City of Rochester

About 150 volunteers spread out across the Rochester area Thursday night and during the day on Friday, looking for homeless people in what is called "Project Homeless Count."

Trillium Health is one of the organizations involved, and its housing specialist, Javier Elias, says there are a number of homeless people in the region who have slipped through cracks in the system for various reasons. 

Sanctuary House in Rochester reopens

Jan 25, 2018
Tianna Manon

Sanctuary House is open and ready to serve the community’s homeless women and children again.

The facility in Rochester underwent more than a million dollars in renovations and reopened Thursday. It now has 47 beds, instead of 43. Improved accessibility, plumbing, heating and privacy also mark some of the major improvements.

But to Catholic Family Center CEO Marlene Bessette, the shelter does much more than give local women and children a roof over their heads.

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The owners of the Rochester Rhinos are being told they have to vacate Capelli Sport Stadium by the end of February.

A letter from the City of Rochester’s Corporation Counsel, Timothy Curtin, says that the recent announcement by team owners David and Wendy Dworkin that they will not field a team for the upcoming season means that they have defaulted on their lease.

The Dworkins had earlier said they would not field a team in the USL this year after they were unable to raise the $1.3 million they needed to make the operation financially viable this year.

The latest unemployment numbers show a rise in joblessness for the Rochester area in December. The unemployment rate stood at 5.0 percent, up from 4.7 percent in December of 2016.  The rate for November 2017 was 5.1 percent.

But NYS Labor analyst Tammy Marino says that 5.0 percent rate is still pretty close to the historical average for the month.

She does say that overall, it has appeared in recent months that the local job market is softening a bit.

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A new report says that two of Xerox’s biggest investors are pushing the company to consider a possible sale.

The story is in the Wall Street Journal which says that billionaire investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason have formed an alliance and plan to encourage Xerox to look at the possibility of selling the office technology company.

North American Breweries

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.

City of Rochester

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.