Monday, March 3, 2014

WEEK AHEAD: High-speed rail, county charter review, improving city schools

Posted By on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 9:46 AM

On Friday, the State Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration will hold a public hearing on an environmental review of potential high-speed rail projects in the Empire Corridor.

The hearing is at 6 p.m. at The Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square. A public information session starts at 4 p.m. and will continue during the public hearing.

State and federal officials have identified and evaluated projects they say would speed up passenger trains along the Empire Corridor — the Amtrak line running from New York City to Buffalo and Niagara Falls. The projects would also cut down on delays.

Railroading New York, an article in the current edition of City, explains the potential projects, the environmental review, and the problems facing New York’s passenger rail system. 

The county’s Charter Review Committee will hold its final public input session at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. It’s at Pittsford Town Hall, 11 South Main Street.

The committee is reviewing the county charter, a collection of laws governing the organization and operation of county government. Ultimately, any changes to the charter require the County Legislature's approval.

Most of the recommendations are technical, such as changing job titles and altering language. Larger recommendations remain under evaluation by county legal staff, including a recommendation to replace the Civil Service Commission with a personnel director.

More information on the committee and the recommendations under consideration: BY JEREMY MOULE 

The Rochester school board will hold a town hall-style meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, to present recommendations to improve city schools.

The recommendations are the result of four committees that each took a topic: improving student performance, improving student and community safety, increasing parent engagement, and reducing the impact of concentrated poverty. The committees are comprised of a diverse group of parents, community leaders, and education advocates.

The meeting will be held at the district’s central office, 131 West Broad Street. BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO 

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