City of Rochester

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.

EastmanKodak is looking at layoffs and taking other steps following the release of its 3rd quarter earnings report on Wednesday.

Kodak is reporting a $46 million loss and sales were down about 8 percent from a year ago.

Some of the results were impacted by the company exiting a certain product line.

Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke said in the quarterly release that an overall print market slowdown and rising aluminum costs have impacted the company’s commercial print business.

Empire State Development

A local high tech company is adding jobs. Empire State Development says that ON Semiconductor is planning to grow operations at its Lake Avenue facility at the Eastman Business Park.

It will expand its current test and assembly operations creating up to 34 jobs over the next two years, and the state says the expansion will also help retain 185 jobs.

ON Semiconductor’s facility is also home to the local photonics Testing, Assembly and Packaging or “TAP “ facility, which leases space from ON Semiconductor


The four candidates actively running for Rochester mayor debated a number of subjects Monday night including what they would do about things like poverty, mayoral control of schools, Parcel 5 and  immigration.

The debate televised on News 8 WROC-TV with the help of the League of Women Voters included incumbent Democrat Lovely Warren, Republican Tony Micciche Green Party candidate Alex White and Independent candidate Lori Thomas. When it comes to poverty, Alex White believes the organizations that really can make a difference are not getting the support they need.

Hurricane Maria Brings 100+ Students to RCSD

Oct 20, 2017

Hurricane Maria has brought more than 100 new students to the Rochester City School District.

100 students from Puerto Rico alone have moved to Rochester in the last month or so and a total of 110 have come from hurricane-affected areas, according to RCSD chief accountability officer Ray Giamartino. District officials have no idea how many more may come.


A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has found that while the upstate economy fared pretty well during the last business cycle, the economy in Western New York is not as robust.

New York Federal Reserve senior economist Richard Deitz says while a lot of the jobs lost during the recession in Upstate New York have come back, there is still weakness, mainly in Rochester and Buffalo.

The Rochester community is seeing improvements in the annual report card that tracks key measures for children in the city, but there are still challenges. That’s the gist of the annual report card from ROC the Future, which is a public private partnership consisting of government and community organizations.

Larry Marx is CEO of the group called The Children’s Agenda, and he says this report card shows that the number of four year olds enrolled in Pre-K and Head Start has grown to nearly 97 percent.

Rochester Zip Code Ranked Fifth Hipster in Nation

Oct 12, 2017
Tianna Manon/WXXI News

Portland, Seattle, Brooklyn…and now Rochester? It’s no secret the hipster population is growing locally. But now there’s proof. The 14620 zip code in Rochester was recently ranked fifth in Yelp’s Hottest Hipster Markets in America behind zip codes in major cities Seattle and San Diego. The local zip code includes areas near Highland Park and in the South Wedge neighborhood.

Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio says she was involved in an incident Saturday night at  the Radio Social entertainment center, which resulted in another woman being arrested.

Rochester Police responded to the location on Carlson Road just before 9:00 p.m. for a report of a fight. As a result of the investigation, police charged 53 year old Monica Skinner of Spencerport with 2nd degree harassment, which RPD says is a relatively minor charge, similar to a traffic ticket.