This past spring, David Mifflin looked at his credit report online and saw that something wasn't right.

There were inquiries from Chase Bank about an application for a credit card that someone was trying to open in his name. Mifflin, who lives in San Antonio, says he called the bank and was told the identity thieves "had my Social Security number."

He set up fraud alerts with the three major credit reporting companies. But he says the fraudulent attempts to open credit cards continued "multiple times a week, multiple times a day."

Some high tech jobs are coming to the Town of Gates. Supervisor Mark Assini says that Novomer, a sustainable chemicals company, will be expanding into a location on Buell Road and they expect to employ about 60 people.

Right now, they employ less than half that amount at a pilot facility in the Eastman Business Park.  The new location is near the airport, and the company is expected to employ chemists, engineers, lab technicians and other types of workers at the new facility.

Imagine Monroe, the county’s economic development agency, has approved incentives for two local projects that County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says will create a total of 34 new jobs.

One of the projects involves construction by Gallina Development of an addition to the existing building in Ogden for the company Transcat, which provides test and measurement equipment. They are creating 32 jobs over the next three years.

Rochester Regional Health is recognizing a $5 million dollar gift from the Wegman Family Charitable Foundation that will help the health services organization train nurses in the region.

The health services organization's Learning Center has been renamed the Wegman Center for Workforce Development.

Chair of Wegmans Food Markets, Danny Wegman, says he's proud of what Rochester Regional Health is doing, so the Foundation decided to support it.

The Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Restoration Conference is under way this week, bringing attention to critical Great Lakes issues.


State and local officials say they are seeing a lot of interest in a state-funded competition designed to help startup companies in the optics, photonics and imaging industries in Rochester.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says that Luminate NY, the name of the competition announced earlier this year, has received interest from more than 100 applicants from around the world.

Rochester and Buffalo are hoping that two cities are better than one, when it comes to trying to attract major investment from the online behemoth Amazon.

In September, the company said it needed to build a second corporate headquarters, a project that would see the company spend more than $5 billion and hire as many as 50,000 employees.

A number of communities across the country are vying for that new Amazon facility, and Rochester officials already said they are interested, as did people in Buffalo.


Buzzfeed's Ben Smith, among other writers, are saying that Big Tech is in trouble. He says Facebook and Google are too big, too powerful, too complacent -- and soon, both consumers and Congress will come for them.

Is he right? Is Facebook primed for a fall? We discuss a future in which Facebook falls, Google shrinks, and everyone posts fewer status updates. Our guests:

  • Scott Malouf, attorney whose work focuses on the intersection between social media and the law
  • Mike Johansson, lecturer at RIT and social media consultant with Fixitology

New York’s Broadband for All program hopes to bring broadband speed internet to the entire state by the end of 2018. This has led to an opportunity for local companies in rural areas, who are taking advantage of the state funds to expand to underserved customers.

A lot of New York residents want to take advantage of the Excelsior scholarship for public colleges and universities in the state. However, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo talking about a $4 billion budget deficit, there might be a fight over money for the next three years.


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