Monroe County

Dinolfo Wins County Executive Post

Nov 3, 2015

Just like outgoing Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, Cheryl Dinolfo (R-Irondequoit) will move from the county clerk’s office to the county executive’s office. Dinolfo defeated former Brighton Supervisor Sandy Frankel (D-Brighton) and Rajesh Barnabas (G-Brighton).

Dinolfo has been county clerk since 2004, when she was appointed to the position by then Governor George Pataki when Maggie Brooks was elected to her first term as Monroe County Executive.

READ/LISTEN: 2015 State of the County Address

Jun 10, 2015

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks delivered her final State of the County address at Irondequoit High School on Wednesday night. Listen to the entire address by clicking the play button below, or read the entire address.

Seven were arrested Wednesday morning in connection with a human sex trafficking ring based in Rochester.

US Attorney William Hochul says the seven defendants were charged in four separate complaints of sex trafficking of a minor and conspiracy to sex traffic minors. Two of the defendants are also charged with trafficking of an adult through force.

On Tuesday night, the Monroe County legislature will pass a billion-dollar budget. What's in it? The county says they had to make some hard cuts; Democrats say the child care cuts are too severe. We'll get in to the other details with both sides, as we send the first half-hour with Legislature Minority Leader Carrie Andrews, and the remaining half-hour with Majority Leader Steve Tucciarello.

We preview a community forum taking place Wednesday night titled, "Would a metropolitan school district be good for Monroe County?" Writers and Books is sponsoring a series of discussions focused on public education and we preview it with our panel:

  • Mark Hare, Great Schools For All Coalition
  • Joe Flaherty, executive director of Writers and Books
  • Dan Drmacich chairman of The Coalition for Justice and Education

In the first part of the show, our guest is Joe Morelle, Jr. He's a Monroe County lawmaker who will explain why Democrats think the new comptroller audit regarding the golf courses is so serious. (In the interest of fairness, we invited someone from the Brooks' administration on the program, but they declined).

Then, more on bicycling. Last week's show was so popular, we didn't get a chance to get into all the topics we wanted to discuss. Author and bicycling advocate Harvey Botzman will join us to continue the conversation. 

More Arrests In LDC Investigation

Nov 6, 2013

An investigation into local development organizations (LDCs) in Monroe County saw four more arrests today. Robert Wiesner, husband of County Executive Maggie Brooks was included in the group facing criminal charges.

Charges brought against the four by the state Attorney General's office include money laundering, conspiracy, and falsifying business records.

Wiesner, a retired Rochester police captain was arraigned Wednesday along with Daniel Lynch, Nelson Rivera, and John Maggio.

All four men pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them.


Monroe County lawmakers have joined a growing list of their counterparts around the state in asking Governor Cuomo to repeal New York's Safe Act.

The legislature  joined County Executive Maggie Brooks in signing a letter to that effect. Majority Leader Anthony Daniele says "lawmakers do support the Webster Provision" which calls for stiffer penalties for those convicted of killing a first responder in the line of duty. The legislature wants that to pass as stand-alone legislation.

County Executive Maggie Brooks also released a statement regarding the resolution:


The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is encouraging citizens to report distracted drivers. 

Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn says the new Citizen Campaign was designed to help prevent potential tragedies.  Nationwide, distracted driving contributes to as many as 8,000 crashes everyday. Citizens can report a distracted driver by visiting the county's website and completing a form that asks for a description of the car or license plate number. 

New Cyberbullying Law "Goes Too Far"

Jun 14, 2012
Google Images

The Monroe County Legislature has passed a law that makes cyberbullying a crime, but some civil right's activists believe the new law goes too far.

Under the new law, harassment or intimidation of a minor electronically would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to $1,000 or one year in jail. The Genesee Valley chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union says criminalizing cyberbullying won't prevent it. KaeLyn Rich is the organization's director. She adds the law is too broad and will infringe on First Amendment protected speech for adults and children.