Monday, June 13, 2016

Week Ahead: Events for the week of Monday, June 13

Posted By on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 10:02 AM

The Bachelor Forum and the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley will host a community vigil at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 13, at the Forum, 670 University Avenue, to remember the lives lost in the Orlando mass shooting over the weekend. 

A public meeting
on the pending police body camera program will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, at the Southwest Neighborhood Service Center, 500 Norton Street. Rochester police are supposed to start wearing body cameras next month. Implementation will take place by section, with the Clinton Section going first.

At noon on Monday, June 13, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will speak during the groundbreaking for the Sibley Building renovations. The ceremony will take place in the main atrium of the Sibley Building, 260 East Main Street. Hochul will also help other state and city leaders cut the ribbon to marking the opening of the Port of Rochester marina. That’s at 10 a.m. today (Monday, June 13), at the corner of River Street and Portside Drive.

The Rochester school board is expected to vote on a new code of conduct for the school district on Thursday, June 16. The vote will happen at the board’s monthly business meeting at 6 p.m. at central office, 131 West Broad Street.

There’s a push to move the district away from a punitive approach to discipline and more toward restorative justice practices. But Adam Urbanski, president of the Rochester Teachers Association, says that proper supports, such as alternatives to suspension, do not exist and he therefore does not support the new policy. BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN

Living in Harmony and several other environmental advocacy groups will hold a vegan potluck at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14.

Inspired by the documentary films “Cowspiracy” and “Plant Pure Nation,” which describe the serious impact of the animal agriculture industry on the environment, LIH hopes to introduce more people to vegan eating.

The dish to pass should not include any meat, dairy, eggs, or honey. The event will be held at Henrietta United Church of Christ, 1400 Lehigh Station Road.  BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO 

The State Senate and Assembly will likely end their sessions on Thursday, though the chambers still have plenty of issues they could – and, arguably, should – take up.

Top of the list for Rochester is a bill that would release funding for the second phase of the city school district’s school modernization program. Democratic Assembly member David Gantt is blocking the bill; he says nobody talked to him about the second phase of the construction project.

The Assembly and Senate are also considering legislation that would ultimately allow three county-linked local development corporations to dissolve. The legislation would allow Monroe County to borrow money so it can buy out its contracts with the three quasi-government organizations. Two of the LDC’s were at the center of a recently concluded bid rigging case.

The chambers could also pass legislation that would allow ridesharing services like Uber to operate Upstate, could take up bills to legalize fantasy sports gambling, and could pass ethics reforms (though this action seems increasingly unlikely). The Legislature could also pass measures to help address New York’s growing opioid abuse crisis; the legislation could mirror recommendations from a state task force. BY JEREMY MOULE

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