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Rochester's new train station is open for business

Oct 6, 2017
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Rochester’s new train station is turning heads. The brick and glass building replaces a smaller and temporary building local patrons were forced to use for over three decades.

And it marks the end of a three-year construction project which cost roughly $30 million. The station opened on Friday with a ribbon-cutting from Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren.

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The organization Greentopia says it will be launching its effort to create an EcoDistrict in Rochester this weekend, as part of the city’s River Romance activities.

That annual event runs Friday through Sunday and it involves tours, kayaking, river cruises and other activities to promote the use of the Genesee River.

An EcoDistrict would be an area of the city that will help promote sustainability.

Rachel Walsh is eco-district coordinator for the non-profit group.

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The name isn’t the only thing different about East High School.

The East Upper and Lower Schools updated the community on its progress in its annual public meeting Thursday evening.  Lorna Washington, Special Assistant to the Educational Partnership Organization superintendent, said the school has seen major gains in attendance, testing and graduation since partnering with the University of Rochester two years ago.

All 12 of the metro areas in New York State had economic growth rates below the national average last year.

That’s according to the Empire Center, a fiscally-conservative think tank which looked at the recently released federal data on Gross Domestic Product.

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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. 

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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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