Tuesday, May 27, 2014

WEEK AHEAD: Psych Center meeting; take a look at the city budget; WFP undecided on Cuomo

Posted By on Tue, May 27, 2014 at 10:11 AM

A local meeting on the state’s plan for the Rochester Psychiatric Center will take place today at 6 p.m. in the Rehab Building at the center, 1111 Elmwood Avenue, room 206/208.

The state plans to turn the Rochester facility into one of 15 regional centers across the state. It would house forensic adults — people who have had some contact with the criminal justice system.

Residents are concerned about what would happen to the facility’s current patients and also about the impact the new regional center would have on the area.



An open house will be held on Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren’s 2014-2015 proposed budget. Warren has proposed a $500 million plan that would increase spending by 3.6 percent and includes $5.8 million from increases in taxes and fees. Warren closed a $38 million budget gap by reducing capital expenses and netting a $6 million one-time increase in state aid.

The open house is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, at Rochester City Hall 30 Church Street. All city commissioners and department heads will be on hand to answer questions, according to a city press release. BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN



The state Working Families Party will hold its nominating convention on Saturday, and it’s unclear whether the party will back sitting Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s re-election bid. The governor had the party’s backing when he ran in 2010.

Some of the labor leaders and progressive activists that make up the party’s core say that Cuomo’s policies haven’t been progressive enough. Many of the party’s leaders say Cuomo isn’t pushing hard enough for a strong public finance system for campaigns. And they aren’t sold on backing Cuomo.


Also unclear is whether the party might back a different candidate, and who that could be. The state Green Party, including gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins, has reached out to WFP leaders. In a letter, the Green Party said that the parties’ leaders “should meet to discuss how we can work together for a united fight against the Cuomo agenda and for the policy goals we share.” BY JEREMY MOULE





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