amazon, Safeway and Shop Rite. The idea is the SNAP beneficiaries would be able to order groceries online.

Colleen Griffin-Underhill is general manager for Hart’s, and she says acceptance into this program is a big deal for them.

A Catholic all-boys high school has a established a brand new innovation center. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Kenmore has created an environment for high-tech learning.   


‘Girls Who Code’ program starts Feb. 1

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A national initiative that focuses on teaching girls basic computer programming skills will be available locally next month.

Girls Who Code will begin an eight-week series for girls and young women in sixth through 12th grades from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Gates Public Library meeting room, 902 Elmgrove Road.

It was standing room only, as hundreds gathered at the Workers United building on East Avenue in Rochester and flooded into the hallways in support of the Affordable Care Act.

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to overturn and replace the Affordable Care Act and majority Republicans in Congress have begun the process of repealing.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is unveiling a program he says would help encourage recent college graduates to stay in their upstate communities.

It’s called  a “Graduate to Homeownership Program" and the governor has released it as part of his State of the State proposals.

The $5 million program will subsidize low interest loans, help with down payments and homebuyer education to encourage young people to stay in Upstate New York and help revitalize downtowns in their cities.

Eastman Kodak says it expects to incur restructuring charges of $12 million to $17 million as part of an effort to streamline costs in its Prosper commercial inkjet business.

In a financial filing, Kodak said that $5 million to $7 million of those charges are related to separation benefits.

A spokesperson for Kodak didn’t have details on possible layoffs, but did note that the U.S. operations of the Prosper business are primarily located in Dayton, Ohio.

RIT has received a federal grant to expand a social media campaign aimed at combating extremist rhetoric in various online sites and social media.

News about the $149,000 grant comes from New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.  It follows up on a global competition won by a group of RIT students last year, with a campaign they call "It's Time: Ex-Out Extremism."

 

Paychex is expanding its board to 10 members. The company announced on Friday that its board of directors has selected local CPA Thomas Bonadio to fill the newly created board position.

He is CEO and managing partner of the Bonadio Group, which the company says is the largest certified public accountant firm in New York state outside of Manhattan.

On Friday, the Paychex board also declared a regular quarterly dividend of 46 cents per share payable Feb. 15 to shareholders of record Feb. 1. 

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