Veronica Volk

Veronica Volk is a Reporter/Producer for WXXI News.  She comes from WFUV Public Radio, where she began her broadcasting career as a reporter covering the Bronx, and the greater New York City area. She later became the Senior Producer of WFUV’s weekly public affairs show, Cityscape.
 
Originally from Ocean County, New Jersey, Veronica got her B.A. in Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, concentrating on Media, Culture, and Society.
 

The New York State Education Department has appointed a workgroup to improve outcomes for young men of color. It's called the Blue Ribbon Committee of Regents, and they had their first meeting at Nazareth College.

An environmental group is calling for an end to Bakken oil trains in Fairport.

Mothers Out Front originated in Massachusetts, but they've gained momentum in the Rochester area, specifically because the region is a pass-through for these trains.

Keri Kaminsky is a leader of the group. She says moms play a special role in environmental reform.

"They're doing something just sheerly out of concern for their children, for everybody, for the future."

An Upstate wine maker is speaking out against a plan to transport New York City waste to Seneca Meadows Landfill. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's $3.3 billion, 20 year plan involves shipping waste by rail or barge to the landfill in Waterloo.

Will Ouweleen is the winemaker of O-Neh-Da Vineyard and Eagle Crest Vineyards. He is also the co-founder of the Finger Lakes Wine Business Coalition. He attended a public hearing in Manhattan to speak out against the contract.

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Governor Cuomo was in Batavia Wednesday to announce a new solar company is moving in to the STAMP site in Alabama, New York. The company, 1366 Technologies, will be the first to move into the Manufacturing Park in Western New York.

On stage at the Steiner Theater at Genesee Community College, Cuomo made his enthusiasm clear. He says this announcement is an example of a new era for Upstate New York. 

"You see the energy changing, you see the mentality changing, and you see the synergy that's now developing. Today is a game changer."

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High out-of-pocket costs may prove to be an insurmountable obstacle for patients seeking medical marijuana. While the treatment has been legalized, the state has not set a price for it, and insurance companies will not be covering it. 

As a result, people like Angel won't have access.

"My story is a long story."

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