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The union representing about 1,800 Monroe County employees says they have reached a tentative agreement with the county.

The Civil Service Employees Association says the collective bargaining agreement has been reached following “years of contentious negotiations.”

The CSEA says details will not be released until county employees have reviewed the specifics of the proposals and not until after a ratification vote which is scheduled for later this month.

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has announced the selection of four projects that will be recommended to redevelop parcels along the portion of the Inner Loop downtown that was recently filled in.

The projects are from Home Leasing, the Strong Museum and Morgan Development in partnership with Christa Construction.

A fifth site will be maintained as a temporary urban green space until the other projects are developed, at which time it will be reviewed for possible development.

The Mayor is recommending the following proposals for City Council approval:

Funeral for Bill Nojay

13 hours ago
Alex Crichton

Funeral services were held Friday for Bill Nojay, the former State Assemblyman who took his own life one week ago.

A funeral mass was held at the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word on East Avenue in Rochester.

Among those paying respects was Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority CEO Bill Carpenter.

He says Nojay did quite a bit for the community, especially public transit, as former head of the RGRTA.

Sheriff's Office 14th Annual Luncheon

Sep 15, 2016

Law enforcement officials, employees of the Sheriff's Office and civilians attended the Monroe County Sheriff's Office 14th annual Awards Luncheon today.

Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn called it a proud day for the office, as the awards recognize the accomplishments of Sheriff's Office employees, as well as citizens from the community.

Awards went to some for their heroic acts, but also for other types of distinguished service.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed releasing $2 billion in funding to help create more than 100,000 units of affordable and supportive housing over the next five years, and is asking legislative leaders to join the agreement.

A spokesman for the Assembly's Democratic Speaker Carl Heastie says Assembly Democrats issued an earlier proposal and will review Cuomo's.

Republican Party Chairmen of the three counties in the 133rd NYS Assembly District have chosen someone to replace Bill Nojay on the ballot, after the incumbent died by suicide last Friday.

The chairs of the GOP in Monroe, Livingston and Steuben on Wednesday night picked former State Assemblyman Joe Errigo to be on the ballot.

The chairmen made that decision in Geneseo since Nojay won Tuesday’s primary over challenger Rick Milne. That meant the GOP leaders had a limited window of time to pick a replacement.

New Deputy Chief of Community Relations at RPD

Sep 14, 2016
Alex Crichton

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren says at a time when the relationships between police departments and communities across the nation have become strained, every effort must be made to maintain and advance the level of trust between police officers and the community.

She says the creation of a new Deputy Chief of Community Relations represents an incredible investment toward building that trust.

Warren announced at City Hall that current Deputy Chief Wayne Harris will transition into that role.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A new public website at the New York State Archives contains a collection of documents relating to investigations and litigation that followed the 1971 Attica prison riot. 

Most pertain to the case of inmates who sued New York officials and the estate of Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, who ordered the prison retaking that left 10 hostages and 29 inmates shot dead by state troopers and prison guards.

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.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo has announced an appointment to the number two spot in the county's department of planning and economic development.

Mark Geise was named to be deputy director in that department. He comes from a similar position in Chautauqua County.

Earlier this month, Dinolfo appointed Jeff Adair to the top position in planning and economic development. Adair is a former president of the county legislature and also a businessman.