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North American Breweries, which operates the Genesee Brewery in Rochester, is announcing a new CEO.

The announcement from the parent company, Florida Ice and Farm Company (FIFCO), says that after four years at North American Breweries, Kris Sirchio is stepping down as FIFCO implements a new business model.

According to a statement from the company, “the model will draw on FIFCO’s total company size, scale and beer industry experience to grow the U.S. business in an increasingly competitive and changing industry.”

Xerox is said to be in talks to potentially reach a major deal with FujiFilm Holdings. 

That’s according to a report in the Wall Street Journal which says that the two companies, which already have a joint venture, are looking at a variety of possible deals that may or may not include a change of control at Xerox.

One of the sources quoted by the Journal says that a full takeover of Xerox is not on the table, and no deal appears to be imminent.

It could be a pivotal day for the University of Rochester on Thursday.  It all revolves around the allegations in a harassment complaint filed by several current and former faculty and students.

The university commissioned the investigation by former U.S. Attorney and former Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White, after the controversy that erupted over accusations made by several current and former faculty and grad students.

There will be more information coming out this week about the next steps to be taken in the controversy generated by claims of sexual harassment at the University of Rochester.

A report from the investigator hired by the university to look into the allegations filed by several current or former graduate students and faculty will be out on Thursday, a day before the most recent deadline.

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren was among the politicians who attended Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address on Wednesday and was heartened to hear what he said about Rochester. 

Warren was particularly glad to hear Cuomo talk about the state supporting the  "ROC the Riverway" proposal.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State message includes a proposal to set aside money to promote the photonics effort in the Rochester area.

Cuomo wants to allocate $30 million toward marketing and providing incentives for photonics companies thinking of locating in the Rochester area.

The state has already committed $250 million toward the AIM Photonics initiative, and the $30 million would be part of that.

The City of Rochester says they’re making enhancements to the city’s Freedom of Information or FOIL process. The revamp of the city’s FOIL webpage, now includes a “reading room” where you can see the latest FOIL requests and search past requests. As part of the upgrade, the city says user will get search results faster. 

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The latest monthly unemployment numbers from New York State show that the Rochester area unemployment figures jumped a bit compared to a year ago.

The unemployment rate for the Rochester Metro was 5.1 percent in November, up from 4.5 percent a year ago.

State Labor Analyst Tammy Marino says that rate is about in line with what we usually see this time of year.

James Norman is retiring after 25 years of leading Action for a Better Community in Rochester.

He discusses his career and the most pressing issues as he leaves his post.

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The City of Rochester is getting ready to usher in the New Year, and that celebration on Sunday night will include a fireworks show that will be dedicated to famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

2018 marks the 200th year anniversary of his birth, and Douglass lived in Rochester in the mid 19th century and also published his newspaper, The North Star, in Rochester.

Mayor Lovely Warren also announced that the city has created a commemorative logo incorporating the city flower logo and Frederick Douglass’ image to pay tribute to his legacy.

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