Monday, December 2, 2013

WEEK AHEAD: Open-air drug markets, O'Flynn raise, day care cuts

Posted By on Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Rochester City Council member Adam McFadden will hold a public forum to discuss open-air drug markets at 6:30 p.m on Wednesday, December 4, in  Council Chambers at City Hall, 30  Church Street.

McFadden has  proposed legislation to create drug-free zones in the city. The legislation would create a new section of  City  Code to prohibit loitering in defined areas for the purpose of selling drugs. Some other Council members and current  mayor Tom Richards have said they’re worried about the constitutionality of the proposed legislation and about the cit
click to enlarge Adam McFadden. - FILE PHOTO
  • Adam McFadden.
y’s ability to enforce it.  

The purpose of the meeting, according to a press release, is to provide input on McFadden’s proposal and for residents “to talk  about  their  experiences, frustrations, and fears” concerning open-air drug markets in the city. Christine Carrie Fien

The Monroe County Legislature will hold a public hearing on County Executive Maggie Brooks 2014 budget proposal during a Ways and Means Committee meeting Thursday evening.

Brooks has proposed an approximately $1.2 billion budget for 2014, an approximately $200,000 increase over the 2013 budget. Under the plan, the property tax rate would be $8.99 per $1,000 assessed value.

Also during the meeting, County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn is expected to take questions about a $37,000 raise he’d receive under the 2014 plan. The budget seeks to bump up the sheriff’s pay so it matches the district attorney’s salary, which is set by state law.

Brooks’ spokesperson has told local media that the raise was included in the budget at O’Flynn’s request as part of his department’s submitted budget.

Children’s advocates are also likely to speak about the budget’s proposed cut to day care subsidies. The budget calls for a $1.3 million decrease in local spending on the programs.

County officials have tried to deflect concerns about the cuts by saying that a lack of adequate day care subsidy funding is a state issue. The state should be providing more funding for the programs, they say.

The Ways and Means Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, at the County Office Building, 39 West Main Street. People can register to speak at the meeting by calling the Legislature clerk's office, (585) 753-1950 Jeremy Moule

WXXI will host a public forum on the Common Core curriculum with New York Education Commissioner John King on Tuesday, December 3, and it will aired from 8 to 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV, AM 1370 radio, and streamed at Tim Louis Macaluso

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