Government news

A report  just completed evaluating Rochester's red light camera program recommends the city continue with the cameras that first appeared in 2010.

That according to City Engineer Jim McIntosh who says city-commissioned report looks at the 32 intersections monitored by 48 cameras around the city.

“Total accidents at these intersections are down 20 percent; we have a crash rate for disregarding a red light signal, that is, where the crash was caused by somebody going through the red light down by over 50 percent at those intersections.”

Alex Crichton

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo issued an apology today, as she addressed the I-Square controversy and recent resignations on the COMIDA board.

In a news conference at the county office building, Dinolfo outlined the timetable of events that has resulted in four COMIDA board members resigning, and I-Square owner Mike Nolan saying his business has been hurt.

Dinolfo says her former assistant Justin Roj provided Republican Party Chair Bill Reilich with information that he shouldn't have.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  The state's attorney general on Tuesday sued Domino's Pizza Inc., affiliates and three franchisees alleging they underpaid workers based on payroll reports generated by the parent company's computer system. 

``We've uncovered rampant wage violations at Domino's franchise stores, and intensive involvement by Domino's headquarters that caused many of these violations,'' Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. ``At some point, a company has to take responsibility for its actions and for its workers' well-being.''

The President of the Monroe County Legislature says the business of COMIDA will go on, despite the recent controversy that caused four of the seven board members to resign in recent days.

Democratic Monroe County Legislator James Sheppard has written to the State Attorney General and State Comptroller, asking for a formal investigation into the I-Square controversy.

He wants the state to investigate the conduct of COMIDA, the county administration, and Greece Town Supervisor and Republican Chair Bill Reilich.

He told WXXI that  his questions to local officials have gone unanswered.

There’s been another resignation from the COMIDA board, in the wake of the controversy over the way the I-Square development in Irondequoit was handled.

Eugene Caccamise, has resigned, making him the 4th board member to resign from that economic development organization in recent days. There are now just 3 members left on that board.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York State is making a new investment in helping first responders train for oil fires.

The state will use $500,000 in federal funds to purchase a "live fire" training prop to help fire fighters and other emergency personnel learn how to respond to crude oil fires. It is part of a broader effort to prepare for possible accidents involving oil shipping by rail or boat.

The money will go to the New York State Academy of Fire Science, which trains more than 6,000 first responders each year.


Assemblyman Harry Bronson officially announced his re-election bid on Saturday for the 138th district.

The Rochester Democrat is running for a fourth term. During his news conference at Monroe County Democratic headquarters, Bronson cited accomplishments related to the state budget including paid family leave and an increase in the minimum wage.

Democratic Chairwoman Jamie Romeo says Bronson got the unanimous support of the local party’s rank and file, and on Saturday, he also got the backing of the Working Families Party.

Three members of COMIDA, Monroe County's economic development agency,  resigned this week, including Chairwoman Theresa Mazzullo.

As WXXI News first reported,  Mazzullo said she resigned, effective immediately,  in the wake of the controversy in recent weeks regarding the I-Square development in Irondequoit.

Mazzullo released this statement:

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge says a former New York Assembly speaker sentenced to 12 years in prison in a public corruption case can wait until late August to report to prison.

The U.S. District Court judge signed an order Wednesday permitting Democrat Sheldon Silver to remain free until Aug. 31 so the Supreme Court can rule in a case that could affect his conviction. Silver was supposed to report to prison July 1 after being convicted of pocketing $5 million illegally.