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Proposed rule change irks farmers, legislators

Several federal and local officials are trying to steer the Environmental Protection Agency away from expanding a definition of navigable waters. The agency, backed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has proposed a rule change that would subject almost ...

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Clarity, ambiguity on new local judges

A new Family Court judge may be added to Monroe County, but not until Jan. 1, 2016, according to a report from the New York Law Journal. Acting on a New York State Bar Association report identifying an inadequate number ...

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ER magnetic company seeks tax breaks

Board members of the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency often deal with polarizing issues. No change, here. The COMIDA board, which is meeting at noon today, will be considering granting tax incentives for the $448,000 expansion of an East ...

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Residents to decide on justices for new court

A key aspect of a new village court in Brockport will be determined Tuesday after voters select a pair of part-time justices to serve on the bench beginning Jan. 1. After the election, the real work will begin, from settling ...

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Attorneys serve lunch and hope

Robert Brenna Jr., a partner at the Brenna, Brenna & Boyce law firm, takes a lunch order from Gail Sofia. The firm sponsored a free lunch June 11 at State Street Bar and Grill, with tips donated to flood-relief efforts at Camp Good Days and Special Times.

  With a paper plate of hamburger and pasta salad in each hand, Robert L. Brenna Jr. entered the State Street Bar and Grill restaurant, looking for the folks at the table who placed the order. One problem. “Do you ...

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Council, chief talk police reorganization

More details are emerging on the city’s return to a community policing strategy, although questions about costs and effectiveness linger.

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Push on for Main Street improvements


Midtown is rising again, and work on the major portion of the Sibley Building renovation is set to begin this winter. Black Friday will not only spell the official opening day of the holiday shopping season but also the anticipated ...

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‘Zombie property’ legislation considered

Although the number of so-called “zombie properties” in Brighton is not high, proposed legislation combatting the problem would still prove helpful and aid in maintaining the quality of life in neighborhoods, said Brighton Supervisor Bill Moehle. That is one of ...

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Beating stress can pay dividends at work, home


Lawyers, stressed? The job has an inherent amount of conflict — lots of clients, lots of cases, lots of late nights. Their own clients are emotionally charged. The other side is emotionally charged. Judges have a responsibility of moving cases ...

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Clarkson justice to seek re-election

It’s a big year for Clarkson Town Justice Christopher T. Wilcox. Justice Wilcox, who has served on the bench since 2006, is seeking a second four-year term as town justice in November. He is running on the Republican and Conservative ...

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Proposed law aimed at problem properties in Pittsford

Owners of several of the town of Pittsford’s problem properties have taken steps to spruce up their properties after officials contacted them recently about maintenance issues concerning their properties and their effect on neighbors. But that’s partly because the town ...

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Batavia girls will see new playing fields

Batavia varsity softball players are expected to be playing on a new, upgraded field by next season, although if it was the result of a Title IX lawsuit filed in federal court a year ago or was a plan in ...

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