375 students hit by flu at state college in western NY

BROCKPORT (AP) — Hundreds of students at a state college in western New York have come down with the flu over the past two weeks.

Officials at The College at Brockport tell the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester that about 375 students have sought treatment for flu symptoms since around Feb. 1.

Libby Caruso, the college’s director of health counseling services, says none of the students who have had bouts of the flu were known to be hospitalized. She says it’s the largest number of flu cases at Brockport in more than 25 years.

Caruso says the number of new cases of flu has dropped this week from a high of 30 to 40 a day to five to 10.

Upstate district plans ‘Black Lives Matter at School’ day

ROCHESTER (AP) — Today is “Black Lives Matter at School” day for one upstate New York public school district.

The Rochester City Schools have subtitled the event “a day of understanding and affirmation.”

Officials say it’s not an official part of the Black Lives Matter movement. Organized by a group of educators and parents, it’s envisioned as a day of education, dialogue and action that will engage people in understanding and affirming that black lives matter.

About 57 percent of students in the urban district are black.

State expands energy relief policy for low-income residents

ALBANY (AP) — New York state is expanding its Energy Affordability Policy.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that $12 million will be added to provide nearly two million low-income New Yorkers with direct energy cost relief annually. The money will allow 50,000 customers to participate and brings the total program benefits to $260 million.

The policy change will boost the number of low-income utility customers receiving monthly discounts from approximately 1.1 million to 1.7 million.

The policy, which was announced last year, limits energy costs for low-income New Yorkers to no more than approximately 6 percent of household income, on average. That’s half of what many New Yorkers are currently paying.