When opportunity zones knock . . .

When opportunity zones knock . . .

Investing in opportunity zones sounds like a win-win. But there is some evidence thus far that the investments could end up doing little more for Rochester than enriching the people running the funds.


Court clears the way for Police Accountability referendum

If a decision by a panel of state Appellate Division justices stands, the city will have its referendum on a proposed Police Accountability Board. On Thursday,  justices overturned a ruling by state Supreme Court Justice John Ark that allowed the county Board of Elections to put the referendum on city voters' ballots, but blocked elections officials from counting the votes.


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Urban Action 10/16

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Data shows decrease in Rochester emissions

Rochester is one of two areas nationwide where carbon dioxide emissions from cars decreased over the last few decades. That's according to A New York Times report that drew on data from Boston University and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


What does it mean to harass police?

A proposed law would make harassing police and responders a crime, but it's vague.
New York's various harassment laws are pretty specific. They spell out what forms of intimidation, communications, threats, or physical contact — for example, shoving or slapping someone — are illegal.


The money race

Taxes: they're what this year's county executive race is fundamentally about. As Republican incumbent Cheryl Dinolfo and Adam Bello, her Democratic opponent, lay out how they'll approach county government, they're really talking about how they'll spend money that comes from county, state, or federal taxes.


A former paperboy's story of sexual abuse

Rick Bates claims in a lawsuit against Gannett Co. that he was sexually abused as a paperboy in 1983


City Council grills RCSD officials

At a meeting with Rochester City School District leaders Thursday night, City Councilmembers raised concerns about transparency and a lack of confidence and peppered district officials with questions about the district's finances. Internal and external investigations are continuing into how the district went from a balanced budget that it presented to City Council in June to about $30 million in the red this fall. 


Child Victims Act lawsuit targets Brighton town, school district

The Town of Brighton and the Brighton school district have been hit with lawsuits by two women who allege that their coach sexually abused them when they participated in the town’s gymnastics program in the 1970s. The two lawsuits filed by Barbara Shields of Rochester and Annette Miano James of Florida under the New York Child Victims Act.


Former City Councilmember Adam McFadden pleads guilty to defrauding after-school program

Former Rochester City Council member Adam McFadden pleaded guilty Wednesday to new felony charges that he defrauded the non-profit after-school program he ran, Quad A For Kids, of more than $131,000. The program serves roughly 500 children in a handful of city public schools and offers a variety of activities ranging from academic help in reading and math to sports and life skills, like money management.



19th Ward House Tour @ School #16

Talk 11am, Tour 1-4pm....
Blues Festival @ Medina Railroad Museum

Blues Festival @ Medina Railroad Museum

Ages 21 & over....

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  • 19th Ward House Tour @ School #16

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  • Blues Festival @ Medina Railroad Museum

    • Sat., Oct. 19, 12-5 p.m. $45/$68
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  • Walking Tour: Mischief, Murder & Mayhem @ Mount Hope Cemetery

    • Sat., Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $10
  • "Whose Streets? Our Streets!" @ Douglass Auditorium

    • Sat., Oct. 19, 2 p.m. $2 suggested
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  • Gates Public Library October Programs @ Gates Public Library

    • Sat., Oct. 19, Mon., Oct. 21, Tue., Oct. 22 and Wed., Oct. 23

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