Carlet Cleare

Carlet Cleare is a Reporter/Producer at WXXI News. Carlet reports on news topics relevant to the community and helps to create and develop story ideas to produce comprehensive and compelling news stories. Prior to joining WXXI, she worked at RNews as a Desk Assistant. Carlet earned her Associate’s degree in Communications & Media Arts from Monroe Community College in 2004, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/Journalism at St. John Fisher College in 2006. Her work has been honored by the New York State chapter of the Associated Press.

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she will lobby at the federal level for more opportunities for students across the region to be exposed to the science, technology, engineering and math or STEM fields.
"The bill will help create grant programs for elementary, middle and high schools. Schools are encouraged to partner with their local colleges and non-for profit businesses to bolster innovated STEM related curriculum and mentorship programs designed to develop the stills that folks need."

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A legislative proposal to eliminate toxic chemicals from children's products is hung up in the state Senate, despite passing in the Assembly last year.

Democratic Senator Ted O’Brien, a representative for Republican Senator Joe Robach and health advocates are calling on state leaders to pass the Child Safe Products Act.

“We believe that our count there is enough votes already in the Senate to pass it,” says O’Brien.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer says the water quality along the Great Lakes continues to worsen.  

Schumer is co-sponsoring a bill that would remediate contaminated sediment, help clean up toxic pollutions, combat invasive species and keep watersheds clean.

He is also pushing to reinstate $10 million in federal dollars to the BEACH Act, which was recently cut from the 2014 budget, to help keep polluted beach water safe for swimmers.

There’s some new technology available for those who are visually impaired.

The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, or ABVI, hosted a technology fair on Thursday showcasing the latest advances in adaptive equipment. Nearly a dozen vendors from across New York, and the northeast, participated in the “What’s the Latest” event.

"I get a lot of phone calls on what kind of computer should I get? What kind of phone should I buy? ” says  Chris Frank who is the team leader of employment and technology services for ABVI.

Rochester is part of a network of 27 communities across New York helping immigrants and refugees to contribute to the state's economy and become a part of the "family of New York".

Governor Cuomo launched the Office for New Americans Monday to help newcomers learn the English language, prep for the citizenship exam as well as harnessing their entrepreneurial spirit to start and grow businesses. According to the Governor's Office, 29% of small businesses in New York are owned by people born in other counties.