Monday, May 12, 2014

WEEK AHEAD: Ban the Box; BID; police reorg; city budget; Monroe meeting; casino speakout

Posted By on Mon, May 12, 2014 at 9:55 AM

click to enlarge Adam McFadden. - FILE PHOTO
  • Adam McFadden.
Rochester City Council member Adam McFadden will hold an open forum on his “Ban the Box” legislation, which is under consideration by Council.

This legislation eliminates the ability of employers within the City of Rochester and vendors of the city with four or more employees to ask an applicant on an employment application if he or she has been convicted of a felony.

Members of the public do not need to call in advance to be able to speak, they can come that night and sign up to speak. People unable to attend the meeting can send comments to

There are two neighborhood meetings this week, one for the High Falls neighborhood and one for Four Corners, on a proposed downtown business improvement district. The meetings are 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 14, at WXXI, Studio A; and 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Monroe County Bar Association, 1 West Main Street. RSVP to 546-6920 or

The Rochester Downtown Development Corporation proposed the district, which would, for a fee, provide enhanced services to property owners within the district’s borders. The proposed district consists of 13 neighborhoods — everything within the Inner Loop and also High Falls, the Upper East End, and the Monroe-Alexander neighborhood.

Public meetings on the reorganization of the Rochester Police Department are scheduled for Tuesday, May 13, and Thursday, May 15. Both meetings run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The first meeting is at the Staybridge Inn Hotel, 1000 Genesee Street. The second is at the Patrol Division’s East Office, 630 North Clinton Avenue.

Additional meetings will be held on May 20 and May 22.

The RPD is changing from two patrol divisions, one on each side of the city, and a smaller downtown section, to a five-section model. One of Mayor Lovely Warren’s campaign promises was to reconfigure the police department in order to strengthen the police-community relationship.

Mayor Lovely Warren may release a city budget this week — the first of her administration. There has been little word about how Warren will close a gap of nearly $30 million. But the state did give the City of Rochester a $6 million one-time boost in aid.

Warren has said that the additional money would be used to fight poverty. BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN

This week, the State Department of Transportation starts a major construction project on Monroe Avenue, near Clover Street. The department will hold an open house for the public to learn about the project from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, at Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue.

The DOT is reconfiguring the section of Monroe between Westfall Road-Allens Creek Road to Clover Street. Monroe Avenue will be modified to have two lanes in each direction, with the exception of short turn lanes onto Clover and I-590. The I-590 on and off ramps will be reconfigured, and will get traffic signals.

The project is intended to reduce vehicle collisions on the stretch of Monroe.

The No More Casinos Coalition is trying to get people to speak at Tuesday’s Monroe County Legislature meeting.

The coalition, which is backed by the operators of Batavia Downs and Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, wants the Legislature to pass a resolution opposing any Seneca Nation of Indians casino in the county. It tried to rally speakers for last month’s Legislature meeting, too, and a handful showed up.

The Legislature meeting starts at 6 p.m., but the coalition’s Facebook event page says that if you show up at 5 p.m., it’ll have free food and T-shirts. The Legislature meets at the County Office Building, 39 West Main Street.

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