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Ontario County woman pleads guilty to stealing pension payments

An Ontario County woman has pleaded guilty to grand larceny for stealing more than $2,000 in pension payments from the New York State and Local Retirement System. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Ontario County District Attorney James Ritts ...

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State AG wants Kodak boss to testify about stock buy

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New York state Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday petitioned the court to force Eastman Kodak Co. CEO Jim Continenza to publicly testify about his stock purchase last year ahead of the federal government’s announcement that Kodak was in line to receive ...

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SUNY, CUNY schools require COVID-19 vaccine for in-person students


Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that all SUNY and CUNY boards will require proof of vaccination for all students attending in-person classes this fall, and encouraged all private universities and colleges to adopt the same rules. “More than 60 ...

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Biden administration eases immigration entry rule


A controversial interpretation of the country’s “public charge rule” has ended with the Biden administration, bringing a collective sigh of relief to both immigrants and their attorneys. “Technically speaking, the public charge rule has not ended. It’s a cornerstone of ...

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Policies lack for nonbinary workers in certain professions


In most jobs, gender identity and biological sex do not matter. Individuals who identify as female, male or nonbinary can, without question, serve as doctors, lawyers, architects, baristas and Uber drivers. Certain professions, however, have requirements that could lead to ...

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Nixon Peabody dedicated to advancing diversity within the firm


Nixon Peabody LLP is shifting its industry-leading Diversity Challenge to enable attorneys to count their diversity work toward billable hours. In 2010, the law firm launched its innovative Diversity Challenge, calling on attorneys to dedicate at least 40 hours annually ...

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State Assembly reviewing ‘Kyra’s Law,’ aimed at bolstering child protections

Kyra Franchetti

In 2016, 2-year-old Kyra Franchetti was shot twice by her father while she slept. He then set the house on fire and committed suicide. Kyra’s mother, Jacqueline Franchetti, had warned Family Court officials that her ex-boyfriend was mentally unstable and ...

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Local production company’s film featured in national campaign Free to Drive

Desiree, left, from "Desiree's Story," with a doctor (photo provided).

A locally produced short film has been featured in a national campaign to end debt-based driver’s license suspensions. Rochester-based production company Fish & Crown Creative’s short film, “Desiree’s Story,” was produced for use by Free to Drive, a national campaign ...

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