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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. 


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.

A local medical high-tech company is expanding and adding jobs.

The company is called VisualDx and it’s been around since 1999. They design software used to help diagnose various medical conditions. Now, the firm plans to add  21 jobs in Rochester while retaining 39 others.

VisualDx will lease an additional 5,000 square feet at its current location inside the former Valley Cadillac Building on East Avenue.

It looks like Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren will be starting her 2nd term with a number of the top managers who have been with her in her 1st term at City Hall.

Warren has announced her roster of Senior Management Team members, and notes that many current senior managers will be returning next year, while the administration will undertake a search to fill several key positions.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has announced some new appointments, including one  that will be filled by a Rochester City Councilman who will be leaving his Council position soon.

Kate Washington, who is currently Director of Development Services will be the new Executive Director for the Market Driven Community Cooperatives Corporation.

That is a new, local, non-profit dedicated to launching and supporting neighborhood based, worker-owned cooperative businesses.


The Gateways Music Festival in Rochester is getting a big boost in the effort to expand its offerings.

That festival, whose mission is to support professional classical musicians of African descent, has been awarded a $300,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The president and artistic director for the festival, Lee Koonce, says that grant will allow Gateways to eventually add two full-time staff positions.

Rochester Red Wings

The Rochester Red Wings have named a new manager. Joel Skinner will manage the team next year.  The 56 year old Skinner has managed 12 minor league seasons since 1995 and also served as interim manager of the Cleveland Indians in 2002.

Skinner takes over for Mike Quade, who managed the Red Wings for the last three seasons.

Skinner also had a 15-year professional career from 1983-91 playing with the Chicago White Sox, the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians.