City of Rochester

Celebrate City Living is coming back to Rochester, and in our preview, we explore what "city living" means from a wide range of angles. There's home ownership: what's available? How are neighborhoods growing and changing? What does it mean for people who have lived there for decades? There's homeless prevention and poverty.

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Monroe County legislator and former Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard offcially announced his run for city mayor this year, which potentially will set up at least a two-way Democratic primary.

Although earlier in the week Sheppard would only say he would announce his decision on whether he would run at the Workers United Building on East Avenue on Saturday, a release sent out Saturday morning by his staff was entitled “Sheppard Announces Mayoral Decision: We can get Rochester working again,” and the letterhead said “James Sheppard for Mayor, get Rochester working again.”

The City of Rochester is taking a look at its Nuisance Abatement point system. What does that mean? We explain with our guest, former Mayor Bill Johnson, whose company is conducting the review.

Nuisance Abatement has been controversial in New York City, where critics say it's abused. The law was designed there to shut down drug operations and other criminal enterprises, but reporting by ProPublica showed that residents were getting kicked out of their homes without a chance to defend themselves in court.

Former Mayor Johnson also spends some time discussing his thoughts on last week's election.


The Rochester economy has gone through some growing pains, but better days are ahead. That was one of the themes that came out of an annual event held Thursday on The State of Rochester's Economy hosted by the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation and Greater Rochester Enterprise.

The President of GRE,  Mark Peterson, was among the panelists addressing the need for more private investment in companies and other ventures in the Rochester area.

He says he understands why sometimes that capital investment has been slow to come here.

The program Marketplace, which visited Rochester recently to do a story about the city's changing economy, this week spoke to Kodak's CEO.

Listen to the interview Kai Ryssdal did with Jeff Clarke:

Read more about the interview here.


The website WalletHub is out with a survey on the best and worst cities in the U.S. for people with disabilities and Rochester doesn't fare very well. The city was listed as the 4th worst among 150 cities, and an analyst for Wallet Hub Jill Gonzalez says that is partly due to a lack of jobs for people with disabilities.

Tommy Andres/Marketplace

Rochester’s changing economy….that’s the focus of segments that aired Tuesday and Wednesday  on Marketplace, the national radio program heard weeknights on WXXI at 6:30pm.

Host Kai Ryssdal was in Rochester to do some reporting on the topic recently and stopped by the WXXI Studios.

“We’re doing a series with Frontline and PBS News hour , it’s called “How the Deck is Stacked,”  it’s our look at various slices of the American economy  as we go into the election and then what it’s going to be like next year when somebody else takes over this economy.”


To get to the root of the problems between some Rochester residents and officers, the city plans to go straight to the sources.  

At a news conference Tuesday morning, Mayor Lovely Warren announced an initiative dubbed “90 Days of Community Engagement” that will begin in October. At her request, Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli and the department’s deputy chief for community relations will spend the first 60 days gaining public input on how to further improve the relationship between officers and the community.  Officers are also expected to provide feedback with the same goal in mind.

Marking A Decade Since Rochester's Lead Law Took Effect

Sep 20, 2016
City of Rochester Communications Bureau

A group of community members gathered at Rochester City Hall Monday to celebrate 10 years since the establishment of the Rochester Lead Law. Elizabeth McDade with the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning says the law changed things significantly for Rochester residents.

“We have the capacity for individuals to find out whether or not there are lead hazards in their home. And in the case of rental property the hazard will have to be fixed, have to be remediated and that is the responsibility of the landlord."


A federally funded program that helps low-income people with housing costs in Rochester has reopened the waiting list for new applications. That began as of  Monday, and the list will close at midnight on September 26th.

This is the first time the Section 8 program has accepted new applications since 2009.

Chairman of the Rochester Housing Authority Board of Directors, George Moses, says the idea is to have this list open on a more predictable timetable.