Dade outlines initial actions on district deficit

Dade outlines initial actions on district deficit

Superintendent Terry Dade has already started taking steps to erase the Rochester City School District’s budget deficit and bring order to its financial management. He has accepted the resignation of the district’s chief financial officer, Everton Sewell, who headed the district’s financial staff as the district built up a $30 million deficit.

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.

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.

New York to sue IJC over lake levels

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation plans to sue the International Joint Commission for failing to properly manage water levels on Lake Ontario. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the lawsuit Wednesday afternoon to a crowd of reporters and local public officials on the deck of Silk O’Loughlin’s in Irondequoit, overlooking the water.

State official wants investigation of the RCSD

New York’s state budget director today called for an investigation of the Rochester City School District related to its financial problems. Budget Director Robert Mujica sent a strongly worded letter to Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and interim state Education Commission Elizabeth Berlin in which he said that the education department, the mayor, and City Council should use their authority “to address the chronic mismanagement and underperformance facing the school district.”

Is this Rat-chester? Not so fast.

Thirty Rochester civic groups say the city has a rat problem. But the data is mixed.

Legislator's proposal calls for county climate action plan

Democratic County Legislator Justin Wilcox has introduced a proposal that would start the Legislature on the path to developing a county climate action plan. Wilcox submitted the legislation yesterday and said he expects to know by tonight's Legislature meeting whether it'll receive consideration or whether Legislature President Joe Carbone will reject it.

[UPDATED] Behind the RCSD budget crisis: pressure and gimmicks

Auditors from the state Comptroller’s Office have begun scrutinizing the Rochester City School District’s 2018-19 budget to figure out how the district spent an estimated $30 million it didn’t have – an endeavor the state predicts could take six months to a year to conclude. Meanwhile, on Tuesday Superintendent Terry Dade is expected to update the school board on what the district’s own investigation has found so far.

Rochester's comprehensive plan heads to City Council

The City Planning Commission last night recommended approval of Rochester's new comprehensive plan. City Council is expected to consider the plan at its November 12 meeting.

State health care costs rise amid report of pay-to-play allegations

New York's Medicaid budget is growing at a faster rate than the state can currently afford. That comes as a published report alleges a potential pay-to-play arrangement between a large hospital association and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2018 re-election campaign.

State DEC wants comments on Genesee River cleanup plan

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released a proposed plan to clean up parts of the Genesee River that were polluted by Eastman Kodak operations decades ago. It will host a public meeting on the proposal from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23, at the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County's Rundel building, 115 South Avenue.

DA's race draws on big issues

Justice is a malleable term, but fundamentally and conceptually it is about fairness, both for people accused of crimes and people who are victims of them. The Monroe County district attorney's race illustrates just how subjective justice is, as a concept and as a practice.

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