City of Rochester

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.

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Among the many activities going on in this area Sunday to mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11 was a motorcycle ride sponsored by the Laddermen Firefighter Motorcycle Club.

The Laddermen's club is a collection of current and retired Rochester firefighters, and they work every 9/11 anniversary to raise money for a local charity; this year, it was for Miracle Field in Webster, an athletic field being developed for people with physical and intellectual disabilities.

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The city of Rochester is taking steps to help local entrepreneurs get their businesses started and along with that, give an economic boost to the community.

The program utilizes a worldwide crowd funding effort called  Kiva, and it  relies on people all over the world, who lend money to startup businesses through the Internet.

The UN says that by the year 2050, 85% of the population will live in cities. We truly are a post-agrarian world, but what does that mean for future generations?

Rochester is hosting a CityAge conference, the first of which was hosted in Vancouver four years ago. The theme of the conference is "The New American City" and it aims to foster ideas about business development and social progress as we head toward the middle of the 21st century. Our guests:

  • Miro Cernetig, co-founder of CityAge
  • Raul Salinas, director of strategic business development for the City of Rochester

TWC News

( video of the entire speech is at the bottom of this story)

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren delivered her 2nd State of the City Address on Wednesday night, and as many of these speeches go, it included a list of successes during her administration and challenges for the future.

The address was delivered at the Genesee Brewery, which Warren noted has added hundreds of jobs and made a big investment in the community in recent years.

Rochester is one of four U.S. cities to be selected to participate in the National League of Cities' and Urban Land Institute's Rose Fellowship. During the one year fellowship, a local team will collaborate with advisers from across the nation to address a "land use" challenge. The project at hand? Activating three downtown assets: Main Street, the Genesee riverfront, and the Broad Street Aqueduct.

What will downtown look like five years from now? And what lessons can Rochester learn from other cities? We explore these questions with our guests:

  • Gideon Berger, program director of the Daniel Rose Fellowship program at the Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use
  • Nadine Fogarty, vice president of Strategic Economics in Berkeley, California
  • Kevin Kelley, senior community housing planner for the Housing Division in the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development for the City of Rochester, and Rose Fellowship project manager
  • Baye Muhammad, commissioner for the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development for the City of Rochester

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It could be the only one of its kind in the country and Saturday, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren recognized the volunteers celebrating the Edgerton Model Train display’s 65th anniversary.

"I like when it moves." Five year old Abram King has his own layout in his bedroom. WXXI found Abram, his mom and kid brother enjoying the Fall season layout, one of four in the basement of the Edgerton Recreation Center on Backus Street.

The anniversary provided the city a chance to thank volunteers and donors who spend hours cleaning, restoring and improving the displays.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren was in Albany on Tuesday, along with other mayors from around New York, looking for more help from the state.

Specifically, Warren asked the lawmakers at a joint legislative budget hearing to provide an additional $31 million in municipal education funding, in order to offset the city's obligation to the Rochester School District.

“The bottom line, the state request that Rochester give 69 percent of its tax levy to its school district, that means that 31 percent is left for critical city services, and to be frank, it’s just not fair.”


Four Rochester City Councilmembers were sworn in during ceremonies in crowded council chambers Monday afternoon.

South District representative Adam McFadden was happy to claim being the longest-serving member on the council. "This is my fourth time doing this. I don't get a clap for that?” He did.

McFadden will continue to chair the Public Safety, Youth and Recreation Committee, and told family, friends and colleagues he will dedicate his term to helping the people of Rochester.