Monday, January 21, 2013

WEEK AHEAD: Cuomo's budget, MCC site meeting, planning downtown, College Town designs, chat with the police chief

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Governor Andrew Cuomo will present his 2013 to 2014 budget proposal to the State Legislature at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23.

The proposal will likely top $130 billion. During his State of the State address earlier this month, Cuomo rolled out a load of new initiatives: he offered school districts extra funding to extend school days, he proposed economic development initiatives for Upstate, and he called for a broad effort to improve infrastructure.

After Cuomo’s address, some legislators and journalists wondered how he planned to pay for the proposals. His budget should address those concerns.
The governor’s office hasn’t indicated whether the presentation will be streamed online, though it probably will be via

The Irondequoit Town Board will meet at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, to vote on a tax deal for the I-Square project.

Town residents Mike and Wendy Nolan have proposed the development, which would contain a mix of businesses, offices, apartments, and public areas near the intersection of Titus Avenue and Cooper Road. The Nolans initially sought a 25-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement from the town, but officials approved a 10-year deal. At the time, they said information provided by the Nolans didn’t support a 25-year agreement.

The two sides recently restarted talks and appear to have come to an agreement. The Nolans provided the town with additional details on the project, says a Democrat and Chronicle article. And the town board directed its attorney to develop a new, 25-year agreement with the Nolans, the article says. The new agreement is to include performance benchmarks at the 15 and 20 year marks.

Monroe Community College officials are holding two informational sessions this week on their vision for a new downtown campus.

The sessions will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, January 24, and at 9 a.m. Saturday, January 26, in the Damon City Campus’s fourth-floor community room. Organizers are encouraging people to register for the sessions by e-mailing

MCC plans to purchase several buildings on Kodak’s State Street site for a new downtown campus. Officials from the college and the company are in the final stages of negotiations, MCC spokesperson Cynthia Cooper said last week. Once there is an agreement, the County Legislature will have to approve the terms.

Meanwhile, Rochester Mayor Tom Richards still supports keeping MCC at the Sibley building downtown. Jeremy Moule

Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard will hold the third in a series of one-hour Twitter town halls at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22. You can ask the chief questions on any topic and offer comments on policing in Rochester.

You must have a Twitter account to participate. Follow #rpdchief. The last town hall is Tuesday, January 29.

The City of Rochester is seeking citizen input on a new master plan— essentially a guide for future development — for downtown. The first public meeting was held last week.
The second meeting is at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23.

This event will have an open house format where anyone interested in downtown Rochester can visit various information tables at their own pace and speak with city staff.

The meeting is in Council chambers at City Hall, 30 Church Street.

There will be a College Town design presentation by the developer at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 24, at St. Anne’s social hall, 1600 Mt. Hope Avenue.

College Town, which was initiated by the University of Rochester, will be built on 16 acres on the west side of Mount Hope between Elmwood Avenue and Crittenden Boulevard.

This week’s meeting is in response to the desires of the neighborhood to revise the building plan which was shown last October. The developer has met with the city, a design review board, and members of the neighborhood and business associations.

Groundbreaking is expected next spring on the $100 million project, which includes a hotel and conference center, offices, grocery store, and street-level retail with apartments above. Christine Carrie Fien

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