City of Rochester


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.

City of Rochester

Mayor Lovely Warren and Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli have announced some changes in the department’s command staff.

Effective in January, Captain La’Ron Singletary, who is currently Commanding Officer of the Administrative Services Division will  be promoted to Deputy Chief; Lt. Fabian Rivera will be promoted to Commander of RPD’s Special Operations division; and Lt. Elena Correia will be promoted to Commander of the Administrative Services division.

World of Inquiry students march to City Hall

Dec 15, 2017
Tianna Manon

Single digit temperatures couldn’t stand in the way of World of Inquiry Students marching through downtown Friday.

They were celebrating College March Day, an annual event where graduating seniors walk from the school’s location on University Ave to City Hall. There, they deliver letters indicating their college choice and thanking the adults and supportive friends who helped them get there. Local officials join the students, hoping to encourage them.

An open letter from faculty leaders at the University of Rochester is critical of how the university is handling policies dealing with sexual harassment.

The critique comes from the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, and it was published this week in the campus newspaper, the Campus Times.

Office of NY Gov. Cuomo

(WXXI News & AP) Communities in New York state are splitting $755 million in state economic development funding.

State officials announced the awards Wednesday at an event in Albany. The money will support hundreds of local economic development efforts, including job training, subsidies for expanding businesses and funding for community organizations.

This year's big winners include central New York, the Mohawk Valley, the Albany region, the mid-Hudson Valley and Long Island, which each received more than $80 million.

City of Rochester

The City of Rochester’s top government attorney is retiring. Corporation Counsel Brian Curran will retire at the end of the year.

Mayor Lovely Warren appointed Curran to the job in 2015 and she says Curran will be “sorely missed at City Hall, “ saying that while she is happy he will enjoy a well-deserved retirement, she will miss his service and says she always counted on him to provide sound advice on legal matters.

Warren also praised Curran’s replacement, Tim Curtin,  the current Deputy Corporation Counsel who will succeed Curran in the top job in January.

Nine professors and students who filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the University of Rochester three months ago, on Friday filed a lawsuit against the university, President Joel Seligman and Provost Robert Clark.

(the court papers are at the end of this story)

The 192-page complaint echoes many of the allegations contained in the EEOC complaint, many of which centered around Professor Florian Jaeger, in the university’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department. Jaeger has denied the charges, and was placed on administrative leave.

Some top officials in the administration of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren have submitted their resignations. According to media reports, that includes the police and fire chiefs.

But a spokesman for City Hall says this is really not unusual. Communications Director James Smith issued this statement:

The latest numbers for job growth are out from the New York State Labor Department, and they show the Rochester with a decline of 3,200  private sector jobs in October compared to a year ago.

That was the largest loss of any metro area in the state, in fact, most metropolitan areas showed gains for the month.  Elmira was the only other metro to see a drop in jobs in October.