Marriage equality stands
The Court of Appeals, New York's top court, refused to hear an appeal challenging the state's same-sex marriage law. The request to appeal was made by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedom. The organization claimed that the State Senate failed to follow proper procedure when it passed the law.
Fracking law stalls
A Democratic proposal to prohibit Monroe County from treating fracking-related waste water stalled in a County Legislature committee. The proposal has been referred to the administration of County Executive Maggie Brooks for study.
The Strong in Buffalo?
Developers announced a proposal for a new Bills stadium in Buffalo which could include a sports museum operated by The Strong. The $1.4 billion complex would also include a hotel and convention center. But it's dependent on a land deal with a Buffalo-region public transit authority, and is expected to require government assistance.
Hojack demolition starts
Crews began dismantling the inactive Hojack swing bridge on the Genesee River. By federal law, owner CSX has to remove the bridge because it's no longer in use. A group of Rochesterians tried to save the Hojack, saying it was an important part of the area's history.
Genny's parent company sold
Investment firm KPS Capital Partners announced that it's selling North American Breweries Holdings to Cerveceria Costa Rica, S.A. The $338 million deal includes Genesee Brewing Company, which is owned by NAB. The purchase includes the brand and the brewery facilities.
Shootings, homicides up
Homicides and especially shootings have taken an aggressive upswing in Rochester in 2012. Third-quarter crime statistics show that homicides are up 38 percent from this time last year, from 21 in 2011 to 29 in 2012. And shootings are up 79 percent, from 95 in 2011 to 170 in 2012. That exceeds the 10-year average by 14 percent, and is the highest shooting rate in five years.