City of Rochester


New numbers from the New York State Labor Department show a drop in jobs and a rise in unemployment in the Rochester area.

The figures from the state show the Rochester Metro saw a loss of 1,300 private sector jobs in August compared to a year ago. This area was one of only two metros in the state to see a drop in private sector jobs, Buffalo was the other, with a loss of 100 jobs.

State labor analyst Tammy Marino believes the method used to determine job growth has been undercounting the number of jobs being created.

Mayor Lovely Warren announced Tuesday that the City of Rochester will demolish 175 vacant homes. The issue of zombie properties and what to do about them has been a source of debate in the community. Mayor Warren says vacant homes become harbors for drug users, they aren't safe, and they bring down neighborhood morale and property values. She says it's time to take down those buildings and start fresh.

Some local organizations have different ideas about what to do. We talk to stakeholders about their thoughts on City Hall's plan. In studio:

*Note: We extended an invitation to representatives from the City of Rochester, but no one was available to participate. 


Another wrinkle in the ongoing issues surround a possible televised debate for the Democratic Mayoral candidates in Rochester.

The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce is holding a forum for all of the mayoral candidates, not just those in the September 12 primary. That forum is scheduled for September 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has been released from the hospital. That word came from Strong Memorial on Sunday afternoon.

Warren was originally admitted to the hospital on Tuesday, suffering what her staff said was a ‘significant allergic reaction.’

But she also continued to do work from her hospital room.

City of Rochester Communications Director James Smith released a statement Sunday which said:

RCSD's Attendance Blitz focuses on chronic absentees

Aug 24, 2017

Rochester City School District teachers and staff went door-to-door Thursday, visiting roughly 200 students who missed more than 10 percent of school last year.

The goal of this "attendance blitz", said Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams, is to encourage a strong start to the new year and to also better understand the challenges students may face getting to school.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is in the hospital being treated for what is described as a “significant allergic reaction.

"At Mayor Warren's request, I can confirm that she has been admitted to the hospital after an allergic reaction," said James Smith, City Communications Director. "The Mayor is at Strong Memorial Hospital receiving treatment and is expected to make a full recovery."

The Mayor was admitted to Strong Memorial Hospital on Tuesday.

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A proposal for putting a performing arts center in downtown Rochester is raising some concerns among area arts organizations.

WXXI News has learned that letters from the Arts and Cultural Council for  Greater Rochester,  and some of the organizations it represents including Geva Theatre Center and the RPO were sent to City Council members this week, asking for more transparency and information.

Rochester City Council on Tuesday night approved the 2017-18 proposed budgets for the city and for the school district.

The city budget was passed unanimously, and the RCSD budget passed by a vote of 8 – 1, with Council member Carolee Conklin voting against it.

The Rochester area has made a top-20 list of organizations being recognized for their support of the arts.

The list is put out by the National Center for Arts Research, part of Southern Methodist University, and it publishes what it calls an annual Arts Vibrancy Index.

The Rochester metro area ranks number 19 on the list of the top 20 most ‘arts vibrant’ large communities (population over 1 million). The total survey  ranks more than 900 communities.

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren outlined accomplishments and goals during her third state of the city address Monday night.

The speech took place in a building owned by CGI Communications on Main Street, which is part of the company’s expansion efforts…and that downtown location was a big reason why Warren held the event there, to tout the construction and activity that has been increasing downtown.

She told the crowd of a few hundred people that she is following through on her campaign pledges of nearly four years ago.