The numbers released on Sunday (looking at Saturday’s testing) show the Finger Lakes with a .7% infection rate, up slightly from the .4% of the previous two days.
The numbers released on Sunday (looking at Saturday’s testing) show the Finger Lakes with a .7% infection rate, up slightly from the .4% of the previous two days.
Of the 83,997 test results reported to New York state on Monday, 754, or 0.89 percent, were positive.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The unemployment rate in most of the state’s metro areas in New York dipped below 10% in August for the first time since March, according to preliminary data released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor. New York City still topped the list among the state’s metro areas, with an unemployment rate of 16.3% last month, but that’s a drop of nearly four points compared to the city’s numbers in July. When the state Department of Labor released the state’s unemployment rates for July last month, only one metro area had reported an unemployment rate less than 10%. That was Ithaca, where it was 9.9% at the time. But, in August, things changed.
There was a standoff, with demonstrators facing off against police. RPD says they did use pepper balls after bottles and rocks were thrown at them.
The group marched, as they have on previous nights, to the front of the Public Safety Building, which saw hundreds of people again chanting, talking, and taking part in a peaceful demonstration.
They were also wearing spit hoods, the kind of device that police put on Daniel Prude last March as they pinned him to the pavement.
Thai officials have disputed the claims about how prevalent the situation is with monkeys being used to harvest coconuts.
The three organizations suspended include the Theta Chi and Zeta Beta Xi fraternities and the Sigma Delta Tau sorority.
“Our ability to keep this deadly virus in check will be determined by what each of us does each day and by the capacity of local governments to enforce state guidance.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo says that the final of the 70 steel gantries being built as part of this system has been installed. It’s located on the Thruway at exit 42 in Geneva.
New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said if Anthony were alive today, she would decline the president’s offer.
The New York State Department of Financial Services says that overall, rates in the individual market for 2021 will increase by only 1.8%.
The newly-added states are Hawaii and South Dakota. Alaska, New Mexico, Ohio and Rhode Island have been removed.
“Recent allegations of wrongdoing raise serious concerns. We will not proceed any further unless these allegations are cleared.”
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, (D-Massachusetts) said she sent a letter to the SEC Chairman asking that agency to look at the potential for insider trading.
Eastman Kodak will help produce components needed to manufacture generic pharmaceuticals with the help of a substantial federal loan.
“They’re not being transparent enough, they’re not engaging the stakeholders and the shoreline communities and they’re not getting the data they need from the appropriate sources like the shoreline communities.”
“We’ve come a long way but we still don’t have an Equal Rights Amendment, we still have incredible disparity in pay, and even the burden of the weight of families falls disproportionately on women.”
Customers with some of the company’s TV packages, like TV Gold, TV Silver and TV Select will see their bills increase $1.50 per month.
“We just have to change the law to let folks like this get a second round and we will have many, many more small businesses surviving and even prospering in the next six months.”
Police say that the statue was torn off its base, and left about 50 feet from its pedestal. The statue had been placed over the fence to Genesee River gorge and was leaning against the fence.
The faces of 14 women, including well known suffragists like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and lesser known figures such as Mabel Ping-Hua Lee and Ida B. Wells, will be projected in pairs.
“We are ready to be back in business in a safe and effective manner and we’re just hoping that we can have the opportunity to do so, so that we can feed our families.”
NYSEG electric customers would see about a 2.3% increase in the first year, with the average monthly customer seeing a monthly increase of $2.49.
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said that sales tax revenue for local governments fell by more than 32% in May compared to the same month a year ago.
The unofficial start of summer, on May 25, the earliest the holiday could arrive, and delivers Labor Day, the marker of the season’s conclusion, as late as possible, on Sept. 7.
The New York State Thruway Authority is moving ahead with a $450 million plan to rebuild 23 of the 27 service areas and provide significant upgrades to the remaining four.
At this point, the state is allowing both in-person and absentee ballots for those village and special district elections.
The coronavirus pandemic has also closed some meatpacking plants, although PresidentTrump last week ordered large meat processors remain open.
Water levels throughout the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River System are expected to peak below the record-high levels seen in 2019.
“We need to be, I think, taking a look at the data, and working with not only the health professionals, but also the business community.”
It’s a different story on the commercial side, with a lot of businesses around the state forced to close if they are considered non-essential.
“We can now focus on executing our strategy to drive operational efficiencies and position our business for long-term growth.”
Wegmans will be supplying face masks to its employees in line with federal guidelines designed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Kodak has shipped 40,000 gallons of the isopropyl alcohol over the last week, shipping it in tanker loads from its Eastman Business Park facility.
“We’re going to see waves, so right now we’re seeing the wave of people trying to prepare for being out of work, trying to prepare for having kids at home or working remotely.”
“I don’t think it’s wise to be bringing a lot of people to one location to vote. A lot of people touching one door knob, a lot of people touching one pen, whatever you call the new device on the ballots.”
“One of the forecasters said we were looking at a freight train coming across the country. We’re now looking at a bullet train.”
Wegmans says it needs the additional off-hours to help restock and clean the stores.
Concerns about the novel coronavirus have caused a run on a number of items at supermarkets and other stores, particularly hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.
Amo Houghton, the former Congressman who also had led Corning Incorporated for a number of years, has died at the age of 93.
State-run universities are recalling about 300 study-abroad students and faculty from China, Italy, Japan, Iran and South Korea.
“All the water we’re letting out will lessen the impact down the road; it doesn’t guarantee there won’t be flooding but I can guarantee there will be less of it.”
“The rights secured in our Constitution carry with them certain responsibilities. When it comes to the First Amendment, that responsibility includes the obligation not to threaten to kill others.”
Instead, the New York Attorney General says her office hopes to work with all parties to make sure consumers get the best pricing and service possible.
The study found the wine and grape industry in New York directly creates 71,950 jobs, generating $2.79 billion in wages and $6.65 billion in direct economic impact.
Households can apply for a second emergency benefit through the Home Energy Assistance Program – or HEAP – if they are in danger of running out of fuel or having their utility service shut off and have already received assistance this winter.
The New York Power Authority Board of Trustees has authorized a five year plan for the Reimagine the Canals Initiative.
Among the questions that state officials would like to see local residents discuss, are what do they want students to know before they graduate and how should students have to demonstrate that knowledge?
Assemblyman Brian Kolb was in court in the town of Victor on Thursday where he pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of DWI.
The court papers quote a tow truck driver as saying that when he drove up to the accident scene, Kolb stood up and put his hands up and said, “My wife was driving,” and then said, “You know how women drive.”
In the first phase of the program, a $100 million economic development fund will support a variety of projects.
Kolb was charged on New Year’s Eve when his state-owned SUV got stuck in a ditch near his home in the town of Victor.
New York state continues to lose population in new census numbers along with several other states.
Deputies said Brian Kolb was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated. There were no injuries and Sheriff Kevin Henderson said there was minor damage to the vehicle.
High-speed rail is one of those economic development and transportation issues that gets touted by politicians, business and transportation groups from time to time in New York.
One of Seneca County’s better known attractions, the white deer at the former Army Depot, will lose one of the tourism efforts that has sprung up in recent years.
There are new guidelines from the federal government that could help hemp farmers in New York state expand their operations. WXXI’s Randy Gorbman explains:
Area utilities including RG&E, NYSEG and National Grid say they are getting crews in place to deal potential damage caused by downed trees and power lines.
Top state officials say that the IJC failed to act in response to flooding in 2017 and 2019, causing New York to incur substantial and potentially avoidable damages.
“It is gifted with a history that others can only dream of; what happened here, an epicenter of social movements that literally propelled our nation into a far better place.”
“I made fun of my husband for the thought of going his early, but apparently he wasn’t alone.”
The capsule was actually a waterlogged tin box, that has a bunch of what appears to be old newspapers, books and other items.
The company is raising the price of its standard internet service by $4; the broadcast TV surcharge will increase $1.51 and the receiver (the cable box) is going up by 49 cents per receiver.
Wegmans’ next big store opening is in late October, when it opens its first New York City location in Brooklyn .
Wambach is the all-time leading goal scorer in women’s international soccer with 184 goals. She also played in four World Cup matches, winning one in 2015, and participated in two Olympic games.
The diocese claims to have between 200 and 999 creditors, and estimates its assets to be between $50 million and $100 million, with liabilities in excess of $100 million.
Bishop Clark hopes to continue his ministry in the Diocese.”
The license plate with the most votes will become the state’s official license plate and will be available to customers beginning April 2020.
The rate decisions by the state do not include the ‘Essential Plan,’ available through the NYS of Health, which will still have premiums of $20 or less for lower income New Yorkers who qualify.
The federal government’s congressional watchdog agency is taking a look at a controversial plan that helps adjust water levels on Lake Ontario.
“This latest episode of senseless gun violence resulted in the loss of one of our recent graduates—graduates in whom we place so much hope because of their potential to create a brighter tomorrow.”
Wegmans says that paper grocery bags will continue to be available, but 5 cents will be charged for each bag.
The Hall says that Furstenberg debuted her iconic wrap dress in 1974, which grew into a global brand, and in 2015 was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people.
Deputies say that other passengers intervened to help the flight crew, and then held and restrained Cutulle until it arrived at the airport.
“…this evaluation is not going to happen fast enough to do anything for this year…”
When it is fully operational, drivers will drive non-stop through special gantries that have sensors and cameras that read EZ Pass tags and take license plate images.
“For approximately two years when my client was 5 to 7, and the supervisors of Father Francis Vogt were complicit and negligent in the sexual abuse of my client.”
There is word that the board of the International Joint Commission, the U.S. – Canadian agency that manages the waters shared by the two countries, may hold an emergency board meeting on Wednesday, to look at issues involving recent shoreline flooding.
“Saying to people who just went through a flood in 2017. ‘Whoops. We’re going to do it again.’ That I think is harsh. Not being financially responsible for the damage that they do, that I think is harsh. Not being responsive, and fair to New Yorkers, that I think is harsh.”
The IJC “has no excuse for its failure to prepare for adequately managing the high-water levels Lake Ontario has experienced and continues to experience this year.”
Officials who help regulate the level of Lake Ontario are pointing to some hopeful signs in the effort to deal with the ongoing flooding issues along the lake shore.
As of Monday, the Lake Ontario level was at 249.02 feet, exceeding the record of 248.95 feet that was set in 2017.
Excellus says among the factors contributing to the proposed rate hikes is the cost of health care services, equipment and prescription drugs.
“When I was playing, you feel it when you’re playing, when you’re there, the fact that it’s 30,000 people, never give it a thought, but everything just quieted down just like somebody put a blanket on the place and they all listened.”
Wambach is the all-time leading scorer in women’s international soccer, featuring in four World Cups, including one she won in 2015, and two Olympic Games among her 255 international appearances for the US women’s national team from 2001 to 2015.
St. Lawrence River Board said on Monday that water levels have reached 248.85 feet, and will likely reach or exceed the 2017 record high of 248.95 feet within the next few days.
Under the proposal, NYSEG natural gas customers would see a 1.9% increase, or about $1.05 more per month.
“Jobs are very important to us in Livingston County and these were jobs that were well paying and jobs, which the individuals spent money; some of the folks do live here in our county and they spend dollars at businesses and help sales tax.”
“New York is experiencing a true crisis in affordable housing and we must use every tool at our disposal to protect and expand our housing stock.”
“There’s a lot of experience from 2017 that’s being used right now to know where those problem areas are and there’s preventive measures going back into those locations.”
A Wegmans senior vice president says as technology has evolved to enable more self-service, customers are increasingly looking for options that save time and allow them to shop how they want.
With concerns about rising levels on Lake Ontario, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that he has directed state agencies to begin deploying resources to protect communities along the lakeshore.
“This is not totally out of the realm of normal conditions for this time of year; we always see rising water levels on the lake during the spring.”
The supermarket chain wants to get ahead of the curve because of the transition that will be needed to get customers accustomed to using the reusable shopping bags.
The commission has contended that Charter failed to deliver on benefits to state residents that were part of the merger deal, something that Charter disputes.
State education officials say that they will also work with schools to provide guidance on how to resolve outstanding issues.
“I got a number of calls from people in the community, a number of people stopped me when I was out, talked with me about the National Women’s Hall of Fame inducting Jane Fonda.”
More than 300,000 watched live as April gave birth to a healthy male calf at around 12:45 p.m., the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York said.
The Diocese will conclude the settlement process involving retired State Supreme Court Justice Robert Lunn, who’s serving as a mediator.
The virus is not a threat to humans, but people can also spread the virus from infected horses to other horses.
The National Women’s Hall of Fame announced the 2019 inductees Friday night at a ceremony in New York City.
A ban by New York on state-sponsored travel to North Carolina due to a policy on bathroom use is causing some controversy and some changes for SUNY student athletes.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the opening of the exhibit as part of Women’s History Month. It’s called New York Women of Change, and it’s located in the State Capitol building in Albany.
A Catholic priest in the Diocese of Rochester has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into a recently received complaint of sexual misconduct with a minor, which is alleged to have occurred in the 1970s.
Genesee Beer will be the official beer of Watkins Glen International. That announcement was made Monday in a large warehouse at the St. Paul Street brewery, with the Toyota pace car that will appear at various events this year in the background. The Genesee logo is on that car.
There’s a proposal to raise the salary that inmates in New York State get for doing certain jobs in prison.
The product is hemp, and it’s been getting more hype lately for various types of industrial and consumer uses.
The ban on tractor trailers and commercial buses on the New York State Thruway in Western New York because of hazardous weather conditions has been lifted.
New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says sales taxes collected by local governments across the state grew in 2018 for the third consecutive year.
A Canadian cannabis company could be bringing hundreds of jobs to the Southern Tier. The company is Canopy Growth; that’s the business that locally-based Constellation Brands has taken a major stake in.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is announcing a proposal to raise the minimum sales age for tobacco and electronic cigarette products from 18 to 21.
Consumers are still quite optimistic in New York State, with a number of them planning to buy big-ticket items like homes and cars in the months ahead. That’s according to the latest quarterly survey on consumer sentiment put out by Siena College.
Wegmans has begun hiring staff for its long-awaited New York City store. The Rochester-based supermarket chain is hiring 500 people for the store that will open at the Brooklyn Navy Yard sometime this fall.
Power restoration continues throughout Western New York and the Finger Lakes after a New Year’s windstorm that brought gusts of more than 60 mph.
The legislation would have allowed workers to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave for the death of a family member.
It was literally their 30 seconds or so of fame, several of the white deer that make their home at the former Seneca Army Depot, were the focus of the nature segment that usually ends each episode of the program CBS Sunday Morning.
New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood on Tuesday announced a record $174 million consumer fraud settlement with Charter Communications, the corporate name for Spectrum, which provides cable, internet and phone services across the state.
Rochester Police are investigating damage done to one of the 13 statues of Frederick Douglass that have been placed around the city. Police say that early Sunday morning, shortly after midnight, officers responded to the area near 1 Tracy Street, which is near Alexander St., for the report of males trying to steal a statue.
The Rochester Catholic Diocese says that two priests have been removed from public ministry by Bishop Salvatore Matano after allegations of misconduct.
State Police say a trooper who stopped to help a driver with a flat tire near Elmira over the weekend found out the call was anything but routine.
Harris Corporation has been awarded a nearly $196 million contract to help build a space-based telescope. The work involves the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, or WFIRST, for short.
An American Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing at the Rochester Airport on Thursday morning after an apparent bird strike. The regional jet was operated for American Eagle by Envoy Air, and had 36 passengers and three crew members.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Officials with Tops Markets say that a federal bankruptcy court has confirmed the company’s plan of reorganization and the supermarket chain expects to complete its restructuring and emerge from Chapter 11 shortly.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI and Associated Press) – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo seeks a third term and Republicans and Democrats battle over the makeup of the state’s congressional delegation as the caustic midterm election campaign reaches its climax.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – It was back in September the Hall learned it was a finalist in a program called Partners in Preservation, which featured 20 sites around the country that celebrate diversity and the struggle for equality.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – A new poll in the 24th Congressional District shows that Republican incumbent John Katko continues to maintain a double-digit lead over Democrat challenger, Dana Balter.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – A new poll gives Republican incumbent Congressman Chris Collins a slim lead over his Democratic challenger Nate McMurray in the 27th Congressional District.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Richard Brookins died last Thursday at the age of 96. He was a WWII veteran but his impact as a soldier is perhaps best known for the impromptu decision to have him dress up as Saint Nicholas on December 5th, 1944.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – New York dairy farmers should see some advantage from a revamped trade deal with Canada.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The Rochester Chamber Orchestra recently filed its papers to dissolve the organization.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Tops Markets is announcing plans to close 10 stores it says are underperforming as part of its effort to restructure and emerge from the Chapter 11 bankruptcy it filed for earlier this year.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – New York State leaders weighed in Saturday night after learning of the death of Sen. John McCain.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – There may not be a settlement yet between New York State and Charter/Spectrum. But it appears the two sides are at least willing to talk a little longer.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Even when the skies have been relatively clear in recent days, you may have still seen what looked like some of those wispy, cirrus clouds in New York. But what you may have actually been seeing is smoke from wildfires in Canada.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Heavy rains are causing problems in parts of the Finger Lakes on Tuesday morning. Some of the heaviest rain and worst flood appears to be in Seneca County. The Seneca County Sheriff’s dept. says that heavy rain has resulted in major flooding in the Towns of Covert, and Lodi.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The Democratic candidate in the 27th Congressional District, Nate McMurray made a stop in Rochester Saturday night at a union hall, at the Communication Workers of America Local 1170 on Lake Avenue.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – President Donald Trump will be in Upstate New York on Monday, making a couple of stops. He will first travel to Fort Drum on Monday afternoon where he will sign the National Defense Authorization Act.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The news this week that Congressman Chris Collins is facing a federal indictment alleging that he was involved in insider trading, has put a new spin on the fall elections in Western New York.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – “Maybe the cows tip ‘em off when they’re milking them…” That’s how comedian Jerry Seinfeld explores the question of who determines the expiration dates on milk cartons in one of his better known routines.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – New York State has cut many of the health insurance increases proposed earlier this year by insurance companies.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Lifespan, the Monroe County based organization that provides services to older adults and caregivers, will help coordinate an expanded statewide effort to combat elder abuse.
New York State is taking tough action against Charter Communications, the parent company for Spectrum cable and internet services.
On Friday, the New York State Public Service Commission revoked its approval of the 2016 merger agreement between Charter and Time Warner Cable. The PSC contends that Charter failed to deliver the benefits to state residents that were part of the merger approval.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The New York Civil Liberties Union is out with a new online resource called Behind the Badge, which provides information on the internal policies and data from several police departments around the state.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is rejecting a proposal to put a controversial gas storage facility on the shore of Seneca Lake.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Area utilities are encouraging customers to conserve power during the heat wave since it puts additional strain on the power grid.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – A top state regulator has some harsh words for Charter Communications, the company that sells Spectrum cable and internet services.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Congressman Tom Reed is calling for bi-partisan action to solve the immigration crisis.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon brought her campaign to Rochester on Sunday, specifically to focus on the needs of the disability community.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Health insurance companies in New York State have submitted their rate requests for 2019, and on average, the 14 companies are requesting a 24% hike for individuals.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The New York State Public Service Commission says that its staff, along with RG&E, NYSEG and other parties have a proposed settlement over the way the two utilities responded to the March 2017 windstorm.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Hours after Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said she is not going to seek the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor, gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro announced that Julie Killian, a former Deputy Mayor in Rye (Westchester County).
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The NYS Health Department has issued a warning about potential exposure to measles in Livingston, Genesee, Niagara and Chemung Counties.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Wegmans is responding to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal this week to ban single-use plastic bags.
Abuse of opioid drugs has cost the U.S. a lot of money in a number of ways. That includes a big impact on business, particularly the construction industry.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Governor Andrew Cuomo is asking the International Joint Commission to maximize outflows of water from Lake Ontario.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Governor Andrew Cuomo is not sounding sympathetic to bailing out del Lago or any other casino for that matter, just because they are not generating enough revenue.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The Strong Museum’s World Video Game Hall of Fame in Rochester on Tuesday announced the 12 finalists for induction
Amtrak has agreed to rename the Rochester Train Station after Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – A health care system is dealing with an attack on its computer system. Finger Lakes Health, which includes hospitals in Geneva and Penn Yan, as well as long term care facilities, and primary care practices is dealing with a ransomware type attack.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday added his voice to those who think the train station in Rochester should be named in honor of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed New York extend the background check waiting period as part of efforts to reduce gun violence.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The Ginna Nuclear Power Plant is now back up to full capacity. The plant was offline late last week because of a power problem at a transformer that was not part of Ginna, and is located offsite.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The Ginna Nuclear Power Plant in Wayne County is partially back on line. As WXXI News reported last week, the plant had to be taken off-line last Thursday due to an electrical problem off site, at a nearby RG&E transformer.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – A company with operations in Seneca Falls is laying off about a quarter of its workforce. Xylem, a water technology company, recently informed the NYS Labor Department it is laying off 36 of its 138 employees for economic reasons.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – A state judge on Wednesday ruled in favor of the Towns of Pittsford, Perinton and Brighton in their effort to halt the clear cutting of trees along the Erie Canal, at least until the Canal Corporation and the New York Power Authority comply with the State Environmental Quality Review Act.
ROCHESTER, NY – A well known local judge has died. Elma Bellini, a State Supreme Court Justice who began her career as a jurist in 2000 when she was first appointed as a judge, has died after a battle with cancer at the age of 63.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – It was a road show of sorts, in downtown Rochester on Wednesday. Tesla, the maker of high-tech electric vehicles, brought a few of its cars to the Rochester Auto Museum on Main Street, including the new, lower priced Model 3.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Tops Markets has confirmed the story first reported by Bloomberg last week; the company will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has completed the final land acquisitions in Genesee County needed to build a new National Veterans Cemetery.
ROCHESTER (WXXI) – Assemblyman Brian Kolb is speaking out about the reasons he announced last Friday he was pulling out of the race for governor, less than two months after he said he would be a candidate.