Bello calls for county climate plan

Bello calls for county climate plan

Climate change is a big, all-encompassing problem and solving it will require aggressive, global action. But it's also a local problem.

The people's pitch: Cricket and Rochester

Nurtured by immigrants from India and the Caribbean, cricket is one of the city’s oldest sporting traditions. Current cricketers are hoping some of their children will follow their lead.

Local churches receive preservation funds

Four historic churches in the Greater Rochester area are getting help on crucial repairs and restoration work, thanks to grants from the New York Landmarks Conservancy. The recipients: St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene Episcopal Church and Immanuel Baptist Church in Rochester, First Baptist Church on Batavia, and Christ Episcopal Church in Albion.

New York's red flag law takes effect soon

In the wake of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, there's been renewed discussion about so-called "red flag laws" to keep guns out of the hands of some potential killers. Twelve states and Washington, DC, have already adopted a version of the law, including New York, whose red flag law was approved last winter and takes effect on August 24.

The scooters are coming, eventually

To some of their harshest critics, electric scooters are nuisance death machines that send scores of people to the hospital and pile up in parks when people aren't using them. They have a nasty reputation to shake, and the scorn directed at them could delay the launch of a scooter sharing system in Rochester.

RCSD grad rates climb

The Rochester City School District's 2018-2019 graduation rate is 58 percent. Though it is still low, it's an increase of approximately 4.5 percentage points over last year, continuing the rate's upward trajectory.

City files appeal on RCSD referendum

The city filed an appeal today seeking to reverse the recent decision by Justice Odorisi, which sided with the district concerning a referendum that calls for a state takeover of the Rochester school district.

Federal watchdog agency to review Plan 2014

The federal government’s congressional watchdog agency is taking a look at a controversial plan that regulates outflows from Lake Ontario into the St. Lawrence Seaway. The General Accounting Office is reviewing Plan 2014, the regulatory plan that went into effect a few years ago.

Local lead levels drop, but risks to children remain

The number of young children with elevated blood lead levels in Monroe County has dropped slightly, according to the latest numbers from the public health department. The percentage of children younger than 6 who tested positive for elevated blood levels last year was 1.14 percent, down a fraction of a percent from 2017.

'A really deep sadness': teenagers and suicide

Suicide rates among teenagers and young adults have been on the rise both nationally and locally in recent years.

GateHouse and Gannett agree to merge

GateHouse and Gannett are on the verge of becoming the biggest newspaper company in the US. GateHouse announced Monday that the two companies have agreed to merge, meaning that the Democrat & Chronicle, the Rochester Business Journal, the Canandaigua Daily Messenger, the Daily Record, and USA Today will all have the same owner.

Judge strikes down city's RCSD referendum

[ UPDATED ] State Supreme Court Justice Scott Odorisi has ruled that a city-backed referendum on a state takeover of the Rochester City School District should not appear on the November ballot. Odorisi issued his decision this morning on a school district lawsuit aimed at stopping the referendum, and he sided with the district.  He ruled that the city's Local Law No. 4 – which removes language about the school board from the city's charter and calls for the revisions to be put to a public vote –  is invalid.

School board referendum decision coming Friday

The judge who's hearing a Rochester City School District lawsuit against the City of Rochester says he'll issue a decision at 10 a.m. on Friday. The district's lawsuit aims to stop a referendum on a temporary state take-over and removal of the school board.

Forfeiting bail

New laws overhaul New York's flawed pretrial detention and release system.
Bail by its very nature is inequitable. People who have the cash to post it are able to buy their freedom — even if it's temporary — while people of limited means have to stay in jail.

Climate coalition eyes utilities' rate case

Rochester Gas and Electric and NYSEG want state regulators to let them raise their gas and electric rates. They need the additional revenue, they say, to cover things such as infrastructure investments, increases in operational costs, energy efficiency program costs, and the rollout of smart meters.

New York renters get new protections

Rochesterians who rent their homes, like renters throughout the state, now have important new protections, thanks to action last month by the state legislature and the governor. A group of new laws – described by industry analysts as the toughest of any state in the country – increase legal protections for the state's 8.2 million renters for the first time in years.

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