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Covering courts and the legal community in western New York.

Irondequoit Supervisor Adam Bello named Monroe County Clerk

Irondequoit Supervisor Adam Bello has been appointed Monroe County Clerk. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Friday naming Bello to fill the position left vacant after Cheryl Dinolfo was elected Monroe County Executive in November 2015. Bello will start ...

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces two companies will invest $1.6 billion, create 1,400 jobs

Governor Andrew Cuomo was in town Wednesday to announce the first two companies lured to Rochester by the establishment of the Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation last year. The companies, Avogy and Photonica, will invest $1.6 billion over five ...

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Public Defender caseload trending down, funding for 24-hour arraignment coverage uncertain

The most significant news in the Monroe County Public Defender’s 2015 annual report is the implementation of a program to provide around-the-clock representation to indigent clients in all courts. But it’s unclear whether the new New York state budget, due ...

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Inner Loop project continues with closure of East Avenue bridge Monday

The East Avenue bridge over the Inner Loop will be closed, starting Monday, March 14, as work continues on filling in a portion of the sunken expressway. Traffic will be detoured around the bridge that runs from Union Street to ...

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U.S. Attorney announces first case of bitcoin used for money laundering in Western District

BUFFALO — Three men have been indicted in the first money laundering case in the Western District of New York involving the use of bitcoin digital currency. A federal grand jury has charged Richard Petix, 30, of Rochester, with operating ...

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Police: City Court judge laughed, cried when arrested

Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio was chatty, insulting, profane and uncooperative the morning of Feb. 13, when she was charged with driving while intoxicated, according to police reports. Astacio pleaded not guilty Friday at her arraignment. Because of potential ...

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