2017 Rochester Mayoral Race

He says Rochester is experiencing “a legacy of failed progressive Democratic philosophies.” So how would Republican mayoral candidate Tony Micciche change that legacy if elected to Rochester’s top spot? His campaign is focused on Rochester City schools, what he calls “wasteful” and “redundant” business regulations and a public safety plan intended to reduce crime and improve police-community relations among other issues. The candidate in the race for Rochester mayor and Monroe County Legislator Tony Micciche joins this edition of Need to Know to make his case.

He’s the only Republican contender in the fight for Rochester’s next mayor. And he calls this election a “battle of philosophies.” Why Monroe County Legislator Tony Micciche believes he’s the only candidate who will bring real change to this city. He makes his case on this edition of Need to Know.

Also on the show, we look into what’s driving hate speech, religious bigotry, and racial violence. How can communities like Rochester respond? We’ll hear about a community effort to bring tolerance to our neighborhoods and our nation.

And we’ll meet one of the brilliant minds in our local medical community researching rare diseases to help find treatment and a cure.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has effectively clinched the nomination of the Monroe County Democratic Committee.  That happened following a meeting of the 27th Legislative District on Wednesday night.

She won enough votes in the last committee vote to put her ahead of Democrats James Sheppard and Rachel Barnhart.

The official nomination won’t happen until the Democratic Party Convention on May 18th.

There's a Republican in the race for mayor of Rochester. It's county legislator Tony Micciche. We talk about his goals for the city: why he's running, what his vision is, and what he would change compared to the current administration.

He says he’s one of us and he’s the American dream. Monroe county legislator Tony Micciche joins the program to talk taxes, jobs, education and what it will take become the first Republican mayor in more than 40 years in the city of Rochester. Our conversation with this year’s mayoral candidates continues on Need to Know.

You may have heard a relatively unfamiliar name now in the race for Rochester’s next mayor. It’s Lori Thomas. The former teacher says she’s not a party politician, but a public servant who, if elected, will make the city prosperous. And, like some of her competitors in this race, she’s got a plan. A plan for turning vacant lots into homes for veterans. A plan for empowering the lives of seniors. And a plan for improving the lives of city youth. We hear from Lori Thomas on this edition of Need to Know.

Lori Thomas is a retired teacher who is running for mayor of Rochester. She joins us to explain why she felt the urgency to enter the race as a "no party" candidate. Thomas discusses the issues that she feels must be addressed by Rochester's next mayor.

What a “no party” candidate says she can bring to the City of Rochester so power returns to the people. But how? Mayoral candidate Lori Thomas joins this edition of Need to Know to explain.

Also on the show, more than half of kids in the US have been exposed to violence. The ripple effect of that exposure is damaging in more ways than one. We’ll hear about a local effort trying to mitigate the impact in Rochester.

And artists explain what it really means when you see your own cultural identity reflected in a painting...and in the painter.

There is another candidate running for Rochester Mayor this year.  He is the only Republican in the race, Monroe County Legislator Tony Micciche. 

Micchiche had also run a write-in campaign for mayor in 2009, and it’s his contention that there haven’t been enough improvements since that time.

“Here we are, poverty’s going up, the graduation rate is stagnant or going down, businesses are fleeing, the state of New York in the past six years lost 857,000."

Micchiche is running as a Republican in a city which is heavily Democratic in terms of party registration.

From a “tiny homes” project for veterans to emergency centers within the four quadrants of the City of Rochester – the latest candidate to join the race for mayor is promising revitalization if elected. We’ll hear from retired teacher and education advocate Lori Thomas on her 6-step plan.