Local summit aims for action on climate

Local summit aims for action on climate

For several years, climate and environmental activists have been calling for New York to take serious, aggressive action to transition the state to 100 percent renewable energy. The state has made progress.

City group seeks tough action on drugs

A group of city residents is asking state and local law enforcement to take a much tougher approach to eliminating illegal drug sales and use in Rochester, which they say is out of control. An organization called Many Neighbors Building Neighborhoods, which has also opposed some recent development projects in their areas, held a meeting at East High School last week to push their anti-drug effort.

Landmark Society shines a spotlight on porches, a roundhouse...

Older buildings can give a neighborhood and an entire city or village a unique character that new developments don't have – especially when there are a lot of older buildings, as there are in the Greater Rochester area. And preserving the buildings is important, not just because they're nice to look at but also because they can attract residents and businesses and improve the community itself.

Should we rewrite New York's constitution?

New York's government has problems and a constitutional convention may, or may not, provide a way to fix some of them.

State of the children report shows gains, struggles

Compared to last year, more City of Rochester 4-year-olds are enrolled in pre-k programs, more 3- year-olds have received comprehensive early intervention screenings, and more city high school students have applied for college financial aid. These are some of the gains highlighted by ROC the Future's annual State of the Children report.

Religious liberty talk set

President Trump has talked repeatedly about building a wall on the US border with Mexico, but he's been mum on the institutional wall he's been tearing down: the separation of church and state. That's part of the message that Barry Lynn, the retiring executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, will be bringing to Rochester later this month.

Dinolfo plans to boost staffing at Child Protective Services

Child-protective workers move from one crisis to the next; it's the nature of their jobs. They often have to set aside follow-up work on existing cases when new, potentially urgent or severe, cases come in.

Another big race: Baxter versus O'Flynn for Monroe County Sheriff

For local voters, this year's high-profile political race is probably for Rochester mayor. But the November 7 general election ballot includes one of the other most important offices in the county: that of Monroe County sheriff.

EcoDistrict moves forward

Greentopia is getting ready to launch the High Falls EcoDistrict. Volunteers will also clean, weed, and replant a section of the Genesee Riverway trail near the gorge.

Rochester homeless advocates seek funding for winter shelter

There's little that's more emblematic of severe poverty than homelessness. Like most medium-size and large cities, Rochester has emergency shelters for homeless adults, but the demand for beds and living space, especially for the chronically homeless, continues to outpace availability.

Activists protest at police union

Tension grew last week between local activists and the Rochester Police Locust Club as officers participated in a controversial training program conducted by the Force Science Institute, paid for by the union. Critics say that FSI and its founder, Bill Lewinski, encourage officers to escalate their use of force in volatile situations, often in communities of color.

Interview: Author Mark Bray on antifa

It's 2017 in the United States, and not only does the country have a growing anti-fascist movement, it may very well need it. That's not to say that the US is hurtling toward fascism, the exact definition of which is somewhat fluid.

Creating schools of the future

During the last few years there has been a national discussion about the schools of the future: how they might look, what roles will technology play, and how teachers will teach. High school students in the Rochester City School District will soon enter this discussion.

County plans to buy city office building

Monroe County has for many years used the City Place building at 50 West Main Street as an extension of its government offices. Several of its departments, from environmental services to probation, are located in the complex.

ROC Game Devs want to change the city

The hum of computer fans echoes in the open, white-concrete structure of RIT's MAGIC Center. People sit in small groups at long white tables scattered around the room, hunched over glowing laptop screens, sketchbooks, and greasy paper plates.

Where are the women?

Social pressures, family needs, and lots more still keep women out of politics
The number of American women serving in political office is nowhere near where it should be – and that number may actually be declining in some legislatures and executive offices. "The United States is falling behind on women's representation in government," Sarah Kliff and Soo Oh write in Vox.


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