A former EPA administrator and a former New York state health department official have teamed up with a Vermont college to conduct a health survey of people potentially affected by polluted water in the villages of Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh, and in Bennington, Vermont.

Judith Enck was the EPA regional administrator during the Obama administration who first warned Hoosick Falls residents in the fall of 2015 not to drink the water in their village because it was contaminated with PFOA, a chemical used in plastics manufacturing for decades in the area.

The Rochester Red Wings will continue to play at Frontier Field for many years into the future. That was the message from Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Naomi Silver, the CEO for Rochester community baseball, as they announced a new lease agreement Tuesday.

There were concerns raised in recent days the two sides were close to being at an impasse in their lease negotiations, and what that would mean for the future of the Triple-A baseball team in Rochester.

The devastation caused by the flooding in Texas impacts many people and businesses, and small businesses are among those that will likely be feeling the pain, especially in the short term.

That’s according to Paychex CEO Marty Mucci, who says on the flip side, there will probably be a boost to some small businesses.

Developers released plans for the former Medley Centre mall in Irondequoit on Tuesday morning. The team of Angelo Ingrassia, Frank Perticone and Robert Morgan announced Phase one of the long vacant property, which they are calling Skyview on the Ridge.

Work will begin this fall, with plans to make the former mall into a space that can be adapted for whatever a company needs, in what is known as “flex space.”

Vehicle sales in Monroe County seem to be bucking the national trend, they were up for the first six months of this year, while nationally, the numbers softened. Hear why from Brad McAreavey of the Rochester Auto Dealers Association.

Also, an Ithaca company that helps analyze satellite data will be working to help people in Texas assess the impact of the severe flooding from Hurricane Harvey, and a new hotel opens in Penfield.

Efforts are moving ahead to create an EcoDistrict in the High Falls area.

That’s an area that would be dedicated to sustainability and it would be the first one in New York State.  The local non-profit group Greentopia is behind it, and co-founder Michael Philipson says the plans are ambitious, but they are worth the time and effort.

New RIT President shares vision for the school

Aug 25, 2017

Rochester Institute of Technology's new president welcomed students, faculty and staff to the new academic year, while outlining his vision for the university on Friday.

David Munson says RIT is a wonderful university on a steep upward trajectory.

That's as the 28 hundred incoming freshmen are the most diverse ever, and come in with the best statistics in RIT's 188 year history.

Looking forward, Munson says his focus is on five areas: programs, people, facilities, the campus appearance and vibe, and resources.

Amazon is cutting the prices of bananas, butter, organic eggs, and other best-selling staples at Whole Foods' 470 stores, promising customers lower costs and targeting the grocer's "Whole Paycheck" nickname. The online giant also says its Amazon Prime members will get special prices and perks.

The U.S. power grid could become less reliable if too much electricity comes from renewable energy and natural gas, according to a study from the Department of Energy.

But not everyone is buying it. Environmentalists suspect the Trump administration is just trying to prop up an ailing coal industry.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry called for the study in the spring. The report doesn't say there is a grid reliability problem now — only that one could develop if more coal and nuclear power plants shut down.

There are about 2,100 vacant, city-owned lots in Rochester. Three hundred of them are in the Marketview Heights neighborhood alone.

That's where a team of students spent the summer gathering information that can be used to turn some of those abandoned properties into assets for their community.

Students from city high schools and RIT went from lot to lot using phone apps to record specific facts about what they saw.


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