Tuesday, May 26, 2015

WEEK AHEAD: Events for the week of Monday, May 25

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 9:56 AM

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At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Democratic County Legislator Dorothy Styk will host a public forum on toxic chemicals in children’s products. The forum will be held at the Perinton Community Center, 1350 Turk Hill Road.

The State Legislature is considering legislation, the Child Safe Products Act, that would ban certain chemicals and heavy metals from children’s toys and clothing sold in New York.

The Assembly has passed the bill, and the legislation has around 35 sponsors and co-sponsors in the Senate – which means it easily has the votes to pass. Last year, the Senate didn’t vote on the bill.

Other communities, including Albany and Westchester counties, have passed their own laws to keep toxic chemicals out of children’s products. But toy industry groups are suing Albany County, arguing that federal toy safety standards preempt the local laws.

No Monroe County legislator has introduced toxic toys legislation, though a proposal could follow the forum. Children’s and consumer advocates, as well as toy industry representatives, have been invited to speak at the forum.

Anyone interested in speaking during the forum should call (585) 753-1940 to sign up.

Also at 7 p.m. Thursday, Irondequoit Supervisor Adam Bello will give his State of the Town address at Irondequoit Town Hall, 1280 Titus Avenue.

A lot has happened in Irondequoit over the past year. The town started building its new library, and has taken action to address vacant and zombie properties. The County Industrial Development Agency also terminated a tax incentive agreement for the stagnant Medley Centre building, while its former lender began proceedings to foreclose on the property. BY JEREMY MOULE 

A tour of the new Hilton Garden Inn on East Main Street downtown is the highlight of the latest installment of Rochester Downtown Development Corporation’s 20105 Urban Nights Series. The event is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27. Parking is available in the Stone Street garage.

In addition to the tour, there will be prize drawings, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails. Price is $12 for RDDC members and $15 for everybody else. Reservations: 546-6920 or rddc@rddc.org

Leaders of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative will announce the names of nearly 150 local people who will serve on the health-nutrition, housing, judicial, safe neighborhoods, jobs, and education work groups. They will also announce the appointment of the initiative’s director.

The press conference is at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, at the United Way, 75 College Avenue.

The initiative was created by Governor Andrew Cuomo, but has come under fire for lack of representation by people in poverty and for inadequate funding. BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN

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