Monday, August 22, 2016

Week Ahead: Events for the week of Monday, August 22

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 10:09 AM

Members of the Rochester City Council, Rochester school board, and County Legislature will hold a special meeting today, Monday, August 22, to discuss recent changes to the schools modernization project.
The Rochester Joint Schools and Construction Board voted against a proposed project labor agreement for Phase II of the $1.3 billion project to modernize city school buildings. The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. in City Council chambers at City Hall, 30 Church Street.


The Rochester school board will hold “Start Strong” on Saturday, August 27. There will be student and parent workshops on how to start the school year off right, entertainment, concession stands, and free prizes for early registrants: www.rcsdk12.org. The event will be held at Frontier Field from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: 262-8258.


David Cay Johnston, former writer for the New York Times, will discuss his new book, “The Making of Donald Trump,” and sign copies on Tuesday, August 23. The event will be held at the New York State United Teachers building, 30 North Union Street, at 7 p.m.


The SouthWest Common Council Education Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24, to review initial plans for the modernization of School 16. Parent and community participation is encouraged. The meeting will be held at the Arnett Branch Library, 310 Arnett Boulevard. BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO


A County Legislature committee will consider legislation that would allow the county to borrow $80.8 million for the purpose of shutting down three county-linked local development corporations.

The committee will vote on whether to send the bond measure to the full Legislature, which meets on Tuesday, September 13. Two-thirds of legislators would have to vote in favor in order for the county to borrow the money, but Democrats and Republicans do support dissolving the LDC’s.

Two of the three LDC’s were at the center of a bid-rigging scandal, and four people connected to the LDC’s ultimately pleaded guilty to related charges, including Robert Wiesner, husband of former county executive Maggie Brooks.

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo wants to dissolve Upstate Telecommunications Corporation, an LDC formed to periodically upgrade the county’s office and computer technology; Monroe Security and Safety Systems, which the county formed to update and maintain its emergency communications infrastructure; and Monroe Newpower, which operates a power plant that provides steam and electricity to Monroe Community College and Monroe Community Hospital.

During her county executive campaign, Dinolfo pledged to eliminate all county LDC’s. BY JEREMY MOULE 

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