Monday, March 16, 2015

Week Ahead: Education events, foreclosure report; village elections, new United Way chief, Zoo master plan

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The City of Rochester, the Rochester City School District, and the United Negro College Fund will hold three events on Friday, March 20.

The first is the “Historically Black Colleges and Universities College Fair” for area students in 11th and 12th grades. The students must register with their high school’s guidance counselor.

It will be held at the Radisson Hotel, 120 East Main Street, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The second event, the “Mayor’s Luncheon,” will feature host Mayor Lovely Warren and a presentation by Michael Lomax, president and CEO of the UNCF. It will be held at the Radisson Hotel, with networking from 11:30 a.m. to noon. The main program begins at noon.

Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased here.

The third event will be a “Historically Black Colleges and Universities Town Hall Meeting” at 6 p.m. at East High School, 1801 East Main Street. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call City Council member Adam McFadden at 428-6683. BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO

The Empire State Justice Center will hold a press conference and community briefing on Thursday, March 19, to release a report on foreclosures in Rochester.

“The report details the state of the foreclosure crisis in Rochester, NY and in New York State, and shows how state and federal policy changes are needed to help stabilize impacted neighborhoods and communities,” a press release says.

The press conference begins at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a more in-depth community briefing at 11:45 a.m. Both events will be held at the Rubin Center for Education, fifth floor, Telesca Center for Justice, 1 West Main Street.

United Way of Greater Rochester will announce its new president and CEO at a 9:30 a.m. press conference on Wednesday, March 18, at the United Way office, 75 College Avenue.

Peter Carpino, United Way’s current president and CEO, is retiring effective June 15. BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN

Monroe County villages will hold elections from noon to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18.

In Churchville, Nancy Steedman is running uncontested for mayor. And four candidates are vying for two seats on the village board: Diane Pusateri, Eric Roth, Ronald Belczak, and Michael Brown are all running on separate independent lines.

In Honeoye Falls, five candidates are running for two village board seats. Gerald Pavelsky and Stanley Worboys Jr. are running on the Responsible Community Progress line; Paul Kammermeier on the Village Progress line; Daniel Bassette on the Governs Least Governs Best line; and Leah Dalton on the Hometown line.

In Pittsford, two candidates, Alysa Plummer and Peggy Caraberis Brizee, are running uncontested on the Pittsford Village United line for two open seats on the village board. Plummer is a Democrat and is also running on that party’s line.

In Spencerport, Gary Penders is running uncontested for mayor. Three candidates are running for two seats on the village board: Michael Flavin on the One Village line, David Wohlers on the Peoples line, and Carol Nellis Ewell on the Victory line.

And in Webster, four candidates are running for two village board seats: Judith Lancy and Allan Balcaen are running on the Republican and Conservative lines, while Evan Hoerner and Judy A. Gurnett are running on the Open line.

On Wednesday, Democrats in the 21st, 23rd, and 24th Legislative District Committees will meet to endorse Family Court, County Legislature, and City Council candidates for this year’s elections.

But most of the attention will probably be on the 23rd District Legislature race. Former Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard and city Director of Planning and Zoning Mitch Rowe have both declared their candidacy for the seat. When the 23rd LD Committee meets at 6 p.m., the members will decide which of the candidates gets the committee’s backing.

The Monroe County Parks Department will hold a public input session on the Seneca Park Zoo master plan from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Roger Robach Community Center, 180 Beach Avenue.

The plan, the first new one in over a decade, is a guide for the zoo’s development and growth.
County Parks director Larry Staub says that officials want to hear which exhibits and animals would bring people to the zoo. They're also looking for ideas on what should replace the main building.

The building and its housing for animals is outdated, Staub says, and if the zoo doesn’t take it down, it risks losing its accreditation through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. BY JEREMY MOULE

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