Government news

The just-completed state legislative session in Albany brought the announcement that Rochester will get another $6 million in state aid.

The money is targeted toward anti-poverty efforts, but it does not restrict the city in how it uses that money.

There is a Rochester-Monroe County anti-poverty effort that began earlier this year, but it will be City Hall that decides how this money gets spent.

The New York State Senate and Assembly have recently passed a bill that creates a tax credit for people who want to live in visitable homes.

A universally visitable house has at least one no-step entrance and accesible bathroom on the same floor, as well as 32 inch doorways -- the size of a standard wheel chair. People can apply for up to $2750 to modify a house or purchase a new house with these specifications.

Stephanie Woodward is the Director of Advocacy at the Center for Disability Rights. She says this credit can be used to create more integrated communities.

Following an historic decision by the Supreme Court of the United States, the City of Rochester is letting its pride flag fly. Mayor Warren and other officials raised a rainbow flag over City Hall in support of LGBT rights and marriage equality.

Warren says this is an important moment for the city and the country.

The Urban League of Rochester is receiving a $1 million dollar grant to help youths involved in the criminal justice system find meaningful employment and contribute to their communities.

That according to Congresswoman Louise Slaughter who says the federal grant is one of only 15 awarded nationwide as part of the U.S. Labor Department's "Face Forward" program.

The programs will also help address the stigma associated with having a juvenile record by providing opportunities to handle delinquency complaints outside of the juvenile justice system.

Public Survey Period on Body Cameras Ending Soon

Jun 25, 2015

One of the next steps in the process to put body cameras on Rochester Police Officers is coming to a close.

A survey period of public opinon on the devices will end June 30th.

The city has set aside 2-million dollars for the cameras and the hardware to store the data, according to City Councilman and Public Safety Director Adam McFadden.

He says after all of the surveys and community forums on body cameras, the vast majority of people he's spoken to are in favor of them.

Area Congressional representatives are weighing in on Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upholds key portions of the Affordable Care Act.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, a Fairport Democrat,  called it "a victory for our healthcare system and a victory for the millions of Americans who have health coverage thanks to subsidies in the Affordable Care Act."

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Monroe County Democrats call it a clear case of political double standard.

MCDC Chair Dave Garretson says Mike Bovay, a Democratic candidate for County Legislature,   took an early lunch in May to attend a rally, but he failed to fill out his timesheet correctly and was recently fired from his job at the Department of Human Services.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter is expressing concern that the Department of Veterans Affairs may cut funding for various projects including one in Rochester to make up for an over-budget project in Colorado.

The Fairport Democrat is worried that funding could be diverted from a long-planned VA outpatient clinic in the Rochester area, and she says she has written to the VA Secretary about that concern.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A group opposed to New York's two-year-old gun law says registration data show few owners complied with the requirement to register firearms reclassified as assault weapons. 

NY2A, which advocates for Second Amendment rights, says newly reported data show only 23,847 people registered 44,485 firearms while Gov. Andrew Cuomo estimated New Yorkers owned one million such guns before the 2013 measure banned sales in New York. 

O'Flynn Names New Undersheriff

Jun 22, 2015

Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn has appointed Drew Forsythe as Undersheriff.

Forsythe replaces William Sanborn who served for five years. Sanborn is ending a 25 year career with the Sheriff's Office.

Undersheriff Forsythe was most recently Chief Deputy for the Sheriff's Police Bureau Operations and will help O'Flynn manage the department's 1100 employees.