Monroe County

About 150 volunteers spread out across the Rochester area Thursday night and during the day on Friday, looking for homeless people in what is called "Project Homeless Count."

Trillium Health is one of the organizations involved, and its housing specialist, Javier Elias, says there are a number of homeless people in the region who have slipped through cracks in the system for various reasons. 

The number of flu cases in New York State continues to rise, and the latest figures also show additional deaths related to the flu in Monroe County.

The latest numbers from the Monroe County Health Department show another two deaths tied to the flu; so far this season, there have been a total of five deaths in the county, with four of the deaths involving people 75 years of age or older, and one of the deaths involving someone between the ages of 50 and 64. 

Officials do not release anything more specific about the people who died.


Despite some confusion over the new rules, local town and county officials are still expecting a very busy day on Friday with homeowners who want to pay their property taxes early.

The situation involving the deductibility of property and other taxes is already creating a lot of questions, and with an advisory issued by the IRS on Wednesday, it only added to the confusion. 

Basically, the federal agency said that tax filers can only avoid the new cap on the property tax deduction by paying property taxes that have been assessed in 2017.

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(WXXI News & AP) Communities in New York state are splitting $755 million in state economic development funding.

State officials announced the awards Wednesday at an event in Albany. The money will support hundreds of local economic development efforts, including job training, subsidies for expanding businesses and funding for community organizations.

This year's big winners include central New York, the Mohawk Valley, the Albany region, the mid-Hudson Valley and Long Island, which each received more than $80 million.

The Monroe County Legislature approved the 2018 budget Tuesday night by a vote of 26 to 3.

The budget totals nearly $1.2 billion, which Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says holds spending growth to 1.3%, below the rate of inflation which is 2.2%.

Dinolfo also says it keeps the property tax rate flat and funds economic development initiative and quality of life services.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo unveiled a $1.2 billion budget on Tuesday. She says for the second straight year, the spending plan holds the county property tax rate flat at $8.99 per $1,000 of assessed value. Dinolfo also says the budget holds overall spending growth to 1.3 percent, well below the rate of inflation.

And the county executive says her 2018 budget plan reduces the two-year forecasted structural deficit by $8.2 million to $36.4 million.

Monroe County has the highest fiscal stress of any municipality in the state. That according to the latest survey on fiscal stress released by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

The latest information is based on financial details provided to the comptroller by local governments as of August 31.

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A longtime local member of law enforcement has made it official…Todd Baxter is a candidate for  Monroe County Sheriff.

The  announcement happened in Greece on Saturday at the Airport Marriott.

Baxter made the announcement before a crowd that including a host of well-known local Democratic politicians, including Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle and County Clerk Adam Bello.

We're examining the fractures in the local Democratic Party. For years, there's been discussion, both publicly and privately, about the battles in the party, and the lack of unity. At committee meetings last week, the frustrations bubbled over, resulting in a public letter condemning city councilman Adam McFadden for, among other things, race-based comments. But McFadden says the letter was filled with lies, and offers more examples of the under-handed behavior that has hurt the party. So can the Democrats heal?

Our guests:

  • Adam McFadden, Rochester City Councilman
  • Beatriz Lebron, leader of the 25th legislative district
  • Joe Rittler, communications director for Rachel Barnhart's campaign
  • Dawn Richardson, 25th legislative district committee member

Last week we sat down with Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo; now we sit down with two of the leading Democrats from the Monroe County Legislature.

Cindy Kaleh and Jim Sheppard discuss a range of issues related to county business: the budget; the recent hiring of a new leader for COMIDA; and more.