Monday, February 25, 2013

WEEK AHEAD: Proposed gun ban, RCSD budget hearing, downtown safety meeting

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 9:54 AM

A County Legislature committee will vote tonight on a Democratic proposal to ban guns from county buildings.

The measure will be considered by the Agenda/Charter Committee, which meets at 6 p.m. today at the County Office Building, 39 West Main Street.

Under current county policy, members of the public cannot bring guns into buildings owned or leased by Monroe County. But there is an exemption for people who have a permit to carry a concealed gun.

County employees cannot bring weapons into county buildings, even if they have concealed-carry permits. (Law enforcement officials are exempt from the current prohibition and would also be exempt under the proposed new law.)

The committee must pass the legislation in order for the full Legislature to consider it. Jeremy Moule

The Rochester school district will hold a public hearing on its 2013 to 2014 proposed budget at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26.

Superintendent Bolgen Vargas presented a $726 million budget late last year. The proposal has a $50 million gap, though Vargas says he expects to close about $30 million of it through the governor’s recent adjustments to the state pension system.

The meeting will be held at Montessori Academy in Dr. Freddie Thomas High School, 625 Scio Street. Tim Louis Macaluso

Rochester Mayor Tom Richards and Police Chief James Sheppard will hold a meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 28, to discuss downtown safety and other issues. The meeting is in the Riverview Ballroom at the Radisson Rochester Riverside Hotel, 120 East Main Street. Christine Carrie Fien

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