Monday, January 25, 2016

Week ahead: For the week of Monday, January 25

Posted By on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 9:47 AM

The city’s board of ethics meets at 6:30 p.m. today to decide whether former mayor Bill Johnson’s company can study a city program created during his administration.

click to enlarge Bill Johnson, former Rochester mayor - FILE PHOTO
  • Bill Johnson, former Rochester mayor
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren wants to hire Strategic Community Intervention to review the city’s nuisance points system, which gives businesses points for bad behavior. The points can lead to forced closure of a business, although that rarely happens.

There is a perception, Warren says, that points are applied unfairly and inequitably across the city, which is why she wants to do the study. City Council voted 7-2 to hire Johnson’s firm, on the condition that the ethics board signs off on what some are calling a potential conflict of interest.

The meeting is in City Council chambers at City Hall, 30 Church Street. The board will give a verbal decision at the meeting, says a city spokesperson. BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN

The County Legislature’s Agenda/Charter Committee will discuss County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo’s proposal to create a public integrity office when it meets at 5 p.m. today.

The office would be able to examine all county operations, as well as the operations and finances of individual departments. It would also be able to investigate concerns about county government raised by residents, and to make recommendations to improve county finances and operations. The office would produce an annual report for the county executive and the Legislature.

The county executive would appoint the director, to be confirmed by the Legislature. But Democrats have concerns over that arrangement — saying that it’s not independent enough — and will likely press for a change during tonight’s meeting.

The Agenda/Charter Committee will meet in the Legislature’s chambers in the County Office Building, 39 West Main Street.

A public hearing and vote on the legislation will probably happen at the Legislature’s March 8 meeting. BY JEREMY MOULE

The Rochester school district will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, January 26, concerning the facilities modernization program and planning for the program’s second phase. The meeting is at Wilson Magnet High School, 501 Genesee Street, at 6 p.m.

Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will present the third and final installment of its photonics programs. “Photonics 3: the Future” will look at the potential impact that the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics will have on job creation and the variables that will determine success. The presentation will be from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m., at the Central Library’s Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Avenue. 

The Brighton Central School District’s Board of Education will hold a meeting for architects and engineers to give board members an update on the Brookside Redevelopment Project, a K-2 facilities upgrade. It’s at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, in the administration building, 2035 Monroe Avenue.

The district will hold two more meetings on the project in the same location on Thursday, January 28, to solicit public input. The first is at 1:30 p.m. and the second is at 7 p.m. BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO

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